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If you are interested in getting your holiday shopping done early this year, then start planning your trip for the very first Hascon. During September 8-10 at Providence, Rhode Island Hasbro is hosting a new type of convention that has never been seen before. Hasbro is giving ticket holders the opportunity to see and interact with all the latest products the government has to offer, as well as a sneak peek at upcoming products from the company. Attendees at the convention will have the opportunity to see thousands of products and meet some of their favorite celebrities.
You can check out all the Hasbro brand experiences below and if you are interested in buying tickets to the event you can click here.
Immerse yourself in the world of Transformers where things are “More than Meets the Eye”! We take you behind-the-scenes through the latest entertainment from movies to animation to comics, »
- Michael Connally
As you may now, Nathan Fillion was supposed to have a very minuscule role in this May's hit sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But he was axed, left to die on the cutting room floor. All is not lost, though, as director James Gunn is sharing a look at exactly what this cameo would have consisted of. And it's all spoof posters.
Earlier in the month, Gunn confirmed that his friend Nathan Fillion had a small part to play in Guardians 2. Though his role would have not been an acting one. Instead, Fillion posed for a number of movie posters for a Simon Williams film festival happening at a theater that would have been seen during the Earth attack sequence played out by Ego the Living Planet.
The good news to come from this is that Simon WIlliams is now officially part of the Marvel cinematic canon. Williams »
Another weekend, another blockbuster Marvel opening at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest episode in the company's cosmic-mercenaries saga, predictably crushed the competition, grossing an estimated $425 million globally and perpetuating the studio's multiplex dominance. If you're looking for a secret to the company's success, we'll direct you to a 2014 comment from GotG director James Gunn. "I made a decision early on that I wanted it to be a hundred percent a James Gunn movie and a hundred percent a Marvel movie," he said after the first film's release. »
A surprise hit when it surpassed expectations back in 2014, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy raked in over 700 million at the box office, surpassing many of the tried and true super hero properties of the vaunted Marvel label. But what goes up must come down, and the element of surprise enlivening the first installment seems glaringly absent from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which more or less functions the same way as the previous film as concerns a ragtag group of superhero misfits, who, like Deadpool, seem more overtly concerned with selfish agendas and in-house squabbling than run-of-the-mill altruistic heroes.
Despite dancing around predictable beats, although this time around the focus shifting (like many franchise properties) into exploring the notion of what makes a cohesive familial unit rather than its characters being charged with explicitly saving the galaxy, Gunn manages to resurrect the same sense of scruffy charm, replete with (mostly) obscure vintage soundtrack references to make this second revolution more palatable than most of its continuously recycled Marvel cousins.
After completing a job for a race of bronzed elitist beings known as the Sovereign, led by the haughty Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki, reminiscent of a similar race led by Charlotte Rampling in Zardoz), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his crew are now in custody of Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana) rebellious younger sister Nebula (Karen Gillian), a being with a significant axe to grind with her sibling thanks to the abuses she endured growing up with their father. However, since the continuously ornery and disgruntled Rocket (the voice of Bradley Cooper) stole some of the precious batteries they delivered to the Sovereign, this leads to the Guardians being chased across the galaxy by the disgruntled priestess. In their flight, they are forced to crash land their ship in a remote locale, whereupon they are visited by the immortal being Ego (Kurt Russell), who informs Peter he is the long lost father he has always longed to know. Ego’s servant, Mantis (Pom Klementieff), who can read people’s emotions if she touches them, tips the Guardians off to Ego’s less than fatherly plans. Meanwhile, Yondu (Michael Rooker), the violent ravager who Ego had hired to bring Peter to him from Earth (but instead kept him and raised him to be a thief, as touched upon in the previous film), has been contending with being ostracized by the Ravagers, as exemplified by a tiff with Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone). As these storylines converge, Yondu, hired by Ayesha to capture the Guardians until his motley crew of subordinates stage a mutiny, is forced to contend with his own notion of legacy.
