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The blockbuster of the year hits theaters on Friday, but before you head out to your local cinema, Wamg has your review of Guardians Of The Galaxy – twice – with a He Said, She Said look at the film.
By Jim Batts
It’s been nearly four months since Captain America and company took down the forces of Hydra (and dismantled Shield along the way), and so, after the new cinematic adventures of the X-Men and Spider-Man from Fox and Sony, film fans are eager for another trip to the Marvel Studios “movie universe”. With this new feature, that arena gets a major expansion. That’s because they’re getting away from their comfort zone. Actually light years away. We’re not trodding the same ground as Cap and Tony Stark (although much of the Thor flicks bounced between Earth and far-off Asgard). We’re probably nearby that “galaxy far, »
- Movie Geeks
Tim here. Tomorrow, the much-hyped latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Franchise Expansion Plan opens, Guardians of the Galaxy. While reviews have promised a broad, inventive space comedy/adventure, the marketing to date has focused on two specific things:
1) Chris Pratt plays Han Solo.
2) Bradley Cooper voices Han Solo as a raccoon.
And since I take it as axiomatic that two Han Solos is better than no Han Solos (as graphically demonstrated by the Star Wars prequels) I’m actually perfectly okay with that. Anyway, it’s pretty clear at this point that Disney wants the Raccoon – Rocket Raccoon, to give him his proper name – to be the film’s big breakout character, so the time was perfect to launch into a brief history of the talking raccoon throughout animation history.
Rj, Over the Hedge (2006)
To date, the most visible of all anthropomorphic raccoons has been this character in DreamWorks Animation »
- Tim Brayton
The story of Peter Quill, the character played by Chris Pratt in James Gunn.s Guardians of the Galaxy, is certainly a strange one. As a child back in the 1980s, he found himself whisked off of planet Earth and far off into the cosmos where he would spend the rest of his life living amongst all kinds of bizarre aliens from other worlds. In this situation, it.s not hard to believe that a kid would search for life guidance in the sci-fi adventure films that he enjoyed watching on the big screen . the most notable title, of course, being Star Wars - and as a result, those kinds of movies played an important role in Chris Pratt.s approach in his performance. The video you see above comes from a recent press event held for Guardians of the Galaxy on the Walt Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California, »
Coming off a remarkably slow month at the box office, Guardians of the Galaxy should get things back on the right track this weekend. The 10th movie in the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" will likely set a new August record, and could even come close to matching last year's Thor: The Dark World.Meanwhile, James Brown biopic Get On Up opens at 2,468 locations. For this weekend, at least, it will likely wind up in third place behind fellow Universal release Lucy.Opening at 4,080 theaters*a record for an August release*Guardians of the Galaxy is the first "original" Marvel movie since Captain America: The First Avenger, which debuted around the same time in 2011. It's also the fourth Marvel title to hit theaters after The Avengers propelled the brand to the next level; all three previous releases have debuted to at least $85 million.Conventional wisdom suggests that the Guardians won't be able to match those sequels. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Have you ever been in a conversation where someone brings up how great some classic movie is, and all you can do is either fall silent or pretend you've seen it? I mean, heaven forbid you admit you haven't seen Star Wars or The Goonies, like some of our editors. The shame of never having seen Schindler's List or The Godfather runs deep, we know. Having said that, it's impossible to watch every movie ever! We invite you to shed your guilt and admit what "classic" movie you've never found the time or energy to watch. We'll go first, so you know this is a judgment-free zone. Front Page Image Source: Warner Bros. »
With a little over two weeks to go before it opens in cinemas, Lionsgate has dropped one final trailer for the star-studded action sequel The Expendables 3, which we have for you below after the official synopsis…
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. »
- Gary Collinson
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: All New Harry Potter […]
- Peter Sciretta
Rocket Fuelled; Gunn Pleasures Summer PG-Spot
It’s the end of the world as we know it. Or so the popcorn films of the summer thus far would have us believe. From the knock ‘em, sock ‘em eyesore that was Transformers: Age of Extinction to the poetic Snowpiercer, this summer’s movies have recurrently reinforced that we are living in a dog-eat-dog, every-man-for-himself society and thankfully this is not the case in Guardians of the Galaxy, the multiplexes’ savior from the otherwise humorless and joyless fare on offer. Writer/director James Gunn (Slither, Super) has not only infused some much needed fun back into the subgenre, but he reminds auds to embrace each other with open arms. Though at times tonally inconsistent, this is the perfect lighthearted antidote to its summer release superhero predecessors.
