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17-minute ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ preview in Imax July 7

- June 27th, 2014

Marvel is giving fans a sneak peek at its next summer blockbuster – Guardians of the Galaxy – in select Imax theatres on July 7 at 7 p.m. before the film opens wide Aug. 1.

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The company made the announcement via its Facebook page earlier today. Fans who attend the preview will also receive a limited edition collectible Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Imax poster. The movie will be the last in Marvel’s Phase 2 before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres next summer.

Here is the official synopsis from the film’s website:

An action-packed, epic space adventure, 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 Quill 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.

Tickets for the July 7 preview are free, and currently available through the film’s official Facebook page.

‘Jurassic World’ plot details revealed during Today show set visit

- June 24th, 2014

It’s been two decades since Steven Spielberg brought Michael Crichton’s dinosaur tale Jurassic Park to life on the big screen. After two sequels, fans will be getting a fourth instalment next year starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Indie director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) will helm the new film (the first of a possible trilogy) with Spielberg on board as producer and creative consultant.

During a visit to the New Orleans set, the Today show got a sneak-peek at Jurassic World, including spoiler-y tidbits about what path the sequel might take. Up to now, the storyline has been a closely guarded secret (Trevorrow confirmed that the film takes place decades after the original on Twitter).

In an interview with Today’s Jenna Bush Hager (daughter of George W.), Pratt explained how the film’s title figures into the plot.

“Where we’re shooting right now is Jurassic World,” Pratt explained in the segment that aired Tuesday. “People from around the world — 20,000 visitors a day — come to see the dinosaurs and see several attractions. It’s been around long enough where attendance has started to fall off a little bit, so they’ve decided to come up with a new attraction to bring even more people in… And you’re never going to believe it,” he laughs, “but it doesn’t go well.”

“I feel like Jurassic Park was our generation’s Star Wars,” Howard added. “It’s a really big deal.”

Pratt and Howard also gave Bush Hager a tour of the gift shop at Jurassic World, including, er, a very ambitious action figure of Pratt’s character.

“They nailed my likeness,” he joked, adding: “We get 10% of the proceeds from anything purchased in this store.”

Jurassic World hits theatres June 12, 2015

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‘Jurassic World’ getting sequels

- April 23rd, 2014

Paleontology pop culture connoisseurs can look forward to more than one Jurassic World movie.

Sitting down with Empire magazine, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow announced that Universal Studios has budgeted for more Jurassic World movies down the line.

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“We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot,” Trevorrow told Empire. “We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.”

Not only did Trevorrow basically confirm a new trilogy for the beloved franchise, but he also added some important hypothesis’ of which characters he thinks are going to stay around for a while.

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Concept art for the original Jurassic World.
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In respect to unspoken internet etiquette, here is your official spoiler warning about the future of Jurassic World characters.

Omar Sy, one of the newer faces in Hollywood, will more than likely be saved for the next film.

“He’s essentially Chris Pratt’s best friend. They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films,” Trevorrow said.

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Concept art for Jurassic World welcome atrium.
(Courtesy Universal)

Basically, Trevorrow has surreptitiously confirmed Chris Pratt would be the main protagonist for at least the first two movies through his announcement about the lesser known Sy.

Jurassic World, which stars Judy Greer, Chris Pratt, and Vincent D’Onofrio among others is set to release on July 12, 2015.

Marvel drops new clip for ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

- April 8th, 2014

Marvel has released a new 60-second clip from this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy (via MTV). The new ad recycles some of the footage we’ve already seen in the trailer in which Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord attempts to steal a mysterious floating orb. Speculation is that it is one of the infinity stones from Thor: The Dark World.

Things don’t go smoothly, and when he finds himself held up by Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Star-Lord looks a little non-plussed after the rival gang hasn’t heard of him.

Then we get into the new stuff. Star-Lord drops to the ground and then rockets out of there with a pair of high-powered boots, giving us the first glimpse of his space helmet, as well as some of his intergalactic toys. And as a series of explosions go off around him, Star-Lord is seen running in leaps and bounds across the terrain of an unknown extra-terrestrial planet.

Pretty cool getaway.

It looks more and more likely that Guardians will tie in with Thor (a post-credits Dark World scene ties in with the new film).

If you’ve seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you’ll know that it hints at… Wait, I’m not going to spoil that for you.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1.

‘Jurassic World’ casts Vincent D’Onofrio in villain role

- February 28th, 2014

Vincent D’Onofrio has been tapped to play the human villain in Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming reboot Jurassic World.

The news was first reported by Deadline.

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Vincent D’Onofrio. Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

 

Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) wrote the script with Derek Connolly and will direct. Steven Spielberg will produce the film, which comes 12 years after the last instalment.

The reboot stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Indian star Irrfan Khan.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but an early outline published by JoBlo last summer hinted at a direction the story might take.

“Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe – until it’s not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino’s for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there’s concept art showing one of the aquatic dino’s, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world.
“As part of a show, you ask? That’s right, folks, this will feature “tamed” dino’s. In fact, our source indicated that the usually menacing Velociraptors (which will finally be muzzled, along with the T-Rex – until they’re not) will actually be used to help fight the threat, which begins in the form of a new dinosaur, not seen in any of the previous films (and not disclosed to us) shows to be much smarter than originally thought and is the main cause of havoc breaking out at the park.”

Jurassic World will be released on June 12, 2015.