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Michael Rooker has been in just about everything in his 28 year career, from Eight Men Out and Mississippi Burning to Slither and The Walking Dead, plus guest roles on basically every TV show to hit the air. Next weekend you can watch him re-team with director James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he plays Yondu, the menacing leader of the Ravagers and hero Peter Quill’s sort of adoptive father. Rooker looks almost as intimidating in person as he does on screen. With his shaved head, manicured facial hair, filigree silver cross, black t-shirt, and jeans, he could easily be a member of a biker gang. But get him talking and he is like an Adhd kid on a sugar high. He is friendly and laughs frequently. I sat down with him to talk about Yondu’s arrow, the strange bodies populating the galaxy, and The Merle and Daryl Show, »
- Mily Dunbar
Kevin Feige should be riddled with doubt.
Each time the president of Marvel Studios has greenlit a movie, he’s been barraged by skeptics. “Iron Man” was considered too obscure. “Captain America” too American. And “Thor” too much of a fantasy figure.
With each movie costing in the neighborhood of $200 million to produce, these questions are certainly warranted. But so far Feige has proved his critics wrong, launching some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises: The nine films Marvel Studios has made since 2008’s “Iron Man” have collectively earned more than $6.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
Now comes the 10th, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” debuting Aug. 1 — along with even more raised eyebrows.
The space-set actioner, which will be promoted at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, revolves around a ragtag group of otherworldly misfits on the run after stealing an orb whose power threatens the cosmos. It stars Chris Pratt, »
- Marc Graser
That Marvel has put all of its future Cosmic film adaptation eggs into one basket – Guardians of the Galaxy – is a pressure-filled scenario. Never mind the studio, what about the man who’s been handed the proverbial keys to this potential Marvel movie castle? No added stress there, right? Surprisingly enough, Guardians director and writer James Gunn (Slither, Super) doesn’t seem fazed at all about collective high expectations, whether studio or fan-driven. Gunn’s main concerns are character-driven and that’s what we’d hope from a director who “gets it.”
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Gunn to discuss his potential blockbuster and spoke mainly about which Guardians he wants to put in the sequel, his hopes for increasing the number of leading ladies in Marvel movies, if/when he’ll get to make Thunderbolts, and ...
- Kara Warner
Though director James Gunn is pretty adamant that Guardians of the Galaxy won't team-up with The Incredible Hulk in any future films, that's no reason to not be excited for the cosmic team's debut on the big screen next month. In fact, the buzz from the footage screened for fans earlier this month and some advances screenings has been very positive, and to keep the hype going, Gunn talks about how great it will be to see this Marvel film on an IMAX screen. It's been crafted specifically for the giant screen with shifting aspect ratios, and the director previously promised a unique experience from the traditional theater. Watch! Here's the IMAX featurette for James Gunn's 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 unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, »
- Ethan Anderton
When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a lot of excitement for the film went out the door with him. His involvement is what made the project so appealing in the first place. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World showed the director isn’t interested in making a run-of-the-mill comic book movie, but doing something fresh, new, and its own thing. Of course, that’s not the kind of comic book movie we see often enough. Since Wright left Ant-Man over creative differences, was it a matter of Marvel balking over taking some risks? That’s what a lot of fans understandably suspect. After seeing James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s difficult to fathom Marvel getting cold feet over taking another risk. Guardians of the Galaxy is a superhero movie with a talking raccoon, some good old-fashioned dick jokes, and, basically, more of what you’d expect from James Gunn (Slither). Guardians doesn’t feel like a »
- Jack Giroux
Guardians of the Galaxy blasts into theaters in about two weeks, and over the weekend the cast spoke to the press about the superhero space action adventure comedy (is that enough genres for you?). Director James Gunn joined Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, and Benicio Del Toro to answer questions about the way they approached the movie.
Gunn is known for his less conventional movies Slither and Super (maybe he should have renamed this movie Saviors), which aren’t movies that could have come out of the Marvel movie machine. Luckily, the Guardians of the Galaxy don’t really seem like anything that would come out of the Marvel movie machine either. But did he find the unconventional heroes daunting?
