Watch a New Extended Look at GODZILLA

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released a new extended look at director Gareth Edwards highly anticipated Godzilla.  While the previous footage has teased a lot of the story and scope of the film, the new footage explains more of Bryan Cranston’s characters backstory and why he’s convinced the government is lying about what’s really happening.  Of course the footage also shows some amazing action set pieces and it continues to raise my anticipation for the film.  I really can’t wait to see the film next month.

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


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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.

In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.

Director Gareth Edwards Talks Making the Leap from an Indie to a Blockbuster, Man-vs-Nature, Easter Eggs, and More on the Set of GODZILLA

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Filmmaker Gareth Edwards has made a bit of a leap between his feature debut and his follow-up.  His breakthrough feature, 2010′s Monsters, was made on a budget of $500,000, but those who have seen it know that it looks like it cost ten times as much.  His talent was in adding details to flesh out the world and provide a great sense of atmosphere.  Now he’s directing Godzilla, a tent-pole blockbuster featuring a beloved character, and while the stakes are high and the action is humongous , his focus on world-building and characters remains.

Last June, some fellow journalists and I visited the set, and during a break in filming, we got a chance to chat with Edwards.  During our conversation, we talked about the themes of the picture, making the leap from an indie to a blockbuster, Easter eggs, if anyone is going to shout, “It’s Godzilla!”, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Matt Visits the Set of GODZILLA and Witnesses the Monster’s Trail of Destruction

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A young man in a radiation suit surveys the ruins of a dilapidated Japanese house.  Insects crawl along the floors and walls.  Nature has overtaken the abandoned home.  The young man sweeps his flashlight across the dimly lit room, but what he’s trying to find is unknown.  His father is also combing the old house; hoping to find a crucial piece of information that could help them, and in turn, possibly help humanity.  It’s a quiet scene, but the stakes are monstrous.

Hit the jump to read about my visit to the set of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla.

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.

GODZILLA Footage Revealed at SXSW with Waves, Airport Destruction, New Kaiju, Full Shot of Godzilla, and More

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Last night at SXSW in Austin, Texas, not only did Collider get the opportunity to sit down for a screening of the 1954 original, but a sequence from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros’ new rendition of Godzilla, too.  As director Gareth Edwards pointed out prior to rolling the footage, the material was unfinished and did contain a handful of work-in-progress VFX shots, but even then, it was strikingly absorbing and boasted an exceptional build.  Hit the jump for my recap.

Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA, Godzilla’s Origins, Making Him a Character with Layers, Hints at Additional Monsters, And More

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It’s been over three years since Gareth Edwards first signed on to direct Godzilla, but based on the film’s promotional campaign thus far, it looks as though it was time well spent.  The trailers have featured riveting performances, stunning visuals, and powerful builds, suggesting that Edwards may have achieved exactly what he set out to do from the moment he boarded the project – simply put, to deliver a good film.

Edwards is currently in Austin, Texas for SXSW where Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are holding a screening of the 1954 classic film, after which Edwards will take the stage for a Q&A.  We got the chance to have a little time with the director one-on-one prior to the event and even though he did steer clear of spoilers, he was able to offer loads of insight on what we can expect come May 16, 2014.  We discussed his monster’s origins, connecting his Godzilla to the existence of the Toho monster in the narrative, his personal distaste for post-credit scenes, the possibility of additional creatures, and loads more, and you can catch it all right after the jump.

TOP 5: Adam Driver Nears Deal to Play Villain in STAR WARS EPISODE 7, GODZILLA Trailer, NON-STOP, Cinemath Meets Oscar Beat, VERONICA MARS Set Visit

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Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher‘s most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher’s best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher’s cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas’ Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life he has outside of his work and possessions. The Game may go off the rails at times, but with Fincher’s steady hand guiding the story it does so in all the extremely dark, right ways.

My Fincher recommendation aside, I should mention that the Top 5 will take a quick week hiatus to allow me to travel next weekend. In the meantime, this week’s installment highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII casting news involving Adam Driver, the new trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, a review and interviews for Non-Stop, worlds colliding as Brendan’s Cinemath meets Adam’s Oscar Beat, and our Veronica Mars set visit coverage. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

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.

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.

GODZILLA Stands Tall in Fiery New Poster

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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have released a new poster for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster redo Godzilla.  Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan 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.”  Thus far the marketing materials have (wisely) only focused on the titular monster, but it’ll be interesting to get a look at these other “malevolent creatures” when the film hit theaters.  For now, though, this poster does a fine job of conveying the enormous scale of Godzilla as well as the immense amount of destructing left in his wake.

Hit the jump to take a look at the poster.  The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

GODZILLA Tie-In Graphic Novel “Godzilla: Awakening” Coming May 7th

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Before Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla lands on our shores this May, a new prequel graphic novel will act as a lead-in to the story.  Titled “Godzilla: Awakening”, the 72-pager will take a look at the dawn of the atomic age, decades before the events of the film take place, back to a time when monstrous lifeforms were woken from their slumber.  Co-written by Max and Greg Borenstein, “Godzilla: Awakening” features artwork from Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah and Lee Loughridge, with cover art by Arthur Adams.

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth OlsenJuliette BinocheDavid Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins, and opens May 16th.  Hit the jump for more on Godzilla and the upcoming graphic novel, “Godzilla: Awakening”.


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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.

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.

GODZILLA Book Based on Gareth Edwards’ Movie Provides a New Look at the Iconic Monster

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We got an early look at the monster design for Godzilla during Comic-Con, but news from the Legendary picture has been relatively quiet since then.  But thanks to the modern miracles of the internet and product placement, we have a new look at the title beastie thanks to a new book that’s on the market for pre-order.

Director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn, and opens May 16, 2014.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new image.

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