Halloween is right around the corner, and with it comes an annual offering of frightful films. Along with the recently released Green Inferno, this year promises frights for kids with this weekend’s Goosebumps, frights for lovers with Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and frights for those who can stand the shaky-cam with the latest (and final?) entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise, Ghost Dimension. Hell, for those that just want to be tortured for 90 minutes, there’s even the new Jem movie coming next week, which will have theaters pulling double duty as torture chambers during the two weeks the guaranteed flop is in wide release. Yes, October is the perfect time of year for Hollywood to unleash the terror and, this year, a new film maker has been added to the list of “Purveyors of Horror”: the wonderful Karen Gillan. (more…)
There are actors and actresses, and then there are hardcore actors and actresses that will do pretty much anything in pursuit of perfecting their roles. Robert de Niro put on a ton of weight for Raging Bull, Christian Bale turned into a skeleton for The Machinist and Karen Gillan sacrificed a beautiful head of hair in order to play the role of the bald Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. What’s more, she recorded the entire process of losing her ginger mane. Check out the video below and share a little of Gillan’s pain. (more…)
Just when you thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fad (a good charitable fad that has served its purpose in raising ALS awareness, but still, a fad) is behind us, Doctor Who and Guardians of The Galaxy star Karen Gillan answered Matt Smith’s Nomination and keeps the awareness and cold water flowing.
Everyone’s favorite red head (her hair is growing back nicely) gets style points for dressing up as the Pink Power Ranger and having the Red Ranger and a little person dressed as the Green Ranger get her wet (no, that was not a sexual innuendo). Why the Power Rangers theme? No clue, it’s not explained. That’s what makes it great. The random absurdity of it. (more…)
Just when you thought you were done with anything Guardians of the Galaxy until you saw the movie in the theater, along comes these two video gems. Each has just enough new stuff to tease without throwing away the baby with the bath water. The first has some new footage of Nebula in all her scary blue glory while the second is the Critic’s trailer, slap full of praise and glory for James Gunn‘s Marvel Masterpiece. Find out what these critics have to say. (more…)
So what do cult icon actresses do when they’re not busy flying around in the T.A.R.D.I.S. or helping to rid the universe of Cylons? Well, they keep themselves occupied by fighting evil, supernatural mirrors, of course. Or at least that’s what they’re doing this time around. Check out the first trailer for Oculus, the new horror flick starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, below. (more…)
So far, anything related to Guardians of the Galaxy has divided fandom into two camps: this is going to rock, and this is going to suck, and the trailer was no exception. I happen to ally myself in the former’s camp, and if you’re like me that trailer left you wanting more. It also might have left you with some questions, questions that are, perhaps, best answered by the director. James Gunn has obliged in an interview today where he addressed a number of aspects concerning the highly-anticipated Marvel film that have come out of this first trailer. (more…)
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Bradley Cooper Officially Playing Rocket Racoon – Chris Pratt and Kevin Feige Say Stuff
Marvels upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy has officially announced the casting of it’s final, and most curious role. You know him, you love him, he’s the gun toting fury known as Rocket Raccoon. Confirming last week rumors, he’s to be played by none other than Bradley Cooper. A trigger happy raccoon with a Cockney accent is to be played by a mediocre westerner… yeah, that makes sense.
Cooper joins Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Vin Diesel and Gregg Henry in the sci-fi adventure featuring a comical company of galactic protectors.
I may have my doubts about an actor known for having 1 too many Hangovers, but I’ll give him a shot (see what I did there). Roles of prominence never go to the actors we think we want (in my case, I wanted David Tennent for this), but rather the ones we never knew we wanted. So, there’s room for surprise. With that said, I bet a lot of women will be disappointed that he won’t be physically in the movie.
In other Guardians of the Galaxy news, actor Chris Pratt and marvel talking head Kevin Feige, said a whole lot about the upcoming spectacular.
In an interview with IGN Pratt discussed what his experience has been like shooting the film,
It’s been really great. It’s hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There’s a lot of super talented people working on it – artists. That’s what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn’t ever read them that much. I wasn’t too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I’d like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.
He goes on to talk about the tone of the film saying,
Yeah, I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing. I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.
In a separate interview with Empire Kevin Feige fielded a whole lot of questions about the film as well. Here’s the best of them:
On the if the film will take place at the same time as the other Phase Two movies:
“The general answer is yes. It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time.”
On if it’s more of a stand-alone film:
“Certainly more than the others. We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.”
On the main villain:
“Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that.”
He also gave brief breakdown of each of the characters in the Guardians team.
“They are an unlikely band. It’s pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie.
- “Rocket [Raccoon] has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy.
- “Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, ‘I am Groot.’
- “Peter Quill left Earth in the mid-’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the Universe.
- “Drax (Dave Bautista) has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy.
- “When we meet Gamora (Zoe Saldana), she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has such a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.”
[UPDATED!] ‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn Received Hate Mail Over Karen Gillan’s Shaved Head… Seriously!?
Karen Gillan whipping off her wig, saying she’d done something, “a bit rash,” and revealing she’s now completely bald for her role as Nebula in Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy will go down as a highlight from this year’s Comic Con. Of all the people to shave their head, why’d it have to Karen!? Those beautiful ginger locks – GONE!
Fans everywhere are upset, but most understand it’s only hair which in time will grow back. (Besides, she’s got, like, the cutest little shaved head!) Others though, well, some fans are so upset they’ve taken to sending hate mail to director James Gunn, claiming he made her to it, and how dare he!?
