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The morning fog had lifted over San Francisco's Chinatown, and actor Taye Diggs was busy chasing down a lead in a Silicon Valley murder case.
"I didn't do nothing!" yelled a witness, as Diggs - playing SFPD homicide Inspector Terry English - collared him on the Grant Avenue sidewalk. "Police brutality!"
The scene was shot on a recent Monday morning in San Francisco for the new series "Murder in the First," to debut in early June on TNT. Co-created by Emmy-winner Steven Bochco, the crime drama is set in San Francisco and follows a single case across the 10-episode first season. It involves inspectors Terry English and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) along with a rich and petulant young techie played byTom Felton (best known for his role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series);
Preparing for the police roles involved spending time with homicide detectives and inspectors in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and talking with police brass, including SFPD Chief Greg Suhr. Longtime homicide Inspector Joe Toomey is serving as a technical adviser on the series.
"They want to get the police stuff right," Inspector Toomey said, watching the scene in Chinatown - "the language, procedures, arrest techniques, crime lab, that sort of thing."
Robertson, who recently appeared in the political drama "Boss" with Kelsey Grammer, prepared for the role by talking with Police Chief Suhr and doing ride-alongs with detectives. She went into crack houses, watching as criminals were apprehended and arrests were made.
"I asked questions about how they do things, what they love about these shows and what these shows always get wrong," Robertson said, sitting in the Four Seas restaurant in Chinatown, which served as a location for shooting. "The biggest thing I got from my research that isn't in television shows or movies is the true dynamic between the cops and the 'bad guys.' They know each other. The cops know the offenders, and it's actually much more casual because they know each other."
Okay but the point is, Draco Malfoy, right? And there is also a thrilling secret hidden in this unfortunately unembeddable video, so you will have to click the link:
Wait wait who was that appearing later on in the video? Was it TOP VOICE ACTOR RAPHAEL SBARGE, who voiced BEST LOVE INTEREST KAIDAN ALENKO in the Mass Effect Series? Yes!! It was!! He is also in the show*, so I cannot understand why the article did not focus mainly on him. Kaidan X Draco fanfic? Have at it, tumblr girls!
* ok I guess according to imdb Raphael Sbarge is only in the pilot. BUT STILL!
The occasion of this anniversary (for which, hint, the traditional gift is wood) got me to wondering what’s changed in the film industry over the past half-decade. It turns out: lots.
Three other residents of last year’s top 10 (Despicable Me 2, Monsters University and Oz the Great and Powerful) attracted strong majorities of female viewers. Now Hollywood has to think of new femme heroines — as long as she’s a warrior, a princess or a lonely space traveler.
And on a personal note: A (noninflationary) billion thanks to readers and editors for this first five years. We’ll check back in 2019 to see if the numbers and meanings of movies have felt other seismic changes.
1 + 4 at the source
Did I follow the list rules? Not too sure.
LEAVING A YOGA CLASS IN NYC (APR. 4)
ROSELAND BALLROOM BACKSTAGE (APR. 4)
With Bianca del Rio
sigh and then backstage w terry
ROSELAND AFTER PARTY IN NYC (APR. 4)
(she is literally wearing a dress made of garbage bags)
Have flowers started to bloom for spring where you are, ONTD?
Fox Eyes Reality Show About Struggling Couples Who Switch Partners For Weekend
Is Fox heading back to Temptation Island? I hear that the network is in talks for a pilot order to Couples Retreat, a new reality project that would put couples to the test. Unlike Fox’s controversial Temptation Island, which was trying to break couples whose relationship was not strong enough, Couples Retreat aims at helping couples whose relationships are struggling using an unconventional method: “each agree to go on a fantasy weekend with the opposite-gender partner of a similarly matched couple.”
The provocative concept, which likely will draw swinging-couple references, is sure to raise eyebrows. The project, which is now casting, comes from Red Arrow-backed Kinetic Content, run by Chris Coelen, who previously worked on ABC’s Wife Swap.
