The Shape of Water Q&A

Earlier this week, I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see a screening of The Shape of Water, the newest fantasy film from director Guillermo del Toro. The screening was part of Film Independent at LACMA’s ongoing film series and featured a Q&A afterward with del Toro, actors Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and composer Alexandre Desplat.

Below, you’ll find some of the best stories and quotes from the conversation, including how a drunken del Toro originally pitched Hawkins on her part, how the music ties in with the film’s visual aesthetic, which scene caused someone to vomit on the set, and the odd relationship between the film and the FX vampire series The Strain.
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Justice League Clips

Justice League isn’t a perfect movie. If you’ve already flown into a fit of rage after reading that sentence, maybe you should do your blood pressure a favor and click away from this piece now. For the rest of you, I want to talk a little about Justice League‘s villain, Steppenwolf, and some DC fans’ reactions to Joss Whedon liking a tweet that criticizes that character.
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Justice League Batman featurette

We’re only a few hours from the official release of Justice League, but some attention has jumped ahead to director Matt Reeves’ planned take on The Dark Knight with his solo movie The Batman. Ben Affleck, the most recent actor to don the cape and cowl, just said he’s looking for “a graceful and cool way to segue out of” the role. And now a new rumor has surfaced that claims Reeves has someone in mind to take over the role of the Caped Crusader if Affleck decides to step down – and the new contender was actually a candidate for the role before Christian Bale was cast in Batman Begins.

Who is rumored to be the replacement choice for The Batman actor? Find out after the jump.
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Boss Level

The classic Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day is the most famous movie example of a time loop scenario in which a character must relive the same day over and over again, but there have been plenty of others since 1993. The concept seems to be back in fashion in Hollywood these days, with films like Edge of Tomorrow, Before I Fall, Naked, and Happy Death Day putting their own characters through a repeating hellscape in order to teach them a lesson about themselves. And now a new movie called Boss Level will use that same formula.
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Justice League box office tracking

Despite the hubbub about Justice League‘s Rotten Tomatoes score reveal (which was leaked earlier this morning), it seems like a given that finally putting three of the world’s most recognizable superheroes – Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman – in the same live-action movie will at least end up being a financially successful endeavor. And that’s what the Justice League box office tracking numbers are showing: the film is estimated to make $110 million domestically during its opening weekend and as much as $355 million worldwide in that same time period.
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Game of Thrones marathon

Marvel Studios has been hosting marathons of their superhero movies for years. Back in 2015, watching every film released up until that point (including Avengers: Age of Ultron) took 29 hours. Adding up the runtime of the movies released since then, including Thor: Ragnarok extends the length to over 41 hours. But even that staggering commitment would pale in comparison to watching every single episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and one movie theater has decided to give fans the opportunity to see their favorite show play on the big screen all in one massive chunk. Get the details about this upcoming Game of Thrones marathon below.
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Roy Conli interview

Don’t call Olaf’s Frozen Adventure a short film. “Technically, it’s a featurette,” according to producer Roy Conli. Whatever you’d like to call it, the 21-minute animated story is set to play in theaters before Pixar’s upcoming Coco. The “featurette,” which is directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton, centers on Olaf, the childish and joyous snowman from Frozen, as he learns about the holiday traditions of the citizens of Arendelle in an attempt to give Elsa and Anna a tradition of their own after the years they spent apart. It’s a fun continuation of the Frozen narrative and a nice return for beloved characters from the 2013 smash hit.

A few weeks ago, I visited Walt Disney Animation and sat down with producer Roy Conli, who told me about John Lasseter‘s involvement, a rejected alternate idea for the special, how the featurette’s music could possibly follow the mega-hit “Let It Go,” and more.
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Galaxy Quest TV show

Back in August, we learned that actor/writer Paul Scheer had been hired by Amazon to write a TV adaptation of the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, a movie about a group of washed-up actors who used to star on a Star Trek-style sci-fi show who are swept up into a real space adventure. This is great news – Scheer’s comedic sensibilities are a perfect match for that world.

Yesterday, I had a chance to sit down and speak with him about his role in The Disaster Artist. While that full interview will be published closer to that film’s release, he gave me an update on Galaxy Quest that fans will be very excited to hear. He confirmed that the show will continue the story of the characters from the movie, and it’ll include two separate casts whose adventures merge as the season progresses. Read on for everything we know about the Galaxy Quest TV show so far.
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Justice League reshoots

The making of Warner Bros.’ long-brewing Justice League is as fraught with drama as almost anything you’ll see in a theater this year. Following financially successful but critically despised movies like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, DC Films changed its tactics and wanted to lighten things up a little bit. Part of that decision involved hiring Joss Whedon to come in and rewrite sections of the film’s screenplay, and ultimately Whedon stepped into the director’s chair to direct reshoots when original director Zack Snyder stepped away due to a death in the family.

Those reshoots and their impact on the movie have become a central talking point for fans and we’ve spent a long time speculating about what the final film will look like. Some of us have seen it already, but now, just a few days from its official release, one of the movie’s producers has come forward and revealed the ratio of Whedon’s Justice League reshoots to the footage Snyder originally shot for the superhero sequel.
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Rampage first look

Update: The first poster for Rampage has arrived and we’ve added it to the post below.

Looking at a new photo of Dwayne Johnson standing in the rubble of a destroyed city, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s on the set of San Andreas 2, the planned sequel to his earthquake disaster movie from 2015. But these new images are actually our first look at Rampage, a movie adaptation of the 1986 video game which – perhaps not coincidentally – reunites Johnson with San Andreas director Brad Peyton. Dwayne Johnson vs. giant monsters? Yep, safe to say this one’s going to make some money.
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