The actor admits he was worried about the films being "good".
Nowadays, actor Chris Evans is one of the most recognisable faces in the entertainment industry. For years now he's starred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as 'First Avenger' Captain America, bringing his unique style of acting to the MCU and making a big name for himself.
Chris Evans was cautious about signing on for so many movie instalments
Of course, Captain America wasn't the first superhero the actor would be able to play, having already taken on the challenge of becoming Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch in the 2005 and 2007 movies 'Fantastic Four' and 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer'. Unfortunately for fans, that franchise fizzled out, but it didn't mean that Evans would have to stop fighting supernatural and otherworldly crime on the big screen, thanks to Marvel Studios taking a punt on the actor to bring one of their most iconic superheroes to life.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Was Scared By The Scale Of Marvel Movies
The 35 year old actor will follow in Tom Hardy's footsteps and read a bedtime story on CBeebies in May.
Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chris Evans is taking a break from saving the world as Captain America to be the next massive name to read a bedtime story for children’s channel CBeebies, it has been confirmed.
As such, the Hollywood pin-up is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow actor Tom Hardy, after the British star was a massive hit with parents watching with their children over the last few months, after he read stories on New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.
Chris Evans will be the latest big-name star to follow in Tom Hardy's footsteps
The actor thinks Scarlett Johansson would be up for the challenge.
Chris Evans has enjoyed the role of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now. Working alongside some of the biggest names in the business, he's worked his way into the hearts of longtime comic book readers, and those new to the 'Avengers' franchise and various other Marvel Comics big screen properties.
Chris Evans as Captain America
Though his current contract may be close to expiring, he's kept his cards close to his chest as to exactly what the future holds for him in that universe. He's likely awaiting to get the nod for a new contract from the head honchos behind the various Marvel movies, or to be cut out if they've got plans to introduce a new face to take on the role of Captain America in the future.
Captain America actor Chris Evans has hinted he'd be open to returning for more Marvel movies in the future despite his contract coming up.
For over half a decade now, US actor Chris Evans has graced the big screen and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as comic book superhero Captain America; first in his own solo movie and then in a series of collaborative flicks that followed such as 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' and 'Captain America: Civil War'.
Chris Evans as Captain America
Gearing up to film the final two movies included in his current contract with the studio behind the franchise ('Avengers: Infinity War' and the currently untitled 'Avengers 4'), Evans has recently seemed to express an interest in officially bringing his time as Steve Rogers to an end.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Is Open To Doing More Captain America And Avengers Movies
The new series of 'Top Gear', presented by LeBlanc alone, comes to BBC2 on March 5th.
Although there were widespread reports of discontent between them during the filming of last year’s ‘Top Gear’ series, new sole host Matt LeBlanc has insisted that he had nothing to do with his former colleague Chris Evans getting the sack – instead only finding out when he read it in the papers.
Evans dramatically stepped down as ‘Top Gear’s co-host in July last year amid slipping viewing figures and rumours of behind-the-scenes disagreements with LeBlanc, despite having initially penned a three-year deal.
Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans in February 2016
'Top Gear' will be returning to BBC Two on March 5th, presented by Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
The BBC Two show released an image of LeBlanc with the programme’s new co-hosts, Rory Reid and Chris Harris, on Tuesday (February 14th) ahead of the return of ‘Top Gear’ in early March. In the background, The Stig can be seen, with helicopters and rockets overhead.
Continue reading: New 'Top Gear' Trailer Divides Fans
Following three blockbuster smashes as Captain America, Evans is atop Forbes' annual list for the second consecutive year.
The 35 year old American actor, who has played the patriotic supersoldier Captain America / Steve Rogers five times since 2011, was found to represent the best value for money in Hollywood when it comes to the bottom line. For every dollar he was paid, he generated a whopping $135.80 at the box office.
This is calculated by Forbes analysing the last three movies an actor has starred in before June 2016, excluding cameos, animated films and movies released on fewer than 2,000 screens.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Named 'Best Actor For The Buck' For Second Year In A Row
Mary is a bright and happy little girl who lives with her uncle, Frank; he is her guardian and care giver since the death of her mother. Frank's sister made his promise that he'd always do right by her daughter and give her the most normal life possible - despite her loss.
Frank and Mary have a very close relationship and Frank home tutors the little blonde haired girl but as she gets older and her ability to learn more develops, Frank decides it's time for his niece to enrol at the local junior school. Despite Mary's pleas (and discussion to the point of 'Ad nauseum') to her uncle to let her stay home, Frank knows that she must start adjusting to a more normal way of life.
Howard School is a friendly local elementary and for the first time in her life, Mary is part of a classroom and soon her teacher discovers that Mary is an extremely clever girl - a child genius. The head teacher approaches her uncle Frank and tells him that she could potentially get Mary enrolled at a school for gifted children but thinking about his sisters last wishes, Frank decides she's best where she is.
