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Guardians of the Galaxy movie review: empty space

1 hour ago | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Just another rote space adventure. It’s not actively awful, but there isn’t a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Marvel films

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Sorry, fanboys, but I’m not really seeing how Guardians of the Galaxy is any different from Earth to Echo.

I know: Blasphemy!

But look: It’s a bunch of 80s stuff jammed up into a package that’s only just barely distinguishable from its progenitors, and only that thanks to “awesome” CGI FX that can cram more crap onscreen than your brain knows what to do with. Okay: that’s some 90s and early 2000s stuff, via George Lucas and his Add approach to “awesome,” which has no focus and no point and considers those lacks a virtue becauselook at all the spaceships! »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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On The Edge Of A Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away

3 hours ago | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

At 6am yesterday morning, myself and my good buddy Vince hit the road to Portmagee in South Kerry. While it involved taking in the sights of an absolutely stunning Valentia Island and it’s surrounding areas, it was far more galactic than touristy in nature, as Star Wars Episode VII was shooting on Skellig Michael for 3 days. Lying just under 12km off the Iveragh Peninsula, this enormous chunk of rock rising magnificently out of the Atlantic Ocean once housed a Christian monastery, founded somewhere between the 6th and 8th century, which was occupied until the late 12th century. History lesson aside, this is truly an incredible piece of land which has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1996. Arriving in a sleepy and quiet Portmagee at around 815am, we took a wander around the town which would later turn into a packed tourist haunt, complete with gridlocked traffic that would »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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‘Dragonriders Of Pern’ To Breathe Fire At Warner Bros

9 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Just when you thought there weren’t any classic fantasy series left to adapt, the studio that brought us Harry Potter has announced it is to realize Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders Of Pern novels for the screen. Warner Bros are hoping audiences will take to this long-running saga of hardy warriors and big scaly things with a sci-fi twist. If they do the rewards are many – McCaffrey began the story about the people of the planet Pern in the late Sixties and there have been 22 instalments.

Huge sales in the literary sphere are no guarantee of cinematic success – the spectres of Dune and Eragon figure prominently in execs’ nightmares. But if they get it right this is one CGI spectacle that could run and run. Bets have well and truly been hedged with the space opera lovers of Star Wars and the sorcery fans of Lord Of The Rings being »

- Steve Palace

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Simon Pegg Still Won’t Say He’s Not In ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

14 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Simon Pegg won’t appear in Star Wars Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be part of the film in some other way. In a recent interview, Pegg continued to say what he’s always said about the film. He’s a huge fan, he’s friends with writer director J.J. Abrams, he’s visited the set, but him […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Pegg, Johnson Play It Vague On "Star Wars"

14 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

During press rounds at Comic Con, actor Benedict Cumberbatch let slip a comment that didn't confirm but did seem to suggest that rumors of actor Simon Pegg making a small appearance in "Star Wars: Episode VII" are true.

Speaking with Vulture, Pegg was asked about this and said he won't be seen on screen. He uses his wording very carefully though, in such a way that it now has people thinking he'll have a voice role:

"Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we're good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don't want people to watch and go, 'Oh, there's Simon Pegg's face.' The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors."

When asked outright if he wasn't in the film, he smiled and said:

"Of course I visited the set. »

- Garth Franklin

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Director Reveals Two Classic Movies That Will Inspire His Film

14 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you aren't already excited for Rian Johnson's Star Wars movie, you're in good need of an attitude adjustment. Back in 2005, the young director exploded on the scene with his fantastic debut Brick, and has since brought us stylish and creative thrillers like The Brothers Bloom and Looper - not to mention some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad. Sadly we still have a long time to wait until his vision actually makes its way to theaters, but the filmmaker is already hard at work finding inspiration for what his movie will be. A guest on the 500th episodes of the Filmspotting podcast (via Chicago Sun Times), Johnson explained to the hosts that he can't tell anyone about what he's working on ("I.m really excited about all the things I can.t tell you"), but over the course of the interview he revealed that he and his »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Drector Reveals Two Classic Movies That Will Inspire His Film

