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Director James Gunn Discusses Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Hello again ladies and gents, time for some film news. As you may be aware, the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy went online yesterday and it seems to be received well by most who have seen it, I reviewed it earlier on today. And now James Gunn has surfaced and provided some new details about the film. The following information comes from IGN:

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“The first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer has only just debuted online, but director James Gunn has already been talking about the action therein.

Speaking to Total Film, Gunn explained that Raiders of the Lost Ark is a big influence on the film’s action, most notably the trailer’s opening scene, and that the pinnacle of his career thus far is the shot in which the camera “circles around a maniacal raccoon shooting a machine gun on the back of a living tree.”

The cute critter in question is of course rocket Raccoon, who is voiced by Bradley Cooper, and while his dialogue wasn’t ready for the trailer, Gunn explains “We hired Bradley because he’s able to do both comedy and drama – it’s the thing I look for most in the actors on all my films. And to truly sell Rocket – for you to believe a Raccoon can talk and blow up and shoot tons of stuff –  we needed a well-rounded actor.”

As for other interesting stuff that Total Film learned during their chat…

Gunn describes the Guardians as “a thief, two thugs, a murderer, and a maniac.”

– E.T. tree Groot – voiced by Vin Diesel in the flick, is “An innocent… 100% deadly and 100% sweet.”

– The “bunch of a-holes” line was an ad-lib that Gunn threw at Peter Serafinowicz.

– The spaceship shot sees the gang facing off with a fleet of the villainous Ronan the Accuser’s Necrocraft.

– Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are “the two most hardass characters in the movie” with Gunn comparing them to Clint Eastwood.

– 1970s and ‘80s songs play a big part in the movie, with Peter Quill’s Walkman his one connection to the earth he left behind.

– There are more cool character reveals left, including Michael Rooker’s Yondu, Glenn Close’s Nova Prime, and the aforementioned Ronan the Accuser.

Gunn ends the interview saying he can’t wait for the film to hit in August, and on this evidence, neither can we.”

Just like any of Gunn’s previous interviews I’m liking the sounds of his words and it gives me hope for this new Marvel film especially since the trailer gives us some visual material to work with. His comments about Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket makes me happy, Cooper is great actor with diverse acting skills, here’s hoping that he rocks the role with his voice. I also like his individual comments too. The way he describes the Guardians is great, makes them sound very random and unlikely as a good of heroes. I love how he’s said that Gamora and Nebula are harasses, I love hardcore female characters. Also happy that Gunn gave justification as to why that song was included in the trailer because it is actually part of the film. Again everything I’m hearing about this film makes me smile and I hope that it works out. I need August to come sooner rather than later.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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No Guardians of the Galaxy Super Bowl Ad After All. WEAK!

Hello ladies and gents, time to report some film news and today is a sad update story. You may remember recently I posted a news story saying that there’d be a trailer of Guardians of the Galaxy at the upcoming Super Bowl correct? Well it turns out the source behind that story was telling porkies as we you can see from the following article from ComicBookMovie:

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“It appears the infamous Nikki Finke jumped the gun yesterday when she posted to Twitter that the first official Guardians of the Galaxy visuals would debut in a TV spot during the Super Bowl next month. Writer/director James Gunn took to the social network moments ago to set the record straight. “For those of you asking about a #gotg Super Bowl spot,” he started in a tweet, “there will not be one, but we will have something incredibly awesome for you soon.” We currently don’t have an inkling of what this “incredibly awesome” something could be or exactly how “soon” before we get to see it, but we can expect some Captain America: The Winter Soldier promotion next week. The Marvel sequel is guaranteed to get a TV spot and most likely an extended version online on game day, February 2, 2014. In the meantime, what do you think James Gunn is teasing?”

First word that comes to mind after reading this: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

*In the Darth Vader voice from Star Wars Episode III* 😛

But seriously why? Why would someone out there get your hopes up like that just to have it shut down by the main director himself. I guess that’s what us fans get for trusting a source that’s not officially come from Marvel or Disney. Can’t say I’m not depressed about this… HOWEVER! James Gunn does say that he has something amazing in the pipeline which leads me to believe that there is a glimmer of hope coming soon. I only pray that it is sooner rather than later, us fans need footage to work with now! We wanna see how far this film has come along since the Comic-Con teaser footage, GIVE ME SOMETHING TO BREAK! Okay, wrong words, thinking about Limp Bizkit too much haha. But seriously Gunn give us fans something, your film comes out in seven months, we NEED something visual to work with here.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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James Gunn Talks Up Rocket Raccoon’s Importance And More In Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay I know I’ve been giving you a fair amount of film information to the point where it is kind of overflowing, but I have to say that it can’t be helped. When something interesting goes down in the world of film I just have to talk about it, especially if it is Marvel Studios-related. So today we’re talking more Guardians of the Galaxy news. The following information comes from ComicBookMovie:

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“Speaking with Total Film magazine, Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige talked a bit about Guardians of the Galaxy. “Ninety-nine percent of the film takes place on the other side of the universe with all new characters and all new worlds, although through certain connective tissue – such as Thanos in Avengers and some surprise appearances,” he teased. Suggesting Marvel’s been building towards a full-fledged space adventure that’ll be Guardians, Feige says “we explored some of that in the first Thor, Avengers and then more so in Thor: The Dark World.” 

For his first interview since wrapping principal photography on Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn talked with British magazine Small Furry Pets. Revealing his brother Sean Gunn’s contribution to the film, Gunn also talks up Rocket Raccoon and his on-set model, a real raccoon by the name of Oreo. “We needed a raccoon to study how he looked and his behavior, so that our on-screen raccoon, which is generated through CGI will be realistic,” he explained. “Our Rocket is based on a combination of our voice actor, Bradley Cooper, our on-set actor, my brother Sean Gunn, the movements and behavior and look of Oreo, as well as my own animation… Bradley is one of those actors that can do drama and comedy equally well. He can do character work as well as being a leading man. These are important qualities in the role of Rocket – which is a lot more dramatic than you might think.” James Gunn once again dubbed Rocket “the heart of the movie” in a separate interview with Total Film magazine. “He is most representative of the Guardians in the fact that he’s this little mangled beast that was taken and experimented on and torn apart and put back together, and we have to feel that character’s soul,” Gunn says. “If we see his plight, and see why he’s such an angry little guy, then the movie will work.” 

Back with Small Fury Pets magazine, James Gunn was asked at one point if he would agree with the showbiz phrase ‘never work with kids and animals,’ considering the filmmaker’s Instagram shows him playing with mammals of various shapes and sizes. “In general, I enjoy working with kids and animals” he replied. “We have a child in our film, Wyatt Oleff, who is one of the most naturally talented actors in the film – and this is a movie with Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro. I’ve never had a problem with kids. Animals on the other hand – I love them more than anything- but they are, in general, terrible actors. They usually do what they want.”

I like what I am reading, I like it a lot. I want this film to come out now. 😛 But seriously this film sounds awesome, the way Gunn describes the film taking place is space, having connections to The Avengers, it all sounds quite fun and exciting just to speculate as to what these filmmakers are up to you know? I also love the fact that he’s not hiding Rocket Raccoon and is making sure that the character is just as relevant as the rest of the team. Also the fact that they’ve gone so far as to get a real raccoon for the film and researched its movements for the eventual CGI character tells me that they’re no messing around with how authentic they want the character to be.

Again this all sound awesome, but I’m still mindful of this film’s outcome. GotG could be the best thing ever or it could suck really hard and bite Marvel back in the ass. The Marvel Cinematic Universe rides on this one, if Marvel can make this work, then they can do anything in the future and they’ll become godly.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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My Thoughts on The First Guardians of the Galaxy Image

Howdy ladies and gents, finally time for my first news story of 2014 and it is of course comic book-related of course! Now on New Years Eve a new image was dropped online for the upcoming Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy, I saw it on my night out, but I couldn’t blog on it at the time obviously, so I’m gonna talk about it now.

Check it out below:

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In addition to the to this image here’s a little information from superherohype too:

“According to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who had no idea Disney was releasing it, the image above is from a very early stage and the visual effects have since been improved. “Okay, so I suppose Disney released this still from Guardians of the Galaxy,” he commented. “It was featured in the San Diego Comicon trailer, and is an early (truthfully, quite unfinished – we’ve come a long way from here) look at Rocket and Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax.” Bold move, Disney. An official Guardians of the Galaxy synopsis was also released.”

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Well firstly I noticed that this image looked similar to the footage from the Comic-Con teaser trailer back in July and now James Gunn has confirmed it. Also I’m surprised that Disney have gone ahead with this without the director knowing about it. And then there’s another point that Gunn brings up about the footage being very early on and that they’ve come a long way since this footage was first shown.

