Still trying to figure out just who all the main characters are in Guardians of the Galaxy? The one-minute TV spot that ran this evening during the MLB All-Star Game has you covered, at least with respect to a couple of the more unusual ones. The spot lines up character info for Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista), and throws out some new footage. There are a couple of good jokes, too. Watch the new Guardians of the Galaxy TV spot below, and for anyone who wondered how Dave Bautista was going to fare in the film, this could be the spot that really sells the concept of him as Drax. Read More »
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In filmmaking, the score is almost always one of the last pieces of the puzzle. By the time a composer completes and records their score, the movie is almost always in the can. It just needs a tweak here or there before it’s done. That’s the usual order of things. For James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy though, things moved in a different order.
Gunn worked with composer Tyler Bates (300, Watchmen, Super) very early in the process so the actors could listen to the film’s eventual score during the creation of the movie’s most emotional moments and action scenes. The hope was hearing the film’s score so early in the process would let them better understand the film’s tone. Read the full quote below. Read More »
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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 »
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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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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Personally, I don’t like to listen to a soundtrack before I see a movie. Music is one of the few aspects of a film that can be almost totally unspoiled because it’s added late in the process, often after the marketing is set. But, at a certain point a few weeks before release, it’s out there. The music release recently happened in a clever way for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and now it’s happened for Guardians of the Galaxy.
What’s unique about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is that it’s totally comprised of pop music. Some of it you know, some of it you might not, but as you can tell from the cover art above, it’s an “awesome mix.” Just like the Guardians themselves. The CD itself won’t be out for a few weeks but because it’s pop music, you can essentially listen to the whole Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack right now. Read More »
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