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'White Riot' scores French deal for Visit Films (exclusive)

Visit concluded the deal with The Jokers Films at the Great 8 Showcase in Cannes.

Ryan Kampe’s New York-based Visit Films has closed a deal with The Jokers Films in France on Rubika Shah’s documentary White Riot.

Visit concluded the deal in Cannes at the Great 8 Showcase on May 9 organised by the BFI, BBC Films and Film4 in association with the British Concil and the British government’s ‘Great’ campaign. Visit launched pre-sales at the Efm.

White Riot explores how punk influenced politics in late-1970s Britain at a time of deep social unrest. The film follows three artists
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Visit adds Rubika Shah's 70s punk doc 'White Riot' to Efm slate (exclusive)

The film is based on Shah’s short White Riot: London that premiered at Sundance 2017.

Ryan Kampe’s New York-based Visit Films has added writer-director Rubika Shah’s documentary White Riot to its Efm slate.

The film is based on Shah’s short White Riot: London that premiered at Sundance 2017 and went on to screen at Berlin, Tel Aviv and Sheffield Doc/Fest, among others.

White Riot explores how punk influenced politics in late-1970s Britain, a time of deep social unrest. The film follows three artists and fanzine creators who fought the neo-Nazi National Front, and overcame death threats, physical attacks and police brutality to create the British civil rights movement Rock Against Racism.

The documentary features interviews and previously unseen archive footage of performers like The Clash, The Specials, Tom Robinson, Bob Geldof, Joy Division, Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, Buzzcocks and Steel Pulse.

Ed Gibbs produces through Smoking Bear, the production company
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James Gunn to write and possibly direct Starsky and Hutch reboot!

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First a Miami Vice reboot, and now this? At least this time it's not 80's nostalgia, but 70's nostalgia. And, not only that, but none other than James Gunn - of Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Specials fame - will write the pilot, and possibly direct! He'll be sharing writing duties with his brother Brian and cousin Mark. Also like Miami Vice, Starsky And Hutch was a buddy-cop... Read More...
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Blu-ray Review: Slither Collector’s Edition

I can still remember going to see James Gunn’s debut feature Slither on opening night in March of 2006. It was to be my birthday movie, so myself and a group of friends all got together at the movie theater, ready to check out what Gunn had in store for us. I was the only one among us with an awareness of his work, having followed his career as a screenwriter during his days at Troma through The Specials, the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies, and, most notably, his 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. Because I knew what to expect from a James Gunn movie, naturally I loved Slither. My friends did, too. The rest of the nearly empty theater seemed puzzled and disgusted by it, though, and I knew that night that the movie was going to die a quick death.

I was half right. Yes, Slither disappeared from
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James Gunn Reminisces About Working on Scooby-doo: The Movie, Which He Originally Wrote as an R-Rated Film

Little known fact. James Gunn wrote the screenplay for Scooby-Doo: The Movie. A movie I quite enjoyed when I was growing up and still to this day. I was in California on vacation when I saw it with my family. I really thought it was clever to make Scrappy Doo the villain because so many people hated him in the original series. I also thought the casting was so enjoyable. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Freddie Prinze Jr, Isla Fisher, and Matthew Lillard were so great to watch re-enact my favorite cartoon characters. It was a kids movie sure, but at fifteen years old I still thought it was funny and cool in its own right. 

Well, James Gunn had a lot of fun being involved in writing it, and got to be on set with the actors during the filming and he has very fond memories. In honor of the 15th anniversary,
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James and Sean Gunn on ‘The Belko Experiment’ and How They Were ‘Saved’ by ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

James and Sean Gunn on ‘The Belko Experiment’ and How They Were ‘Saved’ by ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
As the writer-director behind cult hits like “Super” and “Slither” and the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy,” James Gunn has worked with some of the biggest names in the business. But ask him who his favorite actor to work with is, and he doesn’t hesitate: it’s his brother, Sean Gunn.

