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New international trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’

Here’s the new international trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s next film, The Shape of Water, which looks remarkably like a cross between Hellboy’s Abe Sapien and The Creature From the Black Lagoon (a film incidentally del Toro expressed an interest in remaking). The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Nick Searcy and Doug Jones.

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

The Shape of Water is released in cinemas across the UK on February 14th 2018.
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Review – The Shape of Water (2017)

Publish December 3rd

The Shape of Water, 2017.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, David Hewlett, and Octavia Spencer.

Synopsis:

An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

The Shape of Water contains physically intimate expressions of love between two separate pairings of characters, both inordinately different in tone. One is rather awkwardly aggressive with no real affection shown by either member of a married couple, while multiple other sequences depict Sally Hawkins’ sign language communicating mute Elisa and the film’s centralized human reminiscent amphibian creature in various stages of passionate lovemaking. Wisely, director
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Guillermo del Toro will be in the thick of the Oscar race with “The Shape of Water”

For some filmmakers, it always seems like just a matter of time until they create something that Academy voters fall head over heels in love with. Guillermo del Toro is certainly someone in that category. Even though Pan’s Labyrinth had been nominated for Oscars, del Toro seemed to still have a big player in him. Well, opening this week, we have it in The Shape of Water. Not just his most awards friendly movie to date, it’s likely going to be cited by many as among the best films of the year. As such, it’s most certainly a contender to reckon with. The film is a fantasy drama/romance, essentially a hybrid tale as only del Toro could tell it. In fact, I’ll let IMDb describe it, since their description is pretty spot on: “An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

Frances McDormand gives her best performance since Fargo over two decades ago in Three Billboards Outside Ebbibg, Missouri which, despite its cumbersome title, is one of the best films of 2017. She plays Mildred Hayes, a middle-aged divorcee who, out of grief and frustration, rents three dilapidated billboards outside the sleepy burg of Ebbing, Missouri (look it up – it’s one town over from Blaine) and has them decked with incriminating messages; “Raped While Dying”,“And Still No Arrests”, and “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” Mildred is basically declaring war on Ebbing’s Police Chief, William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), but the locals are incensed at her, mostly because the Chief is not only widely beloved, but he’s also dying of pancreatic cancer. Mildred doesn’t care what her neighbors think or of Willoughby’s fine character and impending death. She’s just angry because several months have passed and not enough
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First trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’

The trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s next film, which is set for a December release, The Shape of Water, which looks remarkably like a cross between Hellboy’s Abe Sapien and The Creature From the Black Lagoon (a film incidentally del Toro expressed an interest in remaking). The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Nick Searcy and Doug Jones.

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

The Shape of Water is set for release on December 8th.
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First Trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s Merman Fairy Tale ‘The Shape of Water’ Debuts (Watch)

First Trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s Merman Fairy Tale ‘The Shape of Water’ Debuts (Watch)
Sally Hawkins is at the center of the otherworldly first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” portraying a lonely janitor at a government laboratory who befriends an aquatic man in a tank played by Doug Jones.

Set in 1963, the trailer portrays Hawkins’ Elisa as a mute woman — trapped in a life of silence and isolation — whose life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (played by Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

“If I told you about her — the princess without a voice — what would I say?” a narrator asks at the beginning of the trailer.

“When he looks at me, he doesn’t know how I am incomplete,” Hawkins says through sign language, translated by Richard Jenkins’ character. “He sees me as I am.”

Michael Shannon portrays a scientists studying Jones’ character who declares, “We need to take it apart and learn how it works.”

The
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Watch the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

The trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s next film, The Shape of Water, has been released online. Arriving in December, del Toro revealed a couple months ago that the film will be rated R, but will not be a straight up horror film, but rather a “bit of a fairy tale” and a “fable set in early 1960’s America”. Check out the trailer here…

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

The Shape of Water is set for release on December 8th and stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer,
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Nick Searcy Joins Taraji P. Henson in Civil Rights Drama ‘Best of Enemies’ (Exclusive)

Nick Searcy Joins Taraji P. Henson in Civil Rights Drama ‘Best of Enemies’ (Exclusive)
Nick Searcy has joined the cast of civil rights drama “The Best of Enemies” opposite Babou Ceesay, Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson.

Production commences in Atlanta later this month under Fred Bernstein’s Astute Films banner with Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Robin Bissell, and Dominique Telson producing. Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels are executive producers.

Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.” The story centers on civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Henson) who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis (Rockwell) for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree.

Searcy will play the role of the wealthy leader of the White Citizen’s Council,
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Sam Rockwell to play Ku Klux Klan leader in The Best of Enemies

According to Variety, Sam Rockwell has signed on to portray a Ku Klux Klan leader in the upcoming civil rights drama The Best of Enemies, where he’ll appear opposite Empire star Taraji P. Henson.

The Best of Enemies marks the directorial debut of Robin Bissell, an executive producer on The Hunger Games, and is based upon Osha Gray Davidson’s book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.

The film will see Henson as Ann Atwater, “a civil rights activist in Durham, N.C., who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree. That event changed both of their lives immeasurably.”

Production on The Best of Enemies is set to get underway this coming week, while the cast of the film also includes Babou Ceesay,
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Sam Rockwell to Play Kkk Leader in Taraji P. Henson’s Civil Rights Drama ‘Best of Enemies’

Sam Rockwell to Play Kkk Leader in Taraji P. Henson’s Civil Rights Drama ‘Best of Enemies’
Sam Rockwell will play a Ku Klux Klan leader opposite Taraji P. Henson in the civil rights drama “The Best of Enemies.”

Production will start in Atlanta on May 22 under Fred Bernstein’s Astute Films banner. Henson has been attached since 2015 to star in the film, set up with “Empire” producer Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Robin Bissell, and Dominique Telson. The executive producers are Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels.

Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games” and “Seabiscuit,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”

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“Empire” star Henson will portray Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, N.C., who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis for a decade until 1971, when
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Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson Team for True-Life Drama 'The Best of Enemies' (Exclusive)

Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson Team for True-Life Drama 'The Best of Enemies' (Exclusive)
Sam Rockwell is teaming with Taraji P. Henson to star in The Best of Enemies, a true-life race drama from Astute Films.

Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, Nick Searcy and John Gallagher Jr. have also joined the cast, as has 2017 BAFTA nominee Babou Ceesay (Guerilla).

The indie is being helmed by Robin Bissell — the longtime partner of filmmaker Gary Ross — who is making his directorial debut and comes with a slew of producers including Tobey Maguire and Danny Strong, the latter of whom showruns Henson’s Fox TV hit Empire. Also producing are Matt Berenson, Fred Bernstein, Dominique Telson,...
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The Shape of Water officially rated R, Guillermo del Toro says it’s not a horror

Guillermo del Toro has announced on Twitter that his latest film titled The Shape of Water has received an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. The rating falls in line with most of the auteur’s previous works and he seemingly has no desire to cut the film down to PG-13.

He also clarified the genre of the film, stating that it is not straight up horror but rather a “bit of a fairy tale” and a “fable set in early 1960’s America”. From the sounds of his tweet, the movie sounds similar to Pan’s Labyrinth and his most recent directorial effort Crimson Peak.

The Shape of Water got an "R" rating from MPAA last week.

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) May 2, 2017

No. The Shape of Water is Not a horror movie. It's a bit of a fairy tale story – a fable set in early 1960's America.
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Three Billboards Trailer: Frances McDormand Vs. Woody Harrelson

Three Billboards Trailer: Frances McDormand Vs. Woody Harrelson
Fox Searchlight Pictures has debuted the first red band trailer and poster for the upcoming Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which doesn't have a release date in place at this time. This dark comedy marks the return of Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh, whose films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths have both achieved cult status. With his third feature film, Martin McDonagh heads to the Midwest, to tell the tale of a mother who uses some unique tactics to find justice for her slain daughter.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police.
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Doug Jones reveals plot details for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

With Guillermo del Toro currently in post-production on his next film The Shape of Water, his frequent collaborator Doug Jones has been chatting to Collider about the project, during which he revealed a few plot details for the fantasy adventure, which has been described as “an other-worldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War era America”.

“It’s a 1963 drama—it’s not a sci-fi [film], it’s not a genre film, but I am a creature in it,” said Jones. “I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent.
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Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War Love Story ‘Shape of Water’ Casts Nick Searcy

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War Love Story ‘Shape of Water’ Casts Nick Searcy
Justified” star Nick Searcy has joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming fantasy film “The Shape of Water” for Fox Searchlight, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer have already been announced as cast members.

The film is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale (“The Vow”). Details of the plot are being kept under wraps other than being described as “a mysterious and magical journey” and “an other-worldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.”

