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Captain America The Winter Soldier

“The price of freedom is high… and it’s a price I’m willing to pay! You told me not trust anyone and this is how it ends: EVERYTHING goes!”

The best feeling in the world is going into a movie that you have high expectations, and walking out satisfied. It’s a whole other thing entirely to leave the theater slack jawed by what you just saw, just taken aback by how great a movie is. It’s one of the highest compliments you can give a film, and it’s one that ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, the ninth entry in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe series, has earned. Chris Evans once again returns as Steve Rogers, a man out of time, dealing with what it means to be alone and who feels lost to the world around him. Along for the ride are returning cast members Scarlett Johansson as Agent Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, while also introducing us to Anthony Mackie, the man who will become known as the Falcon.

Following the events of ‘The Avengers’, Steve Rogers (Evans) has begun working as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. full time. But the longer he’s inside the system, the less he trusts it, because the farther in he digs, the more that seems to be hidden from him. It doesn’t take long for that paranoia to reach a new high when an attempt on Nick Fury’s (Jackson) life, by a phantom assassin known as The Winter Soldier, turns the world upside down. Steve finds himself on the run, and with the aid of Natasha (Johansson), and his new friend Sam Wilson (Mackie), the group plans on finding out the truth behind what S.H.I.E.L.D. is hiding, as well as finding out who lies behind the Winter Soldier’s mask.

The most impressive thing about ‘The Winter Soldier’, other than the fact that the movie is so great, is that it was directed by two guys who have never made an action movie before in their life. Joe and Anthony Russo, whose most notable work comes from work on sitcoms such as ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Community’, are in a whole new element with this film, but you would never know it. The film is so exceptionally directed, that you’d think it was being done by someone who had been making action movies their entire lives. You can tell that the Russo Brothers have a keen eye for action, and they deliver it beautifully here. It’s well shot, tense, and unrelenting, but never to the point that it’s too much. There are some larger than life set pieces in the film that rival some of the best action films, while bringing ‘The Winter Soldier’ incredibly close to ‘The Avengers’ level of fun. In particular, the freeway chase, and eventually firefight between Steve, Black Widow, and the Falcon, against the Winter Soldier and his men, really stands out as the most memorable action scene in the film. It’s just so well put together, and the hand-to-hand combat between Steven and the Winter Soldier is so well choreographed.

It definitely helps though that for all the action, there’s a very intriguing story underneath it all, giving it a chance to breathe, and settle down before it pushes us forward. There’s an aura of the classic political thrillers that many of us grew up that just fully encompasses this film. It’s part Tom Clancy, mixed with ‘Three Days of the Concord’, with a bit of ‘Enemy of the State’ thrown in for good measure, which makes the film twist and turn in the best of ways. While the middle does meander a little bit, making sure we’re always invested in the story, it’s never enough to hurt the film. The pace, even in the slower parts, moves solidly, and before you know it, the movie is off and running again, and you’re trying to catch your breath. It’s also really good when a film can suck you in using real issues we’re facing ourselves, which this film does magnificently. The idea of government surveillance, cyber spooks, and cyber terrorists is a very real problem that our world has been facing, and it’s one that fits this world so perfectly. Seeing the themes like that handled so well, and delicately, is really impressive, and makes for a really compelling viewing.

You can tell that one thing that the Russo Brothers did bring to the table from their TV days was how to work with actors, because they managed to get some of the best performances in the MCU out of this cast. Chris Evans is the best he’s ever been as Steve Rogers. The character’s high morales have always been a big part of him, and this film not only forces him to call them into question, but also call into question the morality of those he’s working for. It’s a great story arc, and it gives Evans a lot to work with. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role at this point. Samuel L. Jackson also got a lot more to do than he has before as Nick Fury, and he’s great this time around. His character has a great story, one that parallels much of Steve’s, but also dealing with the Sins of the past, and it works. It’s nice to see Fury really getting out behind the desk and into the action as well, really rounding out a character we’ve barely gotten to know.

Scarlett Johansson is quite good as the Widow, and while we don’t get a lot more of her backstory as we did in ‘The Avengers’, she’s still a lot of fun. She works will with Evans and Mackie, and her character gets a lot of action, and you can tell she’s really enjoying herself in the role. But it’s really Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, or The Falcon, who really steals the show. Mackie is so great in the role, and he’s a perfect fit for the MCU. The way he and Evans play off each other is electric, which makes you like the character even more. This could become a really great onscreen duo down the road, and it’s one that needs to be utilized even more in future films. It would be a shame to see so much potential not get used. Of course, you can’t not mention the great Robert Redford, who turns up as one of the head’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the film. The man is a legend, and he’s so good as Alexander Pierce, you never want him to leave the screen. It’s great seeing him doing a role like this, when he seems to be so choosy in his roles, and helping legitimize the comic book genre for people who may not see it that way.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is easily in the top two of the Marvel Studios films to date. But not only that, it’s one of the top films in the comic book genre, period. Marvel has proven now that of all their characters, Captain America is the one they get the most, and he is the one who is really pulling the best films in the MCU series, thus far. Filled with excellent action, a fantastic script, and great performances from everyone involved, it’s hard not to absolutely love this movie. This is more than the typical popcorn blockbuster, which is something we should all be thankful for. The Russo Brothers have proven their skills to an insane degree here, and it’ll be great to see where they go from here. For those who may be disappointed in Marvel’s Phase 2 so far, this one will turn you around. This is just an insanely great film, check it out.

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‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Review http://www.chipandco.com/muppets-wanted-review-186858/ http://www.chipandco.com/muppets-wanted-review-186858/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:30:00 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=186858 It’s time to start the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets once again in  ‘Muppets Most Wanted‘, the eighth theatrical film in the continuing adventures of everyone’s favorite Frog led gang. Back in 2011, the characters made a huge comeback in ‘The Muppets’, a new rebooted continuation of […]

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It’s time to start the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets once again in  ‘Muppets Most Wanted‘, the eighth theatrical film in the continuing adventures of everyone’s favorite Frog led gang. Back in 2011, the characters made a huge comeback in ‘The Muppets’, a new rebooted continuation of the series, that starred, as well as being written by, Jason Segel, and directed by James Bobin. The film was a smash hit, and brought the Muppets back to the limelight in the best way possible, as well as introducing us to the newest Muppet, Walter. Not long after the first film’s release, a sequel was commissioned, which would see James Bobin return to direct, and Segel’s co-writer, Nicholas Stoller, coming back to pen the screenplay. Something that was made abundantly clear as ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ began, was that the meta nature of the last few films was still there, but so much of the heart and soul that Segel brought to the film seemed to be lacking, and the film seems to know it too.

Muppets Most Wanted‘ opens immediately after the final moments of ‘The Muppets’, and sees the characters at a loss at what to do now. When a mysterious gentlemen named Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) arrives, he offers to be the group’s new manager. Kermit is reluctant, but gives in to the demands of everyone else, against his better judgment. But Dominic hasn’t been completely honest, and is actually working with Constantine, the world’s number one criminal, and almost identical look alike to Kermit. Tailed by a French Inspector, Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell), as well as a Russian prison warden, Nadya (Tina Fey), the Muppets unwittingly find themselves caught in the middle of a international capper, where their adventure goes from fun to crazy in quick succession.

