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We still don’t know whether Pacific Rim will ever get a sequel, but Guillermo del Toro‘s been dreaming up plotlines for one since way before the first film ever opened. Now star Charlie Day‘s revealed a tantalizing tidbit about one of the director’s many ideas.

According to Day, his nerdy scientist character Newt Geiszler was originally supposed to be the villain of Pacific Rim 2. Whether Del Toro’s still considering the idea is unclear, but Day seems to have other hopes for his character, anyway. Hit the jump to see what he said.

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It’s still probably too soon to say a sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is a sure thing, but the chances for another film grew this week as the film opened big in China. For any big-budget movie, international box-office is increasingly important, and global returns can make or break a film that doesn’t explode at the US box office.

And so with a $9m Wednesday opening in China, the film has an international take that tops $150m, pushing it towards the magic number that could equal a green light for the sequel. Read More »

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This is the best fan-made trailer I’ve seen in a while. Footage from Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim has been re-cut into a trailer that still sells del Toro’s movie, but in the style of old Toho Studios trailers. If you’re familiar with any of the classic ads for Toho’s own Kaiju films, this will be very familiar. Even if you’re not, however, the style is so expertly captured here that you’ll get the idea very quickly. Read More »

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Will we get to see Pacific Rim 2? It’s too early to say. The film is underperforming by most standards in North America, but it’s doing much better internationally with many major markets – such as China and Japan – yet to open. So while Guillermo del Toro‘s monster vs. robot movie might miss $100 million domestically, it could potentially triple that number overseas.

All that aside, for a second let’s imagine a glorious future where the kaiju vs. jaeger story continues in Pacific Rim 2. We know screenwriter Travis Beacham is already writing it just in case. Plus, Del Toro recently did an interview where he explained how the ending of the first film will directly relate to a sequel, including a hybrid of a kaiju and jaeger. Read More »

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Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the greatness of Orange is the New Black, the terribleness of Grown Ups 2, and the pleasant surprise that is Dreamworks Animation’s Turbo. Also, Adam says goodbye. Special guest Laremy Legel, author of Film Critic, joins us for this episode. Be sure to read up on Orson Scott Card, Laremy’s 10 reason’s why Pacific Rim was bad, and how Pacific Rim avoids exploiting 9/11 imagery.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is now in theaters and for the past few weeks, one thing has been made abundantly clear. No film in recent memory has sparked the imaginations of graphic artists quite like this one. We’ve posted multiple articles featuring gorgeous art inspired by the film and now there’s even more to behold.

At Comic-Con Mondo will introduce a brand new artist, Ash Thorpe, with a striking, two poster take on the film. Odd City Entertainment ends their ongoing series with popular artist Todd Slater and Chogrin has brought together a ton of artists who just wanted to make art based on the movie.

Below, check out a whole bunch of new Pacific Rim-inspired art. Read More »

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I’ll be the first to admit it: the summer movie season is starting to wear on me. Every week, it feels like we’re subject to another mindless big budget blockbuster, another craven attempt by a big studio at minting a money-making franchise. I wasn’t sure how many more time I could witness the entire world being imperiled, only to be barely saved by our heroes-of-the-week.

Then I saw Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. 

For me, Pacific Rim stands above the summer box office fray. Not since I first saw Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day back in 1996 have I felt as entertained and as awed as I did when I saw this film (and if you find that comparison off-putting then Pacific Rim probably isn’t the film for you). This movie was so ridiculously fun that it actually made me feel more negative about all the other films I’ve seen in the past few months. Below, you’ll find five ways I think the film succeeds where other summer films have failed. Note that there will be minor spoilers, so if you don’t want to know anything about the movie, you should probably stay away from the jump. 

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Pacific Rim is awesome. I’ve seen it two times already on the big screen, and I plan to pay to see it a third time this weekend. I highly recommend you do as well.

I don’t usually travel for junkets because I can usually get most of the interviews I want accomplished in Los Angeles without spending days away from home. But when Warner Bros asked if I wanted to come to San Francisco to interview Guillermo del Toro, I jumped at the offer. I flew to my former Bay Area home, screened the movie at the Metreon downtown, and was up bright and early the next day for roundtables.

I sat around in hospitality waiting for my afternoon interview. That time came, and went.

Forty-five minutes later, a rep informed me that they were running so far behind that my one on one interview was no longer go to happen. They offered to try to get me into a roundtable interview with del Toro alongside some of the other journalists who got cut. I thought maybe there would be another chance to interview him solo back in Los Angeles, though Warner Bros didn’t think there would be time. I cant’t tell you how disappointed I was; I flew out just for this interview.

I left with Alex from FirstShowing to grab a early dinner before jumping on the quick plane ride back to LAX. As I walked through the Four Seasons Lobby, there he was — Guillermo. He called us over and gave me a huge bear hug (ask anyone who has ever worked with him, Guillermo is notorious for his hugs). Del Toro asked why the interview didn’t happen and I explained the situation. Without hesitation he said “Fuck that, let’s do this now”. I quickly removed my recorder and without my notes I conducted an eight-minute impromptu interview with del Toro on a couch in the hotel lobby. How cool is that? The man is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in the industry.

You can read a transcript of the interview after the jump. We chat about the challenges he faced with ILM in making his giant mech robots feel huge and real, why is it always raining in Pacific Rim, the unreal neon supersaturated look of Hong Kong, his biggest disappointment with the final cut of Pacific Rim, deleted scenes, the possibility of an extended cut, and update on the development of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, and more.

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