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Hilarious, Sweet, and Downright Spectacular | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’


By Cynthia Ayala

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

    —IMDB

One word: amazing! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does not disappoint. The film looks at the characters allowing for character growth while also establishing a family unit for the characters. The movie goes back to trace back the origins of Peter/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). But there’s more to this film than just that. It had heart and focuses on the Guardians not just as a group of heroes or friends, but as a family. And that’s one of the things that makes this film so good because everyone focuses on the characters and their dynamics with one another. They care about each other, they fight with one another and for one another. They are a strong unit and the cast and crew make sure that that resonates off the screen.
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Out of this world! | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’


By: Cynthia Ayala

One of the highly anticipated films of this year has finally arrived and it does not disappoint.  Guardians of the Galaxy offers laughs and heart that reflect off the well written script and dynamic acting.
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Glenn Close


By:  Eric Eisenberg

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_37797Yet another massively talented, award-winning actor has made a deal to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Deadline is now reporting that Glenn Close, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, is the latest performer to join the cast of James Gunn’s slowly-growing Guardians of the Galaxy. Calling the part “a major role,” the website says that she will be playing a leadership role (similar to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury) in the intergalactic police organization known as the Nova Corps – which also seems to confirm that the film will indeed include the Nova Corps. Story details are being kept to a minimum right now – as is the case with all Marvel movies in their infancy – but Gunn handled screenwriting duties and production is gearing up to start next month.

Close is just the latest to join the cast of the space-set sci-fi adventure, which over the past few months has added Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, and Michael Rooker as Yondu. The new story also seems to confirm recent reports saying that both Lee Pace and John C. Reilly have joined the project, but doesn’t go into any specifics about their roles (the former was rumored to be playing the villain).

Close was last on the big screen in 2011’s Albert Nobbs – a performance that got her that sixth Oscar nod – and she’s been busy on the small screen starring on FX’s Damages. She most recently completed production on director Jeff Preiss’ new indie film Low Down and recently started working on Five To Seven with Anton Yelchin.

Source: Cinema Blend

Lee Pace in Final Negotiations to Play Villain in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)


By: Jeff Sneider | The Wrap

lee-pace-300Lee Pace (“The Hobbit”) is in final negotiations to play the villain in Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

The identity of Pace’s villainous character is being kept under wraps.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” finds Quill leading a group of alien superheroes as they protect the solar system from an evil alien race.

The cast currently features Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, WWE star Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Michael Rooker as Yondu. Ophelia Lovibond will also co-star in an unknown supporting role.

Production will start in June and Disney will release the film on Aug. 1, 2014.

Last November, Pace was mentioned as one of several actors being considered to play hero Peter Quill, aka Star Lord. Pratt ultimately won that role but Marvel was impressed with Pace’s audition and kept him in mind when it came time to cast the villain.

Pace, who recently worked with Steven Spielberg on “Lincoln” and had a supporting role in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” plays Thranduil in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy.

On the small screen, he starred in Bryan Fuller’s acclaimed series “Pushing Daisies” and “Wonderfalls,” and will soon be seen as the lead in AMC’s pilot “Halt & Catch Fire,” which co-stars Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Ophelia Lovibond To The Cast


By: Eric Eisenberg

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_37106With Iron Man 3 heading to theaters in the next couple weeks, Thor: The Dark World deep in post-production, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier now in front of cameras, the next big development for Marvel Studios is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which continues to build its cast today. The film already has a interesting mix of actors attached, from Chris Pratt as Star-Lord to Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer to Zoe Saldana as Gamora, but now another piece has been added to the puzzle.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that British actress Ophelia Lovibond, who was previously featured in movies like No Strings Attached and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, is the latest to sign on for a part in the galactic comic book movie. While the trade has since removed details about the role, the original report said that she will be playing an assistant to a being known as The Collector, described as a near-immortal “who gathers artifacts and beings in the hopes of saving them from a foretold galactic annihilation.” She is the second actor to join the cast of the film in the last week, with Walking Dead star and Gunn regular Michael Rooker signed on last week to play Yondu Udonta.