Del Toro has revealed that the plot focuses on a mysterious creature, played by Jones.

Searcy was most recently seen on Hulu’s J.J. Abrams series “11/22/63.” His film credits include “The Fugitive,” “Runaway Jury,” and “The Ugly Truth.”

Searcy is represented by Apa, Haven Entertainment, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Entertainment Law Firm.
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Film Review: ‘Greater’

Film Review: ‘Greater’
When it comes to the all-time greatest walk-on (i.e. non-scholarship) college football player, Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth easily bests Notre Dame’s more famous Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. In terms of their biopics, however, “Greater” — an account of Burlsworth’s inspiring rise and tragic demise — pales in comparison to the latter’s beloved “Rudy.” An insistent, clunky sermon about triumph through faith, David Hunt’s film is so determined to turn its subject into a Christ-like saint that it loses any sense of him as an actual flesh-and-blood man, the result being a third-string sports saga only apt to play to its devout target audience.

Burlsworth was a heavyset Arkansas kid who, without any prior commitment from the nationally ranked team, fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an Arkansas Razorbacks member in 1994 — a feat that was then surpassed when he became an all-American offensive lineman during his senior year,
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‘Greater’ Exclusive Clip: The True Story of The Greatest Walk-On In The History of College Football

‘Greater’ Exclusive Clip: The True Story of The Greatest Walk-On In The History of College Football
The life of Brandon Burlsworth stands as one of the most inspiring football stories in the history of the sport, a tale of unrelenting determination and powerful character. Directed by Drew Hunt, the new film “Greater” tells the story of Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

Read More: Michael Oher Says ‘The Blind Side’ Has Ruined His Football Career

Known for his distinctive black horn-rimmed glasses, Burlsworth (played by newcomer Christopher Severio) had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I football. Undeterred, Brandon took a risk by walking on to the team in 1994. Despite criticism from teammates and coaches alike, Brandon succeeded in the face of staggering odds. By the end of his college career in 1999, Burlsworth was not only a star player in The SEC, but was also a 1st Team All-American.
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Justified: Walton Goggins Wants Boyd Crowder to Return

Walton Goggins is itching to revisit Boyd Crowder and the Justified TV show, which ended after six season on FX on April 14, 2015. The Justified TV series cast also includes: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, Natalie Zea, and Jere Burns.Goggins told EW, "“I’ve never missed him as much as I did last September, when usually we go back to work. He’s never more than a cold beer and an intellectual, Machiavellian comment away.”Read More…
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Cannes: Tom Arnold Boards Indie Comedy ‘Landline’ (Exclusive)

Tom Arnold, Nick Searcy (“Justified”), Jim O’Heir (“Parks and Recreation”), Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”), James DuMont (“Trumbo”), Louis Lombardi (“24”), Jay Washington (“Chi-Raq”) and Bruce Fretts are coming aboard writer-director-star Matthew Aaron’s indie comedy “Landline.” The feature follows PR exec Ted Gout (Aaron) who, after becoming stressed out over work, marriage and social media, gives up his cell phone and goes “off the grid” in favor of more manageable ’90s technology. Each day Gout grows a little bit crazier, while his wife tries to hold their marriage together. Arnold and O’Heir play Gout’s dad and uncle, respectively. DuMont and Lombardi’s characters introduce him to two widely divergent technological paths. Brandt plays Gout’s boss, Washington plays his best friend, Fretts plays his cable guy cousin and Searcy plays the detective who investigates him for a crime he may or may not have committed. “It’s about
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J.J. Abrams Wanted James Franco for ‘11.22.63’ After Reading His Article on the Book

J.J. Abrams Wanted James Franco for ‘11.22.63’ After Reading His Article on the Book
The latest adaptation of one of bestselling author Stephen King’s novels, Hulu mini-series “11.22.63,” launched with a premiere at L.A.’s Bruin Theater on Thursday. Executive producer J.J. Abrams told Variety how an article that star James Franco wrote about the book led to the actor’s casting.

“When I read this piece that Franco had written, it was so passionate about this character, about this world, about this story,” Abrams said. “He was also, in the piece, giving me s–t for being involved in too many projects, so I thought at the very least I should reach out and see if he wanted to be involved in this one with me.”

Franco revealed that King’s time-travel novel was one of the first books that he picked up after having to read 150 for his oral exams as a student in the Yale English department. The book caught his eye,
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