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Everything you need to know about Guillermo del Toro’s new horror television series…
A Boeing 747 lays dead on JFK airport’s runway, its lights off and crew not responding. Frantic control tower officials blame ‘technical faults’ and ‘terrorism,’ though there are no signs of struggle or escape. Whatever caused this is still locked inside.
No, this isn’t the beginning of Paul Greengrass’ latest movie, or a morally ambiguous Derren Brown special. It’s the opening of The Strain, Guillermo del Toro’s bestselling vampire-epidemic trilogy of books, which then became a television series.
This is the story of those books. Of their journey from an eight-year-old Mexican boy’s already-twisted imagination to failed pitches, unlikely bromances and, eventually, a television series that could redefine vampirism for the modern age.
The Strain doesn’t restrain its soul to just vampires. It’s also a global conspiracy, virus outbreak thriller »
- Oliver Davis
These are the people the Dccu is being founded on. I'm sorry to all those that are offended by these facts, but you can't take a bunch of rotten tomatoes and throw them in a basket... and then magically get a fresh tomato. And no, Marvel isn't paying off Rt, Warners Brothers Runs The Site. Last 3 movies Zack Snyder has directed: Man of Steel - 56% Rotten Sucker Punch - 23% Rotten Legend of the Guardians - 50% Rotten Every movie David Goyer has ever written that wasn't directed by Christopher Nolan: Man of Steel - 56% Rotten Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - 18% Rotten The Unborn - 11% Rotten Jumper - 16% Rotten Ghost Rider - 26% Rotten The Invisible - 20% Rotten Blade Trinity - 26% Rotten Zigzag - 40% Rotten Blade II - 59% Rotten Dark City - 74% Fresh! Blade - 55% Rotten On Deadly Ground - »
Blade was a very different kind of comic book film when it was released. For starters, there are not a lot of hard R-rated comic book flicks. However it also delivered on the action front, as well as one of the best portrayals of a protagonist. Wesley Snipes simply Is Blade. When Guillermo del Toro took the reigns for Blade II, he delivered one of the most fun comic book flicks of all time. Afterwards, series writer David S. Goyer stepped up to the plate to direct the third installment, »
- Sean Wist
On Monday's (July 21) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "The Strain," Guillermo del Toro was asked about Bleak House, the supplementary residence he purchased to serve as a museum of sorts for his vast collection of toys, props, books and memorabilia mostly relating to his beloved horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. "Well, I have the same restraint collecting that I have eating," del Toro cracked. The "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Blade II" director has always enjoyed joking about his appetites, which extend beyond eating and collecting into intellectual and conversational realms as well. If, for example, you want to talk fairy tales with del Toro, you have to be prepared to discuss varied international histories for certain stories, while bringing in Bruno Bettelheim as well. Last week, I posted a brief-ish report from a day on the set of del Toro's "Crimson Peak," just a sampling from the nearly two »
- Daniel Fienberg
For this week’s quiz we were going to tie in to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by keeping it simple with one question: what the hell happened at the end of the 2001 reboot? But hey, even Tim Burton couldn’t answer that one, so instead, with the San Diego Comic Con-International on the horizon we’ve decided it’s high time we tested your knowledge of superhero movies. So, if you’re feeling confident, take the quiz below and see how many of the 25 superhero movies you can name – and don’t forget to share your score for all to see…
Question 2 Watchmen Minutemen Justice League
Question 5 The Fantastic Four Fantastic Four Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Question 6 Superman: The Movie »
- Gary Collinson
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 Night Zero
In terms of having a pedigree, The Strain ticks all the critical boxes, and then some. I’m a huge fan of the work of Guillermo del Toro and this show is based on a series of novels that he and Chuck Hogan wrote. He also directs the opening episode, and Chuck Hogan also helped co-write it. What could possibly go wrong?
