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Lately, live streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat have generated a lot of buzz in the field of social technology. Users are employing the apps to share thoughts with followers or stream live events like Coachella. Periscope users have even streamed broadcast TV events through the apps, like the Pacquaio-Mayweather fight and the season five premiere of Game of Thrones.
Celebrities have joined in the Meerkat and Periscope party, as well. Madonna released her music video “Ghosttown” on Meerkat, only a few weeks after utilizing Snapchat for the same purpose. And director James Gunn used Periscope (which is now available on Android) to host a Q&A about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.
Despite the seeming popularity of both live streaming apps, some companies doubt Meerkat and the Twitter-owned Periscope are all they’re cracked up to be. In fact, when Horizon Media’s Why Group polled 3,000 Americans in a recent survey, »
- Bree Brouwer
The post-credits scene used to be a novelty, now it seems to be the norm. But surely that wasn't the point...
Back in the 1980s, for some reason I didn't do my then-usual trick of switching off a video as soon as the credits started, and hitting the rewind button. Instead, I kept Airplane! going. I'm glad I did, because right at the end, up popped the first post-credits scene I ever saw, a continuation of the gag that started right at the start of the movie.
It felt a bit special. I hadn't expected it, nobody had tipped me off, and no site whose name rhymed with 'Gen Of Deek' had broken it down. It was as the filmmakers intended: a flat out treat, »
It’s hardly the most surprising piece of casting news given their long professional association, so we’re more shocked it took this long for James Gunn to announce. But announce it he has: Michael Rooker will be part of the cast for horror thriller The Belko Experiment. Rooker, who has worked with Gunn on the likes of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Slither and Super, is set to play Bud Melks, the head of maintenance for the Belko building in the film, who is concerned when mysterious forces make his colleagues start killing each other lest they die themselves.Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean will be directing Gunn’s script for the film, which already features John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Melonie Diaz and John C. McGinley in its cast. The cameras are set to start rolling in Bogota, Colombia, next month. Rooker will next be seen in a drama called Bolden! »
We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
Aaron Paul is in negotiations to join Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Ryan and Danielle Nicolet in Rawson Marshall Thurber's action comedy "Central Intelligence" at New Line. Filming is underway in Boston.
Hart plays a boring accountant who was previously the cool guy in high school. He reconnects with an acquaintance (Johnson), a formerly bullied nerd who turns out to be a rogue spy. Paul will play Johnson's CIA partner who seemingly sacrifices himself for Johnson. [Source: THR]
The Belko Experiment
Greg McLean helms and James Gunn produces the film which deals with an American company after it’s mysteriously sealed off in South America. It's currently targeting a May 5th 2017 release. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
“Rooker plays Bud Melks, the head of maintenance in the Belko building. He’s not a racist thug like Merle in The Walking Dead, and he doesn’t have a flying arrow like Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy – in fact, he’s a pretty nice guy – so he’s ill-equipped to deal with the mysterious forces who start making all of the employees in Belko start killing each other unless they want to be killed themselves,” states Gunn on Facebook.
The Belko Experiment has been scripted by Gunn and will be directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), with Rooker joining a cast that so far includes John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) and Melonie Diaz »
- Gary Collinson
Before he takes a return voyage to the deepest reaches of space, James Gunn is taking a side trip to his old stomping grounds of horror for The Belko Experiment. But don.t worry about him getting lonely, as he.s bringing along Guardians of the Galaxy star, frequent collaborator, and buddy Michael Rooker along for the ride. Gunn is a big fan of social media, and posted a photo of himself and Rooker on his Facebook page announcing this latest team up. His message read: We've done three movies, two reality shows, a video game and a web series together, been on a bromantic trip to Paris with just the two of us, and spent many nights as the last two maniacs at a party, so did you ever think there was any possibility that my pal Michael Rooker would not be cast in our horror/action/thriller The »
All this week, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been posting to Facebook casting announcements for his upcoming action horror thriller The Belko Experiment. Gunn writes and produces the feature, which is set to be directed by Wolf Creek‘s Greg McLean. The latest announcements include longtime Gunn collaborator and Walking Dead actor Michael Rooker and Scrubs and Office Space‘s John…
The post Michael Rooker joins The Belko Experiment appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Rooker played Yondu Udonta in Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gunn noted in the announcement Friday on his Facebook page. He has also revealed castings this week of “Scrubs” alum John C. McGinley, “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
“We’ve done three movies, two reality shows, a video game and a Web series together, been on a bromantic trip to Paris with just the two of us, and spent many nights as the last two maniacs at a party, so did you ever think there was any possibility that my pal Michael Rooker would not be cast in our horror/action/thriller ‘The Belko Experiment,’ especially when it’s been comprised of such overwhelming talent? Of course not.”
Rooker will play Bud Melks, »
- Dave McNary
With his hands full crafting a sequel for the hugely successful Guardians Of The Galaxy, James Gunn could be forgiven for keeping his head down. Instead the director has taken on producer duties for The Belko Experiment, a horror thriller he first wrote several years ago, now announcing the film’s new cast members on social media.
Having previously announced a role for John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, Short Term 12) in the film, Gunn has now confirmed roles for Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, Divergent), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station) and John C. McGinely. (Scrubs, Platoon), with even more casting news expected soon.