14 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you aren't already excited for Rian Johnson's Star Wars movie, you're in good need of an attitude adjustment. Back in 2005, the young director exploded on the scene with his fantastic debut Brick, and has since brought us stylish and creative thrillers like The Brothers Bloom and Looper - not to mention some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad. Sadly we still have a long time to wait until his vision actually makes its way to theaters, but the filmmaker is already hard at work finding inspiration for what his movie will be. A guest on the 500th episodes of the Filmspotting podcast (via Chicago Sun Times), Johnson explained to the hosts that he can't tell anyone about what he's working on ("I.m really excited about all the things I can.t tell you"), but over the course of the interview he revealed that he and his »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Drector Rian Johnson Reveals Two Classic Movies That Will Inspire His Film

14 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you aren't already excited for Rian Johnson's Star Wars movie, you're in good need of an attitude adjustment. Back in 2005, the young director exploded on the scene with his fantastic debut Brick, and has since brought us stylish and creative thrillers like The Brothers Bloom and Looper - not to mention some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad. Sadly we still have a long time to wait until his vision actually makes its way to theaters, but the filmmaker is already hard at work finding inspiration for what his movie will be. A guest on the 500th episodes of the Filmspotting podcast (via Chicago Sun Times), Johnson explained to the hosts that he can't tell anyone about what he's working on ("I.m really excited about all the things I can.t tell you"), but over the course of the interview he revealed that he and his »

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Will Joe Cornish direct King Kong tale 'Skull Island?'

14 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) One of the big surprises of Comic-Con International was the announcement of "Skull Island," a Legendary Pictures movie that tells the origins of King Kong and his birthplace, surrounded by dinosaurs and other mysterious creatures. Equally mysterious: the creative team. No announcements were made at the convention about who is writing, directing or starring in the project. As it turns out, that’s because no one is yet in place — at least as far as director goes. However, Deadline reports one filmmaker has an offer to bring "Skull Island" to life: Joe Cornish. He’s responsible for the 2011 sci-fi action film "Attack the Block," starring future "Star Wars" lead John Boyega. Cornish also co-write the original screenplay for "Ant-Man" alongside Edgar Wright, although that project has taken different direction following Wright’s departure. "Skull Island" is scheduled for released on Nov. 4, 2016. »

- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Director J.J. Abrams Extols Shooting on Film vs. Digital

14 hours ago | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Star Wars” ignited Hollywood’s digital revolution when George Lucas made 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace” the first movie played on digital projectors and 2002’s sequel “Attack of the Clones” the first movie shot entirely digitally. Now J.J. Abrams, Mr. Lucas’s successor in directing the series, is turning things around. His “Star Wars: Episode VII” is one of the few big budget Hollywood productions currently shooting on film. »

- Ben Fritz

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies teaser trailer analysis

15 hours ago | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The first teaser trailer for the final instalment of the Middle Earth saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, debuted at Comic-Con, and now Warner Bros have made it available online.

While the trailer contains some nice shots on a visual level, very much in keeping with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, about 80% of the trailer's awesome is provided by the song. Pippin's mournful song from Return of the King, that plays intercut with the doomed mission that Faramir leads on his father Denethor's orders, accompanies this trailer to great effect, lending it a dignified, elegiac beauty. It's a sad song, but sad is just happy for deep people...

According to Wikipedia (which has spoilers, in case you somehow haven't seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy yet), the song is called Edge of Night, with a melody composed by Billy Boyd himself, with lyrics adapted from Tolkien's »

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Simon Pegg on the rumours of him appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII

15 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite the fact that J.J. Abrams stated he wouldn’t be casting any Star Trek alumni in Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ve heard on a few occasions that Simon Pegg is set for a “secret role” in the hotly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s sequel trilogy.

Pegg was reported to have visited the Dubai set to film his scene(s), and over the weekend his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Benedict Cumberbatch apparently confirmed the Cornetto Trilogy star’s involvement during an interview at Comic-Con. Well, Pegg has now responded to those rumours during an interview with Vulture:

“J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Animated Series Coming to Disney Xd

15 hours ago | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

One thing that’s very clear about how Disney handles their big franchises is that they are looking for multiple platforms to increase brand recognition, exposing a wide number of people to their properties. Obviously, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the forthcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy are the priorities, but the studio has looked to the small screen for new opportunities as well.

Marvel is launching a new live-action series in the form of Agent Carter, which was teased at the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Now, they’re adding to their animation branch with the announcement that a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is going to be making its debut ...

