More GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Images Released Featuring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and More

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Marvel has released more Guardians of the Galaxy images online.  The story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)—as they set out to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  I wouldn’t go so far as to qualify these stills as “new” since we’ve seen most of them in the trailers, but I still appreciate the high-quality close-ups, and I certainly don’t want to see new images that end up spoiling the film.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy images.  The film opens in 3D on August 1st, and also stars Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Director James Gunn Explains Music’s Importance in the Film and on Set

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We brought you the details and track listings for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack about a week ago, but some new quotes from the director reveal just how important that music was both on set and within the film itself.  In addition to the twelve classic songs found on the soundtrack, Tyler Bates’ score was equally important, as Gunn asked him to finish some of the tracks before principal photography even began in order to use it on set to establish emotional beats.

The film stars Chris PrattDave BautistaZoe SaldanaLee PaceBenicio Del ToroGlenn CloseKaren GillanMichael RookerDjimon HounsonJohn C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack will be released on July 29th; click here to pre-order.  The film will be released in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump for more on music’s role in the latest Marvel movie.

Over 80 Things to Know About GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY from our Set Visit; Plus Video Blog Recap and New Images

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Last September, when director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was filming outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  While I knew a bit about the diverse characters starring in Marvel’s latest franchise before I arrived, I definitely wasn’t prepared for the size and scope of the movie, or how Gunn and his filmmaking team were preparing to blow open the doors of the Marvel Cosmic universe by introducing tons of new characters and worlds.  Trust me, Guardians of the Galaxy is telling a huge story on the other side of the universe and it’s going to enable Marvel to bring in numerous new elements to their already expanding universe.

During the set visit I got to watch filming, participate in group interviews with James Gunn, Dave BatistaChris PrattKaren GillanZoe Saldana, and many others, and walk through the art department, weapons room, costumes, SFX, and many other behind-the-scenes locations.  From all this I put together a huge list of things to know, recorded a video blog when I got back from set, and have five new images from the prison sequence provided by Marvel/Disney.  Hit the jump for more.

James Gunn Talks Having More Time, Money, Talent, Marvel Characters and Meeting High Expectations on the Set of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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When you visit a movie set, the one person you’re never sure you’ll get to talk to is the director.  Not only are they involved in every decision happening each moment, they’re usually busy planning the coming days and also reviewing edited footage as well.  It’s a non-stop job that continues even after the film gets released (that’s when the director fine-tunes the Blu-ray release).  So when James Gunn participated in a lengthy group interview on the set Guardians of the Galaxy last year, we were all very surprised and excited.

During the interview he talked about landing the job, what Joss Whedon told him about the first draft of the script, working with the amazing cast, meeting Marvel’s high expectations, filming the movie with long takes, making a PG-13 movie, why he wanted Bradley Cooper for Rocket Raccoon, how Karen Gillan is Clint Eastwood on screen but Hello Kitty offscreen, and so much more.  It’s a great interview so check it out after the jump.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Footage Review: Evan’s Reaction to Marvel Screening 17 Minutes of Footage

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I’ve been more excited about Guardians of the Galaxy than I have most other Marvel films for some time now.  I’m a huge fan of director James Gunn (Slither, Super) and the potential for strong authorial voices gets me more excited for tentpoles (see also Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and Edgar Wright’s unfortunately cancelled take on Ant-Man).  While I generally like Marvel movies, there’s something about the humor in all of the Guardians of the Galaxy promos that I’ve seen that has colluded with my fandom of Gunn to raise my expectations for this film.  So when an invitation came my way to preview 17 minutes of the film in 3D IMAX this evening at the TLC Chinese Theater, I leapt at it despite the fact that I would essentially just be watching 17 minutes of footage I’d be seeing in a more complete context within a matter of weeks.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyMichael RookerPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to read my Guardians of the Galaxy footage reaction!

Groot, Rocket, and Gamora Get New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Posters; Michael Rooker’s Yondu Teased in New Image

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Only one superhero movie remains for Summer 2014, and fittingly Marvel will be bookending the blockbuster season.  We previously saw a string of Guardians of the Galaxy posters released that highlighted each character, but a few more posters have now landed online that give the CG characters Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) their own one-sheets, as well as a deadly new poster for Zoe Saldana’s Gamora.  Moreover, writer/director James Gunn has also shared a new image that teases Michael Rooker as Yondu.  I continue to look forward to the film, but I’m hoping Disney doesn’t go into marketing overload and start revealing scenes from the third act in the final leg of the film’s promotion.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Guardians of the Galaxy posters and the Michael Rooker image.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, and Peter SerafinowiczGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the Marketing, 3D, Making Movies That Are Like Nirvana Songs, and More at the Saturn Awards

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The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror recently held the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, celebrating the best of genre film and television at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, Calif.  Gravity took home the most awards, with five statues, while Marvel’s Iron Man 3 won the inaugural Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture award, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead both won three, and Hannibal took home Best Network Television Series.  Special Saturn Awards recognitions when to writer/producer Bryan Fuller (Dan Curtis Legacy Award), Greg Nicotero (George Pal Memorial Award) and Malcolm McDowell (Life Career Award).