With those factors in mind let’s discuss! Firstly the image looks pretty damn cool and when I saw the leaked teaser online from Comic-Con I was so damn hyped and this mug-shot line-up scene looked really nice considering that the film had only been in production for a little while. The look of the group have come a bloody long way from the concept art that was first dropped at Comic-Con 2012. I mean here’s an image comparison:

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Damn that is a big difference, you can really tell the difference between the first picture and the next two because the cast have embodied the characters.

Now looking at the latest image and knowing that is a lot older now, I wonder how far the character designs have come, whether there is any additional make-up or special effects to be done any of the individuals. With Gamora I think she sort of looks like a green Rihanna with red hair haha (hate to say it but its hard not to see), Chris Pratt looks fine, Rocket looks pretty cute/badass, Drax looks interesting and Groot is definitely a human-looking tree.

In terms of stuff I’d change well here’s my thoughts:

  1. Gamora and Drax need to look a bit more alien, since they’re not technically human I’d like them have a bit more facial make-up to make them look less like humans.
  2. Maybe make Groot a little taller and add more branches to his tree-like figure.
  3. Overall just try and make the cast look a bit more like the first concept art image because it makes the team look very odd, different and stand out from the each other.

Well there’s my thoughts on the Guardians of the Galaxy imagery, what are your thoughts on the first official (technically old) image? Leave your thoughts below, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Super Review

Howdy people, time for me to review another film that’s not currently showing at the cinema and today’s review will be on Super. Now this was a film I was initially interested in seeing back in 2010 because it looked alright from the trailers, but after the reviews came out I sort of discarded it. But since Mark Kermode on his recent Kermode Uncut video said he liked the film, I thought I’d give it a watch.

So when it comes to the story in this film follows Frank Darbo, a normal guy who has a good life with his wife, Sarah. However after his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer by the name of Jacques,Frank transforms himself into the Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills. Along the way he meets a girl called Libby who becomes his sidekick Boltie and together to fight crime together and go off on a mission to save Frank’s wife from the forces of evil.

The story in this film is pretty simple but plays out in a very over-the-top, strange and quite unnatural fashion. You basically follow Frank over the course of his adventure to get his wife back and how his actions both as a superhero and as himself affect the people around him. There are funny, awesome, strange and fucked up stuff that goes down in this film. Annoyingly there are some really cool or hilarious moments within this story, but a lot of it is offset but some weird, vulgar and unnatural elements that make the film not nearly as enjoyable as it could have been. The film also had problems with trying to find the balance between humor and scenes of seriousness too.

Then there are the characters of Super who are a mixture of cool, weird and just plain old assholes. Let’s start with Rainn Wilson as Frank Darbo / The Crimson Bolt. Wilson made for a good, if not stupid and lovable protagonist. Frank is a bit of a fucked up individual, he has some strange habits and ideas of what justice is, but that’s what makes him so funny and some his actions as Crimson Bolt was nothing short incredible. Then there’s

Ellen Page as Libby / Boltie, now this is only my second Ellen Page film but I honestly liked her in this film. As Libby Page gave a great performance as this comic book girl who eventually comes to work with Frank and help his cause and satisfy her need to do crime fighting too. As Boltie she is a violent nutcase but that is something that also makes her funny and awesome, plus in her costume Page did look pretty hot too. Wilson and Page had pretty good chemistry for the most part although there were some weird moments from time to time.

Kevin Bacon as Jacques was great. Bacon played this hilarious was a right asshole who had a way with words and was pretty funny throughout. Also Nathan Fillion as The Holy Avenger was hilarious. His character was a fictional person from a comic book series and TV show and I loved him, he was one of the best aspects of this film. You could tell that Fillion was having fun with this role but I couldn’t help but see him as Mal from Firefly under the mask. Michael Rooker as Abe was also pretty funny, having not a lot to say but when he was on-screen he was doing something funny and lastly Liv Tyler as Sarah Helgeland was nice though her character didn’t do nearly as much as the others mentioned before.

As for the presentation it’s good but also pretty weird. Basically this film has an animated sequence which is accompanied by music and it is nice, colourful and amusing and there are also moments in the film where it has little animated moments similar to the old Batman TV series when people get hit or shot. Also this film is pretty violent, now I’m all for violence, in some cases I love it, but in this film its sometimes painful to watch and some of the visual stuff that goes down in general is just plain awkward yo.

In conclusion Super is an interesting film and definitely was entertaining, that being said it one of the strangest superhero/comedy films I have come across. The best way to describe Super is like calling it the twisted and slightly fucked up little brother of Kick-Ass. The film was a lot better that I expected it to be but it was also very unnatural and unlike anything that I’ve seen before, by the time the film was over I felt both entertained and partially disturbed haha.

