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.

New Images from SERENA Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

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New images have been released for the drama Serena. The pic is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling Ron Rash novel about George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence), a 1930s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry. Infidelity and infertility leads Serena to plot the murder of George’s illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government.  I’m very excited to see what Lawrence does with the role, since it sounds like a juicy part and unlike anything she’s done before.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film, directed by Susanne Bier (In a Better World) also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans.  There’s currently no release date, but hopefully we’ll see it sometime this year.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Blu-ray Review

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It may speak to the year or the film itself, but David O. Russell’s American Hustle exploded on the scene, arriving to quickly become an Oscar front runner, and netting ten nominations in the process (while also grossing nearly $150 Million at the box office).  But by the time of the awards ceremony, Hustle went home empty handed, even though stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence we all nominated.  The film turned out to be all sizzle and no steak.  Which is actually the story of the movie as two hustlers are put on the spot by the FBI to help catch bigger swindlers.  My review of American Hustle on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

INDIANA JONES Franchise Might Take the “James Bond” Route with an Eye on Bradley Cooper to Star [Updated]

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The current state of Hollywood blockbusters is not one where an actor comes to define a role, but rather where the character on screen determines the box office, and, if successful, the direction of the franchise.  The 007 films have been doing it for a while and it’s worked pretty well for them.  Now, with veteran actor Harrison Ford approaching the day he’s no longer able to crack the whip, Disney and Lucasfilm might be considering a James Bond approach to the franchise.  One actor they have in mind for the archaeologist adventurer?  Disney’s resident raccoon (voice) Bradley Cooper.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: The folks over at /Film have a separate, "high-placing" source who claims that this entire story is untrue. So to recap: nobody knows anything.]

Watch: Jeremy Renner Lashes Out in Deleted Scene from AMERICAN HUSTLE

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Though American Hustle failed to land a single win out of its 10 nominations at the Oscars last weekend, the film remains a hit with audiences with a worldwide box office total of $248.2 million.  Director David O. Russell’s latest feature hits Blu-ray and DVD in a couple of weeks, and in anticipation of the home video release a deleted scene from the pic has been released online.  It’s no secret that Russell has a very particular way of working that involves plenty of improvisation and the creation of new scenes on the fly, and that energy is prevalent in this deleted scenes which finds the core characters played by Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale giving a tour of New Jersey to “the Sheikh”, played by Michael Peña.  All does not go as planned, resulting in Renner’s character losing his cool in front of some New Jersey residents.

Hit the jump to watch the new deleted scene.  It’s unclear exactly how many deleted scenes will be included on the Blu-ray/DVD, but there’s likely plenty of footage that didn’t make the finished film.  American Hustle will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18th.  Click here to pre-order.

Bradley Cooper to Star in Crime Thriller AMERICAN BLOOD for Warner Bros.

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Bradley Cooper is apparently going for the trifecta for starring in films whose titles begin with the word “American.”  He’s nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for American Hustle, his next film is the real-life drama American Sniper, and now he’s attached to star in the crime thriller American BloodTHR reports that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Ben Sanders novel of the same name, which revolves around a NYPD officer-turned-mob-informant who gets involved with a dangerous investigation concerning a missing woman while living in witness protection in New Mexico.  Cooper is attached to star in the potentially franchise-igniting pic with Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan) penning the screenplay.  A director has not yet been as it’s still early days on the project; the book doesn’t even hit shelves until Fall 2015.

Hit the jump for more on Cooper’s upcoming slate.

TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Visit, POMPEII Interviews, FANTASTIC FOUR Casting, Toy Fair 2014

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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.

Rocket Raccoon Speaks in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Teaser Featuring Bradley Cooper and James Gunn; Updated with Groot Video Featuring Vin Diesel

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently said that fans would get to hear Rocket Raccoon speak soon, and he made good on his promise faster than anticipated.  This new teaser video reveals Bradley Cooper as the voice behind the smallest, but feistiest member of the Guardians.  Cooper and Gunn also give their two cents on the character, who may appear cuddly to those unfamiliar with the comics, but in reality has quite a few anger issues.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Michael RookerPeter Serafinowicz, and the voice Vin DieselGuardians of the Galaxy opens in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to hear Rocket speak for the first time! [Update: You can also watch Diesel talk about Groot in a new video after the jump.]

