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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Collector's Museum Easter Eggs Revealed

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 20:17

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most visually stunning movies being released this summer, and truly utilizes it's 3D in ways no other movie has before. There is a lot to see, as this Marvel Phase Two adventure washes over the audience. And as stated before, it contains more Marvel characters, cameos and references than any other movie before it. Taking it all in on the first, second, maybe even the third viewing is impossible. There are just way too many Easter eggs to be discovered, littered throughout its 2 hour run time. But eagle-eyed fans will want to pay close attention to The Collector's Museum, where a great number of fun and exciting antiquities await!

Stop reading now if you don't want to know anymore: Major SPOILERS!!! await all who continue on...

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Benicio Del Toro plays The Collector, a strange white-haired alien who lives inside of Knowhere, hording away all of the galaxies most unique and rare items. He wants to add a mysterious orb to his collection, and when Star-Lord and Gamora arrive to deliver it, we get to see inside his museum, which is packed with antiquities. The very first of which we see is...Howard the Duck! Also spotted in this room are the dog Cosmo from the Guardians of the Galaxy comic books, a Dark Elf from Thor: The Dark World, and a Chitauri from Marvel's The Avengers, along with a few other fun Marvel movie references. But it doesn't stop there...

Speaking with /film, director James Gunn teases,

"There's a lot of stuff in the Collector's Museum. And for me, it was mostly just really fun. As a Marvel fan, giving the actual fans something that they can freeze frame on their Blu-Ray at home and just kind of pick out everything that's in there. So there are, I mean, seriously all those boxes have something interesting in them, so it's pretty fun.

Marvel president and producer of the movie Kevin Feige also got in on the fun, hinting that you may see something from beyond the Marvel universe inside the Collector's museum, including a space slug that will be quite recognizable to James Gunn fans,

"I think there are a number [of Easter eggs] in the Collector's lab for sure. I mean, there's Cosmo, which is the obvious one. Which everybody sees. But there are a lot of things in there. There's Dark Elf in there. There's a Chitauri in there. There's a Slither reference in there. Did you see that? From his movie.

It's the scene that was, you know, that we always wanted to do. The Collector. And we wanted to use him the way we use him in there. But as it came time to fill all those things, it became crazy, crazy potential."

Let us know if you spot anything else hiding inside The Collector's Museum when you see Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters this weekend!

Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.

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IFC Midnight Acquires Demonic Possession Tale 'Inner Demons'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 20:10

The film, starring Lara Vosburgh and directed by Seth Grossman, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

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SCOTUSblog Founder Joins Marvel Superhero Appeal for Jack Kirby Estate (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 20:04

"Even if the legal rule at issue affected only the multi-billion dollar franchises based on Kirby’s creations, … that would justify review," says the latest Kirby brief to the Supreme Court. "But the implications are much broader."

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Box Office Preview: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Tracking for $65M-Plus Debut

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 20:02

The Marvel and Disney tentpole will play in more than 4,080 theaters, the widest August release in history; "It's much more of a space opera than a superhero movie," says director James Gunn.

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DreamWorks Animation Falls Short of Earnings Expectations and Shares Sink

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 20:02

UPDATED: The company says it hasn't yet reaped the benefits of "How to Train Your Dragon 2." The company also said regulators are looking into a write-down for "Turbo."

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Rocket and Groot Featurette

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 19:50

When Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters this weekend, fans will be introduced to a whole new group of unique characters from the Marvel comic book universe, the strangest of which are Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Marvel Studios has released a new featurette that sheds more light on this crass raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper and this massive, living tree, voiced by Vin Diesel. Although Groot only has one line of dialogue throughout the movie ("I am Groot"), director James Gunn explains that this phrase can mean several different things.

Take a look at the latest footage and prepare to enter a whole new world when Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Press

Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.

