TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Q&A Highlights: James Gunn’s Influences, the Soundtrack, the Sequel, AVENGERS Crossovers, and More

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These past few days have been like Christmas for Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as Marvel kicked its marketing campaign for the offbeat superhero pic into high gear with on-set interviews, new images, a new poster, and finally a new trailer.  Just before the trailer was released, though, director James Gunn, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and castmembers Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, and Dave Bautista took part in a Q&A with fans on Facebook.  Unsurprisingly they didn’t let slip anything too revealing, but they did offer some tantalizing hints and dropped a few interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets.

After the jump, we’ve compiled the highlights from the Q&A, including Gunn’s thoughts on directing the sequel and which characters he’d like to use, Easter eggs connecting to Avengers: Age of Ultron, the biggest influences on the film, the soundtrack, and Diesel’s thoughts on the “thousands” of different ways to say “I am Groot.”  Read on after the jump.

3 Teasers for the New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer; Hear Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon [Updated with New Teaser]

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Have you had your fill of Guardians of the Galaxy-related items yet today?  Of course not.  While we’ve already shared a new poster, an on-set interview with Chris Pratt, a batch of new images, and director James Gunn’s thoughts on the film’s theme and Rocket Raccoon, one last Marvel item has arrived to close out the week.  Ahead of Monday’s new trailer debut, Gunn has shared two teasers of the footage that’s sure to hold fans over for the next few days.  While I’d normally be annoyed at such extensive marketing being done so far away from a film’s release date, Marvel looks to have gone all-out in embracing the property’s weirdness, and as a result they’ve got an uphill battle in trying to introduce Guardians to the general moviegoing audience.  The second teaser also lets us hear Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. [Update: Marvel uploaded a third teaser.]

Hit the jump to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer clips, and check back Monday at 10am PST to watch the full trailer.  The film also stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Peter Serafinowicz, Michael Rooker, and Glenn CloseGuardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st.

Director James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the Film’s Theme, Why Rocket Is the Heart of Picture, Casting Decisions, and More

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Earlier today, Marvel released a cool new poster for Guardians of the Galaxy, and now a new interview with director James Gunn has landed online.  I was a big fan of Marvel’s decision to hire him, and in the interview, he says it probably helped that he wrote a 20-page document after meeting with the studio, and he could see the picture so clearly.  “There were about eight guys in the beginning, and then there were five guys, and then two guys, and then there was just me. Which was pretty great,” says Gunn.  And if you’re worried that Gunn’s irreverent, twisted tone might get watered down for a summer blockbuster, you can rest easy.  “When I turned in my first draft to Marvel, they were really happy with the screenplay, which of course I was overjoyed with,” says Gunn. “The only comment that they had is that they just wanted it to be ‘more James Gunn’, and that’s what I did. I said ‘It’s your funeral!’”

Hit the jump for more, and click on the respective links for the film’s new poster, character descriptions, Steve’s interview with star Chris Pratt, and behind-the-scenes imagesGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.

New High-Resolution Images from the Set of Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Marvel has provided us with some new Guardians of the Galaxy movie images to help promote our on set interview with Chris Pratt.  Like I said in the intro to the interview, I really believe Marvel is about to launch an incredible new franchise that will show the world great stories don’t have to take place on Earth.  Everything I saw on set—from the practical makeup to the massive yet realistic sets—will make you believe what you see on screen is really happening.  Trust me, Guardians is going to be something special.  Start counting the days to August 1st.

Until then, hit the jump to check out the new behind-the-scenes images.  Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Zoe SaldanaDavid BautistaLee PaceBenicio Del ToroGlenn CloseJohn C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

First GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TV Spot Goes Behind the Scenes with Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper

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The first Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot is now online!  When you own the network that airs a show that provides interconnecting tissue to your cinematic universe, you can get away with doing more than showing off a thirty-second teaser.  Enter Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which debuted a brief teaser during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night.  The quick TV spot at that space-based property gave us a nice behind-the-scenes look at the film, along with commentary from Kevin Feige, and stars Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper.

You’ll have to wait until August 1st to view the movie in full, but for now, hit the jump to watch the first Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Will Feature Motion-Capture Thanos; James Gunn Says Film Connects to AVENGERS 3

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With each new Marvel Studios release, fans are not only eager to dig into whatever solo adventure is on display, but also to see how the film connects to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.  The recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier serves as a prequel of sorts to Avengers: Age of Ultron, setting up the story for Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated ensemble sequel.  We still have one Marvel film left to go before Age of Ultron hits theaters in 2015, but it’s looking more and more like Guardians of the Galaxy will be more removed from the immediate MCU than the other films—at least for now.

