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Entertainment Geekly: A call for an end to serious blockbusters

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Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

I never really had my Godzilla moment as a kid. The closest I ever came was a Godzilla franchise marathon one Saturday afternoon. I watched while everyone else was outside doing outside things, and my main memory of the marathon was thinking to myself, “Geez, these movies really drag when Godzilla’s not onscreen.” I think I was 10?

Now, I don’t begrudge anyone their peculiar childhood fixations; I can’t be in the same room as anyone who speaks ill of TaleSpin. But I do find it hard to believe that anyone who self-describes as a Godzilla “fan” has watched an actual Godzilla movie in decades. Really, the best thing that ever happened to Godzilla was Roland Emmerich: He gave the fan base a helpful example of Pure Badness against which everything merely mediocre vibes “authentic.” READ FULL STORY

Nominated for Nothing: 'Pacific Rim'

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Shame – the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro’s movie about giant robots that fight giant monsters.

Why it Wasn’t Nominated: The prospect of an Oscar-nominated filmmaker delivering a mega-budgeted action movie could have resulted in the rare blockbuster that earns Academy attention. (See: Christopher Nolan, Inception.) But Del Toro is not your typical Oscar-nominated filmmaker. The man who made the multiple Oscar-winning Pan’s Labyrinth also made two of the best superhero-movie sequels ever, and Pacific Rim finds Del Toro indulging all his geekiest fascinations. Even some die-hard Del Toro fans felt like Pacific Rim was a departure for the director, with Del Toro shedding much of the outré weirdness of the Hellboy movies for a story filled with stalwart heroes and wacky sidekicks. READ FULL STORY

'Pacific Rim' made Nicolas Cage cry -- VIDEO

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Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens’ latest movie, The Frozen Ground, takes on the grisly true story of Robert Hansen (played by John Cusack), a 1980s serial killer who would take his mostly young and female victims out to the Alaskan wilderness before murdering them. Hudgens plays the lucky girl who makes it out alive, and Cage is the Sheriff tasked with tracking him down.

The line of questioning was slightly more upbeat when EW stopped by the junket to subject Cage and Hudgens to our Pop Culture Personality Test, where they talk first concerts, moments that made them cry (Pacific Rim!) and other pop culture obsessions. Hudgens was even quoting the now-famous “look at my s–t” speech by James Franco’s Spring Breakers character Alien before the cameras started rolling. But we did catch her on tape revealing a gem — that she was a member of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Fan Club.

Check out the rest of their responses below.

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Movie Math: What 'Pacific Rim' borrows from 'Deep Blue Sea' (but not from 'Point Break')

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen Pacific Rim, you may not want to peek at our mega Movie Math construction below, which references key plot points and the end credits surprise to build Guillermo del Toro’s visual, movable feast. If you have, proceed.  READ FULL STORY

Why 'Pacific Rim' is a good movie for geek girls

There isn’t much entertainment out there for ladies of the geek persuasion — or to be more accurate, geek ladies and geek gentlemen attracted to other gentlemen. Well, at least there isn’t much marketed directly to us. But we all know the dirty little secret of being a geek lady in a predominately geek man’s world — there are a lot of hot guys in sci-fi movies. Pacific Rim, which opened yesterday, is no exception. SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!

Pacific Rim is in no way a perfect movie. It’s plagued with corny dialogue, underdeveloped characters, and a predictable, anticlimactic ending. And like most sci-fi movies, it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test. The Bechdel test, named after cartoonist Alison Bechdel, requires a movie to include at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something besides a man. There are two named women in Pacific Rim — Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) and Lt. Sasha Kaidanovsky (Heather Doerksen). However, Doerksen has a small role, says a few lines (most of which are directed toward her husband and copilot), and dies in the middle of the movie. Kikuchi’s Mako is a central character with a dynamic story arc though she’s less active than her male counterparts. Unlike many ladies in sci-fi, she is not objectified or criticized solely on the basis of her gender — a conscious decision made by director Guillermo del Toro. READ FULL STORY

'Pacific Rim': Are those celebrity tweets helping?

To combat early reports that Guillermo de Toro’s Pacific Rim was tracking poorly — meaning its blockbuster status could be challenged at the box office come July 12 — the marketing folks are making sure moviegoers know it’s more than a human-controlled robot vs. monster movie. And in addition to featurettes and TV spots, they’re using celebrities’ Twitter feeds to get out that message.

On the one hand, it’s brilliant: People who won’t take the time to press play and view a clip online might take two seconds to read a tweet and then be open to watching an ad on TV that they’d otherwise have fast-forwarded. It’s far-reaching with little effort: Get the celeb to an early screening, then have him or her (okay, usually him) share his opinion as someone who’s actually seen it.

