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Interview: Guillermo del Toro

25 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The majority of U.S. audiences probably know Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro for his films Hellboy (an adaptation of a Dark Horse series comic books and graphic novels) and Blade II (the second and hands down most gruesome installment of the Blade series), or maybe even the giant-bug-living-in-the-subway thriller, Mimic. Those unfamiliar with his work in his home country (two films -- Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone, both brilliant conglomerations of gothic horror and intense, engaging drama, which have earned dozens of awards and nominations between them), may be in for a shock with the release of Pan’s Labyrinth, his latest film, his best to date, and the film that puts del Torro in the debate for most talented living filmmaker in the world (and earns his mention as one of the most talented filmmakers in history). The film opens with Ofelia, a young girl not even in her teens, »

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'Volver' and 'Alatriste' Lead Goya Nominations

21 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pedro Almodovar's Volver and Agustin Diaz Yanes' Alatriste are the leading contenders for Spain's Goya Awards, taking 14 and 15 nominations respectively. The two movies will go head-to-head at the end of January in the Best Film and Best Director categories. Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth - which picked up 13 nominations - and Manuel Huerga's Salvador - with 11 nominations - are also up for Best Film and Best Director. Volver and Pan's Labyrinth - Spain and Mexico's respective entries for next year's foreign-language Oscar - are both up for Best Script, alongside Daniel Sanchez Arvalo for Darkbluealmostblack and Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo for The Night Of The Sunflowers. Penelope Cruz is nominated for Best Actress (Volver) alongside Maribel Verdu (Pan's Labyrinth), Marta Etura (Darkbluealmostblack) and Silvia Abascal (La Dama Boba). American-born actor Viggo Mortensen and German Daniel Bruhl are named in the Best Actor category for Alatriste and Salvador respectively, alongside Sergi Lopez (Pan's Labyrinth) and Juan Diego (Leave Me). »

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Spain's Goya nominations

18 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Volver dominated the noms for Spain's Goya Awards taking in 14 nominations, but it is Alatriste the Viggo Mortensen starrer that picked up an impressive 15 noms. The Goyas will be presented the last weekend of January. Here are the noms: Major Category 2007 Goya Nominations Film"Volver," Pedro Almodovar"Alatriste," Agustin Diaz-Yanes"Salvador," Manuel Huerga"Pan's Labyrinth," Guillermo del ToroDIRECTORAgustin Diaz-Yanes, "Alatriste"Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"Manuel Huerga, "Salvador"Pedro Almodovar, "Volver"ACTORDaniel Bruehl, "Salvador"Juan Diego, "Vete de mi"Sergi Lopez, "Pan's Labyrinth", "Alatriste"ACTRESSMaribel Verdu, "Pan's Labyrinth"Marta Etura, "Darkbluealmostblack"Penelope Cruz, "Volver"Silvia Abascal, "The Silly Lady"New DIRECTORCarlos Iglesias, "Crossing Borders"Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, "Darkbluealmostblack"Javier Rebollo, "What I Know About Lola"Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo, "The Night of the Sunflowers"Original SCREENPLAYDaniel Sanchez Arevalo, "Darkbluealmostblack"Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo, "The Night of the Sunflowers"Pedro Almodovar, "Volver"Adapted SCREENPLAYAgustin Diaz-Yanes, "Alatriste"Antonio Banderas, »

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S.F. honors 'Children,' Baron Cohen

14 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- The San Francisco Film Critics Circle gave Todd Field's study of suburban angst, Little Children, the film's first best picture and best adapted screenplay wins of the awards season. Sacha Baron Cohen nabbed his second award as best actor in Borat and Helen Mirren her sixth best actress honor for The Queen.

Paul Greengrass won as best director for the Sept. 11 drama United 93, and in a surprise vote, Rian Johnson won best original screenplay for Focus Features' low-budget mystery Brick.

Two much-discussed Oscar front-runners, Guillermo Del Toro's adult horror fantasy Pan's Labyrinth and Davis Guggenheim's eco-docu An Inconvenient Truth took home best foreign-language film and best documentary, respectively.

Children led the awards pack with a third honor, best supporting actor, for Jackie Earle Haley. Adriana Barraza won best supporting actress for Babel.

