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Newswire: The only gig Guillermo Del Toro regrets turning down is a Harry Potter movie

21 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Guillermo Del Toro’s cinematic comings and goings (mostly the latter, these days) are a subject of constant discourse and vigil here at The A.V. Club. For example, when Legendary passes on both the director and his Pacific Rim 2 script, we have to wonder how invested we are in a sequel without the creator of that kaijus-and-robots world (okay, so John Boyega buoyed our interest a bit). And when Del Toro and Ron Perlman give up on Hellboy 3, we die a little inside as we prepare another marker for the graveyard of the director’s projects. That’s why we greeted the news that Del Toro turned down a Harry Potter directing gig with a mixture of grief and relief—you know, because at least that time, it was his choice, and not the result of some shadowy forces working against him.

While at the Annecy Festival »

- Danette Chavez

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Guillermo Del Toro Shares Sage Advice In 90 Minute Masterclass

22 June 2017 12:44 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Writer/director Guillermo Del Toro knows how to charm an audience. The Mexican filmmaker, best known for “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim” and just about every interesting fantasy/sci-fi film of the last two decades, is a great storyteller and isn’t afraid to open up about every aspect of his career. So, when he sat down for an hour and a half long discussion of his career and the filmmaking craft at Annecy 2017, the packed room was all ears.

Continue reading Guillermo Del Toro Shares Sage Advice In 90 Minute Masterclass at The Playlist. »

- Charles Dean

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What Warcraft 2 Will Be About If Duncan Jones Returns to Direct

21 June 2017 1:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warcraft was not the movie that many wanted it to be, at least if the critics are to be believed. And it certainly wasn't quite what Legendary Pictures was hoping for, either. The movie wasn't exactly a major blockbuster hit (at least domestically) that was meant to launch a big franchise, which was the intention. But director Duncan Jones is still holding out hope for Warcraft 2, and now he has shared some story details for his vision, should the movie ever happen.

Flickering Myth brings us the story details, which were revealed by Duncan Jones after a recent screening. The director explains that, should he get to do Warcraft 2, it would follow Durotan's son in his adolescent years. Here's what he had to say about it.

"This first film is about establishing the world, and showing Durotan helping his son escape a dying planet. So, to me, the idea over the course of three films would be for Thrall to fulfill that vision of Durotan to create a new homeland for the Orcs. So, it would be the adolescent years of that baby, and anyone who does know their Warcraft stories would know it's very much a Spartacus story that goes on with that character. I would basically follow that through. And with the human side of it, which is a little less clear of how that would follow, but basically, there is an aftermath to this film which would need to be completed. And on the Orc side you're very much following that baby, Go'el, known as Thrall in the universe, and how he eventually creates the Orc homeland."

Say what you will about Warcraft, but it certainly sounds like Duncan Jones has quite the vision for this trilogy. Interestingly enough, Jones has a pretty damn good track record outside of Warcraft, with Moon and Source Code doing rather well with fans of sci-fi, if not massive commercial smashes. His next movie, Mute, is set to debut later this year on Netflix and, according to the director, will cap the trilogy that includes Moon and Source Code. All of that to say, he would probably learn some lessons from what went wrong with Warcraft and do some serious course correction with Warcraft 2. But the ball is in Universal's court at this point.

Warcraft, despite doing very poorly with critics, wound up being the highest-grossing video game movie of all time. Even though the movie only made $47 million domestically, which probably is less than the studio hoped it would make opening weekend, the movie grossed $433.6 million worldwide. If the movie hadn't cost $160 million to make, Warcraft 2 probably would have been given the green light already. Though, looking at a movie like Pacific Rim, which made $411 million worldwide against a $190 million budget, which is getting a sequel next year with Pacific Rim: Uprising, Warcraft 2 doesn't seem totally out of the question. If Universal pulls the trigger, Duncan Jones seems to be ready and waiting. »

- MovieWeb

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Hive-mind alien drones and queens are the challenge on Face Off

