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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Episode 82 – Guardians of the Galaxy, Dragon Con’s Stargate Track and Tampa Bay ComicCon

    What an eventful week it’s been! Star Mage #5 has hit the shelves, Guardians of the Galaxy has come in as the best movie of the year and JC and Rita had a blast at Tampa Bay ComicCon! The duo give you their review of GotG and the Con plus they chat with the Track Director of the Stargate Multiverse Track at Dragon Con, Jamie Poff.

    Plus, Doctor Who news has been exploding out of Cardiff. What’s the latest on Series 8?

    We cover it all in this week’s Transmissions From Atlantis.

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    Transmissions From Atlantis Episode 82 – Guardians of the Galaxy, Dragon Con’s Stargate Track and Tampa Bay ComicCon

    0:57 Opening

    2:26 Guardians of the Galaxy (Spoilers Warning)

    14:03 Tampa Bay ComicCon

    23:06 Dragon Con Stargate Multiverse Track Director Jamie Poff

    49:14 Dr. Geek’s MOS – Bunnies!

    50:56 Doctor Who

    1:10:24 Closing (featuring Styx’s Come Sail Away)

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    Movie review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ another win for Marvel

    By Ashley Bergner
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    Guradian-of-the-Galaxy-Trailer-New-HD-StillsA plot that’s a blend of “Star Wars” and “The Avengers,” with a dash of “Indiana Jones.” A wisecracking, trigger-happy raccoon in a space suit. A gentle-hearted walking tree who can communicate using only one phrase. A soundtrack featuring hit songs from the ’70s. A sci-fi film that’s heavy on comedy, with numerous 1980s pop culture references.

    Try to throw all these elements together in one movie, and logically, it shouldn’t work. And yet somehow, it does, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” turns out to be delightfully quirky and original, and possibly the most fun movie to hit theaters this summer. Although the movie initially generated some speculation that it could be Marvel Studios’ first real flop, it exceeded expectations and actually came close to tying “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” $95 million opening earlier this year.

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a departure from the films we’re used to seeing from Marvel, and is more of an old-fashioned space opera than a standard superhero film. The movie stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, a Han Solo-esque thief and smuggler who steals an artifact without realizing it actually contains a dangerously powerful energy source known as an “Infinity Stone.” Dark forces in the galaxy want to seize this power, and Quill finds himself teaming up with a ragtag band of roguish misfits in order to protect the stone: an alien assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana); a foul-mouthed, genetically engineered raccoon (Bradley Cooper); a walking tree-like creature who can only say “I am Groot” (Vin Diesel); and a warrior named Drax who is seeking vengeance for the death of his family (Dave Bautista).

    While there are some comparisons that can be drawn between “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Avengers” (the “orb” standing in for the Tesseract, the concept of a team of reluctant allies forced to work together for a higher cause), “Guardians” manages to find its own voice. The strength of the movie is the characters; while the Avengers are the polished rock stars of the Marvel universe, the Guardians are more like a scrappy garage band. They’re not heroic by nature, and most of them don’t see the need to look out for anyone but their own self.

    Chris Pratt proves to be a strong lead as Peter Quill, giving the character an air of roguish charm and firing off a constant stream of wisecracks. Another stand-out is Bradley Cooper as Rocket. Admittedly, the concept of a talking, gun-toting raccoon seems far-fetched, but again, somehow it works. Rocket knows how to talk tough, making the other characters (and the audience) take him seriously. Groot — the sentient tree who is Rocket’s best friend — turns out to be a surprisingly enduring character, and Drax’s extreme literalness (he can’t process metaphors) provides some great comedic moments. Zoe Saldana’s Gamora is mysterious and lethal, and is immune to Quill’s charms (though of course that doesn’t stop him from trying).

    Another feature I liked about the film (and it’s a feature Marvel always seems to do well) is the way the script works in comedy without losing the story’s emotional weight. This film frequently uses humor to contrast more serious moments (there’s a great bit where Peter Quill challenges Lee Pace’s very serious, very Shakespearean villain Ronan the Accuser to a “dance off”), but the humor doesn’t take away from the movie’s heart. I also really liked the soundtrack; while it may seem odd to have ’70s pop songs playing in futuristic outer space, it helps to ground the movie and captures the spirit of Peter Quill’s character.

    There are probably places where you could be picky in the movie. Ronan the Accuser is a fairly generic comic book villain; Karen Gillan’s Nebula is more of a secondary villain but actually is a stronger character and might have benefited from more screen time. However, overall this is one of the most fun movies I have seen so far this year, and it’s my favorite movie of the summer. I’m glad Marvel was willing to take a risk, and I’m already looking forward to the sequel.

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    Movie preview: Will Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ gamble pay off?

