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Guillermo Del Toro Says He's Prepared To Do 'At The Mountains Of Madness' As PG-13 Now

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 4, 2014 10:35 AM
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Pacific Rim. Guillermo del Toro
Happy 4th! We’ll keep this brief because there’s #MURICA times to be had. You’ll recall that back in 2011, Guillermo del Toro announced that his long-gestating adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains Of Madness” had been killed by Universal. The studio was apparently in love with the project, but didn’t like the financial-recouping prospect of a $120+ million movie with an R rating, so they shuttered the project.

The Best & Worst Trends Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 3, 2014 2:33 PM
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Best & Worst Trends Of 2013
We’ve just wrapped up the highest grossing year in history with the movie industry capturing $11 billion in domestic receipts. Lost within the field of hits and flops were common re-occurrences, ideas and motifs that resurfaced consistently throughout the year to make 2013 its own beast, labeling our shared cinematic experience as a moment in time.

The Playlist Staff's Most Overrated And Underrated Films Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 24, 2013 7:03 AM
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Overrated/Underrated 2013
You have to be especially careful with the words “overrated” or “underrated.” Some people don't like the terms, thinking that they're condescending or snide, elevating your own opinions over those of the majority. And arguably they have a strong point, but the words do serve a purpose—how else is a writer meant to sum up their feelings when they're swimming against the tide? And sometimes, that tide is among your own colleagues. See, we're not a hive mind at The Playlist, though we might sometimes give that impression. Like any group of colleagues, we disagree from time to time. Scratch that, we disagree quite a lot, and it's rare for a film to hit theaters without at least one member of staff bucking the consensus, when a consensus can even be reached.

Crash! Boom! Pow! The 15 Best Action Sequences Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 23, 2013 9:05 PM
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Best Action Sequences Of 2013
It seemed as though 2013 was positively clogged up with major "event" movies, each one bigger, louder, and more expensive than the last. Every week some new gargantuan thingummy was trying to one-up the previous week's path of destruction. While many of these movies turned out to be numbing and dull, there were still a few that were actually pretty dazzling, or at the very least featured one truly outstanding sequence that caused you to drop your popcorn or spill your oversized soda in pure, unabashed delight. Almost every big movie in 2013 was marketed at 13-year-old boys; the very best of them made you actually feel like you were 13 again, if only momentarily.

Oscars: 'Gravity' Has Visual Effects Sewn Up, But What About The Other Tech Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2013 4:51 PM
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Gravity, Sandra Bullock
ast week, the Academy announced the longlist for their visual effects awards, from which five nominees will be picked. The list is made up of "Elysium," "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," "Iron Man 3," "The Lone Ranger," "Oblivion," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Thor" The Dark World" and "World War Z." Oh, and one more, which overshadows all of the others: "Gravity," which bar some immense shock is certain to take the prize. It's a solid front-runner in cinematography too bu does it have the rest of the technical awards—editing, sound design and sound mixing—sewn up in the same way?

'Pacific Rim 2' Isn't Greenlit Yet, But Guillermo Del Toro & Travis Beacham Have Started Writing It

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 16, 2013 5:32 PM
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Pacific Rim
The narrative for Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots spectacle “Pacific Rim” this summer was quite the roller coaster. Budgeted at over $200 million (not including marketing), the studio started to sweat when bad tracking reports hit a few weeks before release. Del Toro had to galvanize his base, spread the word and do everything he can to beat the awareness drum. And he did. While some were worried the movie would bomb, the story, as usual, was more complex.

Watch: 'Pacific Rim' Gag Reel Proves Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Movie Was At Least Fun To Make

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 12:30 PM
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Whether you thought Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" was the most original blockbuster of the year (until you saw "Gravity") or a hodgepodge of the director's genre faves that didn't really step outside the clichés of the summer spectacle, there is no doubt that it was a massive undertaking. And while a highly technical, VFX driven movie can sometimes make for a set that is serious and focused on getting it right, especially with the large amounts of studio money on the line, most sets aren't run by del Toro.

Good Summer/Bad Summer: Who Were The Victors & The Victims Of The Blockbuster Box Office This Year?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 1:27 PM
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Summer 2013 Blockbusters: Hits & Misses
While we're only a few weeks into August, summer blockbuster season is pretty much winding down for the year. Last weekend brought "Elysium," the last major tentpole for the moment (albeit an underperforming one), and the rest of August is mostly made up of lo-fi programmers and would-be-franchises that, if their studios had any confidence in them, would be coming out at a different time. So it seems like a good time as any to take a look at the summer box office over the last few months, and discuss who had a good May-August in 2013, and who really didn't.

Guillermo Del Toro Initially Wanted Charlie Day To Be The Villain In 'Pacific Rim 2'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 6, 2013 10:20 AM
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Unless you're The Asylum with “Atlantic Rim,” the task of realizing monsters battling aliens is an enormously pricy one, and with Guillermo Del Toro's $190 million effort “Pacific Rim” gathering only close to $90 million domestic thus far, it may not be one worth pursuing again for Warner Bros. But as we saw last week, overseas audiences turned out in droves to see the flick, reigniting talks of a possible sequel once more, and now a small tidbit from actor Charlie Day has hinted as to its possible direction.

Box Office Results In China Keep Hope Alive For 'Pacific Rim' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 8:25 PM
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Coming on three weeks in release, Guillermo Del Toro's big, and very expensive ($190 million) monster/robot movie spectacular "Pacific Rim" has pulled in a rather average $86 million. For a blockbuster like this, right in the heart of the summer movie season, that's the kind of number you aim for on opening weekend. Needless to say, much has been written about the successful or failure of the film, all the while the prospect of a sequel — with reports of development first arriving last year —looms in the background. But it looks like China could be a deciding factor as to whether or not Warner Bros. gets the gang back together.

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