With Labor Day behind us and school back in session, summer in the US is officially over, at least from a cultural perspective. So it’s time to tally the box-office receipts from what has been the biggest movie season over the past thirty years.
The good news? Revenue is up from last year. The bad news: revenue is up by less than one percent. More troubling: after taking into account that a good portion of the overall revenue came from inflated 3D prices, analysts reveal that attendance was actually down this year. about 543 million tickets were sold this summer, which is the lowest number since 1997′s famous summer of 540 million tickets. (OK, perhaps not so famous.) But wait, there’s more! 2011 is the fourth consecutive year f dwindling summer movie attendance. Read More »
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Captain America: The First Avenger is one of the most successful films of the summer, and a better Captain America movie than I think many people expected to see. The film will get a semi-sequel in the form of The Avengers, which next year will show what happens when Cap is integrated into the modern world after being accidentally frozen and assumed dead during World War II.
But a proper sequel to the film is being developed as well. Questions have been fired at Cap director Joe Johnston, Marvel president Kevin Feige and screenwriters Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely: what’s the story in the second film? Will it be a WWII tale, a modern thing or some blend of the two? And will we see the return of sidekick Bucky Barnes, who in the print comics continuity becomes a character called The Winter Solider?
Answers to those questions have been tentative at best. A new interview with Markus and McFeely has them talking a lot about possibilities for the sequel, but you’ll have to do a lot of informed reading between the lines to draw hard and fast conclusions. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
In a summer crowded with superhero blockbusters, Captain America: The First Avenger ranks just below X-Men: First Class, and far ahead of Green Lantern and fellow Avengers lead-in Thor. It never quite reaches the highs of First Class or 2008′s Iron Man, but thanks largely to Joe Johnston‘s direction and Chris Evans‘ performance, it is a genuinely enjoyable film that gets right so much of what Thor and Green Lantern couldn’t.
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Over the weekend I got the chance to sit down and talk with Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston. Johnston started at LucasFilm and created the final designs for iconic characters Boba Fett and Yoda. Johnston made his directorial debut with the fx heavy Honey I Shrunk The Kids. His filmography includes: The Rocketeer, Jumanji, October Sky, Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo, and The Wolfman (and yes, Johnston does talk about his experience on that movie). In addition to Captain America, I also asked Joe when we might expect a Rocketeer blu-ray.
Also, yesterday I posted my interview with screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus (which if you havent, you can read it here). Hit the jump to read my interview with Joe.
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Last week I got a chance to see Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger. I’m not able to write up a proper review at the moment as I just arrived in San Diego and have much to do prepping for the 2011 Comic Con, but I recorded a quick video blog reaction with Alex from FirstShowing immediately following the screening. You can watch that after the jump, along with my quick thoughts.
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Over the weekend I got the chance to sit down and talk with Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus and talk about the process of collaborating with Marvel, adapting Captain America to the big screen, the importance of the period story, the absence of Hitler, having Joss Whedon come in and polish their screenplay, working on Captain America 2 and if plot threads will be continued/concluded in The Avengers or the sequel, working with Michael Bay on Pain & Gain which they call “Michael Bay’s Fargo“, and much more. Hit the jump to read the interview.
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Earlier today we saw a new poster for Captain America: The First Avenger and now the second full trailer, teased over a week ago at the Hero Complex festival in LA, is online. You can see it after the break. Read More »