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Three Amigos Take Hollywood: Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar Wins Are a Big Deal For Latinos in the Film Industry

Three Amigos Take Hollywood: Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar Wins Are a Big Deal For Latinos in the Film Industry
Collectively known as the Three Amigos, Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro are now the Three Oscar-winning Amigos. On Sunday’s telecast, Guillermo del Toro, the genre filmmaker who prefers to tell stories about soulful monsters and monstrous villains, walked away with two of his film’s four Oscars, Best Director and Best Picture. For a filmmaker whose work is more personal than commercial or prestigious, joining his compadres in the winner’s circle was a symbolic win for Latinos so often left outside of Hollywood.

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Like the new Hollywood of the ‘70s that gave us legends like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg, the Three Amigos’ careers benefited from their collective presence. They each began their road to Hollywood in Mexico with a wave of stylish and poignant movies,
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Case Study: How a 1994 Nick Cave Song Became a Favorite of Music Supervisors

Case Study: How a 1994 Nick Cave Song Became a Favorite of Music Supervisors
“You’ll see him in your head/On the TV screen/Hey buddy, I’m warning you/To turn it off”

That’s the refrain to “Red Right Hand,” a clanging, gloom-and-doom, six-minute-plus blues noir penned by Nick Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds, guitarist Mick Harvey and drummer Thomas Wydler, for the band’s 1994 album, “Let Love In,” originally released on Mute Records. Some 24 years later, the darkly foreboding track, reputedly a nod to the vengeful hand of God in John Milton’s epic “Paradise Lost,” has gained an unlikely second act as a sync magnet for a wide range of high-visibility movies, TV shows and ad campaigns.

Mute Song’s David McGinnis has been working with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for the past 18 years and helped engineer a variety of sync usages over that time. Mute Songs, the music publishing arm for Daniel Miller’s groundbreaking label, has published
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The Shape Of Water review

Guillermo del Toro's back with a superb horror romance starring Sally Hawkins. Here's our review of The Shape Of Water...

Director Guillermo del Toro applies his off-kilter sensibility to this horror romance, which reads like an idiosyncratic collision of Edward Scissorhands, Amelie and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Like del Toro’s Spanish-language, out-and-out classics, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone, The Shape Of Water is a fairytale studded with sharp barbs of horror - and a timely underlying theme about ‘forbidden’ love.

Sally Hawkins stars as Eliza, a mute, lonely woman whose only close friend is the eccentric neighbour in the next apartment - Giles (Richard Jenkins), a gay commercial illustrator who, like Eliza, lives alone. Each day, Eliza wakes up, puts some eggs on the boil, has a bath, enthusiastically pleasures herself, and then heads off to work on the bus.

Eliza does the
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Guillermo del Toro Celebrates The Oscar Recognition Of Get Out And The Shape Of Water

As a filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro has made a name for himself in the realm of fantastical horror – with movies such as Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak filling his back catalogue. While his work has generated a loyal fanbase, it’s his most recent project that has finally garnered the attention of the coveted Oscars – with The Shape Of Water having received 13 nominations for 2018.

When Entertainment Weekly asked for his reaction, it was the genre recognition in the Oscar nominations that really took his attention, though – most specifically, Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

“It’s a landmark year. I say this because Jordan Peele and myself, through different alchemies, have taken the genre and each brought a very different, very personal take. I have always been interested in the dark poetics of the genre. And Jordan has evidently been incredibly compelled to tell the
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Doug Jones, the Man Behind Shape of Water's Monster, Finally Gets to Play the Leading Man

