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.

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.

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.

International Trailer for GODZILLA Showcases New Footage and More Destruction

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A new international trailer for director Gareth Evans’ highly anticipated Godzilla has landed online, and it’s quite excellent.  Plenty of new footage can be gleaned from this trailer, as we see much more of the titular creature’s immense amount of destruction and also get a better look at the film’s human characters.  This pic continues to look fantastic, and I’m incredibly eager to see the full feature on a ginormous IMAX screen in a couple of months.

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

New Full-Length Trailer for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster redo Godzilla.  Starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBryan 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.”  This full-length trailer delves a bit deeper into the film’s plot without giving too much away, which is all-too-rare nowadays (ahem, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).  Cranston appears to be the film’s voice of reason as his voice narrates this new trailer, and while we do get hints of a twist on the nuclear origins of the titular monster, the main focus is really on conveying the epic scope of the film through a series of sweeping shots.  Some of the unfinished effects look a little spotty, but all-in-all this is another exciting glimpse at what’s poised to be a monster hit at the box office this summer.  I also like how they’re still keeping any full or clear shots of Godzilla himself out of the marketing—at least for now.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Juliette BinocheSally HawkinsKen Watanabe, and David Strathairn.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Trailer for the Japanese Remake of UNFORGIVEN Starring Ken Watanabe, Akira Emoto, and Jun Kunimura

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Warner Bros. U.K. has posted a trailer for the Japanese remake of Unforgiven.  For those who haven’t seen Clint Eastwood’s 1992 masterpiece, it centers on an old gunfighter who reluctantly joins his former partner and a swaggering hotshot to claim the bounty on two men who attacked a prostitute.  The remake changes the setting to Hokkaido in 1880 and from gunslingers to samurai, but the general plot remains mostly intact.  When I saw the film at TIFF last year, I thought the technical craft was superb, but director Lee Sang-il has trouble figuring out how to significantly separate his picture from Eastwood’s.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which we posted last year, but this new one now has subtitles.  The film stars Ken Watanabe, Akira Emoto, Jun Kunimura, and Shiori Kutsana. Unforgiven opens in the U.K. on February 28th.

Matthew McConaughey to Star Opposite Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant’s SEA OF TREES

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With a Best Actor Oscar within his grasp, Matthew McConaughey continues to make excellent and exciting career choices.  After working with Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh, Jeff Nichols, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan over the past two years, The Wrap reports that the actor is now in line to star in director Gus Van Sant’s new drama Sea of Trees.  Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the “Suicidal Forest” at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life.  When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two “begin a journey of reflection and survival.”  Ken Watanabe is onboard to co-star, and this sounds like yet another fascinating character and story for McConaughey to tackle.

The actor is currently filming Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar and is doing some truly astonishing work on HBO’s fantastic anthology series True Detective.  There’s no word on when production of Sea of Trees might begin, but this is certainly shaping up to be a promising project.  Van Sant’s last feature was the 2012 drama Promised Land.

International Trailer and TV Spot for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Yesterday, the teaser trailer for Godzilla was released online, and judging by the reaction of the people I follow on Twitter, response was positive.  It’s a well-made trailer, and more importantly, the response shows that people are eager to see the giant monster get a second chance at an American adaptation.   Today, an international trailer and TV spot have gone online, and the tone is the same, but they contain brief new bits of footage.  If yesterday left you with a need for more Godzilla (or a need for actors who will be in Godzilla, since there’s not much of the titular monster at this point), it’s a quick fix.

Hit the jump for the trailer and TV spot.  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.

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.

TIFF 2013: UNFORGIVEN Review

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Westerns and samurai films translate fairly well.  They both feature groups who have a code, those groups are skilled with a particular weapon, and their way of life has begun to fade as the frontier closes and modernity arrives.  Most famous among the films that have made successful transfers are Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai going to John SturgesThe Magnifcent Seven and Kurosawa’s Yojimbo going to Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, although Kurosawa’s movies are superior to their remakes.  Now, America has sent one back the other way with director Lee Sang-il remaking Clint Eastwood’s classic western, Unforgiven.  While the markers are still in place, Sang-il attempts to reframe his remake through the lens of Japanese history.  However, he doesn’t change enough and remains tethered to the themes of Eastwood’s film, and these themes don’t coalesce in Sang-il’s picture.  Although Sang-il’s Unforgiven features stunning cinematography and a lovely score, the overall work is stuck between the demythologizing of one genre and the historical context of another.