“It was, frankly, liberating. I think I would have had a harder time trying to fit into the regular Marvel scheme of things and this »
- Mily Dunbar
Since the credits teaser at the end of Thor: The Dark World featured Benicio del Toro as The Collector, it almost seems like we've gone full circle since the character now gets his own poster for next month's release of Guardians of the Galaxy. This should be the final character poster following other supporting characters like John C. Reilly and Glenn Close from Nova Corps and the trio of bad guys led by Ronan (Lee Pace) also got their own character posters, but with Marvel anything is possible. It would take someone like The Collector to round up all the Marvel character posters that get release with every new film. Look below! Here's The Collector character poster for Guardians of the Galaxy from Imp Awards: 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 »
- Ethan Anderton
If you kept watching into the credits of Thor: The Dark World, then this is a face you’re going to recognise. Benicio del Toro is back as The Collector in just a matter of days, and everyone’s looking forward to seeing how big a role he plays in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel has been doing a great job of gearing up ahead of the film’s release, which comes very soon after Comic-Con next week, and following the recent teasers of character posters and the first clip, the studio has finally launched a poster fronted by del Toro’s Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. The Collector.
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 »
- Kenji Lloyd
Just yesterday, Michael Rooker got his own Guardians of the Galaxy character poster as the blue-skinned character Yondu. Shortly after, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close saw their characters from Nova Corps get the same treatment. And today, it's a trio of bad guys who each get their own character poster. There's Lee Pace as the main villain Ronan (who is being puppeted by Thanos), Karen Gillan as Nebula (who is a descendant of Thanos) and Djimon Housou as Korath (who we've seen dealing with Star-Lord in the trailers). That should be it for character posters, unless Thanos ends up getting his own sheet. Look! Here's the three new character posters for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy from IGN: 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
This is my tenth year attending the Fantasia Film Festival, though it is my first with a press pass. Gone are the days where I pay for tickets and try to snatch interview subjects for a blog no one really reads. This year’s line-up will certainly be keeping me busy. Here are five to which I’m particularly looking forward.
Welcome to New York
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Ferrara’s work almost always comes with the pre-requisite of controversy, and here we find him back in his own personal playground: New York City. Granted, it’s been some time since the likes of Bad Lieutenant, and the city itself has changed a great deal from Koch to Giuliani environs. It has also been home to the unspeakable financial crimes of the past decade, which makes New York all the more interesting »
- Kenny Hedges
Not too long ago, an image teased the silhouette of Michael Rooker as Yondu, an important character from the comic books on which the forthcoming Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy is based. Keen eyes might have noticed a quick shot of the blue-skinned character in the extended trailer that debuted last week, but now everyone can get a really good look at the character since director James Gunn has just revealed a new character poster featuring the man himself holding an artifact that we've seen Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) handling in pretty much all the trailers. Does it have something to do with the Infinity Stones? Here's Michael Rooker's character poster for Guardians of the Galaxy (via James Gunn): John C. Reilly and Glenn Close also get their own Nova Corps posters too (via Imp Awards): Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, »
- Ethan Anderton
Marvel is definitely showing confidence in Guardians of the Galaxy as I'll be screening it here in Seattle more than a week before its release date. Typically markets outside of New York and Los Angeles have to wait until at least the week of release for their press screenings so this is a good sign. With that out of the way, today we have two new extended TV spots for the upcoming movie along with a new character poster featuring Michael Rooker as Yondu, who apparently is a big deal considering they saved his big reveal for last and have now become rather focused on his character... though that could also have something to do with his history with director James Gunn after the two of them made the entertaining "slugs from space" movie Slither. Either way, check out the trailers and poster below and look for Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Brad Brevet
"I like your knife, I'm keeping it." While we've gotten a pretty big taste of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) with the latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, both Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) have been seen but barely heard from. That all changes with a new TV spot that explains both of their connections to the villain Ronan (Lee Pace), and also shows them kicking some ass. Meanwhile, another TV spot briefly shows us a young Peter Quill when he was taken from Earth as a kid. The more we see of this flick, the more excited we get for August. Watch! Here's the two new TV spots for James Gunn's 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 unrelenting bounty »
- Ethan Anderton
Hollywood Records and Marvel are set to release three albums from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on July 29, 2014.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bates (“Watchmen,” “Slither,” “Dawn of the Dead”). Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is the collection of 12 songs including Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc, Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” and The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” and Guardians of the Galaxy is the digital score soundtrack.
