Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Not all mainstream superhero flicks to change love interests between installments. Even the womanizing Tony Stark been loyal to Pepper through three films now, four if you count the upcoming Iron Man 3. But given the big time jump at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier simply couldn’t stick with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), no matter how delightful she was.
Over the past several months, we’ve watched as what felt like every moderately famous actress under 35 tried to attach herself to Winter Soldier female lead. Now, at long last, Marvel Studios has found their lucky lady in Emily VanCamp. The 26-year-old actress is best known for her TV work, having starred in Everwood, Brothers & Sisters, and, currently, Revenge. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
After the dual disappointments of Killing Me Softly and Gangster Squad, I’m feeling a little burned out on mob movies at the moment. So maybe it’s just my mood that has me unimpressed with the new trailer for The Iceman. On the one hand, director Ariel Vromen seems to have a flair for visuals, the cast looks strong, and the fact-based premise is intriguing. On the other, it all looks so tiresomely familiar.
Michael Shannon stars as real-life hitman Richard Kuklinski, who allegedly racked up over 100 kills over a four-decade career. He makes good money whacking people for gangster Roy Demeo (genre staple Ray Liotta), until an incident involving Demeo’s underling (David Schwimmer) forces Kuklinski out of their operation. He then teams up with freelance killer Robert Pronge (Chris Evans), which comes with its own complications. Winona Ryder also stars, as Kuklinski’s oblivious wife. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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My “most anticipated” list for 2013 is almost done, and it’s a huge thing that takes into account more than just the ten movies I’ve chosen to highlight as the ones I most want to see.
One of the movies that didn’t make that core ten, but will be reflected in the piece, is Snowpiercer, aka the English-language debut from The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho. The movie features a great cast (Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho) and adapts a French graphic novel that tells of humanity’s last remnants as they journey across a snowy landscape in a train.
We don’t have any real footage yet, but we can present some great concept art, along with an early teaser poster and a bit of Marco Beltrami’s score. Read More »
We know that Chris Evans is returning for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but there has been a big question mark over the identity of his primary female co-star. Hayley Atwell was well-liked as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but that film’s final jump forward in time makes the character not viable for the sequel.
And so there’s room for a new presence in Captain America 2, which will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Marvel is choosing among a number of popular young actresses for the role, with tests taking place. The nature of the part is undisclosed at this point, but the names suggest a key love interest. Read More »
Marvel Studios is nearing completion on Iron Man 3, and the Thor sequel Thor: The Dark World is shooting now under the direction of Alan Taylor. The next film from the studio is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Chris Evans will reprise his role as Captain America, and face down a revitalized and brainwashed version of his not-quite dead sidekick Bucky (presumably Sebastian Stan).
And it turns out that some stuff that was considered for The Avengers has instead been earmarked for the Cap sequel. Evans talked about the relationship between The Avengers and Cap 2 in a recent interview, during which he also expressed hope that his character would show up in Thor’s second film. Read More »
Want to watch some set video from Thor: The Dark World? Is Chris Evans excited for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What sunny beaches will Iron Man 3 soon be shooting on? How did The Avengers help one girl eat her lunch? What does Mother Russia look like in Kick-Ass 2? Is Hayley Atwell upset about her Avengers scene being cut? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Marvel is really pulling out all the stops with the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Avengers. While we’re used to seeing deleted scenes from major blockbusters, rarely do we get so many clips that would have radically changed the film. Tuesday we saw a totally different opening of Joss Whedon‘s film and now we have a clip that completely changes the introduction of Captain America. We see Cap (Chris Evans) processing the passage of time, the fates of his friends, figuring out the modern world, the appearance of a character seen later in the film and even Stan Lee‘s original cameo. Then it wraps right around and loops into the film we know and love. This three-minute clip a must watch. Read More »
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Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers became one of the biggest releases ever, in part because it is an upbeat adventure that keeps a positive tone even as it features some pretty serious conflict. The film is hitting Blu-ray and DVD next month, and Marvel isn’t letting anyone forget that. The latest reminder of the imminent disc release is a deleted alternate opening for the film.
In this version, The Avengers would have opened with a high, slow, Nolan-esque cruise over a battered Manhattan in the wake of the film’s climactic battle. The bulk of the sequence sets up a flashback structure as it features Cobie Smulders as SHIELD Agent Maria Hill, speaking during a post-battle debriefing. “Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened,” she wonders, bitterly.
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