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
Pacific Rim is on the way!
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 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.
Continue reading: Pacific Rim 2 Set For August 4, 2017, Guillermo Del Toro Announces
Jorge R Gutierrez and Guillermo Del Toro - Stars attended the 2014 NCLR American Latino Media Arts Awards ceremony at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 11th October 2014
Drew Nelson, Sean Astin, Carlton Cuse, Natalie Brown, Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Sammel and Jonathan Hyde - Premiere of FX's 'The Strain' held at the GA Theater - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 10th July 2014
Corey Stoll stars in the upcoming FX vampire-horror drama 'The Strain' and claims it's entirely different from anything we've seen before.
The Strain is based on Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's novel trilogy of the same name. The series follows a group of humans as they attempt to contain an outbreak of vampires New York. Corey Stoll stars as one of the scientists sent to deal with the outbreak.
Corey Stoll stars in The Strain.
In light of Fast & Furious' new release dates, we take a look at the box office landscape for 2015.
Yesterday the release date for Fast & Furious 7 was announced for April 2015. As predicted, this allows for some production delays and for the cast and crew to have a mental health break following Paul Walker’s death.
It also means that the film will be pitched against a different set of competitors, which might affect the franchise’s profits. In July 2014, the main competitor to our favorite fast-cars-no-plot franchise would have been Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Vin Diesel broke the news via Facebook yesterday.
With wittier action and a few more sharply defined characters, this second episode in Peter Jackson's trilogy is more engaging than the somewhat over-packed An Unexpected Journey. Once again, the key to enjoying the film is to distance it from the beloved novel: this is a big adventure movie as opposed to Tolkien's light-hearted romp. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
There isn't much actual plot, as we are between the set-up and conclusion, so the film consists of a series of set-pieces as Bilbo (Freeman) and his band of dwarves continue their journey to reclaim the dwarf throne in the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf (McKellen) heads off to confront the shifty, shadowy Necromancer (Cumberbatch), while Bilbo and crew head into the creepy Mirkwood, where they confront gigantic spiders before being captured by wood-elves. This is where they meet Legolas (Bloom), whose feisty sidekick Tauriel (Lilly) falls for sexy dwarf Kili (Turner) as they continue their journey to Lake-town. There they get help from Bard (Evans) as they launch their final assault on the mountain, where the dragon Smaug (also Cumberbatch) is napping on the dwarves' vast treasure.
Jackson directs with a spark of energy and humour that holds our attention even when things begin to look a little too digitally animated (basic laws of physics apparently don't apply in Middle Earth). And each sequence also provides some depth of character, especially in the overall journey of Bilbo, nicely played by Freeman as a guy who is only just discovering his own ingenuity and bravery. By contrast, McKellen's plot is much darker as he faces off against unnerving evil. As in the first film, the other strong character is Thorin (Armitage), the heir to the dwarf throne grappling with the idea of a return to power.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Review
Guillermo del Toro's vampire trilogy 'The Strain' will be broadcast on FX as the cable network has ordered 13 episodes to air next year.
FX is increasing its horror genre category with announcing on Tuesday (Nov 19th) that it will take on Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Strain'. The television network has ordered 13 episodes of the drama based on based on the best-selling novels of film director del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
Del Toro is the creator of 'The Strain'
FX has already proven it knows how to showcase a frightening series as it is home to the successful 'American Horror Story' series.
Continue reading: FX Signs On Guillermo Del Toro's Vampire Horror 'The Strain'
Guillermo Del Toro has put his stamp on the latest Simpsons episode.
Pans Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro has directed The Simpsons opening sequence for Sunday's Treehouse of Horror episode. The Mexican director has reportedly made over 100 references to classic horror movies in the sequence, including The Birds and Blade.
The Simpsons Returns With Its Latest Treehouse of Horror Episode on Sunday
In-keeping with the horror theme, Del Toro's effort sees Chief Wiggum turn into a giant Cyclops inspired by the creations of the late Ray Harryhausen, the man behind the classic skeletons scene in Jason and the Argonauts. The director told Reuters that his sequence was "a love letter to things that I love, both in The Simpsons and the [horror] genre."
Ryan Reynolds is struggling to maintain his status as a box-office banker.
It was a weekend that Ryan Reynolds would probably rather forget. In fact, it he probably woke-up in cold sweats wondering whether he had another Green Lantern on his hands. The actor starred in two new releases this week, crime-comedy RIPD and the animated flick Turbo - both cost $130 million to make, both were expected to trouble the top of the box-office, both bombed.
