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With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 24, 2014 in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Stephane Ceretti about supervising the visual effects work required to bring the cinematic vision of James Gunn and Marvel to the big screen…
“Before we met, James had written a 15 page document of references and visual things he had in his mind,” recalls Stephane Ceretti who was called upon to produce the visual effects for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) under the direction of filmmaker James Gunn (Slither). “He always wanted to do things where you had a mixture of beautiful and ugly within the same frame. We talked about Forbidden Planet  and all of these classic Sci-Fi movies that were colourful and vibrant. The emphasis was on the characters all of the time, and getting Rocket and Groot to look good and be animated in the right way.” Music plays »
- Trevor Hogg
DC Collectibles New 52 Figures
We have four brand new DC New 52 figures for your enjoyment. They include Roller Derby Harley Quinn, Jon Stewart as the Green Lantern, Poison Ivy, and a brand new Joker in a stylish trench coat. Each of these items is listed at $21.99.
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Super Mario Nendoroid Figure - Mario
The new Nendoroid version of Mario comes with a wide variety of parts including expressions, a Buzzy Beetle, a Boo, a Super Mushroom and much more. This figure is listed at $49.99.
Acid Rain Bucks Team Members
Bob and Steel have joined the Acid Rain team. Each of these 1:18 scale figures »
- Matt MacNabb
• Steve Rogers enlists Spider-Man and Nova for an impossible fight. • The new Sorceress Supreme comes for revenge on Doom. • Iron Man vs Daredevil for the fate of an infected San Francisco. • The X-Men claim a new home. • The Axis of Evil strikes down the heroes of the Marvel Universe! Avengers & X-men: Axis #5 Written by Rick Remender Pencils by Terry Dodson Cover by Jim Cheung »
Just in time for the election, EW has teamed with research firm Experian Marketing Services to present the favorite TV shows of Republicans and Democrats. Below are dozens of series whose audiences tend to skew heavily toward one political party or the other. To some extent, the results confirm partisan stereotypes: Dem favorites include snarky comedies like NBC's Community, Saturday Night Live, and IFC's Portlandia, liberal-messaging shows such as Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom; plus there's a dash of science-based programming like Fox's Cosmos miniseries and PBS' Nova. »
- James Hibberd
In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at director James Gunn’s tease of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) finally being confirmed to play Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and beyond, Ray Fisher getting his own Cyborg DC solo movie, and James Cameron’s thoughts on Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his famous role in Terminator: Genisys!
Fmtv will be back on Monday with our Top 5 Wrestlers in Films and again on Wednesday with our breakdown video of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live.
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2…
…the first film saw Gunn directing a cast that included 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, »
- Oliver Davis
Splintered and alienated, the forces of Avengers and X-Men stand on opposing sides. The Red Skull has been released from his holding cell in Avengers Tower. Someone aided him. Someone who was present on Genosha. But whom? And why are the heroes and villains acting so strangely? Narrowly escaping with their lives, Spider-Man and Nova are enlisted by Steve Rogers for a daring mission that could determine the fate of us all. The new Sorceress Supreme finally gains her revenge against the benevolent Doctor Doom. The Superior Iron Man battles Daredevil for the fate of an Extremis infected San Francisco. And in the name of survival of the fittest, the X-Men claim their new home. The tide is rising, and the Axis of Evil will spread. And the world will tremble in fear. Don’t miss Avengers & X-men: Axis #5 on sale in November! Avengers & X-men: Axis #5 Written by Rick Remender »
White Collar star Tim DeKay has signed on for a pivotal guest-starring role in Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., playing Senator Maynard Ward, the abusive older brother of Hydra operative Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).
The character will debut in the sixth Season 2 episode, entitled "A Fractured Rose", who may be the "Senator with deep pockets" that General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) referred to in last night's episode, "Heavy Is the Head". Maynard was also referenced during Season 1, when Grant told Skye (Chloe Bennet) stories about how his older brother would beat him up, including an incident where Maynard pushed Grant into a well.
Their contentious sibling relationship will also help explain how Grant became loyal to Hydra in the first place. Zap2It reports that Grant burned down his parents' home while Maynard was still inside. Maynard survived and pressed charges, which lead to Grant being sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, »
The Swinburne Award for emerging Australian filmmaker went to Ben Briand for Blood Pulls a Gun, a short which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood follows a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up in front of the cameras. Featuring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister, the Universal film previews this weekend and next weekend before its September 4 launch.
Jalanan looks at three charismatic buskers . Boni, Ho and Titi . over a five-year period as they navigate the economic, »
- Don Groves
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
Wouldn't you sleep a little easier if you knew that Glenn Close was in charge of keeping the universe safe? That's the job she's tasked with in the James Gunn–directed Guardians of the Galaxy, and while Chris Pratt's Star-Lord handles a whole lot of the outer-space heroics alongside his titular band of misfits, he ultimately has to answer to Close's Nova Prime, an important, intimidating peacekeeper with one swirly head of hair. Close is currently gearing up for a Broadway stint alongside John Lithgow in A Delicate Balance, but she called Vulture to discuss her Guardians wig, her favorite moment in the film, and why she thinks it's become such a big hit.The movie broke a lot of box-office records this weekend, and it got great reviews, too. What do you think it is that people are responding to?Ultimately, I think it’s the heart, I really do. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Obviously, post-credit spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy…
With the rights to the character back at Marvel, it’s unclear as to whether we’ll get another movie featuring Howard the Duck, but Gunn was open to talk about him during an interview with ComingSoon. “I’m glad you saw him. I’ve done a few interviews now where they’ve come in and said, ‘I heard Howard the Duck is in the movie but I didn’t see him’”.
