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Few filmmakers have as much geek cred as Guillermo del Toro, who has brought us some of the most visually enchanting fantasy films in cinematic history. He’s the man who made us love the Antichrist with Hellboy, created the terrifying Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, and who brought us giddily back to our childhood days of mashing together action figures with Pacific Rim (among other stunning accomplishments). So, it wasn’t exactly a shock when his Comic-Con panel in Hall H, showcasing del Toro’s upcoming Crimson Peak, was received with wild excitement from attendees.
Before showing off some material from the horror flick, which is 18 months away from release still, del Toro told fans that the film is “a gothic romance” and, thanks to Legendary, will be R-rated, violent and beautiful. The crowd liked that promise very much. They liked what he had to show even more. »
- Isaac Feldberg
But what multi-hyphenate Guillermo Del Toro is most excited about is his “little black and white movie” that he’s planning to write, produce and direct as soon as post-production wraps on “Crimson Peak” and while “The Strain” is still shooting.
Currently untitled, Del Toro says his project will be an “intimate story with a few characters and one creature,” and completely in his control. He’s working up the budget on the film now, but said it will be as intimate as the project itself, a big change from “Pacific Rim,” which carried a $190 million pricetag.
- Alexandra Cheney
A Legendary Entertainment panel heavy on action footage provided the perfect platform for Comic-Con favourite Guillermo del Toro to sneak footage from Crimson Peak and poll the crowd on the idea of a pair of future projects.
“Hellboy 3?” The Hall H faithful roared. “At The Mountains Of Madness?’ Ditto. Del Toro had mischievously asked attendees to gauge their response for the benefit of Universal Pictures executives and their reaction left nobody in any doubt.
At the start of the panel, Legendary head Thomas Tull thanked Hall H for getting behind box office hit Godzilla and segued into a message of similar gratitude from Gareth Edwards, on site in san Francisco for Untitled Star Wars Project.
“As soon as that’s done I will be back on Godzilla,” said Edwards. Hall H then saw a montage that revealed three iconic characters set to join the sequel and drew a crescendo of roars from the masses: Rodan, Mothra »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Due out in October of 2015 from Guillermo del Toro, the psychological horror film Crimson Peak was discussed at Legendary’s Comic-Con panel today and we have a look at the film’s foreboding logo that debuted at the outset of Comic-Con.
The red skull logo for Crimson Peak creepily symbolizes the horror the film surely contains. You can check out the image below (thanks to Legendary for the image!).
“Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, »
- Derek Anderson
One of the briefest bits of Legendary's Comic Con panel this afternoon was the premiere of the first trailer for "Warcraft," filmmaker Duncan Jones' upcoming movie adaptation of the popular online role-playing video game which is still over a year from release.
Jones says the plot deals with the origin of the conflict in Azeroth between humans and orcs, and they're going with an origin to make what is essentially high fantasy accessible to everyone. Described as "Avatar" meets "The Lord of the Rings," the trailer then showed a lot of human vs. Orc violence ranging from sword fights to lightning shooting from people's hands in very colorful environs.
The company has also released an animated version of the logo which you can see below.
- Garth Franklin
Fanboy favorite director Guillermo del Toro hit the Hall H stage today to give the fans a first look at his haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, which doesn't hit theaters until October 16, 2015. While the footage itself hasn't made its way online yet, Legendary did release a video of the filmmaker giving fans a tour of the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery Experience at Comic-Con, which offers fans a sneak peek at some of the sets being used in the thriller. Take a look at the video below, then read on for a description of the footage.
Guillermo presents the first spine-tingling look at the film. @CrimsonPeak#LegendarySDCC#SDCCpic.twitter.com/7rv4NAwH1H
— Legendary (@Legendary) July 26, 2014
The footage starts by showing several different areas of the haunted house, with parts of the floor littered with dead flies. Tom Hiddleston narrates the teaser with the following monologue.
