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Things have fallen pretty quiet on the Guardians of the Galaxy front since the trailer reveal last month as Marvel Studios focuses its efforts on the upcoming release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but last night AMC caught up with leading man Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), director James Gunn and producer Kevin Feige for a live streaming interview about the cosmic superhero ensemble, and you can check out the entire thing in the YouTube embed below....
"From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with »
- Gary Collinson
We know you've barely recovered from this year's selfie and pizza shenanigans, and it's really too early to start thinking about next year's Academy Awards without risking serious mental health repercussions.
But next awards season is already looking sort of exciting. There are new offerings from Paul Thomas Anderson and Christopher Nolan, a David Fincher adaptation of our favourite book from last year, and the role that may very well net Benedict Cumberbatch his first Oscar nomination. Enticed? Read on...
For eight years, Christopher Nolan alternated Batman chapters with standalone sci-fi projects, and now that his Dark Knight trilogy is wrapped up, he theoretically has carte blanche to explore original stories for the forseeable future. First up is Interstellar, a time travel-based sci-fi which has been described as Nolan's "most ambitious film yet".
Nolan's similarly ambitious Inception earned a Best Picture nomination in 2011, and with a cast led by »
It's been nine years since the release of Sin City, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and Frank Miller's black-and-white noir that featured an ensemble of stars like Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Benicio Del Toro. The sequel is finally coming out this Summer, and this time, Miller and Rodriguez are directing some of the same stars - most notably, Alba and Willis - with a whole slate of new names coming on, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lady Gaga, and Josh Brolin. The new set of stories has the same look as the original, and I don't just mean the color scheme; it appears to be just as violent and bonkers as the original film. This first look is kind of a frenzied mishmash of footage, but see what you can deduce from the preview. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes out Aug. 22, but watch the trailer now. »
- Shannon Vestal
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
Arguably among the top five American auteur filmmakers who works on the larger scale, Paul Thomas Anderson has proved once before (with Punch-Drunk Love) that he is comfortable working in comedy. The massive ensemble, presence from composer Jonny Greenwood and cinematographer Robert Elswit ensures another all-round quality effort.
Gist: Based on the Thomas Pynchon novel and set in Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Release Date: December 12th. A major festival play date is possible, but not obligatory.
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- Eric Lavallee
Before Dave Bautista was cast in the role, there were reports that Jason Momoa had emerged as Marvel's pick to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, only for the Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian star to allegedly turn down the studio's offer to join the cosmic superhero ensemble. Well, speaking to Zap2It, Momoa - who has since been heavily rumoured for a part in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman - has confirmed that he did audition, and explained his reasons for passing on the movie:
"I think it's perfectly cast. Dave is perfect for that role, for Drax. It didn't really fit in my time because I've done so many things where I don't say much and I'm colored up and I have my shirt off again. I made a conscious choice to turn down some movies that were »
- Gary Collinson
It’s the last week of February, dear readers, and that means that, hopefully, spring will finally be on its way before long. And that also means we’re almost out of the cinematic dumping ground that is the beginning of the year, so people who want to see something good at the theater will have other options than merely seeing The Lego Movie again. But in the meantime, trailers are continuing to come in for the year’s big upcoming movies. Such is the case with this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’, which examines our first look at the forthcoming summer release Guardians of the Galaxy.
Premise: In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace). In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into »
- Timothy Monforton
It’s been two long years since Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and the wait for his latest, Inherent Vice, is slowly coming to a close. Warner Bros. has announced that the film is to open on December 12th, competing against Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus and Paddington. Before its official release, it can be expected to be shown throughout different film festivals with Venice most likely.
