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To some extent, everyone is guilty of writing off actors and actresses who mainly star in blockbusters. To the cinephile, actors like Chris Pratt are viewed as less “important” than someone like Daniel Day-Lewis. And yes, we admit that we do this as we…

Marvel‘s plans post-“Avengers: Infinity War” and its untitled 2019 sequel are pretty hush-hush at this point. There’s three dates set for 2020, but what those films aren’t hasn’t been, up until now, revealed. Marvel …

It’s the last full week in August, but just before Summer Madness segues into Fall Folly, we thought we’d have a go investigating a claim we’ve been hearing asserted with some frequency: that Summer 2017 is one of the best blockbuster seasons in recent memory. We decided to pit it against the 17 other summer seasons this century (yes, pedants, we count the year 2000) to see how it stacks up. Of course, the several-billion dollar questions are: how do we define “Summer Season” and how to we define the kind of films we want to focus on? Continue reading The Best Blockbuster Summers Of the Century So Far at The Playlist.

In the distant world of about 36 months ago, when the world was still marginally more sane and not on fire all the time, “Guardians Of The Galaxy” was not a franchise whose second entry was about to make an enormous amount of money. It was a Marvel gamble that was known, almost exclusively, among the general public as ‘oh, the raccoon and tree movie?’ But part of the brilliance of Gunn’s original was the way that he took the two strangest character in Marvel history — murderous space-rodent Rocket and upbeat plant-creature Groot — and made them highlights of the movie. Continue reading Vin Diesel Says That James Gunn Wants A ‘Rocket & Groot’ Spin-Off at The Playlist.

How many times have you read that it’s really hard to duplicate the success of the first film in a sequel? Probably more than you can remember. Well, here’s a newsflash: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” pulls that feat off with only a little strain and a belly of genuine emotion. Marvel Studios’ space faring superhero-team-that-isn’t-really-a-superhero-team came together in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” James Gunn, along with a screenplay assist from Nicole Sperling, wonderfully demonstrated how a band of characters that were barely known beyond hardcore comic book fans could transform into a band of charismatic and colorful characters that felt strikingly original. Continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review] at The Playlist.

WEST HOLLYWOOD – Sitting down with James Gunn it’s clear the writer and director of “Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2” is battling to keep his energy up as he endures a day full of interviews and press conferences for his latest blockbuster.  He is also no doubt coming off the high of the film’s world premiere that took place less than 24 hours earlier.  A premiere where a good chunk of Hollywood learned that “Vol. Continue reading ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s’ James Gunn Thinks Tom Holland Is ‘Amazing’ As Spider-Man [Interview] at The Playlist.