Under new Fox alternative topper Simon Andreae, the network has been pushing the envelope with provocative social-experiment shows like Couples Retreat and the upcoming series Utopia, in which a group of strangers is isolated from the world in order to build a new society. The big-budget Utopia, created by John de Mol, is in preproduction.
Controversial 'Fight Church' Pits Pastor vs. Pastor
A new movie, "Fight Church," raises the unusual question: "Can you love your neighbor while kneeing him in the face?"The documentary, by directors Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel, is about pastors who practice mixed martial arts with their parishioners.
"Tough guys need Jesus, too," one parishioner explained in the trailer for the film.
The controversial topic is raising eyebrows because Jesus obviously preached nonviolence and turning the other cheek. But Pastor Paul Burress, featured in the movie, defends his unlikely evangelization techniques. "We don't fight out of meanness," Burress of Trinity Church in Rochester, N.Y., told ABC News. "We have no hate or bitterness in our heart."
Some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts today are featured in the film. "I probably wouldn't be in the position I am today if I wasn't a Christian," explained Jon Jones, a professional MMA fighter.
Despite the critics, the pastors of "Fight Church" stand by their mission. "We've been able to reach an awful lot of people that never would have walked into a normal church service before, but they'll come over and do some fitness training or do some jiu-jitsu," Burress said.
The documentary premieres April 24 at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. [Trailer at source.]
Great news, Keanu Reeves, your Matrix leader has signed on to a new psychosexual thrillerKnock Knock directed by Eli Roth.
Reeves will star as a married man who is left alone for the weekend, when two young girls arrive at his home and seek to destroy his life.
The roles of the two young girls will be played by Lorenza Izzo, who just starred in Roth’s The Green Inferno, and Ana de Armas, who recently starred in Hands Of Stone
Roth spoke on landing Keanu Reeves for the lead role:
"I wanted to make a movie like Roman Polanski or Paul Verhoeven made when they were young, a classic psychosexual thriller that’s not a horror movie, but would have everyone on the edge of their seats.”
“Getting Keanu is amazing, he’s a fine actor who is perfect for this. I feel I can have this movie ready for Toronto if I need to, and he’s catching a plane tomorrow and we’ll be fitting him for wardrobe right away.”
Eli Roth made his mark with the terrifying horror film Cabin Fever in 2002 and his dark and twisted vision with the Hostel franchise.
Daniel Radcliffe found fame at just 11-years-old when he landed the lead in the first "Harry Potter" film. And unlike some tween-to-teen stars who've had trouble transitioning out of iconic roles, Radcliffe has gone on to have a successful career on stage and screen — one he credits to the film franchise that could have left him typecast.
"I think the perception around (young-adult film franchises) is that they can only be sort of a hindrance to people," Radcliffe explained during a Friday morning visit to TODAY. "But I think (it depends) on how you use it and depending on what your own goals are for yourself. Like, if you just want to coast on the fame of the franchise for the rest of your life, then you might well be able to do that — or that might prove impossible."
But Radcliffe knew what he wanted.
"I always wanted to do other things, and I think, so far at least, 'Potter's' been an amazing springboard to all of that," he said.
"All of that" has included big screen efforts, such the 2012 horror "The Woman in Black" and his portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in 2013's "Kill Your Darlings." It's also included numerous stage productions, such as his upcoming Broadway run in "The Cripple of Inishmaan."
But, of course, the "Harry Potter" films brought him more than just opportunities to fulfill those professional dreams. They also brought him fame and fans so devoted that one of them even passed out after just touching his arm during a stop in Japan.
TODAY's Savannah Guthrie decided to risk it herself and reach out Radcliffe.
"No! I'm fine," she said with mock surprise after stroking his arm.
"Well, give it a few seconds; see what happens," the actor shot back with a smile.
