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Why Does ‘The Strain’ Have So Many Freaking Love Triangles?

9/7/2015 8:45pm EDT
The Strain
Love triangles suck.

That’s a generalization, but you know what? I’m OK with it. Mostly because it’s been proven true (anecdotally, at least) in my day-to-day TV watching. Chaining three people together in some endless will-they-won’t-they thing is an conveneint, time-tested formula to build dramatic tension on your TV show.

But it’s same dramatic tension you see in just about every other love triangle in existence. And I’m really, truly sick of wading through three separate love triangles on The Strain just to see somebody power-smash an axe through something pale and slimy.

Yes, three....

Kelly Goodweather Has Become ‘The Strain’s’ Newest, Nastiest Villain

8/31/2015 4:05pm EDT
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The Strain hasn’t really known what to do with Kelly Goodweather this season. Granting her vampire sentience? Supplying her with an army of creepy vampire kiddos? Both solid plays. But both were taken from the original “Strain” book series, and both were introduced in the season premiere.

Since then? Eh. Every episode has had the same little dash of Kelly. There she is! Hot on the trail of our heroes, with those little vampire kids in tow. Is she actually going to catch up with them? Oh, guess not. Maybe next week.

Last week’s hour was much more involved- a bona fide Kelly fight scene! An...

'The Strain' Recap: Vampires Vs. Gladiators? No Contest

8/24/2015 2:35pm EDT
The Strain
Hey, remember that time I was all “Quinlan’s not nearly as cool a character as Vaun was and seems like a cheap imitation with a British accent?”

That may have been a tad shortsighted. Mostly because “The Born,” last night’s hour of The Strain, put a ton of effort into beefing up Quinlan’s character. I’d say they’re on equal footing at this point, as far as coolness goes.

You’ve got to love the creativity this season of The Strain’s taken in fleshing out the backstory for its new characters. The Guillermo del Toro-directed Lucha Libre movie for Angel was a knockout, and even if this week’s...

‘The Strain’ Recap: ‘Identity’ Says Goodbye To A Very Goofy Villain

8/17/2015 8:21am EDT
The Strain
Man, The Strain is really on a roll right now. Last week Corey Stoll’s wig was banished to the depths of vampire hell. This week, we say goodbye to another questionable visual effect: the Master, in all his fish-faced, hilarious glory.

You know, when he first rose out of his grave in “Identity’s” final scene, a part of me thought man, he actually looks kind of impressive with his face half burned away. It’ll be a shame to see him go. And then the Master stood to his full heigh and looked like a ridiculous muppet, and that thought burned out of my head in an instant. Even more so when his g...

'The Strain' Recap: RIP, Corey Stoll's Terrible Hairpiece

8/10/2015 2:56pm EDT
The Strain
Honest question: did you really think Corey Stoll’s wig was that terrible?

The general consensus seems to be that yes, it was- an abomination unto man and vampire alike that made his head look all goofy. I didn’t think it was that bad.

Either way, last night's The Strain- “Quick and Painless”- did away with the thing for good, after Eph shaved off his luscious (ish) locks to sneak into DC without everyone recognizing him as a fugitive. It worked! He may have had to murder Barnes to do so, but no biggie. Barnes was a pawn of the Strigoi overlords. Also, kind of a wuss.

Although, given the...

'The Strain' Recap: Vampires Vs. Lucha Libre

8/3/2015 6:35am EDT
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The Strain isn't becoming The Walking Dead, is it? Last week, the show was struck with a sudden case of Crappy Kid Syndrome. And this week, with "The Silver Angel," we're introduced to a new, nasty human element- bands of curfew-enforcing cops patrolling Red Hook at night, and beating the hell out of Fet for the sole crime of being a lovable rogue.

And for blowing up a subway station.

And for being out past curfew. But still.

It's very reminiscent of The Walking Dead's whole "zombies are scary, but it's humans that are the real evil" schtick. Here's a hint: humans are not the real enemy....

'The Strain' Recap: Less Science, More Bloodsucking, Please!

7/19/2015 10:55pm EDT
The Strain
Hey, remember that awesome (also, gross) worm barf from last week's The Strain premiere? Well, there's none of that in our second episode, "By Any Means." Not a single barfed worm. It's kind of a shame.

I'm being serious (kinda)- because "BK, NY" introduced a heap of new neat concepts, and because "By Any Means" slams on the brakes and plays it very close to the vest with its newly-introduced vampire powers (worm barf, blind vampire schoolchildren), it can feel a little stale.

