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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.

Watch: 2 Clips From Cannes Competition Film 'Jimmy P.' Starring Benicio Del Toro & Mathieu Amalric

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin, who won over critics and audiences with his 2008 effort “A Christmas Tale," has come to America for this next film, "Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian)." Yes, shot in the United States and in the English language, this is one that many will be paying attention to in the Competition slate at Cannes, and the first clip certainly is promising.

Benicio Del Toro Lawyers Up For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' With Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 10:38 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, "Inherent Vice" is a major gear shift for the director of the much more opaque and sinister "The Master" and "There Will Be Blood." The filmmaker's talked about making a pure comedy for quite some time, and while we wonder if it'll ever happen (PTA's sensibilities thankfully being a little too askew), perhaps this adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's idler gumshoe novel will be the closest he gets for some time. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, "Inherent Vice" reads something like Raymond Chandler meets the Venice Beach slacker stereotype of that era mixed in with just a smidgen of "Cheech & Chong." The novel, like the film, follows an inept, pot-smoking private detective Doc Sportello (played by Joaquin Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl, who also happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends. It's very much “The Big Sleep” meets Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (another Chandler adaptation) and it should be interesting to see PTA take a more loose and languid approach to this hazy age of cannabis and low-gear layabouts (and yes, it's "The Big Lebowski"-esque on the surface, but it's also its own beast).

New Pics Of Benicio Del Toro & Mathieu Amalric In Arnaud Desplechin's Cannes Contender 'Jimmy P.'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 19, 2013 5:59 PM
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While speculating last month which films would make this year's Cannes Film Festival, we pegged Arnaud Desplechin's "Jimmy Picard" as one of the strong contenders. Well, sure enough, there it is listed among the films in competition, albeit under the new, longer title of "Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)." The movie stars Benicio Del Toro and Matthieu Amalric, and we've now got a batch of new images from the film ahead of its Cannes bow next month.

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