It’s worth noting that in the comics The Collector has a connection with Thanos, the big purple dude revealed during the end credits of The Avengers, so this is just one more piece of evidence suggesting that Guardians of the Galaxy will feature the Mad Titan. Production on the film will begin this June, with Marvel and Disney targeting an August 1, 2014, release date.

Source: Cinema Blend

Guardians Of The Galaxy To Add Zoe Saldana As Gamora


By:  Katey Rich

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Another key element of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has fallen into place, and it’s the addition of an actress who already knows her way around outer space. The Hollywood Reportersays that Zoe Saldana is currently in negotiations to play Gamora, the green-skinned humanoid alien who is the female lead of the upcoming superhero film.

Saldana, who’s returning to play Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness and is on board for theAvatar sequels, would be joining the cast that already includes Chris Pratt as Star-Lord andDave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. James Gunn is on board to direct, and the production ought to be gearing up quickly in time to make the planned August 1, 2014 release date.

We got a look at some concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy earlier today thanks to the Marvel Phase One Blu-ray set, but our best look at Gamora remains in the concept art that debuted last summer, showing her on the far right wearing a cape and holding a sword. It will be interesting to see how they have Saldana play the role, whether through motion-capture and prosthetics, and if it winds up looking too similar to her Neytiri in Avatar. It also seems strange that Saldana is potentially signing up for a third sci-fi franchise, not to mention the gigantic Marvel universe that could rope her in for any number of stories. All she needs is a role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars to be living the true geek dream.

Source: Cinema Blend

Guardians Of The Galaxy Casts WWE’s Dave Bautista For Drax The Destroyer


By:  Kelly West

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_36392More than a month after we learned that Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt was cast in the role of Star-Lord in Marvel’s anticipated superhero filmGuardians of the Galaxy comes official word on the casting for Drax, and it isn’t Isaiah Mustafa, Patrick Wade, or even Jason Momoa, who was rumored to be offered the role last month. WWE wrestler, mixed martial artist and sometimes actor Dave Bautista, a.k.a. “Batista,” has landed the role.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be directed by James Gunn and is said to be tied to The Avengers and other Marvel movies. Pratt stars as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, a U.S. pilot who finds himself on the run after a trip to space puts him in the middle of a universal conflict. He ends up teamed up with a group of “futuristic ex-cons” who have something everyone wants. According to THR, Bautista will play the part Drax the Destroyer, who’s described as “a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos,” the mysterious character featured during the credits for The Avengers.

Drax is known to have the power of flight, super-strength and energy blasts. And based on this casting news, he’s also a really big guy, or he is for this movie. Bautista is 6’6″ and 290 lbs. Most of his listed credits are for WWE wrestling, but on the acting side, he’s appeared in a number of direct-to-video films, including House of the Rising Sun and The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, with Ron Perlman. He’s also set to appear in David Twohy’s Riddick, which is due out this fall and may offer the actor the right kind of preparation for Guardians in terms of big screen sci-fi adventure.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set to arrive in theaters on August 1, 2014.

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Could Game Of Thrones’ Jason Momoa Be Joining The Guardians Of The Galaxy?


By:   Eric Eisenberg

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_35793Chris Pratt is set to play Star-Lord in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, but there’s still plenty of work left to be done in the casting department before cameras start to roll. Marvel Studios still needs to find actors to play the roles of Drax The Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, and thus far rumors and short-lists have been practically non-existent. But now it seems that we may be skipping over the long speculation process, because there is now a report that the studio has already found its second cast member.

Latino-Review is claiming that inside sources close to the production have told them that Jason Momoa has been offered the part of Drax The Destroyer. While nothing is set in stone yet, apparently negotiations are on-going, with the actor’s people having already sent the studio a counter offer for the role. The star is best known for his work on the small screen, playing Khal Drogo on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones and Ronon Dex omStargate: Atlantis, but has had a bit of trouble getting his film career going. In 2011 he starred in the 2011 reboot of Conan The Barbarian – which was a notable flop – and just a couple weeks ago he was seen by very few playing the villain in Walter Hill’s Bullet To The Head.

