I moved to Hollywood ten years ago and have seen from the ground level how the industry has changed, in both tumultuous bursts (the decimation of the mid-budget film, the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements) and more gradual changes (the rise of streaming, the utter domination of Disney). But as tempting as it can be to refer to the film industry in monolithic terms, the truth is that it isn’t a monolith: it’s a collection of individual people, and a handful of those talented folks have made themselves known in a huge way over this past decade. I’d like to take a minute to track some of those directors’ career paths, from virtual unknowns all the way to becoming household names.
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In all the excitement for Disney+ (and the lack of excitement for Apple TV+), we forgot about Quibi! The short-form content streaming service is still headed our way, and it continues to line up interesting concepts and talent. The latest: The Russo Brothers, famous for directing multiple Marvel movies and then doing press tours where they explain what happened in those movies, are set to produce a Marvel vs. DC docu-series for the platform.
The Russo Brothers are reuniting with Tom Holland, but not for a Marvel movie. The filmmakers are directing Holland in Cherry, a crime-drama about a bank robber. Holland took to social media to reveal a Cherry first look image, and it has the once and future Spider-Man looking much different than we’re used to seeing him.
As the directors who introduced Tom Holland‘s version of Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony and Joe Russo know how hard Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had to work to reach an agreement with Sony Pictures to share that character on the big screen.
When word came out that that delicate deal fell apart earlier last month and Spider-Man would no longer be a part of the MCU, the Russos seemed resigned to it. But their outlook seems to have evolved a bit, because in a more recent interview, Joe Russo calls the decision a “tragic mistake” on Sony’s part. Read the full quotes below. Read More »
21 Bridges, the first post-Avengers: Endgame flick from producers The Russo Brothers, starring Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman, was all set for a September release. Now, things have changed. The cop thriller will now bow in November. Why? Well, the reasons are murky, but we’ll cross those 21 Bridges when we get to them.
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Anthony & Joe Russo break down the Avengers: Endgame scene where we see a drastic change in Thor. Plus, a video essay that tries to change the perception of Joel Schumacher‘s approach to The Dark Knight in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and a couple more Stranger Things cast members partake in a lie detector test interview.
First up, directors Anthony & Joe Russo sat down with The New York Times for a new edition of Anatomy of a Scene, breaking down the introduction of a drastically different version of Thor than we’ve seen before. They focus on how Chris Hemsworth’s performance turns what could have been simply a goofy gag into a sharp turn from comedy into drama, and they also discuss the logistics of shooting a scene with one live-action actor and four characters created with visual effects.
Next up, Patrick (H) Willems has a new video essay that might shake things up for Batman fans who have long scorned Joel Schumacher’s approach to The Dark Knight. Is it possible that both Batman Forever and Batman & Robin have gotten better with age? Or should we merely appreciate these two movies for providing a shining example of the wrong way to treat comics? Could it be both?
Finally, Stranger Things duo Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer take Vanity Fair‘s patented lie detector test interview.What college did Natalia Dyer go to? Who influences Charlie Heaton’s musical style? What was Natalia’s best birthday present she had as a kid? Has Charlie ever purposefully trashed a hotel room? Get answers to all those questions and more.
After the debut of Avengers: Endgame, directors Anthony & Joe Russo appeared at various Q&A sessions and responded to endless questions about the epic culmination of 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But apparently that wasn’t enough, because the duo got together for their own Comic-Con panel where they covered everything from their past work at Marvel Studios to their upcoming projects with their newly-established production company AGBO.
Find out what we learned from the Conversation with the Russo Brothers Comic-Con panel below. Read More »
Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo have used their power in Hollywood to form their own production studio called AGBO, and several of the brothers’ upcoming projects are reunions with fellow veterans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of their newest is an untitled film which will reunite them with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The movie is set to focus on Christopher Wylie, who was at the center of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal; that company illegally mined unsuspecting Facebook users’ data without permission and used it for political targeting. David Gordon Green, who most recently directed 2018’s Halloween film, is in talks to direct. Learn more about the new movie below. Read More »
The Russo Brothers, blockbuster filmmakers and experts at explaining every single thing that happened in their movies, are done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still talk about it. While the Russos have no MCU films on their horizon, they’ll be partaking in a Hall H panel at this years’s Comic-Con. There, they’ll look back at their MCU films, and then look to the future, with their many projects to come.
Now that the Russo Brothers are done having to worry about Marvel stuff non-stop, they’re free to explore other nerdy interests. Their latest project is a Magic: The Gathering animated series coming from Netflix, Wizards of The Coast, and Hasbro’s Allspark Animation. The series will tell a whole new story set in the world of the wildly popular collectible and digital collectible card game.