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Director James Gunn has revealed that Vin Diesel will return to the role of Groot for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Gunn revealed the news on his Facebook page yesterday, which is sure to delight fans of this excellent film series.
So that image above is how we last saw Groot, annoying the heck out of Drax while dancing to the Jackson 5. Gunn is very active on his Facebook page, and was answering a fan’s question, which was pretty directly asking if we would see Diesel as Groot in the next film in the series.
As you can see, there seems to be a bit of confusion over Vol. »
- Paul Heath
It was probably never really in doubt, but director James Gunn has confirmed that Vin Diesel will return to give life to monosyllabic sentient tree alien Groot in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel, which is currently titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
To be fair, there was a small chance Groot wouldn’t return for Volume 2 – or at least, not the same Groot from the first film. Towards the end, the noble creature sacrifices himself to save his friends in that tear-jerking (shut up… you know you cried too!) “we are Groot” scene. His pal Rocket saves a sapling though, and just before the credits rolled, we see a bouncing baby Groot dancing to the Jackson 5.
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So, although it was always fairly obvious he’d return, there was also the possibility it’d be a younger version, voiced by a different actor… »
- Mark Cassidy
From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
It's just a dream for now, but "Walking Dead" fans with an affinity for Daryl Dixon should know that the actor who plays him is totally on-board for a spinoff about the character -- provided one is ever made.
Norman Reedus gave Daryl devotees something new to obsess over last week when he responded to a fan query on Twitter about a possible "Twd" prequel series focusing on Reedus's Daryl, and his scoundrel brother, Merle (Michael Rooker). We have to remind you, again, that this is totally made up and not at all currently in the works -- especially since "The Walking Dead" is still one of the most popular shows on television, and has already spawned a similarly-successful spinoff -- but it's kind of fun to speculate anyway.
And Reedus, no doubt feeling the same way, acknowledged the potential of the idea, and gave it a hearty thumbs-up for good measure. »
- Katie Roberts
The fourth episode of The Driving Dead premiered yesterday on the series' website. The series focuses on the consequences of reckless driving. Also: Blu-ray release details for Navy SEALs vs. Zombies and the Children of the Corn trilogy.
The Driving Dead: Press Release: "Springfield, Ill. (August 24, 2015) – Actor Michael Rooker returns to his starring role in The Driving Dead Series with a new webisode, “The Chase,” premiering today.
The Driving Dead Series launched in August 2014 by the Illinois Department of Transportation (Idot) to thwart dangerous driving behaviors, like drinking and driving and failure to wear a seatbelt, among the most at-risk audience – young men. According to recent Idot data, seat belt usage in Illinois reached an all-time high of more than 95 percent in 2015. This marks an increase over last year representing an estimated 377 lives saved on Illinois roads.
The web-based Driving Dead Series has amassed more than 2.4 million YouTube views with its first three episodes. »
- Tamika Jones
Horror isn't just blood and gore. Dark Places, based on Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD this October. Also in this morning's round-up: details on The Walking Dead #1 variant for purchase at Wizard World San Jose and a new Mad Max video game trailer.
Blu-ray.com reports that "Libby Day (Theron) was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered and her brother Ben (Tye Sheridan, Joe) was jailed for the crime. Now, twenty-five years later, Libby discovers shocking evidence that Ben may be innocent and the real killer is still at large. Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay), Sterling Jerins (World War Z), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Christina Hendricks (TV's "Mad Men") costar »
- Tamika Jones
With Disney’s D23 just around the corner, we’re expecting to hear some big Marvel announcements for Phase Three, particularly as the studio decided to skip San Diego Comic Con. However, one film that won’t have any announcements will be James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The director tweeted out to confirm that they’re not ready for any news to be announced about the movie (though the script is finished), which you can check out below:
I am not. We just aren’t ready to announce anything substantial yet for #GotGVol2. https://t.co/NSI7ReaxSL
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 11, 2015
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set for release on April 28th 2017 in the UK and on May 5th in the States. Confirmed as returning to the cast are Chris Pratt »
- Luke Owen
The Avengers aren’t just Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man – there’s just so much more to the group. Including honorary members, there have actually been 130 heroes in Earth’s mightiest team over the years. That’s a tremendously rich seam of characters to mine for the films. It’s no surprise, then, that fans (myself included) are curious about which characters will be included in future movies. And, indeed, which characters won’t be.
Without a doubt, the next few years are going to see a lot of great Marvel Comics characters being translated onto the big and small screens, and that’s just fantastic. What’s less fantastic is the thought that there are a whole host of truly great Avengers that audiences most likely will Never see, for the most unfair and unreasonable of reasons. The absences of these irreplaceable characters mean the »
- Mike Morgan
2025 – the Shuttle has been relegated to glorified taxi. On a routine mission shuttle Atlantis encounters bursts of light shutting down its instrumentation leaving it adrift in space with Rookie Astronaut Travis Black. The rest of the crew find themselves in the middle of a barren, desert wasteland. Crewmembers begin dying in bizarre ways. Travis comes to realize that he has been chosen to compete in some sort of galactic chess game with an Alien entity.