If you are sending me hate messages about making @KarenGillan2 shave her head, you might consider the overall state of your life.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 24, 2013
Anyone who’s a fan of Karen knows she’s a bit mad. Matt Smith always said so. I can’t imagine anyone but Karen could make Karen shave her head. And if you’re going to send hate mail to James Gunn I’m sure you can find a more important matter than Karen’s bald head. I mean, really.
Source: Digital Spy
UPDATE! Since Gunn’s original tweet on the matter the director has gone on Formspring to elaborate on the need for Gillan to shave her head in the first place.
It was explained that whoever played Nebula would have to shave her head. So Karen knew about this when she auditioned. A bald cap looks fake when seen repeatedly up close & during long action sequences.
And again, I repeat myself when I say Karen’s not dumb or a pushover, she wouldn’t let her head be shaved if she wasn’t 100% behind it. Also, it’s hair! Get over it!
Anyway, besides the outrage over Karen’s missing locks, she elaborated a bit to AMC about her character, saying,
Nebula is the villain of the film. She’s an employee of Thanos and she has a very interesting and complex relationship to the lead female of the film, Gamora.
Hmm, I not too familiar with Guardians, so maybe this is common knowledge, but were they once besties now forced to fight one another? And did you notice she calls herself the villain, not a villain? I hadn’t realized she’d be the main antagonist, but awesome! Are you excited to see Karen in a villainous role? Bald, even!?
Oh! And I retweeted this last night, but of course I’ll share it again. Just goes to show how well Karen’s taking her new look,
Excited to announce that after long negotiations to play Chuckie in new Rugrats film, I have now been offered the role of Tommy Pickles.
— Karen Gillan (@KarenGillan2) July 30, 2013
Matt Smith, our soon to be Doctor-deserter, took part in a lengthy interview with Vulture while in hanging out in Los Angeles this week. I expect while recuperating from San Diego Comic Con at former companion, Karen Gillan’s apartment. At least that’s what I’m imagining. I mean, who else does he know in L.A.? But like I said, it’s a pretty lengthy interview and is simply chocked full of goodies. Like this, Smith already knows what he’s taking from Doctor Who‘s set when he officially departs later this year,
You steal things! What are you planning to steal from set once you’re done?
I plan on taking the sonic screwdriver.
I don’t think you’re allowed to, are you?
I don’t care. And I’ll take my jacket, probably. I’m really sad to be leaving! I love the show!
Not really all that surprising. I’m fairly certain David Tennant also swiped his screwdriver and I know he has one of his suits because they had to de-mothball it to use for the 50th anniversary special. And speaking of Tennant, Smith talked about the dynamic of working with his 10th Doctor and Rose (Billie Piper),
How does Eleven get on with Ten and Rose?
Well first, [Billie Piper, who plays Rose] is a great friend of mine anyway. We’ve worked together and I’m very fond of her. She’s wonderful. But yeah, bizarrely, if you look at previous Doctor Who stories, they tend to be quite grouchy with each other, but I think Ten and Eleven actually like each other. David and I do in real life as well, and our Doctors are quite collaborative.
Did he pass on any advice back when you took over?
He just wished me luck, really. He said, “I’m always here to talk, and if you need me, give me a ring.” But it’s always an individual experience where you sort of have to go through the highs and lows on your own. It’s a bit like playing Hamlet. Not to place too much importance on what we do, but it has to be totally an individual response.
Do go check out the entire interview with Vulture, especially for a funny story of Matt and Karen having dinner together and Matt’s attempts to pull her wig off. Man, would Marvel have flipped the fuck out had he accidentally caused the reveal in a busy Hollywood restaurant instead of in Hall H!
When Marvel comes to SDCC, they really bring the big Guardians of the Galaxy “Gunns” these days. Aside from having James Gunn and the WHOLE CAST show up for a one day panel, even though they are in the middle of production, they also brought a ton of props and costumes for fans to see. There was a sneak peek video at the panel that wowed everyone, we’ll bring to you as soon as it hits the Internet. In the mean time, check out the gallery of props and costumes shown in the Exhibitors Hall and the Hall H Panel video below, then we can discuss what freaked out Gunn so much.
Here’s the panel, Karen Gillan‘s big hair reveal is incredible:
What freaked out James Gunn? He talked about it while explaining the tone of the movie when asked if it would come with that trademark Gunn dark humor:
I don’t think of it as darkly comedic. I do think of it as me, I’ve got to say that. There is a lot of James Gunn in this movie. It’s a strange thing because when I turned in the first draft to Kevin (Feige), Marvel and Joss (Whedon), they read it and were very happy. Their biggest note was “more James Gunn” and it freaked the hell out of me. So more James Gunn is in the movie and I think it’s a really unique movie. But with every movie I do, I am speaking to a certain side of myself and a certain audience. With a movie like Super, I’m speaking to a really specific person that will appreciate that movie. When I’m doing a movie like Guardians, it really is for a much broader audience for everybody to see on a Friday night and enjoy in a different way. I appreciate both those types of movies.
He followed up that comment by talking about what he sees as an unspoken theme in the Marvel movies:
Guardians is about a family coming together, It’s about a group of individuals who have acted selfishly, and only as individuals throughout their life, learning something about themselves that makes them heroes.
Sounds like everything is on track to bring the Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen and into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What are you looking forward to the most?