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'Godzilla' shuts down Hollywood Boulevard for movie premiere

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The Godzilla monster is arguably the most famous monster in the world... and here it comes again in this retelling that is set to reboot the Godzilla franchise one more time. So, it was quite fitting that the entire stretch of Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Dolby Theater in Hollywood was completely shutdown for the monstrous premiere on Thursday night (May 8, 2014).

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For those who don't know Godzilla, here are the basics: Godzilla is a science fiction monster-film featuring the Japanese film monster of the same name. This current film retells the origin of Godzilla in contemporary times as a "terrifying force of nature" in a style faithful to the Toho series of Godzilla films that began in the 1950s. Back-to-basics seems to be the approach here unlike the previous 1998 incarnation. That 1998 film met with a negative reception from critics and fans alike due to a drastic reinvention of the Godzilla monster and a radical redesign and departure from the original.

This film is directed by British filmmaker Gareth Edwards, written by Max Borenstein and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

Which brings us to the big event. Clad in a simple black dress, Elizabeth Olsen struck a pose on the red carpet with her co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. Other guests at the premiere included Seth Green, Gene Simmons, Chris Hardwick, Ice Cube, Chris Meloni and Saffron Burrows among others.

About the film:

An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

This film is scheduled to be released in North America on May 16, 2014.

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