A lot has changed since I spoke to James Gunn roughly two weeks ago. In that time his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, has become the one of the hottest topics in popular culture. It’s getting so popular, in fact, that Marvel has already greenlit Gunn’s next film, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But two weeks ago, that wasn’t a certainty. The writer director was just happy that people, this journalist included, liked the film so much and wanted to talk to him about it.
In our interview, we talked about balancing the films impulses between action, humor and emotion; the fact he’s so active on social media and how Marvel feels about that; the introduction of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and some of his friends; Nathan Fillion‘s cameo; the humor in the movie, and more including the whereabouts of that classic blue Walkman. Read our James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy interview below. Read More »
The cast of Joss Whedon‘s Firefly will reunite for Firefly Online, a collaboration between Sparkplug, Quantum Mechanix and Fox Digital Entertainment. The upcoming massively multiplayer online game which will be released for PC, Mac, iOS and Android MMO, will let players explore the ‘Verse, undertaking missions while recruiting their own crew of big damn heroes. Find out more about the Firefly Online cast after the jump, and also watch a new gameplay trailer.
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Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
James Gunn promised that Guardians of the Galaxy would have “the most Marvel comics characters ever in one movie,” and now we have some new info that suggests he may actually deliver. A list of confirmed cameos has been making the rounds, which includes details on just whom Nathan Fillion and Stan Lee are playing.
Even more amazing, however, is the reveal that one notorious cult favorite will also make an appearance in the movie. Here’s a hint: He was the second Marvel character ever to get a theatrical feature. Hit the jump for all the dirt. And yes, obviously, spoilers lie ahead.
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Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Guardians of the Galaxy won’t be out for another six weeks, and Ant-Man isn’t coming for over a year. But films these big inevitably leak spoilers before they make it to theaters. Today, we have two juicy ones for you. One concerns the villain of Ant-Man, and the other a special Guardians of the Galaxy cameo.
Hit the jump at your own risk; possible spoilers lie ahead. Read More »
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Is Nathan Fillion going to be in Guardians of the Galaxy? Would Michael C. Hall be interested in playing Daredevil? How can you be the namesake of the latest Mark Millar comic character? Want to see photos of the would-be cast of the George Miller Justice League film? Where were Iron Man and Hawkeye during Captain America: The Winter Soldier? How much has the film grossed so far? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
BBC America has produced a four part mini series called The Real History of Science Fiction, which will begin airing on April 19th 2014. The documentary mini-series will feature “filmmakers, writers, actors, and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown.” The series features everyone from William Shatner to Nathan Fillion, from Richard Dreyfuss to John Carpenter. The first tv teaser trailer has been released, and can be watched embedded after the jump.
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By now, you’d think fans of Joss Whedon’s TV show Firefly would come to peace with the fact it’s over. Yes, the show was unceremoniously cancelled in 2002, but Whedon made an unlikely film version for the fans three years later. Since then, almost all its stars have gone on to bigger and better things. And Whedon is now delivering his pop-culture savvy, whip-smart dialogue on a much larger scale. Yet the fans, collectively known as Browncoats, still hold out hope for some kind of return.
With quotes like the following, who can blame them? Though there is nothing at any stage of development, Firefly producer-writer Tim Minear recently said he “would never foreclose the possibility” of a comeback, and suggested a “limited series” on Netflix or something could work. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
J.J. Abrams thinks casting Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Darth Vader’s annoying moms provides the “pitch-perfect Star Wars energy fans are clamoring for.” Because what can’t these two make better? Also after the jump:
- Nathan Fillion does his best Darth Vader impression
- Remember when we thought Episode IX would be out by 1997? LOL!
- Disney CEO says the Star Wars franchise will follow the Marvel model
- Is a lower-budget Han Solo origin movie coming in 2016?
- Seattle’s Ltd. Art Gallery opens its annual Star Wars exhibit
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(This review originally ran during SXSW, in March. As Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters today, we present it once more.)
In the world of drama, nothing is quite as distinct or lovely as the prose of William Shakespeare. His vocabulary, his rhythm, rhymes and descriptions, all established a standard against which others are still measured. Modern day dramatist Joss Whedon also has a distinct style, characterized by wit, humor, and cultural authority. Surely it’s not in the same league as the Bard’s. But with the writer/director’s modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon has found an enjoyable and surprising balance between the two.
The film will be released June 7, but had its U.S. Premiere this week at South by Southwest. Read more below. Read More »
This second trailer for Thor Freudenthal‘s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters features a cavalcade of beasties, and also a significant presence from Nathan Fillion, who plays a modernized version of the god Hermes. That’s probably enough to warrant a look from many potential audience members.
Those elements were present in the first trailer, along with plenty of material featuring returning cast (Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson, and Alexandra Daddario). But the intent here seems to be to sell the movie as a real spectacle. In that respect it succeeds pretty well. The series still has to truly establish itself as a proper successor to the Harry Potter films — and that may not be possible — but at least it appears to be able to make good on a promise to deliver colorful and dangerous monsters. Read More »