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Last September, I traveled to London to visit the set of Marvel Studios’ upcoming comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy. Throughout the week we’ll be posting interviews with the cast of James Gunn‘s latest. You can read our on-set Dave Bautista interview now after the jump.

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Michael Rooker Guardians Yondu

James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy is less than a month away and, up until now, we’ve seen official glimpses of every major character save for two: Thanos and Yondu. While it’s unlikely we’ll see the supervillain himself until we sit down in the theater, the latter has finally been revealed.

Played by popular character actor Michael Rooker, himself a mainstay of Gunn’s work, Yondu acts as sort of a father figure to Chris Pratt‘s Star-Lord. That much was revealed in the recent IMAX 3D presentation. But, below, see two photos of the character and read more about how he fits in with the team. Read More »

James Gunn Interview Guardians of the Galaxy

In September 2013, I visited the London-based set of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy (you can find out more about what we learned and watch a video blog reaction here). While on set, we are able to talk with many of the key cast and crew and will be posting transcripts from those roundtable interviews all this week. First up is director James Gunn, who found a few moments in between filming to talk with us about how he became involved in the movie, his philosophies behind the choices in this film, casting choice, the pressure of filming a big budget tentpole superhero movie, and much much more. Read the full James Gunn interview after the jump.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Set Visit

In September 2013, I traveled to London to visit the set of Marvel Studios’ upcoming comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy. On set, I was transported to new worlds with many different alien races, boarded a 3-mile long spacecraft, and talked with the cast and crew who were creating the magic you will see on screen this August.

I learned a ton of interesting bits about the making of the film, too many to count. (For example, it took a team of five make-up artists three and a half hours to apply Dave Batista’s body make-up each day, so in the 49 days of the shoot Batista spent over seven complete days worth of minutes in the makeup chair.)

After the jump you can read many other facts about the production of the film from development to casting, to special effects. I also recorded a video blog after the visit to give you a more opinionated reaction to what we had seen. And be on the lookout for interview transcripts with a bunch of the key cast and crew which will be posted on the site all this week. For now, read my full Guardians of the Galaxy set visit report after the jump.
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Judged solely on the footage alone, Marvel’s 17 minute IMAX 3D presentation of footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Monday night couldn’t have been better. It starts with a brief introduction, goes into a nice 10-12 minute scene which sets up plot, action and character, then is capped by a sizzle reel featuring a ton of new footage. We see Yondu, Thanos’ throne, and more.

That footage aside, the event itself posed some very interesting questions for the film as Marvel and Disney prepare for an August 1 release. Many in the audience complained at only getting to see 17 minutes so close to the actual release date. Others walked out of the theater scratching their head, wondering what this has to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The event definitely got people talking about the film but maybe not in all the ways Marvel and Disney hoped. Read more about the Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX presentation below and watch an extended glimpse at the footage. Read More »

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“Some of the most beautiful destinations on Earth look like **** compared to the rest of the galaxy.”

A new website advertising Guardians of the Galaxy is guised as a galactic travel service, and it’s a company that has deep confidence in the appeal of its services. Galaxy Getaways promises a dream vacation, and the company’s website offers the chance to use street view to explore a couple of Guardians locations. There are a couple of minor games to play, and pages revealing quite a few fun details of the worlds we’ll see in the film.

Check out the promo video below, with just a bit of new Guardians footage, and then visit the site. Read More »

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