Screen Junkies » Guardians of the Galaxy http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:59:57 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Chris Pratt Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge In Predictably Awesome Fashion http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/chris-pratt-takes-the-ice-bucket-challenge-in-predictably-awesome-fashion/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/chris-pratt-takes-the-ice-bucket-challenge-in-predictably-awesome-fashion/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:14:57 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264258 Any time you can incorporate cheap vodka into charity, you have to.

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Chris Pratt has always seems like a pretty cool guy, especially as the schlubby Andy on Parks and Recreation. But with a ripped new body, and a fast track to Hollywood’s A-list, we were concerned that he would go all up his own butt and lose the charm.

Nope. Charm and good nature intact. If you want proof just check out this clip of him attempting the Ice Bucket Challenge, pounding an airplane bottle of vodka, then getting doused with water at least six times while trying to speak. It’s awesome, and since this ALS Fundraising trend has given us so much material, the least we can do is link to the official ALS donation page and suggest you chip in a few bucks yourself. Here ya go.

Oh, and here’s Pratt before we forget:

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This Online Keyboard Gives You The Perfect ‘I Am Groot’ For Any Occassion http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/this-online-keyboard-gives-you-the-perfect-i-am-groot-for-any-occassion/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/this-online-keyboard-gives-you-the-perfect-i-am-groot-for-any-occassion/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:31:11 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264082 Go with "Groot Portuegeuse" if you really want to expand your horizons.

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If you’ve ever been criticized not for something you’ve said, but “how you said it,” then we can help. Well, actually, the folks at Vulture are helping, but we’re pointing you in the right direction, which has to be worth something, no?

The keyboard in the link above will offer up literally seconds of fun in picking which iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy character’s only line is the best for the situation you’re in. And if someone doesn’t want to take the time to follow you back to your computer so that you can play them a trite line from a popular film…well, maybe they weren’t really your friend to begin with.

Makes ya think, huh?

Well, stop all that thinking and start saying “I am Groot” the way your boy Vin Diesel would say it.

 

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Watch Chris Pratt Give A ‘Cribs’-Style Tour Of The ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Spaceship http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-chris-pratt-give-a-cribs-style-tour-of-the-guardians-of-the-galaxy-spaceship/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-chris-pratt-give-a-cribs-style-tour-of-the-guardians-of-the-galaxy-spaceship/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:22:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263810 We'll stop reporting on Chris Pratt when he stops being awesome.

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If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, go check it out. If you have seen the film, or are on the fence, then this video might serve as a nice extra/motivation to get back into the theater again. It’s Chris Pratt giving a guided tour of his character’s spaceship, The Milano. Why “The Milano?”

Because he had a big crush on Alyssa Milano when he was a kid.

If you don’t find that answer satisfactory, you are a cold-hearted, Pratt-hating monster.

The tour is hindered by the fact that there’s SO much green-screen stuff going on in this film it’s a little hard to know what’s what. But we’ll take our Pratt when we can get him.

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The Eight Coolest Post-Credits Scenes in Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-eight-coolest-post-credits-scenes-in-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-eight-coolest-post-credits-scenes-in-movies/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:13:53 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263746 Marvel didn't start the trend of hidden post-credits scenes. Here are a few of our favorites.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe, with its now de rigueur post-credits “hidden” scenes, has kept legions of viewers’ asses plopped firmly in their Fanta-stained seats well after the final credits start rolling. The latest MCU post-credits scene, following the conclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy, is too good to ruin here, but I’ll say two spoiler-free things about it: It fit in perfectly with the tone of the movie itself, and it will likely go over the heads of most people under age 30.

For any teenaged readers who thought Marvel was the progenitor of this post-credit-scene business, think again — it’s been going on for decades. Early on, though, it was a rare and unexpected thing that most people found out about only after someone said, “Did you stay until the very end??” Because there was no YouTube, people either had to pay to see the film again in theaters or wait until it came out on VHS to see the scene.

Some of the best post-credits sequences tease sequels (some of which never happened), put a little cherry on top of the material you just saw, or feature an outtake or off-script riffing (which happen more commonly during end credits these days). Some of our favorite post-credits scenes on this list are simply ones that make me reminisce on my childhood.

