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.

Zoe Saldana Talks Being Green for Four Months, Avoiding the Comics, and More on the Set of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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When Zoe Saldana was helping to figure out the look of Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy she decided to focus on something she normally doesn’t care about, “She just needs to be pretty.”  During a group interview on the London set last year she explained:

“That’s usually a thing that I don’t think about with other characters that I play but for some reason because I was going to be green and I was going to be the lead girl, I just wanted teenage boys to find me attractive.  I don’t know why I was stressing this a lot but I really was when we were testing.  That’s where I was coming from, everybody else was just like, “Contacts?  Do we dye the hair?  Wig no wig?  What color hair?  How long is it?”  I’m like, “Pretty.  Teenage boys, please.  We gotta get their vote.”

I think she succeeded.  During the rest of the interview she talked about landing the role, how her 11-year-old nephew gave her insight into the character, why she was nervous to have her character wield a sword, the science fiction genre, working with James Gunn and the cast, being green for four months, avoiding the comics for fear of coloring her interpretation, and so much more.  It’s another great interview from the set so hit the jump and check it out.

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

by     Posted 116 days ago

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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!

Extended GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer Offers First Look at Michael Rooker as Yondu

by     Posted 116 days ago

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Marvel has released a new, extended Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.  Set to “Cherry Bomb” (like this recent TV spot), the trailer offers a first look at Michael Rooker as Yondu and spotlights the funny banter between the unlikely superheroes—played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper—who team up to protect a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

Hit the jump to watch the new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.  Directed by James Gunn (Super), Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1.

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Images: An Unlikely Team Begins to Take Shape

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A few new Guardians of the Galaxy images from director James Gunn’s Marvel adaptation have arrived, as anticipation for the space-set adventure continues to grow.  These new images give us a couple of better looks at titular team members Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and with the film’s release less than a month away, I’m enthused by how little I feel like I’ve seen from the pic.  Indeed, Guardians ventures into an entirely new area of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I’m eager to experience something fresh and weird following the latest string of sequels.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images, and if you missed our recent character profiles, learn more about the comics history of Star-LordGroot, and Drax at the respective links.  The film also stars Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Josh BrolinGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.

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.

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Featurette: The Cast Talks about Their Misfit Characters

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Following today’s extended TV spot, Marvel has now released a new Guardians of the Galaxy featurette.  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).  In this featurette, each actor briefly talks about their character, and the footage shows off more of the humor, especially from Drax.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy featurette.  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 Extended TV Spot Rocks out to “Cherry Bomb” and Has Plenty of New Footage

by     Posted 127 days ago

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The steady stream of Guardians of the Galaxy marketing continues as Marvel has released an extended TV spot for their upcoming sci-fi action film.  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).  This extended TV spot features plenty of fresh footage for a film that looks better and better.  Also, kudos to Marvel for their song selections when it comes to these ads.  Most movies and TV spots just pull from whatever is topping the iTunes chart.  Guardians is playing classic tunes.  They’ve used “Hooked on a Feeling”, “Spirit in the Sky”, and now “Cherry Bomb”.  Well done.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy extended TV spot.  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.

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 International Trailer Features More Rocket Raccoon

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Marvel has released a new Guardians of the Galaxy international trailer that features more Rocket Raccoon, less classic rock, and additional focus on the story.  While I was already sold on director James Gunn’s intergalactic adventure, this new trailer will get a lot more regular moviegoers excited for the movie.  As most of you know, the story follows five intergalactic misfits—Peter Quill aka Starlord (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 recapture a powerful and mysterious orb from the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

Hit the jump to check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy international trailer and click here for our full rundown of the highlights from the recent Guardians Q&A.  The film also stars Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Peter Serafinowicz, Michael Rooker, and Glenn CloseGuardians of the Galaxy 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 Poster: Zoe Saldana Sports a Smirk as Gamora

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Marvel kicked off a week of character posters for director James Gunn’s sci-fi adventure Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday with a new look at the animated characters Rocket Raccoon and Groot, and today the campaign continues with Gamora.  Zoe Saldana plays the novel-looking alien in the pic, a trained assassin who also happens to be the last of her species.  Saldana’s Gamora also provides a strong link to the baddie Thanos (played by Josh Brolin), as she just so happens to have a personal connection to the big purple guy.  Saldana looks heavily touched-up on this character poster, and I’m not quite sure if it’s an artistic flourish or just bad photoshop.

Hit the jump to check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy poster.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Peter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on August 1st.

First THE BOOK OF LIFE Trailer Featuring the Voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum

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20th Century Fox has released the first The Book of Life trailer.  Inspired the Mexican holiday “Day of the Dead”, the film revolves around three childhood friends—Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana), and Joaquin (Channing Tatum)—who find themselves in a love triangle as the gods wager on who will win Maria’s heart.  While the story of the gods interfering with the lives and loves of mortals is one of the oldest tales in human history, it’s refreshing to see a feature that pulls from Mexican mythology.  Equally appealing is the unique visual style of the film.  I’m sure there’s a proper term for it, but characters and settings already feel 3D in a 2D viewing experience.  They seem carved, or crafted from papier mache, more reminiscent of games like “Little Big Planet” than anything we’ve seen in the animated world lately.  A gorgeous, eye-catching, and colorful introduction to this bold take on Dia de los Muertos.

Hit the jump to check out The Book of Life trailer, and click here to see the teaser poster.  The film also features the voices of Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, and Placido DomingoThe Book of Life opens in 3D on October 17th.

First BOOK OF LIFE Images; Guillermo del Toro Tackles the “Day of the Dead” in Animated Form

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20th Century Fox has released the first The Book of Life images for the upcoming Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature inspired by the Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” (aka “Day of the Dead”).  Directed by Jorge Gutierrez, the film revolves around three childhood friends—Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana), and Joaquin (Channing Tatum)—who find themselves in a love triangle as the gods wager on who will win Maria’s heart.  Manolo is the central character of the story, as he dreams of breaking his family tradition of bullfighting to become a guitar player.  Over the course of the fantastical story, audiences are taken to The Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered, and the Land of the Forgotten as Manolo seeks to live a complete and fulfilling life that is remembered by the living.  Promising stuff, especially with del Toro involved.

Hit the jump to check out the Book of Life images.  The film also features the voices of Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, and Placido DomingoThe Book of Life opens in 3D on October 17th.

Over 45 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Images from the New Trailer, Including Rocket, Groot, Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, and More

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Yesterday, Disney debut a pretty fantastic new trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  It again conveyed the offbeat tone with which writer/director James Gunn has tackled this comics adaptation, and it also offered a closer look at what to expect from the space-set adventure.  Since there was quite a bit of new footage in the trailer, we’ve rounded up a batch of screenshots from the most interesting bits that were gleaned.  They include better looks at Rocket the Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), as well as Lee Pace’s intimidating, villainous Ronan the Accuser and a number of other characters and environments.

Hit the jump to check out a large gallery of Guardians of the Galaxy images.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, and John C. ReillyGuardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st.

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