"It was very personal. It was the month after the accident happened with my brother Paul Walker and it was the first time I had worked since. Although it was challenging, just to get back to work was therapeutic - especially as Groot. There was an innocence about the character that was just refreshing." Vin Diesel tells The Hollywood Reporter that working on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy helped him recover from the death of his Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker last year (Nov13).
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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"After spending time with his biological brothers, I must say to the parents, you raised some great kids." Actor Vin Diesel is full of praise for Paul Walker's family after working with his siblings Caleb and Cody to help complete filming on the late actor's scenes in Fast & Furious 7.
Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has clarified comments he made insisting he should have won a prize at the MTV Movie Awards over late actor Paul Walker. The tragic star, who perished in a car crash in November (13), was posthumously honoured with the Best Onscreen Duo award alongside his Fast & Furious 6 co-star Vin Diesel at Sunday's (13Apr14) ceremony.
In an interview with USA Today, Ice Cube seemed to suggest film fans voted out of sympathy for Walker, and that he should have scooped the prize with his Ride Along co-star Kevin Hart. He said, "We was robbed. Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period. They should have gave it to him before he passed away (sic)."
Now he has taken to Twitter.com to insist his remarks have been taken out of context, writing, "Re: (regarding) The MTV Awards. I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people! Don't believe the hype. "We should honour people before they die. That's all. MTV Awards. Ice Cube is not a sore loser. I was born losing. This winning s**t is what I gotta get use to (sic). Last tweet and I'mma (sic) leave it alone. Remember this: A lie travels further then the truth (sic). Damn the devil is busy. And Paul Walker fans don't trip (get upset). I was a fan too."
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has accused fans of voting for Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker as the MTV Movie Awards' Best On-Screen Duo out of "sympathy", after losing out to the Fast & Furious pair at Sunday's (13Apr14) ceremony. Ice Cube and his Ride Along co-star Kevin Hart were among the nominees for the accolade at the annual prizegiving, but the honour was ultimately given to Diesel and Walker, who died in a car crash last November (13).
The hip-hop veteran is bitter about the result, because he is convinced devotees let their emotions get the better of them instead of rewarding the pair which really deserved to win for outstanding chemistry.
He tells USA Today that it was a "sympathy" vote for Walker, adding, "We was robbed (sic). Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period."
He adds, "They should have gave it to him (Walker) before he passed away."
Ice Cube also reveals that he decided to leave the ceremony shortly after arriving, opting to watch a basketball game at home instead.
He admitted, "I just wasn't into it. I have been going in and out of these things (awards shows) for 25 years. If you ain't (sic) into it, why torture yourself? As soon as you get bored, get up and leave."
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed its way to glory at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (13Apr14), taking home a trio of top prizes. Co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson fought off competition to land the Best Female and Best Male Performance honours, while the film itself claimed the night's most coveted title for Movie of the Year.
Accepting the Movie of the Year award with co-star Sam Claflin, Hutcherson paid tribute to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Plutarch Heavensbee in the film franchise. He said, "I know that if Philip were here, he would really think this was really cool and to have him in our movies was one of the coolest things in the world, he's one of the actors I've looked up to my entire life, and we think about him every day on set, so wherever he is, this definitely goes out to him as well."
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Jared Leto scored gold again for his role as transgender HIV sufferer Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, taking home the Best On-Screen Transformation trophy, Zac Efron was feted with the Best Shirtless Performance and comedy We're the Millers won Best Kiss for Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, who also took home the Breakthrough Performance prize. Channing Tatum received the Trailblazer Award and Mark Wahlberg was presented with the Generation Award.
Jordana Brewster was on hand to remember her tragic Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, who died in an horrific car crash in November (13). She said, "He was humble. He thought about others. He never asked for credit or glory. He was just a really good guy." She then introduced a video montage of Walker's best performances.
Musical appearances at the Los Angeles ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, came from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Twenty One Pilots and rapper Eminem and Rihanna, who teamed up to perform their smash hit The Monster live on TV for the first time.
