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Warner Bros. Television makes another exciting return to New York Comic Con (Nycc) with three new eagerly anticipated series, including Gotham (Mondays, 8/7c on Fox), Forever (Tuesdays, 10/9c on ABC), and Constantine (Fridays 10/9c, on NBC), in addition to returning hits The Following (Midseason on Fox) and Person of Interest (Tuesdays, 10/9c on CBS).
Confirmed to attend New York Comic Con 2014 for panel sessions with fans include Constantine stars Matt Ryan and Angélica Celaya, along with executive producer David S. Goyer; Gotham stars Ben McKenzie, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor and Erin Richards; Forever stars Ioan Gruffudd and Alana De La Garza, along with executive producer Matthew Miller; The Following's Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore and executive producer Marcos Siega; Person of Interest's James Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Amy Acker and Kevin Chapman, along with executive producer Greg Plageman.
For the second year at Nycc, Warner Bros. Television will »
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is the Cinderella story at this year's cinema, going onto be the biggest movie of 2014 when no one thought that was possible. So far, director James Gunn's sci-fi adventure has brought in more than $300 million domestically. And now other studios want to follow suite, with many hurrying to green light their own space operas. It seems that DC and Warner Bros. have their own galaxy traipsing title that they want to bring to the big screen, and are in the process of developing their own superhero variant Legion of Superheroes, which will compete with Guardians of the Galaxy.
According to Latino Review's El Mayimbe, the studio has secretly begun the process of sending out the DC comic book Legion of Superheroes to screenwriters in order to get a baseline to launch the project into fruition. They will have a number of writers take their run at the title, »
During an appearance at Dragon Con this past weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed the original plan for Stan Lee’s customary cameo in superhero space opera, whereby the Marvel legend would have been part of The Collector’s museum, giving the bird to Groot from within a glass case. Following reports that Disney blocked the idea, Gunn has now detailed the scene, and explained why the decision was made to scrap the cameo in favour of what we eventually saw on screen:
At a panel on Sunday at Dragoncon, I talked about a deleted @realstanlee cameo in Guardians, and promised the folks there I’d post a photo on Instagram – so here it is! As you can see, this is not Stan, but a double. In the original cut of the film, when the Guardians enter the Collector’s museum, Rocket looks over and sees Cosmo »
- Gary Collinson
Before Dave Bautista took on the role of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, former Game of Thrones star – and potential future Aquaman – Jason Momoa was in talks for the part, although negotiations ultimately broke down. Still, thanks to concept artist Andy Park, we now have an idea of how Momoa could have looked as the Destroyer…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
Having crossed the $500 million mark earlier in the week, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has now overtaken Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest-grossing release of 2014 in North America. Guardians is projected to finish the Labor Day weekend with around $277 million in total, and is expected to fend off competition from The November Man and As Above, So Below to retain top spot over the four-day weekend.
It is also pretty much assured that the space opera will become the first movie to hit $300 million domestically, providing a shot in the arm to the North American box office, which has suffered its worst summer since 2006, with ticket sales down 15% from last year.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, »
- Gary Collinson
In this week’s Fmtv Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys reveals the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron details – specifically the involvement of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye; an update on the next Bond movie’s (the 24th, if you’re counting) villain; what has officially become the highest grossing movie in the Us this Summer?; and which superhero duo took part in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge this week (donate at www.alsa.org/donate, by the way)? Clue: it wasn’t Bananaman.
So find out those Avengers: Age of Ultron details and more in the Movie Newsgasm…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
- Oliver Davis
Following a great weekend at the Us box office, which not only pushed it back to the number one spot but also made it the biggest movie of the summer, Disney announced today that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has now crossed $500 million worldwide.
The James Gunn directed space opera has now earned $255.2 million domestically and $245.3 million internationally with the movie yet to be released in several key markets including Germany, Italy, Japan and China, the latter of which has proven to be a huge money maker in 2014.
It’s soundtrack Awesome Mix Vol. 1 has also made it two weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, »
- Luke Owen
As Guardians of the Galaxy approaches the half billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office, the film has now overtaken Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest-grossing domestic release of the summer. The Marvel Studios release grossed $246 million by close of play yesterday, compared to Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $243.3 million haul, and will return to the top of the U.S. box office chart this weekend after two weeks trailing in second behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, »
- Gary Collinson
Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick's new short film, which he both wrote and directed, Good Samaritan, will be playing as part of this year's Screamfest L.A. film festival; and right now we have a couple of new stills for you! Dig 'em!
The film stars Toby Hemingway (pictured; Black Swan, The Covenant) and Rainn Wilson ("The Office," Super, House of 1000 Corpses). Based on the Hit List winning feature, Good Samaritan tells of Nathan Rome (Hemingway), an agoraphobic who videotaped a man get fatally beaten while numerous bystanders watched and didn't intervene.
The short opens with Nathan being interviewed by George Reed (Wilson), a conservative talk show host who blasts Nathan for his inaction. George points out that two of the other witnesses have died mysteriously and cryptically ponders if Nathan might be next. Nathan is convinced the other deaths were accidents. But after George shreds his morality on national TV, »
- Steve Barton
As we are still recovering from how great Guardians of The Galaxy turned out be it seems James Gunn may have upped the proverbial ante in the genre. There is, however, a certain degree of irony as this intergalactic gang of superhero misfits are, in fact, led by a man, Peter Quill, who seemingly possess no mystical powers beyond his wit and cunning.
In what is considered by many to be Marvel’s best film to date, we take a look at some of the great superheroes who, like Quill, are simply mere mortals. But great power can come at a price as we also look at those superheroes who aren’t that great and didn’t quite take off.
We take a look at six not-so-super superheroes. Buckle in.
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- Thomas Alexander
For the second week of August, horror fans can look forward to a fun array of titles arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week, including the Troma classic The Toxic Avenger, the cult classic Motel Hell from Scream Factory and the recent indie horror film Proxy.
Also arriving this week are the latest animated Batman feature, A Haunted House 2, a few more indie slasher films, including Crawl or Die and Bunnyman Massacre, as well as the long-awaited re-release of Santa Sangre on DVD from Severin Films.
Motel Hell Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD Combo)
You really are what you eat with Farmer Vincent’s smoked meat in this creepy horror yarn that ’packs a punch that goes way beyond mere terror’ (Boxoffice). Vincent’s popular products contain a special ingredient that the psychotic farmer and his sister would literally kill to keep a secret! Starring »
- Heather Wixson
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
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
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 »
Another huge Marvel summer blockbuster has exploded at the box office, this one directed by Super's James Gunn. I never thought Guardians of the Galaxy would hit it off with audiences, but I'm pleased to see it doing as well as it is.I also looked at the ambitious but disappointing James Brown biopic Get On Up; the ingredients are there for something truly groundbreaking, but it all ends up too on-the-beat by the end.Finally, a brief look at Magic In The Moonlight, a minor work from the great Woody Allen that shows that not every one of his annual works is necessarily a masterpiece.Plus, for bonus coverage, here's last week's look at Hercules, Snowpiercer, and A Most Wanted Man, as well as a tease of Toronto...
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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
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
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