Hayley Atwell

Chris Evans in CAPTAIN AMERICA THE FIRST AVENGER

Captain America: The First Avenger is probably the best of Marvel’s Phase One films. I say “probably” to allow for nostalgia for Iron Man and the abundance of fun that is The Avengers, but re-watches have shown The First Avenger to be the least problematic and most affecting of the bunch. Its high entertainment value doesn’t hurt either. The sequel, The Winter Soldier, hits theaters this Friday, and according to at least one very reputable source it may just be the best Marvel film yet. We’re spending the week exploring all things Captain America so there’s no better time than now to take a listen to director Joe Johnston‘s commentary for The First Avenger. He’s joined by the film’s editor and director of photography, and together they discuss the production, the cast and crew, and the moments they love as film fans.

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Agent Carter

It’s Marvel’s world and we’re all just living in it. While ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t premiere until next week, the network and Marvel must have a lot of faith in that kooky bunch of special agents we keep seeing so many commericals about, for another Avengers-adjacent TV series is in the works. Agent Carter, inspired by the Marvel One Shot featured on the upcoming Iron Man 3 DVD, follows the badass secret agent’s life in the days after Captain America is encased in ice. Though the project is still in its early planning stages, the show is being harkened to a 1950′s style Alias (think of the wigs!), and as Deadline pointed out, ABC is home to many a “female-skewing drama with a strong lead” so the series should have no problem finding an audience on the network. No word yet on if Hayley Atwell would reprise her role as Peggy Carter for television, but we can all hope that’s the case. Another standout note from Deadline – Agent Carter isn’t the only secretive project Marvel has up their sleeves, as it is “one of several” in the works at this time. Whatever that means –more television? Their crazy load of movies planned up until 2021? I guess we should just keep checking the DVD extras of Marvel movies for hints, shouldn’t we?

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Agent Carter

Over the weekend, Disney and Marvel Studios unveiled their latest “One-Shot” short film, Agent Carter to the audiences at Comic-Con. The response was overwhelmingly positive, as it sees the return of a favorite character from Captain America: The First Avenger: Peggy Carter, as played by Hayley Atwell. Sure, she’s lost her love Steve Rogers in the events of The First Avenger, but that won’t stop her from kicking some ass. In the first clip from the short, released today, we see this stylish dame take action where 3-5 agents would otherwise be needed. Directed by Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, the short appears to have style and action — just the sort of thing we’d expect from a spin-off of Captain America. Get a glimpse for yourself just after the jump.

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Michael Rosenbaum

As if the casting situation regarding the lead role for James Gunn’s upcoming Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, needed to get even more heated, today brings news that yet another candidate has been reading for the lead role of Peter Quill: AKA the half-human, half-alien intergalactic cop called Star-Lord. Michael Rosenbaum, who’s no stranger to the comic book world given his many years playing Lex Luthor on TV’s Smallville, recently took to his Twitter account to inform his followers that, “Read for my pal @JamesGunn GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY for PETER QUILL. What a treat! Thanks Jimmy. @Marvel.” If you can’t read Twitterspeak, that means Rosenbaum now joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Levi, and Jim Sturgess in the stable of actors we’ve heard are up for the role.

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The late ’90s were something of a period of renaissance for the teen comedy. After the genre had been completely burnt out by the end of the ’80s, there was an unspoken agreement that making a movie about a bunch of pretty young people partying and worrying about their futures was not a good idea for most of the next decade. I mean, grunge was going on…we were too depressed to think about prom. It only took a few years for youth culture’s pretentious brooding to wear off and for pop acts and teen comedies to rear their pimply heads once again, however, and by the time 1999 rolled around the multiplexes were awash with a new crop of teen actors. One of the crown jewels of that late ’90s renaissance was 10 Things I Hate About You, a loose, high school-set adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew that starred a couple kids who went on to become people like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles (is she still a person?). The movie became so successful over time, in fact, that it’s director, Gil Junger, recently told Variety that he made more money last year off its residuals than he did during its original release. You know what that means in Hollywood terms…money got me thinkin’ sequels!