The main list of winners is as follows: Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Kiss: Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs Orcs in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron - That Awkward Moment Best Villain: Mila Kunis - Oz The Great and Powerful Best On-Screen Transformation: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson performing Everybody in This is the End Best Cameo Performance: Rihanna - This is the End Favorite Character: Shailene Woodley as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior in Divergent Trailblazer Award: Channing Tatum WTF Moment: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Best Scared-As-S**t Performance: Brad Pitt – World War Z Best On-Screen Duo: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6 Best Hero: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent –Man of Steel Generation Award: Mark Wahlberg.
A new Fast & Furious attraction is to be added to the famous Backlot Tour at California's Universal Studios theme park in 2015. The 3D spectacle will provide a "pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled finale" to the tour, during which a bus takes tourists through the sets of Psycho, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Jaws.
The stars of the Fast & Furious films, including lead actor Vin Diesel, will feature in the new attraction.
Actor Vin Diesel has suffered a minor concussion while filming Fast & Furious 7. The Riddick star posted a picture of himself and director James Wan on Facebook.com on Tuesday (01Apr14) and detailed how he got the injury.
He writes, "Knocked skulls with (Jason) Statham, literally... then got beaten with lead pipes. Slammed against a car and suffered a minor concussion."
But Diesel insists he isn't going to let the injury stall the movie because he owes it to late pal and co-star Paul Walker to complete the project.
He adds, "I promised Pablo (Paul Walker) this would be the biggest film in history... haha... all in a days work. P.s. Proud of the whole Fast team."
Production on the movie resumed last month (Mar14) following the car crash death of franchise star Walker last year (Nov13).
The film is slated to hit theatres in April, 2015.
Angelina Jolie stunned attendees at Las Vegas' CinemaCon event on Tuesday (25Mar14) by making an unexpected appearance to premiere footage from her upcoming drama Unbroken. The Salt star has been working on her second directorial project, a biopic about the life of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, and she shared the first clips from the movie with cinema owners at the annual film conference.
Speaking to the audience at the Caesars Palace resort, she said, "Lou Zamperini is the toughest man I have ever met. He's a fighter and true hero. He is also a man of faith, full of love and humility. He sounds perfect. But he wasn't always. Smoking, stealing and drinking by the time he was nine, he was convinced he was worth nothing and full of darkness."
Jolie revealed that she had been deeply moved by Zamperini's story of survival, documented in Laura Hillenbrand's book Unbroken, and was determined to share his journey through life with the world.
She added, "I wanted to make this film because its message is one that we all need now more than ever - the journey of a man finding his way through the darkness and into the light. It's about an imperfect person... someone who helps to remind us all what each of us is capable of."
Jolie was the only talent present during the Universal Pictures presentation of upcoming releases, which included a preview from the Fast & Furious 7 movie.
The fast-paced film sequel featured footage of late actor Paul Walker opposite co-stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez. Many of Walker's scenes are being shot using look-a-likes following the star's car crash death in November (13).
Actor Vin Diesel has written a new tribute to his tragic Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker. Walker died in a fiery car crash in November (13) and Diesel has spoken of the bond he and his co-star shared both professionally and personally.
On Saturday (22Mar14) the actor revealed how close Walker had become to his own family in a new message about the loss of his friend and colleague on Facebook.com.
Alongside a picture of Walker with Diesel's brother, also called Paul, the actor writes, "Pablo (Walker) and my mother would have deep conversations... she claimed, that it was no accident that this on-screen duo has come to define brotherhood in Our millennium. You see... the other guy in the photo is also named Paul... and although they look more alike, he is actually my twin brother."
Diesel also thanked fans for their support as Fast & Furious bosses prepare to resume work on the seventh instalment in the film franchise later this month (Mar14).
He adds, "God knows we will need all of you to complete this intense experience called SEVEN. Though this may be one of the hardest things I have had to do in my career, I can't help but to think... that it will also be the most significant."