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Comic-Con: TV Promos Dominate As San Diego Marketing Blitz Begins

By and | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 7:38pm PDT

Comic-Con: TV Promos Dominate As San Diego Marketing Blitz BeginsOnce again it’s the networks that have poured big money into blanketing downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp quarter in promo materials, with a few exceptions. Here’s what’s greeting Comic-Congoers on the ground as Wednesday’s Preview Night kicks into gear ahead of the Thursday-to-Sunday rush (check back for more glimpses from geek ground zero throughout the week):

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sdcc-legendsNBC’s Constantine (above) has a blazing standee of star Matt Ryan on display to get audiences used to seeing the Welsh thesp as John Constantine. Show debuts October 24. Elsewhere around Comic-Con’s downtown HQ a massive banner for TNT’s August premiering series Legends, starring Sean Bean and Ali Larter, has taken another chunk of prime eyeball real estate. Read More »

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Can ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Help Rescue The Summer Box Office?

By | Sunday July 20, 2014 @ 2:48pm PDT

Can ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Help Rescue The Summer Box Office?Image (1) box_office_weekend_3202008-12-22-1229966765_20110417092737.jpg for post 123287This weekend’s domestic box office was off a whopping 28 percent, which has people wondering why. Could it be the quality is just not there? “Yeah, what the hell is going on, right?” said one distributor when I asked. “It’s content driven. We’re in a slump at the moment, but next year will be better. This year, I don’t think it’s any indication that problems are anything but the  content.” As in quality, or lack thereof, and I think that most Deadline readers would concur that though this summer has seen some gems (like The Fault in Our Stars, Apes, Heaven is For Real), they’ve wrapped around some real stinkers (A Million Ways to Die in the West, Moms Night Out).

By the way, Paramount’s Transformers:Age of Extinction has made $659.1M internationally and around $228M to date domestically, is on track to become the 19th picture ever to move past the $1B mark and could end up in the Top Ten all-time worldwide grossers. But others have fallen flat. As we’ve noted in the past, it’s a cyclical business. Some of the pictures from 2014 moved to 2015 to avoid having to deal with the World Cup. Next summer looks more promising: the April 3rd release of Fast and Furious 7, followed in May by the highly-anticipated The Avengers: Age of Ultron and then The Fantastic Four, Jurassic World, Ted 2, Minions and Terminator.

But here’s the question: When will the industry see a movie that will go four consecutive weekends in a row at No. 1? (see chart below, courtesy of Rentrak). And could Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy do it?  Read More »

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s’ New Featurette

By | Saturday July 19, 2014 @ 10:01am PDT

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s’ New FeaturetteDisney/Marvel released a new featurette for its upcoming, highly-anticipated film, Guardians of the Galaxy which will bow in theaters on August 1. The film, directed by James Gunn, stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and features Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. Here’s Chris Pratt talking Guardians. Take a peek:

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WATCH: More Is More In Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ IMAX Preview, Extended Trailer?

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 1:41pm PDT

WATCH: More Is More In Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ IMAX Preview, Extended Trailer?Below is the latest trailer for Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, which opens July 31 internationally before debuting stateside the next day. This new action-packed extended peek dropped after Disney/Marvel unloaded 17 minutes of IMAX footage last night to drum up buzz on the superhero team-up, including a looong galactic prison break scene and sizzle reels that drew comparisons to Star Wars from fans and bloggers.

I’ve heard the James Gunn-directed pic is almost done with post with less than a month left to go before release. Given its lesser known comic book characters and the tepid summer on the box office charts so far, Marvel needs to drum up all the excitement it can. Enter the mainstream, older-skewing Guardians soundtrack for dads: Is this how Marvel’s gonna hook the baby boomer set? Read More »

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DeadlineNow: Will ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Heat Up Tepid Summer Box Office? (Video)

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 4:17pm PDT
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Will 'Planet Of The Apes' Sequel Give Flat Summer Box Office A Boost?

It may be getting warming up outside but the summer box office just hasn't been that hot so far. There hasn't been a single $100M opening weekend yet. After a weekend that was down over 40% from last year, will the 'Planet Of The Apes' sequel create some traction when it goes wide on June 11? Will Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' see stratospheric results? Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss.

