On June 10th, 2015, in the sweltering heat of Atlanta, Georgia, I found myself on the set of Captain America: Civil War, the third installment in the patriotic superhero’s Marvel Studios franchise that began with Captain America: The First Avenger and continued with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
In the middle of nowhere lies Pinewood Studios, and this is where we spent half the day conducting interviews with stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and franchise newcomer Chadwick Boseman, not to mention writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, executive producer Nate Moore and directors Anthony & Joe Russo. All of those will be coming to you today and tomorrow, but first we want to talk about what we saw on set, because that’s what you’re going to see in theaters in May.
Outside on the studio lot, three massive green screen walls have been constructed to surround a set made to look like an airport tarmac. The only real objects on the set, besides the Marvel heroes who would be fighting shortly, is a fuel tank (that may end up exploding at some point) and some vehicles that say “Flughafen Leipzig-Halle,” which dictates that this is the Leipzig-Halle Airport in Schkeuditz, Germany. And this is where the Civil War begins. We are about the witness the beginning of the first fight between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man
After the jump, find out what we observed on the set of Captain America: Civil War, and how Marvel dealt with plenty of questions about Spider-Man entering the Marvel cinematic universe. All this and more can be found in our Captain America Civil War set report. And in case you haven’t realized it already, beware of spoilers after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
On paper, Triple 9 sounds like familiar territory, another story of corrupt cops butting heads with police officers and crooks alike. But if you place John Hillcoat in the director’s chair, I’m suddenly very interested. And if you then place Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, and Aaron Paul in front of the camera, you’ve just sold a ticket.
A new batch of Triple 9 clips have arrived on the the heels of those very intense trailers and posters, just in case you need some additional convincing that a crime film with that line-up deserves to be on your radar. Whether it’s ultimately good or bad remains to be seen, but there’s no way this movie is boring.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
What do you get when you combine John Hillcoat, the talented director of Lawless and The Road; an A-list ensemble cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kate Winslet; and more dirty-cop tropes than you can shake a stick at? The answer is Triple 9, a gritty crime thriller that lands in theaters next weekend. The Black List script by Matt Cook centers on a group of corrupt officers blackmailed by the mob into pulling off an insane heist. They decide the only way to pull it off is to kill one of their own, but suffice it to say things don’t go as planned.
Open Road Films has come in just under the wire with one last Triple 9 trailer, just as the first Triple 9 reviews have hit the web. Watch the latest promo, and find out what the critics are saying about Hillcoat’s caper, after the jump. Read More »
In what appears to be a mix of Training Day, Sicario and Inside Man, a new trailer for the action thriller Triple 9 has just debuted. And with a story that feels very familiar, it’s the star-studded cast that seems to makes this one worth watching. Casey Affleck plays a rookie cop joining a crew of dirty cops who have blackmailed to pull off a heist for the Russian mob. No one can be trusted, and someone is probably going to die. Watch below! Read More »
This past week was made even sweeter by the Captain America: Civil War trailer. Marvel debuted our first-look at the film on Thanksgiving eve, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The trailer for Joe and Anthony Russo‘s sequel promised a fun blend of action and emotion.
After the jump, the Russo brothers give their Captain America: Civil War trailer breakdown.
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The Wackness wasn’t Jonathan Levine‘s directorial debut, but it was the first film we saw from him. Following the long-delayed All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Levine wrote and directed the coming-of-age film set in the early ’90s. The Wackness was packed with music of its time, with no shortage of Biggie songs, and lots of old classics, such as Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.” Levine’s love for music, and his knack for using music to tell a story, rang loud and clear in The Wackness.
Over the years he’s continued to use music rather effectively. As famous as some of the songs are in his films, they never distract from the emotional or comedic beats they’re serving. The Wackness, 50/50, Warm Bodies, and the director’s newest film, The Night Before, are packed with great tunes. Levine’s Christmas comedy features plenty of cheerful holiday music, but there are also some modern hits that play a major part in the story. There’s a Miley Cyrus performance, for example, that is more than a cameo.
At the junket for The Night Before — which stars Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50), and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) — we decided to discuss with Levine his love for music and why he chose certain songs over the course of his career. Read our Jonathan Levine interview after the jump. Read More »
Marvel Studios superhero heist film Ant-Man will hit home video on December 8th, and it should make for a good Christmas gift for the Marvel fan in your life. But if you can’t wait until then, a couple key scenes from the movie have been officially released online for you to watch over and over again.
Both of the Ant-Man credits scenes, featuring the reveal of Evangeline Lilly‘s new Wasp prototype suit and a tease of what’s to come in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, are legally available to watch right now. Read More »
It’s safe to say that we all need some laughs, and if this past weekend’s fantastic episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Elizabeth Banks wasn’t enough, this week brings the R-rated holiday comedy The Night Before to help out.
And if the recent red-band trailer didn’t convince you to see what looks like a truly hilarious flick for the holidays, the opening scene from the movie has been released, featuring touching narration by Tracy Morgan, not long after he hosted his own episode of SNL. However, it’s NSFW (due to language, not nudity), so beware of where you are watching it. Read More »
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Starting next week, you’ll be able to see Fielder in a supporting role in the R-rated holiday comedy The Night Before, and to help hype the film, the comedian sat down for an awkward interview with the film’s three main stars: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie. And things get pretty weird. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Christmas means many things to many people. For some, it’s about spending time with loved ones. For others, it’s a joyful celebration of traditions sacred and silly. The holiday can also be a time to reflect on the year that was, if you’re the introspective type, or an enjoy a well deserved break if you’ve been working hard.
For the “ride or die homies” of The Night Before, Christmas is a combination of all of the above — but the way they celebrate it isn’t exactly the stuff of wholesome family classics. Instead, the three best friends (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie) go out on the town for a wild night powered by staggering amounts of booze and drugs.
Along the way they run into all sorts of bizarre situations made even more bizarre by the effects of all those intoxicants, and encounter all manner of colorful characters including ones played by Michael Shannon and Ilana Glazer. Watch the latest The Night Before red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »