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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been promising new and exciting changes ahead for the franchise. As progress is made on the sequel to his Marvel Cinematic hit, the director loves to tease fans with news on what.s to come. And this time around, the director emphasized just how different Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be from its predecessor, calling it an overall more emotional movie. James Gunn has always been closer to the side of indie movies than big blockbusters. With smaller budget films like Slither and Super at the core of his resume, Guardians of the Galaxy was an entirely new territory for the filmmaker. That.s why, when he claims that Guardians 2 is going to be much more emotional, we can trust him. He explained what .more emotional. meant while quizzed by the press at the Saturn Awards on Thursday (via Collider): Well »
For the early part of last year, most fans saw Guardians of the Galaxy as a giant gamble for Marvel. It was a sprawling space epic with little known characters and a director mostly beloved for his cool, hip cult movies such as The Specials, Slither and Super. But Marvel and Disney knew they had a hit earlier on, announcing a sequel at last year's Comic-Con before the movie even opened, confirming a May 5, 2017 release date. Thing is, they had no idea just how big of a blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy would prove to be, or how prophetic that news was. Guardians of the Galaxy turned Chris Pratt into one of the biggest stars in the galaxy. And it excelled at giving us a group of characters who all 'stole' the show. Now, more than possibly any other Marvel movie planned to hit over the next five years, »
James Gunn.s Guardians of the Galaxy made quite a splash last year at the box office, so it was no surprise when shortly after its release, Marvel ordered Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Gunn will be returning to the director.s chair, and has been spending months figuring out the best way to approach the follow-up, such as what the new soundtrack will be. Gunn announced earlier this week that he has finished the first draft of the 2017 blockbuster, but now the Slither director has revealed that Marvel Studios had an unusual response to his Guardians of the Galaxy 2 pitch. To put it bluntly, they didn.t give him a single note. On his Facebook post about finishing the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Gunn was asked what the sequel.s pitching process to Marvel was like - specifically how involved the studio was with in giving ideas »
James Gunn is always a filmmaker we’ve admired at Thn, and there are some pretty big die-hard fans behind the scenes here. I remember that Slither was one of the first movies I ever managed to go to in terms of press screenings, and I had an absolute hoot with it. Gunn hit the big time last year with his Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and we all know that a sequel is due in 2017, right before that stand-alone Spider-Man movie. Well, it seems that Gunn is motoring along in terms of writing the film’s screenplay, and earlier today tweeted the following image to say that the first draft is done following a 48-day long writing marathon.
Phew. 1st draft #GotG2. #NoSpoilers #NotEventheTitle pic.twitter.com/Yd6mhpgLNe
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 2, 2015
What’s interesting is that Gunn refers to the title of the movie, and partially »
- Paul Heath
Writer-producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither) is keeping the cast announcements rolling on his upcoming The Belko Experiment, to be directed by Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean. Taking to Facebook this week, Gunn revealed Steve Agee (New Girl, The Sarah Silverman Program) Adria Arjona (True Detective), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls) and Owain…
- Samuel Zimmerman
It’s hardly the most surprising piece of casting news given their long professional association, so we’re more shocked it took this long for James Gunn to announce. But announce it he has: Michael Rooker will be part of the cast for horror thriller The Belko Experiment. Rooker, who has worked with Gunn on the likes of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Slither and Super, is set to play Bud Melks, the head of maintenance for the Belko building in the film, who is concerned when mysterious forces make his colleagues start killing each other lest they die themselves.Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean will be directing Gunn’s script for the film, which already features John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Melonie Diaz and John C. McGinley in its cast. The cameras are set to start rolling in Bogota, Colombia, next month. Rooker will next be seen in a drama called Bolden! »
The Belco Experiment, the new South America-set horror film from writer-producer James Gunn (Slither, Guardians of the Galaxy) and director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) has a lead in The Newsroom actor John Gallagher Jr. After bestowing superlatives on Gallagher’s talents on Facebook, Gunn revealed “John will play Mike Pelk, one of the leads of our…
- Samuel Zimmerman
It takes a lot of impress me. Not because I’m uptight or a jerk, but because at this point, what haven’t we seen? With that being said/asked, after viewing Darin Beckstead’s proof of concept short, Evil Nature, I can honestly say: this is one to not only look out for, but a teaser to something that has such an authentic feeling of nostalgia, in the best of ways. Featuring work by master (pun intended) Todd Masters (Hemlock Grove, Swamp Thing 2, Slither) and produced by Tales From The Crypt producer Gilbert Adler, Evil Nature features one hellish pumpkin terrorizing an anxiety-filled everyday man and also features some awesome fx, courtesy of Masters and Chronicles Of Riddick‘s Walt Jones (via Taut Films).
The proof of concept short is being used to give a glimpse into a very unique and entertaining way to approach creature design, and offers horror fans an original, »
- Jerry Smith
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101). As usual, Wizard World has an impressive line-up of celebrity guests including Elvira, Christian Kane, and George Romero, but the star I’m most excited to meet is actor Michael Rooker.
