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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!

A Fan Asked Eva Mendes Why She Hasn’t Acted In Years And She Says It’s Because She Isn’t Settling For Any Role

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A Fan Asked Eva Mendes Why She Hasn’t Acted In Years And She Says It’s Because She Isn’t Settling For Any Role

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This year’s Golden Globes awards were a complete letdown for a variety of reasons. Aside from the typical #SoWhite nonsense and long speeches, people were astonished at the lack of Latinas on the red carpet. We counted four: Jennifer Lopez, Ana de Armas, Sofia Vergara, and Salma Hayek. Depressing right? We know there are more Latinas in Hollywood, but where are they? At least one of the most recognized Latina actresses is explaining why she hasn’t acted in years. 

A fan recently asked Eva Mendes on Instagram when she’ll be in a new movie. Mendes responded by saying she won’t settle for any project partly because of her daughters. 

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On Jan. 7, Mendes responded to a fan on Instagram when she asked her,  “When the fans going to see u in some new movies?” Mendes told her kindly that she isn’t offered roles that are good enough for her. 

“Hi! When there’s something worthwhile to be a part of,” she wrote on Instagram. “As a mother now, there are many roles I won’t do. There are many subject matters that I don’t want to be involved with, so it limits my choices, and I’m fine with that. I have to set an example for my girls now. But no worry, I got some side hustles. Ha! Thanks for asking. All the best for 2020.”

Mendes’s most recent role was the 2014 film Lost River directed and written by her baby daddy, Ryan Gosling. Things certainly changed for Mendes when she met Gosling in 2011.

The two first met while filming the 2012 movie, “The Place Beyond the Pines.” There was no denying the chemistry between the two in “The Place Beyond the Pines.” It was an extraordinary film about a Luke (Gosling) who doubles as a bank robber and motorcyclist. He meets Romina (Mendes), the two fall in love, and have a baby. Domestic life isn’t for Luke, and he cannot escape his crime-ridden life. We won’t give any spoilers, but it truly felt like we were witnessing a real-life love story.

Mendes is now the mother of two girls and has gone on to launch her fashion collection with New York & Company and has been busy with that for several years now.

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While Mendes continues to lead a pretty private life with Gosling and her daughters, her fashion collection has been successful. She has also said that her partner has been very encouraging and proud of her work as a designer. 

“Ryan is incredibly supportive, and he’s always in awe,” Mendes told People magazine last year. “He makes me realize that [making the collection] is actually a lot of work. I have so much fun doing it that I don’t really realize.”

She also added that her in-laws and her family are extremely helpful to her as she develops each collection. 

“Ryan’s mom, Ryan’s sister, my mom, my sisters, my grandma are all my fashion guinea pigs,” Mendes told the magazine. “Nobody is going to be more honest than family, and our family is very honest. It’s something I really appreciate because when designing something, you need real feedback.”

Yet, still, with her success as a fashion designer, we cannot help miss Mendes as an actor. Remember her in “Training Day”?

Her role as Sara opposite Denzel Washington was so intense and incredibly raw. We can see why she would hesitate to be in certain kinds of characters, especially if the part calls for nudity or vulgar language. The role of Sara is also one that we have seen often, which is the stereotypical Latina as a single mother, living in the projects. That has been played out. That movie, however, was how we first learned of Mendes. 

She stretched her comedy chops in “The Other Guys” in 2010 alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. 

That movie was hilarious, and she was amusing as the wife of Will Ferrell. Then again, that role was of a sexy (but smart) Latina who could whip of a home-cooked meal and be stunning all at the same time. Mendes can play the ultimate woman because she is a lot of ways. However, we understand she wants to break away from that notion that all Latinas are curvy, sexy, and feisty. 

Her Instagram is always active, so it makes us feel like Mendes hasn’t gone anywhere.

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But we still miss you on the big screen, Eva. Come back!!

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In Efforts To Double Latino Representation In Hollywood, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Unveils New Historic Initiative

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In Efforts To Double Latino Representation In Hollywood, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Unveils New Historic Initiative

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On the same day that many pointed criticism towards the Oscar nominations for lack of diversity, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a new initiative to help curb the issue, particularly for Latinos. The project is being called LA Collab, a historic endeavour that plans to link Latino talent to opportunities in the entertainment industry with the goal of doubling “Latino representation in Hollywood by 2030.”