Which reminds me: YouTube Powers That Be, how can you NOT have a video sequence of Raul Julia’s M. Bison sticking his hand out of the rubble after the credits of 1994′s Street Fighter?!?? That’s classic stuff!


Kill Bill (2003) – This quickie scene is an outtake of Uma Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo ripping an eyeball out of a member of the Crazy 88 army, clearly delighting in it. It should get fans excited for the rumored upcoming release of both Kill Bill films combined.


Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) – This 45-second sequence is just as irreverent as the movie that preceded it; while it worked back then, it now serves as a reminder that the Ron Burgundy schtick is kinda played out after a decade. Raise your hand if you actually *loved* Anchorman 2. Thought so.


The Fast and the Furious (2001) – This scene shows Vin Diesel’s Dominic driving through Baja, having successfully escaped the cops in the states. It set the pace for a franchise continuity that’s 13 years and running. Fast and Furious films are awesome. More please.


Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) – Because this is footage of an actual building being demolished, I am pretty sure the filmmakers didn’t pay for it considering it’s a scene that few people would see, because people didn’t stay past the credits in 1992. My guess is the building was being blown to bits anyway, so they filmed it and had Mel Gibson and Danny Glover dubbed talking in character over the video. Pretty lazy, if you ask me.


Iron Man (2008) – Since the original Iron Man was the first movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and arguably still the best), its post-credits scene introducing Samuel L. Jackson as (black!) Nick Fury is still the most memorable, as it left nerdboys salivating for what MCU had to offer. With few exceptions, it hasn’t let us down.


Crank (2006) – Made when people were still funding Jason Statham-led films, Crank wasn’t very memorable in general. But its post-credits sequence — a 16-second recap of the film reimagined as a 16(ish)-bit video game — is cool mainly because it’s so unique.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – An awesome film from the roota to the toota that aged remarkably well, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off kept viewers watching throughout the end credits roll, only for Ferris to tell everyone to shove off. If there’s an earlier post-credits scene that matters, I know nothing about it.


Masters of the Universe (1987) - Every little snot-nosed ’80s kid loved He-Man, and the live-action movie was extra-awesome. For little boys, that is. Everyone else hated it, which means Skeletor was never able to make good on his Ahnuld-esque “I’ll be back” post-credits promise.

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Marvel Takes A Look Back At How Awesome Their Films Have Been http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/marvel-takes-a-look-back-at-how-awesome-their-films-have-been/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/marvel-takes-a-look-back-at-how-awesome-their-films-have-been/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:10:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263718 Excelsior!

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With Guardians of the Galaxy breaking box office numbers as I type this and The Avengers: Age of Ultron set to dominate next summer, Marvel has decided to take a moment to breathe, step back, and have a good look at how they got to a film about a machine-gunnin’ raccoon. Posted to their official YouTube page, this recap covers the major events of Phase One and Phase Two (so far) and it cuts together so well.

Marvel made history by creating so many intricate connections between their diverse array of films as that’s pointed out here. The video covers everything from Iron Man to Guardians of the Galaxy (and even includes footage from Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk because we can’t ignore that those happened) ending on a shot of formerly-teased villain Thanos resting upon his floating throne of rock. Excelsior!

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Gallery: Rating the Big-Screen Counterparts of Comic Book Characters http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rating-the-big-screen-counterparts-of-comic-book-characters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/rating-the-big-screen-counterparts-of-comic-book-characters/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:50:50 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=263690 Casting Zoe Saldana as hulking green badass Gamora in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' wasn't the most logical choice, to say the least. So which actors and actresses came closer to their comic book counterparts?

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It’s inherently difficult to get flesh-and-blood women to replicate the impossibly buxom and Amazonian character models of our favorite comic book characters. It can be done (see: Wrestler-turned-porn-chick Chyna as She-Hulk in the X-rated Avengers parody), but some filmmakers aren’t even trying that hard.

Take Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora in Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy flick. Saldana is a certified hottie whose star is burning bright right now, but the problem with the casting is Gamora is often drawn as a 6-foot-plus green badass who could break your soul with her thighs, and Zoe is a 5-foot-7 waif who’s always in desperate need of a cheeseburger.