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- Chris Agar

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Rian Johnson Jokes About 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Inspiration

16 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

If you look carefully at J.J. Abrams in his video released last week, in which he teased a new and improved X-Wing, there is a slight tremor in his voice. He reveals very little information, keenly aware of the Sith Lord studio exec’s open hand pointed directly at Abrams’s neck.

So much of the upcoming Star Wars production has been cloaked in secrecy, and that does not look to be changing anytime soon. But at least Rian Johnson — who was recently tapped to direct Episode VIII and oversee Episode IX — is good humored about it.

In a podcast interview for Filmspotting’s 500th episode, set to air this weekend, Johnson assured fans that Lucasfilm did not hire him because of his skills.

Johnson jested:

“I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie Brazil.  There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad. »

- Harrison Okin

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‘Star Wars: Episode 8′ Director Rian Johnson Teases His Franchise Plans

16 hours ago | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Going from indie work to a big budget studio franchise is quite the change of pace. Darren Aronofsky recently breached that gap earlier this year with Noah, with directors such as Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) following his example during summer’s blockbuster onslaught. The transition isn’t always easy; the studio system has more checks and balances in place, and is frequently governed by the bottom line, and for some filmmakers, the loss of cherished creative freedom can be a major deal breaker.

But that’s not going to stop Rian Johnson from hopping aboard with Lucasfilm to work on Star Wars Episode VIII. Johnson may be best known for his 2012 film Looper, his third effort following 2008′s The Brothers Bloom and his ...

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- Andy Crump

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review and Round-Up: Another Marvel Monster

16 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Marvel knows how to throw audiences into a new world crammed with characters, deliver an origin myth (for those who haven't read the comics) and have a bit of fun. Watching a full house at L.A.'s Arclight removing their 3D glasses and emerge from the theater intently discussing "Guardians of the Galaxy," you could see that they liked it --a lot. Marvel has delivered another monster hit--proving that Marvel producer Kevin Feige --like sister Disney label Pixar's John Lasseter-- can land on a dime just about every time.  And if I were Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, who runs Disney's other label, I would be a tad worried about J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars" reboot, which has run through several writers, because "Guardians" cleverly builds on that DNA--set in a galaxy far far away, peopled by exotic aliens of varying shapes and sizes, focused on a romance between »

- Anne Thompson

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Director Rian Johnson Teases Overall Direction of the Film

16 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last month we got the utterly fantastic news that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, (in addition to crafting a treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX).  Johnson’s Looper is such an incredibly strong film that I have to imagine there will be a certain amount of quality gained from this if he’s allowed a reasonable amount of control over the project.  While details are still thin on Episode VIII (let’s face it, they’re still thin on Episode VII so I wouldn’t expect this to get better anytime soon) this is a sign that Lucasfilm and Disney are at least somewhat concerned with the stewardship of this franchise as a piece of entertainment (in addition to the obvious interest in it as a brand). Now Johnson is beginning to tease out some (admittedly vague) thoughts on the project.  Hit the jump »

- Evan Dickson

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Page 2: Bttf, Lego, Star Wars, Mike Tyson, He-Man, Orphan Black, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, RoboCop, Guillermo del Toro

17 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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: Joey Spiotto’s “Storytime: a […]

The post Page 2: Bttf, Lego, Star Wars, Mike Tyson, He-Man, Orphan Black, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, RoboCop, Guillermo del Toro appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Simon Pegg Addresses Star Wars Rumors, Gives a Clue?

18 hours ago | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Actor Simon Pegg addressed rumors that he will be in Star Wars: Episode VII. Pegg is known to be a huge Star Wars fan, has worked on three films directed by J.J. Abrams, and has been seen on the Episode VII set by Benedict Cumberbatch

Vulture interviewed Pegg and reports:

Regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent comments about you being on the set of Star Wars, are you in the next movie?

Yes, Benedict said something at Comic-Con and on MTV.

 

Yes ...

Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.

 

So, you’re not in the movie?

[Smiles.] Of course, »

- Free Reyes

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Star Wars Bits: Dave Filoni Talks ‘Rebels’, Mark Hamill’s Beard, More Simon Pegg Rumors

18 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Why is Star Wars Episode VII upsetting Irish bird conservationists? Find out after the jump. Plus: Dave Filoni talks Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: A New Dawn Check out the cover of a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress Hasbro unveils a bunch of new Star Wars toys and figures Benedict Cumberbatch maybe hints at Simon Pegg […]

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- Angie Han

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