Speaking to the good folks over at Empire Magazine (quotes via CBM) on the set of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ Chris Evans opened up about the much anticipated Marvel movie. “I don’t think Marvel’s ever done anything like this. The [Russo] brothers said right from the start that we were really doing a ’70s thriller. And I think just Cap’s abilities mesh well with that kind of genre. I mean, his powers are very meat and potatoes. Faster. Stronger. Punch. Kick. That works with those types of movies. It would be more difficult to put, say, Hulk in that kind of context.”
Chris Evans also goes on to discuss about getting to fully embrace the fish-out-of-water element to the Captain America/Steve Rogers character, “We really haven’t explored his adjustment period. In The Avengers we had so many characters you have to address, you don’t really have time to sit with any single one. In this movie there’s a lot going on for Steve. He’s trying to acclimatize to the modern world. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s about trying to find how he fits. He’s a man from the 1940s. He’s just woken up. For everybody else, it’s been a slow burn to get to where we are in 2014. But for him, suddenly there’s the internet, cellphones and The Patriot Act. The technology’s new to him and so is the access the government has to that technology.”
Steve McQueen Says Hollywood Has Ignored Slavery: “World War II Lasted 5 Years & There Are 100s & 100s Of Films About World War II & The Holocaust….”
In a recent chat with Sky News for ’12 Years a Slave,’ Steve McQueen criticized Hollywood for avoiding slavery as a subject matter for movies. The acclaimed filmmaker/artist said that he hopes his drama will “redress that balance”. McQueen said, “The Second World War lasted five years and there are hundreds and hundreds of films about the Second World War and the Holocaust. Slavery lasted 400 years and there are less than 20 [films]. We have to redress that balance and look at that time in history.” The Turner Prize-winning artist, who previously directed ‘Hunger’ and ‘Shame,’ said: “People somehow do not want to look at this particular time in history.” In my own interview with McQueen, I had the following exchange with him:
Summit Entertainment has revealed this new TV spot for ‘The Legend of Hercules,’ which opens in 3D and 2D on January 10th in the US. Directed by Renny Harlin, the film stars Kellan Lutz as Hercules, the mythical Greek hero, demigod and son of Zeus. Betrayed by his King and sold into slavery, Hercules must use his formidable strength to fight for his freedom and return to his true love, Hebe, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss). The supporting cast includes Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee and Rade Serbedzija.
‘The Legend of Hercules’ is one of two high-profile Hercules movies being made by Hollywood studios, the second being an MGM/Paramount co-production to be directed by Brett Ratner. Dwayne Johnson is playing the titular hero in the rival project. The Dwayne Johnson-starring Hercules movie is slated for release in August 2014.
Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum) character poster for ’The LEGO Movie.’ Scheduled for a February 7th release in the US and a February 14th bow in the UK, ’The LEGO Movie’ is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) from their own original screenplay. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders, and Morgan Freeman.
Chris Pratt stars as Emmet. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks will star as two of Emmet’s fellow travelers: Vitruvius, an old mystic; and tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest. She also calls upon the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure voiced by Will Arnett, with whom she shares a history. Will Ferrell will play Emmet’s primary adversary, President Business; Liam Neeson is the president’s powerful henchman, Bad Cop; Nick Offerman is a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Brie is a member of Emmet’s team with a powerful secret.
During a recent chat with Total Film magazine, Emma Stone reveals that her Gwen Stacy is no damsel in distress in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ Stone tells the outlet, unlike Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane in Sam Raimi’s Spidey flicks, Gwen knows how to look after herself. When asked how many times Spider-Man saves her in the upcoming sequel, Stone replied “Not many. I can think of one important instance. She saves him more than he saves her. She’s incredibly helpful to Spider-Man… He’s the muscle, she’s the brains.” Stone adds. “I don’t get to do too many crazy stunts. She gets herself in the middle of stuff, that’s for sure! I do get webbed to a car. There’s shit like that.”
From director Marc Webb, the film will be released in the US on May 2nd and in the UK on April 18th. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro), Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborne), Colm Feore (‘Donald Menken’), Chris Cooper (Norman Osborne), Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, Sarah Gadon and Sally Field (May Parker). The official synopsis for the film is as follows.
Paramount Pictures has debuted this latest character poster for ’Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ which opens on January 17th in the US and January 24th in the UK. In the film, Chris Pine takes on the eponymous Tom Clancy character; who’s previously been played in novel-to-screen adaptations by Alec Baldwin in ’The Hunt for Red October,’ by Harrison Ford in both ’Patriot Games’ and ‘Clear and Present Danger,’ and finally by Ben Affleck in ‘The Sum of All Fears.’ The story for this film centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan, who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the US economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife (Keira Knightley).
Kenneth Branagh will be pulling double-duty as the film’s director and villain, while Kevin Costner stars as William Harper, a legendary CIA Field Agent. Colm Feore, Nonso Anozie, Karen David and Gemma Chan co-star. The synopsis for ’Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ is as follows.