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For this week’s random assortment of Thinking Out Loud ideas, I wanted to start by focusing in on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors briefly. Specifically, how J.J. Abrams and company have recently seemed to be honing in on Oscar nominees and winners for the cast. I’ll have some other small things below as well, but that’s the main bent that the column will have today. Anyway, let’s get started! -Star Wars loves awards darlings, that much seems to be true. Just look at the names being mentioned for roles in the sequel…Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Saoirse Ronan to name a few. What do all of them have in common? With the exception of Cumberbatch and Jordan, they’re all Oscar nominees, and in the case of Nyong’o, she’s »
- Joey Magidson
My kids are growing up movie crazy, but for the most part, they don't really get the whole idea of a film festival. They just see the trips I take as "those things that make Daddy busy." For the first time ever, Toshi was very jealous and annoyed by something I did at a festival thanks to the special "Godzilla" event that was held at SXSW this week. Little wonder. Godzilla has been part of their imaginary life as long as they've been watching movies, and Toshi in particular has been head over heels in love with Godzilla from the first moment he saw him. We've watched at least a dozen of the Toho films, we've seen the "Mystery Science Theater" versions, we've been reading the "Godzilla Rules Of Earth" comics together, and there are tons of toys of not just Godzilla but the other Toho icons as well all over the house. »
- Drew McWeeny
Happy Friday, my beloved pop culture savants! Have you spent the week feasting on Jen Selter‘s Vanity Fair booty or wondering whether or not Nicki Minaj really is engaged? Well, we have something else to occupy your thoughts: Who’s having the Best Week Ever?
As always, we can’t reveal who officially is having the Best Week Ever until an all-new episode of Best Week Ever hits the airwaves tonight at 10/9 C. Until then, check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes clips of the Best Week Ever cast and vote on who you think is having the Best Week Ever.
- Meghan O'Keefe
The South by Southwest Film Festival featured a screening of the classic Gojira on 35mm, celebrating the film’s 60th anniversary and anticipating this summer’s new Godzilla movie. After the film, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards greeted the audience with a clip of his new film. He shared that he put a rush on Alexandre Desplat’s score for the scene, to avoid expensive licensing issues with temp music. The scene featured Godzilla emerging from the ocean onto the beach and into the city, and all the havoc he causes. It also included a surprise of Godzilla facing another monster. The morning after the Gojira screening and Godzilla preview, we got to speak with Edwards before he flew back to finish post-production. Godzilla will be out May 16.
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Director Leigh Janiak of the much talked about SXSW Midnighter Honeymoon (review) was cool enough speak to us about her little film with big ideas and why Gareth Edwards’ Monsters might be the reason that the film exists at all.
DC: Do you like being a part of the Midnighters slate at a festival? Do you think it highlights the film more, and do you mind it premiering so late at night?
Lj: No, I love it; I think it’s actually great. The movie isn’t a typical horror movie, but it’s definitely genre so I’m thrilled to be included with the Midnighters. I’m just really excited.
DC: Just to separate you from the pack a little bit »
- Drew Tinnin
The other night at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, a special evening was planned around the King of the Monsters. That's right, in the middle of a flurry of premieres, panels, and keynote addresses, the festival took the time out to give it up to Godzilla.
The night began with a restored 35 mm print of the original 1954 "Godzilla" (it was the only movie screened at the festival from actual film), which was sort of fun but just reminded everyone in attendance how boring (relatively speaking) the original "Godzilla" really is (political subtext aside). Afterwards, we got a special treat in the form of new "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards, who, after a screening of the most recent trailer, showed off some brand new footage from the hotly anticipated summer blockbuster. The short version: this movie is going to be awesome.
Edwards began by saying that he wanted »
- Drew Taylor
We told you already that Section23 Films' new sub-label Kraken Releasing (a sister label to Switchblade Pictures) is getting ready to release three vintage Godzilla flicks for the first time ever on U.S. Blu-ray. Now we have a look at the artwork for you!
