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20 Movies And Shows Directed And Produced By Guillermo del Toro That You Have To See

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has gained growing acclaim for his films over the years. While this past year, “Shape of Water” gained critical acclaim, true fans of the director know that his evolution into Academy Award-winning director has been a long one of short films and tv show stunts.

Here’s a look at his top films.

1. Doña Lupe

CREDIT: Guillermo del Toro

This 1985 short horror film and is about a house owned by an elderly woman in financial trouble named Doña Lupe. The older woman rents rooms to policemen Bienvenido and Chato and after the two smuggle suspicious materials into her house, she begins to take revenge. 

2. Geometría

CREDIT: Guillermo del Toro

Del Toro directed this short fantasy horror comedy in 1987. The film is about a Mexican widow who receives a letter from her son’s high school telling her that he is failing geometry. After being yelled at by his mom, the son vows to never fail geometry again by using black magic.

3. Cronos

CREDIT: Prime Films S.L.

This 1993 horror drama stars Argentinean actor Federico Luppi an alchemist in Veracruz who has developed a mechanism that could give people eternal life. Del Toro directs this film that was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards.

4. Mimic

CREDIT: Guillermo del Toro

This American science fiction horror film was co-written and directed by del Toro. It is based on the short story by Donald A. Wollheim.

5. The Devil’s Backbone

CREDIT: Warner Sogefilms A.I.E.

Also known as “El espinazo del diablo” and was directed and written by del Torro. The horror film is about a man and woman who operate a small orphanage in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. 

6. Blade II

CREDIT: New Line Cinema

This 2002 American superhero film stars Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson and was massive box office success that grossed over $155 million. The film follows a human-vampire hybrid named blade as he continues his effort to protect humans from vampires. 

7. Hellboy

CREDIT: Columbia Pictures

This 2004 American superhero film directed by del Toro is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics and is about a demonic beast who becomes a superhero named Hellboy. 

8. Pan’s Labyrinth

CREDIT: Warner Bros.

This dark fantasy drama has a narrative that intertwines this real world with a mythical world centered on an overgrown abandoned labyrinth. 

9. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

CREDIT: Columbia Pictures

This 2008 American superhero film is the seuqal the 2004 film. It stars Ron Perlman as the eponymous character who faces his biggest battle with an underworld prince who plans to reclaim Earth for his people.

10. Pacific Rim

CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures

This 2013 American science fiction action film directed by del Toro stars Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba. The movie is set in the future during a time in which  Earth is at war with colossal sea monsters which have risen from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

11. Crimson Peak

CREDIT: Universal Pictures

The 2015 American gothic romance film directed, co-produced and co-written by del Toro stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Jim Beaver. The movie is about a woman who marries a seductive man who sweeps her away to a gothic mansion. 

12. The Shape of Water

CREDIT: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The 2017 Oscar-winning film is del Toro’s most recent film. It stars Sally Hawkins as a mute woman who falls for a classified mysterious scaled creature from South America.

13. The Orphanage

CREDIT: Universal Pictures

This 2007 Spanish horror film centers around a woman who returns to her childhood home which is an orphanage. She has plans to turn the home into a place for disabled children but has her plans are soon thwarted. 

14. While She Was Out

This 2008 movie was produced by del Torror and is about an abused woman who turns the tables on men who are on a mission to beat and rape her. 

15. Splice

This 2002 film produced by del Toro follows geneticists Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) who specialize in creating hybrids of species. When they propose to introduce human DNA and are rejected they decide to do so in secret.  

16. Puss in Boots

This spin-off of Shrek stars Antonio Banderas as a sword yielding cat out to clear his good name 

17. The Captured Bird

Del Toro produces this film about a girl who follows a trail of dark liquid into a building and from there sees the birth of five creatures that pose a threat to the world.

18. Rise of the Guardians

CREDIT: Paramount Pictures

Del Toro produced this film about a guardians like Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy who protect the world’s children from darkness and despair.

19. Mama

This 2013 film about two young girls abandoned in a forest cabin. They’re taken care of by an unknown entity that they fondly call “Mama” which follows them to their new suburban home.

20. The Simpsons

The director took on The Simpsons in the episode “Treehouse of Horror XXIV.” In season 25 episode 2 the director tells the story of how Homer wreaks havoc in Springfield.


