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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 »

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Warner Bros has released a new photo from Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim featuring Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi in some sort of war room environment. Check it out now after the jump.

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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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With Skyfall not yet in theaters and Daniel Craig signed on for two more films beyond that, it’ll be some time before the world has to get used to a new James Bond. But that’s never stopped fans from speculating about who could take over the coveted mantle next.

In recent days, the question has gained some renewed attention thanks to a comment by Naomie Harris. While doing the press rounds for Skyfall, the actress revealed that her Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom co-star Idris Elba had met with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli at some point about possibly tackling the role. Read more after the jump.

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The ‘always on’ nature of the web and social media is something that movie studios are finally taking advantage of, with marketing campaigns that continue long past the opening weekend for any given film. Case in point is Prometheus, the divisive latest film from Ridley Scott. It provoked and disappointed audiences in equal measure when it opened at the beginning of this past summer, and now that the film is moving towards Blu-ray and DVD release, Fox is still teasing new materials.

The promo campaign for Prometheus was mysterious and masterful, and now we’ve got a new clip showing Idris Elba‘s Captain Janek being prepped for a mission into space, presumably aboard Prometheus. Check it out below and try to figure out just what is going on in the footage. Read More »

The 15 Big Ideas in Prometheus

Prometheus is going to be a controversial film. As a prequel to Alien, and a “summer” movie, it has a certain suspense / horror / sci-fi pedigree that generally belies serious conversation. There’s no particular reason Prometheus should have “big” themes running through it, any more than Battleship or MIB 3 would, except for the salient fact that we believe director Ridley Scott has embedded some interesting nuggets throughout, much as he did with Blade Runner.

So what are these “big” ideas? What are the questions and themes Prometheus tackles throughout its two-hour running time? We’ll start with the easy ones, and then progress toward the more philosophical questions.

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Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim has been in the works for a couple of years now, and entered production several months ago. But at this point the film’s moved into post and we still don’t have much of an idea as to what it looks like. Happily, that’s slowly changing. Earlier this spring, we got to see some footage of the sci-fi epic’s Toronto-as-Toyko set, and now have our first look at one of the stars, Idris Elba, in costume. Check out the photo below.

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Bruce Wills gets some co-stars, a God returns to Asgard, Tintin gets a companion and much more in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about:

  • Two television stars have joined A Good Day To Die Hard in supporting roles.
  • Idris Elba confirms he’ll be back for Thor 2 and has some ideas about his character.
  • Screenwriter Anthony Horowitz confirmed Professor Calculus will appear in Tintin 2.
  • Edgar Wright discusses the possibility of a sequel to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
  • A new commercial for Prometheus has more potential spoilers.
  • A sequel to Jonathan English‘s 2011 film Ironclad is in the works.

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