New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ UK Trailer

The second international trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has dropped, and it does the best job yet of sketching out the premise of the movie — while still making it look like more fun than we have any right to expect!

I’m at the point now where I’m starting to worry just a little bit: Can the movie possibly be as fantastic as it looks? (For example, as it appears in this “Spirit in the Sky” trailer.) Can our wishes come true a second time this year? (Captain America: The Winter Soldier was everything I’d hoped for and more!) Director James Gunn has been very reliable so far…

Let’s hope this movie lives up to the tag line, “You’re welcome.”

GotG’s Ronan the Accuser Revealed!

ronanJames Gunn, director of Marvel’s Next Big Thing, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, posted the first clear image of Ronan the Accuser, the Big Bad antagonist of the movie, on his Twitter today.

Ronan (played by Lee Pace) is a badass member of the Kree race, and he’s known for carrying a big… hammer-thingy… which he appears to be pointing toward us in this photo. You can find this, accompanied by Gunn’s witty caption, here, on his official Twitter feed.

GotG opens Aug. 1 here in the USA.

War in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

There’s a lot going on in this new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but I’m disappointed that Gary Oldman‘s character seems to be driving the plot with his belief the apes are just animals and he’s the savior of humanity.

What I found most shocking about this clip (in a good way) was the battleship — implying that there is still a sophisticated human civilization somewhere. I had assumed that the plague talked about in the previous movie and  trailers for this one had wiped out most of the human race around the globe, but unless ship is from a flashback or dream sequence, that is clearly not the case.

Perhaps the battle for the planet of the apes will be tougher than the simians are expecting?

USA About to Mix It Up in FIFA World Cup

klinsmannSo… yay?

For fans here in America, the contrast between last week’s thrilling, edge-of-your-seat excitement and non-stop, breakneck action during the Stanley Cup Finals and the actually-see-the-grass-grow-on-the-pitch dullness of the soccer tournament could not be more obvious.

So, with Team USA about to take the field pitch against Ghana without Landon Donovan, the greatest international player in American history, the big question is, Will the Americans be able to score a single goal before being booted from the tourney?
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‘Sin City 2’ Poster: A Retouch of Class

evaretouchedRemember that poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For that the MPAA rejected for being too sexy? Well, Dimension Films came back with a slightly retouched version that apparently tamped down Eva Green‘s hotness sufficiently for the censorship board industry trade panel to sign off on it.

Yeah, the two versions look essentially the same, but if you look closely, titular character Ava Lord’s white robe has been darkened enough to obscure more of her right nipple, which was the primary sticking point for the MPAA.

So now, this poster is perfectly appropriate for viewing by impressionable young children. Unlike the sure-to-be-R-rated movie itself.

Apparently, Apes Hate the Golden Gate Bridge…

apesbridgePoor San Francisco… well, technically, poor Golden Gate Bridge. Whenever something bad happens there — sea monster attack, mutant war, kaiju invasion — the iconic orange bridge takes it on the figurative chin.

In director Matt Reeves‘ upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the future doesn’t look too bright for the bridge once again.

What if somebody painted it a different color?

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Finally Makes Lupita Nyong’o Official

The Walt Disney Co., producers of Star Wars: Episode VII, made it official today when they formally announced the long-rumored casting of Lupita Nyong’o, who won a Best supporting Actress Oscar earlier this year for 12 Years a Slave, and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the popular Brienne of Tarth on GAME OF THRONES.

Other cast members (announced back in April) include: John Boyega (Attack the Block); Daisy Ridley (even I’ve never heard of her!); Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows); Adam Driver (GIRLS); Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch and Inside Llewyn Davis); the legendary Max Von Sydow; and motion-capture artist Andy Serkis. Also, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew will be returning to the roles that made them famous.

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HIEROGLYPH Journeys to Ancient Egypt

Not sure how to describe Fox’s upcoming HIEROGLYPH other than to call it a sort of historical detective story – and likely early casualty among January’s replacement series.

I don’t really see anything all that interesting in this clip; at least, nothing that hasn’t been done better elsewhere. Since HIEROGLYPH is airing on broadcast TV, it will have any of the extreme violence, bloodshed and copious nudity necessary for it to survive.

Even Fox doesn’t seem to be all that jazzed with HIEROGLYPH; its official capsule description is:

The world of ancient Egypt — a time of magic, Pharaohs, gods and thieves — lives again in FOX’s new adventure series HIEROGLYPH.

Like I said: Meh.