Marvel Studios has begun the test screening process for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and things seem to be going fairly well considering the upcoming sequel has tested higher than any other movie in the studio’s nine-year history. Yes, the movie has scored a perfect 100, meaning audience members are absolutely loving what it has to offer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, insiders confirmed the upcoming superhero adventure’s extremely rare score, saying that it bested Marvel’s other top scoring films including The Avengers and Iron Man 3, both of which tested in the high 90s out of 100. While most studios recruit random people outside of movie theaters, malls, or grocery stores, Marvel hosts what they call a “friends and family” screening to control security and prevent potential footage or spoilers from being leaked to the general public.
Test screenings are an important part of the filmmaking process because the audience members are able to tell the studio directly what they liked and didn’t like about the film they were shown. Before becoming an accredited member of the press with the major studios, I was given the opportunity of attending a test screening for a particular Seth Rogen film that was finished (for the most part) but hadn’t completed some green screen and other visual effects quite yet. After I viewed the film, the studio handed me and the rest of the audience a somewhat lengthy survey which asked us to rate what we had just watched using boxes marked excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. It’s fair to assume that this is the same process Marvel uses for their own test screenings.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will see the return of Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Michael Rooker’s Yondu, Dave Bautista’s Drax, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket, and Vin Diesel’s Baby Groot, who will embark on what is guaranteed to be a hilariously epic adventure as they travel throughout the cosmos to help Peter Quill find his father while battling a new, sinister threat. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing the sequel to the 2014 box office smash that went on to gross $773.3 million worldwide with Louis D’Esposito, Jonathan Schwartz, Victoria Alonso, Nik Korda, and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will blast into U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. You can check out the latest trailer for the film below.
A new ‘It Chapter Two’ trailer finds the Losers Club facing off against Pennywise one last time
Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for It Chapter Two, the eagerly awaited follow-up to Andy Muschietti’s 2017 critically acclaimed box office smash based on Stephen King’s iconic horror novel of the same name.
Set 27 years after the events of the first movie, It Chapter Two stars Jessica Chastain as Beverly, James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Andy Bean as Stanley as they return to Derry to confront Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) one last time.
“Something happens to you when you leave this town. The farther away, the hazier it all gets,” we hear an adult Mike say as the trailer shows a flashback from the 2017 film. “But me — I never left. I remember all of it.”
Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor will all reprise their roles as the original members of the Losers Club from the first movie.
Muschietti directed It Chapter Two from a screenplay written by Gary Dauberman, based on King’s best-selling 1986 book. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producers, with Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg serving as executive producers.
It Chapter Two will float into theaters on September 6.
With their case diminishing, prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Kevin Spacey
With their case against Kevin Spacey diminishing, Nantucket prosecutors asked Wednesday for charges to be dropped against the actor, who had been facing a felony charge for the alleged sexual assault of the teenage son of a former Boston TV news anchor in 2016.
In a document filed in the Nantucket District Court, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said he was filing a “nolle prosequi,” which, in a criminal case, is an admission that the charges against the defendant cannot be proven. O’Keefe cited the “unavailability of the complaining witness” as his reason for the dismissal of the case.
O’Keefe’s decision to drop the charges against Spacey is not a particularly surprising one. During an evidentiary hearing last week, Spacey’s accuser refused to testify about what happened to a missing cellphone containing text messages — and possibly video — the night the alleged assault took place.
When asked if he knew that he could be charged with a felony should an investigation find that he had tampered with or destroyed evidence on the phone, Spacey’s accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment and was unwilling to continue his testimony, according to The New York Times.
The accuser’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, said in a statement that the accuser and his family “have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances,” and added that he will not be commenting on the case any further at this time.
Spacey’s lawyer, Alan Jackson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In December, just moments before the news of the felony charge against Spacey broke, the actor posted to YouTube a bizarre video in which he appears as his character Frank Underwood from the Netflix series House of Cards and says he is “certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.”
Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu lead a band of grifting strippers in the ‘Hustlers’ trailer
STX Films has released the first trailer for Hustlers, the upcoming stripper comedy featuring an all-star cast that includes the likes of Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, and Cardi B.
Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film follows a group of savvy former strip club employees who come together to turn the tables on their unsuspecting, money-grubbing Wall Street clients.
“These Wall Street guys — you see what they did to this country? They stole from everybody,” Lopez’s character says. “Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail. The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”
Scafaria based Hustlers on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled “Hustlers at Scores,” which tells the real-life story of a band of New York City strippers scamming their wealthy clients out of thousands of dollars before eventually being caught by authorities.
In addition to starring in the film, Lopez also serves as a producer on Hustlers alongside Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Jessica Elbaum, Benny Medina, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay. The film is a co-production between STX and Annapurna.
Hustlers will open in theaters on September 13.