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The ‘Friends’ star is said to be pocketing £2 million to stay with the show.
Matt LeBlanc has signed a new two-series deal to present ‘Top Gear’, following the departure of co-host Chris Evans. LeBlanc was warmly received by viewers when he debuted earlier this year and BBC bosses are said to have been keen to keep him after the recent ‘Great British Bake Off’ debacle.
Matt LeBlanc will be retuning as the host of 'Top Gear'
News of LeBlanc’s new deal was confirmed by BBC editor Patrick Holland, who said: "I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear. He's a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can't wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year."
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc Signs Two Series Deal With BBC To Host 'Top Gear'
The former Saturday Kitchen presenter is said to be in the running to take over from Chris Evans.
TV presenter James Martin has fuelled rumours that he could be the new host of ‘Top Gear’ following the departure of Chris Evans. Speaking to The Sun, Martin didn't deny he was in the running for the job and even admitted he’s aware that he is now one of the bookies' favourites to replace Evans.
Could James Martin be your new ‘Top Gear’ host?
“Apparently I’m the bookies’ favourite,” he told the newspaper. “I walked past a bookies in Leeds and saw my name on there, and I thought: ‘What the hell’s going on there?’ I was top of the list. But the phone hasn’t rung yet.”
Continue reading: James Martin Fuels Rumours He Could Be Set To Join 'Top Gear'
Chris Evans has been cast in the new film 'Jekyll', which will see him play the role of Tom Jackman in the forthcoming production.
Chris Evans has been cast in the new film 'Jekyll'.
The 35-year-old actor is set to play the role of Tom Jackman in the forthcoming production, which is based on the 2007 BBC TV series starring James Nesbitt, according to Deadline.
The upcoming blockbuster will follow the split personality of scientist Dr. Jekyll who transforms into Mr. Hyde, a tale which was created by Louis Stevenson in his 19th century novella 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Is Cast In Jekyll
The presenter was the only member of the new team to be picked through the show’s audition process.
‘Top Gear’ and ‘Extra Gear’ presenter Rory Reid has said he was surprised at the level of hostility directed towards the show when Chris Evans took over as host. The presenter likened joining the show to being ‘parachuted into a war’, but said overall it was intense but rewarding experience.
Rory Reid was part of ‘Top Gear’s’ revamped line-up.
“It’s been a very intense experience – intense is probably the best word. Way more involved than I ever thought any show could be. The level of scrutiny that the show is under has just been absolutely immense,” he told Redbull.com.
Continue reading: Rory Reid: Joining 'Top Gear' Was Like "Being Parachuted Into A War"
The presenters were informed of Evans' departure while they were shooting 'The Grand Tour' in Italy this week.
Former ‘Top Gear’ presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May are said to be rather pleased that the beleaguered Chris Evans announced his departure from the re-vamped BBC show earlier this week, with the latter saying he was “very chuffed” at Evans’ failure.
May and Clarkson, along with co-presenter Richard Hammond, have been filming an episode of their upcoming Amazon Prime show ‘The Grand Tour’ in the northern Italian city this week. On Monday, Evans resigned as presenter of the new ‘Top Gear’ after it flopped in the ratings, and the two ex-presenters are reportedly having a laugh about it when told.
James May is apparently "very chuffed" at the disastrous new series of 'Top Gear'
Just days after he quit 'Top Gear', The Sun reported that his Channel 4 chat show 'TFI Friday' has been cancelled after only one series of its comeback run.
Things seem to be going from bad to worse for presenter Chris Evans at the moment – just days after he quit his high-profile co-hosting job on the re-booted ‘Top Gear’, his other TV hosting role on ‘TFI Friday’ has now vanished as the show has been axed by Channel 4.
Evans’ Friday night chat show, revived by Channel 4 in October for a ten-episode series following the well-received one-off comeback special last summer, didn’t perform as well as expected in the ratings last autumn, and the presenter has allegedly been told that it won’t be re-commissioned for another series.
Chris Evans has also reportedly suffered the cancellation of his Channel 4 show 'TFI Friday'
Continue reading: Another Blow For Chris Evans As Channel 4 Reportedly Axe 'TFI Friday'
Evans stepped down as host on Monday (July 4) after just one series.
Chris Evans dedicated his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show on Tuesday morning (July 5) to his former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues, telling them to ‘move on’ without him. Evans stepped down as host yesterday after just one series, which was plagued by bad reviews and low ratings.
Chris Evans has told his ‘Top Gear’ colleagues to ‘move on’.
Evans told listeners: "Today's show is dedicated to all the 'Top Gear' gang. And today's show is entitled Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.” The presenter then went on to look at the day’s newspaper front pages, many of which featured his resignation.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Dedicates Radio Show To Former 'Top Gear' Colleagues
Evans has announced his departure from the 'Top Gear' presenting team after just one series, after Sunday night's record low ratings for its finale.
