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A familiar face will be cruising through Marvel's cinematic galaxy come this August. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has confirmed that the one and only Nathan Fillion will appear in the upcoming space adventure in a "very small fun cameo." While earlier rumors suggested that Fillion might play a bigger role in the film, Gunn set the record straight via his Twitter account last night. With Fillion's addition the cast, Guardians of the Galaxy is looking like it might be the most geek-friendly film of the decade. In light of the good news, we've decided to assess to geek cred of every major cast member in the film.
Relevant Projects: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Ding-Along Blog, Justice League Unlimited, that one episode of Lost Geek Cred: Through his frequent collaborations with nerd Jesus Joss Whedon, including a guest-stint on the last season of Buffy and a leading role in the cult sci-fi western Firefly, Fillion has built up an incredibly loyal legion of fans. Even 10 years after it's cancelation, some of the more deluded browncoats out there still believe there's a chance Firefly can somehow become un-cancelled. Now, there's some credibility for you.Rating: 5 out of 5
Chris PrattRelevant Projects: Jennifer's Body, Wanted Geek Cred: Pratt doesn't have a whole lot of nerd fodder to his name, but appearances in the comic book film Wanted and the underappreciated horror comedy Jennifer's Body to give him a decent boost. Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Avatar, The LosersGeek Cred: Saldana has a prominent role in the newest chain of Star Trek film, though that might boost or diminish her cred, depending on who you talk to. There are similarly mixed feelings about her other two genre pictures, Avatar and The Losers.Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The Man with the Iron Firsts, RiddickGeek Cred: Batista has spent more time wrestling than appearing in movies so most geeks probably aren't familiar with their new Drax the Destroyer. He did have a role in the latest Riddick sequel, but was overshadowed by Vin Diesel. (More on him later)Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: AliasGeek Cred: Unfortunately, Bradley Cooper doesn't have the most geek friendly filmography as of yet, but his role as Rocket Raccoon should change that quite soon. Geeks might remember him in Alias, but even in the J.J. Abrams show, he wasn't the one doing the cool spy stuff.Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Doctor Who, Outcast, OculusGeek Cred: Huge! Gillan three-year stint on the British import Doctor Who was almost perfectly timed with the show's explosion in popularity in the states.Rating: 4 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Stargate, Alias, EragonGeek Cred: Not very high. Hounsou has enjoyed small roles in things like Stargate, Alias, and Eragon, but noting really major for geeks to really get to know the actor.Rating: 2 out of 5
John C. Reilly
Relevant Projects: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Wreck-it Ralph, everything Tim and EricGeek Cred: Reilly doesn't have a huge backlog of geeky things on his resume, but Wreck-It Ralph and his work in the absurdly wonderful world of Tim and Eric does give him some clout to work with.Rating: 3 out of 5
Relevant Projects: Mars Attacks!Geek Cred: Despite being a A-lister in Hollywood, Close has mostly steered clear of genre pictures, though her appearance in Mars Attacks! does give her something.Rating: 1 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The 6th Day, Slither, Stargate SG-1, Chuck, The Walking DeadGeek Cred: Rooker's cred skyrocketed with his role as Merle on The Walking Dead, but the longtime character actor has stealthily built up quite the geeky filmography over the years with appeareances in shows like Chuck and Archer.Rating: 4 out of 5
Benicio Del Toro
Relevant Projects: Sin City, The Wolfman, Thor: The Dark WorldGeek Cred: Fans recieved a snapshot of Del Toro's "The Collector" character in the end credits stinger for Thor: The Dark World, but beyond that, the actor's geek cred is pretty slim.Rating: 2 out of 5
Relevant Projects: All the Riddick moviesGeek Cred: Huge. Even outside of his career, Diesel is a well-documented geek and enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons on his off-time. He has also developed a good relationship with fans, appearing in video game adaptations of his Riddick films, and even putting up his own money to fund the 2013's Riddick.Rating: 5 out of 5
Relevant Projects: The Fall, the Hobbit moviesGeek Cred: Pace has impressed in the last two Hobbit films, but he doesn't quite have the same history as some of his cast members.Rating: 2 out of 5
Veteran heavy rocker Dave Lombardo has joined Casey Chaos' group Amen for an upcoming album and tour. The former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will join Chaos and Amen's latest line-up, featuring bassist John Fahnestock and guitarist Duke Decter, when the band tours Europe in August (14).
Meanwhile, the five-piece has started work on a new album.
Lombardo says, "I am very proud to have been asked to be part of this amazing production. My career in thrash was created from my love of the punk genre. There is an excitement in this particular style of music that's vital for me. It's aggressive, honest and needed."
