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Hilarious, Sweet, and Downright Spectacular | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

By Cynthia Ayala

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”


One word: amazing! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does not disappoint. The film looks at the characters allowing for character growth while also establishing a family unit for the characters. The movie goes back to trace back the origins of Peter/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). But there’s more to this film than just that. It had heart and focuses on the Guardians not just as a group of heroes or friends, but as a family. And that’s one of the things that makes this film so good because everyone focuses on the characters and their dynamics with one another. They care about each other, they fight with one another and for one another. They are a strong unit and the cast and crew make sure that that resonates off the screen.
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Marvel’s Best Movie Yet | Review of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

By Cynthia Ayala

Captain America: Civil War starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan & Chadwick Boseman
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.


This film is without a doubt Marvel’s best film yet. First, let’s applaud the writers here because they took a story and adapted it as best as they could to tie it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they were able to do that without tarnishing the story. That right there is fantastic writing. That is spectacular writing and something Warner Bros. and DC could take a page from. This is one of the reason’s Marvel movies are so popular because they bring to life a story and characters while keeping both of those faithful to the original creation. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. were perfect for their roles. Everyone was perfect for their roles. This is cast who not only understands their characters, but they also understand the character dynamics not just in the story but also regarding each other, and they are friends. Everyone here is friends with someone else, and it is believable not just because they are friends in real like but also because they have such great chemistry with one another.The foundation of the film is solid, and that is the key to a successful movie.
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Glenn Close

By:  Eric Eisenberg

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_37797Yet another massively talented, award-winning actor has made a deal to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Deadline is now reporting that Glenn Close, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, is the latest performer to join the cast of James Gunn’s slowly-growing Guardians of the Galaxy. Calling the part “a major role,” the website says that she will be playing a leadership role (similar to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury) in the intergalactic police organization known as the Nova Corps – which also seems to confirm that the film will indeed include the Nova Corps. Story details are being kept to a minimum right now – as is the case with all Marvel movies in their infancy – but Gunn handled screenwriting duties and production is gearing up to start next month.

Close is just the latest to join the cast of the space-set sci-fi adventure, which over the past few months has added Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, and Michael Rooker as Yondu. The new story also seems to confirm recent reports saying that both Lee Pace and John C. Reilly have joined the project, but doesn’t go into any specifics about their roles (the former was rumored to be playing the villain).

Close was last on the big screen in 2011’s Albert Nobbs – a performance that got her that sixth Oscar nod – and she’s been busy on the small screen starring on FX’s Damages. She most recently completed production on director Jeff Preiss’ new indie film Low Down and recently started working on Five To Seven with Anton Yelchin.

Source: Cinema Blend

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Adding UFC’s Georges St-Pierre?

By:  Eric Eisenberg

Captain_America_the_Winter_Soldier_36581It would seem that former WWE star Dave Bautista, who was recently cast as Drax The Destroyer in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, may not be the only professional fighter who will be a part of the Phase Two plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A new story has popped up over on Latino-Review saying that Georges St-Pierre, the current UFC Welterweight Champion, has just signed on for a role in the anticipated sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

According to the site’s source, the mixed martial artist has signed on to the film to play Batroc the Leaper, a French kickboxing villain who is primarily known from the comics as an adversary of the titular patriotic hero. While the character has no real superpowers to speak of, he is an expert in the French martial art savate, or French footfighting. Born Georges Batroc, he served in the French Foreign Legion before becoming a costumed mercenary for hire. His nickname comes from the fact that his legs are extremely well developed – not a surprise given the amount of kicking he does – and that he has the ability to leap incredible, Olympic-level distances.

But that’s not all of the information that the site has uncovered. In addition to the possible St-Pierre casting, Latino-Review also claims that they have learned the name of the character that could be played by Robert Redford (as reported late last week). The character is said to be one of the top ranking officials in S.H.I.E.L.D. and the new report says that his name is Pierre.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is set to be released on April 4, 2014, is already set to see Chris Evans return as the titular hero for the third time, and will see him joined by Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes a.k.a. The Winter Soldier, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter,Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and Anthony Mackie as The Falcon. The movie will also feature the return of Toby Jones as Arnim Zola and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and it’s been rumored that it will have Scarlett Johansson back as Black Widow as well.

