Oscar Visual Effects Short List Includes PACIFIC RIM, OBLIVION, THE HOBBIT, and GRAVITY; MAN OF STEEL Fails to Make the Cut

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The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced its short list for the films that will vie for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.  A total of 10 films will compete in a vfx “bakeoff” in January, where select scenes from each movie are shown to the voting members.  Among the short listed titles are Pacific Rim, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness, and of course Gravity.  Curiously, Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel failed to make the cut, as did Ender’s Game and The Wolverine.  Though critics were mixed on Man of Steel and Ender’s Game, both films showcased some seriously excellent visual effects—especially Ender’s Game—so it’s surprising to see them left off this Oscar short list.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of films that made the cut, and sound off in the comments with which one you think featured the best visual effects of the year. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 1st, 2014. 

PACIFIC RIM Blu-ray Review

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Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s ode to everything a twelve-year-old boy might love, is a massively entertaining film if you’ve ever wanted to see giant robots wrestle with Godzilla-style monsters.  Every effects shot is done with such loving detail that it’s the sort of film that’s absolutely perfect for home viewing.  If you like it, you’ll want to watch it (or the choice parts) over and over again, because there’s so little else out there like it.  My review of Pacific Rim on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Says He’s Still Writing the PACIFIC RIM Sequel with Travis Beacham

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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro made a splash this summer with his massive “monsters vs. robots” epic Pacific Rim.  Though the Warner Bros. film carried a hefty budget, the pic did solid business at the box office, bringing in over $400 million worldwide.  Del Toro always envisioned sequels to the pic in order to further flesh out the Pacific Rim world, and last we heard a follow-up was looking likely from a studio standpoint given the pic’s success at the global marketplace.  Though the sequel still has yet to receive an official greenlight, del Toro recently revealed that he and screenwriter Travis Beacham are still working on the script for Pacific Rim 2.  Hit the jump for more.

New to Blu-ray: PACIFIC RIM, THE HEAT, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Seasons 1-5, and More

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This week on Blu-ray sees the release of Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots epic, five seasons of a Star Wars animated series in a collector’s set, and a sports movie classic.  What will you be picking up?

Weekend Box Office: GRAVITY Hits New October Opening Record with $55.5 Million

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gravity-george-clooney-sliceSci-fi has been redeemed this morning. In a year that produced genre disappointments like After Earth and Oblivion, original sci-fi has its first unqualified hit of 2013 with Gravity. The thriller soared to $55.5 million on its first weekend, or about $15 million more than even its most optimistic boosters put the film one week ago. More importantly, Gravity set a new record for October by topping Paranormal Activity 3’s $52.5 million debut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gravity $55,550,000 $55.5
2.  Cloudy with a Chance 2 $21,500,000 $61.5
3.  Runner Runner $7,600,000 $7.6
4.  Prisoners $5,700,000 $47.8
5.  Rush $4,408,000 $18
6.  Don Jon $4,160,000 $16
7.  Baggage Claim $4,125,000 $15.1
8.  Insidious Chapter 2 $3,876,000 $74.7
9.  Pulling Strings $2,500,000 $2.5
10.  Enough Said $2,150,000 $5.13

PACIFIC RIM Blu-ray Release Date, Special Features and Limited Editions Revealed

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The details for the highly-anticipated (speaking personally) home video release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim are now available.  The epic robot-vs-monster movie will be released on October 15th in a variety of formats, including digital downloads from all the usual suspects, plus:

  • Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray Gift Pack
  • 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet)
  • Blu-ray Combo Pack (2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet)
  • Two-Disc Special Edition DVD

Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman.  Hit the jump for details on all of the various versions of Pacific Rim on home video, along with special features and box art images.  You can also pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon here.

Geek Gifts: PACIFIC RIM Category 5 Kaiju Slattern Sideshow Collectible

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Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled yet another exciting Pacific Rim statue, this time for the category 5 kaiju Slattern.  We’ve already seen Sideshow Collectible statues for the Gipsy Danger jaeger and the Knifehead kaiju, but this one gives us a closer look at the antagonistic creature from the climax of Guilldermo del Toro’s epic sci-fi film.  Pre-orders are available now for the $469.99 collectible, which is expected to ship in May 2014.  Hit the jump to take a look at images for the Slattern collectible.

Geek Gifts: PACIFIC RIM Gipsy Danger Sideshow Collectible Statue

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With the prospect of Guillermo del Toro tackling “robots vs. monsters” on a massive scale with Pacific Rim also came the promise of some really cool toys based on del Toro’s meticulous designs.  Those toys are now starting to trickle out, and Sideshow Collectibles has started the pre-order for an intricate statue of the Gipsy Danger jaeger.  At $399.99 the statue isn’t particularly cheap, but it is a very faithfully crafted piece of art, complete with battle scars and overall wear-and-tear, which is a really nice touch.  This is hopefully the first of many Pacific Rim collectibles headed our way over the next couple of years.

Hit the jump to take a look at some images of the Gipsy Danger Sideshow Collectible statue, and click here to get a look at the Knifehead Kaiju statue.

PACIFIC RIM Scores Record-Breaking Opening in China; Sequel Looks Likely

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There’s hope for a Pacific Rim sequel yet!  Though Guillermo del Toro’s original tentpole scored a respectable—if underwhelming—$37 million opening domestically, the effects-heavy pic is unlikely to hit the $100 million benchmark here in the states.  However, given its international cast and the universal language of “monsters and robots beating the ever-living shit out of each other,” the long-game for Pacific Rim always hinged on it playing well overseas—and indeed it has.  The pic’s foreign box office total currently stands at $140 million, and the film just opened in China to a record-breaking $9 million on Wednesday.  That’s the highest debut ever for a Warner Bros. film in China, and Deadline reports that the result of the performance is that Pacific Rim will “likely have a sequel.”  Hit the jump for more.

