Before he ever started filming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Anthony Mackie made it clear he was ecstatic about portraying Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon on the big screen. Unlike some of his increasingly wary co-stars, the "Hurt Locker" star was still on cloud nine about being part of the Marvel Universe when we spoke about the movie a few weeks ago. And why shouldn't he be? Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have fashioned an origin story that's infinitely superior to the Falcon's comic book beginnings. Something, Wilson noted, the company has been trying to fix for decades.
When you look back at it, Marvel Studios has almost always taken the unconventional route when it comes to picking the directors for their movies. When most Hollywood studios would select the proven blockbuster director, indie darling or recent Oscar nominee looking for a payday Marvel has always gone in a different, um, direction.
Marvel Studios knew they had something on their hands the minute the internet went wild over photos of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow before "Iron Man 2" hit theaters. Over the past few years Widow has been a mainstay with a prominent role as a member of "The Avengers" and, now, co-starring alongside the Super Soldier in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
After the Russo brothers' thriller hits theaters, many fans will have even more questions about Natasha Romanoff's past and where she's headed next. Moreover, while the question has been raised before, you'll start hearing a lot more moviegoers asking "Why doesn't Black Widow have her own movie?" It's an excellent question. The answer, unfortunately, may be more complicated than you think.
That being said, check out these pros and cons over the Black Widow's big screen future in the story gallery embedded in this post.
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If you've read any of the reviews of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" you probably realize that this isn't your typical Marvel Studios superhero flick. Well, you're not alone. Samuel L. Jackson, who sat down to chat with HitFix about "Winter Soldier" a few weeks ago, received a pleasant surprise when the script for the movie came across his desk.
An American music pioneer died yesterday. Chances are you never heard of him. His name was Frankie Knuckles and he was the Godfather of House Music.
Darren Aronofsky's highly anticipated epic "Noah" got off to a thunderous start over the weekend taking in $43.7 million at the box office. While critics gave the "it's sort of the biblical story it's sort of not" flick mostly positive reviews, Cinemascore says moviegoers gave it just a C. Considering how even an average movie will earn an A in Cinemascore's system that's not a great sign for the film's future prospects.
LAS VEGAS - Disney had the cache of Marvel and Pixar. 20th Century Fox might brought the showmanship and, arguably, the best slate of movies. Warner Bros., who was the last studio to present to the nation's theater owners Thursday afternoon, brought the star power.
LAS VEGAS - 20th Century Fox's presentation of the studio's upcoming slate to the nation's theater owners kicked off with a live performance of the song "Rio Rio" from "Rio 2," but it was the movies themselves that had the most impact.
LAS VEGAS - 20th Century Fox brought some showmanship to CinemaCon today as the company's presentation to the nation's theater owners kicked off with a musical performance by Ester Dean and B.o.B of the song "Rio Rio" from "Rio 2." And hey, who doesn't want to see Vegas showgirls doing the samba at 10 AM in the morning? That's a major wake up call.
LAS VEGAS - Sony Pictures took center stage Wednesday afternoon at the 2014 CinemaCon as the Culver City based studio previewed the rest of its 2014 slate. Unlike earlier studio presentations, Sony discussed each released briefly before playing one long feature with previews of all their new films. There were two pictures that stood out above all the rest: Chris Miller and Phil Lord's "22 Jump Street" and David Ayers' World War II thriller "Fury."
"22 Jump Street" is, of course, the sequel to the hit comedy "21 Jump Street" and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back as mismatched undercover partners Schmidt and Jenko respectively. The film's early trailers have teased that Lord and Miller (who are coming off "The Lego Movie") haven't lost a step, but the footage Sony played today? No joke, "22" has a chance to be better than the original. You probably already know that Schmidt and Jenko are now heading to college, but the subsequent "Spring Break" aspect of the investigation has barely been touched upon. The jokes appear more self aware than in "21" and Tatum has taken his comedic abilities to another planet. Along with Universal's "Neighbors," movie fans should be excited the they have two guaranteed great comedies coming to theaters over the next few months.
The other picture that made waves was "Fury." An original story by Ayers set during the last days of World War II, the movie finds Brad Pitt playing Wardaddy, the commander of a five-man tank crew who have already been to hell and back again. Make no mistake, Pitt is not playing another version of Lt. Aldo Raine from "Inglorious Basterds." The scenes shown depict Wardaddy as a feared, but loved commander whose entire life is in his tank. Logan Lerman plays Norman, a newbie to the Army who is immediately out of place among a group of veterans portrayed by Pitt, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and, yes, Shia Labeouf. In fact, all the actors look at peak form (even Labeouf), but Pitt? From what was shown, this looks very, very special. Ayers has also crafted a grittier and more realistic European Theater than depicted in "Saving Private Ryan" or HBO's "Band of Brothers." Up and coming cinematographer Roman Vasyanov has been impressive previously collaborating with Ayers on "End of Watch" and his look was the best part of "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," but "Fury" is going to become into his calling card. It's simply gorgeous work. The trailer should hit theaters sometime this summer and expect "Fury" to quickly land on any many awards season contender lists.
Before getting to the rest of the reel, it should be noted that Sony ended the presentation with three different sequences that constituted 30 minutes of Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2." So much of the movie has been seen already (or feels like it's been seen) that it's hard to comment about new footage. Did the action look good? Sure. Do Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone still have great chemistry? You bet. Does Jamie Foxx pull off the Electro transformation? It sure looks like it. At this point, however, it's time to just see how it all fits in the final movie. In a little over five weeks "ASM2" will be in theaters and everyone can judge for themselves.
Here's a quick rundown of the rest of the titles Sony previewed.
Director: Antonine Fuqua
Release Date: Sept. 26
Lowdown: Denzel Washington is a man on a mission in Fuqua's thriller which seems to have little in common with the 1980's TV series of the same name. In the one scene shown, Washington's character takes down four (?) Russian thugs in 19 seconds. It's filmed very similarly to the sequences in "Sherlock Holmes" where Holmes predicts each move he's going to make in a fight before its even begun. It was also very, very violent, but showed potential.
Director: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
Release Date: Oct. 10
Lowdown: James Franco is David Skylark, the host of a popular interview show known as "Skylark Tonight" and Rogen plays his top producer. Much to their surprise, they find out that North Korean dictator for life Kim Jung-Un is a huge fan of Skylark's and wants to be interviewed by him. Then the CIA (Lizzy Caplan) comes calling asking them to "take him out" (a very funny bit). The best part of the preview though was an early "Skylark Tonight" interview scene where Rob Lowe (playing himself) admits to the world he's been bald for decades (I will spoil no more). The Franco and Rogen in Korea scenes were more stylish and intentionally bizarre than laugh out loud funny. Goldberg and Rogen have a great look to the picture (something they previously showed in "This Is The End"), but it feels like a very dark comedy (and we're hoping in the best way possible).