A “Galaxy” of change
As “Guardians of the Galaxy” came out on video this week, director James Gunn (a St. Louis native) has been talking up the sequel, saying he’ll change things up and make some characters a bit darker. “The Guardians are going to continuously change,” he told ComicBookResources.com. “I think that some of the characters are probably worse than what we think they are, and other characters are better than what we think they are. It’s going to be interesting to learn a little bit about that as time goes on.” Be patient: The sequel won’t arrive until 2017.
Fishing for a story
Dory of “Finding Nemo” fame was born at the Marine Biology Institute in California, and her parents, named Charlie and Jenny, will be voiced by Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton in the sequel, “Finding Dory,” says SlashFilm.com. The tidbits come straight from Pixar president Jim Morris, who was attending a ComicCon in Brazil.
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The institute is “a huge rehabilitation complex for marine and aquarium life. Dory learns that there she was born and raised and was released in the ocean still young,” he said. The movie takes place several months after “Nemo,” when the forgetful Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) starts remembering her childhood and sets off to find her family. In addition to Dory’s parents, we’ll meet a funny beluga whale, voiced by Ty Burrell, as well as creatures voiced by Idris Elba and Domenic West. “Finding Dory” opens June 17, 2016.
“Star” of Disney World
Disney is planning to pack its theme parks with new “Star Wars” attractions, all based on the new films, not the old. “Why not?” Disney chief Bob Iger told Variety this week. “We bought the thing. We can do that now.” Iger said the “Imagineers” held off on designing rides until director J.J. Abrams could reveal his plans for “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” due in theaters next December. We’ll probably get a first look at the new rides next year.
“Gone” to video
“Gone Girl,” which, we must always remind you, was adapted from the best-seller by KC’s own Gillian Flynn, is set to come out on DVD Jan. 13, the week Academy Award nominations are announced. (Speaking of nominations, if you missed this week’s coverage of Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations, we’ve saved the stories on KansasCity.com/entertainment.)
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