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Samuel L. Jackson Will Return as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel

Samuel L. Jackson Will Return as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel
The rumors are true, Samuel L. Jackson is all set to reprise his role as Nick Fury in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. Nick Fury helped form the original Avengers team and he has made numerous appearances in the McU since his first sighting in 2008's Iron Man. Jackson will also participate in Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled sequel in addition to popping up in Captain Marvel, which is set to open in 2019. The last time we saw Nick Fury on screen was for Avengers: Age of Ultron and before that we saw him get shot and hospitalized in Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Rumors sprung up over the past week that Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as Nick Fury for Captain Marvel and now Deadline is reporting that it is indeed official. But that's about as far as the news goes regarding Nick Fury's involvement in the upcoming movie,
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Captain Marvel Is Taking a Trip Into the Quantum Realm

Captain Marvel Is Taking a Trip Into the Quantum Realm
Captain Marvel, the upcoming Marvel movie starring Brie Larson, is about to get a tie into Marvel's Ant-Man. It has been relatively quiet on the Captain Marvel news front lately. We are not sure what the major plot points are going to be and we definitively don't know how Carol Danvers will obtain her superpowers in the movie, which is understandable because the movie is still a year half from being officially released. But we do know that production is expected to start sometime in February of 2018 and that it will be an origin story that differs from the original comics. We now also know that Captain Marvel will be linked to Ant-Man through the Quantum Realm.

Dr. Spiros Michalakis is a quantum physicist at the California Institute of Technology and he recently sat down for an interview with Inverse to discuss his role in working with Marvel Comics as a consult on Ant-Man.
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Brie Larson Wasn't Sure About Captain Marvel Role

Brie Larson Wasn't Sure About Captain Marvel Role
During last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson would be starring as Captain Marvel, which many had suspected for months. It was just recently announced that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will officially direct the new McU film. Captain Marvel will be McU's first female lead superhero movie and that comes with a lot of pressure for all involved.

The pressure of taking that leading role was not lost on Brie Larson. This is a big jump for anybody's career with a multi-film deal that will have the actress playing Captain Marvel across McU films for the foreseeable future. Vanity Fair recently sat down to talk with Larson about her decision to join the Marvel Universe. And she wasn't so sure at first that this was the right fit.

"It took me a really long time. I had to sit with myself, think
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Captain Marvel might not be imaginary after all!

While I remain skeptical about Marvel Studios commitment to their female heroes, they took a small step forward in making Captain Marvel a reality by signing directors to the project. That's right, directors, as in plural. The writer/director duo of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck won the gig. They're not doing the screenplay this time (which is new for them) but still co-directing. They debuted with the searing Half Nelson for which Ryan Gosling earned a well deserved Best Actor nomination. Their subsequent films (Sugar, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and Mississippi Grind) weren't quite as acclaimed but were respectable outings. They've recently been directing performance-centric shows like Looking, Billions and The Affair.   

What does this mean for the film? Well it bodes well for the acting (not that Brie Larson needs a lot of help there) since they always do right by the talent but we hope
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Captain Marvel Gets Mississippi Grind Directors

Captain Marvel Gets Mississippi Grind Directors
After months of speculation, Marvel has finally chosen its directors for Captain Marvel, bringing in a pair of indie filmmakers who weren't mentioned as front runners in the past. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who most recently directed the A24 dramatic comedy Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, have signed on to take the helm of this superhero adventure, which has Brie Larson set to star as the title character. While this news has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios itself, the studio reportedly took its time in finding the right director, while also making sure that the script was in great shape.

Variety reports that Marvel met with multiple contenders for the job before selecting Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The studio met with the directing pair multiple times and were thoroughly impressed with their approach to the title character, a.k.a. Carol Danvers. Nicole Perlman
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Captain Marvel Directors Ready to Soar

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Marvel has signed a directing duo to helm Captain Marvel! Come inside to learn more about the two directors that will be teaming up with Brie Larson when Captain Marvel starts filming!

Captain Marvel has been sparse on announcements, since the reveal of Brie Larson as the titular character last July at Sdcc 2016, but recently word has started to surface of concept art and even a date of August 2018 for filming! Now, Vanity Fair is reporting that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Sugar, Half Nelson) will be on director duties for the upcoming Marvel movie. The two have worked on projects before and have previously won Sundance Film Festival awards for their work. A script is being penned by Meg Lafauve and Nicole Perlman with Kevin Fiege producing.

Captain Marvel previously Ms. Marvel is Airforce trained Carol Danvers. Possessing superhuman strength, flight, and energy manipulation abilities due to her Kree physiology.
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After ‘The Knick,’ Andre Holland Sets His Sights on Bigger Film, TV Roles

After ‘The Knick,’ Andre Holland Sets His Sights on Bigger Film, TV Roles
As a child in Atlanta, André Holland was attracted to storytellers. “My grandfather was a preacher, so I grew up hearing his stories and watching his performance,” says the 36-year-old actor. “I was also always around a lot of old-school Southern storytellers, so telling stories was important to me. But I didn’t realize it was something you could do for a career.”

It is, and he has. After standout performances in “42” and “Sugar,” Holland broke through with his blistering turn in Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax drama “The Knick,” in which he played Dr. Algernon Edwards, a brilliant physician fighting for respect at the turn of the century. It was his work on that show that paved the way for his current high-profile projects. He’s now appearing on season six of FX’s “American Horror Story: Roanoke” as a loving husband who moves into a dangerous home with a past. And
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After ‘The Knick,’ Andre Holland Sets His Sights on Bigger Film, TV Roles

After ‘The Knick,’ Andre Holland Sets His Sights on Bigger Film, TV Roles
As a child in Atlanta, André Holland was attracted to storytellers. “My grandfather was a preacher, so I grew up hearing his stories and watching his performance,” says the 36-year-old actor. “I was also always around a lot of old-school Southern storytellers, so telling stories was important to me. But I didn’t realize it was something you could do for a career.”

It is, and he has. After standout performances in “42” and “Sugar,” Holland broke through with his blistering turn in Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax drama “The Knick,” in which he played Dr. Algernon Edwards, a brilliant physician fighting for respect at the turn of the century. It was his work on that show that paved the way for his current high-profile projects. He’s now appearing on season six of FX’s “American Horror Story: Roanoke” as a loving husband who moves into a dangerous home with a past.
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Update: Will Latino Viewers Continue To Say 'No Mas' To Latino Movies?

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Update:

I've added the update for this story at the end.

Original Column:

Today something significant will be happening. Today, people can prove me wrong about something I've been saying for years.

But I don't think they will.

See, today, Hands Of Stone will go wide. It'll jump from 810 theaters to around 2,000, with the hope of a big Labor Day Weekend payoff in a few days.

It centers on the legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, has a stellar cast, and comes from a time in history that's so recent that the film's central figure is still alive today. For advocates of diversity, you have the talented Edgar Ramirez starring as Duran, you have pop music megastar Usher Raymond as the iconic pugilist "Sugar" Ray Leonard, and a supporting cast littered with hispanic performers like Rubén Blades, Ana de Armas, and Yancey Arias.

The production is rounded out by the "Raging Bull" himself Robert De Niro,
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Hands Of Stone Review: A Knock-Out Cast Pulls No Punches

Roberto Duran was one of boxing's greatest champions in the 1970s. He had speed, skill, and power, and he absolutely owned a ring. In fact, Duran was known to have "hands of stone." The Panamanian Champion rose up from nothing, and had the world in his hands, until he uttered two fateful words during his second fight with "Sugar" Ray Leonard, words that haunted him until the end of his boxing career, even after he was able to rebrand himself and continue boxing for a living.

