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Weekend Box Office: 'Captain America' Is Number One, Because That's Just How America Does It

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 24, 2011 3:44 AM
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Marvel is doing the right thing with their superhero productions. They wisely didn’t break the bank after “Iron Man” did a little under $100 million in its opening weekend, instead opting for future adventures within their universe for around the same cost every time. Even with “The Avengers,” said to be the big kahuna in Marvel’s strategy, they kept costs down thanks to cheap multi-film contracts and economic micromanaging.

In Theaters: 'Captain America' Doesn't Want To Be 'Friends With Benefits'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 22, 2011 6:01 AM
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Ohhhh, Christopher Evans. Is Chris Evans 2011's Crush of the Year? Edgar Wright has a crush on him. GQ has a crush on him. And you know I wave my Chris Evans Crush Flag every day, readers. I mean, I suffered through THE SECOND FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE FOR HIM. That is how I show my love. I watched "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" in the theaters. Also, I saw "The Losers" in theaters and greatly enjoyed it. Yes, I know that this is The Playlist, but I will admit that here in that forum. I will also admit this: I had a dream last night that I was flying around in a space shuttle above LA with Chris Evans and January Jones. So yes, you could say I am looking forward to "Captain America" A LITTLE BIT. But this weekend brings us a Sophie's Choice: everyone's other universal crush Justin Timberlake has a new movie in theaters! And "Bad Teacher" is still playing! Timberlake in glasses! 2 much Timberlake 2 choose. And he possibly shows his bum in "Friends With Benefits." Even the straight men want to see that! Guys, what are we going to do?! Blah blah there are also some other movies playing if you hate beautiful men.

Review: 'Captain America' Swells With Patriotic Pride & Delivers An Old School Superhero Adventure

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 20, 2011 4:42 AM
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Well-paced, classical in nature, and featuring a completely different setting -- the 1940s during WWII which makes it a big tonal departure from other Marvel Films -- "Captain America: The First Avenger," is a relatively muscular and sturdy super-hero tale which is sometimes facile, but effective enough to meet most of its goals and aims.

Interview: Writers Christopher Marcus & Stephen McFeely Discuss Patriotism & ‘Captain America'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 19, 2011 2:22 AM
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Marvel’s most patriotic superhero, Captain America, is finally getting his just due on the big screen after years of attempts and misfires like the corny 1990 release you’ve probably never heard of (count yourself lucky) featuring Matt Salinger in the red, white and blue man tights.

Watch: The Post-Credits Surprise From 'Captain America' Leaks Early

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 18, 2011 4:03 AM
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What started as a gag by director Jon Favreau on the first "Iron Man" film has become a signature part of all Marvel Studios films: the post-credits scene. During the filming of "Iron Man," Favreau threw in a few Easter eggs to the larger Marvel universe including a short scene after the end credits rolled featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, who shows up to tell Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark that he's putting a team together. This was an exciting tease to fanboys which should have led right into "The Avengers," Marvel's long-planned superhero team-up. Unfortunately this made "Iron Man 2" almost completely redundant, but that film's post-credits stinger introduced an Asgardian hammer touching down in New Mexico which set the stage for "Thor." The post-credits bit on that film showed the villain Loki going after the cosmic cube, again setting the stage for "The Avengers." With one more hero to introduce, next week's "Captain America: The First Avenger," many wondered just what we'll be getting as a treat before we leave the theater and now we know. (And obviously, if you don't want to know any more, stop reading here.)

Exclusive: ‘Captain America’ Screenwriters Discuss The Sequel & Possible Flashback Structure

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 17, 2011 2:03 AM
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Paramount and Marvel clearly have high hopes and strong confidence in their forthcoming release of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which hits screens July 22nd. They’ve already deployed screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to begin work on a sequel, which will most likely follow the release of Joss Whedon’s ambitious “The Avengers” movie in 2012.

Watch: 4 Clips From 'Captain America: The First Avenger' Keep Up Our Optimism

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 2:33 AM
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One the one hand, director Joe Johnston is a wild card. While he's celebrated for "The Rocketeer" he's also been behind stuff like "Jumanji" and "The Wolfman" so you're never quite sure who you're gonna get. On the other hand, "Captain America: The First Avenger" has a great lead in Chris Evans, a pretty solid supporting cast, and thus far evinces the perfect tone of loyalty to the comic and character, with a good dose of goofy charm to show that it's not taking itself too seriously. So you can see, we're a bit conflicted about the forthcoming superhero flick, arriving on the heels of three comic movies that have been good ("X-Men: First Class"), middling ("Thor") and bad ("Green Lantern"). However if the latest batch of clips from the film is anything to go by, we could be in for a treat.

Rumor: New Marvel Short Films To Appear On Upcoming 'Thor' & 'Captain America' DVDs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 4:32 AM
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'Captain America' Gets Terrible New PosterLet's rewind the clock a bit. Last summer, a rumor cropped up that Marvel had a plan to make live-action short films as a way to introduce the characters to audiences who may not be familiar with them — pretty much everyone who's not an avid comic book reader. The this bit info was notable, because just a few weeks earlier word was being knocked around that Marvel was planning to make lower budget movies centered around their second and their tier characters like Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Ka-Zar, Power Pack & Luke Cage -- in essence, a short film introduction seemed like a good way to go to get mainstream crowds to know who they were.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Captain America' Promises To Be The Savior Of Summer Comic Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 11:44 AM
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It's been a bit of an uneven summer so far for comic book movies. "Thor" was a near campy, somewhat enjoyable romp that made tolerable popcorn entertainment but didn't exactly have us hankering for a sequel, either. "X-Men: First Class" had the scope and stakes not regularly seen in a comic movie, and buoyed by strong performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, it certainly elevated the genre but was not without some hard to ignore issues. And the less said about the godawful "Green Lantern," the better. So, can "Captain America: The First Avenger" top off the comic book summer with a bang? The newest trailer suggests the answer is: yes.

'Captain America' Writers Close Deal To Write Sequel, Confirm It Will Be Set In Present Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 2:18 AM
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No film studio gets into the comic book movie game without thinking "franchise." Pretty much every comic movie so far this year was preceded by sequel talk, even before they hit theaters. The filmmakers behind "X-Men: First Class" tossed around potential settings for a follow up; while much of any casting news regarding Ryan Reynolds over the past year seemed to be contingent on how quickly Warner Bros. would want a "Green Lantern 2" (judging by the numbers? Probably not so fast). And, "Captain America: The First Avenger" has already been talking sequel too. Earlier this spring Chris Evans dropped a little nugget that a second film would find Steve Rogers in the "modern world" and now, it looks like Marvel is committing to that direction.

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