"A house as old as »
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is a Comic-Con favorite. Films like Hellboy and Pacific Rim went over extremely well at the massive convention in the past, and he’s also just an incredibly likeable guy—he loves movies, monsters, and has no filter when it comes to speaking on the Comic-Con stage. However, at this year’s Legendary panel in Hall H, del Toro brought a very different kind of film that just may end up being a highlight of his oeuvre. With the gothic romance horror pic Crimson Peak—which stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam—del Toro is aiming to meld the artful and more adult-geared tone of his Spanish-language films (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone) with the colorful and pop nature of his English-language features. During the film’s Comic-Con panel, del Toro unveiled the first incredibly promising (not to mention gorgeous »
- Adam Chitwood
Legendary Entertainment is developing a movie based on Skull Island, better known as the home of King Kong. The pic is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016.
While the film isn’t expected to be a sequel or reboot to the 2005 movie Peter Jackson directed for Universal, Legendary’s pic will likely feature the big ape in some form, given that he was shown roaring at the end of a clip shown at its panel at Comic-Con on Saturday. Legendary announced the project for the first time there, the same place where it first announced “Godzilla” in 2012.
The island, which gets its name from an imposing skull-shaped rock formation, first appeared in the 1933 “King Kong” and subsequent films, but also is the home of many other prehistoric creatures and a primitive society of humans.
Legendary said that while previous works have touched on the island, the film was a way »
- Marc Graser
Guillermo del Toro pumped up the Hall H crowd with a first look at Crimson Peak. "It's a gothic romance," he said, adding that Legendary allowed him to make it the way he wanted: R-rated, violent and beautiful. Del Toro then showed the very first look at the film, still 18 months away from release. The creepy footage showed stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam slinking around an old Victorian mansion. Photos The Scene at Comic-Con 2014 "Houses as old as this one become in time a living thing," star Tom Hiddleston said in voiceover.
- Aaron Couch
After a sweltering few days in San Diego, Legendary Pictures offered up some chills in the form of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, wedged in between the revelation of some Godzilla 2 monsters and footage teasing a new King Kong movie called Skull Island.
The 2015 gothic horror-romance Crimson Peak, which will star Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam, got a special showcase on Saturday—showing off both its ghosts and a cast of somewhat sinister mortals. “It’s a gothic romance. It’s R-rated. It has incredible beauty, but it’s also very violent, »
- Anthony Breznican
Legendary Pictures is a production company that is fast becoming a safe haven for big movies anchored by visionary filmmakers. This is the studio responsible for "300," "Pacific Rim," and a whole bunch of other super awesome projects (including the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy), and has cultivated a reputation of really bringing it to Comic-Con and the fabled, cavernous Hall H. This year was no different, with Legendary (now partnered with studio Universal) rolling out a veritable laundry list of really impressive projects that the audience ate up affectionately.
The panel was long and a little overwhelming, so we thought we'd break it down into a handy list of things that we learned during the panel. This will cover the gamut -- from Hall H to you!
- Drew Taylor
2014 has already seen some very good films released, with the likes of Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, X-Men: Days of Future Past and others doing great business and turning heads in the process. The remainder of 2014 will also see a large number of film releases, and some of those are highly intriguing. Let’s take a look at ten of the films that I, personally, am excited for in the second half of 2014.
