Postmodernism: “A late 20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism, which represents a departure from modernism and is characterized by the self-conscious use of earlier styles and conventions, a mixing of different artistic styles and media, and a general distrust of theories”. Joss Whedon recently commented (rather famously) that he didn’t believe that superhero films should be postmodern just yet. I’m only quoting one statement from an interview where he made some great observations that I do agree with. While I’ve been a huge fan of Whedon since the Firefly days, and still stand in absolute awe of what he managed to achieve in Avengers, it seemed like an interesteing point to debate on (especially given that other projects of his, including Buffy and Cabin in the Woods are often labelled as postmodern): whether going postmodern with super hero films today is or isn’t a good thing? »
If the publicity material so far presented to us is to be believed, Guardians of the Galaxy represents something of a gear-shift for Marvel. We seem to be presented with fewer clear-cut goody/baddie lines than previously, a slightly grungier aesthetic and, in Chris Pratt’s Star Lord / Peter Quill, a “hero” that is a little more at the “anti” end of that particular spectrum.
The trailers make quite a lot of play of this shift, detailing the eponymous guardians as “outlaws, thugs, assassins and a maniac”. Whether the final product will simply give us a set of loveable rogues with all of the rough edges smoothed off in the interests of making the whole venture more palatable, remains to be seen. Marvel have developed a very profitable, very effective conveyor belt and may be loath to mess with their winning formula.
But in the hope that we will get something tonally fresh this summer, »
- Dave Roper
The inclusion of the music in an intergalactic space adventure actually makes sense, considering the film’s protagonist Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, grew up on Earth and was somehow taken into space as a young boy in the 1980s. We’ve seen several glimpses of Quill’s walkman and homemade mix tape, which serve as the primary inspiration for the actual film soundtrack.
The soundtrack cover can be seen above, while the newly released tracklist, which sports a host of iconic ’60s, ’70s and ’80s music, can be seen below:
1. Blue Swede – “Hooked on a Feeling”
2. Raspberries – “Go All the Way”
3. Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky”
4. David Bowie – “Moonage Daydream”
5. Elvin Bishop »
- James Garcia
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn must be regretted the decision to confirm that former Firefly star Nathan Fillion is set to cameo in the Marvel space opera; since then, he’s had to deny reports that Fillion will portray the characters of Nova and Cosmo, and now he’s reiterated those denials, as well as suggesting that the cameo could lead to bigger things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe further down the line:.
“Nathan Fillion is not Nova. There’s so much bullshit on the internet. I woke up – first it’s ‘Nathan’s Nova!’, then there are articles all over saying Nathan’s Cosmo. It’s like, ‘What?!’ Nathan’s role is a very small cameo that I wanted to give to Nathan because I love working with him and I think it’s lucky for me to have Nathan in all of my movies. At the »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman Unlimited and more…
With just over a month to go until its release, Marvel Studios has continued ramping up the publicity for Guardians of the Galaxy with the arrival of an extended TV spot [see here], an IMAX poster [see here], an international poster [see here], a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled ‘Definitive Anti-Hero’ [see here], and new images featuring Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Ronan (Lee Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) [see here and here]. Meanwhile, director James Gunn has confirmed that Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion is set to make »
- Gary Collinson
We've been excited about the prospect of seeing Firefly star Nathan Fillion in Guardians of the Galaxy going back to April when the actor hinted at a small cameo in the Marvel Movie at the St. Louis Comic Con. We've spent the time since quietly speculating about and anticipating the part, and earlier this week it finally looked like we got a beat on who Fillion would be playing. It turns out, however, that it was just another one of the internet's famous spun falsehoods. After speculation spread around a couple days ago that Nathan Fillion would be voicing Cosmo, a psychic Russian cosmonaut dog, in Guardians of the Galaxy, the actor took to his official Twitter account to shoot down the story: With so much inaccurate "news" about my involvement in Gotg, I'm actually losing faith in the internet. I'm not Cosmo.. Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) June 26, 2014 So if he's »
James Gunn recently let the cat out of the bag, revealing on Twitter that fanboy icon (and all around great dude) Nathan Fillion would collaborate with the director on Marvel.s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn called it "a very small, fun cameo he did as a favor to me," which ignited the Internet with speculation. Could he be playing Nova, a former member of the Nova Corps who eventually absorbs all of their powers? Or would he simply cameo as Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds, his beloved Firefly character? As it turns out, it.s neither. And we think we know who Nathan Fillion actually will play in Guardians of the Galaxy, but if you don.t want to know, turn away now, as we.re about to get into spoilers! Are you still here? Ok, well, the guys over at Schmoes Know cite a source close to the production »
Now, Schmoes Know reports that a source tells them Fillion will be voicing Cosmo, a psychic dog who is friends with Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper).