Initially established in 1969, Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ comic books have seen numerous changes over the years, »
- Leora Heilbronn
In perhaps the most bizarre Star Wars rumor so far, WWE Superstar Sheamus is being heavily rumored to be playing Darth Vader in Episode VII. Wait Darth Vader is going to appear in Episode VII? That has yet to be confirmed or even hinted to be the case. Yet the Irish born “Celtic Warrior” sent a cryptic tweet to a newspaper yesterday when asked about it.
I cant confirm that i wont not be reprising role of Darth Vader in #StarWars ... I hope that's clear @IrishMirror ;) pic.twitter.com/hj0JNigkYm
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) July 30, 2014
So why is there even a hint that this could be happening you ask? According to sources in the know, Sheamus has donned the costume for Star Wars promotional events before. He also took a brief break from his role as United States Champion in the WWE to appear back in his home country in the »
- Mick Joest
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most irreverent Marvel departure so far, and, thanks to comedy writer-director James Gunn ("Slither," "Super"), we're reminded that sci-fi can be fun. What's old is new again. But even though it wasn't his intention to give us a nostalgia trip while creating his own colorful galaxy of rogues and villains, it's an occupational hazard of turning archetypes on their head. (Toh! review and roundup here.) "When they first told me about 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' I wasn't sure about it," Gunn insists. "I'm a big Marvel comics fan but I didn't see this as a movie. But for some reason, driving home from a meeting with the Marvel guys, it suddenly occurred to me that this was the space epic I've always wanted to make... The movies that influenced this movie the most were the movies that I saw as a kid: »
- Bill Desowitz
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
How often do you rewatch films? New research carried out for the Sky Store has found that one in four people in the UK watch some films up to ten times, often because they've forgotten the plot or are struggling to unravel a complex story. The most popular films for watching again are as follows:-
The survey found that the average person watched at least one film 29 times in their lifetime, though it's not clear if this indicates love for a particular film or simply relates to how often it's on television. »
- Jennie Kermode
Directed by: James Gunn Written by: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice), Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Josh Brolin (voice), and more… Past Oscar relations: Benecio del Toro won Best Supporting Actor for Traffic and the quintet of Josh Brolin, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Djimon Hounsou, and John C. Reilly are all past Academy Award nominees Folks, here now is a brand spanking new article in this particular ongoing series of mine on 2014 releases hoping to compete for some kind of notable Oscar attention as awards contenders at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here in the series is the Marvel science fiction/superhero epic Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the latest gamble on the part of the studio. If it manages to have »
- Joey Magidson
With anticipation for Star Wars: Episode VII already at fever pitch, it’s both upsetting and aggravating to know that we still have almost a year and half to wait until its release. However, until that fateful day that we are once again treated to a trip to a galaxy far, far away, we will have to take what ever we can get.
With J.J. Abrams’ well known habit of working with familiar actors, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive with speculation that Simon Pegg may have a small role to play. After working together on Mission Impossible III, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, it seems entirely plausible that the two may re-team for Science Fiction’s most highly anticipated sequel of all time. Now however, Pegg has hinted that he may have an unseen role in Star Wars: Episode VII, possibly utilising his voice only. Check it out below:
- Ben Read
Those waiting for their next 22-episode dose of Sheldon being insane, Penny being a doofus and Leonard being entirely too reasonable might be waiting a little longer. Reports out of La are saying that production has stalled on the upcoming eighth season of The Big Bang Theory, owing to ongoing contract negotiation between the cast and the studio. Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco are among the stars still trying to make a deal over their payment for the next series of the phenomenally popular CBS sitcom, which was due to return on September 22nd.
