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Knowhere to Go: Framestore & Guardians of the Galaxy

3 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray today in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Kyle McCulloch  about the visual effects work contributed by Framestore…

“We have worked with Marvel in the past and word was out there that they were looking to do these hero animated characters,” states Framestore Visual Effects Supervisor Kyle McCulloch who was keen to contribute to Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).  “We offer the full range of visual effects services but creatures are something we have had a special focus on throughout our history and so from the beginning we were committed to try to win the work.”  A bounty hunter raccoon with serious attitude problems had to be produced for the first instalment of a science fiction adventure franchise directed by James Gunn (Slither).  “A huge part of Guardians for us was discovering who is Rocket? What does he look like? How does he move? »

- Trevor Hogg

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Shared Universe: Stephane Ceretti talks about Guardians of the Galaxy

20 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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… 

James Gunn

“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 [1956] 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

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Watch & Hear: Vin Diesel Says 'I Am Groot' in 15 Different Languages

18 November 2014 8:27 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Some people thought that just because Vin Diesel only had to say "I Am Groot" over and over again in Guardians of the Galaxy that he didn't have much work to do in the Marvel sci-fi adventure. However, you might have seen a video of Diesel in the studio recording his dialogue (sometimes on stilts) and learned that not only did he have to record that line dozens of times, but he also did it in a bunch of foreign languages too. Well, Marvel has put together a cool little montage of the variations on the line, complete with footage from the film, now available on Digital HD before arriving on Blu-Ray & DVD. Watch below! Here's the foreign language variation on the now iconic line "I Am Groot" from Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super). Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of »

- Ethan Anderton

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Forget Chris Pratt! Star-Lord Was Almost Played By This Comedian

17 November 2014 7:32 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

James Gunn.s decision to cast Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians Of The Galaxy was regarded as a huge surprise when it was announced back in 2013. In fact it ultimately turned out to be a rather inspired choice. But there was an even more shocking comedian that almost usurped Chris Pratt to the role. During Chris Pratt.s interview with GQ Magazine, James Gunn revealed that Glenn Howerton of It.s Always Sunny In Philadelphia fame auditioned for the role of the comic-book character soon after Chris Pratt had wowed the director. In fact the Super and Slither filmmaker admitted that if he hadn.t already decided that Chris Pratt was right for the part, then he would have hired Glenn Howerton instead. Said Gunn, "Glenn came along a bit later, but there was a good chance that, if I didn.t cast Chris, that I would.ve cast »

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Exclusive: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Special Effects of Demon Knight

14 November 2014 4:34 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With the latest issue of Deadly – Horror & Sci-Fi Magazine currently available, I thought it would be kind of cool to share with our Daily Dead readers a look at the artistry and skill that went into making the special effects for Ernest R. Dickerson’s 1995 horror comedy, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight.

These great photos were provided to us by F/X maestro Todd Masters (Slither, American Mary), who had previously worked on the Tales from the Crypt television series and was brought onto the big-screen production to not only create all the demonic creatures, but to handle Demon Knight’s ambitious gore gags as well.

With Demon Knight celebrating its 20th anniversary this upcoming January, I thought this would be another great way to celebrate one of my favorite (and underrated) modern horror films of all time.

Check out the gallery below and look for my retrospective on »

- Heather Wixson

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Why Guardians Of The Galaxy References Adam Warlock And What It Means

13 November 2014 2:24 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There are all kinds of fantastic Easter Eggs hidden within the Collector.s Museum in Guardians of the Galaxy. There.s Dark Elves, Chitauri, Frost Giants, and even special appearances from Howard The Duck, Cosmo the Spacedog and the slugs from Slither. Of all the items, though, there is one that Marvel fans have been speculating about for months: the giant cocoon. Many have wondered if organic growth chamber could be the one that belongs to the heroic Marvel Comics character Adam Warlock . but was that director James Gunn.s original intention? According to the director.s most recent comments, they may not be. Speaking during a Q&A session held yesterday to promote the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD and Blu-ray, Gunn was asked if it was specifically Adam Warlock.s cocoon that can be seen in the movie (and in the post-credits sequence of »

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Guardians Of The Galaxy - Nebula Vs Gamora Deleted Scene and Collector Featurette

13 November 2014 9:01 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

A new featurette has been released for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It gives us a behind- the-scenes look at the film and offers up some interesting insight into the secrets of the Collector’s Lair. Benicio del Toro also discusses his character, who collects artifacts and organisms from across the Marvel Universe. The lair he had in this movie was packed full of all kinds of Easter eggs. Gunn points out some of the major ones in the video, such as the Frost Giants, Howard the Duck, his creatures from Slither, and more.