"Fillion is the perfect man for the job," the site raves. "Not only will the fans perk to attention when they hear Fillion's voice coming out of a psychic dog, but fans of the comic series will smile ear to ear knowing that everything they love of the comic series is being set up (hopefully) for future entries into this universe. »
- Kelly Woo
A few days ago, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirmed that Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion is set to make his long-awaited debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with “a very small fun cameo” in the upcoming superhero space opera. Gunn also shot down speculation that Fillion would portray Richard Rider – a.k.a. Nova – and now the folks at SchmoesKnow claim to have uncovered his character. If you don’t want to be spoiled (potentially, at least), then stop reading now….
So, according to the site, Fillion will in fact lend his voice to the character of Cosmo. For those of you not steeped in Marvel lore, Cosmo is the head of security for Knowhere, a location situated inside the head of a Celestial being. And his just so happens to be a dog. One that may or may not be part of Russia’s canine space program… »
- Gary Collinson
Serenity Leaves on the Wind #6
Written by Zack Whedon
Pencilled by Georges Jeanty
Inked by Karl Story
Colors by Laura Martin
Published by Dark Horse Comics
For lack of a better term, Serenity #6 is a comfort food for a Firefly fan. It is full of snarky dialogue, a pack of underdogs saving the day once again, aerial maneuvers, gun battles, and most of all, the crew of Serenity coming together as a family. Zack Whedon continues to have a deft handle on all the main cast members’ voices while also developing the newcomers Bea, the leader of the New Resistance and Iris, who was trained by the Alliance to be an assassin like River. For the most part, Whedon doesn’t put many plot twists in this comic, but opts to cement old relationships between characters. Penciller Georges Jeanty does little things like insert a panel of Mal and Zoe »
- Logan Dalton
[Warning: The post contains mild Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy.]
There are few geek-favorite actors sure to cause more online discussion than Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle), so when reports surfaced that he would be appearing in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, speculation spun out of control. Would he be stepping into the role of Nova, or would his infamous space cowboy ride make a cameo in Marvel’s Cosmic Universe? Gunn shot down the idea of Fillion playing Marvel’s most well-known space cop, but a new rumor reveals that Fillion’s role will still be sure to send die-hard comic fans into the stratosphere.
Since Fillion is both a close friend and regular cast ...
- Andrew Dyce
With the confirmation that Nathan Fillion would have a "fun" cameo in Guardians Of The Galaxy, everyone and their mother had a theory as to who the Firefly star could be playing. Some ventured to guess Nova Prime while others thought he may play his character of Mal Reynolds within the Guardians Of The Galaxy universe. Turns out there may be another theory that holds a little more water than either of those. Coming from Schmoes Know, their source claims that Fillion will not be »
- Alex Maidy
So yes, fan favorite actor Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Slither) will appear in Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy..kinda! The Schmoes report that he'll actually be playing a motion capture character, and providing the voice. Well, unless they plan on sticking him in a dog costume that is.. "According our very reliable source with intimate knowledge of this and the production has spoken exclusively to us about this and we here at Schmoes Know have our answer: Nathan Fillion will be voicing the part of Cosmo, the psychic Russian cosmonaut dog that has appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy comics." Many of us guessed it'd be Cosmo, and there you have it. A fun little cameo I'm sure you'll agree. Update: A tweet from James Gunn casts some doubt on this, But, it's important to keep in mind that directors/actors/producers etc will frequently flat out lie about this sort of thing. »
Joss Whedon's Ripper - a Giles-centric drama - was first mooted in 2001 and was in development at the BBC.
"I would do it," Head told Vulture. "I would do anything to work with Joss again. He's a wonderful storyteller, a great director, and a lovely man. I would love to, you know? Whether it's Ripper or something else."
The 60-year-old explained that Ripper was pitched to him by Whedon as a "standalone" TV movie.
"It's more about what happens to Giles when he's cut adrift from Buffy and the rest of them," he said. "It's a beautiful, beautiful ghost story, and it's extremely haunting, as you would expect of Joss.
"It's unlike anything that I've ever read before. And if Joss is still game, then I am!"
