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Tokyo — The 27th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday with a gala opening at the Roppongi Hills entertainment and shopping complex.
The red carpet was trod by nearly 370 fests guests and celebs, including Rie Miyazawa, star of the competition’s only Japanese pic, the Daihachi Yoshida embezzlement drama “Pale Moon,” and Miki Nakatani, serving as the fest’s “navigator,” or spokeswoman, though she is a major star in her own right. Getting by far the loudest screams from the crowd, however, was the five-member boy band Arashi, who made a surprise appearance as reps of the government’s “Cool Japan” initiative.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared on stage at the Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills main theater prior to world premiere screening of opening film “Big Hero 6.” Saying that he could feel by the “fever in the air” that the fest was beginning, he added, »
- Laura Prudom
Tokyo — The 27th running of the Tokyo International Film Festival got under way Thursday with pomp and circumstance – and just the right degree of levity.
The opening ceremony in the Roppongi Hills complex was attended by a Japanese princess, two ministers and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as a coterie of international guests.
In a speech without notes, Abe identified detailed elements of the festival program, pitched Tokyo as a gateway to Asian cinema, and personally welcomed U.S. animation icon John Lasseter. He also repeated the country’s ‘Cool Japan’ culture and tourism pitch and joshed with five part boy-band Arashi, who were dressed like the Pm in sharp, dark suits. “I hope some of their popularity rubs off on the government,” he said.
In a city they obviously admire, the directing and production team from opening film “Big Hero 6” gushed their thanks and wonderment at being part of the opening event. »
- Patrick Frater and Mark Schilling
Ever since the release of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, fans have asked how to own a cassette tape version of the soundtrack like the one rocked by Star-Lord in the hit film, and now's your chance. You can get a copy at participating record stores on Friday, November 28 in celebration of Record Store Day!
In Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) cruises the galaxy while listening to the tunes on a tape labeled "Awesome Mix Vol. 1," filled with his mom's favorite songs. The film's soundtrack, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, featured these hits from Star-Lord's personal collection, including numbers from David Bowie, The Runaways, and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
Head on over to RecordStoreDay.com to find a participating record store near you and pick up your copy on Friday, November 28! Plus you can still pick up a vinyl edition »
With the recent news that Awesome Mix Vol. 1 would be released on special edition cassette next month and Guardians of the Galaxy becoming the third highest grossing Marvel movie (as well as the highest grossing domestic release of 2014), it must be pretty good to be James Gunn right now.
But how is he celebrating the success? By writing the sequel…
“I spent all day on August 1st, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians 2,” he told Variety. “I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”
He also gave a scoop on what we can expect from Guardians of the Galaxy 2, “It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes, »
- Luke Owen
James Gunn is riding high right now. He took an obscure team of misfits from Marvel Comics and turned them into the biggest (domestic) movie of the year, at least until The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1 hits later in the year.
So, what did Gunn do to celebrate his success? He started writing Guardians of the Galaxy 2, of course.
“I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing ‘Guardians 2.' I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”
Here's what he says about the opening of the film:
"It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes,” Gunn joked. “In really horribly brutal fashion. »
- Philip Sticco
"It's going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes," Gunn revealed. "In really horribly brutal fashion."
He Kids. He's totally kidding.
Gunn was joking around today about "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" at Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit. But the director did reveal some actual tidbits about the follow-up, notably that all five main characters would return and that some new members might be added to the team.
"I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing 'Guardians 2.' I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one," he said. "I always saw this as a universe, »
- Kelly Woo
Despite Big Hero 6 being released on November 7, Marvel movie news has died down for a bit (well, until that Age Of Ultron trailer hits . . . ). However, pre-production is underway for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 with the film already being written. At Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology Summit, writer/director James Gunn teased the audience with a few tidbits of information regarding the follow-up. James Gunn on the prologue for Guardians 2: It’s going to be »
- Sean Wist
James Gunn has been speaking to Variety about his intentions for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, with the director already sounding excited by the plans he has up his sleeve… “It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes,” joked Gunn. “In really horribly, brutal fashion.” He then went on to confirm that all five of the original Guardians would indeed be returning for round two, while revealing that there will also be some new team members along for the ride. “I spent...
- George Wales
First up he confirmed that all five of the main characters will be back with actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel all slated to return. Joining them will be a number of unspecified characters from the first movie and a few new characters as well, and Gunn says "fans may see the team adding members."
In terms of writing the sequel, Gunn says: "I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians. I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story."
The director teased alternate version of »
- Garth Franklin
A week before Guardians of the Galaxy opened in theaters, en route to becoming the biggest movie of 2014 so far with over $372 million, writer-director James Gunn signed on to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The filmmaker teased new details about the sequel, including the possibility of new characters, during Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit, where he joked about how the sequel will open.
