FROM Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro Today we revisit a conversation with Guillermo del Toro from last summer, when his apocalypse movie, Pacific Rim , was just hitting theaters. The film reportedly cost $190 million and didn’t fare that well in the US Overseas audiences pushed the worldwide gross to $411 million -- but the project still was not the hoped-for hit for its backers, Warner Bros and Legendary. But del Toro -- who admited to having waves of anxiety interspersed with periods of calm -- said his job as a storyteller was done and that his expertise wasn't marketing. Besides he was already deep into the television adaptation of his vampire books The Strain for FX, and serving as executive producer of Kung Fu Panda 3 for Dreamworks. The man who loves to work, talked about how he’s lived a life as a ‘circus performer’ who is ‘socially inept.’ And while he claims to stay out of the inside baseball game of ‘the business’ he’s pragmatic about dealing with the vagaries of the movie world and dealing with studios.
Guillermo del Toro Guillermo del Toro sits down with Kim Masters as his latest directorial effort, Pacific Rim , under-performs in theaters. But del Toro, who admits to having waves of anxiety interspersed with periods of calm, says his job as a storyteller is done and he's happy with the film. Besides he's already deep into at least one other project -- the television adaptation of his vampire books The Strain for FX. Plus, he's executive producing Kung Fu Panda 3 for Dreamworks Animation. The man loves to work and talks about how he's lived a life as a 'circus performer' who is 'socially inept.' While del Toro claims to stay out of the inside baseball game of 'the business' he's pragmatic about dealing with the vagaries of the movie world and dealing with studios.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
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