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Guillermo del Toro is uniquely endowed with the gift of gab.  A famously loquacious fellow, he’s a filmmaker who loves to talk.

Of course, moviegoers prefer to actually see his films, beautifully crafted, frequently phantasmagoric wonders that only del Toro could make, from Pan’s Labyrinth to the Hellboy, Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and most recently, Pacific Rim.

Not content just directing, he’s made himself a one-man empire.  One part of that empire finds del Toro producing films about which he’s passionate and using his blockbuster clout to help similarly passionate filmmakers realize their visions.

This Friday’s The Book of Life is one such film. 

Written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, The Book of Life is an animated adventure quite unlike any other.  A Dia de los Muertos-styled fantasy, the story concerns a love triangle between three lifelong friends. 

Both Manolo (Diego Luna, Elysium), a dreamer who longs to abandon bullfighting to play guitar, and Joaquin (Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street), a swaggering braggart, are madly in love with the spirited Maria (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy).  They're so in love, in fact, that the gods wager on which suitor will win her heart.  Manolo's love sets him off a journey from the Land of the Living to fantastical realms the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.

IAR’s Managing Editor, Jami Philbrick, was on hand at the Los Angeles press day for The Book of Life, where producer Guillermo del Toro discussed the animated movie’s purity, design, music, and meaning.  Since he’s such a talker, del Toro also happily provided updates on his next film as director, a musical stage version of Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim 2, season two of The Strain, and even the possibility of Hellboy III.

Ready for a good cry?

Universal has released a new theatrical trailer for Unbroken, a true story so inspirational you might just squirt a few tears by the time these two and a half minutes are up.

Ryan Gosling has managed to stay kind of a big deal despite eschewing the sort of franchise movies that propel actors to super-stardom.

That could maybe, just maybe, change soon.  After turning down seemingly every superhero role out there, Gosling is reportedly mulling over offers to star in upcoming films from both Marvel and DC.

Marvel Studios has with the actor about getting mystic as Doctor Strange, while Warner Bros. is attempting to woo him into the DC villainous team-up Suicide Squad.

All hands on deck, from swabs to mates!

The first theatrical for In the Heart of the Sea has set sail, and Ron Howard's nautical nightmare looks like it could be great.

They say you can't go home again.  In Katniss Everdeen's case, this is especially true.

A one-minute teaser for next month's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I sends her back to District 12 anyways, subjecting the heroine to yet more emotional desolation as she tours the ruins of her hometown.

The bad news: You're probably going to have to watch the Oscars now.

The good news: Neil Patrick Harris is hosting, so the 87th Annual Academy Awards will almost undoubtedly be fun to watch this time.

After months spent attempting to keep a lid on its long term DC Cinematic Universe plans, Warner Bros. inexplicably let the cat out of the bag today, revealing its slate of superhero movies on through 2020.

While a lot of this news concerned rumors that were long ago accepted as fact online, there was at least one big surprise: Not only is a Flash feature film on the way, but the Scarlet Speedster has, in fact, already been cast.

Phenomenal young actor Ezra Miller is set to play The Flash in at least four DC movies.

Big Hero 6 is very, very different from Frozen, the last movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

That doesn't mean, though, that Big Hero 6 doesn't have a wacky, scene-stealing supporting character not entirely unlike Olaf, the snowman who wanted to see summer in last year's massive animated blockbuster.

In next month's animated anime riff, the Olaf figure is Fred, a Kaiju-obsessed young man who gets to fulfill his dream of being a fire-breathing monster.

Warner Bros. has endeavored to keep its DC Comics plans under a tight lid.

Which makes it especially surprising that CEO Kevin Tsujihara just revealed the full DC slate through 2020, announcing Justice Leagues Parts 1 & 2, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, The Flash starring Ezra Miller, Aquaman, and even a Green Lantern reboot.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, after months and months of rumor and speculation, it's suddenly all official.

What's the best way to hype the climactic installment in a kajillion dollar event movie trilogy?

Posters.  Posters, posters, posters, and even some banners.

That's the approach Warner Bros. is taking with The Hobbit: There and Back Again The Battle of the Five Armies, continuing its avalanche of character posters for Peter Jackson's last fantasy adventure.

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