I was somewhat concerned that in the first couple of minutes this show managed to deliver at least two Wtf moments. But before I get to them, it’s worth noting that the arrival of an aircraft travelling from Germany to the USA where everyone is dead isn’t the most original opening for a TV series. Because that »
Toronto, On. With "Lost" (and "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr," if you like) front and center on his resume, Carlton Cuse knows a thing or two relating to fanboys, but that's actually how he originally came to Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's "The Strain" series. "Almost two years ago, I was approached by Wme and asked whether I actually knew this property, 'The Strain' trilogy," Cuse recalls, sitting with a small roundtable of reporters on the Toronto set of "The Strain," which premieres on FX on July 13. "In fact, I had read the first book just as a fanboy, just because I was intrigued by it and loved Guillermo's stuff. I actually had a little bit of a relationship with Chuck Hogan. We had talked at one point about doing something else together. I really loved the book. So Wme said, 'Hey, would you consider meeting with Guillermo? »
- Daniel Fienberg
We know Guillermo del Toro today as a wildly imaginative filmmaker, whose films blend a sense of the fantastic with a deep streak of the macabre, all while inspiring wonder with their unique, spectacular visuals. Now a fan-favorite, some of his recent films, like the kaiju movie Pacific Rim and the grotesque fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, contain some of the most arresting cinematic imagery in recent memory.
A decade ago, the Mexican filmmaker’s earlier horror films – like Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone – placed him on Hollywood’s radar, leading to the Mira Sorvino horror movie Mimic, Marvel comic book sequel Blade II and 2004′s Hellboy. Del Toro accomplished what seemed like a minor miracle: adapting writer-artist Mike Mignola’s oddball, mythologically rich comic book into ...
- Anthony Vieira
Vampire. Envision the creature. Do you picture the classic cloaked version? Or the frilly shirt-wearing kind? Or the feral? Or god forbid the sparkly ones? Vampires come in all shapes and sizes, and with Rigor Mortis coming to Blu-ray and DVD on July 8th, we decided to take a look at some of our favorites.
Ever since Bram Stoker brought us Dracula, filmmakers and storytellers have been modifying vamps and making them into all sorts of unique beasties. Some are pretty and some are really, really ugly… but they all drink blood and use humans like we use cattle.
Rigor Mortis features a very unique type of vampire, and it's always fun to see a creature that expands the legend.
So let's take a look at some of the coolest types of vampires that have come into our lives.
For starters, we'll begin with the classic vampire. And what do we mean by "classic" vampire? »
- Scott Hallam
There’s a hint of trepidation any time a new series lands on the small screen. Censorship limitations, fiscal restrictions and an abundance of writers and directors can easily serve as points of distraction for promising concepts.
Sometimes there are just too many chiefs and not enough Indians, and when you’ve got too many chiefs attempting to hold rule over a tribe with the barest of necessities, things can head south in an instant. That’s the law of the land.
Ultimately, the legitimately scintillating concepts tend to succeed, assuming the funds are there to capitalize on and the featuring network is lenient enough to truly push the envelope, if the idea in question calls for the courageous, that is.
FX’s new monster, “The Strain” (which premieres on July 13th), calls for the courageous, unquestionably. A brilliant interpretation of one of history’s most-beloved classics (more on that, »
- Matt Molgaard
After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
Killer bug and insect invasion films are some of the most challenging to really nail in a memorable manner. I honestly believe that’s why so few directors and production companies will even entertain the idea of approaching the critters.
They’re typically goofy flicks, and most who would consider themselves “serious” filmmakers (whatever that is) probably wouldn’t waste a scoff at the thought of creating one. But every once in a while something special arrives and leaves its mark on our psyche.
Perhaps it’s an over-the-top exploitation piece that happens to piece the puzzle together properly. Maybe it’s a film so astonishingly complex and multi-layered that one cannot avoid the intrigue of a grand mind fuck. It doesn’t matter why bug flicks work or how bug flicks work. What matters is that when the truly innovative minds out there set out to make a film of this nature, »
- Matt Molgaard
In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have »
- Brad Brevet
MTV has released an extended trailer for the fourth season of its werewolf thriller which premieres June 23rd. This season sees the gang being targeted by a group of hunters targeting supernatural creatures.
Netflix has released the trailer for the second season of its supernatural thriller series "Hemlock Grove". All the episodes of the new season will premiere on the streaming service at once on July 11th.
HBO have released a second full-length trailer for its upcoming drama about how the Earth's population deals with the disappearance of a random 2% of the population. The new series premieres June 29th.
Starz has released a new introductory featurette for the first season of its period time travel romance drama "Outlander" which premieres August 9th. The clip boasts some new footage showcasing the scale.
Whilst the many vague teasers have probably caused some to lost interest, »
- Garth Franklin
Tyrion Lannister, Daryl Dixon, John Diggle... These are the TV characters we couldn't bear to lose...
Following the rumour that a monster-ratings show about to go into its fifth season has killed off yet another character, we at Den Of Geek thought we'd do our bit to protect our TV loved ones. It may well be dramatically expedient or a narrative necessity for a few cast-members to be sent their P45s from time to time, but there are some characters we simply can't let them take away.
To this end, we've harnessed the power of the desperate, snivelling beg. Below, our writers have chosen the vulnerable TV characters from currently-airing shows that they'd be lost without, and in unison we ask, please please don't kill them off.
So TV gods, if you're listening, hear our prayers...
Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead
Those of us who have more »
As a filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro is best known for the bottomless reserves of imagination manifested in his direction; whether he’s putting his artistic stamp on preexisting characters (a la Blade II or the Hellboy films) and niche cinematic traditions (as in Pacific Rim), or spinning his own dark, modern fairy tale with the award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth, del Toro injects his work with personal vision and creativity. Put another way, you’ll always know a del Toro film when you see one.
But there’s another side to the Mexican auteur that isn’t recognized quite as widely, and that’s his status as a mentor and producer. From The Orphanage, to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, to last year’s Mama, del Toro has long invested himself in helping upcoming filmmakers bring their own projects to life on ...
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- Andy Crump
You’d think that vampires would be averse to the summer season, but instead they’re all coming out to play. The final season of True Blood arrives on HBO in June – and in July, FX will premiere the first season of The Strain, a horror series based on the novel of the same name by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The two writers co-scripted the pilot episode of The Strain and will serve as executive producers for the rest of the season. Del Toro’s first feature film, Cronos, was a vampire movie and he later went on to direct Blade II, so it’s safe to say that he’s comfortable in the genre.
The Strain kicks off with a Boeing 777 arriving at JFK airport, completely dark with the shades pulled down and all communications offline. ...
Click to continue reading ‘The Strain’ TV Trailer: Vampires on a »
- H. Shaw-Williams
1998′s Blade movie was undoubtedly the trigger that instigated the current huge popularity being enjoyed by comic book movies as a genre – the pioneer of the modern comic book movie, so to speak. It was swiftly followed by fellow Marvel offerings X-Men (2000) and Spider-Man (2002) and the rest is history.
Such was Blade’s success, it spawned two sequels – 2002′s Blade II and 2004′s Blade: Trinity – and a 2006 television series (Blade: The Series) that was set in the same continuity as the movies, albeit starring a different actor (Wesley Snipes was replaced by Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones).
However, it has been ten years since the last movie and the television series did pretty badly performance wise (it was cancelled after one season because of poor ratings). Sticky Fingaz certainly won’t be asked to return and, at 51 years old, Wesley Snipes’ vampire hunting days are over. So how about a Blade reboot? »
- Kev Stewart
Soul or blood-sucking creatures have been a part of folklore for thousands of years, and the modern vampire myth grasped the imagination in the early 18th century and has never really left us since.
A striking retelling of the story came in 2004, with John Ajvide Lindqvist's stunning novel Let the Right One In - later adapted into Tomas Alfredson's 2008 Swedish film and Matt Reeves's 2010 English-language remake Let Me In.
5. Edward Cullen from Twilight
"I love Twilight. I used to live in Luton and had a Cineworld ticket thing, and I'd go along to those films in a Ghostbusters top so that all the teenage girls that were sitting around »
Echo of the Mountain also scoops a top prize at the film festival in Mexico.Scroll down for full list of winners
Matias Lucchesi’s debut feature Natural Sciences (Ciencias naturales) scooped a top prize, the Golden Mayahuel and €14,700 ($20,000) in cash, in the Ibero-American competition of the 29th Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg), March 21-30.
The Argentinian production follows an adolescent girl’s quest to reconnect with her estranged father and was launched last month at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Generation Kplus Grand Prix.
Sold by Urban Distribution, it beat competition from 18 other titles to take the top prize and also received the best screenplay award and the Feisal (Latin American Film Schools) trophy.
Lead stars Paula Herzog and Paola Barrientos shared the best actress prize.
Echo of the Mountain (Eco de la Montana), a documentary directed by veteran Nicolas Echevarria, won the prize for best Mexican film, which included »
- email@example.com (Alexis Grivas)
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