I've been dealing with a lot if bad news as of late. So, needless to say I needed some good news in my life, & here it is. Deadline has just reported that James Gunn has been rehired to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3!!! After being unceremoniously fired for 10 year old tweets & confirmation of his script still being used, he's officially back in the director's chair. In my opinion he's by far, hands down the only man for the job. Much less, the only man who could deliver an amazing follow up to one of the two greatest soundtracks ever made in the form of Awesome Mixtapes Vol. 1 & 2. I never thought this announcement would come, even though I knew it should. Now let's get this film out. I am once again excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!!!Read More
I'm honestly not quite sure how to take this. Saw this on Collider last night. According the the words of Starlord, Chris Pratt himself, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will still be using James Gunn's submitted script. First off, I don't really see how he can be sure they're working off that script when as far as we know there's no director attached. Unless that falls under the realm of things going on we just don't know yet. Second when whomever said director dies emerge there's no telling how much the final product will deter from this script. Just ask Snyder about Justice League, things can drastically change under new direction. Overall though, I can't help but take this as the icing on the cake of a totally mishandled series of events. Your telling me one can be fired as director due to things that happened years before hiring, but their script is still A-Ok? Sounds hypocritical as all hell if you ask me. Maybe Disney/Marvel Studios thinks this gesture will save face with fans, & potential directors, as it seems the latter is becoming harder to find. I don't know. Whatever it is I find myself crossed to say the least. I love Guardians of the Galaxy , both parts 1 & 2. They're two of my favorite installments in the MCU. So part if me is glad they're using Gunn's script. On the other end however, will a lot of it get lost in translation without Gunn's direction to guide it where it needs to be. Not to mention the man is an absolute genius when it comes to making an "Awesome Mixtape". Anyway love to know anymore thoughts on this. Put 'em in the comments, like, & share.
I'm currently in full move mode. That's the main reason I've been barely here. I find myself with a little time to think though. So I figured I'd address this whole James Gunn debacle I've been trying to avoid. If you've managed to miss all this, James Gunn made a series of horrible, total bad taste jokes that I'm not even going to revisit here. However, these were made almost 10 years ago, & had since been apologized for. Fast forward to now, & due to a strong political stance, this information has been resurfaced online to damage Gunn's character. Let the show begin. It worked. Disney immediately severs ties with Gunn. Something I felt was kinda strange if you factor in the questionable things that have been said in the past by a lot of Disney actors. Anyway, the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy rally behind their director. They put out a letter in support of his rehire. Dave Bautista being the most outspoken, at one point all but asking out of his contract. Even Bobcat Goldthwait came out of nowhere asking Disney to remove his voice from an upcoming attraction using his character from Hercules. Stating he knows he's said some questionable things. Told them to check James Woods rep as well. This is where I realized this was going to take awhile to unfold. And it did. Petitions were written. Arguments were all around. Marvel Studios made a plea to Disney to reinstate Gunn. Now for the next foreseeable future Gunn's out, his script's in, & Guardian's of the Galaxy Vol 3 is on full hold without a director. Although it's heavily rumored Taika Waititi may direct. Which seems like the obvious choice, though just not James Gunn. I've been watching this all unfold while moving, & it's pretty troubling. I mean, like I said horrible, distasteful jokes, but does this mean no one should ever get to be redeemed? Apologies were made. This was past. I do fully understand both sides of this. We're stuck in an environment where this could effect the bottom line. The company has to make a decision on that line. This happened way before Gunn & Marvel Studios were a thing though. I get distancing yourself from something that happens while under contract, but doing so for happenings before that agreement seems a little overboard. I feel like this decision is going to come back to haunt them. Gunn at one point was going to help shape the Marvel Cosmic Universe. Not to mention with Vol 3 on hold, what's this do to the MCU lineup as a whole? These films have a planned order. One of the main things that helps them flow so well. How much does this throw off the order? On top of this I don't even want to think about the biggest loss.... Awesome Mix Vol 3. Gunn has put together two of the best soundtracks of all time. I'm really going to miss his setup for 3. All in all, I feel like we lost more than we gained. I won't say this is a shot at free speech. I'll say again, horrible things said. This is more a shot at reformation & redemption. I just feel one shouldn't have to wear a "Scarlet Letter" forever. Especially for words. Anyway, that's my two cents on all this. Would love to know everyone else's thoughts. Put it in the comments, like, & share.
This is one of those time that I miss MTV's old format. It's the best way I can think of to get this thing seen my the most people. Michael Rooker & Dave Batista had me rolling in their disco garb. This Sneepers video ft. David Hasselhoff might just be the greatest use of the Hoff ever for me. I emphatically love both the soundtracks to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2. This song stood out from the rest of the Vol 2 soundtrack like a sore thumb, & at first I wasn't sure about it. After a couple listens though, it not only fit right in, I started to really like it. This video though? It had me smiling from beginning to end. Make sure to check it out. Let me know what you think about it in the comments, like, & share.
