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Intriguing Characters Take Center Stage in Clips from Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water

Since its initial release in New York City on December 1st, viewers have been rediscovering the magic of movies through Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, and if the film hasn't yet opened in a city near you, we have a look at clips from the film.

The Shape of Water videos can be watched below, and in case you missed it, check here to catch up on our previous The Shape of Water coverage, including interviews with the cast and crew, Heather Wixson's review of the film, and the announcement of its seven Golden Globe Award nominations.

Synopsis: "From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape Of Water - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation.
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Film Review: Ethereal ‘The Shape of Water’ Forms Cinema Magic

Chicago – This breathtaking morality and love story, set in a backward age, takes all of its major themes – passion, tolerance, symbolism and thrills – to the highest level. Writer/director Guillermo del Toro has created a masterwork that is part fairy tale, part adult desperation and all cinema magic.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

The fairy tale involves a mute janitor, portrayed with mystery by Sally Hawkins, falling in love with a U.S. government prisoner in 1962, who happens to resemble the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The film is also a heart warming tribute to the movies themselves, as two of the main characters share that passion – even living above a movie theater – and who escape their daily grind at the altar of the late show. The movie expresses its era precisely, with misfit characters symbolically standing in at times for the actual prisoner in chains, and they all break free through the energy of love.
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Chris Hemsworth: "12 Strong"

Sneak Peek footage from director Nicolai Fuglsig's 'war' feature, "12 Strong",  based on author Doug Stanton's "Horse Soldiers" starring Chris Hemsworth ("Thor: Ragnarok"), Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban, Trevante Rhodes, Elsa Pataky, William Fichtner and Rob Riggle, opening January 18, 2018:

"...following the September 11 attacks, 'Task Force Dagger', including 'CIA' paramilitary officers and a 'Us Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 595' 12-member team, are sent to Afghanistan.

"They join forces with 'General Abdul Rashid Dostum' of the 'Northern Alliance' to help conduct unconventional warfare against enemy forces..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "12 Strong"...
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Exclusive: Shape of Water featurette dives into Michael Shannon's character

  • JoBlo
A movie is only as good as the villain, and in the black-and-white, horror movies of old, the monster was always the villain, and the tall, black-haired man with nice posture was the hero who got the girl. But in The Shape Of Water from Guillermo del Toro, the roles are reversed, and the man who would be the hero, Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), is as monstrous as any sharp-toothed... Read More...
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St. Louis Film Critics Association Announces This Year’s Nominations

The St. Louis Film Critics Association has given The Shape of Water 12 nominations. Other notable nominations include Greta Gerwig for Best Director, Sally Hawkins for Best Actress, and The Disaster Artist for Adapted Screenplay! Here’s the full list:

Best Picture

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

The Post

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Best Director

Greta GerwigLady Bird

Jordan PeeleGet Out

Denis VilleneuveBlade Runner 2049

Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water

Steven SpielbergThe Post

Best Actor

Daniel Day-LewisPhantom Thread

Daniel KaluuyaGet Out

James FrancoThe Disaster Artist

Tom HanksThe Post

Gary OldmanDarkest Hour

Best Actress

Kristen StewartPersonal Shopper

Saoirse RonanLady Bird

Sally HawkinsThe Shape of Water

Meryl StreepThe Post

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Best Supporting Actor

Michael ShannonThe Shape of Water

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Richard Jenkins,
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The Shape Of Water Review

Warning: This article contains some degree of spoiler.

Guillermo del Toro is at least trying to bring back fairy tales and, since very few others have any interest in even making an effort that bold, that’s worthy of a lot of respect. For a lot of people, it means overlooking a variety of flaws, and perhaps rightly so, but it shouldn’t mean that any effort becomes worthy of praise.

In Crimson Peak, for example, most of the elements are managed beautifully and the general idea of the story is solid, but a lot more attention is paid to atmosphere and a depth of mood than to working out a story that actually pulls you in, or is actually worth the time.