20 June 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

This week on Face Off, the contestants are tasked with creating a alien workers, drone and queens as they tackle the monstrous intelligence of the hive-mind. Insects are fascinating creatures, especially those like bees, ants and wasps who operate in hives and use a collective intelligence to go about their business. However, these sort of insects have also inspired many science fictions writers and directors. The Xenomorphs in Alien, the bugs in Starship Troopers, the Kaiju from Pacific Rim, the Borg in Star Trek and even the Strigoi in the Strain all have a hive-mind. This week the contestants on...read more »

- James Wray

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Duncan Jones opens up about the troubled production of Warcraft

20 June 2017 8:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last night, director Duncan Jones and producer Stuart Fenegan presented a Q&A screening of last year’s Warcraft in London’s Leicester Square. Amongst talking about what he would have liked to have done with Warcraft 2, Jones opened up about the troubled production of the movie, comparing the studio politics to Game of Thrones.

“One of the things that was absolute gut-punched was [the narrative],” he said when asked about the battles he lost with the studio. “It’s such an expensive process to make a movie like this, and when you make a decision to exorcise a scene during script stage or anywhere down the line right up towards the end, it’s never coming back. Because it’s too expensive to backtrack though all the animation and effects. People ask me when the directors cut is coming out, and there will never be a director’s cut. Unfortunately. There »

- Luke Owen

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Duncan Jones reveals what his story would have been for Warcraft 2

20 June 2017 4:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warning: There are spoilers for Warcraft in this post…

Last night Warcraft director Duncan Jones and producer Stuart Fenegan presented a screening of the movie at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square. Jones and Fenegan spoke openly about the issues they had making the movie, comparing the studio politics to Game of Thrones at one point, and the director revealed where the story would have gone had Warcraft 2 been green lit (which doesn’t seem likely).

“This first film is about establishing the world, and showing Durotan helping his son escape a dying planet,” Jones told the audience. “So to me the idea over the course of three films would be for Thrall to fulfil that vision of Durotan to create a new homeland for the Orcs. So in [the sequel] it would be the adolescent years of that baby, and anyone who does know their Warcraft stories would »

- Luke Owen

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First Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer expected soon

20 June 2017 2:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With principal photography completed back in March and the film slated to released in February of 2018, it makes sense that a trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising would be on the way. Alas, it has not dropped yet and even star John Boyega even took to social media to inquire why.

You got Star Wars teaser, Detroit trailer but where's Pacific Rim at ?

John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 19, 2017

This prompted Steven DeKnight (taking over directorial duties from Guillermo del Toro who has The Shape of Water releasing this year) to reply with a tweet of his own:

Working on it! https://t.co/5eHMtjoQdA

Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) June 19, 2017

With Dunkirk set to release in exactly one month, it’s possible that Warner Bros. will take the opportunity to unveil the first teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising alongside the Christopher Nolan WWII epic. Either way, we shouldn’t have too much longer to wait… »

- Robert Kojder

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Gul’dan and Orgrim Warcraft Epic Series Premium Statues revealed

14 June 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sideshow has revealed Damtoys upcoming Gul’dan and Orgrim Epic Series Premium Statues from Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation Warcraft. The collectibles are available to pre-order now, priced at $1,400 and $1,140; take a look at the official promotional images here…

See Also: Phicen’s Durotan collectible statue from the Warcraft movie revealed

Gul’dan opened the dark portal to Azeroth, the war with Alliance is about to begin. He walks down slowly from the red cliffs. His eyes filled with the evil green Fel. He holds the impending fate of the Orcs.

Damtoys used real fabric and materials for the outfit. Based on a careful selection, they have decided on premium Romney wool to represent the color and quality seen in the movie. For the binding ropes & straps, they have chosen real leather strap and hemp rope. Damtoys uses breathing lights in the head sculpture for the light effect of Fel; for his beard, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Idris Elba to return for a fifth season of Luther

12 June 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Idris Elba's star has risen considerably over the years, with appearances in movies like Prometheus, Thor, Pacific Rim, Zootopia, Star Trek Beyond and many others, but to me, the actor will always be Dci John Luther. As I was a little late to finally getting around to watching The Wire, BBC's Luther was my first big exposure to Idris Elba. Obsessive, brilliant, and occasionally violent,... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Luther series 5 is officially on the way

12 June 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Jun 13, 2017

Idris Elba will return as his embattled TV detective John Luther, as Luther series 5 officially gets the green light...

Luther series 5 is officially a go at the BBC. Despite a schedule filled with increasingly high-profile projects, international superstar Idris Elba will put in another series as the eponymous, emotionally tortured London homicide detective Dci John Luther in the moody, gritty television detective series.

Luther series 5 will manifest as a 4-part limited series, set to begin production in early 2018, eventually arriving on BBC and BBC America.

Series creator Neil Cross, also known for the 10-series run of BBC’s Mi-5 and NBC’s short-lived Crossbones, will be back in the bullpen for Luther’s next run.

The announcement should delight the series' fans, especially after Elba’s rising star and full schedule was seemingly the cause of an abbreviated 2-part series 4 in December of 2015; an offering that ended on a rather curious note. »

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Duncan Jones says no conversations have taken place about Warcraft 2

12 June 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last year’s Warcraft wasn’t the hit many were hoping for and despite setting itself up for one, a sequel was in doubt after a disastrous domestic box office run. There were rumours that a sequel could still happen and there was even a story it could be a Chinese-centric release following fantastic box office numbers there, which helped push Warcraft pass $400 million worldwide – making it the biggest video game movie of all-time.

Jones has been very vocal about the difficulties he had working on the movie – even saying 40 minutes had been cut and it died by death of 1,000 cuts – but was willing to work on a sequel. He recently announced a special screening of the movie at the Prince Charles Cinema in London with a Q&A afterwards, and a fan asked him on Twitter if any conversations about Warcraft 2 had taken place. To which the director simply wrote, »

- Luke Owen

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Phicen’s Durotan collectible statue from the Warcraft movie revealed

10 June 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sideshow has revealed Phicen’s upcoming Durotan Big Budget Premium statue from Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation Warcraft. Standing at around 28 inches tall, the collectible is priced at $1,140 and is expected to ship September-November; take a look at the promotional images here…

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The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

Warcraft sees Duncan Jones (Moon) directing a cast that includes Robert Kazinsky »

- Amie Cranswick

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The Mummy, and the state of other Shared Movie Universes

9 June 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Dave Roper

They’ve settled on “The Dark Universe” – Universal’s name for its new Expanded Universe of inter-connected films. They’ve got the rights to most of the iconic old-school horror properties out there and this rather natty video shows just how many properties that incorporates.

Assuming that the Tom Cruise-headlining The Mummy reboot succeeds (and early indications are not good…), Universal are already developing the next few entries, with Russell Crowe’s Dr Jekyll possibly proving to be part of the glue that holds them all together. Javier Bardem looks like he’d make a great Frankenstein’s monster and at least with Johnny Depp’s Invisible Man we’ll be more likely to be spared too much over-acted mugging. It makes sense for Universal to set out its stall early on – there is a significant built-in audience for these characters and although Van Helsing did »

- Dave Roper

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Another Pair Of Rampage Set Photos Provides Intel On The Film’s Supporting Players – Both Human And Otherwise

5 June 2017 2:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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If there’s one complaint that’s often leveled at Hollywood creature features, it’s that the subgenre tends to pay so much attention to jaw-dropping visual effects that the human characters – shallow, thinly-drawn human characters at that – are subsequently swept aside in the name of spectacle.

From Godzilla to Pacific Rim, you don’t have to look too far to locate an example of a western monster movie told through the lens of a forgettable lead, and though Paramount’s Baywatch flop stands as living proof that Dwayne Johnson is not, in fact, critically bulletproof, many are already looking to New Line’s Rampage adaptation in the hope of an entertaining, yet compelling creature feature.

Headed up by director Brad Peyton, who reunites with Johnson after the surprisingly successful San Andreas, the story details released thus far point to a relatively straightforward, effects-laden blockbuster of »

- Michael Briers

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Vast New Wanda Studios in China Targets Big Hollywood, Domestic Productions

4 June 2017 8:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wanda Studios — the vast production site under construction in Qingdao, China — aims to host at least five to six Hollywood projects in its first year of full operation in 2018, the studios’ new president and CEO Alvin Fu said Sunday. The new facility also hopes to attract at least four to five domestic productions a year with a budget of more than Rmb 100 million ($14.7 million) each.