The drummer parted company with Slayer last year (13) following a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer's drummer from 1992 until 2001.
This new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy has hit the web and it, as one might have expected or hoped, is cool. Cool in entirety. Cool incarnate. Every single thing about it is cool. Want proof? Watch it. Want further proof, you maniac? Check out our rundown of every single thing that happens in the trailer and linked assessment of whether each element is, in fact, cool.
Establishing shot of a gloomy, destitute temple: That is cool.
Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) disappearing electronic mask-helmet: That is cool.
Peter Quill's jet-powered boots flying him out of danger through a hole in the wall: That is cool.
Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky": That is cool.
A giant spaceship: That is cool.
A Mos Eisley-like hub for alien menaces: That is cool.
Hovering robots staring down a shirtless Peter Quill: That is cool.
Peter Quill juggling what is likely some kind of spherical robotic entity or explosive devise: That is cool.
Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), doing their thing (thang?): That is cool (kewl?).
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) slicing and dicing: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) head-butting somebody: That is cool.
The personification of evil taking form in a dark, stoically seated figure: That is cool.
An ominous hand crushing an orb of power: That is cool.
Peter Quill's rallying underdog speech: That is cool.
"This August" title card: That is cool.
Aerial shot of a futuristic military base: That is cool.
Everybody walking around on a stone circle reminiscent of something out of Legend of Zelda: That is cool.
Glenn Close's haircut: That is cool.
The expositional establishment of the stakes in this movie: That is cool.
Explosive debris raining down from a gigantic ship: That is cool.
A door shaped like a circle: That is cool.
Bradley Cooper's Will Arnett impression: That is cool.
Rocket Raccoon and Groot losing their s**t: That is cool.
Gamora losing her s**t: That is cool.
A shot of the gang in prison jump suits: That is cool.
Peter Serafinowicz cowering: That is cool.
Peter Quill losing his s**t: That is cool.
A giant skull: That is cool.
Peter Quill's awed gasp syncing up with the rhythm of "Spirit in the Sky": That is cool.
Body slam!: That is cool.
Explosion: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer's knife-wielding shot: That is cool.
A haze of fire droplets that resemble Navi from Legend of Zelda: That is cool.
Ships zooming through an electric field: That is cool.
Peter Quill's speech continues: That is cool.
Groot giving a little girl a flower: That is cool.
Peter Quill and Gamora watching each other undress: That is cool as long as they're both okay with it.
Rocket Raccoon's quip about his species' lifespan: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer losing his s**t: That is cool.
Gamora screaming into the face of a creature that resembles a Na'vi... not from Legend of Zelda, from Avatar, in which Saldana actually played a Na'vi, which is maybe why I'm making such a gratuitous jump to that connotation when, really, the creature doesn't look all that much like a Na'vi: That is cool.
Robot laser: That is cool.
Various explosions, shots of anthropomorphic neighborhood pests yelling: That is cool.
Strangling: That is cool.
Benicio Del Toro doing that thing that Ross and Monica did to discretely flip off their parents: That is cool.
Gamora and Peter Quill near-kissing while she wears his headphones: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer conducting an orchestra of mayhem: That is cool.
Groot: That is cool.
A windstorm of peril: That is cool.
Zoe Saldana's hand: That is cool.
The hulking device into which Peter Quill's audio cassette tape is hooked: That is cool.
"Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede: That is cool, but I was enjoying "Spirit in the Sky."
Peter Quill's solo march: That is cool.
Gamora's semi-solo march: That is cool.
Drax the Destroyer cocking his head a little, as if to insinuate himself a bit more subtly than did his peers, which is ironic since he is perhaps the least subtle in physical form and personal nature of the gang: That is cool.
Groot's nifty shoulder trick: That is cool.
Groot saying, "I am Groot": That is cool. I really like Groot.
Rocket Raccoon showcasing his self-esteem in a maxim of circular logic: That is cool.
Rocket Raccoon adjusting his crotch: That is cool, I guess.
The gang's prideful march: That is cool.
John C. Reilly introducing the name of the movie: That is cool.
John C. Reilly lamenting his lot in life, and the fate of the universe altogether: That is cool.
More prideful marching: That is cool.
Rocket Raccoon yelling: That is cool.
This movie looks cool.
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Masked rockers Gwar have opted to continue with plans to stage their annual Gwar-B-Q event in Virginia following the death of frontman Dave Brockie. The group founder, aka Oderus Urungus, passed away at his home in the state on Sunday (23Mar14), and his bandmates have decided the show must go on, because it's what he would have wanted.
The event will take place at Hadad's Lake in Richmond in August (16Aug14), a day after a planned memorial for Brockie at the same location.
