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23 Reasons Why Guillermo Del Toro Is Definitely Walk Of Fame Material

Guillermo del Toro is the Mexican filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and author we all know and love. He has produced and written countless films, and television shows ranging from “Hellboy” to even an episode of “The Simpsons.”

Let’s take the time to marinate in all the horror he has given us over the years that make him the ultimate Walk of Fame material.

1. Just this year, he won two Academy Awards…

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For Best Director and Best Picture for “The Shape of Water.” He used his speech platform to say, “I am an immigrant. The greatest thing our art does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.”

2. “Cronos” was his very first feature film in 1993.

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This movie is dark. In the year 1536, an alchemist in Veracruz discovers immortality. When he finally dies in 1937 during a building collapse, investigators find basins of blood, and more. An antique dealer ends up finding the immortality invention and feels its effects. A blood war ensues in the fight for the invention and in classic Del Toro fashion, we’re left on a cliffhanger.

3. Bottom line: the guy’s an icon.

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He began his career in Spanish-language horror-fantasy films like “Cronos” and “The Devil’s Backbone,” but has entered the American mainstream with sci-fi action films like “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim,” “Crimson Peak,” and even Netflix animated series “Trollhunters.”

4. So when rumors of a Walk of Fame star surfaced, we had questions.

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Like this Twitter user who asked, “So, are they going to give you your star on the Walk of Fame?”

5. It’s official now! ????????????

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The ceremony won’t happen for another couple years, but we’re here for it. Can’t wait until the big day.

6. GDT’s fans are so here for it.

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Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1964, so the fact that he’s made it in mainstream America has Helped open doors for more Latinos in Hollywood.

7. The Mexico pride is real right now.

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After that World Cup game, this is something we can all celebrate. Not only has GDT been hugely influential as a Latino in white Hollywood, but he’s also a genre bender apart from his latinidad.

8. It all started with a Super 8 camera.

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When he was just eight years old, he began experimenting with his father’s Super 8. He would use “Planet of the Apes” action figures as subjects, along with other objects.

9. His childhood villain was a potato.

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With his dad’s camera, he filmed a “serial killer potato” that wanted to rule the world. The potato went on to murder Del Toro’s mother and brothers, only to finally step outside and be crushed by a car. Iconic.

10. As a kid, he’d doodle all kinds of monsters.

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Some were made into award winning horror films that we all watched during Spanish class, and later had nightmares about. *cough* “Pan’s Labyrinth” *cough*

11. He spent 10 years as a special effects make-up designer.

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He actually studied it in school, and eventually formed his own company, Necropia. He must have been dreaming up his spooky, iconic characters during that entire decade.

12. His obsession with Frankenstein is real.

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Del Toro was always obsessed with monsters, specifically Frankenstein. He even claims he has a “Frankenstein fetish to a degree that is unhealthy.” Behold: just a portion of his Frankenstein collection.

13. GDT is also into Victorian culture…

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Which seeps into his films. In his own words, “I have a room of my library at home called ‘The Dickens Room’. It has every work by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and many other Victorian novelists, plus hundreds of works about Victorian London and its customs, etiquette, architecture.”

14. GDT hates religion.

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What does this have to do with “Hellboy” me preguntes? He had a very morbidly religious grandmother that catapulted him into a “raging athiest.”

The villians in his movies, like the industrialist in “Cronos,” the Nazis in “Hellboy” and the Francoists in “Pan’s Labyrinth,” are all united in authoritarianism.

15. But he loves collecting props.

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He told the New York Times, “I bought the gun on ‘Hellboy I’ from production at the end of the movie, and then I rented it to ‘Hellboy II’ in exchange for props. I said, ‘I’ll give you the gun for free for the whole shoot, but you’ve got to give me the giant egg.’ I love that movie. I think it’s one of my favorites.” The chopped head next to it is from “Blade II.”

16. And fans know how much he loves his props.

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The New York Times actually did an entire piece about the different props that GDT has collected over the years.

He even said, “As a kid, I dreamed of having a house with secret passages and a room where it rained 24 hours a day. The point of being over 40 is to fulfill the desires you’ve been harboring since you were 7.”

