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.

First THE EQUALIZER Poster; Plus GODZILLA WonderCon Poster and LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS Teaser

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A few posters to share:

  • The first official The Equalizer poster after Steve spied this banner at CinemaConDenzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, and Marton Csokas star in the feature adaptation of the 1980s series.
  • Warner Bros. unveiled a new Godzilla poster in advance of WonderCon this weekend.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston star in the Godzilla reboot.
  • The first Leprechaun: Origins poster teases the revival of the horror villain starring WWE wrester Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl.

Check out the posters after the break.

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.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, First Trailer for LUCY, 22 JUMP STREET Set Visit, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser, Our Most Anticipated Movies

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Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.

In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

New Footage from Two New TV Spots for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released two new TV spots for Godzilla.  I continue to be impressed at how little the studios are showing from the movie.  While other summer blockbusters are rushing to reveal as much as possible, Godzilla is still teasing.  Granted, we’re still six weeks away from the movie’s release, and there’s plenty of time to give away too much, but for the time being, it’s nice to get new footage, but not so much that the film will be slightly less exciting when it arrives.

Hit the jump to check out the Godzilla TV spots.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGodzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Collider’s Most Anticipated Movies: April to June

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The first quarter of 2014 had a good handful of movies that lived up to our expectations including The LEGO Movie, The Raid 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and more.  Now we’re at Q2, so it’s time for the blockbusters.  Summer has arrived even earlier than usual with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading off April, and there are plenty of other sequels headed our way.  There are three sequels on all three of our lists, and while it’s easy to be excited when you have a good idea of what came before, there are also some fresh movies (or at least non-sequels) in the bunch.

Once again, Adam, Dave, and Matt have each compiled a Top 5 list of most-anticipated movies for the next three months.  Hit the jump to find out what they can’t wait to see and why.

TOP 5: GODZILLA Set Visit, DIVERGENT, Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews, CHEAP THRILLS

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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.

New Posters for GODZILLA, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, FADING GIGOLO, and NEIGHBORS, Plus International Posters for SABOTAGE

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Check out some new posters from the following films:

  • Godzilla – Starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David StrathairnGareth Edwards’ Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Starring Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Emma StonePaul GiamattiFelicity JonesChris CooperB.J. NovakColm Feore, and Sally FieldMarc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.
  • Fading Gigolo - Writer-director-star John Turturro’s comedy starring Woody Allen, Sharon StoneSofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, and Liev Schreiber.
  • NeighborsRose Byrne joins Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in this new poster.  Also starring Jake JohnsonCarlo GalloLisa Kudrow, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicholas Stoller’s comedy Neighbors opens May 9, 2014.
  • Sabotage – Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Mireille Enos, Josh Holloway, Olivia WilliamsHarold PerrineauTerrence HowardMax Martini, and Kevin Vance, David Ayer’s Sabotage opens March 28th.

Hit the jump to take a look.

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.

Legendary Pictures CEO and Producer Thomas Tull Talks GODZILLA, His Love for the Character, Handling Comic-Con, PACIFIC RIM 2, and More

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Most audience members don’t know the names of the people who finance the biggest movies.  They know the actors and sometimes the directors, but the talent behind the best blockbusters can’t make their movie without the backing of someone who believes in the filmmaker’s vision.  In the past 14 years, Legendary Pictures founder and CEO Thomas Tull has made the production company one if the heaviest hitters in Hollywood by backing such hit films as The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Hangover Trilogy, Inception, 42 as well as cult favorites like Trick ‘r Treat and Observe and Report.  So you should probably know his name.

Yesterday, I got the chance to speak with Tull about the studio’s next film, Godzilla, which he also produced.  During our conversation, we talked about his love of the character, why he thinks Gareth Edwards is the right director for the job, how he preps for the studio’s Comic-Con announcement, their new relationship with Universal Pictures, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Bryan Cranston Talks about His Thoughts on the Script, the Appeal of a Character-Driven Blockbuster, and More on the Set of GODZILLA

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I’ve been doing this job for about seven years now, and Bryan Cranston is easily one of my favorite interviews.  He has all of the confidence of someone who has worked hard to get where he is, but none of the ego.  Last year, some fellow journalists and I went to the set of Godzilla, and Cranston was an absolute joy to talk to.  He was smart, funny, nice, and came over multiple times during the day to speak with us.

During our conversations, we talked about his character (a scientist who’s the father of Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s character), the man-vs-nature theme, the action scenes, how Godzilla was his favorite monster growing up, working with director Gareth Edwards, and much more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

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.

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