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Pacific Rim opened to mixed reviews and even more mixed box office back in 2013, barely scraping past $100 million at the domestic box office while finding far more success abroad. Those who love it really love it and those who hate it really hate it. I’m personally quite fond of the big, silly world director Guillermo del Toro crafted – even when the movie doesn’t quite work, this is a universe so full of concepts that deserve to be expanded upon and infinite possibilities for future stories. Even though del Toro is stepping away from the sequel and letting Steven S. DeKnight take the directorial reins, Pacific Rim 2 remains an intriguing prospect.

And it just got even more intriguing, because John Boyega has joined the cast as the son of Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost. You know, the best character from the original film. The man with the instantly quotable speech about “canceling the apocalypse.”

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Star Trek Beyond Set Visit

Last Summer, I visited the set of Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver, Canada. Find out what I learned on set, including how over 50 new alien species were created for this film in honor of Trek’s 50th anniversary, how director Justin Lin has put an end to JJ Abrams’ “camera hand jobs” (yes, you just read that right) and much much more.

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We’ve yet to get confirmation that Daniel Craig is done with the James Bond franchise. But considering he spent the Spectre press tour calling his character a misogynist and declaring he’d rather slash his wrists than play Bond again — and considering recent rumors that he’s turned down $100 million to reprise the role for two more films — it seems a safe assumption that he won’t be sticking around for too much longer. So the question, then, is who’ll replace him. Because Bond is eternal — the only question is what form he’ll take on next. It’ll probably be a while before we get a real answer, but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite choices.  Read More »

The Dark Tower Cast

After stealing scenes and nearly the entire movie in Cabin in the Woods, actor Fran Kranz has just landed a pivotal role in the forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy book series The Dark Tower, which is in production already.

Idris Elba is set in the lead role as Roland the last Gunslinger, a weary cowboy and knight of sorts who crosses a post-apocalyptic landscape as part of his quest to reach the Dark Tower, the nexus of all possible worlds. But getting in the way is his nemesis known as the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey. So how does Fran Kranz come into play? Find out below. Read More »

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Screenwriter John Ridley, rightfully so, has been rather busy since winning an Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave. The director of Jimi: All Is by My Side is currently producing American Crime on ABC, working on a Marvel television series, and is set to direct a film about the L.A. riots. On top of all that, he’s also credited on this summer’s reimagining of Ben-Hur.

The writer-director has added another project to his slate: Guerrilla, a miniseries that will star Idris Elba (Luther). Learn more about the John Ridley TV project below.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

Between Sean Parker’s Screening Room and AMC’s tentatively proposed (and quickly discarded) texting-allowed policy, we’ve seen a lot of debate in recent weeks about the sanctity (or lack thereof) of the theatrical experience. Cinephiles will swear up and down that a pristine movie theater is the only proper way to enjoy a movie — and I tend to agree — but the truth is that for a lot of moviegoers, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Why fork over $100 for tickets and popcorn and a babysitter, put up with screaming kids and sticky floors, when you can just rent something from the comfort of your own couch? So what if you’re missing out on 3D and giant screens and surround sound?

Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is the answer to that “so what.” It’s a technical achievement on par with Avatar and Life of Pi, the kind of cutting-edge stunner that actually justifies all the extra premiums and hassles associated with 3D and the theater experience in general. If you’re planning to see this movie at all, see it in 3D while it’s still in theaters. The film’s heart and humor will still be intact when it reaches home video, and thank goodness for that, but the magic of its special effects is on another level altogether.  Read More »

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After years of false stars and ambitious franchise plans that never came to fruition and a revolving door of talent that saw the likes of Ron Howard and Javier Bardem board the project and exit, the film adaptation of The Dark Tower has finally begun filming under director Nikolaj Arcel. As a fan of Stephen King‘s magnum opus book series, a wild combination of science fiction, horror, and fantasy that unites all of his work in one universe, I will be watching this production closely, eyebrow ready to rise at a moment’s notice. To paraphrase Roland the Gunslinger: I do not prematurely criticize with my laptop; he who prematurely criticizes with his laptop has forgotten the face of his father. I prematurely criticize with my heart.

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 The Jungle Book featurette

The Jungle Book‘s voice cast is stacked with talent. Sir Ben KingsleyBill Murray, Lupita Nyong’oChristopher WalkenScarlett JohanssonIdris Elba, and more help bring director Jon Favreau‘s (Chef) ambitious, CG-heavy reimagining of the Disney animated classic to life. To learn how they did it, check out the recent The Jungle Book featurette below.

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The Jungle Book poster tryptic

A little less than a year ago, the very first footage from The Jungle Book brought the house down at Disney’s D23 expo, with critics raving about the “next level” animation. This past weekend, the first reviews from the full-length film finally hit theaters, and… well, it turns out critics still like it a whole heck of a lot.

Reviews range from fairly positive to really positive, but a general consensus has formed around a couple of elements: one, the 3D is some of the best we’ve seen since Avatar, and two, Idris Elba‘s Shere Khan makes for one terrifying villain. Find out what else the critics had to say in our Jungle Book reviews round-up below.  Read More »