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If you thought Ellen DeGeneres‘ star-studded, Twitter-breaking Oscars selfie couldn’t possibly get any more charming, think again. (Or, if you thought it couldn’t be any more deeply crafted as an ad, think again.) Simpsons creator Matt Groening and the Legoland Manchester have each offered their own takes on the meme-ready moment, and the results are exactly as amazing as you’d expect. Then there’s a more biting revision of it that would make John Carpenter happy.

Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Briefly: The Hangover films made Bradley Cooper a star, and two films with David O. Russell made him into an awards contender. That puts Cooper in a rare position, where he can go from voicing an animated raccoon in a Marvel movie to having his pick of potential prestige pictures. One of the latter is American Blood, which will be based on a forthcoming novel from the young New Zealand author Ben Sanders.

The book will be Sanders’ fourth and the first to get a major push in the US. In fact, it doesn’t even exist yet; Warner Bros. has bought in and attached Cooper to star based on a 50-page proposal by Sanders. The adaptation will be written by Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan). THR reports the book is about “The story follows Marshall Grade, an NYPD officer-turned-mob-informant, who, while living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, is pulled into a dangerous investigation involving a missing woman.” The novel is seen as one with franchise potential, and that’s likely why Warner Bros. is interested. Whether Cooper will remain on board is probably a 50/50 proposition at this point.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket

Were you disappointed that the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy did not include the voice of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon or Vin Diesel as Groot? We were, too.

But turns out we don’t have to wait for those reveals. If you want to hear Cooper as Rocket, you’re in luck: Marvel and Disney have just released a short character profile video that shows a bit of new Rocket footage, and lets us hear Cooper’s take on the voice. That’s embedded below, and it looks like similar videos for other Guardians cast members will follow shortly.  Read More »

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The first full trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is here! We don’t hear Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) or Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) but we do get to see Chris Pratt as a sort of Indiana Jones/Han Solo hybrid, with a lot of great teasing shots that show off James Gunn’s huge, weird, and comic take on the galaxy. Watch below. Read More »

Cameron Crowe’s Next Will Open Christmas Day

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Sure, the last Christmas was just two months ago, but it’s never too early to start thinking about presents for next Christmas. And Sony already knows just what it’s getting us: the next film from Cameron Crowe.

The studio has dated the as-yet-untitled Hawaii-based romance, starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, for December 25. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Christmas came and went last week, but Marvel’s got a couple more gifts for us before we launch into 2014. The studio has just revealed the first still and the official synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy, coming next summer with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel in the lead roles and James Gunn at the helm. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Cameron Crowe Untitled Hawaii

Doesn’t it feel nice to know Cameron Crowe has now been shooting his new movie for almost a month? The still untitled, Hawaii-based film stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec BaldwinBill MurrayDanny McBride, John Krasinski and Jay Baruchel in a story that follows ”a defense contractor (Cooper) who falls for an Air Force pilot (Stone) after he’s assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii.”

Crowe recently posted the first photo of his two leads on the set and you can see it below. Read More »

James Gunn Thor Red Carpet

Now that Guardians of the Galaxy has finished shooting, what’s director James Gunn up to? Editing, of course, and hitting the red carpet for the next Marvel film to talk all about it. Gunn was at this week’s Thor: The Dark World premiere and did several red carpet videos where he both showed his incredible passion for the project, and also dropped a few nuggets of information.

Below, watch Gunn talk about the painstaking voice work Bradley Cooper is doing as Rocket Raccoon, evade conversations about Vin Diesel playing Groot, tease when we might see a trailer, and then discuss something that should be treated as a major spoiler for Thor: The Dark World. Read More »

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