Rocket Raccoon And Groot Kick Ass In Art From Their New One-Shot Comic

Guardians of the GalaxyFrom watching the trailers for Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, we’ve learned that Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) has been travelling with the seven-foot-tall alien tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and that the two BFFs have been working together for some time. They’re certain to have some adventures over the course of the movie itself, but, especially after you hear about their rap sheets, you know they’ve had plenty of adventures on their own before hooking up with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and the others. Because Marvel still does publish comic books, you may have forgotten that, they’re putting out a one-off that follows the two space outlaws, and we have a new look at some of the artwork.

In addition to the new book, Rocket also has a solo title set to coincide with Free Comic Book Day—which happens to fall on Saturday, May 3 this year—and that will precede a new ongoing title from writer and artist Skottie Young which kicks off in July. July will also see the release of the novel Rocket Raccoon and Groot Steal the Galaxy by Dan Abnett. Because Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t one of their more widely known titles, Marvel is doing just about everything they can think of to give audiences some idea of what they’re getting into.


Mystery Science Theater 3000 May Soon Be Resurrected

joel hodgson mystery science theater 3000The months from January to April are usually filled with theatrical Hollywood releases that aren’t exciting enough to make the summer blockbuster schedule, but also aren’t critically promising enough to find a late fall release. This year alone has had such clunkers as I, Frankenstein, Pompeii, and Renny Harlin’s Hercules, all movies with just the right amount of quality to land them in front of Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, and whatever human happens to be hosting Mystery Science Theater 3000 that week. This far-fetched idea may one day become a reality, however, as MST3K co-founder Joel Hodgson has a plan to bring the cult series back to its rabid audience after 15 years of retirement. It’s like The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, if you replaced the brain with an amazing television show.


Godzilla Storms The Gates With Two More Massive TV Spots

If you haven’t figured out that director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot is near the top of our list of most-anticipated movies of the year, you haven’t been paying attention. Not even close attention, just any attention at all. And if you didn’t know that Godzilla is happening at all, then you must have been asleep, because there has been a constant barrage of marketing, including what seems like a thousand new TV spots. And because there haven’t been enough, here are the latest two. We still have almost a month until the film hits, so you have to wonder what the final tally will be, because these things are dropping damn near every day at this point.

Most of the TV ads for Godzilla have followed a certain pattern. One of the characters has a voiceover, the same bits of footage you’ve seen many times are strung together in a different order, and near the end we finally get a glimpse of the King of the Monsters himself. And this video falls into that exact routine. Elizabeth Olsen’s Elle Brody hasn’t had her moment in the sun thus far, but she now is her chance, and you catch a glimpse of her family life, complete with husband and Godzilla hunter Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and their child.


Star Wars: Episode VII: Disney Head Talks Casting, Production, And Release Dates

Star WarsBecause we can never hear enough news about J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and because at times it feels like we’ll never know anything, it’s nice to finally have something pretty solid to report. Disney chairman Alan Horn recently ventured to London and dropped a few bits of news about shooting, casting, the budget, and potential future release dates.

It was Horn himself who, a few weeks ago, surprised the world by saying that the film has already started filming, and now, in an interview with Bloomberg, he offered up a few more details. Principal photography hasn’t started, which we all sort of figured, but the second unit has in fact been shooting in Abu Dhabi. We recently learned that the island nation-state will serve as the new stand-in for the traditional Skywalker home world of Tatooine—it was Tunisia in previous films. Horn also confirms that in addition to this location, the bulk of the shoot will take place at Pinewood Studios in London, England.


The Loch Ness Monster Was Spotted On Apple Maps, Except It Wasn’t

You might not be able to tell from the hyper-sarcastic tone I take anytime the subject comes up, but I truly love it when people think they’ve discovered an animal that (for all intents and purposes) don’t exist. Not only does it spice up the news cycle, but it causes critical thinkers to raise their voices above the insanity that is the rest of the Internet. This happened recently when people went berserk over an image pulled from Apple Maps that was indisputable proof of the Loch Ness Monster…until it was easily disputed as something unrelated to the Loch Ness Monster.

The satellite shot of Loch Ness looks like a perfectly normal image, at least until you zoom in a bunch, making the weird wavy lines appear, signifying either small waves of some kind or the outline of one of the most popular mythological creatures in modern times. Which is more likely?

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Paul W.S. Anderson Will Write Resident Evil 6 Soon, And A Fan Favorite Returns

resident evil retributionWith all the unnecessary remakes and reboots out there it would be a reprehensible act to wish another one into existence, but I so want Sony to turn their Resident Evil franchise into something resembling the survival horror video games it was originally based on. But the studio is perfectly happy dumping money into Paul W.S. Anderson’s bank account to keep writing endless action sequences where Milla Jovovich flip-kicking and shooting things. Anderson will soon begin work on the screenplay for the not-yet-officially-titled Resident Evil 6, which will probably make a ton of money at the box office next year and justify, at least to studio executives, 2017′s inevitable Resident Evil 7: Acetaminophen. Don’t be surprised if they set this one in the middle of Pompeii, to reuse some of the sets from the director’s recent winter flop.

Anderson himself gave the Resident Evil 6 update while speaking at the Beijing International Film Festival. When the subject of his most successful films came up, he said he would be going home the next day to start writing. (Some websites have misquoted Anderson as saying “start Rising Resident Evil” rather than “writing Resident Evil.”) He doesn’t get into where the plot or story will go, but does say that Li Bingbing will reprise her role as the ass-kicking Ada Wong.