"It's going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes. In really horribly brutal fashion."
While there isn't a direct quote from James Gunn, the director does tease "fans may see the team adding members."
The writer-director confirmed that all five of the main characters, played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, will be back, along with a number of unspecified characters from the first movie and a few new characters as well. »
Last week at New York Comic-Con, I landed an awesome extended video interview with Da Vinci’s Demons stars Tom Riley, Laura Haddock, Blake Ritson and Gregg Chillin. While I've found group interviews to be sometimes difficult, the interview you're about to watch is definitely one of my favorites. As you'll see, the four of them look and act like close friends and they were able to have a lot of fun with my questions while also teasing what's to come on Da Vinci’s Demons season 3 (which they're almost done filming). During the interview they talked about working with a new showrunner, how the new season is more grounded and will be set in Florence more than previous seasons, collaborating with the writers, how the season starts and what it's about, the way they like to work, how many takes they get to do, how much they like to know about future storylines, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With Guardians of the Galaxy crossing $700 Million at the global box office (and the Blu-ray hitting on December 9th) it's definitely a positive thing that writer/director James Gunn is already hard at work on the sequel, in fact he commenced work on the script on the Sunday after the film opened to larger-than-projected box office. As a side note, back in January who would have thought this film would have been the biggest grosser of 2014 by a country mile? Anyway, Gunn recently spoke about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and, while is comments were of course slight (they sort of have to be at this point) they're interesting enough to warrant a small mention. Hit the jump for more on Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The original film incidentally will have a ton of special features when it does get that Blu-ray release in December. Definitely picking that one up. »
- Evan Dickson
3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
If you're like me (by which I mean weird and far too geeky for your own good), then you probably walked out of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy this summer not only wanting to listen to the soundtrack over and over, but to get it on cassette tape. For those of you who felt this way, I have some pretty kick-ass news. According to Billboard, an officially licensed, fully-functional cassette tape version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack will be coming to stores in just a few short weeks. In addition to the tape, fans will also receive a specially designed case, which features the full track list written in Star-Lord's mother's handwriting (or at least the same font). You can scope out the package and tape below, and see the full version over at Billboard: Amazing and awesome as this news is, it also comes with »
You would assume that notes from producers and editors regarding Guardians of the Galaxy would read, "More Groot." And yet, while speaking at Variety.s Entertainment & Technology Summit, Guardians director James Gunn explained that there.s a longer version of a beloved scene that involved Groot betraying his best friend, Rocket Raccoon. Well, sort of. Variety reports from its own event, catching up with James Gunn as he continues his victory lap on the heels of his movie earning $732 million worldwide. While talking about his favorite scenes in the movie, he singles out that sequence where Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) fake laughs his way through Peter Quill.s "plan." Gunn says that the deleted and extended scenes that will be included on the Guardians of the Galaxy disc will go a long way to developing who these characters are. And of that scene, he notes: "In the long version »
"What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes...In really horribly brutal fashion," Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed about what he has planned for the opening of the 2017 sequel. He's joking of course, but did go on to confirm that each member of the original team will return along with "unspecified other characters from the first film, and that fans may see the team adding new members." He sadly didn't specify who! As for how work on the follow-up is progressing, he added: "I spent all day on August 1, the day the first movie was released, writing ‘Guardians 2'. I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story." Talk then turned to the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray »
“It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes,” Gunn joked. “In really horribly brutal fashion.”
Jokes aside, Gunn confirmed that all five original Guardians will be back, along with unspecified other characters from the first film, and that fans may see the team adding members. Gunn also said the new film will uncover some secrets posed in the first.
“I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing ‘Guardians 2,'” Gunn said. “I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”
He also »
- Kevin Noonan
Along with crossing the $700 million mark in global box office, James Gunn's mega-hit Guardians Of The Galaxy continues to find awesome ways to interest fans. The kick-ass soundtrack featuring a dozen classic tunes has been a hit on the music charts and will now be re-released in the most fitting way possible. Billboard reports that Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack will be issued on cassette November 17th until December 31st. The limited edition cassette will »
- Alex Maidy
#gotgpicoftheday I felt for these background actors with masks shooting on the hottest days of the year in London. pic.twitter.com/zzrT9jyk2A — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 20, 2014 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 ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the »
Guardians of the Galaxy has become Marvel's third highest-grossing film worldwide.
Iron Man 3 and The Avengers passed the landmark global grosses of $1 billion.
The news comes despite reports of poor subtitling in China, where its title translates to Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will arrive in cinemas on July 28, 2017.
Watch a Guardians of the Galaxy clip below: »
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