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Check Out A New Image From 'Jurassic World,' Is Chris Pratt Hollywood's Next Big Movie Star?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 11:00 AM
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Last month, we unveiled a feature centered on 5 TV Comedy Actors Turned Movie Stars (5 More Who Floundered), which essentially showed that making the leap from small screen acclaim to big screen success isn't always easy. There are a number of factors that can hobble even the biggest TV star—audience tastes are always liable to change, a comedian's humor may not translate to a feature format—but few could've imagined that of all the comedic talent on network television over the past half dozen years or so, it would be Chris Pratt who would be selected to lead three major film franchises.

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Director James Gunn Discusses Working With Joss Whedon, Sequels, Marvel "Risks" & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 31, 2014 12:03 PM
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This week's "Guardians of the Galaxy" pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into strange and surprising places. And the person piloting that particular spaceship is co-writer/director James Gunn, who took a relatively obscure property about a group of intergalactic outlaws and turned it into one of the summer's more outrageously entertaining confections. It's both a break from your standard superhero fare and keeps totally within the pre-existing mythological framework—and it should both expand the brand and reinforce its power in the cinematic landscape. We talked to Gunn about how he snagged A-list stars, what the movie's chief influences were, the situation with "Ant-Man," and where Gunn (and the 'Guardians') fit into the larger cinematic puzzle.

Marvel Announces 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 2' For Summer 2017, Watch Full 'Avengers' Comic-Con Panel

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 26, 2014 9:47 PM
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Marvel’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego Saturday night wasn’t very substantive—a lot of sizzle, not much steak. The audience there went ape over most of the teaser footage shown. Anyone desperate for news about Marvel mystery release dates, “Doctor Strange” or announcements of any Marvel superheroes newly headed for the big screen walked away empty handed. Chris Pratt and director James Gunn did come out at the very end of the panel to announce “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.” The movie has been slated for a July 28, 2017 release.

Review: Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2014 4:00 PM
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Now, they’re all over t-shirts and lunchboxes, but back in 2008 when Marvel Studios were kicking off as their own self-producing entity, their characters weren’t all that well known. Captain America was probably the most familiar (along with the Hulk), but Iron Man and Thor and Nick Fury and co. were, while obviously known and loved by comic fans, pretty unrecognizable to general audiences, who knew more immediately iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, far better. Now, the roster of The Avengers are all household names, but with Spidey, X-Men and the Fantastic Four still under the clutches of other studios, and contracts on the original actors running out, Marvel are being forced to turn to some of their more obscure properties.

Watch: New Clips From 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Reveals 6 Minutes From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 11:53 AM
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It's still about two weeks from Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" opening all over the planet, and the studio really, really wants this one to be a big success. They've already had a special, one night only IMAX preview earlier this month, unveiling seventeen minutes worth of footage. But if you couldn't make it or want to see more, six minutes from the movie are now online to show off James Gunn's irreverent outer space superhero flick.

Chris Pratt Says He Turned Down ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy' At First, Auditioned For 'Star Trek' & 'Avatar'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 15, 2014 1:32 PM
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It’s interesting how a career can evolve so quickly. There’s been fan chatter on the Internet calling for Chris Pratt to play the new Indiana Jones, but things were very different for the actor a few years ago.

Watch: Extended Trailer For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Sets Off A Cherry Bomb Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 10:24 PM
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Is Marvel blowing their load on "Guardians Of The Galaxy" too early? This evening, fans everywhere lined up to see 17 minutes of footage from the film in IMAX, and judging by the reactions on Twitter, it was spectacular stuff. Latino Review gushed, "If the question with this movie has always been: will people who liked 'The Avengers' buy in? That's no longer a question for me." But let's face it. It was was the diehard fans who snapped up those IMAX tickets for the showing in 150 select theatres so it's hard to know if the buzz from this far out will even have an impact on the general public next month. Well, the studio is doubling down.

Watch: 2 New Behind-The-Scenes Videos For ‘Jurassic World’ Starring Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 24, 2014 5:21 PM
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Him? Chris Pratt as the next big thing doesn’t really look like such a gamble anymore, though certainly when his casting announcements were made way back when, pundits were scratching their heads. But the lumpy comedian has transformed into muscle-bound, handsome leading man of late.

First Official Images Arrive Of 'Jurassic World' Starring Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 11:37 AM
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Twenty-one years ago yesterday, "Jurassic Park" was released in theaters. And one year from today the saga will continue: fourteen years from the last time that the dinosaurs from the Steven Spielberg/Michael Crichton franchise roamed the screen, they'll return in "Jurassic World," the long-awaited fourth film in the series. Directed by "Safety Not Guaranteed" director Colin Trevorrow, the film promises to be a semi-reboot of one of the biggest franchises around, with a new cast of characters returning to Isla Nubar, where a giant, and so far successful park has been built on the ashes of John Hammond's creation.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Heads Into Orbit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 1:42 PM
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So far, the superheroes of 2014 have presented a mixed bag. We've had one pretty good movie ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), a pretty terrible one ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2") and one yet to be determined (this weekend's "X-Men: Days Of Future Past"). And there's still more to come. At the end of the summer, Marvel will unleash "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and a brand new trailer has arrived hoping to convince you to go into orbit ... or at least to your closest multiplex.

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