Most of us are looking to kill some time right now, what with being cooped up in the house and all. What better way to do that than to watch one of the most beloved movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the director that brought it to life? Those who enjoy 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy will have the chance to do just that tonight, as James Gunn is attending an online watch party for his first MCU entry.
The folks at Comicbook.com have been hosting a #QuarantineWatchParty series during this period of self-isolation and social distancing. During some of these events, filmmakers who helped make the movies have joined in to share insight about the movies. James Gunn, taking to Twitter, recently revealed that he will be attending the Guardians of the Galaxy watch party. Here's what he had to say.'Okay I'll make it to this #GotG #QuarantineWatchParty tomorrow night at 9 pm EST.'
Guardians of the Galaxy marked a major turning point in the MCU. Up to that point, Marvel Studios had largely played it safe with characters that were at least semi-popular or well known to comic book readers. Even the most devoted comic fans were, at best, tangentially familiar with this obscure group prior to the movie. That makes what James Gunn did all the more impressive, as he turned a rag-tag group of aliens, led by a human named Star-Lord, along with a talking tree and raccoon, and turned it into one of the most surprising blockbusters of the last decade. It also expanded the scope of what the MCU could be and helped pave the way for movies like Doctor Strange and Black Panther. It also led to a sequel, 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
With that, having James Gunn watch along and share insight about the movie sounds like a solid way to kill a couple of hours. Who knows? Maybe someone will finally find the one, big elusive Easter egg that hasn't been discovered yet. James Gunn, meanwhile is currently busy working on The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., which wrapped filming before the widespread production shutdown went into effect. After he's done with the DC universe, he'll be heading back over to Marvel to work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will be part of Phase 5 of the MCU.
Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive box office hit, grossing $772 million and earning high praise from critics upon release. To this day, it is consistently ranked as one of the best MCU movies to date. Those who wish to attend the #QuarantineWatchParty simply need to push play on a copy of the movie, be it a physical or digital one, at 9 p.m. EST. The movie is also available to stream on Disney+. For more information, head on over to Comicbook.com.
It looks like Martin Scorsese is missing his pals at Netflix. The streaming giant essentially gave Scorsese a blank check to make The Irishman, and now that the legendary filmmaker is back working with a regular studio, he’s reportedly getting nostalgic for that Netflix freedom. Scorsese is currently working on Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars both Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. The movie already has a budget over $220 million dollars, which is rumored to be giving studio Paramount more than a few sleepless nights.
Richard Rushfield broke this story in his Ankler newsletter, stating that there are rumors swirling that Netflix could swoop in and grab Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. Rushfield states these are nothing but rumors for now, but does add that even if Netflix doesn’t come to the rescue, Scorsese would sure like them to. As the story goes, Paramount is nervous about Flower Moon‘s current $225 million budget – and not even the presence of box office draw Leonardo DiCaprio is soothing these worries.
Scorsese had money to burn and a wealth of freedom on the Netflix-released The Irishman, and Paramount’s worry over the budget seems to have him pining for that sweet, sweet Netflix support system. Again: None of this means Netflix is going to ride in on a white horse and take Killers of the Flower Moon away. Still, it’s interesting to learn how fond of Netflix Scorsese has become – and who can blame him? He’s been making movies the old fashioned way for decades, and then Netflix went ahead and gave him tons of money and freedom to do whatever the heck he wanted. Who wouldn’t want to return to that?
Based on a true story, and the book of the same name by David Gran, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of the Osage murders of the 1920s. At the time, the Osage Nation in Oklahoma had become extremely wealthy due to oil being discovered beneath their land. Then, as the book jacket explains “one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.” The FBI, still in its infancy at the time, began investigating, and sent in a former Texas Ranger, Tom White, to try to find the killer or killers. White put together an undercover team to get to the bottom of things, and ended up exposing a conspiracy in the process.
As a lifelong Scorsese fan, I’m of the opinion that studios and producers should give him as much damn money and freedom as he wants to get his films made, but hey, that’s me. Scorsese is set to start...
The Third Floor, the industry's busiest visualization company in tackling superhero movies “Black Widow,” “Avengers: Endgame”, already had an advantage working remotely with real-time tools and virtual workflows when the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year. Turns out, though, that the COVID-19 epicenter was too close for comfort.
“When this crisis began, we initially faced the challenge of protecting our staff in Beijing, who were in the midst of launching our first permanent office in China,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Edwards. “When the virus started spreading beyond Wuhan, the first thing we did was send everyone home and connect them virtually...we learned a lot about the procedures for mitigating the risk of spreading the virus that we began to apply to our other offices in London, Atlanta, and LA [headquarters].
“Time was of the essence to put a highly secure, remote-working infrastructure in place,” he said, “and we needed to leverage the company infrastructure to bolster communication and function as a support group for all of our employees and their families.”
Back in LA, The Third Floor TTF found the resilience of its Beijing crew instructive. The company, which has become the go-to visualization specialist for the MCU performing rough previs of scenes, more elaborate techvis breakdowns of camera lenses, set construction, and stunts, and postvis enhancements during crunch time, used video conferencing and other methods of digital collaboration to significantly advance preparations and stay on schedule. Despite the physical isolation, however, everyone started relying on the video calls for more than just work-related advice.
“At our [LA] hub, we didn't want to take the risk of being unprepared, so we authorized our IT team to increase our internet band tenfold, and build an advanced remote login system that could enable our artists to work fluidly and securely from home,” said Edwards, who worked with IT chiefs at major studios such as Disney for advising and approving their comprehensive work-from-home solution.
But the two-week transition to a completely virtual studio only became possible with the help of industry colleagues and suppliers when California Governor Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the stay-at-home order. And, as part of its mobilization effort, the company launched a TTFaid program as a resource for more than 100 employees and their families with supplies, aid, and emotional support.
“With this early foresight in February, we were prepared to roll out a set of guidelines, which I called the TTF Health Vigilance Plan, across our other studios in LA, Atlanta, and...