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While pretty much every main cast member in Guardians of the Galaxy underwent some kind of massive physical change - from Chris Pratt's weight loss to the application of crazy red tattoos on Dave Bautista - Karen Gillan really had them all beat with her transformation. Not only was she given blue skin, black eyes and a robotic arm, but she also completely shaved off her beautiful red hair. This was revealed as a surprise at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, but now, thanks to the video above, you can actually watch the head-shaving process yourself. Since her breakout role playing companion Amy Pond for a few seasons of Doctor Who, Karen Gillan's red hair has been seen as a kind of trademark for the actress - which really makes it all the more shocking that she was willing to let it all go for the role of Nebula. Of course, »
Topping the charts this Labor Day weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy not only outperformed at the box office, but it became the highest-grossing film this year with Us total sales estimated at $247.6 million.
Only in theaters for a month now, the Marvel film pulled in $16 million on what was expected to be slow holiday box office. As the top performing movie of the year, the budget was $170 million in comparison to the over $270 million that it ranked in. It seems like people can't get enough of this superhero film with Chris Pratt.
News: Last Week Guardians of the Galaxy Took Back the Box Office
Bringing competition to the Marvel film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remain in second place with an estimated weekend domestic total of almost $12 million. So far the Ninja Turtles have brought in a total of about »
While over to promote her new film Obvious Child (read our review here), Jenny Slate told Flickering Myth that she “should be” returning as her character Mona-Lisa in the hit show Parks and Recreation.
“Yeah I should be,” the actress said when asked if she would be back. “But it’s set three years in the future now, so we’ll see”.
Mona-Lisa, the sister of Jean-Ralphio, first appeared in the season five episode “Bailout” and has featured in another six episodes since. She did have a brief relationship with Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford and was described as “the worst person in the world”.
The upcoming seventh season of Parks and Recreation is reported to be the final series and is currently filming in Pasadena, California. Although the show »
- Luke Owen
Having crossed the $500 million mark earlier in the week, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has now overtaken Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest-grossing release of 2014 in North America. Guardians is projected to finish the Labor Day weekend with around $277 million in total, and is expected to fend off competition from The November Man and As Above, So Below to retain top spot over the four-day weekend.
It is also pretty much assured that the space opera will become the first movie to hit $300 million domestically, providing a shot in the arm to the North American box office, which has suffered its worst summer since 2006, with ticket sales down 15% from last year.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, »
- Gary Collinson
Guardians of the Galaxy was considered by many to be a big risk for Marvel Studios, introducing these relatively obscure characters into the massively-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, the risk paid off, with Guardians of the Galaxy grossing over $500 million worldwide after just one month in release. Marvel's parent company Walt Disney Studios are taking a similar risk with their first animated adaptation of a Marvel comic book this fall, Big Hero 6, a title much more obscure than Guardians of the Galaxy.
"They do feel like distant cousins. Guardians is a Marvel movie, but it's sort of gone off on a different branch. It indicates that fans of superhero movies are willing to try new flavors."
Since Big Hero 6 »
In this week’s Fmtv Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys reveals the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron details – specifically the involvement of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye; an update on the next Bond movie’s (the 24th, if you’re counting) villain; what has officially become the highest grossing movie in the Us this Summer?; and which superhero duo took part in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge this week (donate at www.alsa.org/donate, by the way)? Clue: it wasn’t Bananaman.
So find out those Avengers: Age of Ultron details and more in the Movie Newsgasm…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
- Oliver Davis
The three-time Oscar nominee for Gladiator, Walk the Line, and The Master has been mentioned before as one of the contenders for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, but Collider reported today that Phoenix is in final talks and sources close to the film confirm to EW he is their top choice for the role.
Marvel did not immediately respond to request for official comment, but studio president Kevin Feige has long talked »
- Anthony Breznican
Robert Downey, Jr. admitted some hard truths this week in Toronto.
Despite having a very obvious loyalty to the Avengers – if you’re living under a rock: he’s Tony Stark in JonFavreau’s Iron Man and its sequels – the actor admitted that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the sci-fi opera with “a bunch of a-holes” is the best Marvel movie: “[Guardians of the] Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever - and it’s odd for someone with, on occasion, an ego the size of mine to actually say that!”
“We’re talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: ‘Look!’” said Downey, Jr.
“It’s like you have a great quarterback, »
- Sasha James
VFX studio Moving Picture Company has revealed a large batch of new concept art photos from Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The first images features alternate designs for props, vehicles, sets and some key frame art as they eventually appeared in Marvel Studios and Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Concept Art
Additionally, the studio gave us a look at some of their designs for the 1970s prototype sentinels and some futuristic sentinels.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: Concept Art
After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team known as the 'Guardians of the Galaxy »
It's been a banner year for Marvel so far, with Guardians of the Galaxy likely set to pass Captain America: The Winter Soldier sometime this week as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Many fans believe this Marvel Phase Two adventure, which expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, is the studio's best offering yet.
Add Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., to the list of fans, with the actor revealing at the Toronto International Film Festival, that he believes Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's best movie yet.
"Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever. And it's odd for someone with - on occasion - an ego the size of mine to actually say that!"