Setrakian (Old Setrakian, that is) does almost nothing the whole hour but flip through old books and yell surly o...

'The Strain' Is Back For Season 2!

7/12/2015 10:57pm EDT
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The absolute best moment of The Strain's second season premiere is its first five minutes. That's not a knock on the many minutes that follow (solid minutes, all of them), but that opening sequence? Totally killer.

We open on Grandma Setrakian and little Abe in early 1900s Romania. She's chopping onions, he's nursing a bowl of soup (why is she chopping onions when the soup's already made? Oh well) and recounting the story of Josef Sardu- the man who would one day become The Master.

That flashback's the only part of "BK, NY" directed by series creator Guillermo del Toro, and his stamp is a...

'The Strain' Series Premiere Recap: Cliches, Neglectful Fathers and Skull-Crunching Vampires

7/14/2014 8:47am EDT
'The Strain' Series Premiere Recap: Cliches, Neglectful Fathers
Few television shows begin with a series premiere roughly the length of a feature film.

But then, most television shows don't reward you at the halfway mark with a nine foot tall cloaked creature with a giant worm for a tongue that drains a man of all his blood and then pulverizes his face with its bare hands.

That should keep butts planted on couches.

The Strain, for those who don't know, is the hideously ugly love child of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro, of course, is the eccentric Mexican filmmaker behind films of varying degrees of whimsy and horrific disembowelment- "P...

The Jaegers Are Back: Guillermo Del Toro Working On 'Pacific Rim' Sequel

6/24/2014 3:00pm EDT
Pacific Rim
Guillermo Del Toro has revealed he wants to return to the Pacific Rim series – and a script is already in the works!

During an interview with Buzzfeed to promote his FX show The Strain at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Del Toro confirmed that work was underway on the sequel to the monster-fighting-robots flick. "I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul."

You may have heard of Penn befo...

Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2014

1/2/2014 11:00am EST
Sandra Bullock
Welcome to day two of 2014! Looking back in time 50 years ago, the year was 1964. Major events of that year included President Johnson being re-elected by a landslide over Barry Goldwater. The investigation of John F. Kennedy's assassination by the Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the killing of the President. In the civil rights movement, three workers were murdered in Mississippi during the "Freedom Summer," and Anchorage, Alaska was hit by a massive earthquake.

In pop culture, Beatlemania had officially hit North America and on February 9 of that year, s...

Guillermo Del Toro Packs The Horror References Into 'Simpsons' Couch Gag Opening (Watch It!)

10/7/2013 1:04pm EDT
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Director Guillermo del Toro created the opening "Couch Gag" for this year's 24th annual Halloween-themed "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons, and it's nothing short of an animation masterpiece.

The director paid homage to countless horror movies and weaved in scenes from his own films, such as Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and his more recent Pacific Rim.

Del Toro was originally approached by producers of the show to make a simple guest appearance or to come up with a basic opening credit scene, but instead he went all the way with his near three minute gag.

“I really wanted to land...

New 'Pacific Rim' Trailer Promises To 'Cancel The Apocalypse'

4/30/2013 12:07pm EDT
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A full-length, action-packed trailer has been released for Pacific Rim... and it's everything you hoped it would be.

In the new trailer, we get to see tons of robot-on-giant monster fighting as well as extended looks at how Jaegers (that's the name of the giant robots) are piloted from the inside.

We also get more than a few lines from Charlie Day of Always Sunny in Philadelphia, although we admit it's hard to take the comedian seriously in a role as a technician.

There's also hints at the relationship between Charlie Hunnam's and Rinko Kikuchi's characters, who are pilots rushed into ...

Jessica Chastain Joins Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'

4/8/2013 12:55pm EDT
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Jessica Chastain is to star in Crimson Peak.

The Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations with Guillermo del Toro - who she worked with when he was executive producer on her horror film Mama - to star in his new thriller, Variety reports.

Jessica will join the likes of Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam and Benedict Cumberbatch in the modern day ghost story set in a haunted house.

Legendary Pictures are to produce and help finance the film with Universal Pictures and production is to begin in February 2014.

Guillermo recently said: "[The film] will allow me to play with the conventions of the...

'Pan's Labyrinth' The Musical In The Works

12/7/2012 2:24pm EST
Pan's Labyrinth
Guillermo Del Toro's dark fantasy epic Pan's Labyrinth is to be adapted into a stage musical.

The Mexican filmmaker has spent four years developing the show, which will feature a score by Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla and lyricist Paul Williams.