Chris Evans has quit his role as presenter of ‘Top Gear’, less than a day after the first series of his re-vamped version of the popular motoring show ended on BBC Two amid its lowest ratings yet.
The BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host, 50, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon (July 4th) to announce his departure from the show, saying he “gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough.” He also paid tribute to everybody on ‘Top Gear’, describing them as “beyond brilliant”.
Chris Evans (middle) has quit 'Top Gear', with Matt LeBlanc (left) believed to be offered a new contract
Continue reading: Chris Evans Steps Down As 'Top Gear' Host
The show has come under criticism since its debut and viewing figures have been steadily dropping.
On Sunday night (July 3) the ‘revamped’ new series of ‘Top Gear’ came to an end, giving the troubled BBC show its lowest viewing figures yet. The series has come under fire from viewers since it’s debut back in May, with host Chris Evans coming under particular criticism.
‘Top Gear’s’ ratings continue to fall for the final episode.
The Mirror reports that the show pulled in an audience of just 1.9 million on Sunday, as it went head-to-head with the Euro 2016 quarter final match between France and Iceland. Once again fans on Twitter were quick to criticise host Chris Evans, for his ‘shouty’ presenting style.
Continue reading: 'Top Gear' Series Ends With A New Ratings Low For Chris Evans And Team
The two presenters are said to have a frosty relationship behind the scenes.
‘Top Gear’ presenter Matt LeBlanc is reportedly ready to leave the show if co-host Chris Evans stays on. LeBlanc is thought to have already signed on for two more series of the BBC motoring show, but now bosses are left having to decide between the two presenters.
Matt LeBlanc is reportedly done with ‘Top Gear’ if Chris Evans stays on.
A show source told The Sun: “The big question now is who goes and who stays. The team does not gel at all, and the atmosphere between the presenters is decidedly frosty. It’s very much a picture of him – Chris – and them.”
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc "Will Leave Top Gear" If Chris Evans Stays
The host can’t seem to move away from his yellow t-shirt, blue jeans combo.
The new series of ‘Top Gear’ is already four episodes into its run, but it seems host Chris Evans still hasn't found the time to change his outfit. Viewers of the BBC motoring show have been pointing out that the presenter, who is said to be worth £50million, has so far worn the same outfit in every episode.
Chris Evans has been mocked for wearing the same outfit on ‘Top Gear’.
Evans’ favourite outfit consists of blue jeans and a yellow t-shirt, which is either worn with a dark sweater or a leather jacket. In episode one, the yellow t-shirt was seen under a dark sweater, teamed with blue jeans.
LeBlanc’s joke was highly praised by fans, but viewers still aren't tuning in.
The new series of ‘Top Gear’ has seen its ratings fall even further, to its lowest Sunday night audience in over a decade. The drop comes as fans seem to be warming more to the show, with one joke from Matt LeBlanc on Sunday receiving particular praise.
‘Top Gear’s’ ratings have fallen further.
According to overnight viewing figures from broadcast media ratings specialists, Overnights TV, last night’s show averaged just 2.3 million viewers. That meant the show had just 10.4 per cent of the Sunday night audience share.
Continue reading: 'Top Gear' Ratings Fall Further Despite Matt LeBlanc's Brexit Joke
LeBlanc appeared on James Corden's 'The Late, Late Show' this week, and revealed why he really took the 'Top Gear' co-presenting job alongside Chris Evans.
While the newly re-launched ‘Top Gear’ might not be setting the world alight, the show’s co-presenter Matt LeBlanc has, for many, emerged as the main star. However, the American favourite has revealed that he took the job for only one reason – he needed it.
Speaking to chat show host James Corden on ‘The Late, Late Show’ on Wednesday evening (June 15th), LeBlanc admitted that he was in need of a job when he was offered it late last year.
Matt LeBlanc filming 'Top Gear' in London in February 2016
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc Reveals The Real Reason He Took 'Top Gear' Job
The new series has been hit by audience figure troubles
Top Gear’s return was highly anticipated with new presenting stars Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc after the blaze of confusion which its old presenting trio left the programme before the end of the last series. However, the absence of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May has proved too much for some viewers and, despite each episode being reviewed more highly than the last, audience figures continue to drop.
Chris Evans' Top Gear presenting style has been criticised
It has now been revealed that Radio 2 breakfast show host Evans will take a less prominent role after Rory Reid and Chris Harris - presenters of online spin-off show, Extra Gear - featured in the main show for the first time and received positive reviews.
Critics and fans might be warming up to the new team, but the show still isn't managing to pull in the viewers.
Viewing figures for the new series of ‘Top Gear’ dropped to a new low for Sunday night’s episode (June 12), pulling in the lowest figures for the show in more than a decade. Overnight ratings show ‘Top Gear’ drew 2.4million viewers, down from last week's 2.8 million and dramatically lower than the 4.3million who tuned in for its debut episode.
‘Top Gear's’ viewing figures have fallen again.
