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Manage Your 'Hellboy 3' Expectations: Legendary's Thomas Tull Says Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 1, 2013 5:25 PM
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Hellboy
Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy" movies may be beloved by the geek crowd but financially, they're not quite blockbuster worthy. The first film didn't break $60 million domestically and "Hellboy 2" couldn't break $80 million at home. Collectively, the two films have only grossed $259 million globally and that's off $151 million total budgets which doesn't include promotion and advertising stateside and around the world. You do the math. But today there was some brief hope. Del Toro, doing the "Pacific Rim" press rounds out of San Francisco, told ShockTilYouDrop that "Hellboy 3" could find a home at Legendary Pictures, the production company that bankrolled his lastest monster movie.

'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).

Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Pacific Rim' Doing Fine With More Marketing To Come So Here's A TV Spot & 2 Clips

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 28, 2013 8:59 AM
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With only two weeks to go till the July 12th release date of “Pacific Rim,” fans have begun to speculate just how well the big monster brawler will do at the box office. As recent reports have revealed, tracking has suggested that “Pacific Rim” may succumb to the Adam Sandler sequel “Grown Ups 2,” which opens the same weekend. It’s certainly dire news for fans of kaijus and robots, but Guillermo Del Toro isn’t taking the speculation sitting down.

Discuss: Is 'Grown Ups 2' Tracking Better 'Pacific Rim' Why We Can't Have Nice Things?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2013 2:55 PM
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The common rallying cry around the movies -- that tends to get louder on weekends when box office takes dip -- is that audiences want more originality and less sequels. They want something new and fresh, instead of another reboot, remake, sequel or spinoff. They want a new dish instead of last year's leftovers, but is that really the case? In 2013, the top 5 grossing movies of the year so far are a sequel ("Iron Man 3"), spinoff ("Oz The Great And Powerful"), sequel ("Fast & Furious 6"), sequel ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and reboot ("Man Of Steel"). And the top 10 is rounded out by two more sequels ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "The Hangover Part III"). And if early numbers and trends are anything to go by, one of the big original tentpoles of the summer could be in trouble.

Listen: Tom Morello's Song For 'Pacific Rim' Plus 2-Minute TV Spot & Monster Load Of New Images

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 25, 2013 10:33 AM
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We’re a couple of weeks away from the release of "Pacific Rim" and the marketing blitz, as always, has gone into overdrive. Not based on any preexisting property and a cast devoid of household names, the Guillermo del Toro-helmed tentpole is an expensive gamble that Warner Bros. is hoping pays off. And right now, the signs aren't good with Variety reporting that tracking right now is "disappointing," and indicating that "Grown Ups 2" will beat it on opening weekend. Ouch. So, a new extended TV spot and a batch of new images have dropped online to try and get you into the theater.

Robots Smash Monsters In 2 New Images & TV Spot For ‘Pacific Rim’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2013 11:56 AM
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"There was something weird about me from the beginning. I don't know exactly when I started loving monsters so much, but it was definitely early. When I was 4 or 5 years old, I would ask my mother, 'Can I sleep in the coffin tonight?' and I would lie down in a drawer or I would sleep in a toy box,” Guillermo Del Toro recently shared with Empire. “There's even a recording of me, aged three or four, asking for a mandrake root, for Christmas, to use in magic rituals." So yeah, needless to say, GDT has been dreaming of monsters his whole life. And "Pacific Rim" is certainly the biggest effort of his career, and a few more sneak peeks have arrived for the movie.

Watch: First TV Spot For 'Pacific Rim' Rumbles Online While Guillermo Del Toro Talks Sequel Possibilities

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 20, 2013 4:55 PM
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Pacific Rim
As the summer movie season chugs along with its endless procession of superhero movies, bawdy comedies and animated extravaganzas, "Pacific Rim," a brand new sci-fi property from director Guillermo del Toro, increasingly looks like it will be one of the bright spots on the schedule – it's a go-for-broke epic about giant monsters that crawl out of the Pacific Ocean and the human-piloted giant robots that are called upon to fight them. (You know, the kind of story we can all relate to.) Well, today we've got a brand new TV spot for the monster mash, along with del Toro spilling details about what we can expect from the sequel, if this one turns out to be a graveyard smash.

Watch: 'Pacific Rim' Goes Big And Finally Delivers With Killer New Trailer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 1:27 PM
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In a summer with a fair few dicey bets, "Pacific Rim" might be one of the riskier ones. While the "Transformers' comparisons are easy, this is an original concept, with some heady sci-fi ideas at work, and a distinct lack of big names (the film's led by "Sons of Anarchy" lead Charlie Hunnam, "Babel"'s Rinko Kikuchi and "Horrible Bosses"' "Charlie Day, leaving Idris Elba arguably the most familiar face involved. And while he's beloved by the geek crowd, director Guillermo Del Toro has never been a big commercial name.

Style Or Substance? 20 Visually Stunning Movies That Go For Broke

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 8, 2013 1:51 PM
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20 Visually Dazzling Movies
No matter what you think of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," opening this week in ultra-luxurious 3D, one thing's for sure – it looks pretty spectacular. Filled with lovingly crafted costumes, opulent sets, and computer generated imagery that makes ragtime New York seem like a quasi-futuristic metropolis, it is drunk on its own excess. It feels like the movie Luhrmann has been angling towards for a while and has finally achieved (thanks in part to the added dimensionality of 3D), for better or worse. It's a giant, gilded, vulgar monstrosity that overwhelms more often than it entertains. And it got us thinking about other movies whose similarly excessive styles have either been an asset or a detriment. So put on your 3D glasses, your best pink pinstripe suit, and grab a glass of bootleg liquor, for our list of 20 visually dazzling movies.

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.

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