PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Category: Movies (71-80 of 7060)

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': A reference guide

Nine films in, the movies released by Marvel Studios comprise an elaborate narrative tapestry, with connections running between films, the short DVD-extra One-Shots, and the rapidly expanding universe of TV projects. The films are purposefully designed to appeal to newcomers. I’m guessing that the vast majority of people who love Iron Man have never read an Iron Man comic book. (Side note: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is much cooler than pretty much any comic book version of Iron Man.) But speaking as someone who grew up devouring comic books, part of what makes the Marvel Studios films so fun is how they freely pull from several decades of comic book history in composing their big-screen world.

That’s especially true of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a film that takes its name from a mid-2000s story arc, but which contains characters, settings, and stylistic flourishes from throughout Marvel’s history. Winter Soldier also featured an unusual assortment of fan-servicey bits, tantalizing remarks about future Marvel projects, and references to films outside of the Marvel fold, not to mention at least one very savvy use of real-world iconography. The following isn’t just a guide to the tiny details in Winter Soldier; it’s an A-Z reference guide for how the newest Marvel film continues to expand the series’ universe. (Yes, there are spoilers.) READ FULL STORY

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' ending: Explaining the credits scene (and beyond!) -- SPOILERS

The-Winter-Soldier.jpg

Another day, another dollar, another Marvel movie that ends on a high note…and then teases the audience with an epilogue sequence that seems purposefully designed to thrill certain members of the audience while purposefully confusing everyone else. Captain America: The Winter Soldier just hit theaters, and as with all its Marvel Studios kin, the end of the movie is only the beginning…of the post-credits sequence! And the Capquel ended on a particularly fascinating teaser, rife with implications for the future of the Marvel Universe. Let’s take a look at it now, as soon as we get the SPOILER ALERT out of the way. READ FULL STORY

Samuel L. Jackson talks to EW Radio about picking his lightsaber, fighting Twitter trolls -- VIDEO

Samuel L. Jackson has been enjoying his time as Nick Fury in the Marvel universe, now appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Jackson sat down with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean for a SiriusXM Town Hall and told the crowd about the time he found out what his character’s role in the new Star Wars films would actually be before he even got a script. Jackson also commented on the pros and cons of Twitter, why and how it’s changing the way actors are hired for work in Hollywood, and the fun he has sharing pics from around the world. Watch both clips below: READ FULL STORY

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Grease'

A boy, a girl, the breaking surf, some fumbled attempts at automobile lovin’, a hand-jive contest, a lycra-clad makeover, and a dozen of the greatest songs you’ve ever heard. With those raw ingredients, I present the latest installment of EW’s Summer Blockbuster month. Because we are “Hopelessly Devoted” to Grease, the first movie musical on this list takes the No. 18 slot. So let me tell you about it, studs. READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell as Bobby Riggs: Tennis' best hope to serve some Hollywood love

“The best way to handle women is to keep them pregnant and barefoot.”

I don’t mind being called a male chauvinist pig as long as I’m the No. 1 male chauvinist pig.”

Sound like things Ron Burgundy might say? Close. Those were the choice quips of Bobby Riggs, the 1970s tennis hustler who baited top women pros into a series of lucrative “Battle of the Sexes” matches. In 1973, he famously lost to Billie Jean King in straight sets during a carnival-stunt spectacular that seems extremely ridiculous in hindsight but had enormous cultural implications at the time.

Riggs was undeniably a character, and the announcement that Will Ferrell is attached to star in a movie about the ballyhooed Riggs/King match is welcome news for Ferrell fans. Variety reported that the star, Adam McKay, and Peter Chermin Entertainment will produce a film, based on last year’s ESPN article, “The Match Maker,” which looked into Riggs’ underworld gambling connections and speculated on whether he purposely threw the big match. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: 'The Raid 2' and the death of Hollywood action movies

The-Raid-2-EW-Geekly.jpg

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

Hollywood only makes action movies now. Hollywood doesn’t really make action movies anymore. Both of those statements can’t be true, and yet, they’re both basically accurate. It is very rare for Hollywood to release a major non-Oscar  bait motion picture that doesn’t feature at least one and usually fifteen sequences where our conventional definition of “action” happens. “Action”: Gunfights, swordfights, bow-and-arrow fights, car chases, car crashes, car chases that flip into crashes, fight scenes, rooftop chase scenes, buildings exploding, cities exploding, superheroes punching supervillains. READ FULL STORY

Marvel has movies planned through 2028

Marvel Studios’ 2014 movie season officially begins this weekend with the release of star-spangled sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The comic-adapting superstudio is also releasing Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, while it gears up for 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Threequels for Cap and Thor are already in the works. There might be a Black Widow spinoff; there’ll definitely be another Avengers; a bunch of cool B-listers are coming to Netflix; God willing, we’ll get to an Inhumans someday.

But the scope of Marvel’s ambition only really becomes clear in a new Bloomberg Businessweek profile of Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige. At one point, writer Devin Leonard points out a map on the wall of Feige’s office, showing films planned out over the next few years. Or rather, several years. Or rather, deep into the 2020s. Referring to the map, Feige chuckles: “They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.” That would carry the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the 20-year mark, two decades after the first Iron Man. READ FULL STORY

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'

Curse-of-the-Black-Pearl.jpg

A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.) READ FULL STORY

Is this crazy James Franco story a viral campaign for his new movie?

On April 1, a selfie-loving Scottish teen named Lucy apparently went to see James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in Of Mice and Men on Broadway — or, at least, waited outside the production’s stage door to meet Franco and O’Dowd after the show. Evidently, she got what she came to see… and then some. [Update: Lucy posted photos and videos of the two actors on her Instagram account, including one in which Franco asks her to tag him. She's since deleted her account.]

READ FULL STORY

Samuel L. Jackson says 'F-- you' to anyone who criticizes 'Snakes on a Plane' -- LISTEN

Don’t f— with Samuel L. Jackson and his choice to star in 2006 action-thriller Snakes on a Plane. The actor sat down with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean on Wednesday for a SiriusXM Town Hall to not only defend the infamous film, but discuss his role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is released nationwide Friday. READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP