If there’s one thing about Guillermo del Toro that shold be evident by now, it’s that he is passionate about film and filmmaking. Perhaps to a excessive degree — it might explain how he gets committed to projects left and right. Now he’s got a new project, and it is potentially something good for many filmmakers. Guillermo del Toro is opening Mirada, a company intended to be a workspace for filmmakers in which they can conceive, develop and launch their own projects. He’s not doing this alone — also on the team are cinematographer and frequent GDT collaborator Guillermo Navarro, Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez. Read More »
A few weeks ago it was reported that Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro spends time each week at DreamWorks Animation developing upcoming projects, acting as a creative consultant on several specific projects. This entails helping out on design or story, and other things he’s executive producing and developing, none of those projects have been announced yet… that is until today.
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A couple weeks ago, a rumor circulated that Peter Jackson was going to direct a new Middle Earth film which would connect The Hobbit and The Lords of the Rings, and that all three films (remember, The Hobbit is two films) would be produced in 3D. Of course, we didn’t really believe the rumor at the time, and said as much, but now Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro has put all of the rumors to rest. Yes, even the one about Tom Cruise… But on top of all that, he also discusses the possibility of filming future films in 3D, what he thought of James Cameron‘s Avatar, and confirms the cinematographer who will be the director of photography on The Hobbit movies.
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Random Notes from the Editor:
Errol Morris’ short film which opened the Academy Awards show was fantastic. If you didn’t see it, you can check out the video at Oscar.com.
Ellen DeGeneres is not funny (with exception of the Jennifer Hudson/Al Gore joke, but I have a feeling someone probably wrote that for her).
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Let’s look at the results from the 79th Academy Awards ceremony:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Queen
Achievement in Directing:
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
- Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
- Stephen Frears for The Queen
- Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
- Paul Greengrass for United 93
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
- Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
- Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
- Peter O’Toole for Venus
- Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Helen Mirren for The Queen
- Penélope Cruz for Volver
- Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal
- Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada
- Kate Winslet for Little Children
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Little Miss Sunshine won the top prize at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, a day before the underdog indie comedy competes for Best Picture at the 2007 Academy Awards. Could the little indie that could win an Oscar? Check out the full list of winners after the jump.
Best Feature: Little Miss Sunshine
Best Female Lead: Shareeka Epps for Half Nelson
Best Male Lead: Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
Best Supporting Female: Frances McDormand for Friends with Money
Best Supporting Male: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman for Thank You for Smoking
Best First Screenplay: Michael Arndt for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro for Pan’s Labyrinth
Best First Feature: Sweet Land
Best Foreign Film: Leben der Anderen, Das
Best Documentary: The Road to Guantanamo
John Cassavetes Award: Quinceaï¿½era
Truer Than Fiction Award: P.O.V.: The Tailenders (#19.5)
I’m glad to see Quinceaï¿½era get an award, but I’m surprised that Pan’s Labyrinth didn’t win best feature.