Image Source: Getty / Jason Laveris There are levels to Guillermo del Toro's latest masterpiece, The Shape of Water. You just have to plunge into the world and swim deep enough to discover them. On the whole, the astonishing, Oscar-nominated film has so much going for it. It's visually dazzling, rounding out intricate sets with bold color palettes and stunning detail. And then there's the creature at the center of the adult fairy tale: a sea monster that's been discovered in the depths of the Amazon River. While the sea monster as its own character is a remarkable sight to behold, perhaps even more intriguing is the man inside the suit. The monster is played by veteran creature actor Doug Jones. Not only does Jones have an illustrious and voluminous career that stretches nearly 30 years, but he's also appeared in a ton of other Guillermo del Toro films. They first
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Piercing’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Piercing’
A man, a plan, an ice pick. In Nicolas Pesce’s “Piercing,” a bold S&M comedy with a hollow sting inspired by the novel by Ryû Murakami, Christopher Abbott plays a new dad (and closet psychopath) who resists the urge to stab his infant daughter with an ice pick by planning the perfect murder. Instead, Reed rents a hotel room and practices his moves: Greet prostitute, wipe prints off doorknob, make small talk, pounce on her with chloroform, dismember her in the bathtub, and return home to his wife (Laia Costa) and baby a cleansed man.

Of course, life — and death — don’t follow a script, and call girl Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), a disturbed blonde with a Dutch Boy bob, tramples over his plans, and adds a few to-dos of her own. The film is expertly crafted with jewel-toned cinematography, terrifically sleazy saxophone music, and performances by Abbott and Wasikowska that take turns seizing command. Still, like Reed
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The Help duo Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer to reunite for road trip comedy

The Help co-stars Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer will be reuniting on the big screen for an upcoming Christmas-themed comedy, Variety reports.

While the film has yet to be given a title, release date or official plot details, it is being compared to 1987’s John Candy and Steve Martin-led road trip classic, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, in that it will follow the duo as they attempt to make it home for the holidays. The film landed at Universal after a bidding war with Fox and Paramount.

As she is doing with her upcoming films Painkiller Jane and Seducing Ingrid Bergman, Chastain will produce through her Freckle Films banner in addition to starring; president of production and development at Freckle Films, Kelly Carmichael will also produce, along with Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal) will pen the film’s script based on a treatment by Chastain and Carmichael.
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New Trailer For The Eerie Gothic Irish Horror Thriller The Lodgers

We've got an eerie new trailer for you to check out for a wickedly creepy gothic haunted house horror thriller called The Lodgers. The story is set in the 1920s and centers on twins who live together in an old gothic haunted mansion filled with dark and malevolent spirits that terrorize them.

I love watching horror movies like this, and I really like what I'm seeing in this trailer. The movie has a similar tone to films like The Others, Crimson Peak, and The Woman in Black, all of which I liked. Here's the synopsis:

A gothic ghost story about orphaned twins Edward and Rachel who share a crumbling manor in 1920s rural Ireland. But they are not alone. They share the house with unseen entities who control them with three absolute rules. As separate fates draw them apart, the twins must face the terrible truth about their family’s ghostly tormentors.
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Pete’s 2017 Media Diary

This is the fourth year publishing the list of television, movies, and books that I read throughout the year. It’s always interesting to look back on the content you have consumed with your viewing and reading habits laid out in front of you. It can be pretty scary for those not ready to truly look inside their own mind. For me, my biggest takeaway is always… “I need to read more books”. Looking through my 2017 media diary it’s hard to deny the fact I read zero books. I did however watch plenty of great television, and a few great movies. (Here’s to changing that in 2018).

2017 was the year in which my excitement for new television far exceeded my excitement for new movies. I continued my trend from 2016 where I felt I watched more television than movies. Television had a far larger impact on me, and sure there
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‘Proud Mary’ Review: Taraji P. Henson Deserves Better than this Glorified Direct-to-Video Garbage

‘Proud Mary’ Review: Taraji P. Henson Deserves Better than this Glorified Direct-to-Video Garbage
A dreary mess of missed opportunities, “Proud Mary” isn’t quite as bad as some of the other glorified direct-to-video dreck that’s slipped onto screens in recent months (shout out to the likes of “Marauders” and “Collide”), but it’s nevertheless significantly more disappointing. This should have been a sure thing, especially at a time that feels ripe for a modified revival of blaxploitation cinema; to paraphrase Jean-Luc Godard: “All you need to make a movie is Taraji P. Henson with a gun and a good reason to use it.”