When you think of The Muppets, you think of their crazy adventures, but not just that, the heart inside what the story they’re trying to tell is. That’s something that has always made the best films in their series stand taller than the lesser entries, and the last film, ‘The Muppets’, really showed that. The core story of Walter, a huge Muppet fan who wasn’t sure if he was a man or a muppet, really worked well. You loved the character, and you cared about his story. Unfortunately, ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ does a story we’ve seen before, where The Muppets don’t realize how much they need Kermit, and when he is switched for Constantine, no one notices he’s gone. So while the story of Kermit is center stage, it’s not exactly something we haven’t seen before. Especially considering how much effort was spent on Walter in the last film, to have him put on the back burner for most of the film, is irritating. Segel’s behind the scenes touch on the last film gave the film that extra heart, as he loved the characters and knew how they ticked, so the film worked really well for that reason. It was also new and fresh, because we’d never really seen the idea of man or muppet before. Here, it’s just not the same, and it feels very “been there, done that”.

Thankfully, while the film doesn’t have the heart of its predecessor, it has got some great humor. One thing that has always made The Muppets stand above the rest is that their humor is smart, and it will please kids and adults alike. There’s nothing talking down to kids, or being so dumb that parents aren’t enjoying themselves. The jokes are fast and furious, and they hit a wide range. One personal favorite comes during the film’s opening number, ‘We’re Making a Sequel’, the filmmakers managed to fit in a reference to the Ingmar Bergman film, ‘The Seventh Seal’, which is wonderful. The film also features some great homages to film’s like ‘The Pink Panther’, ‘The Great Escape’, and so many more. For adults, these are some of the best parts of the film, and they’ll put a big smile on their face. Kids will laugh at much of the absurdity of the situations, and the way the characters interact together. If there’s one thing that Bobin and Stoller do well, is balancing the humor between childish and smart, and that makes the film work that much better. The music is quite good as well, but it’s too bad there’s not a great show stopping tune, like the last film’s ‘Man or Muppet?’, which is one many still find themselves humming two years later.

As fun as so much of the film is, it just seems like too many of The Muppets don’t get enough screen time. The sequel is so cameo heavy, to the point that it’s almost distracting, that it takes away from time that we could spend with our favorite characters. Characters like Gonzo, Walter, and Fozzie Bear seem to be relented to small parts, where they finally become important in the third act. Though, Constantine, the film’s central villain, is a wonderful character, and is a great new addition to the series. He’s just over the top, and so much fun, and his presence almost makes up for the other characters short time on screen. The human actors are all really wonderful, and fit so well into the world. Ricky Gervais is so good as Dominic Badguy, and he brings a fun sleaziness to the character. Ty Burrell’s Jean Pierre is a great send up to Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau, from the ‘Pink Panther’ series of films, and he’s so over the top and fun. His work with Sam Eagle, who actually gets a great chunk of screen time, prove to be some of the film’s most memorable scenes. Tina Fey is wonderful as Naday, the Russian Prison warden, and she brings the film a lot of laughs. She spends a bulk of hte movie with Kermit, and the two play off each other so well.

There’s a reason the Muppets are most wanted, because they continue to steal our hearts. While the film doesn’t feature the most emotionally satisfying arc in the series, like the previous film did, the film still has a sweet core. Not all the characters get a lot of moments to shine, but at least the humor is there and makes the film work. The music  is good, the musical numbers are fun, and the film features some new interesting and great characters. Kids and adults are sure to be pleased with the newest entry in the Muppets franchise, as are fans of the series, and it’ll be fun to see where the series will go from here.

 

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Press Junket http://www.chipandco.com/captain-america-winter-soldier-press-junket-187476/ http://www.chipandco.com/captain-america-winter-soldier-press-junket-187476/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:30:14 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=187476 Last week, I was invited out to Beverly Hills to attend a press junket for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, Marvel Studios’ newest film, the follow up story for Captain America, played by Chris Evans, coming off of ‘The Avengers’. While I’ll be posting my thoughts on the film later, I can say, Marvel brought […]

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Last week, I was invited out to Beverly Hills to attend a press junket for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, Marvel Studios’ newest film, the follow up story for Captain America, played by Chris Evans, coming off of ‘The Avengers’. While I’ll be posting my thoughts on the film later, I can say, Marvel brought their A game for this film, and it shows. This is a remarkably well made film, and I can’t wait to share my full review in the coming days. The junket had a lot of great information.

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One of the questions brought up was framed with how well Marvel makes strong female characters, and they asked the studio head, Kevin Feige, about the possibility of a solo Black Widow film, that would star Scarlett Johansson. This has been coming up a lot in recent weeks, and Feige had this to say:

Uh, I think it could be great. We’ve got various outlines and ideas on where to take that. And Scarlett has already said there’s a big element of exploring more of her backstory in another upcoming Marvel feature. So the question really is, when would we want to take her out of that ensemble to go and do her own thing, and in fact, as you saw in this movie, and as you’ll see in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, she’s key to so much of the broader world.

So while a Black Widow movie could happen, it may not be any time soon, because Natasha is a big part of the universe as it is, and works so well in the confines of this ensemble. But never say never, Marvel is certainly thinking about it. Not long after that, Chris Evans was asked about his original reluctance to take the role because of typecasting and signing for so many films, and now that he’s done the role three times, how does he feel now. Chris was very open and honest:

Had I not done the movies, it would have been the biggest mistake of my life. It really would have been the biggest regret to date, and there are plenty. It’s changed everything for me. Not just what it’s enabled me to do outside of these movies, but it’s so comforting knowing you’re making good movies. It would be a nightmare to be trapped in these contracts when you’re making movies you’re not proud of. But Marvel has the Midas touch, so you know every time you suit up, you’re making some of quality. It’s rewarding on every level, so thank God I had the right people in my life pushing me to make the right decision.

It’s great see Evans is still this ecstatic over the role, and the opportunities it’s presented him. He seems very humble and grateful to have been giving the chance to take a part in this every growing Marvel Universe, and it’s great to know that we still have at least three more films with him in the role as Captain America.

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One of my favorite questions of the day came from one reporting what it was like working with the Legendary Robert Redford, who plays the character, Alexander Pierce, in the film. He spends most his time with Evans and Samuel L. Jackson in the film, so they both had this to say:

Evans:
He’s amazing. He was pretty intimidating that day, because he is a living legend. But it is always such a treat when someone you look up to that much lives up to the expectation. I mean, he could have easily come on set and hijacked the film, not just as an actor, but given his past as a director and his experience, he very easily could have taken over. He showed up with the utmost professionalism. I think the first day we shot was until one in the morning, and he stuck around for all the camera stuff. It was like it was his first movie. So he really is an example of what it is to be great.

