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Film News Roundup: Russo Brothers Partner With Slamdance for Fellowship (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Russo Brothers Partner With Slamdance for Fellowship (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, the Russo brothers are launching a Slamdance fellowship, Magnolia buys “The China Hustle,” and Bryan Singer is producing and possibly directing “The Anomaly.”

Slamdance Fellowship

The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo are launching the Russo Brothers Fellowship, to be presented to a Slamdance filmmaker at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.

The brothers will select one filmmaker, who will receive a $25,000 prize consisting of filmmaker support, an office at their new Los Angeles-based studio, mentoring from the duo, and a cash stipend for one year. The Russos’ new studio is in the downtown art district and has been developed with the goal of empowering and cultivating filmmakers.

“We’re very proud to partner with Slamdance,” said Anthony and Joe Russo. “Having begun our careers at this festival, we’re honored to partner with such a great organization, and to foster and support young filmmakers while creating a platform for new
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Fox Teams With Russo Brothers in Finance-Distribution Movie Deal

Fox Teams With Russo Brothers in Finance-Distribution Movie Deal
Twentieth Century Fox is teaming with the “Captain America” directing team of Joe and Anthony Russo for the studio to co-finance and distribute movies from the brothers’ unnamed production company.

The production company will formally launch next year after the brothers complete their work directing Marvel-Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled sequel. “Avengers: Infinity War” will open May 4, 2018, and the sequel is set for May 3, 2019.

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Marvel’s Russo Brothers on Political Messages and if They’d Direct a ‘Star Wars’ Film

The Russo brothers directed 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” for Marvel-Disney. The team first gained notice for their work on the 2002 film “Welcome to Collinwood” and then turned to television with work on the series “Arrested Development” and “Community.” They also produced the 2006 Owen Wilson comedy “You, Me and Dupree.”

Under the non-exclusive multi-year deal with Fox, the Russo brothers venture will provide half of the
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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Why Marvel's Misfit-Filmmaker Gamble Works

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Why Marvel's Misfit-Filmmaker Gamble Works
Another weekend, another blockbuster Marvel opening at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest episode in the company's cosmic-mercenaries saga, predictably crushed the competition, grossing an estimated $425 million globally and perpetuating the studio's multiplex dominance. If you're looking for a secret to the company's success, we'll direct you to a 2014 comment from GotG director James Gunn. "I made a decision early on that I wanted it to be a hundred percent a James Gunn movie and a hundred percent a Marvel movie," he said after the first film's release.
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The Russo Brothers Line Up New Sci-Fi Movie With The Daniels

In a plot twist worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, Marvel filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo have signed on to join forces with the Daniels – the creative duo behind 2016’s Swiss Army Man. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan will deliver a science fiction movie, which represents the first major film deal for the Russo Brothers and their fledgling production company.

The film currently remains untitled, but will be written, directed, and co-produced by the Daniels. As such, it is expected to feature their very specific, now legendary brand of comedy and drama. Swiss Army Man was their first feature length theatrical film, and quickly stirred up interest on the film festival circuit, with its unusual tale of a man’s bond with a flatulent corpse. The story of loneliness, obsession and connection was striking enough to attract the talents of Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead to the cast
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The Russo Brothers Reveal How You Get a Job Directing a Marvel Movie

A lot of people were surprised when Joe and Anthony Russo were hired to direct Captain America: Winter Soldier. Understandably so, considering at the time the Russo brothers were mainly known for TV shows like Arrested Development, Happy Endings and Community. They had directed a few movies, but Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree aren't exactly $100+ million action movies.  So how did the Russo brothers end up becoming the directors of some of Marvel's biggest movies to date? When we spoke to the Russos recently ahead of the Captain America: Civil War home video release, we asked about the process of landing a Marvel movie. As you can expect, it's not easy. Anthony Russo explained, "We did have a very long courtship with Marvel. We...

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Cleveland According to Movies and Television

Our perception of the Forest City having only seen it on screen.

All this week, Cleveland, Ohio, is being overrun with politicians, their supporters, and protestors of their platforms as the Republican National Convention is being held at the Quicken Loans Arena through Thursday. To help get a better sense of this “Cleve-Land,” as Howard the Duck calls it, we’re looking to entertainment, specifically movies and television, for what it can tell us about this city. If there’s anything we miss or misunderstand, blame Hollywood.

