Jessica Chastain Talks MISS JULIE, Director Liv Ullman, What Al Pacino Taught Her Making SALOME, and Her Reaction After Watching CRIMSON PEAK

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Over the last few years Jessica Chastain has demonstrated again and again that she’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood.  Whether it be hunting down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, playing the wife of a man plagued by apocalyptic visions in Take Shelter, or putting on fifteen pounds to play the outcast Celia Foote in The Help, Chastain is always fearless and believable on screen.  In her latest movie, Miss Julie, a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s famous 19th Century play being directed by Liv Ullmann, Chastain plays an aristocratic woman who strikes up a relationship with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell).  The film explores issues of power through the lenses of social class, gender, and family.  Unlike most modern movies, Miss Julie is deliberately paced and takes its time exploring the characters through long scenes filled with dialogue and emotion.  Those who choose to pay attention will be dazzled by the performances and absolutely transported back in time.

Shortly after the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jessica Chastain.  She talked about what the last few years have been like and how shooting Miss Julie in chronological order helped her as an actress along with what she learned from director Liv Ullman.  We also discussed the advice Al Pacino gave her on her first film, Salomé, the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone as an actor, her reaction after watching Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro Talks CRIMSON PEAK, the Horror of Gothic Romance, Taking a Painterly Visual Approach, Designing 3 Types of Ghosts, More

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With Crimson Peak, in theaters October 2015, Guillermo del Toro is making his highly anticipated return to the ghost story (his last being the absolutely excellent and freaky-as-hell The Devil’s Backbone in 2001).  As one of the most creative, knowledgeable and passionate filmmakers in the genre, and backed with an insanely talented cast,  del Toro is poised to deliver a first-rate creepfest bolstered by his trademark emotional heft and visual panache.  Crimson Peak stars Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jim Beaver, Doug Jones, and Javier Botet.

Following his Hall H Panel on Saturday (read Adam’s full recap right here) I had an opportunity to sit down for an interview with del Toro.  He talked about whether or not we can hope to see his Hall H footage online any time soon, blending the Gothic romance and the ghost story, how horror is borne out of love, creating a film that looks like a painting, inventing multiple kinds of ghosts unlike any you’ve ever seen, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

CRIMSON PEAK Comic-Con Panel Recap: Guillermo del Toro Reveals Promising First Footage from His Gothic Romance; Gauges Audience Interest in HELLBOY 3

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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is a Comic-Con favorite.  Films like Hellboy and Pacific Rim went over extremely well at the massive convention in the past, and he’s also just an incredibly likeable guy—he loves movies, monsters, and has no filter when it comes to speaking on the Comic-Con stage.  However, at this year’s Legendary panel in Hall H, del Toro brought a very different kind of film that just may end up being a highlight of his oeuvre.  With the gothic romance horror pic Crimson Peak—which stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam—del Toro is aiming to meld the artful and more adult-geared tone of his Spanish-language films (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone) with the colorful and pop nature of his English-language features.

During the film’s Comic-Con panel, del Toro unveiled the first incredibly promising (not to mention gorgeous) footage from the pic and talked about his approach on this feature.  Additionally, del Toro took the opportunity to do an unofficial poll of the audience as to their interest in seeing Hellboy 3 and At the Mountains of Madness.  Read my full Crimson Peak Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

Watch: Guillermo del Toro Leads Personal Tour of CRIMSON PEAK “Gothic Gallery” and Reveals First Logo at Comic-Con

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Last night at Comic-Con, right after the doors opened, I attended a very cool presentation at the Legendary booth.  Not only did I see a demo of the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot Oculus Rift game (I now understand why everyone is raving about Oculus Rift), I got to check out a very cool Crimson Peak set-up which included a personal tour with writer/director Guillermo del Toro.  As you can see in the video, del Toro explains more of the story for his next film, why he selected which props and costumes are on display, and how he personally designed everything you’ll see inside the booth which they’re calling a “Gothic Gallery.”   Designed to look like a set from the movie, the booth is definitely worth checking out, and I love the way it’s all-encompassing with great sound design by Randy Thom.

In addition to the video, you can also check out the Crimson Peak logo which is the family crest.  Crimson Peak stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam and will be released by Legendary and Universal in October, 2015.  For more on the film, here’s 35 things to know about the film from my set visit and a great on set interview with del Toro.

