Guillermo del Toro

Oct. 04, 2013 | 1:20 p.m.

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Simpsons’ couch gag pays homage to horror

The Simpsons, Guillermo del Toro (featured image)
Guillermo del Toro’s couch gag for “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIV” is nothing less than a love letter to the horror genre. Del Toro directed the show’s trademark opening sequence for this year’s Halloween special, and he pays homage to more horror franchises than we could count. Among the references in the opening, which runs just under three minutes, are tributes to Alfred Hitchcock, H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and more. In addition to Cthulhu, Godzilla and a horde of zombies, Klaatu from “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Nosferatu’s” vampire Count Orlok make appearances. In one scene, Bart Simpson scrawls, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” the proverb made infamous in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Attentive viewers will spot the house from “Psycho,” the winged attackers from “The Birds,” Frankenstein and […]
Sept. 06, 2013 | 6:15 p.m.

Tom Hiddleston replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in Del Toro film

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Tom Hiddleston seems to be the man of the hour. The actor, best known for his performance as the Marvel villain Loki, has been cast in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house thriller “Crimson Peak,” Legendary Pictures announced Friday. Hiddleston replaces “Star Trek Into Darkness” actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who dropped out of the Del Toro project last month. “Crimson Peak,” set to begin filming in January, is a gothic horror tale about a young author (Mia Wasikowska) who discovers her new husband is not who he claims to be. Other cast members include “Zero Dark Thirty” actress Jessica Chastain, who starred in the Del Toro-produced “Mama” earlier this year, and Charlie Hunnam, who starred in Del Toro’s robots vs. kaiju epic “Pacific Rim” and was recently (and controversially) cast as the lead in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” “Crimson Peak” is […]
July 15, 2013 | 7:20 a.m.

‘True Blood’ actor Robert Kazinsky talks genre, ‘Pacific Rim’ role

Rob Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)
Actor Robert Kazinsky is, as they say, having a bit of a moment. The English thespian who appeared on the BBC soap “EastEnders” has been wooing Anna Paquin’s part-fairy telepath Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s vampire saga “True Blood” this season, and he can currently be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” as Chuck Hansen, the talented Jaeger pilot with an outsized ego who comes into conflict with heroic Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam). Even Kazinsky seems to be having a difficult time getting his head entirely around his good career fortune. In a recent phone interview, Kazinsky, calling from London, repeatedly marveled at finding himself working with Del Toro on a sci-fi project — he considers himself a “massive” fan of the genre. And that “True Blood” gig? That’s not so bad besides. HC: It’s been a great year for […]
July 14, 2013 | 3:42 p.m.

‘Pacific Rim': Del Toro on directing big-budget kaiju epic [video]

So, how was it for Guillermo del Toro to get behind the camera once more with “Pacific Rim” after a five-year gap since directing 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”? “It was like riding a bicycle,” the writer-director said last week in an appearance at an advance screening of the film at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, part of the Hero Complex Screening Series. “Except,” he added with a smile, “I seldom ride bicycles — but I remember when I did.” “Pacific Rim” is set in a near future in which a shifting of tectonic plates has unlocked the portal to another world. Kaiju — the name and the genre come from the strain of Japanese B-movie cinema sired by Toho’s original “Godzilla” — pour through the rift, and before long coastal cities have […]
July 14, 2013 | 11:03 a.m.

‘Pacific Rim’ message: ‘We’re all in the same robot,’ Del Toro says

“Pacific Rim,” the new film from director Guillermo del Toro, offers moviegoers plenty of crowd-pleasing spectacle with its visually stunning sequences of giant Jaegers battling alien kaiju in a near-future world. In an appearance last week at an advance screening of “Pacific Rim” at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, part of the Hero Complex Screening Series, the filmmaker discussed his approach to designing the wild creations in the movie, which features an ensemble cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman, among others. “Any time I want to design a monster, the last thing I want to reference is a monster,” Del Toro said, explaining that the creature designs grew out of the classic “man in a suit” tradition. “If I was making this movie in 1968, you could […]
July 13, 2013 | 7:58 p.m.