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The films of Marvel Studios have come full circle, and not a moment too soon. What began with a flurry of excitement over Iron Man, their opening salvo into the world of being an independent studio, has lately been listless in its Avenger-assembling agenda. In their last two outings — Iron Man 2 and Thor — they’ve spent more time focused on the future of the heroes than the heroes themselves. With Captain America: The First Avenger, they take full advantage of the ability to leave all the distractions out of it, allowing them to deliver their most confidently crafted, complete film yet. Sure, the story of Captain America feels bookended by his role in Marvel’s forthcoming team-up movie, and from what we’ve been told, The Avengers is your reason for sticking around after the credits. But in between all that, director Joe Johnston has set out to tell the simple story of a hero named Steve Rogers. The year is 1942, and after five unsuccessful attempts to join the fight against Adolf Hitler, a scrawny Rogers isn’t ready to give up. Luckily his heart and determination catches the eye of a government scientist whose work includes making a Super Soldier serum that will turn an ordinary man into a super-human fighting machine. Desperate to get in on the action, the young patriot from Brooklyn signs on the dotted line. A few doses of steroids later and this scrawny little dude, created with brilliant CG-enhanced, Benjamin Button style effect that […]

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If you’ve  followed our coverage of Marvel Junkets in the past (Iron Man 2, Thor) then you know that those press events and I have a long and useless history. Generally speaking, everyone spends a lot of time learning very little, and sometimes things break and fall down. It seems as though Marvel may be on the upswing in terms of getting these junkets really pumping out information – or maybe we journalists are asking better questions – who the heck really knows why it happened, but somehow the Captain America junket was interesting and had stuff to learn you might actually care about. So much so, in fact, that I’ve got 15 cool tidbits right here.

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We’re not usually ones for publishing every last clip from an upcoming movie. We believe that obsessing over every last millisecond of marketing material, in many instances, ruins the final experience. But Captain America is special and you’re all grown-ups, so you can make your own decisions. This week, Paramount Pictures revealed five new clips from Captain America: The First Avenger, including one “Meet Captain America” featurette that provides a little insight into who this hero really is, deep down. You know, right below those massive pecs. They’ve also unleashed one killer clip of Cap using his “vibranium” shield to beat some bad guy ass. Spend a few moments with Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, his lovely dame Peggy Carter (Hayley Hatwell) and his buddy Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). It’s all worth a look, if you’re into being excited about things.

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With the release of the full theatrical trailer, which you’re about to watch after the jump, the marketing for Captain America: The First Avenger continues its preoccupation with how many broads Steve Rogers is going to get while simultaneously embracing a celebration of the “America” part of his fighting name they seem to have been ignoring up to this point. Heroes are made in America. That’s a fact, Jack. And our heroes have big muscles, guts by the truck loads, and as many chicks as they damn-well please. With one hand full of apple pie and the other holding that star-spangled shield, this new Captain America trailer is ready to whoop your ass with the might of the American war machine. If it fails to tickle your spine, well then there’s something wrong with you, my terrorist friend.

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There’s nothing like seeing a super hero fire a gun. It breaks all the rules but still makes sense, especially if that hero is firing a weapon against Nazi(-like) scum. There are a few things that stand out in this first trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger, but you should watch it for yourself first:

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Hayley Atwell

Late last week, as rumored swirled about who would play the damsel to the hero Captain America, many pundits seemed fixated on Alice Eve, the star of the recent Paramount release She’s Out of My League. She was the bigger name of the candidates remaining after the likes of Emily Blunt and Keira Knightley dropped out. But she wasn’t alone — there was one other name on that list: Hayley Atwell.

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Alice Eve and Hayley Atwell

Last week our secret phone line upon which we receive news tips and order pizza was ringing off the hook about Captain America. This week we’re hearing not about Chris Evans, or Sebastian Stan, but about the lady who may join them on-screen.

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With Cassandra’s Dream, Woody Allen, still in his self-imposed London exile, forgets the diversion of his previous film, Scoop, and returns to the serious matters of murder, morality and the English class system.

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