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We all know when we’ll see Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters, August 1st, 2014, but when will cameras roll on the film, that’s a good question.

Screen Daily is reporting that Marvel is looking to get Guardians on set and in front of the camera sometime this summer, which would make sense if the film is going to come out in 2014 given the considerable post-production that would have to be done on the film. Screen Daily is also reporting that the film will be shot at Shepperton Studios in England, which recently hosted the set of another Marvel film, Thor: The Dark World.

So now we know the when and the where, but how about the who? Presumably, casting is in progress by director James Gunn. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jim Sturgess and Zachary Levi are the lead candidates for the part of team leader Star Lord.

More news as it develops.

Source: Coming Soon

Sci-Fi/Comic conventions are fun as hell, but sometimes, weird things happen. In addition to breaking the record for the largest gathering of Star Trek fans anywhere, the latest UK Trek-themed convention gains a place at the top of the “WTF?” list and has surely become a legendary moment for actor John Barrowman.

While hosting this past weekend’s Destination Star Trek Five Captains panel – where all five Star Trek captains were under the same roof answering fans’ questions and such – the Doctor Who and Torchwood star asked former Enterprise captain Scott Bakula to sign one of his butt cheeks. Being the sport that he his, Bakula proceeded to semi-permanently sign Barrowman’s torpedo bay under the watchful eyes of fellow Sci-fi captains Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner.

We can’t see everyone’s faces, but judging by the image posted by the @Team_Barrowman twitter page, at least Shatner is having a grand old time of it all.  It’s something like this that could only happen at a convention.

Special thanks to Blastr for sharing the background image to every Torchwood fangirl’s computer for the next six months.

In the mood for a really unique weekend warrior experience? Paint ball has become just too passe for you and your buddies? Then perhaps you’d like to engage in the latest extreme sport to come off the books: werewolf hunting.

A Birmingham (England, not Alabama) company called Chillisauce is offering would-be hunters the chance to load their silver ammo and take to the woods for some lycanthropic action with a side of terror. You go into the woods, fortify your position and wait for the attack, and when its done, you get a pint of lager and some snacks and a hardy breakfast the next morning. Assuming, of course, you survive.

Here’s how the adventure is explained on Chillisauce’s website:

Deep in the heart of the countryside, near Birmingham, Farmers have reported unusual losses of livestock, and missing person reports are flooding the local papers. Rumours surfaced of a Special Ops team disappearing 24 months ago – the only clues left were a garbled radio message, and a mangled corpse.

Put simply – it’s your turn to step up where others have failed: Take on the werewolf – on his own turf, and try to outwit this fierce, cunning, intelligent predator.

What do you need to bring? The website recommends a sleeping bag, a washkit,  “robust outdoor clothing with appropriate footwear,” and you need to be “relatively fit” as running, hiding and crawling is all involved.

If this sounds like you, you can get in touch with the bookers at Chillisouce to reserve your weekend, werewolf hunting getaway.

Source: Nerd Approved

Next month, the filming of Marvel’s next big budget super hero movie starts production. The highly anticipated Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World. With the new director Alan Taylor and the return of star Chris Hemsworth,  we’re all set to start filming a new adventure for Thor in the fields of the Bourne Wood.

The Bourne Wood isn’t some place named after Robert Ludlum‘s novel The Bourne Identity or the movie of the same name starring Matt Damon, but the very popular shooting location south of the city of Farnham, in Surrey, England.

According to a letter sent out the local residents though, the production office for a film (Cough, Cough) titled ‘Thursday Mourning’ (Thor’s day anyone?) is also shooting outside the town in August and September. Just read the letter that was sent out, via SuperHeroHype, and while it doesn’t say “Thor” anywhere in this the words “comic book hero” it’s obvious as to what is shooting in England.

We are writing to let you know about some filming about to be undertaken in Bourne Wood in the coming months. Please find a brief overview and introduction to this project.

“Thursday Mourning” is the working title of a major feature film. It is comic book adaptation set in another “fictional realm”.

We will be establishing a fictional village set in another realm, with yurts and village like dressing in the bowl. The sequence involves a battle between two kingdoms, ending in our comic book hero arriving to save the day. The sequence will involve a substantial amount of Stunts and controlled special effects all within the hours 0700 – 1900hrs.

