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Guillermo Del Toro Says It's Basically A Wrap For The ‘Hellboy’ Series

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2014 7:04 PM
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Last we heard, actor Ron Perlman was looking to complete the “Hellboy” series as a trilogy before finally saying goodbye. “I’d like to finish it. I’d like for there to be a third film because the first two films were set up for this huge resolve and he [and director Guillermo Del Toro] already understands what that resolve will look like," the actor said a few month ago.

Ron Perlman Still Pushing For 'Hellboy 3,' Says Guillermo Del Toro Has "Broad Strokes" Of Story Mapped Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 5:48 PM
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It's nearly a ritual at this point, with every six months or full year bringing yet another query to Guillermo del Toro or Ron Perlman about the possibility of "Hellboy 3." But last year, Legendary Pictures exec Thomas Tull — who backed "Pacific Rim" and del Toro's upcoming "Crimson Peak" — effectively said that even if he wanted to do a "Hellboy" sequel, Sony/Columbia own the rights, and basically they're unlikely to go down that road. But hey, you never know, and Perman is still stoking the flame for one last chapter.

Rose Byrne To Star In A Space Comedy From 'Neighbors' Producers & Naomi Watts Joins 'Insurgent'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2014 1:10 PM
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Neighbors
While our review of the frat comedy “Neighbors” is quite glowing and the R-Rated laffer was a major hit this spring, not all of us agree that the comedy is all that (this writer anyhow). However, one thing that no human on the planet can argue about the movie, full stop: Rose Byrne is excellent in it, probably the best part of the movie and a total scene stealer evidently born for comedy. And sure, we’ve seen her in comedy before, most memorably in “Bridesmaids,” and “Get Him To The Greek,” but in “Neighbors” Byrne has a mix of charm and go-for-brokeness that is vastly appealing.

Review: Mindless And Harmless '13 Sins' Starring Mark Webber & Ron Perlman Fails To Thrill

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • April 18, 2014 10:23 AM
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13 Sins
Real human beings take a certain kind of sadistic pleasure in watching fictional human beings suffer. As long as it's from a safe distance, and it's not affecting you or yours on any level, watching man turn into beast right before your very eyes could feel almost empowering. Just think about the most popular video games for a second, if all the violent movies aren't convincing enough. This type of barbarity gets upped a notch when you throw in the theme of voyeurism; not only are we watching how low some people will go, but now we're watching them being watched, controlled, and manipulated into doing some really nasty stuff. We've seen it on taut psychological display in David Fincher's “The Game,” James Wan's “Saw” begat an entire franchise on it, and more recently E.L. Katz's “Cheap Thrills” had all sorts of delirious fun with it during the festival circuit. With Daniel Stamm's “13 Sins” however, the idea is skinned to the bone and thrown to the dogs. Trouble is, not even the dogs might enjoy this one.

Neil Marshall To Helm 'Constantine' Pilot, Marc Forster Directs Amazon Studio's 'Hand Of God' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 9:17 AM
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Marc Forster
As comic book movies are proving to be a big deal at the box office, it's no surprise that the television world is hoping to lure the same audience. Developing steadily over the past few months, Deadline reports that NBC has now found a director for their "Constantine" pilot: Neil Marshall.

Whit Stillman Writing/Directing ‘Cosmopolitan’ For Amazon Studios; Moving His Jane Austen Movie Idea Into Novel Form

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 29, 2014 5:54 PM
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Is Amazon Studios the next Netflix? Not quite, but it’s not for lack of trying and some have already called them a Hollywood threat. Lots of stuff is cooking over there: the John Goodman-starring political comedy “Alpha House,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Barbarella;” even the “Zombieland” series may potentially land there. “World War Z” director Marc Forster’s “Hand Of God,” starring Ron Perlman, is also nearing an official pilot green light.

Watch: 'Pacific Rim' Gag Reel Proves Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Movie Was At Least Fun To Make

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 12:30 PM
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Whether you thought Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" was the most original blockbuster of the year (until you saw "Gravity") or a hodgepodge of the director's genre faves that didn't really step outside the clichés of the summer spectacle, there is no doubt that it was a massive undertaking. And while a highly technical, VFX driven movie can sometimes make for a set that is serious and focused on getting it right, especially with the large amounts of studio money on the line, most sets aren't run by del Toro.

The Good, The Bad & The Weird Of Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 15, 2013 2:13 PM
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This weekend, Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," a monster mash about giant creatures that come through an inter-dimensional portal on the ocean floor and the giant robots constructed to fight them, was neither an outright dud nor a smash. Beaten to number one by "Despicable Me 2," we can't imagine a third place finish was what Warner Bros. had in mind for their $200 million summer movie. Was it too much of a fan letter to nerds and comic book stores for the general public to care? Did the marketing campaign stumble? Did it need an A-list star? We're sure conference rooms at WB today are having meetings asking those exact same questions, but there's also the simple question of whether or not the movie actually delivered.

Watch: 'Pacific Rim' Comes For You With One Last Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 11:24 PM
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Let's face it, at the end the day, chatter about tracking, marketing, audience expectations and more is just that...chatter. Until "Pacific Rim" opens next week, and until those first reviews come out, we wont' really know if this was a bad decision on the part of financiers, a movie that deserved a better push or Guillermo Del Toro's blockbuster homerun (who knows, it could be). But either way, Warner Bros. is going big to make sure you buy a ticket.

Manage Your 'Hellboy 3' Expectations: Legendary's Thomas Tull Says Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 1, 2013 5:25 PM
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Hellboy
Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy" movies may be beloved by the geek crowd but financially, they're not quite blockbuster worthy. The first film didn't break $60 million domestically and "Hellboy 2" couldn't break $80 million at home. Collectively, the two films have only grossed $259 million globally and that's off $151 million total budgets which doesn't include promotion and advertising stateside and around the world. You do the math. But today there was some brief hope. Del Toro, doing the "Pacific Rim" press rounds out of San Francisco, told ShockTilYouDrop that "Hellboy 3" could find a home at Legendary Pictures, the production company that bankrolled his lastest monster movie.

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