"The Cripple of Inishmaan" opens on Broadway at the Cort Theatre on April 20
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An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Jay-Z raised eyebrows at the Barclay's Center last week when he wore a medallion symbolizing the Five Percent Nation.
The Brooklyn-born rapper was sitting court-side at a Nets game on Tuesday with wife Beyonce when he was snapped wearing the controversial symbol.
One of the core tenants of the Five Percent Nation - an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam - is that white people are 'wicked and inferior' to black men.
When asked by a reporter whether the medallion is meaningful to him, Jay-Z shrugged and said 'A little bit'.
This isn't the first time that the rapper has been connected to the Five-Percenters.
He was photographed wearing another similar medallion while giving radio interviews for his album Magna Carta Holy Grail last summer.
And in 'Heaven' a track on that album, Jay-Z references the Five-Percenters acronym for Allah by rapping 'Arm leg leg arm head'.
The Five Percent Nation was founded in 1963 by Clarence Smith, a former student of Malcolm X.
But Smith decided to split off from the Nation of Islam after disagreeing over the idea of God.
Smith didn't believe that God was a supernatural being, but rather something found in every black man (black women do not have God in them and are considered subordinates, but still hold a higher standing than white people).
Which means he disagreed with the Nation of Islam's belief that founder Wallace Fard Muhammad was God since Muhammad was bi-racial and not 'purely black'.
'The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally,' author Michael Muhammad Knight told the New York Post.
'Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior — basically just an errant child who needs to be corrected.'
Knight, a white converted Muslim, has written two books on the the Five-Percenters and told Vice: 'The first lesson I learned from the Five Percent was simple. F*** white people. White people are devils'.
While Five-Percenters don't refer to themselves as Muslims, they borrow their name from the Nation of Islam's idea that five per cent of humanity are 'poor righteous teachers' who are trying to teach the world the truth of existence.
Another 10 per cent know the truth of existence but keep the 85 per cent majority in ignorance by preaching belief in a 'mystery god'.
Jay-Z isn't the only rapper that has taken up the Five Percent cause.
Busta Rhymes, Wu Tang Clan and Lord Jabar of Brand Nubian are all noted followers.
But a representative for the group's upstate region told the Post that they are not happy with Jay-Z flaunting their symbol.
'Jay Z is not an active member — no one has vouched for him” said Saladin Allah. 'It was always understood that you don’t wear the regalia if you don’t totally subscribe to the life.'
Whetting fans' appetites for the sci-fi drama, Warner Bros. Pictures released seven clips from "Transcendence" on Sunday (April 6).
In the upcoming film, a terminally ill scientist uploads his mind to a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.
Directed by Wally Pfister, the movie stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, and Kate Mara.
Chatting Veronica Mars’ New Book Series with Co-Author Jennifer Graham
It’s no secret that Veronica Mars has an insanely dedicated following.
After the beloved mystery TV series ended in 2007, it found new life this year in the form of a Kickstarter-funded feature film. Released earlier this month, the Veronica Mars movie was written and directed by show creator Rob Thomas (who also co-created another cult favorite series, Party Down). In the film, Veronica (played again by Kristen Bell) returns to her hometown of Neptune, California, years after the show’s conclusion to investigate a murder that her former flame, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), is accused of.
But while fans (or “Marshmallows”) eagerly wait to see if Veronica Mars will be getting the sequel treatment, they can already find out what happens next to the beloved private investigator. Picking up almost three months after the events of the movie, Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Amazon) is the first installment in an all-new original mystery book series. Co-written by Thomas and author Jennifer Graham, the novel (published on March 25 by Vintage) finds Veronica back in Neptune, this time trying to solve a missing person’s case. And when a second girl with unexpected ties to Veronica’s past goes missing too, it’s up to Veronica to uncover the truth surrounding one of her most personal cases yet.
Taking a break from writing the second novel in the series, Graham chatted with me about transferring Veronica Mars to a new medium, how she and Thomas worked together, what Marshmallows can look forward to in the book, and more.