Based in the South American facility of the Belko Company, The Belko Experiment sees a group of employees sealed off at the start of their working day and ordered to kill each other or be killed. Whilst this will undoubtedly lead to a bad day for everyone involved – including Mike Pelk (Gallagher), company C. »
- Mike McCarthy
Following on from the casting of John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, Short Term 12), James Gunn has taken to Facebook to announce that John C. McGinley (Office Space, Scrubs) has signed on for a role in his latest project The Belko Experiment.
“John will play Wendell Dukes, one of the top execs at Belko, and longtime friends with Tony Goldwyn’s character, Barry Norris,” states Gunn. “Wendell is a bit socially awkward, and has never been at home with the other employees at Belko… I’m not sure his social problems will be eased much when mysterious forces start compelling them to kill one another or be killed.”
Gunn has written the script for The Belko Experiment and is also producing, with Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) directing. The film tells the story of an American company in South America which a company who seals off its building and orders its »
- Gary Collinson
James Gunn is taking the drip feed approach to casting announcements when it comes to The Belko Experiment, the horror thriller he’s producing. The Guardians Of The Galaxy director has announced that John C. McGinley and Melonie Diaz are now aboard the film.Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean is handling the directorial chores on this one, since Gunn has his hands full wrangling together another script about Rocket Racoon and co. The Belko Experiment, which Gunn wrote several years ago and has since polished, is set at a facility of the Belko company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees ordered to either kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belko employee. McGinley will be socially awkward executive Wendell Dukes, a man »
What two big stars just got on the set of X-Men Apocalypse? Is the biggest star in the world on the Captain America: Civil War set yet? When is Stan Lee‘s graphic memoir coming out? Why isn’t Daredevil called Batman? How is James Gunn‘s work on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming? Which superhero director […]
- Germain Lussier
Much like Avengers: Age of Ultron added new characters to its lineup of heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will do the same for its team of rogue aliens. Director James Gunn recently revealed that a new Guardian will be joining the group in the 2017 blockbuster, and has even been informally talking with someone about playing the part. Then of course there a few other new characters who will be introduced in the film, so while we will see familiar faces like the five main characters and Nebula, audiences will also be seeing plenty of newcomers. The cosmic side of the Marvel universe is vast, so Gunn and the rest of the creative team won.t have any problems choosing new people to appear. The big question is which lucky few will be joining the electric cast of characters. Taking into account other individuals who have been part of the Guardians »
Scrubs alum John C. McGinley has joined the cast of The Belko Experiment. Writer James Gunn made the announcement on his Facebook page. McGinley will play socially awkward Wendell Dukes, one of the top executives at Belko and longtime friend of Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn). Helmed by Greg McLean, the MGM thriller is about an office building in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where employees are mysteriously forced to either start killing each other or be killed. Gunn is also producing… »
It may still be almost two years off, but with deep space spectacles of this ilk, the wheels are certainly already turning on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (maybe called Guardians 3000?). Marvel is big on expanding their franchises as they go proceed, bringing in fresh characters, and director James Gunn recently said that he.s already been talking to someone about playing an important new addition. Gunn was all over social media throughout the Guardians of the Galaxy production process, and still is. Over the weekend he held yet another Q&A session on the live streaming app Periscope (via Screen Rant), where he talked at length about the follow up to the space adventure at length. He revealed that the process of casting newcomers is already underway, kind of. He has a character in mind, a "new Guardian," as he calls it, and has even been talking to someone, informally »
Gunn made the announcement Thursday on his Facebook page. He also revealed castings this week of “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
“When I think of John, I often think of Bob Slydell from ‘Office Space,'” Gunn said. “Fortunately, in that film, the characters only had to murder each other spiritually, and not physically, as they do in ‘Belko.’ John may be most recognized from ‘Scrubs,’ but he’s an eerily dexterous actor who can do almost anything and has shone in any role he’s been given. He most recently got rave reviews for his performance in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ on Broadway with Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale.”
McGinley will play a socially awkward top exec at Belko, »
- Dave McNary
Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma Entertainment is a staple of the indie horror world – I can already hear that catchy jingle and picture the now-iconic title card swooping in just by mentioning the name Troma. Whether you’ve only seen The Toxic Avenger, or if you’ve seen Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. more times than you’d like to admit, Troma’s influence is wide-spread. Hell, even Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn was a young Troma talent – so yes, without Troma, we wouldn’t have a Guardians Of The Galaxy. (Shhh, just let me have that giant leap of logic.)
But Tromaville needs your help! Last year saw the release of Lloyd Kaufman’s Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume One, which I already told you all to watch after attending the New York City Horror Film Festival that year. Don’t listen to my review though – Kaufman’s splatter-cinema »
- Matt Donato
Gunn said he hired Diaz because of her work in “Frutivale Station.”
“Her honest performance was exactly that kind of thing we were looking for for ‘The Belko Experiment,'” he wrote. “So when she said she was interested in playing Dany Wilkins, one of the leads of the film, I jumped up and down and punched my desk and some trash cans and my assistant Simon with pure joy.”
He went on to describe Diaz’s character.
“Dany is the new girl at Belko. It’s her first day working in the building, »
- Dave McNary
Melonie Diaz has joined the cast of The Belko Experiment, the MGM action horror pic written and produced by Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn. Production kicks off next month in Bogota with director Greg McLean. Diaz will play Dany Wilkins, the new girl at Belko Corporation. It’s her first day working in the building, and she really couldn’t have chosen a worst first day, since this is the day the employees are forced to either kill each one another or be… »
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