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Here's Why the Sea Monster Sex Is Actually a Very Important Part of Shape of Water

Spoiler alert: Fyi, we will be discussing a key aspect of Guillermo del Toro's sexy sea monster film, Shape of Water. Listen, I'm going to cut right to the chase. I'm a big fan of Guillermo del Toro. Going in to Shape of Water, I was excited. It appeared to be an incredibly rich and beautiful story. The visuals in the trailers alone were enough to convince me that the film would be utterly enchanting. Long story short, I did love it. I'd argue it's del Toro's best film since Pan's Labyrinth. But even though I fell in love with this whimsical and timeless tale, even though I think it's a strong Oscar contender and one of my favorite films of the year, I left with one lingering question: did Eliza and the sea creature need to have sex? If you're questioning the question, let me assure you that they do,
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Shape of Water Review: The Year's Best Girl Meets Monster Movie

Shape of Water Review: The Year's Best Girl Meets Monster Movie
Guillermo Del Toro returns to theaters with a tale that could have only come from his vivid imagination. The Shape of Water is a love story that straddles multiple genres. It's a fairy tale romance, monster flick, and Cold War espionage thriller all at once. It also unabashedly embraces raw sexuality. Guillermo del Toro had a boldness of vision here. The problem is that not everything pays off. Some aspects, such as the lead performances and cinematography, are exceptional. The overall narrative does suffer from plot contrivances and a lack of depth.

The film is set in Kennedy era Baltimore. Sally Hawkins stars as Elisa Esposito, a mute woman who works nights as a janitor at a top secret aerospace facility. She lives above a movie theater next to her artist best friend, Giles (Richard Jenkins). She toils in silence cleaning, while her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) prattles on incessantly.
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Interview: Doug Jones and Richard Jenkins Talk The Shape Of Water

  • DailyDead
An unforgettable and gorgeous fairy tale about the most unlikely of romances, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a visual triumph, a beautiful testament to the power of film, and the director’s biggest cinematic achievement to date. At the recent press day for The Shape of Water, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with a pair of the film’s co-stars, Doug Jones and Richard Jenkins, whose characters share a common bond in The Shape of Water: the love of the film’s lovely hero, Elisa (played by Sally Hawkins), whose devotion affects them both deeply, but in very different ways.

During the interview, Jones discussed how his “Amphibian Man” in del Toro’s latest movie differs from creatures they had previously collaborated on, his approach to the physicality of the mysterious god-like water creature, and how he related to this character. Jenkins chatted
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From 'Shape of Water' to Silver Surfer: How Doug Jones Created His Creatures

From 'Shape of Water' to Silver Surfer: How Doug Jones Created His Creatures
Doug Jones can clearly recall his first day filming The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro's hand-crafted aquatic fairy tale in which the 57-year-old actor plays a nameless amphibian man who falls for Sally Hawkins' mute cleaning lady in 1960s Baltimore. "We started with a scene in which … I'm chained to a cement block on my knees and being tortured and prodded by Michael Shannon," Jones says. "My first day on set was going through the makeup and costume process, then ending up on my knees on concrete
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Guillermo del Toro regrets not taking over Universal's Dark Universe

  • JoBlo
Guillermo del Toro is almost as famous for the films he didn't make, as the ones he did make. For every Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, and The Shape Of Water that get made, there's everything from The Hobbit, to Hellboy III, to Frankenstein, to Pinocchio, to countless more that fall to the wayside. And while he always seems amiable and upbeat in interviews and such (which is part of his... Read More...
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Interview [Part 2]: Doug Jones on Playing Saru in Star Trek: Discovery and Working with Guillermo del Toro on The Shape Of Water

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Daily Dead recently had the great pleasure of speaking with the great Doug Jones about his entrancing role in the post-apocalyptic thriller We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew (you can read part 1 of the interview here), but the legendary actor was also gracious enough to talk about some of his recent projects. In part 2 of our interview with Jones, he talks about playing Saru on Star Trek: Discovery, reuniting with Guillermo del Toro, and why we need films like The Shape of Water right now.

Doug Jones: There are beloved characters in my life and in my history and on film that I cherish, including a project I've got going on right now, Star Trek: Discovery, which is currently airing on CBS All Access.

Congratulations on season two.

Doug Jones: Thank you. Yeah, I'm very excited about that. The story must continue. So, as a new breed of alien,
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'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem

'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem
If you think it's high time that Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro joined fellow Mexican auteurs Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant) in the Oscar winners circle, The Shape of Water just may be the movie to do it. The Academy typically turns up its nose at the fantasy/horror genre that attracts del Toro (see: Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy). Not this time. His latest is a Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) who falls hard for an amphibious creature
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Home Video Deals for Cyber Monday 2017

The Cyber Monday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals are here!

