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]
The film opens on Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a writer who has just hit the jackpot with his first book “The Window Tears.” It has brought him all of the fame and fortune he has ever dreamed of. There’s only one catch: Rory plagiarized it. How and why sets up the first third of the film, where we learn how Rory was an aspiring writer who had written a couple of mesmerizing short stories, but no one was willing to publish him.
2009 was a banner year for science fiction, one of the best for the genre in recent memory. It brought us franchise resurrections (J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek, McG‘s Terminator Salvation), critically-heralded indie gems (Duncan Jones‘ Moon), and, indeed, Oscar cred with, not one, but two Best Picture nominations. Which brings us to, arguably, two of the best sci-fi movies of the past decade, and this edition of Reel Rumbles: James Cameron‘s Avatar vs. Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9.
It’s a true David vs. Goliath story: Avatar is both the most expensive movie in film history, and the highest-grossing. District 9 is the little indie that could, proportionately achieving financial success somewhat comparable to Avatar‘s with a much more meager budget. One was directed by one of the most successful directors in cinematic history (who already had the previous highest-grossing film of all time, Titanic , under his belt), and one was helmed by a first-time feature film director whom producer Peter “The Lord of the Rings” Jackson had taken under his belt. And yet, for two films on such opposite ends of the financial and professional spectrum, they actually share a surprising number of similarities.
But which film is superior? Does box office domination translate to better filmmaking? Step into the ring and find out…