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.
Universal has two new projects from M. Night Shyamalan coming our way in 2021 and 2023
M. Night Shyamalan and Universal Pictures seem to be getting along pretty nicely with each other as the studio announced yesterday that it will be continuing its relationship with the director and has dated his next two films from February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023.
“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” said Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”
Shyamalan added, “There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films. They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience.”
While any and all details about these two films — with the exception of the release dates, of course — are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, we can’t help but think Shyamalan will be pulling another Split-type secret sequel stunt and has something pretty exciting in store for us, though that’s just pure speculation on our part.
Matt Damon and Christian Bale attempt to pull off the impossible in this new ‘Ford v Ferrari’ trailer
Fresh off its stops at festivals like Telluride and Toronto, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari and it looks like this thing is shaping up to be one of hell a contender this awards season.
Ford v Ferrari tells “the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale),” who, believe it or not, does not seem to have undergone any drastic transformations for his role here.
Together, the duo “battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”
At press time, Ford v Ferrari boasts an impressive 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, and something tells me that percentage isn’t going to change too much over the next couple of months. I mean, even the “negative” reviews aren’t even that negative!
Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star in Ford v Ferrari, which hits theaters on November 15.
Phoenix: Put on a happy face and come see Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ early and for free
Warner Bros. will release Joker, Todd Phillips’ take on the iconic DC villain’s origin starring Joaquin Phoenix, on September 6 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.
Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link to enter to win passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Joker happening Tuesday, October 1 at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX at 7:00 p.m.
Winners of this contest will be selected and notified on Saturday, September 29 after 12:00 p.m. PT via email, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Joker as well as some additional details about the film.
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz
Opens: Friday, October 4
Rating: R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material
Synopsis: Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.