In Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, everything is big. The monsters. The soundstage. Even the Jaegers have to be operated by two people. But apparently, the epic feats of the cast and crew extended beyond the set, according to Robert Kazinsky, who plays Chuck Hansen in the film.
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Director Guillermo del Toro’s giant-robots giant-robots-versus-giant-monsters sci-fi action epic Pacific Rim won’t stomp into theaters until July 12, but the film’s backers already see its franchise potential as, well, giant—so much so that a sequel was greenlit before the movie was finished. After the first screening, Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull immediately told del Toro to start writing a follow-up. “He said, ‘Do you think you can come up with a great idea?’ ” del Toro remembers. “I said, ‘F—, yeah!’ ! Because on the way to the finished screenplay, there were entire angles and ideas that we chopped off because they were too much.” READ FULL STORY »
As news spread Tuesday that Ray Harryhausen had died at age 92 there was an especially emotional reaction from sci-fi, horror and fantasy filmmakers — a community with a deep and formative affection for the old-school effects wizard and the work he did on films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans (1981). EW reached out to some signature names in those circles on Tuesday to frame the legacy of Harryhausen and by phone and email they responded with praise for a departed master.
J.J. Abrams, director, producer and screenwriter (Star Trek Into Darkness, Lost): “He was, obviously, a genius, infinitely ahead of his time. He inspired us all with his skill and imagination, and will be missed.”
Last month at WonderCon, Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro treated the audience to some supersize monster-versus-robot action that was, as Charlie Day’s scientist says, “2,500 tons of awesome.” Now that had-to-be-there footage is packaged in a new trailer that is certain to whet the appetites of fans of old-school monster movies and special-effects extravaganzas.
The new trailer also serves as a more detailed introduction into the movie’s concept and plot, explaining the alien monsters’ intentions and the science behind the two-man Jaeger robots. Honestly, it’s a glorified version of something your 6-year-old invents in his backyard sandbox. But watching it play out on a giant canvas with Del Toro’s movie magic is truly something to look forward to seeing on a giant screen. READ FULL STORY »
Casting Net: Jessica Chastain for 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Bradley Cooper to replace Jude Law in Natalie Portman pic, more
• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]
• The trouble-plagued production for Jane Got a Gun may have finally gotten some good news. It looks like Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is set to take over for Jude Law, who left the project late last month, as did director Lynne Ramsay. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor has since taken over, and they’ve continued shooting what they can with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch teams up with Guillermo del Toro; Plus, Omar Sy, Jacki Weaver, more
• Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) has signed on to star in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. The English actor is joining Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) for the project, which is being described as a gothic horror story set at the turn of the century. Cumberbatch has been a cult favorite amongst Sherlock fans, but till recently he’s stayed mainly on the margins with his film roles. But with upcoming roles in Star Trek Into Darkness, August: Osage County, and Twelve Years a Slave, he will be a household name in no time. [Variety]
• Speaking of future household names, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) have both joined the cast of The Candy Store. Directed and co-written by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), the action film will follow multiple storylines set in the criminal underworld of Brighton Beach. Clarke will play a former covert operative who decides to do some work on his own and ends up finding some of the leaders, including Sy’s king pimp. [THR]
Fans packed the Anaheim Convention Center Arena Saturday afternoon for one of WonderCon’s banner events — a sneak peek of Pacific Rim and The Conjuring, with directors Guillermo del Toro and James Wan.
Del Toro’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic (set for a July 12 release) stars Charlie Hunnman, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. Del Toro has been teasing convention audiences with action-packed footage since Comic-Con 2012 — as if we needed much convincing to check out what happens when human-controlled robots battle monsters.
But WonderCon wanted to get our hearts pounding before treating us to an adrenaline rush, and they did just that with two exclusive — and terrifying — clips from Wan’s The Conjuring, which dares to ask: what happens if those old house creaks aren’t just old house creaks? Jerks.
Casting Net: Charlie Hunnam aiming to join Emma Stone in 'Crimson Peak.' Plus: Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina to play a couple
• Charlie Hunnam is in talks to topline Crimson Peak, director Guillermo del Toro‘s follow-up to his upcoming film with the Sons of Anarchy star, this summer’s Pacific Rim. Emma Stone is also in talks to star in what’s being described as a haunted house film, though plot details are being kept hush hush. Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target) are re-writing the script Del Toro wrote with Matthew Robbins (Mimic, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark). [Variety / Variety]
• Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina will star in Love is Strange, about a longstanding couple who suddenly have to live apart after they get married in New York City. Ira Sachs (Keeps the Lights On) will direct from a script he penned with Mauricio Zacharias (Keep the Lights On). [Deadline]
• Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, and Juno Temple have joined the expanding cast of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which includes returning actors Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jamie King, and Michael Madsen, and newbies Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Dennis Haysbert, and Jamie Chung. As was the case with 2005′s Sin City, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are sharing directing and screenplay duties. [Deadline]
Casting Net: James Franco to direct and star in biopic ‘Beautiful People.’ Plus: Liam Neeson lands action pic, Paul Dano to play Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson
Casting Net: Al Pacino and Brian De Palma to tell Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s story. Plus: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Dylan McDermott
Casting Net: Bradley Cooper attached to WWI thriller ‘Dark Invasion.’ Plus: Anne Hathaway, Jerry Lewis, Billy Campbell
The movie that Guillermo del Toro was supposed to direct is opening tomorrow. Four years ago, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the tantalizingly unfinished Hellboy trilogy set off to New Zealand to make two Hobbit films, back when the idea of a mere two Hobbit films sounded like overkill. Del Toro ultimately left the project, and opted to make a movie about gigantic sea monsters from another dimension battling giant anime robots controlled by beautiful people in form-fitting exoskeletons. The movie is called Pacific Rim, the trailer just hit the internet, and there are two things you have to know: It apparently features the voice GLaDOS, the demon supercomputer from Portal; and it definitely features Idris Elba using his native British accent. Watch and marvel: READ FULL STORY »
Omnipresent Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain dons a black mom wig in the upcoming horror film Mama, produced by genre maestro Guillermo Del Toro. Chastain plays a woman lucky enough to be married to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones) but unlucky enough to become the foster mother of a pair of feral children discovered living like wild animals for five years. The kids have lots of funny habits: Eating each other’s hair, talking to the wall, playing with a supernatural creature they call “Mama.” Also, something under the bed is drooling. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY »
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