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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release one year from now, on April 4, 2014. So that’s exactly how long directors Anthony and Joe Russo will have to complete the film. Principal photography began Monday, and Disney released the first image along with a full press release. The release confirms the returns of Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, and the presence of new additions Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Georges St. Pierre and others. Read it below and see the first image from the film in high res. Read More »

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Despite the seven-decade leap between Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there are a few stars from the former set to reprise their roles in the latter. That group includes Chris Evans as the title character, obviously, along with Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and Toby Jones as Arnim Zola. It won’t, however, include Stanley Tucci, who revealed in a recent interview that his character Dr. Abraham Erskine won’t be in the sequel.

But contrary to previous reports, Tucci claims that Cap’s former flame Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) will make an appearance after all, as part of a flashback sequence. Hit the jump for more details.

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The character Captain America has had a couple of prime love interests, most prominent being Peggy Carter, encountered in his “pre-freeze” days in the ’40s, and Sharon Carter, originally written as Peggy’s sister, but later turned into her niece, when Cap is revived in the present. (Whatever “the present” happens to mean, depending on when the story is being told.)

Hayley Atwell played Peggy in Captain America: The First Avenger, and did a wonderful job with the role. Various story elements, however, including the fact that Cap now lives in our present, meant that Peggy wasn’t likely to be a part of the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Atwell could always be recast as Sharon, but that was never likely to happen, and the actress has now confirmed that she won’t be part of the sequel at all. Read More »

Filming starts on one sequel, you can help with another and much more in today’s Sequel Bits:

  • Choose a scene to film, which could become part of The Empire Strikes Back Uncut.
  • Scary Movie 5starring Ashley Tisdale, starts shooting in Atlanta, GA Tuesday.
  • Hayley Atwell is likely in Captain America: The Winter Solider, but won’t say for sure.
  • Jim Carrey has now been confirmed for Kick-Ass 2.
  • A major spoiler for the final battle of Iron Man 3 has been revealed.
  • Dwayne Johnson stopped a robbery on the set of Fast and Furious 6.

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It seems like biopics and other similar true life stories are exploding in development right now, and we’ve got casting for three big ones. First up, the Jimi Hendrix film All is By My Side has just added a young Keith Richards. British actor Ashley Charles will play the Rolling Stones songwriter and guitarist.

John Ridley is directing the film now, with Andre Benjamin as Hendrix, and Hayley Atwell as Linda Keith, who during the story’s time frame was dating Richards. She ‘discovered’ Hendrix and tried to get the Stones management to work with him, to no avail. Keith Richards likely won’t play a big part in the film, which chronicles the days before Hendrix made it big.

Fun fact checking: let’s see how people refer to Richards in this film. In ’63 the Stones manager started listing the guitarist as Keith Richard, and it wasn’t until the ’70s that he once again became Richards.  [THR]

After the break, Donal Logue plays an important figure in the New York music scene, and Colin Farrell is in talks for the Mary Poppins film Saving Mr. Banks. Read More »

The Jimi Hendrix biopic All is by My Side may not have the blessing of the Hendrix estate — or it didn’t a few weeks ago, anyway — but it is moving forward regardless. André Benjamin, member of OutKast and occasional actor, is playing Hendrix after years of talking about the possibility, and photos of the actor in costume have hit the internet.

Sure, this is basically Benjamin in an appropriate wig and a peek at the actual costume he’ll wear in one scene, but with his mustache in shape he looks more or less like Hendrix.

That’s just the beginning, however, as Jimi has an instantly recognizable stage presence and speech pattern, in addition to his eccentric guitar playing style. Can Benjamin get all that down and make the character feel like more than a put-on? We’ll see eventually. In the meantime there are a couple pics of him, as well as two of co-star Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger). She plays Linda Keith, who was dating Keith Richards when she befriended Hendrix and helped him get a record deal. Read More »

10 Things I Hate About You helmer Gil Junger has already revisited his hit 1999 teen comedy once, with a 2009 ABC Family series of the same title that lasted just once season, and now he’s preparing to head back into familiar territory once again. Well — familiar-ish, anyway. Junger is set to direct 10 Things I Hate About Life, a sorta-sequel with a suicidal twist. Captain America: The First Avenger star Hayley Atwell is set to play one of the leads. More details after the jump.

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One of the most heart-wrenching moments in last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger came near the end, when (SPOILER ALERT, obviously) Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) promises Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) a date that he fails to make because he sacrifices himself to save the world. When he wakes up in 2012, their scheduled appointment, of course, has long since passed. But according to director Joss Whedon, the pair almost had a better-late-than-never reunion in The Avengers. More after the jump.

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