ALEX NAGORSKI: From a storytelling perspective, what are the advantages of telling Veronica Mars stories on the page versus TV or film?
JENNIFER GRAHAM: One of the things that fiction can do that TV or film can’t is to give the reader access to a character’s internal life. Obviously, Veronica in both the movie and the show has that hardboiled voice-over, so to some degree we get to hear what she’s thinking, and Kristen Bell conveys a lot of nuance in her performances. But in a book we get a little more of Veronica’s mindset, which was both exciting and terrifying for me. On the one hand, we have this amazing opportunity to bear witness to more of her thoughts and memories and get closer to her personal experience. On the other hand, the act of imagining the interior world of such an iconic character is a little intimidating, especially when that character is as complex as Veronica. Veronica’s a bad-ass, but she’s not a cartoon bad-ass; there are ways she’s vulnerable or even insecure. I didn’t want to show her mooning around or being self-pitying, but I also didn’t want her to come across as a robot. I tried really hard to capture that balance.
Does this book work as a jumping on point for the Veronica Mars universe? Or do readers need to have seen the show and movie to understand what’s going on?
We tried to make it accessible to both veteran Marshmallows and people who aren’t fans yet. I think anyone with an interest in PI fiction could pick it up and be quite entertained, whether or not they’ve seen the show/movie. I did drop in a few in-jokes and call-backs–as a fan myself, they were a lot of fun to write–but I don’t think they’re distracting or confusing. And Rob’s characters are so damn good, I think new readers will be more than willing to jump in.
Were you a fan of the series before working with Rob on this novel? If so, what’s your favorite episode?
I totally was! I’m not sure what my favorite episode is, but I have a half-dozen favorite moments–Lilly’s tribute video, which always makes me tear up; the plot twist at the end of “You Think You Know Somebody;” the “locked room” mysteries of “An Echolls Family Christmas” and “Ain’t No Magic Mountain High Enough.” I’m a big structure junkie, and so my favorite moments of Veronica tend to show the tightness and control of the narrative while also giving space for the emotional through-lines of the series.
Can you walk me through you and Rob’s creative process as co-writers? Did you alternate writing chapters/scenes, or did you have to figure out a system of how to write together at the same time?
We “broke” the plot of the book writers’ room style–Rob had the seed of an idea, and we sat down to hash out the main twists and turns of the plot together. When we had the basic structure nailed down, I went home and wrote like the wind. I had an outline to work from, but Rob really encouraged me to take some ownership of the project as well, which was so generous of him and so fun for me. I had plenty of space to flex my creative muscles and contribute to Veronica’s world. Then when I’d finished my draft, Rob got involved again in the revisions, to make sure the whole thing was in line with his vision.
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is described as “the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.” How many books are planned? And have you already started working on the sequel?
I am feverishly working on book two as we speak! So far that’s all that’s set in stone. Everything after this next one depends on how the books are received.
The book picks up right after the events of the historic Veronica Mars feature film, which was released earlier this month. Will the characters in the book be familiar to fans of the show and movie, or are you introducing a whole new roster of characters?
Most of the characters are from the show and movie. I think Veronica Mars fans are really invested in the supporting cast, more so than in a lot of comparable franchises. Part of the draw of the series is Veronica’s relationship with the various members of her support network, and I wanted to make sure that relationship played a role in the book. As a fan myself, I would have been disappointed not to get to write anything about Keith or Weevil or Wallace. There are definitely a few new faces too, though–it’s a brand new case, and Veronica’s been away from Neptune for a long time.
What are some of your personal favorite mystery novels? And are there any particular authors who inspired you while writing this book?
