This weekend you should be checking out Guardians of the Galaxy, because it's just awesome (and let us know what you think afterwards too). It's the last film to hit before Phase Two's of Marvel's cinematic universe concludes with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it's been a long road to get here. At Marvel's Comic-Con panel last weekend, they wanted to remind everyone how they got here with a cool retrospective reel that starts with Iron Man back in 2007 and goes all the way through Guardians of the Galaxy today, finally revealing Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos, who is really going to shake things up. Watch below!
There's no doubt that after this weekend, Chris Pratt is going to be a household name as he leads the ragtag team of space thugs in Guardians of the Galaxy. And Universal Pictures and director Colin Trevorrow know that since a new photo from Jurassic World featuring only the "Parks & Recreation" star has just arrived. Again, there's still no dinosaurs, but it shows Pratt looking like a handsome leading man, peering through the bars of what is likely the cage to an unseen dinosaur. He certainly has the hero look down, and in this photo, he seems like a viable Indiana Jones replacement if he got the chance. Look!
For the past few years we've been highlighting an annual filmmaking contest called Jameson First Shot, which has allowed budding filmmakers to get their chance to break into Hollywood working with the likes of actor Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti. The contest from late last year have completed production on their films and all three are now available for viewing. Each one stars Uma Thurman in a new role, and they're each quite fun. The Mundane Goddess follows the story of Hera, queen of the Greek Gods, who seeks answers from a therapist about her boring home life. The Gift follows the character Miss Anderson, who works at a city department store wrapping gifts. Jump! is set during 48 hours at a psychiatric facility, where Jack meets Wendy, a young woman with a unique obsession. If you're interested, watch them below.
Very soon Disney will release the first trailer for their adaptation of fairytale mash-up stage musical Into the Woods, but in the meantime, we finally get some more first look photos to join the singular glimpse at the film that featured Meryl Streep as an ugly witch. This time there's photos of Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her prince, Johnny Depp as the the Wolf, James Corden as the baker, Emily Blunt as the baker's wife, and many more. Could this inspire the return of live-action musicals at The House of Mouse? It's about time they ad a bit of a revival since once being a big part of the studio's history.
Late last fall, we got word that Bill Murray would be teaming up with Rain Man and The Natural director Barry Levinson for a film called Rock the Kasbah. The film stars Murray as a burned out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client. But when he finds himself abandoned, broke and without a passport, he finds a young girl with a remarkable voice and stows her away back to Kabul for a chance to compete on "Afghan Star," which is the equivalent of "American Idol" in Afghanistan (there's actually a great feature documentary about the show you should watch). Now a first look photo from the end of production has emerged thanks to co-star Zooey Deschanel on Twitter. Look!
In what will likely be the final adventure in this family friendly franchise, Ben Stiller is back in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and the first photos from the film have arrived. We get to see Robin Williams back as Teddy Roosevelt, and also Dan Stevens joining the film as Lancelot (but no sign of Rebel Wilson yet). This time the action moves across the pond in London's British Museum. This time the Egyptian Golden Tablet of Pharaoh Ahkmenrah, which makes the museum exhibits come to life at night, is corroding, and something must be done to save it. This will probably be more of the same, but whatever.
Later today we'll get to see some footage from 20th Century Fox's franchise sequel Hitman: Agent 47 during the studio's Comic-Con panel in Hall H. This time it's not Timothy Olyphant in the role, but rather Rupert Friend as the bald, genetically engineered assassin from the video game series of the same name. There are no story details just yet, but we do have some first look photos of Friend in action with co-star Hannah Ware as Katia van Dees. But as of now, no sign of Zachary Quinto in the film. We're not excited about the film yet, especially with a February 2015 release, but maybe some good footage can convince us.
During the Paramount Pictures panel at Comic-Con, where Christopher Nolan made his Hall H debut with Interstellar, we were also given a first look at a film on the completely opposite end of the spectrum: SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water. While this isn't a film we're particularly excited about, the footage shown at Comic-Con was so weird, even by normal "SpongeBob SquarePants" standards. SpongeBob and his friends end up heading into the real world, but in the form of Avengers style superheroes. But they're in a very lifelike computer animated form, and it makes for a strange aesthetic.
Following the first two photos from the meta adaptation of R.L. Stine's young adult horror novel series Goosebumps, we have three more photos showing off Jack Black as the beloved author. But in this story, he's a bit of a weirdo, because we learn that Stine is actually a keeper of monsters and a prisoner of his own imagination. Stine keeps the monsters in his book so they don't get unleashed, but of course, that's exactly what happens when a new kid in town (Dylan Minnette) unintentionally lets them loose. There's some recognizable monsters from the books in these photos, but we're not sure how this is going to turn out, because it looks pretty goofy, almost like a horror version of Night at the Museum. But maybe it'll be good?
Focus Features just recently pushed back the release of Insidious: Chapter 3 to the summer of 2015, but we only knew one cast member and didn't have any story details. That changes with the beginning of production and a first look photo announcement revealing that Dermot Mulroney will also be joined by Stefanie Scott (of Blumhouse Productions' Jem and the Holograms) and returning cast members Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Wannell (who is also directing in place of James Wan). In addition, it turns out this story is a prequel taking place before the terrors in the Lambert house from the first films.
Time to meet the new X-Wing! After the rumored plot leak yesterday, along with Kevin Smith's discussion of how real his set visit was, it's time to drop an actual reveal for Star Wars: Episode VII, being directed by J.J. Abrams as we speak. This time they've revealed the X-Wing from the new movies, along with a pilot in his typical orange regalia, in the background of another charity video with J.J. Abrams for UNICEF. This is kind of awesome, because it's one of those moments where everything is starting to feel like it' s coming into place. The ship looks great (old but not too old), plus it's real and actually exists and isn't just a CGI creation; I'm actually getting more and more excited the more we see. See the new video and X-Wing below.
Not too long ago, we learned that Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei would pop up in Judd Apatow's new comedy Trainwreck. The film is slated to hit theaters next summer with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in the lead roles, and a first look photo from the set in New York City has just popped up online. Schumer also wrote the script which is inspired from some of her real-life experiences as she plays "a commitment-averse woman trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways.” Apatow also helped write the screenplay and really pushed Schumer to make it personal. We can't wait to see how Hader and Schumer work together.
Following the release of a comedy reunion between Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler earlier this summer in Blended, we're hoping the latter has something more enticing in store with his video game adventure Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). To hype the 2015 release, the first photo has arrived online showing Sandler along with Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage suited up like astronauts from Armageddon making a slow-motion hero's stroll through fog. Michelle Monaghan is there too, but the real star is Dinklage's ridiculously gross mullet. Look below!
With the exception of Kung Fu Panda, there hasn't been much to enjoy about the more family friendly work of Jack Black lately. Therefore we're hopeful but skeptical about him starring in Goosebumps, a film inspired by the R.L. Stine horror book series for kids of the same name from the actor's Gulliver's Travels director Rob Letterman. However, the meta storyline sees Black playing Stine himself, a monster whisperer of sorts who uses his books to keep these terrors locked up. Now we have two first look photos from the film featuring Black with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners) and Odeya Rush (We Are What We Are).