Guillermo del Toro (born 09.10.1964) Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker most famous for writing and directing 'Pan's Labyrinth' and the 'Hellboy' movies.
Childhood: Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in a strict Catholic family. He attended the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos. His first forays into film was at the age of eight when he learnt about special effects from Dick Smith.
Film career: Guillermo del Toro co-directed some episodes of the cult 1986-89 series 'La Hora Marcada' with Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón. For ten years, he had his own special effects make-up company, Necropia and became a co-founder of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. He Later formed his own production company entitled the Tequila Gang. In 1997, Miramax Films offered him a $30 million budget to shoot his sci-fi horror 'Mimic'. In 2001, he produced, wrote and directed 'The Devil's Backbone', before directing comic-vampire flick 'Blade II' starring Wesley Snipes the following year. In 2004, he made another comic book to screen movie with 'Hellboy' followed by 2008's 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' both in which he even made uncredited appearances alongside Ron Perlman. In 2006, he directed and wrote the fantasy film 'Pan's Labyrinth' which won three Oscars. He is friends with and frequently collaborates with fellow filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu who both also worked on 'Pan's Labyrinth'. In 2010 he opened Mirada Studios with Guillermo Navarro, Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez. He co-wrote on Peter Jackson's 2012 adaptation of JRR Tolkein's 'The Hobbit' entitled 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'. Guillermo del Toro: Other career ventures Guillermo del Toro released the first part of his vampire novel trilogy entitled 'The Strain' in 2009. It was followed by 2010's 'The Fall' and 2011's 'The Night Eternal'.
Personal life: Guillermo del Toro lives with his wife Lorenza Newton and two daughters, Mariana and Marisa, in Agoura Hills, California. He also owns a house in which he keeps his books and work. He has said that his favourite movie monsters are Frankenstein's monster, the Alien, Gill-man, Godzilla and the Thing, even admitting an 'unhealthy' fetish for Frankenstein's monster. While filming his movie 'Mimic', his father was kidnapped in Guadalajara. He was later released but only after his family paid a ransom that was double the price initially asked for. Following the ordeal, they moved away from Mexico.
The pet rat Jared Leto gifted actress Margot Robbie is now living with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.
Jared sent his Suicide Squad co-star the rodent surprise at the start of production of the upcoming supervillain movie, as he was busy finishing up his tour with his band 30 Seconds to Mars, and The Wolf of Wall Street beauty admits she was initially apprehensive about keeping the rat.
"At first I was like, 'Oh, this is disgusting,' because it jumped out at me and frightened me and we got off to a rough start," she laughed to U.S. late night host Jimmy Fallon, "but then I was like, 'What am I going to do with him?' and everyone was like, 'Oh, I don't know, kill it, I guess,' and I was like, 'Oh, I'm not going to kill him.'"
Margot then tried to channel what her character, Harley Quinn, would have done if she was gifted with the odd pet by Jared's The Joker.
Continue reading: Margot Robbie's Pet Rat Finds Home With Guillermo Del Toro
Pacific Rim filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro has handed over control of its sequel to Steven S. DeKnight, which marks his big screen directing debut.
Del Toro's 2013 apocalypse epic was a critical and commercial hit, taking in more than $400 million in worldwide ticket sales. However plans for the filmmaker to make a follow-up stalled, and its release date was postponed indefinitely last year (15).
He has now given his blessing for the sci-fi franchise to continue without him at the helm. TV producer and writer DeKnight is set to take the reins on Pacific Rim 2, his first feature film as a director.
"Now Pac Rim is a known property and we can expand big!" Del Toro psoted Twitter, Met w(ith) (Steven S.) DeKnight and we are all so happy with our choice to take Pac Rim 2to where we know it can go!!"
Continue reading: Guillermo Del Toro Hands Over Pacific Rim 2 Reins
Guillermo Del Toro - Celebrities announce the nominees during the 88th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater. at Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 14th January 2016
Directors Ang Lee And Guillermo Del Toro Will Be Joined By Actor John Krasinski To Announce The Nominees For This Year's Oscars.
A-list stars may still be nursing their hangovers from the Golden Globes on Sunday night, (10Jan16) but Hollywood's players are already looking to the biggest prize of all, the Oscars.
The 88th Academy Awards nominations will take place on Thursday (14Jan16) at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and it has been announced Lee, del Toro and Krasinski will help make the nominations an international affair, when they join Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs for the big reveal.
The nominees in all 24 categories will be announced during a two part-live news conference, beginning at 5.30am in Los Angeles.
It's been a pretty spooky year...
It's almost Halloween and, if you're staying in, you're going to have to go through that difficult process of deciding what film to put on. 2015 has seen rather a few horror movies, but it has to be noted that only a handful of them are worth your time.
Mia Wasikowska stars in Crimson Peak
Here's the top five best and worst scary films of the year:
Continue reading: What Should You Watch This Halloween? 2015 Horror Films Ranked
Gifted Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) makes an odd misstep with this overwrought gothic horror thriller, which is so bloated that it's more silly than scary. At least it features a starry cast that has a lot of fun with the characters, providing some emotional undercurrents as things get increasingly crazed. But the truth about this film is that it's a haunted house movie with ghosts that aren't remotely frightening. And worse yet, they're essentially irrelevant to the story.