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.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 15-Second Teaser Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista

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The first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy will air tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Marvel has released a 15-second teaser for it.  The film centers on misfits Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) teaming up to protect a mysterious orb from the clutches of the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).  I’m incredibly excited for this movie, and so while I’m usually annoyed by teasers for trailers, in this case I’ll make an exception.

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

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.

Cameron Crowe’s Untitled Film Starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone Set for Christmas Day 2014 Release

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Writer/director Cameron Crowe’s untitled next film will serve as a nifty Christmas Present this year.  Sony Pictures has slated the untitled picture for release on December 25, 2014, where it will square off against Disney’s musical Into the Woods, the comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and director Angelina Jolie’s war drama Unbroken.  Crowe’s picture is described as a romantic comedy and stars Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch.  The very solid ensemble cast is filled out by Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, Rachel McAdams, and Danny McBride.

Crowe’s last directorial effort, 2011’s We Bought a Zoo, also opened on Christmas Day, and I’m eager to see what the filmmaker has cooked up this time around.

First Look at the Action Figures for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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We’ll hopefully be getting the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy very soon, but in the meantime we’ll have to settle for another take on the police lineup that’s run through the concept art, the live-action shot, and now the action figures.  In plastic form we now have (from left to right) Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).  The figures are from Hasbro and measure around 6-inches except for Rocket, who’s a little shorter, and Groot, who’s a little taller.  As for the quality, it’s probably best to look past the accuracy of the faces and instead look at the overall detail in the clothes and accessories.  I’m particularly impressed with the markings on Drax, and I hope the mass-produced paint-job does justice to this official image.

Hit the jump to check out the images; the figures will be released in July.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st.

2014 Oscar Nominations Announced; AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY Lead with 10 Nominations Each [Updated with Commentary]

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The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced. American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave isn’t too far behind with 9 nominations.  Looking over my predictions, there weren’t actually too many surprises this morning–at least no genuine “snubs” on the scale of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow last year.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale made the Best Actor cut over Robert Redford and Tom HanksHer, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena all got Best Picture nominations over Saving Mr. Banks, and Sally Hawkins landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Blue Jasmine, seemingly taking Oprah Winfrey‘s spot from Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  Also, the Academy apparently did not take a liking to Saving Mr. Banks, as the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress nomination for Emma Thompson.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list.  The 86th Oscars will be broadcast March 2nd on ABC. [Update: I've added my commentary on some of the categories after the jump.]

TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR Trailer, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, First Trailer for 22 JUMP STREET, AMERICAN HUSTLE, “Worst Of” Lists are the Worst

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Last night I had the opportunity to catch Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and I have to say that I walked away with mixed feelings. For the most part, the laughs were there (especially the scenes with Greg Kinnear and the “getting the team back together” sequence early on). I also thought the decision to place the Channel 4 News Team at the dawn of the 24 hour news cycle was great in that it gave Ron and Co. the chance to be pioneers of the trade and provided the pic solid footing from which to deliver its well-placed jabs at the current state of the broadcast news industry. On the other hand, some of the film’s gags and multiple cameos landed with a huge thud for me and I’m still a little surprised at how ridiculously over the top it becomes in the final 20 minutes or so (even for an Anchorman sequel). All in all, if you enjoyed the original then I think there’s enough magic left in the tank that you’ll have fun with The Legend Continues. Just don’t be surprised if you leave the theater less than thrilled to experience the next installment in Ron Burgundy’s story.

My notes aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, interviews with Will Ferrell and more for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, American Hustle interviews with Christian Bale and more, and Matt’s editorial on why “Worst Of” lists are, for the lack of a better word, the worst. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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