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Weekend Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy

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a motley crew in outer space that aren't afraid of bright colors

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

The Marvel Universe movies could have not existed before Right Now. Yet, for all the technological advances and computer wizardry that have made The Avengers possible, the magic still comes from the humanity of the actors. No amount of technical prowess can make you care about Iron Man if a great actor hasn’t sold you on the bravado and change of heart of the man inside the suit. Captain America’s shield and super strength are great but his adventures don’t work if Chris Evans’s star turn isn’t so perfectly pitched to invoke fantasies of the nobility of a bygone American era. (Without the humanity it’s just Transformers and nobody wants that -Shut up. I’m in denial about those billions). With GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Marvel Studios has gone Cosmic opening up a whole new movie wing for their ever-expanding universe. As they leave Earth behind, have they found a way to retain the humanity?

Yes and no. But not in the way you might expect.

It helps of course, on a superficial level that the movie begins on Earth and shamelessly pushes collective 80s nostalgia buttons by making Peter Quill our hero, relentlessly nostalgic about that era. We first meet him as a little boy in 1988 and his most cherished possession twenty some years later when the movie takes place isn’t any of his impressive weapons or starship but a walkman with a cassette tape called “Awesome Mix Tape Volume 1”. It also helps that Peter Quill is played by endearingly simple Andy from “Parks and Recreation” a.k.a. Chris Pratt.

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The First Teaser Trailer for 'Into the Woods' Has Arrived: VIDEO

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Disney's next holiday must-see Into the Woods has just released its first trailer to get audiences excited about the cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical - though there is no singing here.

Following the dark-but-not-really fantasy tone set by MaleficentInto The Woods gets into a fairytale mashup with interwoven stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood, all centered around the wishes of a humble baker's family and the Meryl Streep (above) who cursed them.

Also starring Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp - who is no Bigby Wolf, but he'll do - Into The Woods will open on December 25th.

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'The Maze Runner' Will Eat You And Your Cute Boy Friends Alive: VIDEO

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The Maze Runner — the first book in James Dashner’s young adult sci-fi trilogy — follows a mysterious group of boys who live in a glade at the center of a large mechanical maze. The maze contains numerous traps, untold dangers and deadly creatures named Grievers who kill anyone who dares enter.

Thomas (played by Dylan O'Brien) arrives in the glade with no memory of his past life and an insatiable curiosity to escape. But the unexpected arrival of a girl and a unprecedented attack by the Grievers threaten to destroy Thomas and every last one of the glade guys, unless they can escape…

The film hits theaters September 19, 2014. It'll tide you over until November 21 when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) comes out...

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Man and McConaughey Will Find a Way in the New 'Interstellar' Trailer: VIDEO

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Christopher Nolan's deep-space epic Interstellar has released a new trailer online, and it looks to be a jaw-dropping experience as a group of astronauts travel through a newly-discovered wormhole in an attempt to find a way to save the human race as the earth is dying.

Fun fact: the spaceship used in the movie is based on the Alcubierre Drive, a speculative idea that would warp space-time and allow a ship to achieve faster-than-light travel without actually traveling faster than the speed of light, which just so happens to be something that NASA is actually tinkering with

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The Comic Con Teaser for 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Has Arrived: VIDEO

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It's no Thunderdome on account of a total lack of Tina Turner, but Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron looks to be one of those wonderful action films that'll have you munching popcorn from title to credits.

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GaymerX Convention Future In Question Following Financial Woes

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Two years ago Matt Conn founded GaymerX, a gaming convention oriented towards LGBTQ players. The idea behind the project was to bring the vibrant queer gaming community together for a few days of celebration, conversation, and, of course, gaming. Initially called GaymerCon, Conn’s Kickstarter quickly met its exceeded its funding goal and drew backing from a number of notable video game developers.

After two successful gatherings, however, Conn announced via the GaymerX blog that this year’s con would most likely be the last for the foreseeable future. The reason, as is often the case with indie endeavors like GaymerX, boiled down to funding:

“After all the glitter and stardust was done, we took quite a financial hit from GaymerX2 – we ended up having a hotel bill alone of over $90,000, not counting A/V, lighting, insurance, flights for out of town teams and equipment rentals, and with our Kickstarter for the event only hitting 24K and with slightly lower than expected attendance, we fell into a $50K hole.”

Financial difficulties and the reneging of sponsorship from sponsor NIS America have left GaymerX’s organizers in the red and looking to rethink future events.

"I feel awful and betrayed," Conn told Joystiq earlier this week. "This just further puts a nail into our coffin if we don't figure out a revenue stream very quickly."

Undeterred, Conn is seeking support in spreading the word about Gaming In Color, a documentary focusing on queer gamers, which his team has completed and is now shopping around the independent doc circuit. Additionally Conn hopes to drum up enough interest to launch Read Only Memories, the team’s LGBTQ cyberpunk point-and-click style adventure game.

GaymerX may live on in the future, Conn says, as GaymerXJam, a smaller planning event “focused around giving all gamers the ability to make a game exploring SOMETHING queer.”

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