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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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Guardians Of The Galaxy
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.

New Pics From 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Plus Joss Whedon Compares 'The Dark Knight' To 'The Godfather'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 10:05 AM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
"I’ve never played a character like Ronan before," Lee Pace recently told Yahoo Movies about his turn in "Guardians Of The Galaxy." I like a bombastic villain, and that’s what I had a good time doing. It was the most fun playing this character…He’s just so evil. At first when I started working on him, I was thinking, 'We’ve seen so many great performances of villains by very talented actors in superhero movies. I’ve got to find something relatable about this guy.' "

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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Guardians Of The Galaxy
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.

Watch: First Teaser For AMC's Next Hit Series Hopeful 'Halt And Catch Fire' Starring Scoot McNairy & Lee Pace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 10:37 AM
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Halt And Catch Fire
Remember "Low Winter Sun"? Yeah, that didn't quite work out, but luckily for AMC, they've got a few more cards up their sleeve to replace the now finished "Breaking Bad," and the soon to be finished "Mad Men," as the next big hit on the network. And what's most intriguing to us is "Halt And Catch Fire."

Watch: First Trailer For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Assembles New Superhero Team

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 11:55 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
So, a superhero movie with a raccoon and talking tree among the team, many have said (including us) that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" represents the biggest roll of the dice Marvel has taken to date. Just don't tell that to director James Gunn. "I don't think it's the riskiest Marvel property," he told Total Film. "I think 'Iron Man' was by far the riskiest. It was a film company that didn't have much, raising money to make a film based on a property that wasn't that much more well known than 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' So I think it's not even close to the riskiest Marvel property." Of course, Tony Stark now has three standalone movies to his name and the question is, can 'Guardians' reach that level of success?

Review: Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2013 4:49 PM
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The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
If the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was a bloated 2 hour and 49 minute slog, replete with dull merriment, songs and a distended prologue that threatened to put you to sleep, then in contrast, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a brisk, engagingly paced 2 hours and 41 minutes which goes to show that length never matters—it’s how well your narrative engine runs.

Dustin Hoffman & Steve Buscemi Join Adam Sandler's 'The Cobbler' & More Casting Updates

  • By Ben Brock
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  • November 19, 2013 3:31 PM
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All the casting news that's fit to print! We reported last week on Dan Stevens attaching himself to the newest of Adam Sandler's periodic serious, grown-up movies (uh, not to be confused with his “Grown Ups” movies); this one's called "The Cobbler" and follows a cobbler (natch) who steps into his clients' lives as he mends their shoes.

Lee Pace Lands Villain Role In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2013 5:42 PM
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We've already commented on the sorta variety pack casting of Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and when the movie comes out, no matter who is in it, you're either going to be down with talking raccoons in space or not. But if you are, then the villain role has landed a pretty good dude to take it on.

Watch: First Footage Of Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans & Evangeline Lily In 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 1, 2013 12:00 PM
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In case you hadn't heard, diehard fans of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received a treat last week with a behind-the-scenes look at the sequel, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." However, you could only participate in the Peter Jackson-led Q&A if you had purchased the 'Unexpected Journey' Blu-Ray and entered a code from the DVD package (nifty way to make you spend that extra dough for what will be a double dip release, no?). Well, some of that footage has made it's way online now and it shows a few small first-look reveals of the cast in action.

Jeffrey Wright Joins 'Boardwalk Empire,' RZA Gets 'Gang Related' & Scoot McNairy Is Ready To 'Halt & Catch Fire'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 7, 2013 7:29 PM
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Exciting news for “Boardwalk Empire” fans – Jeffrey Wright will join the show for its fourth season next year as a series regular. He'll be playing “Valentin Narcisse, Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist, student of culture and the man who runs Harlem.” So he’s a character with a pretty impressive CV, and it's some nice casting for a show that continues to cast respected character actors. Wright recently finished work on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” where he played the notable character from the books, Beetee.

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