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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.

Charlie Hunnam In Talks To Reteam With 'Pacific Rim' Director Guillermo Del Toro On 'Crimson Peak'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 4:10 PM
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While we were a touch disappointed by the teaser trailer, we're still pretty amped to see Guillermo Del Toro's monsters vs. robots epic "Pacific Rim." In part it's because it's the "Pan's Labyrinth" director's first film in five years. In part, it's because it has ROBOTS FIGHTING MONSTERS. And in part, it's because of the sheer confidence that everyone involves seems to be showing. Warners have already commissioned a script for a sequel, and now, Del Toro has shown that he's happy with the job that his lead in the film, Charlie Hunnam, has done: by casting him in his next movie.

Review: Silly Horror Fairy Tale 'Mama' Is Another Misfire For The Guillermo Del Toro Presents Brand

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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The opening scrawl for “Mama” certainly sets the stage for another familiar horror tale in the Guillermo del Toro mold. Text is scribbled over black, declaring the story happened “once upon a time…” and then the film starts, and it’s pretty much all downhill from there. Riddled with clunky exposition, an abundance of horror movie clichés, and marked by a careless attitude towards even a basic internal logic, writer-director Andrés Muschietti’s debut feature – based off his 2008 short film of the same name – is deserving of its January dumping ground release.

Oh 'Mama': 5 Of The Worst Movie Mothers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2013 12:57 PM
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This week sees the release of "Mama," the low-budget horror flick, expanded from a short film by writer-director Andres Muschietti, and executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro, which as the title must suggest, is a chiller at least in part concerned with the issue of motherhood. Jessica Chastain's bass-playing hipster is forced into a maternal role when the nieces of her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are found in a near-feral state. But the kids are being menaced (or are they?) by something that may -- or may not -- be the spirit of their departed mama.

Interview: Guillermo del Toro Talks 'Mama,' 'Pacific Rim,' 'Crimson Peak' & What Happened To His Disney Double Dare You Shingle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 15, 2013 2:40 PM
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This weekend the new horror film "Mama" opens in theaters nationwide. It's the spooky tale of a pair of young girls who are abandoned in a cabin in the woods for several years. When they are finally discovered and returned to society, to live with their kindly uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from "Game Of Thrones") and his punkish girlfriend (Jessica Chastain), something else comes along with them… a spectral figure the girls name "Mama." In other words: perfect material for producer Guillermo del Toro to shepherd to the big screen.

Watch: Guillermo Del Toro Talks Alfred Hitchcock's Dark Humor In 1934's 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 15, 2013 11:16 AM
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Today, Alfred Hitchcock’s "The Man Who Knew Too Much" will officially be available on Blu-ray via The Criterion Collection. To honor its release, Criterion has posted a video on YouTube of Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy," "Pan’s Labyrinth") speaking very fondly of the film and of Hitchcock. Del Toro explains why he considers the 1934 film to be the earliest evidence of Hitchcock’s greatness.

Guillermo Del Toro Reveals He's Penned An Outline & Found A Writer For 'Dark Universe' (aka 'Heaven Sent')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 10:23 AM
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...and the Guillermo Del Toro news train just keeps a rollin'. Speaking to press yesterday to help get the word out about "Mama," the horror film he produced starring Jessica Chastain, he told The Playlist about being approached to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" and provided an update on the status of "At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The Hulk" TV series, all before even hitting the stage last night at CES to unveil a new trailer for "Pacific Rim." And it seems there were even more morsels of info given to press during Del Toro's interview jaunt.

Watch: New Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' Brings More Monsters & Carnage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:57 PM
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It's been helluva day for Guillermo Del Toro fans. The director kicked off his Monday talking to journalists about his upcoming "Mama," the horror film he produced starring Jessica Chastain, and of course, the chatty director shared all kinds of tidbits not related to that film at all. With The Playlist he revealed that he was approached for "Star Wars: Episode 7," which he turned down, and that he was planning another studio pitch for "At The Mountains Of Madness." And then he closed things off by walking on stage this evening at CES during mobile company Qualcomm's opening presentation, to help show off the new trailer for "Pacific Rim" which is powered by their processor or something.

Guillermo del Toro Says He'll Try To Mount 'Mountains Of Madness' Again Soon; Suggests 'The Hulk' TV Show Is Dormant

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 7, 2013 12:42 PM
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The always chatty and affable director Guillermo del Toro is the gift that keeps on giving. Always having his fingers in several pots, the filmmaker wears several hats as a producer, writer, visionary and more. This month he's shepherding another ghost story to the screen as a producer of "Mama." No stranger to the genre having directed "The Devil's Backbone," and having produced "The Orphanage," "Mama" stars Jessica Chastain and "Game Of Thrones" villain Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a couple tasked with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years. However, all is not what it seems... See del Toro introduce the short film that convinced him to back the project in the first place, he calls it "claustrophobic." "The short was one of the scariest things I've ever seen and it was incredibly well-made," he said.

Guillermo Del Toro Says He Was Approached For 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' Would Have Loved To See Brad Bird Direct The Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 9:16 AM
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Easily one of the biggest pieces of movie news that arrived in 2012 was the announcement that more "Star Wars" sequels were on the way. And heading into 2013, it's still on everyone's mind, even though "Star Wars: Episode 7" isn't due into theaters until 2015. What we know already is that Michael Arndt is writing the script, but the million dollar question remains: who is going to direct? Numerous big names -- J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg and more -- have taken themselves out of the race, and another who politely declined the gig was an early fan favorite: Guillermo Del Toro.

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