Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Premier Night!



Some truly amazing images from last night’s premiere of Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood including shots of stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan and more.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!
















GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
MARVEL STUDIOS
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Genre:                                       Action-Adventure
Rating:                                       PG-13     
U.S. Release date:                     August 1, 2014
Running Time:               121 min.          
Cast:                                         Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as
Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova   Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector
Director:                                    James Gunn
Producer:                        Kevin Feige, p.g.a.
Executive Producers:      Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham,
 Nik Korda, Stan Lee
Written by:                    James Gunn and Nicole Perlman

STORY SYNOPSIS:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.



Big Hero Cast Announced!


Walt Disney Animation Studios officially announced today the voice cast behind the new action-packed comedy-adventure BIG HERO 6, including Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax. Directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”), BIG HERO 6 hits theaters in 3D on November 7th!


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WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS UNLEASHES “BIG HERO 6” LINEUP
Ensemble Voice Cast Brings Action-Packed Adventure to Life


BURBANK, Calif. (July 14, 2014) – Walt Disney Animation Studios officially announced the voice cast behind the new action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6,” including Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax. Directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”), “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014. 

“We’re so impressed with what these performers have been able to bring to their characters,” said Hall. “The story really calls for each performer to give a wide range of emotions—from light-hearted to some seriously heavy moments—and this cast has been incredible.”

The voice cast and official character descriptions follow.

·       Voiced by RYAN POTTER (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”), robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond—and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.
·       SCOTT ADSIT (“30 Rock,” “St. Vincent”) provides the voice of the world’s most compassionate robot. BAYMAX cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the “Big Hero 6.”
·       Voiced by T.J. MILLER (HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”), fanboy FRED comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places—when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce.  But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.
·       JAMIE CHUNG (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Once Upon A Time,” “The Hangover Part II & Part III”) steps up as the voice of the aptly named GO GO TOMAGO, who knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with “Big Hero 6,” she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.
·       DAMON WAYANS JR. (“Let’s Be Cops,” “Happy Endings”) provides the voice of WASABI, who’s committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.
·       GENESIS RODRIGUEZ (“Tusk” and “Run All Night”) was called on to help bring Honey Lemon to life. It’s elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON. Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the “Big Hero 6” and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam.
·       DANIEL HENNEY (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) was called on to give voice to TADASHI HAMADA. Tadashi is a good guy. He just is. He actually developed, built and programmed a state-of-the-art nursebot—a Healthcare Companion named Baymax that will likely help millions worldwide. But it’s his role as big brother that makes Tadashi truly special.  Every kid needs a guy like Tadashi looking out for him, and Hiro knows just how lucky he is to have him in his life.
·       MAYA RUDOLPH (TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” “Maya Rudolph Variety Show,” Bridesmaids”) provides the voice of AUNT CASS, who’s the overworked but always-supportive guardian of brothers Hiro and Tadashi.  The owner of a popular San Fransokyo bakery and coffee shop, Aunt Cass is proud, ebullient and thinks the world of her two genius nephews.  She’s always good for a laugh and ready with a hug, tirelessly there for support and a great home-cooked meal.
·       Voiced by JAMES CROMWELL (“Murder in the First,” “L.A. Confidential”), PROFESSOR ROBERT CALLAGHAN heads up the robotics program at the prestigious San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and is Tadashi’s professor and mentor. When Hiro visits the university for the first time, he is star-struck by the world-renowned roboticist—while Callaghan immediately sees the potential in the 14-year-old prodigy, encouraging him to put his brain to better use.
·       Pioneer entrepreneur and tech guru ALISTAIR KREI is voiced by ALAN TUDYK (“Tell,” “Welcome to Me,” “42”). San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s most illustrious alum and owner of the biggest technology company in the world, Krei Tech, is always on the hunt for the next big thing. Krei attends the showcase at San Fransokyo Tech and is overwhelmingly impressed by Hiro’s ingenuity.
·       YOKAI is the silent masked man behind the terrible tragedy that strikes San Fransokyo, turning Hiro’s world upside down. As a result, Hiro transforms a group of nerds into a team of high-tech crime fighters—“Big Hero 6”—with one mission: Track down Yokai and bring him to justice.


