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It seems like a long way off, May 2017, but in production terms it’s coming up faster than you might expect. That’s why it should come as no surprise that James Gunn has assembled the Guardians already to rehearse Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Much of Marvel‘s focus this year is going to be on Doctor Strange and, much more immediately, Captain America: Civil War, but GOTG Vol. 2 will be one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2017 after the original defied any and all expectations in 2014. For now though, these space heroes are just a company of actors hamming it up for a couple of behind the scenes shots the director has posted on Facebook. (more…)

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There’s been a lot of news lately about the possibility of a second Mallrats movie. Back in 1995, Mallrats was the highly anticipated follow-up to Kevin Smith‘s big break, Clerks, but it ended up bombing. Horribly. It remained a black mark on Smith’s IMDb profile for some time, and then Cop Out was released. Kidding aside though, the film has been received more warmly by fans in the last 20 years, which undoubtedly helps Smith make a case for Mallrats 2. But that’s still about two years away at least, so what are Mallrats fans to do in the meantime. How about a reunion of some of the cast for a car commercial? No, I’m not drunk. (more…)

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Going into season five, The Walking Dead is more popular than it’s ever been, which is probably why on Sunday the National Fan Expo was barely open for business and Constitution Hall was almost full of fans waiting for a panel with Walking Dead cast members. A little over an hour later, the moderator called out the “five of the amazing people from the show; three of whom are still living on it,” and Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), and David Morrissey (The Governor) all gathered on stage to a thunderous applause. (more…)

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One thing you’ve got to know about talking to Michael Rooker one-on-one is he’s scary. The aviator sunglasses he wore weren’t helping either. Seriously though, underneath that gruff exterior is funny and charming man who has now found himself at the center of the nerd universe thanks to roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In our brief chat at the National Fan Expo Friday, Rooker discussed which franchise is winning the autograph wars, how he’s a nerd with muscles and how a little Yondu does a long way. (more…)

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Left a subtle jab by Yondu (Michael Rooker) at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the great unanswered questions left to be resolved for the sequel is the identity of the father of Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt). Of course, the character’s comic book origin offers an answer to that question, but from the sounds of it, and a new interview with director James Gunn, those of you beholden to all things comic book-y in terms of GOTG are about to be in for another surprise. That information, and whether or not the biggest bad of all in the Marvel Universe will play a significant role in the sequel, will be revealed after the jump… (more…)

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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.”

Sources: GeekTyrant (Pratt and Feige comments) and Marvel