Fifteen of the studios’ 30 soundstages are up and running, including two occupying about 1.5 acres each and one — which Wanda says is the world’s largest — covering 2.5 acres. Two big-screen spectaculars have already been shot there: “The Great Wall” and “Pacific Rim 2,” which just wrapped. Three more productions are underway at the site, which occupies more than 400 acres of land in the newly developed Huangdao district of Qingdao.

On Sunday, Fu hosted a tour of the facility for studio executives and producers including Chris Kuhl, production »

- Vivienne Chow

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Zachary Quinto, Brian Tyree Henry and Kenneth Choi book into Hotel Artemis

3 June 2017 8:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Beyond), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) and Kenneth Choi (Spider-Man: Homecoming) have joined the cast of the upcoming sci-fi Hotel Artemis, which marks the directorial debut of Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3).

Jodie Foster leads the cast of Hotel Artemis, and plays a nurse in the near future who runs an underground hospital for sinister criminals in Los Angeles. She soon discovers one of her charges has a hidden agenda: to assassinate another patient.

Also featuring in the cast of the film are Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Jeff Goldblum (Thor: Ragnarok), Charlie Day (Pacific Rim), Jenny Slate (Gifted) and Sterling K. Brown (American Crime Story). »

- Gary Collinson

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Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Will the rest of the world save Pirates and Baywatch?

30 May 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

These days, when it comes to American blockbusters, you have to look past America. The real measure of a film’s box-office supremacy is how it does on a global scale, which is why Captain America movies often open in Europe a week before they open in America, why Chinese and Hong Kong actors often nab supporting roles in Hollywood tent-poles, and why Pacific Rim is getting a sequel. It’s also why you have to apply a different calculus to the returns of domestic blockbusters—to look past what they made on their own soil to determine if they’re a hit, a flop, a surprise success, or a disappointment. Even on Memorial Day weekend, the ticket-buying patterns of American moviegoers don’t tell the whole story.

Just look at the latest entry in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales. Though it was enough »

- A.A. Dowd

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Mindy Kaling Has Some Thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s Career — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

27 May 2017 5:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: ‘SNL’ Parties So Hard They Break Tables

This week: A “BoJack Horseman” character seemingly comes to life, the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writers room gets an upgrade (…maybe), and Lin-Manuel Miranda gets spoiled for “Veep.”

Well, This is a Delightful Image

90%of my Sat mornings for past 5 months r spent in full performance of every Moana song with my Tiny Humans. I do a fine Maui. @Lin_Manuel

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 20, 2017

If you haven’t read it, by the way, Rhimes’ “Year of Yes” is a charming memoir/self-help book. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Mindy Kaling Has Some Thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s Career — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

27 May 2017 5:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: ‘SNL’ Parties So Hard They Break Tables

This week: A “BoJack Horseman” character seemingly comes to life, the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writers room gets an upgrade (…maybe), and Lin-Manuel Miranda gets spoiled for “Veep.”

Well, This is a Delightful Image

90%of my Sat mornings for past 5 months r spent in full performance of every Moana song with my Tiny Humans. I do a fine Maui. @Lin_Manuel

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 20, 2017

If you haven’t read it, by the way, Rhimes’ “Year of Yes” is a charming memoir/self-help book. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Ron Perlman Will Not Return in Pacific Rim 2

22 May 2017 4:48 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans of Guillermo Del Toro's giant robot monster movie Pacific Rim finally have a sequel to look forward to next year, which is the good news. The bad news is, yet another cast member from the original movie has confirmed that he will not be coming back. Over the weekend, Ron Perlman confirmed that his character Hannibal Chau will not be in Pacific Rim 2.

The actor, who very regularly works with Guillermo Del Toro, recently made an appearance at Motor City Comic Con. During a panel he spoke at, the subject of his possible return in Pacific Rim 2, officially titled Pacific Rim: Uprising, came up. As reported by Dread Central, Ron Perlman reportedly said that he won't be in the movie. Here's what the report had to say about it.

"Also during the panel, Perlman confirmed that he does not reprise his role as Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim »

- MovieWeb

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