As with all Marvel movies, Thor: The Dark World contained an end credits scene. Two in fact, but only one was important to future movies. It’s also probably the most confusing to mainstream audiences thus far. Whereas other “stingers” were clear references like Thor’s hammer at the end credits of Iron Man 2, the reference during the end credits of Thor: The Dark World probably left a lot of non-comics fans scratching their heads.
In an attempt to clear some things up, I’ve put together an explanation of the scene, and you can read it after the jump. Obviously, this explanation contains spoilers.
Having left production in London to make an appearance in Hall H at Comic-Con, cast members Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”/”Star-Lord”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Benicio Del Toro (“The Collector”), Dave Bautista (“Drax the Destroyer”), Karen Gillan (“Nebula”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Lee Pace (“Ronan the Accuser”) and Djimon Hounsou (“Korath”) joined director/writer James Gunn (Slither, Super) to talk to the press about the otherworldly Guardians of the Galaxy that’s more anti-hero than hero.
During the interview, Gunn talked about the basic moral premise of the film, when he might announce further casting, the tone they’re going for, working with such a big budget, and the connection between the Guardians and the rest of the Marvel universe, while the cast talked about stepping into these high-profile roles, the extent of the training, and their favorite aspects of their characters. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
While the official Comic-Con schedule listed Marvel’s panel as centering on Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we knew from experience to expect a few surprises. As such, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was greeted with great applause when he introduced director James Gunn and the entire main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy earlier today in Hall H, all of whom flew in from the London set just to appear on the panel. While filming only just got underway two weeks ago, fans were treated to the excellent debut of some footage from the pic, while Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, and Michael Rooker teased what to expect from the film.
Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Guardians of the Galaxy Comic-Con panel.
Even though filming on Guardians of the Galaxy is set to begin soon, the casting is still somewhat of a jumble. We know that on the Guardians side, we have Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. There’s are also Rocket Raccoon, but we don’t know his voice actor yet, and as for Groot, he could be mute. Then we have Michael Rooker as Yondu, John C. Reilly as Rhomman Dey and Glenn Close as his Nova Corps supervisor. That leaves Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, and Karen Gillan, but their roles only extended to rumors are best. Now we might have confirmation on those roles.
Hit the jump for more. Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014.
We previously reported that Benicio Del Toro would be playing Pablo Escobar in Andrea di Stefano’s Paradise Lost, which isn’t quite a Pablo Escobar biopic. The movie stars Josh Hutcherson as a “young surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls madly in love with a beautiful local girl called Maria” but finds out that her uncle is Escobar (cue sad trumpet). Stefano has compared Paradise Lost to The Last King of Scotland, and today we have the first image from the Stefano’s film along with some behind-the-scene video. The video is dubbed in French, but for non-French-speakers like myself, you can still get an idea from the visuals. I’m more interested in the tone because even though Stefano may compare his movie to Last King of Scotland, the premise for Paradise Lost sounds like it could just as easily fit into a wacky sitcom.
Hit the jump to check out the image and video. Filming on Paradise Lost recently wrapped.
Quite the prestigious voice cast for an animated feature adaptation of the classic childrens book The Little Prince is being put together. Heat Vision reports that James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti have all signed on to lend their voices to the pic. For those unaware, French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s story centers on a pilot who crash lands in the Sahara Desert and stumbles across a young boy who claims to be a prince that has fallen to Earth from his home on an asteroid. As the pilot works to repair his plane, the young boy tells him fantastical stories with heavy thematic resonance.
Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) is onboard to direct the project, with Onyx Films’ Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam producing. Additionally, The Wrap reports that Paramount is eyeing the prospect of distributing the animated pic and Mackenzie Foy (Twilight) is in talks to take on a voice role.
Benicio Del Toro nearly signed on to a major sci-fi film when he was in talks to play the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, and while the deal ultimately never came to fruition, it appears that the Oscar winner is going to be appearing in a rather high-profile franchise pic after all. Deadline reports that Del Toro is the latest actor to join the truly remarkable cast for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The nature of Del Toro’s role is being kept under wraps, but it’s said to be a significant character that is poised to also appear in future Marvel movies. As such, Del Toro’s deal includes the option to appear in a number of Marvel films. Could the villainous Thanos have finally been cast? Hit the jump for more.
The forced theme of tonight’s casting report is One Word In The Title Causes Destruction:
- Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to play the villain in Jane Got a Gun, directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior). Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Noah Emmerich co-star.
