Guillermo Del Toro

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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.



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68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'Mad Max: Fury Road' - Premiere

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

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Del Toro Unveils New Trailer For His Gothic Chiller 'Crimson Peak' [Trailer + Pictures]


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Back in February, horror fans were given a first glimpse of Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak, and now the acclaimed Mexican director has unveiled the full-length trailer of a film that is sure to top many people's must-see lists this Halloween.

Mia Wasikowska in Crimson PeakDon't be afraid of the dark... Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak

Set in a spooky mansion in Victorian England, Crimson Peak tells the story of a young author, played by Mia Wasikowska, who discovers her charming new husband (Thor's Tom Hiddleston) is not quite who he appears to be.

Continue reading: Del Toro Unveils New Trailer For His Gothic Chiller 'Crimson Peak' [Trailer + Pictures]

Crimson Peak - Extended Trailer


Edith Cushing is an aspiring writer of horror, who soon becomes plagued by shadows of the past following a tragic occurrence within her family. She meets the handsome and mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe who is impressed with her work and asks for her hand in marriage. While she has reservations about rushing into a marriage with a stranger so quickly, she proceeds to move into his enormous spooky house with him and his brooding sister Lady Lucille Sharpe. It quickly becomes clear, though, that the Sharpes are hiding something from Edith, when she is refused a house key on the basis that part of the house is 'unsafe'. It's not long before she begins to feel a presence around her, terrifying apparitions start to rise from the shadows and a plague of blood engulfs the walls. The determined author ventures on a quest to uncover the truth about the house's violent and deadly past - and she has rather a lot of questions for her new housemates.

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2015 Film Society Awards Night

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

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Edgar Wright and Guillermo del Toro
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Pacific Rim 2 Set for August 4, 2017, Guillermo Del Toro Announces


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Director Guillermo Del Toro has announced that his action sci-fi sequel Pacific Rim 2 will be moved from April 7, 2017 to August 4, 2017. Universal has been moving release dates around recently and confirmed that Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie will be pushed a few months to June 10, 2016.

Pacific RimPacific Rim was a big commercial hit for Universal

Elsewhere, the new Mummy film has been moved from June 24, 2016 to March 24, 2017 while the new chapter in the Fast & Furious saga will be released on Friday April 14, 2017 - a no brainer for the studio given the massive success of the recent Furious 7.

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Texas Film Awards

Robert Rodriguez, Guillermo Del Toro and Danny Trejo - Texas Film Awards held at The Austin Studios - Arrivals at Austin Studios - Austin, Texas, United States - Sunday 15th March 2015

Robert Rodriguez, Guillermo Del Toro and Danny Trejo
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Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez

Ryan Gosling Talks 'Hey Girl', 'Lost River' And Detroit At SXSW


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'Hey Girl' has become synonymous with Ryan Gosling but the 34-year-old actor isn't sure where it came from. Gosling was the guest speaker at the South by Southwest Film Festival and discussed his latest film, Lost River, and 'Hey Girl' with director Guillermo Del Toro.

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Ryan Gosling at the premiere of Lost River in Cannes in 2014.

Read More: Ryan Gosling Looks Nearly Unrecognizable As He And Russell Crowe Return To The Set Of Nice Guys.

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Crimson Peak Trailer


In the 19th Century in Cumbria, England, an old house stood overlooking a tremendous stretch of land. That house was Crimson Peak, inhabited by Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain). When author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) marries the handsome and quite Thomas Sharpe, she moves to Crimson Peak to live with the siblings. However, upon arrival, strange thing begin to occur. Mysterious visions and terrifying objects begin to emerge, showing that the house is not as it appears. As Cushing struggles to get to the bottom of the house's dark history, the secrets of the family steadily begin to unveil themselves to her. 

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Tom Hiddleston Is Here to Creep You Out in New Crimson Peak Trailer


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If you’re like us, you’ve been waiting for this, since the first announcement of Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak adaptation: the first trailer is finally out. It’s preeeetty creepy, but the fact that it contains both Tom Hiddleston’s face and PJ Harvey’s music makes it absolutely awesome.

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Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Guillermo Del Toro - Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards - Arrivals at Paramount Theater, Paramount Studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 14th February 2015

Guillermo Del Toro and Lorenza Newton
Guillermo Del Toro and Lorenza Newton
Guillermo Del Toro and Lorenza Newton
Guillermo Del Toro and Lorenza Newton

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review


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Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.

The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.

All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.

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Box Office Report: "Fury" Storms In To Knock "Gone Girl" Off The Throne


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Ok, it’s time to talk box office stats again. Unlike the past 2 weeks, however, there are actually some interesting new contenders this week. David Fincher’s smash hit Gone Girl has finally been dethroned. Predictably, the new chamion is the Brad Pitt starrer Fury, which took the throne with $23,5 million over the three-day period, easily topping Gone Girl’s $17,8 million (stats according to Box Office Mojo). Fury, a dramatic and gory WWII tale, exposing the horrors of war, also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Scott Eastwood. Even so, Pitt who produced and starred, took center stage during the film’s promo rounds.

Watch the trailer for Fury below.

"Studios use star power as the No. 1 marketing tool, and Brad Pitt has that," says Phil Contrino, box office analyst for BoxOffice.com. "But it's not star power alone which gets people to the theaters. Brad Pitt picks smart pictures that people want to see."

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'The Book of Life' is Beautiful, But It's No Masterpiece


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When the first trailer hit for The Book of Life, we got very, very excited. The project had originally been optioned by DreamWorks animation in 2007 but never got beyond development due to creative differences. 

The Book Of Life'The Book of Life' looks stunning, but some criticsaren't enamoured 

In 2012, Reel FX took over and pulled in Guillermo del Toro to produce the movie, then known as Day of the Dead. 20th Century Fox announced it would distribute the movie and Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna and Christina Applegate joined the cast.

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Los Angeles premiere of 'The Book of Life' - Arrivals

Danny Trejo and Guillermo Del Toro - Los Angeles premiere of 'The Book of Life' - Arrivals at Regal 14 at LA Live Downtown - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th October 2014

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The Infection Survives, FX's Cult Vampire Hit "The Strain" Renewed For Second Season


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The Strain is back! The Strain has been renewed! Fans of the infectious FX series will be able to catch it again next summer as the disturbing drama has been approved for a second season. The drama is the brainchild of Guilermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) as a predictable success. With so much brainpower behind it, the first season averaged 4.5 million viewers per episode, not counting delayed VOD and viewers online. When included, those two groups boost the episode average to 11 million.

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Corey Stoll plays the good doctor out to fight the vamp virus sweeping through the nation.

The Strain is based on a book series del Toro wrote with Chuck Hogan, centered around Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City that fights a virus, eerily resembling an ancient and sinister strand of vampirism. Corey Stoll plays the ironically named Dr. Goodweather on the show.

Continue reading: The Infection Survives, FX's Cult Vampire Hit "The Strain" Renewed For Second Season

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