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.

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.

James Gunn Calls the Shared Cinematic Universe a Flawed Business Model

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We all know how this industry operates – if something is successful, it can’t just be a big winner on its own.  It’ll be dubbed the next big thing and many will try to ride the wave and make a profit off of the concept as well.  It’s happening with found footage horror movies, young adult book-to-film adaptations and superhero TV shows, but one of the biggest and riskiest trends of the moment is the shared cinematic universe.

Marvel’s currently dominating the box office with the MCU so, naturally, we’ve got DC and Warner Bros. showing off an enormous upcoming line-up, Sony trying to do something similar with the Spider-Man film franchise, Universal gunning to turn their classic monster movies into a new shared cinematic universe and we’ve also got Star Wars expanding laterally as well.  Perhaps there’s enough hype surrounding some of these properties for the studios to pull it off, but, as Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn points out, there’s a risk of some becoming cart-before-the-horse-type situations.  Hit the jump to check out his thoughts on the shared universe craze.

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.

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.

James Gunn Teases GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3; Discusses Doing Certain Things “the Marvel Way”

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Marvel only announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2 during the big Phase 3 reveal a couple of weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean director James Gunn isn’t considering a possible third film.  Gunn just revealed that while working on the first Guardians of the Galaxy he was also gearing up for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and “perhaps even beyond that.” Per usual, it’s not a sure thing until Marvel deems it so, but considering Guardians of the Galaxy is currently the highest earner of the year and is an all-around fantastic film, at this point, a third go-around seems possible.  Hit the jump for more on that and Gunn’s experience making the first film.  Guardians of the Galaxy is due on DVD and Blu-ray on December 9th and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, Discusses Possible Additions to the Team

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With Guardians of the Galaxy crossing $700 Million at the global box office (and the Blu-ray hitting on December 9th) it’s definitely a positive thing that writer/director James Gunn is already hard at work on the sequel, in fact he commenced work on the script on the Sunday after the film opened to larger-than-projected box office.  As a side note, back in January who would have thought this film would have been the biggest grosser of 2014 by a country mile?

Anyway, Gunn recently spoke about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and, while is comments were of course slight (they sort of have to be at this point) they’re interesting enough to warrant a small mention.  Hit the jump for more on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  The original film incidentally will have a ton of special features when it does get that Blu-ray release in December. Definitely picking that one up.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-Ray and DVD to Arrive December 9th; Will Include Exclusive Look at AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Eager to watch Guardians of the Galaxy as much as you want?  You’ve only got two more months to go because come December 9th, the film will be available to own.  A Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray and DVD option recently became available for pre-order on Amazon and now Marvel Entertainment has unveiled what you’ll get in addition to the film if you purchase either of them.

If December 9th is too far down the line, you’ll also have the option to buy the film on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 18th.  Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy special features menu.  Guardians is currently the top grossing film of the year having accumulated over $320 million at the domestic box office.  The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Collector Concept Art Shows the Evolution of Benicio Del Toro’s Most Prized Possessions

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One of the more densely layered visual sequences in Guardians of the Galaxy comes when Star Lord, Groot, Drax, Gamora and Rocket visit Benicio Del Toro‘s character The Collector during their sojourn to Knowhere. His collection is filled to the brim with so many easter eggs and callbacks to the Marvel universe (not to mention one of director James Gunn‘s prior films, Slither) you need several viewings to process all of it.  If you’ve seen the end credits tag you’ll know that The Collector even has a prized (if marginalized) Marvel character in his possession.

But of course the aesthetic choices you see in the film didn’t just arrive in their current form.  A considerable amount of work was done testing different concepts and looks – some of them departing radically from the finished design – before the creative team settled on the environment you see onscreen in the film.  Hit the jump for the Guardians of the Galaxy Collector concept art.  The film is still in theaters.  See it again.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Deleted Scene Detailed by Director James Gunn

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This is just kind of a fun story that serves as a nice part of the ongoing victory lap for director James Gunn‘s summer smash Guardians of the Galaxy.  Earlier in the year box-office pundits were predicting the film could range from a middling performance to an outright disastrous one.  It’s nice to see quality win out (not only is it my favorite Marvel movie, it’s one of my favorite films of the year) in a big way, since the movie is now the only film released in the calendar year to cross the $300 Million mark domestically.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s obviously holding on quite strongly and should still definitely be in a theater near you.  If you have seen it, hit the jump for details on a Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene.  Gunn recently outlined a fun sequence that had to be cut for time.

James Gunn Provides a Look at Stan Lee’s Original Cameo from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and Explains Why It was Cut

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Yesterday, we reported that James Gunn had a different plan for Stan Lee’s Guardians of the Galaxy cameo.  For those who have seen the film, you know that Lee pops up fairly early in the film as a guy hitting on a young woman on Xandar.  In an Instagram post, Gunn explains he originally intended to have the scene play as “Rocket looks over and sees Cosmo the dog in one display case, Quill looks over into another display case and is surprised by a tentacle slapping against the glass, and Groot looks over and sees, in another display case, Stan Lee.”  Then Stan Lee would flip off Groot. It’s a cute gag and fits the irreverent tone of the rest of the film, but Gunn’s decision to cut it makes sense.

Hit the jump for Gunn’s explanation about why he removed Stan Lee’s original cameo from Guardians of the Galaxy, and to get a look at what the cameo would have looked like.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: James and Sean Gunn Talk Spinoffs, Stan Lee’s Original Cameo, Female Superheroes, the Status of THUNDERBOLTS, and More at Dragon Con

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Following the recent news that Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office, writer/director James Gunn and brother Sean Gunn (who played pre-motion capture Rocket on set and also appeared in the film as Kraglin), recently took part in a panel at Dragon Con in Atlanta.  The brothers were quite candid in answering fans questions and revealed a number of pieces of information not yet explored, including discussing an original semi-R-rated cameo for Stan Lee that Disney vetoed, the inclusion of female characters in the Marvel universe, a bloody extension of Lloyd Kaufman‘s cameo that was excised, and the extent of Sean Gunn’s on-set performance of Rocket Raccoon that ended up on screen.  James Gunn also talked about how he’s currently focusing on the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including potential Guardians spinoffs, the status of Thunderboltsand a lot more.

Hit the jump for my full recap of the Gunn brothers’ panel at Dragon Con.

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