Throw in a soundtrack that can keep up with the “Empire” star’s natural swagger and you’re really cooking with gas. How the hell do you mess that up? How do you start with “‘Foxy Brown’ meets ‘John Wick’” and end up with a bargain bin action vehicle that will bore fans of either and frustrate fans of both?
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Guillermo del Toro Says Natalie Portman’s Comment About All-Male Golden Globes Director Nominees ‘Was Great’

Guillermo del Toro Says Natalie Portman’s Comment About All-Male Golden Globes Director Nominees ‘Was Great’
While Oprah may have stolen the show at the 2017 Golden Globes ceremony, she wasn’t the only woman who left a mark at the microphone. Another notable moment arrived when Natalie Portman co-presented the best director award alongside Ron Howard, calling out the category’s major oversight by declaring, “here all the all-male nominees.”

The award eventually went to Guillermo del Toro, but his win was nearly overshadowed by reactions from all five nominees, none of whom looked entirely comfortable. In the aftermath, viewers were divided, with some online commenters saying they felt sorry for del Toro while others supported Portman’s remarks.

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For his part, del Toro said in a brief email to IndieWire this week, there are no hard feelings. “I think it was great!” he wrote. “She should say exactly what she feels.
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Guillermo del Toro on How ‘The Shape of Water’ Was Almost Shot in Black and White

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Guillermo del Toro on How ‘The Shape of Water’ Was Almost Shot in Black and White
This story about Guillermo del Toro and “The Shape of Water” first appeared in the Oscar Noms Preview issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. Guillermo del Toro has often worked in the rich cinematic margins, making genre films like “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim” and “Crimson Peak” that please sci-fi and horror fans but don’t register with awards voters. But 2006’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” was a notable exception, landing six Oscar nominations and winning three of them. Now comes “The Shape of Water,” a luminous fairy tale that has already led all films in nominations for both the Golden Globes and.
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The Shape of Water Is An ‘Adult Fairytale for Today’

<p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Doug Jones is an actor and a former contortionist who has become synonymous with the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. He’s most known for his work alongside famed director Guillermo del Toro, having portrayed roles in <em>Mimic</em>, <em>Pan’s Labyrinth</em>, <em>Crimson Peak</em>, <em>Hellboy</em>, <em>Hellboy II: The Golden Army</em>, and – now – <a href=""><strong><em>The Shape of Water</em></strong></a>. Richard Jenkins has had a lengthy acting career, but didn’t obtain a major leading role until the 2000’s, where he played the deceased patriarch Nathaniel Fisher on HBO’s <em>Six Feet Under</em>. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in <em>The Visitor</em> and won an Emmy for his work on <em>Olive Kitteridge</em>. Both join together to play the roles of Amphibian Man and Giles respectively in Guillermo del Toro’s <em>The Shape of Water</em>, which is currently out now in theaters.</p>
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Jessica Chastain: "Town & Country"

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Sneak Peek new images from "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" actress Jessica Chastain, in the January 2018 issue of "Town & Country" magazine, wearing Prada, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, and a whole lot more, photographed by Matthew Brookes:

After graduating in 2003 from New York's Juilliard Drama School Chastain spent years doing live theater.

In 2011, she appeared in four films including "The Tree of Life", "Take Shelter", "The Help" and "The Debt", followed by "Zero Dark Thirty", earning her an Oscar nomination.

Starring in "Interstellar", Chastain's other features include "A Most Violent Year", "Crimson Peak", "The Zookeeper's Wife", "The Martian" and the current "Molly's Game".

"Probably there are some people who feel great about themselves," said Chastain.

"...and don’t second-guess anything they say or do or wear, but that's just not me..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Jessica Chastain...
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The Top 10 Shots of 2017

“It’s a weird year.” That’s been a common refrain in virtually all circles over the last several months, mostly because this Oscar season has refused to conform to any typical paradigm. There is no best picture frontrunner. There isn’t even a consensus on the year’s best movie. One glance at the regional critics circuit makes that clear enough; so far 11 different films have claimed top honors, already up by five from last year’s final spread. (More on that when we have an even fuller picture in a few weeks.)