We also have a deleted scene from the movie for you to watch that features an intense confrontation between Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Thanks to EW and IGN for the videos. The Blu-ray and DVD for this movie will be released on December 9th! 

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- Joey Paur

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James Gunn on why 'Guardians of the Galaxy' isn't weird (and the sequel he'd like to make)

12 November 2014 1:17 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

James Gunn used to be the beloved cult filmmaker behind low-budget genre flicks like Slither and Super. Then August happened, and James Gunn became the beloved filmmaker behind the decidedly-not-low-budget space-(rock-)opera Guardians of the Galaxy, currently the highest grossing movie of 2014 at the domestic box office. Guardians arrives on Blu-Ray on December 9. At a special screening of the Blu-Ray extras on Wednesday morning, Gunn looked like a man midway between the victory lap and the next race. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is already in the works for 2017, and word spread across the Internet that he was already thinking »

- Darren Franich

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McU Phase 3: 20 Easter Eggs & References Marvel Should Sneak In

10 November 2014 2:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios are becoming quite well known for their Easter eggs and references in their movies.

Ever since the first Iron Man movie when Nick Fury appeared in the post-credits scene, or when Samuel Sterns’ head began to mutate in The Incredible Hulk, or when the map of key Marvel locations was seen in the background in Iron Man 2, eagle-eyed and keen-eared viewers have been looking and listening out for fun little inclusions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Whether these inclusions lead to anything, or mean anything, or whether they are simply there for the purposes of novelty value, it’s always good to spot these things in any movies – Marvel movies, other comic book movies or all movies in general.

In the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Easter eggs and references have ranged from universe-building examples like the name-dropping of Doctor Strange, cameos from Marvel »

- K.J. Stewart

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Production Begins on Alexandre Aja’s ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’

27 October 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.

“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).

Joining Dornan, Paul and Gadon in supporting roles are Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chef, Frost/Nixon) playing Louis Drax’s psychologist, Dr. Perez; Molly Parker (House of Cards, »

- Derek Anderson

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best extraterrestrial movies

24 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk about some extraterrestrial horrors. In space, no one can hear you scream. But on Earth, aliens have been making film audiences hoarse for decades. Sure, there are plenty of friendly, E.T.-esque extraterrestrials—but more often than not, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Competition: Win ‘Wolfcop’ on Blu-ray

17 October 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf. Wolfcop – available now on DVD, Blu-Ray and for download – is one cop’s quest to become a better man… One transformation at a time.

Wolfcop is a cult classic in the making with its monstrous hybrid of gory prosthetics and ‘80s B-movie magic; perfect for fans of modern horror-comedy gems such as Hobo With A Shotgun and James Gunn’s Slither. And guess what? We have a copy of the film to giveaway on Blu-ray!

To win Wolfcop on Blu-ray, just answer the following question:

Who directed Wolfcop? Was it:

a) James Dean

b) Dean Ambrose

C) Lowell Dean

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail. »

- Phil Wheat

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Technology Unchains ‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn’s Big Dreams

15 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With the smash hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” James Gunn directed perhaps the most visually arresting movie of the year. In addition to “Guardians’” outer-space setting and ambitious action sequences, he managed to make audiences believe in both a talking raccoon and lovable tree creature.

But “Guardians” isn’t merely eye candy — at the heart of the film is a story about a group of misfits working together, with a smart screenplay by Gunn and Nicole Perlman.

And Gunn says story always comes first.

See Also: Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Hits $600 Million Worldwide

“You need to make sure that technology is there to enhance the story and excitement,” he says. “And if technology does that, it’s great. If it overshadows it, it’s not so great.”

