Back to the Future VFX - The Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Michael Rooker gets all dressed up as Yondu and gives fans a tour of the Marvel Studios office. Plus, a new episode of Captain Disillusion takes a closer look at the technology that helped bring the visual effects of Back to the Future to life, and a fanmade trailer reimagines Game of Thrones as a modern day series called Westeros. Read More »

Michael Rooker Falls Asleep in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Blooper

Director James Gunn has a special bond with his Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Michael Rooker. Even before the two worked together on Gunn’s directorial debut Slither in 2006, the filmmaker was a fan of the character actor’s work, and since then the two have sparked a bromance. That’s why James Gunn has no problem sharing an embarrassing outtake from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 involving Michael Rooker

Believe it or not, the scene in question features Michael Rooker actually falling asleep in the middle of a take, so much that you can hear him snoring. But in order to talk about this scene, we have to put out a spoiler warning. So if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, do not proceed any further. You’ve been warned! Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - James Gunn

With the home video release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arriving this month, director James Gunn has been making the publicity rounds all over the place to talk about the Marvel Studios sequel. Just this weekend brought a far-out music video for the “Guardians Inferno” disco track from the film’s soundtrack, and you can see Gunn shaking his groove thing all over the place.

Thankfully, James Gunn was able to sit still for a little bit to talk about the developing cosmic movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 soundtrack the role that he wanted David Bowie to play before the musician sadly passed away, and how the Mary Poppins reference came to be included in the movie. Plus, “Guardians Inferno” star David Hasselhoff reveals he’s been trying to convince Gunn to tackle a Knight Rider reboot. Find out all about these tidbits below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Music Video

When the news came that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would be arriving on home video this month, director James Gunn teased one wild special feature the likes of which had never been seen on any Marvel Studios movie before. That special feature has now arrived in its entirety online.

James Gunn created a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 music video inspired by the original disco song “Guardians Inferno” by a group called The Sneepers, featuring none other than Star-Lord’s fictional father David Hasselhoff. This is a full fledged retro music video created in the same style as real hit disco songs from the 1970s, and it’s so weird and glorious. Watch it below! Read More »

Michael Rooker in Avengers Infinity War - Yondu

The cast of Avengers: Infinity War will include nearly every major character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All of the Avengers will be there, obviously, and there are supposed to be some new ones as well, including Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Joining them will be all the Guardians of the Galaxy. But what about the new members of the team from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? More specifically, will Michael Rooker be returning as Yondu in the battle to stop Thanos from destroying Earth?

In order to discuss his potential role, we have to dive into spoiler territory, so don’t read any further if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But if you have, join us below. Read More »

guardians of the galaxy 2 ending

Major spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lie ahead. Don’t read any further if you haven’t watched the movie!

It was a sorrowful ending that reverberated through the galaxy, and cemented Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as a worthy and emotional follow-up to its predecessor.

And the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t — yet — fall into that old Marvel habit of bringing back once-deceased characters and cheapening their sacrifice. But while the loss of a beloved character is hard on the audience, it’s even harder on the director and crew behind the film — so much so that writer/director James Gunn almost didn’t make this the film’s ending. Let’s talk about that ending, and how it came to be.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 junket

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the press junket for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in West Hollywood. Peter Sciretta and I will be publishing individual interviews with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, writer/director James Gunn, and actors Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell here on the site in the days leading up to the film’s release next week. In the meantime, I collected ten pieces of info we gleaned at the junket’s two press conferences, which featured key members of the creative team and nearly every major member of the movie’s cast.

In addition to the folks mentioned above, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillain, Sean Gunn, and Sylvester Stallone were all in attendance. Read on to discover what we learned from the spirited group interviews.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Ego

The latest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer offered our first look at Kurt Russell‘s Ego the Living Planet in real, live, flesh-and-blood form. As we’ve known since Comic-Con last year, Ego is the biological dad that Peter has been searching for. But now that the mystery of Star-Lord’s parentage has been solved, we’re left with still more questions about the guy. Like: why is he here? What does he want with Peter? For that matter, do we know Ego is Peter’s dad? All we have to go on right now is his word, and we don’t know how trustworthy this guy is.

While combing through the new promo, we started to form some ideas about the role Ego could play in the movie, based on the footage we’ve seen so far, the interviews conducted with the cast and crew, and the character’s comic book history. Learn more about him below.  Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 poster header

Your favorite galaxy-saving a-holes are back… or they’re about to be really soon, in any case. Marvel Studios has just dropped the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer, which assembles the whole gang: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). In typical fashion, they’re flying by the seats of their pants — but if we know them, they’ll manage to get it together just in time to save the MCU from completely imploding.

Check out the latest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer below, which includes our first look at Kurt Russell as Ego. Read More »

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Kurt Russell Guardians of the Galaxy

Nothing cuts through the post-Oscar chatter like a batch of superhero movie news, so let’s dive right in. First, a new look at Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has arrived online, offering our best look yet at one of the coolest guys in Hollywood history making his Marvel debut. And after that, we can peruse Michael Rooker‘s Instagram account and discuss whether or not he’s in Avengers: Infinity War (because it certainly looks like he is).

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