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One of the more densely layered visual sequences in Guardians of the Galaxy comes when Star Lord, Groot, Drax, Gamora and Rocket visit Benicio Del Toro's character The Collector during their sojourn to Knowhere. His collection is filled to the brim with so many easter eggs and callbacks to the Marvel universe (not to mention one of director James Gunn's prior films, Slither) you need several viewings to process all of it. If you've seen the end credits tag you'll know that The Collector even has a prized (if marginalized) Marvel character in his possession. But of course the aesthetic choices you see in the film didn't just arrive in their current form. A considerable amount of work was done testing different concepts and looks - some of them departing radically from the finished design - before the creative team settled on the environment you see onscreen in the film. »
- Evan Dickson
The best way to describe how I approach Fantastic Fest is like summer camp. It happens once a year. You get back together with old friends. Yet in this case, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic movies you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. This will be more third time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fourth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin every September. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night food fight, a karaoke party, a “nerd rap throwdown,” and the signature event at the festival – Fantastic Debates (which includes a verbal debate followed by a literal boxing match). These are just a »
- Michael Haffner
We could have had a very different take on Gamora in Guardians Of The Galaxy! While doing press at Tiff for her new movie Love And Mercy, Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, The Lego Movie) revealed that she approached her friend and Slither director James Gunn about the role. Apparently Gunn gave it some consideration, but ultimately decided to go a "different direction" and cast Zoë Saldana instead. “I wanted to play Gamora,” Banks admitted to MTV's Josh Hotowitz, “and then he didn’t want to cast me. And I totally get it, because Zoë [Saldana] is great!” Despite missing out on that role, Banks is a big fan of the movie and is full of praise for Gunn and his cast -- particularly Chris Pratt whom she dubs "the new Harrison Ford". But what about the planned Gotg sequel or a different Marvel movie altogether? "I would just want to »
Exclusive: Hot off his turn as the bounty hunter Yondu in Marvel’s hit Guardians Of The Galaxy, Michael Rooker is returning to Bolden. After starting production seven years ago and doing reshoots in 2009, the film’s writer, director, and financier Dan Pritzker lost key stars to scheduling including lead Anthony Mackie, who went on to superhero heights in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now filming is set to start again this fall with Downton Abbey‘s Gary Carr in the title role as New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden. Rooker will resume the role of Pat McMurphy, sidekick to Bolden’s nemesis Judge Perry, when production kicks off in North Carolina.
The third time’s the charm for Pritzker’s passion project about the ragtime musician many consider to be the father of jazz. Rooker had filmed scenes before Bolden reset, »
- Jen Yamato
Darling of outsider cinema turned blockbuster-building genius James Gunn is sure to have made millions of new fans in the last week alone. With August box office records broken by Guardians Of The Galaxy (Marvel’s off-world gamble and a wildly entertaining space-romp with heaps of heart written and directed by James Gunn - as if you didn’t know), he’s about to get a lot more phone calls than he did before. And he may have already been getting a fair few.
You don’t have to wait years for the already-announced sequel for your next dose of his unique brand of cinema though; he’s got a hefty CV that blends horror, hilarity and heroes in equal measure. Here’s our low-down on some of the highlights… »
Earlier today, we featured a video highlighting easter eggs that can be found in Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest hit film based in Marvel's cinematic universe. And now we get a guided tour of Star-Lord's ship, the Milano, in the same vein of MTV's indulgent show "Cribs" from awhile back. Chris Pratt leads the tour of the ship, which is named due to young Peter Jason Quill's crush on "Who's the Boss" star Alyssa Milano, showing off the touch screens, his small bunk where he hooks up with various alien ladies and more. It's a very cool practical set full of a bunch of goodies Quill has accumulated over the years. Watch! Here's Chris Pratt's quick tour of the Milano from Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super). Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an »
- Ethan Anderton
Los Angeles (AP) - Guardians of the Galaxy blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.
Marvel Studios' cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista as members of an intergalactic band of rebels earned $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Ahead of its Friday debut, box office analysts initially projected that the comic book adaptation would earn between $60 million and $75 million in North America.
The out-of-this-world launch gives Guardians the biggest opening for a film released in the traditionally low-key month of August, a record previously held by the $69.2 million debut of 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. It also makesGuardians the third largest opening of 2014, coming behind the $95 million inauguration of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April and the $100 million launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction in June.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Before Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, we highlighted an extensive video that pointed out pretty much all of the Marvel easter eggs that had popped up in the comic book studio's cinematic universe up through Thor: The Dark World (since Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn't out on home video yet). And while no one has the convenience of watching Guardians of the Galaxy at home to notice these easter eggs, Mr. Sunday (via SlashFilm) has taken the time to point out some of the fun references in the film that viewers have noticed and director James Gunn and producer Kevin Feige have confirmed. Watch below! Here's the video showing off easter eggs from Guardians of the Galaxy from Mr. Sunday: Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super). Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, »
- Ethan Anderton
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may wish to avoid
"Well many people may look up to the right of the Collector as we first see him, and you will see a certain duck named Howard that turns to look at the group," he said on an Empire podcast. "That's one of my favourite little things in the background.
"There are the slither creature from my movie Slither behind the Collector, those guys are pretty obvious. You have Adam Warlock's cocoon, you have all sorts of other characters from Marvel movies."
The post-credits scene featuring Howard the Duck also appears to show the cocoon broken open and standing empty behind him. »
Before Guardians of the Galaxy ever made it into theaters, director James Gunn promised his sci-fi adventure would be filled with more Marvel references and cameos than any movie released to date. And the man did not disappoint. With this particular chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio is able to not only provide subtle nods for die-hard fans, but also set up more important elements in the overall arc being played throughout all of the movies. Here, we get to explore parts of the Marvel galaxy yet undiscovered on film, and some of the secrets and references are hard to notice on that first, second and even third viewing!
We've gathered nine of the coolest Guardians of the Galaxy Easter eggs for you here, which you may have missed. These mostly hint at a bigger universe to come. There are also inside jokes and references that tie in »
The latest interview from Empire's traditional spoiler podcast is with none other than James Gunn, co-writer and director of Marvel Studios' latest smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy. From the Collector's collection to baby Groot dancing to Jackson 5, Gunn offers some interesting behind-the-scenes info. "There is the Slither creatures from my movie Slither behind the Collector; those guys are pretty obvious," said Gunn when asked to give a guide to The Collector's museum. "You have Adam Warlock's cocoon. You have all sorts of characters from other Marvel movies; a Dark Elf back there, who's played by Doug Jones, one of our stunt guys." While the Collector's Museum is left in ruins in Guardians thanks to the Orb, Gunn hints how the character may have more items in the 2017 sequel. "I will say that is probably not the Collector's only museum," he said. "I think he probably has other »
James Gunn should be a very happy man after this weekend, with "Guardians of the Galaxy" blowing past box office expectations and grossing a remarkable $94 million in the U.S. and Canada. It was the biggest August opening ever and the third-highest opening this year, with two sequels nabbing the top slots: Michael Bay sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." And while the film's stars--Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel--get much credit, director and co-writer James Gunn's work was roundly praised by critics. The success of "Guardians" is a big deal for the director, who until now was known for cult faves like "Slither" and "Super." Bringing home the bacon on a Marvel blockbuster that could --with repeat business--rival the top performers of the year catapults Gunn onto Hollywood's A list. He's already on board for a "Guardians »
- Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy absolutely destroyed everything in its path at the box office this weekend, raking in an amazing $94 million since its Friday opening. That’s a good enough haul to make it the highest grossing August opening in movie history. That’s great, but what’s really exciting for film geeks like us is that we’re seeing a guy like James Gunn finally find mainstream, big-budget success. Gunn is one of the good guys, a quirky filmmaker with oodles of talent who deserved a shot after making films like Slither and Super. Seeing him finally make the "big time" is bound to go down as one of the feel-good movie moments of 2014. Gunn is certainly grateful to the fans and crew who helped him make Guardians a success &ndash...
- Mike Bracken
Hollywood thinks of summer as the time when kids buy most of the movie tickets, but this weekend's movies owed much of their sales to older audiences. Yep, even the comic-book adventure about the gun-toting raccoon and the laconic talking tree.
Sure, the success of "Guardians of the Galaxy" was a foregone conclusion. It had the widest opening of any August release ever (4,080 screens), resulting in the biggest August debut ever (not adjusted for inflation), an estimated $94.0 million. Even so, the movie did way better than even the most optimistic projections, which ran as high as $80 million.
