16 items from 2015
This year's Oscar nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling — "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" — are a typically varied assortment. This is a branch, after all, whose choices often reflect consideration of the work itself above Best Picture-contending frontrunners. Just last year we got nominations for films like "Bad Grandpa" and "The Lone Ranger." This time around, the cream of the crop just happened to come in critically acclaimed films. Beginning with "Foxcatcher," Bill Corso and his co-nominee, Dennis Liddiard, had a gargantuan task ahead of them: transforming well-known comedic actors Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, as well as Mark Ruffalo, into something approaching blue blood John du Pont, wrestling wunderkind Mark Schultz and his ill-fated brother Dave. They split duties, with Liddiard handling Tatum's transformation, Corso working on Carell and the two of them coming to Ruffalo when needed. For both Tatum and Ruffalo, given that they were playing wrestlers, »
- Gerard Kennedy and Kristopher Tapley
Skybound and Wizard World continue to release new editions of The Walking Dead #1 at upcoming conventions. If you’re attending the Wizard World Madison show early next month, you can pick up the issue with new artwork from Rob Liefeld:
“Madison, Wis., January 22, 2015 — Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that noted creator Rob Liefeld will draw the third in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Madison Comic Con, February 6-8. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Alliant Energy Center only while supplies last. »
- Jonathan James
James Gunn brought Yondu (Michael Rooker) into the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and apparently he almost took him out! During a special Guardians Of The Galaxy Live Commentary/Q&A event that he held on his Facebook page, Gunn revealed that he had originally planned to to kill off Yondu, and he even filmed the scene showing the character's demise! Luckily, the writer/director decided at the last minute to cut Yondu's death out of the film. Here's what he had to say:
"In the original script (that I wrote) Rocket had a little bomb in this scene. At the end Quill put it in the Orb when he gave it to Yondu. And, as Yondu flew away at the very end, his whole ship exploded."
I would have been bummed out had they killed off Yondu in the movie. He was a great character, and I want to »
- Joey Paur
Just because Ronan the Accuser appeared to (Spoiler!!) die at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't mean his soul isn't floating through the cosmos looking for another host body. Just recently, Lee Pace revealed that he'd love to return in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, however unlikely that sounded at the time. Now, in a special Q&A with James Gunn for the DVD and Blu-ray release of this Marvel blockbuster, the director does say that Ronan may return...At some point! But it definitely won't be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (unless he's planning a sneaky surprise).
James Gunn broke the news during his Facebook session. You can check out the entire commentary: clickHere. People have really responded to Lee Pace and his character, enough so that two people had to ask the same question.
In his previous interview, Lee Pace proclaimed his love for the Ronan character, »
James Gunn has revealed that the original plan for Guardians Of The Galaxy, and it didn't look too pretty for one specific character. Gunn had planned to to kill off Michael Rooker.s Yondu and had even filmed the scene showing the character's demise. But, at the last minute, the director made the decision to cut Yondu's death out of the film. The blockbuster.s writer and director made the revelation during a special Guardians Of The Galaxy Live Commentary/Q&A event that he held on his Facebook page. This was just one of a plethora of revelations that James Gunn made during his vast discussion with the cyber Guardians Of The Galaxy fans who joined in with his viewing. As Guardians Of The Galaxy made its way into its final moments, James Gunn flippantly commented . "In the original script (that I wrote) Rocket had a little bomb in »
For the second year in a row, Katniss Everdeen stands alone atop the box office heap. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which opened in November and is still playing in over 1,200 theaters, has earned $333.18 million as of yesterday, surpassing the Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Despite already being released on Blu-ray and DVD, Guardians of the Galaxy is still playing, though it was only screening in 65 theaters nationwide last weekend, meaning its domestic take of $333.17 million won't increase too much over the next few weeks.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still has some work to do if it wants to surpass its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was 2013's top movie at the box office with $424.7 million. While That movie's take was bolstered by 3D and IMAX screenings, Deadline's sources claim that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was screened in, »
While we won't see Howard the Duck starring in his own movie anytime soon, Marvel has launched a new comic book series revolving around the popular 70s character, who made his infamous return to the big screen in this past summer's blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel has confirmed that Issue #2 will actually serve as a prequel/sequel to the fan-favorite end credits scene which featured Howard hanging out with the Collector.
