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I'm not sure but it seems like they changed the movie title for Chris directorial debut from "1:30 Train" to "Before we go".
The movie is heading to Toronto International Film Festival which runs from September 4th – 14th.

Synopsis for: Before We Go

Set in Manhattan, the story follows two strangers after their serendipitous meeting in Grand Central. Over the course of one night, they form an unlikely bond and the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for exploration into each other and themselves. Starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve.

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Winning three straight weekends of domestic box office has become a rare achievement in the industry. As such, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, like The Lego Movie before it, is an unqualified success story. A fourth weekend as box office ruler would have given the Marvel release bragging rights over its toy story opponent as the two battle for supremacy as the biggest film of 2014 to date. That victory proved elusive as The Winter Soldier fell 37% to $16 million this weekend, sliding to second place in the process. After only 24 days in theaters, the latest Disney comic book movie has already grossed $224.9 million domestically. With $645 million in the bank worldwide, it has surpassed Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 2 to become the second most popular standalone title featuring an Avengers character.

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Tops $500 Million at Global Box Office

Overseas, Disney's Marvel superhero sequel significantly outperforms the original

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” topped the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.

Disney's Marvel superhero sequel, starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, hit the milestone Tuesday, according to Box Office Mojo. It now sits at $502.2 million, with $167 domestic and $335.2 million — two-thirds of its gross — coming from overseas.

Also read: ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Soaring Overseas, Unlike Original

The sequel's global total is far ahead of the original film, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which brought in $370 million globally in 2011. Internationally, “First Avenger” only amassed $193 million. “Winter Soldier” has taken in more than $80 million from China alone.

“Winter Soldier” also has benefited from the momentum provided by Disney and Marvel's 2012 blockbuster, “The Avengers,” which ranks as the third-highest grossing film ever at the worldwide box office. Two other Marvel sequels have seen a similar boost thanks: “Iron Man 3” and “Thor: The Dark World.” Both sequels saw major increases from the films that preceded them in the wake of Marvel's successful superhero mash-up.


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A friend of mine (thanks again [livejournal.com profile] gi_jules) just found this amazing blog who had this fantastic Winter Soldier review.
It's really digging into the whole movie and movieverse.
And suddenly i have all this feelings again T_T

Captain America: The Winter Soldier -- The Tragedy of

Bucky Barnes

Bucky's role in this movie is the point where Marvel nerd and non-nerd audiences part ways. Going by the reactions I've seen from film critics and my non-fan friends, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an entertaining superhero movie that probably should've had more dialogue and fewer action sequences. But if you go by Marvel/Captain America fandom, EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS FILM WAS AGONY AND LIFE IS A WORTHLESS HELLSCAPE UNTIL STEVE AND BUCKY CAN BE TOGETHER AGAIN.

Needless to say, I fall into the latter camp. If you want to preserve the illusion of this blog as an impartial source of pop culture analysis, stop reading this post and wait for the next part of the review, because I have A Lot Of Feelings about Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes.

Marvel Studios movies are very good at making everything equally engaging for new audiences and people who are familiar with the comics, but I suspect that Winter Soldier was their first stumbling block. CATWS has inspired an overwhelmingly positive audience response so I wouldn't describe this issue to be a "failure," but there's clearly a gap between people who came into the movie already invested in the Winter Soldier's backstory, and people who didn't. It's kind of like if someone made a movie about Sherlock Holmes' return from the dead, but half the audience were only familiar with Watson and therefore didn't really understand why everyone was freaking out over the dead guy who reappeared an hour and a half into the movie.

I saw several reviews that pointed out the Winter Soldier had very little screentime for a title character -- in fact, that the film more or less could've stood up without him. And from a plot perspective, I suppose it could. They could've just subbed in any old assassin character, and the plot would've worked out just fine. Except this fails to take into account the fact that Bucky is the emotional core of the Captain America story thus far. To fully understand this, we need to go right back to the beginning of the first Cap movie, when Steve and Bucky were growing up together in Brooklyn.

I've written already about how lonely and miserable Cap is in this movie, but I think it's fair to say that he's not just lonely for all the friends he lost in the 1940s -- he's lonely for Bucky, specifically.