Rating: 7/10 (It’s good but really freaky yo)

So have you seen Super and if so what are your thoughts on the film? Whatever it is drop it in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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James Gunn Talks Guardians of the Galaxy

I’m always happy to get more news on Guardians of the Galaxy because it Marvel’s most unnatural and ambitious film so far. There is much mystery surrounding this film and there are many questions that need answering. Yesterday on superherohype they posted up an article where we got a little more information about the film from director James Gunn, check out the article below:

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“Marvel Studios’ most risky film to date is the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy and they’ve kept much of what it will consist of a secret. Luckily, Hey U Guys caught up with the film’s director, James Gunn, at the UK premiere for Iron Man 3 and managed to get him to open up about the film. Based on the concept art that has been released for the film, they drew comparisons to Star Wars which Gunn seemed to think was inaccurate.

“I do think we’re very, very different from Star Wars. Some of the concept art that came out is under my tutelage, and some of it is before my tutelage. The concept art that came out is only stuff that was on the big Marvel collected disc set, talking about phase two and it had some stuff from Guardians. Some of the art by Charlie Wen and the guys. The Rocket Racoon that was by itself was an early version of my Rocket that I dealt with Charlie when developing. He doesn’t look so much like that anymore, but there’s a lot of similarities in that he’s more of a grounded, real little creature as opposed to a cartoonish thing.”

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The most talked about aspect for the film is how Marvel Studios will make a talking mercenary racoon feel natural, and Gunn has been doing his homework.

“I’ve done a lot of studying with real racoons, and we had real racoons come in. We’ve done photography with them, I’ve played with racoons, and fed racoons, and dealt a lot with real racoons to get some of the behaviour down, because it’s really, really important to me that Rocket Racoon, who is the heart of the movie, is not a cartoon character, it’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers, it’s a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that’s alone. There’s no one else in the universe quite like him, he’s been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.”

The first cast member added to the film’s growing roster was “Parks and Recreation’s” Chris Pratt. Gunn says that though countless people auditioned, he knew that Pratt was perfect for the role.

“I was very specific that I wanted it to be somebody really extraordinary. I really had Robert Downey Jr. in mind a lot. You had this guy who came in and he inhabited Tony Stark, when you first saw Tony Stark he blew your mind, you couldn’t believe what you were seeing. I knew that I needed somebody to blow my mind like that. We saw a lot of very famous guys for the role, a lot of very well-known people, and very, very good actors. We saw a lot of good performances, but it wasn’t until Chris came in and he read and I was like, ‘oh my God’, this guy has his own, very particular, amazing take on the character that blew my mind, blew me away. Then I thought, this is the first guy I could see sharing the screen with Robert Downey Jr. and giving him a run for his money.”

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While Gunn already confirmed the movie is different from Star Wars, he indicates that it does feature similarities to The Avengers.

“In some ways yes, but in some ways no. In terms of a lot of stuff we’re very much like The Avengers, where it’s a very big, huge movie. It’s different because it’s cosmic, it’s in outer space, it’s very colourful. We have a whole history of science fiction behind us that we’re dealing with, and borrowing from, and also fighting with to create something unique. But at the same time there’s a lot of stuff it has in common with The Avengers.”

Though he gave a coy reply, Gunn seemingly confirmed Zoe Saldana’s involvement in the film in the interview – she was reported to be in talks for the role of Gamora a few weeks ago. He also mentions that we will be finding out who will fill the role of Rocket Raccoon in the coming weeks and that cameras will roll on “Guardians” starting in June.”

This is a pretty cool interview and it did shed a bit more light on how Gunn and his team developing the film. I like how Gunn acknowledged the similarities of GotG to Star Wars but said that GotG will be unique. And when he mentioned similarities to The Avengers I was a bit surprised by that, does that mean the team will be a bit dysfunctional and won’t get a lot at first? I am now curious about that. As for the other stuff mentioned, I liked how their getting real racoons in and studying them to get a realistic feel for Rocket Racoon when he’s eventually put onto the big screen. I am surprised that James Gunn liked Chris Pratt so much when he auditioned, sounds like Pratt really impressed Gunn so now I have pretty high hopes.

Overall I’m liking where this film is going, we now know the film’s going start production in June, we sort of know that Zoe Saldana is involved too and there’s now talk about Rocket Racoon being cast in the next few weeks so things are really heating up for this film.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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