Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is gearing up to be a big part of their “Phase Two” plans that begin this summer with Iron Man 3. And they’ve just found their female lead in the form of a lady who already knows her way around outer space. Zoe Saldana – who will reprise her roles as Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness and Neytiri in James Cameron‘s two sequels to Avatar - is in talks to star as Gamora, a green-skinned humanoid alien, in Guardians. The film also stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is currently slated for an August 1, 2014 release date. [Heat Vision]
Ben Affleck‘s Argo completed its Cinderella rise to the top of the heap during awards season by claiming the Oscar for Best Picture at Sunday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards. When the nominations were announced on January 10th, the glaring omission of a Best Director nod for Affleck at first seemed to kill the film’s chances of winning Best Picture. After winning nearly every major award in the interim, Argo surged ahead from underdog to frontrunner and ultimately beat out conventional favorite, Lincoln. Argo‘s feat is particularly amazing in light of the fact that it is only the fourth film in Oscar’s 85-year history to take Best Picture without a nomination for Best Director. (The most recent was Driving Miss Daisy, 23 years ago.)
“This is my world, you gotta get dirty.”
These lines are uttered by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, but could easily have been uttered by writer-director Quentin Tarantino about the worlds he has created. Whether he tackles samurai films (Kill Bill), gangsters (Reservoir Dogs) or World War II (Inglourious Basterds), Tarantino takes well-tread ground and makes it his own, a universe where the blood flows freely and spouting off thoughtful monologues is commonplace. It is always fascinating to inhabit a new Tarantino world every few years, even when the experience isn’t as thrilling as you hoped it would be, as is such the case with Django Unchained.
Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly been in talks with Quentin Tarantino to take the lead villain role in the upcoming flick Django Unchained as Calvin Candie. Candie is the ruthless owner of Candyland, “a despicable club in Mississippi where female slaves are exploited as sex objects and males are pitted against each other in “mandingo” style death matches. Candie is a slave’s worst nightmare and the freed slave Django must cross him in order to reclaim his wife.” This would be quite a reversal for DiCaprio as his biggest turns as of late have always been the hero role. I’m quite interested in seeing if he is confirmed for the role.
Christoph Waltz has been confirmed as the German bounty hunter who trains Django. But the titular character has not yet been picked. Rumored actors for the project have included Will Smith, but more recently Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker.
Now we’re two weeks into January so there’s no excuse not to start your list of the best movies of 2011!
Director Ron Howard’s latest attempt at making a comedy. Seems this is nowhere near as good as Arrested Development (he produced that), scoring a 25% on RottenTomatoes after 50 reviews. This stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder and Channing Tatum.