According to the LA Times, the initiative has already “raised a quarter of a million dollars to finance a range of film, TV and podcast development deals and projects intended to provide opportunities for Latino filmmakers, writers and actors and crew members.” The initial funding for the project is coming from the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the Annenberg Foundation, WarnerMedia and Endeavor Content, a press release from Garcetti’s office read. 

Garcetti co-founded the initiative with Beatriz Acevedo, the founder of mitú and president of the Acevedo Foundation and Ivette Rodriguez, founder of communications firm AEM. The trio says that the issue of Latino representation in Hollywood is one that needs attention. The announcement is spurred by a 2019 study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California that showed how Latinos are vastly underrepresented in the film industry. 

Despite making up almost 20 percent of the U.S. population, the study found only 3 percent of the top-grossing films from 2007 to 2018 had Latino actors in lead or co-lead roles. LA Collab wants to help and push more Latinos to the front and behind the camera in the next decade. 

The study was a wakeup call for many civic and film leaders in Hollywood that were dismayed by the numbers that showed the growing disparity for Latinos in the entertainment industry. The report showed that only 4.5 percent of all speaking characters from the last 12 years of film were Latino, behind the camera, only 4 percent of directors of the 1,200 films were Latino.

“Latinos are a powerful force in Los Angeles’s culture and economy, and our trademark industry should tap into the diverse pool of talent in our own backyard,” Garcetti said at a news conference Monday. “On big screens or small, in front of the camera or behind it, our studios, actors, directors and producers inspire the world with the power of their creativity and imagination, and LA Collab will elevate new voices and empower the next generation of Latinx creatives.”

The lack of Latino representation in the entertainment industry is a problem that goes back many years with some putting blame on movie studios not greenlighting certain projects and films. Thomas Saenz, chair of the National Latino Media Council, told mitú back in 2018 that the problem is these studios overlooking Latino talent.

“When studios focus on diversity that can mean any minority group. Latinos in particular have been represented in minuscule numbers that don’t properly show what this country is made up of,” Saenz said. “In the last 10-15 years, African-American representation has gone up same for Asian-American. But I can’t say the same for Latinos. That has to change.”

The LA Collab initiative hopes to be a catalyst for that change. The project already has the support of some big Hollywood names that will be part of connecting workers with various employers in the industry.

Backed by Eva Longoria, J.J. Abrams, Eli Roth, Devon Franklin, Jason Blum, and Zoe Saldana, LA Collab will be working with all of them in some capacity to connect Latinos with opportunities. Roth will help connect Latino horror filmmakers via his digital platform, Crypt TV and Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films with Pantaya will also be hiring new bilingual voices for their projects. There have also been secured deals with multiple media companies, including Endeavor Content, WarnerMedia’s 150, Shine Global and Southern California Public Radio’s LAist Studios.

For Longoria, who has long championed the need for more Latino representation in the film industry, says that she will also be opening the door for more Latinos with her production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. 

“As a Latina, I want to see more actors who look like me on screen and behind the camera,” Longoria said in a statement. “I started my own production company to create content from our community, and I became a director/producer to be in a position to hire people who look like me. With LA Collab, I want to open the door for many more Latinx creators and fuel the emergence of a better entertainment industry that elevates and celebrates the diversity and richness of my culture.”

The announcement of LA Collab coincidentally fell on the day that Oscar nominations were announced. Criticism followed the nominations that had only one person of color, Cynthia Erivo, up for an award in the four major acting categories.

There was calls for multiple snubs on Monday morning as the Oscar nominations were revealed. Much of that criticism came from the lack of women of color, particularly the snub of  Jennifer Lopez for her role in “Hustlers,” for which she won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. The omission stood out for many reasons including what could have been the fifth Latina nominee in the category and the first Latina winner in the award’s history. 

This announcement of LA Collab comes at a time when the disparity in Latino roles and representation is the entertainment industry only seems to be going backwards. This year’s Oscars nominations is just one example of this continuing problem and one that Acevedo says can be fixed by working alongside studios and fellow allies. 

“The radical decline of Latinos in Hollywood was the catalyst to rally Hollywood behind this crisis to create change together,” Acevedo said in a statement. “By facilitating unprecedented collaborations between the creative community … and other influential allies, LA Collab will ultimately drive exponential growth for the industry and our community.”

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