The story of Peter Quill, the character played by Chris Pratt in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is certainly a strange one. As a child back in the 1980s, he found himself whisked off of planet Earth and far off into the cosmos where he would spend the rest of his life living amongst all kinds of bizarre aliens from other worlds.
The end result is a rowdy, rambunctious film about a moment in music history where everything stopped to accommodate Brown's ruthless talent and ingenuity. The Get On Up press conference was held in New York, and it allowed journalists to talk to Chadwick Boseman , as well as Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, producer Brian Grazer, director Tate Taylor, and the one and only Mick Jagger.
Paul Bettany and The Vision should be a major component of the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward, particularly as we continue to learn his connections to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the murderous Ultron (James Spader).
In promotion of The Purge: Anarchy, this past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Frank Grillo and talk all about not only his latest film, but also his ambitious goals for his future as an actor. He had a bunch of absolutely fascinating things to say, so start reading now!
In case you couldn’t tell from the title, Sex Tape is a summer comedy that earns its R-rating. The movie features all matters of foul language and sexuality that the MPAA just hates, but it’s all for the sake of comedy. Watching the film, I wondered if the stars – Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz – were actually drawn to the script because of these more outlandish moments and a chance to play out some inhibited hilarity.
If there’s one thing the stop-motion animation process is known for, it’s being painstakingly slow. Not only are the films put together one frame at a time with intense care and precision, there is an incredible amount of work that needs to go into development and construction long before the first shutter snap is even heard.
The stop-motion animation house Laika is well on its way to becoming one of the strongest, most consistent studios in in the movie industry. Founded by Travis Knight, the son of Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight, the company has only made two features thus far - Coraline and ParaNorman - but both earned incredible critical praise and even Academy Award nominations. The future is bright for Laika, particularly because their next film, The Boxtrolls.
Last fall, I was invited by Marvel Studios and Disney to take a flight out to London, England with a small group of other journalists to visit the set of Guardians of the Galaxy. Touring through the various departments and interviewing members of the cast and crew, I learned a number of fascinating things about the upcoming blockbuster that I’m delighted to share with you now.
Joss Whedon and James Gunn don’t actually have any joint creative credits on their respective filmographies, but they have been friends for a very long time. In fact, the Angel character Charles Gunn, played by J. August Richards, was actually named after the Super writer/director.
Casting an actor to play a character’s dad in a movie or television show can be tricky waters to navigate. On the one hand there’s the importance of matching certain genetic features, making sure that actor has some similar features and is age appropriate. Perhaps more important, however, is having a higher understanding of personality and making sure that there are some familiar patterns and mannerisms that can be matched and show link between parent and offspring.
Since Serkis has been at the forefront of this digital revolution, helping tech wizards perfect the craft of capturing mo-cap performances, I started by asking him to single out something that they were able to do in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that just wasn’t possible in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
As such, Ayer is also fighting against certain perceptions of war films. He's sidestepped this issue by avoiding the framing of World War II in a historical context, as Fury takes place primarily on a single day.
Meeting as part of a press day held in Los Angeles, director Ben Falcone and I had a great conversation talking about the ridiculous and funny journey behind the making of Tammy, his directorial debut. Read on to find out what he had to say!
I had the chance to sit down with the film's producer Todd Black. Excited about his gritty spin-off of the 1980s crime series, Black offered plenty of details on the production as well why Refn was dropped as a contender for its director's chair.
In advance of How To Train Your Dragon 2’s release date, 20th Century Fox invited a group of film reporters to DreamWorks Animation Studios where we not only had the chance to sit down for an extended chat with director Dean DuBlois, but also tour around the facility. We learned multiple fascinating things about the new movie throughout the day, so read on to learn all about it!
Channing Tatum And Jonah Hill Talk Thrift Shop Clothes, Gambit Plans And Looking Old On Spring Break
As far as re-igniting that flame of chemistry, it wasn't very hard to re-learn the basic dance steps.
Much more than just his Marvel Studios character, Gregg is quickly establishing himself behind the camera as well. It was just a couple months after the release of Iron Man in 2008 that he made his directorial debut with Choke, a hard-R rated, Sam Rockwell-starring adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name. Six years later, Gregg has now not only directed his second feature, Trust Me, but also has served as the projects lead character.
Seth MacFarlane’s new comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West doesn’t really feature much of a conclusion for the characters played by Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried. After they have served their purpose in the story, they leave and are never seen from again. This wasn’t always the case with the film, however, as it’s been revealed that the Western comedy has an ending that wasn’t shown in theaters.
A big part of Seth MacFarlane’s comedic style relies on big pop culture references, and it’s because of this that A Million Ways To Die In The West an interesting challenge for him. Because the movie is set in 1882, references to any television show or movie was strictly off limits, as they plainly wouldn’t make any sense. It was certainly an obstruction that the MacFarlane had to deal with, but it also failed to stop him completely.
Disney's Maleficent offers a live-action re-imagining of the story of Sleeping Beauty, giving a new perspective on the tale's big bad fairy. Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent in the flesh and in a way we'd never seen this horned villainess before: with wings. And we've got an inside line on how director Robert Stromberg made them look like an enviable weapon.