However the number of viewers watching the show via catch-up services still needs to be taken into account. Viewing figures were mostly likely also affected by the show being up against BBC1’s coverage of Euro 2016 which drew 6.3 million viewers.
Though the significant drop in viewing figures looks demoralising, Evans believes enough people "love" the re-vamped 'Top Gear'.
With ratings sinking like a stone and increasing numbers of viewers sticking the boot in, new ‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has insisted that fans “love” the re-vamped format of the BBC motoring show.
50 year old Evans, who is presenting the new series of ‘Top Gear’ alongside American co-host Matt LeBlanc, has been criticised for being “shouty” in his presenting style and of trying to imitate former host Jeremy Clarkson. However, he has recently hit back at those criticising the new format.
Chris Evans in April 2016
Continue reading: Chris Evans Comes Out Fighting Amid 'Top Gear' Ratings Nosedive
The video of Clarkson assembling a DHL box has received better reviews from fans than the new series of ‘Top Gear’.
Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon Prime series which will rival ‘Top Gear’ hasn't even premiered yet, but the host has found another way of stealing the spotlight from Chris Evans. On Twitter Clarkson has shared a video of himself trying to assemble a cardboard DHL box, which according to fans was more entertaining to watch than the new ‘Top Gear’.
https://t.co/WsWmjesJn4 via YouTube To celebrate our new sponsorship deal, I've done a thing.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 6, 2016
Fans on social media have even been calling for Evans to be replaced as host by guest Jenson Button.
Ratings for the new series of ‘Top Gear’ have plummeted in just its second week, with audience figures dropping by more than a third. Just 2.8 million tuned into watch last night’s episode, compared with last week’s 4.4 million viewers.
‘Top Gear's’ audience fell by over a third in it’s second week.
The audience did grow throughout the episode, eventually peaking at 3.3 million, but it was beaten in its timeslot by both the 'Antiques Roadshow' and charity football match Soccer Aid, which peaked at 5.8million.
It was claimed that laughter was edited into last Sunday’s show to hide awkward silences.
The BBC has defended the new series of ‘Top Gear’ after it was claimed that ‘canned laughter’ was used to cover ‘long, awkward silences’ from the audience. It comes after The Sun quoted an anonymous audience member, who said they ‘just couldn’t believe’ how much laughter had been edited in to the show.
The BBC has denied canned laughter was used on ‘Top Gear’.
A spokesperson for the show told The Mirror: "There were no awkward silences during filming as reported by The Sun newspaper which clearly has an agenda against the show. It's well known that 'Top Gear' isn't a live programme and that the show is edited after filming, but last week's episode was edited in exactly the same way as previous series.”
Continue reading: BBC Deny Claims Canned Laughter Was Used On New 'Top Gear'
The former ‘Friends’ star debuted on Sunday night’s relaunch of the BBC show, alongside co-host Chris Evans.
While the new series of ‘Top Gear’ didn't get the ratings head start the BBC wanted on Sunday, co-host Matt LeBlanc seems to have escaped much of the criticism directed towards the show. Now it’s been reported that the BBC are so desperate to keep the US star, they’ve offered him ‘a fortune’ to return for a second series.
‘Top Gear’ bosses are said to be keen to hold on to Matt LeBlanc.
A source told The Sun: “Matt came across really well, he can drive and certainly knows his motors. Matt is crucial to the success going forward. Chris is not known across the world.” On social media many viewers gave Matt the thumbs up for his presenting on Sunday, while the rest of the show didn't fare so well.
Evans had previously said he would be “disappointed” if the show didn't hit five million viewers on Sunday.
Chris Evans has defended the revamped ‘Top Gear’ after its debut episode failed to pull in the desired viewing figures on Sunday (May 29th). The show came under criticism from viewers and critics alike after its debut, but Evans has insisted the first episode was a ‘hit’ even if it didn't reach five million viewers like he had hoped.
Chris Evans has defended the revamped ‘Top Gear’.
Taking to Twitter Evans said: ‘The new Top Gear is a hit. OFFICIALLY. 23 % audience share. 12% MORE than the opening episode of the last series. These are the FACTS. Top Gear audience grew throughout the hour. FACT. Won its slot. FACT. Still number one on i Player. FACT. These are THE FACTS folks.’
The revamped BBC show premieres on Sunday, with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc in the driver’s seat.
If fans of ‘Top Gear’ were expecting to see a whole string of new celebrity guests when the revamped series premieres on Sunday, they may be left disappointed. According to The Sun, the show has failed to attract the A-list names they wanted and they're now being forced to use celebs who have already appeared on the show.
Damian Lewis is taking another lap on ‘Top Gear’.
The newspaper reports that ‘Homeland’ star Damian Lewis and blues musician Seasick Steve filmed their guest slots at the warehouse studio in Surrey yesterday. But both have already appeared on the show in 2013 and 2010, respectively.
