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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Apr 26, 2019. 2 comments

Guillermo del Toro Explains Why He Only Does 'Bonkers' Movies

Guillermo del Toro Explains Why He Only Does 'Bonkers' Movies

You never know what you’re going to get with a director like Guillermo del Toro. He likes to take risks and do things that are “absolutely bonkers.” But you can be sure his works are going to entertain, astound, and maybe even change you.

Del Toro held an extensive conversation with Alec Baldwin at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday. As reported by Deadline, the pair spoke for over an hour...

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Dec 21, 2018. 19 comments

The Highlights and Lowlights of 2018

The Highlights and Lowlights of 2018
Year In ReviewWe look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year.   

If we could describe 2018 in one word, it would be complicated. There have been some amazing shows and films, and fandom has faced a lot of growth and change. But we’ve also seen a lot of pain. We here at io9 have come together to celebrate the greatest pop culture moments...

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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy Dec 09, 2018. 3 comments

This Artist Has Turned the Movie Poster Into a Science

This Artist Has Turned the Movie Poster Into a Science

If you want to master something, do it a lot. Artist Scott Saslow took that to heart when he, a couple years ago, embarked on a project to create one movie poster a day. Now, he’s still making posters, and his work is incredible—minimal but iconic, made with a deft awareness of exactly how to translate a film into a single arresting image.

Scott Saslow was generous enough to share some of...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jul 29, 2018. 12 comments

The Shape of Water Surfaces From Its Plagiarism Lawsuit Unscathed

<i>The Shape of Water</i> Surfaces From Its Plagiarism Lawsuit Unscathed

Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water is now in the clear—at least for the time being. A judge has thrown out a lawsuit accusing The Shape of Water of plagiarism.

Earlier this year, the son of playwright Paul Zindel sued Fox and the film’s creators for plagiarism , claiming del Toro had stolen the plot of The Shape of Water from his father’s 1969 play Let Me Hear You...

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse Apr 03, 2018. 15 comments

Blade Runner 2049, Get Out, and Bitch Planet Are All Finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards

<i>Blade Runner 2049, Get Out</i>,<i> </i>and <i>Bitch Planet</i> Are All Finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards

Some of last year’s best comics, movies, and genre prose works are in the running to win the prestigious Hugo Award. Get ready for a cinematic battle royale between Get Out, The Shape of Water, Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok and Blade Runner 2049.

Over the weekend, the World Science Fiction Society announced the list of Hugo Awards finalists. Voting is underway and the...

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Eduardo Marín Eduardo Marín Mar 13, 2018. 9 comments

Estos son los ganadores de los Premios Oscar 2018

Estos son los ganadores de los Premios Oscar 2018

Como cada año, la Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas se ha reunido para celebrar lo mejor de lo mejor en el cine. Entre los nominados a la gala número 90 de los Premios Oscar se encontraban algunas joyas como Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water , Get Out y The Post. Pero solo puede haber un ganador en cada categoría, y estos fueron todos los que se...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Mar 11, 2018. 23 comments

A Complete List of the 2018 Oscar Winners You Actually Care About

A Complete List of the 2018 Oscar Winners You Actually Care About

The 90th edition of the Academy Awards took place in Hollywood Sunday night, and, unlike usual, science fiction, horror, and fantasy did quite well. If you missed the ceremony last night—accidentally or intentionally—here’s everything you need to know, and all the winners that mattered.

And the Oscar goes to...

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Mar 11, 2018. 7 comments

Guillermo del Toro Wins Best Director for The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro Wins Best Director for <i>The Shape of Water</i>

Guillermo del Toro just won the Oscar for Best Director at the 2018 Academy Awards.

He won for The Shape of Water, a beautiful film about a woman who falls in love with a fish man. More than that though, it’s a film that balances heart, humor, politics, family and so much more in a visually stunning manner well-deserving of the honor.

Del Toro has been a fan favorite director ever since his...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Mar 11, 2018. 20 comments

The io9 History of The Shape of Water, From the Earliest Rumors to Its Academy Award Win

The io9 History of <i>The Shape of Water</i>, From the Earliest Rumors to Its Academy Award Win

Last night, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water became the first science fiction film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. And whether you believe the film deserved the award or not, it was a landmark moment for genre films. To celebrate the victory, we’ve gone back through our archives to see where The Shape of Water began, where it went, and so much more.

Whenever a popular...

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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy Mar 11, 2018. 14 comments

This Video is the Perfect Introduction to the Most Important Actor Whose Face You've Never Seen

This Video is the Perfect Introduction to the Most Important Actor Whose Face You've Never Seen

Most moviegoers may not know Doug Jones, but they’ve almost inevitably seen one of his roles.

The beloved monster in The Shape of Water? Doug Jones. The Fawn in Pan’s Labyrinth? Doug Jones. The Thin Man in Batman Returns, Saru in Star Trek: Discovery, Abe Sapien in Hellboy? That’s all Doug Jones, too. Jones has been in over 150 productions, including film and TV, usually acting under some...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Mar 11, 2018. 24 comments

12 Scifi Movies That Totally Deserved to Win Best Picture Before The Shape of Water

12 Scifi Movies That Totally Deserved to Win Best Picture Before <i>The Shape of Water</i>

Look, The Shape of Water is great. Seriously, it is. But when you look at film history, the fact that The Shape of Water is the first science fiction film to ever win Best Picture is kind of weird. There have been decades and decades of phenomenal scifi films better than The Shape of Water, so for it to get the award first also feels a little frustrating. Here are some of the movies that...

