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.

Guillermo del Toro: 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.

Guillermo del Toro: 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'.

Guillermo del Toro: 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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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

11th December 2014 -

 Movie Review

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...

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

19th October 2014 -

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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,...

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17th October 2014 -

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

20th August 2014 -

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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 Strain' Isn't Getting To Corey Stoll Ahead Of The Vampire Series' Premiere

9th July 2014 -

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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....

Specific Rim: Guillermo Del Toro Announces Release Date for 'Pacific Rim 2'

27th June 2014 -

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Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro has given us a nailed on release date for the sequel to his epic, Jaegers vs Kaiju blockbuster, Pacific Rim. Obviously we’re hoping it’ll be called something more imaginative that...

Guillermo Del Toro Announces 'Pacific Rim 2', But Is Anyone Excited?

27th June 2014 -

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Guillermo Del Toro has announced there will be a sequel to the 2013 science fiction film Pacific Rim. The Mexican director made the announcement via YouTube on Friday (27th June). Pacific Rim was a relative...

Is 'Pacific Rim 2' Really A Good Idea?

10th June 2014 -

 News

With a slew of epic monster movies hitting cinema screens in recent years it seems there is a genuine renaissance in the sub-genre of disaster movie that bestowed upon the world the likes of Godzilla...

Guillermo Del Toro Doesn’t "Have The Money" For Pacific Rim 2, But He’s Working Like He Has

9th June 2014 -

 News

Everyone likes an optimist. Guillermo Del Toro has revealed that he’s beavering away on Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to 2013’s hyper-blockbuster, Kaiju v mega-robot smash. The Kaiju are a formidable foeHe told Buzzfeed: “I’m...

In April 2015, Which Films Will "Fast & Furious 7" Have To Beat To Rule The Box Office?

24th December 2013 -

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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...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

12th December 2013 -

 Movie Review

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...

FX Signs On Guillermo Del Toro's Vampire Horror 'The Strain'

20th November 2013 -

 News

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...

Guillermo Del Toro Directs 'The Simpsons' Opening Sequence, For Halloween

4th October 2013 -

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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...

Nightmare Weekend for Ryan Reynolds as 'The Conjuring' Bewitches Box-Office

22nd July 2013 -

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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...

Poor Pacific Rim: Is Sandler's Soaring 'Grown Ups 2' The Worst Movie...Ever?

15th July 2013 -

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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...

US Weekend Box Office Results: 'Grown Ups 2' Defies Critics By Placing Ahead Of 'Pacific Rim'

15th July 2013 -

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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...

Despicable Me 2's Box Office Conquest Over Grown Ups 2

14th July 2013 -

 News

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...

Pacific Rim Now Out In Cinemas, But What Other Films Have Been Released Today?

12th July 2013 -

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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...

Long Walk to Freedom: Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela Is Favourite For Oscar [Trailer]

12th July 2013 -

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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...

Ron Perlman Opens Up On His 'Pacific Rim' Cameo

12th July 2013 -

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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...

A Week in News: Randy Hospitalized, Bieber's Big Mouth and Magna Carta, Holy Grail

11th July 2013 -

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Prayers for Travis: We were saddened to hear of the ill health of country singer Randy Travis this week - the singer-songwriting suffering a stroke while undergoing heart surgery in Texas. His friends and family...

Pacific Rim

11th July 2013 -

 Movie Review

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...

Pacific Rim v Transformers - Guillermo Del Toro Falls Short At Box-Office [Pictures]

10th July 2013 -

 News

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...

'Pacific Rim' Dubbed One Of The Most Memorable Movies In Years

9th July 2013 -

 News

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...

What Links Del Toro's Pacific Rim and UK Soft Rockers Keane?

9th July 2013 -

 News

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,...

A Week In Movies: Pacific Rim Launches, The Wolverine Shows Himself And Gwyneth Deals With Sex-Addiction

5th July 2013 -

 News

This week's big world premiere was for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, which was held in Mexico City on Monday with cast members Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and Rinko Kikuchi. They were joined by British...

Kanye West Offers Up Glittering Review of Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

5th July 2013 -

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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,...

Second Trailer for Pacific Rim Raises Story Expectations [Video]

3rd July 2013 -

 News

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...

Guillermo Del Toro 'Changed Himself' For Pacific Rim

30th May 2013 -

 News

Guillermo Del Toro has been bigging up Pacific Rim ahead of its release, talking of the ambition and scope that went behind the film, and how that went beyond just the finished product and down...

Pacific Rim Promises To Deliver "2,500 Tons Of Awesome" [Trailer]

30th April 2013 -

 News

Fans at last month's WonderCon were treated to an exclusive trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and that footage has now been released in full. The films sees Earth under attack from undersea alien...

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