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HUGE crowd at the Plaza today to see "Guardians of the Galaxy" director, actor at Atlanta Film Festival event

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn and actor Michael Rooker appear at the Atlanta Film Festival's "Ultimate Encore" event  at 4 p.m. today at the Plaza Theater. The place is already packed.

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Photo: Marvel

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It looks like there's no more parking on site and the Publix next door does not want you parking there.

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Here's a look from the inside. The crowd spills far into the parking lot.   

“We are incredibly excited to welcome James Gunn and Michael Rooker to the Atlanta Film Festival," AFF executive director Chris Escobar said. "Over the past four decades, our position in the industry has allowed the festival to act as a bridge between Atlanta’s organic film community and the big-budget studio productions now regularly calling our city home.”

The two are currently in town working on Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," headquartered at the Pinewood Studios facility in Fayette County.

James Gunn. Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

“James and Michael are two incredibly talented filmmakers who have the same dedication to sharing their filmmaking experiences with the fans so we’re honored to have them at our 40 th anniversary event,” Escobar said.

  1.  Tickets to the event, which includes a screening of the original "Guardians" followed by a Q&A, are $10. Get your tickets here if any remain:  
Michael Rooker at the "Guardians of the Galaxy" premiere. Getty Images/Jason Merritt


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