Jackson:
Yeah, pretty much the same. I met Robert in a lot of different situations when I was going to Sundance, when I was a young actor. I missed the opportunity to do several films with him over the years. And that morning when I got to work with him the first time,  we sat down and talked about a lot of different things. We talked about golf, we talked about life, about movies, so by the time we got on set, it did seem like we spent time together, or had some sort of past. It was a great experience. He’s everything Chris said, he’s professional, knew his lines, he wanted to make things better, and that’s part of coming into the Marvel Universe.

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The question than came up to Kevin Feige, asking how much influence he has on the other Marvel films outside of the Marvel Studios banner, such as Fox’s X-Men films, and Sony’s Spider-Man films. Feige was honest, and upfront:

It’s limited. It’s very limited with the other studios. Mainly for two reasons. One, because we’re quite busy building our own cinematic universe, and also the contracts are very old, so the approvals are very limited. It sort of is what it is, the contracts are very old with those studios, and I expect they’ll be making Spider-Man movies at Sony for a long time and X-Men movies at Fox for a long time. And hopefully we’ll keep making MCU movies for a long time.

I’m glad Feige was upfront and to the point about it. He doesn’t see them getting back those two big franchises anytime soon. It’s a bummer for some, because it would be great to see those characters all come together under the Marvel banner, but the fact of the matter is, those contracts are ironclad and tight, and Marvel probably won’t be receiving the rights to them anytime soon.

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Samuel L. Jackson was then asked what his thoughts and feelings were the first time he read the script for the new film, and what excited him most about it:

Man, that’s a lot of questions. I’m always excited to do more movies, and Nick seems to grow with each film. And I realized when I was reading that it was a bit more than just a comic book feature. That it had intrigue, and I’m sure that a lot of young people are going to be surprised when they get in the movie and watch it that they actually have to think about something, what’s going on, or they can’t figure out the plot, and that always excites me. It’s always a great, great joy that I’m going to be back in a space with all the people I enjoy working with, and being able to do the things that I did on a very small scale when I was a kid. It’s a dream come true. You sit there and read comic books when you’re a kid and you wonder if there’s a world like that, you grow up as an actor and they start making movies like that and you wonder, “How can I get in that movie?”, and the next thing you know you’re inside it going, “yeah!”  So, it’s all plus there.

There’s a lot of great information that came out of this press junket, and as it wrapped, one thing was abundantly clear to me: people love working for Marvel Studios, and working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’re doing so much great work, and this is their ninth film in the ever growing sage of the MCU, with another on the way this August, with Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, and then all coming tying together the end of Phase 2 next May with, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. The studio, the directors, and all the actors know that they’re doing something very special here, and the love is flowing out of it. They’ve gained the trust of the audience, and now they’re hoping to keep them on board and giving them two more building blocks every year for the foreseeable future. It’s a great time to be a fan of the Marvel characters, and it’s great to see so many of them done justice on the big screen. I know for me personally, I love seeing my favorite comic book company taking on translating what made their comics so popular on the big screen, and I hope it’ll continue for a long time.

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‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Press Junket Part 2: The Cast http://www.chipandco.com/muppets-wanted-press-junket-part-2-cast-187377/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:30:59 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=187377 Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend a press junket for ‘Muppets Most Wanted’, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 film, ‘The Muppets’. The new film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, with everyone’s favorite Muppets, on a worldwide adventure that sees the Muppets caught in the middle of a crime […]

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Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend a press junket for ‘Muppets Most Wanted’, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 film, ‘The Muppets’. The new film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, with everyone’s favorite Muppets, on a worldwide adventure that sees the Muppets caught in the middle of a crime wave, where they are suspect number one. Disney invited us out to talk to the people behind the film, getting an inside look at their minds during the filmmaking process. The day was split up between two panels, the second of which was made up of the film’s cast, from left to right, Tina Fey, Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Constantine Frog, Ty Burrell, Sam Eagle, and Miss Piggy, who makes a late appearance.

The cast sat down to talk to us about making the movie, for The Muppets, what it was like to work with their new human counterparts, and so much more. The first question to kick off the day, which was a wonderfully hilarious, was why Kermit decided not to play the duel roles of himself, as well as the film’s villain, Constantine. Kermit’s answer was a wonderful, and so fitting to why we love the character:

Well, you know it didn’t make sense for me to play Constantine ‘cause we do have a few scenes together and I don’t really work on green screen so we couldn’t really make that work.  But plus, listen Constantine is actually a—a distant cousin, from Russia.

That definitely makes a lot of sense, and pretty much shows once again, it really isn’t easy being green, for our favorite Frog. But it’s nice he was at least able to get a distant relative that looks incredibly like him to be in the film and really sell their similarities. One of my favorite moments came when Sam Eagle and Ty Burrell talked about how much they bonded on set. Sam was quite taken with Ty, and was so convinced by his French accent, that he thought he was really a french man. He then threw praise on Ty, saying that his performance would go down in history as one of the greatest French performances of all time. It was a sweet, and overly hilarious, part that made me love the Muppets that much more.

At one point, the question did come up asking the human actors if they idea of singing in the film made them nervous at all. While Gervais said the signing wasn’t a problem, it was actually the dancing that had him nervous:

Well, I was okay with singing.  I’m a failed pop star.  I always sneak a song into everything I do, whether it’s David Brenn or Simpson’s or but, my dancing is a little awkward.  A little embarrassed about that.  I don’t move well.  But I was with a frog.

Fey would go on to continue:

Yeah, you know you have a good voice.  And my singing sounds like if you’ve ever seen the version of Oliver when the little boy sings and you can hear the hiss of how loud they had to turn up the microphone, it’s—my singing sounds like that.

They went on to say that even if they weren’t incredibly great at singing, Bret McKenzie wrote wonderful songs, giving them the appearance of being able to sing, something they were all grateful for. Sam Eagle seems to think we were all spared his horrible singing voice, by design, because he only has two singing parts, and he’s basically talking instead of singing, something he wasn’t insulted about.

One of the reasons I’ve been so excited for this film was the inclusion of Ricky Gervais, who I think is an underrated comedic genius. Apparently, I wasn’t alone in my sentiments, as another journalist professed to being a huge fan of Gervais’ work, and had to ask him, if he did another season of his hit show, ‘An Idiot Abroad’, starring Karl Pilkington, which Muppet would he pair him with. Gervais’ answer was wonderfully spot on and candid, especially if you know anything about the TV series:

I reckon, wow, Piggy I reckon, It can’t stand anything high maintenance and whiney so that—that would be good.  That would, that would really, I mean, that would finish him off I think. Or Bunsen, that would be good as well.  Because they look so alike. That would confuse him.  He wouldn’t know which one he was by the end of the, by the end of the show so that would be easy.

As this was happening, Sam Eagle was notified of a disturbance in the lobby, because he was actually also helping as hotel security at the event, so he would have to leave us. It was great to see Sam was going out of his way to protect the well meaning journalists who had come to talk with him and his friends. But it wasn’t long after that we were blessed with the presence of Miss Piggy, who was, unsurprisingly, fashionably late. But as she appeared, you could feel some tension between her and Tina Fey, who apparently hadn’t been getting along. It turned out, Miss Piggy had actually been refusing to meet Tina on set, and the feud seems to be festering about still. But the two kept it professional throughout, which was great.