This mandate applied to bringing Rocket, the gun-toting raccoon, and Groot, the childlike tree creature, to life. “I have a very »

- Jenelle Riley

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Watch: Quick & Cool VFX Breakdown for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

3 October 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Hot on the heels of the announcement of an awesome special edition vinyl soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy from the cool folks at Mondo, there's even more cool stuff to check out from the Marvel hit of the year. Method Studios is one of several companies who worked on visual effects for the cosmic blockbuster, and short but very cool breakdown of their work has just surfaced online. As always, we wish it would explain a little more about the work, or went into even more detail with the layers, but that's just the cinephile and nerd in us coming out. It's always impressive to see what was created from scratch. Look now! Here's the VFX breakdown for Guardians of the Galaxy from Method Studios (via SlashFilm): Thanks to the folks at GeekTyrant for the header image showcasing this video as well. Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, »

- Ethan Anderton

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StudioCanal pacts with Grand Electric

25 September 2014 2:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and Us markets.

StudioCanal, whose recent productions include Non-Stop and the upcoming Paddington, will act as a creative partner, financier, foreign sales entity, and direct distributor in their territories for Newman’s projects.

Grand Electric will be based in Los Angeles and will continue to develop and produce genre fare for which Newman is best known.

Olivier Courson, StudioCanal chairman and CEO, said: “Eric has great taste and knows how to make quality commercial films that play to audiences throughout the world.

“We are in advanced development with Eric and Jose Padilha on Revenge and we look forward to many more films together.”

Newman left his post as the ranking production executive at Beacon Communications (Air Force One, Bring It On) in 2002 along with Beacon principals [link=nm »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Eric Newman’s Grand Electric Seals Multi-Year Pact With Studiocanal

25 September 2014 2:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Producer Eric Newman’s newly-launched Grand Electric has inked a multi-year co-venture with Studiocanal.

Under the deal, Grand Electric will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and U.S. markets, while Studiocanal will act as a creative partner, financier and will handle international sales as well as distribute the movies in France, the U.K., Germany, Australia/New Zealand. 

Says Newman, “I am extremely fortunate to be able to formalize what has been an incredibly important relationship to me.  I look forward to being a part of the continuing expansion of Studiocanal as a stand-alone film content provider”.

Grand Electric will be based in L.A. and will continue to develop and produce Newman’s staple elevated genre fare.

Newman, who has been in the film business for over 20 years, has produced a flurry of highly successful films via Strike Entertainment, a production and finance shingle based at »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Eric Newman Forms Grand Electric With StudioCanal Backing

24 September 2014 4:32 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Producer Eric Newman has formed Grand Electric, a new shingle that starts with a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal that will enable him to acquire, develop and produce films for the European and U.S. markets. The company will be based in Los Angeles, and StudioCanal will be the financier, foreign sales entity and direct distributor in its stronghold territories.

It is the first overall deal that Newman has made since he and Marc Abraham split their Strike Entertainment partnership. Abraham wanted to concentrate on directing and is making the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light, with Tom Hiddleston playing Williams and Elizabeth Olsen playing Audrey Mae Williams. Newman has been busy exec producing the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and the upcoming Netflix drug war series Narcos, with Jose Padilha directing his Elite Squad lead Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in the pilot. Newman and Padilha bonded on the RoboCop remake. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Invaders from Mars (1986) review

24 September 2014 12:54 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Kevin Scott

Invaders from Mars (1986)

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Written by: Richard Blake, Don Jakoby, and Dan O’Bannon

Cast: Hunter Carson (David Gardner), Karen Black (Linda Magnusson), Timothy Bottoms (George Gardner), Laraine Newman (Ellen Gardner), James Karen (Gen. Climet Wilson), Bud Cort (Mark Weinstein)

The best that I can tell, nostalgia runs on a thirty year cycle. I can speculate that what everybody watches as children, shapes them into adults with a deep seated desire to emulate it or watch it being emulated. A select few make it to a position where they can actually interject that nostalgia into the contemporary mainstream, and satisfy both the fans of the original material, but also put such a spit shine on the old premise that even the youngsters dig it, and have no idea that it’s based on something way older than they are. In the 1980’s we »

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Collector Concept Art Shows the Evolution of Benicio Del Toro’s Most Prized Possessions

16 September 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Fantastic Fest – A Look at the Film, Parties, and Chaos that Await in Austin

15 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

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