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11 'The Maze Runner' Cast and Maze Posters

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 19:42

The Maze Runner didn't blow its whole load at Comic-Con, saving both the trailer and 11 new posters for today! Hitting theaters this September, The Maze Runner follows a group of teenagers locked away in an ever-evolving maze that they must try to master and escape. Check out the posters, which introduce this young cast, including Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Chris Sheffield, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Aml Ameen, Jacob Latimore and more. And if you missed it earlier today, you can still watch the second The Maze Runner trailer, which takes you deep into The Glade: clickHere

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

The Maze Runner: Posters

The Maze Runner comes to theaters September 19th, 2014 and stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Sheffield, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper. The film is directed by Wes Ball.

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NWA Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Finds Its MC Ren and DJ Yella

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 19:15

Following the first official cast photo released last month, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has added Aldis Hodge as M.C. Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella.

Our report from last month revealed that Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will play his father in the biopic, while Jason Mitchell is portraying Eazy-E and Corey Antonio Hawkins is playing Dr. Dre.

The story is set in the 1980s, where these five young men translated their harsh upbringing into uncompromising and explicit music by forming the revolutionary rap group N.W.A. that changed music forever.

F. Gary Gray is directing from a screenplay by Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, with original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre producing alongside Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright, with William Packer serving as executive producer. No production schedule was given.

Aldis Hodge is best known for playing the hacker Alec Hardison on TNT's Leverage, and he also recently starred in The East and on the AMC series Turn. Neil Brown Jr.'s feature credits include Never Back Down and Battle: Los Angeles, and he has also appeared on Suits and The Walking Dead.

Straight Outta Compton comes to theaters August 14th, 2015 and stars Jason Mitchell, Corey Antonio Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr.. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray.

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Paramount Deletes 'Ninja Turtles' Poster Tweet After 9/11 Criticism

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 19:11

UPDATED: "Combining that image and date was a mistake," said Paramount Australia in a statement.

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'The Longest Week' Trailer Starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 19:04

Jason Bateman leads an all-star cast in the first trailer for the upcoming indie comedy The Longest Week, which shows how rich people have problems just like the rest of us. The story centers on Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman), the heir to a hotel fortune who is cut off during his parents' sudden divorce, which forces him to move in with his best friend Dylan (Billy Crudup).

However, Conrad risks burning his only friendship when he falls for Dylan's new girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde), as he tries to keep his financial status a secret for as long as possible. Jenny Slate, Erin Maya Darke and Tony Roberts co-star in director Peter Glanz' dramatic comedy, in theaters and on VOD formats September 5.

As he eases into adulthood at the age of forty, Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman), the over-educated, under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, is cut off from his allowance following his parents' abrupt divorce and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of the Upper West Side. Luckily, he is taken in by his old friend Dylan (Billy Crudup), and returns the favor by immediately falling for Dylan's girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). As Conrad attempts to woo Beatrice while keeping both their relationship and his bank balance secret, Dylan tries to set him up with Jocelyn (Olivia Wilde). Ever committed to the charade that he eventually finds difficult to maintain, Conrad quickly realizes his charm can only extend so far into debt. Now deep into an extensional reflection, will it take losing everything to make Conrad realize what he can truly become?

The Longest Week: Posters

The Longest Week comes to theaters September 5th, 2014 and stars Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman, Jenny Slate, Billy Crudup, Erin Maya Darke, Tony Roberts, Steve Witting, Jayce Bartok. The film is directed by Peter Glanz.

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Mythology to Adapt Zenescope's 'The Library' (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 18:23

Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Jon Silk are among the producers attached to the adaptation.

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Simon Pegg Hints at Voice Role in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 18:16

During a Comic-Con interview with MTV last week, Benedict Cumberbatch hinted that his Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Simon Pegg has a mystery role in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, adding to the numerous, unconfirmed rumors about this highly-anticipated production. Here's what Benedict Cumberbatch had to say below, when asked if he himself had been seriously considered for a role.

"J.J. and I are friends, so yeah, possibly. But I think J.J. is very good at creating something original out of something known, and I think apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg - and who can blame him, frankly - it made sense not to do it."

Naturally, Simon Pegg's role has not been confirmed yet by Disney or LucasFilm, but last night, Vulture caught up with Simon Pegg, who would not confirm nor deny rumors of his Star Wars: Episode VII involvement.

"Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we're good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don't want people to watch and go, Oh, there's Simon Pegg's face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors."

Since he kept referring to his face "popping out" in the movie, his statement has lead some to believe that he may have some sort of a voice role, or play a character whose face is completely covered by a mask or prosthetics. When asked point-blank if he is not in the movie, Simon Pegg dodged the question like a true J.J. Abrams prodigy.

"Of course I visited the set. It's amazing, and I love Star Wars. I want to see everything happening. It looks wonderful, and you need to believe those characters. Any type of stunt casting might just pop you out of the movie."

Are you convinced that Simon Pegg has a role in Star Wars: Episode VII? It's worth noting that Simon Pegg repeatedly denied claims that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, which turned out to be true. Chime in with your thoughts below.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Kino Lorber takes The Decent One, Winter

Film Industry News - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 18:10
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.
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Cinedigm, Great Point Media strike pact

Film Industry News - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 18:07
Cinedigm Corp and Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media have signed a multi-picture distribution and production output deal.
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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Director Rian Johnson Talks Prep and Fake Plans

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 18:00

"I can only assume it was a clerical error," the director of "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom" joked about the reason why Lucasfilm brought him on board to direct "Episode VIII."

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'Leverage,' 'Walking Dead' Actors Join N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 18:00

Aldis Hodge will play MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. will take on the role of DJ Yella in Universal's film.

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IFC Midnight embraces Inner Demons

Film Industry News - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:56
Seth Grossman directed Schorr Pictures’ horror film about an intervention-style reality TV show.
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Magic in the Moonlight to close Sarajevo

Film Industry News - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:50
Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.
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Robert Halmi Jr. and Cinedigm Pact for Genre Movies

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:48

The deal calls for at least eight films, including sci-fi and thrillers, to be distributed to theaters and all media in 2014 and 2015.

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'Forrest Gump' 20th Anniversary IMAX Poster

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:38

Forrest Gump is celebrating its 20th birthday by returning to theaters this September in an all-new remastered IMAX re-release. To celebrate, Paramount has debuted a special poster for this occasion, which features Tom Hanks in his iconic suit and haircut, sitting on the bench that launched the infamous line, "Life is like a box of chocolates." Check it out, and then read on for the official IMAX press release.

IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB), and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment today announced that Robert Zemeckis' Academy Award&#174 Best Picture-winning Forrest Gump will get an exclusive one-week IMAX&#174 re-release, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the film's original theatrical release in 1994. The film will be digitally re-mastered for the immersive IMAX&#174 format and released domestically by Paramount Pictures in IMAX&#174 theatres starting September 5.

Forrest Gump, which won six Academy Awards including Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Director, will also receive a Diamond Luxe Blu-ray through Warner Home Video set for release on September 30. The Diamond Luxe edition features a new sleek and durable collector-style packaging, with a state-of-the-art sophisticated design.

Said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment:

"As a ground-breaking achievement in both cinematography and visual effects for its time, Forrest Gump has become a modern American movie classic. We're thrilled to once again collaborate with our longtime friends and partners Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks and Paramount. This film deserves a platform like The IMAX Experience&#174 to help make its 20th anniversary one to remember."

Said producer Wendy Finerman:

"On behalf of the entire Forrest Gump family, it is with great pleasure and pride that we bring Forrest Gump back to the big screen using the latest technology for the ultimate IMAX experience."

Originally released in theaters by Paramount Pictures, Forrest Gump stars Tom Hanks in the title role, a man who - despite his sub-normal IQ - led an extraordinary life, with a ringside seat to many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. The award-winning film went on to gross more than $675 million at the global box office, of which nearly $330 million came from North America, making it the highest-grossing film of all time when it was released in 1994.

The film also stars Robin Wright, Sally Field and Gary Sinise in his Oscar-nominated role as the cantankerous Lieutenant Dan.

The IMAX release of Forrest Gump will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience&#174 with proprietary IMAX DMR&#174 (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Forrest Gump was released July 4th, 1994 and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Rebecca Williams, Michael Conner Humphreys, Harold G. Herthum. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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