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Pop some Peaches and Herb into the cassette deck and get ready for another adventure - MARVEL Studios has begun principal photography on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Set to arrive in U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017, MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "Slither"), and marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt ("Jurassic World") as Peter Quill/Star-Lord;  Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek Into Darkness") as Gamora; Dave Bautista ("Spectre") as Drax; Vin Diesel ("Furious 7") as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper ("Joy," "American Sniper") as the voice of Rocket;  Michael Rooker ("Days of Thunder," "Mallrats") as Yondu; Karen Gillan ("The Big Short") as Nebula; and Sean Gunn ("Gilmore Girls") as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff ("Oldboy"), Elizabeth Debicki ("The Great Gatsby," "Everest"), Chris Sullivan ("The Knick," "The Drop") and Kurt Russell ("The Hateful Eight"). More details from the official announcement below...

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Previously on THE ROCK FATHER... We took a journey to Los Angeles, following Agent Peggy Carter and Edwin Jarvis in their relocation from New York, setting up shop in the newly-created West Coast Office of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). There we met with actors Hayley Atwell and James D'Arcy, along with showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas to discuss Season Two of MARVEL's AGENT CARTER. Now that story continues...

What is visible on the surface is often just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg - the front-facing public visage of the SSR being much the same. Hidden behind the New York Bell Company on the East Coast, the precursor to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have taken on a very "Hollywood" front for their entry into the sunnier climate, naturally, a talent agency. Behind the painted glass window of the Auerbach Theatrical Agency, the familiar Rose Roberts mans the phones, a task in which she's well-versed - but here she finds herself fending off a seemingly endless onslaught of Hollywood hopefuls with stars in their eyes.  "We don't advertise. Our sign is barely legible. Our address is wrong in the city directory. And yet, somehow, they find us," she tells Agent Carter upon her arrival, speaking of the hungry actors who constantly come calling. Perhaps a talent agency wasn't the best front they could've chosen, but with Howard Stark now moonlighting as a film producer, a natural one to fit with the show's new West Coast narrative... and a fun one in which to play a bit of "make believe" for the cast and crew.

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On a December afternoon, somewhere in Burbank, not far from where Doc Brown and Marty McFly once traveled back in time to 1955, I too, found myself taking a step into the past for a glimpse into the future. Walking into a soundstage and onto the 1947 set of MARVEL's AGENT CARTER, I settled into the almost-too-real-to-be-fake Los Angeles Office for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), joining a familiar crew of fellow writers to meet up with Showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (both of the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL comic relaunch), along with stars Hayley Atwell (Agent Peggy Carter) and James D'Arcy (Edwin Jarvis) to pull back the curtain on what second season adventures await... and the off-screen shenanigans that bring the cast and crew of AGENT CARTER closer together.

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MARVEL's ANT-MAN was not only one of my favorite movies of the year (review here), but a film I was fortunate to be able to cover first-hand as a guest of Disney/Marvel earlier this summer. While interviews with the cast and filmmakers was certainly a huge highlight, back at home the wide array of cool toys and collectibles spawned from the 12th entry into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe made sure to keep our whole family busy with a ton of unique adventures. During my ANT-MAN journey, I'd taken pictures with my MARVEL Infinite Legends ANT-MAN figure by Hasbro, doing a little "Toyography" here and there to have some fun. Little did I know that my ant-sized toys would eventually have their own to-scale copy of this week's Blu-ray release to call their own. Check out the Exclusive MARVEL's ANT-MAN Blu-ray Shrinky Set Toy by Janky Toys!

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How did I get here? There was a moment of pause that was punctuated with misty eyes as I looked over an itinerary placing me in the same room - and the same table - with actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o and filmmaker J.J. Abrams. What really took a moment to sink in was the other name present - Harrison Ford. This is a man who was there the first time around - when STAR WARS was a new thing, and a little boy named "Jimmy" would spend countless hours having adventures with Ford's dashing smuggler, Han Solo in Kenner action figure form. It was STAR WARS that inspired me to try my hand at working in film and television, and here we are on the cusp of a new film that continues the original saga, with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hitting theaters on December 18th... and I've been invited to Los Angeles to cover the Global Media Days! While The Force is strong with this adventure, my journey to a galaxy far, far away is just one piece of the puzzle that includes projects from Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel and ABC...

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Well this is a pleasant surprise... tonight the first trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has arrived, giving audiences their first official look at the chaos that will hit screens on May 6, 2016. If the image of Captain America and The Winter Soldier viciously pummeling Iron Man sounds appealing - you're in luck. Tension between Cap (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has been brewing for awhile, and this is where it all boils over... and THE AVENGERS will be forced to choose a side. Check out the trailer and poster below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

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