My favorite crime writer is probably Ed Brubaker. He and Sean Philips put out a comic called Criminal that I re-read half a dozen times while working on Veronica. It’s not a mystery per se, but it is pure pulpy noir in the very best sense–full of antiheroes, bad decisions, lost causes, tortured pasts, haunting secrets, and grit, grit, grit. Anyone who’s into Veronica‘s darker genre nods should absolutely check it out.
I also re-read a lot of classic hardboiled and noir material while I was working on the book–Raymond Chandler, Patricia Highsmith, Dashiell Hammett, Chester Himes, Micky Spillane. I wanted to make sure the cynical, hard-edged element of those writers took up some residence in my prose. And I’m a Gillian Flynn fan, too. Her first two books especially engage with trauma in a way I think is relevant to working with Veronica, whose trauma has historically been a part of her drive.
If you were a private investigator, what’s the first mystery you’d try to solve?
This question runs the risk of exposing me as a total ghoul, because I am a little bit obsessed with famous unsolved murders. Zodiac, the Boy in the Box, the Black Dahlia, the Axeman of New Orleans, the Cleveland Torso murders. The obvious Whitechapel legacy. But morbid curiosity aside, I’d like to believe I’d also put my skills towards exposing corruption and inequality. Neptune is a convenient microcosm, but there are a lot of Sheriff Lambs in the world.
Vote For The Best Character At The MTV Movie Awards
Use social mentions to choose Katniss, Veronica Mars, Tris, Loki or Khan.
We fully acknowledge that today is April Fools' Day, but there is no way we would joke about this. MTV has just announced the social category for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, and it's a big one.
This year, you will get to decide who takes home the Golden Popcorn for Best Character.
That's right. It's up to you to choose who was the greatest character in all of movie-dom in the past year, but the decision will not be an easy one.
Katniss Everdeen, Veronica Mars, Tris, Loki and Khan are all vying for your hashtags to get them to the stage of the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, April 13.
To vote for your pick, you'll need to include the right hashtag in your posts to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Vine. You can put anything you want into the post, as long as it includes the right hashtag.
For Katniss, use the hashtag #votekatniss. For Veronica Mars, use the hashtag #voteveronicamars. For Tris, use the hashtag #votetris. For Loki, use the hashtag #voteloki. For Khan, use the hashtag #votekhan.
Each mention of the hashtag will be counted as a vote for the corresponding character. Voting is now officially open and will remain open throughout the show on April 13.
Voting on the rest of the categories for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards is still open, but to make your picks there, you'll have to head over to the show page on MTV.com to decide who gets the Golden Popcorn in those categories.
The 2014 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Conan O'Brien, are happening on Sunday, April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, live from the Nokia Theatre.
Petition for S4 on NETFLIX
The Veronica Mars fandom aren't ready to say GOOD-BYE to our beloved PI just yet. Please sign our petition to convince NETFLIX we need another season of Veronica Mars so we can have more LoVe, unite the crew again to help solve more mysteries, & get to see alot more of the amazing relationship between Keith & Veronica etc. We got The Veronica Mars Movie made when no one thought we would. Now let's prove them wrong again by resurrecting this show on the small screen by getting enough signatures to convince NETFLIX to give our SMALL but MIGHTY fandom a second chance at telling new stories by giving us MARSHMALLOWS a season 4.
George W. Bush recently sat down with his daughter and Today correspondent, Jenna Bush Hager, to discuss his paintings of various world leaders.
The paintings are part of an exhibit, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
It includes photographs and other memorabilia from Bush’s visits with the leaders.
Bush said he chose leaders he admired to be his subjects, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
During the interview Friday, Bush recalled introducing Russian President Vladimir Putin to his beloved Scottish terrier, Barney.
“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush said. “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’”
“Vladimir is a person who in many ways viewed America as an enemy. I tried, of course, to dispel him of that notion,” Bush told his daughter.
“I wanted to make sure the last chapters of my life are full, and painting, it turns out, would help occupy not only space, but kind of open my mind,” Bush said.
Bush is extremely humble about his artwork.
