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Emma Stone considering Guillermo del Toro haunted house movie “Crimson Peak”

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Guillermo del Toro might not be making his dream project “The Haunted Mansion,” but he is making something similar. The “Pacific Rim” director is prepping a haunted house movie called “Crimson Peak” as his next project, and he’s got an exciting actress interested in coming on board.

Variety is reporting that Emma Stone is in talks to take a role in the movie. Like most del Toro projects, plot details are under wraps, but the trade does say that Stone is very likely to sign on board. It’s supposed to start shooting in February 2014.

Though no official plot description has been released, del Toro has told Deadline a bit about the film. He described it as “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”

“To me that is Robert Wise’s ‘The Haunting,’ which was a big movie, beautifully directed, with the house built magnificently. And the other grand daddy is Jack Clayton’s ‘The Innocents.’ I’ve always tried to make big-sized horror movies like the ones I grew up watching,” del Toro said. “Films like ‘The Omen,’ ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The Shining,’ the latter of which is another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie. I loved the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.”

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Scott Aukerman Is Hitting the Road for a Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Tour

Scott and Comedy Bang! Bang! are coming to a town near you.

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Comprised of countless characters, hilarious guests, and running gags, Comedy Bang! Bang! simply can’t be contained in just its podcast and TV forms. As such, host Scott Aukerman is taking the show and its oddball cavalcade on the road in a brand new live tour. Fan favorites Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, and Neil Campbell will be along for the ride (either as themselves, as their show personas, or both — we’re not at liberty to say!), and there will surely be a few surprise drop-ins as well. And maybe…a little magic?

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Check out the tour dates below and catch the Comedy Bang! Bang! live tour when it swings nearby. And be sure to check back for updates on Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s new season, debuting this spring on IFC with new bandleader and cohost “Weird Al” Yankovic.

April 30 – Theater at the Ace—Los Angeles, CA
May 6 – Convocation Hall—Toronto, ON
May 7 – Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
May 8 – Keswick Theatre—Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – The Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
May 10 – The Carolina Theatre of Durham—Durham, NC
May 11 – The Tabernacle—Atlanta, GA
May 13 – Gramercy Theatre—New York, NY
May 17 – Texas Theatre—Dallas, TX
May 18 – Paramount Theatre—Austin, TX
May 19 – Pantages Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
May 20 – Athenaeum Theatre—Chicago, IL
May 21 – Royal Oak Music Theatre—Detroit, MI
May 22 – Paramount Theatre—Denver, CO
May 23 – Fox Theater—Oakland, CA
May 24 – Revolution Hall—Portland, OR
May 25 – The Moore Theatre—Seattle, WA
May 26 –Vogue Theatre—Vancouver, BC

“Pacific Rim” trailer shows off Jaeger and Kaiju battles

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With the Consumer Electronics Show in full swing, it shouldn’t come as much of a shock to learn that a new “Pacific Rim” trailer has been released to show off all the cool technology being introduced. Love giant robot movies? Well, you’re going to love this.

While Ellen McLain’s voice is still in full on GLaDOS mode in this trailer, director Guillermo del Toro admitted in an interview with Toronto Sun that the voice won’t be as reminiscent of the iconic “Portal” character in the final cut. “The filter we’re using is slightly less GLaDOS. Slightly. The one in the trailer I wanted to be full-on GLaDOS,” he said.

“Pacific Rim” stars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Willem Dafoe, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr., Diego Klattenhoff and Ron Perlman. It’s due in theaters on July 17, 2013. Here’s the official synopsis:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.

But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

What are you most looking forward to about “Pacific Rim”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Guillermo del Toro turned down “Star Wars: Episode VII”

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Just like J.J. Abrams, Disney approached Guillermo del Toro to direct the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII.” But like Abrams, del Toro declined the opportunity to helm one of the most anticipated movies in coming years.

“We got one phone call to my agent saying, ‘Is Guillermo interested?’ And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I’m pursuing stuff that I’m generating already,” he told The Playlist. “It was very flattering, It was just a phone call, it didn’t go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I’m busy enough.”

There have been a slew of directors who have turned down the “Star Wars” sequel, and thus far no one who has been announced for the job. Someone who said he’s definitely not interested is Brad Bird, though del Toro said that Bird would have been his pick.

“I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely. As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it,” he said.

Michael Arndt is writing a script for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” while it’s been reported that Laurence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on “Star Wars” spinoff films. The movie is slated to come out in 2015 with each subsequent film coming out a year or two after that. Matthew Vaughn seems to be the most likely choice for the man chosen to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

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