In March 2012, I visited the Toronto set of Pacific Rim – you can read my full report here. While on set we talked with director Guillermo del Toro and various members of the cast. We’ll be posting those interviews over the next week.
Today we post the most interesting of the bunch, an extensive chat with Guillermo del Toro. If you’ve ever heard Guillermo talk or read any of his previous interviews, you know that he’s a filmmaker who has a lot of funny, interesting things to say and usually doesn’t bullshit. Whenever I see an interview of his online, I’ll watch or read it, there are not many other filmmakers I can make that claim with 100% of the time. So trust me, this interview is worth your time. Enjoy.
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I visited the Toronto set of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim on March 28th 2012. While on set, we toured the art room, watched filming, saw a bunch of the sets, and interviewed Guillermo and some of the cast. You’ll be able to read those transcripts over the next week on the site, but after the jump you can read a writeup of over 80 things I learned on set (3,685 words worth, and this is one really worth reading) alongside a video blog I recorded with Steve from Collider giving our thoughts on what we had seen.
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Jurassic Park 4 was gearing up to begin filming when the plug was abruptly pulled a few weeks ago. Rumor had it that Steven Spielberg was not happy with the screenplay. Whatever the real story may be, Universal Pictures and producer Frank Marshall decided to put the project on hold while they focused their efforts on development without having the pressure of chasing an announced release date.
ComingSoon spotted a huge banner at Licensing Expo 2013 in Las Vegas today which features the Jurassic Park logo and the year “2015″. The film was originally set for a June 13th, 2014 release date before production was halted, so this isn’t an old date. Again, this could just be hopeful thinking on the part of Universal at this point as nothing has been officially announced.
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Sony Pictures is currently in production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but they’ve today announced release dates for two more Spider-Man films.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2, 2014 (as we’ve known)
- The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will hit theaters on June 10, 2016
- The Amazing Spider-Man 4 will hit theaters on May 4, 2018
The fact that Sony is announcing these dates shows an insane confidence in the future of this comic book franchise, and have very likely already mapped out a story roadmap for the series at least through the third film. There have been rumors about an appearance of The Sinister Six in the third movie — a villainous super-group featuring the Lizard, Vulture, Electro, Rhino, and possibly the Green Goblin. That seemed like a lot to set up in time for the third film, but spreading out the story to four films gives Webb much more room to work.
Read the full press release after the jump.
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With the home theater market quickly gaining on the theatrical experience, movie studios are doing whatever they can to draw people to the theater. 3D has been the biggest change in recent years but, these days, 3D in the home can be even better than the theater. So what’s next?
Paramount has an idea that’s pretty interesting. Starting with the upcoming release of Marc Forster‘s Brad Pitt zombie movie World War Z, fans will have an opportunity to buy a “Mega Ticket” to see the film. So, instead of $12 or whatever the film costs, you pay $50 and get to see the movie in 3D two days early with a small popcorn, an HD download of the film (when it hits Blu-ray), a pair of limited World War Z 3D glasses and a full-size, limited edition poster.
Five theaters are participating in this experiment on June 19, and tickets are on sale now. Get the links and analyze the move below. Read More »
The first trailer for Noam Murro‘s 300 sequel, 300: Rise Of An Empire, has just been released. If you liked the look, feel and violence of Zack Snyder‘s original, you’re about to get much more of that.
Following Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) as he marches on the Persian armies of Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his right hand woman, Artemisia (Eva Green), 300: Rise Of An Empire looks big, bloody and pretty damn exciting. See for yourself below. Read More »
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield will continue their journey on December 13 as Peter Jackson‘s second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, hits theaters. It’s the sequel to last year’s hit An Unexpected Journey and the prequel to 2014′s There And Back Again. Together, they’ll bridge the gap to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
In the second chapter of The Hobbit, the band of dwarves inch closer to the Lonely Mountain and a showdown with the dangerous dragon Smaug, who long ago stole the wealth of the dwarves for himself. The first trailer for the film has now been released. It gives us an idea of just how far Jackson is pushing this second film, which will introduce characters played by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch among others. Read More »
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