FROM Anthony Russo
Joe and Anthony Russo on 'Captain America: Civil War' 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.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
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