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First look at Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

- November 29th, 2012

Giant monsters ranging out of control (aka Kaiju films) is definitely a genre that never gets old. So you know when Guillermo Del Toro sinks his imaginative claws into epic monster destruction the action is going to look great.

His homage to Kaiju, Pacific Rim, is not due until July 12, 2013, but movie fans got an early look at what’s in store.

And can we say it looks awesome?

The clip is short, but what we know is that there will be a surprise kaiju attack on San Francisco on August 11, 2013 (so don’t book a vacation there next summer). A CNN-style report informs us there’s “something moving under the Golden Gate Bridge…that must be 300 feet tall.”

A reporter hollers over quick clips: “Unless the jets can bring down this massive creature, I don’t know what is going to be left of this city.”

A teaser website for the film has also been set up that shows snippets of the attack, and Wired has the first “blueprints” for Pacific Rim’s Kaiju-fighting robots.

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Personally, I loved Cloverfield, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

Check out the clip below and let us know if you’re stoked for Pacific Rim.

Quentin Tarantino reveals his worst movie

- November 29th, 2012

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Quentin Tarantino never pulls any punches. He also has a pretty impressive oeuvre.

Let’s count ‘em off. There was 1992′s Reservoir Dogs, 1994′s Pulp Fiction, 1997′s Jackie Brown, 2003 and 2004′s Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, 2007′s Death Proof, 2009′s Inglourious Basterds and this year’s Django Unchained.

He has also written True Romance and Natural Born Killers, and directed segments of Four Rooms and Sin City.

So he’s no Marty Scorsese, but that’s a fairly critic-proof body of work. Fans seem to like it too.

But during a roundtable alongside Ben Affleck, Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Gus Van Sant (Promised Land), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) with The Hollywood Reporter, the director was asked if he had to pick one, which film was his worst?

Turns out his answer is Death Proof. “Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever [made],” Tarantino said. “And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good.”

Death Proof starring Kurt Russell was released in 2007 as part of the Grindhouse double-bill with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. Critics didn’t exactly hate it, but audiences didn’t flock to the threatre and it ended up being the director’s first flop.

Tarantino also said he doesn’t plan to keep directing indefinitely. “I don’t intend to be a director deep into my old age,” he revealed.

And part of the reason is the switch by the filmmaking community towards shooting digitally.

“I can’t stand all this digital stuff,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “This is not what I signed up for.”

So what will he do? Well, he might just end up directing a mini-series for HBO. “I’d rather just write one of my big scripts and do it as a miniseries for HBO, and then I don’t have the time pressure that I’m always under, and I get to actually use all the script,” he said.

“The one movie that I was actually able to use everything — where you actually have the entire breadth of what I spent a year writing — was the two Kill Bill movies ’cause it’s two movies. So if I’m gonna do another big epic thing again, it’ll probably be like a six-hour miniseries or something.”

Do you have a fave Tarantino film? Was Death Proof really his worst film? Should he direct Kill Bill Vol. 3 next? Let us know in the comments.

Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained, with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, will be released Dec. 25.

For more with Tarantino, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ plot details surface

- November 28th, 2012

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With only a few weeks before fans get to see the first official footage from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, plot details for the sequel have started to surface giving us additional tidbits about what we can expect.

It’s been speculated that the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, might in fact be a younger version of Khan Noonien Singh. In case you’re a newb Trekkie, Khan was the memorable antagonist from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan and the original series’ episode, Space Seed.

A synopsis released by Paramount via The Film Stage doesn’t exactly tell us whether the baddie will be Khan, but does give fans some idea of the challenges Captain James T. Kirk et al will face in the new film.

It reads: “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

“As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

Audiences will have a clearer picture when the first 9-minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness screens in IMAX theatres ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens Dec. 14.

The new sequel is written by Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and once again will star Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock). Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and Cumberbatch round out the cast.

The film is due May 17, 2013.

In the meantime, we want to know: Are you excited by the prospect of seeing a younger version of Khan in the new film? Let us know in the comments.

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Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to appear in new ‘X-Men’

- November 27th, 2012

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Bryan Singer is making his new X-Men film a reunion of sorts. The director has added Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to X:Men: First Class.

On Thursday, he tweeted the news that McKellen and Stewart, who played mutant leader Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier in the original X-Men movies, would be returning for the new film.

He also tweeted news that James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) will also be reprising their roles from First Class in the new film.

First Class rebooted the X-Men series in 2011, setting the action in the 1960s. Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, and Mystique, played by Rebecca Romijin, were the only characters from the original trilogy to appear in that film.

Days of Future Past is based on a 1981 storyline from the comics that explored an alternate future in which mutants are held in concentration camps. The present-day X-Men try to stop that from happening.

Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise after First Class director Matthew Vaughn opted not to direct Days of Future Past. Vaughan has been mentioned as a possible director for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Are you excited about the return of McKellen and Stewart? Let us know in the comments.

Days of Future Past is scheduled to hit theatres in July 2014.

Twitter: @markhdaniell

Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to play Batman in ‘Justice League’?

- November 27th, 2012
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from The Dark Knight Rises.

 

Earlier this week, Man of Steel director Zack Synder hinted that next summer’s Superman reboot could tie in to a larger DC Comics ensemble film that will gather several heroes from the Justice League.

Now Drew McWeeny from HitFix is adding fuel to the fire with speculation that Joseph Gordon-Levitt could appear as Batman in Justice League, which is tentatively due in 2015.

Gordon-Levitt played police officer Robert Blake in final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, last summer.

McWeeny quotes sources who say Gordon-Levitt “absolutely” will be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman. He even suggests the caped crusader might have a cameo in a post-credits sequence in Man of Steel. “They appear to be solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and, potentially, at least one other actor from the Nolan films to do… something,” he writes.

Without ruining anything, the ending of The Dark Knight Rises opened up the possibility of Gordon-Levitt’s character filling Bruce Wayne’s bat-suit in future films.

When Synder was asked by the New York Post whether Man of Steel will be the launchpad for a more ambitious superhero film set in the DC Comics’ universe, he replied: “Um, how can I answer that? I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”

Sounds pretty cool, I’d say. What do you think about Gordon-Levitt playing Batman in Justice League? Is this a good direction for the series to go? Let us know in the comments.

Man of Steel will be in theatres June 14, 2013. The Dark Knight Rises will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 4.

Twitter: @markhdaniell