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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Titanic Re-Release

It’s been 20 years since James Cameron‘s Titanic broke office records, melted hearts, and swept the Academy Awards. To celebrate this milestone, the film is returning to theaters for a limited run next month. And since this is a James Cameron re-release, you know what that means: some fancy technology will be involved to help sell this as a proper event. In this case, that means the film is being presented in “Dolby Vision” and will be screened in both 2D and 3D formats.

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Basmati Blues trailer

Basmati Blues began production back in 2013, but we’re only now seeing footage from the film as it nears its eventual release date. It’s never a good sign when a film is delayed for so long, and the first Basmati Blues trailer seems to confirm this. This movie looks…questionable at best.

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fifty shades freed trailer

Part of being an adult means acknowledging that some movies just aren’t made for you and taking a big step back and letting the intended audience have some fun. But part of being an adult in a permanent state of arrested development means giggling through the final Fifty Shades Freed trailer, which is downright ridiculous. Sexy architects! Car chases! Knife-wielding stalkers! BDSM! Dramatic pronouncements that someone is staying at the office to get more work done! This preview has it all.

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A Guide to Cinema’s 10 Greatest Spooky Romances

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When people are looking for movies to watch during the Halloween season, their eyes are often turned to the Horror genre. But what about the other emotional aspects of what many (including yours truly) considers “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? And more importantly, what about…love?

That’s right, All Hallow’s Eve can be quite the time for some romance to be in the air! From doomed couples to those who found love because of their quirks and oddities, this holiday of monsters and ghouls can be a great time to explore some of cinema’s greatest (and spookiest) romances.

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Bram Stoker's Dracula and Crimson Peak

If you’re searching for the perfect Halloween double feature, you need not resort to repetitive slashers or gross-out gore-fests. You need only journey down a foggy, mossy path towards a towering structure in ruins, and find yourself embraced by the lush, ornate, blood-soaked worlds of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Crimson Peak. These two films are the fine wines of horror and gothic romance, paired perfectly with your gourmet Halloween meal. They live, and breathe, and die like so few other horror films.

Primarily because these two films do not adhere strictly to the horror genre. Instead, they wade into the world of Gothic romance, where candles flicker as passions burn; where the old world clashes with the new; where dark secrets lurk in locked rooms. But you can break those locks, if you’re adventurous enough; if you’re brave enough. If you’re willing to face the ghosts and undead that lurk in the shadows, and learn what truths they hold.

These films dabble in death and terror, yes. But they also thrive on love. They have beating hearts which long to be listened to. They are somehow both horrific and delicate; like Venus Fly Traps that can ensnare and destroy if you get too close. As Halloween approaches, and you look for a break from sequels and jump-scares, why not draw closer to these two films and wrap yourself up in their chilly embrace?

This post contains major spoilers for both films.

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the shape of water footage

Guillermo del Toro is one of our best living filmmakers, and he’s about to release his masterpiece, The Shape of Water. A Cold War romance about a woman falling in love with a fish-man, The Shape of Water is a lovely monster movie the likes of which only del Toro could make. In a new behind-the-scenes feature, the acclaimed filmmaker talks a bit about the film while new footage is revealed. See the new The Shape of Water footage below.

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Porto trailer

Anton Yelchin was one of the most promising actors of his generation, and seemed like he was only getting started when his tragic death shocked the film world. The Green Room star was only 27 when an accident took his life, and a few of his projects had yet to be released at the time of his death. Now, one of his final performances can be seen in Porto.

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pretty woman musical

It seems like every beloved romantic-comedy from the last two decades is getting the Broadway treatment, and it looks like it’s Pretty Woman‘s time for a makeover.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is about to be the kind of musical you’d like to meet with Les Miserables‘ Samantha Barks taking on the role of the prostitute with a heart of gold originated by Julia Roberts and Once musical lead Steve Kazee stepping into Richard Gere’s shiny shoes. Bryan Adams is writing the music, and Jerry Mitchell — the writer/director of Kinky Boots, appropriately — will write and direct.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is back, and it’s putting the ex in “extreme.”

The CW’s subversive romantic-comedy musical series is returning for a third season with a darker edge — literally. Our slightly unhinged heroine, Rebecca Bunch (played by series creator and writer Rachel Bloom) is now completely off the rails after being left at the altar by the man of her dreams, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), and has returned with darker locks and vengeance on her mind.

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