Despite A Pretty Cool Premise, RIPD Failed To Fire At The Box Office
Despicable Me 2 continued its dominance over the box-office this past weekend.
Yeah, we had a feeling this might happen. The $190 million budget of Pacific Rim is seemingly looking further away than ever after Guillermo Del Toro's blockbuster took just $38.3 million on its box-office debut over the weekend. The Idris-Elba starring movie - which courted mainly negative reviews - is now on course to become a loss making movie for Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures.
As expected, it was the superb Despicable Me 2 that maintained the No.1 spot on its second weekend, grossing $44.8 million for a domestic total of $229.2 million and establishing itself as one of the success stories of the year. The animated flick featuring the voices of Russell Brand and Steve Carell also topped the global box office for the weekend with $100.5 million in ticket sales, Pacific Rim followed with $91.3 million.
Sony executives will have been jumping for joy on Sunday, with news that Adam Sandler's comedy sequel Grown Ups 2 opened to a stellar $42.5 million domestically. In fact, Sony were so happy they released a cheery statement for us all to read, via the Hollywood Reporter:
'Grown Ups 2' has beaten off 'Pacific Rim' in the US Weekend Box Office. 'Despicable Me 2' remains at No.1 for the second week since its release. New releases, due on 19th July, may alter the somewhat stagnant Box Office next week.
Grown Ups 2 has placed ahead of Pacific Rim in the US Weekend Box Office. Adam Sandler's comedy received highly critical reviews, in contrast with the mixed response Pacific Rim received.
Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro at the film's London Premiere.
Critics may have universally panned Adam Sandler's latest comedic contribution yet it's somehow managed to beat the other new release, Pacific Rim, in the US Weekend Box Office (12th-14th July). Despicable Me 2 topped the Box Office charts for the second week in a row.
The box office estimates are in and Despicable Me 2's minions have emerged as champions of the week, narrowly scooting past Grown Ups 2.
In this weekend's battle of the light-hearted sequels, Despicable Me 2 has come out on top of the weekend's movie charts in the United States and Canada beating Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2, despite the children's animation having been released on July 3rd in both countries. Despicable Me 2 raked in $44.8 million (£29.6m) from Friday to Sunday, leaving Grown Ups 2 slightly behind with takings of $42.5 million (£28.1m) in its first US weekend, according to Reuters. Though Grown Ups 2 is only marginally behind on its first days of release, it can't be an easy pill to swallow for actor Sandler who not only had his movie panned by critics before it was even released, but also had to relive the ordeal of being mauled by a cheetah whilst on safari in Africa on David Letterman's show.
Steve Carell With One Of His Minions.
Guillermo Del Toro's big-budget monsters vs. robots movie, Pacific Rim looked set to be a box office smash after it's exciting trailers and intriguing premise but had to contend with third place in a weekend dominated by the friendlier comedies. In an audience break-down provided by Forbes, "The film played 19% IMAX, 50% 3D, 61% male and 47% under-25 years old," showing a promising chunk of younger theatregoers.
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2's Box Office Conquest Over Grown Ups 2
It's Friday and the barbecue smoke plumes of the not-so-distant weekend beckon, but if you fancy going to see a film this weekend here's what's just been released.
Friday 12th July has been quite the launchpad for a host of new and exciting films, showcasing the genre spectrum. From action blockbusters to indies, political thrillers to kids animation films, there'll be something to suit all tastes and ages as the summer of film gets hotter.
Well, we'll start off with Trap For Cinderella first because it's the underdog erotic thriller indie with an interesting premise. The Iain Softley film will star young, up-and-coming British actresses Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach as vivacious Micky and shy Do: two girls who are reunited after years apart and reignite a secret passion despite the disapproval they are faced with.
Tuppence Middleton & Alexandra Roach In Trap For Cinderella.
Idris Elba's performance as Nelson Mandela is already generating Oscar buzz. The mysterious trailer suggests the Weinstein Company could have something special on its hands.
Idris Elba is the man to beat the 2014 Academy Awards for his portrayal of South African President Nelson Mandela, according to the bookmakers, anyway. Elba's star has risen in recent years thanks to BBC series Luther, rumors of the James Bond role and a role in Guillermo Del Toro's latest blockbuster Pacific Rim.
