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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Why Sean Gunn Plays Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy

Bradley Cooper provides the voice for the brash and reckless Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. However, unlike actors such as Andy Serkis, he doesn’t actually work on set to do any motion capture work to bring the anthropomorphic raccoon to life. Instead, it’s James Gunn‘s brother Sean Gunn (who also plays the Ravager named Kraglin) who provides a point of reference for Rocket Raccoon on screen, appearing in a green screen colored unitard. But why?

James Gunn recently held another one of his informative Facebook Live streaming sessions where he answered fan questions. When one asked if the director would ever use Bradley Cooper on set during production, he explained why he doesn’t do that by default.

Find out why Sean Gunn plays Rocket Raccoon on set after the jump. Read More »

The Belko Experiment trailer

Greg McLean‘s (Wolf Creek) new thriller, The Belko Experiment, turns co-workers into animals. Written by James Gunn — who is busy with post-production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — the story is a dark, bloody, and violent office comedy. One day, the heads of a non-profit company decide they need 30 employees instead of 80, so they trap their workers, provide them with a deadly ultimatum, and turn them loose on each other.

Below, watch The Belko Experiment trailer.

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The Belko Experiment Teaser

While many are looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, before that we’ll get a chance to see another film that director James Gunn worked on as a writer before getting behind the camera of the Marvel Studios sequel.

The Belko Experiment is scripted by James Gunn but directed by Wolf Creek helmer Greg McLean, and it takes the intensity of The Hunger Games or Battle Royale and throws it into an every day office. Sure, you may have fantasized about unleashing fury on one of your co-workers after they took the last donut, but given the opportunity, would you actually be able to kill them? That’s the dilemma that will be faced by the employees in The Belko Experiment teaser that just debuted. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Photos

Director James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy are already back at work down in Atlanta, preparing to shoot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, it doesn’t look like shooting has begun just yet, because Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker are still on the rehearsal stage in some photos that Gunn posted to social media. Check out the photos below along with news of a comedian joining the cast of the sequel. Read More »

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Will Zod meet Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? How is X-Men‘s Apocalypse a “relatable” character? Did you catch the Big Hero 6 Easter egg in Avengers: Age of Ultron? What’s Sean Gunn going to be doing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Has Marvel TV announced its plans for New York Comic-Con? What will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Lash be like? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Best Movie Animal Performances of 2014

Best Animal Performances of 2014

I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?

As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »

I am sure that all of you will have noticed the return of a blight to our streets. I refer, of course, to the extremely irritating… living statue. I’ve got a feeling that The Giant Mechanical Man wouldn’t play well in Edgar Wright’s heavily fictionalized home town of Sanford. Because while a giant silver-painted robot man isn’t quite as irritating as a living statue, it’s pretty close.

And yet, that’s what Jenna Fischer seems to fall for in The Giant Mechanical Man, a romantic comedy written and directed by Lee Kirk (Fischer’s husband) and also featuring Chris Messina, Malin Akerman, and Topher Grace. It’s Grace, wearing a wig and spouting self-help platitudes more irritating than any living statue, that comes closest to stealing the show in the trailer that you can find below. Read More »