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Podcast: Cancelling The Apocalypse! The Playlist Assesses The 2013 Summer Movie Season, So Far

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • July 16, 2013 5:25 PM
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..and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth for an in depth assessment of the summer movie season so far this year. After you give it a listen, don't forget to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section, we'd love to know what's worked and what hasn't for you this year, trends you're noticing, etc. How has your summer been at the movies?

15 Comic-Con Movies And How They Performed In The Real World

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 16, 2013 3:03 PM
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15 Comic Con Films In The Real World
This weekend the rather seismic cultural force known as San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with every conceivable bell and whistle attached. Formerly just a huge comic convention, in the last seven to eight years Comic-Con has ridden the current of the geeky zeitgeist and grown in importance and magnitude. Part of this is due to the rise in popularity of superhero, fantasy and sci-fi films, with movie studios realizing it is as loud a pulpit to hock their products as they could wish for, and their presence is now a major part of draw. Blockbuster movies have overshadowed virtually all other elements of the Comic-Con trade show and studios have done this by bringing their casts along to essentially sing and dance for fans, all the while showing off tantalizing clips, teasers, posters, action figures and all the other kinds of promotional marketing ephemera that acts to building anticipation and buzz.

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.

Guillermo Del Toro Says No 'Pacific Rim' Director's Cut On DVD, But Reveals He Shot 3 Different Endings

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 9:00 AM
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It's Monday morning, and the victor between "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2" has been determined....and it's "Despicable Me 2." Yes, in the great showdown that was set to take place this weekend between Guillermo Del Toro's monsters and Adam Sandler's farts, it was the minions who wound up winning. That being said, a third place finish likely wasn't what Warner Bros. was hoping for with their $190 million movie (though it did brisk business overseas) and it'll interesting to see if this turns into the franchise everyone involved was hoping for or not. The next couple of weeks will determine that, but until then, Del Toro has teased what might appear in part two, and brace yourself for some technical nerd talk.

Box Office: 'Pacific Rim' Can't Outgun 'Despicable Me 2' & Adam Sandler’s 'Grown Ups 2'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 14, 2013 2:53 PM
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Despicable Me 2
For the past few weeks, there has been a lot of hubbub around the Internet about whether Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" could withstand Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2." Early tracking reports showed del Toro's monster movie trailing behind Sandler's comic reunion rehash. In response, critics have been up in arms, worried about the general public's questionable taste and wondering what this would mean for future of film. If "Grown Ups 2" won and "Pacific Rim" lost, the argument was that this would result in the film industry becoming even more entrenched in sure-fire franchises rather than risking money on larger-scope original concepts.

Guillermo del Toro Hasn't Seen 'The Hobbit' Yet, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu Helped Him Cut 10 Minutes Out Of 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 5:24 PM
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So Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" (our review) storms into theatres on Friday tonight, with screenings starting at 7 PM, and while critical consensus is leaning in his favour, it remains to be seen if audiences want to see robots smash monsters or watch Salma Hayek getting farted on in Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2" (yes, really). But no matter how the box officed plays out, Del Toro has many irons in the fire (he's producing and direct the pilot of "The Strain" next, with his next feature "Crimson Peak" shooting in early 2014) and in between all that he's likely busy with a dozen other things we don't even know about yet. But things might have been very different had he stuck around to direct "The Hobbit" films (he bailed when MGM was in near financial ruin and their future was in doubt) but has he been in a rush to see what Peter Jackson has done?

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.

The Films Of Guillermo del Toro: From Worst To Best

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 9, 2013 1:30 PM
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Guillermo del Toro Films
There are few cinematic fantasists as fascinating or beloved as Guillermo del Toro. This is a man whose unparalleled imagination could probably power whole city blocks, someone who dreams not in colors or smells but in entire universes and species. And in the handful of features he's directed, he's let us into these new worlds, which are almost always darkly macabre and tinged, either subtly or explicitly with elements of the supernatural.

First Reviews For 'Pacific Rim' Rise From The Depths With Mostly Positive Notices Plus New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 8:59 AM
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Maybe the only thing you need to know about Guillermo Del Toro's movie of monster mayhem is that Kanye West has declared it one of his favorite movies of all time. Certainly, the chatter around the big blockbuster movie has largely centered on its tracking, which has it on course to fall behind "Grown Ups 2" when it opens this weekend. Well, Warner Bros. has certainly been working hard to turn the tide with a marketing barrage of clips, featurettes and more but whether or not its enough remains to be seen. But they'll have on more hurdle to contend with...actual reviews...

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