Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel and James Gunn Talk GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is such a fun ride, with great action, plenty of laughs, a ton of heart and perfect choices in music.  It will have you singing along, and cheering for the snarky Rocket Raccoon and a talking tree named Groot.

During a conference at the film’s press day actors Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”/”Star-Lord”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Dave Bautista (“Dax the Destroyer”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Benicio Del Toro (“The Collector”) and Vin Diesel (“Groot”) were joined by director James Gunn to talk about what attracted them to this project, how liberating it is to not have to fit into the regular Marvel scheme of things, why Yondu is such a bad-ass, fighting the right attitude for Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the emotional journey of the story, the process for having the music organically come from and compliment the story, the physicality of these roles, why the movie references Kevin Bacon, and everyone’s favorite song on the soundtrack.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Marvel STAR WARS Comics Fill in the Blanks Between A NEW HOPE and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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I’m not sure if I have a burning desire to find out what happened between the first two Star Wars films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  It feels like if there was originally anything terribly interesting there George Lucas would have filled us in over 30 years ago.  But for those of you who are bigger Star Wars fans than me (which is pretty much everyone) it should be good news that Marvel is reuniting with the franchise for a run of three separate comic books series that fill in the blanks between those two films (including the moment Darth Vader learned he was Luke Skywalker’s father).

The series will be called simply Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia (with only the latter getting a multi-issue run apparently).  Hit the jump for more info and artwork from the new Star Wars comics.

Hannah Ware Talks HITMAN: AGENT 47, Working with Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto, Filming in Berlin, and More at Comic-Con

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Shortly before Aleksander Bach’s Hitman: Agent 47 world premiered its trailer in Hall H at Comic-Con (our recap of the trailer and panel is here), I sat down with Hannah Ware for an exclusive video interview.  Based on the popular video game franchise, Hitman: Agent 47 tells the story of an elite, genetically engineered assassin (Rupert Friend), known only by the last two digits of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.  His latest target is a young woman, but the mission brings startling revelations about both of their pasts.  The film also stars Zachary Quinto.

During the interview Hannah Ware talked about preparing for Comic-Con, what people should know about the movie, shooting on location in Berlin and Singapore, working with Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto, the action scenes, what she collects, her excitement for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 Images: DOWNTON ABBEY’s Dan Stevens Debuts as Lancelot

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20th Century Fox has unveiled the first Night at the Museum 3 images from director Shawn Levy’s upcoming sequel.  Officially titled Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third and final entry in the franchise takes the action to London’s British Museum and the city as a whole, where Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens brings the legendary Lancelot to life.  Ben Stiller reprises his role as night watchman Larry Daley, and Robin Williams also returns as the bombastic Theodore Roosevelt.  The previous sequel, Battle of the Smithsonian, raked in over $400 million at the worldwide box office, so the holiday debut for Secret of the Tomb should ensure solid business for the family film.  With these new image debuts today, I imagine a premiere trailer should be on the way shortly.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first images from Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  The film also stars Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Bill Cobbs, Dick Van Dyke, and Mickey RooneyNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens in theaters on December 19th.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Trailer and Poster: Peter Jackson’s Trilogy Concludes in Epic Fashion

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy.  This is the trailer they showed us at Comic-Con on Saturday, and it’s interesting to see how the prequel trilogy is trying to pull into The Lord of the Rings by using “The Steward of Gondor”, which was sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King.  The song still works here because it’s sad and somber, but the line that sticks with me from this trailer is when Thorin asks his company, “Will you follow me one last time?”  It’s a line that’s really directed towards the audience, but there’s a weariness to it that’s surprising.  It’s almost like saying, “Well, we’ve already come this far.  May as well finish it out.”

Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer and new poster after the jump, and click here to read our full Comic-Con panel recap.  The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando BloomThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Check out All of Our Comic-Con 2014 Coverage So Far

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Comic-Con 2014 is in the books, and this weekend we brought you an onslaught of coverage from our many reporters who were on the scene of the world’s largest geek convention.  We had panel recaps and interviews galore, and if you tried to keep up with it all this weekend, some articles may have been lost in the shuffle.