With dashes of Elo and Jay and the Americans among the glorious soundtrack highlights, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 plays like the kind of franchise installment assured of its success. Gunn, who this time around went solo on the screenplay, delivers endlessly witty exchanges with characters solely on hand for comedic relief such as Dave Bautista’s Drax, or the cutesy Baby Groot, the extension of the deceased character voice by Vin Diesel in the first film, here returning with a modified lilt.
Unfortunately, new additions to the cast are rather leaden, such as Karen Gillan’s husky voiced Nebula, or Kurt Russell’s amused immortal, neither of whom are handled with the same lightness as other core players, perhaps as a way to exemplify the angsty foundation of both Peter and Gamora. Vintage references abound thanks to Peter’s obsessive nostalgia for his youth, comparing his hampered romance with Gamora to that of Cheers, while a Mary Poppins reference plays for great laughs.
Gunn grants Michael Rooker the best character arc of all this time around (the actor has appeared, usually quite memorably, in Gunn’s previous films Slither and Super), while lead Chris Pratt gets wedged into a father-son dilemma clearly modeled after Luke Skywalker’s patriarchal woes from The Empire Strikes Back. Considering the plot contrivances of the first Guardians weren’t necessarily groundbreaking, the happenings of Vol. 2, by default, seem even less memorable since we’re dealing with epic storyline parameters with characters who are, by design, peripheral.
Plenty of actions sequences abound, including the requisite showdown between opposing forces, but most of these seem too computer generated (particularly Mr. Russell’s confectionary kingdom) to inspire awe (in fact, nothing really measures up to a goofy opening credit sequence where Baby Groot dances to “Mr. Blue Sky” as his colleagues battle a slithery, tentacled monster). Still, those seeking big budget, escapist entertainment should easily be won over by Gunn’s sequel, which is insistently witty (and sometimes, unfortunately, to the point of belaboring itself), even if its storyline doesn’t hold up past the credits.
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- Nicholas Bell
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, 2017.
Directed by James Gunn.
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Tommy Flanagan, Ving Rhames, Laura Haddock, Seth Green, Michelle Yeoh, David Hasselhoff, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Rosenbaum, and Sean Gunn.
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
I don’t usually make my writing or reviews personal (most of the time connecting a movie to one’s personal life doesn’t make for entertaining reading), but if there was ever an exception to the rule, it’s now with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Back when writer/director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Super, Slither, etc, the guy has yet to make »
- Robert Kojder
In 2014, Marvel Studios unleashed the film that seemed like the first real gamble in their freight train of superhero blockbusters, Guardians Of The Galaxy. A space opera that features a talking raccoon and a humanoid tree as lead characters seemed like such an out there concept, it was only fitting that James Gunn (Slither, Super) was picked to direct it. Most of the skeptics were won over by the dazzling... Read More »
- Luke Ryan
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Kicks Off the Summer With a Sci-Fi Action-Comedy
After three weeks of dominating the box office, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious is going to have to give way to a new movie, and that’s because the first weekend of May means that it’s officially...The Summer Movie Season!!!!
Just like the last couple years, the summer movie season is kicking off with a new movie from Marvel Studios, and their sequel Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios/Disney), reunites Chris Pratt as Starlord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista’s Drax, Michael Rooker’s Yondu with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as Groot and Rocket Racoon, for the next »
- Edward Douglas
With the sequel on release now [read our review here], Sean Wilson casts his mind back to summer 2014 when the original Marvel adventure became the true underdog champ of blockbuster movies…
A kindly tree-like creature named Groot illuminates a series of spores, imbuing his superhero misfit buddies with a profound sense of wonderment. Tyler Bates’ score soars off the back of a beautifully managed synthetic/choral arrangement. The integration of CGI with physical actors is exquisitely handled. And it’s official: Guardians of the Galaxy has, against all the odds, become one of my favourite Marvel movies of all time.
Like many great movies, it’s tempting to begin midway through the action. But let’s back up a bit.
