Ever since it was announced that Kurt Russell (Escape From New York, The Thing) would be joining the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, fans theorized that the screen legend would be playing Chris Pratt‘s character Peter Quill’s long lost father. At San Diego Comic-Con International 2016, it was confirmed that Russell’s character is, in fact, Star-Lord’s father. But it was also revealed that his name is Ego, which comic book fans will remember not as a human but an ancient and powerful being that takes the form of a living planet. While doing press at the Toronto International Film Festival, Russell explains that Guardians will tell a “very complex story” focusing on family issues.
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Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Any way you slice it, Kurt Russell appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is amazing news. He’s perfectly cast as the long-lost father of Star-Lord, and the fact that said long-lost dad is actually Ego the Living Planet goes beyond our wildest dreams. (Seriously: I don’t think any of us at /Film could’ve dreamed this up in a hundred years.) So who do we have to thank for this casting coup?
Apparently, Star-Lord himself. According to James Gunn, casting Russell was all Chris Pratt‘s idea. Because if you get the rare opportunity to choose your own dad, why not aim high and go for Kurt Russell? Read More »
One of the greatest pleasures of my career so far arrived last year, when I was able to interview the great Kurt Russell following the premiere of the fantastic horror western Bone Tomahawk. Russell is one of the greats, a massive screen presence who’s willing to take chances on strange movies, a “man’s man” who isn’t afraid to play weak or buffoonish, an actor who can embody cowboys and criminals and psychopaths and moody helicopter pilots stranded in the ass-end of Antarctica. There has never been a movie that wasn’t made better by his presence. He’s an icon. He looms as large as the larger-than-life characters he so often plays.
So, if there was any living actor who deserves to have an entire art show dedicated to him, it’s Kurt freakin’ Russell. And yes, there is a new Kurt Russell art show right around the corner, featuring pieces that pay tribute to movies like The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, The Hateful Eight, and Death Proof.
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Not only does this year mark the 35th anniversary of Escape form New York, but it also marks the 30th anniversary of one of John Carpenter‘s other beloved films starring Kurt Russell. Yes, it’s been 30 years since Big Trouble in Little China hit theaters, and if you happen to be in Brooklyn, New York today, August 4, then you can celebrate with a special anniversary screening and a very special print of the iconic poster by beloved artist Drew Struzan.
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In case you didn’t realize this year marks the 35th anniversary of Escape from New York, the classic sci-fi action flick from that was released all the way back in 1981. Even though the exact anniversary came and went last month on July 10th, a celebration seems appropriate since director John Carpenter just won a lawsuit against writer Luc Besson for plagiarizing the film while writing an eerily similar sci-fi acion movie called Lockout. And what better way to celebrate than with a new collectible print.
Grey Matter Art has teamed with artist Matt Ferguson for a new, officially licensed Escape from New York print that would be the perfect way to honor the film’s 35th anniversary. The artwork features Kurt Russell looking like a badass as Snake Plissken, and the style of the print is very much in the vein of movie posters from the 1980s. Check it out! Read More »
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Thanks to director John Carpenter, we’ve seen Kurt Russell in full badass mode in both Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China. But you know what both of those movies could use? The answer is even more Kurt Russell, and a new comic is getting ready to deliver just that.
Boom! Studios has revealed a new crossover comic book fully approved by John Carpenter that will have Snake Plissken from Escape from New York and Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China together for the first time.
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Just over a week ago, a video from the production of Fast 8 featured nearly the entire cast of the action sequel on set, though not with all of them together. Now a new photo from Vin Diesel rounds up all the principal performers from the film directed by F. Gary Gray, including all the returning cast members and the new ones as well. It also gives us our first look at Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju in the film with that wild red beard of his intact. Check out the Fast 8 cast photo below. Read More »
After facing prehistoric Transformers in 2014 and hanging out with a talking teddy bear in Ted 2 last year, Mark Wahlberg confronts something a little more real this fall in Deepwater Horizon. Based on the real life disaster, the film follows Wahlberg as a family man working on the title oil rig as anything and everything goes wrong, leaving the lives of those on the job that day in grave danger. A new Deepwater Horizon trailer shows just how intense things get. Read More »
Mel Gibson‘s first directorial effort in almost a decade, Hacksaw Ridge, comes out later this year. The WWII drama will likely have an awards-friendly release date, but until we find out when exactly we’ll see Gibson’s newest film, at least we already know what he might direct next. The actor is working on an adaptation of Herbert Asbury‘s The Barbary Coast, which is set to star Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson.
Learn more about the Mel Gibson television project below.
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