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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.

Guillermo Del Toro Says He Wants ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ To Scare Your Kids Silly

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 27, 2011 3:15 AM
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The Director Talks About Finding New Talent At Comic-Con, His Fear Of Repeating The Mistakes Of 'Mimic,' What Still Scares Him & More Guillermo del Toro is a likable guy, plain and simple. He’s a fan first, as he will quickly tell you, and eager to discuss anything he's got going whether it's acquisition for his Bleak House man cave (his collection of stuff is so big he needed a second house to hold it) to the next project he’s directing or producing.

Disney-fied: Jon Favreau Talks 'Magic Kingdom' & Guillermo Del Toro Discusses 'Haunted Mansion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2011 6:26 AM
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Comic-Con '11: Del Toro Says He "Wishes" He Was Making Marvel's 'Dr. Strange,' Plus Talk On 'Pinocchio,' 'Pacific Rim' & MoreAfter a long day of panels from a variety of studios and filmmakers, Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro took the stage in Hall H for Entertainment Weekly’s annual “Visionaries” panel, where the two filmmakers talked about their upcoming projects, traded insights and endlessly complimented one another. Like other honorees from past years, such as J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson and Joss Whedon, Favreau and del Toro tapped into their personal fandom as they talked about their professional futures, offering a fun and insightful portrait of their working methods.

Comic-Con '11: Guillermo Del Toro & Ron Perlman Keep Hope Alive For "Epic, Gigantic" 'Hellboy 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2011 1:25 AM
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Ron Perlman Hints That He'll Be In 'Pacific Rim'Of the many, many, many projects Guillermo Del Toro has in various states of development, the one fans tend to ask about the most is "Hellboy 3." So no surprise that at the FilmDistrict panel this afternoon at Comic-Con, where Del Toro was talking up "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark," the subject once again came up and while it doesn't look like it's on the immediate horizon -- Del Toro has "Pacific Rim" to work on -- it does sound like an idea gnawing at the back of their minds.

Comic-Con '11: Nicolas Winding Refn Says Getting His Cast Together For 'Drive' Was "Like Sex"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 11:02 AM
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Panels and press conferences are pretty straightforward: get together the cast and crew, show some footage and answer some questions. But the folks at FilmDistrict had a bit of a light bulb "Eureka!" moment, deciding to pair up their films "Drive" and "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" in one panel and let two very chatty folks in Nicolas Winding Refn and Guillermo Del Toro share the stage and the result was one of the most entertaining panels of this still young Comic-Con, providing enough quips and quotes to fill a phone book. So here are some of the highlights.

'Tree Of Life' Star Jessica Chastain To Star In Guillermo Del Toro-Produced Horror 'Mama'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 20, 2011 1:35 AM
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It feels like Jessica Chastain is a name that we've been hearing about for years now, without much evidence to go by in terms of released movies. But now that we've seen her in a leading role in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," we understand why she's such a hot property: she's a terrific, luminous actress. And 2011 will continue to be a massive year for her, as she has another seven films on the way: playing the young Helen Mirren in "The Debt"; starring in the acclaimed Sundance drama "Take Shelter"; popping up Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus," teaming with Al Pacino in "Wilde Salome," featuring alongside Emma Stone in "The Help," taking a part in John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County In The World," and appearing with Sam Worthington and Chloe Moretz in cop drama "Texas Killing Fields." Whew. As for 2012, she's got a small role in Malick's next picture (presuming it comes out next year), and she's just signed on to something that sounds very different, a film with a rising Spanish director, and produced by one of the biggest names in the genre world.

'The Dark Tower' Dies, As Universal Pulls The Plug On Ambitious Multi-Platform Adaptation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 18, 2011 12:24 PM
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"The Dark Tower" has crumbled to the ground.

Emma Watson To Star In Guillermo Del Toro Produced 'Beauty And The Beast'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2011 4:59 AM
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The list of Guillermo Del Toro produced films long ago surpassed the levels of being absurd and comically long but what the hell, he's just added another one but unlike the myriad of other projects in various stages of development this one has a pretty big name already attached.

Guillermo Del Toro's 'Mimic' Getting A Director's Cut BluRay Release With 7 More Minutes Of Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 6:59 AM
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While Guillermo Del Toro is still no stranger to facing hurdles in getting his films made -- his participation in "The Hobbit" was stalled out by the endless financial woes of MGM and more recently, his R-rated take of "At The Mountains Of Madness" was killed by a nervous Universal -- those are probably cakewalks between dealing with Bob Weinstein on his sophomore feature film "Mimic."

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