    By Ashley Bergner
    Box Office Buzz

    1819 KS_New_galaxyBy this point, Marvel’s superhero movie empire seems to be pretty much bulletproof. Starting with “Iron Man” back in 2008, Marvel has managed to take B-list superheroes and turn them into blockbusters, building enough buzz for their team-up film “The Avengers” that it became the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time. It would have been easy for Marvel to settle into that comfortable pattern of hits, which is why I admire them for taking a genuine risk this summer: “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” — based on one of Marvel’s lesser-known comics — is a departure from the superhero films Marvel has produced in the past. The sci-fi action/adventure film involves a team of misfit rogues and criminals — a sort of anti-hero version of the Avengers — who team up (somewhat reluctantly) to save the galaxy. It’s decidedly quirky; the trailers so far indicate the film will be heavy on comedy, and two of the members of that team of misfits include a talking raccoon and a walking tree (yes, you read that right).

    It’s understandable that at first some didn’t think this was exactly the perfect recipe for a summer blockbuster. Would the concept be too strange, too obscure for audiences to connect with? Was it too much of a departure from the films audiences were used to seeing from Marvel? Would “Guardians” turn out to be Marvel’s first real flop?

    I’m hoping audiences will give this movie a chance. Of course I haven’t seen it yet, so I could change my mind after this weekend, but initial buzz is very good, and I think the marketing campaign is working. The movie has a 97 percent rating right now on Rotten Tomatoes; while that number could drop some by this weekend, it’s a great start, and the early reviews seem to be enthusiastic.

    I’ve been really pleased with the trailers released for the movie so far. The visual effects look impressive (it seems like it’s been a while since we’ve seen a film with a really good all-out space battle), and the cast seems to be having fun with their roles. I think Chris Pratt will be great as the leader of the Guardians: Peter Quill, a sort of slacker Han Solo. However, Bradley Cooper may well steal the show as the voice of the feisty, gun-toting Rocket Raccoon.

    I think Disney and Marvel also picked a good time to release the movie. Overall, this seems to be a slower summer than normal, and “Guardians” won’t have much competition by the time it hits the box office this weekend. “Guardians” looks like the perfect blend of fun (and funny) and exciting, and the uniqueness of its concept could bring people out to the theater again.

    Right now “Guardians” is tracking about $70 million, which isn’t quite as high as “Captain America’s” $90 million+ opening earlier this year but is still well above “flop” territory. If buzz continues to build and critical response remains strong, I could see this number actually going higher. Ironically, Marvel’s bigger gamble now may actually be next summer’s more conventional superhero movie “Ant-Man,” which has been plagued by some negative buzz due to director and cast departures.

    So, are you looking forward to “Guardians of the Galaxy?” Do you think it will be a hit or a miss for Marvel?

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    Blockbuster season forecast: 2014 summer movie preview

    By Ashley Bergner
    Box Office Buzz

    296145 KS_New_spideyAlthough the summer movie season officially kicks off this weekend with the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ in theaters, in some ways it feels like blockbuster season has already started. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” served as an early kick-off on April 4, pulling in a huge $95 million opening weekend in the U.S. and earning praise from both critics and fans. However, there are plenty more big movies still to come (it will be interesting to see if they can top the Cap’s strong performance, though) — and there will be several wild cards, as well. Here are some of the movies getting the most buzz this summer:

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)

    spidey2The 2012 Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” proved to be somewhat polarizing among fans, and some argued the franchise didn’t really need a reboot. I personally enjoyed the movie, but I think the characters and performances were stronger than the actual plot. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone had great chemistry as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy.

    The trailers released so far for the sequel are intense and action-packed. Spider-Man will face several new villains, including the electricity-manipulating Electro (Jamie Foxx) and his former friend Harry Osborn/Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). There is some concern that too many villains and too many subplots could clutter the film, but hopefully director Marc Webb will be able to successfully balance all the elements while making time for meaningful character development.

    Godzilla (May 16)

    godzillaAlthough Godzilla has been a fixture in monster movies for decades, the most recent American Godzilla movie, released in 1998, wasn’t well received by critics and failed to launch a franchise. While it remains to be seen how well audiences respond to the new film, the film’s trailers appear promising, hinting at a gritty, exciting reboot.

    The new film stars Bryan Cranston (coming off a successful run on “Breaking Bad”) as a nuclear physicist and engineer. He is backed by a solid cast that includes Ken Watanabe and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen (who will, coincidentally, also star together in another upcoming blockbuster: next summer’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”). I like the look of the film so far, and early buzz seems to be good. Guillermo del Toro has expressed interest in a possible crossover between “Godzilla” and his own “Pacific Rim” film; I’d love to see the robot “Jaegers” from del Toro’s film battle Godzilla.

