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After seeing the film this summer, Pacific Rim viewers might clamor for a theme park attraction replicating some of the film’s action. Based on what director Guillermo del Toro has to say while describing the production process in a new featurette, it seems like all a park would need to do is import the giant set that depicted the Jaeger head and control module.

The main set was four stories high, rigged to shake and vibrate, equipped to assault the actors with water and physical resistance, and able to drop fifteen feet very rapidly, in order to simulate one action in the film. “Every film needs to have a portion of analog practical effects to really convey the sense of physical reality,” the director says, and this video shows that the production didn’t skimp when the time came to build sets for Pacific Rim. He describes the set as “a torture machine.” That translates to “holy crap, this looks like a hell of a ride.” Read More »

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The concept of Pacific Rim seems like the simplest thing ever. Humans pilot giant robots to battle giant alien monsters. However, Warner Bros. is dead set on letting audiences know there’s much more to it than that. In the latest trailer for the Guillermo del Toro sci-fi action film, the focus is squarely on the history and mythology created for the film. (With plenty of new shots of massive destruction and fighting along the way.) Read More »

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Want to see a possible glimpse of Captain America’s new suit in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? How much could Iron Man 3 make opening weekend? Which actor is being used in concept art to play The Flash in Justice League? Will Halle Berry‘s pregnancy change X-Men Days of Future Past? Has an official image from R.I.P.D. finally been revealed? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Joins ‘Crimson Peak’

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Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming one of the most sought-after screen actors, thanks originally to his leading role in the BBC series Sherlock, but also to attention-getting gigs like his Star Trek Into Darkness villain.

Now Guillermo del Toro has turned to Cumberbatch to bolster the cast of the haunted house movie Crimson Peak. Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam are also part of the cast. At this point we don’t know how any of them fit into the story, or what side of the moral fence Cumberbatch will be on. Read More »

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Guillermo Del Toro took the stage at WonderCon 2013 and received a hero’s welcome. Ever since he wowed audiences at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 with the first footage form his upcoming film, Pacific Rim, we’ve been happily devouring any image or information we could get on the film pitting giant Jaeger robots against giant Kaiju monsters. But after that panel, and after the insane trailers that have been released online, how was Del Toro going to top his presentation?

He did it by showing a brand new, WonderCon (and CinemaCon)-exclusive trailer featuring footage that proves we have no idea how big things are going to get on July 12. I’m talking shots in space, I’m talking “2,500 tons of awesome,” and a 25-story robot dragging an oil liner along the street and then swinging it like a baseball bat. Read much more below. Read More »

With five films together in twenty years, it’s no secret that Ron Perlman is one of Guillermo Del Toro‘s favorite actors. But now it looks like another Sons of Anarchy star has joined the Hellboy director’s favorites list.

Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam has just entered negotiations to board Crimson Peak, the haunted house tale that will be Del Toro’s next project. Hunnam joins Emma Stone, who was reported as being in talks just a few days ago. Hit the jump to read more.

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Here’s the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s “giant monsters versus giant robots” film Pacific Rim. We’ve seen blueprints of the robots, and an early bit of video showing a monster attack, but unless you were at Comic Con you haven’t seen anything like this footage yet.

While I wasn’t as bowled over at Comic Con as some other people were, this is pushing every button for me right now. The scope, the details, even the GLaDOS appearance/homage. (I can see why people might not like that detail, as it creates a distracting intersection with Portal, but right now I love it.)

Pacific Rim looks like the movie that many others have tried and failed to make, from Emmerich’s Godzilla (a big failure) to Bay’s Transformers series, which got closer. I hope Guillermo del Toro’s effort works as well as a whole, as this trailer does in a couple minutes.

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When you’re coming off four massively lucrative installments of one of the most successful cinematic series of all time, where do you go next? If you’re Harry Potter helmer David Yates, apparently, to the African jungle.

The filmmaker has just committed to Warner Bros.’ live-action Tarzan, one of several films in the works based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ character. And he’s wasting no time getting the pieces together, meeting with up-and-coming talents like Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, Alexander Skarsgård, and Tom Hardy for the lead role. More details after the jump.

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