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Guillermo Del Toro Talks the Horror and Romance of 'Crimson Peak' at Comic-Con

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Guillermo del Toro, who's become quite the Comic-Con fixture, hugging fanboys and journos alike, admits that his gothic horror-romance, "Crimson Peak" (Oct. 16, 2015), is the biggest movie he's ever made. "Not only the scope is bigger, but I'm going to use a word that I don't normally touch, and that's ambition," he told me after his profane-laced Legendary Hall H panel. "This is an ambitious movie from the thematic point of view and from the visual point of view." However, even though del Toro constructed "an entire Victorian mansion three stories high, with working elevators, working bathrooms, rooms, a full library," the directors insists that "Crimson Peak" is not a haunted house movie. Rather, with a great cast consisting of Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Tom Hiddleston, this is gothic romance with a touch of horror that only del Toro could dream up: tapping both sides of his personality --. »


- Bill Desowitz

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Titans Peter Jackson and George Miller Take Over the Con with 'Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (Posters & Trailers)

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Despite the momentary wow factor of glimpsing that spooky stare-down in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (yes, Ben Affleck looks perfectly suited as The Dark Knight), the real joy of the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday was Peter Jackson and George Miller geeking out about the "The Hobbit" finale and the re-imagined "Mad Max." For Jackson, "The Battle of the Five Armies" represents the culmination of a 20-year cinematic love affair with J.R.R. Tolkien. In fact, he told moderator Stephen Colbert, the ultimate fanboy/expert, dressed in Middle-Earth garb, that the original plan was to make "The Hobbit" before "The Lord of the Rings." But Jackson intimated that the sequencing worked out better this way, with "The Hobbit" trilogy serving as a semi-prequel to the apocalyptic masterwork. While "An Unexpected Journey" is whimsical and innocent, and "The Desolation of Smaug" darker and more »


- Bill Desowitz

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Exclusive Trailer: 'Up Series' Director Michael Apted Reveals the Art of the Lens in New Doc 'Bending the Light'

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Set to world-premiere at Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival on August 3, tireless Brit auteur Michael Apted's upcoming documentary "Bending the Light" takes a close look at the relationship between camera lenses, and photographers and filmmakers. Toh! has an exclusive on the film's trailer, below, plus the synopsis: From acclaimed director Michael Apted ("The Up Series," "Masters of Sex," "The World Is Not Enough") comes a revealing look at the art of filmmaking and photography. A journey of glass, the film explores the relationship between the artisans who craft camera lenses and the masters of light who use these lenses to capture their art form.  "Bending the Light" features never-before-seen footage from inside a premier Japanese lens factory, intimate interviews with lens engineers, and a peek into the world of award-winning photographers and cinematographers Greg Gorman, Laura El-Tantawy, Richard Barnes, and Stephen »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Career Watch: Three Emmy-Nominated TV Stars Make Movie Moves

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These days, a movie star can easily make the switch to TV with no loss of stature.  In fact, Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed work on the HBO series “True Detective” probably helped to seal the deal on his Oscar win for “Dallas Buyers Club.” But taking the leap from TV to film? That’s an iffier proposition. Just because someone is popular on a small screen doesn’t mean they will have the same impact at the multiplex. And audiences often have a problem accepting a lead of a long-running series as a different character. Here are three actors – all competing for Emmys when this year’s ceremony airs on Aug. 25 – who have had varying degrees of success with conquering film.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 53, lead actress in a comedy series for HBO’s “Veep” Signature line:  “Only that it sucked.” – Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, replying when asked what was bad about »


- Susan Wloszczyna

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Ti West Moonlights on Trailers from Hell for 'Teen Wolf'

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1985's "Teen Wolf" flips the similarly themed "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" on its head. Instead of the heavy breathing psychodrama of Michael Landon’s tortured teen, we’re treated to a family-friendly comedy where Michael Fox’s lycanthropic curse is used as a metaphor for self-empowerment. Director Rod Daniel’s film was a modest success leading to a sequel, a cartoon show and a live-action series that debuted in 2011 and is still running. »


