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Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray Review
Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters with surprising force, based on the fact that it is a comic-book film based on characters virtually no one knows, and the Blu-Ray is here to repeat the frenzy. Part space opera, part comic adventure, the film is an unusual hybrid of elements, made all the more interesting by way of characters who aren’t going to be explained, and are themselves rather fantastic.
Catch our podcast review of Guardians of the Galaxy here.
The film introduces us, in rather spectacular fashion, to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who fancies himself Star Lord, galactic superthief, or something. Having been abducted from Earth as a child, though again, this is a film with little interest in backstory, Peter was raised by the criminals who captured him, and he now finds himself outfitted with some really snazzy tech.
This time, rummaging through a forgotten world, »
- Marc Eastman
The Tcl Chinese Theatre rolled out a black carpet for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Inherent Vice” Wednesday night. Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio Del Toro exchanged a brotherly hug on the carpet, Joanna Newsom and Jena Malone talked arm in arm, and everyone spoke warmly of each other’s involvement in the film. The cast and crew unanimously sang the praises of Anderson’s directing.
Maya Rudolph, who is married to Anderson, makes a brief but memorable appearance in her first role in one of her husband’s films. “It was so exciting,” Rudolph said of working with Anderson. “Paul’s an incredible director, probably my favorite. I love watching him work. It’s so exciting to see someone who’s so clearly their own and has so much confidence about their own vision. It’s beautiful to watch. I recommend him as a director. I hope they’ll hire me back, »
- Marianne Zumberge
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most popular films of this year and certainly came as a surprise to those who had never really heard of the Marvel comic book. Now the YouTube channel Screen Junkies has created an Honest Trailer for the film, dubbing it Space Avengers., and you can check it out here…
Guardians of the Galaxy is out now on DVD and Blu Ray. The films was directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Thomas Roach
Created by Mike White
Produced by 20th Century Fox, Brad Grey Television
Aired on Fox March 9, 2004- April 5, 2004
Series ran 6 (of 12) episodes over one season (6 unaired)
Jake Sandvig as Preston Shackleton
Molly Shannon as Lesley Shackleton
Caitlin Wachs as Chloe Shackleton
Ben Baxter is a psychology major in college, where he takes on a child client as his term project. As part of the assignment, Ben agrees to move in with the child’s family in order to analyze his psychosis, but he quickly discovers that his patient isn’t really the one that he should be studying—it’s the rest of his family that are the real textbook mental cases. Ben becomes intrigued by the family and all their neurosis until he is overwhelmed by the »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Welcome back for another day of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Today, we’re focusing on getting you guys some great deals on collectibles, celebrating the stunning art behind James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and super hero gifts for the little fans this Christmas.
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- Heather Wixson
The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in the Next Category. The fest declares that their Next programming consists of pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema. And now we've got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that category. Entertainment - Directed by Rick Alverson; written by Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker; starring Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz, Lotte Verbeek. James White - Written and directed by Josh Mond; starring Chris Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh and David Call. Nasty Baby - Written and directed by Sebastian Silva; starring Sebastian Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Kristin Wiig, Reg E. Cathey, »
- Evan Dickson
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
The Sundance Film Festival, whose 2015 edition runs from January 22 through February 1, has announced the lineups for its U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition Next section. Highlights include Kristen Wiig in Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz in Rick Alverson's Entertainment, Andrew Bujalski's Results, Sean Baker's Tangerine, Kris Swanberg's Unexpected, Chiwetel Ejiofor in Craig Zobel's Z for Zachariah, new documentaries by Kim Longinotto, Michael Madsen, Bobcat Goldthwait and Bill Ross and Turner Ross. » - David Hudson »
Last year’s Next section introduced us to new breed of filmmakers in Desiree Akhavan, Sydney Freeland, Madeleine Olnek, Ana Lily Amirpour, Malik Vitthal and Gillian Robespierre while re-introducing us to the likes of Alex Ross Perry, Tim Sutton, Michael Tully, Mark Jackson, Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz. With the likes of Josh Mond (see James White pic above), Rick Alverson, Sean Baker and Matt Sobel, the section comprised of ten films (with two non-world premieres in the Locarno preemed Christmas, Again and Venice Film Festival shown H.) distinctly feels avantgarde. Here are the batch of ten films.
