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Best known for his role as portly Andy Dwyer on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt has become adept at looking the part. But as his roles as a ballplayer in Moneyball, a Navy Seal in Zero Dark Thirty and now star of the new Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy prove, the 35-year-old has also learned (sometimes the hard way) what it takes to get in amazing shape. Starting at 250 lbs., Pratt says he first approached weight loss just like he did when he wrestled in high school. "I was like, 'I'm going to cut weight, put on plastics, »
- Reagan Alexander
Chris Pratt is now a full-fledged action star.
One of the most likable actors today, Pratt found a home on network television from the start with recurring roles on "Everwood," "The O.C.," and, of course, on "Parks and Recreation." Rather than just sticking with the small screen, the actor slowly showed his range and landed in a string of Oscar-nominated films in supporting, but memorable, roles. This summer, Pratt takes the next step in his career when he can be seen starring in Marvel's latest blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy."
From his Bubba Gump Shrimp past to his famous wife, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Chris Pratt.
1. Chris Pratt was born June 21, 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota to Kathy Indahl and Dan Pratt.
2. Pratt was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington.
3. Growing up, Pratt wrestled and even finished fifth in a state wrestling tournament in high school.
4. This probably led »
- Jonny Black
The blockbuster of the year hits theaters on Friday, but before you head out to your local cinema, Wamg has your review of Guardians Of The Galaxy – twice – with a He Said, She Said look at the film.
By Jim Batts
It’s been nearly four months since Captain America and company took down the forces of Hydra (and dismantled Shield along the way), and so, after the new cinematic adventures of the X-Men and Spider-Man from Fox and Sony, film fans are eager for another trip to the Marvel Studios “movie universe”. With this new feature, that arena gets a major expansion. That’s because they’re getting away from their comfort zone. Actually light years away. We’re not trodding the same ground as Cap and Tony Stark (although much of the Thor flicks bounced between Earth and far-off Asgard). We’re probably nearby that “galaxy far, »
- Movie Geeks
When he first learned about the Marvel superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Travers reflexively reached for his handy Scum Bucket. But now our trusted critic is eating his own words, saying the film "might be the most fun I've had so far this summer at any movie."
The Rise of 'Guardians of the Galaxy's Rocket Raccoon
In his latest video review, Travers can barely hold back his giddiness when talking about Guardians, a surprisingly fun and hilarious adaptation of the comic franchise that he dubs "the orphan child of Marvel. »
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those comic book properties that is kind of "out there." Like in way out there. As in way-out-in-outer-space out there. After carefully crafting a compelling cinematic universe, Marvel Studios took a gamble on the property, one that, on paper, could make for an incredible movie experience if done right. I've been a huge fan of the Marvel cosmic universe for decades, and Abnett and Lanning's run on the Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my favorite comic stories ever. But could it truly make for a decent film, or a long-term franchise? I'm ecstatic to report that Marvel has completely delivered. Guardians of the Galaxy is not only a good movie, it's one of the best of all of the Marvel Studios films, and is as good as, if not better than, The Avengers. Seriously.
San Diego Comic-Con just keeps getting better. Marvel revealed new actor, character combos, and a trailer for the coming season.
During the trailer Patten Oswalt is revealed to be Agent Koeing who brings up Barbara Morse, aka Mockingbird, an Avenger who later becomes Hawkeyes' wife.
Below is the newest trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2:
And for your enjoyment, a blooper reel:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Season 2 airs Tuesday, »
- email@example.com (Mike Petty)
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. was often criticized for not utilizing its full potential in its first season, but the writers and show-runners are looking to remedy that in year two. Part of making the show more exciting involves bringing in characters from the comics, which is something fans were hoping for since the beginning.
It looks like things are going to change a bit in season two, as it was announced today during the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con that several new characters would be joining the show. Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica alum Lucy Lawless will play Isabelle Hartley, a longtime S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran with a penchant for knives, while Trollied star Nick Blood will play a mercenary named Lance Hunter, who in the comics is the director of S.T.R.I.K.E., the UK version of S.H. »
- James Garcia
What’s better than seeing Patton Oswalt at Comic-Con? How about two Patton Oswalts. Or even better than that: Two Patton Oswalts revealing a new Marvel character to be introduced next season on Agents of Shield.
Below is an EW exclusive video that just played at Marvel’s TV panel at the San Diego fan convention where Oswalt — as his recent Shield guest-star role of Agent Koenig — reveals that next season Shield will add…
Barbara Morse — aka Mockingbird! For fans of the comics, she’s a Shield field agent who used the costumed identity of the Huntress and also Mockingbird »
- James Hibberd
It’s been nearly six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, and yet his presence is still heavily felt throughout Hollywood. In addition to a lengthy and acclaimed filmography, the Academy Award winner kept up a busy work schedule until the time of his death. He had three films slated for 2014 release: John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and A Most Wanted Man. With the latter hitting theaters today, we thought we’d give you a look every Psh film currently available for your streaming pleasure. Whether as cynical music writer Lester Bangs in Almost Famous or hopelessly lonely boom mic operator Scott J. in Boogie Nights, Hoffman managed to steal the scene in each one of his films. If you have a Netflix account, log in and get caught up on some of the greatest performances in the last 20 years. »
- Emily Exton
Bennett Miller.s Foxcatcher is coming to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. What, you are still here? Starting booking plane tickets and planning your trip, people! One of the most anticipated movies of the remaining cinematic calendar has a screening date. Get going, already! Ok, as expected, Tiff (as Toronto.s summarily dubbed) unveiled a healthy slate of programming in its first initial announcement, part of the run up to this year.s robust film festival. (The dates of the 2014 Toronto Fest are Sept. 4 to 14, and we will be on the ground covering every inch of the festival, per usual.) Bennett Miller.s latest has us most excited, as the deliberate dramatist has impressed thoroughly with his exquisite debut features, Capote and Moneyball. The dark and brooding Foxcatcher earned raves in Cannes, where it held its world premiere earlier this year. Expect it to be a red hot ticket in »
Now they're both powerhouse behind the scenes in Hollywood, with Pitt producing films like "12 Years a Slave" and "Moneyball" and Jolie writing and directing dramas like "In the Land of Blood and Honey" and the upcoming "Unbroken." They're joining forces again on a new movie called "By The Sea," which Jolie will also write and direct. They will also produce the film. It will be a Jolie-Pitt cinematic overload!