For those unfamiliar with Drax’s back story, he was originally a human named Arthur Douglas who was killed along with the rest of his family during an attack by the Thanos (the big-chinned purple dude seen halfway through the credits of The Avengers). But when an entity known as Kronos needed a warrior to fight against the Mad Titan, he brought Arthur’s spirit back to life and put it in a more powerful alien body.

Could this be the turn around that Momoa’s career needs? Do you think he’s a solid choice to play Drax? Let us know in the comments below!

UPDATE: THR writer Borys Kit has reached out to his sources that say that Momoa has indeed tested for the part of Drax The Destroyer, but an offer has not yet been made and negotiations have not yet started.

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Is Vin Diesel Up To Play Vision In Avengers 2?


By: Brent McKnight

vin_diesel_32533Now that Joss Whedon is official back on board to write and direct The Avengers sequel we can get down to the dirty business of casting rumors. While this is conjecture and hearsay of the highest order, but could Vin Diesel possibly play Vision in the second chapter of Marvel’s hottest property?

Here’s how little it takes to start a rumor these days. All that really happened is that Diesel changed the photo on his Facebook profile. Comic Book Therapy noticed that the Chronicles of Riddick actor posted a picture of the Vision, and, well, let the rampant speculation begin.

Created by the robot Ultron, Vision is a type of solar powered android, called a “synthezoid.” Originally intended to exact revenge on Avenger Henry Pym (Ant-Man), Vision was eventually convinced to shift allegiances and join the team. Over the years he has appeared in various incarnations, in various storylines, and as a part of different groups.

So, does this actually mean anything? Diesel is fond of using various social media platforms to disseminate information to his fans. In the recent past he has posted pictures and concept art from his long-gestating attempts to made a third Riddick movie. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could be dropping a hint. Then again, maybe he just likes the Vision.

Even if Diesel is going to play Vision sometime in the future, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be in an Avengers movie. In the comics, Vision has appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy stories, and a few years ago, when Marvel announced they were going to make films out of some lesser known properties, Vision was named along with characters like Black Panther and Iron Fist.

What do you think? Would you like to see Diesel play the Vision? Do you think he could hang in an Avengers movie?

Source: Cinema Blend

Joss Whedon Signs Three Year Deal With Marvel Studios


By: Eric Eisenberg

joss_whedon_32359Joss Whedon has plenty of experience as a showrunner. During his years in television he brought worlds like Firefly, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel to life, and even managed to the connect the arcs of the last two together. And now it looks like Whedon will have to take that same experience and talent to the big screen as he is basically becoming the showrunner for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Following news from earlier this afternoon, when it was announced that Whedon would be writing and directing The Avengers 2 and working on a television show set within the MCU, Marvel Studios has told the Los Angeles Times that Whedon has actually signed a three year exclusive deal with the studio that will have him working under the company’s roof until June 2015.

In addition to the projects announced earlier today, Whedon will also be contributing creatively to the Marvel universe as a whole, but that actually isn’t really new ground for the filmmaker. After being hired to write and direct The Avengers, Marvel had him do some work on the script for Captain America: The First Avenger and he also directed the tag scene at the end of Thor. While it’s unlikely that Whedon will have any role in the development of Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World, as one is already months into production and the other is just a few weeks away from it, he could very well play a crucial role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier,Guardians of the Galaxy, which are the two films that Marvel is currently developing for 2014.

This is honestly the greatest thing Marvel could have done. Company President Kevin Feige did an absolutely brilliant job with developing Phase One, introducing audiences to the characters and getting them ready for a larger life on screen, but putting Whedon as the man at the helm is perfection. His years on television have shown that he is a genius when it comes to character development and gradual personality shifts, and that’s exactly what the Marvel Cinematic Universe will need in the years ahead. There is not a piece of bad news to be found in this developing story.

Source: Cinema Blend