Kevin Feige Talks Guardians of the Galaxy And Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase II

GuardiansAs plot details and speculation begin to pour out of Marvel on their upcoming cosmic superhero team up movie Guardians of the Galaxy, super-producer Kevin Feige opened up about why they chose one of their strangest offerings to be part of their Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase II. After all, Guardians of the Galaxy is not exactly a household name, but then again neither was Iron Man before Marvel Studios made the first film version featuring the billionaire metal-suited superhero in 2008.

During a panel discussion for Iron Man 3, Kevin Feige talked about Marvel’s approach to bringing Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen. Apparently, it was a very important project for Feige and he’s extremely happy to see that the cosmic peacekeepers have their own movie. “It was a long time that we wanted to bring in a movie and adventure set entirely in space,” said Feige. He continued to reveal:

“We immediately liked the idea of making a movie based on a comic mostly unknown by people and that present various superheroes in one movie. Although it’s set up from another part of the universe, a human will be in a superhero role of Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt. There will be lots of characters: from a sexy warrior to an animated tree, and a raccoon with a gun. It’s an unique franchise and we are pleased that it’s so different from what we have done so far.”


J.J. Abrams Compares Star Trek Into Darkness And Star Wars

J.J. Abrams Directing Star TrekWe’re only one month away from the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot film is one of the most anticipated of the year. Whether you’re a fan of Star Trek or not, Star Trek Into Darkness will be a must see movie for the summer movie going season.

In an interview with SFX, J.J. Abrams talked briefly about how Star Trek Into Darkness is different from every other Star Trek film. Much like the first film, you don’t have to be a fan of Star Trek to fully enjoy the new movie. It seems like J.J. Abrams and his team constructed the movie to be just as thrilling for the non-initiated as it is for longtime fans. Abrams explained:

But I think that the important thing is this movie, at least the ambition behind it, is… if you’re a Star Trek fan, you’re going to be very happy. Because the movie acknowledges, in a big way, what has come before. If you’re not a lifelong Star Trek fan, like myself, what I think and hope is that you’ll have a great time and you’ll be gasping and shrieking and laughing and crying and all that stuff in a way you would not expect to in a Star Trek movie.


Sally Hawkins Joins Godzilla

hawkinsDon’t worry. That small feeling of nausea you get in the pit of your stomach every time you read anything about Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot is perfectly natural, because almost nothing about it makes for any sort of coherent sense. I mean, it makes more sense than Matthew Broderick in a monster movie, but that’s a given. But everyone involved with this film swings to the positive side, and it’s added even more quality talent.

British actress Sally Hawkins has taken Godzilla‘s last leading role, a week into the film’s production. Hawkins, a star of stage, big screen and little screen, was last seen in Mike Newell’s adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations and Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre adaptation, but I remember her best from Layer Cake. She won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in Mike Leigh’s 2008 dramedy Happy-Go-Lucky.

Her role wasn’t specified at all, and it’s just known that she’ll play a scientist, presumably one running for her life at some point. She joins the star-studded cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche. IF only they could cast Gary Busey as Godzilla. That’s a movie I’d see without further encouragement.


Elysium Images Reveal A New Look For Matt Damon

damon1One of the most anticipated films of 2013 is Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. The film was originally supposed to come out last month in March, but Sony decided they had a big hit on their hands so they moved the film’s release date to this August. Blomkamp’s Elysium is bound to be as thrilling and thought provoking as his directorial debut film District 9. With only four months until its release, Sony released two images from the upcoming sci-fi movie.


Cthulhu Lives! Inside of Termites!

Who would have known that mankind’s demise could fit beneath a microscope? Well, anyone who ever believed that disease would be the thing to wipe out humanity. But this isn’t about a disease. This is about an otherworldly monster that will feast upon our souls and the very fabric of the universe itself! Or maybe just a little wood, if you’ve got some.

If you’ve ever wondered how termites were able to eat wood at such a steady rate, it’s because their stomachs contain gut microbes that assist in turning the wood into digestible sugars, and two of these little buggers now have the distinction of being named after the cosmic entity from sci-fi/horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The University of British Columbia’s Erick James and his colleagues discovered the tiny, 10mm-long beings and noticed both of them to have heads covered with flagella; the larger of the two had a bundle of more than 20, while the smaller one only had five.

Cthulhu macrofasciculumque CREDIT: University of British Columbia

Cthulhu macrofasciculumque CREDIT: University of British Columbia

Cthulhu macrofasciculumque is what you can call that larger one now, and the smaller one has been named Cthylla microfasciculumque, though you might do better to call them Mr. and Mrs. if you see them in public. Let it be known that Cthylla wasn’t a Lovecraft creation, but was imagined up in the 1970s by Cthulhu Mythos writer Brian Lumley to be Cthulhu’s secret daughter. And while it’s great and all that such a unique homage was paid, it’s a very cool discovery in every other way as well.


This Space Station Time Lapse Video Montage is Awesome

Have you ever wanted to live inside a video? And even though I’m not talking about that stack of videos at the top of your dad’s closet, it counts as an answer. But in this case, I’m talking about the one seen above.

Photographer Bruce W. Berry, whose website Bruce Wayne Photography doesn’t need any Batman references to be cool, compiled a slew of time-lapse videos taken from the International Space Station and offered to the public. Berry just happened to be the kind of guy who would take the time to spiff them up – he denoised, deflickered, slowed down, stabilized and color graded them – and converted them to 1080 HD for the human eyes’ pleasure.

Perhaps what makes the video so hypnotizing is the complete lack of a human element, even though I greatly enjoy the human aspect of The Cinematic Orchestra, the electronic jazz group who performed the video’s music.

If I saw these sights outside of my window every day for months on end, I would lose my grip on the fact that Earth is a planet that I came from and live on. The ISS isn’t so far away that some of humanity’s details can’t be seen, but it’s far enough out there that the rest of the universe is to be reckoned with, and that’s when the heebie jeebies go down my spine.