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Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014.
Directed by James Gunn.
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro and Peter Serafinowicz with the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.
Guardians of the Galaxy was always going to have a hard time against the bigger boys of the Marvel Universe. They are a group that aren’t even c-level players, directed by a man with mostly TV credits and cult movies to his name and a leading cast with no big stars that the likes of Iron Man and Captain America have. But it’s a movie that has defied the odds. Every element has come together »
- Luke Owen
Before Marvel Studios released Iron Man in 2008 it was considered a risk. Few non-comic book readers knew of the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist and then Robert Downey Jr. swaggered his way onto the big screen, and the rest is history. Risk has once again been the watchword in the build-up to Guardians of the Galaxy, the tenth film in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe. Granted, it’s a lot stranger than a man in a metal suit, but Marvel have since proven how adept they are at realising their characters on the big screen. Guardians is their reward for those previous nine pictures, and as directed by James Gunn it’s a delightfully fun ride.
Guardians centres on Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), an adventurer and treasure hunter who finds himself on the wrong side of a manhunt after stealing an orb sought-after by the villainous Ronan »
- Amon Warmann
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: Yub Nubs! t-shirt […]
- Peter Sciretta
If the wayward denizens of “Star Wars’” Mos Eisley Cantina rose up and demanded their own starring vehicle, it would probably look something like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an alt-“Avengers” in which a ragtag band of misfits and mercenaries make the world a safer place almost by accident. An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios vehicle, director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things buoyant — as does Chris Pratt’s winning performance as the most blissfully spaced-out space crusader this side of Buckaroo Banzai. While these “Guardians” seem unlikely to challenge the box office benchmarks set by their Marvel brethren, this inaugural outing should nevertheless inject some much-needed life into Hollywood’s sagging summer fortunes.
Introduced in the January 1969 issue of “Marvel Super-Heroes,” the Guardians have been spun off, recast and rebooted several times over the decades, »
- Scott Foundas
Lots and lots of awesome in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following: Rumor has it one of Marvel’s first Star Wars comics will be Princess Leia. Star Wars Battlefront could come out alongside Star Wars Episode VII. If John Boyega is a Stormtrooper in Episode VII, does he appear in […]
- Germain Lussier
Zack Snyder recently tweeted this photo of Henry Cavill all decked out as Star Wars Sith Lord. The caption came with the hashtag "Super Jedi," but judging by the red lightsaber and dark cloak, I'd have to say he's more of a super Sith Lord. You can even see the Superman costume underneath the cloak as well. Snyder was probably just have some fun when he unleashed this photo on the world, and he's not trying to tell us that Cavill is going to be in a new Star Wars movie. Just enjoy the geeky photo! »
- Joey Paur
The Hollywood Reporter wrote Wednesday that summer box office returns have been their lowest in eight years. Receipts will finish between 15 and 20 percent down from last year and overall domestic revenue likely won’t crack $4 billion. Further, it’s expected that no movie this summer will break $300 million in domestic revenue, the first time that’s happened since 2001.
Following flops and poor openings for films like Sex Tape, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Planes: Fire and Rescue and promising but underwhelming money for the latest Transformers, Spider-Man and X-Men franchises, this much perhaps isn’t that great of surprise. It’s been a mixed to downright dismal season at the movies even if we aren’t looking at hard dollars.
But then it’s also no surprise that Hollywood is hemorrhaging earnings to VOD releases and TV streaming services. One unnamed studio executive quoted in the THR article said, »
- Brian Welk
Though set in a galaxy far, far away and long ago, Star Wars: Episode VII will soon be finding a new home just off the coast of Ireland. Independent reports Star Wars: Episode VII has secured shooting permits to film on location on Skellig Michael, an island west of the Iveragh Peninsula of Ireland. The latest Star Wars installment is currently in production in the soundstages of London's Pinewood Studio. However, at the end of August, production will briefly move to Skellig Michael for at least three days. During this time, the island will be closed to visitors. No mention is made of whether this shoot will be a first unit or second unit affair. Though the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII includes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie, it's unknown »
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- Justin Vactor
Here's a cool vintage photo that reacently surfaced featuring Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford auditioning for George Lucas' Star Wars back in the 1970s. This is where it all started, and I'm so happy that they are a part of the the new Star Wars trilogy currently in production. It's going to be so freakin' awesome to see these characters back up on the big screen again after all these years. Thanks to Classic Star Wars for the photo! »
- Joey Paur
J.J. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi, but will soon be packing up his new X-Wing and taking the film to Ireland. According to the Office of Public Works, filming will commence off the coast of County Kerry. They’ll be filming around Skellig Michael, an island in the Atlantic Ocean 11.6 km west of County Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula.
Apart from the typical beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer, Skellig Michael is unique because it’s home to some ancient Christian Monastic ruins, which could fit in well as some dwellings on some alien world in the film. This also marks another great example of how Abrams is going back to Star Wars‘ roots and shooting on location instead of in front of a green screen. We may not know anything about the film’s plot yet, but we do know that the backgrounds and »
- James Garcia
Super-Jedi: Production on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is underway, but that doesn't mean director Zack Snyder can't have a little fun. On the eve of Comic-Con, Snyder shared a photo via Twitter, showing Henry Cavill, aka the Man of Steel, dressed up as a character from Star Wars, with the caption: "#SuperJedi." The movie is scheduled for release on May 6, 2016. [Twitter] Painkiller Jane: The Soska Sisters, twin female directors (American Mary), will direct a film version of Painkiller Jane, based on a comic book created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada. It follows an undercover cop who is tortured by the gang she's investigating, giving her "preternatural regenerating abilities and a high tolerance for pain." The comic has...
