During the promotional tour for his newest film Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro created a bit of a stir with news that his next project would be a smaller film, something in the vein of his 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth. But now it turns out that will not be his next project, we’ll try to clarify all the details.
Godzilla versus King Kong versus the Pacific Rim Jaegers. Talk about a fanboy (and fangirl, let’s not be sexist here)’s wet dream! And such a big screen brawl would be theoretically possible with the big ape moving from Universal Studios to Warner, which owns rights to both Godzilla and Pacific Rim via Legendary Pictures.
It’s May and you know what time it is: The Summer Movie season begins! For the last half of my life, I have set out every first week of May (sometimes last week of April) and waited with gleeful anticipation for the first action packed popcorn movie to come out. I would always gather large groups of people in my high school and college days to get together for one giant extravaganza of movie watching. Some movies were great and others were downright terrible (looking at you Spider-Man 3), but it was always big event dating back to when my dad would take me out the first weekend of the season and we’d revel in the events that unfolded on the silver screen. Stars are made in the summer and these movies that myself, Brian, and Amanda went through, should be on the top of your guys’ lists, as well as a few honorable mentions.
Recently a whole bunch of new posters were revealed for some of the most anticipated new Hollywood blockbuster releases. The event took place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the annual CinemaCon (formerly called ShoWest) event. This is where major Hollywood studios give exclusive glimpses into their new products. Below are some of the more interesting posters displayed on that day.
All of these look stunning but what caught my eye was the teaming of Ryan Reynolds and a very steam punk looking Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D. The Hangover part 3 has the most interesting designed poster, with its gatefold cover parodying pretty much every other Hollywood blockbuster poster out there. To see more of these posters please check out the Cinema Blend website.
Before that though look at the posters that were shown on Hollywood Reporter showing the incredible looking Pacific Rim movie directed by Guillermo del Torro. My favorite poster is the retro styled war posters mimicking the enlisting posters of old.
All in all some pretty impressive film posters have come out recently. Here is hoping that the movies live up to the posters hype. Keep checking Grizzly Bomb to find out if they do.
After a five year hiatus from theaters, Guillermo Del Toro explodes back onto the scene with the first trailer for the highly anticipated Pacific Rim. Humans always expected aliens to come from the skies, so what happens when the aliens come from a portal in the ocean? We build giant mechs and kick their asses, of course! Something about this reminds me of the old Godzilla movies…but with more insanity!
After the aliens destroy the coastal cities and leave much of humanity in ruins, a program is started to create giant mechs called Jaegers to combat the monsters. (Insert Jaegerbomb joke here.) But seriously folks, look at this trailer and tell me that doesn’t look like the next great summer monsterfest:
The film has an all star cast including Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, Burn Gorman and Clifton Collins Jr., already seems to be at a scope of epic proportions. (Side note: Charlie Day is in this? As in, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Charlie? I’m sold just on that alone.)
Scheduled for release July 12, 2013, Pacific Rim promises to be a badass trip with insane special effects.
Guillermo del Toro stated time and time again that he would not film Pacific Rim in 3D. While he stuck to his word and did not, thanks to Hollywood executives, that doesn’t matter because the film will be getting the same post-production 3D added to it that Clash of the Titans did (Oh what a yippy doodah day). They didn’t, however, give bullshit excuses though and basically pointed out that it’s for money reasons, which I can accept as long as they don’t pretend it’s for the viewers because they could have forced del Toro into filming it in 3D from the beginning. I am watching it in 2D IMAX and would urge you to do the same as it’s what the director wants it to be seen in.
For more information on the film check out our previous articles:
So what are the real reasons for post-production 3D? The main reason is because of sweet, sweet money. Having a film in 3D bumps the price of every ticket by about $3 (depending on where you live of course) so we probably won’t see this fad going away anytime soon. Also, some foreign big markets only show films that are in 3D, mainly China which only show American films which come over in 3D. Now why would executives want to sell a film to China? Maybe the 1.3 Billion potential customers that China can provide an answer to that. With a larger budget than most, I would have been very surprised if this film didn’t at some point go to 3D because they will want to make as much off such an expensive project. The film will need to make around $500M to be considered successful and although The Dark Knight Rises didn’t need 3D to break the $1B mark, a monsters vs. robots film might not be a big pull for all audiences and they will try and make as much money as they can. Especially considering it is not a billion dollar franchise with a built-in fan base like the Batman Trilogy.
My personal view on 3D is a little complicated but I thought the Grizzly Readers might like to know what they are. First, the only time I think 3D really works is if a film is filmed in 3D and shown in IMAX. Personally, that’s the only time I have been impressed with a film’s 3D effects. Second, I hate post-production 3D and since Clash of the Titans, I have tried to avoid any film that is shown in post-production 3D (sadly that can be hard to do nowadays). Although it has improved a bit, I still think it does nothing but add to ticket prices. While 3D will be around for the near future, it feels more like a gimmicky fad that will fade until the next big thing arrives.
