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Gareth Edwards‘ new Godzilla is just the latest of many sequels, spinoffs, and reboots that have been spawned since the monster first trampled Tokyo in 1954. We don’t know too much yet about how his take will differ from the others, but we now know of at least one element it’ll share with the original.

Akira Takarada, who starred in the very first Godzilla movie as diver Hideto Ogata, has just been confirmed for an appearance in the film. Read more after the jump.

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As a Guillermo del Toro-directed film about giant robots battling giant monsters, Pacific Rim was automatically burdened with sky-high expectations. But the more we hear about it, the more it sounds like it actually lives up to them and then some. The first test screening last month was met with glowing approval. Now another test screening from this past weekend has yielded even more overwhelmingly positive responses. Hit the jump to read more.

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There’s still a whole lot we don’t know about Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming reboot of Godzilla, but now that production’s actually underway the filmmaker seems to be a little more forthcoming.

For starters, Edwards has just uploaded a “special message” from the shot. It’s really not much more than a brief hello, but it does offer our first look at the film’s set. We also have a new batch of set photos that show off some of the movie’s other locations. Check them out after the jump.

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Only one studio gets the rights to make actual X-Men movies, but fortunately for everyone but 20th Century Fox, no one has a strangehold on stories about groups of superpowered people. Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises producer Legendary Pictures has just acquired the rights to Brilliance, an upcoming novel by Marcus Sakey that’s been likened to the Marvel title. Oz The Great and Powerful‘s Joe Roth and Palak Patel are on board to produce. Hit the jump to read more.

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One thing’s for sure about Benedict Cumberbatch‘s “John Harrison”: He definitely has the evil villain voice down. No wonder Paramount is using his “you think your world is safe…” line for everything from TV promos to motion posters. Also after the jump:

  • Jessica Alba didn’t think a Sin City sequel would happen
  • Director David Twohy is pleased about Riddick‘s R rating
  • Guillermo del Toro is already working on Pacific Rim 2
  • Rupert Wyatt reveals the real (if vague) reason he left Apes
  • Find out how to be an extra on Apes and/or Anchorman 2
  • Zachary Quinto talks tackling the iconic character of Spock
  • Star Trek Into Darkness reveals some nice high-res pics

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Since releasing the relatively underwhelming period gangster film Public Enemies, director Michael Mann has been tested with the HBO series Luck, and has dithered over a few different potential feature directing gigs. Now it looks like he’s got one locked down, and it isn’t a choice off the big list that he’s known to be working from over the past couple years.

The new film is currently untitled, but will feature Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the lead role. More interesting is that the film will be made for Legendary Pictures, the outfit that is better known for big tentpole fare (such as The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim, and Godzilla) than it is for nuanced thrillers of the sort Mann tends to make. Read More »

Duncan Jones to Direct ‘Warcraft’

The director of Moon is going to war. Duncan Jones, the director of Moon and Source Code, has just signed on to direct Warcraft, a movie based on the extremely popular Blizzard video game world Azeroth, featured in games such as Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and World of Warcraft. Legendary Pictures has the license, and a new script by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond).

The aim is to begin shooting the genre-bending action fantasy by the end of this year for a possible 2015 release.  Read More »

Here’s some great news for the legions and legions of Mass Effect fans out there. Screenwriter Morgan Davis Foehl has been hired to take a new pass at a script for the popular video game turned big budget film. His hiring marks the first significant movement on the project since 2010 when Legendary Pictures purchased the rights to the franchise, which centers on a 22nd century military commander who leads a human army against a race of alien robots who selectively wipe out a galaxy every 50,000 years.

Davis-Foehl has yet to have a script produced, but he had one on the 2009 Black List, and he wrote Alien Sleeper Cell and worked on Rescue Me as well as some Happy Madison films. He’s a massive Mass Effect fan and producers liked his take after, obviously, deciding not to move forward with the original script written by Mark Protosevich. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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