One journalist did ask the human actors, now that they have kids, doesn’t being in a Muppet film give them any sort of street cred with their kids? Burrell was quick to answer:

My kids are still so unimpressed by me.  I’m banking this one.  I’m gonna, I’ve learned this already from other, any other kids project that it’s if I wanna save my ego I’m gonna bank this.  I’m gonna put it out in five years or something.  But so far, it’s one minute of—of why is daddy on screen and—and 90 minutes of I’m hungry.

So it seems that even if the film is a huge hit, Burrell’s kids are more interested in having food then watching their dad in the film. But this would be where the junket would begin to wind down, but of course, Piggy would get at least a few questions before it was over. When asked what it was like to work with Celine Dion, Piggy was incredibly modest:

Well, working with Celine Dion it was a pleasure.  It was a joy for her naturally. Yes, I’m—I’m only too happy to let her ride my coat tails up to the Oscar stage.  Yes, it was a joy.  We only spent a little time together but—but it was very meaningful to her.

But sadly, before we knew it, the day was over. In spending this time with Muppets, as well as Gervais, Burrell, Fey, director James Bobin, song writer Bret McKenzie, and producer Todd Lieberman, that they all love and adore the Muppet world, and they just want to bring the best possible Muppet films to life for audiences to enjoy. They are bent on making films that not only kids can appreciate, but ones that parents can enjoy too. There’s so much love and heart put into this films, and it’s good to see so much interest vested in making the Muppets a huge sensation.

Don’t forget, ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ opens on March 21, 2014. The film stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, Constantine Frog, Walter, and Tina Fey, and is directed by James Bobin.

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‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Press Junket Part 1: The Filmmakers http://www.chipandco.com/muppets-wanted-press-junket-part-1-filmmakers-187351/ Sun, 16 Mar 2014 03:30:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=187351 Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend a press junket for ‘Muppets Most Wanted‘, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 film, ‘The Muppets’. The new film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, with everyone’s favorite Muppets, on a worldwide adventure that sees the Muppets caught in the middle of a crime […]

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Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend a press junket for ‘Muppets Most Wanted‘, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 film, ‘The Muppets’. The new film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, with everyone’s favorite Muppets, on a worldwide adventure that sees the Muppets caught in the middle of a crime wave, where they are suspect number one. Disney invited us out to talk to the people behind the film, getting an inside look at their minds during the filmmaking process. The day was split up between two panels, the first of which was with director James Bobin, the film’s song writer, Brett McKenzie, and producer Todd Lieberman, as they covered what it was like returning to the world of The Muppets.

One of the most interesting parts of the junket came when someone asked about the film’s title, which was heavily rumored for some time to be ‘The Muppets…Again’. When the film starts, there’s a musical number, “We’re Doing a Sequel”, which has the characters that it’s, “the Muppets, again,” which one of the journalists caught. Bret McKenzie went on to explain what happened there, and apparently it had to do with the people marketing the film:

And, so the first song we’re doing a sequel ends with the Muppets all singing “it’s the Muppets again,” because we’d thought it be great to, you know, the song to have the title of the movie in it but then well after we’d filmed it all, uh, Marketing decided to change the name of the movie and, and so, we tried going “it’s the Muppets Most Wanted,” and, it really didn’t sit very well on the mouths of the Muppets, so we did okay.

It’s interesting to see that the marketing of the film changed the film’s title overall, something that the filmmakers may not have necessarily agreed with it, but they don’t seem to have any hard feelings towards it, which is great. It’s even better to see they tried to play with it and add it to the song.

One thing the Muppets have always been known for, is the parade of cameos in their films and show. Stars appear sporadically throughout, not surprisingly, and the filmmakers were asked about people asking to be in the film. Director James Bobin and producer Todd Lieberman talked a bit about how some of the stars in the film came about.

Bobin: Yeah, no for—from when—when Nick and I write the script we’re writing peoples names in often and obviously certain people have to be that person like you can’t do the Christoph Waltz joke with anybody else because it is about a waltz so that’s impossible.  But …

Lieberman: …a lot of the cameos, we have a list of people who want to be in the movie and then as we kinda go through, as these guys go through writing the movie, we gather other intel of fans and people we like and people that like us and then we kinda do this grid. But there’s so many people who love the Muppets and it’s kind of, it’s an interesting matrix to put together to figure out where people go correctly and how to fit all the people that love in the movie which, you know, hopefully we’ve accomplished.

Bobin went on to say that he was also approached on the street on many occasions by actors and personalities, hoping to land a role in the film, and many times, he’d give them one, with Lady Gaga in particular being pointed out going that route to getting a role in the film.

Of course, the question of if Brett McKenzie felt any pressure of his song creation, coming off his Academy Award win for the last film’s song, “Man of Muppet”, did come up. McKenzie joked a bit about it, but went on to talk about a bit about the process, and telling a funny of story about where he composed many of the film’s songs:

Nope. [LAUGHTER] Yeah, but what can you do? You know there’s a little bit of pressure and, on my piano at home I have the Oscar. It sits on my piano and so occasionally I’ll be working around looking at, oh, that’s not good enough.  But then, I moved to LA to work on the songs and we hired a space in—on Hollywood Boulevard, an old—an old shop and I put a piano in there.  It was like this sorta dusty old shop to hide away and work on these songs and these guys came and visited, to listen to the demos and it was quite a funny scene because people would be walking by hearing this, me hitting on, you know, playing the piano and occasionally—occasionally they’d walk in and they’d say, “is there music lessons going on here?” Or what is this?  Is this some sort of art installation?

But the most interesting, and really the most important topic that was brought up, was how it came to balancing a film that both kids and adults could enjoy together and love. That’s been a huge staple of the series for a long time, featuring humor for kids, while also making references to things that the parents will understand and laugh at that they may not get. Bobin was very upfront with the question, and went on to say:

Yeah, it’s one of the challenges of this film is it has to be for everybody. I remember watching the Muppet show in the 70’s and it was the thing I watched when I was, you know, six or seven and my dad watched it with me and my grandparents watched it with me.  And we’re all laughing throughout but I think we’re probably laughing at different things.  And it’s kinda what we’re gonna do in this film too whereby I—I now have children of my own and so I watch with my daughter.  And she laughs her head off and I laugh my head off.  But again, probably at different things.  And so it’s that thing where we’re trying to do both things at the same time throughout and so for me it’s about multi layering the story and multi layering the jokes on top of visuals and creating something which bears repeat viewing.  That’s another huge thing about it.  I love making a movie you can watch again, again and again ‘cause kids watch things a lot.  You know, my—my kids wear out movies they love.  They watch them again and they’re no kinda limit to how many times they can watch it, and I love the idea that if you build something with enough depth and texture you can watch it again and again and see new things every time and that’s very important.