Here are some of the images we have been able to find so far below:
Lastly we would like to know your thoughts, do you like 3D? What are your views on Pacific Rim Conversion to 3D? Will 3D ever go away? And if 3D isn’t the future what do you think is? (Holograms, IMAX, live action performances, ha no!)
This literally came out of nowhere; Legendary Pictures has revealed test footage to give Comic-Con an adrenalin rush which from reports suggests it worked.
And here’s what happened after the Pacific Rim Panel.
The panel for Pacific Rim ended and del Toro and the actors left the stage, but Hardwick asked Tull if he had anything left, to which he replied, “Well maybe.” The lights went down and footage rolled. No one knew what we were being shown. The clip opened with a devastated city that looked like it had been ravaged by a massive force. Buildings had chunks missing, things were on fire, and as the camera panned around the city we saw what looked like a sort of creature lying on the ground.
The screen went dark, we heard a familiar roar, and then we saw an epic Godzilla walk out of the smoke. Though we didn’t get to see much of the creature since this is merely a test reel and not footage from the film, what we did see looked really, really promising. The crowd went absolutely nuts over this footage, and rightly so. The lights came up and Tull talked a bit about what’s in store for Godzilla.
Though the realistic approach is evident, it’s obvious that Godzilla will still be a monster movie. It doesn’t look like this’ll be a “solemn to a fault” approach. The film will (hopefully) be really character-centric while still being a feast for the eyes. I’m sure we’ll hear more soon, but the project looks to be in great hands with Edwards.
Courtesy of Collider.
So what where the impression from fans? Well I have an IGN impressions video below.
But I can only imagine thousands of people coming out of that test footage, doing this:
We have the first Poster below.
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced its full line-up at Comic-Con International which includes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim. If you would like to know more about back stories or previous news and information please check out our previous articles below:
Warner Bros. Pictures will once again have a major presence at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, including appearances by fan-favorite stars and filmmakers from some of the Studio’s most anticipated films. Comic-Con attendees will also be treated to never-before-seen footage, including some that will be shown nowhere else. Talent from the films will also be on hand to answer questions, sign autographs, and more.
On Saturday, July 14th, in Hall H, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Warner Bros. Pictures will showcase a number of the releases upcoming from the Studio and its partners at Legendary Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The special star-studded presentation also holds some surprises for the 6,500-plus fans in the convention’s largest presentation space.
The program highlights include a film that has already generated huge buzz: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” directed by Peter Jackson, the Oscar®-winning filmmaker of the blockbuster “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Jackson, who just wrapped production in New Zealand, is embarking on his own journey halfway around the world to greet fans, who are already counting down to the December 14th opening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
Joining Jackson on the stage will be Oscar®-winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens, along with several of the film’s stars, including Martin Freeman, who portrays the title character, Bilbo Baggins; Richard Armitage, who plays the fierce leader of the Dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield; the legendary Sir Ian McKellen, who returns as Gandalf; and fan favorite Andy Serkis, the extraordinary talent who is truly behind the character of Gollum. Attendees will also be invited to ask questions about the making of this epic adventure.
The presentation also includes the DC Comics superhero who, inarguably, started it all. Superman will be back on the big screen next Summer in the much-anticipated action adventure “Man of Steel.” Filmmaker Zack Snyder, the director behind “300” and “Watchmen,” will be at Comic-Con and will take questions from the audience about the making of “Man of Steel,” which opens on June 14, 2013.
Photo courtesy of Geek Tyrant
Guillermo del Toro, the acclaimed writer/director of such films as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the “Hellboy” films, will also be on hand with a preview of his science fiction action adventure, “Pacific Rim,” opening on July 12, 2013. The film’s stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman will join the director on stage for the presentation, which includes never-before-seen footage cut together exclusively for Comic-Con. Fans will also have an opportunity to engage in a Q & A with del Toro and his cast.
The WB booth will showcase static displays of the “Man of Steel” Superman costume, and Batman’s amazing two-wheeled Bat-Pod, which was introduced in the 2008 record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight” and is featured again in this Summer’s most anticipated film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
While the Warner Bros. booth will have something to see at every minute of every day of the convention, on Saturday, July 14th, it will be the place to be to meet and greet some of the stars and filmmakers from several of the Studio’s upcoming features. Some of the autograph signing opportunities include “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis, from 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon; from “Pacific Rim,” stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, and director Guillermo del Toro, from 3:55 to 4:55 p.m.; and “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. (Please note that times are approximate. Check your schedule and other announcements for updates.)
This pretty much sums it all up so make sure you don’t miss any of the presentations!
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