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.
The LEGO Movie released two character posters today. The poster for the Charlie Day character (Benny) is exactly what you’d expect for a LEGO movie: a big goofy smile on the classic yellow figure. It’s pure joy. The other poster is indescribably creepy. Morgan Freeman‘s mystic character Vitruvius stares at you with glowing dead eyes. Just end with the Benny poster, and everything will be okay.
The story follows Emmett (Chris Pratt), an average LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for an extraordinary person who can save the world: “He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell), a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.” The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014. See the posters after the jump.
Warner Bros. has dated the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 for next year’s Thanksgiving weekend. The pic will open in theaters on November 26, 2014, where it will square off directly against Fox’s animated film Home. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Disney’s sports drama McFarland will get a jump on the weekend by opening on November 21st, but Horrible Bosses 2 should prove to be a nice bit of R-rated counter-programming for the holiday.
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis return for the follow-up, which will be helmed by That’s My Boy director Sean Anders. Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein penned the initial draft of the script, but Anders and his We’re the Millers co-writer John Morris subsequently performed a rewrite. If you missed Steve’s recent video interview with Bateman in which the actor spoke briefly about the project, click here.
We’ve cobbled together a collection of new images from the following films:
- Need for Speed – Scott Waugh’s film adaptation of the street racing video game franchise starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Dakota Johnson, Kid Cudi, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton opens March 14, 2014.
- Horrible Bosses 2 – The Sean Anders-directed sequel (which star Jason Bateman recently talked about in an interview with Steve) is about to kick into production with stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis.
- In the Heart of the Sea – Ron Howard’s film about the whaling ship Essex that inspired Herman Melville’s famous whale tale stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Benjamin Walker.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In anticipation of checking out Monsters University later today, my wife and I and two of our nephews rewatched Monsters, Inc. last night. It had been probably 10 years or so since I last watched Inc. and all I can say is shame on me for forgetting how good it is. Within the first 15 minutes of the film, during which I had already laughed no fewer than five times, I was reminded why Pixar (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Brendan’s Pixar by the Numbers editorial) is held to such a high standard: because they set that standard for themselves first and, in doing so, conditioned us to expect nothing less than spectacular. Do I prefer it when the studio introduces new characters, stories, and worlds over sequels and spin-offs? Sure. Still yet, they could never release another movie I care about (which won’t happen) and would still have done enough for the medium to deserve my eternal appreciation and respect.
Now that I’m finished vouching for a studio that requires zero support from me in order to stay relevant, I can get to the reason we’re all here. In this week’s Top 5 you can find a possible casting breakdown for Star Wars: Episode VII, our Pacific Rim set visit, the excellent first trailer for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, our Riddick set visit recap, and what may very well be the final appearance that Man of Steel ever makes in this weekly feature (no promises, though). Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
As a fan of many of their movies, I’ve been wanting to go to Pixar, for some time now. And since you have to either work there, know someone who works there, or get an invite to go there, I jumped at the recent opportunity to make the trip to Emeryville, Calif. to do interviews for their latest feature film, Monsters University, and had a great time while I was there. The film follows Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal), who arrives at the campus with the dream of becoming a Scarer while James “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) feels like he doesn’t have to put in the time or work to succeed because he was born with his talent. When their journeys both prove to be a bit more complicated than they anticipated, they find help and friendship in the unlikeliest of places.
At the film’s press day, actor Charlie Day (who voices Art, Oozma Kappa’s most free-spirited and mysterious monster) spoke to Collider during a roundtable and 1-on-1 interview about how he came to be doing a Pixar animated feature, finding out what his character would look like, how exciting it was to record at Pixar, his character’s backstory, how much he stuck to the script, what he was like in college, and what scared him as a kid. He also talked about his work in Pacific Rim and what a wild ride the film is, just how much fun he’s had making It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for so many seasons now, his trick to get over writer’s block, his comedic inspirations, doing a cameo for The Lego Movie, and the status of Horrible Bosses 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Familiar lessons in family films are “Stay true to yourself!”, “Follow your dreams!”, and “Work hard and you can accomplish anything!” This isn’t true, but it’s a nice sentiment. The truth is that there are some things we’re not capable of accomplishing no matter how hard we work at them. That’s a tougher lesson, but also a more rewarding one. By embracing a more thoughtful theme but never forgetting their oft-repeated message about the importance of friendship, Pixar has returned to form in a big way with Monsters University, a film that’s not only intelligent, but also incredibly cute and ridiculously funny.
If you’re a fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you know Charlie Day is extremely funny. However, while you might think Guillermo del Toro only cast him in Pacific Rim to make some jokes, he revealed during an on set interview that while he does provide some of the “much needed levity,” his character:
“Gets thrust into the story in a way that his life is seriously at risk and it becomes a little more action oriented and a little more horror movie-esque. So, he kinda bounces back between being humorous and also being real. He’s not funny in the way that the guys from Sunny or the guys from Horrible Bosses are funny, ‘cause he has to be real. Because the movie — you have to buy the monsters and buy the world and you don’t want to be taken completely out of it. It’s been interesting, I was worried they were going to push me more towards comedy but Guillermo keeps pushing me more towards the dramatic stuff.”
He also talked about how he got cast, the practical sets, his costume, how the script changed from when he first signed on, working with Ron Perlman, what it’s been like to work for del Toro, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
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.