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Lets be clear, the vast majority of fans enjoyed or greatly enjoyed Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film is well on its way to crossing the billion dollar mark at the internatinola box office and Marvel is looking strong entering Phase 3. Still, there were a small contingent of comic book fans and super-feminists unhappy with the film and Joss' portrayal of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow (the latter need to remember that Joss had to alter his plans for Scarlett due to her pregnancy). While the greater percentage of moviegoers definitely enjoyed the film, at the end of the day, the smaller/unsatisfied contigent is still a number that's nothing to sneeze at. As evidenced in just a few of the tweets above, the vitrioll was thick. Coming to Whedon's aid is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Most of you are aware of this, but anyone who urges »
There’s plenty to enjoy in the surprising Marvel Studios hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of the praise for the flick goes to director James Gunn and the primary cast of characters who play the titular ragtag team of misfits. But there’s one actor who deserves some more recognition, and that’s Michael Rooker, who plays the […]
- Ethan Anderton
"Iris [Quinn] learned that she really had to cough to get the stuff to spurt out in the way I wanted, and then she was able to vomit appropriately on her daughter's face."
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- Rob Hunter
Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker actually has a history with Jason "Jay" Mewes that goes back a few years, the two having had the chance to work together on Kevin Smith's 1995 cult hit Mallrats. As such, it does make some sense that the former would want the latter to show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2... but you should watch the funny response that response gets from writer/director James Gunn when made while on stage at a comic book convention: This weekend, both Michael Rooker and Jason Mewes were guests at the Wizard World Minneapolis comic convention in Minnesota, and while it's not included in the video, it's pretty easy to assume that this moment was spurred on by Rooker being asked by a fan or moderator about potentially carving out a role for Jason Mewes in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. This prompted the »
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has taken to Facebook to reveal that back in the late 1990s he spent time working on another of Marvel’s cosmic properties, producing a treatment for a Silver Surfer movie for 20th Century Fox.
“Little known fact: When I first moved to La in 1999, one of the first people I met on a meeting was an exec at Fox. He told me they wanted to make a Silver Surfer movie, and I might be right for that, so I wrote an extensive treatment. It was a huge story, cosmic as hell, and featured the Silver Surfer turning on Galactus (but no Fantastic Four – this was before the first Ff film). At the same time, I was approached by director Jay Roach and his producer Shauna Robertson about writing a live-action Spy Vs. Spy film. That film seemed more likely to get made, »
- Gary Collinson
James Gunn has already brought a team of cosmic superheroes to the big screen with Marvel's Guardians of The Galaxy, and now he reveals that he once wrote a story treatment before Tim Story and Fox's Fantastic Four was in the works. The director revealed this fact in a Facebook post where he shared that one of his quotes made the cover of Dan Slott and Michael Allred's Silver Surfer #11. Hey my quote is on the cover of this month's Silver Surfer so pick it up. Little known fact: When I first moved to La in 1999, one of the first people I met on a meeting was an exec at Fox. He told me they wanted to make a Silver Surfer movie, and I might be right for that, so I wrote an extensive treatment. It was a huge story, cosmic as hell, and featured the Silver Surfer turning »
Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“The Stanford Prison Experiment”) will direct an adaptation of Graham McNamee’s Ya thriller “Acceleration” for Theresa Park’s Pow! Productions and Peter Safran, Variety has learned exclusively.
Alvarez will direct from a script he’s adapting with Adam Shazar. “Stanford Prison Experiment” debuted in January at Sundance, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.
“Acceleration,” published in 2003, unfolds over a blisteringly hot summer, during which the 17-year-old protagonist is working in the bowels of the Transit Authority’s Lost and Found department, cataloging misplaced belongings. When he stumbles across a lost diary filled with the twisted secrets of a serial killer, he quickly realizes the killer is stalking his prey in the subway and that his next victim has already been chosen.