‘Pacific Rim': Guillermo del Toro on why he’s like Raleigh Becket

“Pacific Rim” writer-director Guillermo del Toro invests each of the films he makes with specific emotions or character details inspired by his own experiences; his latest, the big-budget Jaegers versus kaiju epic invading theaters this weekend, is no exception. Speaking at a special Hero Complex advance screening of “Pacific Rim” on Wednesday at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, Del Toro said there’s one specific aspect of the life of heroic pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) that matches up to his own. “I made it a point that Raleigh had been out of a Jaeger exactly the same time I had been out of the director’s chair,” said Del Toro, who hadn’t directed a film since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” In the story, Raleigh, of course, finds his way back into the cockpit […]
July 13, 2013 | 1:14 p.m.

‘Pacific Rim’s Guillermo del Toro: Say no to reboots, yes to robots

There’s been plenty of speculation about how Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” will fare at the box office this weekend, where it’s going up against the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2″ and the animated family film “Despicable Me 2.” But should the new film about humanity’s battle against an invading species of monsters called kaiju perform well enough to merit a sequel, the writer-director has got plenty of ideas for future stories set in the elaborately rendered world. Del Toro shared some of those ideas at a special Hero Complex advance screening of “Pacific Rim” earlier this week, appearing on stage for a Q&A at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach. Readers can watch the beginning of the conversation above, but beware, the clip does contain spoilers. “I think where we would go [in […]
July 11, 2013 | 10:27 p.m.

‘Pacific Rim’ writer Travis Beacham: Hollywood needs original stories

“Pacific Rim” didn’t even exist as a full screenplay when Guillermo del Toro signed on to produce the Jaegers-versus-kaiju epic from that opens in theaters Friday. But Travis Beacham’s outline for the story of a future world that is forever changed after massive monsters attack, forcing humanity to build equally hulking robots to fight back, struck the filmmaker as something he wanted to be a part of. After his deal to direct his long-planned H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, “At the Mountains of Madness,” fell apart, Del Toro agreed not only to produce and co-write “Pacific Rim” with Beacham but also to direct the movie. In a recent interview with Hero Complex, Beacham described the Oscar-nominated writer-director as a “generous” creative partner — in addition to the film, their collaboration yielded a prequel graphic novel released this year — and went on […]
July 09, 2013 | 5:17 p.m.

‘Pacific Rim’ mobile game first look: Fight kaiju on your phone

"Pacific Rim" mobile game
“Pacific Rim” fans can pilot their own Jaegers and fight alien kaiju in an upcoming mobile game inspired by the film. The action fighting game is set in the universe of “Pacific Rim,” the kaiju vs. robots film from director Guillermo del Toro, out Friday. The game, developed by Reliance Games, allows players to train their Jaeger jockeys from rookie to ace in story mode, or to outlast as many monsters as possible in endless survival mode. Players will be able to build up combat skills and customize their Jaegers with different equipment and technology. Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the action. The “Pacific Rim” game will be available before the film’s debut on platforms running iOS. Plans for an Android release are also in the works. Hero Complex caught up with Manish Agarwal, […]
July 09, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.

Charlie Day talks playing smart, staying funny for ‘Pacific Rim’ role

Comedy fans might know Charlie Day as the manic presence that animates much of the silliness on the long-running FX series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” or from his turn as the man sexually harassed by Jennifer Aniston’s lascivious dentist in 2011’s “Horrible Bosses,” among other featured roles. But “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo del Toro’s new film set for release Friday, showcases a somewhat different side of Day, as the kaiju-obsessed Dr. Newton Geiszler. “It was refreshing to get to play a character that had some intelligence,” Day said. The actor recently spoke to Hero Complex about the challenges of providing some comic relief in the sci-fi blockbuster while staying true to character, and what it was like to work with cast member Ron Perlman and to be directed by Del Toro, whom Day described as a cinematic visionary in the mode […]
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