Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn

How confident is Marvel Studios that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to work? The film itself declares the characters will be back not once, but twice, and they’ve green lit and dated the sequel a week before the first movie hits theaters. That’s pretty exciting. But it wouldn’t be possible if writer/director James Gunn hadn’t done such a great job on the first one, or have a strong idea for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

In a new interview, Gunn said he “has a good idea” for the second and that while he does have to worry a bit about connections to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, that won’t be the focus. Read More »

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King Kong image - Skull Island movie adaptation

Legendary Pictures attempted to surprise the crowd at 2014 Comic Con with a teaser trailer announcing a King Kong-set film project Skull Island. We were given very little information about the project, but Monday we learned more about the writer developing the project and that Legendary has offered the movie to Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. But we still don’t know what the film is about. Is the Skull Island movie adaptation based on a King Kong novel, or an original tale set in the King Kong universe? Or is it possible that Legendary Pictures is working hand in hand with Universal Studios theme parks on making a movie based on a theme park ride that hasn’t even been constructed? I’ll explore both of these questions and more, after the jump.

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The Hateful Eight poster header

The last eight months have been an awfully bumpy ride for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight. First it was leaked, then cancelled, then revived for a live reading. Then over the weekend Tarantino confirmed the movie was back on for good, and now the first Hateful Eight poster has arrived to add that the film is coming in 2015. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb trailer

Everyone’s favorite museum security guard is at it again in the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer. This time, Larry (Ben Stiller) and his pals are concerned that there’s something wrong with the tablet that brings the exhibits to life every night.

This requires them to travel to the British Museum, where the tablet’s creator (Ben Kingsley) resides, and where they get to meet, among others, the dashing hero Lancelot (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and a very Rebel Wilson-y security guard played by Rebel Wilson. Hit the jump to watch the first Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer.

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Joey Spiotto Storytime

There’s just something wonderful about seeing your favorite pop culture properties reimagined as something unimaginable. Artist Joey Spiotto does that really well. In previous years, he’s become well-known for turning pop culture properties like Firefly, The Avengers and Lost into eye-catching album covers. Now he’s taking that tone and turning it into a full gallery exhibit by adapting properties like Breaking Bad, Pulp Fiction, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, A Clockwork Orange and others into children’s books reminiscent of Random House’s popular “Little Golden Books” series.

The exhibit is called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show and it opens August 1 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles, CA. It consists of 50 properties from movies, TV, music and video games put through Spiotto’s unique children’s filter. Below, we’ve got a bunch of examples from the Joey Spiotto Gallery 1988 show. Read More »

Potterhood

Sure, Richard Linklater might be the first to make a coming-of-age movie by shooting a single actor over a twelve-year period. But even as he was shooting his ambitious Boyhood, audiences around the world were breathlessly watching a different boy sprout up, fill out, drop his voice, fall in love, and endure a veritable parade of misguided father figures on the big screen.

That boy of course was Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe. Over ten years and eight films, we saw him grow from an innocent kid, into a gawky adolescent, and finally into a brave man. (And then into a brave man terrorized by bad old-age makeup, but let’s try to forget about that.) It seems only fitting that he should get his own Boyhood, so here’s the Potterhood parody trailer to help remedy that.

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The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – San Diego Comic-Con 2014

David, Jeff, Russ, and Germain chat about their highest highs, lowest lows, and their biggest surprises from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Be sure to read up on all of /Film’s coverage of Comic-Con this year. Also, read Germain’s thoughts on Hollywood and Comic-Con, as well as how Marvel became the envy (and scourge) of Hollywood.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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Guardians of the Galaxy review

I’m still trying to figure out how Guardians of the Galaxy works. It’s a movie set in an unfamiliar universe, it introduces several new characters with diverse backstories on numerous worlds, and features a talking raccoon, a fighting tree, familial death, and multiple villains, all set to seventies and eighties pop music. On paper, there’s no way the movie should work. But not only did writer/director James Gunn find the perfect mix to make it work, Guardians of the Galaxy soars. All of those elements marry each other just right to tell a singular, direct and entertaining story. Along the way there’s room for jaw-dropping and innovative action, beautiful visuals, robust characterizations and more laughs than probably all the other Marvel movies combined. Yes, Marvel has another winner in Guardians of the Galaxy. Read the rest of our Guardians of the Galaxy review below. Read More »

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