Two of the breakout stars from The Wire just landed new jobs with some modern auteurs. First up, Idris Elba (most recently seen in Pacific Rim) will star in Cary Fukunaga‘s (Jane Eyre) latest film called Beasts of No Nation. Next, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams is the second actor to join Spike Lee‘s still untitled Kickstarter film. Read more about both projects below.
UPDATE: Lee’s film is reportedly called Da Blood Of Jesus.
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Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
This weekend’s Pacific Rim sees Idris Elba leading the charge against massive sea monsters known as Kaiju. In another few months, though, he’ll be demonstrating heroism of a more grounded sort.
Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boelyn Girl), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom stars Elba as anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who became the first-ever South African president elected in a non-segregated democratic vote. Watch the first teaser after the jump.
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Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim won’t be out for another week or so, but some of its nomenclature has already begun to permeate geek culture. “Kaiju” and “Jaeger,” words some fans were very familiar with, are becoming more common in geek circles as Warner Bros. gets closer to releasing their massive monster vs. robot movie on July 12.
Lots of the talk over the past few days, though, has been surrounding the non-geek audience and their knowledge/anticipation of the film. The “tracking,” as it’s called, is reportedly low for a film of this magnitude. Some blame that on the fact we know about the monsters and robots, but we don’t know the humans of Pacific Rim. Names like “Stacker Pentecost” and “Hannibal Chau” aren’t quite as recognizable as the Jaeger name “Gipsy Danger.”
This latest, and probably final trailer feels like a direct answer to that criticism. While there’s still plenty of giant action, we learn about the neural connection jaeger pilots have to one another, see more of Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and Rinko Kikuchi, and even get a hint at the demons that Charlie Hunnam‘s character, Raleigh Beckett, must face. Check it out below. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Fans of The Wire have long insisted that Idris Elba was destined for A-list stardom — indeed, that in a just world, he’d be a household name already. And while he’s not quite there yet, he seems to be inching closer and closer.
His latest new gig, in the politcally inclined action-thriller Gunman, puts him in the company of director Pierre Morel (Taken) and stars Sean Penn and Javier Bardem. Jasmine Trinca was also recently added to the cast. Hit the jump to learn more about their roles.
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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 »
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 »
Back in 2010, Marvel hired artist Olly Moss to make a special poster for the cast and crew of Thor. The resulting image, never available for public purchase, blended a bunch of iconic imagery from the film into the outline of Mjolnir. Last year Moss was asked to do similar work for the sequel, Thor: The Dark World. Now that the first trailer has debuted, he has debuted the finished product to the public.
As with work for most sequels, Moss was even more ambitious this time around. He settled on one main image, but for each principal cast member Moss drew custom versions of their character and inserted them into their own poster. Below, see a selection of the images. Read More »
Throw the hammer down and check out the first trailer for Alan Taylor‘s Phase Two Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World. Scheduled for release November 8, everyone’s favorite superhero god (Chris Hemsworth) is back in Asgard following the events of The Avengers. Now he’ll have to face some new villains (Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) while protecting his love (Natalie Portman) and also dealing with the usual superhuman deities (Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston). Yup, it’s a star-studded battle across the Nine Realms and now you can catch a glimpse, with a killer twist, below. Read More »