The film opens in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.
Music plays a major role in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, “One of the main »
- Michelle McCue
Burbank, Calif., July 9, 2014 -- Hollywood Records and Marvel are set to release three albums from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy on July 29, 2014. The Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bates ("Watchmen," "Slither," "Dawn of the Dead"). Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is the collection of 12 songs including Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling," "I'm Not in Love" by 10cc, Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love," and The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb," and Guardians of the Galaxy is the digital score soundtrack. The film opens in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014. Music plays a major role in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn »
Marvel is well-known for sprinkling Easter Eggs throughout their movies, with their most recent offering, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, briefly referencing the upcoming Doctor Strange. When Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters next month, fans should prepare themselves for an Easter Egg overload, according to director James Gunn.
During a recent interview with Moviefone, the filmmaker revealed that there are "tons" of Marvel Easter Eggs throughout the movie, with a character count that is "four times" greater than any previous Marvel movie. However, he did have to clear everything with Marvel's legal department.
"I actually have to clear everything with legal. We put in little things like graffiti on the walls and stuff like that. There's a ton of characters from the comics in this movie, in little tiny roles. But we have to clear everything with legal because once I use their name then I'm screwed in that scene or whatever. »
When you think about potential directors for $100 million, comic book-originated blockbusters, chances are, the name "James Gunn" probably doesn't immediately spring to mind. Gunn is a well-respected but cultish filmmaker, who has, up until this point, handled only small to medium-sized productions, including the gooey horror throwback "Slither" and the decidedly more subversive look at comic book heroics "Super." (Gunn got his break writing for the low budget studio Troma, creators of "The Toxic Avenger," amongst other notable B-grade concoctions.) Still, Gunn seems unfazed by this leap into the big leagues.
On the set of "Guardians to the Galaxy," Gunn's really-for-real superhero epic (starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and the vocal stylings of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel), Gunn seemed calm and relaxed, luxuriating in the size and scope of the production instead of feeling daunted by it. (And considering how much hand wringing has been done about this movie, »
- Drew Taylor
London -- If we're being perfectly honest, I feel guilty interviewing any director on any set. Directors may not be doing manual labor like breaking rocks or carrying pianos all day, but especially on giant mega-budget studio movies, they are pretty much on call 24 hours a day for three years, and I feel bad about taking any of the limited energy they have to spend during their day. I remember going to the editing room near the end of production on "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End," and Gore Verbinski looked at me like he had just gotten back from three tours in 'Nam. Disney wasn't even letting him drive anymore. He was that tired. Maybe that's why James Gunn's intense level of energy on the set of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" felt sort of shocking. I've met Gunn several times over the years, and that's him. He's »
- Drew McWeeny
James Gunn’s smaller budget films Slither and Super blended comedy with other genres in a way that caught the attention of Marvel Studios’ bosses and helped land him the gig directing Guardians of the Galaxy, but as it turns out, there was a lot more to it than that. We visited the set of Guardians of the Galaxy last September and had the opportunity along with several other online journalists to sit down with Gunn for 40 minutes to take about the film.
The conversation covers what convinced Gunn of the film when he wasn’t initially too interested; his strict process for casting talent who can handle comedy and drama; managing the expectations for ...
- Rob Keyes
James Gunn (Slither, Super) has always been a comic book enthusiast and before he was pitched Guardians of the Galaxy, he had wanted to make a different movie with Marvel Studios, an even more obscure movie based on Hit Monkey. Even after Guardians of the Galaxy, a film Gunn hopes will launch spinoffs and expand into “other things,” Gunn has very specific interests in what other comic book properties he’d like to adapt.
While Gunn had (and still has) a keen interest in making Hit Monkey and Thunderbolts - both Marvel properties – and DC/Vertigo’s We3, he wasn’t so sure of Guardians of the Galaxy at first. Note the obvious similarities to Guardians in that two of those ...
- Rob Keyes
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