GODZILLA 2 Announced at Comic-Con; Will Feature Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah

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Godzilla was announced at Comic-Con a few years ago.  The teaser was unannounced, but when we heard the King of the Monsters’ might roar, it brought the house down.  The film finally came out this summer, and it was a huge hit.  Soon after, a sequel was announced.  The question then became what other monsters we would see.  Godzilla has a tremendous rogues’ gallery, and none of them were featured in the first movie.  Now it was time to reward the fans with not just a “Thank you” but with a taste of what’s next.

Hit the jump for more about the Godzilla 2 monsters.

STAR WARS Spinoff Collaborators Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta Meet Their New Boss, Darth Vader

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While many figured that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ next film would be a Godzilla sequel given the monster pic’s success at the box office a few weeks ago, we were taken aback last week when it was announced that he will instead be directing the first Star Wars spinoff film.  We still don’t know anything about the nature of the spinoff, but Lucasfilm also announced that The Book of Eli and After Earth screenwriter Gary Whitta will be penning the screenplay.  As a December 16, 2016 release date is already set for the untitled pic, Edwards and Whitta are getting to work straight away, and the latter recently shared an image on Twitter of the two standing in front of their “new boss”, Lord Vader.  The photo reveals nothing about the film, but it’s clear that both are eager to dive deep into the Star Wars universe.

Hit the jump to take a look at the image in full.  Before the spinoff hits theaters, Lucasfilm and Disney will release Star Wars: Episode VII on December 18, 2015.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

STAR WARS Spinoff to Be Directed by GODZILLA Helmer Gareth Edwards; December 16, 2016 Release Set

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After the gargantuan success of Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla, many figured that director Gareth Edwards’ next step would be a sequel to the monster movie.  After all, Godzilla 2 was recently confirmed as being in the works and Edwards had been catapulted into the director’s chair of a massive studio tentpole after helming a tiny, tiny budget sci-fi drama called Monsters.  He steered Godzilla to both commercial and critical acclaim, but it appears that Legendary and WB weren’t the only ones to take notice, as Edwards has now been enlisted to take the helm of one of the Star Wars spinoff films.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s writing Edwards’ film and the news that he’s also attached to direct a pair of Godzilla sequels. [Update: We've also added a statement from Legendary CEO Thomas Tull regarding the Godzilla sequels.]

GODZILLA Review

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Godzilla is a difficult character.  He’s been a hero and a villain.  He’s been a loaded symbol and an empty set piece.  He’s a cultural icon and a punchline.  He’s fought on our planet and in other worlds.  He has decades of history and still defies simple definition beyond being a big, rampaging monster.  And while this size and action is all we truly demand of the character, he can be so much more.  In the character’s latest film, Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards has created a labor of love that attempts to draw from the monster’s rich history to appeal to his fans, but not make him so esoteric as to alienate those who only know the name.  Although the characters and plot can barely hold the grim vibe, Edwards’ respectful and careful approach to the big guy is more than enough to hold the tension and make us cheer for monster mayhem.

2 New GODZILLA Images Offer Clear Look at the Full Monster; New Featurette Focuses on Alexandre Desplat’s Score

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We’re just a day away from early screenings of Godzilla, but in case you can’t wait that long, Warner Bros. has released a pair of new Godzilla images that reveal the titular monster in full.  I liked the film a lot, and director Gareth Edwards does an excellent job of teasing out the Godzilla reveal through a slow build to the thrilling climactic finish.  It’s essentially a masterpiece of foreplay, and it’s a refreshing reprieve from the current trend of bludgeoning the audience’s eyeballs with CG-overload for two hours.  If you want to go in as cold as possible, I might suggest steering clear of these images until after you’ve seen the movie.  But if you really want to get a look at the full creature design, help yourself.  We’ve also included a new featurette that offers a behind-the-scenes look at composer Alexandre Desplat’s fantastic score.

Hit the jump to check out the Godzilla images and featurette, and be sure to read our interviews with Edwards and producer/Legendary CEO Thomas Tull.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, and Bryan CranstonGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Director Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA, Making the Leap to Blockbuster Filmmaking, the Inspiration for the Monster’s Design, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I was able to participate in a group interview with Gareth Edwards.  He talked about Godzilla’s new design, how he represents nature, the massive scale of the film compared to Monsters, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

5 New GODZILLA Clips Plus 11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Gareth Edwards’ Monster Movie

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Director Gareth Edwards’ mega monster movie Godzilla roars onto screens in just a few days, but we’ve got five new clips from the film to give you a taste.  Additionally, we’ve posted 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage the offer up a look at the amount of work that went into getting the iconic monster back into theaters, as well as the massive scope of the production.  If you still want more, be sure to check out these newly released images from the film, as well as getting caught up on Matt’s set visit report.

