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.

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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