Idris Elba [L] as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris [R] as Winnie Mandela
The first trailer for upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - from The Other Boleyn Girl director Justin Chadwick - rolled out online this week and features a startling, if limited, first look at Hackney-born Elba's performance "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart," goes the spine-tingling voiceover as Mandela moves across the valley. It appears Elba - wearing Mandela's signature yellow shirt - has got the President's poise down to a tee.
The intriguing actor talks Pacific Rim.
Apart from the epic set pieces, which saw huge robots fighting huge monsters from the deep, one of the best things about Pacific Rim were Charlie Day and Ron Perlman’s exchanges. Day - an eccentric scientist whose brilliance is only hampered by his own shortcomings – and Perlman – an imperious black-market oligarch with the gold-tipped shoes and outlandish outfit to match – enjoy possibly the best-scripted scenes in the film, so much so that they’re featured heavily in the trailer.
Perlman at the Pacific Rim premiere
"I got the impression that that character was supposed to be played by someone of a different ethnicity," says Perlman on the role to The Guardian, "and when Guillermo took over, he thought how about if we went with a completely oversized Jew from New York who dressed like PT Barnum, a purveyor of all things materialistic? It took a character that's completely full of shit to start with, then added a whole other layer of full of shit-ness, a double dose."
Continue reading: Ron Perlman Opens Up On His 'Pacific Rim' Cameo
The best thing about this massive blockbuster is the way it updates the classic Japanese monster movie to the 21st century, with a first-rate cast and staggeringly good effects. Sadly, the script isn't up to scratch, throwing in enjoyable comedy and corny melodrama while maintaining such a formulaic structure that there isn't a single moment of actual suspense. We never doubt for a second how all of this is going to end or who will survive.
It all begins in the present day, as gigantic creatures called kaiju appear through a temporal rift in the Pacific Ocean floor near Hong Kong. They start attacking cities (inexplicably starting with San Francisco), and humanity takes years to fight back, building massive robots called jaegers that are piloted by two-man teams. Over even more years of fighting, the monsters learn how to stop the jaegers, so military leader Pentecost (Elba) assembles his best jaeger pilots in Hong Kong, including the haunted Becket (Hunnam) and father-son Aussie duo Herc and Chuck (Martini and Kazinsky). And as they plan their assault, the scientist Newt (Day) makes a startling discovery about the kaiju.
Most of the film is played as a massively over-serious action movie in which manly, muscly heroes set out to save the planet. The relational melodrama always feels like a distraction, including Pentecost's assistant (Kikuchi), who wants to be a pilot and carries a torch for Becket. There's also a dose of bromance as Newt tries to loosen up his so-British sidekick (Gorman). And to help spice things up, we also get some comic relief from Perlman, who is hilarious as a swaggering black-market dealer. None of these characters is very complicated, but the gifted actors all do what they can with the roles.
Continue reading: Pacific Rim Review
We compare the two summer giants
Before Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim was released, Michael Bay seemed to take a little pot-shot at him, bemoaning all the ‘rip-off’ robot movies around and imploring fans of that genre to stick with Transformers – the franchise he brought to the big screen with a huge budget back in 2007. The thing is, Bay's movies took tons and tons of cash at the box office. The first, in 2007, took over $700 million. The second took more, while the third took over $1 billion.
The Kaiju are a formidable foe
Pacific Rim got nowhere near the Transformers movies following its opening week at the box-office. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it opened to around $37 million - a troubling number given the tentpole's massive $190 million-plus budget, not including a pricey marketing campaign.
Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim may have been worth the wait.
Guillermo Del Toro's big-budget sci-fi action movie Pacific Rim should have been horrible. I mean, it really should have been horrible. It costs hundreds of millions to make, it's about monstrous creatures called Kaiju rising from the sea and beginning a war with humanity and, well, it's called Pacific Rim - which just sounds weird.
The problem is, it's not that horrible, apparently. Critics have been weighing in on del Toro's movie for the past couple of days and the consensus appears to be that the Mexican filmmaker has done a pretty good job. "Pacific Rim is just the kind of big-ticket sci-fi adventure you'd want del Toro to make -- provided you'd want him to make one at all," said Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice. Matthew Toomey of ABC Radio Brisbane was the most effusive in his praise for the all-action film, he said: "I'd strongly argue that Pacific Rim is one of the more memorable, distinctive action releases in recent years."