Then Lieberman would go on to say:

But the idea is and from the beginning we—we always set out to not make a movie for kids but make a movie for everybody that kids also loved and so if we laughed we knew it would—it would appeal to us and then we also have kids so we could kind of use them as a test audience.

It was great listening to these guys, who clearly love and appreciate The Muppets, and what they stand for. These guys have their heads on right, and they want to make sure they give the Muppets, and Jim Henson, a proper tribute and continuation. It’s great to see that they’ve been given the chance to really fully realize their own dreams, and getting to play in this world, and bringing us The Muppets back in a way they see fit. This is just part one of the press junket coverage, look out for the ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Press Junket Part 2 soon!

Don’t forget, ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ opens on March 21, 2014. The film stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, Constantine Frog, Walter, and Tina Fey, and is directed by James Bobin.

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New TV Spot for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ http://www.chipandco.com/tv-spot-captain-america-winter-soldier-186384/ Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:00:40 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=186384 We’re now less than a month away from the debut of Marvel Studios’ newest film, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. In order to ramp up the anticipation, Marvel released a new minute long TV spot during tonight’s episode of ‘Agents of SHIELD’. This will probably be the final long look we’ll have at the film […]

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We’re now less than a month away from the debut of Marvel Studios’ newest film, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. In order to ramp up the anticipation, Marvel released a new minute long TV spot during tonight’s episode of ‘Agents of SHIELD’. This will probably be the final long look we’ll have at the film before next month’s release, but it sure is spectacular. The film certainly looks action packed, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is directed by The Russo Brothers, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, and Anthony Mackie. It opens nationwide on April 4, 2014.

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Sneak Peek of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in New ABC Special http://www.chipandco.com/sneak-peek-avengers-age-ultron-abc-special-186061/ http://www.chipandco.com/sneak-peek-avengers-age-ultron-abc-special-186061/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 03:00:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=186061 ABC is getting ready to air a new Marvel special, ‘Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe’, which will premiere on the Alphabet Network on March 18, 2014, at 8:00pm/9:00pm central. The hour long special is said to give us an inside look at Marvel’s film studio, while giving us a new footage from ‘Captain America: The […]

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ABC is getting ready to air a new Marvel special, ‘Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe’, which will premiere on the Alphabet Network on March 18, 2014, at 8:00pm/9:00pm central.

The hour long special is said to give us an inside look at Marvel’s film studio, while giving us a new footage from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ABC’s ‘Agents of SHILED’, and our first look at ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 blockbuster, ‘The Avengers’.

This is great news for fans new and old of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so I’m excited to see how this special comes together. I’m definitely interested in the ‘Age of Ultron’ tease they’re talking about. The movie is just beginning to shoot, so it’ll be very interesting to see what they bring us.

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Watch the First Song From ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ http://www.chipandco.com/watch-song-muppets-wanted-186057/ http://www.chipandco.com/watch-song-muppets-wanted-186057/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:30:45 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=186057 We’re just a few weeks away from the release of ‘Muppets Most Wanted‘, the sequel to 2011’s smash hit, ‘The Muppets’. The film follows everyone’s favorite comedy gang on a European adventure that finds them wrapped up in a crime capper that only they could be a part of. In anticipation of the film’s release, […]

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We’re just a few weeks away from the release of ‘Muppets Most Wanted‘, the sequel to 2011’s smash hit, ‘The Muppets’. The film follows everyone’s favorite comedy gang on a European adventure that finds them wrapped up in a crime capper that only they could be a part of.

In anticipation of the film’s release, Disney has released the first song from the new film, “We’re Making a Sequel”. It’s a great clip, and makes me even more excited for what’s to come. The first film was a huge surprise for me, so I can’t wait to visit that world again.

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, Gonzo, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey, and opens March 21, 2014.

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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Blu-ray Review http://www.chipandco.com/thor-dark-world-bluray-review-185386/ http://www.chipandco.com/thor-dark-world-bluray-review-185386/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:00:32 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=185386 The eighth film in the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, was released last November to critical and commercial success. The film finds Thor returning to Asgard, following the events of ‘The Avengers’, as Loki is locked away for his crimes against the earth. But when a centuries old enemy resurfaces, bent on using […]

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The eighth film in the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, was released last November to critical and commercial success. The film finds Thor returning to Asgard, following the events of ‘The Avengers’, as Loki is locked away for his crimes against the earth. But when a centuries old enemy resurfaces, bent on using the Aether to take control of the universe, and become its ruler. Thor knows this isn’t a battle he can handle on his own, so he reluctantly turns to his brother, Loki, for help to save Earth, Asgard, and the rest of the Nine Realms from destruction.  Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Natalie Portman all return for this third Thor adventure, this time directed by ‘Game of Thrones’ director Alan Taylor. Thankfully, the film has finally made its way to blu-ray, and the results are spectacular. 

‘Thor: The Dark World’ comes to blu-ray, courtesy of Walt Disney Home Entertainment, featuring a spectacular looking transfer. The film looks absolutely beautiful, keeping its film look intact from the theater. The presentation is just stunning, with the grimy look of the Nine Realms popping, while the Earth and Asgard scenes are wonderfully glossy and colorful. It’s a great looking film, and Disney has done a bang up job on the transfer. The film also features a great 7.1 HD audio track, giving the film an incredibly wonderful boost. It’ll give your speaker system a good work out, especially in the battle scenes. It’s a loud sound mix, with a lot of bass, and it’s one that your neighbors may not be a fan of, but it does its job in a spectacular fashion, keeping the film’s theatrical mix intact.

Thankfully, the film’s sound and picture aren’t the only standouts on the set. The film has quite a few great special features, and one in particular Marvel fans won’t want to miss. The perviously mentioned feature is a new short film, ‘Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King’, which follows up on the events of ‘Iron Man 3’, where you catch up with Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley), who is now in prison. It’s a great film, and actually brings some new questions to light in the MCU, and opens up quite a few new doors. There is eight minutes of deleted scenes, and in a way, I’m sad the scenes that are there were cut. They all add a few more character moments to the film that could have really benefited the final product, and it’s a shame they ended up on the cutting room floor. There’s also half hour look at Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston named, ‘A Brother’s Journey: Thor and Loki’, that actually delves into the actors being cast, to now. It’s a great look at the behind the scenes, as well as these two men who have now played siblings in three separate films. The disc rounds out with a small look at ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, starring Chris Evans, a gag reel, and an audio commentary. It’s a pretty well put together disc, with some great features, some that fans will surely appreciate.

Disney rarely releases discs that are anything but, and thankfully, ‘The Dark World’, is no different. The disc features a stellar transfer, a great sound mix, and a slew of special features. The film itself is quite good as well. Tom Hiddleston and Hemsworth are both great in their respective roles, and Alan Taylor does a fine job on the direction. The film is a step up from the first, creating a truly fun experience. It’s action packed, full of humor, and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far are sure to love it. The blu-ray, as well as the movie itself, gets a very high recommendation.

