TORONTO - How do you know you're on a Guillermo Del Toro set?
Seeing Ron Perlman dressed in full character as Hannibal Chau, who runs the black market for kaiju parts, is a pretty good hint.
At this point, Perlman and Del Toro seem almost like brothers, guys who know each other so well that there's not a lot of need to explain things back and forth. When Del Toro hires Perlman, he knows exactly what he's getting, and when Del Toro calls, Perlman knows he's going to have something fun to dig into.
When we caught up with Perlman on the set of "Pacific Rim," he was in his trailer, unwinding between set-ups. He had on part of his Chau costume, and he was in a great, relaxed mood. I've worked with Ron in our second "Masters Of Horror" episode, "Pro-Life," and one of the things I learned spending time with him is that he has a no-nonsense attitude about the career he's chosen and he tells great stories.
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TORONTO - How do you know you're on a Guillermo Del Toro set?
And so another season of "Mad Men" — the penultimate, in fact — has come to an end. I have a review of the season finale coming up just as soon as I drive a Camaro through your lobby...
When the first few episodes of a TV series fall short of expectations, I don't always grit my teeth and hang on. All too often what starts out as disappointing ends pretty much the same way, but for some reason I didn't give up so easily on "Life with LaToya," which had its season finale on OWN Saturday. After all, there could always be a car wreck. She is a Jackson, after all.
"Project Runway" is back this July, and fans of the show may be sorry to see that Michael Kors won't be back full time, but other tucks and trims might be more satisfying.
Sixteen new designers will compete for the grand prize, including a designer from seasons past chosen by fans on the Lifetime website. While Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen are back as well as mentor Tim Gunn, it's Gunn who will be getting a twist. He'll be sitting in on the runway shows so that judges can suss out who's a behind-the-scenes troublemaker, plus he'll even get a chance to save a designer during the season. This may be a result of what happened last season, when Michelle Lesniak Franklin claimed that it was Gunn who begged the judges to keep her when she faced elimination. Franklin went on to win the competition.
Bookended by Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited!" and Fox Searchlight's starry Sundance comedy "The Way, Way Back" -- which closes proceedings tonight -- the Los Angeles Film Festival may boast its share of big names, but when it comes to its competition sections, it juries tend to throw the spotlight on lower-profile fare.
I have about four different drafts of the script for "The Zero Theorem" sitting on my hard-drive right now, and I haven't opened any of them. At this point, a new Terry Gilliam film is such a rare and precious thing that I am reluctant to spoil the experience for myself.
Now it appears a sales reel has made its way online for the film, and it shows quite a bit of what Gilliam is up to without really spoiling anything. My favorite film of his is still "Brazil," and this looks like we're back in that territory, dealing with multiple layers of reality. Christoph Waltz is the star of the film, and it looks like he has thrown himself into the role whole-heartedly. It's a shocking look for him, with no eyebrows and no hair, and I'm excited to see how he fits into the world that Gilliam has created around him.
It seems that every once in a while, I stumble across a local restaurant or social club or fundraising group promising an evening of fun revolving around a murder mystery dinner, which never really seems like all that much fun. I like theater, I like mystery, not so keen on murder though fake ones are fine, and I like dinner, so it should be 75% lovely. But breaking down the fourth wall for theater always makes me a little uneasy. Not the murder part, mind you, but the fact I will be stuck solving a fake crime with very real audience members who I may or may not want to murder before the dinner is over.
As the last real broadcast network left, CBS doesn't need to experiment as much as its competitors. They're all trying to invent new rules for the business, while CBS still manages to make money and find big audiences under the old rules.
Every now and then, though, the good ol' Eye Network will try something different, and the premiere of "Under the Dome" tomorrow night at 10 seems like one of its more intriguing experiments of late.
1. Kanye West: He becomes a dad to North and releases a new album called “Yeezus.” Who knew the baby’s name would make “Yeezus” sound like the sensible choice.
2. J Cole: He moved up the release of “Born Sinner” to June 18 to go head-to-head with Kanye West and will likely come in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. That’s all well and good, but don’t bother us until you’re dating a Kardashian.
3. Taylor Swift: Her fans quickly put the kibosh on an Abercrombie & Fitch shirt that stated “# more boyfriends than t.s.” after T-Swift’s fans raise a ruckus. If A&F keeps making folks mad, we won’t have to worry about their clothes ever again.
4. Rihanna: She surpasses Justin Bieber as most viewed artist on YouTube. At least online viewers know she'll go on on time.
5. Black Sabbath: Heavy metal gods score their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. Rock and roll horns all around!
6. “The Voice”: The fourth season ends. Quick, we know you can name the four judges, but can you name the winner?
7. Nine Inch Nails: David Lynch signs on to direct the group’s video for “Came Back Haunted.” I’m already having nightmares and I haven’t even seen it.
8. Florida Georgia Line: The country duo’s “Here’s To The Good Times” finally hits No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart, making it the first album in more than a year to hit the top spot without debuting there. Maybe it was just on “Cruise” control.
9. Jay Z: He signs a ground-breaking deal to distribute 1 million copies of “Magna Carta Holy Grail” to Samsung phone owners. He’s definitely writing his own charter.
10. P. Diddy: He inks a national distribution deal with Time Warner Cable for Revolt TV, his music cable network, and announces he will put out less music to concentrate on the venture. Sounds like a win-win for every one.
In the new NBC drama "Crossing Lines" (Sunday at 9 p.m.), character actor William Fichtner plays Carl Hickman, a legendary former NYPD detective, whose career ended with a disability. He now lives in a trailer behind an Amsterdam carnival and has a job picking up trash with a stick, which seems about all he's capable of, physically or emotionally, until French colleague Louis Daniel (Marc Lavoine) recruits him for a new, extra-fancy international crime task force. This group, consisting of cops from France, England, Ireland, Germany and other countries, will investigate crimes that transcend any one jurisdiction, with each member providing both a different cultural perspective and their own unique skill set (the Irish cop specializes in weapons and tactics; the German one has lots of cool gadgets). And all they need to be complete is Carl and his gift for criminal profiling.