Bryan Cranston Talks about His Thoughts on the Script, the Appeal of a Character-Driven Blockbuster, and More on the Set of GODZILLA

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I’ve been doing this job for about seven years now, and Bryan Cranston is easily one of my favorite interviews.  He has all of the confidence of someone who has worked hard to get where he is, but none of the ego.  Last year, some fellow journalists and I went to the set of Godzilla, and Cranston was an absolute joy to talk to.  He was smart, funny, nice, and came over multiple times during the day to speak with us.

During our conversations, we talked about his character (a scientist who’s the father of Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s character), the man-vs-nature theme, the action scenes, how Godzilla was his favorite monster growing up, working with director Gareth Edwards, and much more.  Hit the jump to check out the Bryan Cranston interview.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Four New Images from Gareth Edwards’ GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released four new images from Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming action film, Godzilla.  We still don’t know much about the plot other than it will involve Godzilla, other rampaging monsters, and a talented cast of actors.  Also, the trailers have looked great, so I’m in.  I’m also glad that we’re still not being shown much from the movie.  These new images don’t spoil anything, and I applaud WB and Legendary for their restraint.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click on the corresponding links for my set visit, on-set interviews with Edwards, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and my interview with Legendary Pictures CEO and Producer Thomas Tull.  The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanbe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

International Trailer for GODZILLA Showcases New Footage and More Destruction

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A new international trailer for director Gareth Evans’ highly anticipated Godzilla has landed online, and it’s quite excellent.  Plenty of new footage can be gleaned from this trailer, as we see much more of the titular creature’s immense amount of destruction and also get a better look at the film’s human characters.  This pic continues to look fantastic, and I’m incredibly eager to see the full feature on a ginormous IMAX screen in a couple of months.

Hit the jump to watch the new international trailer.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

New Images from GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor Johnson and Bryan Craston; Plus a Size Chart Comparing Godzilla’s Incarnations

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New images have been released for Gareth EdwardsGodzilla.  Although we recently got a new trailer, plot details remain scarce beyond the eponymous monster running amok and helpless humans trying to figure out how to deal with him.  These new images don’t provide any more details, but I’m glad we’re not at a marketing overload point.  There’s just enough mystery here to keep it interesting without being gratingly coy about the whole affair.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with a size chart for how all of the various Godzillas stack up against each other.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette BinocheSally HawkinsKen Watanabe, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

New Full-Length Trailer for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster redo Godzilla.  Starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen, the film “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s arrogance, threaten our very existence.”  This full-length trailer delves a bit deeper into the film’s plot without giving too much away, which is all-too-rare nowadays (ahem, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).  Cranston appears to be the film’s voice of reason as his voice narrates this new trailer, and while we do get hints of a twist on the nuclear origins of the titular monster, the main focus is really on conveying the epic scope of the film through a series of sweeping shots.  Some of the unfinished effects look a little spotty, but all-in-all this is another exciting glimpse at what’s poised to be a monster hit at the box office this summer.  I also like how they’re still keeping any full or clear shots of Godzilla himself out of the marketing—at least for now.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Juliette BinocheSally HawkinsKen Watanabe, and David Strathairn.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Bryan Cranston and Edgar Ramirez Join Naomi Watts in HOLLAND, MICHIGAN; Lily Collins Is in Negotiations for HOW TO BE SINGLE

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Here’s a look at the latest casting news:

  • Bryan Cranston and Edgar Ramirez will join Errol Morris’ feature directorial debut, Holland, Michigan, the 2013 Black List topper penned by Andrew Sodroski and starring Naomi Watts.
  • Lily Collins is in negotiations to join New Line’s comedy, How to Be Single, based on the Liz Tuccillo novel.

Hit the jump for more on both pictures.

Hear GODZILLA’s New Roar; Starts with 10 Seconds of Monster Fury [Updated with Animated Roar]

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With director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster redo Godzilla opening May 16th, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have recently started amping up their promotional campaign by releasing a new poster last week.  If you thought that was cool, you’re going to love what they released today: Godzilla’s new roar.  As you can hear after the jump, it starts with almost 10 seconds of monster fury and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen in a few months.  Check it out.

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen, and the film “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s arrogance, threaten our very existence.”  The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn.

Update: WB has also sent over an animated roar.  We’ve embedded that as well.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Wins SAG Best Ensemble Award; Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’O, and Jared Leto Take Home Trophies

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place earlier this evening, and the performance-centric American Hustle won the big Best Ensemble prize.  That wasn’t a huge shock given the amount of talent on display in David O. Russell’s film and the fact that Hustle landed an Oscar nomination in every single acting category.  Elsewhere at the SAGs, Matthew McConaughey continues to look more and more like an Oscar winner with another Best Actor trophy, 12 Years a Slave breakout Lupita Nyong’O won Best Supporting Actress, and Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto won their umpteenth Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards, respectively.  On the TV side of things, Breaking Bad won Best Dramatic Ensemble and Modern Family won Best Comedic Ensemble.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and take note in your respective Oscar pools.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Sally Hawkins

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ET Canada recently ran a piece on visiting the set of Godzilla, and it shows some nice behind-the-scenes footage.  There’s actually a bit that I think might be a bit too revealing, although I can’t say for sure since I haven’t read the script and obviously haven’t seen the finished feature.  I will say that if nothing else, it’s always a joy watching Bryan Cranston be goofy and enthusiastic about his work.