Park, a longtime literary agent who is also Nicholas Sparks’ producing partner, recently founded Pow! to develop »
- Dave McNary
A huge portion of Guardians of the Galaxy.s commercial and critical success last year can be attributed to its writer and director, James Gunn. Thanks to his unique vision, the 2014 intergalactic adventure has become one of Marvel.s biggest hits. However, it wasn.t his first opportunity at making a superhero movie. Over 15 years ago, Gunn had the opportunity to work on a Silver Surfer movie for 20th Century Fox. On his Facebook page, James Gunn shared that when he first moved to Los Angeles in 1999, he met an executive from Fox who told him that they were making a Silver Surfer movie, and he might be a good fit for it. Gunn subsequently wrote an extensive treatment that he calls "cosmic as hell," featuring Silver Surfer turning against his master Galactus. However, because the Fantastic Four movie hadn.t been made yet, the team didn.t play any »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Lego Batman, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, Bloodshot, Harbinger and more…
Marvel kicked off the 2015 superhero season this past week as Avengers: Age of Ultron began rolling out in international markets, opening with $9.5 million on Wednesday and pushing its total by close of play on Thursday to $44.8 million, having claimed the top spot in each country where it’s showing. Here in the UK, the film outperformed both Iron Man 3 and The Avengers by 54% and 40% respectively with its opening on Thursday, and is expected to pull in anywhere between »
- Gary Collinson
If last summer’s Guardians of The Galaxy proved anything, it was that Marvel’s finely-tuned formula for multiplex success could withstand a major overhaul. The James Gunn-directed space comedy threw out the comic book movie rules and pleased audiences with its irreverence And action.
One of the next newcomers bestowed with the honor of a solo movie is the micro-sized Ant-Man, whose own outing seems to hew closely to Gunn’s comedy stylings. The latest trailer, which debuted last week, veered into more comical territory, and according to leading man Paul Rudd, that decision has left some folks somewhat befuddled.
“I think that there is [a lot of comedic elements], but at the same time, it’s not an out-and-out comedy,” he tells MTV. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s funny, but there’s also a lot of action, and there are relationships that you’ll care about. My hope is people are surprised by it. »
- Gem Seddon
Heads up, creature feature fans, because director Darin Beckstead is brewing up a little something special with Evil Nature. Enlisting the help of the practical FX wizards behind James Gunn's Slither with VFX work by Walt Jones - he's only got stuff like Life Of Pi on his resume - and a skeleton crew shooting for just one night, Beckstead has unleashed a stellar Halloween themed proof of concept for what he hopes will become a full blooded feature film.The image above should give you a good sense of what lies in wait, so click on through and check it out below....
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It was rumoured last week that James Gunn’s follow up to smash-hit space opera Guardians of the Galaxy would be titled Guardians 3000. Production Weekly noted the title, prompting many sites to report the title change, but that has now all been debunked.
Taking to Twitter, James Gunn announced that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would Not be titled Guardians 3000 saying, “there is No truth to the rumor GotG2 is called Guardians 3000. I don’t know where @prodweek got that.”
Check out the tweet below:
Btw – I’m getting a lot of questions – there is No truth to the rumor GotG2 is called Guardians 3000. I don’t know where @prodweek got that.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 22, 2015
Quite swiftly on their part, Production Weekly apologised for their mistake:
Our error, I’ll make the correction Asap. https://t.co/nsbpzH3zxv
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) April 22, 2015
See Also: James Gunn: Guardians of »
- Luke Owen
Every October, we stab them with knives, killing their regular appearances and bringing them to new life with sharpened teeth, ghoulish gazes, and impossibly wide, sinister smiles. We make pumpkins into little monsters every year, but what if they came to life on their own... and wanted revenge for the years of jack-o'-lantern carvings, discarded guts, and baked seeds? Darin Beckstead's Proof of Concept for his planned feature film, Evil Nature, expertly explores this unnerving "what if?" with ample amounts of holiday humor and creature-centric horror. We've been provided with the fun and frightening Evil Nature Proof of Concept to share with Daily Dead readers, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Darin Beckstead.