Ian Nathan of Empire magazine continued the plaudits, "Del Toro is giving scope to a boyhood lust for mayhem, the multi-million-dollar equivalent of kicking over sandcastles and torturing insects. There is something infectiously juvenile in that. Catch his Drift and you'll have a brawl," he said.
Continue reading: 'Pacific Rim' Dubbed One Of The Most Memorable Movies In Years
Pacific Rim relies heavily on Japanese inspiration.
So there's the question. What links one of the Hollywood's most famous directors - Guillermo Del Toro - with British band Keane? Well, we're going to tell you. It's the wave. The Hokusai wave, of course. The new movie is set in a near future where soldiers pilot giant mecha into battle against invading giant monsters who have risen from the sea. Sounds mental doesn't it?
Clearly, there's been plenty of varied inspiration for Pacific Rim though probably none more than the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, particularly his famous print The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Created in the 1820s, the striking image of a crashing wave is one of the most famous pieces of Japanese art - you'll know. "I would say 'Give me a Hokusai wave,' " del Toro told Variety of his inspiration. "I think (the vfx team) did a tremendous job; we use the waves and weather in the movie very operatically."
Hokusai's famed image has inspired tons of artists, including the English rock band Keane whose 2006 album Under the Iron Sea took inspiration from the image for the artwork. The album went in at No.1 on the UK chart and No.4 on the Billboard 200. It has since sold 3,000,000 copies worldwide.
Continue reading: What Links Del Toro's Pacific Rim And UK Soft Rockers Keane?
Kanye West really, really, likes Pacific Rim.
If you've been frantically refreshing Rotten Tomatoes for reviews of Guillermo Del Toro's monsters versus robots movie Pacific Rim, than quit it. Though the movie has garnered some negative press stateside with low tracking numbers, executives at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros will have been doing huge freeze-frame high fives all around the office this morning after a certain rapper with a certain new album out gave the movie a gushing mini-review.
After a screening of Pacific Rim this week, Kanye West took to Twitter to tell his 9 million followers, "I saw a pre-screening of Pacific Rim yesterday and it's easily one of my favorite movies of all time," he wrote on Thursday, "This is not another 'Robot' movie.Guillermo del Toro is a master." Though marketers behind the movie will be bashing their heads against keyboards trying to figure out why they didn't think of 'This is not another Robot movie' for the tagline, it's generally good news all round for a movie that costs an eye-popping $180 million to make. Cinematic audiences appear to be shunning the blockbusters this summer in favour of feel-good animated movies (see Despicable Me 2, The Lone Ranger), though Pacific Rim has little to beat in terms of debuts. It goes up against Sony's Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2 on July 12 which will undoubtedly pull in the crowds, though won't run away with the box-office top spot.
Continue reading: Kanye West Offers Up Glittering Review Of Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'
It's not all about the aliens and giant robots, but there's plenty of that, to be sure.
With nine days left until Pacific Rim hits theatres, Guillermo Del Toro and co. have graced us with the final trailer. It’s big, it’s bad, it features something that sounds vaguely like dubstep, that much you’d expect. So what’s different this time. Well, cast your eyes back to the first theatrical trailer for the film. If you’re anything like most of us on the internet, it featured two of the things that get your heart racing – giant monsters and giant robots. Don’t ask why, it simply happens and it’s a fact for any 10-year-old kid as much as any adult with a soft spot for sci-fi/video games/high-budget action flicks/any of the above. Here, see for yourself.
Continue reading: Second Trailer For Pacific Rim Raises Story Expectations [Video]
Guillermo del Toro has hit back at Michael Bay's perceived slight.
Guillermo Del Toro has hit back at Michael Bay's perceived insult about his new giant robot movie Pacific Rim. In case you haven't been following the story, Bay - the Transformers director - told audiences at CinemaCon earlier this week that there have been quite a few "rip-off" robot movies and that audiences know better. We think audiences are pretty tuned up enough to know that all of the Transformers flicks have been horrible, but that's just us.
Of course Bay didn't name any titles, though many attending the session assumed he was calling out Pacific Rim. It's plausible that Battleship or Real Steel were the subject of Bay's ire, though with del Toro in town to promote his movie, it's unlikely. Anyway, when told of the director's comments by the Hollywood Reporter, del Toro responded that his movie was totally different than Transformers. "We are far, far, far away from that in a very willing fashion. For good or bad, this is my movie. This is my universe and my creation, and I do not create through comparison." And then came the dig.