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse Mar 11, 2018. 24 comments

The Academy Didn’t Have the Guts to Give Get Out Best Picture

The Academy Didn’t Have the Guts to Give <em>Get Out</em> Best Picture

Both Get Out and The Shape of Water are great films about outsiders, made by people from non-white backgrounds. But, Get Out is a lot less comforting, which is probably why it didn’t win Best Picture last night .

There’s safety in distance. That’s one of the things you realize when surveying creative work that touches on prejudice in American society. Recent Oscar-nominated films about the...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Mar 08, 2018. 14 comments

Doug Jones Had to Poop Before Getting Into His Fishman Costume for The Shape of Water

Doug Jones Had to Poop Before Getting Into His Fishman Costume for <i>The Shape of Water</i>

Though Doug Jones doesn’t have any speaking lines in The Shape of Water, the movie wouldn’t have been possible without the actor’s uncanny ability to seamlessly embody and bring to life the humanoid fish creature at the heart of the film’s romance. But the process of becoming the character meant a few concessions. He couldn’t poop while in costume, folks.

Jones’ knack for controlling and...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Mar 08, 2018. 17 comments

The Shape of Water Just Won the Oscar for Best Picture

<i>The Shape of Water</i> Just Won the Oscar for Best Picture

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy love story The Shape of Water just won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2017. The award ended a great night for the film, which also took home Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design.

Co-written and directed by Del Toro, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a mute cleaning lady who falls in love with a mysterious fish creature who is...

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Carlos Zahumenszky Carlos Zahumenszky Mar 06, 2018. 6 comments

Doug Jones, el actor que ha salido en más de 150 películas y al que nunca has visto la cara

Doug Jones, el actor que ha salido en más de 150 películas y al que nunca has visto la cara

Doug Jones probablemente sea uno de tus actores favoritos, solo que todavía no lo sabes. El veterano actor comenzó en un simple anuncio de televisión para McDonalds hace 31 años, y desde entonces ha salido en más de 150 películas, pero nunca le has visto la cara. Este genial vídeo repasa su carrera.

Hombre siendo devorado por caimán: el grito que sale en 372 películas, incluyendo las de Star...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Feb 13, 2018. 15 comments

A Dildo Maker Has Finally Determined What The Shape of Water's Fish Dick Looks Like

A Dildo Maker Has Finally Determined What <i>The Shape of Water</i>'s Fish Dick Looks Like

The Shape of Water is the story of a star-crossed affair between a mute woman and a fish man god-creature, a film that all but dares us to imagine the convoluted mechanism by which the latter’s genitalia becomes external and, uh, able to do sex stuff with a human. It’s also nominated for Best Picture now. Go figure!

There’s no shortage of steamy scenes in Guillermo Del Toro’s brave defense of...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jan 28, 2018. 21 comments

The Shape of Water Has Been Accused of Plagiarism Again

<i>The Shape of Water</i> Has Been Accused of Plagiarism Again

Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water, recently garnered 13 Oscar nominations , the most of any film this year. But now it’s also been accused of plagarism.

The allegation has come from the estate of Paul Zindel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, whose 1969 play Let Me Hear You Whisper is about a cleaning lady who learns to communicate with a captured dolphin and then decides...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jan 25, 2018. 15 comments

Here Are 13 Gorgeous Pieces of Shape of Water Art, One for Each of Its Oscar Nominations

Here Are 13 Gorgeous Pieces of <i>Shape of Water</i> Art, One for Each of Its Oscar Nominations

It’s pretty rare when the film leading all nominees at the Academy Awards is a genre movie, but that happened this year. Guillermo del Toro’s beautiful movie, The Shape of Water, got 13 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and it’s cause for celebration.

Thankfully, Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, CA currently has a del Toro-inspired art exhibit up called “In the Name of the Monster, the...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Jan 24, 2018. 24 comments

Sexy Fish Monsters, Replicants, and Mutants Among Those Nominated for the 2018 Oscars

Sexy Fish Monsters, Replicants, and Mutants Among Those Nominated for the 2018 Oscars

If we told you last year that a movie about a mute woman having a torrid, romantic relationship with a modernized version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon was going to dominate at the Oscars in terms of nominations, you might have chuckled a little to yourself. 2017 was a simpler time. The 2018 Academy Award nominations are in and there’s a lot for genre fans to be happy about.

During...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jan 23, 2018. 5 comments

The Shape of Water Novel Does Much, Much More Than Adapt the Movie

<i>The Shape of Water</i> Novel Does Much, Much More Than Adapt the Movie

Most movie novelizations do little more than write down what audiences see on the screen. But the novel that’s accompanying Guillermo del Toro’s new movie The Shape of Water is no mere adaptation. Co-author Daniel Kraus’ book and the film tell the same story, of a mute woman who falls in love with an imprisoned and equally mute creature, in two very different ways—and we have an exclusive...

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