Santaolalla tells, "I'm so excited about translating Guillermo's magical vision into music and songs. I'm such a longtime fan of both Guillermo and Paul that to work on this with them is truly a dream come true."

A premiere city or date has not yet been confirmed.

The 2006 movie tells the story of a girl who...

Emma Watson Chose Director Guillermo Del Toro For 'Beauty And The Beast' Revamp

10/16/2012 9:01pm EDT
Emma Watson
Emma Watson realized just how powerful she has become in Hollywood when movie executives let her pick the director of her new film Beauty and the Beast.

The Harry Potter star was handed the script for the reworked fairytale but told producers she'd only consider taking on the project if revered Mexican moviemaker Guillermo del Toro was in the director's chair.

She tells Nylon magazine, "The script came to me and it was a little bit cheesy and kooky, and I was like, 'I don't really want to do this'. I said, 'The only reason I would do it would be if someone like Guillermo del Toro did it.'...

Guillermo Del Toro's inSANE Video Game Kaput

8/7/2012 11:55am EDT
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Director Guillermo Del Toro's foray into video games is over before it began - bosses at a major developer have cancelled plans to release his first project.

The Hellboy filmmaker struck a deal with computer company THQ in 2010 to create his first game, called inSANE, which was slated to be a trilogy, with the first installment out in 2014.

However, THQ executives have decided not to go ahead with the project so they can focus on in-house productions.

A spokesperson for the company says, "We have decided not to pursue further pre-production on Insane, and have returned all of our IP (...

Blu-ray Review: 'Mimic 3-Film Set'

5/17/2012 9:52am EDT
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Didn’t even know there was a second and third in the Mimic series did ya? Scary! We’re checking out the now on Blu-ray "Mimic: 3-Film Set" from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The roaches scatter below!

Title: "Mimic: 3-Film Set"

Cast: Mira Sorvino, Alix Koromazy, Karl Geary

Director: Guillermo del Toro/Jean de Segonzac /J.T. Petty

Runtime: 112 / 82 / 76 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment


Title: "Mimic (Director’s Cut)"

Grade: 5

The Flick: I’ve not only put this amazing as del Toro cut with brutal honesty in a...

Guillermo Del Toro To Direct 'Pinocchio' Remake

5/10/2012 1:05pm EDT
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo Del Toro is to take charge of a dark retelling of the Pinocchio fairytale.

The Pan's Labyrinth director co-wrote the creepy screenplay, but it was originally suggested he would only produce the film.

However, Del Toro has now placed himself in the director's chair alongside Mark Gustafson.

Producer Lisa Henson says, "Guillermo has been so passionate about this project from its inception and it is an honor to have him bring his unique blend of live action and animation experience to this well-loved story, collaborating with the talented Mark Gustafson."

Del Toro has previou...

The Wolfpack is Back - 'The Hangover Part III' Gets Release Date

3/23/2012 2:00pm EDT
The Hangover Part II
The Wolf Pack is gearing up for one more night of forgotten debauchery. Warner Bros. announced that The Hangover franchise will return to theaters one more time, with The Hangover Part III scheduled to release May 24th - the coveted Memorial Day weekend.

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis are currently set to reprise their roles, although director Todd Phillips is keeping the plot under wraps. "We're going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned," says Phillips in the press release. "It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, d...

Emma Watson Joins Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring' Movie

3/1/2012 8:28am EST
Emma Watson
Emma Watson is set to steal the limelight in Sofia Coppola's new movie after signing up to play one of the 'Bling Ring' gang.

The Lost In Translation director's new project is based on the true story of a group of teens who stole from the homes of stars including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom in 2008 and 2009.

The Harry Potter star has agreed to appear in the movie and it is one of several new projects she is working on after the wizard franchise came to an end in 2011.

Watson will work with Potter director David Yates again in new drama Your Voice in My Head, and she ...

Blu-ray Review: "Mimic: The Director's Cut' A Five-Star Must Own

9/27/2011 12:22pm EDT
Ready to see an original five-star version of an early and almost forgotten work from visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro? Then you must check out the outstandingly candid Blu-ray for "Mimic: The Director’s Cut," out Sept. 27th from the good folks at Lionsgate. Don’t believe it could be worth the dough – check out the bold and brutal facts below!

Title: "Mimic: The Director’s Cut"

Grade: 5

Cast: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 112 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate


The ...

Guillermo del Toro: 'I Can't Go Back To Mexico'

8/25/2011 4:36pm EDT
Guillermo del Toro
Mexican-born moviemaker Guillermo Del Toro refuses to return to his troubled homeland following the kidnapping of his father in 1998.

