Chris Pratt

July 25, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn prepares for liftoff

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times )
About midway through Marvel’s new interstellar adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” plays over a shot of a ramshackle spaceship traveling toward a mining colony called Knowhere. The planet is actually the severed head of a fallen titan (or deity) where workers of alien races, some with candy-colored skin, collect valuable bone and fluid to ship to the outer reaches of the cosmos. The sequence could have been cribbed from the imagination of surrealist trickster Alejandro Jodorowsky, perhaps as part of his unrealized cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel “Dune.” Yet it’s far from the only over-the-top landscape in the film, which arrives in theaters Friday as Marvel’s riskiest venture. Based on a fairly obscure comics series, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the first major studio film to be directed by James Gunn, a subversive stalwart […]
July 18, 2014 | 5:57 p.m.

Marvel reveals release dates for five films, but no titles for now

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuing to expand. The blockbuster comic book movie studio announced on its website late Friday release dates for five upcoming films, though the specific titles were not identified. According to Marvel.com, new movies will open on July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019. Up next for Marvel, of course, will be “Guardians of the Galaxy,” James Gunn’s wild cosmic adventure. Due to arrive in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, who’s on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after coming into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ gallery that includes Bradley’s gun-toting critter, Saldana’s green alien assassin, Bautista’s vengeful bruiser, and Diesel’s tree-like humanoid. In addition to the five guardians who […]
July 16, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Rhomann Dey, Nova Prime posters revealed

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” has released two new character posters, featuring John C. Reilly as Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey and Glenn Close as intergalactic police chief Nova Prime. Hero Complex readers can check out the new images at right and below. Marvel previously unveiled similar posters of the five Guardians — Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and the duo of Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). View the earlier character posters by clicking the links below. Star-Lord | Gamora | Rocket and Groot | Drax Due to arrive in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, who’s on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after coming into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ […]
July 09, 2014 | 7:18 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Rocket in sarcasm mode in new trailer

Marvel has released a special extended look at “Guardians of the Galaxy,” due in theaters Aug. 1, and it’s the most ‘tude that Rocket the talking raccoon has displayed yet — which is saying something for this wiseguy. Voiced by Bradley Cooper, the sarcastic member of the oddball band of fighters led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), laughs uproariously at his leader’s lack of a distinct plan. Apparently, Rocket, an organized type, wants more than roughly 12% of a battle strategy figured out. Watch the video here: Like many of the trailers before it, this new spot is soundtracked by the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” adding to the impressive roster of songs that the “Guardians” trailers have employed, including Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling” and Norman Greenbaum’s sublime “Spirit in the Sky.” All the tracks, supposedly part of a mix tape Quill made […]
June 26, 2014 | 3:38 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: Quill explains his motivations

So why does Peter Quill want to save the galaxy so much anyway? “Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!” he declares to Rocket Raccoon’s surly grilling in the most recent look at Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The latest of several trailers that Marvel has released in the run-up to the film’s Aug. 1 release, the sneak-peek ran during this week’s World Cup action. Check it out below. Besides Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord)  clearing up his motivations for his quest in typical wise-cracking fashion, the spot is also soundtracked by the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” adding to the impressive roster of songs that the “Guardians” trailers have employed, including Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling” and Norman Greenbaum’s sublime “Spirit in the Sky.” “Guardians” follows Quill, played by Chris Pratt, who’s on the run from […]
June 17, 2014 | 1:31 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: Gamora speaks, Quill rallies gang

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is ramping up the roll-out for its big-screen debut, which is just a little over a month away. Fresh off this week’s release of four character posters from the Marvel cosmic adventure film, a new international trailer is out. Like the domestic trailer, the clip does a good job of setting the stakes for the motley crew. As Glenn Close — playing intergalactic police chief Nova-Prime — puts it, “the fate of 12 billion people are in the hands of a thief, two thugs, a murderer and a maniac.” The international trailer also features dialogue from Zoe Saldana’s green alien assassin Gamora, who asks Chris Pratt’s roguish antihero Peter Quill, “Why would you risk your life for this?” Check it out below. Due to open in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Quill, who’s on the run from […]
May 19, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: More Groot, Rocket and the misfit gang

The new trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy” arrived Monday during a Facebook Q&A with cast members Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan, as well as writer-director James Gunn — and it’s something to behold. The cosmic adventure, due to open in theaters Aug. 1, follows roguish antihero Peter Quill (played by a pumped-up Pratt) on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after he comes into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ gallery that includes a gun-toting creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper; Zoe Saldana’s green alien assassin Gamora; Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and the tree-like humanoid Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel. Check out the trailer below. The wacky band of misfits is fleshed out more, including Diesel’s talking tree. Audiences finally get a taste of the flexing […]
May 17, 2014 | 8:09 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ teaser showcases colorful cosmic scenes

Marvel fans excited for “Guardians of the Galaxy” got a sneak preview Friday with a short teaser featuring new footage from the colorful cosmic adventure. The second full trailer for the Aug. 1 release will debut 10 a.m. PDT Monday during a live Facebook Q&A with cast members Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan, as well as writer-director James Gunn. Check out the teaser below. The Guardians first appeared in “Marvel Super-Heroes” No. 18 in 1969, and in the early 1990s, the team headlined its own comic series that ran for 62 issues. But for the new movie, Gunn took a fresh approach to the characters and the mythology, fashioning a story that, like the other Marvel films, stands on its own but also connects to the studio’s other franchises, including “The Avengers.” Pratt plays the roguish antihero Peter […]
May 16, 2014 | 10:25 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ poster features Marvel heroes in action

Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista).  (Marvel)
Marvel has released a new poster for its upcoming cosmic adventure, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” featuring the heroes in serious action form. The comic book movie powerhouse also announced that a new trailer for the film is set to arrive Monday morning at 10  Pacific Time during a live Facebook Q&A with cast members Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan, as well as writer-director James Gunn. The Guardians first appeared in “Marvel Super-Heroes” No. 18 in 1969, and in the early 1990s, the team headlined its own comic series that ran for 62 issues. But for the new movie, Gunn took a fresh approach to the characters and the mythology, fashioning a story that, like the other Marvel films, stands on its own but also connects to the studio’s other franchises, including “The Avengers.” Pratt plays the roguish antihero […]
April 25, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Chris Pratt talks action hero transformation

Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) eyes an orb in "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Jay Maidment / Marvel)
Chris Pratt might never have discovered his inner cosmic hero if he hadn’t played an earthbound warrior first. The affable actor had been building a reputation for sweet-natured oafs and goofy child-men like his “Parks and Recreation” character, Andy Dwyer, when he was cast as a member of SEAL Team Six in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Oscar-nominated dramatization of the U.S. raid that claimed the life of Osama bin Laden. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute, maybe I can be taken seriously as like a guy who’s one of the baddest dudes in the world,’ you know?” He’s now about to play one of the baddest dudes in the universe. Pratt stars as Peter Quill, the sarcastic scofflaw also known as Star-Lord in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” due in theaters Aug. 1. The film arrives as an […]
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