Hard NOC Life 298: DCU Pods and Monsters

Britney and Dominic return to Hard NOC Life! They join Keith and guest co-host Mike Manalo to discuss James Gunn and the announcement of DC Studios’ slate of films and television series!

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The First DC Studios Plans Revealed: A Press Event with James Gunn and Peter Safran

June 2013. That’s when the DCEU kicked off, with the debut of Zack Snyder’s modest hit, Man of Steel. It’s almost 10 years to the date, and a crowd of press has been summoned to the DC offices on a quiet January afternoon. Why? Because, as promised by new co-head of DC Studios, James Gunn, the new fate of the DCU was about to be unveiled!

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Hard NOC Life 296: The Death and Reboot of Superman

Britney and Keith are delaying their hiatus (again) to continue discussing the ongoing drama at Warner Bros. and DC Studios. If last week’s bombshell news of Patty Jenkins walking away from Wonder Woman 3 wasn’t enough; this week, we got confirmation that Henry Cavill will not be continuing as Superman — despite announcing his return barely two months ago. It’s a mess, and Hard NOC Life is here to make sense of it all!

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James Gunn to Write ‘Superman’ Movie Without Henry Cavill

Well, ain’t that some shit. Barely a month after announcing his return as Superman on Instagram, Henry Cavill took to the social media platform once again. This time, though, it was to announce the opposite.

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Hard NOC Life 295: DC in Disarray (Feat. Cody Keenan)

Hard NOC Life will eventually go on hiatus. However, Britney and Keith couldn’t avoid talking about THR’s bombshell report that James Gunn and Peter Safran might be blowing up the current DC Universe after all. Later, Keith is joined by President Obama’s former chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, about his new White House memoir, Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America.

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Hard NOC Life 294: More Trailers Than Meets the Eye

Hard NOC Life was supposed to be on hiatus, but Britney and Keith had to come back to comment on all the amazing trailers for films coming out in 2023 — including Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny — that dropped over the weekend.

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Marvel Studios Drops ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Trailer

Wow. CCXP has been an absolute treasure trove of goodies. We already got a new trailer and official title for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. And you’d think that’d be enough to top the day. But nope! James Gunn and Marvel Studios just had to bring more goodies! We now have an official trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!

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Hard NOC Life 293: ‘Andor’ and Holiday Specials

On the final Hard NOC Life before we go on hiatus, Dominic, Britney, and Keith rank Andor against other live action Star Wars projects, including the Holiday Special from the 1970s. Speaking of Holiday Specials, James Gunn brings the tradition back with a special Guardians of the Galaxy mission to save Christmas.

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‘The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special’ is a Heartwarming Stocking Stuffer

This year has been a busy blur for Marvel Studios. They’ve released three theatrical films and debuted four streaming series. But this year for Christmas, there’s something fans would really like from Kevin Feige. So if you can hear those sleigh bells coming around that Disney+ bend, then consider watching James Gunn’s The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special to mark this year’s end. Because Christmas Time has come, and that means MCU joy for everyone.

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Pom Klementieff Talks Mantis’ New Role in ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’

Christmas time has come. That means toys for everyone. And for Marvel Studios fans, it means the release of their latest Special Presentation, The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special. Director James Gunn reimagines the Christmas classic film with a bit of an MCU flair and some perfectly curated needle drops that embrace everything we love about the ragtag group and the holidays, while also throwing in a few surprises as well.

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Hard NOC Life 289: What to Expect from DC Studios

This week, Britney is still out but Dominic and Keith are here to discuss the fallout from the gigantic news that James Gunn and Peter Safran are the co-heads of the new DC Studios. What does that mean for the Distinguished Competition going forward? Also, they break down the trailers for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (coincidentally announced the same day as Gunn’s DC takeover), Quantumania, and how to pronounce “Namor.” They also catch up on the latest episodes of Andor.

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James Gunn and Peter Safran to Lead Newly Formed DC Studios

Well, that settles it. Warner Bros. Discovery has found their own K.E.V.I.N robot to lead the DC Universe in film, television, and animation. Actually, make that robots, plural, as Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that James Gunn and producer Peter Safran will be co-CEOs of the newly created DC Studios.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ Shows a Bunch of A-Holes Making Things Holly and Jolly

Disney has released the first The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and it brings all sorts of good cheer to Marvel Studio fans. While James Gunn spreads joy across the galaxy, it seems that Star-Lord is still depressed about Gamora not being around. So it will be up to Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) to help lift him up with a little holiday spirit that comes in the form of a gift called Kevin Bacon.

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SDCC 2022: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Will Honor Rocket’s Origins

The third and final Guardians movie in the James Gunn-saga will come to an end in May 2023. Fans at San Diego Comic-Con were treated with a teaser trailer — giving us a glimpse of what the story will be about.

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‘I Am Groot’ Launch Date and Poster Revealed

Everyone’s favorite flora colossus is back in a new series of shorts hitting Disney+ later this summer!

In 2014, the world was introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy! And out of a whole team of amazing breakthrough characters, the biggest breakout was the gentle and hilarious Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Sadly, that iteration of Groot met his end at the conclusion of the first film, but thankfully, a new Groot was spawned, and the world met Baby Groot!

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Hard NOC Life 251: We Don’t Talk About Mando (No, No, No)

Keith, Dominic, and Britney catch up on HBO Max’s Peacemaker before singing the praises of the latest episode of The Mandalorian… er… The Book of Boba Fett.

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Hard NOC Life 250: All We are Saying is Give ‘Peacemaker’ a Chance

Keith convinces Dominic and Britney to watch Peacemaker on HBO Max. The crew also breaks down the latest episode of The Book of Boba Fett. What’s Nerd Poppin: the final season of Ozark on Netflix, revisiting Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye run, and The Tragedy of MacBeth on Apple TV+.

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Stealing the Show with ‘Peacemaker’ Star Alison Araya

Hey nerds! Just when you thought we were done with Peacemaker… surprise! We have one more interview to share with you all. Hopefully, everyone has seen the first three episodes that premiered on Thursday. If not, you need to get on that immediately so you can check out Alison Araya’s scene stealing performance in Episode 2.

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Gunn-ing for Peace: James Gunn on ‘Peacemaker’

Genius. Gonzo. Hilarious. Surreal. All four adjectives typically go hand-in-hand when speaking about the work of Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad mastermind, James Gunn. Indeed, the master filmmaker has been putting his unique, identifiable stamp on every project he’s shepherded since the first film he wrote — 1997’s Tromeo and Juliet. And from there, Gunn’s star has only grown brighter, serving as a testament to how sometimes, Hollywood gets it right, and rightfully rewards the talented.

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