It’s the same issue with Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Princess Diana’s always had an imposing frame that put her on par — or ahead of — her male superhero counterparts. Gadot, though, looks like she’s never done a bicep curl in her life, which hasn’t been lost on Wonder Woman fans.

You can’t please everyone when it comes to casting iconic characters. But when it’s done right, few people will complain. Here, we examine some comic adaptation castings that were right on the money, and some that were a giant failstick. Scroll through the gallery above for the best and worst examples, accompanied by our totally scientific rating system.

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Yup, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Made A Metric Sh*t-ton Of Money This Weekend http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/yup-guardians-of-the-galaxy-made-a-metric-sht-ton-of-money-this-weekend/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/yup-guardians-of-the-galaxy-made-a-metric-sht-ton-of-money-this-weekend/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:39:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263711 It seems that familiar isn't always better.

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Guardians of the Galaxy marketed itself as a different type of superhero film. It was character driven, as audiences weren’t familiar enough with the source material to fall back on the familiar faces and plots. It was goofy and funny, but not at the expense of action. The film was initially far riskier than Iron Man, The Avengers, or any of the old guard.

But rather than alienating the die-hard fans, Guardians appealed to…well, everyone. It pulled in $94 million its opening weekend, which is just $1 shy of Captain America‘s take earlier this year. It also will likely lend itself better to repeat viewings, so it could prove a little more durable in later weeks.

Good thing they’ve already announced the sequel. America apparently can’t get enough of little raccoons and anthropomorphic trees.

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It’s Pretty Clear That ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Is Going To Kill At The Box Office This Weekend http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-pretty-clear-that-guardians-of-the-galaxy-is-going-to-kill-at-the-box-office-this-weekend/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-pretty-clear-that-guardians-of-the-galaxy-is-going-to-kill-at-the-box-office-this-weekend/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:33:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263662 'Guardians of the Box Office' is more like it, right? Sorry. That was stupid.

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All signs point to Guardians of the Galaxy, despite being based on lesser-known source material from Marvel, making an absolute killing at the box office this weekend. And the next weekend. And probably on DVD. And PPV. And merchandising.

While the tools used predict such information are a little “inside baseball” and foreign (focus groups, ouija boards, surveys) we got our first real piece of evidence today when it was revealed that last night the film took in $11.2 million, which is more than Captain America, the year’s high-water mark, did in its first night.

The predictors are expecting $40-$50 million tonight, with the weekend totaling $80-$90+ million.

In any event, the film is all but guaranteed to have the biggest August opening ever for a film, eclipsing The Bourne Ultimatum’s $69 million.

Yay, Hollywood revenues. It’s nice to know that these studio execs will finally see some money from their hard work.

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Here’s a peek behind the curtain into the riveting world of voice-over recording. Vin Diesel’s role as the tree man, Groot, in Guardians of the Galaxy may not have involved a lot of line memorization but that isn’t any reason why Diesel shouldn’t approach the part with the same care and consideration that he gives every role. The result is this video of him recording “I am Groot!,” in several different languages for international release.

Meanwhile, the rest of the cast has opted to just have the guys looking for work outside Home Depot do it.

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Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/review-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/review-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:42:24 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263643 Guardians of the Galaxy can best be described as a two-hour montage set to a 1970's Jock Jams mixtape (and that's a good thing).

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By Jared Jones

It’s rather fitting that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy would be the first film I’d review for Screen Junkies, as it’s a movie that seems damn near impossible to critique. Sure, Guardians adheres to many of the conventions we’ve come to expect from a comic book movie (dead parents, cryptically-introduced characters who speak entirely in exposition, etc.), and betrays most of its plot conventions before they are even established, but its absolute refusal to take itself seriously doesn’t exactly open the door for criticism.

Of course, then you see a wisecracking racoon unleash a barrage of machine gun fire while riding on the back of a talking treebeast, and you nearly pass out from the deluge of blood that rushes from your head to your nerd boner.

Guardians of the Galaxy can best be described as a two-hour montage set to a 1970′s Jock Jams mixtape, complete with some of the most intense and plain beautiful CGI your puny eyes may ever gaze upon. It’s the kind of movie Pete Hammond would describe as an “uproarious, fun-filled thrill ride!” while sucking on the taint of whatever PR firm had hired him to write it. For once, his blatant hyperbole would be accurate.