On the other hand, when the tweets start piling up, the mechanics of it are as overt as product placement within a movie, and we know those highly orchestrated, succinct endorsements can be grating. Is that portion of the marketing plan working? Poll below!
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WonderCon 2013: Comics, blockbusters, and geek girls

So, what are you wearing to WonderCon? Your BSG finest?

WonderCon’s 27th annual gathering kicks off today in Anaheim, California, where tens of thousands of geek girls and guys, sci-fi enthusiasts, and comic mavens will gather in costumes and glee for the opportunity to preview some of the most anticipated releases of the year. Planned by Comic-Con International, the weekend caters to the most devout fans, and features events and panels that appeal to both their nostalgia and their aspiring creativity. On Saturday alone, attendees can jump from a Pacific Rim preview, to a panel on writing comics for movies, and then close out the day learning why 2013 is going to be the year of steampunk. There are even panels on empathy in comics, queer identity, body image, and how to create a quality Jedi costume.

EW will be on site, reporting live from the convention and bringing you all the juiciest updates. Follow @EWSandraG and @ldbahr for the latest in WonderCon glory, and check out some of the events we’re most excited for.

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5 things we learned from Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' trailer commentary -- VIDEO

Prometheus may have momentarily squashed Guillermo del Toro’s H.P. Lovecraft ambitions, but the director’s not ready to give up on Cthulhu just yet.

The man behind Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy (and the woefully underrated Blade II) is about to release what could be one of the most Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots vs. Aliens flick ever made. Pacific Rim, which hits theaters in July 2013, is a movie about big-a– monsters, called Kaijus, that emerge from the ocean and wreak havoc on San Fran. It’s a lot like Cloverfield, only this time the protagonists aren’t lovesick yuppies but soldiers who fight back by piloting equally big-a– robots called Jaegers (I totally just high-fived the 10-year-old version of myself). READ FULL STORY

Guillermo del Toro's fantasy film 'Pan's Labyrinth' being turned into a stage musical

Imagine the beautifully creepy horned and eyeless creatures of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth gracing a stage.

The dream is real.

Del Toro’s agent confirms to EW that the director’s 2006 Spanish-language film about a young girl who delves into her own fantasy world to escape an abusive stepfather in 1944 fascist Spain is heading to the stage as a musical. Deadline first reported the story.
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COMIC-CON: HULK VS. HALL H!

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EVENTUALLY, THE TWO OF US HAD TO DO BATTLE.

HALL H IS COMIC-CON’S MASSIVE CONVENTION ROOM THAT SEATS APPROXIMATELY 6,500 PEOPLE. IT IS WHERE THEY HOLD ALL THE BIGGEST PANELS FOR THE HIGH-PROFILE MOVIES AND PRESENT THEIR FOOTAGE TO THRONGS OF SCREAMING FANS… AT LEAST IN THEORY. BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS THAT SO OFTEN THERE ARE A GOOD DEAL OF PEOPLE IN HALL H WHO ARE JUST THERE FOR SOME OTHER PANEL.

WHY DOES THAT HAPPEN? BECAUSE THE SHEER LOGISTICS OF HALL H DICTATE THAT ONE MUST REALLY COMMIT TO ARRIVING WAY BEFORE THE PANEL THEY ACTUALLY WANT TO SEE. THUS, THE POLITICS OF WHAT PANEL GOES BEFORE WHAT CAN SERIOUSLY AFFECT HOW ONE’S PANEL MAY GO.  FOR INSTANCE, AFTER THE FIRST YEAR OF TWILIGHT MANIA, THE CONVENTION DISCOVERED THAT THESE UBER-COMMITTED FANS WOULD LINE UP SO EARLY FOR THE PANELS THAT THEY WOULD DOMINATE THE LANDSCAPE. NOT ONLY THAT BUT THEY WERE SO COMPLETELY DISINTERESTED IN ALMOST ANY OTHER PROPERTY THAT IT MADE THINGS PRETTY MUCH HORRIBLE FOR ANYONE ELSE. (THIS ISN’T A SWIPE AT TWILIGHT MIND YOU, JUST THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THEIR FANS’ COMMITMENT). THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE IT WORK IS HAVE THE ANNUAL TWILIGHT PANEL OPEN HALL H ON THE FIRST DAY OF COMIC-CON AND THAT HAS NOW BECOME THE TRADITION (ALONG WITH PEOPLE CAMPING OUT FOR WEEKS BEFOREHAND). THE OTHER THING THEY HAVE LEARNED IS TO GROUP ALL THE BIGGEST, MOST MAINSTREAM PANELS ON SATURDAY, WHICH IS THE ALSO THE MOST HIGHLY ATTENDED DAY OF THE CON.

AND WITH SO MANY HIGH-PROFILE FILMS THERE ON SATURDAY THERE WAS NO BETTER DAY FOR HULK TO SPEND THE ENTIRE DAY IN HALL H. READ FULL STORY

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