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Friday, February 28, 2014

Godzilla 2014: BBC Talks To Gareth Edwards During London Screening

From BBC

British director Gareth Edwards has given a sneak preview of footage from his forthcoming blockbuster Godzilla.

At a screening in London, Edwards described the three years he has spent on the film as "the hardest, most intense, most exhausting".

In 2011, the visual effects specialist won best director at the British Independent Film Awards for his debut feature film Monsters.

The film, edited in his London home, cost around £500,000 ($800,000).

In May, the 38-year-old will unveil the full version of Hollywood's latest take on the sci-fi classic Godzilla, filmed in Canada and Hawaii, on a supersize budget of $150m (£89m).

But he said there was a "simple answer" to tackling such a leap in budget.

"Imagine you wrote a list of all the pros and cons of making a low-budget movie, then when you make a high budget movie - just swap them over.

"Everything that is easy to do when there is just three of you, is really hard when there are 400 of you - and everything that is really hard to do when you have a budget of £10 is really easy when you have millions."

"The real difficulty," he continued. "Which is the hardest thing about making movies, full stop - is to try and tell a gripping story that you really care about. Whether you have 10p or £200m, it is just as hard - so that's what we focused on."

The film stars Kick-Ass actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.

"As you are working on the screenplay, you can't help but picture the actors you would like to have in the roles," Edwards told reporters.

"You shouldn't do it, because you usually can't get them - but we had this little wish-list, and we sent out the screenplay and crossed our fingers - and every single one of them went for it. Thank God, or rather, Godzilla.

Despite their movie star credentials, Edwards diplomatically insisted none of his A-list cast acted like primadonnas.

"We did actually check them out beforehand - I was like 'life is too short, can we find out if any of these people are a nightmare?' - but they were all fantastic.

"Thank God I hadn't seen a billion episodes of Breaking Bad like everyone else, otherwise I would have been too intimated to walk to work with Bryan. I had seen him in a few, but the real reason I wanted Bryan was because of Malcolm in the Middle - and an episode of Airwolf from 1986."

Edwards' new take on the Japanese monster tale is the first big budget version since the critically panned 1998 version, directed by Roland Emmerich.

The filmmaker said that heaped even more pressure on him.

"It's amazing how many people out there are closet Godzilla fans. I thought there were probably about 100 Godzilla fans, including me but every single day during shooting - in a quiet moment - people would lean over and say: 'I love Godzilla, don't cock it up!'. I've had that conversation on loop for the past year."

"Everybody involved was so keen not to squander this chance."


Referring to the incarnation of Godzilla in cartoon form, Edwards joked: "It's a standard go-to joke among my friends that I am working on Godzooky."

Instead he has cited the 1954 original as his key inspiration.

"I realised how good that movie was. How it was a metaphor for Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and how it's actually a very serious take on a monster movie."

"It took us a good year to land on a story that felt right to everybody. And what is very much at the heart of our movie - as with the original - is man versus nature. And that if you mess with nature, you're going to lose."

Edwards said he believed "all good science-fiction is either metaphorical or an analogy for something else".

"You are looking for the bigger truth," he explained. "As the human race, we do abuse our position a lot and never really face the consequences - but now and again we do.

"There is never going to be a giant monster coming out of the ocean and smashing up a city but the physical consequences of stuff you see in this film does happen: we do have tsunamis, we have had meltdowns at nuclear power plants...."

The film follows one family searching for answers in the aftermath of a private tragedy. And then the monster - and all hell - breaks lose.

Edwards said he was "very lucky" to land the Godzilla gig, but admitted to often feeling outclassed by his colleagues who include cameramen and producers who have worked with the likes of Terrence Malick, Steven Spielberg and Akira Kurosawa.

"I was thinking I don't belong here - these are legends of cinema, what am I doing? I'm from Nuneaton!"

Sony Godzilla Releases Rumored To Be Coming To Blu-ray May 6th

From The Good, The Bad, And Godzilla

Rumor has it — repeat — rumor has it that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be issuing four double-feature discs of their Heisei and Millennium Godzilla titles on May 6th to capitalize on the frenzy created by the release of the upcoming Gareth Edwards re-imagining of the original creature feature opening on May 16th. Each double-feature package will contain two discs, Blu-ray and UltraViolet Digital Copies, and will retail for $19.95. According to as of yet unverified sources, these are the titles dropping:


Conspicuously missing are GODZILLA 2000 (1999), GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (2001), and GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (2002). It's unknown at this time if these will follow, or if there is any validity to this rumor — I'm checking on sources, but it's the middle of the night... But until then, in the words of the immortal Henry Silva, "Bullshit or Not? YOU decide!"

