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Whenever a certain sort of film geek gets together to discuss the great cinematic what-if's - what could have happened if only director x was given free reign to do what he wanted with film y - there are certain titles that invariably rise to the surface. Dune generally leads the conversations, both the Lynch and Jodorowsky versions - and before very long the conversation invariably turns to Michael Mann's The Keep. Starring Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne and Scott Glenn the film was designed from the ground up to be something entirely unique, an 'adult fairytale' that fused themes of the second world war with overt fantasy elements. And, sure, now - in the post Pan's Labyrinth world - that doesn't seem like a particularly...
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If you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland or Pan's Labyrinth, you're in for a treat. The teaser for A Monster Calls is here, and it's very reminiscent of both Lewis Carroll's classic novel and Guillermo del Toro's fantastical film. The new movie is based on the award-winning children's book by Patrick Ness and stars Lewis MacDougall as a young boy who escapes into a world of monsters to get away from the harsh reality of his life. Felicity Jones and Toby Kebbell star as his parents, and the titular monster is played by Liam Neeson, whose gravelly voice makes the teaser totally worth watching. The movie is out on Oct. 14, 2016! (Yep, 2016.) »
- Maggie Pehanick
We've launched the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category in our Oscars predictions center. The category's name was changed in 2012 to include hairstyling and has typically been awarded to the film with the most extensive prosthetics, 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- Predict Best Visual Effects Oscar: Is 'Star Wars' about to make a comeback? However, last year's winner was "The Grand Budapest Hotel," a period comedy with some showy prosthetic work on Tilda Swinton as a wealthy octogenerian, but not nearly as showy as rival nominee "Guardians of the Galaxy," which used extensive makeup to create various alien races. The year before "Dallas Buyers Club&q..." »
Read More: Magnolia Pictures Promotes International Sales Team's Scott Veltri and Rob Maylor Magnolia Pictures has announced that it has hired George Nicholis, formerly of Pmk•Bnc, as its Director of New York Publicity. Throughout his career, Nicholis has worked on publicity campaigns for films including "Silver Linings Playbook," "Pan's Labyrinth" and "La Vie en Rose." In addition to bringing on Nicholis, Magnolia is promoting Danielle McCarthy-Boles to Director of Regional Publicity and Nina Cates to Publicity Manager. McCarthy-Boles has done publicity for Magnolia films like "Man on Wire," "Blackfish," and "The Wolfpack," the latter of which was also worked on by Cates. "It’s a pleasure to welcome George to the Magnolia team, while acknowledging the long-standing contributions of Danielle and Nina," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "Their combined experience will be »
- Karen Brill
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
Crimson Peak is not a horror film. Crimson Peak is a gothic romance, and as such, isn't actually that scary. Eerie, atmospheric and visually magnificent, yes; scary, no. Director Guillermo del Toro has delivered another handsome film full of handsome actors and handsome scenery, but anyone looking for genuine jumps – or a particularly inventive story – should look away now.
Approach it as a twisted Victorian melodrama and you'll get more out of it, thanks in part to its excellent cast. Extra-shiny top hats off, then, to the film's three leads: Tom Hiddleston (Sir Thomas Sharpe), Jessica Chastain (his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe) and Mia Wasikowska (his new wife, Edith Cushing).
Together they share the catastrophically creepy home of Crimson Peak, a dilapidated Cumbrian pile sitting on a rich seam of very red clay. With cherry gloop oozing through the walls, a hole in the ceiling and walls with teeth, there's »
Ask any Guillermo del Toro fan and they'll tell you that Pan's Labyrinth is not only an artistic triumph, it's also his best film to date. That could have changed, as I found out that the Academy Award winning film could have been made in a much different manner than it ended up. During the press conferences for Crimson Peak, I was able to be part of the eager audience hungry for details from the more than accommodating del Toro. You could ask him a question about one subject, and he not only would answer your original question, but he'd provide so much more information that you feel spoiled. This was the case when one of the reporters in our audience asked whether the Crimson Peak director had a plan for which films to make in Spanish, and which ones to make in English, or if he made that choice »
As Halloween approaches, Sony will forgo cinematic blood and guts and, instead, bring a children's horror story to theaters this weekend with the release of Goosebumps. Made for a reported $58 million, the adaptation of the classic children's horror stories from author R.L. Stine turns the writer into the leading character, played by Jack Black. The film enters its first frame in a crowded marketplace, but each of this week's new films appear to have their own target demographic. Goosebumps just so happens to serve the widest audience and represents the largest theater count among the four new wide releases. Additional releases include Steven Spielberg's adult-targeted Bridge of Spies; Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak eyes horror fans (more on that in a second); and Woodlawn hopes to find its own faith-based box office success. Overall, the weekend looks strong and I'm predicting a 9.7% uptick compared to last year. Translated »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
With "Crimson Peak," yet another risky picture that Universal's Donna Langley was willing to take a chance on when other studio chiefs balked, Guillermo del Toro has found his sweet spot. The movie is an exhilarating, swirling amalgam of fantasy, horror, and gothic romance. For the first time, the filmmaker is able to merge the creative artistry of his low-budget Mexican films "Chronos" and "Pan's Labyrinth" with a big-budget studio production without having to stay inside commercial genre conventions. Whether that will hurt the movie at the box office is another question. Will this find a niche as a specialty film—it may be too hard-r violent for the genteel seniors who populate the art houses these days—or play to a wider audience? Women should eat up the sexy romance between Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska—impeded by a great character turn by Jessica Chastain as Hiddleston's wicked sister »
- Anne Thompson
Read More: Watch: Guillermo del Toro Gives You a Tour of His 'Man Cave' (Which is Actually a Very Creepy House) The Faun, "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006)Del Toro's 2006 masterwork has an overflowing collection of memorable creatures, none more ambiguously striking as the Faun. With cold grey skin, the devilish horns of a goat and a body made of moss, vines and trees, the Faun (played by longtime creature collaborator Doug Jones) is a menacingly designed creature. As he navigates the protagonist Ofelia through a series of three tasks, it always remains ambiguous whether he is leading her to her fairy tale destiny or demise. The Faun seems at once tender and cold, trustworthy and traitorous, and his motives remain as enticingly worrisome and enchanting as that of Rumpelstiltskin. The Pale Man, "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006)The Faun may serve a more important narrative purpose in "Pan's Labyrinth," but the film's landmark creature is unquestionably the slimy, »
"Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of True Detective," he told Indiewire.
"I considered it but I thought that the script was bad, so I didn't do it. In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, but on the other hand it is work and there's a lot of it."
Cary Fukunaga directed the entire first season, but departed for the follow-up, prompting rumours of a rift between him and Pizzolatto.
The success of »
Wilson and Helms play brothers whose eccentric and one-time wild party girl in the 1970s mother (Close) fabricates a story that their father died when they were young. When they find out the story is false, they set out to find their real father. [Source: Deadline]
Henry Thomas ("E.T.") and Lulu Wilson ("Deliver Us From Evil") have signed on to Mike Flanagan's upcoming sequel to the supernatural thriller "Ouija" for Universal, Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro.
Sister of Mine
- Garth Franklin
One of the more unexpected stories this week was an article by The Hollywood Reporter about how the relationship between Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures appeared to be going a bit sour.
The report suggested that production on Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" sequel had been 'halted indefinitely' and may not get going again at all. At the same time it suggested Duncan Jones' ambitious fantasy epic "Warcraft" due next summer was being seen as a "problem movie".
In the wake of that report, both directors have now chimed in on what it said. First to respond was Jones, who tweeted that the June 10th 2016 release date is a big vote of confidence in the project by the studio.
@Clawx I wouldn't worry about that. Universal moved us to the same date as Jurassic World, so we must have done something right!
