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Anthony Russo and his brother, Joe, had directing credits on TV shows including Arrested Development and Community, when they were recruited to make a leap into the big-budget world of comic-book movies. Now they've followed up Captain America: Winter Soldier with another blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War. They tell us how they went from making an indie film on a credit card to commanding an army in the Marvel universe.

Photo: Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of Captain America: Civil War. Courtesy of PMK-BNC

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 13 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • Following NBCUniversal's purchase of DreamWorks Animation, animators at Jeffrey Katzenberg's former studio are worried that the perks like fancy furniture, free lunches and big film budgets will go away.
  • Cannes is coming up, and while the film festival has been chilly towards Netflix in the past, they've largely embraced their digital rival Amazon. The divide comes mainly because Amazon has agreed to honor the theatrical windows for films, whereas Netflix insists on day-and-date releases.

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

Joe and Anthony Russo on 'Captain America: Civil War' 21 MIN, 9 SEC

The abundant action in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, begins when world governments move to restrict the activities of the Marvel superheroes to dial back the collateral damage that occurs when bad guys have to be taken down. Iron Man, played, obviously, by Robert Downey Jr., agrees to go but along but Captain America, or Chris Evans, isn't so sure.

Soon the superheroes are split into opposing camps, leading to so many battles that it's amazing even two directors could handle it all. That was a job for brothers Joe and Anthony Russo.

Not unlike many of their super-subjects, the brothers had an unassuming start -- two cinephiles who grew up in Cleveland, inspired by indie icons like Robert Rodriguez and the Coen brothers.

The two decided to make a movie of their own, which they paid for with credit cards. Their film, Pieces, got into Slamdance in 1997, where it caught the eye of Steven Soderbergh, who became a mentor to the Russo's and produced their next film.

Anthony and Joe Russo tell us how they then ended up directing quirky, critically acclaimed TV shows like Arrested Development and Community. It was a paintball action spoof episode of the latter show that ultimately led to a meeting with Marvel's Kevin Feige.

Now, the brothers will call Marvel home for the next several years. After their two Captain America movies, they're signed up to do two more films, this time as part of the Avengers series. Still, they say, working on such big movies hasn't changed their sensibilities too much -- they insist they've still got that indie spirit at heart.

Guests:
Joe Russo, film and television director
Anthony Russo, film and television director

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