Over 35 Things to Know About CRIMSON PEAK From Our On-Set Interview with Guillermo del Toro

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When Guillermo del Toro announced he would follow up Pacific Rim by making a gothic horror story, I was ecstatic.  While I love his big budget Hollywood movies, I also love his smaller films, where he can explore interesting characters against the backdrop of something unusual.  In next year’s Crimson Peak, produced by Legendary and Universal and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica ChastainTom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam, del Toro uses his unique sensibilities to tell a gothic romance that features odd characters, ghosts, and a house that I’d never want to live in.

Last year when del Toro was filming Crimson Peak in Toronto, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  With Comic-Con next week and del Toro beginning to promote the film in San Diego, Legendary and Universal are lifting part of my set visit embargo by letting us post our massive on-set interview with del Toro.  Since many of you might not have the time to read over ten thousand words, I’ve taken a few of the highlights and created a list of over 35 things to know about the film.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Guillermo del Toro Talks CRIMSON PEAK, Building a Massive 3-Story House, Crafting a “Kinky and Violent” Gothic Romance, Creating Ghosts, and More on Set

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Last year, when Guillermo del Toro was filming his gothic horror story, Crimson Peak, in Toronto, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  Written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, the film stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.  As the synopsis says, “In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider.  Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes and remembers.”

While some set visits are so busy you barely get to see the director, what’s great about a del Toro set visit is whenever he isn’t needed on set, he’ll hang out with the visiting journalists.  And on Crimson Peak, it also meant getting an amazing personal tour of the incredible three-story practical set and an almost two-hour interview conducted throughout the day.  While I’ve been lucky to visit a number of movie sets, my day on the set of Crimson Peak was easily one of the best.  Since the movie doesn’t arrive until October 16, 2015, most of what I saw and learned on set is still under embargo, but with Comic-Con next week and Legendary and Universal starting to promote the movie, they’re letting us post our del Toro interview.  It’s loaded with awesome information about the film and what he did to bring the story to life.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Guillermo del Toro Doesn’t Think HELLBOY 3 Will Happen; Gives Rundown of What It Might Have Been

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Hellboy 3 is one of those projects that Guillermo del Toro fans just can’t let go of.  I don’t blame them.  To me, it’s an interesting property that is in many ways perfect for the filmmaker and I think he was just really finding his way into what the big screen version of it wanted to be (which is to say I think Hellboy 2 was at least twice as good as the original film).  But it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. It’s an unfortunate status he’s hinted at for a while, that he feels there just wasn’t enough interest to justify the $150 million price tag the film would require.

Steve did an epic interview with del Toro earlier in the week that covered stuff like the Pacific Rim Animated Series At the Mountains of Madness, Crimson Peak and The Strain along with his new Black and White movie.  But today del Toro gave a taste of what Hellboy 3 might have been, despite that fact that it will (probably) never be. Hit the jump for more.

Guillermo del Toro Talks the Status of CRIMSON PEAK, PAN’S LABRYNTH on Criterion, and Making THE STRAIN Idiosyncratic

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As you may have noticed from our recent news that Guillermo del Toro is directing a small-scale black and white film before Pacific Rim 2, considering releasing two cuts of At the Mountains of Madness, and dropped details regarding the Pacific Rim animated series, Steve recently had a revealing conversation with the filmmaker about his upcoming projects.  There’s plenty to unpack from the interview, and so today we’d like to share what he had to say about the current status of his next film, Crimson Peak, whether Pan’s Labyrinth will be coming to Criterion, and how much creative freedom he was given by FX to make his new TV series The Strain.  Highlights include the revelation that Crimson Peak only has one deleted scene, a bit of insight into his production process, and the evolving creative procedure in making The Strain.  Read on after the jump.

FAST & FURIOUS 7, JURASSIC WORLD, WARCRAFT, and More from Universal and Legendary Set for IMAX Release

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It’s also pro-forma at this point that a gigantic blockbuster will be released in IMAX, but new partners Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertaniment have recently signed a deal to make sure their movies keep getting the extra-large-format treatment.  IMAX has sent out a press release announcing that fifteen of the studios’ blockbuster titles will be released in IMAX through 2017.  Fast & Furious 7, Dracula Untold, Seventh Son, Jurassic World, Everest, Crimson Peak, and Warcraft are among the movies that will be released in IMAX.  Keep in mind that most of the films Universal/Legendary will release in IMAX weren’t actually shot in IMAX, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look good.  They just won’t be true-IMAX.