Source: Cinema Blend


Chris Hemsworth Promises Relationship Troubles And A Game Of Thrones Vibe For Thor 2

By: Katey Rich

Thor_The_Dark_World_34210 (1)The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been so successful that it’s hard to imagine any of the movies being risky, but as we enter what the studio is calling “Phase Two,” there will be some changes afoot. Three of the four upcoming sequels– Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier andThor: The Dark World— will be directed by different people than handled the originals, and though the Marvel Studios “look” is pretty consistent, these new directors might be bringing some intriguing changes with the potential to frustrate fans.

While we’ll get a look at Shane Black‘s take on Iron Man 3 first, Thor: The Dark World won’t be far behind, with Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor stepping up to a huge feature for the first time. You might expect that, with its accents and mythical creatures and characters wearing armor, the world of Thor would be a natural step for a Game of Thrones veteran… and now Chris Hemsworth himself is confirming that Taylor is bringing a taste of his last job to Asgard. Here’s what he told MTV:

The look of the film is a lot bigger than what we did even previously. The first one worked and people loved it, but this is with a different director and just has a totally different feel. There’s a definite “Game of Thrones” vibe thanks to [director] Alan [Taylor].

He also said that The Dark World will acknowledge one of the big unanswered questions from The Avengers— how the hell did he come back to Earth and not visit his lost love Jane? Hemsworth tells MTV, ” For Thor and Jane, there are some unanswered questions now, since obviously he didn’t stop in and catch up with her in “Avengers.” Thor might have some explaining to do in this one.” Of course, the fact that Jane wasn’t in The Avengers probably has more to do with Natalie Portman’s contract than any true plot concerns, but for the sake of continuity, we can pretend otherwise.

With relationship troubles, the return of his fraught relationship with Loki and the promise of some fearsome dark elves, Thor’s going to have a lot on his plate when Thor: The Dark World arrives November 8, 2013.

Source: Cinema Blend


Marvel Phase One Box Set Blu-Ray Will Include New Footage From Upcoming Movies

By: Katey Rich

It’s taken a lot longer than anybody would have expected, but the full Marvel: Phase One box set will eventually be making its way to fans, featuring every Marvel film leading up to The Avengers (plus The Avengers itself) and a promised boatload of new extras and Easter Eggs to make it worth the $219 price tag. The box set was delayed from its planned September release thanks to a lawsuit from the company that manufactures the briefcase used in the design of the box set, but with the suit settled– and a new briefcase design in place– the box set is finally coming out April 2 next year.

With the Blu-ray finally available again for pre-order today, Entertainment Weekly is providing a few new glimpses at what fans can expect– including video of the alternate ending from Thor, which will be included on the box set for the first time. Unfortunately that video’s not embeddable, so you’ll have to go over there to check it out. But they also talked to Kevin Feige, who teased not only some of the deleted scenes from the existing films that will be included, but some sneak peeks at upcoming Phase Two films as well:

Even more compelling for fans in the $219 set is a chance to look ahead to Marvel’s Phase Two, which starts in May with Iron Man 3 and includes Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and, of course, The Avengers 2.

Obviously, some of those films are closer to completion than others, but Feige was mum about what will actually be included, saying only that the Phase Two preview would include “footage, concept art, and a few new surprises. Also, look for a nod to Iron Man 3 in the Tony Stark S.H.I.E.L.D. file in the box set.”

Diehard fans can also poke their way through “Shield Files,” in which each character is given a file that’s “full of great, movie-accurate props and Easter eggs.” It’s possible that there will be entirely new information about the Marvel Cinematic Universe only revealed to the fans dedicated enough to watch all the bonus features– so if you want to get the scoop, you’ll probably want to set aside a lot of time when the box set finally arrives April 2.

Source: Cinema Blend


Hugo Weaving Hints At The Future Of Red Skull, But He Might Not Play Him Again

By: Eric Eisenberg

There are hundreds of questions that Marvel fans are still asking about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but few are as big as, “What happened to Red Skull at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger?” For those that don’t remember, the disfigured German supervillain touched the Cosmic Cube at the end of the movie and it appeared that he was transported to another world. Obviously Marvel Studios wants to keep a lid on the truth until exactly when they want you to know, but that doesn’t mean that the star who played the character, Hugo Weaving, doesn’t have a theory of his own.

