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5 Fractured Fairy Tale Movies Worth Watching After 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 31, 2012 11:57 AM
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Once upon a time there existed a cinematic landscape where not every feature-length fairy tale movie was drawn from a classic story, and the descriptor “fractured fairy tale” didn’t just mean gross-out humor and a Scottish-accented Mike Myers playing a big green ogre. While some of those films have certainly succeeded (this writer has a soft spot for the first “Shrek”), the kind of tale that the likes of the Brothers Grimm would collect in their oeuvre of beloved folklore was often of the darker-hued variety – pitting characters in bleak struggles that would see them rise from the ashes as better individuals for it in the end. Yes, the stories were simple, but they also served as a basis for many of the storytelling tropes that are used today – and may have influenced a few of our own moral compasses, with the fables acting as parables for life's lessons.

Daniel Radcliffe Might Voice Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pinocchio,' While Juno Temple Joins 'Maleficent'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 5:21 PM
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Right now, it's still unclear if the fairy tale movie is really going to end up being a potent force. While "Once Upon A Time" and "Grimm" have found fans on the small screen, in the cinema, "Alice in Wonderland" aside (and that's a film that's only really a fairy tale by the loosest definition of the word), none of the live-action reboots of classic folklore material, from "Red Riding Hood" to "Mirror Mirror," have gotten much traction with audiences. That could (and we suspect will) change in a couple of weeks when "Snow White And The Huntsman" opens, but the uncertainty hasn't stopped studios moving forward with a myriad of fairy tale projects: everything from "Beauty & The Beast" to "Cinderella" is in various stages of development.

Guillermo Del Toro Steps In To Co-Direct 'Pinocchio' With Mark Gustafson, Production Starts In 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 9:53 AM
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If a new version of "Pinocchio" involving Guillermo Del Toro sounds familiar, well, that's because it is. The project has been kicking around since 2008, and just over a year ago it was announced that the ever busy helmer would produce, with Gris Grimly and animation director of "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Mark Gustafson, co-helming the film. Well, it looks like Del Toro can't keep his hands off the movie, and has decided to replace Grimly with himself and take on the co-director's chair.

Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Prometheus' Has Killed 'At The Mountains Of Madness' Because They Both Have The Same Final Twist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 8:58 AM
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While Guillermo Del Toro fans are excited about the director's upcoming monster movie "Pacific Rim," they are still mourning the demise "At The Mountains Of Madness." A passion project for the helmer, the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation was kiboshed by Universal last spring, likely due to the high pricetag (said to be in the neighborhood of $150 million) and Del Toro's insistence on an R rating, something that would have made the financial profitability of the movie a tough sell, even with Tom Cruise attached to star. Over the summer, Del Toro revealed he was still hoping to make it saying that he's "not giving up. ‘Mountains of Madness’ has been with me for thirteen, fourteen years and I really don’t want to give up on it. Look, the movies I do, I stick with them when I think, well, if I don’t do it, nobody will....‘Mountains of Madness,’ the way I plan to do it is a very peculiar take, and I think if I don’t stick with it the version I would like to see would never get made.” Unfortunately, it looks like he's finally throwing in the towel.

Ex-'Thor 2' Director Brian Kirk To Helm Guillermo Del Toro Produced Drug Drama 'Midnight Delivery'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 3, 2011 3:59 AM
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Last month, TV helmer Brian Kirk was passed up for “Thor 2” directing duties in favor of “Monster” director, Patty Jenkins. Now, Kirk is moving on to less-CGI filled pastures, signing on to direct “Midnight Delivery,” a film about a father who must become a drug mule in order to save his son. It would be awesome if this were one of those foreign-language films directed by an English-speaking director (ala “Maria Full of Grace”), but we wouldn’t bet on it, as it’s being financed by a major, Universal.

Clifton Collins Jr. Joins Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Pic 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 24, 2011 1:17 AM
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Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker' Adds Phyllis SomervilleA couple of casting updates on two highly anticipated projects from acclaimed international helmers. Firstly, character actor Clifton Collins Jr. has joined the growing cast of Guillermo Del Toro's monster-pic "Pacific Rim" in an unnamed role. The actor joins Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kazinsky and Max Martini for the Travis Beacham-scripted tale set in Japan which will see the cast members form the human resistance against a series of devastating monster attacks.

Guillermo Del Toro Says Alfonso Cuarón's Plans For 'Gravity' Are 5 Years Ahead Of Its Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2011 8:03 AM
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Filmmaker Also Says Cuaron Has Consulted James Cameron & David FincherWe're not going to recount the long journey Alfonso Cuarón has taken to get "Gravity" made, but needless to say after original lead actress Angelina Jolie bailed, the film seemed on the verge of collapsing before Sandra Bullock stepped in. The picture then looked like it might be dashed against the rocks when co-star Robert Downey Jr. had to exit the project to film “The Avengers,” but then George Clooney came aboard to rescue it in late 2010. Well, with the film now in production with a release date set for late next year, it's now a matter of seeing if the all the drama and waiting will be worth the hype, and according to Guillermo Del Toro, it will be.

Guillermo Del Toro Says PG-13 Is The Refuge Of Cowards

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 10, 2011 2:46 AM
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How The Weinsteins Messed With 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' & More From The Filmmakers On The Horror RemakeOn Monday night, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center hosted a screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” as part of their Film Comment Selects series. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film is a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV film about a young couple being pursued by malevolent creatures in a spooky old house they’ve inherited. The new version swaps in Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes as interior decorators renovating an old house and gives Pearce’s character an 11-year-old daughter, Bailee Madison (“Brothers”), who ends up the subject of most of the torment.

Ex-'The Hobbit' Actor Rob Kazinsky Joins Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim,' Willem Dafoe In Talks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2011 1:40 AM
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If you're cast in a major blockbuster, only to be replaced publicly, it can be hard to get your career back on track again. Stuart Townsend, for instance, shot scenes as Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings," before Peter Jackson decided he was too young, and replaced him with Viggo Mortensen. Townsend's heat remained for a little while -- he was the lead in "Queen of the Damned," and one of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," but, well, we know what happened to those, and Townsend hasn't had much luck in recent years. Dougray Scott, meanwhile, was meant to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer's "X-Men," but had to bow out when "Mission Impossible 2" ran over, and was last seen starring in British rom-com "Love's Kitchen," which took a whopping £121 on its opening weekend in the U.K (although, in fairness, he's playing Arthur Miller in "My Week With Marilyn," which could start a comeback).

Max Martini On Board 'Pacific Rim'; Emory Cohen Joins 'Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 27, 2011 3:41 AM
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Boston Rapper Slaine Also A Part Of 'Cogan's Trade'A couple casting tidbits on a few projects we've been keeping a very keen eye on.

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