"Even when I had nothing, I had Bucky," he says, when he finds out who the Winter Soldier truly is. Steve certainly misses Peggy and the Howling Commandos, but that loss is bittersweet. He at least knows that Peggy lived a long and happy life, and besides, he only knew Peggy and the Commandos for a few months, whereas he and Bucky had been living in each other's pockets since childhood. Steve's scene with Peggy is upsetting because it's the one moment that really highlights the time travel aspect of the Captain America story: he can never go back. Peggy went on without him -- she had to.

But Bucky's absence is more like (to use a rather inappropriate analogy) a missing limb. Not only did Bucky never get anything remotely approaching a happy ending, but Steve never really got any practise in functioning without him. Within days of Bucky's death, Steve was piloting an aircraft into the ocean, and when he woke up he was thrust straight back into active service, in a totally alien environment but with SHIELD governing his every move -- even stationing a spy at his door.

Even in the 21st century, Steve is still living in the middle of a war story -- or a post-war story, with Steve failing to get the closure he needs because he never really "came back" from WWII. The movie soundtrack even includes a classic wartime love song about missing and then being reunited with your sweetheart, It's Been A Long, Long Time:

"Haven't felt like this, my dear
Since I can't remember when.
It's been a long, long time.

You'll never know how many dreams
I've dreamed about you.
Or just how empty they all seemed without you.
So kiss me once then kiss me twice
Then kiss me once again.
It's been a long, long time."

Steve has a copy of this song in his apartment, and the lyrics really could fit with anything: Peggy ("Kiss me once again."), Bucky ("Haven't felt like this since I can't remember when.") or even just his old life in general ("You'll never know how many dreams I've dreamed about you."). Honestly, it's quite astonishing how much misery this movie manages to pack into two hours of mostly action sequences and espionage subplots, particularly since Captain America is supposedly one of the "lighter" superheroes, compared to the unending grimdarkness of Batman. I guess this is the difference between "manpain" and "a man in legitimate emotional pain."

By this point Steve already been in the 21st century for about two years, and we don't really see much evidence that he's failing to deal with the 21st century as a concept. He's a resilient guy, after all. What we do see is him being horribly lonely and no longer displaying much of the kind of optimistic, target-oriented attitude we see in the '40s. I suspect that if Bucky was still with him, things would be very different.

The thing is, Steve and Bucky's friendship wasn't just a "they grew up so they're as close as brothers," thing, it's way more dynamic than that. Their relationship may be symbiotic, but it was never particularly balanced. Growing up, Steve was sickly and physically weak but had precisely the same personality as he does now: unendingly hopeful and moral, with no conception of backing down from a fight. Hence why he's constantly getting beaten up, with Bucky having to wade in and finish those fights for him. Bucky is incredibly protective of him, which must have caused a fair amount of confusion when Steve turned into a near-indestructable supersoldier.

It's a classic partnership between idealism (Steve) and pragmatic cynicism (Bucky), with Bucky playing the role of Steve's protector and #1 fan. It takes the supersoldier serum for everyone else to realise what Bucky knew all along: that Steve is an inspirational figure, destined for great things. There's this beautiful transitional moment in the first Cap movie when Steve has just rescued Bucky and the other soldiers from the Red Skull's lab, and Bucky calls out for everyone to cheer for Captain America. This is basically the first time Steve has ever received outside recognition for being the person he is, and you can tell that while Bucky's happy for him, he's also a tiny bit resentful because he knows that Steve is no longer "his". The tables have turned, and now Bucky is walking in Steve's shadow, rather than the other way round.

GIFs by rogersbarnes
Before, Steve had resented Bucky for his physical strength and the way he was able to get into the army while Steve was repeatedly marked down as physically unfit for duty. After he becomes Captain America, the tables begin to turn, with Bucky probably recognising that Steve's strength and heroism comes at a price (to their friendship, at least). But in the end that resentment between them doesn't matter, because whichever way you flip it, they define each other. CATWS purposefully sets up tons of parallels between them -- Steve falling from the Helicarrier just like Bucky fell from the train, Bucky being defrosted, Bucky being strapped down in the chair like Steve was when they gave him the serum, Bucky being physically "improved" in a twisted mirror-image of Steve's supersoldier perfection, the pair of them facing off along that walkway on the Helicarrier -- which serve as a constant reminder of how closely their stories are intertwined. Even if Bucky isn't onscreen, he's still always lurking in the background, out of the corner of Steve's eye.

