The internet has been inundated with photos surfacing from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios July 22nd tent pole Captain America: The First Avenger and though they all look cool, this just released poster trumps them all in my opinion. Skewing close to a popular image of the star-spangled avenger, the one-sheet is epic: simple but highly effective. Have a look for yourself below:
I wish that a trailer was going to follow the release of this poster, but we'll have to wait until the Super Bowl this Sunday to see Steve Rogers in action on the WWII battlefields. Stay tuned for more Captain America assets! Source: Marvel
The odd items have been the highlights of the auction of the actor/singer's belongings.
The Nebraska TV executive who bought Bullet on Thursday (15Jul10) for $35,000 (£23,300) also bought Trigger on Wednesday (14Jul10) for more than $266,000 (£177,300).
The buyer, Steve Campione, says his TV network hopes to start a museum of Rogers artifacts.
The preserved remains of Rogers' wife Dale Evans' horse, Buttermilk, were also auctioned on Thursday, and went under the hammer for $25,000 (£16,600).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter has just confirmed that British actress Haley Atwell (Brideshead Revisited, The Duchess) has won the coveted role of Peggy Carter in Joe Johnston's The First Avenger: Captain America.
In comics lore, Carter not only dated Captain America but was an agent helping the French Resistance. She later became the aunt of Sharon Carter, Captain America’s love in modern times.
Marvel conducted an extensive search for the part, with Emily Blunt and Keira Knightley among the names in the mix at one point. Atwell clinched the role after screen testing in London last week.
Chris Evans toplines the big-budget action film as Steve Rogers/Captain America, with Sebastian Stan as right-hand-man Bucky Barnes. Hugo Weaving is still in negotiations to portray arch-nemesis The Red Skull.
Lensing is set to begin this June for a July 22, 2011 release. Paramount Pictures will distribute the highly anticipated film.
Mullikin, best known for his role as Cornelius Hackle in hit stage musical Hello Dolly, passed away on Saturday (03Apr10) in Santa Cruz, California.
He played the character in over 2,000 performances, including tours across the U.S. and Australia with such stars as Ginger Rogers, Phyllis Diller and Dorothy Lamour.
Mullikin made his stage debut in the touring company of South Pacific, and his Broadway debut in the musical revue New Faces of 1952.
He was featured in the 1954 film adaptation of the same name, and also starred in 1962 movie Hell Is for Heroes, alongside Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, James Coburn and Bob Newhart.
Mullikin is survived by a son and a daughter.
After a lengthy period of casting hoopla for the title role in Joe Johnston's adaptation of Marvel Entertainments and Paramount Pictures The First Avenger: Captain America came to a close last week when news of Chris Evans accepted the offer, Variety reports that Sebastian Stan will portray Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers' equally patriotic right hand man on the front lines of World War II.
For the uninformed, Bucky is a key character in the Captain America comic books. An orphan who discovers Cap's true identity and partners up with him to fight the Nazi's, he later comes back from supposed death as the Winter Soldier and even has a stint as the Star Spangled Super Soldier after the assassination of Steve Rogers in 2008.
Stan's deal, like most who are in business with Marvel, covers Johnston's film as well as potential Captain America sequels and other projects that inhabit the same cinematic universe, including The Avengers, which is slated for a May 2012 release.
For those who have been following this film's lengthy casting quest that took place over the first quarter of 2010, Stan's involvement should come as no surprise - he was one of many actors who had screen tested for the coveted title role. Lucky for him, he'll still get to gear up for what is sure to be a blockbuster of epic proportions.
Source: Coming Soon
Hugo Weaving (The Lord Of The Rings and The Matrix trilogies) is reportedly in talks to play the villain Red Skull in Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios' The First Avenger: Captain America.
The rumor actually makes sense, since the Australian thesp worked with the film's director, Joe Johnston, previously on February's The Wolfman.
Johnston and the studio are currently casting Steve Rogers/Captain America.
The film, about a scrawny Army recruit turned powerful WWII patriot is expected to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.
Source: Fox 411
Numerous sources are circling this developing story, but according to Fox 411, actor John Krasinski has moved to the front of the short list for the role of Steve Rogers in Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios' The First Avenger: Captain America.
