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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
I hope someone in Madrid is dimming the lights on the Schweppes sign; that would be a fitting tribute to one of its best actors. Álex Angulo, star of films such as The Day of the Beast, Live Flesh, and Pan's Labyrinth, has died in a traffic accident in his native Spain. Likely best known to film audiences through his work with Álex de la Iglesia, this is a tremendous loss for Spanish cinema.Born in the Basque country, Angulo got his start in local theatre before moving to film in 1981 with Escape to Segovia (directed by Imanol Uribe). But it was his film with de la Iglesia that brought him to greater prominence. First, as one half of conjoined twins in Mutant Action, who...
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I'm really excited to see Guillermo del Toro's first American rated 'R' horror film Crimson Peak. From what I've heard it's going to be great! io9 recently released an interview they conducted with the director in which he discusses the haunted house, Downton Abbey "class porn," and gothic kink.
Talking about the haunted house set they filmed in he said:
"The house decays. We needed to have the house feel a little bit like an orgasm. There's a line I already cut in the editing room where it says it lays down like an animal and it goes slowly mad. The house in the screenplay and in the movie has certain features that make it seem like a living organism. So, it's decaying. It's sitting in the middle of a field, rotting.
"We knew that the top needed to be sort of the most weathered part of the house. »
- Joey Paur
Toronto - On movie set visits, occasionally journalists won't get the chance to talk to directors at all. Sometimes the directors are artistes, too far down the cinematic rabbit hole to engage in casual chit-chat with the fourth estate. Sometimes the directors merely glorified puppets, but the producers are happy to put themselves forward instead. And sometimes the directors are friendly, smart and well-adjusted, but making movies is such complicated work that they can't spare more than two minutes for a smile-and-wave, lest the production between to teeter like an ill-formed game of Mouse Trap. Guillermo del Toro plays by his own rules. It's mid-March on the Toronto set of Legendary/Universal’s "Crimson Peak" and del Toro is literally lifting the roof off of his production to let a small group of reporters see the inner-workings of his Victorian haunted house drama. Actually, over the course of a lengthy day on set, »
- Daniel Fienberg
I have always been fascinated by Guillermo del Toro's filmmaking prowess, especially his foreign language endeavors and own creations such as the brilliantly dark and twisted Pan's Labyrinth. I also enjoy the two Hellboy films that are del Toro's interpretation of another well established property, but he's at his best when his mind creates its own worlds and lets them flourish in the most unexpected and sometimes macabre ways -- as is the case with his new FX series, The Strain.
It's fitting that the highest profile vampire drama series on TV, HBO's True Blood, is playing out its final season as FX gives birth to the summer thriller, The Strain. Declining ratings prove that audiences are tiring of vampire romances, glittering skin and laughable campy sex for the sake of fueling social media drivel. Creators Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who developed The Strain for FX off »
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
Guillermo del Toro is the kind of filmmaker who leaves me wanting more — just not always in the best way. Whether he's adapting someone else's work with the "Hellboy" films, or inventing his own stories with something like "Pan's Labyrinth," del Toro leaves no hallucinatory stone unturned, no burst of inspiration unexplored. I've often walked out of his movies impressed by the depth and breadth of the creativity on display, yet frustrated at how little time there was to thoroughly explore it all. I wouldn't want to take away the big budgets and fancy effects work that he can apply to something like "Pacific Rim," but I've been itching for a while to see what del Toro might do with an ongoing television series, where he could drill down deep and expand each concept to its fullest, rather than rushing to fit them all into two hours. "The Strain," the »
- Alan Sepinwall
We learned last month that Guillermo del Toro is set to bring Pacific Rim 2 to theaters in 2017, but the Pan's Labyrinth helmer today tells Collider that he's going to be making a small-scale film first. Not unlike how Joss Whedon followed Marvel's The Avengers with his Much Ado About Nothing, del Toro is planning on shooting it in black and white. »
After offering updates on the script and announcing an April 2017 release date for Pacific Rim 2 recently, many assumed that this sequel would be director Guillermo del Toro's next project. As it turns out, that is not the case, with the filmmaker revealing that he plans to shoot a small black and white movie in early 2015 before starting principal photography on Pacific Rim 2 at the end of next year.
"Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting-we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, »
Toronto, On. The set is neat and tidy, a two-level suburban home ready for guests. On the ground floor, there's an orderly living room and an adjacent kitchen. The rugs are flat and properly placed, the chairs and tables laid out to encourage openness, the couch looks comfortable. The pictures on the walls and in leaning frames are spic-and-span. You could practically eat off the floors, were it not for the unfortunately mutilated body. The corpse looks almost restful. And when I say "almost restful," I mean "as restful as a decapitated corpse could possibly look." It's just there. On its back. Without a head. There are no signs of struggle. And for good reason. The corpse has nothing to do with the scene that will next be shot in this house on the Toronto set of FX's "The Strain." Or at least that's what the group of reporters wandering »
- Daniel Fienberg
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