guardians of the galaxy vol 2 behind the scenes

In April 2016, I traveled to Atlanta to visit the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While on set, a group of journalists including myself, sat down with writer/director James Gunn to talk about the highly anticipated Marvel sequel.

During the conversation, Gunn tries to clear up Kurt Russell‘s role in the film which they were being very vague about during our visit, talks about the 64-page treatment he wrote for the film and how that is different from the shooting draft, Nebula and Gamora’s relationship, shooting scenes in full screen IMAX, explaining Mantis’ role in this story, having no plan-B for Ego, his choice of songs for Awesome Mix Tape #2, the idea to feature Baby Groot in the movie instead of a fully regrown Groot, more information about the film’s villain Ayesha and her alien race.

Gunn also talks about his easter egg obsession, the evolution of Rocket and Groot’s relationship, why Quill was able to hold an Infinity Stone, pushing the weirdness to a new level, the creative freedom at Marvel, the possibility of doing another Guardians movie, the decision to set this film only a couple months after the events of the first film, Mantis’ relationship with Ego and the Guardians crew, the family theme at the core of the movie, the end credit tags, the trap of sequels and predicting the biggest surprise of this film. All this and more, in our roundtable James Gunn interview which you can read after the jump.

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guardians of the galaxy vol 2 set visit

On April 22nd, 2016 I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to visit the set of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. What follows is everything I learned while on the set of James Gunn‘s galactic sequel.

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avengers infinity war score

When Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced Avengers: Infinity War, it was positioned as a two-film epic crossover event that would be the culmination of everything Marvel had planned up to that point. So with both films about to start shooting concurrently, I thought it might be fun to take a look at all the characters confirmed or rumored to be part of Avengers: Infinity War, and theorize how they may play into this story.

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The Girl with All the Gifts Trailer

Over the past decade, it feels like the zombie subgenre of horror films has been played out. The popularity of The Walking Dead on television reinvigorated zombie movies, but most haven’t done anything original with the concept. There have been fresher approaches to zombies with films such as Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Life After Beth, Maggie and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, but 28 Days Later was probably the last great zombie movie.

However, it looks like the United Kingdom might have another great zombie thriller waiting to be unleashed. The Girl With All the Gifts trailer has just arrived online, showing off the film adaptation of M.R. Carey‘s novel of the same name. The film follows a contingent of soldiers and scientists researching a group of children who are infected with a zombie pathogen, but somehow still control their thoughts and emotions, despite still have a desire to eat human flesh. Among the group, one girl named Melanie seems to be the key to finding a cure. Read More »

Anesthesia trailer

Kristen Stewart may have become a household name on the strength of one of the biggest studio franchises in recent memory, but since Twilight wrapped up in 2012 she’s established herself as an indie darling. Earlier this year she garnered tons of buzz for her turns in Still Alice and Clouds of Sils Maria, and next year she’ll be back with four or five more titles including Tim Blake Nelson‘s Anesthesia.

The ensemble drama, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, hinges on a violent attack against a well liked professor (played by Sam Waterston). The film jumps back a week to explain how the incident came to back, focusing on a seemingly disparate cast of characters played by Nelson, Stewart, Glenn CloseCorey StollGretchen MolMichael K. Williams, and more. Watch the Anesthesia trailer after the jump. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy character posters

The five titular antiheroes of James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy got their day in the sun last month, when Marvel released a series of one-sheets highlighting each one. Today, it’s time for some of the supporting players to take a turn in the spotlight.

The latest batch of Guardians of the Galaxy character posters offer a closer look at Glenn Close‘s Nova Prime, John C. Reilly‘s Corpsman Dey, and Michael Rooker‘s Yondu. Check ’em out after the jump.

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Want to see a new image from Thor: The Dark World? How about one from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Where can you read about Thanos for real cheap? What does Glenn Close have to say about Guardians of the Galaxy? Who is really stopping Wonder Woman from making the big screen? Which villain do the writers of Amazing Spider-Man 2 really like? Was Ultron ever a part of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man plan? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Glenn Close

We still don’t know who will voice Rocket Raccoon or Groot, the two CG-created team members in James Gunn‘s comedic sci-fi action film Guardians of the Galaxy. But a press release announcing the start of production (which in reality was more than two weeks ago) Marvel Studios officially announces that Glenn Close is in the film, playing Nova-Prime. That’s a confirmation of a report from late this spring, and also an interesting choice as the character is typically male in various comic book appearances. Read More »

Glenn Close

The Guardians of the Galaxy are either going to report to John C. Reilly or Glenn Close. Or maybe John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. It’s not exactly clear which actor is up for what role but after news broke over the weekend that John C. Reilly was up for a role as a go between for the cosmic superteam and S.H.I.E.L.D. back on Earth, now it seems Glenn Close is up for a similar role. Reportedly, James Gunn‘s script calls multiple parts that serve a similar purpose. Read More »

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This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.

But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of  the big surprises.

The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »