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.
Because 2015 wasn’t crazy enough when it comes to must-see movies, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak will be released in April 2015. Although THR has the date right, the new title is not “Haunted Peak“. That’s a working title. The movie is still called “Crimson Peak“, which is a much cooler title.
According to THR, filming will take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios from February 10 – May 14th. The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and the logline says the story is about “a young author who discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be.” Those kinds of discoveries are never fun. It’s never “You’re the son of a wealthy prince, and you have a house made of candy? Huzzah!” The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. [Update: We reached out to del Toro for comment and he responded thusly: “the film Crimson Peak has not changed title. We created Haunted Peak as a production entity for the shoot. The film's title remains unchanged.”]
Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) was only attached to director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey for about a month before suddenly dropping out. At the time, the reason for his departure was blamed on scheduling difficulties and lack of time for proper preparation for the role. Now, it looks as if Hunnam had substantial conflicts of interest with the film’s creative team, ones strong enough to turn down a $125,000 payday. Hunnam also submitted his own script notes on the Kelly Marcel adaptation, which were well-received but led to further disagreements when Hunnam began grasping for further script control. While scheduling issues were certainly part of the problem, they’re only going to get worse now as Universal Pictures and Focus Pictures are still in search of a male lead with a planned November 1st start date rapidly approaching. Hit the jump for more.
Last month, Charlie Hunnam signed on to star in Fifty Shades of Grey, ending months of speculation as to who would play young entrepreneur and BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey. Hunnam throws us back on the speculation carousel with today’s announcement that he is leaving the project. Here’s Universal’s statement:
“The filmmakers of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”
Production was slated to begin later this month for an August 1, 2014 release, so Universal will announce a replacement soon or push back production. Dakota Johnson is still on board to play Anastasia Steele alongside co-star Jennifer Ehle in Sam Taylor-Wood‘s adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Read the book synopsis after the jump.
Rather than announce the casting of both leads in Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s Fifty Shades of Grey at the same time, Universal Pictures has decided to break up the announcements but release them within the same hour. Author E.L. James said on her Twitter that Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) will be playing the female lead of college student Anastasia Steele, and now James tweets that Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) has the role of Steele’s lover, business magnate Christian Grey. While I wish Universal had just made both announcements at the same time, at least we don’t have to play the casting sweepstakes for the lead male role.
Hit the jump for the press release. Fifty Shades of Grey opens August 1, 2014.
When the hit drama series Sons of Anarchy returns to FX on September 10th, SAMCRO’s new President, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), must face the consequences of the MC’s criminal deeds before it tears the club apart. And if the premiere is any indication of where things are headed in this penultimate season, that’s going to be more challenging and heart-breaking than ever.
While at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, actor Charlie Hunnam and show creator/executive producer/writer Kurt Sutter talked about how much of an impact the acts of the premiere will have on this season, that the show has reached a moral turning point, the goal of the upcoming graphic novel, how much things are mapped out between now and the scheduled final season (Season 7), whether he knows what the final shot will look like, and how rewarding it’s been to work with each other. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that some major spoilers are discussed.
Tonight’s casting report is led by two actors who have starred in an FX drama:
- Charlie Hunnam is attached to star in Triple Nine, a crime thriller directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless). Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett are in talks to join the cast.
- Rose Byrne is in talks to join Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz in Annie, a new adaptation of the Broadway musical directed by Will Gluck (Easy A).
Hit the jump for details on both projects.
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.
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.
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.