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Guillermo Del Toro Says Pacific Rim 2 Will Be Very Different From First Film

pac rim robotJust last week, director Guillermo del Toro and Legendary Pictures blew our drifting minds when they announced the much-rumored sequel Pacific Rim 2 had already secured a release date of April 7, 2017. It’s a date that’s far enough in the future that one might presume del Toro & co. would take a while to jump into the pre-production process. That’s hardly the case, though, as the filmmaker will begin the design stage for the sequel in just six weeks, and he says the two films are “very different” from one another. In fact, he says the title this time will be pronounced God-zil-la. (Kidding.)

Talking with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy, del Toro shared some his plans for Pacific Rim 2, and he predictably kept the information pretty light, but still shared a few interesting facts. Saying he and co-screenwriter Zak Penn wanted a story that would turn the first movie on its ear, he draws a contrasting line, as the “tenor of the two movies will be quite different.”

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Fan Posters Are Damn Dirty Awesome

ApesSkullThere’s definitely an art to making a truly memorable movie poster. And that’s even more true these days, when Hollywood all too often falls back on one of a handful of templates they just keep recycling over and over and over again. So far the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ official posters have mostly focused on Caesar’s scowling, war-painted mug or the striking image of him wielding an assault rifle on horseback in front of the crumbling Golden Gate Bridge. Now 20th Century Fox has premiered a new batch of fan-designed Apes posters in a variety of styles, all the better to get you ready for the ape-on-human mayhem to hit theaters next weekend.

The poster up top is easily my favorite. It was created by artist Janee Meadows and premiered over at Collider. Be sure to hit up her website to check out the rest of her stuff. She’s got some very cool stuff up, including this retro-style Elysium poster that reminds me a lot of the ones from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Who’s Up For A Good Old Fashioned Thunderstorm In The Living Room?

cloudI love a good thunderstorm. Of course, camping during a thunderstorm is generally not super awesome (next time I think I’ll try this treehouse tent), but there’s nothing quite like sitting in a cabin or on a covered porch listening to the rain and thunder, and appreciating being dry. Now, there’s a totally new and unique way to experience a thunderstorm — by triggering it, or at least the lightning and thunder part of it, from inside your own home via a hanging cloud.

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Visual artist and designer Richard Clarkson combines art and technology in furniture and lighting work he does in studios based in New York City and New Zealand. One of his most recent and most impressive pieces is Cloud, a light shaped like a storm cloud that simulates the light and sound of a thunderstorm. Cloud has a light and sound system, but unlike a real storm, it’s interactive and controllable with a wireless remote. Its motion sensors respond to the presence of a human and respond with thunder and lightning, which run via an Arduino. And if the thunder gets a bit old, you can use a Bluetooth device to stream music to the cloud. I guess Garth Brooks is an obvious choice, but I think a storm cloud spewing electronica would be better.

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The cloud can change its color, too, as well as its brightness, or even just double as a nightlight — or rather, “a new discourse for what a nightlight could be.” Clarkson has a few different varieties of clouds in his store. The smart cloud retails for $3,360, but if you only want it to serve as a lamp it’s $960. Satellite clouds can be added on for $240. The cloud itself is comprised of hypoallergenic fibers sewn into a sponge casing, which provides enough structure to contain the speakers and other components.

Clarkson has fully immersed himself in the realm of smart art, and believes that such projects, as well as the components and technology that makes such projects possible, are important both to the future of electronics, as well as the future of interactive art. To that end, he’s made the code for Cloud available for free, so other artists and tech geeks can adapt and improve upon it however they want — like to create hurricanes in the bathroom.

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The Purge: Anarchy Posters Spell Out The Danger

The Purge AnarchyThe Purge: Anarchy looks to be that rarest of animals, the sequel that is actually better than its predecessor. Despite the fact that it took just a hair over a year to get approval, knock out a script, shoot the sucker, and get it all into movie theaters worldwide, the closer we get to the July 18 release, the better this looks. And since we’re only a day over two weeks away, that hype machine is churning at full speed, knocking out trailers, TV spots, clips, and posters, posters, posters, including this new collection of six one-sheets and a banner.

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Edge Of Tomorrow Almost Had This Ending Instead

If the headline didn’t clue you in, this story has SPOILERS for those who haven’t watched Edge of Tomorrow yet, and shame on you if you for that.

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The CW’s iZombie Will Premiere At Comic-Con Later This Month

izombieI’m a huge Rob Thomas fan, with Veronica Mars and Party Down in my upper echelon of favorite TV series. I am, however, a little wary about his next project, the horror-tinged dramedy iZombie, due to the major changes made to the comic book source material. That said, I’m still going to feast on it like nobody’s looking, but I won’t be one of the first to see it, as Warner Bros. Television will debut the pilot/premiere episode at the San Diego Comic-Con 2014 later this month. Brainy move, Warner Bros.

iZombie will play a part in Warner’s Preview Night, set to occur on Wednesday, July 23, and also includes the pilot screenings of The CW’s The Flash, NBC’s Constantine, and Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go!. Fans will be pleased to know that Thomas and co-executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars) will host a Q&A session on Friday, July 25, which will also include stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), and Rahul Kohli. The press release says that there’s a screening before the Q&A, but the schedule only allots an hour, so maybe it’s a short Q&A presentation.