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Books are often the source for some of the greatest film and television adaptations, but flip the scenario and it can be said that movies and TV can also be among the greatest sources for books. Behind the scenes nonfiction offers a peak behind the curtain of the dream factory. Art books often enhance a reader’s perspective of film and television. Companion books do both, expanding a reader’s attachment and understanding of the source material while giving a glimpse into the detailed world building of its creators. This past month, three books, Guillermo Del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities, Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2 and The Adventure Time Encyclopedia have each improved on the visual experience of the films and shows they celebrate.
Guillermo Del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities
Guillermo Del Toro is one of the most imaginative filmmakers working today. He is influenced by everything from Lovecraft, »
- Tony Nunes
File this one under ‘thoroughly unsurprising news.’ The Strain, a vampire horror-thriller based on the trilogy by fantasy maestro Guillermo del Toro and bestselling novelist Chuck Hogan, has been ordered to series over at FX. The thirteen-episode series is set to bow next summer, with del Toro directing the pilot.
It was almost a given from the get-go that FX would pick The Strain up to series, given del Toro’s near-legendary status as a filmmaker. The acclaimed director (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) has previously delivered terrific entries in the horror genre including Cronos and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, but he’s never brought his gothic, gorgeously detailed style to a major television network before.
- Isaac Feldberg
Feature Ryan Lambie 18 Nov 2013 - 06:57
His films may be varied in subjects and themes - from vampire tales to dark childhood fantasies to subterranean mutant insect movies - but if there’s one thing that unites all the films of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, it’s their immaculately-crafted worlds.
From his first feature, Cronos (1993), to his most recent, this year’s Pacific Rim, del Toro’s films create their own perfectly-realised reality that gives the impression of more things occurring beyond the confines of the screen. Even his two celebrated Spanish-language fantasy dramas, The Devil’s Backbone (2001) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), although set during the turbulent period of the Spanish Civil War, fuse a sense of historical realism with del Toro’s own appetite for exotic fantasy. »
Chicago – Guillermo Del Toro is one of the most imaginative filmmakers alive. Even when his films don’t fully come together, there’s that spark of creativity that is truly Del Toro. He has so much going on upstairs that he needs to put it on paper, producing pages and pages of notes, drawings, etc. I’ve seen it.
When I interviewed the man for “Pan’s Labyrinth,” I noticed a dusty notebook on the table next to him and asked if I could see it. He kindly let me leaf through it and it was fascinating even in those brief minutes I got to look at it. I can’t tell you how happy I am to now be able to own a version of it in the excellent “Guillermo Del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities,” one of the best film-related book releases of 2013. Even if you don’t love »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We've seen some really cool "man caves" in our day, but nothing compares to Guillermo del Toro's Bleak House. In fact, calling Bleak House a "man cave" is a bit of an insult -- it's an entirely self-contained second house that serves as the home for everything that inspires and delights the filmmaker. If you're a sci-fi, fantasy or horror geek, this is like Shangri-la... Gdt gave fans a guided tour of the house in the extras on the Criterion release of his film Cronos, but the video is making the rounds again this week -- and really, when something is this cool, it's worth revisiting. Bleak House is filled to the brim with thousands of DVDs, videocassettes, pieces of artwork, props, figures and other assorted goodies. The...
- Mike Bracken
As part of a special feature on Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of Guillermo del Toro’s film Cronos, the director takes us on a tour of Bleak House – a home used to store his massive collection of film props, posters, toys, and other incredible movie memorabilia. Watch the video below. Enjoy!
The post Video of the day: Guillermo del Toro’s guided tour of his bleak house appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Kyle Reese
Fans of Guillermo del Toro will get a better look into the mind of the visionary filmmaker when Cabinet of Curiosities is released. The extensive book will be available later this month and includes notes and drawings from del Toro’s private journals and filmmaking diaries. We have details on what you can expect from the book and an official trailer for the upcoming release:
“For more than two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. From his first feature-length film, the modern classic Cronos, to his best-selling novels, to his latest movie Pacific Rim, del Toro has proven himself to be a one-of-a-kind creative visionary able to bring his singular sensibility equally to Hollywood blockbusters such as Hellboy and to more personal projects such as the Oscar–winning Pan’s Labyrinth. Now comes a gift and gorgeous »
- Jonathan James
Attention monsters lovers!
