Regina King Joins FX Series ‘The Strain’

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 6:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

reginalingSouthland alumna Regina King is set to recur on FX‘s new drama series The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse. The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim … Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Gets Official 13-Episode Order, Abraham Role To Be Recast

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 12:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

While Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse‘s drama The Strain, based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, formally had a pilot order at FX, its series pickup was considered a pure formality. It just came in today. From the onset, when FX landed the project in a bidding war, it hired a full writing staff, with the network committing some $500,000 to creature creation. The Strain now is heading into production on its first season, with the bulk of the scripts already completed and one major casting change. The role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, played in the pilot by John Hurt, is being recast. Filming is slated to begin this month in Toronto for a July premiere. As FX CEO John Landgraf indicated in August, the plan for the series is to run for 39-65 episodes.
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Guillermo Del Toro’s Haunted House Pic Still Called ‘Crimson Peak’

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 9:35am PDT
Mike Fleming

If you’re scoring at home, keep the Guillermo del Toro movie title Crimson Peak intact. I’ve seen reports that the film has been retitled Haunted Peak, but that is just a production entity GDT created for the shoot, … Read More »

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Hot ‘Simpsons’ Intro: Guillermo Del Toro Helms Scary Opener

By | Sunday October 6, 2013 @ 4:36pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Guillermo del Toro is busy directing his haunted house film Crimson Peak, prepping the FX series The Strain — based on the vampire novel trilogy he wrote with Chuck Hogan — and releasing his new book Cabinet of Curiosities. But the master multi-tasker has found the time to direct … Read More »

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Legendary’s ‘Crimson Peak’ Names Tom Hiddleston As Benedict Cumberbatch’s Replacement

The actor who played the villain in ThorAvengers and the upcoming Thor sequel has joined Legendary Pictures‘ Guillermo del Toro-directed Crimson Peak, the company announced today. Tom Hiddleston will take over the role vacated late Read More »

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Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro Back Controversial Harry Knowles Kickstarter

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 2:16pm PDT

Ain’t It Cool News blogger Harry Knowles already has a polarizing rep for getting chummy with the makers of the movies he covers. Now Peter Jackson is the latest high profile filmmaker to throw his support behind a crowdfunding campaign to raise $100K for Knowles’ fanboy talk show. In a video posted today, the Hobbit helmer urges backers to contribute to Knowles’ Kickstarter which is just about $18K shy with a day left to reach its goal. I hear Jackson has not made an official monetary donation to the campaign but other directors including Rian Johnson, Eli Roth, and Guillermo del Toro have backed the project, with del Toro notably donating $5K to the cause. Read More »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Exits Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 5:13pm PDT

Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of Guillermo Del Toro‘s gothic horror pic Crimson Peak, about a woman who discovers that her new husband is not who he claims to be. Sources say Cumberbatch’s very recent exit is not due to scheduling conflicts with the … Read More »

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Kevin Costner In Talks To Star In Guillermo Del Toro-Produced ‘Midnight Delivery’ For Universal

BREAKING…Kevin Costner is in negotiations to star in Midnight Delivery for Universal Pictures. Neil Cross, who co-wrote Universal’s Mama and is creator of the BBC series Luther, has written the screenplay in his latest tie-up with … Read More »

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Guillermo del Toro Sets ‘Pacific Rim’s’ Robert Maillet As Main ‘Strain’ Villain

By | Wednesday July 10, 2013 @ 6:21pm PDT

Guillermo del Toro must really like working with Robert Maillet. First he directed him in the soon-to-open Pacific Rim, and now the actor has snagged the role of the world-conquering vampire The Master in FX’s drama pilot … Read More »

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Sean Astin Joins FX Drama Pilot ‘The Strain’

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 7:18pm PDT

Showrunner Carlton Cuse tonight tweeted casting of Lord Of The Rings veteran Sean Astin in the FX pilot directed by Guillermo del Toro. Astin will play CDC administrator Jim Kent in the dram starring … Read More »

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‘Pacific Rim’ Gets $20 ‘SuperTicket’ Treatment In Canada

World War Z had the Mega-Ticket, now Guillermo del Toro‘s CGI actioner is getting a SuperTicket up in the Great White North. Cineplex Entertainment will offer the $19.99 premium ducat — the first of its kind … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pacific Rim’

Here’s the third and final trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim. This one sees Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost enlist Charlie Hunnam’s washed-up pilot Raleigh Becket for a last-ditch attempt to save humanity. Becket will team with rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to steer … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 8:47am PDT
Mike Fleming

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros are getting close to unveiling their giant-robot film Pacific Rim, which opens July 12. The film, which is under $200 million I’m told, has a marketing strategy championed by geek-savvy Thomas Read More »

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‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel In Planning Stages, Guillermo Del Toro Says

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 1:05pm PDT

Guillermo Del Toro Pacific Rim Sequel“We’re been talking about the idea for it and working on a pitch,” said Guillermo del Toro today about a Pacific Rim sequel. “And there will be a Mexican Jaeger,” he … Read More »

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John Hurt To Co-Star In FX Pilot ‘The Strain’

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 4:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated actor John Hurt has been tapped as the co-lead opposite Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro in FX‘s high-profile drama pilot The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, which is being eyed for a 13-episode pickup. The high-concept thriller, directed by del Toro  from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan based on their vampire novel trilogy, tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Hurt, who first worked with del Toro in his 2004 feature Hellboy, will portray Professor Abraham Setrakian, a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers — if anyone will listen. Read More »

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Hot Clip: ‘Pacific Rim’ Featurette

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 4:14pm PDT

“To fight monsters, we created monsters” – so goes the tagline for Guillermo del Toro’s summer tentpole for Warner Bros. A new 4-minute Pacific Rim featurette gives viewers a look inside the massive robots deployed to battle the kaijus that have emerged from the sea in the … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pacific Rim’

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 10:37am PDT

Here’s the first full trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which expands on the footage Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures unveiled at WonderCon last month. The pic opens July 12:

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Guillermo Del Toro To Show New ‘Pacific Rim’ Footage At NCM Media Networks’ Cinema Upfront

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 8:11pm PDT

Next week is all about television upfront presentations in NYC. But National CineMedia and NCM Media Networks are holding a ‘cinema upfront’ event on May 15 featuring filmmaker Guillermo del Toro with never-before-seen footage from his Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros summer tentpole Pacific Rim. This ‘Bigger Picture’ presentation and lunch will … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pacific Rim’

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 10:55am PDT

Here’s the mecha vs. monsters Pacific Rim trailer Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures unveiled at WonderCon last month. Fanboys went nuts. But when the same footage screened at CinemaCon some exhibitors complained to me that it was “too sci-fi”. The … Read More »

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