Friends, bandmates, fans and family members are awaiting a toxicology report from the Virginia medical examiner to confirm the cause of Brockie's death, amid reports suggesting drug use may have been involved.
Funeral arrangements have been made and a private memorial will be held.
Glee star Dianna Agron has reportedly split from her Australian boyfriend Nick Mathers after less than a year. The blonde beauty has been linked to the restaurateur since last August (13), but it seems their romance has now fizzled out, a source tells E! News.
The insider reveals Agron "dumped him a month ago," but did not divulge further details on what led to the split.
Agron kept their relationship fairly private and they were only photographed together a few times.
She previously dated actor Sebastian Stan, James Franco's younger brother Dave Franco, and her I Am Number Four co-star Alex Pettyfer.
Former Led Zeppelin star John Paul Jones has teamed up with Norwegian musician Deathprod to form a new band. The music duo, who are calling themselves Minibus Pumps, will release a debut album, Cloud to Ground, in March (14), according to FactMagazine.com.
Jones previously played alongside Dave Grohl and Josh Homme in Them Crooked Vultures.
In addition to his new album, the bassist is also writing an opera, which is based on The Ghost Sonata, a 1907 play by Swedish writer August Strindberg.
British model/actress Kelly Brook is reportedly reigniting her romance with former boyfriend Danny Cipriani, according to a U.K. report. The Piranha 3D star, who split from the rugby player in August (13) following allegations he had cheated on her, was spotted getting intimate with Cipriani during a night out in London.
The pair was seen partying on Saturday (07Nov13) at the city's Steam & Rye bar, which Brook co-owns, and later at the nearby Rose Club.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "They were with a group of friends but were all over each other, cuddling, kissing and taking photos of themselves. They've been back on speaking terms for a few weeks.
"Kelly has been dating Dave Gardner, but she can't make a clean break from Danny. He hurt her but she still thinks he's the love of her life and that they can work it out. It could be the start of them getting back into a relationship."
Unlucky-in-love actress/model Kelly Brook has been linked to her pal Katherine Jenkins' former fiance. The Piranha 3D star split from rugby player Danny Cipriani in August (13) amid allegations he had cheated on her, and she has since been seen on the arm of men including David Beckham's friend Dave Gardner and British sports star James Haskell.
Now reports suggest the star has been dating British TV presenter Gethin Jones, who was engaged to opera singer Jenkins for four years until their split in 2011.
Brook and Jones have reportedly enjoyed several dinner dates and the brunette beauty was also spotted leaving Jones' Los Angeles apartment.
A source tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "They have fancied each other for ages but have never been single at the same time before. Kelly thinks Gethin could definitely be boyfriend material... Gethin thinks Kelly is gorgeous. He can't believe his luck, and he'd like this to become more serious."
Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with a further two counts of indecent assault on a woman aged over 16. The former BBC Radio 1 presenter was charged in August (13) with 11 indecent assaults and one charge of sexual assault, and on Tuesday (01Oct13) he was hit with two more offences.
The new allegations are alleged to have occurred between 1 January, 1992 and 31 December, 1993.
Travis, real name David Patrick Griffin, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on 3 October (13).
British musician Dave Stewart has cleared up reports suggesting he wasn't invited to Annie Lennox's wedding, insisting his previous remarks were misquoted. Stewart hit headlines over the summer (13) when he reportedly told Britain's The Independent newspaper that he rarely speaks to his former Eurythmics bandmate and wasn't asked to join the party at her wedding in London last year (Sep12).
The star has now spoken out to clarify up the confusion, confirming he did receive an invitation but he was unable to fly back to Britain from his home in Los Angeles. Stewart insists he was unable to find childcare for his kids, and he was also mourning the death of his director friend Tony Scott, who committed suicide that August (12).
He tells Britain's Sunday Telegraph, "No (it's not true). Of course not. It's insane. We're best friends. Of course we were invited to the wedding. She was dancing at my wedding... I want to correct this... (Lennox emailed me and) she's like, 'Why are you saying this? Of course you were invited.' I'm like, 'I know!'... We had two young daughters at school, an 11 year old and a 13 year old, we didn't have a nanny and it (the wedding) was in England for two days. It was at the same time as loads of other things, which Annie knew... It's all b**locks (rubbish) anyway, so who cares?"
Stewart goes on to insist he is still close to his friend and former collaborator, adding, "We still have periods of being together. Annie has come to stay at the farmhouse in L.A. where I live with my new wife... Annie is one of the most brilliant, amazing people and characters I ever met. We are there for each other, whatever, through thick and thin."