After the ‘Give Elsa A Girlfriend’ campaign went viral, Marvel fans are now asking for Captain America to get a boyfriend in his next adventure.
Fans of Captain America have taken to twitter to asked Marvel and Disney to give the superhero a boyfriend. The #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend hashtag trended on Twitter last night, not long after Frozen star Idina Menzel gave her support to the similar #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign.
Fans are asking Marvel to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.
Continue reading: Twitter Users Are Asking Marvel To Give Captain America A Boyfriend
The US actor said he didn't anticipate the ‘ruthlessness’ of the British press when he signed on to present the BBC show.
The revamped series of ‘Top Gear’ returns to BBC Two this Sunday (May 29th) with a brand new team fronted by Chris Evans and ‘Friends’ star Matt LeBlanc. But the show has been plagued by problems over the past few months, with a controversial stunt and reports of the two presenters fighting behind the scenes.
Matt LeBlanc says he’s not feud with Chris Evans.
Speaking to Radio Times, LeBlanc rubbished reports of a rift with his co-host, calling the rumours ‘a big load of bullshit’. “All this stuff that Chris and I are at war with each other is a big load of bullshit,” he said. “We’ve never had a rift.”
Continue reading: Matt LeBlanc Says There's No Feud With 'Top Gear' Co-Host Chris Evans
Irons dropped an f-bomb live on the show on March 18th while telling an anecdote about John Hurt.
Chris Evans’ Radio 2 breakfast show will not face further action from media regulator Ofcom, after actor Jeremy Irons swore live on the show during a March 18th broadcast. The show had been investigated after a listener complained it had broken rule 2.3 of the broadcasting code regarding offence and offensive language.
Jeremy Irons swore live on BBC Radio 2 on March 18th, promoting an Ofcom investigation.
Irons had been telling an anecdote about fellow actor John Hurt when he dropped the f-bomb live on air. “John and I were moaning about [good young actors],” Irons began, “And he said, ‘You know what I do when I find a good actor? I say to him, ‘You have a wonderful voice. Have you ever listened to it? And the actor is f***ed’.”
'Top Gear', with new presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, returns on May 29th to BBC2.
With only ten days to go until the Clarkson-free ‘Top Gear’ returns to the BBC, the programme has been forced to announce its two guest stars for its first episode after a false report by The Sun claimed that Brad Pitt had pulled out of filming.
Brad Pitt was never actually approached to be in the first 'Top Gear' episode
Recent allegations that the presenter used to bully people on 'The Big Breakfast' in the '90s have been called a "witch hunt".
New ‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has vigorously denied recent allegations that he bullied former colleagues earlier in his career, rubbishing claims that his behaviour on-set has been “out of control” in the past.
The 50 year old presenter, who is heading up an eyebrow-raising team of six hosts on the overhauled ‘Top Gear’ when it returns on May 29th, described the accusations that he used to orchestrate bullying on-set when he was host of ‘The Big Breakfast’ in the 1990s as “ridiculous” and “a witch-hunt”.
Chris Evans with new 'Top Gear' colleague Matt LeBlanc in 2016
Continue reading: Chris Evans Strongly Denies Allegations He Used To Bully Colleagues
The BBC show’s new host says Clarkson is still one of his heroes even though he hasn't seen him in ages.
‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has described the sacking of his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson as ‘bizarre’. Clarkson was fired from the BBC show last year, after a ‘fracas’ in which he punched producer Oisin Tymon, but Evans said he’s surprised that it was that incident which ended his ‘Top Gear’ run.
Chris Evans says Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘Top Gear’ exit was ‘bizarre’.
"What is fascinating is that he went for what he went for, considering what had gone on before,” Evans told GQ. If you look at the chronology of controversy of 'Top Gear' over the last five or six years, it is bizarre that he went for losing his rag over his dinner when there had been international incidents before that…”
Continue reading: Chris Evans Calls Jeremy Clarkson's 'Top Gear' Sacking Bizarre
There are more superheroes than ever in the latest Avengers movie, Captain America: Civil War.
"I've said it before, and it's only getting more and more accurate as cast members keep joining, there has never been an ensemble like this in cinematic history," says Marvel president Kevin Feige, who produces the films and had to make the decision about where to draw the lines as the Avengers divided into two warring teams. "it was a chessboard - who sides with whom."
As the title suggests, Chris Evans' Steve Rogers is the pivotal character, and he says that filming these movies is "like it's summer camp", as the actors rarely fall out over anything.
Continue reading: Chris Evans Injured Himself In Captain America: Civil War
After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were in danger of getting stuck in a rut, but a smart script for this surprisingly focussed thriller kicks everything into a new direction. What's surprising is that the screenwriters have managed to incorporate a wide range of characters without the film ever feeling overcrowded. Each person has a journey to travel, so the actors get a chance to invest plenty of personality into the action.
