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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You may have noticed the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine Australia has a pretty unique and awesome cover. It’s an illustration of several popular and influential filmmakers, next to images from their films, all to commemorate a special “Director’s Cut” issue. Filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Joss Whedon, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Michael Mann, David Lynch, John Woo, Danny Boyle, Guillermo del Toro and others contributed content to the issue, so a special cover was made.
The cover is by popular artist Joshua Budich and we talked to him about how it all came about. Below, check out the full image he submitted to Empire and read more about it. Read More »
We interrupt your Memorial Day weekend for a potential update on Friday’s biggest story.
Late Friday afternoon Marvel announced director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a film he’d been attached to since 2006, “due to differences in their vision of the film.” The statement said “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”
That made the reason for Wright’s departure seem benign. However a new, unconfirmed report goes against that. Latino Review reports the reason Wright left the project is Marvel hired two writers to “homogenize” his and Joe Cornish’s script and the result was so unlike the film they wanted to make, he left. Is this true? Well, Joss Whedon and Simon Pegg might have some clues. Read much more below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
You’ve seen the first three minutes and read our review. But if you’re still struggling to make up your mind about whether or not In Your Eyes is worth your $5, the first official trailer should help you make up your mind.
Scripted by Joss Whedon and directed by Brin Hill, the indie romance follows two very attractive strangers on opposite sides of the country. Michael Stahl-David is Dylan, an ex-con trying to make ends meet in New Mexico; Zoe Kazan plays Rebecca, a bored housewife in New England. When they realize they share a psychic link, they strike up a friendship that develops into something more.
Watch the In Your Eyes trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Despite hitting it big with the billion-dollar smash The Avengers in 2012, Joss Whedon hasn’t lost his taste for smaller indies. One of his latest in that vein is In Your Eyes, a supernatural romance that Whedon wrote and then handed off to Brin Hill to direct.
The film boasts a juicy premise that seems straight out of Buffy. Michael Stahl-David and Zoe Kazan play two strangers who share an unexplained psychic link. Since childhood, they’ve occasionally been able to experience each other’s senses. When she gets into a sledding accident as a kid, for example, he passes out in a classroom thousands of miles away.
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It’s fair to expect that a killer robot in a film written and directed by Joss Whedon won’t be your average killer robot. Ultron isn’t going to be merely a logical machine bent on destruction. He’ll be pretty messed up in general, and from a human perspective at that. After the break, Joss Whedon explains Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read More »
Tuesday, Robert Downey Jr. revealed via Twitter Tony Stark/Iron Man had finally arrived on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today, his co-star Mark Ruffalo did the same. The difference being Bruce Banner/Hulk revealed the entire team has once again reassembled; he also posted a few images from the set. Nothing particularly revealing, but they’re pretty cool nevertheless. Check out Ruffalo’s Avengers: Age of Ultron updates below.
Update: There’s a new shot from Robert Downey, Jr., too.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently in production but there’s another new Joss Whedon film now available online. In Your Eyes, a new film written and produced by Whedon, premiered Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Following the screening, Whedon announced the film would immediately be available online to download for $5. It’s a “metaphysical romance” starring Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and directed by Brin Hill.
Below, watch a video message from the writer/producer and find out how to download the new Joss Whedon film. Read More »