In the new film, aptly titled Hands of Stone, the story of Roberto Duran (played impeccably by Edgar Ramirez) is told, primarily from the perspective of his long time trainer, Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro). Arcel was a Jewish trainer who, in the 1950s, saw the potential for boxing to be a huge TV sensation, but the New York mafia disagreed and tried to kill him to protect their racket.
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Hands Of Stone – Review

As the Summer starts to fade, the multiplex looks again to sports films, those (like the “sport” of movie viewing) which are set indoors, away from the harsh cold winds. We’re not talking hockey or basketball, but rather the “mano y mano” battle that seems almost tailor-made for movies, boxing. Of course, there are many times when the boxing flick has been mixed with other genres. Just last year we had a boxing/ family tear-jerker with Southpaw and a boxing/ fantasy/ franchise-reboot Creed (it squeezed a few tears from audiences, too). This time out (perhaps to be an early Oscar contender), we’re seeing a pugilistic biography, a mix that goes back to the dawn of cinema. The 1940’s had Gentleman Jim, and the 50’s had Paul Newman as Rocky Marciano in Somebody Up There Likes Me. The greatest true-life boxing biopic may be 1980’s Raging Bull with an Oscar-winning turn by Robert DeNiro.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Mercenary’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Mercenary’
A Wallisian rugby prop weighing in at 111 kilos, with a massive battering-ram body and eyes that glower from behind his rugged, tribal-tattooed hide, Toki Pilioko has the sort of physique Hollywood casting agents inevitably pigeonhole in one of two roles: the dark-skinned drug dealer, or else that over-muscled thug who hefts oil barrels over his head and chunks them Donkey Kong-style at a white-guy action hero. He’s “the heavy,” and for once, a movie demonstrates the insight and sensitivity to look past that tough-guy exterior and discover the conflicted character within. That movie is Sacha Wolff’s impressive feature debut, “Mercenary,” which plays with such a character’s outsider status within the context of a easily relatable sports story — the rare kind of ethnographic portrait insightful enough to work on the festival circuit, while still accessible enough to excel in a popular commercial context.

Pilioko plays Soane, a rugby player from Nouméa,
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The Americans Review: Like Sugar Glass

It takes too long to kill someone in television, and The Americans is no exception. It takes too long to gather their things, and put them in bags. It’s always more formal, and stiff, and quiet. It’s obvious, in retrospect, when the decision to kill has been made. But you never see it coming. It is always a surprise. From the moment Nina was sent to prison, she was going to die. Everyone knew it. Oleg knew it. Stan knew it. Nina knew it. She couldn’t be the person that she needed to be to escape. She helped them suss out

The Americans Review: Like Sugar Glass
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DVD Review: Mississippi Grind

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★★★★☆ With its loose road movie vibe and appealingly downtrodden turns from the two tremendous leads, Mississippi Grind certainly fits into the "they don't make 'em like that anymore" cinematic category. Writer/director duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, no strangers to thoughtful character studies (Half Nelson, Sugar), are clearly more interested in spending time on mood and performance than plot. Their film conjures fond memories (without ever coming across as an outward steal) of contemplative 1970s work like Fat City. Unlike some gambling-based movies out there, the filmmakers are unconcerned with the mechanics of the game and instead focus on what motivates the characters and the sometimes emotional ramifications of their shared addition.
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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Amy,’ ‘Mistress America,’ Kubrick, and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Amy (Asif Kapadia)

Asif Kapadia came onto most cinematic radars in 2010 with his BAFTA award winning Senna, a terrific documentary on the life and tragic death of Formula 1 race car driver Ayrton Senna. The subject matter of his follow-up documentary doesn’t seem, at first, to be a million miles away. Amy, which screened out of competition in Cannes, follows the meteoric rise and tragic fall of the late singer Amy Winehouse. It is a devastating, infuriating and sometimes breathtaking watch,
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Alec Baldwin and Laurence Fishburne Join Star-Studded Arthur Miller 100th Birthday Tribute

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Alec Baldwin and Laurence Fishburne Join Star-Studded Arthur Miller 100th Birthday Tribute
Read More: Alec Baldwin, 'Sugar Man,' 'Detropia' Headline Hamptons Fest Summer Doc SeriesThe Arthur Miller Foundation is throwing a star-studded Broadway benefit performance in honor of the 100th birthday of legendary playwright Arthur Miller. The one-night-only celebration will feature notable talent from film, television and Broadway and raise funds for the Foundation's theatre and film education programs. Performers include Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barking, Laurence Fishburne, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Tony Kushner and Sam Shepard, among others; in addition, Tony award-winning director Gregory Mosher will be featured. Sections from Miller's autobiography and unpublished works will be read, as well as scenes from his classic plays "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible," "All My Sons" and more. The event is produced by Cindy Tolan and Damon Cardasis, with support from Foundation Board co-chairs Sandi Farkas and Rebecca Miller. "We at the Arthur Miller...
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Oscar Voters: Keep These Vital Actors and Movies in Mind as the Season Takes Hold

Oscar Voters: Keep These Vital Actors and Movies in Mind as the Season Takes Hold
This week, Variety kicks off its coverage of the 2015 Oscar season in style, with our annual Awards Launch issue. But as we dive headlong into a fray that is bound, as ever, to recycle familiar talking points and contenders, we would be remiss not to pause to shine a light on worthy players who may well end up getting buried in the campaign avalanche.

Yann Demange’s “’71,” part of a triptych of films that introduced the world to actor Jack O’Connell, premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, but remains one of the best films of 2015. (It was finally released in February.) A nail-biting cross between “Judgment Night” and “Bloody Sunday,” and set along Belfast’s tumultuous Falls Road during the height of 1971’s Catholic/Protestant strife, it’s a unique playground for O’Connell, compared with his breakout work in “Starred Up,” and his stab at gravitas in “Unbroken.
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Colin Hanks Reopens Tower Records for One Night Only at ‘All Things Must Pass’ Premiere

Colin Hanks Reopens Tower Records for One Night Only at ‘All Things Must Pass’ Premiere
Colin Hanks‘ directorial debut, “All Things Must Pass,” turned Sunset Boulevard into memory lane Thursday night for its Los Angeles premiere at Harmony Gold.

For seven years, Hanks worked on the documentary that laments and celebrates the Sacramento-based record chain that grew from his hometown into an American retail powerhouse.

“I remember buying ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was the formative record for me on my musical path, which I bought at Tower Records,” he said.

After closing all of its domestic locations in 2006, the record store reopened for one night only for “All Things Must Pass” at L.A.’s iconic Tower Records location on Sunset Boulevard.

“I have distinct memories of going into Tower Records and coming to this one because it was so iconic,” recounted Busy Philipps. “You used to have to wait in line at Tower Records because they would
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New to Streaming: ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Experimenter,’ ‘Mississippi Grind,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga)

If there were any question marks still floating over Cary Fukunaga’s credentials, his latest film, Beasts of No Nation, should flick them aside with ease. Based on the acclaimed novel by American writer Uzodinma Iweala and boasting staggering performances from both of its lead players, Abraham Attah and Idris Elba, Fukunaga has delivered one of the most viscerally stylized war films in recent memory.
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A Sure Bet: ‘Mississippi Grind’

Inspired by films of the 1970s like California Split, The Gambler and Scarecrow, Mississippi Grind is a character study in the form of a road trip, expertly guided by writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who brought us such notable indie films as Half-Nelson and Sugar. Like the films that inspired it, their new effort is more about the journey than the destination, and sparked by two exceptional performances. Ben Mendelsohn plays a compulsive gambler who has let his addiction destroy every aspect of his life—including a marriage and even a relationship with a not-unsympathetic loan shark in his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. Like most men in his situation he has become a...

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