After the events of Ultron, there's a political debate about the need to oversee the Avengers' missions. Iron Man Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) thinks a special UN council is a good idea, but Captain America Steve (Chris Evans) thinks that will limit the team's ability to help people. Then Steve's best pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is framed for a bombing, and Black Panther T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is drawn into the fray. The Avengers are forced to take sides, with those supporting Bucky becoming outlaws. Tony recruits Spider-Man Peter (Tom Holland) to his team, while Steve drafts in Ant-Man Scott (Paul Rudd). And as they all face off against each other, none of them realise that this entire situation is being manipulated by a vengeful man named Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).
Watching this film requires the audience to suspend disbelief that these super-powered friends could be pushed to try to kill each other. That never quite makes sense, and indeed the script acknowledges this fact when one person goes down and everyone reacts emotionally. But the high-powered cast is so good at creating these intensely driven superheroes that it's not difficult to go with it.
Continue reading: Captain America: Civil War Review
The online only series will be presented by Rory Reid.
‘Top Gear’ will be getting its own sister show named ‘Extra Gear’ when it returns to our screens next month, the BBC has announced. The show will be available to watch on online-only channel BBC Three, the moment BBC Two’s ‘Top Gear’ episode has finished.
Rory Reid will host ‘Top Gear’ spin-off ‘Extra Gear’.
The show will be presented by Roy Reid, who earlier this year was unveiled as one of the seven-strong team who will be hosting the new ‘Top Gear.’ "'Extra Gear' is hugely exciting," Reid said of his new role.
Continue reading: 'Top Gear' Gets BBC Three Spin Off Show 'Extra Gear'
Irons swore on Evans' breakfast show when he was a guest back on March 18th.
The media watchdog confirmed on Monday (April 25th) that they would be conducting an inquiry as to whether or not the actor’s use of such a swear word constituted a breach of rules regarding offensive language before the watershed.
Jeremy Irons dropped the 'f-bomb' during an appearance on BBC Radio 2 in March
The revamped motoring show was scheduled to debut on May 22nd.
Chris Evans’ revamped ‘Top Gear’ has hit another roadblock, after it was revealed the new series will debut head-to-head against ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. The show had been scheduled to debut on May 8th, but was then pushed back to May 22nd, meaning it will clash with the first of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’s’ live semi-finals on ITV.
‘Top Gear’ could suffer from going head-to-head with ‘BGT’.
A source told The Mirror: “The BBC has pulled a sharp handbrake turn. 'Top Gear' is already under intense scrutiny and the last thing they need is to try and launch it against ITV’s most popular show.”
The Avengers are suffering from an image crisis. As much good that they do and as many lives that they save, the superheroes also cause unlimited amounts of damage to cities and civilisation. The government wish to find an answer to this problem and they decide that all superheroes should be registered and held accountable for their actions.
Tony Stark is brought in to begin talks on behalf of The Avengers, knowing how much damage he's personally done under his superhero disguise, Stark see the government's point and decides that a register wouldn't be entirely unwelcome. Captain America on the other hand has no such wishes; The Cap sees any government intervention as something beyond reasonable requirement. In the middle of all this is Cap's old friend Bucky who could be prosecuted under the new laws. As The Avengers are forced to split into two halves, it looks like there's going to be no way for the old team to form any kind of agreement.
As their opinions deepen and rivalries are deepens, certain members of Hydra begin to tighten their control and their plans for future domination of the world are getting stronger. The Avengers must find a way to put their differences aside in order to beat the real enemy.
Does it capture the magic of 'The Winter Soldier'?
Early reviews for 'Captain America: Civil War' have been more than positive, but there are still doubts as to whether or not it beats the epicness of 2014's 'The Winter Soldier'. Whatever the verdict, it seems it still cements itself as the comic book movie to beat this year.
Chris Evans plays a troubled Captain America
In the wake of 'Batman V Superman', there wasn't much going on in the way of praise for that DC venture. But now it's been proven that it's not exactly the premise that's put people off. Indeed, in Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War', a similar idea of two protagonists fighting against each is used; neither have evil intentions, just very different ideas on how to protect mankind; and critics are LOVING it.
The pair are said to be struggling behind the scenes, following last month’s Cenotaph stunt.
New ‘Top Gear’ hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc are said to be struggling to get along behind the scenes, following last month’s controversial Cenotaph stunt. Evans is said to blame LeBlanc for the stunt, which turned into a PR nightmare for the new series.
Relations are said to be ‘frosty’ between Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.
A source told The Sun: “Matt was never Chris’s choice — it was a decision forced upon him to attract the US market. He accepted it and was desperate to strike up a bond when they were filming, but the spark just wasn’t there.
The actor will play the superhero for the fifth time in 'Captain America: Civil War', but he nearly said no to the role altogether.
Actor Chris Evans made a name for himself playing Captain America in Marvel’s Avengers movies, but the actor almost passed on the iconic role. Appearing on Monday’s edition of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', Evans revealed he was scared to sign on for the role initially, as it was such a big commitment.