It's set in late-1800s Buffalo, as young aspiring writer Edith (Mia Wasikowska) is unsure about the romantic advances of her childhood friend Alan (Charlie Hunnam), who is now a hunky doctor. But he fades into the background when the dashing Sir Thomas (Tom Hiddlestone) arrives from England seeking funding from Edith's father (Jim Beaver) for a machine to mine valuable clay from his crumbling ancestral home. As he sweeps Edith off her feet, Thomas' sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) enters the picture with a clearly nefarious plan of her own. Sure enough, Thomas whisks Edith off to get married and return to the family mansion, a freaky towering wreck that oozes red clay. Or that might be blood. And since Edith has a history of seeing ghosts, the house feels particularly crowded to her.
The spirits are rendered as stretched-out skeletons surrounded by spidery wisps. And in England they're of course blood-red. Oddly, they merely seem to be observers to this story, never actually doing much proper menacing. And since they look faintly ridiculous it isn't easy to muster up the dread required to make this work as a horror movie. Everything else on-screen is just as absurd. The mansion looks more like an elaborately dilapidated over-sized movie set than a neglected manor house. Thankfully, Del Toro packs every scene with witty details and a lurid colour scheme that keeps the audience on its toes.
Continue reading: Crimson Peak Review
Moviemaker Guillermo Del Toro Turned A Late-night Police Alert Into A Tour Of His Macabre Toy Collection When An Automatic Vacuum Set Off An Alarm.
The Pan's Labyrinth director had to buy a second home next door to his Hollywood mansion when his prop collection overran his family's pad. The place is full of wacky movie memorabilia and friends and fans are so intrigued, Del Toro stages small weekly tours around his home, so he can share his odd collection.
And when cops paid him a late-night visit recently, he felt obliged to let them in to explain why they could see a 'dead woman' in his lounge.
The filmmaker recalls, "The sheriff has shown up many times and the last time they were about to shoot the door open because through the glass they could see a dead woman. It's (a model of) Linda Blair from The Exorcist - I watch TV with her; I have her life-size on the sofa. They said, 'The lady's not reacting', and I said, 'She's not reacting, because she's made of silicon!'
Continue reading: Guillermo Del Toro Gave Police A Late-night Tour Of His Quirky Home
Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro Is Frustrated With Authorities In Mexico After They Confessed They Have No Information On The Whereabouts Of His Wife's Cousin, Who Recently Went Missing.
The Pacific Rim director revealed the distressing family news last week (ends04Oct15) during a press conference to promote his new movie Crimson Peak.
He told reporters, "My wife’s cousin has been missing for a month. He just disappeared, there's no information, we don't know anything."
And del Toro admitted his frustration stems from the lack of active involvement by officials in his native Mexico.
Continue reading: Guillermo Del Toro's Cousin-in-law Missing
Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim Sequel Has Been "Indefinitely Delayed" After Studio Bosses Officially Pulled The Film From Its 2017 Schedule.
The follow up to the 2013 original had been slated to hit theatres in August, 2017, but it was recently rumoured to have been pushed back.
Now Universal bosses have confirmed plans to postpone the Legendary Pictures project, but they insist the date move is simply to allow Guillermo and his team extra time to perfect the sci-fi action sequel.
"The filmmakers, Legendary and Universal Pictures are committed to having Pacific Rim 2... be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves," they say in a statement. "To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of Pacific Rim so that the creative team can continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film."
Continue reading: Pacific Rim 2 'Indefinitely Delayed'
Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro has revealed he's still keen to make a 'Pacific Rim' sequel.
Guillermo Del Toro is still keen to make a 'Pacific Rim' sequel.
The 50-year-old filmmaker - who helmed the original movie in 2013 - has claimed efforts are still being made to create a sequel, despite its underwhelming performance at the US box office.
He said: ''We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks.
Continue reading: Guillermo Del Toro Wants To Make Pacific Rim Sequel
Hunnam was initially tipped to play the lead in 'Fifty Shades of Grey', but turned it down for reasons that were unspecified at the time.
Fans were left disappointed when Charlie Hunnam turned down the role of Christian Grey in the recent blockbuster adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, and it turns out the star himself was similarly crestfallen. He’s opened up in a new interview that the decision was “heartbreaking”, but one that he was forced into because of prior commitments.
At the time of the announcement, some speculated that the British actor had been intimidated by the very physical sexual content of the movie, but the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star revealed to V Man magazine about the real reason why he backed out of the extremely lucrative project. It turns out that he had already committed to another project with his friend Guillermo Del Toro [Crimson Peak], and didn’t want to let him down by accepting two jobs at the same time.
Charlie Hunnam on the set of 'Sons of Anarchy'
Continue reading: Charlie Hunnam Reveals Why He Turned Down 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Role
Guillermo Del Toro - A host of stars were snapped as they took to the red carpet for the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival and the premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in Cannes, France - Thursday 14th May 2015
Guillermo Del Toro - Shots of a variety of stars were photographed at the 2015 Film Society Awards ceremony, This year's award recipients included Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who received the San Francisco International Film Festival's Irving M. Levin Directing Award. Also American actor Richard Gere was honored with the Peter J. Owens Award. The awards ceremony was held at The Armory in San Francisco, California, United States - Monday 27th April 2015
Date of birth
9th October, 1964
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