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Review: Godzilla’ Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston & Elizabeth Olsen

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 11, 2014 8:31 AM
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Godzilla
Popular culture has obviously changed dramatically since 1954 when Toho Studios released Ishirō Honda’s inaugural kaiju movie, “Godzilla.” Originally a horror/science-fiction movie, “Godzilla” and the subsequent Toho Studio movies (all 28 of them), were never really big on character. Various scientists were always tasked with stopping the gigantic monster—or assisting him when he veered toward hero, facing off against rival “evil” monsters—but the draw was always the visual spectacle of Godzilla destroying and battling his way through each movie.

Watch: Hunt For 'Godzilla' With 5 New Clips From The Monster Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2014 11:33 AM
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Godzilla
Do you hear that in the distance? Do sense something uneasy in the air? Can you feel the ground moving beneath your feet? That's Warner Bros. "Godzilla" making a steady path to theatres in two weeks time, and the anticipation is building, with five new clips from the movie arriving to raise the hair on the back of your neck.

Watch: Fantastic, Hair-Raising New Trailer For 'Godzilla'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2014 4:30 PM
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Godzilla
Sorry, "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," "Guardians Of The Galaxy," "Edge Of Tomorrow," "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and whatever other summer blockbuster is coming around the corner—in terms of crafting genuine excitement, "Godzilla" has you beat. And you don't need to look any further than this new trailer for Gareth Edwards' blockbuster debut.

Watch: New Full-Length 'Godzilla' Trailer Rises Out Of The Ocean

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2014 1:00 PM
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Godzilla
"The great thing with a project like 'Godzilla' is that when you’re doing a movie like this that involves a monster that’s so beloved, you suddenly get access to the greatest visual artists out there working today. So I was very lucky in terms of that," director Gareth Edwards told Bloody Disgusting last summer. "...in terms of designing 'Godzilla,' we spent about an entire year just working on that aspect alone. You never quite feel like you have enough time but I wouldn’t change a single thing with the design. I’m so incredibly happy with it."

Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe Join Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 7:59 PM
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The McConaissance continues! But perhaps we should stop being surprised at the choices Matthew McConaughey is making and just accept that he's no longer the shirtless himbo you thought he was. Now focused on interesting work with top tier talent, even when the actor has gone for a blockbuster, it's been with Christopher Nolan on his forthcoming "Interstellar." But his next move once again finds McConaughey choosing something small and potentially great.

Venice Review: Japanese Remake Of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' Starring Ken Watanabe

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2013 7:23 PM
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Lord knows that, over the years, Hollywood has plundered its fair share of Japanese cinema. From the appropriation of "Godzilla," "Seven Samurai" turning into "The Magnificent Seven," to the long run of J-horror re-dos, to—only last week—the announcement of a DreamWorks version of Cannes film "Like Father Like Son," there aren't many major and successful Japanese movies that haven't been at least developed as a remake. So it only seems fair that the favor should be returned at some point, and what could be a better way of doing so than by remaking one of the greatest films by Clint Eastwood, whose own star was launched when "Yojimbo" was remade as "A Fistful Of Dollars."

TIFF: 3 Clips From 'Unforgiven' Starring Ken Watanabe Ride Into Town

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 10:04 AM
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“Very impressive. I am beyond contented. I feel the beginning of a new era for Japanese cinema,” original "Unforgiven" director Clint Eastwood said in a statement to Ken Watanabe about the upcoming Japanese-language remake of his western classic. Undoubtedly, he's happy with what filmmaker Lee Sang-il has put together, but will fans of Eastwood's flick agree? We'll soon find out.

Watch: New Trailer For Japanese Remake Of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' Starring Ken Watanabe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 12:03 PM
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For every rule, there is an exception, and while we generally approach remakes with severe caution, in this case, we have to admit that we're pretty curious. Granted, topping Clint Eastwood's excellent 1992 western “Unforgiven”—winner of four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director—is not really going to happen, but presenting a fresh spin on the story, with a new setting and few different flavors? Sure, we'd be up for that, particularly if it's going to star Ken Watanabe.

John C. Reilly Confirmed For Role In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' Joe Cornish Reportedly Shortlisted For 'Star Trek 3' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 28, 2013 10:22 AM
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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is over a year away from its planned release date and filming is set to get underway very soon. So far, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond and Lee Pace are all planned to appear in the Marvel film, but it’s this latest piece of casting information that has really perked our interest. Marvel has apparently made an offer for John C. Reilly to play the part of Rhomann Dey, a character that has been described as being the Agent Coulson of the 'Guardians' world. His character would be serving as the “go-between,” keeping the Guardians in line while reporting their activities back to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Ken Watanabe Joins 'Godzilla' As Production Starts, Juliette Binoche Confirmed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 2:29 PM
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...and just like that, Warner Bros. has announced that production has started today on "Godzilla," with the studio, filmmakers and everyone else keeping a tight lock and seal over details or anything else concerning the production. But the press release did offer up a couple more eyebrow raising bits of casting for a monster movie that seems to be following the "Pacific Rim" playbook to a certain degree.

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