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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.
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- Brent Lang
Thank you everyone watching #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy this weekend! We're all so happy that people are loving it.... http://t.co/xdS2nunok5 — chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 3, 2014 Hey @JamesGunn Just out of #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy it's nothing short of #Super Imho — Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) August 2, 2014 “@kevinbacon: Hey @JamesGunn Just out of #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy it’s nothing short of #Super Imho” I’m just like Kevin Bacon. — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 2, 2014 I have a new 2nd favorite super hero, Groot! Made me a tree hugger but can't beat Wonder Woman! #guardiansofthegalaxy pic.twitter.com/PyIqnHjM6G — Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) August 3, 2014 It's in the elite Best Of class with the 1st Iron Man, Avengers, and Cap II. Groot 4eva. — Joe Hill (@joe_hill) August 1, 2014 Marvel should put Rocket Raccoon in Captain America 3 as extra ammo in the big opening day face off with Batman v Superman. — Eric Goldman (@EricIGN) August 2, 2014 Rocket Raccoon and Groot are going to »
Disney and Marvel Studios took a big risk with not only developing a major blockbuster release based on their relatively obscure property Guardians of the Galaxy, but tapping indie auteur James Gunn (Super) as writer-director. As this weekend’s box office numbers prove, the gamble has paid off, with the overall positive fan and critical reception of Guardians opening up all kinds of possibilities for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Given the carefully strategized, interconnected nature of the Marvel movies so far, fans have speculated on how long it would take for the Guardians to cross paths with The Avengers. Such a crossover has always been a possibility, considering that we learned long ago that Marvel’s big bad Thanos would show up in GoTG, and Gunn himself voiced his desire to see his entry into the Marvel canon “grow into other things.”
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- Anthony Vieira
When it comes to major releases, this summer was somewhat junky. Before this season is even over already A Million Ways to Die in the West, Malificent, Transformers: Age of Extinction feel like distant memories. This summer wasn’t packed with offensively bad movies, but a few too many middle-of-the-road ones. Thankfully, there was enough standout major releases to not make this summer of popcorn eating a total loss. We got Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, and, a real delightful surprise last week, Lucy. We also saw a slew of great limited releases with Boyhood, Coherence, The Rover, Obvious Child, They Came Together, Snowpiercer, and more. They also helped make us forget about the more underwhelming blockbusters that were released these past three months. At first glance, summer 2014 doesn’t seem so hot, but once you look at all the good films that came out, we »
- Jack Giroux
Early in his prolific career, James Gunn penned the screenplay for “The Specials,” a movie centering on the sixth or seventh most popular superheroes in the world. He has now come full circle as the writer-director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” also about a group of oddballs–an orphan, two aliens bent on a revenge, a talking raccoon and a tree-like creature. “I love losers,” he says simply. “That’s just who my people are and that’s who I’m attracted to.” While they’re not as well-known as, say, “Captain America,” this ensemble of outcasts is earning rave reviews and already breaking box office records.
Gunn got an education in low-budget movie making via Troma Films, where he began his career, but has also worked on studio films, having written scripts for the “Scooby-Doo” movies and the acclaimed 2004 “Dawn of the Dead” remake. As he brings a specific vision to his movies, »
- Jenelle Riley
After working with filmmaker James Gunn on his first two directorial efforts, Slither and Super, Michael Rooker makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, opening in theaters August 1. While he's not one of the Guardians themselves, Yondu, an outlaw leading a team of miscreants known as The Ravagers, plays a critical role in this Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two adventure.
I recently had the chance to speak with Michael Rooker about the extensive commitment it took to just apply the makeup for this character, how filmmaker James Gunn's style has been altered (if at all) to build this immense sequel, and much more.
I read that you were worried that your schedule on The Walking Dead would conflict with this. That must have been an odd position to be in.
Michael Rooker: It totally did. It totally conflicted, and it was like, »
It’s safe to say that “Guardians of the Galaxy” score composer Tyler Bates has never written a cue titled “What A Bunch Of A-holes” before. “That’s James Gunn,” Bates laughs, referring to the movie’s director. “That was in his dialog. It was fun.” The fact that Gunn named a number of the music cues is a testament to the closeness that Bates and Gunn enjoy after working on a trio of Gunn-directed films together: “Slither,” “Super” and now “Guardians.” They met when Bates scored and Gunn wrote Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead.” The pair’s working relationship is such that Gunn brought in Bates as soon as the director got the “Guardians” job. “He started telling me his thoughts in terms of tone. He wanted dramatic and thematic,” Bates says. “He asked if I’d be up to writing in advance.” Bates began writing material »
- Melinda Newman
Directed by: James Gunn
Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Plot: A group of dysfunctional ruffians fight over the same orb, and then end up trying to save a planet.
Who’S It For? People who go see comic book movies, which is all of us now, I guess.
These title accidental heroes may be “a-holes” or “losers,” but their story’s sense of their outsider quality is delusional; the same way that to be a geek before the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s character crusade seven years ago has a completely different definition now, not to mention a lack of stigma. The story of these galaxy guardians is not packaged to be one that is different from those of which they are meant to be underdogs from; the most »
- Nick Allen
This weekend you should be checking out Guardians of the Galaxy, because it's just awesome (and let us know what you think afterwards too). It's the last film to hit before Phase Two's of Marvel's cinematic universe concludes with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it's been a long road to get here. At Marvel's Comic-Con panel last weekend, they wanted to remind everyone how they got here with a cool retrospective reel that starts with Iron Man back in 2007 and goes all the way through Guardians of the Galaxy today, finally revealing Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos, who is really going to shake things up. Watch below! Here's the retrospective reel on Phase One & Two of their cinematic universe from Marvel: And here's a high-resolution photo of Josh Brolin as Thanos from Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super »
- Ethan Anderton
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