Hit the jump to check out the ET Canada segment.  The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette BinocheDavid Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally HawkinsGodzilla opens May 16th.

TOP 5: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, First Trailer for GODZILLA, POMPEII Set Visit, TERMINATOR Reboot News, JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer

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What began as a way to keep my mind off of my upcoming fantasy football playoff matchup has blossomed into a full-on love affair. Over the past week I’ve watched a considerable amount of Parks and Recreation via Netflix and I couldn’t be happier with my time killer of choice. I’ve made it through the first three seasons, all of which have delivered consistent laughs and excellent character moments (Ron’s inability to resist his ex-wife and Leslie’s attempt to stay awake during Pawnee Cares’ diabetes telethon come to mind). I’ll admit that my television viewing is often marred by my own skepticism. When Parks debuted, I watched the first few episodes and wrote it off as cutting and pasting The Office‘s format into a small town, local government setting. These last few days I’ve realized that’s almost exactly what Parks is and yet I couldn’t care less because it’s smart, funny, and endearing at nearly every turn.

My new found love of Parks and Recreation now officially on the record, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug interviews and review, the first trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, a recap of Steve’s visit to the set of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, several bits of news out of the Terminator reboot camp, and the first trailer for The Wachowski Siblings‘ latest Jupiter Ascending. What comes next is a brief recap and link to each of the above.

International Trailer and TV Spot for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Yesterday, the teaser trailer for Godzilla was released online, and judging by the reaction of the people I follow on Twitter, response was positive.  It’s a well-made trailer, and more importantly, the response shows that people are eager to see the giant monster get a second chance at an American adaptation.   Today, an international trailer and TV spot have gone online, and the tone is the same, but they contain brief new bits of footage.  If yesterday left you with a need for more Godzilla (or a need for actors who will be in Godzilla, since there’s not much of the titular monster at this point), it’s a quick fix.

Hit the jump for the trailer and TV spot.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette BinocheDavid Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins.  Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

First Trailer and New Poster for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla along with a new poster  If you want to see the titular kaiju, you’re going to be in for a bit of a disappointment, but you should be encouraged by the style Edwards is bringing to the movie.  There are some great-looking shots, especially the opening halo jump and the red smoke clouds following the paratroopers.  And when Godzilla is finally “revealed”, it’s in a stunning, smokey silhouette.  It’s an effective teaser trailer, and I don’t mind waiting to see more while the special effects team attempts to recreate one of cinema’s most memorable monsters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new poster.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette BinocheDavid Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins.  Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

First Official GODZILLA Images Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and the Monster [UPDATED]

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After a big push at Comic-Con, two viral videos released today signal the next wave of marketing for Godzilla.  The first trailer drops tomorrow afternoon, but you can get a taste tonight with the first official images featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and a relatively clear look at the monster himself.  The reboot “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”

Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn also star.  Godzilla opens May 16, 2014.  Check out the new images along with a few quotes from director Gareth Edwards after the jump. [Update: Warner Bros. has released high-resolution versions of two of the images, which are now included after the jump.]

BREAKING BAD: THE FINAL SEASON Blu-ray Review

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Since the beginning of Breaking Bad, there was always the question of if and when Walter White (Bryan Cranston) would be caught.  His brother in law Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) was a DEA agent, so there were so many ways for his work as a meth cooker/drug kingpin to go south.  And as the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad began, Hank had finally caught on to his brother in law.  It was the start of the end, and it couldn’t end well, at least for the characters.  For the audience, it ended spectacularly.  My review of Breaking Bad The Final Season on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Life Is Unfair as BREAKING BAD “Alternate Ending” Goes MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE

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When Bryan Cranston broke out in his dramatic role as Walter White in Breaking Bad, it was surprising not only because of the unique character, but also because Cranston was primarily known for playing the goofy dad Hal on the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.  As Breaking Bad neared its conclusion, people joked that the show was actually a prequel to Malcolm in the Middle, and Walt was living out his days in witness protection.  Cranston has never shied away from poking fun at AMC’s Emmy-winning drama, and the upcoming Blu-ray for the final season includes a special feature where Breaking Bad decides to pull a Newhart.  It’s delightful, and I’m glad Malcolm co-star Jane Kaczmarek was game for it.

Hit the jump to check out the alternate ending.

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