‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Casting Info — at Last!

The Collector, Nebula and Ronan the Accuser

The Collector, Nebula and Ronan the Accuser

It would appear that reliable information about casting in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has finally leaked out. I say finally because the movie has already begun filming in Great Britain under director James Gunn, so this info has been kept under wraps for a remarkably long time!

Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects) looms large as the main villain, an alien called the Collector, who is billions of years old and travels the universe… er, collecting things he deems worthy — including certain people. The Collector can see into the future, and once envisioned a universe enslaved by Thanos — the deep-space baddie glimpsed in the post-credits sequence of last year’s The Avengers.

Lee Pace — the romantic pie baker on TV’s whimsical PUSHING DAISIES — will play tough guy Ronan the Accuser, a member of the alien race known as the Kree, and he serves as a one-person judge, jury and executioner. He’s been known to carry around a big hammer.

Finally, the stunningly beautiful Karen Gillan is playing Nebula, a blue-skinned pirate who may or may not be the granddaughter of Thanos.

Look for Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters next summer.

Karen Gillan’s Romantic Romp

This post is a little different: a look at a trailer for a romantic comedy. But this rom-com is special, because it stars the adorable Karen Gillan, best-known to the world as DOCTOR WHO’s Amelia Pond.

Karen left the series last year to strike out on her own, and the result is Not Another Happy Ending, in which she plays Jane Lockhart, a best-selling debut novelist who suffers writer’s block on her second novel.

Next up for Karen is next year’s release of the horror film Oculus (with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff), and she is just about to start shooting Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, in which she was cast against type to play a villainess! (Word is circulating that she will play the bounty-hunting angel Angela, but that character is not part of the Guardians mythos.)

Not Another Happy Ending premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 30. Hopefully will get an American release, even if it’s just on Blu-ray.

Karen Gillan Recruited for Guardians of the Galaxy

gillanguardiansThe headline should read: “Good Girl Goes Bad!”

After playing Amy Pond, the best friend of the 11th Doctor for nearly 2 1/2 years on DOCTOR WHO, Karen Gillan has been seduced by the Dark Side! She will play the lead villainess in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film.

Karen’s character is unknown, because the script is being kept tightly under wraps; only wisps of details have leaked out. The film was also being cast very slowly, although now the ranks are filling in more quickly. We know, for instance, that Lee Pace (PUSHING DAISIES) has been cast as the Big Bad… but not the character’s name.

Rumor has it Pace is playing the Collector — which is a very interesting choice, because it would fit in perfectly with the rumored overall plan Marvel has for its movies. The Collector is linked to Korvac/Michael, one of the greatest storylines from the Avengers comic book series, and that tale dovetails with Thanos — the master villain Avengers director Joss Whedon is “saving” for Avengers 3. (Yes, that’s right, Avengers 3, not the upcoming Avengers 2.)

Anyway, the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast includes Chris Pratt as Starlord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Michael Rooker and Glenn Close in undisclosed roles.

Trust director/screenwriter James Gunn (Super and cult fave Slither) to get his ducks in a row soon, as filming is scheduled to get under way later this month for release on Aug. 1, 2014.

And I, for one, welcome our new alien overlord overlady…

No Ponds for DOCTOR WHO’s 50th — Or Ever Again!

DOCTOR WHO S11.3Well, Steven Moffat, the show-runner (and de facto Lord President of all things DOCTOR WHO) has finally spoken definitively about the possibility of Amy and Rory Pond (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) returning for the Time Lord’s 50th anniversary story. And his answer is a simple No.

As the creator of Amelia Pond and Rory Williams, Moffat had every right to be their destroyer, and destroy them he did. He both killed them and didn’t kill them the same time by going back to the Weeping Angels’ roots: the Angels sent Amy and Rory into the past and them “live themselves to death.” So they lived full lives and yet died before their time — at the same time. It was the ultimate case of a creator having his cake and eating it too; killing his darlings without murdering them.

So when asked about bringing them back already, Moffat was clear and unambiguous:

“You could never eliminate the possibility of dream sequences and flashbacks, but will the Doctor see them again? No. When I was first talking to Karen and Arthur about it, we said, ‘Let’s make it the proper ending.’ Bringing back things just gives you sequel-itis. Just end it and get out. Heaven knows if they’ll appear in some form of flashback — I have no plans to do that, I have to say — but the story of Amy and The Doctor is definitively over.”

So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth: No more Ponds.
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Takes Some to Know One: Companion Advice

Here’s a bit of practical advice from former DOCTOR WHO companions Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill (ex-Amy and ex-Rory) to the incoming companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. I like that Karen and Arthur weren’t silly or sarcastic – but also at a loss for words to describe the experience. Which I believe. I mean, how would you tell someone to prepare to play a companion on DOCTOR WHO? Maybe, brush up on a field guide to dinosaurs? I’d probably say, “Ask the costumer for sneakers!”

We have to wait until Christmas to see Coleman in her new(?) role, and whether she took the advice of the Ponds Williamses.

DOCTOR WHO cast introduce ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’

“Not everybody is going to get out alive. I know I’ve said that before, and I’ve lied. I’m not lying this time.”

With those words, show-runner Steven Moffat chills the blood of DOCTOR WHO fans everywhere.  Tonight, we will witness a parting of the ways (so to speak) for the Doctor and the Ponds — with fatal results. I think it might be a little sad.

This first clip shows Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven and Caro Skinner all praising the execution of the episode. (Try to ignore the cheesy music; not sure why they did that…)

This next clip is more about the Angels…

If you want to see what Karen and Arthur meant by the Angels being back in a “BIIIIIIIIIIIGGGG way,” check out the story at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.

Behold “The Power of Three” teasers

Tomorrow night is the night for the much-ballyhooed premiere of the fourth episode of series seven, “The Power of Three,” which not only gives a hefty portion of the spotlight to Amy and Rory, but also features the return of U.N.I.T. I can’t wait!

Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill introduce the story:

Brian gets back into action…

This looks like it’s going to be a classic…