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.

Nathan Fillion to Guest Star on NBC’s COMMUNITY

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Fan-favorite Nathan Fillion (Firefly) will guest star on an upcoming episode of the NBC comedy series, Community.  The Castle star will feature in a fifth season episode that also guest stars another actor with a more recent cult following, one Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad).  “When Annie (Alison Brie) and Professor Hickey (Banks) team up to navigate Greendale’s corridors of power, they must contend with Bob Waite (Fillion), the politically savvy head custodian who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty but is smart enough to wear rubber gloves.”  There is no premiere date for season five of Community just yet, but we do know that star Donald Glover will only appear in five episodes. (Via Deadline)

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Review

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters makes a great case for second chances.  I haven’t read Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson novels, but the 2010 adaptation of the first book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was abysmal.  There wasn’t one good thing about the film, and it felt like the series would go the way of other stillborn fantasy franchises.  But in the demigod’s second adventure, director Thor Freudenthal find a place for the young hero by tapping into a solid PG adventure movie that takes the maturity of its cast and pairs it with fun action pieces, charming humor, and an enthusiasm that gives Percy Jackson a rare second chance at a first impression.

New Featurette for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Brings the Myths to Our World

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20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home and other demigods.  This is the first bit of marketing that has me interested in the film since it shows how this time around the mythological aspects carry over into our world rather than mythological creatures simply coming to Percy like in the first movie.  There’s still plenty of emphasis on those creatures, but I like that the sequel looks like it’s willing to have more fun with the myths such as Hermes (Nathan Fillion) running UPS-like delivery service.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Douglas Smith, Anthony Head, Leven Rambin, Missi PyleYvette Nicole Brown, and Mary BirdsongPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in 3D on August 7th.

“Nerds vs. Aliens” Artwork from Elevendy Featuring Seth Green, Zachary Levi, Nathan Fillion, Stan Lee, and Felicia Day to Benefit Operation Smile at Comic-Con

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Appearing at Nerd HQ during the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con will be artwork from creative studio Elevendy that features Seth Green, Zachary Levi, Nathan Fillion, Stan Lee, Felicia Day and more in various “Nerds vs. Aliens” pieces.  The one-of-a-kind prints feature today’s most famous nerds taking the fight to invading aliens, all in an effort to raise money for Operation Smile.  The auction of seven 24″x36″ gallery-wrapped canvas prints and one massive 14′x3′ canvas print will go towards helping children afflicted by cleft lips and cleft palates, a worthy cause if ever there was one.  Hit the jump to sample the prints that will be available at Comic-Con and to see how you can get your hands on your very own artwork!

International Trailer for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Goes Heavy on Action and Shows Most of the Movie

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An international trailer has been released for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home and other demigods.  The trailer shows the giant action on display to the point where I’m wondering where a sequel could possibly go.  The villain is the father of the gods, Kronos, with an assist from the previous film’s villain, Luke (Jake Abel).  How do you top the father of the gods?  In any event, like the first movie, there’s a hodgepodge of Greek mythology that brings in the Cyclops, the Golden Fleece, and other icons.  I’m still not sold on the picture even though this trailer basically gives everything away.  But with new director Thor Freudenthal at the helm and no need to go through the origin story, perhaps the sequel will be far superior to the first film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Douglas SmithLeven Rambin, Missi PyleYvette Nicole Brown, and Mary BirdsongPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in 3D on August 7th.

Nathan Fillion Talks MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, the STAR WARS Sequels, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, PERCY JACKSON, Comic-Con, Twitter, and Much More

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Joss Whedon’s contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is now playing in theaters.  The micro-budget film was completed in just twelve days at his house, and stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Reed Diamond, Riki Lindhome, Sean Maher, and Nathan FillionFor more on the film, here is Matt’s review and all our previous coverage which includes clips, posters, and images.

During the recent L.A. press day, I landed an extended video interview with Fillion.  He talked about making Much Ado, the complicated dialogue, if he agrees to whatever Joss Whedon asks of him, Twitter, what he geeks out over, his thoughts on the Star Wars sequels, the idea of appearing as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in another movie as a cameo, and more.  In addition, he talks about his voice role for Monsters University and his Pixar fandom, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and his appreciation for star Logan Lerman, Justice Leage: The Flashpoint Paradox, and reveals he’ll be at Comic-Con next month for Nerd Machine.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joss Whedon, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg Talk MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Shakespearean Dialogue, and More

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When Shakespeare meets Joss Whedon for Much Ado About Nothing, the result is a contemporary spin that was shot in just 12 days in his house.  The story of sparring lovers Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof) is a series of comic and tragic events that offer a dark, sexy and, at times, absurd view of the game of love.  The film also stars Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond, Tom Lenk and Jillian Morgese.

During this press conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg joined Joss Whedon to talk about why Much Ado About Nothing out of all of Shakespeare’s plays, the advantages of doing this in black and white, delivering Shakespeare dialogue versus Whedon dialogue, why Shakespeare is relevant to today’s audiences, the rehearsal process, deciding how much of the original text to trim, and what they took away from the experience.  Whedon also talked about going from doing a movie as big as The Avengers before switching gears to do a film as small as Much Ado, getting his dream cast, telling a story where no one dies, and the pressures of doing pop culture TV versus the classics of literature.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Much Ado about Nothing opens today in limited release.]