Head portrayed Rupert Giles - »
When James Gunn was announced as director of Guardians of the Galaxy chatter immediately turned to whether or not a frequent collaborator of his, and geekdom's patron saint, Nathan Fillion would be making an appearance. It seemed you couldn't turn anywhere during the casting process without his name cropping up (as it sis want to do with any movie. The man is this generations Bruce Campbell), the no-brainer being Star-Lord thanks to his most famous role, Mal Reynolds in Firefly and Serenity, being so, so similar. The chatter died down for a while, but then it came back with a vengeance when it was revealed that yes, he would be making an appearance. His role wasn't revealed, but that didn't stop the Internet from speculating, with Richard Rider, the human member of space cops The Nova Corps, going to the top of the list quickly. This was no doubt fueled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
"Guardians" director James Gunn delivered the news to his Twitter followers over the weekend, answering a fan query about the likelihood of Fillion appearing in the upcoming Marvel flick.
"@STARS_TyranT: Are the rumours true that he has some part in the film?" @nathanfillion has a very small fun cameo he did as a favor to me.
- James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 21, 2014 That's good news for Fillion fans, who had suspected for some time that the actor would pop up in "Guardians," thanks to his longtime working relationship with Gunn on films like "Slither" and "Super." Fillion made coy reference to the possibility of a "Guardians" cameo back in April, when he not-so-subtly told an inquiring fan, "Maybe you'll be surprised. Maybe. Check the credits. »
- Katie Roberts
So there’s a lot of chatter on the Interwebs about Nathan Fillion and how big a role he’ll have in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” because, you know, fanboys still think Nathan Fillion, even though he’s 60 years old now and is about 20 pounds overweight, should be the star of every single superhero movie ever made. Cause, you know, he was so cool in “Firefly” and whatnot. Anyways. As to the real stars of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” they’re getting their own covers in the latest issue of Empire Magazine. (I know what you’re thinking: “What’s a magazine?” Well, it’s these things that used to be dead trees, right, that you buy at the store, and have to take home, then actually use your — gasp! — fingers to physically pry open and read. I know, how primitive!) Anyways, check out Peter »
Nathan Fillion is a cult God. Fans of the prematurely cancelled Firefly fell head over heels for the actors on-screen counterpart Captain Mal Reynolds. He then starred alongside Elizabeth Banks in James Gunn’s comedy horror Slither. Whilst working together the pair became firm friends and it was once thought Fillion was in line for the role of Star Lord Aka Peter Quill in Guardians Of The Galaxy.
This was not meant to be though as The Oc graduate Chris Pratt was cast in the role. Gunn hasn’t forgotten his friend though and took to twitter to let fans know that his old friend will make a cameo in his latest film. This will see Fillion finally star in a Marvel film, something that some fans have been campaigning for, for a very long time. Fingers crossed the cameo is lengthier than Anna Paquin’s blink and you missed »
- Kat Smith
With a little over a month to go until the release of James Gunn and Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, the quirky team of heroes (and the bad guys they face off against in the movie) have made the cover of the latest issue of Empire Magazine. Both of these can be seen below.
In some other interesting Guardians of the Galaxy news, it was recently reported that Firefly star Nathan Fillion would cameo in the movie as Nova. It’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially as the Nova Corps are featured in the space set adventure and the character is very much a fan favourite.
However, the director recently took to Twitter to debunk those reports, stating: “The rumors of my pal @NathanFillion playing Nova in #guardiansofthegalaxy have been greatly (and entirely) exaggerated. Sorry, humans.” He followed this up with another Tweet in response to a fan, »
- Josh Wilding
Now that Joss Whedon is something of an unofficial "showrunner" for the Marvel cinematic universe, reportedly wielding some degree of influence over all the studio's scripts following the game-changing success of The Avengers, it's hard to remember that there was a time he literally couldn't get a movie off the ground.
But Whedon's had a number of projects that haven't panned out over the years, and while there's nothing uncommon about that in itself, his devoted fan base has meant that his mooted ventures are more widely publicised than most.
To mark Whedon's 50th birthday today (June 23), Digital Spy lists five of his most promising projects that never saw the light of day.
1. Wonder Woman
Still the best known of Whedon's close-but-no-cigar projects is his long, long, long brewing Wonder Woman adaptation, which was officially announced by Warner Bros in 2005. Whedon was set to write and direct, but only got »
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