Michael Rooker was born in Jasper, Alabama in 1955. He has eight brothers and sisters. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Goodman School of Drama. Rooker made his feature film debut by playing the title character in the gritty 1985 horror classic Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer. He followed this with significant big-screen roles in Tombstone, Days Of Thunder, Cliffhanger, JFK, Mississippi Burning, Sea Of Love, The Dark Half, Mallrats, »
- Tom Stockman
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
"Iris [Quinn] learned that she really had to cough to get the stuff to spurt out in the way I wanted, and then she was able to vomit appropriately on her daughter's face."
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- Rob Hunter
Heads up, creature feature fans, because director Darin Beckstead is brewing up a little something special with Evil Nature. Enlisting the help of the practical FX wizards behind James Gunn's Slither with VFX work by Walt Jones - he's only got stuff like Life Of Pi on his resume - and a skeleton crew shooting for just one night, Beckstead has unleashed a stellar Halloween themed proof of concept for what he hopes will become a full blooded feature film.The image above should give you a good sense of what lies in wait, so click on through and check it out below....
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Every October, we stab them with knives, killing their regular appearances and bringing them to new life with sharpened teeth, ghoulish gazes, and impossibly wide, sinister smiles. We make pumpkins into little monsters every year, but what if they came to life on their own... and wanted revenge for the years of jack-o'-lantern carvings, discarded guts, and baked seeds? Darin Beckstead's Proof of Concept for his planned feature film, Evil Nature, expertly explores this unnerving "what if?" with ample amounts of holiday humor and creature-centric horror. We've been provided with the fun and frightening Evil Nature Proof of Concept to share with Daily Dead readers, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Darin Beckstead.
Press Release -- "The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, »
- Derek Anderson
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
It's hard to believe it now, but a decade ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye. Today, McU offerings are blockbuster staples, with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more providing film fans with thundering entertainment and a connected universe culminating in the Avengers movies.
With Age of Ultron on the horizon, we've gone back through the 10 Marvel films to-date to rank them all from worst to best. Read on to find out our verdict, then join the discussion in the comments below.
10. Iron Man 2 (2010)
If Iron Man was a savvy exercise in kick-starting a shared cinematic universe, then its sequel brought everything crashing back down with a sharp, painful thud. Overstuffed with new characters, multiple plot strands and far-too-much in the way of Avengers set-up, Iron Man 2 is a step down from its predecessor in practically every way. »
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn (Slither) has spoken to Vulture about the plot of his Marvel sequel. While attending the Avengers: Age of Ultron (Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson) premiere, he teased:
“There’s a lot of stuff I’m excited about in the new movie. Listen, I’m still excited about Star-Lord’s character and where he goes. At its heart, Guardians is a story about families, and if the first film was about him and his mother, this is a story about fathers. So it’s exciting to go there.”
Although Gunn doesn’t directly say whether the ‘father’ storyline relates to Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill (Chris Pratt) – it could, after all, refer to Gomorra (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula’s (Karen Gillan) relationship to their adopted father/crazed-dictator Thanos (Josh Brolin), or even Drax’s (Dave Bautista) to his murdered child – the smart Units would be that it does. »
- Oli Davis
It may not be immediately obvious from watching Guardians of the Galaxy, but writer-director James Gunn is a horror guy in his heart. Granted, Guardians is a bit edgier than most of the Marvel movies, but it's certainly not nearly as violent as his past films like Super, as gory as Slither, or as grungy as Tromeo and Juliet. We love the more family-friendly movies Gunn's plenty capable of (he wrote the live-action Scooby-Doos, which are actually pretty clever), but we also dig those movies, so we're relieved to hear that he hasn't hung up his horror hat just yet. Gunn revealed on Facebook that The Belco Experiment, a script he wrote a few years, has finally found new life. Unfortunately he's not directing (Guaradians of the Galaxy 2 has him...
- Peter Hall
I say “in that time.” It took about an hour.
As if to mark the birthday, Gunn took to Facebook today and announced that his screenplay The Belco Experiment is going into production with director Greg MacLean.
“The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day,” Gunn explained, “and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.”
Eesh. Thankfully, Gunn promises “heart and humor” alongside the uncompromising, uncomfortable stuff.
MacLean does seem like a good pick, as he’s not quite the same sensibility as Gunn, »
- Brendon Connelly
Kill or be killed. How would you react? James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither) peels back the civilized veneer of one company's workforce to see what lies beneath in The Belco Experiment, a screenplay he wrote years ago in which co-workers are forced to slay one another or bite the bullet themselves. Gunn's carnage on the printed page will now come to life with a familiar face behind the camera, as Gunn has announced that The Belco Experiment is moving forward at MGM with Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2) in the director's chair.
Below is Gunn's official announcement from his Facebook page. Pre-production on the horror-thriller is underway and shooting is slated to start in Colombia this June. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on The Belco Experiment, which sounds a little like Operation: Endgame with a horror twist:
"I’m incredibly excited to announce »
- Derek Anderson
Want to talk about a good reason to get really excited? This is it! James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Super, Slither, Dawn of the Dead) just announced via his Facebook page that he’s completed a script for Wolf Creek… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
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