Hot Toys Unveils New AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and STAR WARS Figures

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The folks at Hot Toys are taking part in the Toy Soul 2014 convention in Hong Kong today and have unveiled some images from the showroom floor, giving us looks at some new figures.  Notable collectibles include a giant Hulkbuster from Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as other 1/6th scale collectibles of Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hulk, and a new 1/4th scale Iron Man from the Avengers sequel as well.  In addition to the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys, there’s also a series of new Star Wars collectibles, including 1/6th scale and life-size figures (Boba Fett and Han Solo in carbonite, obviously).

Take a look at all of the new figures after the jump.

James Gunn Reveals Uncut AWESOME MIX: VOL. 1; Includes Cheap Trick and Three Dog Night

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Guardians of the Galaxy has its flaws, but its one of the few films of 2014 where my mind kept drifting back to it and all the scenes I loved.  It’s easily one of the most enjoyable films of the year, and part of the enjoyment comes from its delightful soundtrack.  It’s not that all of the songs are great (“The Pina Colada Song” plays on a loop in Hell), but they gave the movie its own vibe and atmosphere.

However, what we got in the film wasn’t the original, uncut “Awesome Mix: Vol. 1″.  Director and co-writer James Gunn has revealed the full set-list, which includes some fun songs that didn’t end up in the movie such as Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” and Three Dog Night’s “Never Been to Spain”.  Hit the jump for the full setlist and to learn how Gunn settled on the final soundtrack.

7 Films Advance in Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar Race as INTO THE WOODS Misses the Cut

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As the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards draws nearer, the Academy has been busy announcing the contenders that are advancing in certain categories.  We’ve seen the Best Visual Effects shortlist, a few days ago we got a look at the eligible contenders for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, and today seven films advanced in the race for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.  Surprisingly, the lavish Disney musical Into the Woods failed to make the cut, as did The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (though Desolation of Smaug was left out too) and, more disappointingly, Snowpiercer.  Regardless, the seven finalists showcase a number of fantastic pieces of work from the year, from Foxcatcher’s subtle and seamless transformations to more showy work like Guardians of the Galaxy.  Even The Theory of Everything made the list.  But only three films will be nominated, so this list will be whittled down by more than half.

Check out the full list of Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar finalists after the jump, along with a bit more analysis.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and BIRDMAN Lead Critics Choice Awards Nominations

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Individual critics groups are starting to weigh in with their picks for the very best of the year, and now the largest group of critics has unveiled its list of nominees for the 20th Critics Choice Movie Awards.  Made up of members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Critics Choice Awards recognize films and performances from all genres, with separate categories for Comedy, Action, etc.  Leading the pack in terms of quantity is Birdman with 13 nominations, followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel which raked in 11 nominations including Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor.  The brilliant Selma also fared well with 6 nods overall, and Unbroken rebounded a bit after being shut out of SAG and the Golden Globes with 6 nominations.  Additionally, you’ll find plenty of love for Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow in the Action categories.

Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.  The 2015 Critics Choice Movie Awards will be telecast live on A&E on January 15th.

New to Blu-ray: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, FRANK, TIME BANDITS Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the most popular films of the year, a wonderfully odd movie starring Michael Fassbender in a mask, the latest season of a sci-fi favorite, a Criterion upgrade for a Terry Gilliam film, and more.  Briefly:

James Gunn Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 Is All About “Moving Forward”

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With Guardians of the Galaxy hitting Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow writer/director James Gunn has been doing some additional press for the film and he’s been dropping some interesting details about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 along the way.  And I really, really like the sound of things so far.  It probably helps that I’m a massive fan of Gunn’s already, but I’m stoked for the sequel and certainly hope I’m still alive when it comes out (my general go-to thought when I hear about any release date after 2015).

Hit the jump for what Gunn has to say about how the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will evolve.  The film opens on May 5th, 2017.  Hopefully the Blu-ray extras you’ll be getting tomorrow can tide you over until then.

Best Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist Includes GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and INTERSTELLAR

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 films that will advance in the race for the Best Visual Effects Oscar for the upcoming 87th Academy Awards.  Standard franchise fare like Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies make the cut, as do two Marvel movies—Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier—as well as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar.  The only noticeable absence here is Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah, which didn’t make the cut, nor did Ridley Scott’s own Biblical adaptation Exodus: Gods and Kings.  No surprise, though, that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes appears to be the standout.

Check out the full Best Visual Effects Oscar shortlist after the jump, along with a bit of analysis.

Download GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 for Free on Google Play

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One of the best-curated soundtracks of the year can now be yours for the price of zero monies.  Right now, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is available for download for free over at Google Play (via ComicBook.com).  It’s quite a bargain for what amounts to a swell compilation of hits from the late 1960s and 1970s, which added some excellent character to director James Gunn’s highly successful Marvel film.  Gunn put together the soundtrack himself, and while he’s currently in the early stages of working on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, here’s hoping Awesome Mix Vol. 2 is another successful companion piece.

And in case you can’t wait until December 9th to get Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray or DVD, the film is available right now in Digital HD format.

