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Many big screen biographies are often accused of taking…liberties…with the facts, often to help the finished film’s pacing. After all, unless it’s a TV mini-series, it’s difficult to compress a remarkable life into an evening at the movies. Film makers will frequently switch the order of events along with the popular practice of using composite characters (a little bit of this fella’, and a bit of this old pal, and…), even inventing supporting roles, or tagging real folks with invented names. And then there are fantasy tales using a real person (and elements of his life) as the story’s heroic center. In Hollywood famous true Western outlaws like Billy the Kid and Jesse James were the leads in many fictional flicks (hey, those two “met” Dracula and Frankenstein’s daughter!). Those on the opposite side of the law like Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson »
- Jim Batts
Here's where angels sit down to weep next to devils -- the often-brilliant Guillermo del Toro's big Gothic romance / gory ghost epic looks mighty fancy but is a mess in too many ways to count. Say it Ain't So, Guillermo! Crimson Peak Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal / Legendary 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver. Cinematography Dan Laustsen Film Editor Bernat Vilaplana Original Music Fernando Velásquez Written by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Quite the wonder child of fantasy and horror, Guillermo del Toro has made near masterpieces in the Spanish language but not fared as well breaking through the Hollywood blockbuster barrier. His top-grossing American film might be Blade II. His equally talented compatriot Alfonso Cuarón has »
- Glenn Erickson
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When you imagine a film shoot, you might picture glitz, glamour and lots of grinning from those lucky enough to be actively involved in the moviemaking industry. Most of the time though, positive preconceptions like these couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes, in filmmaking, serious sh*t goes down.
Just recently, for example, Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant has been singled out as a particularly troubled production with displeased divides forming between the cast and crew. Tension on set seemed rife, with the only grinning in sight coming from those individuals with a ‘grin and bear it’ mentality (Leonardo DiCaprio bear pun very much intended).
The full extent of that film’s behind-the-scenes troubles hasn’t surfaced yet, but Hollywood history is littered with similar stories.
Here are ten film shoots that went woefully off the rails, threatening to ruin major movies in the process… »
- Rob Leane
Now that Crimson Peak has come and gone, and Pacific Rim 2 has been put on the back burner for now, Guillermo del Toro is currently looking for the next film he can sink his teeth into. And he might decide to remake one of science fiction.s classics. The Hollywood Reporter says that the director/writer/producer is in talks to direct and develop a re-telling of Fantastic Voyage. The film would be done in conjunction with 20th Century Fox and James Cameron.s Lightstorm Entertainment. This project would reunite him with David Goyer, the writer of his 2002 film Blade II. The original Fantastic Voyage, which was released in 1966 and starred Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence, among others, told a tale of sci-fi adventure filled with wonder. The story focused on a crew of doctors who are shrunk to atomic size, along with a pilot, a federal agent and an »
With Pacific Rim 2 on hold indefinitely, it seems that Guillermo del Toro may have found his next project, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the filmmaker is in talks with 20th Century Fox and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment about directing a remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage.
The project would reunite del Toro with Blade II screenwriter David S. Goyer, who is writing the script for the remake with Justin Rhodes (Grassroots) and “revolves around a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent in a miniature submarine inside the body of a scientist to save his life.”
- Gary Collinson
5 items from 2016
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