Mexican movie directors in Hollywood.

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Guillermo Del Toro was born Oct,8th,1964 and is from Guadalajara,Mexico. He is a Mexican movie director,producer,screen writer and novelist. In his filmmaking career Del Toro has transitioned for Spanish language dark-fantasy pieces such as The Devil’s Backbone(2001) and Pans Labyrinth(2006) to more main stream American movies like Blade II(2002), Hellboy(2004), Hellboy II:The Dark Army(2008) and Pacific Rim(2013).

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In addition to his directing credits Del Toro is a prolific producer. He has produces such movies as Orphanage(2007),Julia’s Eyes(2007),Biutiful(2010),Kung Foo Panda and Puss and Boots in (2011) and Mama in (2013). Ted Toro has based his career on fantasy and sci-fi horror movies. He almost directed The Hobbit films but, he left after creative differences. He still has a writers credit on the films do to his large contradictions to the story and script. Most of his movies are based on horror and sci-fi motifs but he also has a pertinent for religious and clockwork imagery as well. He has collaborated with Ron Perlman and Doug Jones on frequent occasions.

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Currently Guillermo Del Toro has an animated movie he produced Book of Life out now the third Hobbit movie The Hobbit:The Battle of Five Armies out just before Christmas and Crimson Peak his haunted  house movie starring Tom Hiddleston,Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska out in 2015.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was born on August 15th 1963in Mexico City, Mexico. He is the first director form Mexico who has been nominated for an Academy Award. He has also won the directors guild award and the best director award during the Canne film festival(2005). His four feature films to date Amores Perros(2000),21 Grams(2003),Babal(2006) and Biutiful(2010) have garnered him critical acclaim worldwide including two Academy Award Nominations.

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Inarritu has worked with some of the best actors and actresses in Hollywood including Benicio Del Tor,Sean Penn and Naomi Watts on 21 Grams. Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchett on Babal and Javier Bardem on Biutiful. He also launched the career of Gael Garcia Bernal in Amores Peros while getting his film nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award in 2001. This month his latest movie comes out. Birdman has been critically acclaimed widely by many film critics and fans alike. Once again Inarritu works with a stellar cast of actors from Micheal Keaton, Edward Norton,Emma Stone and Naomi Watts to Zach Galifianakis. Birdman is about a man who is directing a play based on a man who has been cast as super hero and can’t get out of the shadow of that character. Just started film Inarritu’s next film is called the Revenant. A period piece starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter. Its based on a book of the same name and it about a man who seeks revenge on some men who rob and abandon him after he is mauled by a bear.

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Alfonso Cuaron was born on November 28th,1961 in Mexico City. Cuaron is a director,screenwriter, producer and editor of such movies as The Little Princess(1995),Y Tu Mama Tambien(2001), Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban(2004),Children of Men(2006) and Gravity in (2013). Most of Cuaron’s work has been widely praised by audiences and critics alike. He has been nominated for six Adeacemy Awards including one for screenwriting for Y Tu Mama Tabien in 1996. Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing for Children of Men in 2006. He won the Best Director Academy Award,Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best directing for his film Gravity in 2013 and 2014. Cuaron was named one of Time’s most influential people of the year last year well.

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Collectively Tel Toro,Inarritu and Cuaron are known as the “Three Amigos of Cinema” These guys are gonna be around for plenty of years to come. I will be looking forward to their films for many years. I can’t wait to see Birdman in the weeks to come.

Dan Skip Allen

Colin Firth is everywhere this year!

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Colin Firth is a British film,television and theater actor. He was born on September 10th 1960. His film s have made 3 billion dollars from 42 releases worldwide. His most notable  and acclaimed role to date has been his 2010 portrayal of King Henry VI in the King’s Speech a performance that gained him an Oscar and many other worldwide Best actor awards. It went on to gross 414.2 million worldwide at the box office.

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The King’s Speech is about a monarch who tries to over come his speech impediment. Firth portrays Prince Albert the Duke of York/King George VI a man who is thrust into the leadership role in England during World War II. He won the Best actor Oscar in February for this role of a life time for him.

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Earlier this year Colin Firth starred with a trio of actresses two of which have won Oscars for acting. Devil’s Knot is about the West Memphis three. Firth plays Ron Lax a private investigator who tries to defend the west Memphis three. Witherspoon plays the mother of a missing child in the movie Pam Hobbs. The second movie he stars with an Oscar winner is Rhrailway Man. He plays Eric Lomax a man who has been captured during World War II by the Japanese. He is punished and tortured by the military and made to build a railway going across the Thia-Burma area of Malaysia. Kidman plays his girlfriend and then wife Patricia Wallace. The third movie Firth starred in earlier this year is Magic in the Moonlight. Where he co-stars with Emma Stone. Firth plays a Chinese magician Wei Ling Soo otherwise known as Stanley Crawford. He is set to discredit a young futurist by a close friend of his from back home. Magic in the Moonlight is directed by Woody Allen.

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This month Firth stars once again with his co-star from The Railway Man Nicole Kidman in Before I go to Sleep. Firth plays the husband, Ben Lucas, of Nicole Kidman’s Christine Lucas. She is a women who wakes up every day with no memories. This movie is based on the world wide best seller of the same name. Later this year Firth will voice the popular kids character Paddington Bear in the movie Paddington. Its a bout a bear who is rescued from his home in Peru. He ends up living with the Brown family. Paddington is based on the children’s books of the same name. Paddington come out later this year in December 2014.

