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Time Loops, Martians, And Groot: Here’s The Sci-Fi We’re Most Thankful For in 2014

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Here in the States most of us are winding down a day spent eating too much, drinking too much, and likely experiencing more than a little family-related drama. Far be it from us here at GFR to play humbugs, so, as we’ve done in previous years, we sat down to ponder what science fiction developments we were most thankful for this year. So before you collapse back into a turkey-induced coma, take a moment to look back at the things that put the biggest smiles on our faces in 2014. And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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How is it that a movie involving an alien invasion and a weird form of time travel joined forces with polarizing megastar Tom Cruise and became one of the year’s most guiltlessly enjoyable movies? Whether the credit for the sci-fi magic goes to director Doug Liman, screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and Christopher McQuarrie, or even Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt, the film’s sense of sheer fun and darkly comedic whimsy are undeniable.

Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow could have easily crumbled beneath the weight of its time-looping narrative, but manages to steer clear of weary repetition. By sticking Cruise back into a learning recruit role instead of having him start the film as the almighty hero, Edge of Tomorrow gives its lead one of the weirdest character arcs in all of fiction, which can’t be derailed by the likes of co-stars Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. By far the airiest, funniest, and most exciting blockbuster of the year, Edge of Tomorrow is arguably the only must-see tentpole film of the year for sci-fi fans. (That’s right, Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I said it.) – Nick

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This Guardians Of Galaxy Gag Reel Is As Hilarious As You Hoped

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If you’re starting to feel like, by the time Guardians of the Galaxy finally hits Blu-ray on December 9 (it’s available digitally as of yesterday, not to mention that it’s still in many theaters), we’ll have seen all of the bonus features, you’re not alone. Hardly a day has passed the last week or so without one or another popping up, and today’s no different. We have your first look at both the entire gag reel from the home release, and another new deleted scene.

Watching Marvel’s sarcastic space opera, it’s easy to get the impression that making this movie, with these people, was a total blast. And if this four-minute gag reel is any indication, that’s certainly the case. So much dancing, it’s like everyone danced everywhere they went between takes. There are the usual suspects, like Chris Pratt who apparently can never stop dancing or he’ll die, but there’s also director James Gunn, Gregg Henry as Grandpa Quill, Benicio Del Toro’s Collector, and more all bustin’ a move. Then there’s an extended version of that epic dance battle that’s been going around, which is even better than that already fantastic clip.

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Watch An Epic Guardians Of The Galaxy Dance Battle In This Outtake

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Forget the popular series of “How It Should Have Ended” videos, this truly is how Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy should have ended. This outtake appears on the upcoming Blu-ray for the smash hit space opera, and given the sarcastic sense of humor of the whole endeavor, it’s damn near perfect. Just when you didn’t think it was possible to love the movie any more…

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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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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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Gamora And Nebula Go Head To Head In This Guardians Of The Galaxy Deleted Scene

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Guardians of the GalaxyAt this rate, but the time the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray is finally here, we’re going to have seen damn near everything the disc has to offer. Either that or holy crap it’s going to show up with a lot of stuff. Almost every day this week we’ve seen one feature or another, including an 8-bit rendering of an early scene, a behind the scenes look at the climax, another about how director James Gunn went about creating the aesthetic of his epic space opera, and more. Now we’ve got even more, including a deleted scene, a Blu-ray trailer, and another look behind the curtain.

For those of you who didn’t get enough of either Gamora (Zoe Saldana) or Nebula (Karen Gillan), this deleted scene should give you a little bit more of what you’re after. The adopted sisters, the so-called “Daughters of Thanos”—he took them in and raised them as his own children/deadly assassins—have, as you can imagine, a complicated relationship. In the movie, Gamora has grown weary of their lot in life, being loaned out by her father figure as a hired gun, and is looking for a way out. While you can understand why this scene was cut, it offers a little bit more of a look at the bond, or lack thereof, between the two. Watch it HERE.