- Trailers From Hell

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Exclusive: Outfest Horror Fave 'Lyle,' Starring Gaby Hoffmann, to Be Self-Distributed by Filmmakers (Trailer)

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Eschewing more traditional distribution models, director Stewart Thorndike and producer Alex Scharfman have elected to stream "Lyle," the first of three female-focused horror films, for free. Streaming starts August 4 on the film's website, while Thorndike and Scharfman begin a Kickstarter campaign for their next film "Putney." This little domestic horror film a la "Rosemary's Baby" and "Repulsion," the effervescent Gaby Hoffmann ("Crystal Fairy," "Obvious Child" and HBO's "Girls") sheds her comedy routine for darker meat, here as a pregnant lesbian who becomes increasingly terrified by the world around her, questioning the motives of her lover and her friends and neighbors. Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress Award at Outfest, where the film world-premiered. "Lyle" is a well-shot and moody slice of terror, and perfect for streaming at home -- a place where, for Hoffmann's character, the »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: New 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Red Band Comic-Con Trailer Stars Sexy Alba, Green & Dawson

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The latest trailer for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is here, and this time it's Red Band, and out of Comic-Con. From director Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist/co-director Frank Miller, this stylish, slick, black-and-white crime thriller hits theaters August 22 -- and it stars Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and all sorts of young and beautiful people doing very bad things. Read up on the Weinsteins' savvy, sexy marketing campaign here. Trailer below. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Weinstein Co. Awards Plans Come Into Focus: What Are Their Oscar Frontrunners?

28 July 2014 9:56 AM, PDT

Dating a film says a lot about a distributor's plans. So the later the film comes out--in the thick of the most congested season of the year-- the more willing the company is to step up and promote. It means they have skin in the Oscar game. There's no other reason to put out a limited-release movie in that time frame. Every year, Hollywood looks to the Weinstein Co. to put several awards-season players in the race. A wide release (such as Dimension's "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," set for August 22, and Christmas opener "Paddington Bear") bespeaks less confidence in award-season play, which usually involves sticking around in theaters for a while. At Cannes this May, Harvey Weinstein hosted his usual dog and pony show at the Hotel Majestic to promote his upcoming slate. There was plenty to savor. But it was hard to tell which »


- Anne Thompson

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Watch: Teaser for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,' Marking Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Role

28 July 2014 8:05 AM, PDT

Said Philip Seymour Hoffman to Rolling Stone in 2005: "No one knows me. No one understands me. That's the other thing that changes as you get older. It's like everybody understands you. But no one understands me." With Hoffman's well-reviewed "A Most Wanted Man" scoring at the box office and the latest "Hunger Games" trailer-- marking Hoffman's last screen role --launched at Comic-Con, Rolling Stone is reposting their February feature, “Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Days,” which runs interviews with those who loved and (possibly) knew the man on a deeper, more personal level. While much of the article is a portrait in line with others that ran after his death, the rest does make us privy to something more complicated than his public persona— he was a man who "understood something dark and sad about human behavior.” Those who admired the actor — and I’d assume that’s just »


- Nick Newman

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Watch: Non-Stop Action in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Comic-Con Trailer

27 July 2014 5:56 PM, PDT

The highlight of the Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel Saturday wasn't "Batman vs. Superman." It was George Miller's return to Max Max, "Fury Road." And Warner marketing didn't miss a trick, releasing the trailer for the post-apocalyptic actioner and posters the next day. Here you go.  When I interviewed Mel Gibson in Karlovy Vary (here), he told me that George Miller had initially considered casting him in "Fury Road" some years ago, but finally he was too old and they didn't see a need for a cameo. But new Max Rockatansky Tom Hardy did meet with Gibson to get his blessing, and he was impressed by the actor. Gibson says that Miller was trying to outdo not only his original trilogy, which reached its peak with the hugely influential "Road Warrior," but Quentin Tarantino in action mode. Miller wanted this movie--written by Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris-- to never stop moving, »


- Anne Thompson

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