    X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)

    X-Men“Days of Future Past” appears to be the X-Men version of “The Avengers,” bringing together numerous superheroes from the X-Men franchise and blending the story lines of the original X-Men trilogy and the prequel “First Class.” In “Days of Future Past,” the X-Men wage a war that jumps across time periods and try to change the past in order to save the future.

    My favorite of the X-Men movies is the prequel “X-Men: First Class,” and at first I was a little disappointed “Days of Future Past” wasn’t a straight-up sequel to that film. However, I’m really excited about this film now, especially since it features both the older and younger versions of Professor X and Magneto — Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, and James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively. Hopefully director Bryan Singer will be able to handle the large cast of characters as well as Joss Whedon handled the multiple superheroes in “The Avengers.”

    Maleficent (May 30)

    maleficentLive-action adaptations of famous fairy tales have been hit-or-miss in Hollywood lately. The best of the recent batch — 2012′s “Snow White and the Huntsman” — succeeded in turning the story of “Snow White” into a dark, gritty medieval fantasy with gorgeous visuals. While Disney’s new PG-rated live-action Sleeping Beauty retelling “Maleficent” certainly won’t be “Game of Thrones”-level gritty, the studio does appear to be presenting a darker version of one of its best-known animated films.

    Angelina Jolie appears to be great choice to play the villain Maleficent, who in the original film curses Sleeping Beauty and tries to destroy the kingdom. However, I’m guessing the new film will be presenting a more nuanced version of the character, and we will likely learn how and why she decided to become a villain.

    Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)

    edge-of-tomorrowIn “Edge of Tomorrow,” Tom Cruise plays a soldier trapped in a seemingly never-ending nightmare: he’s caught in a time loop that causes him to return, over and over again, to a fatal battle against a race of aliens known as Mimics. He doesn’t understand how he came to be trapped in this cycle, and he’s forced to die again and again. However, each time he’s sent back to this battle, he learns more combat skills and receives more training from a Special Forces soldier (Emily Blunt). Together they try to find a way to defeat the alien enemy.

    I’ve enjoyed the trailers released for this movie so far, and it’s exciting to see the Hollywood trend of more sci-fi movies continue. The action scenes look good and I’m intrigued by the plot concept; I haven’t read the book the film is based on but I’m wondering if perhaps the cause Cruise’s character is asked to fight for isn’t as noble as it seems, or if there’s a deeper mystery behind the time loop. The summer release schedule is always crowded, so sometimes it is difficult for films to stand out. Good reviews and strong word of mouth could make this one a break-out like last year’s “World War Z.”

    Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)

    transformersThe “Transformers” franchise has proven to be an interesting phenomenon. Although the series has taken quite a bit of flak from critics and viewers, it continues to pull in impressive amounts of money at the box office. The new film is a sort-of reboot, starring Mark Wahlberg as a struggling inventor and featuring the appearance of Dinobots, who transform into mechanical dinosaurs.

    Although director Michael Bay has made some interesting casting choices for the film — including Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci — I am sensing some “franchise fatigue” by this point. While I don’t think this one will necessarily be a flop, it likely won’t be the biggest blockbuster of the summer, either.

    Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1)

    guardiansOut of all the movies slated for release this summer, this one carries the biggest question mark. More of a sci-fi action movie with a heavy dose of humor than Marvel’s traditional superhero fare, this film will be a true test of how much power the Marvel brand really does carry. The film is about a ragtag crew of criminals and misfits who have to decide if they are willing to risk their lives to save the galaxy.

    Based on the trailer, I think this movie will be a lot of fun with good action sequences and plenty of humor; however, my fear is that Marvel will have a tougher time selling this one to general audiences, due to some of its quirkier aspects. Still, this is one of my most anticipated movies for the summer, and I think it does have a chance to be a break-out hit.

    So, what movies are you most looking forward to this summer? What will be the biggest hit? What will be the biggest flop?

     

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    Episode 47 – Connnnnn! DragonCon’s Dan Carroll, San Diego Comic Con Recap and Pacific Rim

    We go Con crazy this week with all the  news from San Diego Comic Con. We let you in on all the important stuff you need to know. We also continue our preparation for DragonCon as we have an interview with DragonCon’s Director of Media Relations Dan Carroll. We give you our review of Pacific Rim plus breakdown all the SDCC news regarding Doctor Who – Does Matt regret leaving? Is Moffat lying about no classic Doctors in 50th? Has the 12th Doctor been picked? And what happened to Amy Pond’s hair?

    Plus  - Star Mage is FUNDED! We tell you what’s next.  All this and much more on the Tizzle F’in A.  Click through for the show schedule, links and more!

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    Episode 47 Lineup

    1:29 – Opening

    2:55 Sci-Fi News

    • Star Mage Succeeds!
    • Pacific Rim Review

    10:14 Dragon-Con

    • Dan Carroll, Director of Media Relations

    41:30 San Diego Comic-Con

    57:17 Doctor Who News

     

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