17. GDT has two houses dedicated to horror.

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They’re too scary for his wife and children to sleep in, so they have a third for peaceful living. “Bleak House” and “Bleak House 2” serve as a physical representation of GDT’s imagination.

18. Half his paychecks go toward collecting.

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Welcome to GDT’s office. The monster in the makeup chair is meant to represent what it was like for Boris Karloff to be on set of the 1930’s Frankenstein movie. GDT said, “It’s kind of cute.”

19. GDT is BFF’s with James Cameron.

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They met during production of “Cronos.” Back in 1997, GDT’s father, Federico del Toro Torres, was kidnapped and held for ransom in Guadalajara. After Cameron found out, he withdrew over $1 million in cash from his bank account to help pay the ransom.

They never caught the culprits and the money was never recovered.

20. The kidnapping forced GDT’s family to move abroad.

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In a 2008 interview with Time magazine, he discussed the repercussions of his fame and the kidnapping.  “Every day, every week, something happens that reminds me that I am in involuntary exile [from my country].”

21. GDT and Harvey Weinstein have been on the outs since 1997.

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Miramax, co-founded and owned by Harvey Weinstein, gave GDT a $30 million budget to film “Mimic.” Weinstein treated GDT so poorly, that BFF James Cameron almost punched him in the face at the 70th Academy Awards (that’s the one where “Titanic” won 11 awards).

AKA, we can trust GDT’s judgement of character.

22. So, we’re counting down the days until the ceremony.

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And can’t wait to see what he produces in the meantime. We’re sure it’s going to be political AF.

23. So that we can celebrate the man, the myth, the legend: GDT.

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“I hate structure. I’m completely anti-structural in terms of believing in institutions. I hate them. I hate any institutionalised social, religious, or economic holding.”

Well, we love you, GDT! Felicidades!

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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For one of her upcoming projects, fans of Cardi B can expect a throwback to her older days. That’s right, Cardi B is stepping into a familiar role before the screen. The former “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star has proven herself capable of making music bangers and in Hustlers she showed that she can hold her own when it comes to the big screen.

Now, the rapper is playing the lead in Paramount’s upcoming film Assisted Living.

Cardi was recently cast in the “raucous comedy” called Assisted Living.

According to Variety, the upcoming film “is being described as a ‘raucous comedy’ with ‘tremendous heart.’ Fans of Cardi can expect a film that looks quite a bit like Tootsie, Sister Act, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

The upcoming film follows Cardi B as Amber a small-time crook who gets herself into trouble when a heist goes wrong. “On the run from the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anywhere to hide, reports Variety. “Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Cardi B has been in a major film.

In 2019 she appeared the blockbuster film Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, and Keke Palmer.

And of course, for some time fans were hopeful that Cardi would take on the titular role of a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny.”

According to CNN, the reality star-turned-rapper has been in talks to play Fran Drescher’s daughter in a potential reboot of the ‘90s sitcom.

Speaking about a potential reboot in 2018, Fran Drescher told Extra in an interview “[I’m] talking to her representation. It’s really getting me excited. It’s fresh and it could be super fun.” Here’s hoping we get more Cardi B on screen!

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Latinos Are Taking Their Place In The Director’s Chair And These Are The Ones You Need To Look Out For

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Latinos Are Taking Their Place In The Director’s Chair And These Are The Ones You Need To Look Out For

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Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the movie biz is run by white folks. Yes, it sucks, but the good news is there are some truly kickass people of color out there paving the way for the rest of us.

It’s old news that Hollywood has a huge diversity problem (#Oscarsowhite, anybody?). Even beyond the Academy Awards, this year’s Cannes Film Festival left a LOT to be desired when it came to Latino representation.

But, thankfully, that is beginning to change and more and more directors claim their spot in the directors chair and we are so grateful for the representiaon they’re bringing younger audiences because representation matters.

Moreover, many Latin-American directors particularly are seeing success both with critics and at the box office with such movies as Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant dominating the box office while also taking home numerous awards. Here are some of our favorite directors and a few lesser-known ones that you should add to your watch lists.