He’s not just trying to keep family dinners peaceful. Sean is an accomplished teacher and actor, perhaps best known for his scene-stealing turn as Kirk on “The Gilmore Girls,” and has appeared in almost all of his older brother’s projects. “I’d rather have him as an actor than anybody else,” James notes. “We see things so similarly and having the same background, we have a shorthand of speaking. I can say something that would make sense to no one else, like, ‘Do it like Cousin Chuck would!’ ”

The new few weeks see two new collaborations between the duo.
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James Gunn reveals 'Guardians Vol. 2' will 'run over' the Bechdel test

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James Gunn reveals 'Guardians Vol. 2' will 'run over' the Bechdel test
Recently Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has dropped notes on Facebook regarding the Spider-Man: Homecoming casting controversy and to give updates on the status of Groot in the Guardians sequel. This week he wrote on his Facebook page once again with a Guardians-themed post that actually said a lot more. Women all over the world have been pushed to the sidelines in the interests of men, and their personhood is often forgotten or delegitimized. This is true in the realms of politics and education and religion. But it is also true in the realm of Stories. That is my personal area of expertise, and that is where I believe women – and girls – deserve the fullness of character that men have often received (I almost said “always received” but then remembered much character writing sucks, regardless of sex). "Now I know, in these weird times, just for writing this,
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Crushes the Bechdel Test Promises James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Crushes the Bechdel Test Promises James Gunn
Tuesday, October 11 marked International Day of the Girl, which Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director James Gunn decided to celebrate by speaking about the female roles in his superhero sequel. While his original 2014 blockbuster featured two prominent female roles, Zoe Saldana's Gamora and her sister, Karen Gillan's Nebula, those ladies will return, and be joined by newcomer Pom Klementieff's Mantis, with the director revealing in his note that he can't wait to see how fans react to these characters.

The director published this note on Facebook this past Tuesday, revealing how he has always tried to develop his female characters as full as he possibly could. He added that his sequel passes the "Bechdel Test," meaning the movie has at least two female characters talking to each other about something other than a man. Here's part of director James Gunn's lengthy statement below.

"Women all over
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James Gunn Talks About The Female Roles in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2.

There have been a couple of solid female roles in the Marvel Studios filmography, but there's always room for improvement, and it sounds like that's exactly what writer/director James Gunn has done from Guardians of the Galaxy to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I somehow missed this the other day (apologies for the delay), but the filmmaker took to Facebook a couple of days ago and spoke out about how he's written fully-rounded female roles in his upcoming sequel. Here are a few snippets of that post:

Women all over the world have been pushed to the sidelines in the interests of men, and their personhood is often forgotten or delegitimized. This is true in the realms of politics and education and religion. But it is also true in the realm of Stories. That is my personal area of expertise, and that is where I believe women – and
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Will Blow Past The Bechdel Test – And Then Some

The Bechdel Test. First coined by Alison Bechdel via Dykes to Watch Out For in ’85, the theory has been applied to countless works of fiction ever since as a means of measuring gender bias across any medium – or lack thereof, in some cases. Its premise is simple: in order to pass the test, said subject must contain at least two women in it, two women who talk to one another about something besides a man.

Sounds simple? You’d be surprised by how many films fail to meet even that most basic requirement. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is categorically not one of them.

Talking to Facebook to commemorate International Day of the Girl, director James Gunn posted an exhaustive post on the matter, before confidently stating that not only does Guardians 2 pass the Bechdel test, the sequel seemingly manages to “run over it and back up over it
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2: What We Know

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: What We Know
For the early part of 2014, most fans saw Guardians of the Galaxy as a giant gamble for Marvel. It was a sprawling space epic with little known characters and a director mostly beloved for his cool, hip cult movies such as The Specials, Slither and Super. But Marvel and Disney knew they had a hit earlier on, announcing a sequel at last year's Comic-Con before the movie even opened, confirming a May 5, 2017 release date. Thing is, they had no idea just how big of a blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy would prove to be, or how prophetic that news was. Guardians of the Galaxy turned Chris Pratt into one of the biggest stars in the galaxy. And it excelled at giving us a group of characters who all 'stole' the show. Now, more than possibly any other Marvel movie planned to hit over the next five years, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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'Ant-Man' Is James Gunn's Favorite Marvel Movie Since 'Iron Man'

'Ant-Man' Is James Gunn's Favorite Marvel Movie Since 'Iron Man'
Marvel held their world premiere for Ant-Man at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on Monday, where cast and crew attended along with several members of the Marvel family. One such guest was Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who revealed on his page earlier this week that Ant-Man was his favorite Marvel movie since 2008's Iron Man. Take a look at the director's full statement below.

"Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau's Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I'm partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It's never boring for a second and it's hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn't get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It's a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact.
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James Gunn Raves About Ant-Man, Calls It A “Complete Blast”

Marvel fans the world over are holding their breath in anticipation of the first reviews for next month’s Ant-Man hitting the web, and luckily for the fans and filmmakers alike, advance buzz is overwhelmingly positive. Now, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is adding his two cents.

