We all know that you can't make a superhero movie these days without a few fancy special effects, given all the flying, web-slinging, good vs. evil fighting that goes on. Not so for "Captain America: The First Avenger," however, in that the standard VFX challenges on this film were the opposite of what we're used to: they had to make something big look a lot smaller.

I'm speaking of course to the slight, slim size and shape of Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) body pre-super serum, which Evans recently revealed is almost all him.

"I'd say it's about 80 percent me," Evans said when asked how much of his body we see before Rogers becomes Cap. "We started out working on a bunch of different technologies. Something they threw out initially was, they said, 'We're going to put your head on a smaller actor's body.' I was kind of against that. I didn't feel like sharing the performance."


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All the talk about "Captain America" these past few weeks really just gets us even more psyched for "The Avengers" next summer. We know they're filming, we've heard little tidbits from the cast about how great everything and everyone is on set, how smart and awesome Joss Whedon is, etc. These are all things we hope for and expect, right?

And even though the cast has signed their lives away with NDA's regarding their work in the film, we always hope for a few more tidbits to come out of our interactions with the actors. Captain America himself, Chris Evans, has let loose a few key ingredients, as it were, confirming that Whedon's superhero smorgasbord picks up directly after the end of his solo film, but my favorite fact gleaned is that all those "Avengers" are total BFF's now.


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FROM MTV NEWS: Although most of our Marvel Comics-related movie excitement these days is pegged to the impending release of "Captain America: The First Avenger," we can't help but already get excited for next year's highly anticipated, superhero-filled "The Avengers."

When MTV News caught up with Cap himself, Chris Evans, during our "MTV First: Captain America" interview Thursday, we asked for his thoughts on working with fan-favorite "Avengers" director Joss Whedon.

"He's unbelievable," Evans said. "He's so clever. He lives in the world of comic books, so he has in his head an amazing story already mapped out."

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Although the big screen version of Katsuhiro Otomo's celebrated manga (and subsequent animated adaptation) "Akira" hit a road block recently with the departure of "Book of Eli" director Albert Hughes back in May, Warner Brothers has officially found a new man to helm the pic, "Unknown" director Jaume Collet-Serra.

According to Variety, the Spanish director, who also brought us "Orphan," will take over the live-action project with a lower revised budget of $90 million.

Now that we have a director, again, it's time to focus on casting the key lead roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo. At last count there were a slew of name actors said to be on "short lists" for the roles.

For the role of Kaneda, leader of motorcycle gang The Capsules, Keanu Reeves was the latest name to be added to a list that includes actors Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix.

For Kaneda’s troubled best friend Tetsuo, whose untapped psychic power provides the story’s central conflict, the studio reportedly wants Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield or James McAvoy.

Pattinson told MTV News recently that he is definitely game for the role.

"I love the movie," he said. "But, I mean, I don’t know. I’ve seen the same thing as anybody else has, really."

Pattinson went on to say that he hasn't been involved with any forward movement on an "Akira" film just yet, although he does like its style.

The film’s script has received positive feedback since "Harry Potter" writer Steve Kloves took a pass for polishing back in November.

What do you think of Collet-Serra in the director's chair? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter!


Hey Spidey fans! For those looking for more Andrew Garfield-as-Spider-Man goodness, Entertainment Weekly has got you covered. In addition to the fancy cover photo that hit the Interwebs yesterday, there is now a gallery posted at EW.com full of 15 fresh new images.

The bulk of new pics are Peter Parker and Spider-Man centric. There are full-length shots of the updated Spidey costume which, to me, looks like it might have the same texture as a basketball, a close-up of the new webslingers, various shots of Garfield in action poses, using his newly-acquired powers to hang upside down/attach to the roof of a subway car, jump over a tall basketball player, holding the school bully up against a locker, etc.


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Well isn't this a fun week for fans of "The Walking Dead"?

First, earlier this week AMC announced that they will air a special sneak peek of season two during this Sunday's season premiere of their acclaimed and award-winning show "Breaking Bad." Now comes a second behind-the-scenes video featuring special effects make-up designer, Greg Nicotero, wherein he talks about creating that big-eyed zombie we've seen in teasers for the new season.

Nicotero explains in the video that the striking, long haired she-zombie basically came to be by accident.


Captain AmericaFROM MTV MOVIES: Hey Captain America fans! If you have plans tonight, cancel them! MTV News is proud to present another exclusive "MTV First," with none other than the Cap himself, Chris Evans, as our special guest. At 7:57 p.m. ET, tune into MTV and MTV.com, where Evans will be on hand to present a new clip from the movie, and then stick around for a 30-minute Q&A on MTV.com, streaming immediately afterward. We'll be discussing all things Cap and answering the questions you submitted.

Among a wide range of topics, we'll talk to Evans about what it was like to put on those iconic Captain America costumes. And just to give you a little preview of what's in store, we've got a snippet here, so read on (and click the embedded video).

"I did not get to keep any of the costumes, unfortunately," Evans told us. "Because a lot of times on films you have to go back to do re-shoots, and if they don't have the suit available, we're in trouble. And no, they were not comfortable," he added.

Read the full story at MTV Movies!


Let me just say that I've been having a hard time writing about "Cowboys & Aliens," and not for the reasons you might think. First, I am totally anti-spoiler, so I've been trying to avoid all the teasers, trailers and previews. Impossible, as it turns out, because the audience I serve doesn't care about my spoiler sensitivities! Second, as a woman who is very much a fan of Westerns and the men who act in them, every time I see Daniel Craig in all his rugged, dusty, excellence, I lose my train of thought...

What was I talking about? Right. There's a new "Cowboys & Aliens" clip out today, entitled "You Owe Me," that features a nice little scene between our heroes Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) and Lonergan (Craig).

In the one-minute clip, we see a few of the anxious townsfolk witness a violent scuffle between an alien and a human(?) shown in silhouette through a hotel or shop window. The alien might have been injured, but runs off in the distance before he/she can be caught. Dolarhyde basically calls for a posse to be assembled to go look for the creature. What follows is a delightfully Western, testosterone-fueled exchange between Ford and Craig.



The Walking DeadAMC has been crafty with their unveiling of any teasers or previews for the highly-anticipated second season of "Walking Dead." I say crafty, in that I appreciate the less-is-more approach to marketing. I don't want to know EVERYTHING about a favorite show before it airs! Some of you might call that frustrating.

Anyway! Good news today, in that AMC has announced they'll be airing a sneak peek of the show during the premiere of "Breaking Bad" on Sunday, July 17.

What will be featured in said video has naturally not been disclosed. I predict we'll see some zombies. Gross, smelly, weird-sound-making ones.



CapAlthough we still have a couple weeks to wait until "Captain America: The First Avenger" hits theaters, MTV News is proud to present another exclusive MTV First, wherein our guest will be The Cap himself, Chris Evans, who will be on hand this Thursday to present a new clip from the movie and stick around for a 20-minute Q&A afterward.

We need your questions! What are you dying to know about Evans or his experience becoming the infallible Steve Rogers? Submit any and all queries to MTV.com or through Twitter, tweeting @MTVNews with the hashtag #AskChris. You can also upload a 20- to 30-second video with your questions for the "Captain America" star at Your.MTV.com.

"MTV First" with Chris Evans is THIS Thursday night. Tune into MTV and MTV.com at 7:56 p.m. ET, to see Evans introduce the new clip, and stay with MTV.com immediately after to hear your questions asked and answered during a 20-minute interview.

For more insider info on the film and its stars, check out our detailed set visit reports.


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