March 15, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - It's a clash worthy of a pair of almighty witches. The Walt Disney Co. struck it rich this past weekend with its "The Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful," selling $80.3 million in tickets domestically, putting it on track to become the most successful movie release of 2013 thus far. But far from capping a three-year, $235 million production effort, the movie is shaping up to be the first shot in a battle between...
August 26, 2011 |
GUILLERMO DEL Toro has vowed his "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will cause folks to poop in their pants, but if you go, don't bother donning Depends. "Dark" is a well-crafted old-school haunted house movie (based on a 1973 TV movie), one that favors atmospherics over gore, but it's the sort of movie that leaves you more impressed with artistry than moved to poop by the proceedings. Del Toro has described the '73 original as the scariest movie he's ever seen, and you can see why it appeals to him - creepy old house, inhabited by an evil presence that can be appeased by an offering of children's teeth.
October 8, 2010
GIMME FIVE The website metacritic.com says that so far, "The Social Network" is running fifth as the best-reviewed movie of all time. The rest of the list: 1. "The Godfather. " (1972) Francis Ford Coppola's Mafia saga. 2. "Superman II. " (1980) Christopher Reeve's second outing as the Man of Steel. 3. "Army of Shadows. " (1969) Thriller about the French Resistance. 4. "Pan's Labyrinth. " (2006) A Spanish language fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. 5. "The Social Network.
June 26, 2010 |
John Edwards ' estranged wife, Elizabeth , and their daughter Cate , 28, are doing the media rounds to chat about the former vice presidential candidate's infidelity. Elizabeth, 60, who discusses the end of her 32-year marriage in her book Resilience , will hawk the paperback issue Wednesday on Today . In an essay for People, Cate, who clerks for a federal judge in Washington, addresses her mom's courage and her fight with cancer. "There are the things she taught without words," she writes, "how to continue to live your life on your own terms when it somehow becomes savaged by people you never invited into it. " Mel vs. Oksana . . . Oksana Grigorieva , 40, who allegedly shattered Mel Gibson 's 30-year marriage to Robyn Denise Moore , has taken out a restraining order against Mel, claiming he's been violent with her, TMZ says.
June 1, 2010 |
DIRECTOR Guillermo del Toro said yesterday that production delays have forced him to quit the planned film version of J.R.R. Tolkien 's "The Hobbit," a two-part prequel to New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson 's blockbuster trilogy "Lord of the Rings. " "In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming 'The Hobbit,' I am faced with the hardest decision of my life," del Toro told a "Lord of the Rings" Web site. "After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien's Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures," he said, noting that the film still hadn't been given the go-ahead by struggling MGM. Del Toro will continue to co-write the scripts with Jackson, his wife, Fran Walsh , and Philippa Boyens . Jackson told TheOneRing.
June 1, 2010 |
These are dark times indeed in Middle Earth, the enchanted realm of author J.R.R. Tolkein . Director Guillermo del Toro is withdrawing from The Hobbit , the two-film prequel to The Lord of the Rings . On the project website TheOneRing.net, the Mexican director of Pan's Labyrinth called his departure "the hardest decision of my life" but said he could no longer abide "ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming. " Peter Jackson , the producer of the films, said in a joint statement, "The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn't feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years.
February 15, 2010 |
Mum Puppettheatre artistic director Robert Smythe is back on Philadelphia's theatrical radar. This time around, he's a Temple University MFA student premiering an adaptation of Ram?n del Valle-Incl?n's Divine Words. As one expects, there are some puppets. Less expected - to those unfamiliar with Valle-Incl?n's style of grotesquerie - one of them is a well-endowed dwarf whose face is eaten by wild pigs. Consider yourself warned. A contemporary of Lorca and devotee of Goya, Valle-Incl?n (1866-1936)
July 11, 2008 |
He's the son of the Devil, but in a good way. Arriving on Earth through a mystic doorway opened by Nazi scientists at the end of World War II, the baby creature - code-named "Hellboy" - has bright red skin, a pointy tail, and a giant, indestructible stone hand. Lucky for us, he was raised by the brilliant and benevolent British Professor Broom and schooled to have 1950's American morals. In 2008, he's a hardboiled tough with a heart of gold who works for the secret government Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, and saddles up to save the world because it's his job. When he's off the clock, Hellboy drinks beer and eats candy; he likes to smoke cigars, too, and watch "The Three Stooges" with his cats.
July 10, 2008 |
Recently, a studio representative called to ask, in the event that "Hellboy II" and "Mama Mia" screened on the same night, which I would choose to attend. I believe this to be the most rhetorical, self-answering question ever posed, even considering all possible alternatives. A Ferrari or a Plymouth Horizon? Lottery winnings or a prison sentence? Cherry pie or a prostate exam? Bear in mind that I've been beating the Guillermo Del Toro drum since seeing "Cronos" 15 years ago at the Philadelphia Film Festival, that I'm the only person on the planet who hailed "Mimic" (giant cockroaches in the subway)
January 12, 2007 |
GUILLERMO DEL TORO's gothic fairy tale, "Pan's Labyrinth," has been winning the Mexican filmmaker the highest praise of his career. The movie, which follows a girl named Ofelia through her retreat into a fantasy world to escape the grim reality of life in Franco's Spain, is up for the foreign-language Golden Globe and recently was named best picture by the National Society of Film Critics. Not bad for a movie that del Toro spent 2 1/2 years trying in vain to get financed. Ultimately, he gave back his entire salary so he could make it the way he saw it in his head.