The most significant moment is surely the end of their showdown on the helicarrier, when Steve finally gives up. For the first time ever, he backs down from a fight. Why? Well, not only can he not bring himself to kill Bucky, but there's also the fact that fighting Bucky no longer serves any purpose. Steve doesn't really have anything to live for if Bucky doesn't remember him, and he's already fulfilled his mission by bringing down the three HYDRA helicarriers. Bucky isn't the "enemy," he isn't a bully, he's just a malfunctioning weapon who can't help what he's been programmed to do.

This is the point where I flush all my emotions down the toilet and go to live in an igloo made of frozen tears, because what the hell. This is a goddamn SUPERHERO MOVIE where the denouement is the hero effectively committing suicide because he can't cope with living in a world where he's killed his best friend. Earlier on when Steve tells Sam that he doesn't want to kill Bucky, he's not just saying that he can't kill Bucky, he's tacitly admitting that he might even fuck up the overall mission and endanger millions of lives because he can't use lethal force against his friend. Then Captain America just casually drops his shield into the Potomac, because he knows he isn't coming back from this.

Watching CATWS the second time, one thing that really hit me is how brilliant Sebastian Stan's performance is. He may not have as big a role as Nick Fury or Black Widow, but by god does he make his limited screentime count. In particular, every one of his action sequences really stands out because his fighting technique is just so much more brutal than anything else onscreen. Steve's fighting style is designed to be this combination of extreme gymnastic ability and slightly old-fashioned martial arts techniques, and Black Widow's style is beautifully fluid, but in the end the Winter Soldier is just terrifying.

Compared to the badass but relatively generic hand-to-hand scenes between Steve and the various HYDRA goons, the Winter Soldier is a whirlwind of pure death. He tears the steering wheel right out of Steve's car. He skids across the road, using his metal hand as a brake. Hilariously, he stands right in front of Fury's car to blow it up, which kind of does away with the Winter Soldier's image as an invisible ghost.

In the middle of a film that's all about shades of grey and working out who you can trust, the Winter Soldier is simultaneously the scariest character in the film... and never really "evil." He's single-minded and brutally violent, but he still never really gives the impression of being unpleasant in the way that Alexander Pierce, Sitwell, or any of the HYDRA footsoldiers are. I've seen a handful of comparisons with Loki because they are both, I suppose, "ambiguous villains." But to me they honestly seem like polar opposites. The whole point of Loki is that he's very easy to understand and empathise with as a character, but he's still an unnecessarily cruel and malevolent person. Plus, most of his decisions boil down to, "Because I want to." Beside him, the Winter Soldier seems like a motiveless vaccuum, devoid of emotional responses or desires until Steve shows up to knock a hole in the wall between Bucky and his memories.

So yeah, by the time we get to the two or three scenes where Sebastian Stan actually gets to act with his face and voice, I am a shrivelled husk of my former self. Thor and Loki's relationship is probably the most fleshed-out and compelling in the MCU, but the death and resurrection of Bucky Barnes still manages to be a goddamn operatic tragedy in about a tenth of the screentime. This entire movie is basically a set-up for Steve's quest to find the Winter Soldier and bring Bucky in from the cold in the next movie, and their tiny handful of scenes together is enough for me to pack my belongings and move to a cabin in the woods where I can cry in peace. But before I do that, let's talk about why Sebastian Stan deserves 500 Oscars for this movie.

First up, well done for managing to illustrate the true meaning of Bucky's Red Room/HYDRA mind-wipes in just one scene. The Winter Soldier's relationship with Alexander Pierce is a direct parallel to Steve's relationship with Nick Fury. Steve is able to doubt Fury's trustworthiness because he has such a solid bedrock of moral certainty, but Bucky never had that luxury, even back when he was fully himself. Now, Bucky's mind is a quicksand, and Pierce may be the only vaguely familiar face he knows. Having imprinted onto Pierce like a baby duckling, why not believe him when he says the Winter Soldier "shaped the century"? (Yet another parallel between Steve and Bucky, by the way: Captain America shaping the world as a heroic icon and comicbook character, while the Winter Soldier shapes things from the shadows, carrying out anonymous assassinations on behalf of HYDRA.)