In the latest issue of EW, Guardians writer/director James Gunn spoke a bit about the film, confirming that big baddie Thanos will indeed appear in motion-capture form, and teasing that the pic very much connects to Avengers 3.  Read Gunn’s full comments after the jump, along with a few new images from the unabashedly weird-looking Guardians of the Galaxy.

Recap of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Q&A with Chris Pratt, James Gunn, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige

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Earlier tonight, director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt joined Marvel’s Kevin Feige in a half-hour Q&A on all things Guardians of the Galaxy.  While you didn’t miss any new footage or surprise guests, the trio was surprisingly open in their answers to questions from both fans and AMC’s John Campea who moderated the event.  Gunn described the film as being in “The Marvel flavor, but [having] a lot of old-school space opera about it.”  He also shared a story about how Pratt almost missed on the audition for Star-Lord completely.  The charismatic Pratt shared an anecdote of his own, and Feige teased a possible Easter egg in the films for fans of the comics.  Hit the jump for the highlights.


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Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.

Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.

An Introduction to the Villains of Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Well I’m sure we’ve all been singing “Hooked on a Feeling” for the better part of this week after the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy trailer on Tuesday.  There have been numerous articles, including a few of our own, going into the protagonists of the story itself; who they are, where they came from, and where they may be going.  However, it seemed prudent to change things up a little and delve into those characters looking to cause trouble for the lovable raccoon and tree duo, to say nothing of the other three Guardians (played by Chris PrattZoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista).  Let’s delve into the murky underbelly of Marvel’s next big undertaking by looking at all of the villains that are set to make appearances in director James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy.  Hit the jump for an in-depth look at the baddies of the Marvel comics.

First Poster for Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Displays Excellent Tagline

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Have you had enough of Guardians of the Galaxy yet?  Of course you haven’t, which means you’ll be happy to check out the debut poster for Marvel’s upcoming sci-fi adventure.  Fresh on the heels of the trailer drop and today’s multitude of short featurettes, the studio has unveiled the first poster for writer/director James Gunn’s (Super) comic book adaptation, and it’s pretty perfect.  In keeping with the off-beat tone of the trailer, the tagline for this poster is, fittingly, “You’re Welcome.”  Marvel is taking a big gamble on a largely unknown property with Gunn’s film, but everything we’ve seen thus far tells us that the studio is going all-in with Guardians’ inherent weirdness.  I’m certainly not complaining.

Hit the jump to take a look at the poster.  The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, Glenn Close, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.

Director James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Infinity Gems, Adam Warlock, When We’ll Hear Rocket Raccoon Speak, and the Second Trailer

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If you just can’t get enough of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy than this week should be putting a big smile on your face.  In addition to the film’s first trailer and a bunch of images, director James Gunn recently commented on some aspects of the film that will likely please (and tease) fans, while probably confusing the uninitiated.  Do you want to know if an Infinity Gem will appear in the film, and which one it might be?  Care to find out if Adam Warlock or the Black Novas will show up?  Perhaps you’d like to know when we’ll hear Rocket Raccoon actually speak, or when Michael Rooker, Lee Pace and Glenn Close’s characters will get some exposure.  And just who was that guy holding up Drax the Destroyer in the trailer anyway?  Hit the jump for answers on all of that and more!

First Trailer for Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana

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Marvel has released the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy.  Led by half-human, half-alien Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), the team is comprised of humanoid aliens Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), talking raccoon Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel), a giant, walking tree.  If you were at last year’s Comic-Con, you’ll recognize a lot of the footage, but for the majority of audiences this first look gives a great sense of tone and the type of humor on display in the film.  We also get a solid look at Karen Gillan as Nebula and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector; a dozen new still images from the film can be found here.

Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, and Peter Serafinowicz also star in the comic book adaptation directed by James Gunn.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Three New Images from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; First Trailer Premieres Tomorrow Night

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In addition to three new images from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, we’ve got the details for how you can check out the first trailer for Marvel’s upcoming superhero film.  In addition to all that goodness, Gunn and star Chris Pratt recently shared some insights into the movie and teased how it will be different than any comic book film adaptation that’s come before it.  A tall order, but this cast and crew appear to be up to the task.

Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio Del Toro also star.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to check out the new images and to see what Gunn and Pratt had to say.

Marvel Confirms Vin Diesel as Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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While rumored since filming began, Marvel has finally confirmed Vin Diesel will be voicing Groot in director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  In addition, Diesel posted a picture of himself posing with the tree-like Groot, and James Gunn also offered his thoughts on Diesel being involved in the project.

“Yep it is completely official. AND he’s amazing. I never knew someone could say I AM GROOT so many different ways and with such feeling (and that sounds like I’m kidding but I’m not!)”

Hit the jump to check out the image along with Marvel’s press release.  The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio Del Toro.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014.

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