At 8:55 a.m. on a Friday in the Tokyo suburbs, I sat down at my local Toho Cinemas multiplex to watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It was a fitting location to be in: first, because Godzilla destroyed landmarks from this very city in his first movie appearance back in 1954, and second, because the Toho chain of theaters is a subsidiary of the company behind Godzilla. Its theater in Shinjuku — the last stop on the train line where I live — is even situated in a building that is topped with a life-size Godzilla head. A couple of days later, I would commune with the spirit of Godzilla at an 8th-floor terrace cafe with a direct view of the head, before going downstairs to rewatch the movie and takes some notes.
In November of this year, Godzilla will celebrate his 65th birthday. Right now, he’s still averaging one new movie every two years here on his original stomping grounds. Toho’s homegrown series of Japanese Godzilla films boasts thirty-two entries alone. There was a record break of twelve years between Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla (2016). However, with the latter film, plus Netflix’s anime Godzilla trilogy and two recent Legendary Pictures productions, the King of Monsters has been enjoying a global resurgence as of late.
Now, in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Hollywood has assembled its very own all-star kaiju flick, which draws from Toho tradition to present what USA Today called “the Avengers of giant creature features.” For the first time in an American movie, the gang’s all here: not just Godzilla, but also King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. Their appearance in King of the Monsters is informed by past appearances in Toho films, so if you’ve seen the movie and are curious to dive deeper into its ocean of references, then prepare to embark on a spoilery submarine expedition through Toho history.
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In a move that you might have seen coming if you follow these sorts of things, Legendary Pictures is cutting ties with Universal and likely returning home to Warner Bros. Legendary parted ways with Warners back in 2013 and set up shop at Universal, but the partnership hasn’t worked out so well. Now, back to Warner Bros. they go!
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If the world needs one thing right now, it’s another Will Ferrell sports comedy. With the exception of Semi-Pro, Ferrell’s sports comedies have been pretty entertaining. Blades of Glory, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and, to a slightly lesser degree, Kicking and Screaming all have their laughs. Ferrell’s next sports-related pic tackles eSports, the world of professional gaming.
Below, learn more about the Will Ferrell eSports comedy.
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I don’t think younger Pokémon fans who have grown up with this series all of their lives can comprehend what it was like when the first games hit shelves in the late ’90s. It was a like a freight train had collided with popular culture. Everyone knew about Pokémon and everyone who played video games owned copy of Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue. You saw Gameboys everywhere you went, each of them wielded by children and adults trying to catch ’em all and whatnot. For those with no interest in the series and its later incarnations in other media, it was a profoundly annoying couple of years. This was the rare game to achieve total cultural saturation.
In other words, a well-made live-action Pokémon movie feels like a license to print money, a fact that is certainly not lost on the three studios currently vying for the rights to produce such a thing. This is no ordinary bidding war, though. There are actually a few cultural roadblocks that have made this one a little more interesting.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
The past couple of years have been a real roller coaster ride for Pacific Rim fans. The film’s limp U.S. box office dimmed hopes of a sequel, before a strong overseas performance got Universal interested again. A release date was set and everything seemed on track for more jaeger vs. kaiju fights… and then Universal got cold feet and put the whole thing on hold. Through it all, Guillermo del Toro insisted Pacific Rim 2 was not dead, and now it looks like his optimism is finally panning out.
Legendary Pictures has hired Spartacus creator and Daredevil season 1 Steven S. DeKnight to helm the sci-fi action sequel, while del Toro will remain on board as a producer. Universal Pictures is still set to distribute.
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Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
With Blade Runner 2049 still in post-production, Denis Villeneuve has already set his sights on another classic sci-fi property. You may recall that just a few weeks ago, Legendary Entertainment scooped up the rights to Frank Herbert‘s Dune. You may also recall that a few months before that, Villeneuve confessed his longtime desire to make a Dune remake. Well, now it’s all coming together nicely as Villeneuve has reportedly entered early talks to direct Dune for Legendary.
UPDATE: Brian Herbert, son of Dune author Frank Herbert, has now confirmed Villeneuve will direct the new Dune movie. See his announcement below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Legendary Pictures has big plans for their “gigantic monsters with recognizable names throwing each other into buildings” slate. Kong: Skull Island had a trailer at Comic-Con before it even had a director (Jordan Vogt-Roberts is currently shooting the film). A sequel to 2014’s Godzilla was announced right as the first movie hit theaters, and we later learned that it will feature a plethora of beasties for the King of the Monsters fight.
And then, a few months ago, Legendary shook everything up by moving Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros. as part of a grand plan to build a shared universe that will allow all of these iconic monsters to interact. And by interact, we mean punch each other in the face. Naturally, that meant the announcement of Godzilla vs King Kong movie… and it turns out that Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull had slightly selfish reasons for all of these machinations.
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Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
There’s a lot we still don’t know about Kong: Skull Island, but the one thing that’s becoming increasingly obvious is that it’ll have a really, really great cast. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ latest get is John Goodman, who joins Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Toby Kebbell, and Straight Outta Compton breakouts Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. (Told you it was a fantastic lineup.)
Get details on the John Goodman Kong Skull Island casting, as well as new info about the plot, after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Pacific Rim 2 has just hit a kaiju-sized roadblock. The sci-fi action sequel has reportedly been “halted indefinitely,” after rumors of delays circulated last week. That could mean the film will just arrive a bit later than we’d hoped; it may also mean it’ll never get made. More on the Pacific Rim 2 delay after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
September seems a bit early to start getting swept up in the holiday spirit, but we’ll let Krampus slide. Especially since we’re totally terrified of him. Universal and Legendary have just released the first domestic trailer for the new horror-comedy by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat), about a sort of anti-Santa who visits families that have been more naughty than nice. Watch the Krampus trailer after the jump. Read More »