The story is a rather familiar one in terms of comic book adaptations: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is abducted by a gang of intergalactic mercenaries (led by the always delightful Michael Rooker) after watching his mother succumb to cancer, and twenty some-odd years later, he is roaming the galaxy as a common, if wickedly inventive thief. That is, until he stumbles upon the Infinity Stone capable of destroying entire civilizations (DUN-DUN-DUN!) and is forced to band together with a crew of misfits and miscreants in order to save the galaxy. Yadda yadda yadda hijinks ensue.

But yes, back to the CGI. As someone who has always preferred his world-building to take place in our actual world, even I must admit that Guardians was able to create the kind of exceptionally detailed, fully realized CGI-scapes that make paying the extra $10 for 3D glasses worth it. Not that I have to, being a fancy film critic that I am now and all (*spins bow tie*). The post-opening credits scene, which sees Quill a.k.a “Star Lord” shimmy his way across a barren planet to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters/Tesseract/whatever, was the highlight for me in that regard. The whole sequence plays out like a steampunk take on the 1912 Utah opening from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and if you can’t get into that, the door is right over there.

That said, the inevitable success of Guardians will ultimately (and rightfully) be attributed to its cast and the witty repartee they develop. Marvel movies — and really, any comic book adaptation — only shine when they opt for the absurdist route, in my opinion, and director James Gunn‘s script never once pauses to talk about “destiny” or “fate” or whatever hackneyed cliches often punctuate comic book faire. A gravel-voiced Christian Bale speaking in platitudes about the moral weight that comes with being a cape-wearing crime fighter? I fart in your general direction, sir. A gravel-voiced Dave Bautista discussing his inability to understand metaphor? I’ll take two, please.

*Every* character in Guardians is the comic relief, Zoe Saldana‘s somewhat flat Gamora excluded, and that’s what makes the movie such a fun, effortless experience to watch. That, and the breakneck pace at which the film itself moves, because good God, does this flick hustle information past you like an irritated flight attendant on a frat bro-filled plane to Spring Break, Cancun. But on top of it all, Guardians of the Galaxy is just funny, plain and simple. Who would’ve guessed that a WWE star not named The Rock has legitimate comedic timing, or that Vin Diesel repeating the same line of dialogue over and over and over again would never not be hilarious? Spoiler alert: Bautista kills it, and I want a baby Groot-sized potted plant on my desk ASAP.

If I could lob one legitimate criticism at Guardians, it would be that of its villains. As I’ve noticed in more and more blockbuster action movies to come out in recent years, Guardians in the Galaxy would like you to believe that its bad guys — mainly, the Vader-esque Ronan — are all-powerful, menacing, genocidal killers, yet it never really commits to that narrative or establishes what exactly is motivating them (other than the classic standby of “world destruction”). Ronan and his cronies are merely blips on the radar who pop up when needed to cause a little mayhem, but they never really give the impression that they possess the destructive power that warrants the fear they instill.

Guardians’ PG-13 rating is most likely to blame for the movie’s lack of any real stakes or sense of impending doom, and I guess that’s forgivable. But just once, I’d like to see a quote unquote “popcorn flick” have the balls to actually commit to decisions it makes. If you’re going to kill off a character, kill off a character. If you’re going to have one character betray another, maybe establish a relationship between the two that last more than 30 seconds to give said betrayal some actual gravitas.

It’s a minor complaint in an otherwise glowing review, but something Marvel should maybe consider when developing Guardians of the Galaxy 2-8. Oh, did you not know that this movie is going to a box office juggernaut greenlit for a sequel by night’s end? Or that Chris Pratt is probably the next king of the box office? Because yeah, that’s all about to happen.

Grade: B+

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Marvel Announces ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Will Also Be An Animated TV Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/marvel-announces-guardians-of-the-galaxy-will-also-be-an-animated-tv-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/marvel-announces-guardians-of-the-galaxy-will-also-be-an-animated-tv-series/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:42:43 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263524 Why doesn't Marvel just tell us the stuff they're NOT doing?