Rating: B

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Marvel Unveils ‘Gardens of the Galaxy’ Trailer http://www.chipandco.com/marvel-unveils-gardens-galaxy-trailer-185605/ http://www.chipandco.com/marvel-unveils-gardens-galaxy-trailer-185605/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:00:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=185605   Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the moment that many have been waiting on pins and needles for. Marvel Studios has unveiled the first trailer for their new film, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista, and the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Check out the trailer […]

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Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the moment that many have been waiting on pins and needles for. Marvel Studios has unveiled the first trailer for their new film, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista, and the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Check out the trailer below, and read the official synopsis.

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Are you guys as excited about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as I am? That trailer is pretty great, and I can’t wait to see the film in its finished glory on August 1, 2014. I think this could be this generation’s ‘Star Wars’, something I have very little doubt of. What did you think of what you saw? Leave your comments below, only here at Chip and Company!

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer to Debut on Jimmy Kimmel Tonight http://www.chipandco.com/guardians-galaxy-trailer-debut-jimmy-kimmel-tonight-185540/ Wed, 19 Feb 2014 03:00:39 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=185540 With ‘Thor: The Dark World’ hitting blu-ray and DVD next week, and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ being released on April 4, 2014, Marvel Studios is shifting gears, and setting their sights to space. The marketing rollout is about to begin for Marvel’s newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, starring […]

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With ‘Thor: The Dark World’ hitting blu-ray and DVD next week, and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ being released on April 4, 2014, Marvel Studios is shifting gears, and setting their sights to space. The marketing rollout is about to begin for Marvel’s newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, starring Chris Pratt, Dave Batista, Zoe Saldana, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and  Vin Diesel,  as the rag tag group of heroes, out in deep space. Well, tonight, on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, Marvel Studios will unveil the first trailer of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, which will air on ABC at 11:35/10:35c.

After Jimmy Kimmel Live airs, the trailer will be posted for 24 hours exclusively on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s YouTube channel. You can also see a fifteen second sneak peak below. The film has a great ‘Star Wars’ feel and flow to it, as the trailer shows. This is my most anticipated film of the year, and I’m dying to see it.  For a little more on the characters, and the story, USA Today published an article that included this blurb:

The movie teams five disparate personalities: Peter Quill (Pratt), aka Star-Lord, was taken from Earth as a 9-year-old, possesses a mysterious orb artifact and pilots the Milano, a muscle car of a spaceship. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is connected to Thanos, arguably the cosmos’ biggest baddie. Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) is a muscular dude you don’t want to upset. And then there are the aliens Rocket Raccoon and Groot (computer-generated characters voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively), who are best pals and potentially the biggest things to happen to pop culture since Chewbacca.

Their stories converge in the space prison Kyln. After the characters break out, they venture to Knowhere (the severed head of a celestial being that serves as a hangout for aliens) and visit the weird menagerie of the Collector (Benicio Del Toro). They also have to avoid two villains, Ronan (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), who are in hot pursuit of Quill’s orb, which has the power to destroy the galaxy.

Are you excited for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’? Let me know in the comments below, only here at Chip and Co.!

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Is Pixar Making a ‘Star Wars’ Film? http://www.chipandco.com/pixar-making-star-wars-film-184208/ http://www.chipandco.com/pixar-making-star-wars-film-184208/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 04:30:58 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=184208 The Disney/Lucasfilm merger may have just taken another unexpected turn: Rumors suggest that Pixar may be developing their own animated film set in the Star Wars universe. The rumor started over at Latino Review , who has had an excellent track record with breaking scoops on the Marvel Studios front. They say that, while there’s […]

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The Disney/Lucasfilm merger may have just taken another unexpected turn: Rumors suggest that Pixar may be developing their own animated film set in the Star Wars universe. The rumor started over at Latino Review , who has had an excellent track record with breaking scoops on the Marvel Studios front. They say that, while there’s nothing known about what the project would entail, that the Pixar team has been handed the keys to the Star Wars sandbox, and are getting ready to play in it.

It wouldn’t be the first time that the Star Wars series has gone animated. In the 1980s, there was an Ewok and Droids animated series, and recently, we had ‘The Clone Wars’ series that aired on Cartoon Network, bridging the gaps between ‘Attack of the Clones’ and ‘Revenge of the Sith’. Pixar has done incredible work over the years, so I’d love to see them take a swing at the Star Wars universe. It’s a match made in a galaxy far, far away, and I for one hope it comes to light.

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Carrie Fisher Reveals Start Date For ‘Star Wars Episode 7’ http://www.chipandco.com/carrie-fisher-reveals-start-date-star-wars-episode-7-184206/ http://www.chipandco.com/carrie-fisher-reveals-start-date-star-wars-episode-7-184206/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:30:36 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=184206 In a recent interview with TV Guide, Carrie Fisher may have let it slip when the expected filming for ‘Episode VII’ would begin. She says that she, Mar Hamill, and Harrison Ford will all be back on set in “March or April.” While nothing has officially been confirmed through Disney, the fact that the old […]

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In a recent interview with TV Guide, Carrie Fisher may have let it slip when the expected filming for ‘Episode VII’ would begin. She says that she, Mar Hamill, and Harrison Ford will all be back on set in “March or April.” While nothing has officially been confirmed through Disney, the fact that the old gang is reuniting for the next film is currently the worst kept secret in Hollywood. Fisher has been loose on keeping mum, where as Ford, and recently Hamill, have played coy about returning to the series.

Recently, in an Reddit AMA, Hamill was asked about returning and had this to say:

‘The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it. Haha. I’m not being coy, really. When I find something out, I’ll let everybody know. But nothing has been decided yet.’

Recent pictures show Mark has also gotten steadily in shape recently, going as far to dye his hair…Gee, I wonder why? Check out the picture below, courtesy of Steven Weintraub of Collider.com, which is a comparison from last May on the left, and last week on the right.

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Michael Douglas Set to Star as Hank Pym in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ http://www.chipandco.com/michael-douglas-set-star-hank-pym-marvels-antman-182309/ Sun, 19 Jan 2014 04:00:41 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=182309 Just a few weeks back, we got word that Marvel studios had locked in Paul Rudd to star in their newest film, ‘Ant-Man’, directed by Edgar Wright. At the time, most fans assumed that Rudd would be playing the first incarnation of the Marvel hero, Hank Pym, in the film. But that doesn’t seem to […]

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Just a few weeks back, we got word that Marvel studios had locked in Paul Rudd to star in their newest film, ‘Ant-Man’, directed by Edgar Wright. At the time, most fans assumed that Rudd would be playing the first incarnation of the Marvel hero, Hank Pym, in the film. But that doesn’t seem to be the case at all, as Marvel Studios has just announced that Michael Douglas is set to play the older Hank Pym in their highly anticipated adaptation. In the announcement, they also confirmed that Rudd would actually be playing Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, and confirms that Wright’s film will be generational story. Back in 2006, Wright had this to say about the film:

Well, the thing is that what we want to do, the idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of “Tales to Astonish” mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it’s like an interesting thing, like the “Marvel Premiere” one that I read which is Scott Lang’s origin, it’s very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we’d spend half an hour on.

