nightmare alley cast bradley cooper

The del Toro/DiCaprio team-up was apparently too good to be true. Leonardo DiCaprio was previously in talks to join Guillermo del Toro‘s return to directing, Nightmare Alley. But now word has it that DiCaprio is out, having passed on the project when a deal could not be reached. So who will take his place? Bradley Cooper! Maybe! Cooper is now said to be “circling” the project, which is an adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name – which was previously adapted into the 1947 movie Nightmare Alley.

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scary stories to tell in the dark footage

Yesterday in New York City, director André Øvredal and producer Guillermo del Toro brought two clips and a new trailer for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the big screen adaptation of the iconic, and terrifying, children’s book series. Those books are sacred to me – I grew up with them. As a result, I’ve been a little wary of this film adaptation, even with talented folks like Øvredal and del Toro involved. But after attending the event in NYC, and watching the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark footage, I think I’m finally sold on what del Toro and Øvredal have in store.

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scary stories to tell in the dark trailer

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was responsible for thousands of ’80s and ’90s kids’ nightmares when it was first published as a series of three children’s horror books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell in 1981. Now the upcoming feature film adaptation will traumatize a whole new generation of children. Executive producer Guillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal will be bringing the scariest collection of spooky tales to the big screen for kids of all ages with imagery and body horror that seems more fit for an R-rated film. Watch the new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer below.

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nightmare alley remake

Guillermo del Toro is ready to return to directing after winning an Oscar for The Shape of Water. The filmmaker will helm a remake of the 1940s noir Nightmare Alley, and he’s already attracting some serious star power. Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star in del Toro’s movie, which will follow a con-man who teams up with a psychic, and then later a psychiatrist, to scam people. Since del Toro’s involved, I’m assuming some sort of sexy monster will show up at some point. But maybe not.

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Pan's Labyrinth Book

It’s been 13 years since we ventured into Guillermo del Toro‘s dark fantasy world of Pan’s Labyrinth. In the film, a twisted fairy tale clashes with Spanish fascism as an 11-year old girl becomes embroiled in a war she wants no part of. She finds an escape in a twisted labyrinth that allows her to fulfill the prophecy of a lost princess returning to her rightful place at her father’s side. But it all comes at a tragic cost.

Now the Oscar-winning film is being turned into “an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages” by director and writer Guillermo del Toro and Inkheart author Cornelia Funke. The book includes incredible illustrations and added short stories that help flesh out the world of this fantasy parable. Read More »

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark interviews

Guillermo del Toro has been a fan of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books since he was in his early teens, when he stumbled across them in a bookstore and was struck by the perfect title and creepy artwork. “It really was like having a campfire between those two covers,” he explained at a press event for the film in Hollywood yesterday. During a tough time in his life, del Toro even purchased Stephen Gammell’s original artwork that appeared in the books despite being “really, really broke” at the time. That decision “led to a lot of financial trouble, and marital problems,” he joked, because “you cannot justify a buy like that.” But it sounds like he needed to posses those pieces, and his passion for those images and author Alvin Schwartz’s words led him to eventually help adapt the book into a screenplay and produce this upcoming adaptation.

Read on to find out how del Toro found the right director to translate this material for the silver screen, how they largely used practical effects for the film’s unnerving-looking creatures, which stories made it into the screenplay, the film’s anticipated rating, and even a couple of updates on del Toro’s long-brewing adaptations of The Haunted Mansion and At The Mountains of Madness. Read More »

scary stories to tell in the dark trailer full

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the book filled tales of terror that traumatized children for years, leaps off the page and onto the big screen this summer. Executive producer Guillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal hope to scare the hell out of kids of all ages with their film adaptation, which takes several of the iconic tales from the books and inserts them into an overarching narrative. Watch the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer below.

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Zanbato movie

Guillermo del Toro hasn’t set up a live-action directing project since winning an Oscar for The Shape of Water, but it looks like that’s about to change. The filmmaker is writing and directing a movie a for Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot which is said to be about “young female ninja”, although del Toro himself has weighed in to say that’s not 100% accurate. Let’s call it an action movie for now. In any case, it’s called Zanbato, and the filmmaker has been secretly developing it for the past six years. More on the Zanbato movie below.

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dean deblois and how to train your draon
A couple of weeks back, I was able to visit the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale California, an oasis hidden amongst the Los Angeles concrete. There, I had a chance to visit Dean DeBlois‘ new office and talk to the filmmaker about How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. As you may know, DeBlois wrote and directed the modern Disney Animation classic Lilo & Stitch with Chris Sanders, before moving to DreamWorks to direct all three installments of the now completed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy.

In our interview, we talk about the evolution of the story from the beginning of the trilogy to the conclusion, comparisons to Star Wars, the trouble with sequels, an animation franchise where the characters physically grow and age, the original idea for the second movie that was abandoned, how he feels about making audiences cry, what it was like to work with Guillermo Del Toro and Drew Struzan, his hopes to make a live-action film next, a possible Dragons theme park ride, and the challenge of making a mythical based franchise in the age of Avatar.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Disney shows off some of the harder to spot Easter eggs from Ralph Breaks the Internet. Plus, director Guillermo del Toro shared an Alka-Seltzer commercial he starred in back in 1991, and one movie lover goes on a rant about the ramifications of toys coming to life in the real world.

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