Director, James Gunn, tasselled my hair playfully when he put a little independent film named “Super” on the table in 2010, an underrated Rainn Wilson fronted comedy drama about a guy who thinks that god is telling him to fight crime. When I heard that Gunn was bringing his sense of humour and action to Guardians of the Galaxy my interest hit a high note. With a cast including the enjoyable everyman Chris Pratt »
- Chris Cummings
When Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey took the stage of Hall H on Thursday afternoon, it was a genuine surprise to most people in the room. As it turns out, it was a pleasant surprise for the studio as well, who weren't sure it was going to happen until very early Thursday morning. If they had not been there, the new trailer for the movie would have had to speak for itself, and I suspect it would have been fine. Instead, the director and the star did a nice job of setting the table for the trailer, which should be in theaters soon, and presumably online as well. What I love already about the film is the idea that it is ultimately about how we've lost our explorer's spirit as a people. I think it is one of the most discouraging things about modern life. When I was young, I »
- Drew McWeeny
It's a steamy class-conscious double-feature edition of Yes No Maybe So today with the recent debuts of two adult-oriented "nasty thoughts" dramas. They're both directed by women which is an unexpected plus from the complete rarity of it and oh my god I never want to type that sentence again because it's so infinitely gross that it's being typed in 2014. First we have iconic actress turned director Liv Ullman's adaptation of Strindbergh's classic Miss Julie about a cross-class dalliance between a lady (Jessica Chastain) and a servant (Colin Farrell) and then we have rising director Sam Taylor-Wood turned Sam Taylor-Johnson*'s adaptation of the not-classic best-seller 50 Shades of Grey which is also a cross-class dalliance between a fledgling reporter (Dakota Johnson, spawn of Melanie & Don) and a billionaire (Jamie Dornan, who has already spawned thank god because those genes must not go to waste!).
Which of these movies do you »
- NATHANIEL R
Yesterday, Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey surprised Hall H with an appearance, arriving to show off the latest Interstellar trailer and talk about this mysterious sci-fi movie. The event marked director Christopher Nolan's first appearance at the San Diego convention center, and now we have video, which offers some insight into this epic adventure, while also keeping it shrouded in mystery. Take a look at the two in action.
The trailer shown won't debut online for quite some time, but according to a description from ScreenRant, this footage reinforces the theme from the previous trailers that Earth is running out of resources, which leads to this mission to explore other planets. It is also revealed that Jessica Chastain's character is actually the daughter of Matthew McConaughey's Cooper, who continues to age while Cooper remains the same, possibly as a result of some sort of time travel paradox. »
Huffington Post Entertainment just posted two brand new Eleanor Rigby Posters. Yes, you might recognize the name on them. I absolutely love the one with Jessica Chastain’s iconic red hair as an outline. »
- Sasha Stone
Andy Samberg is setting aside his badge and picking up a racket. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star is set to play a "superstar tennis bad boy" in a new HBO comedy event focused on a seven-day Wimbledon showdown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the one-off mockumentary, titled 7 Days in Hell, will find Samberg's character, Aaron Williams, squaring off with rival prodigy/"certified truck driver" Charles Lloyd Poole (Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) at Wimbledon 2004.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Rob Sheffield's Favorite 2013 TV
Yesterday, Comic-Con attendees were wowed by the surprise appearance of Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey, both making their Con debuts, at the panel for this fall’s highly anticipated Interstellar. More than 6,000 people were in attendance for the panel, which took place in Comic-Con’s fabled Hall H.
After some enigmatic small talk, Nolan cut to the chase and unveiled new footage from Interstellar, which isn’t intended to hit the web for a while. According to attendees, the footage was impressive and shows off a lot of the stunning space locations that the director shot for Interstellar.
Though multiple trailers have been released for the movie already, Nolan has done a solid job of keeping plot details under wraps. What do we know so far? Interstellar is set in a near-future version of Earth where climate change has made the planet increasingly inhospitable for humankind. In hopes of mastering »
- Isaac Feldberg
Yesterday The Dark Knight Trilogy director Christopher Nolan appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con International for the very first time, appearing with Matthew McConaughuey during Paramount’s Hall H presentation to debut footage from the upcoming sci-fi Interstellar. While we don’t have the footage itself unfortunately, Nolan and McConaughey’s appearance has arrived online, and you can the full panel here…
Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
The film is set for release on November 7th, with a cast that also includes Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow »
- Gary Collinson
That's right, Christopher Nolan Finally made an appearance at Comic-Con! Not an awful lot was given away by the director or star Matthew McConaughey in terms of Interstellar plot details, but a new trailer was shown which is set to be released online within the next few weeks. The response from those lucky enough to have seen it has been overwhelmingly positive! For those of you unfamiliar with the few plot details revealed so far, "Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage." The cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine, and a release date of November 7th, 2014 has been set for the movie. »
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