Watch the First Trailer for the Japanese Remake of Clint Eastwood’s UNFORGIVEN Starring Ken Watanabe

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The first full-length trailer for the official Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven was just released, receiving lots of positive buzz.  Starring the exceptional Ken Watanabe (Inception) as Eastwood’s character, the trailer looks as if it captures the tone of the original in a beautiful Japanese landscape.  I was a big fan of Eastwood’s Unforgiven, because it was a gritty, violent film in which the actor effectively deconstructed the stylized superficiality present in much of his earlier Western filmography.  The tone was essentially one of guilt for having misled audiences by confusing violence with heroism.  This new trailer seems to show the same emotion and grit, and all with gorgeous cinematography.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Koichi Sato as Gene Hackman’s character and Akira Emoto as Morgan Freeman’s character.  The cast ensemble also includes Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna.  The film is slated for a Japanese release on September 13th, 2013.

John C. Reilly Offered to Star in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Marvel Wants Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman or Ken Watanabe for Additional Role

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James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be one of the strangest films of 2014; that’s pretty much a guarantee when two of your lead characters are a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree.  Word has it that funnyman John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) has been offered a role in the Marvel film.  While my first thought was that of a voice role for one of the above-mentioned characters (who currently are voiceless), Reilly is being offered a slightly different sort of role.  Comic book fans may be familiar with the name Rhomman Dey, but just how Gunn plans to use that character appears to be a tad unconventional.  A new report also has Marvel showing interest in Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) for an additional role.  Hit the jump for more.

Andrew Garfield to Star in Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE; Ken Watanabe Also Cast

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Following a long, long development process that has spanned decades, director Martin Scorsese is finally gearing up to make his passion project, Silence, and he’s nabbed an incredibly talented young actor to lead the film. The Amazing Spider-Man and The Social Network star Andrew Garfield has been tapped to lead Scorsese’s adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, which centers on two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution.  Earlier iterations of the project had Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal rumored to be handling the lead roles, but it appears that Scorsese has opted to go a bit younger for the role of Father Rodrigues.

Hit the jump for more, including the casting of Ken Watanabe and Issei Ogata in the film. 

Production Begins on GODZILLA; Ken Watanabe Joins Cast

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced today that filming has begun in Vancouver on director Gareth Edwards’ (Monster) new Godzilla film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche lead a cast that also includes David Strathairn and Bryan Cranson.  Additionally, the press release notes that Ken Watanabe has now joined the film as well.  Though plot details are firmly under wraps, we know from the film’s brief Comic-Con appearance last year that Edwards is taking a grounded, realistic approach to the classic monster.  His take attempts to answer the question, “What would it be like if all of this really happened?”

Edwards is working from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.  Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

Ken Watanabe to Star in Warner Japan’s UNFORGIVEN Remake

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Warner Japan is plotting a remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1992 western Unforgiven, and Ken Watanabe (Inception, Letters from Iwo Jima) has been tapped to star.  Variety reports that Watanabe will lead the samurai period drama under the direction of Lee Sang-il (Villain).  The story will again be set in 1880, but the location has been changed to the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido at a time when Japanese settlers were displacing the native Ainu people.  Watanabe will play “a samurai with a fearsome reputation as a swordsman who is living in retirement with his Ainu wife when poverty and a large bounty tempt him into action again.”

Eastwood’s film was a brilliant take on the Western genre as it touched on the darker aspects of the Old West of legend.  The film took home Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Editing, with Gene Hackman winning Best Supporting Actor.  This new remake, titled Yurusarezaru mono, is slated for a fall 2013 release in Japan.

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