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For a very longtime, it looked like Pacific Rim 2 wasn't happening. The first movie didn't fare well in the states, but it did great overseas, especially in China. And that's pretty much why we're getting the sequel, now titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. But Warner Bros. didn't make the official announcement until after original director Guillermo Del Toro had to dropout due to conflicting future projects. Now, another key piece in the puzzle has also confirmed they won't be back for this follow-up to the 2013 monster movie.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, original Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam, who played main Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket, has confirmed that he won't be back. It's not for a lack of trying, though. The actor was approached about reprising his role early on in the preproduction process. But like Del Toro, he too had a mounting schedule that caused scheduling conflicts.
Steven S. DeKnight, who »
Other than the casting of John Boyega, official news on who will appear in Pacific Rim 2 has been slim. Of particular interest has been whether or not the cast members from the first film will reprise their roles in the sequel, and while at Comic-Con to promote his new film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Charlie Hunnam confirmed that he will not return to play Raleigh Becket.
Hunnam talked with Yahoo! at Comic-Con about Pacific Rim 2 and expressed his excitement for the film while also discussing why he couldn’t be a part of it:
“I read an early draft of what they’re doing. There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily, but I was unavailable. They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because of the politics and business surrounding filmmaking.”
- Derek Anderson
Starz subscribers rejoice! Epic lightsaber battles and X-wing dogfights will be available exclusively to Starz subscribers with the television premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a special presentation on Saturday, September 10. The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise will premiere on all six Starz channels at 9 Pm Et/Pt and again at 11:20 Pm Et/Pt and be available for download via the Starz App as of September 10. Here's what Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz, had to say in a statement.
"No greater fandom has ever existed than the Star Wars fans, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive home of The Force Awakens. We are offering a variety of ways for fans and subscribers to watch - on the Starz networks, on demand, by streaming or download on the Starz App or through an Amazon Prime Starz subscription. We want to make the »
Starz subscribers rejoice! Epic lightsaber battles and X-wing dogfights will be available exclusively to Starz subscribers with the television premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a special presentation on Saturday, September 10. The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise will premiere on all six Starz channels at 9 Pm Et/Pt and again at 11:20 Pm Et/Pt and be available for download via the Starz App as of September 10.
Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz said:
“No greater fandom has ever existed than the Star Wars fans, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive home of The Force Awakens. We are offering a variety of ways for fans and subscribers to watch – on the Starz networks, on demand, by streaming or download on the Starz App or through an Amazon Prime Starz subscription. We want to make the movie as accessible as the fans’ appetites for »
- Kellvin Chavez
Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its latest 1/6th scale Star Wars: The Force Awakens figure, featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey in her Resistance Outfit from the final scene of the movie; check them out here…
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The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring the highly detailed head sculpt, meticulously tailored outfit as seen in the final scenes of the film, Rey’s signature staff, a blaster pistol, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hilt, and a hexagonal figure stand with the Resistance’s emblem.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver »
- Amie Cranswick
While details of the eighth installment of the “Star Wars” saga have been kept under wraps, it’s always nice to get a little tease of what’s going on behind the scenes of the movie.
Johnson and star John Boyega shared some new insights and images on their Instagrams to keep fans updated on the film. On Boyega’s end, the actor who portrays Finn has (presumably) officially finished filming his part. He posted a black and white image of him jumping up with the caption, “Done!”
Read More: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: Reshoot Rumors Set Straight & 4 Other New Updates About The Film
Another cast member who has also wrapped filming on “Episode VIII” is C-3Po, »
- Liz Calvario
Subverting the Unexpected
At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.
Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions »
- Indiewire Staff
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including new rumours of the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a load of huge names in line for the Mortal Kombat reboot, Suicide Squad’s runtime revealed and much, much more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.
“Wanna sign my Dredd petition?”
When you hear ‘Star Trek‘, you probably think of things like ‘fast cars,’ ‘pop music’ and ‘Barbadian mega music stars’ – which is why it makes perfect sense that Rihanna’s new single, Sledgehammer, is all over the most recent trailer for Star Trek Beyond.
Spoilers: Star Trek Beyond involves The Ring crossover.
Although they should’ve gone with the Peter Gabriel track of the same name.
It’s better this way.
Flickering Myth’s Tony Black thinks otherwise, »
- Oli Davis
We told you yesterday that on February 23, 2018, Universal Pictures will launch Jaegers into battle in Steven S. DeKnight‘s Pacific Rim 2, which will star John Boyega, who made a name for himself starring in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack the Block. As previously reported, Boyega will play the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the del Toro-directed […] »
Deadline reports that Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on February 23rd, 2018. The film had previously been slated to come out in April 2017 and eventually in August of 2017 before being temporarily pulled off of the release calendar.
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack the Block) recently signed on to the sequel to play the son of Stacker Pentecost, the character portrayed by Idris Elba in the original film. In addition to playing the lead role, Boyega's UpperRoom Productions will co-produce the sequel with Legendary.
Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Netflix’s Daredevil) will helm the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) was recently brought on to work on the screenplay for Pacific Rim »
- Derek Anderson
Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »
- Joey Magidson
A look at some of the most notable stars and filmmakers invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Academy Academy Academy Mahershala Ali – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts 1 and 2),” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Anthony Anderson – “The Departed,” “Hustle & Flow” Adam Beach – “Suicide Squad,” “Flags of Our Fathers” Kate Beckinsale – “Love & Friendship,” “The Aviator” Chadwick Boseman – “Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up” John Boyega – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Attack the Block” Betty Buckley – “Wyatt Earp,” “Carrie” Rose Byrne – “X-Men: First Class,” “Bridesmaids” Julie Carmen – “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “Gloria” Enrique »
- Sam Rosenberg
After its most contentious year ever, it appears the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is finally attempting to correct its severe diversity problem. The organization announced its official new members today — a whopping list of 683 names — and the class of 2016 is 46% female and 41% people of color.
The new roster follows a year full of controversy against the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees and within the Academy itself. Last November, President Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued a 5-year initiative to help diversify the Academy, and while there is still a lot of work to be done, the new members represent a step in the right direction.
Read More: The Academy’s Diversity Problem Is Complicated
Notable new additions to the Academy this year include: John Boyega, Michael B. Jordan, Oscar Isaac, Regina King, Marielle Heller, Dakota Johnson, Tom Hiddleston, Eva Mendes, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Rodriguez, Greta Gerwig, Damon Waynes Jr, »
- Zack Sharf
Moonfall: Roland Emmerich (Independence Day: Resurgence, above) will direct Moonfall, a sci-fi movie that will follow "an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth." It's based on an original script by Emmerich, Harold Kloser (2012) and Spencer Cohen. Reportedly, the project will head into production as soon as possible. [Deadline] John Boyega: Before he broke out with his performance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega starred in Attack the Block (above), a rollicking comedy about an alien invasion in a tough British neighborhood. Joe Cornish wrote and directed the movie and now Boyega has hinted that the two may be working together again. Via social media, he stated...
- Peter Martin
The last time John Boyega and Joe Cornish got together on something, it was Attack The Block, which, in retrospect, really opened up a lot of doors for Boyega. Hell, if not cast as Moses, bruv, who knows if Boyega would have ever been in the right position to land the role of Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or now the Pacific Rim sequel or that Kathryn Bigelow picture... And while... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Long before John Boyega found his name up in lights, tethered to the box office behemoth Disney calls Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the British actor had his breakout in Attack the Block, a low-key sci-fi flick brimming with personality.
Fending off an alien invasion within a South London council estate, the Joe Cornish-directed feature was as intelligent as it was entertaining, pushing and pulling at genre conventions in a manner not dissimilar to, say, Shaun of the Dead.
But even after landing roles in Legendary’s Pacific Rim sequel, not to mention his bright future in Disney’s rejuvenated Star Wars universe, Boyega is keen to tee up another collaboration with the Attack the Block helmer, revealing that the pair are currently brainstorming for a new project. Could it spell a direct sequel?
Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June »
- Michael Briers
Coming off of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega is now a huge Hollywood star. However, you probably remember first seeing him in the Edgar Wright-produced film Attack The Block (we certainly do). It is hard to believe that its been five years since Attack the Block hit theaters. And we’ve been waiting for director […]
- Peter Sciretta
Since his big breakthrough last year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega has already added a few high profile roles to his upcoming slate, including The Circle, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom and Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit riots film.
Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 25, 2016
Cornish has previously revealed that Boyega has been pitching ideas for a sequel to Attack the Block, telling IFC way back in 2011 that:
“He has this image of a bigger alien attack on London, as if the attack we saw in Attack the Block was just the [first] wave and there’s another wave of bigger creatures. And he described to me this image of Moses leading a whole army of hood kids across the Thames, »
- Gary Collinson
When John Boyega was first cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in April 2014, he only had a handful of credits to his name, but he was best known for his feature film debut role in Attack the Block, a 2011 indie sci-fi thiller that was beloved by critics, but didn't make a huge dent at the box office ($1 million domestic, $5.8 million worldwide). The actor is now currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII and he also recently signed on to star in a new untitled project from Kathryn Bigelow, but it seems the young actor is looking to team up with his Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.
Over the weekend, John Boyega revealed on Twitter that he ran into Joe Cornish and that they have already started "brainstorming" for "something new." Naturally, the actor wouldn't divulge any more details about this project, and we don't know for sure if »
John Boyega has awakened. After his breakthrough performance in the latest “Star Wars” film, everyone’s favorite stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter was recently cast in both the upcoming sequel to “Pacific Rim” and Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled film about the Detroit riots of 1967. In a semi-cryptic tweet, Boyega has hinted at another collaboration with “Attack the Block” director Joe Cornish.
“Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew,” the actor wrote yesterday. A cult favorite from 2011 that put Boyega on the map and saw him nominated for several first-time-performer awards, the sci-fi horror/comedy project wasn’t financially successful upon its initial release but amassed favorable reviews — and, not long later, a substantial following online.
No details on the potential project are officially available, »
- Michael Nordine
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