The Winter Soldier's facial expressions are almost childlike here, and the way he passively accepts that mouth guard tells you everything you need to know. He could probably kill everyone in the room within seconds, but instead he just lies back and lets them torture his brain to mush for the hundredth time. Before now he seemed like such an intimidating figure, but this scene shows the Winter Soldier what he really is: a little kid or a blank slate into which people insert their own goals and missions, fully-formed. "But I knew him," he says in miserable confusion, sure that he recognises Steve's face from somewhere. But Pierce, the voice of God, refuses to explain any further. THIS IS JUST. TOO. UPSETTING. Sebastian Stan's entire acting career of weeping while being emotionally abused by unpleasant father figures has all been leading up to this role, and I for one am not amused.

Just in case the general emotional trajectory of this movie was to cheerful for you, the "happy ending" is Steve Rogers waking up in hospital after voluntarily falling to his death. Good news, Steve! Your best friend is alive enough to only half beat you to a pulp. And now he's wandering around D.C. trying to get his memory back, looking even less healthy than he did when he was in full brainwashed assassin mode. If Captain America 3 doesn't include at least one emotional embrace and/or scene where Falcon forces Bucky go to therapy, then I'm leading a mass revolt on Marvel Studios HQ, you mark my words.

[identity profile] macfraser82.livejournal.com
I found another Captain America article this time with some behind the scenes stuff and also some intresting new things.
For example what happens if you can't throw the Cap suit in a waschine machine *gg*

as always spoiler for Cap 2 and full article behind the cut!! )
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While Chris Evans is known for his work in front of the camera, in the near future we’re going to be able to see what he can do behind the camera. Late last year, Evans directed his first movie, 1:30 Train, and he’s currently in post-production finishing it up. The indie pic is about two people (played by Evans and Alice Eve) who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York.

The day after I spoke to Evans about Captain America: The Winter Solider (watch that interview here), I landed a bit of time to talk about his directorial debut. He talked about filming in New York City, where he’s at in the editing process, test screenings, how he initially envisioned using only a soundtrack but changed his mind and decided to use a score, if he should try and premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival or the Toronto International Film Festival, how he wants to direct his next film this August (after Avengers: Age of Ultron wraps), and what kinds of projects he wants to focus on. Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Collider: Talk to me about getting behind the camera. I’ve asked you the Captain America questions, I want to focus on the directorial debut. Was it a challenging shoot? You we’re in New York city.

CHRIS EVANS: Yes, was it a challenging shoot? It was a challenging shoot. I’ll tell you, the only issue is because it’s New York at night. First of all, listen, I love shooting in the city. The city is a character in my opinion, it really is, but New Yorkers are not that enthusiastic when you shut down their streets [laughs] and they’re not exactly accommodating. So it was a challenging environment, it was freezing and it’s all night shoots, so by the end of the first week you just got a lot of people who are just catatonic and tired, so you kind of have to maintain a certain mentality. The fish rots from the head down, so if you come to set complaining and bitching, everyone’s going to start, so you try and come in every day with the most positive attitude you can. That’s a set when I needed Anthony Mackie. That’s a set where you need the energy that Mackie can provide.

rest behind the cut.... )
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Sorry for the spaming again XD
But i found another intresting article and i like to share it with you.

Again: Huge spoiler for the movie!! and you can find the full article with photos @empireonline
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Spider-Man, Shrek, The Lord of the Rings, Batman, James Bond, Star Wars and Harry Potter all have one thing in common. Their films have grossed less money at the domestic box office than the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This week’s release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought the domestic gross of the nine films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to $2,463,300,000 and counting.

While this is certainly an impressive feather in the cap of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are a few things to remember on both sides. First, this is just domestic box office. Internationally, Harry Potter has a good $2 billion plus over Marvel ($5,979,6 billion to $7,723,4 billion). Second, it’s not adjusted for inflation. Ticket prices now are significantly higher than they were even two or three years ago, so that would bump Potter up a bit and bump up series like Star Wars and James Bond astronomically. Third, almost all the Marvel movies have been in 3D, which adds even another bump.

