PACIFIC RIM 2 Release Date Set for April 7, 2017; Guillermo del Toro Returning to Direct

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Pacific Rim 2 is officially a “go”.  Though director Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 “monsters vs. robots” film was in no way a box office disaster, the colorful, bombastic epic failed to catch on with general audiences in Transformers fashion.  It just squeaked past the $100 million mark stateside, but fared much better internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $411 million.  Fans (myself included) hoped this would be enough to convince Legendary Pictures to greenlight a sequel, and we’ve been hearing more updates on the follow-up in the past few months.

Most recently, del Toro revealed that he’s writing the Pacific Rim 2 script with Zak Penn (X2), and now the filmmaker has announced that the pic will hit theaters on April 7, 2017 in IMAX 3D.  Moreover, he revealed that an animated series set within the Pacific Rim world will be unveiled sometime before that date.  More after the jump.

Sundance 2014: KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER Review

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If the words “true story” precedes a movie, it’s always misleading.  To tell an audience that something is based on a true story is to provide it with greater authenticity; it’s a short cut to making the fictional feel more factual.  Of course, not even documentaries are “true stories” since it’s always from a point of view, and just becomes something’s real, that doesn’t make it honest.  David and Nathan Zellner’s Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter thoughtfully examines why we need stories to be “true” even though we also crave the fantastical.  Unfortunately, the protagonist’s detached nature and baffling choices leave the picture colder than a Minnesota winter.

Sundance 2014: First Images from HELLION, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD, and KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival In Competition lineup has been unveiled, and along with it some first-look images and synopses have been released.  After the jump, find the images and synopses for the following films that will screen as part of the U.S. Competition category:

  • Hellion – Written and directed by Kat Candler; starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, and Walt Roberts.
  • Infinitely Polar Bear – Written and directed by Maya Forbes; starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, and Ashley Aufderheide.
  • Jamie Marks Is Dead – Written and directed by Carter Smith; starring Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Judy Greer, Madisen Beaty, and Liv Tyler.
  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – Directed by David Zellner; starring Rinko Kikuchi.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

New Trailer, Poster, and Images for 47 RONIN Starring Keanu Reeves

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer, posters, and images for the action flick, 47 Ronin.  The story stars Keanu Reeves and centers on a troupe of banished samurai who long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Tadanobu Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master.  This new trailer does a better job of laying out the story as well as showing off more of the finished special effects, but it still doesn’t do anything for me.  The protagonist’s revenge seems miniscule compared to the special effects extravaganza surrounding him.  I want to hold out hope for this movie, but this new trailer isn’t giving me much to go on.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images.   The film also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, and Jin Akanishi47 Ronin opens in 3D on December 25th.

New UK Trailer for 47 RONIN Has a Dragon

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for director Carl Rinsch’s upcoming epic 47 Ronin, proving that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isn’t this year’s only holiday film with a giant dragon.  The story stars Keanu Reeves and centers on a troupe of banished samurai who long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Tadanobu Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master.  Like the previous trailers, this one again showcases the film’s fantastical, CG-filled samurai world, but it still remains to be seen if the pic’s story is compelling enough to get audiences invested.

Hit the jump to watch the UK trailer.  The film also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, and Jin Aksanishi47 Ronin opens in 3D on December 25th.

New International Trailer for 47 RONIN Starring Keanu Reeves

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A new international trailer has been released for the upcoming action-adventure film, 47 Ronin.  The story stars Keanu Reeves and centers on a troupe of banished samurai who long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Tadanobu Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master.  It’s a classic tale, but blockbuster retelling throws in giant monsters, and they’re featured in this new trailer.  Sadly, I remain unconvinced.  They can flow and leave smoke/ribbon trails, but the design isn’t memorable and in the case of the gent above, the effects are underwhelming.  At least Rinko Kikuchi looks like she’s having a good time.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, and Jin Aksanishi47 Ronin opens in 3D on December 25th.

Keanu Reeves Is Once Again the Chosen One in First Trailer for 47 RONIN

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Universal has released the first trailer for director Carl Rinsch’s upcoming fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin.  The film stars Keanu Reeves and centers on a troupe of banished samurai who long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Tadanobu Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master.  As you’ll see from the trailer, there’s a heavy supernatural element as well, and sadly, it doesn’t do much for me.  The classic historical tale of Chūshingura seems to be dwarfed by special effects, and not particularly imaginative ones at that (swooshing fabric turns into monsters).  I want to be convinced this could be a good movie, but trailers that try to turn kazoos into rock music are a bit of turn-off.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here for four character posters.  The film also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Kô Shibasaki, and Rinko Kikuchi47 Ronin opens in 3D on December 25th.

Official Character Posters for 47 RONIN Prove Universal’s Keanu Reeves-fronted Tentpole Still Exists

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Universal’s 47 Ronin is a curious project.  The 3D film, which stars Keanu Reeves and enters on 18th century samurai who seek to avenge their master’s death, began production in 2011 as a prospective tentpole for Universal Studios that was to open in theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012.  However, reports started to surface of production troubles on the $175 million saga, with the budget reportedly ballooning to $225 million. The release date was subsequently pushed back to February 2013, and then again to December 25th of this year.  Rumors swirled that director Carl Rinsch, who previously cut his teeth on commercials, had been removed from the editing room, and we started to wonder if 47 Ronin would ever see the light of day.

However, Universal now seems ready to kick the marketing campaign into high gear as some pretty impressive character posters have been released, boasting the tagline “seize eternity.”  Hopefully a debut trailer is on the way.  Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.  The film also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Kô Shibasaki, and Rinko Kikuchi.

PACIFIC RIM Review

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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.

New Posters and TV Spots for PACIFIC RIM

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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 PerlmanPacific Rim opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 12th.

Watch 12 Minutes of Awesome Behind-the-Scenes Footage From Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM

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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.

New Trailer for PACIFIC RIM Underscores Destruction with Idris Elba Speech “At the Edge of Our Hope”

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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.

57 New High-Resolution Images from Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM

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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 KazinskyPacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.

15 New Images from PACIFIC RIM Feature Behind-the-Scenes Shots, Concept Art and Stills of Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day

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We’ve got 15 new images from Guillermo del Toro’s summer extravaganza Pacific Rim.  There are shots of the stars in uniform aboard their giant robotic fighting Jaegers, plus some behind-the-scenes images of del Toro himself along with cinematographer Guillermo Navarro.  There’s also some concept art for both the Jaegers and their monstrous opponents, the Kaiju.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman.  Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.

New Featurette for PACIFIC RIM Explains Piloting System, Neural Handshake and Drift Space

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The techno-speak in Guillermo del Toro’s giant robot movie Pacific Rim might take a bit of getting used to, so the director has put together this new featurette that explains some of the terms.  Ever wanted to know why it takes two people to pilot a Jaeger?  Want to know what a “neural handshake” is or what “drift space” means?  Check out the new video to find out!

The new featurette, introduced by del Toro, features Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Robert Kazinsky and Max Martini.  Hit the jump to watch it.  Pacific Rim opens July 12th.

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