While at the event, Collider chatted with presenter James Gunn, in attendance with actor Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  During the interview, the writer/director talked about creating exactly the movie he wanted to create, being able to go as dark as he wanted to go with the film, why it’s not as dark as Super 2 would be, the marketing of the movie, trying to finish the film before he starts the press tour in Singapore on July 7th (although he has some doubts that will happen), how lengthy the editing process has been, his learning curve with 3D, what he might do next, and whether he’d chose Daphne or Velma.  Watch the video and/or read the transcript after the jump.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: See 17 Minutes of Exclusive Footage in IMAX 3D at Select Theaters on July 7th

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If you can’t wait to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel is going to give you a taste of their upcoming movie.  The studio will be screening 17 minutes of IMAX 3D footage from the sci-fi action movie at 150 IMAX theaters across North America on July 7th at 7pm.  In a press release, director James Gunn says “We’ve re-mastered some of our epic sequences into the IMAX 3D format, taking the scope and scale to new heights while creating a truly immersive, cinematic experience that will take you further into the Marvel Universe than ever before.”  If memory serves me correctly, I don’t think Marvel has ever done a footage screening like this, and while it makes sense to promote this lesser-known property, it’s also a show of faith that the picture can build some positive buzz before its release date.  Additionally, fans who attend the free presentation will get a limited edition Guardians of the Galaxy poster.

Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX 3D screening (including a look at the limited edition poster), and click here to get your first-come, first serve tickets.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on August 1st.

Nathan Fillion to Have a “Fun Cameo” in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Check out the Film’s Empire Magazine Covers

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Many geeks like Nathan Fillion, and they’d probably like to see him play a geekier part than his role on the Castle.  However, they’ll have to shrug and accept the fact that he’ll probably never fill their fan-casting for Nathan Drake or Hal Jordan.  However, he will sneak into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Initial rumors wanted to give him as huge a role as possible, and he was soon being connected with Nova Prime a.k.a Richard Rider.

However, director James Gunn, who worked with Fillion on Slither, Super, and PG-Porn, went to Twitter to quiet down the rumors.  Hit the jump for more, and to see Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Empire Magazine covers.  The film opens in 3D on August 1st.

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Image Featuring Djimon Hounsou as Korath; Plus Hi-Res Character Posters

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Following last week’s flurry of character posters, a new Guardians of the Galaxy image has been released from the upcoming Marvel film, revealing an official look at Djimon Hounsou as Korath.  Director James Gunn’s space-set adventure revolves around an unlikely group of outlaws that must work together in order to save the universe, and judging by the emphasis on one specific orb in a number of images and the trailers—and now this Hounsou image—I imagine this is the film’s MacGuffin.  In addition to the close look at Korath, Disney has also released high-resolution versions of the previously released character posters, which provide a closer look at the principal misfits.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy image and hi-res posters.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Benicio Del ToroGlenn CloseKaren GillanMichael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Seeking “Guardians of Good” Who Better Their Communities Through Service, Science, and Innovation

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Want to join the Guardians of the Galaxy? Well, you’re in luck, because Marvel is currently searching for real-life “Guardians of Good” for a new philanthropy-related contest.  If you’re a U.S. citizen between the ages of 14 and 18, and are currently bettering your community through service, science, or innovation, this news is for you!  Applicants will get to chat with Peer Guides from generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS®, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” Ultimate Mentor Leadership Council, with the opportunity to submit short videos describing your philanthropic work soon after.  Five lucky winners will receive round-trip tickets to Hollywood, hotel accommodations, a spot on the red carpet for the world premiere of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy alongside Chris Pratt, Zoe SaldanaDave BautistaVin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper on July 21st, and even more.

Hit the jump to find out how you can enter!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: James Gunn Says IMAX 3D Version Will Have Changing Aspect Ratios

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Hopefully you enjoyed the little snippet of new footage in today’s new TV spot for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  If you follow Gunn on Twitter, you might also have noticed that he mentioned that a 30-second and 60-second spot for his Marvel movie will run during tonight’s NBA finals.  Additionally, the social media-savvy Gunn just posted his response to working on the IMAX 3D cut of the film, which should delight both fans of the comics and fans of filmmaking alike.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe SaldanaDave BautistaBradley CooperVin DieselBenicio Del ToroKaren GillanDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyPeter SerafinowiczMichael Rooker, and Glenn Close, the film opens in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to see what Gunn had to say on his cut of Guardians of the Galaxy in its IMAX 3D form.

James Gunn Responds to Edgar Wright’s Exit from ANT-MAN

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The fallout from Edgar Wright’s departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man is still being measured, especially since a recent rumor suggests that the reason was less the innocuous “creative differences” and more due to extensive script rewrites from the studio with top-down pressure from Disney/Marvel.  Caught in the middle is director James Gunn, who is friends with Wright but also the writer/director of Marvel’s next big effort, Guardians of the Galaxy.  As such, he recently posted a carefully worded response to the news on his own personal Facebook page.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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.

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