Chris Pratt

April 16, 2014 | 9:33 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana tout Marvel adventure

Marvel debuted a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” featurette during Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The behind-the-scenes clip showcased prominent members of the movie’s ensemble cast discussing their roles in the cosmic adventure that’s set to arrive in theaters Aug. 1. “It’s a not a typical superhero movie,” star Zoe Saldana explains at one point. Directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name, “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. Once the interstellar scofflaw steals a mysterious orb, Quill finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a squad of alien misfits to battle the galactic threat — a group that includes a gun-toting creature named Rocket […]
April 07, 2014 | 9:14 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ video: Meet Chris Pratt’s snarky Star-Lord

Marvel is riding high on the record-breaking success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which rocketed to a $96.2-million opening in North America this past weekend and became the biggest April opening in movie history. But the Cap sequel isn’t the only release on Marvel’s 2014 docket. On Aug. 1, the comic book movie powerhouse will introduce audiences to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a cosmic action adventure directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one […]
Feb. 20, 2014 | 2:11 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ videos: Meet Groot, Rocket and the team

Marvel is spotlighting each of the oddball heroes from “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a newly released series of short videos promoting the upcoming space adventure movie. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and the film’s first trailer, released Tuesday, suggests the movie boasts its fair share of snark and humor in […]
Feb. 19, 2014 | 5:58 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: Marvel unveils cosmic action comedy

A scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)
The first official trailer for Marvel’s upcoming space adventure, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” debuted Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and the clip delivers some spirited alien action, with exploding spaceships and muscled bad guys, not to mention a few purely comedic moments. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish anti-hero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and early footage […]
Feb. 18, 2014 | 11:46 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ teaser: 19 seconds of alien action

The first official trailer for Marvel’s upcoming space adventure, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is set to debut Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” but impatient comic book fans can check out a 19-second teaser for the trailer, released Tuesday morning. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish anti-hero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and early footage shown at Comic-Con […]
Dec. 31, 2013 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Marvel debuts photo from cosmic adventure

"Guardians of the Galaxy." (Marvel)
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” are all lined up in the first official image to be released from Marvel’s 2014 cosmic adventure. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by James Gunn and based on the Marvel comic series of the same name, follows roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and his squad of aliens tasked with teaming up to battle intergalactic threats. Included in the group is the furry, fan-favorite character Rocket Raccoon, to be voiced by Bradley Cooper. Both Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon are featured in the new photo, along with Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and the sentient tree Groot, a CG character that Marvel has confirmed will be voiced by Vin Diesel, who openly discussed the role with Hero Complex back in August. In the film, Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction,” “Mars […]
Aug. 13, 2013 | 3:38 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Vin Diesel talks possible Groot role

Vin Diesel, right, has been cast as Groot in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Concept art / Marvel Studios; Giles Keyte / Universal Pictures)
Is Vin Diesel really going to play a talking tree? That’s the question some of the actor’s 45 million followers began asking Sunday after Diesel posted a picture on his Facebook page of Groot, an alien creature featured in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the latest Marvel property to get the big-screen treatment. For months the actor has been teasing a possible collaboration with Marvel, posting on social media about secretive meetings with the studio and promising impending “big news.” “Guardians” has certainly enjoyed its share of the spotlight lately, with promotional pushes at Comic-Con International last month and Disney’s D23 expo in Anaheim this past weekend. The film, now shooting in London, will combine live action and computer animation to tell the story of roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, (Chris Pratt) and his squad of aliens (including the furry, […]
July 23, 2013 | 6:09 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Marvel reveals Glenn Close’s role

'Guardians of the Galaxy' concept art (featured image)
On the heels of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” surprise presentation at Comic-Con International this weekend, Marvel Studios announced Tuesday that principal photography on the film has officially begun. In fact, production began about 10 days before the Comic-Con presentation on Saturday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige noted during the presentation in the San Diego Convention Center’s 6,500-seat Hall H. Director James Gunn (“Super”) even showed off some early footage from the movie, which seems to be aiming for a very different tone than Marvel’s ensemble blockbuster “The Avengers.” The film, based on the Marvel comic series of the same name, follows roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, (Chris Pratt) and his squad of aliens (including the furry, fan-favorite character Rocket Raccoon), tasked with teaming up to battle cosmic threats. It’s an oddball idea, and the Comic-Con footage suggested the […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.

Chris Pratt: How will ‘soft’ guy become Star-Lord?

Chris Pratt, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (featured image)
From coupon salesman to guardian of the galaxy.  Not bad. Before “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a twinkle in Chris Pratt’s eye, he was busy becoming a square-jawed heartthrob of the WB.   And before that,  as he told Conan O’Brien in a December interview, he was a coupon salesman. But now, as the Los Angeles Times reports, Pratt has scored the lead role of Peter Quill in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Can he handle the superhero big leagues? Pratt has grown up since he was “Bright” Abbott on WB’s “Everwood,”  He’s proven himself as a comedian (“Parks and Recreation”) as well as a dramatic actor (“Zero Dark Thirty”).  He also married actress Anna Faris in 2009. Together the couple have a baby, Jack, born in August. For his role as a Navy SEAL in the Oscar-nominated “Zero,” the actor […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 10:25 a.m.

Chris Pratt set to play Star-Lord in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Chris Pratt (featured image)
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your Star-Lord: Actor Chris Pratt, who currently plays the goofy and genial Andy on “Parks and Recreation,” has been tapped to play the leader of a team of interstellar superheroes in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a source has confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. The film, scheduled to come out in August of 2014, will be directed by James Gunn (“Slither,” “Super”). So far, Pratt is the only actor attached to the project. The other characters on the team include Rocket Raccoon, a laser gun wielding raccoon,  Groot, a plant monster from outer space, and Gamora, a female martial arts master. Pratt’s character is born Peter Quill, the son of a human mother and an alien father. In the comic books, he grows up to become a NASA astronaut, and eventually gets his special Star-Lord […]
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