On the other hand, this is only the beginning. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has only been out a week. Guardians of the Galaxy then comes out in four months, further adding to the total. Avengers: Age of Ultron follows in May 2015 and Ant-Man after that in July 2015. All of those films will be out before the next Star Wars movie in December 2015 or James Bond film in November 2015. That’s going to give the Marvel Cinematic Universe a potential $2 billion-plus lead on any of those franchises, easily.

Here’s the current breakdown. Do you think any of these have a shot at taking the Marvel Cinematic Universe box office title?

  1. Marvel Cinematic Universe (Nine movies) - $2,463.3 billion and counting

  2. Harry Potter (Eight movies) - $2,390.1 billion (next film, Fantastic Beasts, TBA)

  3. Star Wars (Seven movies) – $1,918.0 billion (Next film December 2015)

  4. James Bond (24 Movies) - $1,912.8 billion (Next film November 2015)

  5. Batman (Eight Movies) $1,897.8 billion (Next film May 2016)

  6. Lord of the Rings (Six movies) $1,622.0 billion (Next film December)

  7. Shrek (Five movies) $1,419.6 billion (Next film TBD)

  8. Spider-Man (Four movies) $1,375.9 billion (Next film May)

  9. Twilight (Five movies) $1,363.5 billion

  10. Pirates of the Caribbean (Four movies) $1,279.2 billion (Next film 2016)

[identity profile] macfraser82.livejournal.com
Sorry for the spaming today. XD
But Empireonline did a Spoiler Special Podcast with Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America 2.

You can find the article and podcast here.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona has called on Captain America to kick off "The Great American Race."

Actor Chris Evans will serve as grand marshal and give the command to "start your engines" for the Feb. 23 Daytona 500.

Evans stars in "Captain America: The Winter Solider," scheduled for release on April 4.

He joins a list of previous Daytona 500 grand marshals that includes Ben Affleck, Kate Upton, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco.

Source is ESPN

I hope we get some new pics from this event!
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Hey guys,

here is a link to the Empire Magazine report for Captain America 2 with two new stills.

Be warned : Spoiler

There is also a still of the famous elevator scene! :D

And there is also new movie poster :D
How do you like it?

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Hey guys,

today no picture instead i show you some videos/infos i found from SDCC 2013.

The Winter Soldier Panel (sorry not the best quality)

Entertainment weekly interview with the Winter Soldier cast

They also revealed a new teaser art for Captain America - the Winter Soldier

Captain America Footage Descripton (SPOILER!!)

Captain America 2 - Comic Con trailer description (SPOILER!!)

Another Chris, Scarlet and Stan interview
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Captain America: The First Avenger stood out from most of the comic book movie pack because it offered something a bit different. In addition to being yet another superhero origin story, it was a WWII movie that heartily embraced the ’40s setting, rather than simply using it as window dressing.
The film takes its title, and presumably much of its storyline, from the Ed Brubaker-penned storyline of the same name, in which Cap’s WWII sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan), thought dead, is revived as a Soviet assassin.

Speaking to Variety, Feige talked about his view of the lasting potential of superhero movies:

If it is a fad, it’s one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did, because each one is so different. There’s an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them. Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, and the next is a political thriller. They all have their own textures and patinas, and that’s what is exciting about it.

The key point there for us is obviously the “political thriller” tag applied to the Captain America sequel. Which isn’t any sort of big surprise, given that the film’s title points squarely at the Brubaker source material, which also features many political thriller elements. (Albeit filtered through the Marvel style.)

This is notable as part of Marvel’s efforts to diversify its movies — as Feige says, to graft sub-genres to the new sequels. Captain America was the war movie; Thor was the fantasy movie; Cap 2 will be the political thriller and Guardians of the Galaxy will be the sci-fi epic tinged with comedy. Whether the new films work as explorations of their sub-genres as well as Captain America did is yet to be proven.


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I take a quick break from Puncture week for this news ;D
According to spoilertv.com Joe Russo and Anthony Russo have been selected by Marvel to direct Captain America 2, the sequel of Captain America (directed by Joe Johnston).

Read full article here.


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