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Charlie Hunnam In, Shia LaBeouf Out For John Hillcoat's 'Triple Nine'; Cate Blanchett & Christoph Waltz Lining Up Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 9:17 PM
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The bad news? Well, when we last spoke to John Hillcoat, he said he was aiming to shoot his cop flick "Triple Nine" this spring. That didn't happen. The good news? It looks like it's coming together and putting together a pretty sweet cast to go along with it.

The Good, The Bad & The Weird Of Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 15, 2013 2:13 PM
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This weekend, Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," a monster mash about giant creatures that come through an inter-dimensional portal on the ocean floor and the giant robots constructed to fight them, was neither an outright dud nor a smash. Beaten to number one by "Despicable Me 2," we can't imagine a third place finish was what Warner Bros. had in mind for their $200 million summer movie. Was it too much of a fan letter to nerds and comic book stores for the general public to care? Did the marketing campaign stumble? Did it need an A-list star? We're sure conference rooms at WB today are having meetings asking those exact same questions, but there's also the simple question of whether or not the movie actually delivered.

Watch: Charlie Hunnam & Rinko Kikuchi Fight In New Clip From 'Pacific Rim'; Sean Astin Joins 'The Strain'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 10, 2013 11:20 AM
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For a long while it seemed like Guillermo del Toro was attaching his name to everything he could, but nothing was really coming out of those announcements. He’d be attached to a film and then things would go dormant for a long time. “Pacific Rim” was one of those projects and the realization that the film’s release is about to arrive this week is hard to grasp. Thanks to the new clips, like the one below, the reality is quickly setting in.

Review: Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 10, 2013 9:02 AM
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Lines are being drawn in the sand as we speak and people are taking sides. And if the chatter it so be believed, the entire fate of the movie industry rest in the hands of one very big, wet, hulking mass of a high-concept movie. It’s distracting, but one can’t really discuss Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming science-fiction action adventure “Pacific Rim” without addressing some of the baggage its arriving in theaters with this weekend. At least for a certain (probably very small) sect of the movie going public. If “Pacific Rim” fails, if this “original” movie cannot win at the box-office and if it (gasp) loses to the nefarious, made-from-pure-evil “Grown Ups 2” from comedy Satan himself Adam Sandler, the cinematic universe will implode and will come to an end. The LucasBerg prophecies shall come to pass, theatres will topple to the ground and 3D will melt off the screens with a bitter hiss. James Cameron will plummet past you in flames screaming as he falls to his fiery doom. Ladies and gentleman, if you do not see “Pacific Rim” this weekend, you are not doing your civic duty as a movie-loving cinephile and you are therefore siding with the forces of reboots, remakes, reups, sideways sequels and other tools of the Hollywood Devil.

Watch: 'Pacific Rim' Comes For You With One Last Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 11:24 PM
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Let's face it, at the end the day, chatter about tracking, marketing, audience expectations and more is just that...chatter. Until "Pacific Rim" opens next week, and until those first reviews come out, we wont' really know if this was a bad decision on the part of financiers, a movie that deserved a better push or Guillermo Del Toro's blockbuster homerun (who knows, it could be). But either way, Warner Bros. is going big to make sure you buy a ticket.

'Pacific Rim' Fights Back Bad Tracking Buzz With Marketing Barrage: 4 Clips, 12 Minutes Of Behind The Scenes Footage & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 1, 2013 2:28 PM
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Alright, so the narrative is set forth: Guillermo del Toro's latest ambitious sci-fi spectacle "Pacific Rim" is evidently tracking poorly (audiences apparently would rather see "Growns Ups 2" that weekend) and it's either going to be a big expensive flop or fans (and the marketing) will rally and it's going to be one of summer's biggest hits. So the question remains: which one is it? Well, Legendary Pictures -- who have a 75% stake in the movie -- have been so unhappy with their Warner Bros. partners (who are invested in that other 25%), have a lot to lose this as they are parting ways with the studio when their contract comes to an end this year. Known for "The Man Of Steel," "The Dark Knight Rises," "300," "The Hangover" franchise and more, the Legendary/WB partnership has been a lucrative one, but clearly the production company hasn't been very happy with Warners lately (the writing was on the wall since February of this year).

Watch: New Epic Monster & Robot Filled Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2013 2:06 PM
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Landing on our list of The Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season, "Pacific Rim" had been playing a bit cagey until this point, keeping the monsters mostly teased instead of shown, but today Warner Bros. has unleashed a helluva trailer which promises the monster vs. robot mayhem most have been hoping Guillermo Del Toro would be delivering.

New Images From 'Pacific Rim,' Rian Johnson Gives The Movie An Early Endorsement

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2013 4:47 PM
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While every other studio seems to be dropping some mad billz for Super Bowl spots, Warner Bros. are politely sitting on the sidelines today. So, sorry, you won't be seeing anything for "Man Of Steel," "The Great Gatsby," "The Hangover Part III" or "Pacific Rim." But as a small concession of sorts, they've dropped some new images for the latter.

Charlie Hunnam In Talks To Reteam With 'Pacific Rim' Director Guillermo Del Toro On 'Crimson Peak'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 4:10 PM
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While we were a touch disappointed by the teaser trailer, we're still pretty amped to see Guillermo Del Toro's monsters vs. robots epic "Pacific Rim." In part it's because it's the "Pan's Labyrinth" director's first film in five years. In part, it's because it has ROBOTS FIGHTING MONSTERS. And in part, it's because of the sheer confidence that everyone involves seems to be showing. Warners have already commissioned a script for a sequel, and now, Del Toro has shown that he's happy with the job that his lead in the film, Charlie Hunnam, has done: by casting him in his next movie.

Watch: First Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Mash 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2012 7:11 PM
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There's a lot of big hitters arriving in theaters next summer; "Iron Man 3," "Man Of Steel," "The Lone Ranger," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Great Gatsby," "The Wolverine," "Elysium." But if you'd asked us this morning what our most anticipated film of the warm months of 2013 was going to be, we wouldn't have even had to think before we answered "Pacific Rim." For the most part, it's because it's the first film in five years from director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"). Although that it features giant robots and giant monsters kicking the holy living shit out of each other, and that it has a very strong script to be working from are other good reasons why we're excited (and why Warner Bros have already commissioned a script for a sequel).

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