"The fights don't occur in well-lit, supercool, car commercial-looking environments," del Toro said, "They occur in the middle of a raging sea storm or in a savage snowstorm. They happen in a universe that is incredibly saturated." Ouch.
Continue reading: Hey Michael Bay, You Just Got OWNED By Guillermo Del Toro
Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on for Guillermo Del Toro's ghost story 'Crimson Peak,' though little is known of the movie's plot.
Benedict Cumberbatch's star continues to rise after landing a coveted role in Guillermo Del Toro's latest movie Crimson Peak. The British star, who will star in numerous high profile films this year, will appear alongside Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam in the "modern take on a ghost story," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Cumberbatch has established himself as one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood and plays the villain in the forthcoming Star Trek movie Into Darkness as well as Julian Assange in the WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate.
It is currently unclear which character Cumberbatch will play in Crimson Peak and plot details remain scarce. What we do know is that del Toro and writer Lucinda Coxon are currently rewriting a script originally penned by the Pans Labrinyth writer and Matthew Robins. In an early interview about the film, del Toro said, "It's a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules."
Cumberbatch - who has previously starred in War Horse and the excellent Sherlock Holmes television series - is certainly taking his acting career seriously. He recently revealed to having eaten 4,000 calories a day to bulk up for his role as agent John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness, due for release in May 2013. The movie is directed by JJ Abrams, who will also helm Disney's Star Wars Episode 7.
Jessica Chastain's star power is really starting to show. Since starring in 7 films in 2011, and a further four last year, plus being nominated for countless awards, movie makers are getting some serious bang for their buck with her.
Guillermo Del Toros' latest horror movie Mama was made on a low budget and had some pretty poor reviews, however with the well renowned director at the helm and Jessica Chastain's face all over it, it took an impressive $28m over the weekend. Having been produced for around $15m it's almost doubled that in just two days. Nice.
Not too far behind is her major hit of the year Zero Dark Thirty, in which she stars as the head of the team hunting for Osama bin Laden. That took $17.6 million. Trailing with $11.35m is another big contender in this year's awards, Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
The force evidently isn’t as strong as it once was, with Guillermo Del Toro the latest to turn down the hugely loaded chance to direct the new Disney Star Wars films. You can understand why many directors are quaking at the prospect of taking on the huge legacy of George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise; Disney have spent big money ($4.05 billion to be exact) to acquire the series and don’t want to muck it up.
However, if recent comments to The Playlist are to be believed, Del Toro simply has too much on his plate to consider taking on the position. "We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?' And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already..." he said, ultimately explaining that he turned it down. We don’t blame him: as well as writing for Peter Jackson’s trilogy The Hobbit, he’s been directing Pacific Rim – due out this year- and also has Crimson Peak and Pinocchio in his thoughts for 2014.
"It was very flattering," he said, adding: "It was just a phone call, it didn't go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I'm busy enough." With it being widely reported that Steven Spielberg and Brad Bird have also turned down the chance to begin work on the project, you’ve got to wonder where Disney will turn now.
Aliens have a pretty nasty habit of generally getting up in earth’s face and attempting to, well, end all existence. However as the new trailer for Pacific Rim shows their constant invasions haven’t got boring yet, and they’re even finding new ways in which to land on our perennially doomed planet.
Whereas –as the narrator aptly points out – aliens are expected to come from the sky whenever they do come down to strike us forthwith, in Pacific Rim it’s a bit different, with a portal to dimension handily located right in the seas of the world. We should have double checked down there really. Anyway, the result appears to be plenty of humans running around terrified, big giant creatures chucking cars around like pebbles and generally messing up the upholstery of the entire planet. Why smash up something you want to rule? You’re only making yourself more work when it comes to tidying up later.
The scale of Pacific Rim looks vast, with director Guillermo Del Toro clearly hoping that it’ll prove one of the summer blockbusters upon its release in July of next year. The film stars the likes of Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba as they try and help humanity battle for its survival. We should have boarded up the sea or something, that’d have foiled them. Check out the trailer below.
Continue reading: New Pacific Rim Trailer Pits Humans Vs. Aliens (Again)
This first chapter of Peter Jackson's new Tolkien trilogy takes us back to the familiar settings and characters, inflating a simple journey into an epic adventure in the process. This film also looks strikingly different, shot both in 3D and 48 frames technology, double the definition of film. But it's the story we're really interested in.
