2014 was the year that everyone fell in love with Chris Pratt. And it's hard not to: the Parks and Recreation actor is hilarious and easy-going, and it's clear he has a good heart. (It also doesn't hurt that he's gotten super ripped). Chris became a bonafide movie star with this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, and with Jurrasic World out next year, it looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of him. Which is just fine with us.
1. When he showed off his dance moves in Guardians of the Galaxy...:
2. ...as well as his abs:
3. When he french braided an intern's hair during an interview:
4. When he told the story of how he got in trouble for flashing Amy Poehler:
5. When he talked about an adorable moment he had with his son:
6. When he was named one of GQ's Men of the Year:
7. When he sang at the Parks and Recreation wrap party:
8. When he got us pumped for Jurrasic World:
9. When he voiced the main character in The Lego Movie:
10. When he hosted SNL:
11. When he accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
12. When he gave an inspiring speech to an audience of kids:
Thanks for making this year awesome, Chris. We'll have a dance-off with you any time.
Chris Pratt initially thought his blockbuster film Guardians Of The Galaxy would "bomb" because of its unconventional characters.
The sci-fi superhero film based on the Marvel comic book series of the same name features an unlikely team of extraterrestrial misfits, including an alien, a talking raccoon and tree-like humanoid set out to save the world.
When the Parks and Recreation star first began to work with Guardians producers, he was hesitant to take on the lead role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord because it sounded so outlandish and doomed for failure.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Every rule said, 'You don't make a movie with a talking tree,' 'You don't spend this much money on a raccoon with a gun'. For me, I was like, 'Oh, so this movie is going to bomb. Done. This is the end of my career.'"
Pratt's initial instincts proved to be misled - the film was a massive hit, grossing more than $772 million in the worldwide box office, making it one of the biggest movies of the year (14).
Comic book superheroes Guardians Of The Galaxy are heading to TV in a new animated series for Disney XD. The show, based on the summer (14) blockbuster, will follow the adventures of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, and his band of unlikely heroes and is expected to debut next year (15). The movie adaptation starred Chris Pratt as Quill, alongside a cast which included Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
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The Guardians Of The Galaxy have ended the summer on a high by becoming the year's highest grossing moving in the U.S..
The action film's $16.3 million (GBP9.6 million) Labor Day weekend take was enough to take it back to the top of the box office for a third week, overtaking fellow Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier along the way.
Guardians of the Galaxy has now made over $274 million (GBP161 million) since its release at the beginning of August (14).
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake comes in second with $11.8 million (GBP6.9 million) and Chloe Grace Moretz's new movie If I Stay rounds out the new top three. Low-budget horror film As Above, So Below is the week's highest debut, entering the U.S. box office at four with an estimated $8.3 million (GBP5.2 million).
Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr. has branded the summer blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy the "best Marvel movie ever". The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced a new superhero in Peter Quill/Star Lord, played by Chris Pratt, earlier this month (14), and the film quickly become a hit, surpassing the $500 million (£301 million) mark in the global box office.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Downey, Jr. graciously admits the newest addition to the Marvel family is the one to beat.
He said, "Guardians of the Galaxy, in some ways, is the best Marvel movie ever. It's odd for someone with - on occasion - an ego the size of mine to actually say that...
"It's like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: 'Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has a great arm and he should start.' And then he goes and wins the Superbowl!"
Ironically, Guardians director James Gunn said at the film's recent press conference in London that he and Pratt have discussed at length what would happen if Downey, Jr. and the rest of The Avengers had a face-off with Quill and his team.
Gunn revealed, "Chris and I were driving somewhere the other day and in the car we were having one of our ridiculous conversations and we were talking about all the different things that could happen to the Guardians in this universe, like we do endlessly, we talk about it constantly.
"And he was saying, 'Dude seriously, I really really think that Star Lord should kill Iron Man. Like it would be so awesome and if he shot him, people would be so surprised".
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
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Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
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Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
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Actor Chris Pratt helped to surprise families at a children's hospital in California on Wednesday (20Aug14) by visiting the medical facility in his Guardians Of The Galaxy costume. The star teamed up with organisers at Marvel and Children's Miracle Network Hospital to host a special screening of the film at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
During the screening, Pratt slipped out of the room to change into his costume.
He reappeared as Star-Lord and spent hours posing for pictures, signing autographs and handing out movie-themed toys to the young children.
Pratt has previously spoken about his desire to use the film's popularity to be a role model to his son and other kids.
He said, "I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone and go visit kids.
"If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital - for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them - I'll do that. I think that's awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?...
"Right now, it means high profile, cool jobs coming up, big press tour, and all the excitement of it all. But none of that really means anything. The coolest things would be that my son can one day see this, and that maybe I can go affect some kids in a positive way; be a good role model for them."
Marvel bosses gave Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn a birthday gift to remember by presenting him with a powerful prop from the blockbuster film. The latest movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already raked in more than $313 million (£186 million) at the worldwide box office, and company executives have recruited Gunn for a follow-up film in 2017.
For his 44th birthday on Tuesday (05Aug14), Marvel chiefs showed their gratitude for his role in making the film a big hit, by giving him a replica of the infinity stone, the item of immeasurable power which is coveted by supervillain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin in the film.
Gunn shared a photo of his unique gift on Instagram.com on Friday (08Aug14), showing the handcrafted item next to a plaque with a quote from Guardians hero Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), which reads "That was a pretty good plan."
