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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 […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Divergent,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Spider-Man 2′: Must-see movies of 2014

Click through the gallery for a glimpse of some films to look forward to in 2014.
2013 might have been a superb year for fans of genre entertainment, but 2014 doesn’t look too shabby when it comes to interesting fare arriving at the multiplex. Filmmakers are tackling original, high concept sci-fi tales in major studio releases, and a myriad of fan-favorite characters — including Kermit the Frog and Katniss Everdeen — are returning to the screen for new adventures. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most anticipated new films of the year. Let us know which movies you’re most excited to see in the comments section below. RoboCop: Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satire about a police man remade as law enforcement machine gets a sleek update from Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha with actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy, a futuristic Detroit cop who finds himself encased in metal after being critically injured […]
Aug. 30, 2013 | 2:26 p.m.

Bradley Cooper set for Rocket Raccoon in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Actor Bradley Cooper will voice Rocket Raccoon in "Guardians of the Galaxy." 
(Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/Marvel)
It’s official — Bradley Cooper will voice Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Marvel announced Cooper’s casting on its website Friday afternoon; numerous reports previously had tipped the Oscar-nominated actor as likely to land the role. Set for release Aug. 1, 2014, “Guardians of the Galaxy” follows roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his squad of aliens (including the furry, fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon) as they team up to battle cosmic threats. James Gunn (“Super”) is directing. In addition to Cooper, the “Guardians” cast boasts plenty of stars familiar to fans of genre entertainment, as well as some seemingly unlikely newcomers. Zoe Saldana stars as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as the […]
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 […]
June 11, 2012 | 9:03 a.m.

Hero Complex Film Festival: Top 10 moments, a backstage diary

High school student and film fan James Gelberg at L.A. Live (Photo credit: Jeff Gelberg)
The 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival is history now but before we move on (yes, Comic-Con awaits) we wanted to share an email that came in from James Gelberg, a bright and remarkably poised 15-year-old who attends Valley Christian High School in Cerritos. In his freshman year Gelberg  started a Classic Film Club and asked if I would stop by for a club screening of “Batman”  for a Q&A with the members. That led to a great visit, and when Gelberg asked if we needed an eager volunteer during the festival I told him he could help out with our expanded trivia contests by keeping track of questions, handing out prizes, etc. This is his account of the weekend, which started with an already-scheduled school trip to San Diego and then a mad dash back to the festival at L.A. Live. If you’d told me […]
May 21, 2012 | 4:53 p.m.

Rainn Wilson: Why ‘Super’ struggled to find an audience

"Super" failed to find a large audience because it defied traditional Western genres, Rainn Wilson and James Gunn explained during a Q&A at the Hero Complex Film Festival. (Alan Heitz / Los Angeles Times handout)
“Super” failed to find a large audience because it defied traditional Western genres, the film’s star Rainn Wilson and writer-director James Gunn told the audience at the Hero Complex Film Festival. The Q&A — at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles — followed Saturday night’s screening of the film, about a man (Wilson) who loses his wife (Liv Tyler) to a drug-dealing creep (Kevin Bacon), and dons a superhero suit in his quest to save her. In the process, he picks up a sidekick (Ellen Page) and brutally attacks many people, some of whom might be innocent. It’s the kind of character that demanded a versatile actor, Gunn said. “I really needed somebody who could do the acting part, who could do the comedic part, who was a big enough goof that he could think he’s getting picked on by […]
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