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Guillermo del Toro: Hellboy 3 ‘very unlikely’

- July 8th, 2013

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With Pacific Rim right around the corner, talk has inevitably turned to director Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy franchise and whether there will be a third instalment.

During a promotional interview earlier this month, del Toro told Shock Till You Drop that Hellboy star Ron Perlman was itching to come back.

“”Last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again. When are we doing Hellboy 3?’”

An exec from Legendary Pictures (the people behind Pacific Rim) echoed that sentiment (One itsy problem, though; the rights are tied up elsewhere).

Still, it seemed like there had been progress, especially since del Toro has been hinting for some time that a third movie is in the works. While at a Comic-Con panel in San Diego last summer, the director told EW, “We’re going to make an effort to do it. I hope it happens.”

But no matter how much people might want it, del Toro is now saying the chances of a third instalment getting made is slim.

In an interview with Collider, the director says: “It’s very unlikely it’ll happen because you need things to converge so strongly. [Producer] Larry Gordon, Universal, the rights, Ron [Perlman’s] and mine’s availability, [comic creator] Mike [Mignola’s] blessing; we have pieces of that, but we don’t have all of that. You need so many things to confluence and then you need about $150 million.”

Collider asked del Toro about the possibility of doing Hellboy 3 as a comic (Buffy fans know that Joss Whedon has made ‘Season Eight’ and ‘Nine’ of the Vampire Slayer in comic book form). But creator Mike Mignola isn’t too crazy about that idea.

““I talked to Mike about making it a comic,” del Toro tells Collider. “Mike said very clearly, ‘Hellboy the movies is yours, Hellboy the comics is mine; I don’t wanna confuse them.’”

You can watch more from Collider’s interview with del Toro below.

Del Toro’s Robots vs. Monsters epic Pacific Rim opens July 12. Check out the latest trailer below.

Apocalypse cancelled in new ‘Pacific Rim’ trailer

- April 29th, 2013

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“Go big or go extinct!”

You have to admit, it’s a pretty catchy tagline.

Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monsters vs. machines epic, Pacific Rim, won’t be out for another couple of months, but the fine folks at Warner Bros. have released a two-plus minute trailer for the film that debuted at WonderCon last month.

“This was originally intended for only WonderCon,” Del Toro writes in a note accompanying the video, “but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it’s time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!”

And from the looks of it, if you are in any way interested in sci-fi and action this is pretty much in your wheelhouse.

We get a few more tidbits of info from the new trailer – alien life rose from the Pacific and started an attack on cities. San Francisco was its first target. After that, the Jaeger program was born – two pilots, mind-melding through memories with the body of a machine. Or, as nerd scientist Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) puts it: “2,500 tonnes of awesome.”

The special effects look stellar, so methinks you’ll want to see this one on the big screen. Besides, I challenge you to name one other movie this year where you’ll see a giant robot swinging an ocean tanker like Jose Bautista swings his bat.

That scene alone looks like it’s worth the price of admission.

Pacific Rim hits theatres on July 12.

And if on the off chance monsters and robots ain’t your thing, you can also check out the final trailer for Fast & Furious 6, which hits theatres May 24.

Planes, tanks and automobiles will go kaboom in no particular order. Oh, and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is back. But you already knew that.

To borrow a line from The A-Team, this trailer “specializes in the ridiculous.” But it sure looks like a whole lot of fun.

Let us know what you think of Pacific Rim and Fast & Furious 6 in the comments.

20 action movies that (might) blow your mind in 2013

- January 25th, 2013

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OK movie fans. Have you had enough of indie art-house seriousness? Even if you still need to see Lincoln and Argo to win big in your company Oscar pool, I know and you know that what you’re really jazzed about are the slew of action movies hitting the big screen in 2013.

And the first of this year’s impressive slate – the “big, LOUD and stupid” Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – hits screens this weekend (to read the review, head on over to the Toronto Sun). So, if action is your thing, let’s take a look at some other flicks that’ll get your adrenaline pumping over the next 12 months.

The Old Guys
If you have a soft spot for aging heroes, vintage action stars will be all over the screen in 2013. Arnie and Sly are back for two solo adventures, before teaming up in their first full-length shoot ‘em up. Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand is in theatres now, with Stallone’s Bullet to the Head due out on Feb. 1. The pair will then join forces in The Tomb (Sept. 27). 50 Cent also stars so, hey, bring the kids.