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At the Marvel panel at Comic-Con (which I’m guessing is a pretty big deal), it was announced, in the wake of news that James Gunn will be writing and directing the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, that the franchise will also spinoff an animated series.

It’s no surprise that the series will air on Disney XD, considering the recent(ish) acquisition of Marvel by Disney. The property will join Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., which are both getting picked up by the network for second seasons. Seriously, there’s a cartoon called Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and it’s getting a second season.

Marvel is seems to be going fairly apeshit with its expansion since the Disney synergy emerged. In addition to the half-dozen secret movie release dates, they’ve got Daredevil on Netflix, Marvel’s Agent Carter coming to television, and probably fourteen other things I’m forgetting because there are just too damn many.

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James Gunn, Writer And Director Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Signs On For The Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-writer-and-director-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy-signs-on-for-the-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-writer-and-director-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy-signs-on-for-the-sequel/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:48:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263435 We'll call it 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' until we get more intel. ("Intel" is short for "intelligence.)

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In order to keep feeding the beast of high-profile release dates that Marvel/Disney has staked out for the next four years or so, there’s no time for annual evaluations and strategic meetings. There’s your gut, and there’s following what it has to say. And Marvel’s gut is saying that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be huge, that James Gunn did a great job writing and directing, and that he should be hired for the second one with no more discussion.

And so it shall be.

Gunn has been picked up to write and direct the next installment of the film (release date July 28, 2017). I don’t entirely understand the virtue in making this announcement now, before the first one premieres. I mean, it’s not like he won’t have three years to film and edit the sequel. My guess is this is something of a marketing move, with Marvel demonstrating just how confident they are that this movie is going to kick ass.

It’s like booking a Super Bowl trip while your team is in the Wild Card hunt. Only the Wild Card hunt is a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. Or the Super Bowl is voiced by Bradley Cooper. Shit. I think I screwed up this analogy.

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Extended GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer Shows Off More Action http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/extended-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-shows-off-more-action/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/extended-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-shows-off-more-action/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:46:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262733 Early reports are this film is better than you could ever imagine.

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Guardians of the Galaxy is back with an extended trailer to further convince you to see the film. It also does a great job of convincing me to download “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways.

Marvel screened 17 minutes of footage from the film in IMAX and if the early reactions can be trusted, this film is going to be massive. According to Latino Review, the 3D is used to great effect for the sequences set in space. Think Gravity with much more to look at than Sandra Bullock’s face pasted on an astronaut’s body.

Performance-wise, Chris Pratt‘s muscles are about to become straight up celebrities and parents are going to have to be ever vigilant if they want to stop their children from approaching raccoons. Sounds like Marvel’s streak will continue. It’s their galaxy. We just live in it.

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Nathan Fillion To Wink At The Camera In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nathan-fillion-to-wink-at-the-camera-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nathan-fillion-to-wink-at-the-camera-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:51:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262454 Making nerd dreams come true.

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Marvel has finally heard your cries to put Nathan Fillion in one of their things. Although, not in the role you’d want him and in an extremely small dose. After the actor, who would make a great Ant-Man, hinted that he might appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn confirmed that, yes, Fillion shows up and does stuff in the movie. Gunn tweeted that Fillion “has a very small fun cameo he did as a favor to me.”

There you have it, nerds. You persisted and kinda got what you wanted. Now, let’s get to work on Neil Patrick Harris as Doctor Strange.

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New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Trailer: That Is One Sarcastic Raccoon http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-that-is-one-sarcastic-raccoon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-that-is-one-sarcastic-raccoon/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:42:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262314 He's their Chandler.

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The earlier trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy leaned on half-cooked jokes and an obscure ’70′s pop soundtrack. All of that gets thrown out in this new international trailer to reveal that, hey, this thing looks like it could be pretty good. With a more epic soundtrack and scenes that highlight a heavy dose of action, this looks like the most fun movie we’ll see this summer.

We’re also given our best introduction to Rocket Raccoon (as voiced by Bradley Cooper) and learn that he’s a real wise-cracker. He’s their Chandler.

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Josh Brolin Is Thanos http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/josh-brolin-is-play-thanos/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/josh-brolin-is-play-thanos/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:30:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261926 He's got the jaw for it.