It’s July 2014. I’m more than midway through what has been an extremely strong year for cinema encompassing, among others 12 Years a Slave, Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Raid 2, »
- Sean Wilson
Ben Robins on Guardians of the Galaxy and its exploitation influences…
Exploitation is a bit of a nasty word no matter the context, and in the movie world, it usually means something cheap and in many cases, derivative. It’s never properly been defined, and doing so here without page after page of background would prove tough, but the term, in a nutshell, is usually used to describe low-brow ‘B-movies’ that rip-off or ‘exploit’ mainstream heavy-hitters. After Steven Spielberg’s Jaws there was Michael Anderson’s Orca, and Joe Dante’s Piranha. After The Italian Job there was everything from Death Race 2000 to Vanishing Point (that was in itself, lovingly rejigged for Tarantino’s 2007 exploitation send-up Death Proof). They make just enough from the cult crowd but very rarely breach the dominant markets. Unless, of course, the film’s name is something stupid enough to go viral, like Sharknado. »
- Ben Robins
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 review: Round two for the Guardians and our first Marvel film of the year. Can it match the reception of the first film?
James Gunn brings the second instalment of his ‘Guardians’ series to screens with this, another massively budgeted, retro-soundtracked, hugely ambitious, behemoth of a picture that might just out-class the original.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 picks up the story shortly after the Guardians have saved the galaxy from the villainous Ronan the Accuser in the first film. Volume 2 opens to the crew, Chris Pratt‘s Peter Quill, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and baby Groot (Vin Diesel) seemingly having a little trouble with a monster called the Abilisk on a faraway planet . The sequence grabs your attention, »
- Paul Heath
Star-Lord and the rest of his “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” gang have their work cut out for them when the sequel opens May 5 if they want to match the critical and financial success of the Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Dave Bautista original.
According to most of Hollywood’s top critics, director James Gunn’s follow-up to Marvel’s 2014 hit falters a bit when it comes to unadulterated entertainment, but the emphasis on family makes “Vol. 2” a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
Variety’s Owen Gleiberman
“Shot for shot, line and line, it’s an extravagant and witty follow-up, made with the same friendly virtuosic dazzle. Yet this time you can sense just how hard the series’ wizard of a director, James Gunn (now taking off from a script he wrote solo), is working to entertain you. »
- JD Knapp
A few weeks ago, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director James Gunn revealed that the highly-anticipated soundtrack Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be released in the U.S. on April 28. As it turns out, fans in the U.K. will be able to purchase this soundtrack a full week earlier, and with just two days to the U.K. release, Marvel has finally unveiled the official track list. There will be 14 songs featured on this soundtrack, some of which we've already heard on the previously-released trailers thus far.
The Marvel U.K. & Ireland Twitter account unveiled the track list today through a poster featuring Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) holding up a cassette tape, with the "set list" taped above him. This image confirms that songs from the previous Guardians 2 trailers, "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac and "Fox on the Run" by Sweet are on the soundtrack, but other songs used in trailers and TV spots, »
No two words have been as closely associated with the modern comic book movie than “dark” and “gritty,” oft-repeated buzzwords that speak to an attitude and style that have not always panned out for the franchise-leaning features (a lesson that DC continues to learn the hard way). Filmmaker James Gunn doesn’t do gritty — at least when it comes to his “Guardians of the Galaxy” features, though his earlier work, which includes 2006’s clever riff on cheesy sci-fi “Slither” and 2010’s just plain nasty “Super,” reveal wry hints of deviousness to his aesthetic that his Marvel properties happily circumvent.
That has allowed him to craft some of the franchise’s most purely entertaining installments — “Guardians” and its sequel, which opens May 5 — and it’s no surprise that he’s already signed up to direct a third “Guardians” movie, making him the first filmmaker to tackle three Marvel movies in a row. »
- Kate Erbland
Author: Scott Davis
Excitement has reached fever pitch amongst many film fans as the eagerly anticipated Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now just under two weeks away and the stars, including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, have begun their huge promotional tour across the globe (they had to the UK next week!). But if you needed any more excuses to go see the follow-up, director James Gunn has given you one more.
