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Playwright's Estate: Oscar-Nominated Film Ripped Him Off

Paul Zindel's people say 'The Shape of Water' borrowed from a 1969 play

(Newser) - The Shape of Water has been nominated for 13 Oscars, including best director, best picture, and best screenplay—but the estate of a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is pushing back on the latter. David Zindel says in an email to the Guardian that the acclaimed movie is "obviously derived" from... More »

Sequels Smash Pacific Rim

Blockbuster disappoints, while 'Grown Ups 2' is an unexpected success

(Newser) - Another big-budget disappointment this weekend, with Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim earning an underwhelming $38.3 million to take third place at the box office in its opening weekend. The flashy aliens vs. robots flick cost $190 million to make and received strong reviews , the Hollywood Reporter reports. Conversely,... More »

Pacific Rim Is the Biggest, Dumbest, and Funnest

(Before you send an error report, yes, we know 'funnest' isn't a word)

(Newser) - Guillermo del Toro is back, but if you're expecting anything like the thoughtful Pan's Labyrinth, you'll be disappointed. Instead, we've got Pacific Rim, a sci-fi blockbuster in which giant robots fight giant monsters in increasingly over-the-top battles, starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, and Rinko Kikuchi. But,... More »

11 Possible Hobbit Directors

The movie is cursed, so surely the choice will be terrible

(Newser) - Now that Guillermo del Toro has quit The Hobbit, who will take over as director? Considering the movie is in jeopardy, since doomed MGM holds the rights, del Toro's replacement "has to be somebody who doesn't have much to lose in taking on a project with a 50% probability... More »

Director Del Toro Quits The Hobbit

Blames ongoing delays; will help with screenplay

(Newser) - The highly anticipated Hobbit movies have found themselves without a director. Guillermo del Toro quit “in light of ongoing delays,” he announced, calling it “the hardest decision of my life.” Del Toro will still assist with writing the screenplays for the two prequels, the Dominion Post... More »

Hellboy Burns Up the Screen

Red-hot sequel showcases del Toro's dazzling imagination

(Newser) - Hades' greatest hero is back in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and most critics agree it's a hell of a ride. Director Guillermo del Toro returns with comic book creator Mike Mignola, ensuring the dynamic sequel is "shot through with the franchise's signature goofiness, sarcasm and good heart,"... More »

Orphanage a Cut Above

Horror film relies on suspense, not gore, to terrifying effect

(Newser) - So excruciating is the tension in the Spanish supernatural thriller The Orphanage that "you'll have to calm yourself by saying, 'It's only a movie,' " writes Time's Richard Corliss. But the horror film, centering on the dark secrets inside a woman's childhood home, is about as far from... More »

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