There's not much detail about "By The Sea" except that it's an "intimate, character-driven drama." Although "Unbroken" is looking like a good horse to bet on in this year's Oscar race -- it's based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book about the life of the late WWII hero, Pow, and Olympian »
- Jenni Miller
A lot of people think EW writers spend their days boozing it up with stars. In the case of this week’s cover profile of actor Chris Pratt, that’s 100 percent accurate. The Parks and Recreation star already has one box office hit under his belt this year thanks to The Lego Movie, and he might well have another when the latest Marvel spectacular, Guardians of the Galaxy, arrives in theaters Aug. 1. On a break from shooting next summer’s dinosaur fourquel Jurassic World, Pratt hoisted some beers with EW’s Clark Collis in New Orleans while recounting his unlikely career trajectory. »
- EW staff
Following an Oscar nod for his work on American Hustle last year, Christian Bale could well be in line for similar recognition this December when Ridley Scott unveils his biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The film is set to retell the story of Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, and is sure to have one of the biggest scopes of any film this year.
Scott is directing from a script first co-written by Bill Coolage and Adam Cooper (Assassin’s Creed, Tower Heist), with Oscar winner Steven Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler’s List) hired to do a subsequent rewrite.
- Kenji Lloyd
Later tonight, the first trailer for Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings will arrive. We've just gotten a first look at the film starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as Moses and Ramses II respectively, and now the two stars are featured on some golden posters for the film arriving just before Christmas this winter. They're not all that great, to be honest, mostly because the head of Christian Bale looks poorly Photoshopped onto his body in both posters featuring the actor. Plus, we can't help but notice that Edgerton looks pretty odd as the Pharaoh on these posters, though we can't see his orange skin. Look! Here's the teaser posters for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings from Yahoo: Exodus: Gods and Kings is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood, Alien, Blade Runner) and written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted), with a rewrite by Steve Zaillian (American Gangster, »
- Ethan Anderton
Foxcatcher has been managing a lot of hype since at least last November, and the release of the teaser trailer has caused quite a stir. The internet is throwing the name around, as well as both Channing Tatum‘s and Steve Carell‘s, connected with ideas like “Oscar contender,” and “Award worthy,” and while the trailer gives hope for a solid film, I have to wonder exactly where all the love is coming from.
To be fair, a lot of the discussion is obviously coming from people who have seen the film (it was at Cannes), but a lot of it is also coming from people who haven’t. The trailer gives us a Channing Tatum who stares very seriously, smacks himself across the face, and bashes his head into a mirror. Steve Carell is wearing a lot of latex on his face, and says, “Good,” while apparently doing a kind of Godfather impression. »
- Marc Eastman
The tragic relationship between Olympic gold medalists with a multi-millionaire benefactor, John du Pont.
Based on shocking true events, Foxcatcher is a psychological thriller which tells the fascinating story of Olympic gold medal-winning brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their tragic relationship with a multi-millionaire benefactor, John du Pont.
Foxcatcher is in cinemas January 2015. »
Sony has released two new trailers for Cannes Film Festival favourite, Foxcatcher.
The biopic, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, follows the true-life tragic story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz. However things take a dark turn when their coach, John du Pont murders Dave.
The trailers show tension building between the trio and feature clips of some strong performances. They’re both quite similar, but trailer B seems a bit more ominous in tone. Bennett Miller won at Cannes for his direction of Foxcatcher and true life material is obviously an area he’s is comfortable with. Miller received an Oscar nomination for 2005′s Capote, which follows American author (and best mate of Harper Lee), Truman Capote during his research into the Clutter family murders for seminal novel In Cold Blood. He also turned to sports for 2011′s Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, which focuses »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
There's been no shortage of acclaim raining in on Foxcatcher already, off the back of its festival screenings. But the film finally makes it into Us cinemas in November, with a UK release scheduled for January 9th 2015.
The movie is based on a true story, and stars both Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in potentially career-best roles. It tells the true story of Olympic gold medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz, in particular when he's invited by wealthy heir John de Point to move onto his estate to train a team for the 1998 Olympics.
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Sony Pictures Classics just unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming "Foxcatcher" movie, starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. Check it out below. The new movie tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the DuPont Chemical fortune that led to murder. "Foxcatcher" is directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and is set to hit theaters on November 14th, in limited release. Trailer: »
Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, »
- Michelle McCue
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