July 26, 2014 | 3:27 p.m.

Comic-Con: Legendary brings ‘Warcraft,’ ‘Crimson Peak,’ Michael Mann, King Kong

Guillermo del Toro attends the Legendary Pictures panel for "Crimson Peak" on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
The giant monsters business is turning out to be a great one for Legendary. During the company’s Comic-Con International presentation in Hall H on Saturday, “Godzilla” filmmaker Gareth Edwards confirmed that he will direct a sequel to the monster hit, courtesy of a cheeky video message, and the company also revealed that the other three iconic creatures from the Toho canon will probably make an appearance in the followup: Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah. Further, at the end of the session, Tull announced courtesy of a separate video piece that the company will bring King Kong back to the screen in a 2016 film titled “Skull Island.” In between the monster moments, Legendary touted the August horror film, “As Above, So Below,” set in the Paris catacombs, debuted the first teaser from Duncan Jones’ 2016 blockbuster game adaptation “Warcraft” (which he […]
May 22, 2014 | 10:28 p.m.

‘Star Wars': ‘Godzilla’s’ Gareth Edwards to direct standalone film

“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards will helm the first of the upcoming series of standalone films set in the “Star Wars” universe, set for release Dec. 16, 2016. Lucasfilm announced Edwards’ selection Thursday in a statement, which also revealed that Gary Witta (“The Book of Eli,” Telltale Games’ adaptation of “The Walking Dead”) will pen the script. The new film will explore territory beyond the core saga, but details for now are being kept under wraps. Edwards’ Hollywood ascendancy has been remarkable. “Godzilla,” which stomped into the multiplex to record-setting grosses this month, was only his second film — his first, 2010’s “Monsters,” he wrote and directed himself and paid for partly with his own savings. But he aspired to give the big-budget movie the same poignancy as the crowd-pleasing sci-fi cinema that initially inspired him, the late 1970s and early […]
May 09, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Godzilla': Gareth Edwards aims for awe, tears with monster reboot

Inside an editing bay on Warner Bros.’ Burbank lot, Gareth Edwards listened carefully to the sounds of war spool out from a cluster of speakers. The young director kept his eyes locked on a high-definition screen as crimson flares illuminated the night sky over Oahu, watching as explosive blasts demolished stands of trees and helicopters in mid-flight violently plummeted to Earth, threatening a battalion of soldiers tearing through the Hawaiian jungle. “I’m always trying to get a bit of ‘Apocalypse Now’ into anything I do,” said Edwards back in January, when the soft-spoken Brit was still in the throes of completing his Hollywood debut. But it wasn’t a conventional war movie Edwards was crafting; rather, it was another new take on “Godzilla.” Due in theaters Friday, Edwards’ “Godzilla” reboot might not necessarily inspire comparisons to Francis Ford Coppola’s meditative epic, […]
May 07, 2014 | 4:49 p.m.

‘Godzilla: Awakening': Graphic novel prequel charts beastly history

The cover of the graphic novel prequel "Godzilla: Awakening." (Legendary Comics)
“Godzilla” roars back into theaters May 16 with a would-be blockbuster directed by Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) that takes as its inspirational starting point Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 classic. A companion graphic novel prequel, “Godzilla: Awakening,” arrives from Legendary Comics on Wednesday, however, written by the film’s screenwriter Max Borenstein in collaboration with his cousin, Greg Borenstein. Illustrated by Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah and Lee Loughridge, and featuring cover art by Arthur Adams, the prequel centers on the younger years of the researcher Ichiro Serizawa, portrayed in the film by Ken Watanabe, and tells the story of his quest to track and make known the existence of Gojira, or Godzilla, and another creature that battled the huge dinosaur-like beast. Hero Complex caught up with Max Borenstein to talk about the 80-page book, the cultural touchstones of Godzilla and moving […]
April 19, 2014 | 4:46 p.m.