The Office star has reportedly read for the part numerous times and is going to be back for more this week. Check out this piece from the article below:
"John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests," their source says."He has screen tested 2 times so far. It's very likely that he will be the new Captain America. He is a favorite among the key decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week."
The source added: "The big bosses are having him read with multiple actresses up for the female leads. They want to lock down the role and then they will narrow down everyone else."
We're keeping up on this story so you'll be the first to know who will don the star spangled spandex.
After unveiling some dazzling new Iron Man 2 footage at Comic-Con Saturday afternoon, Marvel Studios exec Kevin Feige took time to update us on another high-profile project in his company’s ambitious pipeline, The First Avenger: Captain America.
On the film’s storyline and how it might be shaped to appeal to an international audience:
“Captain America is really the story of Steve Rogers, like Peter Parker, like Bruce Banner, like Tony Stark. By the way, Tony Stark is about as jingoistic a guy there is. He’s always talking about America, what’s right for America, making weapons to go to war with the rest of the world with and [Iron Man] did extremely well overseas because his story was engaging. This movie is Steve Rogers’ origin story, and I think it is our burden to make Steve Rogers as appealing as any of our other characters ... he’s not just the perfect boy scout who follows order every time. He has ideals he wants to live up to.”
On the decision to set the movie in World War II and the possibility of an appearance by the 1940s-era supergroup the Invaders:
“Also, setting it in World War II — the Marvel version of World War II — I think is gonna open it up in another big way ... What’s funny is it will actually end up being, I think, our most diverse and our most international film, in terms of the content of the movies itself. It takes place overseas much more than any of our other films do. In terms of the cast, there’s a group that Steve works with that will have an opportunity for many more international actors than any of our other films.”
On potential villains:
“We are gonna explore those aspects of World War II that made Cap special: the Super Soldier program, Red Skull, Hydra, all of those things that exist in the Marvel version of it. As you know if you read the comic books, the origin of Captain America is really the origin of the Marvel universe ... it’s about that time in history when the idea of the superhero began to emerge.”
Feige, who was wearing a Marvel hat in case anyone forgot where he works, indicated that they're “about halfway though” developing the script, with a target date of June 2010 for the start of production. As far as casting is concerned, don’t expect any major announcements until October, when director Joe Johnston (The Wolf Man, Hidalgo) joins the production full-time.
Can a period-based comic book flick succeed in a genre dominated by glossy, futuristic films? And is The First Avenger: Captain America the latest example of franchise-obsessed Hollywood's disturbing trend towards comic book flicks with annoyingly cumbersome titles? We'll just have to wait and see, true believers.
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Veteran character actor James Whitmore, probably best known for his performance as Brooks in The Shawshank Redemption, has died of lung cancer, the Associated Press reports. He was 88.
Whitmore’s son Steve Whitmore says his father was diagnosed with the disease a week before Thanksgiving and died Friday afternoon in his Malibu home.
Whitmore started his career in the late 1940s in movies, such as The Asphalt Jungle and early television series, such as The Twilight Zone. He also delivered strong performances in the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt.
He worked up until the last moment, starring in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2007.
"My father believed that family came before everything, that work was just a vehicle in which to provide for your family," Steve told AP. who works as spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "At the end, and in the last two and a half months of his life, he was surrounded by his family."
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Joe Johnston has won the movie lotto after being picked by Marvel Studios to direct its upcoming surefire megablockbuster First Avenger: Captain America, to be released on May 6, 2011.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, no writers have been hired yet, but the studio is in the midst of hearing pitches and will soon make a decision. Likewise, no word yet on which lucky actors are in consideration for the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America.
Captain America marks quite the coup for longtime director and special-effects maestro Johnston, who is currently in postproduction on next year’s predicted Iron Man-sized hit, The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro in the title role.
Johnston’s enviable resume includes directorial credits for Hidalgo, Jurassic Park III and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and visual-effects credits for Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, among many others. Eh, not bad.
Marvel Studios, meanwhile, is on a roll of its own, having forayed into films with this year’s silver-medal box office winner, Iron Man, and both Iron Man 2 and Thor set for a 2010 release ... and hundreds of millions.
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