Now, I don’t want to give reviews based on the quality of special effects. Not every film studio has as much money as the big blockbusters so you know they are going to have to go for slightly less impressive graphics. Unfortunately, if »
- Richard Axtell
Shooting an action/horror/thriller movie in the Colombian capital Bogota sounds like a potentially scary experience. Not at all, according to Wolf Creek creator Greg Mclean, who spent three months in the country working on The Belko Experiment. Funded by MGM and written and produced by Guardians Of The Galaxy.s James Gunn, the movie focuses on the Us Belko Corporation in South America, whose employees mysteriously are forced to either start killing each other or be killed. .We had no security for cast or crew - we didn't need it,. Mclean tells If from Los Angeles, where he is in post after a six week shoot.
.Most people.s impressions of Colombia are unfortunately from about a decade ago and mainly from 1980s action movies where there's gangsters in the streets shooting up the place.
.It's very, very different »
- Don Groves
Cosplay costume: Jacket from ‘Hotline Miami‘
The 7th annual Montreal Comiccon, was held at the Palais des Congrès this past weekend and for the first time in seven years, I was able to attend the event. Past Cons were held in early September, conflicting with my coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, but this year, the organizers decided to change the date allowing me to geek out to a variety of attractions catering to fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, games, television and film. I’m pleased to announce that I was pleasantly surprised with the event as a whole. Montreal’s geek extravaganza is extremely laid back. There was little time spent waiting in line and everyone seems to be having a good time. I counted over two dozen booths filled with comic book artists ready to draw up an original piece on the spot, sign an autograph »
During a promotional interview with Collider for Marvel’s upcoming superhero adventure Ant-Man, studio chief Kevin Feige referred to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and now director James Gunn has confirmed on his Facebook page that the follow-up to last year’s cosmic blockbuster is indeed going by that title.
See Also: Benicio Del Toro unsure if he’ll appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set for release on April 28th 2017 in the UK and on May 5th in the States. Confirmed as returning to the cast are Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebulda), Michael Rooker (Yondu) and Sean Gunn (Kraglin).
- Gary Collinson
Despite being an important character in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie and maybe an even more important character in the overall McU, Benicio Del Toro has said that he is unsure whether his character Taneleer Tivan – better known as The Collector – will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
During an interview with IGN to promote his latest movie Escobar: Paradise Lost, Del Toro said he would like to return “but it’s not up to me.”
“I would like to keep working on that character, though…It was kind of like a cameo. I would like to keep developing the character based on what’s written in the comic books. I’d like to see some different sides. I had a blast working with James Gunn and the cast.”
Del Toro also spoke about trying to understand the character and his motives, “One of the most interesting things »
- Gavin Logan
The world of entertainment has been paying tribute to Sir Christopher Lee, who has died at the age of 93.
The prolific British actor was best-known for his work with Hammer Horror as well as The Wicker Man and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and many stars and fans have paid tribute to the star on Twitter today (June 10).
It's terribly when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) June 11, 2015
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 11, 2015
The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us. A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) June 11, 2015
An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. You were an icon, »
Earlier this week Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed that he’s completed the first draft for the sequel to last year’s Marvel blockbuster, and now he’s shared a few details about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 during a Periscope interview (via Screen Rant).
“It’s a very moving script,” states Gunn, responding to Chris Pratt’s admission that he had tears in his eyes from the script. “Listen, one of the main things with Guardians of the Galaxy is not to add a bunch of characters, not to make it bigger in that way but to go deeper with the characters. And yeah, there’s going to be the big things we’ve come to expect from those big battles and action sequences and things like that, big colorful locations and beautiful set pieces, and wonderful designs by visual effects artists and all of us, but »
- Gary Collinson
It’s no secret that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will introduce Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord and the rest of his unconventional team of heroes to a whole new bunch of characters, and though director James Gunn isn’t giving up exactly which Marvel figures will play a role in the sequel, he’s more than happy to rule out a pair of potential baddies.
According to Gunn, who responded to a fan inquiry on Facebook, neither Kang the Conqueror nor the Shi’ar Empire will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – most pressingly because Marvel doesn’t own the rights to either of them.
“Shi’ar and Kang are both owned by Fox,” Gunn said, adding that, “All decisions about who is in GotG2 were made a long time ago.”
In the comics, Kang the Conqueror, a time-traveler from the year 3000 Ad who is actually related to the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead) has returned for the third installment of the web series, The Driving Dead. Also in this round-up: release details for Lost After Dark and a trailer for Caesar & Otto's Paranormal Halloween.
The Driving Dead Series launched in August 2014 as part of a new initiative led by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Renowned for his roles in Marvel’s, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and AMC’s, “The Walking Dead,” Rooker has been involved with the series from its inception. Now in its third installment, The Driving Dead addresses the importance of seatbelt safety for everyone in the car – drivers and passengers alike.
To watch “The Escape,” and learn more about the series, visit www.TheDrivingDeadSeries.com. »
- Tamika Jones
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
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