The Shape of Water turns up the clear strengths of that film, but it has all the same flaws, and while some of them may simply be characteristics of the genre,
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Our Favorite Faces Of Michael Shannon

Water increases its volume when it gets close to freezing or close to boiling, and indeed Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water keeps expanding nicely, now that it's gaining some box office heat. The film is currently the number 13 film in the United States with just over a million dollars earned this week, which sounds underwhelming until you see the film plays in only 41 venues. To put this in context: the number 12 has 2,124 venues and the number 14 has 1,453 venues. Critics are generally raving about it (our Shelagh Rowan-Legg says it's Del Toro at his best), and this is in no small part due to the cast, which includes Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon, both fantastic. So let's make...

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Colors Play a Key Role in Production Design of Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’

Colors Play a Key Role in Production Design of Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’
In Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a woman and a humanoid ocean creature fall in love against the backdrop of Cold War tensions. While the Fox Searchlight picture, set for release Dec. 8, went to great lengths to capture its early ’60s period with stark realism, it highlighted the movie’s fantasy aspect as well, according to production designer Paul Austerberry.

In the movie, protagonist Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute who lives above a movie theater across the hall from failed artist Giles (Richard Jenkins). Austerberry reflected their friendship by designing their apartment interiors to be two halves of a whole. “Her world is water surrounded with cyan, blues, aged texture and furniture shaped with curves, while his place is bounded by gold and mustard colors to signify warmth and empathy,” says the production designer.

Rich detail went into the walls of Elisa’s place, where key scenic artist Matthew Lammerich layered a version
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HBO Reveals Brief Footage of Fahrenheit 451 Film and Westworld in New Preview Video

With 2018 fast approaching, HBO released a new "coming soon" video that includes brief footage of numerous projects, including the new Fahrenheit 451 film and the next season of Westworld.

Watch the new video below to get a glimpse of what's to come on Westworld Season 2 and the Fahrenheit 451 film.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) and based on the seminal Ray Bradbury book of the same name, Fahrenheit 451 stars Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Chronicle), Sofia Boutella (2017's The Mummy), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Bug). In addition to starring in the movie, Jordan is also one of the executive producers on the film.

Essential reading that is just as important now as it was when it was originally published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is Bradbury at his most thought-provoking, and it should be interesting to see his timeless story come to life on screen once again (it was previously adapted
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War drama 12 Strong gets an international trailer

Ahead of its release next month, an international trailer has arrived online for the upcoming war drama 12 Strong. Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Austin Stowell, Trevante Rhodes, Elsa Pataky, Navid Negahban, and Rob Riggle; watch it below…

12 Strong is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Nvid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the
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Video Movie Review: The Shape Of Water (2017): The Greatest Romantic Film With A Fish Monster

The Shape of Water (2017) Video Movie Review, a movie directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito, Richard Jenkins as Giles, Octavia Spencer as Zelda Fuller, Michael Shannon as Richard Strickland and Doug Jones as Amphibian Man. In this video review, I delve into Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and [...]

Continue reading: Video Movie Review: The Shape Of Water (2017): The Greatest Romantic Film With A Fish Monster
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New international trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’

Here’s the new international trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s next film, The Shape of Water, which looks remarkably like a cross between Hellboy’s Abe Sapien and The Creature From the Black Lagoon (a film incidentally del Toro expressed an interest in remaking). The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Nick Searcy and Doug Jones.

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

The Shape of Water is released in cinemas across the UK on February 14th 2018.
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The Shape of Water Exclusive: Is Michael Shannon the film’s real monster?