“Yo Soy Groot.”: Watch the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’s Groot Limited Vocabulistics in 15 Languages

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With Guardians of the Galaxy available today in Digital HD, Disney has released a featurette with Groot (Vin Diesel) saying his limited vocabulary of “I am Groot” in fifteen languages.  Rather than just have the same clip play again and again with a different language each time, this bit is really well put together as it has the line at various points of the movie, and then puts up a graphic of the sentence in the respective language.  I don’t know this will spur anyone to buy the movie in Digital HD rather than just wait a few weeks for the Blu-ray (I admit it’s tempting to buy the film now), but this piece is still entertaining.

Hit the jump to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy featurette of Groot and his favorite phrase, and click here to watch our recent interview with director James Gunn.  The film hits shelves on December 9th, and also stars Chris Pratt, Dave BautistaLee PaceGlenn CloseBenicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, Karen GillanMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz and features the voice of Bradley CooperClick here to pre-oder the movie.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Deleted Scenes, Easter Eggs, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, Adam Warlock, and More

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One of my favorite movies of 2014 is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  Loaded with great performances, an extremely funny script, and some fantastic action sequences, the movie blew past everyone’s expectations to become one of the most popular movies of 2014.  As most of you know, 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).  For more on the film, read Matt’s review, or click here for all our previous coverage.

With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on Blu-ray/DVD December 9th (click here to pre-oder on Amazon), a few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with James Gunn.  He talked about if he’d ever screen an extended cut and how the deleted scenes fit into the movie, holding back deleted scenes for the eventual Phase 2 Blu-ray box set, Easter eggs in the background of The Collector’s lair, Adam Warlock’s cocoon, where he is in the writing process on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, if he’ll include Adam Warlock, new characters, the title, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray Clip: James Gunn on Designing Dancing Baby Groot

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There’s a lot to love about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but when you wrap up your film with a baby version of one of the most lovable characters of the year dancing to the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” it’s bound to be one of the biggest takeaways.  In fact, dancing baby Groot became such a hit, an officially licensed toy version of the little guy is due in stores in December.

On top of that, come December 9th you can watch baby Groot dance it up all you want because that’s when the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray arrives and it includes bonus material covering how Gunn went about designing the character.  Hit the jump for a brief preview of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray featurette.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray Trailer Features Footage From AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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With the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray, Marvel has released a trailer highlighting not only the film, but the special features contained on the disc as well. Among those you’ll find some deleted scenes (like today’s spat between Gamora and Nebula), a behind-the-scenes look at the film with writer/director James Gunn and an exclusive look at Avengers: Age of Ultron. The newly released trailer has a few seconds of footage from that film as well.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray trailer.  The film hits shelves on December 9th, and stars Chris Pratt, Dave BautistaLee PaceGlenn CloseBenicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, Karen GillanMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  Click here and here for more clips from the Blu-ray, and click here to pre-order.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Deleted Scene Has Gamora and Nebula Quarreling over Their Killing Skills

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With the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray, Marvel has released a deleted scene from the film.  While the movie is filled with great characters, I felt that Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) didn’t get as much attention.  Gamora had to be the grown up in the room, and Nebula’s only real purpose was to fight Gamora.  However, after watching this deleted scene, leaving them on the cutting room floor may have been a wise decision.  This scene adds nothing to the film (we know Gamora and Nebula are rivals), and the line readings are stilted and melodramatic.  Guardians of the Galaxy is a space opera, but this is from a soap opera.

Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene.  The film hits shelves on December 9th, and stars Chris Pratt, Dave BautistaLee PaceGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  Click here and here for more clips from the Blu-ray, and click here to pre-order.

James Gunn Discusses the Music on Morag and Chris Pratt Shows Off the Xander Crash Site Set in 2 New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray Clips

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With the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray less than a month away, the promotional material is starting to pour in.  Yesterday we brought you that 16-bit teaser and now we’ve got two new clips from some of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray featurettes to go along with it.  One focuses on director James Gunn’s use of music during the Morag scene and the other offers a peek at what it was like working on the Xander crash site set.

Hit the jump to check out the latest Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray clips and click here to pre-order the film, which hit shelves on December 9th.  Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaLee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  [Update: We've added another clip featuring Cooper and Gunn talking about the voice of Rocket]

Director James Gunn Goes 16-Bit to Reveal a Sneak Peek at the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray Special Features

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A small piece of advice to Marvel and director James Gunn: Do not put any kind of 16-bit video game version of anything in your marketing materials because we will want to play that video game oh so very badly.  On his Facebook page, Gunn has provided a sneak peek at the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray special features, but he introduces it with a 16-bit opening where we see Star-Lord side-scrolling through a cave.  I want this game now and it will probably never exist unless someone creates an unofficial version.  Someone: go create an unofficial version.

Hit the jump to check out a preview of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray special features, and click here to pre-order the film, which hits shelves on December 9th and stars Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDave BautistaLee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroMichael RookerJohn C. Reilly, and Peter Serafinowicz, and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

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