Allegedly Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco are all seeking sizeable raises in their salary, which have been steadily rising from the $60,000 per episode they were paid in the first three seasons. Right now they’re looking to receive something close to a cool $1 million, as well as more backend money. That amount would put »
- Tom Baker
Without the help of some brave investors, or the pockets of their makers, the following films would never have existed...
It's now a fairly common mantra that you'd be a fool to put up all of your own personal money into a feature film. By all means invest, but share the risk, or throw a few quid at Kickstarter.
Paying for the bulk of the negative/hard drive yourself, and leaving your own assets exposed? Utter lunacy.
Not that anyone told this lot...
For some time, Mel Gibson had, alongside his acting roles, been heavily invested in his production company, Icon. As such, he had two significant ways to earn money, and he needed both of them when it came to making The Passion Of The Christ.
This is the kind of film that studios run a mile from. All »
When critics and audiences began raving about Albert Brooks’ menacing portrayal in the 2011 thriller Drive, I was curious as to why Oscar Isaac, who had a small but outstanding performance in the same film, was not getting any love. Three years later, Isaac is finally starting to get his due. After a terrific performance as the title character in Inside Llewyn Davis and with lots of buzz surrounding his upcoming films A Most Violent Year and The Two Faces of January (not to mention that Star Wars episode), Isaac is becoming one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood. So, it is no surprise that he is turning to HBO to keep his options fresh, as the network just greenlit Show Me a Hero, a new six-hour miniseries starring Isaac.
In the drama, which is based on true events (and Lisa Belkin’s non-fiction book of the same name), Isaac will play Nick Wasicsko, »
- Jordan Adler
There’s currently a growing trend amongst Hollywood studios to put directors of hit low-budget & independent sci-fi films at the helm of big-budget blockbusters. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) recently scored a hit at the box office with Godzilla and has been put in charge of one of Disney’s Star Wars spinoffs. Josh Trank (Chronicle) has graduated from a found footage superhero movie to the reboot of Fantastic Four. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) directed this year’s critically-acclaimed sci-fi sequel/prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Then, of course, there’s Moon director Duncan Jones and his long-awaited World of Warcraft adaptation, Warcraft.
The first full-length trailer for Warcraft made its debut during Legendary’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and Duncan Jones was also present to talk about how far the film has come since the short ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
• Jamie Foxx will reportedly play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. Terence Winter is set to write. Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce. The project is still in the works and is currently without a studio. Though HBO released 1995’s Tyson, this is the first feature film to follow the controversial boxer. [Variety]
• Dakota Johnson will star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed A Bigger Splash. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes have signed on as well, and Michael Costigan will produce. The film, based on the 1969 French crime drama La Piscine, follows a triangle that develops between a couple and a »
- C. Molly Smith
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2
Harry Shum Jr. ("Glee") has been cast as one of the young leads in Woo-ping Yuen's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel for The Weinstein Company. Filming kicks off this week in New Zealand and China.
Set twenty years after the events of 'Crouching Tiger,' the story revolves around four heroes of the martial arts world - Silent Wolf (Donnie Yen), Yu Shu-lien (Michelle Yeoh), Tie-Fang (Shum Jr.) and Snow Vase — who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from the hands of the villainous Hades Dai. [Source: Heat Vision]
A Biggger Splash
Based on the 1969 French crime drama "La Piscine," the story revolves around an uneasy triangle »
- Garth Franklin
(Cbr) A few years from now, in this very galaxy, there will be a new director of the flagship "Star Wars" series. Following J.J. Abrams’ work on "Star Wars: Episode VII," director Rian Johnson will step in to steer the franchise forward with "Episode VIII," and possibly even "Episode IX." The "Looper" filmmaker made his first public comments on inheriting the "Star Wars" franchise during an appearance at Comic-Con International, describing the job as a dream come true. “The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy,” he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I wanted to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see.” Johnson described the current process of working on "Episode VIII" as “kind of like summer camp,” with he and his team preparing by watching movies every night. The director even weighed in on other "Star Wars" topics, »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
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