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go. The prices below are updated through the Web site’s APIs, but I’ve found that deals are changing frequently.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

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Guillermo del Toro Calls ‘The Shape of Water’ His Proudest Achievement: ‘It’s My Favorite Movie’

Guillermo del Toro Calls ‘The Shape of Water’ His Proudest Achievement: ‘It’s My Favorite Movie’
Guillermo del Toro’s filmography includes such acclaimed titles as “Cronos” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” but the director tells Collider that he’s proudest of “The Shape of Water.” The filmmaker’s latest stars Sally Hawkins as a mute custodial worker who sparks a romance with an amphibious creature being tested on in a Cold War-era government facility. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and is widely expected to earn numerous Oscar nominations next year. The reception is extra sweet for del Toro since the drama is his “most favorite film.”

Read More:Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Announces Unusual Release Plan

“I’ll tell you, it doesn’t get more personal than ‘Shape of Water’ for me. I am the proudest of it. It’s my favorite movie that I’ve done,” del Toro told Collider. “Just to be in the conversation is really,
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Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun

Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun
Every Halloween, when you want to check out a horror movie to get your heart racing, or a hilarious scary movie send-up to celebrate the holiday with laughs, everybody seems to cycle back to some of the same old classics.

While the slasher movies we've all come to know and love are classics for a reason (see: Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream), it’s fun to dive a little deeper into the realm of obscure horror, where some of the truly great fright flicks hide in the shadows.

Check out Et’s suggestions for some of the great lesser-known gems of spooky cinema with this year's alternative Halloween viewing guide:

Vampire Movies

Typical Fare: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn

Alternative Option: Let the Right One In

This thoughtful Swedish horror tale, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is an entirely unique take on the well-trod territory of vampire
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10 Scariest Moments in Non-Horror Movies

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Horror movies aren’t the only films that can cause you to have nightmares. Here’s a look at some of the most frightening moments from movies that aren’t horror films.

Terror and fear are common traits in all movies, not just horror films. Frightening moments happen in everything from children’s films to blockbuster action flicks. The reason is that fear is an effective tool for filmmakers. First, it is easy to create. Dark picture quality, demonic makeup or special effects, even a simple jump scare can do the trick. As compared to genuine emotional connection to characters or a film’s themes, creating scares doesn’t tax the script too heavily. Furthermore, fear is a very effective way to connect with the audience. If they are scared, there is a vulnerability that the filmmakers can take advantage of to create a more emotional viewing experience.

Horror films
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Guillermo del Toro is Taking a Year Off From Directing – What Does That Mean For ‘Fantastic Voyage’?

Guillermo del Toro is Taking a Year Off From Directing – What Does That Mean For ‘Fantastic Voyage’?
20th Century Fox has been trying to remake Richard Fleischer’s 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage since around 2005, and after a few stops and starts, they finally found a director in Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim). The last we heard, del Toro and Fox agreed to delay the production so del Toro could handle his press duties […]

The post Guillermo del Toro is Taking a Year Off From Directing – What Does That Mean For ‘Fantastic Voyage’? appeared first on /Film.
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The Little Girl From 'Pan's Labyrinth' Is All Grown Up: Meet Ivana Baquero! (Exclusive)

The Little Girl From 'Pan's Labyrinth' Is All Grown Up: Meet Ivana Baquero! (Exclusive)
The world was first introduced to Ivana Baquero when she was just 11 years old, as the star of Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy fable, Pan’s Labyrinth. But now, the 23-year-old is all grown up, travelling the world and starring in Spike TV’s fantasy adventure series, The Shannara Chronicles.

“It's been 10 years, and for me, it's such a good opportunity to be able to be in a show like Shannara, which is such a big kind of American production,” Baquero told Et over the phone on Wednesday. “And growing up from Pan's Labyrinth and being in a show like this is very, very special for me.”

Before she went on to travel the world as an international star, Baquero grew up in Barcelona, where she began learning English at age three while attending The American School in Barcelona, and credits her bilingual skills for helping her pursue acting at a young age.

The first movie I ever did
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The Little Girl From 'Pan's Labyrinth' Is All Grown Up: Meet Ivana Baquero!

The Little Girl From 'Pan's Labyrinth' Is All Grown Up: Meet Ivana Baquero!
The world was first introduced to Ivana Baquero when she was just 11 years old, as the star of Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy fable, Pan’s Labyrinth. But now, the 23-year-old is all grown up, travelling the world and starring in Spike TV’s fantasy adventure series, The Shannara Chronicles.

“It's been 10 years, and for me, it's such a good opportunity to be able to be in a show like Shannara, which is such a big kind of American production,” Baquero told Et over the phone on Wednesday. “And growing up from Pan's Labyrinth and being in a show like this is very, very special for me.”

Before she went on to travel the world as an international star, Baquero grew up in Barcelona, where she began learning English at age three while attending The American School in Barcelona, and credits her bilingual skills for helping her pursue acting at a young age.