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston, and opens May 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the Godzilla movie clips and behind-the-scenes footage.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, GODZILLA Trailer, Zack Snyder to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

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I’ll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it’s unique. I can’t recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I’ll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn’t change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he’d be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. And yet, that ending still resonates with me and I’m kind of interested to see what’s next. Like I said, it’s unique.

We’ll talk more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after the jump with Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews. In addition, this week’s Top 5 also highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII cast announcement, the new international Godzilla trailer, Zack Snyder officially landing the Justice League directorial gig, and the first trailer for the excellent looking doc The Internet’s Own Boy. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

27 New Images from GODZILLA Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and More

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of new high-resolution Godzilla images from director Gareth Edwards’ reboot.  The film is a new take on the classic monster, as Edwards populates the pic with an absolutely stellar ensemble led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe.  Story details are still firmly under wraps, but the trailers and TV spots have teased a terrifying tone with a “man on the ground” point of view, not unlike Edwards’ previous film Monsters.  These new images offer a couple of new looks at the titular creature as well as the fantastic cast and destruction that ensues.

Hit the jump to check out the high-resolution Godzilla images.  The film also stars Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Plenty of Monster Action in New International GODZILLA Trailer

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The latest entry in the storied Godzilla franchise is fast approaching on May 16.  Legendary has released an international Godzilla trailer, and from the looks of it, the new movie has everything a Godzilla fan could possibly want.  The only reason to not watch the new trailer is if you want to stay fresh for all the big moments in the movie theater, since the trailer reveals a lot.  Ken Watanabe previews one sure-to-be big moment with the last line: “Let them fight.”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston star.  Watch the new Godzilla trailer after the jump.

New GODZILLA Featurette Wants You to Tremble at the Iconic Roar

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The trailers and TV spots for Godzilla can afford to avoid looking directly at the titular monster because he can be identified by the sound of his roar.  It’s a sound that has remained with the monster through his many iterations and pictures, and it will be with him in the upcoming sequel/reboot.  In a new featurette, director Gareth Edwards, sound designer Erik Aadhal, and producer Thomas Tull talk about the iconic roar, and it’s a little funny to see everyone laboring over gigantic soundboards when it was originally created in 1954 in a far more lo-fi manner (according to Wikipedia, composer Akira Ifukube “produced the sound by rubbing a resin coated glove along the string of a contrabass and then slowing down the playback).  Perhaps it would have been better for the remake to just get Bryan Cranston to do the roar.  His impersonation isn’t too far off.

Hit the jump to check out the new Godzilla featurette.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th, and also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  Also, unrelated to the roar, look at the background of the interview with Edwards.  I’m pretty sure that model is for a new kaiju we’ll be seeing in the movie.

Director Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA’s Roar and Designing the Monster at WonderCon

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Over the weekend, shortly before Godzilla director Gareth Edwards hit the WonderCon stage to talk about his movie, I landed a few minutes with him backstage on the red carpet.  While the interview was brief, he talked about designing the sound of Godzilla, how they came up with the new roar, his look, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here to read our recap of the Godzilla WonderCon panel.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

WonderCon: GODZILLA Panel Recap Featuring Gareth Edwards Q&A and New Footage

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At WonderCon 2014, Warner Brothers presented select footage from their upcoming remake/reboot of Godzilla.  Filmmaker Gareth Edwards was on hand to discuss recreating the titular monster, the fantastic marketing for the film and the themes of the picture.  For a full recap of the footage shown (INCLUDING A FULL SCENE WITH GODZILLA ABOUT TO FIGHT ANOTHER KAIJU) and bullet point highlights of the Q&A, hit the jump.

New GODZILLA Featurette Focuses on Director Gareth Edwards

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released a new Godzilla featurette.  This featurette is a brief chat with director Gareth Edwards.  For those who don’t know, Edwards breakthrough feature was 2010′s Monsters, an indie film that looks far more expensive because of Edwards’ background as a visual effects artist and his ability to use effects shots wisely rather than simply throwing a bunch of CGI at the screen.  In this interview, Edwards explains that he’s going for a realistic take on Godzilla, which stays true to the original 1954 movie.  Even though there’s a giant monster roaming around, the original film is really about living in the aftermath and fear of the atomic bomb.  While I assume Godzilla won’t be a dour blockbuster, I’m glad Edwards respects the monster’s origins and wants to be true to the spirit of the classic picture.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth Olsen, Ken WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

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