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Rumor: Guardians of the Galaxy is Coming to Epcot


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A few months ago, there was a crazy rumor that the brain trust at Disney had decided to retheme one of its signature theme park attractions, The Tower of Terror.  Since its debut in 1994, the ride has tied in to the classic TV show, The Twilight Zone.  But in an effort to save a few bucks on an intellectual property Disney doesn’t own as well as promoting a property it does, management was seriously considering ditching the existing theme for Guardians of the Galaxy – the popular Marvel franchise which has nothing whatsoever to do with a haunted hotel.

WDW1974, the insider who posted the original rumor, has provided an update.  According to him, Orlando’s tower has been spared.  The one in Anaheim may still become the home of a talking tree and gun-totting raccoon.  But that’s a West Coast problem.  Sorry, Disneylanders.  That doesn’t mean Disney has given up on putting Star-Lord and Gamora in Orlando either.

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Completing Oscar: The Missing Nominees of the Last 5 Years


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Back in 2009 the people who run the Academy Awards decided that in the interest of widening their net and drawing in a greater variety of nominees and television audience members they would increase the number of motion pictures nominated for the Best Picture category. For sixty-five years the Academy had been nominating exactly five movies for this greatest of all film awards, but there had been complaints about the accessibility of the nominees from laypeople. And let’s face it, studio executives had no problem with the idea of promoting a few more films or having a better chance of getting their names attached to something as prestigious as an Oscar nominated film. So it was all systems go.
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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Guardians of the Galaxy Vs. Avengers


Avengers Vs Guardians

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Guardians of the Galaxy Vs. Howard the Duck


Guardians Vs. Howard

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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A-List: Chris Pratt


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The summer movie season is winding down as kids across the country are mostly back in school  It’s been a lousy summer for Hollywood.  It’s been so bad, that the studios could barely breathe a sigh of relief when two late summer releases over-performed.  Last week, the third and likely final movie in the Expendables franchise tanked.  This weekend, Expendables 3 dropped out of the top five entirely leaving a lot of aging action stars crying in their beers.  The lone hold out from The Expendables 3, Bruce Willis, returned for Sin City 2, the long delayed sequel to the 2005 comic book noir hit.  Even without the convenient excuse of an internet leak, Sin City 2 opened below The Expendables 3.  That shredding sound you hear is everyone in Hollywood losing Frank Miller’s phone number.

The biggest new release this week was the adaptation of the YA novel, If I Stay.  That movie, which starred Chloe Moretz, opened at #1 on Friday but fell behind during the remainder of the weekend.  It will land at #3 for the weekend behind the massively popular holdovers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The space adventure from Marvel Studios reclaimed the #1 spot during its fourth week in theaters and will officially become the highest grossing film of the 2014 summer box office.  Which is a dubious distinction considering how poorly the summer box office has performed, but appropriate for a movie about losers who come out on top.

As the lead of Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt is now poised for big things.  He’s launched a charm offensive by entertaining sick kids in costume and posting one of the more memorable ice bucket challenge videos.  But has the Summer of Pratt earned the actor a spot on the A-list?

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Poll: What is your favorite Marvel Studios movie?


 

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Guardians of the Galaxy had a huge opening weekend and shattered box office records for August.  It was good news for Marvel which risked its brand name on a lesser-known property.  That gamble has paid off big time.  It wasn’t enough to reverse the down summer that Hollywood has been having in 2014.  But it has to give Marvel and Disney hope that their next risky release, Ant-Man, will have a built-in audience.

The success of Guardians of the Galaxy is more than just the popularity of super heroes and comic books.  As the tenth release from Marvel Studios, GotG continues a streak of movies that are if nothing else crowd pleasers.  Even the weakest movies from Marvel Studios are still pretty damn watchable.  Aside from Pixar, I can’t think of another studio with such an impressively consistent streak of releases.

Now that there’s an even 10 movies, it’s time to pick your favorite.  What’s it going to be?  The fun space adventure?  The one that started it all?  The fish out of water story?  The old school action adventure?  The espionage thriller?  Or the mash-up movie that through together all of the most popular elements of everything that came before it?

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy


Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Guardians of the Galaxy is the tenth movie from Marvel Studios.  By this point, the studio has enjoyed almost unparalleled success.  By releasing a string of consistently entertaining movies, Marvel has established itself as the most trusted brand in movies.  That means they can get away with a risky prospect like releasing a movie based on a comic book that even comic book fanboys are not very familiar with.  Audiences know what to expect from the Marvel brand.  At this point, they trust the studio to entertain them whether they know the characters from comics or not.

The genius of Marvel Studios is that they understand their characters.   They know the strengths and weakness of each property.  So they know exactly what elements to emphasize and which ones to downplay when they bring these characters to the big screen.  Marvel also understands that “super hero movie” is not a genre unto itself.  If you don’t mix super heroes with other genres, they will get stale real fast.  Especially when you are releasing two or three movies a year.  So Captain America: Winter Soldier blended super heroes with an espionage thriller.   Guardians of the Galaxy introduces more science fiction/fantasy elements than previous Marvel movies.

Specifically, Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s Star Wars.

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