Press Release -- "The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, »
- Derek Anderson
Update: Marvel has officially announced that the pair is writing the film. We don’t yet know who will play Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel – and Kevin Feige has definitively said you won’t meet her in Avengers: Age Of Ultron – but we have a closer lead on who could be putting words in her mouth, with Guardians Of The Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve in talks to provide the script.In the film Captain Marvel will take the form of Danvers, a skilled test pilot whose DNA is melded with that of Kree warrior Mar-Vell, she gains powers such as flight, enhanced strength, damage resistance and the ability to absorb and rechannel energy. The movie, introduced as part of Marvel Studios' extensive phase three series of releases, is in development.Perlman, of course, has a little experience with the Kree, since they were featured in Guardians, »
As the search continues for a star and director to helm Captain Marvel, the studio has selected a pair of writers to shepherd the female superhero film to the big screen. Looks like the rumors have panned out with the formal announcement that Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve will script the Carol Danvers origin story. Perlman is best known for co-writing Guardians Of The Galaxy and the upcoming sequel alongside James Gunn. She has also been linked with a solo film for Scarlett Johansson's »
- Alex Maidy
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
Howard the Duck is one of Marvel’s more bizarre creations and when the original movie came out in 1986 it didn’t exactly take the box-office by storm. Speaking recently at the Tribeca Film Festival producer and co-creator George Lucas commented on the movie’s lack of success and mentioned that even the worst movies can “float up to the surface of the lake, and then they become cult classics. It means you made an interesting movie or a weird movie, and a small group of people love it.”
During the talk Lucas claimed that Howard the Duck had become such a “cult classic” that he even believes Marvel might revisit it for a feature film in the near future, which apparently got a roaring applause from the crowd in attendance. Whilst this may sound like a long-shot it’s not entirely out of the question following Howard’s short »
- Gavin Logan
One of the funnest parts of Guardians of the Galaxy was when Howard the Duck showed up at the end for his post-credit cameo. No one was expecting it, and fans loved to see the talking space mallard return from obscurity. Ever since, there have been murmurs that Marvel might actually make a standalone Howard the Duck movie sometime in the future. Someone who absolutely agrees with that idea is producer of the original 1986 movie George Lucas.
Howard the Duck was one of the biggest bombs of the 80s. Though, it has since grown a pretty healthy cult audience. Speaking with Stephen Colbert about the calamity that was the 1986 Howard the Duck, George Lucas places all the blame on the costume, but goes onto say that he 'believes' Marvel will bring the duck back for his own solo adventure:
"You can't put a dwarf in a duck suit and make it work. »
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has a production codename. As revealed by Production Weekly, it is Guardians 3000. While it isn't know if this will remain as the official title of the movie, it certainly has kicked up a lot of speculation amongst fans. What could the title possibly mean, and who is it in reference too?
It turns out that the title Guardians 3000 is quite relevant to the Marvel comic books upon which Guardians of the Galaxy is based. While it connects to the ongoing mythos, there's also the fact that Marvel currently has a standalone Guardians 3000 comic book series separate from their main Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. It showcases the 'original' members of the interstellar superheroes. Does this mean we might see anyone from Adam Warlock, Galactus, Nova, Odin, Quasar, Rick Jones, the Silver Surfer and/or The Watcher in the sequel? We have no idea, but anything is possible! »
It's hard to believe it now, but a decade ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye. Today, McU offerings are blockbuster staples, with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more providing film fans with thundering entertainment and a connected universe culminating in the Avengers movies.
With Age of Ultron on the horizon, we've gone back through the 10 Marvel films to-date to rank them all from worst to best. Read on to find out our verdict, then join the discussion in the comments below.
10. Iron Man 2 (2010)
If Iron Man was a savvy exercise in kick-starting a shared cinematic universe, then its sequel brought everything crashing back down with a sharp, painful thud. Overstuffed with new characters, multiple plot strands and far-too-much in the way of Avengers set-up, Iron Man 2 is a step down from its predecessor in practically every way. »
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