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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced via Twitter that he would be returning to write and direct the third installment of the franchise.

In the meantime, Vol. 2 will be arriving on May 5th, and tickets are already on sale.  It’s tracking to have a huge opening, so fair warning that you may want to preorder your tix.


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Marvel has released the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which comes out in May.

If nothing else this trailer proves that once babies are out of their pot and mobile, they’re extremely dangerous.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GotGVol2

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We have quite a wait ahead of us for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th, 2017, to be exact), but we now have our first teaser trailer (and poster).

Poster here.

Wait… have Yondu and Nebula joined the Guardians??

Trailer below.  Don’t miss baby Groot at the end.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GOTG #ChrisPratt #GOTGVol2

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We didn’t get a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer at SDCC, but there was still a lot of GOTG2 news.

Guardians is getting the Disneyland treatment! Here’s Joe Rohde with the details on how Mission: BREAKOUT! is being created. Visitors will enter into The Collector’s lair, where the Guardians have been imprisoned. Rocket will request their assistance in breaking himself and his pals out, which will no doubt involve a bone-shaking ride.

The new attraction should be ready next summer. Go here for some concept art on the Disney website.

Director James Gunn also gave us quite a bit of information on the film itself in this Facebook post. He calls this info “minor spoilers,” but there’s one very major one in there – namely, who is the father of Peter Quill? It’s a mind-blower! So if you don’t want to know, skip that post.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GOTG

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve got a big project going so don’t be surprised if there are gaps occasionally for a while!

While I was away….

GOTG2PosterGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 began production, and a poster was released showing the Guardians with an adorable Baby Groot hanging on to Drax.  Cue the new Baby Groot toys!

Casting news for GOTG 2 was also released.  Added to the roster is Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Night Manager), Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff, according to EW.com.  Klementieff will be playing Mantis.  Debicki and Russell’s characters have not been announced.

The only clue as to the plot that has been released is that the film will “unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”  We’ll have to wait until May, 2017 to find out who is Starlord’s alien daddy.

Changing the subject completely… the last episode of Downton Abbey on PBS’ Masterpiece will be Sunday, March 6th.  It will be a 2-hour special.  So what’s airing this Sunday, you ask?  A special titled More Manners of Downton Abbey.  A movie has been rumored to be a possibility, but I think it’s a very long shot, so enjoy the final episode of the final season.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 #DowntonAbbey

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Guardians of the Galaxy’s sequel is currently in pre-production.  Entertainment Weekly tweeted out some photos from behind-the-scenes of Zoe Saldana undergoing the four to five-hour process to make her Gamora green.

I don’t know what I was expecting this to look like, but this wasn’t it!  Girl cannot be getting paid enough to do this…

Click on the link in the tweet to see what she has to go through.  The film comes out in the U.S. May 5, 2017.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #ZoeSaldana #Gamora

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So the Oscars are over for another year.  Some of the winners are below, and I will also give you my take on who had the best red carpet dress (if you can’t figure it out from the image on the right) and throw in a pic of Captain America for good measure.

Rosamund_Pike_2014_oscars_via_eonlineAlthough everyone knows Guardians of the Galaxy was the best picture of 2014 it was inexplicably not nominated.  I have to admit the only Best Picture nominee I saw was The Imitation Game, which was fantastic, but it lost out to Birdman.

The Actress in a Leading Role Oscar went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice.  Eddie Redmayne won the Actor in a Leading Role award for The Theory of Everything.  The Actress in a Supporting Role winner was Patricia Arquette, for her role in Boyhood.  J. K. Simmons took home the Actor in a Supporting Role award for Whiplash.

The winner for Animated Feature Film was Big Hero 6.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was nominated for Sound Editing, but the award went to American Sniper.  How The Hobbit missed being nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling or for Costume Design is beyond me.  (Remember when Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the Best Picture Oscar, in the process sweeping all 11 categories it was nominated in?  That was 2004.)

chrisevans_oscars2015The Imitation Game won one Oscar, in the Writing: Adapted Screenplay category.  Birdman won for Writing: Original Screenplay.

Guardians was nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects but lost to The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Makeup category and Interstellar in Visual Effects.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier was also nominated for Visual Effects, and although it didn’t win star Chris Evans was looking pretty dapper in his Gucci tux while presenting tonight, so there’s that.

You can see the list of all the nominees and winners on the official Oscar website.

And now – drum roll, please – in my humble opinion, although I’m a person who has no clue why designers are important or why we should care about haute couture, the best outfit of the night was Thranduil’s.  Sorry, I mean Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, who wore a red Givenchy number.  Honorable Mention goes to Karolina Kurkova, who wore a white Marchesa.

As fun as it is to see all the pretty dresses, there were a couple of more important things happening – for one, a Twitter hashtag #AskHerMore to encourage the red carpet hosts to ask the ladies about more than just which designer they were wearing.  And then there was Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette, who called for equal pay and equal rights for women in America in her acceptance speech.  Meryl Streep’s reaction was priceless.

Image: Rosamund Pike via eonline.com, Chris Evans via nytimes.com


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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards in the film categories were presented this evening in London.  Here are the major winners:

Best Film – Boyhood

Best British Film – The Theory of Everything

Leading Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Leading Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Supporting Actor – J. K. Simmons, Whiplash

Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Original Screenplay – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography – Birdman

Animated Film – The LEGO Movie

Adapted Screenplay – The Theory of Everything

The Grand Budapest Hotel also won for Makeup & Hair, Costume Design and Production Design.