The SFFCC feted its own by honoring San Francisco Silent Film Festival co-founder and artistic director Stephen Salmons with the Marlon Riggs Award for courage and vision in the Bay Area film community. »

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'United 93,' Whitaker, Mirren, Scorsese get N.Y. critics' nod

12 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- In what chairman Marshall Fine described as "a dogfight" between United 93 and The Queen, Paul Greengrass' Sept. 11 drama was named best film Monday by the New York Film Critics Circle after a four-round tiebreaking vote.

Stephen Frears' Queen earned the most awards, including best actress for Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and best screenplay for Peter Morgan. Forest Whitaker took home best actor honors for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

" 'United 93' was really a dark horse," Fine said. "A lot of people avoided seeing it because of the subject matter. It was one of the most harrowing films of the year."

The chairman added that its runoff with Queen was the first he had experienced in his 17 years with the organization. He said that this year's other big Sept. 11 drama, World Trade Center, wasn't a factor in the voting.

Martin Scorsese was named best director for The Departed, the film that ran third among the critics' favorites. Amy Berg's Deliver Us From Evil won nonfiction film, George Miller's Happy Feet won animated film and Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson won best first feature.

In one of the most surprising votes, Jean-Pierre Melville's French World War II drama Army of Shadows won foreign-language film; it was made in 1969 but wasn't released domestically until this year. Pedro Almodovar's Volver and Cristi Puiu's Romanian drama The Death of Mr. Lazarescu were the runners-up.

Newcomer Jennifer Hudson took home the supporting actress award for her much-discussed screen debut in Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, and former child star Jackie Earle Haley (The Bad News Bears) won supporting actor for his portrayal of a sex offender in Todd Field's Little Children. Guillermo Navarro won the cinematography award for Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth.

Larry Charles' Borat won no awards but had a strong second runner-up showing for both Sacha Baron Cohen as best actor (after Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson) and nonfiction film (after Michael Apted's 49 Up). The latter award is notable because the film, despite its reliance in improvisation and the unknowing participation of nonactors, has four credited writers. »

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N.Y. critics hail 'United 93,' 'Queen'

12 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- In what chairman Marshall Fine described as "a dogfight" between United 93 and The Queen, Paul Greengrass' Sept. 11 drama was named best film Monday by the New York Film Critics Circle after a four-round tiebreaking vote.

Stephen Frears' Queen earned the most awards, including best actress for Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and best screenplay for Peter Morgan. Forest Whitaker took home best actor honors for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

" 'United 93' was really a dark horse," Fine said. "A lot of people avoided seeing it because of the subject matter. It was one of the most harrowing films of the year."

The chairman added that its runoff with Queen was the first he had experienced in his 17 years with the organization. He said that this year's other big Sept. 11 drama, World Trade Center, wasn't a factor in the voting.

Martin Scorsese was named best director for The Departed, the film that ran third among the critics' favorites. Amy Berg's Deliver Us From Evil won nonfiction film, George Miller's Happy Feet won animated film and Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson won best first feature.

In one of the most surprising votes, Jean-Pierre Melville's French World War II drama Army of Shadows won foreign-language film; it was made in 1969 but wasn't released domestically until this year. Pedro Almodovar's Volver and Cristi Puiu's Romanian drama The Death of Mr. Lazarescu were the runners-up.

Newcomer Jennifer Hudson took home the supporting actress award for her much-discussed screen debut in Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, and former child star Jackie Earle Haley (The Bad News Bears) won supporting actor for his portrayal of a sex offender in Todd Field's Little Children. Guillermo Navarro won the cinematography award for Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth.

Larry Charles' Borat won no awards but had a strong second runner-up showing for both Sacha Baron Cohen as best actor (after Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson) and nonfiction film (after Michael Apted's 49 Up). The latter award is notable because the film, despite its reliance in improvisation and the unknowing participation of nonactors, has four credited writers. »

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Gotham winners!

30 November 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- THINKFilm has not only got a winner on its hands â€. but may we dare say - its got the sort of potential that might see it cross into the mainstream golden evening of the award season â€. yep the Oscars might not look unattainable as I had first predicted. Given out last night, the Independent Film Project awards were prety much a Half Nelson tribute type of affair - winning in the breakthrough actor, director and picture categories with its closest rival being Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrituâ€.s Babel which picked up 2 awards. Note: Rinko Kikuchi (the naked Jap) from Babel and the (always play the same role twice) young Shareeka Epps shared the same award. Filmmaker Amy Bergâ€.s Deliver Us from Evil - a doc that unfortunately in my area spent very little time in theatres around my neighborhood lost out to the little seen Iraq in Fragments by James Longley. »

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2007 Independent Spirit Awards Noms