From its opening “Save the Earth” theme song to the Wtf finale where Godzilla flies by rocketing himself through the air in the fetal position via his atomic breath, Godzilla’s ecological smackdown with a shape-shifting sludge monster dubbed Hedorah remains one of the most memorable outings in the annals of Godzilladom. But don’t tell that to Toho; the head of the company was hospitalized during the time of filming, and when he saw the finished product, he was »
- Uncle Creepy
In my last look at the fantastic trailer for the upcoming Godzilla reboot, I brought up the point that a big part of what gives the Toho monster movies their charm is their cheesiness, so it was worth wondering whether or not a serious adaptation would even work. In a recent interview with SXSW, director Gareth Edwards commented on those issues and more, including Godzilla's design and what the Godzilla movies were really about at first. »
- David Hoffman
In an interview with Variety discussing the film's tone, "probably one of the important things I felt about this film was that the characters at the heart of the story shouldn’t be superheroes," the Monsters director said. "They should be everyday relatable people. In the Spielberg movies they found that holy grail, the sweet spot of having the epic spectacle, but also relatable and emotional characters. Those events change and affect the characters, but the idea of someone blatantly saving the day becomes quite predictable. The events are real harrowing and present a life-changing scenario, so we just tried to take it really serious."
Edwards also talked about the pressures of making a movie about such an iconic character, »
- Luke Owen
And the Godzilla train just keeps on rolling. With the anticipated blockbuster status of Gareth Edwards Godzilla you can bet we’ll being seeing the giant lizard around every corner and tonight brings us news of the Blu-ray release of a couple of classic Godzilla titles. Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla Vs. Megalon are getting the treatment from Media Blasters and here are all the details you need.
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- Dave Dreher
Last night at SXSW in Austin, Texas, not only did Collider get the opportunity to sit down for a screening of the 1954 original, but a sequence from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros’ new rendition of Godzilla, too. As director Gareth Edwards pointed out prior to rolling the footage, the material was unfinished and did contain a handful of work-in-progress VFX shots, but even then, it was strikingly absorbing and boasted an exceptional build. Hit the jump for my recap. We begin with a shot of our main man, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, aboard an airport tram. From there, it’s a glimpse of a family enjoying their Hawaii getaway and then off to a wooded, mountainous terrain with a fire raging on in the distance. Back with the family, the youngest of the bunch, a little girl, senses something strange and walks off alone towards the water, hitting the shore just in time to watch it recede. »
- Perri Nemiroff
It’s been over three years since Gareth Edwards first signed on to direct Godzilla, but based on the film’s promotional campaign thus far, it looks as though it was time well spent. The trailers have featured riveting performances, stunning visuals, and powerful builds, suggesting that Edwards may have achieved exactly what he set out to do from the moment he boarded the project – simply put, to deliver a good film. Edwards is currently in Austin, Texas for SXSW where Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are holding a screening of the 1954 classic film, after which Edwards will take the stage for a Q&A. We got the chance to have a little time with the director one-on-one prior to the event and even though he did steer clear of spoilers, he was able to offer loads of insight on what we can expect come May 16, 2014. We discussed his monster’s origins, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Yesterday, the original 1954 version of Godzilla played at SXSW, and as an added treat, the audience in attended got a first look at new footage from Gareth Evans’ upcoming remake. Plot details are still scarce, but this footage did reveal a new kaiju in full. Kaiju other than Godzilla had been briefly glimpsed in the previous trailer, but the footage that was shown at SXSW showed both Godzilla and the new, unnamed kaiju in all their glory. Hit the jump for a description of both monsters. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th. Here’s Styd’s description of the new monster: It's a multi-limbed creature with what look like wings on its back (that would explain the mystery shape we saw cutting through the clouds in the »
- Matt Goldberg
Godzilla fans scanning the screening schedule at this year.s South By Southwest Film Festival had to realize that Tuesday had potential to deliver a double-feature of Kaiju goodies. The fest programmed a vintage screening of the 1954 Gojira -- the movie that started it all . for Tuesday. And reboot director Gareth Edwards was always scheduled to conduct a Q-and-a following the screening. How much would he reveal about this summer.s Godzilla film? And would he arrive in Austin with new footage tucked under his arm? Can you guess what happened? As we reported, Mondo created a special poster for Edwards. SXSW presentation, which turned out to include a complete scene from his Godzilla reboot, with proper score accompaniment from composer Alexandre Desplat. Sadly, we left Austin before we could attend the SXSW Q-and-a, but reactions to the new Godzilla scene have been flooding the Web this morning. Drew McWeeny »
