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.

PACIFIC RIM Review

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One of the reasons I love going to the movie theater is that it can show off a level of spectacle an average home theater can never match.  No matter how big the TV screen, and no matter how many speakers, there’s no substitute for what a movie theater can offer.  Plenty of blockbusters attempt a level of spectacle that can do the big screen justice, but it’s not simply a matter of bigger being better.  There has to be weight and detail and a way for it to all come together that transports us into a world that’s larger than life.  With Pacific Rim, director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro has pushed the boundaries of not only increasing the size of the spectacle, but also in providing an imaginative premise where giant robots and giant monsters wrestle within a colorful, fleshed-out world.  Unfortunately, it’s a world where all of the style struggles to provide substance to the thin plot and flimsy characters.

Mondo’s Comic-Con Posters to Include PACIFIC RIM, Drew Struzan’s THE DARK TOWER, and Olly Moss’ SPIRITED AWAY and HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE

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This year at Comic-Con, Mondo will be unleashing some fresh madness, although they will be mediating some of it with a pre-sale.  In addition to the Martin AnsinConan the Barbarian poster we showed you earlier today, The Alamo Drafthouse’s art boutique has unveiled posters by multiple artists for Pacific Rim, a Drew Struzan poster for The Dark Tower, and Olly Moss posters for Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.  Ansin, Moss, and Struzan will be in attendance at Comic-Con for autograph signings, and their posters will be available for pre-sale this Friday (follow @MondoNews for the announcement).  Those who pre-purchased a poster can pick it up at Comic-Con (and only the person who purchased it).  The Pacific Rim posters do not require a pre-order, and will be available on Preview Night (Wednesday, July 17th).  Please behave in a calm and orderly fashion.

Hit the jump to check out the posters, and click over to Mondo’s blog for some essential details regarding the pick-up of posters and autograph signing dates.  I also highly recommend picking up a sturdy mailing tube (e.g. Yazoo tube) to prevent your poster from getting damaged (the tubes from UPS and FedEx are very risky).

Charlie Hunnam Talks PACIFIC RIM, Seeing the Film for the First Time, Spending 27 Days in the Con Pod Set, SONS OF ANARCHY, and CRIMSON PEAK

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With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Charlie Hunnam at the press junket.  During the interview he talked about doing the interview during a huge parade outside the hotel, his reaction to seeing Pacific Rim for the first time, working on the huge practical sets, what he collects, Sons of Anarchy, Crimson Peak, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Finally, If you missed any of my set visit coverage, be sure to check out my video blog recap with 20 things to know, plus extended on set interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.

Go Behind the Scenes of Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM in New 14-Minute Featurette

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim—his first directorial feature in five years—finally hits theaters this Friday, and in case you can’t wait a few more days for the full film, Warner Bros. has graciously released a lengthy 14-minute featurette that delves deep behind the scenes of the pic.  The featurette includes interviews with nearly the entire cast, as Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, and Charlie Hunnam all speak about the story of the film and the process of making Pacific Rim with del Toro.  There are also sit-downs with del Toro and Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull.  Whether you’re looking forward to the film already or are on the fence about whether it’s worth seeing this weekend in theaters, this featurette should do the trick.

Hit the jump to check out the new featurette.  The film also stars Rinko Kikuchi and Rob KazinskyPacific Rim opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 12th.

Charlie Day Talks PACIFIC RIM, Bringing Levity to Blockbusters, the Practical Sets, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY Season 9, and More

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With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Charlie Day at the press junket.  During the interview he talked about doing the interview during a huge parade outside the hotel, his reaction to seeing Pacific Rim for the first time, how the movie is fun and not serious like Man of Steel, and a lot more.  In addition, Day talked about his work on the Lego Movie, the status of Horrible Bosses 2, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 9, and Comic-Con.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Finally, If you missed any of my set visit coverage, be sure to check out my video blog recap with 20 things to know, plus extended on set interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures PACIFIC RIM Giveaway

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Director Guillermo del Toro is poised to melt faces later this month with his massive-looking new film Pacific Rim, and we here at Collider have some great Pacific Rim-related prizes to give away to a few lucky readers.  For those unaware, the story is kicked off by the emergence of monsters (known as Kaiju) who start a war that devastates humanity.  To fight back, humans build giant robots (known as Jaegers) that are controlled by two pilots.  Our swell prize kit includes an official flight jacket, a “Jaeger Repair” 13 function multi-tool kit, an iPad Mini case, an iPhone case, men’s and women’s t-shirts, a filtered water bottle, a Pac Rim hat, a Digital2 Internet Tablet, and more.

Hit the jump to take a look at the prizes and to find out how you can win.  Pacific Rim invades theaters in 3D, 2D, and IMAX on July 12th.

TOP 5: THE LONE RANGER, 15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 So Far, Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE WAY, WAY BACK, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.

All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.

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