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Zhang Yimou to Helm Legendary's 'Great Wall' Chinese Co-Production

Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou has another new project lined up: "Great Wall," a fantasy about the obscure reasons behind why China's most iconic piece of architecture was constructed.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:45 PM
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WATCH: Gareth Edwards Talks Stunning 'Godzilla' Sequence for NYT Anatomy of a Scene

Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla," which roared mightily with $93 million at the box office this past weekend, is one of the more visually spectacular tentpoles in recent memory. But what may be the most showstopping sequence of the film has less to do with giant lizards and Mutos than it does with humans. Edwards apparently thinks so too -- he picked the "halo jump" sequence (where star Aaron Taylor-Johnson freefalls out of an airplane with his fellow soldiers) as the one to discuss for the NYT's Anatomy of a Scene video featurette.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 20, 2014 2:06 PM
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Director Gareth Edwards Returns to the Nuclear DNA of 'Godzilla'

Director Gareth Edwards ("Monsters") has admirably returned to the Toho roots of "Godzilla" 60 years on and made the Kaiju myth as relevant as ever, even adding a humanistic twist. Drawing on the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster as inspiration (what if it wasn't a natural disaster?), and utilizing the best that CG animation has to offer, Edwards delivers the thrilling monster goods along with a sense of melancholy.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 16, 2014 2:10 PM
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'Godzilla': A Brief History of the Original Gangsta Lizard

Much like Madonna, Matthew McConaughey and Miley Cyrus, Godzilla illustrates a time-honored showbiz dictum: The best way to sustain your superstardom is to repeatedly reinvent yourself.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • May 15, 2014 11:00 AM
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First Reviews Land for 'Godzilla,' Gareth Edwards' Noisy, Fascinating Blend of Art and Commerce (TRAILER)

Early reviews are in for Gareth Edwards' monster reboot "Godzilla," which premiered in UK over the weekend and slams into US theaters on Friday, May 16.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 12, 2014 11:15 AM
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Director Gareth Edwards Talks 'Godzilla,' a Monster Movie for Our Times

After "Godzilla" was appropriately unveiled to journos on Thursday in IMAX 3D at the TCL Chinese, director Gareth Edwards and producer Thomas Tull did a brief Q&A about paying homage to the '54 Toho classic while offering relevant social commentary for our times.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 2, 2014 11:12 AM
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WATCH: Terrifying International 'Godzilla' Trailer

"Don't fool with Mother Nature" is the terrifying theme of Warner Bros./Legendary's new Godzilla epic. Watch the new international trailer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2014 6:38 PM
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