Benecio Del Toro:

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Guardians of the Galaxy made it rain last night at Thursday preview screenings with a haul of $11.2 million in ticket sales for two shows. It’s obvious that this is going to be a big weekend for the near universally acclaimed new entry in the Marvel Studios canon. Speaking of canon, it’s well known that Marvel includes little bonuses in their films,  a teaser, or spoiler, or hint about what comes next, and Guardians is no exception. So what is it, you’re asking if you haven’t already seen the movie. Well, if you absolutely, positively must know, read below to get the details. By the way, SPOILERS AHEAD! (more…)

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The more I see from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the more excited I get for it. At first, I wasn’t completely sold on the director’s Troma-raised sense of humor translating properly to the Marvel universe. Then came that awful post-credits scene in Thor: the Dark World, which looked like Benicio Del Toro had wandered in from a painting party he had just visited while on peyote. It wouldn’t be until the teaser trailer that I began to turn around, as now all I want to do is watch Chris Pratt crack wise in outer space while flexing his newly sculpted muscles (Andy Dwyer grew up F-I-N-E).

Now comes some high-res looks at the characters, so you can parse through every whisker on Rocket Raccoon’s face before photoshopping your head onto his body. The detail in these is pretty amazing, and yet another reason why I’m super pumped for Gunn’s first foray in the Marvel Universe.

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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:

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Rarely will one go as far as to publicly bury the movies their studio was responsible for making, but Universal‘s Ron Meyer decided to bring out the shovel and start digging…. deep.

While speaking to a crowd at the Savannah Film Festival, Meyer pulled no punches describing just how he really feels. Let’s just say you won’t be seeing the words “Fantastic”, “wonderful” or “Oscar worthy” anywhere in the following.

Meyer said “We make a lot of s***ty movies…Every one of them breaks my heart.”

If Ron has anyone to blame he could blame himself, as an executive he does have say in how a film can be constructed right up to the final development stages. At any point he could have pulled the plug on anything, but instead he just wants to bitch and boy does he ever.

On Jon Favreau’s sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford:

Cowboys & Aliens wasn’t good enough. … Forget all the smart people involved in it, it wasn’t good enough. All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it … I have to take first responsibility because I’m part of it, but we all did a mediocre job and we paid the price for it. It happens. They’re talented people. Certainly you couldn’t have more talented people involved in Cowboys & Aliens, but it took, you know, ten smart and talented people to come up with a mediocre movie. It just happens.”

On the comedy time and space traveling comedy Land of the Lost, starring Will Ferrell:

Land of the Lost was just crap. … I mean, there was no excuse for it. The best intentions all went wrong … Cowboys & Aliens didn’t deserve better. Land of the Lost didn’t deserve better. Scott Pilgrim did deserve better, but it just didn’t capture enough of the imaginations of people.”

I give Ron credit for the Land of the Lost slam, since it really did suck something ferice, and the defense of Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim. Ron however, saved the worst of his venom for the Joe Johnston (Captain America) directed The Wolfman, starring Anthony Hopkins and Benecio Del Toro:

“One of the worst movies we ever made was Wolfman. … It’s one of those movies, the moment I saw it I thought, ‘What have we all done here?’ That movie was crappy. [The cast] was awful. The director was wrong. Benicio stunk. It all stunk.”

The cost of security alone is already going to cost him big, but after hearing such kind words spoken about their movies it will be some kind of miracle if Ron stays in Universal for much longer.

Via: Blastr