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Originally supposed to be out in September The Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spy movies about a secret agency who recruits some new members to fight an evil Samual L. Jackson. Firth is at home playing Uncle Jack the leader of the new recruits of this secret society of spy’s. The Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on the acclaimed comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Its directed by Matthew Vaughn or X-Men First Class and Kick-Ass fame. This movie now comes out in February 2015.

Firth has played spies in the past in Tinker,Tailer,Soldier,Spy but, it remains a definite that he can play any role from spy to prisoner of war, magician and also southern private eye as well as voice an animated bear. This Oscar winning actor has really come into the prime of his career and will continue to give his fans and movie goers alike plenty of more compelling characters to watch on the big screen.

Dan Skip Allen

Miles Teller on the rise!

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Recently a lot of young talented actors have popped into the public eye. Michael B. Jordan ,Zac Efron and Dane Dehaan among others. One of them is Miles Teller. Teller is from Downingtown,Pensylvania. As a child his family moved around a lot do to his fathers job as an engineer. They moved to New Jersey and then later to Florida. He graduated from Lecanto High School in 2005. Teller attended Tisch School of the  Arts at New York University where he attained a bachelor of fine arts.

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In 2010 Miles Teller had his breakout role as a teenage kid (Jason) who accidentally runs over a little boy. Also starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as the grieving parents of the little boy who got run over.

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From 2012 to present Teller has taken some of the more lessor roles he is known for. In 2011 he would star in the remake of the popular 80’s dance romance movie Footloose. The original starred Kevin Bacon. Shortly their after he would co-star in the party movie Project X in 2013. Early in 2013 he would star in 21 and Over another teen angst movie. Later that year he would get critical acclaim while co-starring with Shailene Woodley in the smash hit The Spectacular Now. Teller plays Sutter Kealy a boy who is the most popular boy at his school. He goes to a party one night and gets drunk and finds himself on the lawn of Amy Finecky Played by Woodley. This is a coming of age story about a boy and a girl who need each other to find where there going in life. It was one of my favorite films of 2013.

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This year has been an up and down year for Teller. He first starred in the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment with the aforementioned Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron back in January. Also in February he co-starred with Shailene Woodley again and Ansel Elgort in the teen sci-fi adventure novel turned film franchise Divergent. Back at the Sundance film festival a movie called Whiplash premiered with a lot of buzz around it. It stars Miles Teller as Andrew Nyman a boy selected to go to one of the most prestigious music schools in the country. Mentored by (J.K. Simmons) Terence Fletcher a maestro of jazz music. Teller’s Andrew get more then he bargain’d for when the teacher is very fierce and demonstrative towards him and his other band mates.

I have been a fan of Miles Teller from way back when I saw The Rabbit Hole and new he was gonna be a star. The role in the Spectacular Now cemented that for me and a whole lot of other people such as film critics and pundits. This role in Whiplash could be his first Oscar nomination but it probably won’t be his last. With the big blockbuster The Fantastic Four movie coming out next year where he is cast as Reed Richards otherwise known as Mr. Fantastic and another romantic comedy coming out later this month The Two Night Stand. He can only gain acclaim and popularity amongst fans and critics alike. His career is definitely on the upswing and doesn’t look to be headed down any time soon.

Dan Skip Allen

Liam Neeson’s KILLER year at the box office

What a year for Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson has been in six movies this year. He’s the Irish born actor who rose to prominence with his acclaimed role in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar winning Best Picture  as Oscar Schindler. He has also starred as Darkman,and Qui Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace among a whole slew of other movie characters. In 2008 he finally got his franchise even though nobody saw it coming – including him. Taken came out that year and spawned a sequel in 2012 where he rescues his daughter who has been taken on 2 different occasions. The second sequel has just released some photos this week. Lately Liam has dove into the comedy genre with the news he has been cast in Ted 2.

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In January, Liam was in the animated movies about squirrels trying to find a food source was lost. Neeson’s character is Raccoon in The Nut Job.

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In February, Liam Neeson starred  in two movies. The first was The Lego Movie where he voiced the characters Good Cop and Bad Cop – 2 sides of the same character. The second was Non-Stop a movie about an air marshal accused of trying to extort millions of dollars. In Non-Stop he plays Bill Marks the air marshal who is tasked with saving a doomed flight while also trying to prove his innocence.

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In May, Liam stars as the villain in the news movie from Seth McFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West”. A western where Seth plays Albert a week willed man who steals his girlfriend Anna played by Charlize Theron.

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In July, Neeson plays Micheal a writer man having an a affair with a younger women, Anna, portrayed by Olivia Wilde. The Third Person is the latest puzzle of a movie by writer/director Paul Haggis.

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Last week the the most recent movie from Liam Neeson came when “A Walk Among the Tombstones” premiered with  little acclaim. As Matthew Scudder, a retired police detective, he gets hired to find a drug dealers wife, Dan Stevens, and gets embroiled in a kidnapping ring and finds a new little friend.44

In this year alone, Liam Neeson’s movies have grossed 896.2 million dollars, approaching a billion dollars. Mr. Neeson has proven to be a box-office star. a man who gets the exclusive 20 million dollars a picture. One thing is for sure when you cast Liam Neeson in a movie whether it be an animated movie like The Nut Job, The Lego Movie, an action drama like A Walk Among the Tombstones, or even a comedy, he continues to make movies that make money at the box-office. Taken 3 and Ted 2 will be movies that are no different when they come out next year.

-Dan Skip Allen