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A New Princess Movie Is Getting A Remake: Camila Cabello Is Playing Cinderella In The 2021 Re-Imagining Of Disney’s Classic

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A New Princess Movie Is Getting A Remake: Camila Cabello Is Playing Cinderella In The 2021 Re-Imagining Of Disney’s Classic

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This year, two 90s classics were remastered and re-launched. The CGI version of The Lion King and the live-action of Aladdin sent movie theaters into a frenzy. And with the success they had in the box office, Disney has announced a few more classics to be retold in the coming years. With live-action remakes taking over the world, interest in all things Disney is skyrocketing. So Sony Studios is giving us a new Cinderella live-action with a modern touch that sounds fairly different from the last remake from 2015, which was firmly traditional and palatable.

Here’s what we know about the latest re-imagining of the classic fairytale set to premiere on February 5, 2021.

Sony’s 2021 Cinderella already has an all-star cast

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Few details are known about the plot yet, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, “Sony is putting the project on the fast track for production,” so more details will likely be released soon. Unlike 2015’s Cinderella starring Lily James, this will not be a Disney production. The Hollywood Reporter noted that the remake will be produced James Corden, and that the Grammy-nominated Camilla Cabello has been cast to play the part of the rags-to-riches princess, Cinderella. The singer is also said to be heavily involved in the music for the film, she might even inject some of her son cubano into the kids’ classic, but either way, we’re in for a treat. 

“Playing Cinderella is, honestly, a dream for me,” Cabello told “Entertainment Tonight” in August. “It’s a little bit terrifying, but I’m so excited because anybody that knows me knows I’m obsessed with musicals.” “I’m really happy that we’re at a point now in a culture where ‘Aladdin’ or ‘The Little Mermaid’ … little girls can see themselves being represented,” the pop singer added. “I think that is so important, and it’s about time.” The 22-year-old (how is she only 22!) is also working on a new album, so she has a big year ahead. 

The voice behind Frozen princess Elsa, will play the evil step-mother.

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Deadline reported earlier this month that Idina Menzel, is set to assume the role of Evelyn, Cinderella’s evil stepmother. Menzel voiced Elsa, the princess behind Frozen’s iconic viral song, ‘Let It Go‘. She is also a Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress who is a Broadway mainstay from shows like Rent and Wicked

Bibidi-Bobbidi-boo, we’re getting a fabulous fairy godmother!

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Sony’s upcoming rendition of the classic tale just got a lot more fabulous with the announcement of the new fairy godmother. Billy Porter confirmed his involvement with the film during a panel at the 20th New Yorker Festival. And if you’re anything like us, you have to agree that his theatricality both on and off-screen more than qualify him for the role. The actor shared his excitement via the New Yorker’s Instagram stories where he first broke the news. “I have a couple movies that I’m working on,” Billy said. “I’m gonna be playing the fairy godmother in the new Cinderella movie with Camila Cabello.” In September, Porter became the first openly gay black man to win the Emmy for best actor in a drama for his work on Pose. Prior to that, he earned a Tony and a Grammy for his role in Broadway’s Kinky Boots. 

The new imagining of the poor girl turned princess grew from an original idea by Carpool Karaoke’s James Corden.

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The film is set to be a modern musical rendition of the classic, all-too-traditional fairytale. The idea for the new take on Cinderella grew from an original idea from James Corden, the late-night talk show host who has made major musical inroads thanks to his popular “Carpool Karaoke” segments. Corden is producing the project with Leo Pearlman, his partner at Fulwell 73, the production banner that has found success with documentaries such as The Class of ’92, the BAFTA-nominated Bros: After the Screaming Stops and Karaoke. The new rendition will be written and directed by Kay Cannon, who is known for her writing and producing work on the movie series Pitch Perfect and 30 Rock. Cannon got her start working on NBC’s 30 Rock, for which she earned three Emmy nominations. 

She made her directorial debut with Blockers, a female-centric losing-your-virginity comedy whose cast included Kathryn Newton and John Cena. 

All other plot details are being kept in a shoebox, but the story is described as a modern reimagining of the traditional tale of the orphaned girl with an evil stepmother, with a musical bent thrown in for good measure. Camila’s part in the movie would be her debut into film and we’re certain that it won’t be her last adventure in the silver screen. The new Cinderella film is just one of many Disney movies getting rebooted, and we can’t wait to see what this non-Disneyfied version has in store.

