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At the movies, Marvel is currently kicking DC’s ass. Yes Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies were fantastic. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was a very strong start to the development of a potentially bigger world. But Marvel is already in Phase 2 of a cinematic universe, is setting up Phase 3, has a TV show that ties in on the air, with four more shows announced.

DC has Arrow, with a version of the Flash set to debut on that show, but those guys are unrelated to the big-screen heroes. Then there’s Batman vs. Superman on the horizon, but besides some rumors of hypothetical Flash and Justice League films, that’s it for the big screen in the near future.

If we are to believe Guillermo del Toro though, they have a very big plan, we just don’t know all about it yet. The director is attached to a potential DC film called Justice League Dark, which will feature Swamp Thing, The Demon, John Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre and others. He said DC is planning an “entire DC universe” including movies, TV and more. Read More »

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Guillermo del Toro‘s follow-up to Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, just got official. The period haunted house story will start filming in Toronto February 2014 set for release April 2015. Co-written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, it’ll be filmed under the production title Haunted Peak, while retaining the original title for release.

Read about that, and co-star Tom Hiddleston‘s initial reaction to reading the script, below.

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Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.

Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »

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As Guillermo del Toro does press rounds for the disc release of Pacific Rim, naturally he’s talking about other films. He mentioned the ongoing screenwriting efforts for Pacific Rim 2, for instance, and in another interview he was questioned about his upcoming haunted house move Crimson Peak.

The director says that one is very much designed as an R-rated piece of horror, which should please fans of the genre. Del Toro is working on the pilot of The Strain now, and says “I go into shooting Crimson Peak in February. That’s basically my next year-and-a-half or two years.” He also says he still hopes to make his adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s book The Witches, which he’s been working on for years.

In addition, the voice cast has been announced for The Book of Life, which is the Day of the Dead-set animated feature the director is producing. Read More »

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Pacific Rim 2 exists on a hard drive in Hollywood. For some time now, screenwriter Travis Beacham has been writing a sequel to this summer’s Pacific Rim with the knowledge it might never get made. Guillermo del Toro’s film recently squeaked by to $100 million in the United States, but grossed three times that internationally, earning record numbers in China. Those numbers made the sequel a bit more likely but there has yet to be any official movement on it.

In a new interview, del Toro confirms he and Beacham are continuing to write the film with the hope Legendary will give them a green light. Read More »

Rinko Kikuchi and Guillermo del Toro on the Pacific Rim set

Saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters is serious business. Making a movie about saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters appears to be a whole other matter.

Although the characters of Pacific Rim weren’t much given to smiling, giggling, or goofing off — they seemed pretty preoccupied with the whole “cancelling the apocalypse” thing — the cast and crew apparently found plenty of opportunities to laugh on set. Check out an adorable gag reel after the jump.

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Yesterday when I posted the Guillermo Del Toro directed opening of The Simpsons‘ 24th annual Treehouse Of Horror halloween anthology series, I jokingly asked readers to try to spot all the movie, horror, sci-fi references and list them in the comments. Of course, no one took the time to try to do that. But thankfully a site called MoviePilot has attempted to do that for all of us lazy geeks. So now you can watch the opening with a spotlight on many, if not all, of the geeky references. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Guillermo Del Toro directed the opening of The Simpsons‘ 24th annual Treehouse Of Horror halloween anthology series. The three-minute long extended opening sequence is crammed full of movie references from the world of horror, sci-fi and even Del Toro’s own filmography. How many movie references can you spot? Watch the opening after the jump and leave your list in the comments below.

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