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Hot International Trailer: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 12:45am PDT

Hot International Trailer: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’Marvel UK just dropped a new trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the James Gunn-directed superhero pic that rolls out later this summer. This taste is a bit different than the last one we got in May — it’s slightly more serious, and minus the catchy Blue Swede cover of “Hooked on a Feeling”, though Rocket does bring his “fake laugh”. Chris Pratt stars with Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, and Vin Diesel. Pratt plays Peter Quill, who becomes the target of bounty hunters after stealing a mysterious orb, and links up with a ragtag band of misfits with the fate of the galaxy at stake. Disney starts playing it internationally on July 31, and brings it to the States the next day.

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Josh Brolin Voicing Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ & ‘Avengers 2′ Villian

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 1:34pm PDT

"Labor Day" - Mayfair Gala European Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals: 57th BFI London Film FestivalHe’s played his fair share of good guys, bad and even a sitting President of the United States, but Josh Brolin is really going to be playing full-on evil in Disney and Marvel’s upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Marvel as usual will say nothing but sources confirm the actor will voice the character of villain Thanos in the blockbuster superhero pics. Latino Review first broke the news of Brolin’s involvement in Guardians.  Sources tell me that the actor Thanosactually was cast months ago as Thanos for the James Gunn-directed pic and has completed all the VO work. Good thing too, because Guardians  is out on August 1. Glimpsed briefly at the end of 2012’s The Avengers, Thanos is a long-standing character in the Marvel Comics universe who has brought a tone of chaos and has a complicated romantic life to say the least. Damon Poitier played the purple skinned villain in the Joss Whedon-directed pic. Indications are Thanos will be back in a much bigger way in the sequel due out next May 1 with Brolin providing the vocals so to speak. He certainly isn’t the only thespian of note doing voice work for the Marvel megamovies. Bradley Cooper is voicing furry gun-toting hero … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 10:57am PDT

Guardians of the GalaxyDisney and Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy has unveiled a second trailer introducing the motley crew of space bandits and bruisers of the August 1 superhero team-up. Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) alongside Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel. James Gunn (Slither, Super) directs from the script he wrote with Nicole Perlman. The new trailer offers a closer look at the lineup of heroes and villains for those not already intimately familiar with the lesser-known Marvel comic book characters. Meanwhile GotG fans get a taste of Diesel’s tree-like superhero Groot, who delivers his one line of dialogue in the new promo: Read More »

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Hot Teaser: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 8:05pm PDT

Guardians of the Galaxy posterIt’s been a few months since we got the first-look trailer for Marvel‘s superhero team-up. Now he’s a sneak of the second one, which will hit Facebook on Monday at 10 AM PT . Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill in Guardians Of The Galaxy alongside Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel. Quill becomes the target of bounty hunters after stealing a mysterious orb and links up with a ragtag band of misfits with the fate of the galaxy at stake. James Gunn directed the flick, which he co-wrote with Nicole Perlman. Disney releases it August 1. Here’s a taste of the next taste — oh, and the new poster:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 9:05pm PST

Marvel‘s superhero team-up Guardians Of The Galaxy unveiled a first-look trailer tonight on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Chris Pratt stars alongside Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, and Vin Diesel in the cosmic tale of Peter Quill (Pratt), who becomes the target of bounty hunters after stealing a mysterious orb and links up with a ragtag band of misfits with the fate of the galaxy at stake. James Gunn directs the pic, which hits theaters August 1. Check out the trailer:

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CBS’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Cast, Disney’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Pitch In To Battle New ‘Tonight Show’: Video

To compete with the premiere of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman tonight welcomes the cast of CBS’ departing How I Met Your Mother, who read the night’s Top 10 List.  “Someone finally points out that I don’t sound like Bob Saget,” contributes Josh Radnor. (Watch the video below.) ABC is also helping its late-night franchise this week: Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a shot in the arm tomorrow when company Disney will unveil the world premiere of the first trailer for its latest Marvel pic Guardians Of The Galaxy. Star Chris Pratt will help out. The movie comes out August 1.