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla hit SXSW in Austin, Texas last night with new footage introduced by director Gareth Edwards! You can check out a description of the footage at ShockTillYouDrop.com . Just prior to taking in the SXSW screening of the original Godzilla with the special clip from this year's 2014 reboot, Shock reconnected with director Gareth Edwards to talk a bit more about his film. In the interview, they talk about Godzilla's design and how nature, as well as a Jim Henson production, inspired the monster's new look. They also turn to topics like what "the Internet" sees in the trailer, the importance of the 1954 film and Closer Encounters of the Third Kind 's impact on Edward's movie. Check out the interview by clicking »
Austin - Anxious fans around the world have breathlessly analyzed each new bit of footage that has been released from the Gareth Edwards-directed "Godzilla," which arrives in theaters on May 16th, hoping that this will time, they will recognize the iconic monster, praying that this will not be a repeat of the awful 1998 movie. I think it's safe for fans everywhere to relax. One of the events at this year's SXSW festival was a special screening of the 1954 original version of "Gojira," the film that was re-edited with new footage when it was released in America and retitled "Godzilla." Rialto Films has held the American distribution rights to the Toho production for a while now, and this will actually be the second time they've done a national theatrical roll-out of the original movie. SXSW announced that they would have Gareth Edwards in attendance tonight to discuss his new version »
- Drew McWeeny
The scene opens with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and a Japanese child riding in an airport tram. Suddenly, power is lost as Taylor-Johnson reassures the boy the power will be back on momentarily. The scene shifts to a luau on a Hawaii beach where a massive fire burns in the mountains in the distance. As partygoers are distracted a lone girl notices that the ocean has begun to pull away from the beach. When her father comes to collect her, he realizes the warning signs of a tsunami and yells for the crowd to run, scooping up his daughter along the way. The scene then cuts to Ken Watanabe on a battleship. Massive plates move through the water toward land. Godzilla is coming. The monster dives further under the ship and moves toward the surface, overturning battleships as he breaches. On the beach, a lone dog is left barking at the coming wave. »
These new Godzilla images of Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody, Juliette Binoche as Sandra Brody, Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford Brody and Ken Watanabe as Dr. Serizawa, were all part of South by Southwest Film Conference (SXSW). To see more of the images of the crafty props that were on display at that event, visit godzilla-movies.com (click here). New footage was shown at the event and below you will find some reactions as well as detailed description by nerdist.com. Description by nerdist.com The scene opens with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and a Japanese child riding in an airport tram. Suddenly, power is lost as Taylor-Johnson reassures the boy the power will be back on momentarily. The scene shifts to a luau on a Hawaii beach where a massive fire burns in the mountains in the distance. As partygoers are distracted a lone girl notices that »
A new Mondo poster for Godzilla has arrived and it's both rad and fiery red. The artwork debuted just in time for SXSW and the planned screening of the classic monster film, which will be hosted by Gareth Edwards at the South By Southwest festival in Austin this evening. As Yahoo notes, the poster, which comes from Phantom City Creative is directly inspired by the classic look of the creature featured in the 1954 movie. It looks like the monster is built right up out of the smoke and fire erupting from the city below it. Yahoo says the screening of the restored original Japanese version (including 40 minutes of footage not seen in the American edit) is set to take place tonight (Tuesday, March 11) at 9:30 p.m. at the Ritz Alamo Theater in downtown Austin. And those who attend will receive a copy of this limited-edition poster. Now craving classic Godzilla? »
If you’re looking for new Godzilla content, we’ve updated our image gallery with a brand new photo that features Bryan Cranston. For those that missed our previous coverage, we’ve included a look at the previously released photos, posters, and trailer below.
“An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are the executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.”
Godzilla will be released to Us theaters on May 16th and will be presented in 2D, »
- Jonathan James
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