I'm going to show my age a little with this one, but I totally remember these commercials. Every other commercial was trying to sell some sort of greatest hits collection. This take on it just seems like the natural fit for the movie that brought back the cassette mix-tape. I'm a little bummed to notice that I did not see a 3-D release for this movie. The 3-D in it was truly amazing at times & I was hoping to get a better look at it on the home release. The music video with the Hoff has me excited to even pour through the bonus features of this thing when I get it. Anyway, watch the commercial, take a trip down memory lane, & let me know what you think. Write it in the comments, like, & share.
1986's Howard the Duck has gone down in history as one of the worst movies of all times. However, I was 6 at the time so I loved this movie. It still has a place in my heart even though it has been universally panned. Making it an even bigger surprise when Howard the Duck made an appearance in the post-credits of the first Guardians of the Galaxy. I'm not the only fan of Quack-fu apparently as according to Movie Pilot at a press conference for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Kevin Feige was asked about what's in the cards for Mr. the Duck. Offering no concrete response he gives a vague, "You know, the fun thing about Howard is he shows up where you least expect him, so like who knows where he's going to appear next?" So nothing major, but he definitely left the door open for the possibility. I'm down, as long as we keep it more in touch with the source material this time around. Do you want to see more Howard the Duck in the MCU? Let us know in the comments, like, & share.
I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, but even more so, I loved that soundtrack. Awesome Mixtape Vol 1. was a return to something I hadn't done since I was a teenager. The day after leaving the theater I had to have it. Then my little girl made our official song Hooked on a Feeling further cementing it's importance in my life. I mean,that music should've got a title credit on the poster as it was a performance just as critical as the cast. Hopefully that wasn't lightning & it can strike twice. Awesome Mix Vol 2. was released, & I'm trying my hardest not to pick it up yet. As with most soundtracks I don't want to hear the music until I get it in context with the movie itself. It's not like I haven't heard these songs anyway. Here's the track list though, & through the songs I'm familiar with, I can't wait to see where these fit in:
- My Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
- Fox On The Run - The Sweet
- Lake Shore Drive - Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
- The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
- Bring It Home To Me - Sam Cooke
- Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
- My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
- Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
- Come A Little Bit Closer - Jay & The Americans
- Wham Bam Skang-a-Lang - Silver
- Surrender - Cheap Trick
- Father & Son - Cat Stevens
- Flashlight - Parliament
- Guardians Inferno (Feat. David Hasselhoff) - The Sneepers
In other Guardians related events though, James Gunn revealed to Slash Film that Adam Warlock was originally planned to be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. This made sense as in the comics Adam Warlock was tied to one of the Infinity Stones. At one point there was even a pretty big rumor that Warlock might have been used in the films as Starlord's father. Now we know that part goes to Ego the Living Planet played by Kurt Russell. I'm thinkin it's a pretty safe bet now though, that Adam Warlock probably has a part in the works for Vol 3. I'm sure it'll be awhile before we know for sure though. Anyway, what do you think about the soundtrack or some future Adam Warlock action? Let us know in the comments, like, & share.
This is the spot where Marvel would've just wrote 'Nuff Said. However, instead James Gunn took to Facebook to announce this more vividly than I've.... Nevermind that, let's just say if there was award for Greatest Anouncement Ever James Gun would've just received it. You can tell how passionate he is for this franchise. To me however, the best segment of this whole announcement was:
"Much of what's happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers' Infinity War. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that. It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old & new Marvel characters into the next ten years & beyond. I will be working side-by-side with Kevin Feige & the gang to help design where these stories go, & make sure the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe is as special & authentic & magical as what we have created so far.
Wow. I don't know what got me excited more about those statements, starting the next chapter of Marvel, helping to shape the future, or just the term Marvel COSMIC Universe. Either way, right when I thought it was safe to think that the Guardians Vol. 2 anticipation was about to be quenched, this happens. Now I've got another 10 years of this at least. Guess I've gotta keep taking my vitamins & eating my Wheaties. Leave a comment, like, & share. Let us know what you think of James Gunn being around for awhile.
If Frozen was the epitome of sisterly love it looks like director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is going for the opposite of that spectrum. We're gettin some intense sister on sister violence as Zoe Saldana's Gamora goes toe to toe with fellow offspring of Thanos, Karen Gillian's Nebula. May 4th can't come fast enough. That's the date for AMC theater's Double Feature of Guardians of the Galaxy immediately followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Are you excited for this sequel? Let us know in the comments.
A present from James Gunn today via his Twitter account. He released the international posters for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. I've got them all collaged down there at the bottom. The group one's got a pretty cool album cover vibe. The single ones are random head shots with a 80s, early 90s wash over them. I'm definitely not multi-lingual so I can't read them at all. That being said they look like they'd make some awesome "Kaiju Battle" posters. What do you think? Would you go see this epic kaiju battle? Or you can just say what you think of the posters. Comment below & don't forget to like & share.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 hasn't even hit theaters yet & James Gunn is already talking Vol 3. While making press rounds for "The Belko Experiment", James Gun has told Complex that he is already thinking Guardians Vol 3. While not confirming himself as director he let everyone know it is not only on the table, it is definitely happening. Don't know what a Guardians will be without James Gunn so I definitely hope he still stays involved in one way or another. Even more though, I want an Awesome Mix Vol. 3.