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Josh Brolin has been cast as Thanos, the purple-skinned bad guy that we’re supposed to take seriously who popped up at the end of The Avengers. He will likely play a large role in the Marvel Universe as the Infinity Gauntlet storyline continues to unfurl. Brolin will voice Thanos in some capacity in Guardians of the Galaxy and possibly star as the main villain in The Avengers 3 where Tony Stark will undoubtedly call him Grape Ape. Mouth on that guy.

 

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Karen Gillan’s Hair Cast In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/karen-gillans-hair-cast-in-star-wars-episode-vii/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/karen-gillans-hair-cast-in-star-wars-episode-vii/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:06:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261014 A possible love interest for Chewbacca?

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Let me be super-clear. Karen Gillan, the human being, has NOT been cast by J.J. Abrams in Star Wars: Episode VII. However, the hair that was formally attached to Karen Gillan, the human being, will be seen in the film. Perhaps as a love interest for Chewbacca?

The Oculus and Doctor Who actress shaved her head for Guardians of the Galaxy and the guys at Marvel couldn’t stand to see all that beautiful hair go to waste. Gillan tells Collider:

Was it just very liberating to shave your head, or did you have any moments of tears while they were doing it?

GILLAN: No, I was laughing hysterically. It really hit me when I woke up the next morning. That’s when I was like, “Oh, my god, where’s my hair?!” But also, everyone kept me in good spirit. Everyone was laughing and telling jokes. Marvel are the best company to work for, they really are. They treat you really well. They made my hair into the most incredible well-made wig and they gave it to the Star Wars people. It’s just so funny to think that my hair is made into a wig, next to all these Star Wars monster heads in a warehouse. I thought that was really funny.

Let that be a note to obsessive fans. Gillan doesn’t care if you mess with her hair. Have at it.

 

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WTF is Guardians of the Galaxy?! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/guardians-of-the-galaxy-characters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/guardians-of-the-galaxy-characters/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:49:03 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=259559 Because, seriously, who are these guys??

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Now that we’ve gotten a first look at “Guardians of the Galaxy,” we brought in a panel to explain just who these somewhat obscure heroes are.

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Marvel’s Fever Dream: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/marvels-fever-dream-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/marvels-fever-dream-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:10:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=259483 Question for Marvel: Can I buy pot from you?

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For those eager to see how a talking tree and heavily-armed raccoon would translate to the screen, we have the trailer Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It turns out, pretty well. Far less jarring than hearing Chris Pratt‘s voice coming out of his new body.

 

 

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Forget ‘The Tonight Show’, Watch Jimmy Kimmel Premiere ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Trailer Instead http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/forget-the-tonight-show-watch-jimmy-kimmel-premiere-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-instead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/forget-the-tonight-show-watch-jimmy-kimmel-premiere-guardians-of-the-galaxy-trailer-instead/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:27:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=259442 Take that, 'Tonight Show'!

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While The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon might have cute cameos and a host who likes to shrug his shoulders a lot, it is missing one key ingredient: a raccoon toting a machine gun. Jimmy Kimmel, however, has that base covered. Tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight while he premieres the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. And here’s a glimpse of what that will look like.

If Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t your thing but you still want to watch a shriveled tree-beast, check out Chelsea Handler over on E!.

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Vin Diesel’s Marvel Role Revealed — Tree http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vin-diesels-marvel-role-revealed-tree/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vin-diesels-marvel-role-revealed-tree/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:58:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256457 Show me Happy Tree. Good. Now show me Surfing On Missile Tree.

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Show me Happy Tree. That’s good. Now show me Surfing On Missile Tree.

And so it goes, after much speculation about which big, dumb oaf Vin Diesel would play in an upcoming Marvel film, it’s been revealed he’ll flex his throat’s biceps in the role of Groot – the talking tree from Guardians of the Galaxy only capable of saying “I am Groot.” Diesel kept us all guessing after dropping hints that he might play The Vision in The Avengers 2 when reporting that his meetings with Marvel went really well. Apparently, those meetings consisted of:

MARVEL: Here’s millions of dollars.

(LA Times)

 

 

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Enjoy Marvel’s Comic-Con Panel http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/enjoy-marvels-comic-con-panel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/enjoy-marvels-comic-con-panel/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:25:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255936 While supplies last.

