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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.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Paradise Lost' Featuring Benicio Del Toro As Pablo Escobar

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2014 12:12 PM
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Paradise Lost Benicio Del Toro
Meeting the family of your boyfriend or girlfriend can always be a bit nerve-wracking. You want to make a good impression and you hope that they like you too, so you try and put on your best face and best foot forward. However, in "Paradise Lost," meeting the family is taken to a whole new level...

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 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: Meandering & Unsatisfying 'Jimmy P.' Starring Benicio Del Toro & Mathieu Amalric

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 6:01 PM
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Jimmy P.
If Freddie Quell came back from World War II as an unhinged animal, Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro) is the polar opposite, an intensely quiet but no less wounded man, who is out of sorts in post-war America. But he is also a Native American, which brings to his life a whole set of experiences (especially at the time) foreign to common understanding, giving his plight an extra layer of complexity. It's within this milieu that Arnaud Desplechin presents the true story "Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian)," a picture that meanders and focuses far too heavily on its subtitle, rather than on its two lead characters, who are presented with promise but are ultimately left underdeveloped.

'Thor: The Dark World' & 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Rumors Surround Benicio Del Toro & Peter Serafinowicz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2013 12:28 PM
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Okay Marvel dorks, even though things are always spoiled forever in advance, cover your ears and eyes if you really don't want to know anything that might compromise your innocence about "Thor: The Dark World" or "Guardians Of The Galaxy." Potential spoilers are ahead. For everyone else, read on and see how things are shaping up for a couple of the major Marvel movies on the way.

Rumor: Benicio Del Toro Is The Collector In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 6, 2013 9:21 AM
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Casting for “The Guardians of the Galaxy” continues to shape up with Benicio del Toro being the latest addition to the gang. He’ll be joining Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, John C. Reilly, Enzo Cilenti, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, and Glenn Close. Pretty impressive so far, no? The addition of del Toro to the mix remains the most intriguing, especially with recent news that he’s signed a deal for multiple movies and he’s expected to be featured in more films within the Marvel universe down the line. So, who is he playing?

Benicio Del Toro Takes Lead & 'Doctor Who' Star Karen Gillan Is The Villain In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2013 1:31 PM
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While the DC comic book universes have remained largely standalone thus far, and only the most tentative of hints dropped during the recent “Man of Steel” junket, Marvel has clicked into overdrive with the notion, tapping franchise upon franchise to have their turn. But naturally, more characters means more actors, and now two of the upcoming Phase 2 films have found a few new additions.

Cannes Review: The Mind Heals The Soul In Meandering & Unsatisfying 'Jimmy P.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2013 10:45 AM
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If Freddie Quell came back from World War II as an unhinged animal, Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro) is the polar opposite, an intensely quiet but no less wounded man, who is out of sorts in post-war America. But he is also a Native American, which brings to his life a whole set of experiences (especially at the time) foreign to common understanding, giving his plight an extra layer of complexity. And it's within this milieu that Arnaud Desplechin presents the true story "Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian)," a picture that meanders and focuses far too heavily on its subtitle, rather than on its two lead characters, who are presented with promise, but are ultimately left underdeveloped.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 14, 2013 12:57 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
This week, one of the most hotly anticipated (and deliberately mysterious) movies of the summer movie season boldly goes into theaters nationwide. "Star Trek Into Darkness" is director J.J. Abrams' follow-up to the ridiculously entertaining 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, which introduced audiences to a younger, sexier Enterprise crew and turned the occasionally lifeless original series into a zippy space opera. The first film was the best kind of surprise – Abrams only had a single feature under his belt (the somewhat disappointing "Mission: Impossible III") and had yet to solidify his magic-loving geek-cred persona into an identifiable, Steven Spielberg-like brand. "Star Trek Into Darkness" is less of an unknown quantity in that respect, but Abrams and his confederates have tried, tirelessly, to keep the movie shrouded in mystery, offering all sorts of red herrings and deliberate attempts at obscuring plot details from being delivered prematurely. Still, there are some things we can tell you about this new 'Star Trek' experience. And so, without further ado, we will deliver five things you might not know about "Star Trek Into Darkness." Because in space, no one will hear you nerd out.

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