“I’m not a great artist…I don’t want people to think I’m a great artist,” he said.
The exhibit also contains a self-portrait and a rendition of his dad.
According to his wikipedia page, Dhar is a UC Davis grad and the CEO of the Medical Marijuana company weGrow. He was also recently convicted of defrauding the City of Oakland was sentenced to 5 years probation and $44,399 in restitution payments.
Nick Jonas shows off his huge guns in a short-sleeved shirt while attending the 2014 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Gala at the ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter on Friday (April 4) in Las Vegas.
“Rock ‘n Roll @pablove golf tournament with @jestring @JohnLloydTaylor and Bob B was awesome! Group score of 58! Now off to Vegas for another,” the 21-year-old singer tweeted earlier in the day.
Founded in 2001, the MJCI is one of celebrity golf’s most popular events and has raised almost $7 million for charity. The 2014 event beneficiaries include Make-A-Wish®, the James R. Jordan Foundation, Cats Care, Keep Memory Alive and Opportunity Village.
Nick Jonas checks out his drive while participating in the 2014 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational held at Shadow Creek Golf Course on Saturday (April 5) in Las Vegas.
The 21-year-old singer was joined at the event by Grey’s Anatomy hottie Jesse Williams, as well as Aaron Rodgers, Ray Romano, Bruce Jenner, and of course, Michael Jordan.
“First round of the Michael Jordan foundation golf tournament was awesome. Dream come true today to meet Michael. What a legend,” Nick tweeted.
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Plus: Zayn being adorable to a fan
Zayn writing stuff:
@chasinggrace: Wrote a little something with this man last night. @ZaynMalik
New video of the boys for Docomo:
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A new deal, a new album, a new 50 Cent? The G-Unit boss is preparing to release his fifth album, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win, and he's looking to add a few new collaborations to his extensive resume.
"I haven't worked with Drake or Rihanna, and I'd like to work with them," 50 told SiriusXM's Shade 45 at a special Town Hall interview, which aired Monday (March 31). "They're artists that do things I don't do. It's a different thing. So we have to find the right song for us to be working on with each other," he said.
Fif is known for his versatility, transitioning with ease from "gangsta rapper" on tracks like "I Still Kill" to smooth "thug lover" on "Ayo Technology." But the veteran knows his lane. "I don't think anyone can beat Drake at creating relationship-based content," Fif said.
Drake may hold it down for male artists, but when it comes to female solo artists, 50 said the industry is limited. "I think there is a shortage of female solo artists," he said. "It's Beyoncé, Rihanna, and those other people. That's the way the s--t starting to feel to me."
50 already worked with Beyoncé back in her Destiny’s Child’s days, but was doubtful about another Queen Bey/G-Unit collabo. "Hell no, man. Jay is gonna be like, 'No, no, why would you do that?'" 50 joked. "We had a song a long time ago: 'Thug Love,' that was like in '98. That's cool we got that tape. If we don't ever do it again, we got that."
Meanwhile, Trey Songz, Jadakiss, Styles P, Yo Gotti, Mobb Deep and others are featured on his new LP, slated for release June 3.
Spike Lee will be directing!
I have a feeling I will be crying throughout the whole video. Spike says it's going to be like a mini movie.
I'm still so excited for The Monster tour!!
The video is working for me mods..
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is finally in theaters nearly everywhere today, and, as is the tradition with Marvel Studios movies, the focus will be just as heavy on what happens in those mid and post-credits scenes as on the film itself. The good news is, both of these scenes are loaded with significance for fans of Marvel comics and films. The bad news is, we may have to wait awhile before they pay off. So, feel free to use this space to discuss and speculate on what we were just shown. In the meantime, here's our take...
