The Shape of Water Amphibian Man action figure

NECA has been bringing some of Guillermo del Toro‘s cinematic creations from Pan’s Labyrinth to life in the form of detailed, collectible action figures. But soon the filmmaker’s Best Picture winner will have a place on your unique toy shelf too.

The Shape of Water tells the fairytale story of the Amphibian Man, a fishlike humanoid who strikes up a relationship with a government facility custodian who ultimately tries to break him out and free him into the ocean. The Amphibian Man is played by none other than Guillermo del Toro’s frequent creature collaborator Doug Jones, and now he’s becoming a stunning action figure that will be hitting shelves later this year. Check out photos of The Shape of Water Amphibian Man action figure. Read More »

solitary movie cast

Mahershala Ali may have found his next award-worthy role. The Oscar-winning actor of Moonlight and Green Book is eyeing a role in Solitary, a prison drama based on Albert Woodfox‘s harrowing memoir detailing the record four decades he spent in solitary confinement. Read about Ali potentially taking on the role of Woodfox in the Solitary movie cast below.

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jojo rabbit release date

Jojo Rabbit, aka the movie where Taika Waititi plays an imaginary friend who just happens to be Adolf Hitler, has found its release date. Fox Searchlight (and Disney) will open the film in October, which sets it up for both awards season and festival season. The dark comedy, which Waititi wrote and directed, also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, and Rebel Wilson. More on the Jojo Rabbit release date below.

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Tolkien director

During a recent trip to London, /Film sat down with Finnish director Dome Karukoski to discuss his newest film, Tolkien, a biopic of the author who created The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Karukoski had just finished making a different biopic when this project came his way, so he was resistant to it at first. But he quickly found a personal connection to the material through the parallels between Tolkien’s early life and his own.

In this interview, we spoke about how the script’s message of changing the world through art resonated with him, how he created the movie’s striking battlefield sequences, the intense fandom surrounding Tolkien and his work, how he reacted when the Tolkien estate released its statement about his movie, and more. Read More »

Tolkien review

Tolkien: it’s much better than it looks! That’s my one sentence review of Fox Searchlight’s new biopic about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of novels like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the father of modern fantasy writing, but I’ll devote several more to explaining why it’s worth your time. Read More »

Tolkien locations

Last week, I joined a handful of other journalists to visit Oxford, England, the old stomping grounds of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien, who is the subject of a new biopic called Tolkien. In addition to interviewing the stars of the film, Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, I cut together a video featuring several of the locations we visited, including filming locations used in the movie and some key places where the real Tolkien studied, worked, and drank. Check it out below.
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George RR Martin interview

Last night in Los Angeles, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin moderated a Q&A after a special screening of Tolkien, the biopic about the author behind The Lord of the Rings. You can watch that entire Q&A here if you’re interested, but before the film began, I had the opportunity to speak with Martin about reading Tolkien’s work, how Tolkien impacted his own writing, and one of Martin’s big regrets. Read More »

disney film slate

The Disney film slate has been a big question mark since the finalization of its 21st Century Fox acquisition. The historic deal came just as two of Disney’s biggest franchises were coming to the end of their respective eras — Marvel Studios with Avengers: Endgame, and Star Wars with the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker.

What could Disney’s film release schedule look like once the dust has settled around these franchises and the historic Fox deal? It will be one heavily centered around James Cameron’s Avatar franchise, which has been filming its four sequels back-to-back. But in the wake of the Fox deal, Avatar is getting pushed back a year.

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tolkien featurette

So much is known about the rich world of Middle-earth that author J.R.R. Tolkien created, but little popular thought is given to his life before he wrote The Lord of the Rings. That will soon change with the upcoming Fox Searchlight biopic, Tolkien, which shows the early days of the legendary British author from his childhood through the publication of The Hobbit and his magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings. But what went into the choice of this time frame — of showing young, hot Tolkien other than an excuse to use that tagline? A new Tolkien featurette explains why the biopic covers the early years of a young J.R.R. Tolkien.

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tolkien estate

Update: Fox Searchlight has released a statement in response to the Tolkien estate not endorsing the film. Read it below.

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and his seminal work The Lord of the Rings might be soon lining up to see Nicholas Hoult play the young, hot version of him in Fox Searchlight’s upcoming biopic, Tolkien. But one group of people that won’t be in line are Tolkien’s family and the Tolkien estate, which have released a statement saying that they do not endorse the film.

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