July 23, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: Joss Whedon is officially directing "The Avengers." ( Los Angeles Times ) Guillermo del Toro will revamp Disney's "Haunted Mansion" franchise. ( Los Angeles Times ) GLAAD gives the CW high marks for diversity. ( The Envelope ) Oksana Grigorieva claims Mel Gibson said, "I want Jew blood on my hands." ( Radar Online ) Can Mindjolt do for video game developers what MySpace did for musicians?
July 22, 2010 |
Walt Disney Pictures is going back to the theme park. The studio announced today that it was developing a new film based on its Haunted Mansion attraction, a live-action monster picture that uses characters and elements from the haunted house. Upping the news -- and intrigue -- level is the filmmaker taking it on: Genre auteur Guillermo del Toro will direct the film and co-write it with his "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" co-scribe Matthew Robbins. Guillermo del toro The news quells, at least for the moment, speculation about Del Toro's next move after unexpectedly leaving "The Hobbit" last month, though it's still conceivable the director could take on another development project.
July 2, 2009 |
Fantasy and horror fans, prepare yourselves for the Decade of Del Toro. On the far side of the globe, in New Zealand, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is in his seventh month of labor on "The Hobbit," a $300-million epic that will be told over two films to be released in 2011 and 2012. But you can also find the Guadalajara, Mexico, native now on the shelf of your local bookstore with his debut novel, "The Strain," which is the opening installment of a vampire trilogy he has already fully mapped out.
July 11, 2008 |
THE TROUBLE with the current spate of comic-book movies is that their numbing conventionality can make it easy to forget why you loved the original comics back in the day. "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" will help you remember.
May 19, 2007 |
Three prominent Mexican directors who had been shopping themselves to Hollywood studios as a team are forming a partnership with Universal Pictures. Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will call their production label Cha Cha Cha. The deal will allow the trio the kind of creative control and ownership few filmmakers enjoy. Universal was viewed as the front-runner to make the deal, which was announced Friday during France's Cannes Film Festival.
February 26, 2007
Cinematography Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo Navarro Like frequent collaborator Guillermo del Toro, a fellow Mexican, Guillermo Navarro has a flair for conjuring fantasy realms but imbuing them with a visceral sense of reality. In director Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth," Navarro had to make a young girl's imaginary world, peopled with strange creatures and voluptuous settings, mesh with the stark brutalities of Spain in the 1940s.
February 18, 2007 |
SCREENWRITERS Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"), Peter Morgan ("The Queen") and Iris Yamashita ("Letters From Iwo Jima") were splayed across a lounge at the Writers Guild headquarters in Beverly Hills. They had just come from the official academy nominees luncheon and appeared relaxed and chatty, if a little bewildered by the attention.
December 31, 2006 |
5. "This is an incredibly brutal fable, and those of you expecting 'Harry Potter' are going to have an aneurysm," Guillermo del Toro, with glasses, cautioned at the Dec. 18 premiere of his film "Pan's Labyrinth." "For anyone seeking a gentler type of film there's still time to catch 'Eragon.' " No one left. And at the Cafe des Artistes after-party, everyone raved about his visually stunning tale and its 12-year-old star, Ivana Baquero, in red.
December 29, 2006 |
THE Mexican-born writer-director Guillermo del Toro is the most accomplished fantasist in contemporary cinema, a master creator of images, atmosphere and mood who uses his visionary's gifts to do what others cannot: make imaginary worlds seem more real than reality itself.