‘Rogue One’ Doing Reshoots? Everybody Calm Down!

rogue-oneThe next entry in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, represents Disney taking a big chance with the first-ever stand-alone movie, meaning it is not connected to the Skywalker family in any way, so it’s not surprising that the studio is nervous about tampering success in the wake of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. But absolute panic has swept fandom since the announcement that Rogue One will be doing reshoots this summer.

Calm down, people! Reshoots are perfectly normal — even expected in modern filmmaking. Sure, there used to be a time when doing reshoots meant a movie was in trouble and the studio was desperate to fix it, but that is no longer the case.
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Japan’s New Godzilla Movie Looks Intense!

Godzilla-Resurgence-faceThe original home of Godzilla, Japan’s Toho Studios, is getting back into the kaiju game by releasing its own comeback vehicle for the King of Monsters, Godzilla Resurgence.

Check out the international trailer (which features only music — no dialogue, dubbed or otherwise) here!

This will be Toho’s first Godzilla movie in over a decade — the studio licensed the creature to Legendary for 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards — and it certainly looks like a return to the spirit of the 1954 original, in which Gojira was a rampaging force of nature that had to be destroyed.
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Disney Loops in Rian Johnson for ‘Star Wars’ Sequels

rianjohnsonCelebrated indie director Rian Johnson – known for his time-travel action film Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as well as Brick – has been chosen by Disney to direct the next two Star Wars sequels, Episode XIII and IX. He will also script XIII and write at least a treatment for Episode IX if not the actual screenplay.

This move reinforces the trend of choosing bright young directors on the rise to rebuild Lucasfilm’s franchise, such as the previously announced Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four), who will oversee so far unspecified spin-off movies.

How They Made Godzilla Roar (Again)

I simply cannot get enough of Godzilla’s roar. The classic movie monster sound effect is probably one of the most iconic sounds in the world.

Here, the makers of the new version of Godzilla explain a little of what they went through to give a voice to the new guy. BONUS: Star Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD) shows us his impression of the big guy’s roar!

Godzilla opens May 16.

The Voice: Godzilla’s Onscreen Roars, 1954-2014

In honor of today’s release of a second international trailer for Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, all of the King of the Kaiju’s roars, as heard throughout his cinematic career, have been spliced into one supercut vid, thanks to the work of YouTube member Ortboys:

Bonus: all that great, nostalgia-laced classic Godzilla footage. Ah, where have you gone, Destroy All Monsters?

Japanese Trailer for ‘Godzilla’ Will Scorch Your Brain!

Could this new international trailer for Gareth EdwardsGodzilla be any more awesome?

The answer is no. No, it could not.

With an amazing cast led by Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, I’m hoping the story is as fantastic as the visuals.

Hang in there, folks — May 16 is less than a month away…

New Trailer! Go, Go, Godzilla!

It’s here! The first official full trailer for Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, which will be released on May 16. 

Watch it, now! Do not wait; do not pass GO; do not collect $200 — just watch this amazing, majestic, awe-inducing trailer!

It’s nice (but weird) to see Bryan Cranston in something other than BREAKING BAD, isn’t it? Too bad there’s only a one-second flash of Elizabeth Olsen, but Aaron (Kick-Ass) Taylor-Johnson gets a good line in. And once again we hear the King of Monsters’ rumbling roar, just as released yesterday.

Godzilla’s Got a Brand-New Roar

Hopefully you’re aware that a new version of Godzilla is being made by director Gareth Edwards (starring Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson). It opens May 16, and a very low-key advertising campaign has been gradually ramping up.

The newest bit of promo material is a bit of a surprise to me: The studio has released an audio recording of Godzilla’s roar! Just as his look has been redesigned, so has his signature roar. Have a listen to this 12-second clip, but keep in mind that the first 10 seconds is Godzilla getting angry before unleashing his new roar:


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What Will Godzilla Look Like?

godzilla2014Very little about the forthcoming Godzilla movie will be as important as the look of the title character. The ridiculous, steroid-addled iguana that appeared in Roland Emmerich’s disastrous 1998 version made a lousy movie a laughable embarrassment.

The problem is that the original 1954 Japanese design — which has undergone a number of revisions of its own — is so iconic that it is hard to imagine anything else being called “Godzilla.” So the new design has got to be something cool on it own, that fans can accept.

Director Gareth Edwards recently explained how he approached the problem of updating the big guy’s look for his 2014 movie:

“Imagine in 1954, that this creature really existed and someone saw him from Toho, the Japanese studio, and went running back to the studio and said, ‘I’ve seen this creature and it kind of looked like this.’ And they tried to draw it and they tried to make a suit and they did a very good job of it but then, when you saw the real creature, you go ‘Okay, I totally understand how you got that suit from that creature but now I see the real thing. Oh my God, I totally believe that it’s completely real.’ And that’s how we approached it. We went through hundreds of designs, and never stopped playing, really, until the last minute, and got to the point where it was like, ‘Is there anything else that we want to change about this design’? And I was like, personally no, I’m very happy with it. And Toho was very much a part of the approval process. So it’s a Toho-approved design as well.”

Roberts’ reimagining of the gargantuan atomic lizard is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 16, 2014.