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'Green Lantern,' 'Drive,' 'A Better Life' Lead New Los Angeles Film Festival Additions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 8:22 AM
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Guillermo Del Toro Announced As Guest Director, Will Premiere "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'Considering it's the world center of the movie industry, it's surprising that historically speaking, Los Angeles never really had a film festival to rival the likes of Cannes, Venice and Berlin. But a quarter of a century ago, things started to change: the excellent AFI Festival celebrated its 25th year in its most recent incarnation, while the Los Angeles Film Festival, goes from strength to strength every year.

Charlie Hunnam Bags Lead Role In Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2011 12:30 PM
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Guillermo Del Toro hasn't had the best run of luck in recent years. The Oscar-nominated "Pan's Labyrinth" might have catapulted him onto the A-list after years of developing a burgeoning cult, but he hasn't made a film since 2008's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." The Mexican director spent years on "The Hobbit" before leaving the project last summer due to frustrations over delays, and the financial uncertainty of MGM, while his pet project, the $150 million R-rated H.P. Lovecraft adaptation "At The Mountains Of Madness" was scrapped by Universal when a compromise couldn't be reached on the film's rating, despite the presence of James Cameron as producer, and Tom Cruise as the mooted star.

Updated: Is Guillermo Del Toro Being Asked To Take Japan Out Of 'Pacific Rim'? Writer Says No

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 2:58 AM
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Update: Travis Beacham has once again hit Twitter and has put the kibosh on the rumors swirling saying, "The situation in Japan is NOT tripping up PAC/RIM. Unless my day-to-day work load is an astonishingly elaborate prank." He also adds for those concerned about the film being insensitive, "This is, on its surface and in its heart, a movie about people. This is a movie about humanity."

Details Emerge On Plot Of Guillermo Del Toro's Giant Monster Movie 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2011 2:26 AM
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It's not the first time, even within recent memory, that world events have overshadowed the silly little movies that we write about, but given the terrible events in Japan and the Pacific overnight, which are still ongoing, Guillermo Del Toro's new project "Pacific Rim" is looking like a rather less carefree proposition than it did when it was formally announced at the start of the week.

Neil Gaiman To Pen Epic 'Journey To The West'; Guillermo Del Toro Being Courted To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 7:15 AM
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James Cameron To Consult On The Script & 3DWho do you get to make a movie out of a national tale of fantasy and intrigue? If you're a Chinese filmmaker, the choice is celebrated writer Neil Gaiman, and the decision is a pretty smart and inspired one.

Guillermo Del Toro Confirmed To Direct 'Pacific Rim,' Will Hit Theaters In 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2011 6:18 AM
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It didn't take long for someone to snatch up Guillermo del Toro after Universal left "At the Mountains of Madness" blowing in the wind.

Guillermo Del Toro Says $150 Million 'Mountains' Budget Was Approved By Universal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2011 5:21 AM
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Filmmaker Still Seems Unclear Why Universal Walked Away From Project, "I Am As Puzzled As Most People Are" & More Learned From Extensive InterviewJust days after Universal canned Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating dream project "At the Mountains of Madness," the director is now opening up about what happened behind the scenes and the biggest takeaway is he's as surprised and shocked as we are.

Guillermo Del Toro Confirms 'At The Mountains Of Madness' Is Dead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2011 12:59 AM
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Update: Guillermo Del Toro also reached out to the New Yorker, telling the magazine, "Madness has gone dark. The ‘R’ did us in."

Guillermo Del Toro To Direct 'Pacific Rim' Instead Of 'At The Mountains Of Madness'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2011 10:43 AM
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Universal Balking At R-Rating & $150 Million Price Tag; Tom Cruise Not Confirmed For RoleIt's been a long, hard road for Guillermo Del Toro for the past few years. He held on as long as he could with "The Hobbit" before the constant delays eventually forced his hand to get out and moving on to something else. That salvation appeared to be in the form of "At The Mountains Of Madness," the director's longtime passion project, an adaptation of the novel by H.P. Lovecraft. It seemed to be moving forward as his next gig with James Cameron producing, and Universal reacting very positively to pre-production visuals presented to suits, and moreover, the ambitious project was set to come in at the approved $150 million budget. But it appears the studio isn't quite ready to pull the trigger on an R-rated horror big budget horror film.

Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest films' or 'greatest directors' are a veritable minefield of disputes and feuds. But that doesn't change the fact that some lists are just dumb.

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