Given that this is the summer of cross-pollinated comic book spin-offs and foreshadowing, with Nick Fury popping up in Iron Man and Tony Stark in The Incredible Hulk, clearly Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is being set up for his own superhero franchise, what with his cameo in The Dark Knight. For the full read, from New York Magazine‘s Vulture, click here.
The Cannes Film Festival is known as an annual market for movers and shakers, and a great launching pad for international directors as well. It was there, in 1993, that Guillermo del Toro (below right) first made a name for himself as a filmmaker, after having established his own special effects and make-up company in Mexico, and years of television work there. His debut feature film, Chronos, picked up a special Critic’s Prize in competition at Cannes, and went on to a stunning sweep of eight Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Oscars. Since then, del Toro has steadily worked his way up the Hollywood food chain — all the while never forgetting his roots, and sprinkling his filmography with personal, and often fantastical, Spanish-language period pieces.
His latest movie, this week’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, finds del Toro working with his biggest budget yet — though surely a
drop in the bucket compared to the combined price tag of the two Hobbit prequels he’s signed to next direct, for producer Peter Jackson. It may
seem strange for a series based around a giant, red, petulant demon
spawn who begrudgingly works for a secret government paranormal
investigatory unit yet really just wants to watch TV and play with his
cats, but the character of Hellboy holds a special, and very personal,
appeal for del Toro. For the full interview feature, from Reelz Channel, click here.