Our first look at Baron Strucker is encouraging enough, with Thomas Kretschmann displaying an appropriate presence for the head of HYDRA. And yes, comic book fans, he does have a monocle. In fact, other than the lack of a giant HYDRA insignia on his chest, this is very much the Wolfgang Strucker of the comics. Of course, Strucker isn't really the show. For starters, he's got Loki's staff, the same one used to "murder" Phil Coulson in Avengers. I scoured the screen looking for the Satan Claw, but other than an arsenal of more traditional looking weaponry, I didn't see much else. But again, this still isn't the real spotlight...
That distinction would be our first look at Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Both are imprisoned, and Strucker refers to them as his "miracles." In fact, the full line is VERY telling: "There is nothing more horrifying than a miracle." Is this going to be the buzzword that replaces "mutant" in the Marvel cinematic vocabulary for now? Well...
Kevin Feige has danced around the issues of whether the word "mutant" would be a problem in regards to Wanda and Pietro (who will also appear in Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past), and has flat out denied that other genetic superhumans from the Marvel Universe (such as the Inhumans) would form the basis of Wanda and Pietro's super-powered origins. Is Strucker supposed to be their father since Magneto isn't available? Strucker may be a kind of surrogate father to them (and clearly not a very kind one), but I wouldn't be surprised if the parentage of "the twins" is left intentionally vague, even going into Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the X-Men franchise and all related concepts remain safely at Fox (and they show no signs of letting that one go dormant), there's no reason Marvel can't play with fans' expectations a little bit. Judging by the reaction this got in a crowded theater, it worked.
Nevertheless, this is our first look at Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch, and they're both using their powers. We almost certainly won't see them again until Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both seem a little "out of it" right now, so it looks like the first mission in Avengers 2 will involve their rescue (and taking down Baron Strucker). Neither are particularly in control of themselves. Whether this is a result of their captivity, some process that gave them their powers (could the mutations on this Marvel universe be a result of experimentations using Chitauri tech?), or something else entirely (there's all that alien experimentation going on over in Agents of SHIELD to consider) remains to be seen.
This one is much shorter, and there's less to play with in terms of looking for goodies in the background...but it's no less significant. The Winter Soldier shows up at the Smithsonian, particularly at the section of the Captain America exhibit that memorializes the fallen Bucky Barnes. Throughout the movie, there's little doubt that, eventually, the Winter Soldier would remember who he is. But fans of the Captain America comics that this film borrows liberally from (and if you haven't read Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's Captain America stories, you absolutely should) will understand the significance of this. Eventually, Bucky is not only restored to something resembling normal (the general trauma of being turned into an unwilling killing machine for decades notwithstanding), but takes up the mantle of Captain America for a period of time.
Is this something that the filmmakers might explore in future Captain America sequels? Almost certainly. With the same directors and writers returning for Captain America 3, and with those writers indicating to Den of Geek that they might just intend to go even deeper into the Ed Brubaker written comics that began with The Winter Soldier storyline, well...expect to see more of Sebastian Stan. And then there's the fact that Chris Evans has shown some reluctance to commit to much more than his six picture deal in the red, white, and blue...so Sebastian Stan taking over as a character who, even in the comics, has been known as Captain America, would give Marvel a logical out, without having to resort to potentially traumatic recasting.
Barring that scenario, Marvel have done their very best to shore up Bucky Barnes and the Winter Soldier concept in the comics, where the character has now starred in TWO solo ongoing series. The latest is by Rick Remender and Roland Boschi, and it's quite good. So, should Chris Evans have a change of heart, or should Marvel decide to give the Captain America franchise a rest, a Winter Soldier movie starring Sebastian Stan shouldn't be ruled out.
All told, while this second one doesn't throw quite as much as fans, nor does it point directly to an imminent movie in the Marvel franchise (and now, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a mere 13 months away), its implications are potentially much more far-reaching.
Neither are as particularly earth-shattering as the introduction of Nick Fury at the end of the first Iron Man film or Thanos' grinning cameo at the end of Avengers, but as far as giving comic book fans what they want, Marvel still seems to know exactly what they're doing.