Adrian Molina

Adrian Molina has a breadth of experience under his belt, particularly in animation. He’s worked at Pixar Animation Studios on Toy Story 3 and in other capacities on Monsters UniversityRatatouille and The Good Dinosaur. But it’s perhaps his work on Coco, which he co-wrote and co-directed, that e all know best.

Since Coco’s debut in theaters in Mexico, it has become the country’s highest-grossing movie in cinematic history. In the U.S., Coco, whose voice talent includes actors Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos and Benjamin Bratt, has been a champion at the box office, coming in No. 1 three weekends in a row and garnering major Oscar buzz.

Aurora Guerrero

Born and raised in San Francisco to Mexican immigrant parents, director Aurora Guerrero graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and Chicano studies. She dabbled in shorts for several years before directing an episode of Ava DuVernay’s groundbreaking series Queen Sugar, continuing DuVernay’s promise to have every episode directed by a woman of color.

Guerrero is gearing up to direct a feature she’s writing entitled Los Valientes about a gay, undocumented immigrant who finds his life turned upside down after traveling to a conservative Pennsylvania town.

Alfonso Arau

Though the Mexican director Alfonso Arau started out as an actor (some of his acting credits include The Wild BunchThree Amigos, and Romancing the Stone), he eventually transitioned to directing.

Arau’s two most well-known works are 1992’s Like Water for Chocolate and 1995’s A Walk in the Clouds. The former was based on the novel written by Arau’s then-wife Laura Esquivel, became the highest-grossing non-English-language film ever released in the United States at the time, and even got nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Gloria Calderon Kellett

Perhaps one of her biggest credits is her work on One Day at a Time, which she created, wrote, executive produced, and even acted as co-show runner for the Netflix series.

Kellett grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, and San Diego, California, and earned her degree in Communications and Theater Arts from Marymount University. She’s not stepping into directing without some experience. She directed two shorts a few years ago, Mouthbreather and Blind, and an episode of the webseries Misery Loves Company in 2017. Earlier this year, Kellett announced she is developing a new TV show for CBS, History of Them.

Marvin Lemus

Mexican-Guatemalan-American filmmaker Marvin Lemus got his start in digital production, working on viral videos and marketing campaigns, including those utilized in the film Dear White People. After dabbling in shorts Lemus transitioned to creating his first series. The result was a web series titled Gente-fied.

Alfonso Cuarón

Along with his countrymen, Alfonso Cuarón has distinguished himself as one of the greatest directors of our time. Working in different genres, Cuarón has been both critically and commercially successful as well as becoming the first Latin American to win the Academy Award for Best Director.

Cuarón’s directorial debut was 1991’s Solo con tu pareja, but his first success came with his second film – A Little Princess which was nominated for two Oscars. Y tu mamá también was a massive hit and got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Cuarón followed these achievements with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which got two Oscar nominations and is still considered to be the best installment in the franchise. His latest films, Gravity and Roma, both received multiple award nominations winning seven and three Oscars respectively. For both films, Cuarón won the Best Director award just like Iñárritu did.

Guillermo del Toro

It’s no secret that Guillermo del Toro is close friends with the two other prominent Mexican directors working today (Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón) with the trio being collectively known as “The Three Amigos of Cinema”. And their acclaim and success stem from their immense talent and hard work.

Del Toro has directed big-budget movies like Blade II and Hellboy (for which he also directed a sequel later on) before directing critically-acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth which went on to be nominated for multiple awards. del Toro also directed Pacific RimCrimson Peak, and the Academy Award-winning The Shape of Water.

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Undoubtedly, Alejandro González Iñárritu is among the most successful directors working today – not just in his own country but internationally. Moreover, this worldwide success is probably tied to the fact that Iñárritu loves telling international stories and his films always have diverse casts.

Iñárritu’s directorial debut was 2000’s Amores perros which was the first installment in his Trilogy of Death and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The two films that followed were also a part of the trilogy: 21 Grams which was nominated for two Oscars and Babel which won the Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama, and got seven Oscar nominations.

But the most successful works of Iñárritu are definitely his two latest films: Birdman which won four Oscars and The Revenant which won three Oscars. In both cases, Iñárritu took home the Best Director award.

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