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Marvel has released a new trailer for director Alan Taylor’s sequel, Thor: The Dark World. The film finds Chris Hemsworth’s Thor squaring off against the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The trailer is a shorter, rearranged version of what was shown at Comic-Con, and it leaves me cold. There’s plenty of destruction and ominous warnings, but only at the very end do you see any emphasis on the title character. It almost seems like Marvel has given up on their hero, and realized that they should sell it on Loki (Tom Hiddleston) since he’s the more popular character.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.
Marvel has released a new poster for Thor: The Dark World, and sadly, it’s cluttered beyond all reason. The poster embraces the lazy “floating head” design, then crams in as many characters as possible (for those counting, this poster has ten characters on it). “Busy” doesn’t even begin to describe the visual, and while that can sometimes work to a poster’s advantage (like the final theatrical poster for Iron Man 3), it can also be overwhelming and a complete abuse of Photoshop (like the IMAX poster for Iron Man 3). The only thing this poster tells me is that Thor is about to get pelted with tiny meteors.
Hit the jump to check out the new U.K. poster. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.
The Weinstein Company has released first trailer for director Justin Chadwick’s (The Other Boleyn Girl) biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The film stars Idris Elba and chronicles the life of Nelson Mandela from his childhood in a rural village to his election as president of South Africa. Elba is unsurprisingly fantastic, and the pic actually looks to take on a pretty large scope when tackling Mandela’s story. As far as biopics go, Long Walk to Freedom looks quite impressive.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Naomie Harris. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens on November 29th.
New posters and a U.K. teaser trailer have been released for the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The film stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and co-stars Naomie Harris in as his wife Winnie the tale of “Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.” I have absolutely no idea what this could possibly add to what we already know about Mandela despite the promises of the posters. He’s a living saint, and all this trailer tells me is that Elba does a killer impression of the man.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with a couple of new posters. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens in the U.K. on January 3, 2014.
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.
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 Kazinsky. Pacific Rim opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 12th.
The marketing blitzkrieg for Pacific Rim continues with new posters and TV spots. Usually, this kind of onslaught eventually gets on my nerves because it’s for movies that basically sell themselves. At some point, there’s only so much awareness you can build around a property like Batman or Harry Potter, especially if it’s a sequel. But Pacific Rim needs all the help it can get because some people don’t seem to understand it past something that looks like Transformers even though one of the points of pride of the filmmakers is that they built a unique world for their picture. The trick is getting people to take a chance on a property that’s not a remake, adaptation, or sequel. If that means marketing the bejeezus out of the film, so be it.
Hit the jump to check out two new TV spots and two new posters. The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 12th.
With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim opening July 12, Warner Bros. has provided us with some awesome behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film. If you’re a fan of del Toro, you’ll be able to see him directing the cast, as well as hear his trademark laugh when he likes what he sees. In addition, you can watch Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman film a few scenes on some massive practical sets. But while everything I mentioned is cool, without a doubt, the best part of the footage is being able to see the the giant robots (known as Jaegers) come to life. Unlike some films that have the actors stand on green screen so the scene can be built in a computer, del Toro build massive sets to house the control room of the Jaegers and they really are a site to behold. Trust me, Pacific Rim is going to wow you in so many ways and this footage is just the tip of the iceberg. Hit the jump to check out the footage.
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 interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.
The marketing campaign for Guillermo del Toro’s great-looking new film Pacific Rim is about to be kicked into high gear, and as a result Warner Bros. has now released a nearly 4-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for the pic. 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. This featurette gives a clear outline of the story and the world that del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham have created, and it also provides a nice behind-the-scenes look at del Toro’s process as a director and his approach to crafting the Pacific Rim universe.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out his video blog recap and 20 things to know, plus his interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene. The film also stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Clifton Collins Jr., Max Martini, and Rob Kazinsky. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.
Warner Bros. has released a new Pacific Rim trailer with the heading “At the Edge,” taken from the Idris Elba speech that structures the clip: “At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today there’s not a man or woman in here that shall stand alone. Today we face the monsters that are at our door. Today we are cancelling the apocalypse!” You know the rest: the music swells, the people unite, and giant robots battle giant sea monsters to cancel that apocalypse.
Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman star alongside Elba. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim opens July 12. Watch the trailer after the break.
Warner Bros. has released a large batch of almost 60 new high-resolution images from director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film Pacific Rim, and it’s sure to tide fans over until the full film hits theaters next month. 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. The pic looks to be a rollicking good time at the movies, and I absolutely can’t wait to see it on the biggest screen possible. If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, be sure to check out his video blog recap and 20 things to know, plus his interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Clifton Collins Jr., Max Martini, and Rob Kazinsky. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.
Star Idris Elba and creator Neil Cross have been talking about a possible feature film adaptation of their BBC drama series Luther for quite some time now. On the heels of the premiere of crime drama’s third series, Elba has now dropped a few details regarding how that potential Luther movie will play out. Should the film get the go ahead, Elba says it would pull heavily from Cross’ prequel novel Luther: The Calling and would delve into the origins of Elba’s detective inspector John Luther. Moreover, it has been officially announced that the four-episode third series will premiere on BBC One this coming July 2nd.
Hit the jump to see what else Elba had to say about the Luther movie.
Check out the latest casting news below:
- Idris Elba (Luther) and Jasmine Trinca (The Son’s Room) are set to join director Pierre Morel’s action thriller The Gunman, starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.
- Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) is in final talks for director Terry Loane’s coming-of-age drama, Measure of a Man, also starring Riley Griffiths (Super 8).
- Haley Bennett (Marley & Me) has signed on for Sony’s adaptation of The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo and Chloë Grace Moretz.
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Pacific Rim feels so far away, and that’s because it kind of is. We’re a little under two months until the movie’s release, and there are plenty of blockbusters before Guillermo Del Toro‘s monsters-vs-robots picture hits the big screen. But Warner Bros. is already making sure that TV audiences are aware of the flick, and the first TV spot has been released. There’s some new footage in here, but every thing I’ve seen just leaves me with the same thought: I need to see this on a movie screen.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.