THE COLLISION: Episode 53 – PACIFIC RIM

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Pacific Rim, public perceptions of influences, the business of original blockbuster properties, American vs. Japanese entertainment sensibilities, the career of writer-director Guillermo del Toro, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Westerns and The Lone Ranger), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull Talks PACIFIC RIM, the Lighter Tone, Financing a Larger Portion of Legendary’s Projects, Comic-Con, and More

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At the recent San Francisco press day for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, I landed an exclusive interview with Legendary Pictures’ CEO Thomas Tull.  During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about the newest toys he’s added to his collection, how Legendary is financing more of what they’re producing (they financed 75% of Pac Rim and 100% of 42), if the changing home video dynamics changed the way they think about what they’re producing, casting in a worldwide marketplace, if they would consider making a different cut of a movie like Marvel did with Iron Man 3 for China, how the finished film compares to what he originally envisioned, finding the right tone, Comic-Con, Godzilla, Legendary’s project with Michael Mann and Chris Hemsworth, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Finally, while many projects aren’t worth the extra ticket price for 3D, I strongly recommend paying the extra money to see Pac Rim in IMAX 3D.  It’s definitely worth it.

Guillermo Del Toro Says There Won’t Be a PACIFIC RIM Director’s Cut; Talks about Alternate Endings

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We’ll be posting our new episode of The Collision later today, and on the podcast we discuss the hour of Pacific Rim footage director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro cut out in order to get the character arcs down to their bare essentials.  For those like me who wanted more character stuff, a director’s cut was an enticing prospect.  Unfortunately, del Toro tells Bleeding Cool that the theatrical cut is his director’s cut, and that while there will be deleted scenes with commentary and an extensive making-of documentary, don’t expect a bevy of extras because the “DVD and Blu-ray market is shrinking so we can’t be as extravagant as we were with other discs in the past.”  If you need that sea-change to be more striking, think back to when Hellboy, which was a flop, got a three-disc director’s cut.  It’s particularly a shame in the case of Pacific Rim because it looks like an absolutely fascinating production deserving of a stacked home release.  However, del Toro did go on to say, “if you buy one of my movies, a toy, or a collectable from one of my movies, I try to give people a piece of merchandising or memorabilia that I would be happy to pay that price for.”  I think it’s time to create a “Del Toro Approved” sticker that’s a picture of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up.

Hit the jump for more including del Toro talking about alternate endings, and what line he cut from the movie that could lead into a sequel.  You can also check out the opening/closing credits.

Weekend Box Office: DESPICABLE ME 2 Remains on Top; GROWN UPS 2 Beats PACIFIC RIM

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This morning’s box office has a ‘good news, bad news’ kind of vibe. On the one hand, overall earnings were up significantly over 2012 thanks to the two sequels at the top of chart. The not-so-good news was for fans of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. With an estimated $38.3 million from 3,275 runs, the original action pic came in third behind Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Despicable Me 2 $44,754,000 $229.2
2.  Grown Ups 2 $42,500,000 $42.5
3.  Pacific Rim $38,300,000 $38.3
4.  The Heat $14,000,000 $112.3
5.  The Lone Ranger $11,140,000 $71.1
6.  Monsters University $10,621,000 $237.7
7.  World War Z $9,430,000 $177
8.  White House Down $6,150,000 $62.9
9.  Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain $5,000,000 $26.3
10.  Man of Steel $4,825,000 $280.9

Friday Box Office: PACIFIC RIM Falls to GROWN UPS 2

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After a confusing day that saw the top three films shift almost hourly, Friday’s official estimates are out and Sony’s Grown Ups 2 is on top… for now. The sequel to 2010′s Grown Ups took in an estimated $16.3 million from 3,491 locations, including $2.3 million from Thursday pm previews. Grown Ups 2 was originally expected to match the $40 million debut of its predecessor, but tracking has now been upgraded to the $45 million range. At third on Friday, Despicable Me 2 is also expected to earn $45 million this weekend, indicating that the box office confusion is far from over.

For a case in point, look no further than Pacific Rim. For a time, the Guillermo del Toro feature was expected to take top honors yesterday. Instead, Pacific Rim placed second with an estimated $14.6 million from 3,275 runs. That includes $3.6 million from the film’s Thursday pm and midnight screenings – exactly what World War Z saw from its early previews. That was enough to send Pacific Rim‘s weekend projections soaring to $50 million or more at one point yesterday though, at the moment, tracking has it back to $37 million through Sunday. With Friday’s estimates so unsteady, there is no reason to expect tracking to improve this weekend but check back tomorrow for updated estimates and analysis.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Grown Ups 2 $16,300,000 $16.3
2.  Pacific Rim $14,620,000 $14.6
3.  Despicable Me 2 $13,400,000 $197.8
4.  The Heat $4,200,000 $102.5
5.  The Lone Ranger  $3,370,000 $63.3

Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM, Why You Should See it in IMAX 3D, Working with ILM, the Sideshow Collectible Toys, and More

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With Pacific Rim opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Guillermo del Toro.  During the interview he talked about the early test screenings, how he didn’t want the movie to look like a sleek car commercial (he jokingly calls his visual style “goth tech”), collaborating with ILM to create the amazing monster vs. robot fights, making sure the action is clear and believable, why you should see it in IMAX 3D, the Sideshow Collectible Pacific Rim toys, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and make sure to see Pac Rim in IMAX 3D this weekend.  It’s definitely worth the extra charge.

In addition, if you missed del Toro’s updates on Haunted Mansion, Justice League Dark, The Strain, Crimson Peak, and Hellboy 3, just click the links.

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