Update: This is now apparently official, although they are listed on Amazon as DVD releases not Blu-ray at the moment and are listed for May 6th release date.

Some Kaiju Listings In Diamond's Previews

Full Color Reference Guide to Japanese
Science Fiction Film Posters and Lobby Cards.
The Art of Japanese Monsters features more than 650 Japanese science fiction film posters and lobby cards.
Sean Linkenback, author of the highly-regarded Unauthorized Guide to Godzilla Collectibles, has announced his new hardcover The Art of Japanese Monsters: Godzilla, Gamera and Science Fiction Film Art From Around the World. A complete reference guide to Japanese science fiction film posters from 1954 to present, the book will contain artwork from over 60 different films, including the Godzilla, Gamera, and Mothra series; RODAN, GAPPA, the Majin films, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, THE H-MAN, and many more. Over 650 posters and lobby cards from 20 different countries will be featured in full color.

“Basically this is taking the poster section from [Unauthorized Guide to Godzilla Collectibles] and blowing it up to 230 pages while including all the monsters and films that people kept asking about before,” Linkenback explained. “A majority of the images are sourced from my personal collection which I have been assembling over the past 30 years, and have been augmented by a few select pieces from collector friends worldwide. The result is that there are tons of images that have never been printed in ANY book before (English or Japanese) from all over the world including many country of origin rarities.”

The Art of Japanese Monsters will be available through Diamond Comic Distributors and select bookstores on May 13th, and pre-orders will start shipping May 1st. Signed copies will also be available through the Kaiju Posters Database Facebook page. The print run will be limited to 1,000 copies.

Godzilla 2014 Trailer Breakdown With Director Gareth Edwards

20 Minutes Of Godzilla Preview By Gareth Edwards In Germany

From MoviePilot

"Why Hamburg?", You want to probably know. This was not about a pure marketing idea, but was at the request of the director himself there instead. Gareth Edwards' debut Monsters celebrated in 2010 at the Fantasy Filmfest in Hamburg its premiere, which is why he chose for nostalgic reasons, the Hanseatic city to a world exclusive there a selected audience about 20 minutes from his version of Godzilla to show up. And we were there!

Before the first two scenes of Godzilla remakes were shown, said a visibly nervous, small and very likeable Briton front of the screen to us. Gareth Edwards told us, as well as in the subsequent scenes where we find ourselves in the story of the film and why the Featured happened. With the repeated emphasis that these scenes were previously shown anybody yet and we really should ignore one or the other not finished part, such as raw CGI effects or the non-final soundtrack ...

Possible Spoilers

But now close to the scenes: We are in a nuclear power plant in Tokyo, where apparently something goes wrong. The senior nuclear physicist Joe Brody ( Bryan Cranston though) can prevent the worst, but it has to plug a huge personal low blow. 15 years later we find ourselves in this power plant again. This time is Daisuke Serizawa ( Ken Watanabe ), the senior physicist and Brody is instead in an interrogation room where he accused all employees of the power plant, and especially the government of wanting to cover something up. Because the reason for the former incident was not an earthquake, but something much worse and man created thing and it comes back. He also wanted his son, Ford Brody ( Aaron Taylor-Johnson ) have again. In these short scenes, especially Cranston was able to convince emotionally.

For the rest of the article please head over to MoviePilot here, thanks.

X-Plus Gamera Vs. Viras 1968 Set

Godzilla Snickers Commercial

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BBC Documentary On Godzilla

This was put on YouTube last year but still cool, well except for the opening "effects".

Empire Godzilla 2014 Magazine Scans

Here is the article from Empire magazine and it is an excellent one at that, the scans came from TohoKingdom via Skreeonk! enjoy!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Empire Godzilla Magazine Available In Mega Size

From there website - "What's more, much more, to celebrate both our glorious 25th Anniversary year and the sheer blockbusting scale of Godzilla we have created a super-sized MEGAZINE edition of Empire.
Available at WHSmiths across the country (including Travel stores at rail stations, airports and the like), as well as the biggest 50 HMV stores in the UK."


