Hot Trailer: ‘Captain America’ Sequel

It’s two years since The Avengers, and Steve Rogers is still adjusting to a contemporary existence in Marvel‘s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Here, Chris Evans is paired with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Sundance icon Robert Redford, in his first superhero effort. Marvel has just … Read More »

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Chris Evans To Helm ’1:30 Train’ Before Reprising Captain America In ‘Avengers 2′

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Evans will make his feature directorial debut on 1:30 Train, a Ron Bass-scripted film that will be funded by Wonderland Sound And Vision. Evans will star and produce with Mark Kassen, Howard and Karen Baldwin, Bill … Read More »

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Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Sequel Sets Final Cast

Captain America 2With filming now underway on Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the studio today unveiled final cast and plot details for the sequel slated for an April 4, 2014 release. … Read More »

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‘Revenge’s Emily VanCamp Landing Lead In ‘Captain America 2′

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 2:30pm PST
Mike Fleming

Emily VanCampEXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Marvel Studios has found its female lead for the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They are in talks with Emily VanCamp, who makes the leap to the big screen after starring … Read More »

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AFM: Weinstein Co Acquires ‘Snow Piercer’; Thriller Stars ‘Avengers” Chris Evans

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 11:03am PST

EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company has picked up the English-language rights to the thriller Snow Piercer from South Korea’s CJ Entertainment. Made at this year’s AFM, the deal for the multiple territory acquisition of the future-set film was in … Read More »

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Topher Grace, Anthony Mackie Join ‘A Many Splintered Thing’

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 8:39am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace has signed on to star opposite Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, and Giovanni Ribisi in A Many Splintered Thing, the Justin Reardon-directed film for McG’s … Read More »

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Toronto: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan Star In ‘A Many Splintered Thing’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Wonderland Sound & Vision and Voltage Pictures are starting preproduction on A Many Splintered Thing, an offbeat film that will star Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan. Michelle Monaghan A Many Splintered Thing MovieChris Evans A Many Splintered Thing MovieThe film, which will begin production October 26, is called an “anti-romantic comedy,” and it marks the Captain America: The First Avenger star’s first film as executive producer. Justin Reardon will direct.

In the vein of Amelie and (500) Days Of Summer, the film tells the story of a young man disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking young woman at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Turns out that she’s engaged to a guy who doesn’t like her going on dates. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart. The film is being produced by Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores and Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola. Read More »

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Winona Ryder To Play Killer’s Wife In Indie ‘The Iceman’

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 3:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Winona Ryder has just committed to star with Michael Shannon and Chris Evans in The Iceman, the Ariel Vromen-directed drama based on the Anthony Bruno book about Richard Kuklinski, a family man who secretly carried out contract … Read More »

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Chris Evans Replacing James Franco In ‘The Iceman’

By | Monday November 21, 2011 @ 11:50am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Captain America’s Chris Evans is taking a turn to the darkside. Evans has made a deal to replace James Franco in The Iceman, the Ariel Vromen-directed drama based on the Anthony Bruno book about Richard Kuklinski, a contract … Read More »

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WME Signs British Actor Tom Hiddleston

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: WME has just signed Tom Hiddleston, who reprises his Loki character from Thor in the upcoming Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers. Hiddleston, who was last repped in the U.S. by ICM, had a year in which he also starred in … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Avengers’

Mike Fleming

Marvel Studios has released its first full trailer for The Avengers, its Joss Whedon-directed dream teaming of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and team leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who team up against Loki (Tom … Read More »

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New Images From ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

Marvel’s The Avengers, due May 4, 2012, brings together Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson as superheroes teaming against an unexpected threat to global security. Here’s a peek at the heroes in action:

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Interview: Can ‘Captain America’s Chris Evans Break Out With The Drama ‘Puncture’?