Another reason it’s a “weird year,” no doubt, is because of the dark cloud that has settled over this and other industries as fresh allegations of sexual misconduct have become a part of the daily news cycle. It’s difficult to engage with the awards season status quo in the face of that. It renders all of this so…small.

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The Miniaturist review

Aliya Whiteley Dec 27, 2017

Spoilers ahead in or review of BBC One's sumptuous Christmas drama, The Miniaturist...

This review contains spoilers.

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Boxing Day evening has become a strong slot to kick off dark BBC drama, with two excellent Agatha Christie adaptations being shown in recent years that have relished in the kind of misdeeds that suit the post-gift comedown. This year we had a break from the golden era of crime for something contemporary: Jessie Burton’s bestselling novel The Miniaturist, published in 2014, adapted for the screen by John Brownlow. Still firmly in the realm of mystery, this was not about murder, but offered a very intriguing set of puzzles to be solved - although the answer were, perhaps, less suited to the screen than the page.

Some elements were a gift to the eyes: seventeenth century Amsterdam brings to mind the paintings of masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer,
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‘The Shape of Water’ Cinematographer Dan Laustsen on Capturing Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastical World

It’s good to speak with the central creative forces behind a film you enjoyed — for instance, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which I’d count as his best film since Hellboy II and generally one of his most well-rounded achievements. Less ideal is when I speak to them before I’ve seen it at all — for instance, when I sat down with cinematographer Dan Laustsen at this year’s Camerimage International Film Festival.

Laustsen is, as the film itself will show, a great practitioner of his craft and, to boot, rather friendly, and the working process on a project of this scale is always going to interest me, nuts-and-bolts-wise, so the result is, to my mind, still a proper overview of what went into the Cold War fantasy romance.

The Film Stage: So here’s a funny thing: the film screens on Saturday, which means I haven’t seen it.
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The 50 top films of 2017 in the Us: No 7 The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro’s dark fairytale continues our countdown, with Sally Hawkins starring in a disturbing and thrilling romance that is the director’s best film to date

Guillermo del Toro is, without doubt, a film-maker of considerable talent. His canvas is visually unique, his imagination seemingly boundless and he’s made a handful of unforgettable fantasies. But there’s often a gap between what we want from his work and what we receive.

There was the disappointing creature feature Mimic, his studio-tampered English language debut, noisy but empty actioner Pacific Rim, the gothic nothingness of Crimson Peak and his silly small screen horror series The Strain. Not since 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth have we seen him really find a way to coalesce his aesthetic sensibilities with his storytelling skills.

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5 reasons to see The Shape of Water

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5 reasons to see The Shape of Water5 reasons to see The Shape of WaterAdriana Floridia12/13/2017 1:06:00 Pm

Guillermo Del Toro has made a name for himself as a visionary director.

Think of films like Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, and even Pacific Rim. The man knows how to do fantasy, and he takes it to a whole new level with his latest, The Shape of Water.

An Old Hollywood-inspired romance, The Shape of Water is the definition of escapism. It'll simultaneously make you feel nostalgic while also displaying some truly unique visuals that only someone with Del Toro's skill could pull off.

The film follows a mute woman working as a cleaner in a secretive government institution where a mysterious sea creature has been captured. Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg, The Shape of Water is bound to be one of the best films of the year,
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How Doug Jones Became Director Guillermo del Toro’s Go-To Master of Disguise (Exclusive)

How Doug Jones Became Director Guillermo del Toro’s Go-To Master of Disguise (Exclusive)
Doug Jones is a chameleon who quite literally disappears into his work.

With over 150 film credits in the last three decades, Jones has become a king of the screen, but you may never have seen his face. Essentially, he has the kind of anonymity many celebrities dream of.

“I get the best of both worlds, honestly,” Jones admitted to Et when we sat down to discuss his latest transformation in Guillermo del Toro’s monster romance The Shape of Water, which is now in theaters. “I get to be in major motion pictures for 30 years and I can go to Starbucks and no one knows who I am. That’s delightful. But also, when it’s announced that I am at Comic-Con or something like that and I’m being ‘Doug Jones’ that day and people know it, I get to play that card, too.”

The key to Jones’ facelessness lies in the fact that his face has
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