Guillermo del Toro has a book that explores his thoughts and imaginations into monsters, creatures and other obsessions.
“Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections and Other Obsessions” look into his personal drawings and scribbles that help him create his stories.
The book has personal journal entries linking his thought process on the movies and a good look into the stuff around his house.
A limited edition of the book will also be sold. The limited edition will include an “ingeniously designed in a partitioned, two-drawer replica of a cabinet and featuring never-before-released artwork and a trio of custom components drawn from his films. »
- Gig Patta
If there's one filmmaker whose mind I'd most like to spend a vacation inside, it's without a doubt Guillermo del Toro. And this October, we're all going to get the chance to do that. Read on for all the details about the upcoming book Cabinet of Curiosities!
From the Press Release
For more than two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. From his first feature-length film, the modern classic Cronos, to his best-selling novels, to his latest movie Pacific Rim, del Toro has proven himself to be a one-of-a-kind creative visionary able to bring his singular sensibility equally to Hollywood blockbusters such as Hellboy and to more personal projects such as the Oscar–winning Pan’s Labyrinth. Now comes a gift and gorgeous keepsake for his legions of fans: Guillermo Del Toro Cabinet Of Curiosties: My Notebooks, »
- John Squires
Following yesterday's reveal of the Guillermo del Toro created opening to "The Simpsons" Halloween special, the director has another treat for fans coming to book shelves. Fans have always wanted a peek inside del Toro's notebook containing writing and countless sketches from inside his mind that usually end up being brough to the big screen. Now Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities is on the way, and it's basically an annotated version of several of del Toro's notebooks, and it features additional notes and pictures to go along with material from the notebooks. And you can get a sneak peek with a trailer below. Here's the trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities via Collider: Here's the official synopsis: Over the last two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own, astonishing audiences with Cronos, Hellboy, »
- Ethan Anderton
For more than two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. From his first feature-length film, the modern classic Cronos, to his best-selling novels, to his latest movie Pacific Rim, del Toro has proven himself to be a one-of-a-kind creative visionary able to bring his singular sensibility equally to Hollywood blockbusters such as Hellboy and to more personal projects such as the Oscar–winning Pan’s Labyrinth.
Now comes a gift and gorgeous keepsake for his legions of fans: Guillermo Del Toro Cabinet Of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions (Harper Design; On Sale October 29, 2013: $60.00, 256 pages; Isbn: 978-0-06-208284-8), a lavishly illustrated book that is an intimate look into one of the most imaginative minds of this century.
- Michelle McCue
Have you every watched one of Guillermo Del Toro's films and wanted to know exactly what kind of a mind could come up with these films? Whether it be Cronos or Mimic or the amazing Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo Del Toro is a unique filmmaker with a very distinct visual style. Unless you are lucky enough to know the man and talk with him at length about movies, you probably don't know much about the method to his madness. Now, you can find out simply by purchasing this amazing new book titled »
- Alex Maidy
For the first time in who knows how long, the infamous couch gag for "The Simpsons" annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode — this year's, airing Sunday night, is Xxiv (or 24 in modern numerals) — was done by someone way outside of the usual Matt Groening team.
Apparent "Simpsons" superfan and Hollywood horror director Guillermo del Toro was picked for the job, and today his spooky handiwork is in. Not surprisingly, the sequence is chock full of movie references, but would you have guessed that most of 'em would be his own?
While del Toro did pay serious homage to some of the the genre's greats like Alfred Hitchcock with "The Birds" and Stephen King with "The Shining" and H.P. Lovecraft's hideous monsters, he also made sure to include plenty of mini-tributes to his own collection of works, like "Hellboy," "Blade II," "Mimic," "Cronos" and "Pan's Labyrinth."