Cleveland Rocks

It’s the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s not surprising that, to an outsider, Cleveland primarily looks like a city where music reigns. You could make a nice concert with all the fictional bands based there, including Cherry Bomb from Howard the Duck, The Barbusters from Light of Day, the
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Interview: Why Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Wanted to Deconstruct the Superhero Genre with ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Interview: Why Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Wanted to Deconstruct the Superhero Genre with ‘Captain America: Civil War’
A decade ago, the two films Anthony and Joe Russo had under their belts were Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree. Now they’re the filmmakers behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. The Russo brothers were initially a surprising choice to direct The Winter Soldier for some Marvel fans, in particular for those unfamiliar with their background in television, but […]

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Latest (Surprisingly Entertaining) Marvel Movie Pits Rebel Avengers vs. Status Quo Avengers

'Captain America: Civil War': Chris Evans as rogue military leader of sorts. 'Captain America: Civil War' review: So good it made film critic and Prince fan forget pop icon had died April 21, '16, 9:53 a.m. – I was sitting down to watch an early screening of Captain America: Civil War on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California. I received a text inquiring if I'd heard the news. As a number of noted critics and studio types filed in – all immersed in their devices, we confirmed the news for each other – Prince was dead. One noted critic, whose name I will not mention because she may not want you to know she cusses like a sailor, posed the question aloud, “How the fuck are we supposed to pay attention to this now!?” It was a goddamn good question. I said in response, voice cracking, “No shit, I'm all fucked up!
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Russo Brothers: 'Civil War' Directors Reveal How Marvel Makes It Possible For Indie Filmmakers To Create Superhero Movies

Russo Brothers: 'Civil War' Directors Reveal How Marvel Makes It Possible For Indie Filmmakers To Create Superhero Movies
Anthony and Joe Russo, collectively known as the Russo brothers, have made a name for themselves by directing Marvel big-budget films like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War.” As the filmmakers get ready to dive deeper into the comic-book universe, they talked to New York Magazine about how Marvel makes it possible for indie directors to helm big box-office superhero pictures. The duo started off when they self-financed the crime film “Pieces” for $35,000 and caught the attention of Steven Soderbergh at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1997. After 2002’s “Welcome to Collinwood,” “You, Me and Dupree” and a couple of episodes of “Arrested Development” and “Community,” the brothers also garnered attention from Marvel president Kevin Feige. “They are equal parts visionaries and pragmatists,” says Feige of the Russos. “In my opinion, that’s a high compliment.” Read More: Review: 'Captain America: Civil War' Shows the.
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10 Ways That Heists in Movies Usually Go Wrong

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Failure is the name of the game here. This is an in-depth look at some of the most common reasons that heists in films go wrong.

Heists in films rarely go right. In fact, the heist gone bad is a plot device that has been used over and over for decades. It adds drama. It adds tension. It adds excitement as the crooks run from the law. Often times, that’s what makes a heist movie so fun to watch, seeing how the characters get themselves out of a tight situation. A perfect heist can be interesting to watch, but doesn’t really enhance or create much conflict between characters by itself. That’s why heists gone wrong are much more frequent in film than heists which go off without a flaw.

There are many ways a heist can go wrong. This is an overview of some of the most common reasons,
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Marvel makes it official that the Russo brothers will direct Avengers: Infinity War

It’s been on the cards since December when news broke during the Sony hack that the duo were being eyed for the gig, but now Marvel has made it official: Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War are set to take over from Joss Whedon on the main Avengers franchise to direct Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. Here’s the official press release…

As anticipation and excitement build to a fever pitch for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the blockbuster sequel to the third-largest movie of all time, Marvel is proud to announce Joe and Anthony Russo will join the franchise as the directors of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.”

The Russo brothers first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” one of
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'Avengers Infinity War': Marvel Confirms Russo Brothers Will Direct

'Avengers Infinity War': Marvel Confirms Russo Brothers Will Direct
As anticipation and excitement build to a fever pitch for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the blockbuster sequel to the third-largest movie of all time, Marvel is proud to announce Joe Russo and Anthony Russo will join the franchise as the directors of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2.

The Russo brothers first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier one of the top-grossing film's from 2014, and are currently preparing to shoot Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. The third film in the Captain America franchise will bring the classic storyline from the comics to life pitting Cap (Chris Evans) against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), as well as introducing Black Panther to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with actor Chadwick Boseman ahead of his own film later in Phase 3.

Before stepping behind the camera for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War,
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Interview: Anthony and Joe Russo on The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3 and Agent Carter

It came as quite a surprise to fans two years ago when Marvel Studios hired directors Anthony and Joe Russo to direct the highly-anticipated "Captain America" sequel. Sporting a resume that included the feature films Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree as well as television series like "Arrested Development," "Community" and "Happy Endings," it was a choice that may not have seemed ideal to many, but following the reception to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's hard to imagine a different team bringing that story to life.
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Joe And Anthony Russo Set To Make The Gray Man

So far, Mark Greaney’s novel The Gray Man has had a tortuous journey toward the silver screen. Way back in 2011, an adaptation by Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) had achieved inclusion on the Black List – at which point James Grey (The Immigrant) signed on to direct it. By 2012, things were looking up when Brad Pitt began seriously considering the high profile lead role. Grey and Pitt were unable to pull it together, though, and the rights to the property lapsed – leaving the way clear for a new creative team to take a crack at it. Enter powerhouse producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel (Maleficent), who snapped up the rights for Sony Pictures, and quickly sought the agreement of writing-directing team Joe and Anthony Russo to add the project to their ever-growing slate.

