Captain Marvel Origin

Yesterday, Marvel revealed that the directors of Captain Marvel are none other than Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, prompting people around the world to say… “Who?”

This isn’t the first time that the media giant has gone from left field with their choices, hiring directors famous inside the world of independent film but not much farther than that. After all, this is the company that made James Gunn, a man who once made $150 for writing a Troma movie, a household name. This is the studio that allowed the brothers who directed Welcome to Collinwood to make the next logical step and go on to Captain America: Civil War. Through Marvel, anything is possible, and Boden and Fleck have a really solid history of crafting intense, character-driven movies…and even directing a few future Marvel superheroes along the way.

Let’s take a look back through their filmography.

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Chuck Liev Schreiber

I’ve seen all of the Rocky movies a handful of times, but I’ve somehow never thought to do any research into writer/star Sylvester Stallone’s inspiration for his underdog boxing story. Sly apparently wrote the script in three and a half days after watching an unknown fighter named Chuck Wepner beat the odds and miraculously go 15 rounds against one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali, and now IFC Films is telling Wepner’s story in a new biopic starring Liev Schreiber. Check out the Chuck trailer below.
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GLOW Teaser Trailer

One of the Netflix original television series that I’m really excited about is G.L.O.W., from  Orange Is The New Black and Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. The new dramedy series is based on the real-life 1980’s female wrestling league “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” featuring a cast that includes Alison Brie (Mad Men), Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim), Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie), Marc Maron (Maron), and more. Watch the first GLOW teaser trailer now after the jump.

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Cars 3 Daytona 500 Trailer

Disney premiered a new trailer for Cars 3 during yesterday’s Daytona 500 race and it has made me far less excited about Pixar’s upcoming threequel. Watch the Cars 3 Daytona 500 trailer now after the jump and let me explain why the TV spot has made me far less excited about the third entry in Pixar’s popular series.

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Five Sports Movie Commentaries Worth Listening To

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Commentaries for sports movies are great for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest reasons why, of course, is hearing stories about whatever legendary actor is playing the coach. More often than not, directors are excited to talk about those iconic actors. Want to know how so-and-so gave a famous locker room speech such bravura? Then check out the audio commentary.

Another reason to listen given them a listen is to learn how much of a pain it can be making actors, locations, and everything else look like the real deal. The attention to detail in some of the films featured below is remarkable and more often than not subtle. If you want to see what filmmakers put them through to make a sports picture, then maybe give a listen to one of our audio commentary recommendations.

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Airborne

In 1979, an inventor/entrepreneur by the name of Scott Olson patented an idea for single-line roller skates. Not long after, with the help of his two brothers, Olson began to manufacture something called “Rollerblades.” With a sleek design and fun neon colors, these inline skates appealed to a generation of leisure sports enthusiasts.

By 1987, inline skating had grown into a $10 million market. And by 1994, that number had skyrocketed to $650. Unsurprisingly, in the midst of this boom, a couple of producers thought it would be wise to make a movie centered around rollerblading; specifically, a movie centered around a rollerblade-lovin’ California teen who suddenly finds himself exiled to Cincinnati. That movie was called Airborne and that teen was played by Shane McDermott.

Currently, McDermott is a real estate broker and artist living in Galveston, Texas. But he was kind enough to spend some time speaking with me about his acting days and the making of Airborne.

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Goon 2 Trailer - Seann Williamm Scott

Seann William Scott was once quite the popular comedic actor, but in recent years, he hasn’t been as in demand as he once was. Thankfully for him, fans of the 2011 hockey comedy Goon have been wanting to see him return to the ice for years, and how the American Pie franchise star finally has his skates on and fists up for the sequel.

Goon: Last of the Enforcers brings back Seann William Scott as Doug “The Thug” Glatt. But in the new trailer for the movie, it appears the years of beatings have finally caught up with Doug as the doctor tells him that he can’t play hockey anymore. Meanwhile, a lockout brings some new players to Doug’s old team, the Halifax Highlanders, including his rival Anders Cain (22 Jump Street star Wyatt Russell) as the new captain. Doug has no choice but to pick up his stick and throw some punches back on the ice.

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What Is Your Favorite Sports Movie?

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I’m excited to introduce a new feature on /Film called “/Answers” where the SlashFilm.com staff answers a question each week. In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl 51, we thought no better way to start this off with the questions of “What is your favorite sports movie?” I will say this much about the /Film team’s favorite sports movies: it isn’t as limited to football and baseball as you might expect. Six out of the ten picks are from other sports.

And of course, this isn’t just about us; it’s also about YOU. We want to hear your thoughts on our picks as well as your personal favorites in the comments below.

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Wolves Trailer

Michael Shannon seems to be playing a familiar type in the new basketball drama Wolves: the father of the talented high school athlete who can’t help but stand in his kid’s way. He doesn’t disapprove of his son’s sports career – he just went and gambled away his entire college savings. Whoops.

Anyway, Shannon (one of our finest working actors) is the chief draw in the Wolves trailer, which shows off a sports drama that may contain a little more nerve than your average entry in the genre.

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A New Cut of ‘Ali’ Is Now Available on Blu-Ray

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Michael Mann has gone back and re-edited several of his films, including Manhunter and most recently, Blackhat. Sometimes these changes are substantial, other times they’re redundant. The director believes his last cut of The Last of the Mohicans is the superior film, while most of his fans seem to agree the Director’s Cut of Miami Vice is the inferior version. Now Mann has gone back and changed another one of his films, Ali, for the third time.

Below, learn more about the new Ali alternate cut.

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