‘Pacific Rim’ Battles Into Theatres This Weekend!

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This is shaping up to be another big weekend as Guillermo Del Toro‘s robots versus monsters epic finally drops into theaters.  The film centers around the battle between humanity and Kaiju, literally the Japanese word for monsters, in the year 2020.  Humanity has created the Jaegers, giant mechanized robots controlled by two pilots whose minds are connected by a neural bridge, to defeat the Kaiju.

Pacific Rim‘ is interesting because it has no huge stars attached and is an original in a summer of reboots and sequels.  The film does star Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rob Krazinsky, and Del Toro mainstay Ron Perlman. Despite a lack of bankable, A-list stars the film’s budget is around $175 million because of all the CGI (computer generated imagery) and the grand scale of the film.

This is Del Toro’s first turn at directing since 2008’s ‘Hellboy II‘ and has fueled speculation that his delayed film/passion project based on H.P. Lovecraft‘s  classic horror story ‘At the Mountains of Madness‘ may be a go after all.

Here is a featurette that shows how Del Toro’s team developed the monsters in the film:

‘Pacific Rim’ hits theaters July 12 and here’s a trailer to wet your appetities!

Helen Mirren & Manish Dayal Set for Dreamworks ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’

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Oscar-winner Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal of ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth‘ have signed on to culinary rival flick ‘The Hundred Foot Journey‘.  The film is based on Richard Morais’ best-selling debut novel and has heavy-hitters Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake producing.  Dreamworks’ partner Reliance Film will also be involved by distributing the film in India.

The film centers around the battles between a three-Michelin star rated restaurant, owned by Mirren, with an Indian restaurant, owned by Dayal, in a little town in the south of France called Lumiere.  Mirren will play the extremely talented but unpleasant French chef Madame Malory whom Dayal’s Hassan Haji pits his wits and natural born cooking talent against.  Who’ll come out on top?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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The movie is slated for an August 8, 2014 release date.

‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘Despicable Me 2’ Heat Up Hot July 4th Weekend!

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Summer just keeps getting hotter with Johnny Depp‘s latest film ‘The Lone Ranger‘ set for release on July 3rd!  Gore Verbinski, who directed Johnny in ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean‘ franchise, teams up with Johnny again along with Armie Hammer as the Ranger himself. Although some critics have been rather harsh on the film, it remains to be seen if this will scare away summer audiences looking for a bit of old Western escapism this weekend.

The action packed adventure should be perfect for those looking for a dose of summer fun.

Here’s a trailer to wet your appetite:

 

And for the kids we have ‘Despicable Me 2‘ which stars Steve Carell as evil-genius-turned-good-guy Gru, his cute adopted children, and his loveable yellow henchmen as well.  Kristen Wiig jumps on board this sequel as a special agent who enlists Gru’s help in tackling a new super-villain. The first movie was a fantastic bit of animation with some laughs and heart, let’s hope the follow up is just as good!

Here’s a trailer for ‘Despicable Me 2‘:

 

Have a great Holiday weekend folks!

Katy Perry On the Cover of Vogue for the First Time

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Congrats to Katy Perry for landing her FIRST Vogue cover. Posing in a floral, off the shoulder Rodarte dress with a nature inspired background, Katy looks like a blooming rose in the July issue of Vogue magazine. We love the pop stars porcelain skin, simple eye makeup, paired with rich red lips and wavy black hair, and of course–that seductive stare.

We’re sure this won’t be the last time Katy graces the cover of Vogue.

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