The Gray Man is the story of an assassin and former CIA operative, who finds himself
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Heroines of Cinema: Mimi Leder and the Impossible Standard for Women Directors in Hollywood

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Heroines of Cinema: Mimi Leder and the Impossible Standard for Women Directors in Hollywood
If you were a Hollywood studio, who would you hire to direct your $170 million action tentpole? A director with two blockbuster action hits to their name, or the team behind the commercial flop “Welcome to Collinwood” and the critical flop “You, Me & Dupree”. The answer, for Marvel Studios and their recent Captain America sequel, was the latter. By all accounts, Anthony and Joe Russo did a great job directing “The Winter Soldier”. But the duo’s feature film track record was not evidence of this potential. I am certain that had a woman directed “Welcome to Collinwood” and “You, Me & Dupree”, she would not have been in the running to direct a major Marvel film. And the name that makes me confident of this? Mimi Leder. Mimi Leder is a true trailblazer. The first ever woman accepted onto AFI’s cinematography course, she discovered a passion for directing during her
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The Review

Six years don’t seem like that long a stretch of a time, but it’s long enough to create a universe. I should clarify, I mean a cinematic universe. You see, that’s just what they’ve done at Marvel Studios. And what a wondrous place it is! And movie-goers are now able to visit there more than once a year. Hard to believe, but it was back in 2008 that the famed comic book company (lovingly named “The House of Ideas” by Stan Lee himself almost fifty years ago) decided that they should have a more active role in bringing their characters to the silver screen. Media pundits scoffed since several of their biggest properties, namely Spider-Man and the X-Men, were locked down in movie deals with Sony and Fox. But Marvel (with Paramount) initiated their big screen dreams with Iron Man, and they’ve not looked back. That
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How did 'Community' and 'Arrested Development' get the Russos to 'Captain America 2'?

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How did 'Community' and 'Arrested Development' get the Russos to 'Captain America 2'?
When you look back at it, Marvel Studios has almost always taken the unconventional route when it comes to picking the directors for their movies. When most Hollywood studios would select the proven blockbuster director, indie darling or recent Oscar nominee looking for a payday Marvel has always gone in a different, um, direction. It started with Jon Favreau on "Iron Man." The former "Swingers" star and "Elf" helmer was coming off "Zathura," a critically lauded kids flick that was a bomb at the box office. Kenneth Branagh, on the other hand, had been in director's jail following four misfires in 10 years. "Thor" turned out to be his best film since 1996's "Hamlet." Joss Whedon was a geek icon for his legendary TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and had major comic book cred after dabbling in writing Astonishing X-Men," but studios weren't banging down his door after "Serenity" fizzled in theaters.
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'Captain America 2' Interview with Directors Anthony and Joe Russo | Exclusive

'Captain America 2' Interview with Directors Anthony and Joe Russo | Exclusive
With each of Marvel's Phase One movies, the fans got directors no one was expecting, like the guy who made Elf (Jon Favreau) and the guy behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Joss Whedon). Those choices were largely met with confusion by the fans, until, naturally, they saw the finished product. That trend continues with Marvel's Phase Two sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, under the direction of Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, whose only feature directorial credits are the 2002 indie Welcome To Collinwood and the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree.

Of course, they've been keeping plenty busy on the small screen for several years, serving as writers, directors and producers on shows such as Arrested Development, Community and Happy Endings, but to say these filmmakers were an unexpected choice is somewhat of an understatement. Still, Marvel has managed to pull off yet another cinematic triumph with Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Watch: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Directors Discuss All The Movies That Influenced Marvel's Latest

Looking at the filmographies of filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo you wouldn.t necessarily predict that they would be cut out for blockbuster filmmaking. The brothers made their feature debut in 2002 directing the small crime comedy Welcome To Collinwood, followed that up with the 2006 Owen Wilson vehicle You, Me and Dupree, and spent the time in-between and since working on various critically-acclaimed television shows like Community and Arrested Development. They had us all scratching our heads when they were hired by Marvel Studios back in 2012 to make Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the reality is that they have pulled off something spectacular. The brand new Marvel Studios film is heading to theaters this Friday, but it was a couple weeks back that I had the chance to sit down with the Russo brothers to discuss their new film. As you can see in the video above, we touched on
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Film Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Film Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
The Rip Van Winkle of superheroes goes rogue in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” an impressively equal sequel to 2011’s superb origin story “Captain America: The First Avenger” that trades the earlier film’s apple-pie Americana for the uneasy mood of a 1970s paranoia thriller — a resonance underscored by the casting of “Three Days of the Condor” and “All the President’s Men” star Robert Redford in a prominent supporting role. Chockfull of the breathless cliffhangers dictated by the genre, but equally rich in the quiet, tender character moments that made the first film unique among recent Marvel fare, “The Winter Soldier” marks a generally assured return to features for sibling helmers Anthony and Joe Russo (who’ve been in a moviemaking deep-freeze since 2002’s “Welcome to Collinwood”) and should easily keep the franchise gravy train powering through to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” due next May.

Notwithstanding the magical serum
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