Gunn added the caption, "Pretty wonderful birthday gift from the folks at Marvel."
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Guardians of the Galaxy grooved its way to a cool $94 million intake over the weekend, proving that Marvel can get as weird and silly as its wants and people will still flock to the theaters. It’s a huge moment for the studio, proof that Marvel is king of the superhero mountain top. But we have to wonder what the box office results would have looked like if anyone else had dared to make a Guardians of the Galaxy. What if the film didn’t have the big red Marvel stamp sewn into every inch of marketing? If Guardians didn’t tease its tenuous connections to the Avengers cinematic universe, would people have still coughed up nearly a hundred million dollars to see it? The answer: no way.
The truth is, if any other studio tried to make a film about a tree, a misanthropic raccoon, and two green people, it would have been laughed out of the theaters without making its money back. If the film were was just an original script with no ties to comic books, it would have a hard enough time just getting made, let alone becoming the biggest August opening of all time. But since this flick isn't simply Guardians of the Galaxy but Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, a talking racoon has suddenly become the key to box office success.
Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't look or feel like any of what Marvel has ever done before. The film is much more of a space opera than your standard superhero flick, but the film doesn't need superheroes to be successful. In building its universe, Marvel has created a phenomenon of must-see movies. The studio has turned its films into a mosaic, a puzzle of films to be sorted out and put together by fans, pieces that come together to form one larger picture. Even though Guardians is the weirdest piece yet, it still has necessary connections to other movies. Marvel has created a fleet of unmissable films. If you want to understand everything that happens in Avengers: Age of Ultron, you better make sure to see Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a spectacular marketing plan, one helped by the fact that Marvel's films are generally pretty good, but one that doesn't leave a whole lot of room for other blockbusters without recognizable source material or connections to larger franchises. Sadly, the only way an space opera like Guardians of the Galaxy could have survived in today's film market is if it's a part of a Marvel's cinematic universe.
The sad truth is that big sci-fi blockbusters don't do well unless they're a part of some larger franchise or well established universe of films. It’s why the nearly great Edge of Tomorrow only managed to scrape together $28 million in its opening weekend. We bet if the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner was proceeded by the page flipping Marvel title card, it would have made twice its opening weekend gross. We're also willing to bet that if Marvel had created a story about giant robots beating back a swarm of monsters and set it in their cinematic universe, it would have made three times as much money as Pacific Rim, a film whose lifetime domestic gross amounts to what Guardians of the Galaxy made in half a week. Sadly, films like Edge of Tomorrow and Pacific Rim only prove to studios that there's no use in tyring to produce blockbusters that aren't already a part of recognizable franchises or universes. People aren't interested anymore.
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Almost immediately upon exiting my screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, I was hit by a friend and fellow movies writer with the inevitable question: "Better than The Avengers?" Even though Guardians is less a superhero movie than a space adventure, the new release is bound to win (or suffer) comparison to the 2012 hit that broke box office records and redefined the possibility of the already prosperous comic book feature.
But it's no easy question to tackle — is Guardians of the Galaxy (which is great) better than The Avengers (which is great)? I'm still not sure. But when you allocate the debate toward specific elements braved by the films, you close in on something resembling an answer. So here we go. Which movie is better in terms of...
Action?The Avengers. James Gunn is still new to the blockbuster game, and needs to work out a few bugs in his action sequence methodology. Joss Whedon, though generally more of a small-scale player himself, showcased some pretty stellar sequences in '12.
Characters?Guardians of the Galaxy. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, and Groot are not simply snappy vehicles driving us toward exciting set pieces. They and their pangs (and quirks) are the sincere core and draw of this story. You'll be surprised at how much empathy a misanthropic raccoon can command.
Villain?The Avengers, in a big way. Loki was the virtual highlight of his movie, while Guardians' Ronan the Accuser is a moreover anonymous figure that simply spouts colorless threats of tyranny.
Performances?Kind of a toss-up. In Guardians, Chris Pratt is a standout as hero Star-Lord, Dave Bautista is a surprisingly charismatic Drax, and Bradley Cooper and (especially) Vin Diesel managed some pretty impressive vocal charms as Rocket and Groot, respectively. But we'd be remiss to forget how inviting the snarky Robert Downey Jr., caustic Scarlett Johansson, brooding Mark Ruffalo, and flamboyantly wicked Tom Hiddleston all were.
Humor?Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, The Avengers had terrific moments of comic relief, but these were peppered delicately throughout a tense (albeit joyful) action-adventure movie. Guardians is as much a comedy as it is a genre picture, and its material is sharp and wry.
Coherency?The Avengers. Whedon's flick is astoundingly neat and well-packaged for how grand (and kooky) it is. Guardians' biggest mis-step is probably is clumsy construction.
Special Effects?The Avengers, thanks once again to experience... and an extra $50 million in budget.
Thrills?Probably, again, The Avengers, though not by a wide margin. Something about Whedon's sleek design, meticulous plotting, and an everpresent severity made the whole thing seem a little more gasp-worthy.
Je ne sais quoi?Guardians of the Galaxy. The real victory of Gunn's new film is its spirit, its warm and inviting personal touch. It might have its bugs, but the tidy perfection of The Avengers wouldn't have been appropriate for a film of its theme and motives. Overall, we'd champion Guardians as our preferred Marvel adventure for this reason alone: it's got that special heart that doesn't come around to big budget blockbusters all too often.
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