I could sit here all day and act like it’s 2014 and I’m rushing home after seeing ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ to write to you about how cool it was, but I won’t. Mostly because it’s 2015 and I’m sure I did that already. A couple of times, in fact, and threw in a bit of awesomeness about the soundtrack to boot. Instead, I’ll talk a little bit about Lee Pace and his portrayal of Ronan The Accuser, one of Marvel’s greatest space baddies. The character nicely translated from comic book page to really big screen, and some of it had to do with Pace’s delivery, though some writers will disagree. Well, I hope you guys got your fill of him because Ronan’s on the road to nowhere fast. (more…)
While it is a contractual certainty that Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Dave Bautista will be back for another round in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Lee Pace, who played the film’s lead villain Ronan the Accuser, wants to come back too. Before you start scratching your head, let’s think about it for a minute. (more…)
We’ve got two Guardians of the Galaxy cover variants for Empire‘s next issue, featuring a look at the heroes on one, and the villains on the other. We’ve had some looks at Ronan the Accuser played by Lee Pace, but this is perhaps the best we’ve seen so far. Click through and take a look at characters in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. (more…)
The ABC special Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe doesn’t air until Tuesday, but we’ve got a trailer and some new stills from the special featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Commander Rael (Glenn Close), Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), the Collector, (Benicio del Toro), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax (Dave Bautista). (more…)
This week, the talk of the movie world is a dark one, Thor: The Dark World that is. But on the occasion of the release of this latest Marvel Studios film, some look even further ahead to the release of another superhero flick, the space-bound Guardians of the Galaxy. The two franchises came together on the red carpet this week as Guardians director James Gunn talked about his film on his way to the premiere of Thor.
Hobbit News! Bilbo Gives Us the Finger, Peter Jackson Hosting Global Fan Event, Two New ‘Smaug’ TV Spots, & MORE!
And I always thought hobbits were meant to be cheerful, delightful little fellas. Guess Martin Freeman has a different opinion of adventuring across Middle Earth with a bunch a stinkin’ dwarves and wizard baked out of his mind. For more – oh yes, there’s plenty more – of Freeman flipping the bird head over to The Mary Sue where they’ve amassed an amusing gallery of just that. But first, hit the jump for more Hobbit News! (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.”
Coming out of San Diego Comic Con there’s a lot of excitement about Guardians of the Galaxy, but also some questions: how does Guardians fit into the established Marvel Cinematic Universe? When does it take place? What kind of crossover potential is there? And what about Thanos? Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently did a little Q&A with Empire Magazine (via /Film), talking about some of those details, as well as revealing just who the main bad guy in Guardians is going to be anyway.
Question #1: Does Guardians take place at the same time as the other Phase 2 films from Marvel?
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.
Question #2: How connected is Guardians to the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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.
Question #3: Speaking of Thanos, is he the main bad guy or not?
Ronan The Accuser 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!
So Lee Pace will be badder than Benecio del Toro? Interesting. And speaking of bad guys, Superhero Hype (via Comic Book Movie) got several compelling set photos of Michael Rooker in his Yondu gear in a farm field in Surrey. You’ll also notice he’s kind of surrounded by aliens in black suits with big guns. What has Yondu got himself into to? I guess we’ll know for certain on August 1, 2014. In the meantime, take a look at the set photos in the gallery below:
Exciting times! Production on Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy is getting underway in the U.K., and naturally more details are trickling out about the film in terms of who might be playing who. But first, some eye candy.
This picture was sent out via Instagram over the weekend, and it features the end result of Chris Pratt‘s Star Lord diet and workout regime. The Parks & Rec actor doesn’t necessarily need such a ready-for-action physique for his day job, but Pratt is definitely in fighting shape now. Here’s the Tweet and the pic courtesy of MTV. Ladies (and maybe some guys out there), get ready to swoon.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 7, 2013
“No beer for six months,” huh? Well, I’d say it was worth it.
So who is Pratt getting ripped in order to take on? Well, the UK’s Den of Geek (via Bleeding Cool) has apparently unlocked the secret casting. According to them Benicio Del Toro is playing The Collector and Karen Gillan is playing Nebula. The site also confirmed again that Lee Pace is playing Ronan the Accuser.
For the uninitiated, The Collector is one of the Elders of the Universe and has on repeated occasions tried to “collect” the Avengers, he also predicted the rise of a force powerful enough to take on the Elders: Thanos. Del Toro is rumored to be signed up for multiple Marvel movies, so don’t expect this to be the last time we see the character. As for Nebula, she too has a Thanos connection, she’s his granddaughter, and a bit of a menace in her own right.
Interesting news, right? And don’t expect this to be the last because more news about Guardians of the Galaxy will likely trickle out as production marches forward. Stay tuned.
Reaction videos are such a thing nowadays. I guess firsthand reactions are no longer good enough so we must record others’ reactions, and sometimes, even reactions to those reactions. Which leads to reaction videos of reactions to reaction videos! Causing a never ending cycle of reactions until no one is acting anymore, but only reacting and all life on Earth ceases to be proactive and we die!
Sorry, that whole reaction scenario got away from me. What we’ve got here is one of those ‘reacting to a reaction video’ video, but not simply any ‘reacting to a reaction video’ video, this one stars a rather famous trio of elves. Uploaded by some guy, Peter Jackson somebody, is this video of Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Lee Pace watching a video of two fans enjoying the hell out of the latest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug teaser trailer.
It’s delightful seeing not only two girls more excited for Smaug than I’ve been for almost anything in my life, but seeing these so often stern elves letting loose and giggling like idiots.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens this December 13th. Hopefully sooner than later Jackson will deign to upload a production diary instead of a video of giddy elves.