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Yesterday, it was announced that the filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck would direct Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios’ first solo film to star a female superhero. Today, our own Peter Sciretta sat down with Marvel Studios president and Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Kevin Feige and learned why the directors of small dramas like Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind landed this job.

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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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The director of the Captain Marvel movie has a big responsibility: they have to introduce a character who isn’t particularly well known outside of comic book shops to a wide audience while also shouldering the burden of making the first solo female superhero movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And now, we know who Marvel Studios has tasked with the gig: the directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

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Mississippi Grind trailer

Half Nelson duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are back this year with Mississippi Grind, an indie drama starring Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds as unlikely companions on a gambling road trip.

Along the way, the two men learn all about themselves and each other, and meet all sorts of characters, and reckon with the pasts that haunt them, and all of that usual stuff. But between Boden and Fleck’s eye for detail and Mendelsohn and Reynolds’ appealing chemistry, this one looks a cut above your average road trip flick. Watch the Mississippi Grind trailer after the jump. Read More »

Marvel is in talks with Slither/Super James Gunn to direct their superhero intergalactic space opera Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel is confident that Gunn will sign on for the project, but if he doesn’t, they have also been talking with Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and the directing duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson).

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It’s only been a few years since writing-directing team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden burst onto the scene, but in that short time they’ve managed to build up quite a reputation for themselves. After creating a string of well-received shorts, the pair first caught public attention in 2006 with their debut feature Half Nelson, which earned star Ryan Gosling an Oscar nod. Since then, the two have also written and directed the equally strong 2008 baseball drama Sugar, as well as last year’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story — which, okay, isn’t quite on par with the others, but it was pretty cute all the same.

Now the two have decided on their next project, titled Hate Mail. More details after the jump.

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TIFF Movie Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Today at the Toronto International Film Festival I saw the big screen adaptation of It’s Kind of a Funny Story, the next movie from Half Nelson writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. I recorded a video blog reaction with my thoughts on the film with Steve from Collider. Watch it now after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Focus Features has released the first movie trailer for Half Nelson writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s new film It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

The comedy-drama has been adapted from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name; “16-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist of United States of Tara), stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. There he learns that the youth ward is closed – and finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover), soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old, Noelle (Emma Roberts). With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him, Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up. Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (Doubt) plays Dr. Minerva, the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist; Zoe Kravitz (The Brave One) portrays Nia, Craig’s longtime crush; Aasif Mandvi (The Proposal) is cast as Dr. Mahmoud, a hospital psychiatrist; and Lauren Graham (Parenthood) and Jim Gaffigan (of Focus’ Away We Go) play Craig’s parents, Lynn and George.

This definitely isn’t One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but it looks long a good indie dramedy, with an interesting cast and some talented filmmakers. The movie is the third feature from the filmmaking team of Boden and Fleck, following Half Nelson (2006), for which lead actor Ryan Gosling received an Academy Award nomination, and Sugar. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Some first look images are interesting because they finally reveal how an actor might look in a long-awaited role. Others are great simply because they remind us that a worthy film is in motion. These new images showing Emma Roberts, Aasif Mandvi and Jeremy Davies in It’s Kind of a Funny Story are in the latter camp. They join the first look we had at Zach Galifianakis last week, and remind me that this is a film worth looking out for. Read More »

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It's Kind of a Funny Story

The first photo of Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara) in Half Nelson writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s new film It’s Kind of a Funny Story has been sent to us by /Film reader Matt S.

The comedy-drama has been adapted from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name; “16-year-old Craig (Gilchrist), stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. There he learns that the youth ward is closed – and finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby (Galifianakis), soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old, Noelle (Emma Roberts). With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him, Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up. Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (Doubt) plays Dr. Minerva, the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist; Zoe Kravitz (The Brave One) portrays Nia, Craig’s longtime crush; Aasif Mandvi (The Proposal) is cast as Dr. Mahmoud, a hospital psychiatrist; and Lauren Graham (Parenthood) and Jim Gaffigan (of Focus’ Away We Go) play Craig’s parents, Lynn and George.

Check out the photo, after the jump.

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