Hit the jump for a breakdown of all the movie panels, TV panels, movie interviews, TV interviews, and other Comic-Con 2014 coverage we posted this past weekend.  Also, keep checking back all week because we have plenty of Comic-Con stuff left to share with you.

THE JUNGLE BOOK Adds Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito; Eva Green in Talks for Tim Burton’s MISS PEREGRINE

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Disney continues to expand the cast of it’s The Jungle Book adaptation, even if only one actor will ever be seen on screen.  Director Jon Favreau’s iteration recently cast young newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and he will be the only live-action actor to appear in the film.  The rest of the cast is filled out with CG-animated creatures, and today Disney announced that Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast.  Walken will fill the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack.  Other voice actors in the film include Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Sir Ben KingsleyThe Jungle Book is scheduled for release on October 9, 2015.

Hit the jump for news concerning a Dark Shadows actress leading the next film from director Tim Burton.

Chris Evans Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, the Great Joss Whedon Dialogue, and More at Comic-Con

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Shortly after the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast left Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night, I got to conduct video interviews with most of them in the press room.  While the interviews had to be conducted in groups due to how many reporters were in attendance, we still managed to get a lot of great information from the cast.  You can watch my Paul Rudd and Mark Ruffalo interviews by clicking the links.

During the interview with Chris Evans, he talked about the process of making Avengers: Age of Ultron, the great Joss Whedon dialogue, if they’re going to address where the other Avengers were during their stand-alone movies, if he had one Avenger to help him out in Snowpiercer who would he pick, and more.  Hit the jump to watch what Chris Evans had to say at Comic-Con.

THE STRAIN Comic-Con Panel Recap: Guillermo del Toro and Company on the Show’s Violence; Upcoming Seasons

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With two episodes having already aired, the popularity of The Strain is undeniable.  This series, created and executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro, introduces a new take on vampire lore that is not only original and interesting, but seriously terrifying.  This show is not messing around, it’s trying to scare the hell out of you.  On Sunday at Comic-Con,  FX presented a special panel and sneak peek of the third episode of The Strain, with series creators del Toro and Chuck Hogan, showrunner Carlton Cuse and cast members Corey StollDavid BradleyMia MaestroSean AstinKevin DurandJonathan HydeRichard Sammel, Natalie BrownKevin DurandMiguel GomezBen Hyland, and Jack Kesy.

During the panel they talked about what it was like adapting the book into a television series, the look of the vampires, where del Toro came up with the idea of the worms and what the casting process for the show was like.  Hit the jump for The Strain Comic-Con Panel recap.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Animated Series Coming to Disney XD

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Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t arrive until Friday, but Marvel’s clearly got high hopes for the property because not only did the studio confirm a sequel for July 28, 2017, but now they’re finally moving forward with that rumored Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, too.  There’s no word on when it will air, but during San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Animation and Disney XD did share a one-minute preview of the show.

Disney XD also renewed Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. for second seasons, both of which are due to premiere in the fall.  Avengers Assemble features the voices of Adrian Pasdar, Fred Tatasciore, Roger Craig Smith, and Troy Baker while Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. has got Tatasciore, Clancy Brown, Seth Green and Eliza Dushku.  Hit the jump for more.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Red-Band Trailer Goes Heavy on Stylization, Light on Everything Else

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Dimension Films has released the new full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For red-band trailer that premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.  And it doesn’t seem like directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (read our SDCC interview) have done anything new for the sequel.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  Also going straight to hell is my interest in this movie.  I enjoyed the first film but felt that even this trailer was too much time spent back in the arbitrarily stylized world.  Nothing had any impact.  The only thing this film could do to surprise me is fashion a tight, engaging narrative.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For red-band trailer.  The film also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Powers Booth, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Dennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