Here’s the full HIMYM Top-10 List:

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Vin Diesel Confirmed To Play Alien Tree In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’: Photo

By | Sunday December 22, 2013 @ 11:31am PST

The worst-kept secret of the superhero film universe is now official: Marvel has finally confirmed that Vin Diesel is voicing Groot, the extraterrestrial plant monster of comics lore, in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. The Fast & Furious star has been teasing the role for months and posted a photo over the weekend posing with his onscreen alter ego. Gunn added via Facebook: “Yep it is completely official. AND he’s amazing. I never knew someone could say I AM GROOT so many different ways and with such feeling (and that sounds like I’m kidding but I’m not!)” Diesel stars in the cosmic superteam actioner alongside Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax. The Marvel pic hits theaters August 1, 2014. See any resemblance below?

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Bradley Cooper Confirmed For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Role

Bradley Cooper has made his deal with Marvel Studios to join Guardians Of The Galaxy to voice furry gun-toting hero Rocket Raccoon. The news was made official on Marvel’s website just now. Talk first surfaced last week that Cooper and Marvel were in deep negotiations. The casting marks Cooper’s first foray into the superhero world and his debut voicing an animated character. Cooper would also be the final addition to the James Gunn-directed pic, which has already started filming in the UK. He joins Chris Pratt, Benicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and John C. Reilly in the cast, and Vin Diesel has been talking about coming on board to voice the tree-like Groot. Disney is set to release Guardians on August 1, 2014. Cooper, who earlier this month joined Warner Bros’ Lance Armstrong pic as a producer and potential star, is repped by CAA. He’s next up in Sony’s American Hustle in December, a pic that reunited him with his Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell. Cooper earned an Oscar nom for that pic.

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By Mike Fleming Jr - EXCLUSIVE20th Century Fox has made a two-year first-look pact with Epic, a fledgling online platform designed to be a catalyst for film-centric investigative longform journalism that had formerly been the domain of national magazines.

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Bradley Cooper Close To Joining Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 12:19pm PDT

Rocket Raccoon may have found his voice. Bradley Cooper is in deep negotiations with Marvel to join Guardians Of The Galaxy as the furry gun-toting hero. While nothing is solid yet, this is actually quite far along. I’m hearing from multiple sources that it could be a done deal between the actor and Disney-owned Marvel early next week. Latino Review first reported that Cooper and Marvel were talking. Coming just a week after the Silver Linings Playbook actor joined Warner Bros’ Lance Armstrong pic as a producer and potential star, this latest move is Cooper’s first foray into the superhero world even if it is in voice only. It would also be the actor’s debut handling the vocals for an animated character. Cooper would also be the final addition to the now filming James Gunn-directed pic. He would join Chris Pratt, Benicio del Toro, Zoe Saldana and Glenn Close among others. As I reported earlier this month, Van Diesel is talking to Marvel too about coming on board to GOTG. The Fast & Furious star would voice the tree-like Groot character in the film, which is set to be released on August 1, 2014. Bradley Cooper is repped by CAA.

Related: Vin Diesel In Talks To Join ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

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John Gallagher Jr. & Kate Lyn Sheil Set For ‘The Heart Machine’; Gregg Henry Joins ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ Tye Sheridan Heads To ‘Dark Places’

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT

John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, Short Term 12) and Kate Lyn Sheil (V/H/S, House of Cards) have been set to star in Parts & Labor‘s indie mystery-drama The Heart Machine, from writer-director Zachary Wigon. Gallagher Jr. and Sheil will play Cody and Virginia, a couple in a long-distance online relationship who have never met in person. Cody begins to suspect Virginia’s been living in New York the whole time and sets out to investigate. Filming begins today in NYC. It’s the debut film for Wigon who is a film critic for The Village Voice among other outlets. Lucas Joaqui and Alex Scharfman are producing. Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen of Parts & Labor will exec produce with Abe Schwartz and Jordan Lewis. Gallagher Jr. is repped by Gersh, Station3, and Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo. Sheil is repped by APA and One Entertainment.

