GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
“Guardians of the Galaxy” might not launch until August, but Marvel has given fans plenty to be excited about — the newest “Guardians of the Galaxy” trailer hit yesterday with the first reveal of Rocket Raccoon and Groot’s voice.
Before the debut of the trailer, the cast and crew of “Guardians of the Galaxy” took part in a special Facebook Q&A, revealing some behind-the-scenes stories and some explanations on the series’ sountrack.
“‘Hooked on a Feeling’ is one of the songs on Quill’s mixed cassette tape – the last reminder he has of his childhood on earth,” director James Gunn said. “The music is also a way to keep us grounded in this out of the world space epic. We have lots of cool songs – more will be revealed soon!”
Opens August 1
THE WALKING DEAD
Entertainment Weekly spoke with Robert Kirkman about the upcoming fifth season of “The Walking Dead” and picking up after a series-first: an end-of-season cliffhanger.
“There’s been a lot more secrecy on set,” Kirkman told EW. “Just because any images that get out of any kind of things that are seen do in a sense spoil that cliffhanger, so we’re trying to keep things a little more tight this time around. There’s always people crowding around where we’re filming and trying to get spy spots of what we’re doing and stuff, but for the most part we’ve been able to avoid that. This is the first time we’ve really finished a season and gone back to the same place for the next season, so that’s kind of cool.”
Returns this fall on AMC
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
Colin Firth discussed his time training to kick ass in “Kingsman: The Secret Service, noting that part of the draw of the film is defying expecations audiences might have from his roles in more romantic films.
“I think what’s brilliant about Matthew [Vaughn] is that he takes people’s expectations and likes to mess with them,” Firth told EW. “When we first met the year before, he said, ‘One of the reasons I’m casting you is because you’re probably the last person anyone could imagine kicking people and kicking off the villains.’ And that was the surprise he wanted to pull. And he said, by the way, ‘You’re going to have to do it. Are you up to it?’ That’s one of the reasons he got me so early, to start training. He said, ‘You’re going to hate me by the end of it,’ and sure enough, the Jackie Chan training team comes to my house and they get to work on me. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed myself so much in my life. I realized that I’d made assumptions about myself that meant I had probably been neglecting something that I might have enjoyed for years if I’d got to it earlier.”
In addition to new photos from the EW piece, ComingSoon.net has revealed a new poster for the film, showcasing many, many weapons.
Opens October 24
BIG HERO 6
Disney has released the first images of the animated adaptation of Marvel Comics’ “Big Hero 6.” The images drop in anticipation of a trailer release later this week.
Opens November 7
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Total Film spoke with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” producer Simon Kinberg about the initial reaction to Quicksilver, and the possible confusion with his “Age of Ultron” counterpart.
“It wasn’t something we anticipated because we didn’t know they were using him in the Avengers movie,” said Kinberg. “It got publicized I think weeks after we made the decision and we had done it. After that, even, it was a little while before the controversy started with them using two. … We talked about bringing Scarlet Witch in the mix for this film. Actually, there was a little scene that we shot that we ended up cutting from the movie that alluded to her. It was an interstitial scene that didn’t push the movie forward and so it ended up being cut. … He will absolutely be back for the next X-Men movie.”
Opens May 23
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Juliette Lewis has been cast in Jon M. Chu’s “Jem and the Holograms” in an undisclosed mystery role. Lewis joins Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko and Ryan Guzman in the adaptation of the Hasbro property.
Ken Garing’s “Planetoid” has been optioned for film. Morgan Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment, has picked up the property with an eye to adapt for the silver screen. No other details were disclosed about the film or its production, including what role — if any — Freeman might play.