Godzilla is in the midst of a pretty big comeback overseas with the release of Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla Resurgence as it’s known in the United States) in Japan. The revival of the iconic monster franchise hit theaters back in June and is getting close to hitting $50 million, which is more than the $31.6 million grossed by Legendary’s Godzilla reboot by Gareth Edwards back in 2014. And there’s more of Godzilla on the way.
Toho, the company who created Godzilla, is looking to keep the renewed interest in the franchise going strong with a new animated movie, the first in the franchise’s 62-year history. Get the details on the animated Godzilla movie after the jump. Read More »
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The problem facing Godzilla as a character, as giant radioactive lizard who makes a habit out of turning cities into piles of dust and rubble, is that time has the nasty habit of sanding the rough edges off of just about anything. We’ve watched it happen to other famous movie monsters – as the decades pass, formerly terrifying creations become mascots. They become heroes. They start to rescue the cities and the people they once mercilessly destroyed.
The most refreshing thing about the first trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence was the overwhelming sense of menace and dread in every frame. This isn’t a Godzilla movie where the King of the Monsters saves Tokyo from alien invaders while kids cheer him on – this is a Godzilla movie where the title character is restored as a figure who deserves to be feared. The newest trailer, cut for the film’s Philippines release, doubles down on this.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Movie fans are pretty evenly divided when it comes to director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot from 2014. One viewer’s patient, crafty, and unnerving monster mash is another viewer’s self-indulgent and paper thin bore. I’m very much a member of that first group and think that the 2014 film is a brilliant way of reinventing one of cinema’s most famous monsters in a way that actually makes him feel like he actually matters again.
But sometimes, you really just want a guy in a giant lizard suit stepping on buildings and that’s where Godzilla Resurgence comes in. This Toho production has no connection to the new film and the new trailer showcases a film attempting to strike a tricky balance between paying homage to the past while boldly stepping into the future. It’s also one helluva teaser.
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Universal and Legendary Pictures will be bringing the movie monsters King Kong and Godzilla to the big screen together in the summer of 2020, mostly because Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull just wanted to see the movie monsters fight. It’s a simple concept, and it’s an obvious match-up with the new version of Godzilla already unleashed on viewers and a new take on King Kong coming in the form of Kong: Skull Island.
But you don’t have to wait four years to see a new spin of Godzilla and King Kong doing battle, because filmmakers Harry Chaskin, Dan Lippert & Justin Michael have put together a hilarious stop-motion animated short called Monster Island that has total bro versions of the movie monsters getting into quite the tiff. Even though this is a cartoon, it’s slightly NSFW due to language and sexual humor. Read More »
Grab your calendars and break out the erasers, giant monster movie fans – Warner Bros. is doing the Kaiju shuffle. The studio has announced a new release date for Godzilla 2, delaying Gareth Edwards’ sequel from 2018 to 2019, and has set Godzilla vs. King Kong for 2020. And the city-wrecking monsters aren’t alone, as an untitled “event film” has been dropped into Christmas 2018 and one of the studio’s untitled DC superhero movies has been shuffled by a month.
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Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s been a year and a half since Gareth Edwards brought Godzilla back to the big screen, and it’s gonna be another two and a half years before the sequel hits theaters. But if you just can’t wait that long for your giant monster fix, Toho — the creature’s original creators — has got you covered.
The Japanese company has just put out the first teaser trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence, which is exactly what it sounds like: a resurgence of the dormant franchise. It’s not part of the same “universe” as Edwards’ movies for Legendary, but that shouldn’t take away from the appeal of watching him lay an entire city to waste. Watch the Godzilla: Resurgence teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Legendary Pictures has big plans for their “gigantic monsters with recognizable names throwing each other into buildings” slate. Kong: Skull Island had a trailer at Comic-Con before it even had a director (Jordan Vogt-Roberts is currently shooting the film). A sequel to 2014’s Godzilla was announced right as the first movie hit theaters, and we later learned that it will feature a plethora of beasties for the King of the Monsters fight.
And then, a few months ago, Legendary shook everything up by moving Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros. as part of a grand plan to build a shared universe that will allow all of these iconic monsters to interact. And by interact, we mean punch each other in the face. Naturally, that meant the announcement of Godzilla vs King Kong movie… and it turns out that Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull had slightly selfish reasons for all of these machinations.
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While we’re fans of celebrated movie poster artist Drew Struzan, when it comes to the posters of the Star Wars trilogy, there’s another name that deserves to be celebrated, and that’s Noriyoshi Ohrai. You may not know the artist by name, but you’ve undoubtedly seen his artwork on international posters for films such as The Empire Strikes Back, The Goonies and much more.
Sadly, the reason we’re writing about Noriyoshi Ohrai today is because he passed away on October 27th at 79 years old after succumbing to a case of pneumonia. Below we have a gallery of his work along with some details on his impressive career. Read More »
Toho Studios in Japan owns Godzilla, and licensed the character to Legendary and Warner Bros. for the 2014 film directed by Gareth Edwards. Toho ended its own giant lizard series in 2004 with the film Godzilla: Final Wars, but don’t think that doesn’t mean that the studio is beyond feeling competitive about the character.
A new Japanese Godzilla film, announced last year, is in production now for release in 2016. While the studio is being quiet about that move into production, the stated intention for the film is to outdo Hollywood’s version. Read More »