Interstellar won the award for Special Visual Effects over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Variety has a list of all the winners and nominees here or you can go to the official BAFTA website.  The awards were hosted by The Hobbit’s Stephen Fry.


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GOTG_Bus-Shelter_RonanAlthough Lee Pace has said he would love to return to the Ronan character someday, and Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn has said he would love to work with him again, Gunn confirmed that Ronan won’t be back for GOTG2.  He isn’t ruling out a return in the future, however (or, you know, in a prequel)?

Lee’s current project, the second season of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, is underway.  The titles of the first three episodes have been released.  According to ibtimes.com, they are: SETI, Run Time and The Way In.  SETI is the acronym for The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute.  Makes you wonder if Joe found his momma at the observatory after all…

Remember you can catch up on HACF by binge-watching season 1 sometime before the second one appears.  See my previous post here.

Image: Lee Pace as Ronan in GOTG

#HaltAndCatchFire #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #LeePace

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Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt), a.k.a. Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star Lord, and Chris Evans (@chrisevans), a.k.a. Captain America, have been doing some trash talkin’ on Twitter as their teams will be settling their bet in the Super Bowl on February 1st.  IT’S ON.

kittenbowl2-HallmarkChannelYours truly, however, being not particularly interested in football, will check in occasionally, but will also be flipping to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl (with the kitten half-time show), or The Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl IIBring it, kittehs!

If you can stay awake long enough, don’t forget The Blacklist will return from its hiatus directly after the game, then it moves to its permanent spot on Thursday nights.

Tatiana Maslany, who plays several roles as clones in BBC America’s Orphan Black, is said to be on the short list for a lead role in a Star Wars spin-off movie.  Maslany has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, which will be presented this Sunday.

Tomorrow, 1/21, Guardians director James Gunn will be live on Facebook.com/JGunn at 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Pacific for a Q&A.  He will also do a live GOTG commentary, so if you have a copy of the film you can start that at the same time he does and talk about the scenes as you go.  Also appearing will be some “special guests,” no word on who that includes.

Image: Kitten Bowl II, The Hallmark Channel

#PuppyBowl #KittenBowl #TheBlacklist #GuardiansoftheGalaxy

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The 2015 Oscar nominations are out, and there are a few surprises, but not many.  American Sniper’s late push for Oscar nominations worked out well.  As per usual, there are some nominations for films most people have never heard of much less seen, but many of these were as expected.

The nominees for Best Picture are: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.

Nominations for Actor in a Leading Role: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman), and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).

Oscar_statueNominees for Actress in a Leading Role: Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).

For Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).

Actress in a Supporting Role nominees are: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman), and Meryl Streep (Into The Woods).

Animated Feature Film nominees include Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

The Imitation Game also got nominations for Film Editing, Original Score, Production Design and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).  Guardians of the Galaxy got a surprise nomination in the Makeup and Hairstyling category as well as a nomination for Visual Effects.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was nominated for Sound Editing.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier received one nomination, for Visual Effects.

The LEGO Movie received a nomination for its original song Everything Is Awesome.  If there was a category for Most Effective Earworm, that song would win hands down.

Eddie Redmayne, btw, is following in Benedict’s footsteps with The Theory of Everything.  Benny had played Stephen Hawking in the BBC’s Hawking years ago, and did an incredible job.  Redmayne won the Golden Globe over Benny.

I was very surprised that The Hobbit did not get a nom for wardrobe, or makeup and hair.  Thranduil’s hair and spectacular threads alone should have gotten the film a nomination, not to mention the transformation of all thirteen actors that played the dwarves.  It always seems like the big popular films don’t get their due when it comes to these nominations.  James Gunn did an amazing writing job on Guardians, one of the most fun and innovative movies in a long time, and he was not nominated for an Oscar, although he has received a Writers Guild of America nod.

You can see the full list of nominations here on the official Oscar website.  The Oscars will be given out on Sunday, February 22nd and will be carried live on ABC.  Congratulations to all the nominees!

#Oscars2015 #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #BenedictCumberbatch

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There are several news items today, so I’ll try to keep ’em short and sweet.

The premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter is getting great reviews.  There will only be eight episodes, so unfortunately Peggy won’t be with us long.  Here’s hoping she shows up again next year.  Last night included a teaser trailer (below) for the upcoming Ant-Man film starring Paul Rudd and The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly.

Sherlock is now filming.  Whether they will be shooting the special that will air at Christmastime as well as the fourth season, or only the special for now, I’m not sure.  We’ll see if PBS airs the Christmas special close to when it airs in the UK.

Speaking of Benedict Cumberbatch, his rep has confirmed that he and his fiancee, Sophie Hunter, are expecting a Cumberbaby!  Congratulations!

The USA Network has decided not to order a sixth season of Covert Affairs.  I was always hoping Oded Fehr’s character would become a regular, but sadly, it is not to be.

And last, but certainly not least, James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman received a surprise nomination for a Writers Guild award for Guardians of the Galaxy in the best adapted screenplay category.  I’m not sure if this is the first time there’s been a nomination for an adapted comic, but it was a kickass film, so I guess the Guild decided to give it a go.  I wouldn’t hold my breath for it winning, however, since more likely candidates The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Gone Girl and Wild were also nominated, but we’ll see what happens when the awards are handed out on February 14th.

#AgentCarter #AntMan #Sherlock #CovertAffairs #GuardiansoftheGalaxy

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