Awesome Godzilla 2014 Art By Matt Frank

Meet Gareth Edwards, Director of GODZILLA!

Forbidden Planet in association with Empire Magazine are delighted to welcome Godzilla director GARETH EDWARDS, signing copies of Empire to celebrate the magazine’s exclusive cover reveal of Godzilla, on Friday 28th February at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore from 6-7pm.

The Reality Of Godzilla: Declassified Video Of The Bombing To Kill Godzilla

Here is a video declassified talking about the Operation: Castle nuclear tests which happened in 1954 to destroy Godzilla. Watch and learn the truth. (Courtesy of Everything Kaiju)

Empire Newsstand Godzilla 2014 Cover

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Some Interesting Things Of Note In The New Godzilla 2014 Trailer

After watching the new trailer many times a few interesting things I noticed, and I'm sure there is stuff I missed, it appears to be pieces of Mutos and planes falling into to ocean in a couple of scenes, there is what we can assume is a Muto leg in one shot, there is a scene where Ken Watanabe's character is in a cave and there is a skeleton of what appears to be a Godzilla (meaning more then one existed (or exists?)), atomic bombs were use to stop Godzilla in 1954 and may have not actual created him, Godzilla is huge the largest version ever, there is most likely many Mutos not just one male and female, there appears to be eggs attached to what may be a nuclear weapon and may be "feeding" off it, the fights/battles will likely take place all over the US.

New Godzilla 2014 Main Trailer Is Here

Monday, February 24, 2014

Godzilla Roar Video Clip

Godzilla Reveal 2/25

The official Godzilla site has the date below not sure what the reveal will be but we are hoping something cool. Click here to hear Bryan Cranston, from what is purported to be the forth coming trailer, from the as well site.

Empire Magazine Shows Godzilla 2014 Cover

You know what's cooler than our new Godzilla subscribers cover? No, we can't think of anything either. Like a penguin in a blender, it's black and white and red all over, and gives you some idea of the mayhem we can expect from Gareth Edward's monster movie.

As you might guess from that Rising Sun-esque background, the film has one foot in Godzilla's traditional Japanese stomping ground, but this monster has a passport and will travel - as those choppers might suggest.

The film boasts an accomplished human cast, including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and David Straithairn, but it's the main man himself who required most care and attention from the director.

"Trying to get the face right was the main thing," says Edwards. "I guess he's got more of a bear's face, or a dog's. We also used eagle. There's a lot of nobility in an eagle. It made him feel very majestic and noble." Edwards also used London-based motion-capture facility The Imaginarium and its head, one Andy Serkis, on certain sequences to "control the souls" (as Edwards puts it) of his creations.

Godzilla hits screens on May 16, but you can pick up the new issue of Empire this Thursday (February 27) on newsstands. If you're a subscriber, of course, you don't have to worry about tracking one down on Thursday because you'll get this dishy cover any day now. And as if that weren't enough, keep your eyes peeled for more Godzilla goodness in the next few days...

Slash Tweets About Seeing Godzilla 2014

Guitarist Slash tweeted that he has seen Godzilla 2014 below is the tweet and he seems to feel it's pretty awesome we sure hope he is right.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Another Possible Godzilla 2014 Toy Leak

While I'm not sure why he is placed where he is, the Monsters University Sulley behind him is a 11 inch high bank so height wise Godzilla would be close maybe roughly 18 to 20 inches long head to tail not sure of the manufacturer the Monster Inc. toys were on some overseas toy sites and the @ writing could mean it's from a Chinese or Japanese twitter page.

Godzilla 2014 Toy Embargo Lifts March 17th Via NECA Tweet

NECA tweeted the toy embargo on Godzilla 2014 Toys lifts on March 17th, now we have heard this as rumor before but this seems to be the first conformation from either Legendary, Warner Bros., or one of the toy manufacturers. Below is the tweet in response to the question being asked of them.

: When are the new Godzilla 2014 toy pictures coming out? PLease reply, thanks.” March 17th

Awesome Kaiju Sketches By Adam Milicevic

Check out his site here for more awesome work.
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