 

This is brilliant casting on Marvel’s part, and something I can fully get behind. The casting goes directly in line with what Wright has been teasing for years, and Douglas is perfect to play that older version of Pym. I can’t wait to see Douglas and Rudd play off each other in the film, and this casting continues Marvel Studios’ trend of incredible casting, and getting the biggest talents they can. Check out the full Marvel press release about the casting below.

From Marvel.com:

Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest–or should that be tiniest?–shoes of his career.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” hitting theaters July 31, 2015.

“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”

The legendary actor, who earned an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his iconic portrayal of Gordon Gecko in “Wall Street,” has also starred in numerous modern classics including “Basic Instinct,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Game,” “Wonder Boys,” “Traffic” and many more. In addition to acting, Douglas has also served as Producer and Executive Producer on a number of films including “Romancing the Stone,” John Carpenter’s “Starman” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” for which he also won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Most recently, Douglas earned a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role as legendary entertainer Liberace in the HBO original film “Behind the Candelabra.”

Douglas will star as Hank Pym, who first appeared in TALES TO ASTONISH #27 (Jan. 1962), with Rudd starring as Scott Lang in the film.

Are you excited to see Michael Douglas join the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let me know in the comments below! Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ will hit theaters on July 31, 2015.

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‘The Fifth Estate’ Comes to DVD and Blu-ray January 28, 2014 http://www.chipandco.com/the-estate-dvd-bluray-january-28-2014-182305/ http://www.chipandco.com/the-estate-dvd-bluray-january-28-2014-182305/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:00:03 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=182305 One of the more interesting movies of last year was Bill Condon’s ‘The Fifth Estate’, which was a story about the Julian Assange, and the creation of Wikileaks. The film starred Benedict Cumberbatch and as Assange, and Daniel Bruhl as as Daniel Berg, the founders of the now infamous site. The movie’s strength stood on […]

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The Fifth Estate

One of the more interesting movies of last year was Bill Condon’s ‘The Fifth Estate’, which was a story about the Julian Assange, and the creation of Wikileaks. The film starred Benedict Cumberbatch and as Assange, and Daniel Bruhl as as Daniel Berg, the founders of the now infamous site. The movie’s strength stood on the performances of its lead actors. They were incredible to watch on screen, and their stories were interesting to watch with them at the helm. I’ve been looking forward to revisiting the film, so I’m very happy to see that ‘The Fifth Estate’ is coming to DVD and blu-ray on January 28, 2014. Check out the full Press Release below.

You Can’t Expose The World’s Secrets Without Exposing Your Own

THE FIFTH ESTATE

Own It on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD January 28, 2013

Go Deeper Inside The Fifth Estate with Exclusive Bonus Content

 

Synopsis: Based on true events, this fast-paced global thriller takes you behind the shocking headlines. The Fifth Estate reveals the Wikileak’s rebel founder’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) quest to expose fraud and corruption to the widest audience possible:  the internet.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock Holmes”, Star Trek:  Into DarknessWar Horse) as Julian Assange, Daniel Brühl (Rush, Inglorious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum) as Daniel Domcheit-Berg, Laura Linney (TV’s “The Big C,” “John Adams” mini-series) as Sarah Shaw, Stanley Tucci (The TerminalThe Devil Wears PradaThe Hunger Games) as James Boswell, Anthony Mackie (Hurt LockerThe Adjustment Bureau) as Sam Coulson.

Director: Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, part 1 & 2, Kinsey, Gods and Monsters)

Writers: Daniel Domscheit-Berg (book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website”); David Leigh (book “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy”); Luke Harding (book“WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy”); and Josh Singer (adaptation)

Producer: Steve Golin (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindBeing John MalkovichBabel)

Release Date: January 28, 2014 (Direct Pre-book: 12/3; Distributor Pre-book: 12/17)

Bonus Features:          

The Submission Platform: Visual Effects (10:17) – From conception and pre-viz, through on-set photography and post, this featurette will explore the VFX challenges of bringing the submission platform to life.

In Camera: Graphics (6:22) – A study of the techniques and work involved in capturing the on screen graphics in camera, and allowing realistic interaction with the actors’ performances.

Scoring Secrets (9:15) – A detailed examination of the soundscape created by both the composer Carter Burwell as he records his score, and the film’s music supervisor as songs are chosen for the unique soundtrack.

Trailers & TV Spots – Theatrical Trailer (2:32), Titles (:30), Button (:30), Estates (:30), Decide (:30), Critics Review (:30), and Untold Story (:15) 

Ratings:                                R

Feature Run Time:            124 minutes

Aspect Ratio:                      1.85:1

Audio:                                   Dolby Digital Surround Sound

Languages:                          English, Latin Spanish, French Canadian

Subtitles:                              English SDH, Latin Spanish, French Canadian

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First Photo of the Marvel Experience Road Show Revealed http://www.chipandco.com/photo-marvel-experience-road-show-revealed-182312/ Thu, 16 Jan 2014 04:00:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=182312 A few months ago, Marvel announced they were bringing the the Marvel Universe on the road, with The Marvel Experience, a new road show/attraction that would be coming to cities across the USA in 2014. While we’re still waiting on word of where and when the show will be taking place, we now have our […]

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The Marvel Experience

A few months ago, Marvel announced they were bringing the the Marvel Universe on the road, with The Marvel Experience, a new road show/attraction that would be coming to cities across the USA in 2014. While we’re still waiting on word of where and when the show will be taking place, we now have our first look at it, which you can see above. The show is said to take place inside this S.H.I.E.L.D. dome, which will span over 80,000 sq. feet, and feature a 4D attraction as the centerpiece of the show. It’ll also include new animated shorts, interactive games, and more, that will lets fans old and new delve into the growing Marvel Universe.

The show sounds so fun and fascinating, and I can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s beginning to roll out. You can guarantee I’ll be going to check it out wherever it’s held, and we’ll be sure to update everyone when dates are revealed. I can’t wait to assimilate myself even further into the Marvel Universe, how about you? Are you excited for the Marvel Experience? Let me know in the comments below!

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Marvel Courting Johnny Depp to Play Doctor Strange http://www.chipandco.com/marvel-courting-johnny-depp-play-doctor-strange-182401/ http://www.chipandco.com/marvel-courting-johnny-depp-play-doctor-strange-182401/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:30:33 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=182401 The Marvel Studios news just keeps rolling in! The last few months have seen an upswing in news coming from the studio, as ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ moves towards shooting next month, and with ‘Ant-Man’ gearing up to go into production soon. So now we’re starting to hear trickling of what will be coming after […]

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Johnny Depp; Doctor Strange

The Marvel Studios news just keeps rolling in! The last few months have seen an upswing in news coming from the studio, as ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ moves towards shooting next month, and with ‘Ant-Man’ gearing up to go into production soon. So now we’re starting to hear trickling of what will be coming after Marvel’s first Phase 3 film, ‘Ant-Man’, and it looks like Marvel will finally get their long gesturing take on their iconic character, Doctor Strange, off the ground. If that wasn’t enough to get people excited, this new news will: Marvel is in early talks with Johnny Depp to take the role of The Sorcerer Supreme in the upcoming film.