Guillermo del Toro makes lots of movies about creatures, but they’re usually the heroes. It’s us who are the monsters. So in The Shape of Water, when scientists discover an amphibian man (Doug Jones), it’s agent Strickland (Michael Shannon) who behaves monstrously. “I do think the creature irritates him,” Shannon said in a one on one with Monsters and Critics. “He feels threatened by the creature. Look, he doesn’t know what the creature is and I don’t think he likes that. The idea that this creature may be beyond his comprehension or could potentially even be more powerful than he...read more
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The Shape of Water gets a new international trailer

Coinciding with its limited Us release, a new international trailer has arrived online for director Guillermo del Toro’s ‘other-worldly fairytale’ The Shape of Water which stars Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer; take a look below…

See Also: Read our reviews for The Shape of Water here and here

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape Of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

The Shape of Water is set for a limited Us release on December 8th and on February 16th in the UK.

The post The Shape of Water gets
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Win Advance Passes to See The Shape Of Water

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of passes to an advance screening of the new film from director Guillermo del Toro, The Shape Of Water, starring Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer.

For your chance to receive a pair of complimentary passes to see the new film The Shape Of Water at the Maple Art Theater in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

About The Film

The Shape Of Water From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape Of Water—an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

  • Indiewire
‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Justin Theroux Brings the Penis Puns to ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ as an Astronaut With ‘Bone Density’ Problems — Watch

Justin Theroux Brings the Penis Puns to ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ as an Astronaut With ‘Bone Density’ Problems — Watch
Justin Theroux is a man of many talents. A writer, director, and star of screens big and small, the man is a chameleon. Sure, you may know him for co-writing “Tropic Thunder” or starring in “The Leftovers,” but he really can do it all: comedy, drama, it doesn’t matter. Theroux makes it fly, even when he’s playing someone who “can’t get his rocket to blast off.”

In a new clip from “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” Theroux joins the best man at his wedding as an astronaut who just doesn’t “find astronaut relationship jokes that amusing… after what I’ve been going through.”

Read More:Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny

We’ll leave it to Theroux to tell you more about Commander Colonel Gary Commander’s unique problem, but be warned, for your own safety: There are puns.
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Justin Theroux Brings the Penis Puns to ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ as an Astronaut With ‘Bone Density’ Problems — Watch

Justin Theroux Brings the Penis Puns to ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ as an Astronaut With ‘Bone Density’ Problems — Watch
Justin Theroux is a man of many talents. A writer, director, and star of screens big and small, the man is a chameleon. Sure, you may know him for co-writing “Tropic Thunder” or starring in “The Leftovers,” but he really can do it all: comedy, drama, it doesn’t matter. Theroux makes it fly, even when he’s playing someone who “can’t get his rocket to blast off.”

In a new clip from “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” Theroux joins the best man at his wedding as an astronaut who just doesn’t “find astronaut relationship jokes that amusing… after what I’ve been going through.”

Read More:Amy Sedaris on the Biggest Challenge in Modern Comedy and Why Michael Shannon is So Darn Funny

We’ll leave it to Theroux to tell you more about Commander Colonel Gary Commander’s unique problem, but be warned, for your own safety: There are puns.
See full article at Indiewire »

Michael Shannon Narrates Sam Shepard’s Final Audiobook, ‘Spy of the First Person’ — Listen

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Michael Shannon Narrates Sam Shepard’s Final Audiobook, ‘Spy of the First Person’ — Listen
Michael Shannon has honored his late co-star, Sam Shepard, by recording the audiobook to Shepard’s final work of fiction. On December 5, Knopf Doubleday will release “Spy of the First Person,” the story of a nearly-immobilized man who looks back on his life while undergoing medical testing.

Shepard died of Als complications in July at age 73, leaving behind a legacy that includes more than 60 film roles and 55 penned plays. “Buried Child” won him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979; five years later, Shepard earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for “The Right Stuff.”

Read More: Sam Shepard, Rip: 5 Essential Performances That Illustrate His Genius

Shannon, himself a two-time Oscar nominee in that category, appeared with Shepard in films such as “Mud” and “Midnight Special.” In addition, the “Shape of Water” actor performed as several Shepard-created characters onstage. This year alone, Shannon participated in a June reading of “Curse of the Starving Class
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