Collider Giveaway: INTO THE STORM Emergency Preparedness Kit Includes Waterproof Jacket and Blanket, and Survival Tool to Help Weather the Storm

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In anticipation of Steven Quale’s natural disaster picture Into the Storm, we have an awesome survival kit movie tie-in to give away to one lucky winner!  It’s chock full of must-have items for everyone’s emergency preparedness stash, including a waterproof blanket and jacket, a survival tool, and a backpack to stow it all in, plus t-shirts and a hat featuring the film’s imagery.  As for Into the Storm itself, make sure to get caught up on the film with my set visit coverage, plus interviews with Quale, producer Todd Garner, and stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh, and Nathan Kress.

Into the Storm will have special 8pm screenings on Thursday, August 7th before opening everywhere on Friday, August 8th.  Hit the jump to check out the final poster artwork for Into the Storm, plus images of the movie-related gear and how you can win it!

Comic-Con: The Cast and Producers of THE FOLLOWING Talk Season 3 Reboot, Ryan’s New Found Happiness, Max’s Moral Compass, and More

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Joe Carroll might have been put in handcuffs in the season finale of The Following back in May but that doesn’t mean he won’t be factoring into the storyline when the series returns this fall with new psychological thrills.  After their panel at Comic-Con on Sunday morning, Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, Jessica Stroup, and Sam Underwood, along with executive producer Marcos Siega and new showrunner Jennifer Johnson, sat down with press for round table interviews in which they discussed what’s in store for Season 3.

During our chat, they explained why they’re calling it a Following “reboot,” revealed that we’ll be seeing a much happier Ryan Hardy when the show returns in October, and talked about Max’s tough moral choices, among other things.  Hit the jump for more.

Frank Miller Talks SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, the future of 300, Reincarnating Robocop, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, and More at Comic-Con

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Though he is not exactly a household name, Frank Miller is still one most singular and influential storytellers of the last 40 years.  His miniseries The Dark Knight Returns redefined the character, allowing for more cerebral and experimental efforts like Grant Morrison’s phantasmagoric Batman: Arkham Asylum Coupled with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns helped pave the way for a whole generation of adult-oriented and serious-minded graphic novels.  These novels served as the template for the gritty, hard-edged superhero fare that has dominated cineplex’s for almost a decade.  And it has seeped deeply into films featuring no spandex at all.  Without Miller, Tim Burton might not be an A-list director.  There would certainly be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.  No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles either, for that matter.  And if we are to include the technological advancements of Robert Rodriguez and Zack Snyder’s respective adaptations, Miller might well be more influential to the future of filmmaking than he has been to comics.  So all things considered, I think we can agree that Robocop never had any sequels and Holy Terror! exists only as an Onion article penned by David Mamet during his Andy Kaufman period.

Collider sat down with the perpetually-fedora-adorned author and artist at Comic-Con to talk about his long-awaited Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  During our exclusive one-on-one,  Miller talked about adapting his own work, original material added to the sequel, the importance of trusting actors, why he never writes a comic with the movie version in mind, the future of the 300 and Sin City franchises, the possible return of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and more.  Hit the jump for the full transcript. 

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Prop Images – Marvel Unveils First Look at Ultron, Cap’s Broken Shield, Hulkbuster Armor, and Black Widow’s New Ride

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This year’s Comic-Con was chock-full of peeks at upcoming films and TV shows, but one of the highlights was seeing the first footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The film looks to be quite ambitious in nature, especially when it comes to the villain Ultron, played via motion capture by James Spader.  While it will be a while before the general public gets to see any footage from Joss Whedon’s sequel, Marvel unveiled some props at its Comic-Con booth, offering the first look at Ultron Mark 1, Cap’s broken shield (ominously alluded to in the footage), a piece of the Hulkbuster Iron Man armor, and Black Widow’s new ride.  All of these played a significant role in the teaser footage we saw from the film.

Take a look at the Avengers: Age of Ultron prop images after the jump, but for full context with regards to how they fit into the movie, be sure to read Matt’s extensive panel recapAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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