One of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood is that major movies use fake titles when they’re in production. The purpose of the misdirection is to throw the general public living and working around the shoot locations off the scent of a picture that might have huge fan interest.
Thirty years ago, Star Wars fans had no idea the Return of the Jedi was being filmed near them because it was called Blue Harvest. Even today the practice continues. People would riot if they knew Christopher Nolan was filming The Dark Knight Rises in their town, so the film goes by the name Magnus Rex. (Not that it takes long for people to realize what’s up.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are being referred to as Freezer Burn and London Calling respectively.
A Reddit user has made a gallery of movie posters using the film’s production titles and it’s quite funny. Check it out below. Read More »
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Did you think the end of the Totally Rad Show would mark the end of the annual Slashfilm/Totally Rad Show Summer Movie Box Office Wager? Well, you were right! The wager, as you once knew it, is gone. But we always have so much fun with the contest that Peter Sciretta, Jeff Cannata and I decided we had to keep the tradition alive in some way.
Which brings us to the latest bonus episode of the /Filmcast: The 2013 Summer Movie Wager between me, Peter, and Jeff, formerly of the Totally Rad Show and soon to be host of Newest Latest Best.
We discussed which films we felt would be the top ten highest grossing films of the summer and, oddly enough, our opinions varied wildly. Below, you can listen to the full episode, download it, and see our lists. Read More »
The recent Japanese trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s monster-smashing summer movie Pacific Rim doesn’t have much in the way of new footage. In fact, it’s basically an edit of a trailer released to the US a while ago, with a few differences. If you want pure giant robot spectacle in trailer form, check out the recently released WonderCon footage. Or have a close look at the new banner above, which depicts a showdown in the water near Sydney, Australia.
But this edit is worth a look for the introduction from the director, who explains that he was hoping to honor a number of Japanese storytelling forms and media as he made the movie. Read More »
The highlight of WonderCon 2013 was Guillermo del Toro‘s specially-cut trailer for his upcoming Pacific Rim. At the time, the director said the footage was for our eyes only. That’s now changed. Warner Bros. has officially uploaded the footage, which will shoot your expectations for the film into space. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.
If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.
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I want to perform an experiment. I want to walk into a movie theater with a friend who has no idea what Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is. We’d stroll by the latest poster. I won’t say anything about the poster, I’ll just see if they notice it. Because they will. And the reaction will most likely be, “Oh wow, I want to see that movie right the f**k now.”
The latest poster for del Toro’s monsters vs. aliens mega film promises big things. And it’s as eye-catching and awesome as we expect the film to be. It’s out July 12, check out the poster below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s Autobots and Decepticons versus Jaegers and Kaiju. Sort of. Earlier this week at CinemaCon, Michael Bay made some vague comments about the “rip-off” robot movies that have followed his Transformers franchise. While he didn’t name names, folks wondered if he might be dissing Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Pacific Rim. Del Toro seemed to take it that way, too, giving a snarky response to press.
But Bay has now clarified that he wasn’t talking about del Toro at all, and in fact that he and del Toro have already squashed their supposed feud. An epic war for the fate of the world, this isn’t. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
By definition, the apocalypse can only really happen once. But in the movies, it seems to crop up every few weeks or so.
Today we have three TV spots that face the end of the world in very different ways. In M. Night Shyamalan‘s After Earth, Will Smith and Jaden Smith struggle for survival on the now-uninhabitable planet. The characters of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, meanwhile, are trying to “cancel the apocalypse” with the aid of some giant-ass robots. And the famous folk in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End may just go out laughing. Check ‘em all out after the jump.
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