Taking place in 1970 Los Angeles, Inherent Vice sees Joaquin Phoenix (Her) starring a pothead private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello, who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institution and a policeman called Bigfoot. Starring alongside Phoenix are Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde), Martin Short (Frankenweenie), Martin Donovan (Insomnia), Sasha Pieterse (X-Men: First Class), Owen Wilson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »
- Gary Collinson
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s dark crime comedy “Inherent Vice” will open on Dec. 12, distributor Warner Bros. said Tuesday. Based on the 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon, “Inherent Vice” stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio del Toro, Reese Witherspoon and Martin Short. The Oscar-friendly date puts it up against Fox’s Ridley Scott drama “Exodus” and the Weinstein Company’s Nicole Kidman family film “Paddington.” Also read: How Warner Bros. Tweaked ‘The Lego Movie’ for Foreign Audiences “Vice” was one of a several movies the studio scheduled Tuesday: The movie version of “Entourage” will hit theaters on June 12, 2015. Adrian Grenier, »
- Todd Cunningham
Briefly: It's official - Warner Bros has confirmed a late 2014 release date for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, The Immigrant, Her) as 1970's pot-fueled private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello, based on the Thomas Pynchon character. PTA filmed late last year around Southern California, and will have the comedy ready for release starting December 12th, 2014. Warner Bros, the studio releasing the film, seems to be lining this up as another awards contender, as even @ERCboxoffice quips "just in time for awards season." The cast: Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Sasha Pieterse. This should be fun. December is starting to get a bit crowded already. Also opening on December 12th: Ridley Scott's Exodus starring Christian Bale; and the Paddington movie. And less than a week later, The Hobbit: There and Back Again hits theaters starting Wednesday, »
- Alex Billington
The 2013 awards race will finally come to a close on Sunday with the Academy Awards, so naturally there's no time to waste when it comes to looking at Awards Season 2014. Paul Thomas Anderson's last two films, There Will Be Blood and The Master, both racked up multiple nominations, and Warner Bros. is angling for his next movie, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's detective novel Inherent Vice, to do the same. The studio has set Inherent Vice to open on December 12th. Currently, its competition will be Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus and the family movie Paddington. I'm curious to see if Warners plans to run Vice through the festival circuit before its theatrical release. Hit the jump for more on Inherent Vice and release dates for Entourage and The Intern. Inherent Vice takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello »
- Matt Goldberg
Radiohead axeman Jonny Greenwood may have just finished recording the score, and the film is in post-production, but as per usual, Paul Thomas Anderson isn't rushing to get his latest out in the world. Warner Bros. has set a December 12, 2014 release date for "Inherent Vice," the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, that tells a 1970s Los Angeles-set story about inept, pot-smoking private detective Doc Sportello as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl, who also happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends (incidentally, we place it right at the top of our Most Anticipated Films Of 2014 list). The cast for this one is bonkers with Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O'Connor, Katherine Waterston, Timothy Simons, Peter McRobbie, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, Maya Rudolph and Eric Roberts all with roles big and small. Of course, the next burning »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Entourage, which started shooting in Los Angeles and Miami earlier this month, will go up against Universal's big-budget sequel Jurassic World. Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon reprise their roles from the HBO series of the same name for this adaptation, which follows Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) as he tries to get his new Dracula movie into production. Doug Ellin is directing from his own script, with Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment co-starring.
Inherent Vice is facing 20th Century Fox's Exodus and The Weinstein Company's Paddington on December 12. Paul Thomas Anderson directs this adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel, which follows a drug-addled private detective (Joaquin Phoenix), who investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend in 1970 Los Angeles. Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, »
Warner Bros. has set release dates for two of their upcoming features, the first being Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Inherent Vice. The adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel of the same name will hit theaters on December 12, no doubt with a full Oscar campaign behind it and what I would now expect to be a Toronto, Venice, New York or some combination thereof festival premiere. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as 1960s stoner P.I. Larry "Doc" Sportello, the film follows his character as he's by an ex-girlfriend to investigate the disappearance of her wealthy lover. Benicio del Toro, Kevin J. O'Connor, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Josh Brolin and Maya Rudolph co-star. Also, WB's feature film version of the popular HBO series, Entourage will hit theaters on June 12, 2015 as Adrian Grenier steps back into the shoes of movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys, Eric (Kevin Connolly »
- Brad Brevet
Marvel Studios caused quite a stir last week with the reveal of the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, which gave us our first look at the ragtag team of cosmic superheroes [if you fancy watching it again, you can do so here]. The August release is set to open a new chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although it will be tied to previous events - particularly the mid-credits cameo in The Avengers from the Mad Titan himself, Thanos.
