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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Guardians of the Galaxy opens in just six weeks, so this is the point where Marvel really has to start the full-court press. The first two trailers, a couple of TV commercials, and those character videos have all started to introduce the strange team of characters. Now a new Guardians of the Galaxy international trailer gives some more detail to that crew: a thief, two thugs, a murderer, and a maniac, as Glenn Close says in this new footage.
(Chris Pratt‘s character ran down the same roster, with one slight difference, in the last trailer. I’ll let you figure out the alteration here.)
This trailer also contains some new Rocket footage, and a good bit of input from Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Read More »
Not only has Marvel just released the second official Guardians of the Galaxy character poster, we’re gonna show you the second part of the Poster Posse fan art submissions for the film as well. You may remember the first part, which featured a gorgeous ode to Star Wars and has been featured prominently by Guardians director James Gunn. Below, see some more new Guardians of the Galaxy fan posters as well as the official look at Zoe Saldana as Gamora, which follows the Rocket and Groot image from Monday. Read More »
In theaters this Halloween will be a different sort of ghost story. The Book of Life is a film based on the images and stories about the Day of the Dead, and features a man, recently deceased, who hopes to journey back to the land of the living to be with the woman he loves. The real attraction in the film, which is directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, is the visual design. The lands beyond the living, as seen here, are just stunning to see; the colors and level of detail are almost overwhelming. Watch the Book of Life trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t really look like anything that’s come before it in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s a good thing for those of us eager to see Marvel branch out, but a potential WTF for those who take comfort in Marvel’s reliability and consistency.
So a new Guardians of the Galaxy featurette tries to encourage those in the latter camp to join the former. Producer Kevin Feige and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper promise the film will “blow you away with how unique it is,” while still reassuring viewers that it’s part of the same old MCU. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
TV, like cinema, is currently awash with new takes on old movies. Prequels to both Psycho and Silence of the Lambs are currently on the air, with a reimagined version of the Coen Brothers’ Fargo set to debut this week. Now, coming up on the horizon at NBC is a new Rosemary’s Baby, starring Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams, and Jason Isaacs.
If you want to get real technical about it, this miniseries isn’t a remake of the Roman Polanski film but a fresh adaptation of Ira Levin‘s novel. Either way, though, the story remains the same: attractive young couple gets pregnant, but then comes to realize that something is not right. Earlier teasers have been pretty stingy about the footage, but the new minute-long trailer offers plenty to look at. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Plenty of movies have taken inspiration from Rosemary’s Baby over the decades, including, recently, Hell Baby and Devil’s Due. But NBC is going the direct route by simply adapting Ira Levin‘s original novel into a four-part miniseries.
Zoe Saldana and Patrick J. Adams play Rosemary and her husband Guy, a young couple who’ve just moved from New York to Paris. When they discover that she is pregnant with their first child, they’re initially thrilled. But joy turns to fear as strange things begin to happen.
While it’s not technically a remake of Roman Polanski‘s movie, the comparisons are going to be inevitable. So how does this new version stack up? Watch the first Rosemary’s Baby tv teaser after the jump and judge for yourself.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens this weekend, and then all eyes turn to the skies. That’s where James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy takes place: in deep, deep space. There, an Earth-born transplant named Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) will be arrested and meet four other crazy creatures to form a formidable team to fight Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Those allies are Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). And if that plot sounds a little thin, that’s because the film doesn’t open until August 1 and Marvel has been pretty tight lipped about it. We’ll surely learn more soon, though, as it becomes the primary focus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A few weeks back, we saw the teaser poster for Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, the character elements from that poster have been uploaded as large, individual images. Each offers a great opportunity to check out the detailed designs of each of the main characters. Check out some Guardians of the Galaxy photos below. Read More »
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Remake creators will often proclaim that any given remake is a new take on material, and that it won’t look much at all like a previous film. And yet the first materials released always seem to look quite a lot like that original film. Take Rosemary’s Baby as an example. The NBC mini-series adapts Ira Levin’s original novel with Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams and Jason Isaacs starring in the tale of a young woman who begins to suspect that her pregnancy has been controlled by neighbors with nefarious intentions.
Here’s our first look at Rosemary’s Baby via two photos, and the echo of Roman Polanski’s original film is definitely in one.
Update: We’ve got better versions of these images, and a new poster to go along with them.
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After years of anticipation, the first trailer for Marvel’s new cosmic superhero movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, finally hit Tuesday night. And as expected, it’s pretty awesome. Two minutes-plus of sci-fi candy for your eyeballs, complete with a humor and tone totally unique to the Marvel universe. Along with the trailer, Marvel released 12 new stills. They give you a chance to get a closer look at several characters including Groot (Vin Diesel), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Nebula (Karen Gillan), The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) and others.
Below, see all the new photos and read writer/director James Gunn‘s commentary on many of the trailer’s surprises. Read More »