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In theaters this Halloween will be a different sort of ghost story. The Book of Life is a film based on the images and stories about the Day of the Dead, and features a man, recently deceased, who hopes to journey back to the land of the living to be with the woman he loves. The real attraction in the film, which is directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, is the visual design. The lands beyond the living, as seen here, are just stunning to see; the colors and level of detail are almost overwhelming. Watch the Book of Life trailer below. Read More »

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Whit Stillman Pilot

Briefly: Amazon’s next round of pilots includes a show from Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) and one directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum of Solace).

Whit Stillman’s show is The Cosmopolitans, which “follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris who are searching for love and friendship in a foreign city.” It stars Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny , and will shoot in Paris starting this week. Brody previously appeared in Stillman’s most recent film, Damsels in Distress, while Sevigny was in The Last Days of Disco. Dree Hemingway and Shaun Evans also co-star.

 

Marc Forster isn’t as intimately connected to the drama Hand of God, but will direct the pilot. The show, written by Ben Watkins, stars Ron Perlman as “a hard-living judge who uses visions he believes are sent by God as leads in his vigilante mission to track down the rapist who destroyed his family.” Dana Delany will play Perlaman’s wife, and Garrett Dillahunt plays “a born-again sociopath with violent tendencies.”

Both pilots will appear on Amazon’s streaming service later this year, at which point viewers will be able to vote on the continuation of each story. [EW]

Rinko Kikuchi and Guillermo del Toro on the Pacific Rim set

Saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters is serious business. Making a movie about saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters appears to be a whole other matter.

Although the characters of Pacific Rim weren’t much given to smiling, giggling, or goofing off — they seemed pretty preoccupied with the whole “cancelling the apocalypse” thing — the cast and crew apparently found plenty of opportunities to laugh on set. Check out an adorable gag reel after the jump.

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Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim won’t be out for another week or so, but some of its nomenclature has already begun to permeate geek culture. “Kaiju” and “Jaeger,” words some fans were very familiar with, are becoming more common in geek circles as Warner Bros. gets closer to releasing their massive monster vs. robot movie on July 12.

Lots of the talk over the past few days, though, has been surrounding the non-geek audience and their knowledge/anticipation of the film. The “tracking,” as it’s called, is reportedly low for a film of this magnitude. Some blame that on the fact we know about the monsters and robots, but we don’t know the humans of Pacific Rim. Names like ”Stacker Pentecost” and “Hannibal Chau” aren’t quite as recognizable as the Jaeger name “Gipsy Danger.”

This latest, and probably final trailer feels like a direct answer to that criticism. While there’s still plenty of giant action, we learn about the neural connection jaeger pilots have to one another, see more of Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and Rinko Kikuchi, and even get a hint at the demons that Charlie Hunnam‘s character, Raleigh Beckett, must face. Check it out below. Read More »

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I was eating breakfast this morning when I received a knock at my door. By the time I got to the door, the messenger was gone, and shipping box was waiting for me on my doorstep. I carefully opened the metal briefcase to find…

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At this point we’ve seen a lot from Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, but with a couple weeks left before the film opens, why not one more trailer? (Here’s why: the film needs more of a guaranteed audience than it already has, and so Warner Bros. and Legendary are trying to show people what this one is.)

This extended 2-minute TV spot features a longer version of the “apocalypse” speech from Idris Elba, and a more detailed presentation of the launch sequence for the giant robot Jaegers, too. There are some other flashes of new footage, along with a quiet, fearful audio track that goes for tense breaths rather than big “braaaaahm!” noises. There’s good stuff here, though I almost would have preferred to wait for the full film to see a few of these shots. Read More »

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In March 2012, I visited the Toronto set of Pacific Rim – you can read my full report here. While on set we talked with director Guillermo del Toro and various members of the cast. We posted our interview with Guillermo earlier this week, and today we bring you our on set chat with Ron Perlman, who plays a character named Hannibal Chau, the head of a group of scavengers who get to Kaiju remains first and sell pieces of the corpses on the black market. While Ron is only a supporting character, he tends to steal the screen whenever he appears. After the jump you can read a transcript of our entire roundtable conversation with Perlman.

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Pacific Rim

I visited the Toronto set of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim on March 28th 2012. While on set, we toured the art room, watched filming, saw a bunch of the sets, and interviewed Guillermo and some of the cast. You’ll be able to read those transcripts over the next week on the site, but after the jump you can read a writeup of over 80 things I learned on set (3,685 words worth, and this is one really worth reading) alongside a video blog I recorded with Steve from Collider giving our thoughts on what we had seen.

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