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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 »

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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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Captain America Winter Soldier Concept SDCC
Marvel Studios just unveiled the first footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it looked unlike anything else the company has released. We’ve heard that the film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, would be something like a thriller, but this footage really showed off a movie that deeply integrates current interests and fears about how we’re managing national security. In short, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is from a time where political morality seemed pretty black and white, and is now dealing with a modern world in which everything is drawn in shades of grey.

The Russos and Evans were joined on stage by Scarlett Johansson, whose Black Widow plays a very big role in the film, as well as Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, Maria Hill, and Sebastian Stan, who plays the Winter Soldier of the title.

We’ll give you some panel highlights and run down the footage after the break.  Read More »

Captain America The Winter Soldier

Roughly seven decades will have passed between Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) will learn the hard way that the past still has a way of catching up with you.

Those familiar with the comics know that the new film’s title refers to James “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Cap’s onetime BFF who returns as a powerful nemesis. We’ve still got some time to wait before we see the two cross paths, as The Winter Soldier doesn’t land until next spring. But a just-revealed bit of concept art hints at what their fiery showdown might look like. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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Comic Con kicks off next week and you can expect to hear about the first footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier during Marvel’s Hall H presentation next Saturday. In the meantime, here’s a teaser poster for the film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans as the title character and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier.

The image suggests that things are a little more complicated for Cap this time out — with all that paint scraped off his shield, there’s both the sense that he’s been getting a workout, and that basic affiliations aren’t as clear-cut as they once were. (Those who’ve read the original Winter Soldier storyline in the comics understand a lot more, but we won’t say more at the moment.)

Check out the poster in full below. Read More »

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Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic tale of class warfare, Snowpiercer, opens next month in South Korea, but there’s still no US date in sight. We don’t know what The Weinstein Company plans to do with the movie — maybe it’ll do some fall festival rounds, or maybe it will be held until 2014.

Regardless, there are new trailers and featurettes coming out of Korea, offering up enough new footage and behind the scenes material that you might be able to feel as if you’ve seen the movie already. First up below is a new trailer, and then there’s a whole batch of featurettes packed with interviews with the cast (Chris EvansJohn Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung). Finally, you’ll find an animated trailer that explains a bit of the film’s backstory. There’s a mix of languages and subtitles in this collection of videos, but more than enough English to get the idea. Read More »

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