ABOUT THE MOVIE
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. 

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014. 


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Visit the Website: http://www.disney.com/BigHero6  

BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!



Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt...




A special look at Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) from Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Feel free to share with your readers!


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Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy Featurette: Peter Quill


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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
MARVEL STUDIOS
Website and Mobile site: marvel.com/guardians
Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy
Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/GuardiansGalaxy

Genre:                                       Action-Adventure
Rating:                                       PG-13     
U.S. Release date:                     August 1, 2014
Running Time:               121 min.          
Cast:                                         Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as
Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova   Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector
Director:                                    James Gunn
Producer:                        Kevin Feige, p.g.a.
Executive Producers:      Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham,
 Nik Korda, Stan Lee
Written by:                    James Gunn and Nicole Perlman

STORY SYNOPSIS:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.




Kids Cook-Off!




"KIDS COOK-OFF" RETURNS FOR SECOND GO-ROUND WITH RACHAEL RAY AND GUY FIERI AS COACH AND MENTORS
Eight Kidtestants to Compete for Series on FoodNetwork.com

Season Two of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off Premieres August 17th on Food Network

Food Network icons and best-selling cookbook authors Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri return for season two of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, premiering Sunday, August 17th at 8pm ET/PT. Eight multi-talented junior chefs are split into two teams, each mentored and coached by Rachael and Guy, as they compete over six episodes in new challenges, guaranteed to test their skills in the kitchen. With incredible guest judges during the season, featuring Melissa d'Arabian, G. Garvin, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro, Wolfgang Puck and Curtis Stone among others, each episode includes a mini and main challenge, designed to test the kidtestants culinary prowess in the hopes of earning stars that represent their overall success. Adding to the challenge, each kid not only tests their cooking chops but their on-camera skills as well, all as their parents watch on during the competition, in hopes of winning the grand prize for their very own series on FoodNetwork.com, in partnership with Pillsbury Toaster Strudel. This season promises to deliver food, fun and some serious action in the kitchen!

"I'm stoked to be back in the kitchen cooking with a great group of kids for the second season of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off," said Guy Fieri. "There's nothing I love more than working with these awesome kids to help develop their culinary chops. And of course, Rachael and I love a good rivalry!"
  
"I am so excited for another season of Kids Cook-Off, once again showcasing the amazing talent kids possess in the kitchen," said Rachael Ray. "These young chefs are setting the bar and the example for families everywhere on the importance of the food we eat, knowing where it comes from, how to prepare it and making the time to share it with each other. It is always a blast to compete against Guy, and this season we'll see no shortage of action and delicious fun."

For more Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, fans can join in on the conversation by taking part in a live Twitter viewing party during the east coast premiere and finale, along with a Facebook chat on September 12th to discuss kid-friendly breakfast recipes. And don't miss out on the chance to enter an exclusive Rachael vs. Guy sweepstakes, featuring a VIP prize package, including a visit to the Food Network headquarters and a cooking demo, in partnership with General Mills and Pillsbury Toaster Strudel. Starting August 1st, visit FoodNetwork.com/rvgkids  for official rules.
  
Episodes include:

Premiering Sunday, August 17th at 8pm ET/PT - SEASON PREMIERE!

"Street Food Showdown"
Eight talented young chefs arrive to the Kids Kitchen ready to prove they've got what it takes to win their own series on FoodNetwork.com. They are quickly put to the test as Rachael and Guy kick off the competition with a mini challenge to determine which four kids will be on their teams. Tasking the junior chefs to make a "family favorite" meal that highlights their background and who they are as chefs, each kidtestant hits the ground running to put their best foot, and dish, forward. After teams have been selected and a winner from each team earns the competition's first prize, it's time for the main challenge: this week's "Street Food Showdown" challenge celebrates the mobile food movement sweeping the culinary world, with each young chef creating their own unique street food offering and presenting it in their camera challenge to be judged by none other than Chef Wolfgang Puck and his family.
Team Guy: Gibson Borelli, New Jersey; Amber Kelley, Washington; Sean Lew, California; Helen Wilson, Nebraska
Team Rachael: Madison Grant, Illinois; Luis Ortega, New York; Finn Skerlj, Massachusetts; Lauren Zilberman, New York

Premiering Sunday, August 24th at 8pm ET/PT
"The Chopped Challenge"
In order to be a successful chef, you must know your ingredients. This week the kidtestants are put to the test in order to see who really knows their stuff. Starting with a mini challenge where they must rely on their senses to decipher ingredients...while blindfolded! Then, the kitchen and the main challenge get a makeover - "Chopped"-style! With a surprise video message from Ted Allen, the junior chefs learn they will be going head to head with a member of the opposing team in a Mystery Basket challenge and a camera challenge, judged by the one and only, Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. Who will come out victorious?

Premiering Sunday, August 31st at 8pm ET/PT
"Thinking Outside the Bun"
For this week's mini challenge, each kidtestant has the freedom to make whatever they choose. There's only one catch, Rachael and Guy will call upon the kids' parents to divulge which ingredient their child hatesmost, with that ingredient being featured in the dish. The kids will have to dig deep to come out on top in this "Least Favorite Ingredient" challenge. For the main challenge, Rachael and Guy are focusing on a food everyone loves...sandwiches! Rachael and Guy reveal a table of sandwiches and the kids must use one of those sandwiches as inspiration to create a multi-component entree. And who better to judge how well the junior chefs perform with their dish and their camera challenge than the Sandwich King himself, Jeff Mauro! 

Premiering Sunday, September 7th at 8pm ET/PT
"Barbecue Bonanza"
For this week's mini challenge the kids will go back in time to before they were a twinkle in their parent's eyes as they are challenged to taste retro dishes that their parents were fed when they were children. After the junior chefs each taste their assigned retro offerings, they must recreate it and bring it into modern times. For the main challenge, the kids will be asked to create the quintessential Southern BBQ dish. Seems easy enough, but the twist is each team member must choose one of four Southern ingredients to cook with. It's a showdown of a whole new level when Chef G. Garvin comes to the kitchen to judge the kids on their backyard BBQs and camera challenges!

Premiering Sunday, September 14th at 8pm ET/PT
"Plenty of Fish in the Sea"
As the kids near the big finale, Rachael and Guy pull all the ranks and invite celebrity Chef Robert Irvine into the kitchen to coach and mentor the kids in the ultimate "Recipe Unscramble." Robert presents the kidtestants with a recipe, but its steps, including quantities and ingredients are all scrambled. The kids must first unscramble the recipe as a team. When Robert tells them they have cracked the code, each chef will execute the dish all while having Robert on their side as coach and mentor. In the main challenge, Rachael and Guy will reveal the ultimate seafood display: whole fish, octopus and crustaceans are on call as the kids are tasked to take on these oceanic delights in an effort to impress guest judge Melissa d'Arabian with not only their food, but their camera challenge. Who will rise to the top in this seafood challenge?

Premiering Sunday, September 21st at 8pm ET/PT
"Food Fest Showdown"
In the finale, all the mentoring Rachael and Guy have done over the past five weeks is put to the test. Only one epic challenge stands between the junior chefs and their own series on Food Network.com. The stars that they have earned throughout the season will play a part, but it all comes down to how well they can cook and perform at Food Network's first "Kid Chef Food Fest." The kidtestants will host a food festival where they will cook their signature dishes for a crowd of hungry festival goers. One-by-one they will take center stage and perform a live demo for the crowd that not only highlights their cuisine, but their culinary POV. The festival goers will taste their food and watch their performances, but in the end it is celebrity chefs Curtis Stone and Brian Malarkey, along with Haylie Duff's opinion that will matter most, as they name the winner and the recipient of their own series.

Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off is produced by Jane Street Entertainment. 

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