Captain America Civil War Set Visit

On June 10th, 2015, in the sweltering heat of Atlanta, Georgia, I found myself on the set of Captain America: Civil War, the third installment in the patriotic superhero’s Marvel Studios franchise that began with Captain America: The First Avenger and continued with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

In the middle of nowhere lies Pinewood Studios, and this is where we spent half the day conducting interviews with stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and franchise newcomer Chadwick Boseman, not to mention writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, executive producer Nate Moore and directors Anthony & Joe Russo. All of those will be coming to you today and tomorrow, but first we want to talk about what we saw on set, because that’s what you’re going to see in theaters in May.

Outside on the studio lot, three massive green screen walls have been constructed to surround a set made to look like an airport tarmac. The only real objects on the set, besides the Marvel heroes who would be fighting shortly, is a fuel tank (that may end up exploding at some point) and some vehicles that say “Flughafen Leipzig-Halle,” which dictates that this is the Leipzig-Halle Airport in Schkeuditz, Germany. And this is where the Civil War begins. We are about the witness the beginning of the first fight between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man

After the jump, find out what we observed on the set of Captain America: Civil War, and how Marvel dealt with plenty of questions about Spider-Man entering the Marvel cinematic universe. All this and more can be found in our Captain America Civil War set report. And in case you haven’t realized it already, beware of spoilers after the jump! Read More »

sausage party sxsw

Every film festival has its unique identity. Programmers from all backgrounds and walks of life come together to create a voice for a fest, selecting and pursuing movies that they believe serve their particular slice of film fanatics. And while it would be unfair to to reduce a film festival as unique and special and varied as SXSW to “Yeah, they the exact kind of outfit that would take a chance on an R-rated animated comedy about talking food,” it’s true. They are the exact kind of outfit that would take a chance on an R-rated animated comedy about talking food.

The SXSW Film Festival has announced that it will screen a “work-in-progress” cut of Sausage Party, the latest project to blossom from the deranged minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Although the film sounds like a lazy riff on the Brave Little Toaster and Toy Story template, the fact that this animated film is intended for adult audiences and features a killer line-up of voice talent suggests that we’re supposed to make that comparison…only for the formula to be torn to shreds.

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An Ideal Home

Back in 2011, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan appeared together in the Sundance selected comedy Our Idiot Brother. Now the two have lined up another project called An Ideal Home, but this one will seem them in much different roles as a troubled married couple who suddenly have quite a wrench thrown into their lives when Coogan’s surprise grandson shows up on their doorstep. And the film will mark a bit of a reunion for Coogan with a filmmaker who directed the actor in one of his best roles. Find out more below. Read More »

civil war ant-man

When you really look at it, that first Captain America: Civil War trailer doesn’t give away much at all. Watching Captain America and Iron Man throw down is so exciting (and upsetting!) that you don’t really miss a big Spider-Man reveal. Catching tiny glimpses of Black Panther in action is cool enough that you don’t need to see the exact line-up of Tony Stark’s allies. There was enough satisfying stuff on display that we could go on for a few more months without knowing exactly what kind of role Paul Rudd‘s Scott Lang / Ant-Man plays in the finale film.

That changes now! Sort of. Much like how toys and LEGO sets spoiled major plot points and characters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron, a new Captain America: Civil War toy may very well have given up one of the most intriguing developments in the next Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. Possible spoilers lurk below, so tread cautiously.

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ant-man 2 genre

Ant-Man is just as much a heist movie as it is a superhero movie. Peyton Reed‘s Marvel origin story didn’t feel like most comic book movies because of its crime caper tropes. The sequel, however, will not return to the heist genre.

Learn more about Ant-Man and the Wasp after the jump.

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Ant-Man Honest Trailer

It’s always interesting to see what the Honest Trailer for a good movie chooses to poke fun at, and in the case of Marvel Studios isolated superhero heist movie Ant-Man, that’s exactly what we get to see. As the Ant-Man Honest Trailer points out, against all odds, this movie actually kinda works. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s basically the exact same plot of Iron Man, but just with a different kind of suit. Read More »

Ant-Man sequel

This year audiences embraced a hero named Ant-Man. I imagine some folks at Marvel were worried if moviegoers would accept a miniature crime fighter with such a refreshingly uncool name — and the bizarre power of commanding ants — but the film was a critical and commercial hit, especially overseas. After the success of the movie, director Peyton Reed can take even more chances with the Ant-Man sequel, and he plans on doing just that.

After the jump, learn what Reed has in store for Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man

Marvel Studios superhero heist film Ant-Man will hit home video on December 8th, and it should make for a good Christmas gift for the Marvel fan in your life. But if you can’t wait until then, a couple key scenes from the movie have been officially released online for you to watch over and over again.

Both of the Ant-Man credits scenes, featuring the reveal of Evangeline Lilly‘s new Wasp prototype suit and a tease of what’s to come in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, are legally available to watch right now. Read More »

Ant-man and the Wasp Adam Mckay

Marvel was smart enough to bring director Peyton Reed back for the sequel to Ant-ManAnt-Man and the Wasp. Reed was in an awkward spot, taking over the first Ant-Man after all the negative buzz following Edgar Wright‘s departure, but he came in and knocked the Marvel film out of the park. A lot of people deserve credit for how well Ant-Man turned out, including Adam McKay, who collaborated on the script with actor Paul Rudd. McKay brought a lot of ideas to the table that really paid off.

As for whether he’ll return for the sequel, McKay sounds open to it. Read what he had to say after the jump.

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Director Duncan Jones has been talking about this science fiction film noir dream project Mute for years. Like so many passion projects, it always seemed to be just out of reach for the Moon and Source Code filmmaker, who has spent the past few years bringing Warcraft to life. With his big-budget fantasy epic nearing the homestretch, Jones can actually make Mute happen instead of just wistfully talking about it to anyone who will listen. After all, we’ve been using the same piece of concept art for every story about this movie for over five years. We need something new!

And now, we’re getting something new. Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd have joined the cast, which is the first proper, actual evidence we’ve had in years that this movie could become a reality. More importantly, Jones has all but confirmed what he’s long teased: Mute will take place in the same universe as Moon.

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