Eagle-eyed viewers first noticed Howard the Duck as part of the Collector's menagerie early on in Guardians of the Galaxy. The upcoming comic book will reveal how Howard wound up in the Collector's (Benicio Del Toro) clutches. Here is the official synopsis for the story, courtesy of THR:
Howard's first big case has taken him across the universe and landed him in the clutches of The Collector! But he's not alone as the very popular Rocket Raccoon is a prisoner as well! »
Marvel Music and Hollywood Records' Grammy-nominated "Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1" soundtrack has been certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A., selling over 1,000,000 copies. The album was one of only two albums released in 2014 to go platinum. The album was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its second and third weeks of release, for the weeks ending Aug. 10 and Aug. 17. The album also peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in 60 territories.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has earned over $773 million worldwide, including $333 million in North America; it's the #1 film of 2014 at the domestic box office and the #2 film of the year globally. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four »
Early this morning, nominations were announced for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 22 at 7 Pm Et/4 Pm Pt from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. While some fans would have liked to see more recognition for Marvel Studios, the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy earned two nominations today for Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup and Hairstyling, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier also received a Best Visual Effects nomination along with 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Superhero movies don't normally fare well at the Oscars, and it seems that trend is continuing this year. Unless you want to count Birdman, which leads the pack with 9 nominees. But can we really consider it a super hero movie?
A magic talisman isn't going to bring Hershel Greene or Merle Dixon back to "The Walking Dead," but that didn't stop them from shopping for some black magic in New Orleans.Former cast members Scott Wilson and Michael Rooker were at the Comic Con event down in Nola last weekend ... and both happened to hit up the famous Reverend Zombie’s House of Voodoo in the French Quarter. According to our sources, Wilson eyed some »
- TMZ Staff
During a Doug Loves Movies podcast, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was asked about performing the motion capture for Groot’s ‘I Want You Back’ dance at the conclusion of the blockbuster Marvel space opera, during which he decided to give an impromptu performance. Of course, cameras were there to capture it, so take a look at Gunn busting out his moves here…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn 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, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
While taking part in Doug Benson's Doug Loves Movies podcast sometime this week, James Gunn broke out some dance moves that inspired the most celebrated scene in Guardians of the Galaxy. The director had declared in several interviews that he was the dancing model for Baby Groot, but watch as he proves it in the following Instagram video alongside his brother, Sean Gunn and friend Michael Rooker, who played Kraglin and Yondu, respectively, in the Marvel adaptation. This just happened @dougbenson @michael_rooker @thejudgegunn @jamesgunn #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy A video posted by Listak (@nerdstak) on Jan 6, 2015 at 7:34pm Pst 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, »
One of the most memorable scenes of the entire Guardians of the Galaxy film is the mid-credits scene of baby Groot sneakily dancing his little heart, aside Drax. It.s adorable, hilarious, heart-warming, and silly, like combining all of the best kitten videos with goofy cute kid videos on the internet. And now we have proof of where the delightful little dude got his moves. Watch as James Gunn proves his own dance moves inspired the celebrated scene. This just happened @dougbenson @michael_rooker @thejudgegunn @jamesgunn #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Listak(@nerdstak)님이 게시한 동영상님, 1월 6, 2015 at 7:34오후 Pst Shown in the video are James Gunn, Sean Gunn, and Michael Rooker as guests on Doug Benson.s .Doug Loves Movies. podcast, taped at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood earlier this week. James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy promptly gets up to show off his Groot moves when "I »
Some of you might know this already, but here's a cool piece of Guardians of the Galaxy trivia: writer/director James Gunn was the motion capture model for the great end sequence of dancing baby Groot. He told Yahoo last year:
“Baby Groot dancing is 100 percent me. I was too embarrassed for anyone to be there, so I made everyone leave the room and I set up a camera and I videotaped myself dancing. Then I sent the video to the animators and had them animate over that. I begged them not to leak the video! Two of my closest friends came to an early screening and said ‘Hey, I recognize those moves! That’s you dancing isn’t it?!’”
- Ben Pearson
Skybound and Wizard World continue to release new editions of The Walking Dead #1 at upcoming conventions. If you’re attending the Wizard World Portland show later this month, you can pick up the issue with new artwork from Steve Lieber:
“Portland, Ore., January 5, 2014 – Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Eisner Award winning artist Steve Lieber will draw the second in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 23-25. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Oregon Convention Center only while supplies last. »
- Jonathan James
Thanos, the ultimate Marvel villain, is coming home in the form of a sixth scale collectible action figure from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys. A new poster has been released to show off this exciting piece of memorabilia from Guardians of the Galaxy. We got our first look at the figure last month, when it debuted at the Toy Soul 2014 Expo alongside Hulkbuster and the main characters from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This particular action figure depicts Thanos as he was seen in the blockbuster 2014 release Guardians of the Galaxy, and looks quite lifelike in this latest image. While we've seen the toy before, this is the first artwork released for the collectible. Seated on his iconic throne, the galaxy's most feared entity promises the beginning of a new age. While Thanos will be at the center of Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, it's not quite clear in which »
16 items from 2015
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