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of attending a press event for the upcoming Wachowski Starship/Tom Tykwer film Cloud Atlas, and while sitting down for a one-on-one interview with Weaving I took the opportunity to ask him what he thought happened to Red Skull. He began his explanation by saying that what he most interesting about the character was that it wasn’t just about world domination for him, but instead a quest to control the power of the Cosmic Cube and be among the gods. Said Weaving, “He wants to be up there and he’s saying to Cap, [in German accent] ‘Come on! You’re pretty cool! Come on, man! We’re better than this! We can go up here!’ So that’s what interested me.” This led to his theory about Red Skull’s final destination. “He’d probably be in Valhalla – that’s where he wants to be. But who knows!”

By having Red Skull teleported away at the end of Captain America instead of being killed, however, Marvel Studios was sending a clear message: Red Skull will be coming back at some point (not that comics have ever had trouble resurrecting characters from the dead, but the point stands). Some have guessed that he’ll be back for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but others think that he’ll be saved for The Avengers 2. During my interview I asked Weaving what his contract situation was like with Marvel, as most actors in those films have multi-picture deals set up to keep them locked up for future movies.

“I think anyone who signs up for Marvel probably would be obliged to sign a certain deal for three or four pictures or whatever, or more, actually, in some of those cases,” Weaving said. “But that doesn’t mean it’s going to come to fruition.” Postulating about where Red Skull will show up next, he continued, saying, “There hasn’t been a Captain America 2 yet, and anyway if there was you would probably introduce another villain. So I don’t think I’d be in another Cap America movie. The only thing – the possibility you might want to bring Red Skull back into an Avengers thing. That’s also tied in.”

But Weaving also added something that fans won’t be too happy to hear. “To be honest, I don’t know that I’d want to go back there,” he told me. While he didn’t fully explain why he felt this way, he had nothing but the nicest things to say about working on Captain America: The First Avenger and portraying the character.

I had a good time and it was a good thing to do. I was really thrilled that I did it. I loved working with Joe [Johnston] again, it was great to meet a lot of those actors…it was kind of a different experience for me being in that world, to play…and he’s a villain. I don’t describe many characters like that, but this is like an uber-villain. This guy thinks Hitler’s a pussy [laughs]. He’s a villain. So that’s why I did it, I was like ‘Let’s try this.’ To play a role like that, that’s fun.

Stay tuned here on Cinema Blend to read my full interview with Hugo Weaving, which will be posted next week when Cloud Atlas heads into theaters.

Source: Cinema Blend

X-Men Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Says She’d Love To See A Marvel Cinematic Universe Crossover

By: Eric Eisenberg

x_men_33425No matter how far into its deep catalog of characters Marvel Studios goes, they will always be missing some very key characters. Prior to producing their own movies, the company would sell off the rights to their characters to other studios for a good chunk of cash. That’s how Spider-Man ended up at Sony and the X-Men and Fantastic Four ended up at Twentieth Century Fox (along with other lower level superheroes). Because the rights belong to other studios Marvel Studios can’t include those characters within its Marvel Cinematic Universe, excluding them from future projects like The Avengers 2.

But since Joss Whedon’s superhero team came out earlier this year, we’ve seen some inklings that the walls could start coming down. There were rumors a few months back that Marvel and Sony were talking about having Oscorp Tower (a building from the Spider-Man universe) appear in the New York skyline in The Avengers; and more recently there was a story that said Marvel and Fox were talking about rights deals involving characters like Daredevil, Galactus and Silver Surfer. Now there is news that one of the key people behind the X-Men movie franchise would be totally on-board with anX-Men/Avengers crossover.

Lauren Shuler Donner, who has produced every X-Men movie from Bryan Singer’s 2000 original to next summer’s The Wolverine, recently sat down to speak with Crave Online and responded enthusiastically when asked if she would be interested in seeing a combination of worlds. “I would love it,” Donner said. “I would love it. I personally have close ties to Marvel because of Kevin Feige, because Kevin worked for me. But to take our characters and mingle them in the way that they were written, yeah, absolutely.”

And who could fault her for her interest? The Avengers is the third highest grossing movie of all time and there’s a lot of money to be made by being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The problem at the larger studio level, however, is that it runs the risk of diluting big, potential money-making brands and would require splitting profits. That said, I will always cross my fingers and hope that one day they will all get together for a meeting that will end up putting all of the heroes within the same world, and having a name like Lauren Shuler Donner in favor of it is a good thing.

Source: Cinema Blend