Readers may remember how Gunn elegantly responded to Edgar Wright’s controversial departure from the director’s chair at a time when accusations were flying back and forth like an angry Asgardian. Now, he’s had a chance to finally see what replacement helmer Peyton Reed and company have come up with – and it sounds like he’s a big fan.

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Posting on Facebook, Gunn said the following:

Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast!
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James Gunn Casts His Brother Sean Gunn in ‘Belko Experiment’

James Gunn Casts His Brother Sean Gunn in ‘Belko Experiment’
Sean Gunn has joined the cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn’s new horror film, “The Belko Experiment.”

James Gunn made the announcement Thursday on his Facebook page. He’s also revealed castings last week of “Scrubs” alum John C. McGinley, “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.

“You may recognize him from one of my other films — Kraglin in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Alien Orphan in ‘The Specials’ (film), Toby in ‘Super,’ Humanzee in ‘Humanzee,’ or numerous characters in our James Gunn’s PG Porn series (which Sean co-created with me and our brother Brian),” James Gunn said.

“Even more of you might recognize him as Kirk from ‘Gilmore Girls. ‘In addition to being my brother, he’s also my favorite actor in the world to work with so I’m excited to welcome him aboard ‘Belko’ as Marty Espenscheid,
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James Gunn Talks Guardians Of The Galaxy With Wamg

By now, most of you are familiar with the galactic awesomeness that is Guardians Of The Galaxy, but for those of you that have been hiding under a rock on Knowhere, you’re in luck because this spunky bunch of A-holes are making their way to Blu-Ray on December 9th.

Last week, I talked with writer/director/animal enthusiast James Gunn about his feelings before releasing the film, the upcoming sequel and, of course, Michael Rooker. Check it out below.

Before the film was released, there were a ton of headlines about James Gunn being terrified to release Guardians. The film’s coming to Blu-ray now, and has done incredibly well, so I’m wondering what scares you now?

James Gunn : Well, I wasn’t terrified of releasing the movie. I was terrified because I didn’t know how I was going to live my life without having Rocket in it everyday.
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The early cinema of James Gunn

From Troma to Super, via Scooby Doo, we chart the movie career of Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn...

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…
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Q&A: ‘Guardians’ Director Calls New, Big Budget Career in Hollywood ‘Orgasmic’

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,
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5 Reasons to Hate the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Trailer

5 Reasons to Hate the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Trailer
"Look, if I wanted to watch Spaceballs, I'd Watch Spaceballs!"

"Really? Really?"

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These were just a few of the things overheard after the much anticipated trailer debut of director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy last night. While fanboys and comic book aficionados 'get it', the general public is non-pulsed. In their eyes, this looks like a campy space movie. And if the second trailer doesn't step it up, it will surely be another flop for Disney on par with John Carter and The Lone Ranger. Right now, we can compare it to the now classic midnight movie staple Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which tanked hard but found solid support amongst true believers. While it's viewed as one of the great comic book adaptations of all-time, the general public just didn't get it. After hearing some of the responses last night from 'normal' folks who watched this trailer,
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Responds to Blog Controversy

Filmmaker James Gunn is known for his bleak and twisted sense of humor, which is why Marvel’s decision to hire him on as director for Guardians of the Galaxy is regarded as a bold move that could pay off handsomely – according to such people as Marvel Movie Universe architect and Avengers director Joss Whedon.

However, that hiring is not without risks, as Gunn’s previous approach to getting a laugh has been received by some as inconsistent and mean-spirited. One look at the love/hate reactions to Gunn’s scripts for the comic book superhero satires The Specials and Super - the latter of which he also directed – confirms as much.

The announcement that casting has begun for Guardians of the Galaxy was overshadowed this week, when such sites as The Mary Sue discovered comments that Gunn posted in an article breaking down ...

Click to continue reading ‘Guardians of
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James Gunn Confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy

Although there wasn't really much doubt left in anyone's mind, today James Gunn officially announced his involvement as the director of Marvel's upcoming sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy. When he was initially rumoured to be at the top of Marvel's shortlist last month, it seemed like a pretty ballsy and exciting choice -- in other words, the perfect match for such a strange comic book movie. Then last week, while he was doing press for Tiff, Joss Whedon essentially confirmed that James Gunn had the job and told MTV that he was 100% behind Gunn's twisted take on the material. Hit the jump to see what they both had to say about the project. James Gunn made the following announcement on his Facebook page earlier today: "For a month or so there’s been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Until
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