Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor Ragnarok Awards

We’re heading into the heart of awards season, that time of the year when studios will be releasing the movies that they hope will be nominated for plenty of awards in the coming months. Some will begin with a limited release before rolling out wide in the future, while others have already begun their limited release and are rolling out to more cities in the coming weeks. But there are some movies that were already released earlier this year and it’s time for studios to remind voters about in order to be considered for nominations.

Looking to compete against some of the more prestigious pictures that usually end up in the awards conversation, Disney and Marvel Studios are making a push for both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok awards nominations, and it’s not just in the technical categories like visual effects and make-up. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok - Cate Blanchett as Hela

A few weeks back, I had my annual sit-down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige to talk about the latest Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnarok. We will be running the more spoiler-filled bits from the interview next week, but today, I present to you the non-spoiler section.

In the interview, Feige reveals that Hela was initially planned to be the villain of the second Thor film, Thor: The Dark World, and talks about how Ragnarok evolved into what we see on the big screen. He also talks about the collaboration with filmmakers like Taika Waititi and James Gunn, and if Disneyland’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction has Sakaar origins.

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New Blu-ray releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Happy Halloween! Open your goodie bags and/or plastic pumpkin buckets and I’ll drop some fine physical media in there. In this latest Blu-ray round-up, I’ve got a group of films that are actually perfect for Halloween. They’re also perfect for any day besides Halloween, too. You don’t need Halloween as an excuse to watch creepy movies, folks. They’re good all year round.

Below you’ll find a George Romero later-day zombie film, a remake of a Romero classic, a spooky post-modern ghost story starring Kristen Stewart, and a polarizing trip to Twin Peaks. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Guardians of the galaxy vol 2 easter eggs

James Gunn is fond of adding Easter Eggs to his Guardians of the Galaxy films. In fact, there’s still one Easter Egg from the first Guardians that Gunn claims audiences haven’t picked up on yet. Thankfully, he’s being a bit more helpful regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Easter Eggs and, in a new Facebook post, he reveals a slew of photos revealing references that were unfortunately cut from the final film.

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James Gunn horror

James Gunn knows a thing or two about horror movies. Before he became known for his work on the Guardians of the Galaxy movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he got his start working for the low-budget studio Troma, where he wrote Tromeo & Juliet, and he went on to write the fantastic 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead and made his feature directorial debut with 2006’s Slither, a creature feature starring Nathan Fillion.

As we creep toward Halloween, Gunn took to Facebook to share a list of his top 50 favorite horror movies of all time. While some of his choices are expected (The Thing, Rosemary’s Baby), there are a couple that you’re not likely to find on many other lists out there. Check out the filmmaker’s full list below.
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Guardians of the Galaxy - Matt Taylor

We shouldn’t have to open with this, but here goes: the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not coming to an end anytime soon. And yet, that seems to be the message the internet has taken from recent quotes by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, eventually pulling Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn into the muck so he could also confirm that no, one of the most massively successful and lucrative movie series of the young century is not coming to an end. Of course not. Duh.

But Gunn did tease that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will kickstart the “new story” that is coming down the pipeline. So that’s something.

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James Gunn Thor Ragnarok

On Monday, we compiled a list of reactions to Marvel Studios’ new movie Thor: Ragnarok from critics who got to see the film early, but in the wake of the Hollywood premiere of the film, there’s one more reaction we’d like to talk about. Writer/director James Gunn, the creative force behind the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and one of the key players shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future over the next decade and beyond, has written a rave review of the movie, likening it to a lost 1980s classic and singling out Mark Ruffalo‘s performance as The Hulk as one of the film’s strongest aspects.
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Guardians of the Galaxy characters don't speak English

If you’re one of those left-brained people who refuses to suspend their disbelief while watching the Guardians of the Galaxy films, wondering just how and why all these aliens from distant universes speak English, director James Gunn would like a few words with you. The characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 aren’t speaking English at all; a voice translator is doing all the work. In a series of tweets, Gunn yet again confirmed the Guardians of the Galaxy characters don’t speak English. See the details below.

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Justice League Banner

What scene will The Avengers 4 have that takes place in the 1960s? How can you get your hands on the Funko POP Vinyl figure of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn? Why didn’t Wonder Woman have a post-credits scene? What does director Matthew Vaughn want to do with Superman if he directs a Man of Steel sequel? Could Crossbones come back to the MCU after all? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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The first Guardians of the Galaxy introduced us to the ragtag team of space convicts who were one of Marvel Comics more obscure properties. Director James Gunn brought them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it was one of the most acclaimed movies in the overarching comic book franchise to date. He followed it up with the satisfying sequel this past summer, and when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 rolls around, likely sometime in 2020, it will help kick off the next 10 years of the MCU. And now we have an idea of what we can expect from at least one of the characters from the cosmic superhero team. Read More »