If those two are a little too leathery for you, Bruce Willis will be back as John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard. It opens on Valentine’s, so fellas start strategizing now. It’s the fifth instalment in Willis’ long-running McClane series and they never disappoint.

Bruce will also star in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Red 2, so I’m just going to go ahead and crown him action star of the year.

Comic Books
Comics and graphic novels are always a great source for action aficionados, and this year a whole slew of costumed heroes will be vying for your cash. After letting Marvel rule the celluloid hero-verse (The Dark Knight notwithstanding), DC Comics is flying into action in a big way with Man of Steel (July 14). Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot will not only try to resuscitate the moribund franchise, it will be setting up a future all-star Justice League film skedded for 2015.

But Marvel doesn’t back down from a film fight, and they have Iron Man 3 (May 3), Kick-Ass 2 (June 28) and The Wolverine (July 24) due this summer. Thor: The Dark World will also be smashing into theatres Nov. 8.

Still, I’m betting on Superman to top them all. After 2006’s Superman Returns underperformed, DC knows they can’t miss and they’ve scored a visual virtuoso in Snyder and producer Chris Nolan to boot.

Sequels
In addition to the ones already mentioned, we will see amped-up sequels to Frank Miller’s Sin City (Oct. 2) and 300 (Aug. 2), Vin Diesel and The Rock will be battling it out in Fast & Furious 6 (May 24) and 3D re-releases for Star Wars Episode II and III will be blasting on to screens this fall.

But the sequel that will be on everyone’s must-see list is Star Trek: Into Darkness. Shrouded in secrecy (we still don’t know who the villain is yet), Kirk, Spock and friends battle an “unstoppable force of terror.” If there’s one director who consistently exceeds expectations, though, it’s J.J. Abrams. Trek 2 will also be hitting theatres in 3D and Imax.

With the recent announcement that Abrams’ will be directing Star Wars Episode VII, the sequel might also end up being the last great Trek movie for a while.

Best of the rest
Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise and Big Willy will also be vying for your popcorn munching time in 2013. In an odd coincidence, two of the three will be starring in sci-fi films. First up is Cruise in Oblivion (April 19), followed by Will Smith in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed After Earth (June 7). Pitt is also going against type in his first foray into the zombie genre, World War Z (June 21).

Thanks to The Walking Dead, the walking dead are all the rage, but Pitt’s film has been plagued by delays (it still looks cool, though).

Johnny Depp will try and regain his mojo with The Lone Ranger (July 3). He’s reteaming with Pirates director Gore Verbinski, so his odds are good.

But predict Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim (July 11) will blow all of them out of the water. The shot-in-Toronto sci-fi film is robots versus monsters; humans are attacked and we fight back. Cue the awesomeness.

If none of these tickle your fancy, there’s also R.I.P.D. (July 19), Riddick (Sept. 6), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov. 22), Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan reboot (Dec. 25) and Keanu Reeves’ long-delayed 47 Ronin (Nov. 21).

When it’s all said and done, which do you think will stand head-and-shoulders above the rest? Let us know in the comments.

Pacific Rim: New trailer promises oodles of action

- December 13th, 2012

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Santa has been bringing action geeks plenty of treats over the last week. In the past seven days, we’ve seen new trailers for Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger, Oblivion and G.I. Joe Retaliation.

Now comes the first full-length trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. And from the looks of it, the sci-fi/action bonanza could be epic.

If you don’t already know, the Toronto-shot film is del Toro’s homage to Japanese ‘kaiju’ monster movies – you know, Godzilla, Cloverfield?

But unlike previous “Monsters versus Humans” movies, this time around we’re going to suit up Transformer-style to do battle with the creatures from the deep.

The action looks stellar, and the trailer provides the best line of any movie due next year: “Armageddon is cancelled” (courtesy of Idris Elba). By the looks of this, Supes, Kirk and Spock just might have their work cut out for them.

Check out the trailer and let us know if you think this will be the action event of next summer in the comments below.

Pacific Rim is due July 12, 2013.

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.