Speaking to the Pointless Podcast, Guardians director James Gunn has spoken about the villain, although he played coy when asked about the chances of us seeing an adaptation of the classic limited series The Infinity Gauntlet: "Here's the thing, truthfully the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes out of both the 616 and Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, and then they recreate some elements themselves. What Thanos wants in the comics is not necessarily what Thanos wants in the movies; we don't know yet. »
- Gary Collinson
Doug Ellin's long-awaited feature film based on his popular HBO comedy Entourage is in production and Warner Bros. Pictures has already decided to give it a summer release next year, selecting June 12, 2015 for the return of Vincent Chase and his buddies. That puts the movie right up against another long-awaited return, Universal Pictures' Jurassic World . At the same time, Warner Bros. has picked a date to release Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice , starring Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston and Sasha Pieterse, going with December 12, 2014, putting it right in the middle of this year's Oscar season. Nancy Meyers' next comedy The Intern , which recently cast Robert De »
Specifically he touched upon the two CG characters starting with Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon. He tells Pointless Podcast:
"Rocket is a result of countless and cruel, illegal genetic experiments, where he's been turned--from an innocent little creature, where he has an Iq of three, and he becomes this thing that's completely alone; this gnarled little beast... he's pretty sad."
There's also the walking tree Groot who can only say one line and is voiced by Vin Diesel. Talking about Diesel's performance, Gunn says:
"All of the 'I am Groots' that were earlier voices didn't sound very good at all, they sounded like sh#t. It just didn't work. Then Vin Diesel came in and, in one day, lied down »
- Garth Franklin
On Saturday, drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured in a near-seamless operation (reports say not a single shot was fired during the bust) in the Mexican resort city of Mazatlán, where the 59-year-old wanted man was allegedly enjoying some fun in the sun.
Guzman — one of the world’s richest outlaws and the head of a drug cartel responsible for a reported 25 percent of all illegal drugs brought into the United States via Mexico — had evaded capture for years. That is, unless you count a brief imprisonment in 2001, which ended when El Chapo — translated, the nickname means “Shorty »
- Nina Terrero
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Holly Hunter, Bérénice Marlohe, Clifton Collins Jr., Haley Bennett, Boyd Holbrook, Tom Sturridge, Angela Bettis
To consider one’s self a fan of Terrence Malick’s oeuvres is, for lack of a better term, cinephile martyrdom. As one of the two current projects that should be released this year (how many times have we said this), the formerly titled Lawless sounds like a Grand Slam in terms of musical acts assisting a romantic backdrop of a good looking set of actors and actresses (they’ll certainly look lush with Emmanuel Lubezki assisting in the photography) this mostly scriptless project might turn out to be a first-cousin comparison the largely dismissed To the Wonder. »
- Eric Lavallee
We've literally just brought you five character featurettes introducing the Guardians of the Galaxy (including the first dialogue from Rocket Raccoon), and now Marvel Studios has dropped the first poster for August's cosmic superhero adventure, which you can check out right here....
If you missed yesterday's trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy (or you just want to watch it again), you can do so here, and be sure to check out Luke Owen's thoughts here as well as those of our writing team in the latest Flickering Myth Reaction.
"From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting »
- Gary Collinson
Will the most hyped comic book movie of the year debut electrifying new superheroes, or just a bunch of space misfits?
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It all used to be so simple when it came to superheroes on the big screen. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men … the odd spot of Catwoman or Daredevil if one were really unlucky. So how did we reach a place where the most hyped comic book movie of the year stars a futuristic crazy gang of blisteringly obscure space weirdos featuring a talking racoon with a machine gun, several emerald-skinned extraterrestrials and something that looks a bit like a tree with legs?
- Ben Child
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