Chris Evans nearly turned down the chance to play Captain America.
“I was scared cause at first it was a nine-picture contract, and there are parts of me that have a little bit of social anxiety with this industry,” Evans told Kimmel. “Doing movies one at a time, if all of a sudden you decide you don’t want to do them anymore, you’re afforded the opportunity to take a step back and recalibrate.”
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Can we legitimately call 2013's Comic-Con a geeky affair?
Comic Con has always been the Mecca of the geek. Whether it’s showcasing the latest superhero movie, a Q&A session with a prominent comic book writer or a season reveal of the latest sci-fi franchise; it’s always been for geeks, by geeks. But what about this year?
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
The last decade has seen a rise in popularity of geek culture, culminating in the ever-popular U.S sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, featuring four lovable geeks and their supposedly ‘normal’ neighbor Penny. Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj all eulogize Comic-Con in the show, and like many of so-called geeks who identify these characters, they collect innumerable fantasy and sci-fi object D’art.
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Much more involving than the usual hitman thriller, this film takes a deliberately personal approach to its characters that makes it unusually involving. Of course, since it's a film about mafia assassins, none of the characters are hugely likeable. But we're able to identify with them because the cast and crew help us see their souls. And of course, this kind of character brings out the best in Michael Shannon.
He plays Richie, who in the early 1960s has settled down with his new wife Deborah (Ryder) in New Jersey. She thinks his job involves dubbing Disney cartoons, but his projects are actually part of an illicit mob-run porn network. And when local boss Roy (Liotta) asks Richie to work as his henchman, Richie proves to be surprisingly adept at murder. This is mainly because he's so good at compartmentalising his life: keeping his family and work completely separate. But when things with Roy start turning sour, and Richie turns to a rival killer (Evans) for more work, Richie's two worlds begin to collide.
Based on a true story, the film is chilling in its matter-of-fact depiction of a family man who ruthlessly bumps off anyone who falls afoul of the mob. And as the clashes in Richie's life begin to escalate into something personal, the film cranks up the tension to unbearable levels. Shannon is mesmerising in the role, letting us see cracks in Richie's dispassionate surface as he's required to kill friends and colleagues (including Franco in a memorable cameo). So when his wife and daughters are threatened, he's like a tamed wild animal pushed into the corner. We know what he's capable of doing to protect them.
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Four celebs drive from Jon O'Groats to Land's End in a pink Rolls Royce, for charity.
Gary Barlow and Chris Evans make an unlikely driving team as they travel up and down the country in a pink Rolls Royce in a bid to raise £1 million for Breast Cancer Care. They are joined by James May, the Top Gear presenter and Brian Cox, the TV science bod. The four celebrities are driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise £1 million for Breast Cancer Care.
The FAB1 Million Challenge kicked off this morning, with the celebs heading off in the Rolls Royce, after Chris Evans finished his TV show. They’re expecting to finish in Scotland at about 4am on Friday morning (April 19, 2013) according to the Metro and they’ll be stopping off in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Glasgow. The Take That singer, Gary Barlow, said: “If we can raise £1million it will be amazing. The car is incredible. I can’t wait to drive it, I’ve been designated as the tour chef and I’m going to dig my camping stove out, give it a dust-off and bring some food with me. I’m hoping along the way we get lots of support from the country.”
The fundraising idea was thought up by Chris Evans, who explained that they plan to use the car after the trip to continue raising money for the charity, by making it available to hire. “FAB1 Million aims to raise a million pounds for breast cancer, it’s as simple as that,” explained the radio DJ. “You can hire the most famous Rolls Royce in the world as the icing on the cake to whatever special event you are attending, knowing that you are donating to a very worthy cause in the process. It’s a win-win situation.”
Chris Evans returns as Captain America in the Russo brothers' sequel 'The Winter Soldier'.
Early plot details for Marvel studios Captain America sequel 'The Winter Soldier' have emerged. Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently began principal photography on the movie, with Chris Evans back as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, and Scarlett Johansson slipping back into her Black Widow cat-suit. The good guys at Marvel also revealed a brief plot synopsis, as well as the first promotional image - check it out below.
Chris Evans As Captain America In 'The Winter Soldier'
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel's The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C," read a statement. Meanwhile, we know that Samuel L Jackson is retuning as Nick Fury and Hollywood veteran Robert Redford has signed on to play a senior SHEILD leader. It's shaping up to be a pretty strong cast, with Emily VanCamo, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie bolstering the supporting end of things. A tentative release date of April 2, 2014 has been pencilled in, though there's every chance Mravel and the Russo's will make the deadline.
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Richard Kuklinski is a contract killer who has murdered over 100 men for a variety of criminals. He's very good at his job and rarely leaves any traces behind, though his ethics extend at least to a refusal to kill a woman or a child - even if they are key witnesses to a terrible crime. Whilst earning enough as a hitman to live a more than comfortable life, he is a family man with daughters and a beautiful wife who he truly dotes upon. They have no idea about his questionable career and he intends to keep it that way, but with constant reminders that he's not the loving family man he tries so hard to be and ever more dubious jobs being put upon him, he is set to lose everything .
