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Star-Lord’s Dad Will Play Into Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, But Not How You Think

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guardians-galaxy-movie-trailer-humorJames Gunn, director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, has been everywhere recently. He’s been stumping for the upcoming home video release, dropping all kinds of bonus features for the space opera. And with the big Phase 3 reveal a while back, which moved up the release date for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, among other things, there’s been a great deal of talk about the next step for the misfit crew of space ne’er-do-wells. One of the big threads left dangling is the identity of Star-Lord’s (Christ Pratt) father. Many expect that to play a big part, and Gunn has some things to say about that, along with even more potential details from the sequel.

Talking to IGN, Gunn shed some light on how they are going to approach this piece of the puzzle. It’s been a topic of some discussion, and reportedly Star-Lord’s dear old dad won’t necessarily be who it is in the comics. But while Gunn says it will be important, especially to the arc of the character, he doesn’t want it to become the center of the film. He says:

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Watch George Miller And Mel Gibson Talk Thunderdome In This Vintage Video

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We still have a good long while to wait until we finally get to see Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller’s long-awaited return to the post-apocalyptic wastes he first visited in 1979. Those of us who have been waiting for this movie since 2010 (there have been numerous delays, including the original shooting location basically being wiped off of the face of the Earth by an act of god, reshoots, and more) are trying to fill the time any way we can. And one way we’ve wiled away the minutes is with this rare video that features a discussion with Miller and franchise star Mel Gibson.

Originating in 1985, while the duo were hyping up the third film in the family, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, this eight-minute interview includes the two taking turns discussing the process of the other. They cover a wide range of topics in what is essentially a relatively brief conversation. Gibson praises Miller’s originality and innovation as a filmmaker, while Miller breaks down some of how they went about convincing the Australian born actor to literally strap in for that memorable fight scene against Blaster in the Thunderdome. Even after the fact, Gibson doesn’t seem all that stoked that he had to be strapped into that bouncy get up.

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Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At The Age Of 77

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LarsonSad news today as word has spread that TV veteran Glen A. Larson has passed away at the age of 77. GFR fans will likely know him best as the creator of the original Battlestar Galactica, but even if you didn’t recognize the name, you almost certainly know his work. In addition to giving us BSG, Larson’s long resume included shows such as Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., The Fall Guy, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The sheer volume of entertainment this guy contributed to my childhood is staggering, and I’ll always have fond memories of the BSG/Buck Rogers block that I thought was the greatest thing since Cylon-sliced bread back in the day. Larson passed away Friday night of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. On behalf of both GFR and myself personally, I’ll be raising a cup in his honor.

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Will The Guardians Of The Galaxy Animated Series Connect To The Movie?

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Guardians of the GalaxyFirst it was happening, then it wasn’t, then it was again. Now that it’s officially official that a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is actually in the works, there has been a great deal of speculation about if and how it will connect to director James Gunn’s hit film and the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. The answer to this question is simple and blunt, there will be no connection between these disparate entities.

Initially, rumors circulated that the animated series, which is slated to appear on Disney XD at some unspecified date in 2015, will serve as a bridge between the first movie and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is scheduled for release on May 5, 2017 as part of Marvel’s expansive Phase 3. Wherever those started, we know where they end, with Gunn.

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This Is The Crazy Way Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Was Supposed To End

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Rise of the Planet of the ApesAfter Tim Burton’s less-than-stellar Planet of the Apes rehash in 2001, many fans were understandably wary when, barely a decade later, the franchise got the reboot treatment one more time. But it turns out there was no reason to be afraid, since both 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and this past summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are fantastic and we can’t wait until the next one, already scheduled to open July 29, 2016. The original ending of Rise, however, was very different, and now we’ve got a description, as well as some concept art of the proposed finale.

Spoilers lurk beyond if you haven’t seen Rise, but at this point that’s really on you. You should check it out, it’s awesome.

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Listen To Leonard Nimoy Read A Selection Of Ray Bradbury Stories

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Ray BradburyIf you’re like us, you miss bedtime stories. Watching TV until you fall asleep is all well and good, but neither that nor reading to yourself really cuts it when it comes to this arena. Audiobooks are about as close as we’ve get to this, and while it’s always nice to hear the soothing, dulcet tones of the readers, it’s so much more awesome when the action is narrated by some random celebrity. And in that spirit, we recently came across a stockpile of Ray Bradbury short stories as read by none other than Leonard Nimoy. That’s right, Spock is here to read you an awesome sci-fi bedtime story (you don’t have to listen to them while heading off to nappy time, but you can bet this combo will lead to some crazy ass dreams).

These stories come from Bradbury’s vaunted collections The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. In the mid-1970s, these two sci-fi icons got together, and the result was a pair of records, each with two stories from each book—one on each side of the album—that combine these two distinct and beloved voices from the genre.