In many ways, the origins of Guardians of the Galaxy are unlike those of earlier Marvel Studios properties. For one thing, neither Stan Lee nor Jack Kirby is responsible in any way but the most tangential (Together, Lee and Kirby created Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and the Avengers, as well as the X-Men and next year’s Ant-Man; separately, Kirby co-created Captain America with Joe Simon and Lee co-created Spider-Man with Steve Ditko).
Vin Diesel’s role as Groot in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy may only consist of three words, but that doesn’t mean the actor is taking it easy. In fact, to prepare for the international launch of the movie, he’s dubbed his own dialogue for the Brazilian Portuguese, Latin American Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and French versions.
As befits the understated, mysterious marketing of the movie so far, the newly-launched website for Christopher Nolan’s new movie Interstellar is both cryptic and, just maybe, filled with hidden meaning.
It’s been a long, strange journey for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, his planned western follow-up to Django Unchained. Originally announced as a canceled project due to a script leak, the live performance of that script apparently resurrected it as a movie. Now Tarantino has offered another sign that it will actually happen: the first poster for the project.
If the lackluster summer of 2014 has been a walk on the dark side for Hollywood, then consider Guardians of the Galaxy its New Hope. Reviews have been glowing and audience tracking over the moon for the James Gunn space opera, a madcap and visually astonishing romp with traces of everyone from George Lucas to Chuck Jones coursing through its DNA.
The announcement this weekend that Evangeline Lilly would be playing a character called Hope Van Dyne in Marvel’s troubled Ant-Man came as a surprise to many comic book fans that had been expecting her character to be called Janet Van Dyne—better known to most as the Wasp, founding member of the Avengers (indeed, the character who named the team), former wife to Ant-Man and Marvel Entertainment’s second female hero, behind the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman.
Mythology Entertainment, the production company run by Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis, has teamed with comic company Zenescope Entertainment to adapt the latter's title The Library.
Library is a spinoff from Zenescope's Grimm Universe series. The story follows the adventures of a teenage girl and her brother as they accidentally unlock various portals within a historic library that physically transport them into the strange worlds of the books that surround them.
In what might be yet another sign that Marvel should begin to fret that the U.S. Supreme Court could review a massive superhero rights dispute, the respected attorney Tom Goldstein is now co-representing Jack Kirby's family members. Goldstein is perhaps most famous for running the invaluable SCOTUSblog, which on July 21 highlightedKirby v. Marvel Characters as its "Petition of the Day."
IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. rights to Schorr Pictures’ demonic possession tale Inner Demons, directed by Seth Grossman, produced by Robin Schorr and written by Glenn Gers. The film stars Lara Vosburgh as a 16-year-old girl fighting addiction, who may be possessed by a demon, as she is being followed by a reality show crew.
The cast also includes Morgan McClellan, Colleen McGrann, Kate Whitney and Brian Flaherty.
An attempt to build excitement for the Australian release of Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, directed by JonathanLiebesman, went awry Tuesday when the studio’s @ParamountAU Twitter account shared a poster featuring the characters jumping toward the viewer from an exploding building emblazoned with the movie’s Australian release date: Sept. 11.