Captain America: Winter Soldier behind the scenes

Between Black Widow, Falcon, Nick Fury, and of course Cap himself, Captain America: The Winter Soldier had plenty of heroes already. But there may have been one more we didn’t get to see.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo teased what sounds like a Punisher cameo in the film, and even joke that the anti-hero could be up for his own Marvel One-Shot. Hit the jump for the Captain America The Winter Soldier Punisher appearance details. (Spoilers ahead.)

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Guardians of the galaxy deleted scene

Guardians of the Galaxy already involves more dancing to classic rock than all of the other Marvel movies combined. However, it seems there was yet another musical moment that wound up on the cutting room floor.

Director James Gunn spilled the details on a Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene showing a prison guard (played by Spencer Wilding) giving in to the awesomeness of ’70s Scottish band Pilot. Hit the jump for his behind-the-scenes photo and description.

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Orion Pictures

In the Eighties and Nineties, the Orion Pictures logo was like an old friend. It was in front of some of your favorite movies and was kind of a stamp of approval that you were about to see something cool. Blockbusters like The Terminator, RoboCop and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure were Orion. Oscar-winners like The Silence of the Lambs, Amadeus, Platoon and Dances With Wolves were Orion. The list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, the company declared bankruptcy in 1991. It was then resurrected in 1996 and integrated into MGM, with the last Orion film being released in 1999. Since then, the logo hasn’t been on a film until this month. This month, the first new Orion Pictures movie in 15 years will be released. Read More »

Paul Reubens Roger Rabbit test footage

Walt Disney Productions purchased the film rights to Gary K. Wolf‘s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? shortly after the book’s publication in 1981, and Disney spent many years trying to bring Who Framed Roger Rabbit to the screen.

In the early 1980′s, Disney developed test footage with animation director Darrell Van Citters with Paul Reubens voicing Roger Rabbit, Peter Renaday and Mike Gabriel as Eddie Valiant, and Russi Taylor as Jessica Rabbit. This was right around the time that Reubens was getting ready to reveal his Pee-Wee Herman persona to the world.

The early test footage was broadcast once on a 1983 Disney Channel show called Disney Studio Showcase, and never seen from again — until now. Thief Archive (via CartoonBrew) has found the footage of the television airing of these early animation tests. Watch the Paul Reubens Roger Rabbit test footage now, embedded after the jump.

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The Collector's Museum

Stan Lee has inspired the lives of so many collectors, it would have made sense for The Collector himself to have Stan Lee. That was the original plan in Guardians of the Galaxy. Over the weekend, writer/director James Gunn revealed his first idea for Lee’s cameo was to be a piece The Collector’s Museum. He would’ve joined the Chituari soldier, Dark Elf, Adam Warlock’s cocoon, Cosmo and Howard the Duck. Groot would have discovered the Marvel legend and Lee would’ve flipped him off.

Initial reports were that Disney rejected this but Gunn has now come out and said that’s not the case. In fact, he actually shot the scene and just didn’t think it worked that well in the film. Below, you can see an image from the deleted Stan Lee Guardians of the Galaxy cameo scene and read Gunn’s story. Read More »

Avengers Hawkeye

Blame Jeremy Renner for the fact Hawkeye wasn’t in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. From the earliest days of development, the character was supposed to be in the sequel but the actor’s busy schedule didn’t allow him to be part of the film. So the screenwriters and directors worked around it and turned in a fantastic movie even without the Avengers’ best archer.

Still, there were plans of him being in the movie and now Anthony and Joe Russo have revealed not only how Hawkeye fit into the larger narrative, but also details of a specific action scene they had worked out. Read about the Hawkeye Captain America Winter Soldier deleted scene below. Read More »

Super Mario Bros Movie

The 1993 Super Mario Bros movie is infamous for many reasons. Mostly, we know it because the film is based on a hugely popular video game property, and the resulting movie is so, so bad. It’s also significant because the film was such a miserable experience for everyone involved — most of all the people at Nintendo — that we’ve since been denied films based on some of Nintendo’s other fantastic properties.

So, what exactly went wrong? I found out recently by reading the book Console Wars by Blake J. Harris. The book, which tells the story of the war between Sega and Nintendo in the 1990s, has a chapter dedicated to the film and it’s absolutely fascinating. Names like Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks are mentioned. Dozens of screenwriters are discussed. Terrible on-set feuds led to abysmal behavior. It’s all there.

After reading the chapter I thought you, the /Film reader, would find it just as fascinating as I did. So I contacted the publisher HarperCollins and got permission to reprint the chapter on the Super Mario Bros movie just for you. Read it below.

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George RR Martin Chewbacca

Is it possible Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin helped to unknowingly create Star Wars‘ Chewbacca? Hit the jump and we’ll take a journey through the creation of the famous Wookiee from a galaxy far, far away. We’ll discover the George RR Martin Chewbacca connection and examine what it might mean.

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