Latino Review was the first to break the story last night, which has since been confirmed by Variety this morning, stating that Depp and Marvel have begun having meetings to take the role. Marvel wants a recognizable actor for not only the role, but to carry the Marvel Cinematic Universe forward once Robert Downey, Jr. steps out of the Iron Man suit for good. It makes perfect sense to use someone like Depp, who not only already has a relationship with Marvel, but has a strong following with the general public, and he’s the kind of actor who will continue to bring the crowds into the Marvel films once Downey, Jr. has stepped down. Depp is said to be very keen to jump into the Marvel Universe, and is said to be a fan of the comics and the character.

I love the idea of Depp joining the ever growing Marvel Universe, and he’s a perfect fit for the character of Strange. As quirky as some of his roles may be, this is one where it gives him a chance to really act, without having the quirky qualities his typecast himself into as of late. Are you excited about the idea of Johnny Depp joining into the Marvel Universe? Let me know in the comments below!

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Lawrence Kasdan Penned ‘Star Wars: Boba Fett’ Spin-Off On the Way http://www.chipandco.com/lawrence-kasdan-penned-star-wars-boba-fett-spinoff-181663/ Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:30:39 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=181663 Last week, John Campea of AMC movie talk hosted a 24 Hour Movie Talk marathon in order to make money for the Red Cross to help aide the Philippines. It was a lot of fun to watch, and the whole show managed to raise a whopping $25,000 from film fans around the world to help […]

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Boba Fett

Last week, John Campea of AMC movie talk hosted a 24 Hour Movie Talk marathon in order to make money for the Red Cross to help aide the Philippines. It was a lot of fun to watch, and the whole show managed to raise a whopping $25,000 from film fans around the world to help with the typhoon relief efforts there. It was a great event, and one I’m proud to say I watched and even donated to. But somewhere near the middle mark of the marathon, some new ‘Star Wars’ related spin-off news slipped off by one of the show’s hosts, Jon Schnepp.

There have been rumors for months now that one of the new ‘Star Wars’ spin-off films would be a Boba Fett film. The film has been kicked around for quite a while, with director Joe Johnston really pushing the idea for it to happen. Now, we know the film is actually happening, and we even know who has written the script. Around the 3 minute mark of the video below, the AMC Movie Talk crew are asked a question about the future of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, and its spin-off films. As they begin to discuss the new plans for the series, Schnepp lets it slip that he knows for a fact that one of the two announced spin-off films is in fact a Boba Fett film, and it’s been written by Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘The Empire’s Strike Back’, as well as helping with the script for ‘Episode VII’ right now. Schnepp spent time working at Cartoon Network for sometime, the same channel where ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ was airing for the last six years, so he would certainly know people working at Lucasfilm, and would have an idea of what the company is doing. Check out the video below:

For me, this is very exciting news! I’ve always hoped to see Boba Fett get his chance to have the limelight in his own film. He’s a character just oozing to get more screen time, and I can’t wait to see how the film turns out. The only thing I can hope now is that Lucasfilm gets Joe Johnston to direct the film, because he’s been courting the idea for quite some time. Are you excited about Boba Fett taking a starring role in his own film? Is there any other characters you would like to see in their own films? Let me know in the comments below, only here at Chip and Company!

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‘Bolt’ Director Chris Williams to Co-Direct Marvel’s ‘Big Hero 6’ http://www.chipandco.com/bolt-director-chris-williams-codirect-marvels-big-hero-6-181607/ Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=181607 When Disney purchased Marvel Studios, one of the first thoughts was if Walt Disney Animation would get the chance to make an animated Marvel film. It didn’t seem like a huge stretch, and it was something I really wanted to see. Thankfully, both companies have answered my geek pleas, but from the unlikeliest of comics. […]

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When Disney purchased Marvel Studios, one of the first thoughts was if Walt Disney Animation would get the chance to make an animated Marvel film. It didn’t seem like a huge stretch, and it was something I really wanted to see. Thankfully, both companies have answered my geek pleas, but from the unlikeliest of comics. Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Animation have teamed up to bring the Marvel’s superhero team Big Hero 6, to the big screen in ‘Big Hero 6′.

At the moment, there isn’t much known about the film, but we’ve just learned that Chris Williams, who directed Walt Disney Animations’ film ‘Bolt’, will help direct the film with Don Hall, who was previously announced the direct. Looking at Williams’ previous film, which is one of of my favorite Disney films from the last few years, it’s easy to gather the film will probably feature quite a bit of action and humor, much like ‘Bolt’ did. It’s a perfect matching, and I’m very excited to see what his influence brings to the film.

‘Big Hero 6’ is currently set for release on November 7, 2014. Are you excited for ‘Big Hero 6’? Let me know in the comments below, only here at Chip and Company!

 

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Marvel and Lucasfilm Teaming For ‘Star Wars’ Comics http://www.chipandco.com/marvel-lucasfilm-teaming-star-wars-comics-181609/ Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:30:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=181609 When Disney and Luasfilm merged in 2012, it was only a matter of time before we got an announcement that Marvel film, also under Disney’s banner, would begin publishing ‘Star Wars’ comics. Not only does it make great business sense, but it would bring the history of ‘Star Wars’ in comics full circle, as the […]

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When Disney and Luasfilm merged in 2012, it was only a matter of time before we got an announcement that Marvel film, also under Disney’s banner, would begin publishing ‘Star Wars’ comics. Not only does it make great business sense, but it would bring the history of ‘Star Wars’ in comics full circle, as the series’ first foray into comics was at Marvel Comics in the 1970s and 1980s. The comics are currently published under Dark Horse Comics, as they have ever since the 1990s, but starting in 2015 that will no longer be the case. Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm have announced that the Galaxy far, far, away is heading to the Marvel banner the same year as ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ is heading to theaters.

This is great news for fans of the series that were worried about the future of the comic series, because Marvel will certainly keep the series alive and well in comic form for years to come. Check out the full press release below.

DISNEY’S LUCASFILM AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES TO PUBLISH STAR WARS™ COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Jedi, Sith, and the rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015

The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars adventures to readers across the galaxy, with Marvel granted exclusive rights to create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.

The agreement marks a homecoming for the Star Wars comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its Star Wars series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan-favorite titles like Dark Empireand Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling Star Warscomics of all time.

“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years, and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.  “In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.”

“We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels,” said Marvel Worldwide Publisher and President, Dan Buckley. “The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue, and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away.”

“We’re incredibly excited by this next chapter in the Star Wars saga,” said Andrew B. Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Bringing together the iconic Lucasfilm and Marvel brands to tell new stories will allow us to continue to thrill lovers of the original Star Wars comic books and entertain generations to come.”

Marvel has continued to push comic book publishing forward with innovations and experiments like motion comics and digital-only releases, in addition to its deep, ongoing catalog of monthly series and graphic novels created by some of the industry’s most gifted artists and writers. 

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