For the latter, he featured »
- Amanda Bell
The near three-minute sequence are a tribute to horror film and literary classics (from "Phantom of the Paradise" to Lovecraft, Poe and Matheson), along with some small appearances from his own films including "Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy," "Blade 2," "Mimic," "The Devil's Backbone" and "Cronos".
- Garth Franklin
The Devils Backbone (2001) (DVD Review) Directed By: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi Rated: R/Region: 1/1:85/Number of disc: 2 Available from Criterion Collection The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, The Devils Backbone tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his f… »
Mondo has unveiled two Guillermo del Toro posters.
Del Toro previously adapted Mignola's Hellboy property into two films.
The comics creator reteamed with prolific colourist Stewart on the poster for the offbeat vampire movie Cronos.
Davis - who provided monster designs for del Toro's Pacific Rim - illustrated the Devil's Backbone poster.
The limited edition posters will go on sale today.
The covers of Criterion Collection Blu-rays/DVDs are renowned for their stunning artwork, but strangely, they're almost never turned into posters. Out of the hundreds of Criterion titles, only 18 have posters you can buy on the Criterion website. Thankfully, Mondo is picking up a couple of Criterion's covers by releasing posters for Guillermo del Toro's Cronos and The Devil's Backbone. The Cronos cover was done by Hellboy artist Mike Mingola, and while The Devil's Backbone cover looks like Mingola's work, it's actually by Guy Davis. Both pieces are gorgeous, and Mondo will have them on sale tomorrow. Hit the jump for more details and to check out the posters. Click here to order the Blu-ray for Cronos and click here to order the Blu-ray for The Devil's Backbone. The posters will be on sale at a random time on Wednesday, July 31st. Follow @MondoNews for the announcement. Cronos By »
- Matt Goldberg
Present day screenprinting giants, Mondo, are set to release brand new screenprinted posters for two of director Guillermo Del Toro’s most adored films, Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone at a random time tomorrow (July 31st), so if you fright fiends are fans of either film, be sure to keep your refresh finger ready! Below is the official press release regarding the prints:
Tomorrow Mondo continues their collaboration with The Criterion Collection by celebrating two releases from one of their favorite filmmakers, Guillermo Del Toro. Cronos (spine #551) features artwork by the legendary Mike Mignola and separations made especially for this screenprint by multiple Eisner award-winning colorist David Stewart. The Devil’S Backbone (spine #666) features all new artwork by the renowned comic illustrator Guy Davis in a beautiful 9 color screenprint.
The Criterion Collection has stunning blu-ray and dvd editions of both The Devil’S Backbone and Cronos available now. Please check www. »
7: Hellboy 2
There’s a palpable joy to Hellboy II: The Golden Army, a tactile love that graces every scene, bringing to life a fantastical world full of wonders and terrors, and enlivening the proceedings with enough cleverness to keep things moving along. Where Hellboy is a servicable comic-book adaptation from the early era of the genre, when studios wanted to slap together a film of anything that had ever been on the shelf of a comic book store, Hellboy II is a fully formed vision; its Guillermo Del Toro letting loose, spending the collateral he earned with his masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth on a playground of his own fantasies.
If Hellboy is a super hero origin story, this sequel is the origin of a fully-formed mythos. The titular demon (Ron Perlman) leads a team of paranormal investigators (including Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Seth MacFarlane, and Jeffrey Tambor) in an »
I wanted to love “Pacific Rim” more. I suspect that’s a feeling most film critics had. After all, Guillermo del Toro is one of the good guys, a fantasy director with a poet’s soul. And the reviews were downright weird as a result: The critics tied themselves into knots attempting to give del Toro the benefit of the doubt, trying to find those qualities they respect about the director’s vision in a genre they’ve never much cared for.
“In a sense, ‘Pacific Rim’ winds up being not enough of a Guillermo del Toro movie,” opined Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty, voicing the sentiment just beneath the surface of so many other reviews. But what is a Guillermo del Toro movie?
It’s downright strange to consider how many of the critics referenced the director’s lower-budget, foreign-language Spanish Civil War allegories “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The »
- Peter Debruge
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