Fanboy fave Guillermo del Toro embarks on his biggest project to date, the filmed-in-Toronto aliens and robots epic Pacific Rim that finds creatures from beyond visiting Earth not from the stars but from below, forcing humans to get creative to battle the intruders.
In del Toro's script, co-written by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), that means massive robots piloted by humans are used as the first line of defence in the action film starring two Brits famous for their TV work, Idris Elba ("The Wire") and Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy," "Freaks and Geeks") with Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Brothers Bloom) rounding out the cast.
So besides explosions, this love letter to kaiju films like Godzilla features futuristic monsters fighting man-made ones where the connection between humans and machines becomes ever closer as this new technology soon becomes the best hope at saving humanity. Or as Elba puts it, "Today we are cancelling the apocalypse!"
And with a creative force like del Toro at the helm, who can forget Pan's Labyrinth, you can expect some truly fanciful images in this summer actioner.
Check out the full-length trailer after the jump.
The story behind how Truman Capote's unpublished novel "Summer Crossing" saw the light of day is in and of itself the stuff of movie scripts but actress Scarlett Johansson is interested in Capote's prose and the adaptation of his work will mark her directorial debut.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johansson will be making a feature-length film from the story that follows a 17-year-old Protestant debutante who opts out of a Parisian sojourn with her parents to pursue a romance with a Jewish parking attendance in a heat wave during the summer of 1945.
Though Capote would never see the final product, he died in 1984, "Summer Crossing" was published in 2005 and struck a chord with the Avengers star.
While it's clear that Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!) and Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd) have the pipes to carry a movie musical and writer-director Rob Marshall knows his way around the whole song-and-dance world (Nine, Chicago), Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal, though gifted in the looks department, have yet to prove they can carry a tune.
That looks to change with the news that the two are eyeing roles in Marshall's upcoming Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, where they'd play a pair of pompous princes looking to woo Cinderella and Rapunzel. So, yes this is another fairy tale movie where Streep will play the Witch (juicy!) and Depp the Wolf (yawn) while Tony-winning Brit James Corden has the lead role of Baker.
Whether you know him best as Harold, BFFs with fellow pot enthusiast Kumar for three movies, or he served as your introduction to the term MILF, with his upcoming return to the final frontier, John Cho again gets to play dependable helmsman Hikaru Sulu and this time he even gets to sit in the captain's chair. But don't worry; it still very much belongs to Chris Pine's Captain Kirk.
The boyish-looking Cho, 41, recently stopped in Toronto to chat about J.J. Abrams' sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, watching Benedict Cumberbatch turn into a villain and what it was like sitting in the iconic captain's chair. Apparently it could use more cushioning.
Watch the interview after the jump before Star Trek Into Darkness beam into theatres May 16.
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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are astronauts doing some work and admiring the view while floating above Earth when things are thrown into a cataclysmic tailspin. After something crashes into their shuttle, the pair are left grappling for something to grab onto in the thrilling first trailer for Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the visionary man behind Great Expectations, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men.
Written by Alfonso and his brother Jonas Cuaron, Gravity's premise is deceptively simple - two people stranded in space - but given the utter and absolute vastness of outer space and the potential for the actors to really sink their teeth into roles that require adept back-and-forth and intensely relying on their imaginations, this is a sci-fi premise with plenty of potential to wow.
Check out the teaser trailer for Gravity, opening October 4, after the jump.
Jeff Nichols has found success with imposing figure Michael Shannon, casting the lanky, bug-eyed actor to great effect as the lead in two of the tree films he's written and directed (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter) and knowing he's got a good thing in the fruitful partnership, has decided to team up with the Oscar nominee for his first studio picture, a sci-fi flick being produced by Warner Bros.
According to Deadline, Nichols is making the leap to the big leagues after his reign as indie king and considering the critical praise Mud, in limited North American release May 17, has been met with - a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes - we'd say there's definitely an audience for his particular brand of storytelling.
Tom Hanks is a man in uniform for the titular role of real-life survivor Captain Richard Phillips who was held hostage for three days in 2009 during the Maersk Alabama hijacking where his ship was besieged by Somali pirates and we've got the EXCLUSIVE first trailer of Captain Phillips.
Along for the tense ride is Catherine Keener as his wife Andrea Phillips and at the helm, Paul Greengrass whose previous efforts, high-paced actioners The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, United 93, hint at a style and skill set that's well-suited to tell this tale of survival during the first American cargo ship hijacking in 200 years.
And we know what happened the last time Hanks had a role that brought him to the high seas - an Oscar nomination for Cast Away in 2000 - and from the footage here it seems that Captain Phillips should be a powerful biopic with plenty of heart.
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