Bob and the Trees / U.S.A., France (Director: Diego Ongaro, Screenwriters: Diego Ongaro, Courtney Maum, Sasha Statman-Weil) — Bob, a 50-year-old logger in rural Massachusetts with a soft spot for golf and gangsta rap, is struggling to make ends meet in a changed economy. When his beloved cow is wounded and a job goes awry, »
- Eric Lavallee
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
How important is the Sundance Film Festival's Next program? The yearly slate of edgier fare has led to critically acclaimed art house hits such as "Obvious Child," "Listen Up Phillip" and "Sound of My Voice." It also has inspired the Los Angeles-based Sundance Next Festival, which just wrapped up its second edition this past August. So while it may not have the prestige of the U.S. dramatic competition, Next films are something any movie lover should pay attention to. Along with the top competition categories, the Sundance Institute announced the Next slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and it features some indie star power. Kristen Wiig stars in Sundance alum Sebastian Silva's "Nasty Baby" (which makes it back-to-back festivals for the "Skeleton Twins" star), John C. Reilly and Michael Cera appear in the comedy "Entertainment" and former "Girls" star Chris Abbott and Cynthia Nixon star in Josh Mond's "James White. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Here's the best of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Crackle for the beginning of December. So cheer up, Charlie Brown! Netflix "Almost Famous" Fifteen years after Cameron Crowe's amazing film about his time as a young "Rolling Stone" intern made us fall in love with Kate Hudson, it remains a singular accomplishment. The immersive, heartfelt movie has an incredible soundtrack and great performances across the board. Never forget that Katy Perry had to change her name from Katy Hudson so as not to be confused with Goldie Hawn's Oscar-nominated daughter. "American Beauty" Kevin Spacey's existential crisis. Annette Bening's fury. Thora Birch's woefulness. Chris Cooper's scariness. These are the kinds of things that make a Best Picture. The dream sequences involving Mena Suvari certainly weren't a detriment. "Batman Forever" Jim Carrey's performance as the Riddler in this cartoonish romp might be the most »
- Louis Virtel
Will Ferrell seems to enjoy movies where characters compete for glory. He's starred in Kicking & Screaming (soccer), Talladega Nights (stock car racing), Blades of Glory (figure skating), and Semi-Pro (basketball). However, his latest competition will be taking him away from sports and into the arts. According to Variety, Ferrell is set to star in an untitled comedy that takes place around the "intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company." There are no plot details beyond that, but David Guion and Michael Handelman will handle the script, which is a bit disconcerting when you consider that their track record includes The Ex and Dinner for Schmucks. Variety also says they've worked on The Internship, The Watch, Blades of Glory, and Men in Black III, but they're not officially credited, so it's possible they just did rewrites. While I like the premise of Ferrell doing Shakespeare, he has a very full slate of potential projects, »
- Matt Goldberg
Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch from Mosaic as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell. The project is based on an idea internally developed at Mosaic, which centers on the highly-competitive world of a Shakespearean theater company. No details were given for Will Ferrell's character at this time.
David Guion and Michael Handelman are currently writing the screenplay. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing the project for Sony Pictures. It isn't known when production may begin on the untitled comedy.
Sony Pictures and Will Ferrell have had a successful partnership in the past, with hits such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers and The Other Guys. The studio recently acquired a buddy comedy pitch entitled Border Guards, which has Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly attached to star. The actor will next be seen in Get Hard alongside Kevin Hart.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has just purchased an untitled, original idea developed internally at Mosaic Media Group as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Other Guys).
Centering upon the intensely competitive world within a Shakespearean theatre company, the pitched comedy will be the second comedic purchase by Sony with Ferrell at the helm.
The studio recently purchased the buddy comedy Border Guards about two Americans who, whilst trying to prevent Mexican immigrants from entering the Us, find themselves across the border without identification and attempt to return. That screenplay is to be written by Jesse Armstrong (Babylon) with Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Chicago) attached to the project.
Sony’s latest acquisition however, will be overseen by Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades Of Gray) and Jonathan Kadin from Columbia Pictures with comedy writing duo David Guion and Michael Handelman (Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb »
- Sacha Hall
Sony has bought a pitch from Mosaic as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell.
Based on an original idea developed internally at Mosaic and currently untitled, the comedy centers around the intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company.
Ferrell and Sony have had a run of good results with hits that include “Step Brothers,” “The Other Guys” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” The studio recently bought a buddy comedy pitch, “Border Guards,” with Ferrell and John C. Reilly attached to star.
Ferrell is repped by CAA and Mosaic and can be seen next in “Get Hard.”
- Justin Kroll
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Dame Helen Mirren plays a snobby French restaurateur/chef who's none too pleased when her new neighbors, the Kadam family, open up their own restaurant next door to hers. Manish Dayal co-stars Hassan, the young chef at the Maison Mumbai whose talent wins over grumbly Madame Mallory, as well as her cute sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg produced this feel-good foodie film from Swedish director Lasse Hallström. Here's an exclusive clip from the DVD/Blu-ray, just for you.
- Jenni Miller
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