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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Pacific Rim' and More

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This week: Find out what happens when humans build massive robots to combat otherworldly monsters in Guillermo del Toro's global sensation "Pacific Rim," which will try to find more kaiju fans on home video than it did in U.S. movie theaters.

Also new this week is Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the buddy cop comedy "The Heat," Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton in the sci-fi thriller "The Colony" and Elijah Wood playing against type as a serial killer in the horror remake "Maniac." Get More »

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Sequel Subtitles: Can We Just Bring Back Numbers, Please?

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When Marvel unveiled its surprise announcement at the end of its lengthy panel at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, it felt like something of an anticlimax, and not just because Tom Hiddleston had just been on stage moments earlier in fully Loki regalia (wouldn't have been more exciting if he had come out dressed as his character from "War Horse?") Joss Whedon, the balding, brilliant whiz behind the $1 billion-grossing "Avengers," trotted out on stage in what appeared to be hand-me-down sneakers, to announce the title of the "Avengers" sequel, due in theaters in 2015. The movie would be called "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Uh what?

For those who were not born with a lifetime subscription to Starlog Magazine, the puzzlement sent in almost immediately. Who (or what) is Ultron? Why is this a whole "Age?" How long is this movie supposed to be? For those of us who own a complete set of limited edition "Battlestar Galactica" commemorative plates and can name all of the different jaegers in "Pacific Rim," there were even more questions: Is this based on the recent Brian Michael Bendis-scripted comic book series (that shares the same name)? And wasn't Ultron, an evil robot overlord, developed by Hank Pym aka Ant Man, but doesn't the "Ant Man" movie come out after the movie formerly known as "Avengers 2?" Get More »

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Average Ticket Price Reaches All Time High, Americans Decide To Just Stay Home Instead

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The National Association of Theater Owners has announced that the average cost of going to the movies in North America has reach an astronomical, all-time high of $8.38 in the second quarter of this year. This is a 5.5 percent increase over the first quarter ($7.94).

The reason? An uptick in 3D movies and IMAX and other large format screens, thanks largely to the bombastic, summertime movie fare. It wasn't enough that there were giant robots and monsters in "Pacific Rim," they also needed to be a hundred stories tall and in 3D. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Hollywood Reporter

'Pacific Rim 2: Bigger, Badder and Cardboard-ier'

"Pacific Rim" ranked third at the box office last weekend, behind "Despicable Me 2" and "Not a Real Movie" "Grown Ups 2," not quite meeting expectations for a summer blockbuster. Womp, looks like audiences weren't too keen on the "War of the Worlds"/"Transformers" lovechild. Kaiju forevvver!

Despite less-than-stellar stats, the hilarious dudes over at Funny or Die think "Pacific Rim" is worthy of a sequel. A sequel with a smaller budget, that is. A way smaller budget. Try $190 instead of $190 million. This is "Pacific Rim 2," ladies and 'fellas, and it's glorious. Get More »

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Charlie Day Got His 'Pacific Rim' Gig by Murdering Rats On-Screen

Well, we thought we'd heard all the weird we were gonna from the casting couch.

As it turns out, though, director Guillermo Del Toro is sporting some sorta penchant for vicious pest control because it took Charlie Day getting his melancholy on about murdering some rats on-screen (for his TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") for him to get offered a role in the 3D actioner "Pacific Rim." Get More »

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'Despicable Me 2' Saves the World From Adam Sandler

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It was a close call, but "Despicable Me 2" barely saved the world from the haunting specter of another Adam Sandler number one, as Gru and company eked out a box office win over "Grown Ups 2" according to Film.com.

That left Guillermo del Toro's robot flick "Pacific Rim" with a bad case of sadpants, as the extremely expensive CGI fairy tale brought in $38.3 million in its debut. Decent, but not enough to beat out "Despicable Me 2's" $44.7 million or "Grown Ups 2's" $42.5 million.

For a full rundown of this weekend's box office figures, including numbers for returning hits like "The Heat," "World War Z" and "Man of Steel," head to Film.com.

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Film.com

Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'Pacific Rim' & More

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"Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters." — Guillermo del Toro

Greetings from the apocalypse! This week sees one of my most anticipated releases of the summer, "Pacific Rim," making land at the competitive blockbuster season. Whether it can survive at the box office, as the dismal tracking numbers bode ill for, is incidental, as it’s a miracle that such a bonkers movie exists at all, even in sweded form let alone $175-million-dollar form.

*SPECIAL NOTICE*
Brooklyn's Bottleneck Gallery has a new movie-themed art print show going up tonight titled "Where is My Mind," and yours truly has crafted a special tribute to one of my all-time favorite movies, Terry Gilliam's "Brazil." The exhibit runs through July 26, and prints go on sale online Saturday at noon. Check it out — there are some amazingly trippy pieces by some dynamite amigos that all film fans will go nuts for, including some other Gilliam flicks! Get More »

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10 Movies That Hate the Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its opening on May 27, 1937, and it seems like Hollywood has been doing its damndest to close the thing down ever since. The nearly two-mile-long wonder that connects California's San Francisco to Marin County has been the target of many ruthless attacks throughout movie history, from the earthquakes that might one day actually destroy the bridge to your garden variety monsters. Get More »

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'Pacific Rim' and 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers': Long-Lost Twins?

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The first thing you notice when you watch the trailer for Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" is just how pretty it looks. It's a really good-looking movie. This is the Charlize Theron of motion pictures, people. The semi-cheesy Charlie Hunnam voiceover matters not, because you can't take your eyes off the screen.

The second thing you notice when you watch the trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" is just how much it reminds you of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," the adorable/horrific early '90s children's television program. If you were born in the middle of the Ronald Reagan administration and owned a television, you've caught at least one episode of the show. It was unavoidable for a while. Get More »

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'It's Always Sunny in Pacific Rim,' Because Yes

Friday's "Pacific Rim" is, in its very nature, pretty f**king dark. Alien monsters emerge from the ocean out of nowhere and aim to destroy humanity. Not exactly a barrel of laughs.

That's why director Guillermo Del Toro was wise to cast Charlie Day, the best part of FX's long-running "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," for a bit part, if only to prevent audiences from becoming too overwhelmed with apocalyptic fervor. As in, "Oh God Oh God that dude just got eaten skyscrapers are falling little girls are crying HOLY S**T it's Charlie! (smiles)." Get More »

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