- Peter Martin
San Diego Comic-Con is a time when studios start touting or teasing a number of upcoming films, some of which haven’t even been officially announced yet. However, director Zack Snyder has presumably decided to toy with this culture of intrigue and pop-culture excitement, as he recently shared an image on Twitter of Henry Cavill dressed up in full Jedi regalia with the hashtag “SuperJedi”. Before you start getting any ideas, no Warner Bros. does not own the rights to Star Wars, Disney does, so no, a Star Wars/Superman crossover will not be happening. A full Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice panel has not been officially announced for Warner Bros.’ Hall H block on Saturday, but I’d be surprised if we didn’t see at least something from the film. Whether it has anything to do with this so-called “SuperJedi” I have no idea, but the internet »
- Adam Chitwood
From Walt Disney Pictures, Sneak Peek an extended trailer revealing new footage from the CG-animated TV series "Star Wars Rebels", taking place between the events of the feature films "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope":
"...the 'Jedi' have been wiped out and the 'Empire' spreads tyranny through the galaxy. Hope runs thin. But on the small planet of 'Lothal' a big change is looming.
"A group of rebels meet a 14-year-old con artist named 'Ezra' and soon it's clear their destinies are linked. Aboard their ship, the 'Ghost', Ezra and the rebels embark on an adventure to ignite a rebellion and strike back against the Empire..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Star Wars Rebels"...
- Michael Stevens
Amidst all the buzz emanating from San Diego, Zack Snyder took this opportunity to toy with the imaginations of clamoring fanboys by tweeting out an cross-promotional Instagram pic that is sure to stoke fanboy fires. The picture depicts Henry Cavill, the star of Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice holding a lightsaber, donning a hood, and appearing as a Sith Lord. Snyder, for some mystifying reason put the hashtag "#SuperJedi," though the pic clearly depicts Superman as a Sith. A Jedi wouldn't use a red lightsaber. And he looks sort of pissed off (as usual).
Here's the shot:
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) July 24, 2014
At the end of the day, does this Mean anything? No. It's just fun and games. But will conversation undoubtedly turn towards conspiracy theories and speculation? You betcha! All ready I've seen murmurs of this being a »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Not every cool thing to come from Sdcc is related to movies or comics. The show is also host to a bunch of really sweet collectibles and toy reveals, and let's face it, when fans are passionate about something, they typically want to show it off. One of the cool new action figures was revealed from Square Enix (and their Play Arts-Kai line of figures) in the form the Batman, reimagined by Final Fantasy artists. Come inside to check it out and learn more about this amazing creation.
I limit myself to only collecting Star Wars stuff, but every now and again something really neat comes along that challenges my stance on that. Last night, Square Enix revealed a new line of Batman related figures that will feature characters re-imagined by renowned Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts artist Tetsuya Nomura. So no, they may not look like the classic Batman characters you know, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Star Wars and Superman — could it ever really happen? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder sent fanboys dreaming on Thursday night when he tweeted a mysterious photo of Henry Cavill holding a lightsaber. Posted with the hashtag #SuperJedi, the photo features the Man of Steel lead in front of an ominous background and dressed in a black hood, complete with the tiniest glimpse of his Superman suit peeking out. #SuperJedi pic.twitter.com/PyNbELK8UZ — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) July 24, 2014 The intriguing tweet was published ahead of the Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel, taking place on Saturday. Curiously
- Ashley Lee, Graeme McMillan
In a movie landscape where the franchise blockbuster is king, studios are always looking for new ways to make more and more movies from the same, pre-existing ideas. We’ve all grown accustomed to sequels, prequels, reboots, reimaginings (which is really just the previous, but dressed in black) and splitting films in two. Now it seems the latest technique is the spin-off.
We say latest because while taking a supporting player of an existing film and blowing it up to its own property is far from new, it is certainly seeing a forceful resurgence. Disney look set to release a new Star Wars film each year from 2015 onwards by filling the gaps between episode with expansive solo adventures, while the world of animation can’t resist turning their cute merchandising magnets in feature length series (see The Penguins Of Madagascar, Minions and Planes).
If we must have a new film in a franchise, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Imax has emerged unscathed from the recent box office downturn.
The big screen company saw revenues dip slightly, but earning rise in the second quarter of 2014. Imax profits rose 12% to $13.3 million, or 19 cents per diluted share, for the three months ending in June, while revenue fell 3% to $79.1 million.
That was roughly in line with Wall Street projections. Analysts expected the company to announce earnings of 19 cents per share, although revenue was shy of the $81.1 million predictions.
The domestic box office is down 20% from the previous summer, and Imax CEO Richard Gelfond acknowledged on a conference call with analysts Thursday that the company has looked abroad to boost profits. Fifty seven percent of its box office for the quarter came internationally.
“The movies overall have not performed domestically as well as expected which has impacted our per screen averages,” said Gelfond.
“Some of the films just aren’t working the way people envisioned, »
- Brent Lang
Marvel takes a gamble with James Gunn's comedy action space opera, Guardians Of The Gamble. James finds out whether it's all paid off...
As the box-office juggernaut that is Marvel Studios rolls inexorably onwards, it's easy to forget that they haven't actually launched a new movie property since 2011, when Captain America: The First Avenger didn't so much smash the box office as give it a severe denting. Aside from the anticipation built by a pair of pop-tinged trailers, Guardians Of The Galaxy is all-new to the vast majority of the public. The question must be asked: can Marvel still deliver from what is essentially a standing start?
If you had doubts, you can safely dismiss them. Guardians is exactly what the trailers promised: a slacker comedy in space where the fate of billions lies in the hands of people who can barely stop squabbling long enough to shoot in the same direction. »
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