The events take place 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, when Bilbo (Freeman) is a younger Hobbit enjoying a quiet life. Then he meets the wizard Ganfolf (McKellen) and everything changes. Suddenly he's invaded by 13 riotous dwarves led by Thorin (Armitage), who has decided to lead an expedition to reclaim their homeland from the sleeping dragon Smaug. Bilbo reluctantly agrees to help them, and their journey kicks off with a series of adventures as they are chased by wolf-riding orcs, captured by greedy goblins and terrorised by gigantic mountain-monsters. They also call in for help from the elf leaders Elrond and Galadriel (Weaving and Blanchett), and try to convince the sceptical wizard Saruman (Lee) to back their quest.
The film opens with familiar characters as the older Bilbo (Holm) chats with Frodo (Wood) before we flash back to the start. And Jackson continues to link the two trilogies like this, with connective characters and events as well as developing the simple novel into a much bigger epic, complete with tenacious villains. All of this is hugely involving, with tense moments that are nerve-shredding as well as scenes of dark emotion and broad humour. The best sequence is Bilbo's encounter with Gollum, which vividly reveals the progress in performance-capture technology over the last decade. We can even more clearly see Serkis in Gollum this time, and it gives the film a real kick.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review
Philippa Boyens, the screenwriter on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Hobbit movie, says she would have loved to have seen Guillermo Del Toro's version of the film.
New Line and Warner Bros initially hired the Pans Labyrinth director to adapt Tolkien's first book, though after waiting almost two years for legal issues to be resolved, Del Toro left the project. Original director Peter Jackson eventually accepted the role, though Boyens can't help but think what could have been.
"I would love to have seen the films Guillermo would have made" the writer told the Los Angeles Times, "It would have been amazing. And he certainly helped us by bringing fresh eyes to the Middle Earth because, of course, the biggest issue was making sure we weren't remaking 'Lord of the Rings.' In some ways it was easier, though, starting again for Pete. We work in a different way, very fluid, very flexible."
Puss (Banderas) is a notorious outlaw looking for a way to clear his name and repay an old debt when he hears that redneck thugs Jack and Jill (Thornton and Sedaris) have some magic beans that can be used to find a golden-egg-laying goose. Then he discovers that sexy thief Kitty Softpaws (Hayek) is also after them. And worse yet, she's working with Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis), Puss' childhood cohort who once betrayed him. When Humpty convinces Puss that he's now a good egg, the trio makes an elaborate plan to get the beans together.
Continue reading: Puss In Boots Review
Shy, artistic 8-year-old Sally (Madison) moves across the country to live with her architect dad Alex (Pearce) and his designer girlfriend Kim (Holmes) in a massive old Rhode Island mansion. But she soon starts hearing strange noises, and after discovering a boarded-up basement studio, things start getting a bit freaky. But how can she convince her sceptical father and the stepmum she doesn't trust that there's something in the house that wants to tear the family apart? Even after the handyman (Thompson) is attacked, Alex continues his renovations so he can lure a buyer (Dale).
Continue reading: Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Review
When her twin commits suicide, Julia (Rueda) finds the official story hard to believe. Her husband (Homar) goes along with her secret investigation, mainly because she's suffering from the same degenerative eyesight that left her sister blind. But Julia sees conspiracies and danger everywhere, all of which is dismissed by the local cop (Orella). Then more people start dying, and Julia continues to have trouble accepting the police's version of events. She finds some comfort from her doctor (Grao) and a hospital aide (Derqui). But the truth is worse than she imagined.
Continue reading: Julia's Eyes [Los Ojos De Julia] Review
In 1944, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), a bookish 12-year-old arrives with her pregnant mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) at an isolated farmhouse in northern Spain. Here, amidst the dark woods and quietly subservient peasants, her new stepfather Vidal (Sergi López), an army captain, has set up base to harass leftover anti-Fascist rebels from the Civil War. The carefully sadistic Vidal has no squeamishness about the humanity of his anti-insurgent campaign, coolly ordering that all food and medical supplies for the nearby villagers be locked up in the farmhouse and only doled out under guard -- an attempt to starve out the rebels hiding up in the mountains. While the adults (including the excellent Maribel Verdú from Y Tu Mamá También as a woman with rebel ties) are fully enmeshed in their pungent dramas, Ofelia has her own problems of a different sort.
Continue reading: Pan's Labyrinth Review
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