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Here’s the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Captain America really starts to come to grips with the messy politics of the modern world. (And also with relations with Black Widow, as a little opening banter shows.)

The warrior started to get a taste of things in The Avengers, but here he really comes up against the shadowy goals and motivations of the agency and government he works for. It’s not going to be the easiest learning experience for the guy, especially when he has to face a cybernetically enhanced killer, who works for the other side and has more than a tenuous connection to Cap’s past.

This trailer doesn’t mess around. You’ll see Cap in action; conversations with Robert Redford; Falcon flying, and the Winter Soldier doing his level best to take our hero out.

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Entertainment Tonight aired a one minute preview of the trailer for  Captain America: The Winter Soldier. You can watch it embedded after the jump, with the full trailer set to premiere in the morning (sans annoying ET voice over).

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Poster for Snowpiercer

When it was first reported that The Weinstein Company planned to cut roughtly 20 minutes out of Bong Joon-ho‘s South Korean blockbuster Snowpiercer, the director seemed pretty sanguine about the whole affair. He was said to be working with Harvey Scissorhands to get the edits done, even though he point of the cuts was reportedly to trim character moments and turn the movie into more of a straight-ahead action movie, not unlike the changes that were made to Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster for it’s own US debut.

Turns out that the director might not be so happy with the idea of the edits. After a recent screening of the film at the Busan Film Festival, Bong said there wouldn’t be another chance for American, British, and Australian viewers to see the director’s cut. Publicly, he’s been relatively supportive, but privately he’s said to be “furious” with the changes.  Read More »

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South Korean director Bong Joon-ho has, by many accounts, created a heck of a film in Snowpiercer, which tells the story of class warfare and revolution on a train that speeds the last remnants of humanity through a snowy post-apocalyptic landscape. Chris Evans leads a cast that also features  John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung. The film broke box-office records in South Korea when released earlier this year, and is now rolling out to other countries.

So when will we see Snowpiercer in the US? Good question. The Weinstein Company owns distribution rights, and has yet to set a date. Another question might be when we’ll see the original international cut, which has been shortened for the US release — that one really remains up in the air.

For the time being we’ll have to be content with trailers from around the world. The latest comes from France, and it’s a terrific look at the film. Check it out below. Read More »

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The D23 Expo has come and gone but the content just keeps on flowing. Marvel has posted videos of their presentations from the Live Action event, featuring cast members from Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as some discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Unfortunately for people who weren’t in the room, the actual footage from the movies isn’t included. But you can get a good sense of how Marvel is selling their upcoming films to the Disney audience, and see stars like Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie along the way. Read More »

Captain America Winter Soldier Concept SDCC

When I spoke to Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo at Comic Con, the brothers talked about their approach to creating fight scenes for the film, and how it differs from what we saw in the first movie.

In short, the two have envisioned Cap as a killer close-quarters fighter, and they’re capturing action with a hand-held camera but with the intent to depict physical space in a more coherent way than many modern films influenced by the Bourne movies. There was a good illustration of that fight style when footage was shown at Comic Con that depicted Cap taking out a half-dozen guys in an office elevator.

That footage was shown again at D23, but a new extended clip was also revealed. This one further bolstered the image of Cap as a deadly black ops fighter. We can’t show you the clip, but you can get a full description of it below. Read More »

Chris Evans Will Direct and Star in ’1:30 Train’

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Briefly: Yeah, that Chris Evans. The actor who is now best-known as Captain America will direct the romance 1:30 Train before he goes to work on Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Scripted by Ronald Bass (Rain Man, Entrapment), the movie sounds like a good change of pace for Evans as it follows “two strangers who meet in Manhattan and spend one night together as the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for their exploration of each other and themselves.” Deadline likens the script to the “Before” films from Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, and reading that description it’s easy to see why.

Evans will also star in and produce the film. McG’s company Wonderland Sound and Vision is financing the movie; Evans worked with the Wonderland crew when he acted in the upcoming A Many Splintered Thing. Deadline reports that Evans had been attached to a previous incarnation of the 1:30 Train project with another director, and that he liked the script enough to make it his directorial debut when the chance came up.

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We Americans are still waiting on a release date for Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-ho‘s English-language debut, but those in his native South Korea will get to see it next week. As part of that final marketing push, one final Korean trailer has dropped for the sci-fi film.

The film features a pretty fantastic ensemble, including John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung, but it’s Chris Evans who plays the hero, and it’s Chris Evans who’s at the center of this latest spot. Check it out after the jump.

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