Marvel movies rely on their humor, and their cavalier attitude. Man of Steel, as a counterbalance, did not. Star-Lord, Chris Pratt's Guardians of the Galaxy hero, cracks jokes. In Christopher Nolan.s world, Bane cracked Batman.s spine. It.s not an easy divide between Marvel and DC movies to say that one side drifts toward light while the other embraces the shadows. Step back and look at the big picture, though, and this appears to be one crucial way to categorize the cinematic universes that are developing on screen between the rival studios. Now, one interesting report says that this is by design. Drew McWeeny at HitFix writes an engaging column about the alleged "No jokes" policy that is in place at Warner Bros. as the studio builds its DC universe off of the success of Zack Snyder.s Man of Steel. This is an important time for »
Marvel's hit Phase Two adventure Guardians of the Galaxy has hit another box office milestone, passing the $500 million mark worldwide less than four weeks after opening in theaters.
Guardians of the Galaxy has earned $255.2 million domestically as of Monday, August 25, which is just behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $259.8 million take as the top domestic total of the year so far. Guardians of the Galaxy has also earned $245.3 million in international territories, although it has yet to open in key markets such as China, Germany, Italy and Japan.
While Guardians of the Galaxy will easily surpass Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the top domestic movie of the year, it still has a long way to go for the worldwide crown. Transformers: Age of Extinction has earned over $1 billion globally, $821.3 million of which has come from international markets.
Marvel has found success on the music charts as well, with »
Following a great weekend at the Us box office, which not only pushed it back to the number one spot but also made it the biggest movie of the summer, Disney announced today that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has now crossed $500 million worldwide.
The James Gunn directed space opera has now earned $255.2 million domestically and $245.3 million internationally with the movie yet to be released in several key markets including Germany, Italy, Japan and China, the latter of which has proven to be a huge money maker in 2014.
It’s soundtrack Awesome Mix Vol. 1 has also made it two weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes 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, »
- Luke Owen
Luke Owen with his top five movies of the summer…
Celebrating 60 years of destruction, the King of the Monsters made his return to the big screen in this American reboot to the classic series. Godzilla saw Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as a husband and wife duo who are trying to reunite after The Big G shows up and starts tearing through cities chasing after alien-like creature M.U.T.O.
Director Gareth Edwards clearly loved the classic Godzilla movies from the character’s 50s and 60s heydays as the movie was a call back to those films. It had a slow, methodical pace and it focused on the human characters and their dramas while Godzilla fought in the background as the ever looming presence and metaphor for nuclear war. Sadly, the movie only takes our fifth spot here as the human element (including »
- Gary Collinson
In honor of #NationalDogDay here's a photo of me and my 2nd favorite dog in the universe. #cosmo… http://t.co/obxxGbf4ZB — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 26, 2014 I'm not sure about you guys, but I was surprised to see Cosmo played by an actual dog (instead of being brought to life through CGI like Rocket Raccoon and Howard the Duck), though it was just a fun cameo. Perhaps we'll see the Soviet pooch make a return - and telepathically talk - in the sequel? Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro, Guardians of the Galaxy is out now! What did you guys think of the movie and Cosmo's cameo? »
"No jokes." Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point. "No jokes." It would seem like a crazy rule to set for an entire series of films. How can you know what the tone is for every story you'll be telling in a series before you've even started telling it? The thing is, DC has taken a few stabs at establishing this larger universe on film, and they've gotten smacked down for everything that hasn't had Batman in it. "Man Of Steel" made money, and I'm certainly not the only person to like the film. I may be one of its more ardent defenders, but I'm not alone. I think you'd have a far harder time finding someone to defend "Green Lantern, »
- Drew McWeeny
Following the sad passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has revealed a new behind the scenes image which offers up a look at a statue of the character – John Hammond – he played in the first two Jurassic Park movies which were helmed by Steven Spielberg.
The legendary actor and director’s health had been failing for a number of years, so a cameo appearance in Jurassic World was always out of the question. It should be very interesting to see how Hammond is referenced in Jurassic World now, especially as the park has reopened and is actually a success now by all accounts.
Based on what we’ve heard so far about Jurassic World, it’s shaping up to be one of 2015′s best movies, and Colin Trevorrow is a promising young filmmaker who looks set to follow up some great lower budget Indies with a »
- Josh Wilding
Who hasn’t done the Als Ice Bucket Challenge at this point? We’ve seen Chris Pratt do it, James Wan just posted his video, R2D2 got hit with a bucket full of ice water, and even my own mother tried to give it a go! But this next one is a particularly cool one, and not just because it continues to help spread awareness about a condition we know so little about. Not only did Henry Cavill and Amy Adams choose to accept the challenge, but they opted to do so in full costume on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I can’t imagine the wardrobe department being too thrilled about having that Superman suit absolutely soaked, but it’s a blast to watch and will likely help the campaign get closer to the $80 million mark – if it hasn’t reached it already. Hit »
- Perri Nemiroff
Last night's 2014 Emmys were jam-packed with Parks and Recreation stars absolutely killin' it. Amy Poehler was the world's funniest woman yet again. Chris Pratt maaay have been hired to French braid hair before the show (he wasn't, but we can dream). And Retta pulled off the mission she set out to accomplish: to get the buffoon seat-filler sitting next to her kicked out. If you're somehow unaware of who Retta is, please see one of the world's favorite Parks and Rec moments below: As you may (or may not) know, when celebs get up to leave their seats at the Emmys, they are replaced by an average Joe so the audience looks crowded and exciting on your television screen. Poor Retta »
Since Jared Leto didn’t walk the red carpet at Monday’s Emmys, another man’s locks had to be an object of obsession. Thank goodness True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga was on hand—and donning some excellent braids. Fukunaga won an award last night for directing the episode “Who Goes There,” but his hair emerged as the most talked about element of his appearance on the broadcast. Has the man bun given way to man braids?
The former has been around for longer than you think—The New York Times had a man bun trend piece back in »
- Esther Zuckerman
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