The writer/director of the first two films, as well as films like Slither and Super, has announced on his Facebook page that he is to return once again to write and direct Vol.3. and thought that sharing it with the fans before the press junkets begin was the best way to share the news.
Related: Win Tickets to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Premiere
Here’s his full statement:
“Well, this week we start the U. »
- Scott Davis
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
The lineup for Cannes 2017 has finally been announced, and it’s a doozy. From the inevitable return of Michael Haneke to the shocking inclusion of television (albeit television from celebrated Cannes alumni David Lynch and Jane Campion), the 70th edition of the world’s most prestigious film festival promises to have something for everyone.
We asked our panel of critics to name the Cannes premiere they’re most excited to see, and their answers were unsurprisingly all over the map.
April Wolfe (@awolfeful), La Weekly
My stomach knots are finally unraveling knowing that Ramsay’s about to unleash another »
- David Ehrlich
With less than one month left until Guardians 2 hits theaters on May 5, kicking off the summer movie season, Chris Pratt is doing his part to get fans excited for this superhero adventure. The actor took to his Facebook and Instagram this weekend to reveal a new behind-the-scenes photo with his co-stars Michael Rooker (Yondu), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Pom Klementieff (Mantis), all in full costume. Here's what the actor had to say in a brief statement.
"#gotgvol2 here's us backstage on set waiting to Guardian the Galaxy. Can't wait for you to see these three in the movie. #rooker and @karengillanofficial are back, bigger and badder then ever and introducing #mantis @pomin8r who absolutely crushes!"
This Instagram photo and statement comes just a few weeks after Chris Pratt took to social media to address the hype swirling around this sequel, particularly the incredibly rare perfect test screening score the sequel earned. »
As The Belko Experiment opens we hear a Spanish language version of a pop song and, after a moment, we realise it’s I Will Survive. It’s the on-the-nose punchline to a joke that we don’t fully get at that point and a hint of what a dark, mischievous film lies ahead.
I think The Belko Experiment is an excellent film. I don’t know that you’ll agree with me.
It’s a film that’s an odd shape. It’s twisted and warped, and it crawls into your head looking to slither through some of the more hard-to-reach and unpleasant nooks in your brain. And if your brain isn’t twisted or misshapen just so, I’m not sure that you’ll find the experience particularly pleasant. »
If you aren't excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this will probably be a rough month for you, since there will most certainly be a ton of clips and TV spots debuting in the next few weeks. With just one month and one day left until this superhero sequel hits theaters, director James Gunn has debuted four new character banners, featuring all of the beloved main characters. Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and the diminutive Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) share a banner, while Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) are featured on their own theatrical posters.
James Gunn debuted these banners on his Twitter account earlier today, which give fans a close-up, detailed look at all of these heroes, before they save the galaxy yet again. These posters come just a few weeks after Chris Pratt took to social media to address the hype swirling around this sequel, »
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, April 7, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Dual Q&A sessions with the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter and “The Vampire Diaries,” panels featuring standout celebrities Evan Peters (“American Horror Story”), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), Gene Simmons(Kiss), WWE® Superstar Randy Orton® and others, “Pokémon,” and other gaming-themed panels, storytelling and comics creator sessions, video gaming tournaments, adult and kids costume contests, after parties and cosplay panels highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, April 7-9 at America’s Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission »
- Tom Stockman
Life is tough right now for DC. The first three DC Extended Universe movies were critically panned, movies with characters like Batman can't crack $1 billion at the box office, and projects are falling apart left and right as directors and writers drop out, delaying them until who knows when. The Flash has lost several directors, Aquaman was recently delayed, and films that should be priorities like The Batman and Man of Steel 2 don't even have release dates. Several of the Justice League solo-films on DC's slate may have release dates, but not directors or writers!
And yet, DC keeps announcing new projects that seem like long-shots at this point, especially if they can't even get The Flash off the ground. We've heard about not only a Shazam movie, but also a spin-off for Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam. In addition to no brainers like Suicide Squad 2, DC has made »
- Nick Doll
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