Jude Law Captain Marvel

Jude Law is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor will star opposite Brie Larson in the upcoming Captain Marvel. Details on Law’s role are slim, but reports say he’ll be playing Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel and a mentor to Larson’s Carol Danvers. Here’s everything we know about the Jude Law Captain Marvel casting

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Ben Mendelsohn Captain Marvel

Ben Mendelsohn, a great actor who lately seems to specialize in playing bad guys, is in talks to play the villain in Captain Marvel. If Mendelsohn took the role, it would reunite him with his Mississippi Grind directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Details below.

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Room 104 trailer

After HBO sadly canceled Togetherness, they ordered another series from filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass. Their upcoming anthology series, Room 104, is set entirely in one hotel room. Each episode follows a new guest. Some of these guests are played Amy Landecker, James Van Der Beek, Orlando Jones, Mae Whitman, and Philip Baker Hall. Starting next month, you can watch them check into Room 104.

Below, watch the Room 104 trailer.

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captain marvel directors

Yesterday, it was announced that the filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck would direct Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios’ first solo film to star a female superhero. Today, our own Peter Sciretta sat down with Marvel Studios president and Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Kevin Feige and learned why the directors of small dramas like Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind landed this job.

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Captain Marvel Origin

Yesterday, Marvel revealed that the directors of Captain Marvel are none other than Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, prompting people around the world to say… “Who?”

This isn’t the first time that the media giant has gone from left field with their choices, hiring directors famous inside the world of independent film but not much farther than that. After all, this is the company that made James Gunn, a man who once made $150 for writing a Troma movie, a household name. This is the studio that allowed the brothers who directed Welcome to Collinwood to make the next logical step and go on to Captain America: Civil War. Through Marvel, anything is possible, and Boden and Fleck have a really solid history of crafting intense, character-driven movies…and even directing a few future Marvel superheroes along the way.

Let’s take a look back through their filmography.

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captain marvel origin

The director of the Captain Marvel movie has a big responsibility: they have to introduce a character who isn’t particularly well known outside of comic book shops to a wide audience while also shouldering the burden of making the first solo female superhero movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And now, we know who Marvel Studios has tasked with the gig: the directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

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Mississippi Grind trailer

Half Nelson duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are back this year with Mississippi Grind, an indie drama starring Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds as unlikely companions on a gambling road trip.

Along the way, the two men learn all about themselves and each other, and meet all sorts of characters, and reckon with the pasts that haunt them, and all of that usual stuff. But between Boden and Fleck’s eye for detail and Mendelsohn and Reynolds’ appealing chemistry, this one looks a cut above your average road trip flick. Watch the Mississippi Grind trailer after the jump. Read More »

Marvel is in talks with Slither/Super James Gunn to direct their superhero intergalactic space opera Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel is confident that Gunn will sign on for the project, but if he doesn’t, they have also been talking with Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and the directing duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson).

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It’s only been a few years since writing-directing team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden burst onto the scene, but in that short time they’ve managed to build up quite a reputation for themselves. After creating a string of well-received shorts, the pair first caught public attention in 2006 with their debut feature Half Nelson, which earned star Ryan Gosling an Oscar nod. Since then, the two have also written and directed the equally strong 2008 baseball drama Sugar, as well as last year’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story — which, okay, isn’t quite on par with the others, but it was pretty cute all the same.

Now the two have decided on their next project, titled Hate Mail. More details after the jump.

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TIFF Movie Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Today at the Toronto International Film Festival I saw the big screen adaptation of It’s Kind of a Funny Story, the next movie from Half Nelson writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. I recorded a video blog reaction with my thoughts on the film with Steve from Collider. Watch it now after the jump.

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