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I was eating breakfast this morning when I received a knock at my door. By the time I got to the door, the messenger was gone, and shipping box was waiting for me on my doorstep. I carefully opened the metal briefcase to find…

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GUILLERMO DEL TORO on the set of the sci-fi action adventure “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures PACIFIC RIM

As Guillermo del Toro begins the last big promo push for his giant monsters and robots extravaganza Pacific Rim, he’s starting to talk a bit more about his next movie, the haunted house period piece called Crimson Peak. The director has talked about the movie as a big haunted house movie in a grand old style, but aside from the cast (Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain) we haven’t known many details about the film.

Now he has described moments of “ very visceral, physical violence,” that are part of a film that flows from almost “sedate romance” to brutal scenes designed to give the audience a shock. Read More »

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At this point we’ve seen a lot from Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, but with a couple weeks left before the film opens, why not one more trailer? (Here’s why: the film needs more of a guaranteed audience than it already has, and so Warner Bros. and Legendary are trying to show people what this one is.)

This extended 2-minute TV spot features a longer version of the “apocalypse” speech from Idris Elba, and a more detailed presentation of the launch sequence for the giant robot Jaegers, too. There are some other flashes of new footage, along with a quiet, fearful audio track that goes for tense breaths rather than big “braaaaahm!” noises. There’s good stuff here, though I almost would have preferred to wait for the full film to see a few of these shots. Read More »

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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 posted our interview with Guillermo earlier this week, and today we bring you our on set chat with Ron Perlman, who plays a character named Hannibal Chau, the head of a group of scavengers who get to Kaiju remains first and sell pieces of the corpses on the black market. While Ron is only a supporting character, he tends to steal the screen whenever he appears. After the jump you can read a transcript of our entire roundtable conversation with Perlman.

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I suppose 32-year-old Ben Savage is technically old enough to have a 13-year-old daughter, but it still feels weird to see him playing the proud dad instead of the confused kid on Girl Meets World, doesn’t it? Also after the jump:

  • Darren Aronofsky and HBO ditch Michael Chabon‘s Hobgoblin
  • FX’s The Strain adds John Hurt; Liv Tyler is one of HBO’s Leftovers
  • Guillermo del Toro has guest directed something on The Simpsons
  • Juan Antonio Bayona will direct Sam MendesPenny Dreadful
  • Channing Tatum will produce a show by Pete from Happy Endings
  • Almost all of CBS‘s shows will premiere the week of September 22
  • Netflix will return to Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove for a second season
  • Charlie Sheen gets Selma Blair fired from Anger Management
  • Dan Harmon is sorry he said those mean things about Community Season 4
  • Girl Meets World is a go; see proud parents Cory and Topanga in new pics
  • Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are Masters of Sex in a new trailer

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GUILLERMO DEL TORO on the set of the sci-fi action adventure “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures PACIFIC RIM

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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In a summer jam-packed with sequels and comic book adaptations, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim provides a breath of fresh air by being neither. But if all goes well, it could spark a franchise in its own right. In fact, Del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham are already planning out the next Pacific Rim. And although they won’t give away too much about the follow-up just yet, del Toro’s happy to hint at some of the ideas that might be on the docket.

Of course, all of their efforts will be for naught if the first Pacific Rim doesn’t take off. Good thing, then, that the excellent buzz so far suggests the film should have no trouble finding fans. Like our own Peter Sciretta:

After the jump, feast your eyes on other Pacific Rim reactions, and find out what del Toro’s been saying about the sequel.

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