Credit Disney's well-orchestrating marketing campaign, which introduced the five little-known heroes, played up the film's tongue-in-cheek tone, flooded the talk-show zone with its large cast (from leads like Zoe Saldana to supporting players like John C. Reilly), and even capitalized on the social media following of director James Gunn, whose online fanbase belies »
- Gary Susman
Guardians of the Galaxy Rules! Moviegoers were living in the Age of Marvel this weekend as director James Gunn’s epic film took in $94 miilion at the box office domestically, $66.4 million overseas. Estimates have Guardians tipping the global scales at $160 million making it the number one August opener of all-time.
During Comic Con last weekend, Gunn announced via Twitter that he was on board for Guardians 2.
Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week!
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 27, 2014
Here’s where the film stands now:
Cinemascore – A
Metacritic – 76
Rotten Tomatoes - 92%
Read our review Here
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro, the movie’s score is from composer Tyler Bates (300, Dawn Of The Dead, »
- Movie Geeks
Marvel’s cinematic universe expands by several million parsecs this month as Guardians of the Galaxy hits theatres.
A relatively little-known property from the comic book and movie generator behind Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy is set in far, far away outer space. It has a vast cast of kooky characters whose only connection to what Marvel’s put on screen so far is Thanos, the villain who briefly appeared in the end credits of the firstAvengers movie.
“The Guardians comic is something that had been around in the late 1960s and was then revamped in 2008 very successfully — very successful being in the publishing world, so we had no illusions that anyone had heard of it,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says in a phone interview. “But it was the same way with [the first] Iron Man. Everybody now looks at Iron Man and mentions him in the same breath as Spider-Man, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
“The Guardians of the Galaxy” touched down with a dazzling $94 million this weekend, proving that Marvel is the new gold standard for movie brands.
That set a new record for an August domestic debut, easily trumping the $69.3 million bow of 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum,” and scoring the third biggest stateside opening of the year. Overseas, the film netted an impressive $66.4 million in 42 territories, including Russia, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom. It has brought in $160.4 million worldwide and still has many major markets left to open such as China, Australia, France and Spain.
The Walt Disney release blew past tracking that initially suggested a U.S. debut in the $65 million to $70 million range.
“It’s a testament to the momentum of the brand overall and all of the pieces just coming together in the right way,” said Dave Hollis, Walt Disney Studios’ executive vice president of theatrical distribution.
The distribution »
- Brent Lang
Guardians Of The Galaxy opened today, and has already broken the record for box office midnight sales this year! To celebrate such a momentous occasion, check out my interview with Mr. Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu in the film, as we talk about Guardians Of The Galaxy’s social media praise, Merle Dixon, and why James Gunn continues to cover his beautiful face.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is »
- Melissa Howland
After working with filmmaker James Gunn on his first two directorial efforts, Slither and Super, Michael Rooker makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, opening in theaters August 1. While he's not one of the Guardians themselves, Yondu, an outlaw leading a team of miscreants known as The Ravagers, plays a critical role in this Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two adventure.
I recently had the chance to speak with Michael Rooker about the extensive commitment it took to just apply the makeup for this character, how filmmaker James Gunn's style has been altered (if at all) to build this immense sequel, and much more.
I read that you were worried that your schedule on The Walking Dead would conflict with this. That must have been an odd position to be in.
Michael Rooker: It totally did. It totally conflicted, and it was like, »
It’s safe to say that “Guardians of the Galaxy” score composer Tyler Bates has never written a cue titled “What A Bunch Of A-holes” before. “That’s James Gunn,” Bates laughs, referring to the movie’s director. “That was in his dialog. It was fun.” The fact that Gunn named a number of the music cues is a testament to the closeness that Bates and Gunn enjoy after working on a trio of Gunn-directed films together: “Slither,” “Super” and now “Guardians.” They met when Bates scored and Gunn wrote Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead.” The pair’s working relationship is such that Gunn brought in Bates as soon as the director got the “Guardians” job. “He started telling me his thoughts in terms of tone. He wanted dramatic and thematic,” Bates says. “He asked if I’d be up to writing in advance.” Bates began writing material »
- Melinda Newman
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