By | Friday September 23, 2011 @ 1:21pm PDT
Pete Hammond

It is often the case in this business that when actors are out promoting movies they have a filter on that keeps the real honesty at bay. That’s definitely not the case with the blazingly truthful Chris Evans, whose new indie film, Puncture, opens in limited release today from distributor Millennium Entertainment and who is also coming off the summer hit Captain America: The First Avenger, which has grossed $364 million worldwide. He is currently back in “Cap” mode shooting the all-star Marvel flick The Avengers, which Disney and Marvel release in May. Evans, in his guise of Captain America (aka Steve Rogers), is signed up for three Captain America and three Avengers films, having previously appeared in two Fantastic Four films as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. So it’s no wonder in his down time between superhero travels he is proud to get the chance to do a small, true-life drama like Puncture, in which plays Mike Weiss, a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a giant health supply company while trying to overcome his own problems with the needle and other demons.

When I talked with him, he made no apologies for doing the films that pay the big bucks. But to drum up interest in this tiny film for which he is receiving the best reviews of his career, he will even be out making personal appearances at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles, where the movie opens this weekend. Read More »

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Shocker! New Regency Co-Chairmen Bob Harper And Hutch Parker To Exit

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: A major shake up is taking place at Arnon Milchan’s New Regency. Co-chairmen Bob Harper and Hutch Parker will not renew their contracts when they expire in December. I’ve confirmed with Harper that he and Parker are negotiating their exits. There had recently been a ripple of rumors about this, and there will be the inevitable speculation over whether the duo are jumping before being pushed. Harper didn’t get into that, but said that he was confirming because he and Parker were aware of the rumors and were most concerned with reassuring filmmakers with Regency projects that the duo would continue to be closely involved and see those films through to release. Harper also said the decision came after months of conversations with Milchan over whether or not to renew. Recently, they came to the conclusion that this was the best course. Milchan could conceivably name a replacement quickly, but Harper told me that he and Parker will continue to see through the completed films as well as some of the projects that are gearing up for production starts, regardless of how quickly the succession takes place.

Harper had been in the job for four years (he moved from the post of vice chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment and has worked for Fox since 1986), and Parker had been in the post for more than three years (he moved over from the post of 20th Century Fox vice chairman, and had been with the studio 13 years when he took the job). They have been involved in every facet of New Regency films, including production, marketing, distribution and administering the library. Harper said it is unclear what will happen next year, and that he and Harper haven’t solidified their plans. I wouldn’t be surprised if they remain on the Fox lot as producers or in some other capacity. Read More »

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Beau Flynn Makes New First-Look Producing Deal At New Line

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After splitting up with Contrafilm partner Tripp Vinson in June following a decade-long partnership, Beau Flynn has formed a new company, Flynn Picture Co. He hasn’t strayed far from home. Flynn has made a two-year, non-exclusive, … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Puncture’

By | Wednesday August 17, 2011 @ 2:27pm PDT

Millennium Entertainment’s drama Puncture, a drama about a pair of personal-injury lawyers who take on the health care and pharmaceutical industry that is based on a true story, is set for a platform release in Los Angeles, New York and Houston on Sept. 23. Captain America‘s Chris Evans and Vinessa … Read More »

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Contrafilm Partners Beau Flynn And Tripp Vinson Splitting After Decade Together

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson have formally announced their split and issued this statement: “We have nothing but love and respect for each other, and our decision to pursue our own separate paths after 10 amazing years … Read More »

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Millennium Nabs U.S. Rights To ‘Puncture’

By | Thursday June 16, 2011 @ 11:10am PDT

Millennium Entertainment has acquired U.S rights to Puncture, a legal drama starring Chris Evans, and is planning a fall 2011 theatrical release. In the based-on-fact film, directed by Adam and Mark Kassen, Evans plays a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a powerful medical-supply corporation by representing a renegade safety-needle inventor, … Read More »

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Tony Gilroy Casts Net For ‘Bourne’ Spinoff

Mike Fleming

The hot role for young actors right now is the lead in The Bourne Identity spinoff that will start production this fall with Tony Gilroy directing his script for Universal. Here are the names I’ve heard have met with Gilroy or are  otherwise in the mix: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, … Read More »

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