'The Iceman' is the true story of the real Richard Kuklinski who was arrested in 1986 after his prolific work as a hitman for several major crime rings. It has been adapted by Ariel Vromen ('Danika', 'Simple Lies'), who co-wrote the screenplay with Morgan Land ('Simple Lies'), with the story being taken from Anthony Bruno's book 'The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer' and the Jim Thebaut documentary 'The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer'. It is set to hit cinemas on June 7th 2013.
Director: Ariel Vromen
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When mischievous Loki (Hiddleston) steals the tesseract from top-secret agency Shield, director Nick Fury (Jackson) and his sidekicks (Gregg and Smulders) call in their superheroes: Tony (Downey), Steve (Evans), Natasha (Johansson), Bruce (Ruffalo) and Clint (Renner), better known as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk and Hawkeye. And Loki's brother Thor (Hemsworth) also turns up. But calling them a team is misleading, as they find it tricky to put rivalries and mistrust aside to save the world from Loki's apocalyptic plan.
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Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with superhuman threats. One day, an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. The problem is made known to Nick, who decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem. starts looking all across the globe.
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Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, a law enforcement and espionage agency that deals with threats that can be perceived as superhuman. One such threat is made known to him one day, when an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. Nick decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem and starts looking all across the globe.
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On a mission in Bolivia, a five-man black-ops team is betrayed by their power-mad CIA boss Max (Patric) and left for dead. But they embark on a mission to get revenge and clear their names, with Clay (Morgan) leading techie Jensen (Evans), demolition expert Roque (Elba), driver-pilot Pooch (Short) and sniper Cougar (Jaenada). They also enlist the help of a sexy-but-shady woman (Saldana) as they track Max and his vile henchman (McCallany) from Miami to Los Angeles and try to stop his nefarious Bond-like plan.
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Alcoholic police detective Todd Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) has just finished wrapping up a notorious kidnapping case when Captain Jack Wander (Forest Whittaker) gives him the bad news. His ex-partner Terrence Washington (Terry Crews) is talking to Internal Affairs, and bureau head Captain James Biggs (Hugh Laurie) is looking to take Ludlow down. Before he can intimidate his former friend into not snitching, a pair of gang bangers kill him. Desperate to clear his own name in the death, Ludlow begins to investigate. Soon, he's linking the crime to a couple of local drug dealers who seem incapable of committing the hit. With Wander on his side and Biggs on his back, it will take all the street savvy he has to solve the case -- that is, if someone doesn't try and permanently stop him too.
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It's a cold night in Manhattan when Syd (Chris Evans) decides to attend the going-away party of ex-girlfriend London (Jessica Biel) in the large loft of a friend (Isla Fisher, completely wasted). Before getting to the party, Syd stops to see his bartender friend, Mallory (Joy Bryant), and meets up with Bateman (Jason Statham), a man with a serious amount of cocaine but who refuses to be called a dealer. With Bateman and drugs in tow, Syd hits the party, doing more drugs and doing more alcohol that Hemingway, Carver and Sid Vicious combined. Bateman and Syd hole up in the bathroom talking about everything from S&M to the Almighty, and eventually Syd gets up the guts to talk to London.
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"Cellular" has all the earmarks of a genuinely smart thriller rewritten by a studio-lapdog script doctor who was told it didn't have enough car chases and comic relief.
As originally conceived by Larry Cohen ("Phone Booth"), the film makes cunning use of the titular technology in its plot that follows an aimless beach dude (utterly bland buff-boy Chris Evans) whose cell phone is on the receiving end of a desperate call for help from a kidnapped woman (Kim Basinger). By tap-tap-tapping together the wires of a smashed old rotary phone, she's managed to dial his number at random from the attic where she's being held.
Disbelieving at first, Evans ("Not Another Teen Movie") is soon robbing a cell phone store for a charger (his battery is low) and stealing cars to drive like Andretti through downtown Los Angeles, trying to beat the bad guys to Basinger's son and husband (it's him they're really after) so he can save the day.
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If ever there were a genre long overdue for a vicious lampooning, it would have to be the cliché-plagued fantasy factory of the witless teen comedy/romance.
The popular jock, the cruel cheerleader, the arty-dreamy bespectacled girl, her shy geek best friend pining for her love -- these stock characters were glaringly unoriginal and badly acted back when John Hughes cauterized his "Pretty In Pink" formula into the heads of vacuous pubescents in the '80s.
Now the time for reckoning has arrived. A whole slew of central casting pop culture denizens -- and the literally dozens of throwaway flicks they inhabit -- get skewered something fierce in the ribald and relentlessly, no-jokes-barred satire "Not Another Teen Movie."
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