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Legendary CEO Thomas Tull Talks GODZILLA, the Project’s Inception, the Slow Build Structure, the Prospect of a GODZILLA/PACIFIC RIM Crossover, More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I was able to participate in a group and exclusive interview with Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, which I’ve combined into one big interview here.  During the interviews he talked about the scale of the movie, how everyone they wanted to cast said yes, his reasons for hiring Gareth Edwards, the design of Godzilla, how the project came about, who ultimately decided on the budget, the importance of international box office, the magic number needed for Legendary to make a sequel, the prospect of a Godzilla/Pacific Rim crossover, his thoughts on possibly delving into the Universal Monsters library, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Universal Unveils 2015 Release Dates & Synopses for PITCH PERFECT 2, CRIMSON PEAK, and EVEREST; Also Slates OUIJA, WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, More

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Universal Pictures has announced a slew of release dates for some of its upcoming films, unveiling the first synopses for some highly anticipated pics (including the latest from Guillermo del Toro) in the process.  Briefly:

  • As Above, So Below – From Legendary Pictures, the psychological thriller directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) will open August 15, 2014.
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones – The Liam Neeson/Dan Stevens thriller directed by Scott Frank will hit theaters September 19, 2014.
  • Ouija – Universal’s adaptation of the popular board game produced by Michael Bay is slated for October 24, 2014.
  • Everest – Director Baltasar Kormakur’s (2 Guns) survival drama starring Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D February 27, 2015.
  • Pitch Perfect 2 – The music-centered sequel, directed by Elizabeth Banks, will be aca-released May 15, 2015.
  • Crimson Peak – From Legendary Pictures, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial effort, starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam, will haunt traditional theaters and IMAX on October 16, 2015.

Hit the jump to read the synopses for the aforementioned films.

Tom Hiddleston Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD, His Popularity Online, the Possibility of a Solo LOKI Movie, Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK, and More

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With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World now playing around the world and opening in North America this weekend, I recently got to interview the cast and filmmakers in London.  As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).  The film also stars Natalie PortmanStellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

During my video interview with Hiddleston, he talked about his popularity online, the film’s humor, how they wanted to give all the characters more texture and deepen the world of Asgard in the sequel, his thoughts on the possibility of a solo Loki movie, getting ready to work with Guillermo del Toro on Crimson Peak, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Guillermo Del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK Set for April 2015 [UPDATED]

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Because 2015 wasn’t crazy enough when it comes to must-see movies, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak will be released in April 2015.  Although THR has the date right, the new title is not “Haunted Peak“.  That’s a working title.  The movie is still called “Crimson Peak“, which is a much cooler title.

According to THR, filming will take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios from February 10 – May 14th.  The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and the logline says the story is about “a young author who discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be.”  Those kinds of discoveries are never fun.  It’s never “You’re the son of a wealthy prince, and you have a house made of candy? Huzzah!”  The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. [Update: We reached out to del Toro for comment and he responded thusly: “the film Crimson Peak has not changed title.  We created Haunted Peak as a production entity for the shoot. The film's title remains unchanged.”]

Jessica Chastain Gets a Body Cast for Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK in New Images

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One might think that Guillermo del Toro is taking a little break now after the massive undertaking that was Pacific Rim, but one would be mistaken.  Del Toro is currently in Toronto hard at work on directing the pilot for the upcoming FX series The Strain, but he’s also busy prepping his next feature film Crimson Peak, which starts principal photography in February.  The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” that stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam, and del Toro called it his first adult movie in the English language.  Other than that, though, very little is known about the film.

Chastain was recently in Toronto where she had a full body cast made for Crimson Peak, and she has now shared images of the process on her Facebook with guest appearances by Del Toro and Chastain’s young Mama co-star.  It’s not incredibly illuminating, but it does beg the question why would Chastain’s character need a prosthetic mold?  Curious.  Very curious.  Hit the jump to check out the images. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

Tom Hiddleston Replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK

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Reports have Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) set to replace Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house picture, Crimson Peak.  Cumberbatch left the picture very recently, fueling rumors that he’d be starring in the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.  Few details are available as to the film’s plot or characters, except to say that Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) would play aristocratic siblings.  Del Toro called it a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and described it as “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”

Crimson Peak also stars Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, and expects to start shooting in January 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

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