WonderCon: ‘Godzilla’ director Gareth Edwards shares monster secrets

Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody in "Godzilla." (Legendary/Warner Bros.)
Director Gareth Edwards appeared at the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures presentation at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday to unveil footage from his upcoming “Godzilla” remake, due in theaters May 16. The glimpse fans saw provoked a wild reaction. “And that’s why we make movies,” he said as the lights came up after the screening of the footage. What drove the fans into a frenzy? It wasn’t just the glimpses of Godzilla rising from the Pacific to lay waste to Honolulu, although the footage, even with incomplete visual effects, was impressive. It was the presence of a creature that, until now, has not been seen in any of the film’s marketing. In the new film, fans will get to see their Godzilla fight Mothra, or at least a giant winged creature that bears a vague resemblance to a moth. Edwards […]
April 09, 2014 | 10:24 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke covers new Hero Complex magazine

“Game of Thrones” heroine Daenerys Targaryen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. In a detailed interview, actress Emilia Clarke reveals how her approach to playing the Mother of Dragons on the hit HBO fantasy has evolved over the lifespan of the sprawling series, based on the bestselling novels of George R.R. Martin. “I’ve been growing with her, which is the exciting part,” Clarke said. “Man, she’s got more strength than I have, that’s for sure. Getting to be with her throughout this growth process is so exciting as an actor. While she’s pushing herself, I get to push myself and my acting every season.” (Click through the gallery above for a look at Season 4 of “Game of Thrones.”) The issue also features new interviews with “Godzilla” director […]
April 02, 2014 | 2:59 p.m.

‘Godzilla’ TV spots showcase King of All Monsters, massive destruction

A new TV spot for this summer’s coming monster blockbuster “Godzilla” debuted Wednesday, spotlighting epic scenes of destruction presumably caused by the King of All Monsters. The clip comes on the heels of an earlier spot released Tuesday that showcases explosive action scenes and concludes with an image of Godzilla himself. “Godzilla”  is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. In “Monsters,” Edwards turned heads with his use of sound and character emotion to build an atmosphere of suspense despite a limited budget, and if the early footage from the film is any indication, he seems to use similar tactics in “Godzilla.” The movie’s ensemble cast includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston, and last year at Comic-Con International in San […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 11:26 a.m.

‘Godzilla’ trailer teases horrific kaiju, spotlights Bryan Cranston

Godzilla trailer (featured imate)
A new trailer for “Godzilla” is out, teasing horror, destruction and, finally, a first glimpse at the King of All Monsters himself. Previously released teasers showed the kaiju’s silhouette through billows of smoke and smog, but the new footage reveals his full, enormous form. “Godzilla”  is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. In “Monsters,” Edwards turned heads with his use of sound and character emotion to build an atmosphere of suspense despite a limited budget, and if the new trailer is any indication, he seems to use similar tactics in “Godzilla.” The trailer begins with narration by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who plays Joe Brody, over a montage of destruction and chaos. “You’re not fooling anybody when you say that […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 10:57 a.m.

‘Godzilla’ trailer: King of Monsters strikes terror in first teaser

'Godzilla' (featured image)
The first full-length trailer for “Godzilla” was out Tuesday morning, revealing plenty of tension, copious destruction and an enormous, havoc-wreaking kaiju. “Godzilla”  is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. Despite the enormous scale of the remake, the trailer seems to emphasize the ordinary people who get caught in the monster’s wake. The teaser begins with a group of military troops preparing to jump from a plane and face off against Godzilla. “I realize not all of you have had hands-on experience, and frankly, none of us have ever faced a situation quite like this one before,” their commander tells them. “But I would not be asking any one of you to take this leap if I did not have complete faith […]
July 22, 2013 | 7:52 a.m.

Comic-Con: Godzilla Experience offers early look at new monster design

Images from the Godzilla Experience held in San Diego during Comic-Con.
If the Godzilla Experience offers any indication of the scope and, well, sheer size of the upcoming Legendary Pictures’ movie directed by Gareth Edwards, then the film’s feature creature may be just as impressive as Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju in “Pacific Rim.” Add in a mix of nostalgia and who knows what kind of destruction Godzilla could wreak on the box office. We lined up outside of a nondescript (except for the picture of a huge creature painted on it and symbols in Japanese) building in the Gaslamp Quarter to await our guide. During what starts out to be a tour of Godzilla memorabilia inside the building on a small set, complete with a malt shop/diner, our group was suddenly whisked from the showroom to the behind-the-scenes headquarters where it seems scientists are tracking Godzilla’s movements and all heck has broken […]
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