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 16, 2015
The issue »
- Garth Franklin
Read More: Watch: Mia Wasikowska Stumbles Down The Wrong Hallway In Clip From 'Crimson Peak' From writer-director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth") comes a new film about encountering the unexpected. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska, "Crimson Peak" marks the director's long-awaited return to Gothic fantasy horror. The official synopsis reads: "When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place ﬁlled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak." The film will open October 16, right in time for Halloween. Watch the new creepy clip above. Read More: Watch: 'Crimson Peak' Trailer Traps Mia Wasikowska in Guillermo Del Toro's Haunted House »
- Sonya Saepoff
There are many movies we’re looking forward to this fall (click here for the complete list of them), but near the very top of the list is “Crimson Peak.” The latest film from Mexican master Guillermo Del Toro, it promises to be a lavish Gothic horror on a scale that we haven’t seen for years, and, fingers crossed, could provide the perfect midpoint between the director’s big-budget fare and his more artful Spanish-language pictures. Read More: Guillermo del Toro Reveals How He Got An R-Rating For 'Crimson Peak,' The Ending Of 'Pan's Labyrinth,' And Much More Mia Wasikowska stars as a young American writer swept off her feet by a British aristocrat (the currently omnipresent Tom Hiddleston), only to discover when he brings her home that both his creepy old house of the title, and his even creepier, worryingly close sister (Jessica Chastain) could be deadly threats. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
With two failed projects under his belt, it's fair to say that Guillermo del Toro doesn't have a great track record in the gaming industry.
In an interview with Shack News, Del Toro described himself as the "albatross of video games" and joked that if he attempted to make another game, World War 3 would probably break out.
"I joined Thq, and Thq goes broke," he continued. "I join Kojima, and Kojima leaves Konami.
"I have decided, in order not to destroy anyone else's life, I have decided I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I'll join »
There's a second full trailer for Doctor Who series 9, and here's what we unpacked inside it...
So, another trailer, another reason to slump in disappointment or dance excited dances of delight, complete with giddy handclaps. Or somewhere in between. All are valid, but if you're reading this, you're probably erring somewhere towards the enthused anticipation and leg shaking: Doctor Who is coming back on September the 19th. It's going to have pictures and noises, and we've got proof of this here:
We've gone through this trailer with wide-eyed alacrity and, what's more, we've noticed some things. We suspect you have too. Let's share.
Peter Capaldi looks worried here, but then this trailer has a fair few new monsters on the last one we saw. However, he's not worried about being a good man or saying 'Into Darkness' like a man in a trailer anymore. This is a series about two friends going on adventures. »
Project Name: Adopted
Asking For: $49,999 on Kickstarter
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $36,165
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 5
Description: When adopting a child, make sure you check all the right boxes, or you might end up like Ben and Julie Adams. The Adamses are the main characters in Adopted, a web series currently seeking the funding it needs for its second season.
In the first episode of Adopted, Ben and Julie learn the 16-month-old boy they thought they were adopting is actually a 16-year-old, thanks to a mis-checked box during the adoption process. The rest of the season follows the son, Kofi, as he adjusts to his new life. At the same time, we watch Ben and Julie get used to a child who, in their eyes, skipped the majority of his childhood. The first season ran for 11 episodes total; they're all available on the series' official website. »
- Sam Gutelle
Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. My Friend Max Logline: "My Friend Max" centers around a bullied young girl, Thea, and the strong bond that she shares with her imaginary friend, Max, after the death of her father at a very young age. Elevator Pitch: Acclaimed actor Doug Jones ("Pan's Labyrinth," the "Hellboy" films, "Hocus Pocus," "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer") has been cast to star alongside award-winning child actress, Kaylynn Burgin. The film will also feature a hit song from Midnight Cinema (formerly known as Thriving Ivory). Special perks for donors include:- Doug Jones' on-screen costume- Producer credits - Digital copies of the finished »
Guillermo del Toro, the man behind Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and the upcoming Crimson Peak has put his idea for a new Star Wars film out into the universe in an interview with Yahoo Movies. Hollywood is populated with directors who grew up on Star Wars. J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards, Rian Johnson, and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are all at various stages of their own projects set in a galaxy far, far away and del Toro, speaking strictly as a fan, has expressed his idea for what his movie would be about if given the chance, as he's very specific about the fact this is merely him talking, there's nothing offiicial about this, which, sort of makes it all the more fun. This is not real, this is me as a fat geek just geeking out and talking about it. I would do the sort of Godfather saga that »
- Michael Hindle
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