No lie: Guillermo del Toro's stop-motion Pinocchio movie really happening this time

Roughly a year ago, Guillermo del Toro lamented that his long-gestating passion project, a dark, stop-motion version of Pinocchio, was kaput. Sounding dejected, he told IGN “it’s not happening.” He continued, “But the idea was to do Pinocchio during the ascension of fascism in Italy, with Mussolini. It was a good time…

Guillermo del Toro and Sam Raimi are making shows for a new streaming service with a dumb name

We’re all still reeling from the loss of Go90 and Seeso, but DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman have teamed up to new develop yet another streaming service that has yet another stupid name. The project was initially operating under the codename “NewTV,” which should…

Guillermo Del Toro is one of those "Better Call Saul is better than Breaking Bad" people

Better Call Saul is better than it has any right to be. A Breaking Bad prequel about huckster lawyer Saul Goodman, the show (and Bob Odenkirk’s nimble performance) deftly works to explore a different kind of moral failure than that of its predecessor. Saul, a.k.a. Jimmy McGill, isn’t sacrificing his soul with pulled…

Alfonso Cuarón's Roma just delivered Netflix one of its first big film festival wins

At this point, we have to assume that Alfonso Cuarón is having slightly mixed feelings about Netflix acquiring the distribution rights to his latest auteur effort, Roma. On the one hand, distribution—especially from a company with an acquisition budget like Netflix’s—is always something to be celebrated, especially…

Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark has a cast of scary actors to scare with scary stories

Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark has cast some people to get scared, tell stories, and be in the dark. André Øvredal will direct Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Austin Abrams (The Walking Dead), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight), and Natalie Ganzhorn (The Stanley Dynamic)…

Children, ready your nightmares: Del Toro's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is coming 

It’s been going on five years now since we first reported the news that iconic children’s book series Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark might be coming to the big screen. And now, after years of “who knows if they’ll actually turn a bunch of campfire tales with the most fucked-up illustrations imaginable into a movie”…

Pacific Rim: Uprising proves that it is possible to screw up giant robots punching giant monsters

On today’s new episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky break down Pacific Rim: Uprising, the follow-up to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 mecha-vs.-kaijū spectacular. Directed and co-written by Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight, Uprising contains little of the geeky…

This year’s Best Director category is the strongest in recent memory

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will break down a category and give us their picks for who

Doug Jones and Guillermo Del Toro have a bone to pick with that Shape Of Water dildo

The Shape Of Water’s sex scenes have sparked a lot of discussion, most of which has centered on what a potentially divine amphibian’s dick would look like. All this scaly speculation has already inspired the creation of a dildo, called the “Jewel Of The Amazon,” which has already sold out online (though the maker,…

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