After the not-quite-blockbuster box-office success of Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos) middling foray into big-budget spectacle (Universal recently put a planned sequel on indefinite hold), it was all but inevitable that del Toro would scale back his ambitions, budgetary and otherwise, and return to his horror roots, a return welcomed by del Toro’s relatively small, loyal, vocal fanbase. Return to his roots del Toro indeed does with Crimson Peak, a hyper-stylized Gothic horror-romance/homage that never quite rises to the level of del Toro’s earlier, more accomplished efforts like the aforementioned film trio, but it still offers an abundance of sensory pleasures (albeit less so where narrative ones are concerned) drawn directly from del Toro’s fertile, fervid imagination and his unabashed, love of Gothic horror-romances. (more…)
Remember when the internet was set a flutter in the months before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron with all the news about all the cameos that will be found there in? Of course you don’t, you’re still wallowing in the disappointment over the finished film. One of the things you may be disappointed about is the lack of appearance of Loki, the villain of the first Avengers film played by Tom Hiddleston. While talking about his new film, Crimson Peak, Hiddleston was asked about what happened, and why it turned out that Loki was cut from the film. The actor gave the following honest answer. (more…)
There are few movie makers in Hollywood who are capable of weaving an unsettling tale quite like Guillermo del Toro. From his wonderfully creepy film, The Devil’s Backbone, to his adult fairy tale, Pan’s Labyrinth, to his family thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the writer/director has made a career of inspiring plenty of people across the globe to sleep with one eye open. His latest offering, Crimson Peak, has just released a couple of new trailers and, oh man, it appears that del Toro has made yet another movie scary enough to call “horror” and mean it. (more…)
We’ve heard why Joss Whedon ended up cutting the filmed scenes of Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki from Avengers: Age of Ultron, but now Joss has spelled out where and what the sequence would have looked like on the big screen.
A comment by Idris Elba, who plays Heimdall, started the rumors flowing last year when he let it slip that he had filmed an Avengers: Age of Ultron scene with Tom Hiddleston as Loki. While Heimdall does show up in the sequel, it has been confirmed now that Loki does not; you can find his cameo on the cutting room floor. But why, why deprive us of our Loki? Director Joss Whedon explained the decision to MTV News. (more…)
*Posted on April 1st, 2015 – It’s an April Fool’s Day Post.
In a move that proves that holding your breath and making enough of a racket on the Internet will get you what you want, Netflix picked today of all days to announce a new series, Dredd. That’s right, Judge Dredd is bringing the law to Netflix in a brand new 13 episode event that is slated to premiere 04/01/2016. (more…)
Crimson Peak has a lot going for it. Guillermo Del Toro directing along with Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Mia Wasikowska in the cast. We all know Del Toro can handle horror and now we’re getting a good look at how he handles Gothic Horror. You know, horror with Victorian high-necked-lacy fashion, prudish sensibilities about sex, and lots of spooky, creepy, ghostly looking things that creep into their bed chambers at night. So check out the trailer and see if Del Toro can scare the pants off you in a non-sexual way using very sexualized imagery. (more…)
Michael Keaton is riding on a wave of strong awards-season buzz for his turn in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman; where he pulls off an amazing performance portraying a washed-up actor who is perpetually tormented by his alter ego/nemesis. It’s great to see Keaton having somewhat of an acting renaissance, finally gaining recognition for his acting prowess with appearances in Robocop and Need for Speed in 2014, and upcoming roles in Illumination Entertainment’s animated Minions and a starring role in Thomas McCarthy’s Catholic Church child-abuse drama Spotlight. Now it appears that Keaton might be heading off to Skull Island to join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island. (more…)
In August it was announced that filming on The Avengers: Age of Ultron had officially wrapped production and was consequently going into post-production. Subsequently, everyone went bat-shit crazy (11,000,000 people viewed the trailer in the space of seventeen hours) after viewing the fantastically, haunting two-minute teaser trailer which – in what was a touch of genius – had James Spader‘s Ultron eerily speaking alongside the song “I’ve Got Know Strings To Hold Me Down,” ending with the lines: “I had stings, but now I’m free …there are no strings, on me.” However, now it seems there is still some work left to do come the beginning of the New Year. (more…)
When it was announced that the third Thor movie, which will be in a theater near you in the summer of 2017, was going to be subtitled Ragnarok, there were a lot of questions about the full meaning of the word in the context of the Thunder God’s next solo adventure. “Ragnarok” literally means “the final destiny of the gods,” which can be taken any number of ways, but that word “final” has some very specific implications. So we’re forced to wonder, is Ragnarok going to be a blood bath? Will it be, in effect, the final Thor solo adventure? We can’t answer that last question, but one of the co-writer’s is definitely pointing to an affirmative on that first question. (more…)