After appearing in James Gunn’s Slither and Super, actor Gregg Henry is re-joining the helmer in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Henry tweeted the news over the weekend. His official role in the superhero comic book pic has not been disclosed. Last week it was revealed that Vin Diesel was in talks to play Groot in the ensemble. Henry is also set to star opposite Christina Ricci in Lifetime’s Lizzie Borden pic following stints on AMC’s The Killing and ABC’s Scandal. Henry is repped by Domain Talent. Read More »

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Vin Diesel In Talks To Join ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

By | Sunday August 11, 2013 @ 8:17pm PDT

Vin Diesel just might be Groot. The Fast and The Furious franchise actor is in negotiations to join Marvel’s newest ensemble tent pole, I’ve learned. If it all works out, Vin Diesel would play the tree-like alien in the James Gunn-directed Guardians of the Galaxy, sources say. Earlier today, Diesel posted a captionless pic of Groot up on his Facebook page. For a while the drawing from the GOTG comic (see left) stood as his cover page before being taken down though the photo is still in his timeline. Studio boss Kevin Feige made no mention on August 10 of Diesel joining GOTG during Marvel’s presentation at Day 2 of D23. Marvel showed the same footage from the recently started lensing GOTG, which stars Chris Pratt, Benicio del Toro, Zoe Saldana and Glenn Close, as he did at Comic-Con in July. The Groot character can absorb wood to gain strength and recover from injuries as well as control trees. While hyper-intelligent, the alien seems to only ever say the line “I am Groot” over and over to those who cannot hear his real voice.

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Today’s Facebook post by Diesel isn’t the first time the actor has hinted via social media that he’s joining the Marvel Read More »

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Lensing Begins On Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ Glenn Close Confirmed As Nova Prime

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 11:34am PDT

Days after director James Gunn took his Guardians of the Galaxy cast to Comic-Con, production has officially begun in the UK. As Deadline reported, Glenn Close will play the Nova Corp. leader Marvel and Disney confirm is Nova Prime in the August 1, 2014 release:

BURBANK, CALIF. (July 23, 2013) – “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios has started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios. Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,”“Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector, Academy Award® nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for an August 1, 2014 release in the U.S.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso,

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Comic-Con: Marvel Announces ‘Avengers 2′ Villain & Title: ‘Age Of Ultron’

Mike Fleming

In the final moments of Marvel’s rousing panel at Hall H, Marvel chief Kevin Feige brought out Joss Whedon, who showed a very early teaser of the sequel The Avengers and revealed that the film will be called Age Of Ultron with a May 1, 2015 release date. Marvel Comics aficionados might know that the title and the baddie Ultron are the subject of 10-issue limited series comic book crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics that involves the return of Ultron and his conquest of the earth. Ultron and his Sentinels should prove a worthy antagonist for the Avengers and it looked like all will be back though there was no mention of Vin Diesel, who is rumored to be in line to play The Vision. The comic series was published between March and June 2013 and features a storyline by Brian Michael Bendis. Artist Bryan Hitch provided the art for issues one through five, and Brandon Peterson for issues six through eight. Other artists who contributed to the series include Carlos Pacheco and Joe Quesada, the latter of whom drew part of the final issue.

After DC’s announcement earlier today that the sequel to Man of Steel would be a Superman/Batman team up, the pressure was on for Marvel to top that bombshell during their own Hall H Comic Con panel. Marvel delivered with the announcement of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it wasn’t just Avengers news that electrified the assembled throngs of fanboys and fangirls. Marvel put on a highly theatrical presentation that featured never before seen footage of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as some of the most elaborate fan service seen at this year’s Comic Con courtesy of Loki actor Tom Hiddleston.

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After a brief introduction from panel moderator Chris Hardwick and Feige, Hiddleston came onstage dressed in character as Loki to present new footage from Thor: The Dark World. “Silence, you mewling quims,” a scenery chewing Hiddleston said, referencing The Avengers‘ most notorious line of dialogue. Delivering a speech based heavily on his lines from the blockbuster, Hiddleston exhorted the crowd to shout his name. The Thor footage included scenes previously seen in the recent teaser, but mainly offered a much expanded look at the film’s larger scope. It was small on actual plot details but demonstrated that Marvel intends to keep doing what has worked for them for the last 5 years.

Related: Comic-Con: Loki Crashes Marvel Panel (Video) Read More »

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