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Movie Morsels: The Russo Brothers on What’s at Stake in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Happy belated Thanksgiving, Morselers! Now that you’ve digested all your turkey (or are living off of leftovers), we’ve got one last Thanksgiving greeting for you in today’s Movie Morsels– from Deadpool! Plus, the Russo Brothers go in-depth on Captain America: Civil War, the latest on The Conjuring 2, and fresh footage from Jennifer Lawrence‘s next project!

Captain America: The Civil War

Civil War

After their Community episodes, The Winter Soldier, and the Civil War trailer, those Russo Brothers can do no wrong in my book. Here’s what the two have to say about the mouth-watering new trailer…

On the return of Thunderbolt Ross:

“We thought it would be interesting to take a character who had a fanatical anti-superhero point of view,” says Joe Russo. “Now he’s become much savvier and more political and has put himself in a position of power, not unlike a Colin Powell. He’s cornering the Avengers politically now, he’s out-manoeuvring them.”

On the film’s central issue:

“You cannot have a character called Captain America without examining the politics of what that means, especially in this day and age,” says Joe Russo. “The heroes in this universe operate under their own auspices, not under the directive of a government, and that can cause a lot of problems. There’s a certain level of imperialism that we’re examining – what right do those that have power have to use that power, even if it’s to do good? How do you govern that kind of power?”

On how it follows Age of Ultron:

“The Accords are the world jointly trying to govern the Avengers moving forward,” says Joe Russo. “It has to do with the effects of Ultron and Sokovia [the small city that Ultron tried to drop on the Earth from a great height at the end of Age Of Ultron], and New York City [roundly trashed at the end of The Avengers], and Washington D.C. [nearly devastated by falling helicarriers at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier]. Examining the third acts of all the Marvel movies, we’re saying, if you could point to the collateral damage in all those incidents, could you use that against the Avengers to control them?”

On Cap and the Black Widow:

“We thought it would be interesting to take that relationship that was so strong in Winter Soldier, and test it,” says Joe Russo. “She sees that they have made mistakes, very public mistakes and she’s trying to convince Steve that it might not be as black and white as he sees it and maybe they have some culpability, and maybe they have to accept that culpability, and then find a way to work within the system so that the Avengers aren’t disbanded.”

On how Iron Man has evolved:

“When people leave the theatre, they’re going to be arguing about who was right in the movie, whether it was Tony, or whether it was Cap,” says Joe Russo. “Tony has a very legitimate argument in the movie that’s a very adult point of view, about culpability, about the Avengers’ responsibility to the world, and the world’s right to have some sort of control over the Avengers. It’s a very complicated emotional arc for Tony Stark in this movie. Downey is utterly amazing in the part. I think he’s taking this character he’s been crafting for years and goes to some very risky places in the movie with the character.”

HT: Slashfilm



The Merc with a Mouth sent us some Thanksgiving greetings this holiday weekend, in his own inimitable style…

“I forget. Is a turducken stuffed with three additional meats, or four? #HappyThanksgiving”


Directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Andre Tricoteux, and Leslie Uggam, Deadpool opens on February 12, 2016.

[Coming Soon]


Director David O. Russell’s latest jam with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro looks to be just as good as the team’s Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Don’t believe me? Check out the two latest TV spots for Joy, in which Lawrence plays the inventor of the Miracle Mop…

Joy arrives, fittingly enough, on December 25.


The Girl Before

Ron Howard

Man, Hollywood sure loves thrillers with the word “girl” in their titles… After Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, Ron Howard has just signed on to direct the thriller The Girl Before, based on the book by J.P. Delaney to be published in the fall of 2016. The story focuses on “a traumatized woman [who] falls in love with an extraordinary minimalist house and with the man who designed it. But when she discovers that three years earlier another damaged woman died here, she starts to wonder if her own story is just a re-run of the girl before.”


The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist

Finally today… Director James Wan has been tweeting up a storm from the set of The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, which sees the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life Ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warreb. This time around, the action is set in England at Christmastime in the ’70s…


Image Credits: Marvel, Fox

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