29 November 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- It comes as no surprise that leading this year’s pack of nominees are Little Miss Sunshine and Half Nelson, but this year’s mix of contenders are a mixed breed coming from films that were showcased a little everywhere – including this year’s Sundance. And the 2007 Independent Spirit nominees are...Feature (Award given to the Producer)"American Gun," Ted Kroeber, producer"The Dead Girl," Tom Rosenberg, Henry Winterstern, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, Eric Karten, Kevin Turen, producers"Half Nelson," Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg, producers"Little Miss Sunshine," Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, producers"Pan's Labyrinth," Bertha Navarro, Alfonso Cuaron, Frida Torresblanco, Alvaro Augustin, Guillermo Del Toro, producersFIRST Feature (Award given to the director and producer)"Day Night Day Night," Julia Loktev, director; Julia Loktev, Melanie Judd, Jessica Levin, producers"Man Push Cart," Ramin Bahrani, director; Ramin Bahrani, »

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'Apocalypto' on foreign Globes list

28 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima and Mel Gibson's Apocalypto could find themselves competing against such high-profile foreign films as Pedro Almodovar's Volver, Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others at the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. released its list of eligible foreign-language films Monday, and both the Eastwood and Gibson movies made the first cut. By contrast, neither film is eligible in the Academy Awards' foreign-language film category because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has no provision for accommodating non-English-language films produced by U.S. companies in its foreign-language category.

In order to achieve a geographical spread, the Academy gives a certain weight to the country of origin -- it allows only one film to be submitted per country and has no mechanism for the U.S. to submit a movie. But the HFPA considers any film in a foreign language that screens for its members by its deadline.

Recounting the Battle of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese, the Japanese-language Letters, Eastwood's companion piece to the current Flags of Our Fathers, was originally scheduled for release by Warner Bros. Pictures in February, then moved to Dec. 20, which qualified it for consideration by both groups. "It emerged in contention five minutes before our deadline," HFPA president Philip Berk said. »

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Sitges fest lures notable fantasy filmmakers

5 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MADRID -- Guillermo Del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Verhoeven and Brad Anderson are among the notable directors participating this year in what has become an essential international gathering for fantasy filmmakers, the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia. Sitges, which kicks off Friday, boasts an extensive list of world premieres of genre films, original sidebars and retrospectives and has elbowed its way into the big league, overcoming critics' reluctance to deem a festival dedicated to fantasy film a serious event. "We have unraveled the idea that genre movies are frivolous or freaky filmmaking and replaced it with serious, quality and important films that demand respect and attention," Sitges director Angel Sala explained. »

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Mexico puts 'Labyrinth' on path to Oscar

27 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MEXICO CITY -- Guillermo Del Toro's dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth has been selected as Mexico's foreign-language submission for the 79th Annual Academy Awards, giving the film industry here a strong Oscar contender. Written, directed and produced by Del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth will hit U.S. theaters Dec. 29. Tequila Gang, Del Toro's Mexican production company, co-produced the picture with Spain's Estudios Picasso. Additionally, the Mexican Film Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected documentary En el Hoyo (In the Pit) as its foreign film entry for the 21st edition of Spain's Goya Awards. »

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Mexico puts 'Labyrinth' on path to Oscar

27 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MEXICO CITY -- Guillermo Del Toro's dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth has been selected as Mexico's foreign-language submission for the 79th Annual Academy Awards, giving the film industry here a strong Oscar contender. Written, directed and produced by Del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth will hit U.S. theaters Dec. 29. Tequila Gang, Del Toro's Mexican production company, co-produced the picture with Spain's Estudios Picasso. Additionally, the Mexican Film Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected documentary En el Hoyo (In the Pit) as its foreign film entry for the 21st edition of Spain's Goya Awards. »

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Del Toro goes small screen for deal at Fox

28 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is crossing over to television with an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. Under the one-year deal, Del Toro, known for such sci-fi/fantasy features as Hellboy and Blade II, will develop and executive produce one-hour series projects for the studio. He plans to write or co-write a drama for the studio. He also is set to direct a one-hour pilot. "He is the pre-eminent genre writer-director in the feature world," 20th TV president Gary Newman said of Del Toro. "When you sit in a room with him and see how wildly imaginative he is, you know you're going to get projects that are unique." »

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Del Toro goes small screen for deal at Fox

