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Guillermo Del Toro Talks the Horror and Romance of 'Crimson Peak' at Comic-Con

Guillermo del Toro, who's become quite the Comic-Con fixture, hugging fanboys and journos alike, admits that his gothic horror-romance, "Crimson Peak" (Oct. 16, 2015), is the biggest movie he's ever made. "Not only the scope is bigger, but I'm going to use a word that I don't normally touch, and that's ambition. This is an ambitious movie from the thematic point of view and from the visual point of view."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 29, 2014 12:01 PM
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Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Strain' Is Scary Fun, Surprisingly Smart (TRAILER)

The loathsome vampire morphology that horror auteur Guillermo del Toro has dreamed up for his breakneck television series The Strain (FX) could not be tweaked to create a YA romance. The Strain is not a tale of the supernatural but a science fiction story about encounters with a new parasitic species.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 15, 2014 11:46 AM
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Guillermo del Toro Wants to Cast John Hurt and Unknown Actress in Black-and-White Indie

Obviously refusing to bide what little free time there is, Guillermo del Toro will fill the less-than-wide gap between next year’s “Crimson Peak” and 2017’s “Pacific Rim 2” with, somehow, yet another feature.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 10, 2014 10:50 AM
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Jessica Chastain Will Go 'Blonde' for Andrew Dominik as Marilyn Monroe: What's Next?

Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has a most busy year coming up. This Fall, we'll see her in Christopher Nolan's ambitious sci-fi "Interstellar" (November 7) and, hopefully on the festival circuit at least, in director Liv Ullman's Strindberg adaptation "Miss Julie." Also in post-production is director JC Chandor's "A Most Violent Year." And now, she's been cast as Marilyn Monroe.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2014 1:28 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Guillermo del Toro on 1956's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Let's Not Do It Again! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Guillermo del Toro introducing the 1956 French version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
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  • February 14, 2014 11:29 AM
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Immersed in Movies: ILM Rearms for 'Pacific Rim' VFX (FEATURETTE)

If there's a mid-year front-runner for the VFX Oscar, it's definitely Industrial Light & Magic's exceptional work on Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," which is more than just rock 'em sock 'em robots vs. monsters. Aside from the masterfully animated Jaegers and Kaiju, there's also the complex lighting, atmospherics, and water simulation, which take CG mise en scene to a new level of sophistication.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 12, 2013 2:57 PM
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Rinko Kikuchi: Actress on Fire in 'Pacific Rim'

The one element of Guillermo del Toro's gargantuan "Pacific Rim" that does not seem to be dividing audiences into warring camps is the fierce and charismatic performance of Rinko Kikuchi as the gifted giant robot pilot Mako Mori, whose emotions cut through the visual clutter of every scene she's in.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 10, 2013 4:29 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Guillermo del Toro Talks 'Pacific Rim' Robot Porn (VIDEO)

Guillermo del Toro calls it "robot porn." The Mexican filmmaker was at his geekiest last week at Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, dissecting a fierce fight at sea in "Pacific Rim" between his enormous robot Jaegers and Kaiju alien monsters. It was like watching his version of "Raging Bull," as he explained how he staged the fight choreography while getting the right height, weight, speed, and volume in CG. But he was just as effusive about the aesthetics of alternating between gritty and surreal.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 5, 2013 1:29 PM
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Trailer Watch: Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' is Essentially Godzilla vs. Transformers

The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" has landed. The film is an homage to Japanese giant monster films (called "Kaiju"), and features Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day as humans caught up in a robo-monster war. It looks like Godzilla vs. Transformers, stylishly made.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2012 1:08 PM
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Del Toro Talks 'Pacific Rim,' No More Directing Gaps, 'Slaughterhouse' & 'Justice League'

Guillermo del Toro is back in the director's chair with "Pacific Rim" after a four-year hiatus (his last was "Hellboy 2") in which he kept busy producing (films like "Rise of the Guardians") and developing (and almost directing) "The Hobbit."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2012 7:46 AM
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