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Guillermo Del Toro Unleashing A 'Monster' At HBO

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 25, 2013 8:56 AM
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As the beef between him and Michael Bay finally seems quelled, Guillermo del Toro can return to doing what he does best – namely, keeping a dozen projects in the air simultaneously. “Pinocchio,” "The Secret Garden,” and others are all waiting for his stamp of approval, but now a new cable project promises an influence that del Toro has yet to fully adapt – manga.

Michael Bay Squashes Beef With Guillermo Del Toro & Apologizes For 'Armageddon,' Says Studio Took It Away From Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 4:33 PM
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So, remember last week when it looked like an epic beef was developing between Micheal Bay and Guillermo Del Toro, when the former offhandedly commented on movies that were riping off "Transformers" (but didn't name "Pacific Rim" specifically) and the latter dissed the Hasbro movies for being slick car commercials? Well, it's all cool bro as Bay has officially weighed in on the matter and chastised the trades on his website for pulling a CNN and taking a leap of logic with his comments.

Geek Beef: Guillermo Del Toro Disses 'Transformers' And Its "Super Cool, Car Commercial-Looking Environments"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 2:47 PM
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As you may know, this week is CinemaCon, where studios dangle shiny things in front of theater owners to soothe them, and confirm that everyone will make piles of money with the blockbusters they have on the way. Directors and stars come out with great enthusiasm, show off footage, and everyone oohs and aaahs and dreams with dollar signs in their heads. But it seems that even heading into his fourth movie, Michael Bay is a bit protective/insecure about his "Transformers" series, throwing some shade on the other robot movies out there.

Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Devil's Backbone' Leads Criterion's July Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 2:36 PM
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It seems this summer is a good time to be a Guillermo Del Toro fan. Not only is the filmmaker dropping his new monster movie "Pacific Rim," but fans will now get to dip into one of his breakout films courtesy of Criterion...

Jessica Chastain Goes To The 'Crimson Peak' With Guillermo Del Toro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 2:41 PM
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And we thought the casting up of David O. Russell's movie was getting intense. While monsters may take center stage of Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Pacific Rim," for his next feature effort, "Crimson Peak," the director is impressing us thus far with the roster of talent he's assembling.

Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Guillermo Del Toro's Gothic Thriller 'Crimson Peak'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2013 2:49 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty much on the precipice of stardom, if not already there. As the villain in both "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" this year, his wonderfully English name will be increasingly familiar to American audiences, and that's not to mention a potential awards baiting performance as Julian Assange in "The Fifth Estate" this fall. So what's next? He's gonna get some period clothes out of the closet again. Not to solve mysteries or endure various dramas, but instead to ride with whatever Guillermo del Toro is cooking up.

Interview: ‘Croods’ Directors Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders Talk The Differences Between DreamWorks And Pixar, Working With Roger Deakins & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 25, 2013 11:59 AM
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This weekend, DreamWorks Animation’s new feature “The Croods” was unleashed in theaters nationwide. A zippy, prehistoric-set riff on the family-road-trip comedy, it features a clan of cavemen (and, it should be noted, cavewomen) who are forced to evolve after cataclysmic events threaten their way of life. It’s easily one of the most visually inventive and genuinely heartfelt movies to come out of DreamWorks Animation, and we were lucky enough to speak to Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, co-directors of “The Croods,” about the development of the movie, the differences between DreamWorks Animation and Pixar, who their favorite cinematic cavemen are, how Guillermo del Toro and Roger Deakins helped, and why they utilized Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” in the score.

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Writer Lucy Alibar Penning 'The Secret Garden' For Guillermo Del Toro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 10:16 PM
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So just how beloved is Frances Hodgson's Burnett's "The Secret Garden"? Well, if we're judging by the number of times it has been adapted for film and television, it's very, very beloved. First published in 1911, the novel was first brought to the big screen in a 1919 silent version, and over the decades, it has been made again numerous times, perhaps best known being the Francis Ford Coppola produced 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland. Well, it looks like we're going to get another one.

Is Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pinocchio' Dead? Not So Fast

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 4, 2013 10:23 AM
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It’s been over four years since a Guillermo Del Toro-directed film has been in theatres and with the kaiju-versus-robots film “Pacific Rim” in the home stretch, it looked like the monster maven would finally start working on the vast catalogue of projects he’s been attached to. Last year the Mexican filmmaker decided to co-helm the stop-motion version of “Pinocchio” that he had been producing but now it looks the project may not become a reality after all, if cryptic tweets are anything to go by.

Box Office: Jessica Chastain Dominates With 'Mama' & 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'The Last Stand' Flops

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 20, 2013 1:03 PM
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Jessica Chastain: A-List star? Following a Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Zero Dark Thirty," the leading lady stars in the top two films at the box office despite a fairly crowded weekend. Cheapie horror film "Mama" blew away a couple of newcomers to open strong at the top spot, followed by the second weekend of Kathryn Bigelow's Best Picture nominee, both movies showcasing the actress in very different roles. It's not enough that Chastain's films would finish 1-2, but rather that in the horror picture, she plays an ineffectual goth surrogate mother, and in the military thriller, she assumes the role of a government-approved dealer of death. Swank, thy name is Chastain. Not Hilary Swank, though, don't get it twisted.

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