Check Out These Beautiful Ofrendas Dedicated To Beloved Latino Icons

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Check Out These Beautiful Ofrendas Dedicated To Beloved Latino Icons

As the weather cools down and Halloween pops up on our calendars, there’s another holiday quickly approaching that deserves it’s own attention. Every October and November, people from Northern Mexico and around the world celebrate Día de los Muertos by building ofrendas to honor those who they have lost. Ofrendas are shrines set up with the photos of deceased loved ones along with personal items that they appreciated in life. Originating from the Aztecs, these shrines are meant to commemorate their dead loved ones and guide them home on the one day when their souls can journey from the spirit world to the world of the living. 

While ofrendas often honor deceased family members and friends, it’s not unusual to see alters also set up for famous people who have passed away. Fans build these shrines to celebrities in order to pay tribute to their legacy. These celebrity alters are usually as elaborate and amazing as the famous people they are meant to honor. 

Here are some of the remarkable celebrity ofrendas that prove that fame and the love of their fans are everlasting. 

1. Anything for Selenas.

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Selena is one of the most recognizable celebrities of the Latinidad so it makes sense that she’d have quite a few ofrendas built to remember her. San Antonio’s Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery is a Mexican restaurant that keeps this shrine of Selena up all year long to celebrate the Queen of Tejano. 

2. Dedicated to the icons of Mexico.

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This colorful ofrenda is a reminder that these shrines can be for more than one person at a time. On this alter, Mexican pop culture is represented by superstar actress Maria Felix, comedian and TV star Chespirito (Roberto Gomez Bolanos) and artist Frida Kahlo. Offerings of fruit, food and alcohol adorn this ofrenda to tempt and delight the spirits of these deceased stars. 

3. A shrine fit for a food god.

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Two years ago, the food world lost a huge star with the untimely death of Anthony Bourdain. The celebrity chef was known for traveling the world and learning about local customs and cuisine in such a respectful way that it endeared him to the communities that he visited. This earned him the spot of honor on this ofrenda. 

4. Frida’s ofrenda.

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Frida Kahlo is an artist who has only become more beloved in death. Her image is used in everything from jewelry and makeup to home goods and tee shirts. This shrine pays tribute to the legendary artista with pots of food, Mexican marigolds and skeletal attendants. 

5. An alter for Poet Paz.

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Octavio Paz was a Nobel Prize-winning poet and one of the most influential voices in Mexican literature. His words have been a source of comfort and inspiration to millions of readers over the years. He was also a diplomat and fought against fascism in Mexico and abroad. All these accomplishments deserve to be remembered and Paz is honored in this papel picado-filled ofrenda. 

6. An offering to two legends.

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This past decade, we’ve lost some remarkable souls but none more beloved than music artists Prince and David Bowie. The Prince of Funk and Ziggy Stardust have millions of fans across the world and they are still remembered for being innovators and entertainers. This ofrenda in honor of the two was fittingly built at the Santa Barbara Bowl an amphitheater dedicated to great music.  

7. RIP Tony Stark.

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Sometimes fictional characters touch us so much that they become real to us. So, when a character like this passes away, it’s only natural to honor them the way we would a real person. This Day of the Dead project was dedicated to Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Gone but never forgotten. 

8. Dedicated to las mujeres.

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This ofrenda was built in tribute to powerful Latinas. Women like Celia Cruz, Jessica Torres, Margarita Neri, and Delores del Río are immortalized among other great women who will always have a special place in history and in the hearts of their fans.

9. An icon from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

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Besides ofrendas, grave sites are also decorated as alters for Día de los Muertos. One of the biggest actors of Mexico’s Golden Age of cinema, Pedro Infante is buried in the Yucatan. For the Day of the Dead, his grave site was adorned with Mexican marigolds and candles to guide his spirit back to the world of the living. 

10. The King has entered the building.

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One of the most legendary celebrities to have ever lived is Elvis Presley and the man has become a bigger icon in death. There are still claims of Elvis sightings all over the world. Maybe, those fans are just seeing Elvis’ spirit as he returns to visit the thousands of shrines that are dedicated to him for Día de Los Muertos and year-round.

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