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Showcasing Chris Evans’ Captain America and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Marvel has debuted this latest clip from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ the sequel to 2011′s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and the ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release on April 4th in the US and March 28th in the UK.
Guy Pearce Set To Join Johnny Depp & Joel Edgerton In Scott Cooper’s Whitey Bulger Movie ‘Black Mass’
Variety are reporting that Guy Pearce is in talks to play one of Whitey Bulger’s (Johnny Depp) brothers in ‘Black Mass,’ the drama Scott Cooper will direct about the Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive. Joel Edgerton will play John Connolly, the FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, who is in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted. That led Bulger to go from ruthless Boston crime kingpin to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. The script for ‘Black Mass’ is by Mark Mallouk, who adapted the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller ‘Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob.’ Production will begin in May.
Whitey Bulger had risen to the top of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List when he disappeared for a decade before he could be put behind bars. Many felt he could never have gotten that far without the help of John Connolly, an FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger and his brother William (presumably Guy Pearce’s role?), the former president of the Massachusetts Senate. Connolly was tasked with bringing down the Italian mob, and he was aided by Bulger, who burnished his own position as Boston crime kingpin by getting rid of the competition for his Winter Hill gang. Connolly was lauded for his work before things went south for him. He eventually was convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice for aiding Bulger, who is currently in a Massachusetts state prison for second-degree murder.
In light of the enormous success of ‘Ride Along’ at the box office, Universal Pictures has set a January 15th, 2016 release date for the sequel to the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy. Tim Story will return with direct, and Hart and Ice Cube will reprise their roles as a security guard and an Atlanta cop. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are writing the script, and Will Packer and Cube Vision will produce.
‘Ride Along’ opened in the US over the January four-day holiday weekend to $48.6 million, the best opening of all time for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, beating 2008′s ‘Cloverfield; ($46.1 million). Costing a modest $25 million to make and nabbing a fantastic A CinemaScore, the film stayed in the #1 spot for three weeks straight and has earned $130.6 million domestically to date. The likes of John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, David Banner, Bryan Callen and Laurence Fishburne starred alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. At the worldwide box office, ‘Ride Along’ is currently sitting at $140.6 million earned.
According to Deadline, actor-director-writer Dexter Fletcher has dropped out of helming the Sony Pictures and GK Films movie on the rock supergroup Queen, with the late frontman, lead vocalist and lyricist Freddie Mercury to be played Ben Whishaw. Fletcher made his directorial debut with ’Wild Bill’ before directing ’Sunshine On Leith,’ a musical based on the Proclaimers songbook. I strongly recommend giving them a peep if you haven’t already, I thoroughly enjoyed both. The phrase “creative differences” is being cited as the reason for Fletcher’s departure, although there’s been no concrete word from the studio and production company, or indeed Mr. Fletcher, at this moment in time.
Ben Whishaw is still said to be playing Freddie Mercury, but Sony Pictures hope to keep production on pace might be optimistic, given that Whishaw is booked for the next James Bond picture. Whishaw stepped in after Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out in what has been a struggle to get the film just right before starting production. Cohen also dropped out over creative differences.
Closely following yesterday’s report saying Rooney Mara is in negotiations to play Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s upcoming Peter Pan film, ’Pan,’ The Wrap have caught wind that ‘Four Lions’ star Adeel Akhtar has been cast as Smee in Warner Bros. Pictures’ big-budget tentpole. The film tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds grand adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan. Hugh Jackman is expected to play Blackbeard while Garrett Hedlund will reportedly play Captain Hook. Smee is a pirate who serves as Captain Hook’s right-hand man. He was portrayed by Bob Hoskins in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook.’
Joe Wright will direct the feature film based on J.M. Barrie’s beloved story from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. The film is set for a worldwide release on July 17th, 2015, opening opposite Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man.’ Wright previously directed ‘Pride & Prejudice,’ ‘Atonement,’ ‘The Soloist,’ ‘Hanna’ and ‘Anna Karenina.’ There’s no word on who’s playing Peter Pan at this moment in time.
Apple has revealed this first trailer and set of images from the James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up.’ Set for a October 17th release, Chadwick Boseman, who broke out in a big way with his performance as Jackie Robinson in ’42,’ is joined in the Tate Taylor-directed film by Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Craig Robinson, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Octavia Spencer. Boseman plays the legendary artist.
James Brown, one of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, died in 2006 at age 73. Boseman will portray the Godfather of Soul over a period of several decades, from his disadvantaged youth to his status as a bonafide music icon.