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Watch it before it vanishes.

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Chris Pratt Is Getting In Just Okay Shape For ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pratt-is-getting-in-just-okay-shape-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pratt-is-getting-in-just-okay-shape-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:36:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255645 If you're into that kinda thing.

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Here at Screen Junkies, we’ve made it our mission to bring you the latest updates from the world of movies and shirtless actors. Today we murder both of those birds.

Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt  took some time over the weekend to Instagram a picture of himself not being a fat fatty in order to star in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He looks okay. I guess. I mean, if you’re into that. It’s not like I want to have his babies or anything. But he does look like he’d be a lot of fun to wrestle. What?

Pratt also wrote, “Six months no beer. Kinda douchey to post this but my brother made me.”

That’s a pretty good argument for cutting beer out entirely. However, a more convincing argument comes from the other camp. Namely that beer is awesome. (THR)

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John C. Reilly Offered ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Role That Is Somehow Not MODOK http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-c-reilly-offered-guardians-of-the-galaxy-role-that-is-somehow-not-modok/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-c-reilly-offered-guardians-of-the-galaxy-role-that-is-somehow-not-modok/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 21:22:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255055 He might be donning spandex.

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While we await word on who will portray the tree man and talking raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, more casting news is trickling in. HitFix reports that John C. Reilly has been offered the role of Rhomann Dey in the upcoming film. Dey is essentially the Guardians-equivalent to Agent Coulson, a human agent assigned to keeping them in line and reporting back to S.H.I.E.L.D. about their adventures.

The name Rhomann Dey may ring bells for nuuuurds familiar with the comic books, as he was also the superhero known as Nova. There is no confirmation whether this already over-stuffed film will include that storyline but this whole thing seems suspicious. How are you going to cast John C. Reilly in a Marvel film and not have him play MODOK?

There’s just so much head.

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Will Know The Wrath Of Lee Pace http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guardians-of-the-galaxy-will-know-the-wrath-of-lee-pace/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guardians-of-the-galaxy-will-know-the-wrath-of-lee-pace/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:02:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254541 The casting gets weirder and weirder by the day.

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Now we know exactly whom will be the target for a talking raccoon’s laser pistols. Breaking Dawn and The Hobbit co-star Lee Pace is in talks to play the villain in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Pace was originally in the running to play the film’s lead, Star-Lord Peter Quill, but that role eventually went to Chris Pratt after he impressed everybody with his Zero Dark Thirty muscles. However, it seems Pace made a good impression on director James Gunn despite his inability to pack on mass.

Once negotiations finalize, Pace will join Pratt, Zoe Saldana‘s Gamora, Micheal Rooker’s Yondu, Dave Batista’s Drax, the aforementioned raccoon and a tree in Marvel’s Phase Two cosmic epic. The identity of Pace’s character is being kept secret but the Internet theorizes he’ll play The Controller, a henchman of the evil titan Thanos. As of right now, that’s an unconfirmed rumor that seems pretty unlikely given that The Controller doesn’t even have eyebrows. Much less, ones that take up 18% of his face. (The Wrap)

 

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Michael Rooker To Dress Uncomfortably In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-rooker-to-dress-uncomfortably-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-rooker-to-dress-uncomfortably-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:47:29 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254439 There's nothing he won't do for James Gunn.

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is using the project as an opportunity to reunite with his muse, Michael Rooker. The Walking Dead actor has become a regular kinda-crooked scowling face in Gunn’s projects so his casting here shouldn’t come as a surprise. These two must be pretty tight. In Slither, Gunn dressed Rooker in heavy prosthetics to turn him into a boil-covered tentacle beast, and will presumably paint him blue with a red mohawk this time around.

Although the inclusion of the character is a surprise. Yondu was featured in the original 60′s iteration of The Guardians, not the 2008 version that the film seemed to be drawing inspiration from. Yondu’s comic storyline also involved his losing his right hand though there’s no word if that will happen in the film. Between Merle’s Walking Dead amputation and the Mallrats stink palm, let’s hope that Michael Rooker’s hand finally catches a break in Hollywood. (Deadline)

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Dave Bautista To Body Slam Bad Guys In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dave-bautista-to-body-slam-bad-guys-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dave-bautista-to-body-slam-bad-guys-in-guardians-of-the-galaxy/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:53:00 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254011 He'll play Drax the Destroyer.

