The first trailer for Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' just premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! As My long time readers are aware I will avoid trailers for films that I am really looking forward too, and this film is no exception. I am as excited as anybody for a sci-fi film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe made by schlockmeister James Gunn. Despite that, I will be waiting for it's August release to get a feel for the the movie that will lead into nest year's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.
If you don't have the same reservations as me, then by all means dive into the hot new trailer below and leave a comment with your thoughts!
For those of you that aren't aware, I love me some Academy Awards. They are without a doubt imperfect, but they are a heck of a lot of fun. The nominations were announced this morning and as usual people want to point out the "snubs".
While a case can be made for many nominations that weren't made there is only one that is truly shocking and indefensible to me. That "snub" is not nominating Tom Hanks for Best Actor in 'Captain Phillips'. Everyone else nominated gave excellent performances and I wouldn't have put up a fuss if he didn't win against this competition. To not nominate his visceral and emotional performance seems a sin to me though. I am a huge 'Captain Phillips' fan as I said in my review last year and will soon display again in my forth-coming "Best of 2013" list. Alas we can't always get what we want.
As in years past I will be doing a very in-depth series of Oscar preview articles before the show, but in the meantime here is the complete list of nominees.
Let me know what you guys think. Any of your favorites get "snubbed"? What do you think of the strength of the field this year? Let your voices be heard in the comments below!
American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress, Drama
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Best Adapted Screenplay
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Billy Ray, Captain Phillips
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Original Screenplay
David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael Prisoners, Roger Deakins
Best Costume Design
American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson The Grandmaster, William Chang Suk Ping The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin The Invisible Woman, Michael O'Connor 12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris
Best Film Editing
American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, and Alan Baumgarten Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse Dallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger 12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Prouty The Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
Best Original Score
The Book Thief, John Williams Gravity, Stephen Price Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett Philomena, Alexandre Desplat Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman
Best Original Song
"Alone Yet Not Alone," Alone Yet Not Alone
"Happy," Despicable Me 2
"Let It Go," Frozen
"The Moon Song," Her
"Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Best Production Design
American Hustle, Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration) Gravity, Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration) The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration) Her, K. K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration) 12 Years a Slave, Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)
Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney Gravity, Glenn Freemantle The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman
Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, and Chris Munro Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, and Tony Johnson Inside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland Lone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, and David Brownlow
Best Visual Effects
Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric Reynolds Iron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick The Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, and John Frazier Star Trek into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, and Burt Dalton
Best Animated Feature
The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest & Celestine Frozen The Wind Rises
Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing Cutie and the Boxer Dirty Wars The Square 20 Feet from Stardom
Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown The Great Beauty The Hunt The Missing Picture Omar
Best Animated Short
"Feral," Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
"Get a Horse!" Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
"Mr. Hublot," Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
"Possessions," Shuhei Morita
"Room on the Broom," Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
Best Live-Action Short
"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)," Esteban Crespo
"Avant Que de Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)," Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
"Helium," Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
"Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)," Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
"The Voorman Problem," Mark Gill and Baldwin Li
Best Documentary Short
"CaveDigger," Jeffrey Karoff
"Facing Fear," Jason Cohen
"Karama Has No Walls," Sara Ishaq
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," Edgar Barens
It looks like the Marvel Phase 3 news machine is ramping-up . . . or at least the rumor mill is! Hours ago we had official word about the casting of Michael Douglas in 'Ant-Man', Marvel's first Phase 3 film to launch after 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'. Now we have a brand new rumor about the lead casting for Marvel's second Phase 3 film, 'Dr Strange'. Latino Review is reporting that, "A well-connected source informed me tonight that Johnny Depp has taken a meeting with Marvel to discuss taking on the role of Dr. Strange."
This rumor makes alot of sense on some level, and almost seems too obvious. Depp has been fan favorite casting to many for awhile, Disney has a sucessful relationship with him from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Alice in Wonderland', and Depp playing a mysterious mustachioed sorcerer doesn't seem like too much of a stretch.
What does seem a little odd about this rumor though is that Marvel is aiming for a Summer 2016 launch of 'Dr Strange', which also happens to be the launch window for the next installment in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise. This wouldn't be an impossible hurdle if Disney was strongly motivated enough since they own both properties, but it would take a huge commitment on Disney's part to work the logistics out juggling two huge production like that. But, if Disney is worried about losing their "A-lister" in their Marvel films with Robert Downey Jr possibly moving on; and they want to stay in the Johnny Depp business with another huge franchise after the box-office failure of 'The Lone Ranger', they may have all the motivation they need.
Personally, I won't be getting too worked about this rumor one way or the other, but it'll definitely be interesting to see how this story develops. Watch this space.
What do you guys think? Is Depp perfect casting or are you tired of his blockbuster "quirky" shtick? Is this a good idea for Disney/Marvel? Sound off in the comments below!
It came out last month that Paul Rudd had been cast in the titular role of Edgar Wright's upcoming Marvel film, 'Ant-Man'. While that would seem fairly straight forward, there was still a bit of mystery as to whom exactly he would be playing. See there have been two different men who carried the title "Ant-Man", Hank Pym and Scott Lang. In the Marvel comics Hank Pym is a genius scientist, a founding member of The Avengers and responsible for the creation of the main villain in the next Avengers film, Ultron. Scott Lang, on the other hand, began as a thief who stole the shrinking tech from Pym in order to become Ant-Man. So the big question is which one will Paul Rudd be playing in Wright's film?
The answer was revealed by Marvel in a press release today by also announcing the casting of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym for the movie. This means that Rudd will be playing Lang and be the main hero of the film. Pym will also appear in the movie but instead of being a contemporary of The Avengers, he will be of an earlier generation. This seems to jive with what Wright has been saying for years, that he conceived of the Ant-Man movie taking place in two eras, showing the creation of the shrinking tech in the 60's and the theft and use of it in a modern setting.
I have mixed feelings about this news today. Adding a legendary actor like Douglas to the mix certainly strengthens the cast. It also seems to indicate that Pym won't be a throw-away character even though they are focusing on Lang. As a big fan of Pym I have been pretty bummed by all the talk that Lang would be our modern Ant-Man. By making Pym an older character though they may have potentially fixed something that was beginning to worry me even more about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe though. My personal preference would have been to have a young Pym, but my nerd rage would hit high gear if Hank Pym had nothing to do with the creation of Ultron.
It seem minor to non-comic fans, but Pym and Ultron are as linked in my mind as Frankenstein and his monster. Iron Man 3, with all the remote controlled suits and "retirement", seemed to indicate Stark may be on the path to the creation of Ultron which really left me with a bad taste. This worry seemed to be reinforced with word that "Ant-Man" wouldn't appear until his own movie after the next Avengers film. By casting Douglas so early though, and making him older, there is no reason he couldn't appear in the next Avengers film though simply as Dr Hank Pym of SHIELD. It might make alot of sense to show that this was the genius who carried on the baton from Howard Stark by designing the likes of the Helicarrier and more for SHIELD. I could even imagine some nice scenes with Tony designing in the workshop with Pym assiting in the creation of Ultron and playing off the unresolved daddy issues that have been set up in the previous films . . . sorry I went a little too fan-boy there!
Bottom line is that Paul Rudd is Scott Lang, Michael Douglas is Hank Pym and I am a little more consciously optimistic than I was . . . though still far from thrilled.
I want to know what you guys think. Do you think this a is a great idea? Or a complete misstep? What are you hoping for from the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let your voices be heard in the comment below!