We plan to use most of the areas that are usually occupied by film units for all our support vehicles. The sequence will involve approximately 300 extras who will arrive in the early hours prior to call time to go through costume and makeup.

Sounds like plenty of shooting will be going on in the next two months for Thor: The Dark World. We’ll keep you up to date as soon as an extra snaps a photo of the goings on, we all know it’s going to happen.

Thor: The Dark World is in theaters everywhere November 8th, 2013.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Hey Harry Potter fans! You sad the movies are over? Oh don’t cry, ’cause the magic will continue. Warner Bros. is opening up a tour of its Leavesden soundstages, where much of the films were shot. Called “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter,” it’s as close as you’ll ever get to rubbing your wand against the tri-wizard cup.

The three-hour walking tour will cover 150,000 square feet, including two dedicated soundstages of Warner Bros. Studios in West Hertfordshire, England. “Potterphiles” will get to tour actual sets from the franchise, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut, and the Gryffindor common room, all the while checking out various artifacts, props, and costumes from the franchise. A Creature Effects workshop will show visitors the animatronics that brought characters like Buckbeack the Hippogriff, Aragog, Fawkes, and the basilisk from Chamber of Secrets. Someone please Avada Kedavra me, pretty please.

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Looks like it time for another six months of tea bagging and high-pitched children screaming into your headsets people. The Call of Duty series is back with it’s eighth installment into the Call of Duty franchise and it’s third in the Modern Warfare storyline. Yes, this is a direct sequel to the 2009 smash hit Modern Warfare 2, meaning key characters like ‘Soap’ MacTavish will make a possible return. Until then check out this special reveal trailer from game 4 of  the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

N00b tubes at the ready people

So what if that ominous voice sounds like a pissed off midget, he sound’s like he means business in this one. Everyone’s favorites are back in this one: running, gunning, running and gunning. It’s like they know exactly what to give the prepubescent fans waiting to spend their hard earned allowance. Hopefully this doesn’t mean we’ll see historic war footage of a solider saying “LOL” as he crouches on his on a enemy combatant’s face.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hits shelves everywhere November 8th, 2011 on X-Box 360, PS3 and PC

Via: Geekologie

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Warner Bros.  anounced it’s new three hour “The Making of Harry Potter” walking tour in Leavesden England today. What the hell? The last tour that said it lasted three hours was on a little boat called the “Minnow.” We all know how that turned out.

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
a tale of a fateful trip,
that started on this foggy street,
behind a guy named Chip.
The guide was a mighty winded man,
his tour banter, brave and sure,
fifty geeky tourists walked that day,
for a three hour tour,
a three hour tour,

The weather started getting rough,
the tiny tour got sloshed.
If not for the courage of the fearless guide
the Potters would be lost.
The Potters would be lost.

The tour aground on the floor of this uncharted movie set
with Oliver
the Tour Guide too.
A millionaire and his wife.
a movie star.
the professor and Gonagall
here on Potter’s Set

Tickets go on sale later this year. Potter fans will be able to walk onto sets including headmaster Dumbledore’s office and the 120ft long Great Hall featuring “the tables and benches used in the films”. I’m imagining a lot of tired folks at the hour mark, lots of tired nosiey, smelly kids dragging their parents onward, ever onward. It’s a pretty good deal for Leavesden. They are getting 25,000 sq ft of soundstages, making it the largest studio production facilities in Europe. $161 million dollar make over for the studio which will bring lots of local work to the area.

I don’t know though, as great as the news is for Harry Potter fans there’s still the Universal Studio attraction that is a lot closer. You’d have to be a pretty hardcore fan to make the trip overseas just for that tour. Oi! What am I saying, HP fans have already got their bags packed. They’re such nerds.

Vampire Literature Master’s Degree?

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For vampire lovers there could be no finer degree.  Hertfordshire University in the UK is offering its students a degree in Vampire Literature.  Yet another reason why it would be cool to live in England.  The degree program was put together by Dr. Sam George who gives lectures on English literature.

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