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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Although the Pacific Rim section of Legendary’s Hall H panel was attended by stars Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, and Ron Perlman, as is usually the case at Comic-Con, director Guillermo del Toro turned out to be the real star of the show.

The filmmaker spilled the beans about his highly anticipated “giant robots vs. giant monsters” film in his typically charming, foul-mouthed manner, including more details on the Kaiju (monsters) and the Jaegers (robots). In addition, we got our first taste of footage from the sci-fi epic. While I’m sorry to report that we don’t have a video embed for you at this point, hit the jump for a description of the footage, plus a rundown of highlights from the panel.

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Update: A new image has been released in Entertainment Weekly, and has been added after the jump. Original story follows.

With Comic Con just a week away, new looks at a lot of geek-friendly films are landing online. The latest is a new image from Guillermo del Toro‘s “giant monsters versus giant robots” movie Pacific Rim. Last year at Con we knew only about casting, and the director and screenwriter Travis Beacham talked about what they’d planned for the movie. (“The finest fucking monsters ever committed to screen and… the greatest fucking robots ever committed to screen,” as you might recall.)

Now we’ve seen an image here and there, and this new pic might be our best look yet at the suits the human characters will sport in the movie. Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom) have some serious battle armor  But those who saw the first image of Idris Elba already knew to expect something like this. Get the full image below. Read More »

Briefly: It’s taken some time, but American audiences will finally get their chance to see Tran Anh Hung‘s nostalgic romance Norwegian Wood. We first wrote about the project way back in 2009, and the finished film hit the festival circuit to positive reviews in fall 2010. But for whatever reason, the movie never quite made it to our shores.

Thompson on Hollywood now writes that Soda Pictures and Red Flag Releasing will team up to give the film a U.S. release at long last, with a theatrical run planned for January 2012. A VOD release will then follow in the spring, with DVDs planned to hit stores in mid-2012.

Based on an extremely popular 1987 novel by Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood unfolds against the backdrop of the student protests in late ’60s Tokyo. College student Toru (Kenichi Matsuyama, Death Note) first falls in love with the beautiful, fragile Naoko (Kikuchi), then meets the lively Midori (Kiko Mizuhara). Hung’s film also boasts a soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood, who previously scored There Will Be Blood.

Check out the trailer, which we first posted back in February, after the jump.

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It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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We’ve got classic cops fighting notorious gangsters, giant mechs fighting notorious monsters, and a despot and his double fighting…um…the boundaries of comedy? Something along those lines. After the break, check out details of the following three recent casting breaks:

  • Giovanni Ribisi joins the impressive cast of Gangster Squad.
  • Rinko Kikuchi takes the female lead in Pacific Rim.
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For the first time ever, Legendary Entertainment is coming to San Diego Comic Con and they’re bringing some heavy hitters. They’re bring along:

  • Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi along with writer Travis Beacham and director Guillermo Del Toro for Pacific Rim
  • Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander and director Sergei Bodrov for Seventh Son
  • Bradley Cooper and director Alex Proyas for Paradise Lost
  • Game creator Casey Hudson and screenwriter Mark Protosevich to talk Mass Effect.

No mention of Man of Steel or The Dark Knight Rises, but with no Warner Bros. panel, this at least opens the door for a surprise as both films are financed by Legendary. Read more after the jump. Read More »

[UPDATE: This original story has been updated with an official press release, plot description, character names and high resolution cast photo. Check it all out after the jump.]

With Keanu Reeves set to star in Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, by my math, still leaves about 46 Ronin to be cast. The 3D production is heating up and Variety is reporting that four more roles have been cast. Japanese actors Tadanobu Asano, Kou Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi and Hiroyuki Sanada have all joined the film.

Asano is familiar to film geeks for his roles in Ichi the Killer, Mongol and Zatoichi among many others, plus he’s got a two big movies coming up, Thor and Battleship. Shibasaki was in Go, Battle Royale and the original One Missed Call. Kikuchi is known to American audiences from her leading roles in Babel and The Brothers Bloom and Sanada is best known for roles in The Last Samuari, Sunshine and as Dogen in the final season of Lost. Ken Watanabe was rumored to be a part of the film, but that is still just a rumor.

Read more about Rinsch’s 47 Ronin, scheduled for release Thanksgiving 2012, and this casting after the jump. Read More »

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