Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Kevin Feige is the man with the plan. The president of Marvel Studios is the person most directly responsible for Marvel movies not only being good, but connecting with one another to tell one big story.

His latest success, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is now in theaters and breaking all kinds of box office records. The record-breaking is no surprise but it’s bad luck to say that a few weeks before release, which is when I sat down with Feige to talk all things Marvel.

We discussed a lot of things you’ve already read on the site. The Batman vs. Superman release date, the ending of the film, some of the new characters, the Doctor Strange director short list, the Avengers tower, but now this is the full interview. It has lots of new nuggets, including why Hawkeye isn’t in The Winter Soldier, that exciting name mentioned in the film, if the Netflix shows will tie into the MCU, Paul Bettany, discussion of the post credits scene and more.

Below, read our full Kevin Feige interview for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Read More »

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peter mayhew star wars 7 Chewbacca

The second cast member for Star Wars Episode VII has been revealed, and it’s another returning actor/character pair. R2-D2 was first and now The Hollywood Reporter says Peter Mayhew will reprise his role as the iconic wookiee Chewbacca.

J.J. Abrams‘ film, out December 18, 2015, is now filming. Full details on plot and cast are expected in the coming weeks. Read more Peter Mayhew Star Wars 7 news below. Read More »

22 Jump Street set

This is the third and final part of our coverage from the set of 22 Jump Street. Read our full report here and interview with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller here.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have become two of the most influential actors in Hollywood. They produce, they write, they receive Oscar nominations. Now they’re teaming up for the sequel to a film that helped give them many of those opportunities. We spoke to the pair on the New Orleans set of 22 Jump Street last November and the pair were incredibly excited to be there. After all, no one thought the first film would ever be a hit, let alone spawn a sequel that’s getting a competitive summer release.

In the interview, Tatum and Hill talked about the self-awareness of the sequel, the new level of action, the oddity of doing an interview for a movie while you’re still shooting it, college experiences, the pressure of doing a sequel and even a potential third film. Read the full 22 Jump Street set visit interview with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill below. Read More »

David Letterman retire

David Letterman has announced he will retire in 2015. The announcement was made during a taping of The Late Show on Thursday, April 3rd 2014. In October it was announced that Letterman had extended his Late Show hosting contract through 2015, and many suspected that this would be his last run behind the desk. At the time, Letterman joked via a press release that “[CBS CEO] Les [Moonves] and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground.” With Jay Leno’s departure from the late night landscape, the late night wars have seemed rather uninteresting.

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A second Expendables 3 trailer has just been released. It asks that you “hang on for one last ride.” However, with a cast like this (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kellen Lutz, Ronda Roussey, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson to name a few), it’s hard to imagine The Expendables won’t be back again (and again). Especially since this latest trailer looks bigger than the last two films in every single way. It features the first actual footage we’ve seen from the August 15 release, including tons of action, attitude, humor and a roll call of the entire roster. Check out the latest Expendables 3 trailer below. Read More »

22 Jump Street Set

Still unsure what to make of 22 Jump Street? Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have you right where they want you.

“Everything we’ve ever done has been riding on low expectations,” Miller said. “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs? A terrible idea. Doing 21 Jump Street as a movie is a terrible idea. The Lego Movie sounds like a terrible idea. If people think this is a good idea, we’re screwed. Because we all know that sequels are terrible, right?”

“We are here to lower your expectations,” Lord added. “You need to go back and write about how you’re not really sure. It might not be that good.”

It’s November 10, 2013 and Miller and Lord joke are joking about 22 Jump Street in between takes on New Orleans set of the sequel. The anticipation is a stark contrast to 2012, when most people instantly wrote off a remake of a ‘90s TV show starring that guy from Step Up and the loser in Superbad. We now know 21 Jump Street became a monster hit that surprised audiences with its audacity, subversion and comedy. That unexpected but welcome success had fans and the studio clamoring for a sequel. However, no one behind the scenes wanted to make one unless they could surprise audiences again.

Fast forward to day 33 of a 55-day shoot on the set of 22 Jump Street. Sure the film is a sequel to a remake of a ’90s TV show, but after seeing two scenes filmed, each featuring hilarious jokes, an awkward self-awareness and lots of surprises, I have bad news for Mr. Lord: expectations have actually been raised.

Below, read all about our visit to the set of 22 Jump Street and check back later this week for the full interviews with the directors and stars. Read More »

‘Noah’ and the Inscrutable God

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[The following contains SPOILERS for Darren Aronofsky's Noah. You can listen to our podcast review of Noah here.]

I once had a conversation with a friend of mine who has a Ph.D in Theology. We were discussing the nature of God, and I remember him saying to me, “I’m not sure if God exists. But if He does, He has a lot to answer for.”

“Like what?” I asked.

“Well, for one thing, He’s not a very good communicator.”

As a person who was raised in the Christian faith, one of the most challenging things for me to accept is God’s inscrutability. If there’s a being who can speak the universe into existence, surely He could make it crystal clear what his commands are? Surely, He could make clear to us the actual truth of His existence? Surely, He could stop untold amounts of suffering and killing by just dropping some truth on us every once in awhile? This tension – between God’s silence and His power – is a dynamic on full display in Noahout in theaters right now.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer

After years of speculation and controversy, the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer is finally here. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, this reboot of the comic book turned TV show turned movie series has a more modern feel than previous incarnations. We hear Shredder (William Fichtner) talk about creating heroes with reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and then, there they are. Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. Well, not all of them together. Not in this short tease for the August 8 release. But you get a pretty good idea. Check it out below Read More »

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