28 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is crossing over to television with an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. Under the one-year deal, Del Toro, known for such sci-fi/fantasy features as Hellboy and Blade II, will develop and executive produce one-hour series projects for the studio. He plans to write or co-write a drama for the studio. He also is set to direct a one-hour pilot. "He is the pre-eminent genre writer-director in the feature world," 20th TV president Gary Newman said of Del Toro. "When you sit in a room with him and see how wildly imaginative he is, you know you're going to get projects that are unique." »

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'Deadman' to live again on big screen

20 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Guillermo Del Toro is teaming up with Don Murphy's Angry Films to bring cult DC Comics superhero Deadman to the big screen for Warner Bros. Pictures. Del Toro is in negotiations to develop the comics-to-film adaptation, which would be produced by Del Toro, Murphy and Susan Montford. Deadman is the ghost of a circus acrobat named Boston Brand, who was murdered during a trapeze performance. His spirit was granted the power by a Hindu goddess to possess any living being in order to find his killer. In the ensuing search, Brand finds himself obliged to help others. The hero was created in 1967 by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino and is known for a run of issues by artist Neal Adams. »

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'Deadman' to live again on big screen

20 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Guillermo Del Toro is teaming up with Don Murphy's Angry Films to bring cult DC Comics superhero Deadman to the big screen for Warner Bros. Pictures. Del Toro is in negotiations to develop the comics-to-film adaptation, which would be produced by Del Toro, Murphy and Susan Montford. Deadman is the ghost of a circus acrobat named Boston Brand, who was murdered during a trapeze performance. His spirit was granted the power by a Hindu goddess to possess any living being in order to find his killer. In the ensuing search, Brand finds himself obliged to help others. The hero was created in 1967 by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino and is known for a run of issues by artist Neal Adams. »

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Del Toro plans 'Hellboy' game with Konami

10 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Guillermo Del Toro is reuniting with Hellboy. The director of the 2004 feature will work with the creator of the comic book to develop an original video game based on the big, red, paranormal hero. Konami America chief operating officer Geoff Mulligan made the announcement Tuesday in connection with the video gaming conference Electronic Entertainment Expo unfolding at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week. Del Toro will collaborate on the Hellboy game with the comic's creator, Mike Mignola. An avid gamer, Del Toro said in an interview before Tuesday's announcement that he loves working in video games because there are no limits to the imagination. "There's a very nice atmosphere with games, sort of Hollywood the way God intended it, really," Del Toro said. The action game will be released in 2007 and puts players in control of Hellboy, who comes armed with all of his familiar characteristics like the Right Hand of Doom. »

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Bumper crop: Cannes takes record number of EU films

4 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BRUSSELS -- A record 17 films supported by the European Union's Media Fund for filmmakers have made it into the final selection at the Festival de Cannes. "This is really a good harvest", EU Information Society and Media commissioner Viviane Reding said Thursday. Among the Media Fund-backed films at Cannes are Fast Food Nation by Richard Linklater, The Wind that Shakes the Barley by Ken Loach, Volver by Pedro Almodovar, Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro, Lights in the Dusk by Aki Kaurismaki and The Caiman by Nanni Moretti. Last year, only 12 movies at Cannes were backed by Media Fund money. The previous high was in 2003, when 15 Media Fund-backed films made it into the selection. »

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Del Toro accepts horror 'Call'

20 April 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Guillermo Del Toro has come on board to executive produce Jorge Olguin's horror film The Call of the Sea. The film, which marks Chilean helmer Olguin's third feature, stars Leonor Varela (Innocent Voices) and Santiago Cabrera (Empire). Chile Films is financing. Penned by Olguin, Call of the Sea is based on a legend about a ghost ship that navigates the cold waters of a mysterious Chilean island in search of the souls of local fisherman. The story centers on a marine biologist (Varela) who discovers that many of the legends are related to her family's past. »

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Busy del Toro signs with ICM

19 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ICM has signed Guillermo Del Toro, the award-winning director of such films as Hellboy and Blade 2 and The Devil's Backbone. His fantastical oeuvre also includes Mimic and Cronos. Last week, Del Toro, who directs and produces movies in English and Spanish, was honored by ShoWest for International Achievement in Filmmaking. Del Toro is attached to Hellboy 2 at Revolution, Killing on Carnival Row at New Line and Halo at Universal. His next film, the Spanish-language fairy tale Pan's Labyrinth, will be released by Picturehouse in the fall. Del Toro previously was with WMA. He remains with manager Gary Ungar. »

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