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Guillermo del Toro Hasn't Seen 'The Hobbit' Yet, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu Helped Him Cut 10 Minutes Out Of 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 5:24 PM
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So Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" (our review) storms into theatres on Friday tonight, with screenings starting at 7 PM, and while critical consensus is leaning in his favour, it remains to be seen if audiences want to see robots smash monsters or watch Salma Hayek getting farted on in Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2" (yes, really). But no matter how the box officed plays out, Del Toro has many irons in the fire (he's producing and direct the pilot of "The Strain" next, with his next feature "Crimson Peak" shooting in early 2014) and in between all that he's likely busy with a dozen other things we don't even know about yet. But things might have been very different had he stuck around to direct "The Hobbit" films (he bailed when MGM was in near financial ruin and their future was in doubt) but has he been in a rush to see what Peter Jackson has done?

5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 28, 2013 11:01 AM
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This Friday sees the release of the much-anticipated "Stoker." The melodrama would probably be of note just because it stars Mia Wasikowksa and Nicole Kidman, but it's even more so because it marks the English-language debut of acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook, the man behind "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy" and "Thirst," among others. The film lands hot on the heels of "The Last Stand," from Park's countryman Kim Ji-Woon, and a few months from the English-language debut of another Korean filmmaker, Bong Joon-Ho's "Snowpiercer." The three are only the latest international filmmakers to seek wider audiences and acclaim by making a film in the English language.

DGA Award TV Nominees Include Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Philip Kaufman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 3:19 PM
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Perhaps as further evidence that great storytelling is happening just as often on the small screen as it is in the multiplex, this year's DGA nominees for televison feature more than a few names who are seasoned in the feature film world, so let's get right to it.

Alejandro González Iñárritu To Direct Awesome-Sounding Comedy 'Birdman'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 7, 2012 5:05 PM
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“Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful” are each of them meditations on the human condition, the interconnectedness of human suffering, and the threads that bond us through tragedy. Each one of these four films by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu are generally some form of bruising emotional journey, the latter, "Biutiful" being so bleak it bombed at Cannes in 2010. But some critics, including yours truly, loved it for its punishing but beautiful look at love and anguish (I named it my #1 movie of the year). Does Iñárritu sound like a happy man to you? If not, well, he's finally changing gears in a big, big way.

Watch: 'Trash Humpers'-Esque Experimental Dance Short Film 'Naran Ja' Directed By Alejandro González Iñárritu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 5:17 PM
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While we patiently await Alejandro González Iñárritu to get moving on his next feature -- and he's got options with "The Revenant" and "The Flim-Flam Man" both brewing -- he's taken a quick time out to go experimental on us.

David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron & Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu On The 'Catching Fire' Director Wishlist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 4:06 PM
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....and here we go. With Gary Ross exiting "The Hunger Games" franchise last week, it hasn't taken long for Lionsgate to drum up a wishlist of folks they want to direct the sequel "Catching Fire," and according to 24 Frames, some of the big names leaping off the page include David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Sean Penn May Join Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Flim-Flam Man' (Possibly Retitled 'Red Flag')

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 15, 2012 8:09 PM
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Circa last summer, Sean Penn was one of the actors (along with Leonardo DiCaprio) that were interested and circling an Alejandro González Iñárritu project called, "The Revenant" (good pedigree around this tale of survival for an 1820s fur trapper mauled by a bear; John Hillcoat and Christian Bale were a duo once interested in it as well).

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Lines Up True Crime Pic 'Flim-Flam Man: The True Story Of My Father's Counterfeit Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2012 10:51 PM
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It has been a while since we've heard anything from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. His last effort was "Biutiful," the tough drama that earned two Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film and Best Actor for Javier Bardem. Last summer, momentum seemed to be building around the period vengeance tale "The Revenant," with weighty names like Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio kicking the tires on the project in the fall. But news went quiet again, and it seems the director is putting his attention elsewhere for the moment.

Leonardo DiCaprio & Sean Penn Have Their Eye On Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 6:20 PM
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It looks like the wheels are turning on the next film by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Late this summer it was announced the helmer behind “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and "Biutiful" was setting up his next picture, "The Revenant." Well, it now has backing and two major Hollywood stars are now looking to star.

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