The first movie I ever did
See full article at Entertainment Tonight »

The Little Girl From 'Pan's Labyrinth' Is All Grown Up: Meet Ivana Baquero!

The Little Girl From 'Pan's Labyrinth' Is All Grown Up: Meet Ivana Baquero!
The world was first introduced to Ivana Baquero when she was just 11 years old, as the star of Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy fable, Pan’s Labyrinth. But now, the 23-year-old is all grown up, travelling the world and starring in Spike TV’s fantasy adventure series, The Shannara Chronicles.

“It's been 10 years, and for me, it's such a good opportunity to be able to be in a show like Shannara, which is such a big kind of American production,” Baquero told Et over the phone on Wednesday. “And growing up from Pan's Labyrinth and being in a show like this is very, very special for me.”

Before she went on to travel the world as an international star, Baquero grew up in Barcelona, where she began learning English at age three while attending The American School in Barcelona, and credits her bilingual skills for helping her pursue acting at a young age.

The first movie I ever did
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Beyond Fest 2017: Paul Williams on the Legacy of Phantom Of The Paradise and How it Led to Him Working on a New Pan’S Labyrinth Musical

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One of the biggest highlights for this writer came last weekend when I had the chance to attend the special screening of Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise during Beyond Fest 2017, where composer and co-star Paul Williams was in attendance for a lively Q&A that followed the film.

Williams, the man behind so many brilliant songs including “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie or “We’ve Only Just Begun” from The Carpenters, as well as numerous scores including Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Bugsy Malone, and, of course, Phantom of the Paradise, Williams is one of the most unique talents in Hollywood, with his presence being felt in both his songs and his on-screen performances as well.

Even though he’s been working for more than five decades, Williams shows no signs of slowing down any time soon (he collaborated with Daft Punk in 2013, and
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Inside 'Star Trek Discovery': The Franchise's Answer to the Trump Era

Inside 'Star Trek Discovery': The Franchise's Answer to the Trump Era
Walk onto the soundstages at Toronto's Pinewood Studios, a massive complex of airplane hangers jutting out into Lake Ontario, and you'll see transporter rooms, engine rooms and lots of vaguely futuristic hallways. A producer is giving journalists an impromptu tour, pointing out small details like the Malaysian puppets hanging in an officer's ready room and bragging about the creation processes of phasers, badges and alien races.

Walk a little further, and you'll come to a gleaming bridge. A Starfleet commander's seat sits in the middle. There are work stations on both sides,
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Shape of Water Has a Shocking Human / Fish Monster Sex Scene

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Shape of Water Has a Shocking Human / Fish Monster Sex Scene
It is very early in the fall movie season, but that means we are starting to see some potential Oscar contenders emerge. A few movies have been getting a ton of awards season buzz on the festival circuit already, with Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water being one of the most discussed and critically-praised movies making the rounds thus far. And it just so happens that the movie features a crazy sex scene.

Warning: spoilers ahead for The Shape of Water. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Doug Jones, who plays the fish monster in question, spoke about The Shape of Water and the bizarre sex scene. Jones has worked with Guillermo Del Toro frequently in the past, portraying Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies, in addition to having parts in Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak. Despite their excellent established relationship, Del Toro was hesitant when it came
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Shape of Water Red Band Trailer Unleashes R-Rated Monster Mayhem

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Shape of Water Red Band Trailer Unleashes R-Rated Monster Mayhem
Will a Fishman sweep the Oscars? That's the buzz around Hollywood as more and more people get a look at Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water. A new R-rated red band trailer has arrived, and it unleashes the monster at the heart of this tale in its full glory. There is no mystery left in discovering what it looks like once you buy the ticket. Which is a shame, but that's the way these things work nowadays.

Some wondered why The Shape of Water needed to be R-Rated in the first place. There is a great scene between bad guy Michael Shannon and star Sally Hawkins that is suitable for open-minded families with a sense of humor, but goes just a little above the call of a PG-13 rating. It looks like a scene that will be cheered by crowds in a large theater, and it would have been shameful to cut.
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Shape of Water Early Reviews Call It Guillermo Del Toro's Masterpiece

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Shape of Water Early Reviews Call It Guillermo Del Toro's Masterpiece
Director Guillermo Del Toro has always been a filmmaker that a great many people love, but it feels like he hasn't ever put every piece of the puzzle together in order to get him the awards season love he deserves. Until now. His latest movie, The Shape of Water, recently screened for the first time and critics are praising it as a total masterpiece.

The Shape of Water premiered at Venice recently and everyone who has seen it seems to love it. Even though only a small number of critics have reviewed the movie, it looks like this could be one of the movies that the Academy will be paying some attention to later this year. Currently, with 16 reviews counted, the movie has a 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here's what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about the movie.

"Centered on an exquisite performance from Sally Hawkins that conveys both delicacy and strength,
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