Howard the Duck first debuted in 1973 and was noticed by Disney when he got his own book in 1976 and accused him of being too similar to their own Donald Duck. In a bizarre legal agreement, it was decided that Howard could continue being a fixture in the Marvel Universe, »
- Luke Owen
The superhero movies released by Marvel Studios tend to downplay the more outré elements of their source material. Even the Thor films have mostly held back on the elaborate space-god architecture of the comic book’s mythology, defaulting to a few familiar fantasy-genre elements (evil elves, shining cities, magic-as-plot-shortcut). Not so with Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie which dives deep into a few different deep-space cultures. Perhaps fearful of scaring people off, the movie’s first act drops a lot of exposition grenades about the key points of Galaxy’s Galaxy. Even if you can’t tell the Kree from the Xandarians, »
- Darren Franich
Spoilers: we dissect the extra goodies at the very end of Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy...
This article contains spoilers for Guardians Of The Galaxy.
When we interviewed director James Gunn prior to the release of Guardians Of The Galaxy, he assured us that the reason they left the stinger off preview screenings wasn't part of any wider conspiracy. They just wanted to leave something that would be a treat for the fans who paid to see it on opening night.
Now that we've seen the stinger, we can confirm that this was exactly what it was: a treat for Marvel fans. Not a trailer or advert for another film, but an easter egg that will baffle and amaze audiences in equal measure.
If you've already seen the stinger and want to know more, read on. And if you haven't, let us urge you one final time to save the surprise for yourself. »
Hollywood — You might not have heard the name Nicole Perlman much as it pertains to Marvel properties, but she's a big reason why "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be making its way to theaters next weekend. She toiled away as a screenwriter for a few years after her days at Nyu, cooking up projects with a science bent because that's where her passions lie — projects like "Challenger," a fascinating account of the investigation of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster written as a love letter to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Then, she made her way to the comic book giant under the company's now-defunct screenwriting program and plucked the intergalactic heroes from obscurity, setting them on a crash course for the silver screen. It may be largely James Gunn's colorful vision on that screen, but it's definitely Perlman's passion that helped bring the property to the table in the first place. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Good to know.
How did we hear that this time? The website Stitch Kingdom claims to have gotten a complete credits list for Guardians of the Galaxy that reveals the Marvel Universe cameos notable celebrities (and James Gunn himself) will appear as:
Stan Lee will have his customary cameo, this time as the ‘Xandarian Ladies’ Man;’ browncoat favorite Nathan Fillion will be dolled up as ‘Monstrous Inmate;’ musician Rob Zombie lends his voice as the ‘Ravager Navigator Voice;’ and writer/director James Gunn himself will appear in the film as one of the ‘Maskless Sakaaran.’
Also appearing in the film, though not a cameo, is actor Fred the dog who assumes the role of Cosmo.
But saving perhaps the best for last… we’re not exactly sure what it means yet — if anything — but while he couldn’t get himself a 25th anniversary Blu-ray (and not »
The Planet of The Apes movies occupy a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.
However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the prequel Rise of The Planet of The Apes) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.
Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they »
- Cai Ross
A pop-culture touchstone, a nearly all-purpose metaphor and one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the Seventies and beyond, the Planet of the Apes films do what all good what-if fantasies should do: hold up a mirror to humanity and reflect our own conflicts, issues and failings back to us through a wildly outrageous premise. The original 1968 movie mixes satire, social commentary, action and suspense, capped by a first-rate twist at the end. ("Damn you, damn you all to hell!")
Welcome to Issue 51 of The Marvelous DA7E!
What Is This? If this is your first time, know that Da7e is a crazy fan of comic book movie franchises. He's less a fan of coherent sentences. He thinks being a fan of something is the greatest way of loving it.
This week: So much happened, let's speculate about our main 3 universes (sorry Fox, try harder)
Oh man, it feels like it’s been a long time since we’ve talked some superhero movie news and rumors. And there’s all this Star Wars stuff happening. While I often feel Bad Robot is laughing at me, I don't always feel that way about my Marvelous Speculations. I get my fandoms a little mixed up like a sweet-sweet cocktail. Other times I wonder if Disney is just my emotional counterpoint, gripping all the franchises I love in their Mickey Mouse gloves without really caring. »
As part of a summer movie preview, USA Today has given us a batch of new images from some of this year’s biggest blockbusters in Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Jupiter Ascending, Guardians of the Galaxy,, and The Expendables 3.
Here’s Godzilla from next month’s hotly-anticipated reboot…
Godzilla is set for release on May 15th, with Gareth Edwards (Monsters) directing a cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Ken Watanabe (Inception), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine). Watch the latest trailer here.
- Gary Collinson
With his nondescript blazers and mild manner, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an unlikely radical. But make no mistake: in an age of evolution skeptics and climate change deniers, the defense of science he levies as the host of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is nothing short of revolutionary. Of course, a similarly grand sense of purpose accompanied Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" when it premiered on PBS in 1980, eventually attracting 400 million viewers in 60 countries. That the iconic original resulted in no definitive triumph for factuality might lead the discerning critic to offer a more cautious assessment of the revamped "Cosmos," but its very existence -- in the midst of Sunday's packed primetime landscape, no less -- is a bold statement. We're here, we're peer-reviewed, get used to it! Beyond public television's old guard ("Nova" and "Nature" on PBS, "The Blue Planet" and "Planet Earth" on the BBC), much »
- Matt Brennan
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