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A few weeks ago there were reports that everyone’s favorite Dothraki was set to play Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. However, Jason Momoa wasn’t happy with Marvel’s ceremonial offerings and passed on the part, vowing to burn the studio to the ground with the help of his bloodriders. Seems extreme but y’know, those people.

Marvel’s challenge from there was to find a well-known ripped dude who would accept their offer. Enter former WWE and MMA fighter Dave Bautista. He has accepted the role of Drax, a human turned green brute created to hunt down and kill Thanos, the purple villain who appeared at the end of The Avengers. He joins the previously cast Chris Pratt, who will play the charismatic team leader Peter Quill aka Star Lord. Casting is still underway for the talking tree and raccoon. (THR)

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Chris Pratt To Lose All That Weight Again For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Lead http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pratt-to-lose-all-that-weight-again-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy-lead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pratt-to-lose-all-that-weight-again-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy-lead/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:36:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253370 If it doesn't conflict with his responsibilities in Pawnee.

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Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess, Joel Edgerton, Lee Pace, Jack Huston, James Marsden, Garrett Hedlund, Sullivan Stapleton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Levi, Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell, and Cam Gigandet have all reportedly had their hopes of starring opposite a cartoon raccoon dashed. That honor has been reserved for Chris Pratt.

The Parks and Recreation and Zero Dark Thirty star is nearing a deal to play the lead role of Peter Quill in Marvel’s Phase Two film, Guardians of the Galaxy. According to the plot description, Quill, aka Star-Lord, is a pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants. I’ll just assume that refers to an easier way to open bacon packaging. (THR)

 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt In The Mix For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Lead http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joseph-gordon-levitt-in-the-mix-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy-lead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joseph-gordon-levitt-in-the-mix-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy-lead/#comments Wed, 02 Jan 2013 22:11:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252646 Superhero team-up movies can't be taken seriously without rumor of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's involvement.

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We’ve spent all this time wondering if he’ll play Batman but nobody stopped to consider his role in upcoming Marvel movies. Deadline is reporting that The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been added to the list Marvel Studios is considering to play the lead role of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Born to a human mother and an alien father, Star-Lord is an expert in close quarter combat, various human and alien firearms including his own Element Gun, which is a special pistol that fires projectiles made up of each of the four elements. He also wears a suit that grants augmented strength and durability and the ability to travel through space. Gordon-Levitt joins a few other actors up for the part. They include Joel Edgerton, Lee Pace, Zachary Levi, Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne.

It’s unknown how serious his link to this film is, but now that I think about it, he’d be awesome as Ant-Man. They wouldn’t even need to shrink him that much.

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James Gunn Apologizes For Insinuating Batgirl Is A Slut http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-apologizes-for-insinuating-batgirl-is-a-slut/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-apologizes-for-insinuating-batgirl-is-a-slut/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:02:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252191 You don't even know her, James.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn found himself the subject of unexpected uproar yesterday when a blog post he wrote two years ago was suddenly decried online. Intended as satire, Gunn listed “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With: 2nd Annual Poll Results!” In the post, he critiqued the sexuality and life choices of several characters. For X-Men’s Gambit, he wrote, “My girlfriend voted for this Cajun fruit,” and, “The idea of my balls slapping against Gambit’s makes me sick to my stomach.” For Batgirl, he wrote: “Being a teen mom and all, you know she’s easy.” The most controversy came from his comments about the lesbian character Batwoman: “I’m hoping for a Marvel-DC crossover so that Tony Stark can ‘turn’ her.”

Now that people are all mad about it, Gunn has apologized for his insensitive comments about the fictional characters by sending the below statement to GLAAD.

“A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don’t think it’s funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many.  I’m sorry and regret making them at all.  People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I’m an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said.  We’re all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us.  I’m learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all.”

The apology seems pretty heartfelt. Hopefully he hasn’t turned too many people off with the hurtful comments, and things won’t be awkward when he sees Batwoman in public.

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