- Benicio del Toro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice.
- Michael Bay cast Sophia Myles (Tristan + Isolde) in Transformers 4. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer co-star.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Oliver Stone has always hit home runs controversially and commercially, but lately he’s been striking out critically. Savages, which came out back in July, is a break from Stone’s controversial oeuvre. Revolving around a drug cartel kidnapping and an unlikely friendship, Savages is one well-crafted, sexy-ass slugfest. It’s more U-Turn Stone than W. (I have no idea what Wall-Street: Money Never Sleeps was supposed to be) and despite its mediocre run in theaters (nothing this summer fared well in the shadow of The Avengers), it was one of the most entertaining films of summer 2012. Hit the jump to find out how the Universal Blu-ray holds up.
Oliver Stone, a remarkable wordsmith, can alternate from topic to topic with nary a breath in between. A simple question on working with Salma Hayek can suddenly morph into Stone remarking on the nature of masculinity in the country to his first and only encounter with George W. Bush. Add the equally outspoken Benicio Del Toro into the conversation – and it’s best just to shut up and let the two extraordinarily talented men talk.
The topic at hand was supposed to be the twosome’s collaborative effort: the unfairly maligned Savages (currently on DVD and Blu-ray); but the conversation veered from the film to thoughts on the drug war to a fourth cut of Alexander to Del Toro’s debut appearance in License to Kill to Stone’s current documentary series The Untold History of The United States, among many other topics of conversation. For highlights from Stone and Del Toro, hit the jump.
A few casting notices:
- Benicio del Toro is in final negotiations to play Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost, which is not exactly a Pablo Escobar biopic.
- Scoot McNairy booked two roles. He will star opposite Michael Fassbender in Frank, and joins Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in The Rover.
- The full cast list for Reach Me features Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Thomas Jane, Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, Nelly, Terry Crews, Ryan Kwanten, and more.
Details on each project after the jump.
Steve walked the floor at the American Film Market (AFM) early this morning and managed to bring back some detailed synopses for the following films:
Hit the jump to check out all the detailed synopses, which include production start dates.
As much as I enjoy film, my first entertainment love will always be music. As such, this weekend finds me in Chicago in anticipation of what could be my final Warped Tour appearance. That’s right, I’m a 26 year-old man (I use the term “man” lightly, of course) who still finds immense joy in the pop-punk genre. Nevertheless, it’s becoming harder and harder for my oldness to blend in with a predominantly sub-18 crowd without looking like a total creep and, therefore, today may very well be my last Warped experience. On the bright side, I still have XBox Live to remind me that I’ve never completely grown up.
Maturity issues aside, on tap in this week’s version of the Top 5 is a slew of interviews for The Amazing Spider-Man, the first trailer and new images for Tom Cruise‘s Jack Reacher, our most anticipated movies from July to September, Savages interviews with Oliver Stone, Blake Lively, etc., and more The Dark Knight Rises coverage than most humans are capable of comprehending. Links and brief recaps for each reside after the break.
The drama Savages, from three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, follows entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and their shared girlfriend O (Blake Lively), who run a lucrative business raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. But, the legendary weed of these Laguna Beach heroes soon catches the interest of the Mexican Baja Cartel, headed by the merciless Elena “La Reina” (Salma Hayek). Along with her brutal enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro) and her head attorney Alex (Demian Bichir), Elena demands a partnership which she ensures by kidnapping that which they love most, and what was once a peaceful and easy lifestyle becomes a high-stakes battle of wills. For more on the film, here’s six clips.
At the film’s press day, co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Demian Bichir talked about what it was like to work with each other again (they had previously co-starred in Che), the freedom that director Oliver Stone gave them in portraying their characters, what resonated with them about the men they were playing, and their concerns with playing this type of role. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
A wise man once said*, “If you have them in the first fifteen minutes, you have a movie. If you have them in the last fifteen minutes, you have a hit.” By that metric, Oliver Stone‘s Savages is neither a movie nor a hit. It begins with an atrocious first act full of flat expository narration including one of the worst lines of dialogue I’ve ever heard: “I have orgasms. He has wargasms.” That’s a deep hole to dig out of, but Savages manages to do so with a strong, thoughtful, exciting middle section that explore where people derive their power. And then the movie falls apart with an ending that erases all the hard work the film had accomplished.