The Pan's Labyrinth director fears he and his family will become targets for drug lords seeking ransom money if he goes home.

He tells Time magazine, "I cannot go back to Mexico as a director because of the kidnapping of my father. A film is a highly visible venture, and I can't risk it."

And Del Toro admits he always regrets the fact he can't simply go home: "Every day, every week, something happens that reminds me that I am in involuntary exile... As...

Two Jews' Review: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Has Illogical Scenes But Seat Jumping Moments

8/25/2011 1:00pm EDT
'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'
Two Jews on Film: By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Take one young, unhappy girl who is sent to live with her busy, preoccupied father and his overly sweet girlfriend, throw in a super big scary gothic mansion with a basement, that has a sealed off fireplace (are there any other kind) and a hundred (give or take) ancient, super ugly, tiny demon like creatures, badly in need of dental work, and you have the film 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'.

This film is written by one of my favorite horror guys, Guillermo del Toro. He wrote the script along with Matthew Robbins and it's directed by newcomer, T...

Review: Horror Of 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' As Hollow As A Hallway

8/23/2011 2:00pm EDT
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There are a few surefire elements that can make a horror film satisfying. The adrenaline rush that comes with good scares, the sight of some lingering blood and guts effects or even characters so complex and real that an audience can’t help but come along for the ride. "Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark" is a rare genre flick with none of the above and don’t let the large print Guillermo del Toro presents banner fool you – comic book artist turned director Troy Nixey gets all the credit for this colossal waste of space.

Young girl Sally moves into a house that is being remodeled by her dad and...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Our Idiot Brother,' 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' & More

8/22/2011 11:00am EDT
Our Idiot Brother
This week, you’ll find a new format for Trailer Talk. First, you’ll see “My Pick for the Week,” which is the film I recommend most out of the ones debuting. Next, you’ll also notice further criticism based on the trailers, including an originality rating for each film coming out, and my advice on where and when to see each of the movies.

Hitting theaters are the Paul Rudd comedy “Our Idiot Brother,” the horror Guillermo del Toro remake “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark,” the Zoe Saldana action thriller “Colombiana,” the Iranian drama “Circumstance,” and the Vera Farmiga faith-based tale “High...

Emma Watson Top Pick To Play Belle In 'Beauty & The Beast'

7/19/2011 10:57am EDT
Emma Watson
"Harry Potter" heroine Emma Watson is in talks to revamp the "Beauty & The Beast" tale for a major movie adaptation.

Producer Denise Di Novi let it slip that Watson was the number one choice to play the part of Belle in a retelling of the fairytale by cult director Guillermo del Toro during a junket for her new film "Crazy Stupid Love."

Meanwhile, Emma's latest film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" smashed the record for the best opening weekend in movie history after raking in $168.6 million.

Los Angeles Film Festival 2011 - 'What To See'

6/17/2011 1:30pm EDT
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It’s that time of year again here in sunny Los Angeles, California – LA Film Fest time! The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival taking place June 16-26 in the heart of downtown LA (go to for more details!) is upon us and Starpulse is going to be covering everything fest related this year. From dramatic documentaries to star-studded screenings (and even some free outdoor classics!), we’re gonna be right in the heart of this years event covering all the memorable movies both big and small. (Plus a few parties and mixers just for giggles!)

So to get the cinematic ball rollin...

Two Crew Members Injured In 'Hobbit' Set Explosion

5/24/2011 8:23am EDT
30 Days of Night
Two crew members working on The Hobbit have been taken to the hospital after an explosion at the New Zealand studio where the movie is filming.

Emergency services were called to the Stone St Studios in Miramar on Tuesday morning after a blast in one of the workshops where technicians were working on a statue prop. Two men suffered minor burns and were transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

The Hobbit unit publicist Ceris Price tells the New Zealand Herald, "A couple of the guys... (were left with) mild burns but nothing serious... One of them had some burnt nostril ...

Ron Perlman Quits 'The Hobbit'

12/1/2010 11:30pm EST
Ron Perlman
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit has suffered another blow - Hellboy star Ron Perlman has quit the Lord Of The Rings prequel.

The actor was slated to join pal Guillermo del Toro on the film, but when the director quit the project, so did Perlman.

He says, "I was going to be in The Hobbit when Guillermo was directing... but not anymore."

Showing loyalty to the Latino moviemaker, the actor now hopes to be a part of Del Toro's new film At The Mountains of Madness.

Production on The Hobbit has been stalled for months due to financial issues and actors union action in New Zealand, where the movie ...