With a few exceptions, William Shakespeare‘s trips to the big screen have been sumptuous affairs. The plays favor an expansive vision by the director, so we get films like Julie Taymor‘s Titus and Kenneth Branagh‘s Hamlet. But one of the many beautiful things about Shakespeare is how flexible it is in terms of setting. You can set it on a modern battlefield (Ralph FiennesCoriolanus), in a high school (Tim Blake Nelson‘s Othello adaptation, O), or in the case of Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado about Nothing, in an upper-class home. Whedon’s Much Ado is a bold challenge for the director not because his adaptation lacks fancy costumes or production design, but because he removes two of his greatest assets: his dialogue and a budget. Of course, nothing Whedon (or anyone else) could write would surpass the Bard, but it’s an entertaining exercise seeing the director speak only in a visual language, and then having his budget limit what visuals he has available. With no money and another author’s work, Whedon finds his film’s strength in the superb cast, clever staging, and an expert understanding of dialogue.

7 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from MONSTERS UNIVERSITY; Watch the Cast Record Their Lines

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Monsters University will be here soon, and I like what I’m seeing.  I like it so much that I’ve seen enough.  Even though we post plenty of trailers, clips, and featurettes on the site, I don’t watch all of them if I’m already interested in the film.  That stuff is for the people who need more convincing.  So if you’re still unsure about Monsters University, we have seven clips and 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage featuring the cast from Pixar’s upcoming prequel recording their lines.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John RatzenbergerMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

Final Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Disney-Pixar has released the final trailer for Monsters University. The prequel shows how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) became best friends during their time at college. I’ve been a bit wary about the prequel, but this trailer put those doubts to rest. The film looks incredibly funny but also has heart. This goes along with the positive buzz I’ve been hearing, and it looks like Monsters University could be the movie that gets Pixar back on track to the high quality we’ve come to expect from them.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

New Clip from Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Featuring Nathan Fillion

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If you didn’t get enough of Nathan Fillion in the new trailer for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, a new clip has been released featuring the actor in Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado about Nothing.  In the modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, Fillion plays Dogberry, a comically incompetent constable who is tasked with uncovering the sinister plot of Don John (Sean Maher).  In this clip, Conrade (Riki Lindhome), one of Don John’s followers, calls Dogberry an ass, and the constable responds in a flustered manner.  Even though some audiences may have trouble following Shakespeare’s language, there’s no mistaking the hilarity of Fillion’s body language and exaggerated expressions.

Hit the jump to check out the clip, and click here to read my review from TIFF.  The film also stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, and Reed DiamondMuch Ado about Nothing opens in limited release on June 7th.

New Trailer for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Starring Logan Lerman and Nathan Fillion

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A new trailer Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has been released.  The follow-up finds the titular Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home.  Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) takes over directing duties from Chris Columbus this time around, and this trailer actually looks pretty fun.  The creature designs are neat and the action sequences look to be visually exciting, and we also get an extended look at Nathan Fillion as Hermes.  Lerman really impressed with his performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and he already looks more in command in Sea of Monsters than he did in the first film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Douglas SmithLeven Rambin, Missi PyleYvette Nicole Brown, and Mary Birdsong.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in 3D on August 16th.

New Full-Length Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Disney has released a new trailer for the Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University.  The pic focuses on the college years of Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman), and this new full-length trailer reveals the film’s plot.  The Revenge of the Nerds-esque story finds Mike and Sully joining a fraternity of outcasts, as all of the Greek houses must compete against each other in the Scare Games, which carry dire consequences for the losers.  The film looks like it could be Pixar’s most purely fun movie yet, and early reactions from the screening at CinemaCon had many praising the pic’s heart.  If you missed any of Dave’s coverage from his visit to Pixar, be sure to check out his review from seeing 40 minutes of footage, 35 things to know about the film, and his interview with director Dan Scanlon.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens June 21, 2013.

New UK Trailer for Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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While The Avengers 2 is still very much in the pre-production stage and we haven’t heard much movement recently on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, everyone will have their Joss Whedon fix very soon.  The UK trailer for his new movie, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, was just released, showing a bit more of the film than the first trailer.  Much Ado tells the story of two stubborn individuals, Beatrice and Benedick, and their haphazard journey to finding love with each other that involves a ridiculous amount of deception and wit.  This one gives glimpses into the interwoven drama with jabs of comedy Whedon is more known for, and I for one am very excited to see him take on an updated but understated version of this classic.  I like that he’s kept the original text, but is playing with the tone and creating a new feel for it.

The cast includes many of Whedon’s mainstays, such as Amy Adams, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Tom Lenk, Reed Diamond, and Ashley Johnson.  I love seeing Whedon bring back his beloved roster of actors, and I have no doubt that the combination of the cast he’s chosen and his distinctive style of filmmaking and directing will provide something fun and entertaining.  The film is set for a June 7th release.  Hit the jump for the trailer.

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