Based on a fairly obscure comics series, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the first major studio film to be directed by James Gunn, a subversive stalwart who cut his movie teeth at New York’s low-fi cinema factory Troma Entertainment.
“Hercules” is a B-movie with a hint of “300-Lite” about it. Directed by Brett “I almost ended the X-Men” Ratner and starring Dwayne “Why didn’t they cast me in this 10 years ago?” Johnson, it’s a brief, violent and narrowly focused tale of a Hercules utterly removed from myth.
Building a raunchy teen sex comedy around the low-heat Nat Wolff of "Stuck in Love" wasn't the smartest idea. Whatever his gifts at playing "sensitive," he doesn't bring the energy to do a quick and dirty teen-on-the-make farce. All by himself, he drags "Behaving Badly" down.
Brendan Gleeson had just finished another movie and showed up, "exhausted," to dona cassock to play an Irish Catholic priest in "Calvary." He'd done his homework, as always. And he'd be working with his pal, playwright turned writer-director John Michael McDonaugh. They made "The Guard" together. But "Calvary," a darkly comic tale of a good priest told he's to be murderedfor all the sins of the Catholic Church, was a workout the Great Gleeson wasn't prepared for.
BURBANK, Calif. - About midway through Marvel's new interstellar adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy," David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" plays over a shot of a ramshackle spaceship traveling toward a mining colony called Knowhere. The planet is actually the severed head of a fallen titan (or deity) where workers of alien races, some with candy-colored skin, collect valuable bone and fluid to ship to the outer reaches of the cosmos.
Aug. 3: Singer Tony Bennett is 88. Actor Martin Sheen is 74. Singer Beverly Lee of The Shirelles is 73. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 73. Bassist B.B. Dickerson of War is 65. Movie director John Landis is 64. Actress JoMarie Payton ("Family Matters") is 64. Actor Jay North ("Dennis the Menace") is 63. Guitarist Randy Scruggs is 61. Actor John C. McGinley ("Scrubs") is 55. Bassist Lee Rocker (Stray Cats) is 53. Actress Lisa Ann Walter ("Bruce Almighty") is 53. Singer-guitarist James Hetfield of Metallica is 51. Singer Ed Roland of Collective Soul is 51. Actor Isaiah Washington is 51. Keyboardist Dean Sams of Lonestar is 48. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter of Deftones is 44. Musician Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa is 43. Actress Brigid Brannagh ("Army Wives") is 42. Actor Michael Ealy is 41. Violinist Jimmy De Martini of Zac Brown Band is 38. Actress Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") is 35. Singer Holly Arnstein of Dream is 29. Bassist Brent Kutzle of OneRepublic is 29.
SAN DIEGO - If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light - or Batman to the Bat Signal - film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo.