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"Imagine the weight on my shoulders. How many male superhero movies fail? So now, we finally get Wonder Woman with a female director, imagine if it fails. And you have no control over marketing, over budget. So without any control, you carry the fucking weight of gender equality for both characters and women directors. No way."
That's Lexi Alexander on the subject of whether she would direct WB/DC's Wonder Woman. See, the director has cultivated some geek cred with films like Punisher: War Zone and Green Street Hooligans, and has received some groundswell support to direct Ww. But, alas, Alexander hasn't received an offer, nor would she accept it if it came, according to her.
That's not to say she's going to back away from making a big, action epic. "People always say, ‘Fuck Hollywood. Do your own thing.’ Or they say, ‘Women do so well in documentaries and independent film, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Nana Pat was a very good sport dressed in a skeleton suit with black eyeshadow and lipstick.
Diags came as Medusa, with green plastic snakes springing from his hair, while Lewis Bloor covered up in a v-neck jumper and glasses. The pair were later pictured having a heated discussion in typical dramatic Towie style. »
It is as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins, trick or treating and stuffing your face with candy. Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without an annual viewing of the Disney spook-fest that is Hocus Pocus.
Firmly established as a cult classic, the 1993 movie was a surprise hit, taking 8 years to get made and originally being planned as a straight-to-tv project titled Disney's Haunted House.
21 years on from its release, we look back at the film's stars and find out where they are now.
1. Bette Midler as Winnie
What did Better Midler do after Hocus Pocus? She spent the next 21 years being Bette bloody Midler, isn't that enough for you? If you want more specifics, she's been nominated for three Grammys, produced a stage show, starred in her own self-titled sitcom, been on 7 tours, released 7 albums and starred in movies such as Parental Guidance, The Women and The Stepford Wives. »
"The Book of Life" is a colourful, slightly macabre animated story that draws from Mexican culture and aesthetic style. Told as a story-within-a-story, this is a straight-up fairy tale that sees the protagonist go on a traditional heroic quest, with visits to the underworld, battles with raging beasts, and overcoming family expectations.
For a film that has significant events that take place in the underworld, this seems like a weird title.
Originally the film was called "Day of the Dead," which, frankly, is much more in keeping with the film's style. While granting that there are entire swaths of the audience that would be caught, um, dead taking their children to a film of that title, from both a narrative and aesthetic point of view it's a much more apt title.
What's with Mexicans and all this death stuff?
That seemingly offensive question is a rhetorical question that the film explicitly raises, »
- Jason Gorber
Best Makeup and Hairstyling, a category whose name was changed in 2012 to include hairstyling, has typically been awarded to the film with the most extensive prosthetic makeup, usually to create creatures for sci-fi and fantasy films ("The Wolfman," "Pan's Labyrinth," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), or to age or transform actors in biopics ("La Vie en Rose," "Frida," "The Iron Lady"). -Break- Top 8 Sci-Fi Films Nominated For Best Picture However, last year's winner was "Dallas Buyers Club," which famously beat "Bad Grandpa" and "The Lone Ranger" despite a makeup budget of only $250. The previous year, Makeup/Hairstyling went to the period musical "Les Miserables," which beat a pair of films that fit the usual criteria: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" with its elaborate creature makeup, and "Hitchcock," which turne »
Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children's fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.
A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones, who stars in Focus' fall release The Theory of Everything) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. »
Production has begun on "A Monster Calls," directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children's fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release. "A Monster Calls" is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones, who stars in Focus' fall release The Theory of Everything) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, »
- Press Release
Brad is back from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it's the topic that dominates much of this episode. We're talking the best and worst of the fest, stories from the fest and Vince from FilmDrunk.com joins us to describe his first time in Toronto from a very different perspective. Brad also gives a brief review of The Drop as well as Wild before we get into some of the listener questions and comments as well as our regular assortment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and fan favorite genre director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth) have come together to develop a new installment of the popular horror video game series Silent Hill that will star Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints). Konami announced the game in an unusual way via an interactive teaser downloadable on the PlayStation Store (which you can see below captured by an excited, screaming fan). The last Silent Hill game to be released was 'Book of Memories' in 2012 which was available only on PlayStation Vita. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Here we are at what is a surprisingly modern list. At the beginning of this, I didn’t expect to see so much cultural impact coming from films so recently made, but that’s the way it goes. The films that define the horror genre aren’t necessarily the scariest or the most expensive or even the best. The films that define the genre point to a movement – movies that changed the game and influenced all the films after it. Movies that transcend the horror genre. Movies that broke the mold and changed the way horror can be created.
10. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
English Language Title: Pan’s Labyrinth
Directed by: Gullermo del Toro
It’s more a dark fantasy film than a horror film, but it would be tough to make a list of 50 of those. Plus, it has enough graphic, nightmarish images to push it over the threshold. »
- Joshua Gaul
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Alex Angulo (1953-2014) - Spanish Actor. He is best known here for playing the doctor in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth (see below). His other movies include the 2006 Gary Oldman starrer The Backwoods, Pedro Almodovar's Live Flesh and Alex de la Iglesia's The Day of the Beast, Accion Mutante and Dying of Laughter. He died in a car accident on July 20. (El Pais) Paul Apted (1967-2014) - Sound Editor. He worked on the...
- Christopher Campbell
If I were asked to make a list of my favorite people, I'm sure Guillermo Del Toro would take up at least three or four spots on the list all by himself. Sure, he's an amazing visual artist, with a rich and detailed imagination that seems to have no limits in scope or variety, and that is something you have to value in an age where we finally have technology that can keep up with him. And, yes, I think he's got a wicked sense of humor that comes out only in the overtly comic moments in his movies but also in the way he plays things straight. He's not above playing around with the audience and the way they expect things to unfold. He'll tell you a story and he'll stick it to you with some violation of convention, and if you're onboard, you'll laugh, and if you're not, »
- Drew McWeeny
For those of you who may not know, aside from being a self-sustaining filmmaker, director Robert Rodriguez also has his own TV network now called El Rey Network. It launched earlier this year and has fun stuff like a series adaptation of From Dusk Til Dawn, but it also has more compelling programming for those interested in the filmmaking side of things. One such show is "The Director's Chair," an hour-long series that features Rodriguez conducting in-depth interviews with various filmmakers. His most recent victim was Guillermo del Toro, and the two had quite an extensive chat, but one of the more fascinating bits involved del Toro's process as he designs his incredible movie monsters for the big screen. Watch now! Here's a tease of Guillermo del Toro's episodes of "The Director's Chair" from El Rey Network: The rest of the episode features some great discussion about Pan's Labyrinth, »
- Ethan Anderton
It doesn't feel quite like Comic-Con unless filmmaker Guillermo del Toro takes to the Hall H stage at some point during the four-day tribute to all things pop culture and fan-ish. Having showcased both Hellboy and Pacific Rim to rapturous enthusiasm in the past, the San Diego event is old hat for the Mexican auteur. Del Toro has been consistently hilarious, honest and -- to the delight of the crowd - blasphemous in each and every one of his appearances, spinning pure gold with every comment. He (probably correctly) believes the warning on-stage talent receive about keeping their comments family-friendly is a result of his earlier panels. The glee he takes in ignoring the rule is just one of the many reasons the filmmaker always seems to have the Hall H audience in his thrall.
This year del Toro was on hand to bring the assembled masses a short but »
- Emma Badame
Guillermo del Toro is a hard person to not like. We're not even talking about his movies here (though most people do love them), but strictly his personality and credentials as a grade A, bona fide film geek who truly, deeply loves the things he does. That kind of passion is infectious, and it's hard to not end up on his team when he starts talking about how and why he brings to life all the creepy, crawly, impossible things in movies like The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth. Speaking of infectious del Toro passion, writer-director Robert Rodriguez launched his own television empire called El Rey Network earlier this year, and one of the cool things he's doing is running in-depth interviews with fellow filmmakers in an ongoing, hour-long series called The...
- Peter Hall
Without a doubt, Doug Jones is one of our favorite actors. The personable, prolific performer always has some interesting projects to talk about, and he recently sat down with Dread Central to discuss some current and future endeavors.
Jones began by describing an intriguing new movie series. Space Command: Redemption is the first installment in a proposed franchise.
"It's an original piece by writer/director Mark Zicree, who has such a pedigree in writing for film and television in the science fiction genre," Jones said, "a hugely decorated writer who has written for everything from "Star Trek: Incarnation" to "Babylon 5" and beyond. So there's elements of all that. It's got all the trappings of a science fiction show that takes place in space, but it also has a warm, heartfelt soul that's unlike anything I've read and I think that's what attracted me to it. And to be surrounded »
- Scott Hallam
After live-blogs for "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Following," it's time for the final Hall H panel of Comic-Con 2014. It's Guillermo del Toro and company taking the stage for FX's "The Strain," which will be preceded by a screening on Sunday (July 27) night's episode, which was one of my favorites so far, featuring some jaw-droopingly gross moments, as well as a hilarious sequence for Corey Stoll's wig. Apparently this is the first TV show ever to be paneled in Hall H during its first season. Who knew? Click through for the highlights... 2:37 p.m. Panel time! Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan are introducing our panelists: Ben Hyland, Jack Kesey, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Kevin Durand, Sean Astin (or "The adorable, cuddly Sean Astin," as Guillermo introduces him), David Bradley ("He's open for wedding planning if you need anything," del Toro jokes), Mia Maestro and Corey Stoll. »
- Daniel Fienberg
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
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