Doug Jones Reveals Details About the Mysterious Upcoming Guillermo del Toro Film, ‘The Shape of Water’

Doug Jones — aka the Faun and the Pale Man (scrawny Shar-Pei-thing with hand-eyeballs and evil grapes) in Pan’s Labyrinth, Abe Sapien in Hellboy, other strange things in just about each other Guillermo Del Toro project, and Bette Midler’s zombie ex-boyfriend in Hocus Pocus — lately did an interview with Collider, and spoke about his role in an upcoming del Toro film. Given that the information of said movie, titled The Shape of Water, have largely been kept secret, the interview revealed a excellent deal much more than was previously identified of the project.

What was previously recognized is quite considerably what’s there on the IMDB page: beyond Jones, its cast includes Sally Hawkins (quite good commence), Michael Shannon (the good continues), Octavia Spencer (yup, great), Richard Jenkins (also great), and A Critical Man‘s Michael Stuhlbarg (so that’s 6/6 for a cast of fantastic character actors), and it’s “an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.” In his interview, although, Jones makes it clear that one particular of the the factors that earns the “other-worldly” description is that he’s not specifically playing a man (as usual), but rather a fish man:

I’m a fish man that is kind of a one particular-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows exactly where I came from I’m the last of my species so I’m like a all-natural anomaly. And I’m getting studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent.

He notes that mentioned fish-man — like so several mutant movie humans prior to him — is currently undergoing government tests for use in the military (or, significantly less frequently, for space travel). The government is attempting to hold the piscine technology a secret from Russia. Sally Hawkins, he explains, plays a cleaning lady who gets entangled in a really like narrative with the fish-man. Jones says, “She comes and finds me, has sympathy on me, and then that is the story that you’re actually gonna adhere to with this entire backdrop.”

Collider notes that the fish-man theme had currently been rumored, but people had assumed that Shannon would be playing that starring function — so we’ll have to see what sort of creature (or, sure, anything’s feasible — human) del Toro has up his sleeve for the actor. For those who’ve been waiting for a return to the historically-interested fantasy/horror noticed in Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone, this statement from Jones ought to further pique your interest: “It is artfully and beautifully [produced]—if this does not end up with Guillermo back at the Oscars, I will be surprised. I will be very surprised.”

Jones as Abe Sapien in 'Hellboy'Jones as Abe Sapien in ‘Hellboy’

Uproxx notes the similarities amongst The Shape of Water character and Hellboy‘s Abe Sapien, who was also played by Doug Jones (though he was voiced by David Hyde Pierce), and was likewise a fish-man stuck in a government facility. Even so, even on the off-chance that The Shape of Water actually sees Jones reprising that role, it seems like, no matter what it is, this won’t be anything resembling a classic superhero movie: “It’s not a sci-fi [film], it is not a genre film, but I am a creature in it,” he said.

Here’s some fishy promotional art:



RIP Sharon Jones Singer Dead at 60 of Pancreatic Cancer

In this relentlessly terrible year, here’s however yet another piece of genuinely sad news: Sharon Jones has died. News of her death was posted on her official Facebook web page this evening: “We are deeply saddened to announce Sharon Jones passed away nowadays after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, which includes the Dap-Kings.”

The singer had been fighting cancer for many years. She was 1st diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy in the course of that year. For a although it appeared that she had beaten the illness, and 2014 brought both a new album (the excellent Give the Individuals What They Want) and a documentary about her life (Miss Sharon Jones!). Sadly, during the premiere of the latter at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jones announced that her cancer had returned, and in August this year she and her band The Dap-Kings have been forced to cancel a scheduled European tour simply because of her illness.

There is no news yet of a memorial as per the announcement on Jones’s web page, such particulars will adhere to “soon.” The post also lists numerous charities and cancer research organizations to which you can donate in her memory.


Leslie Jones Talks About Her Week Handling Racist Twitter Trolls

Last evening, Leslie Jones appeared on Late Evening with Seth Meyers to discuss her unfortunate week — exactly where she need to have been celebrating the release of Ghostbusters, but instead had to deal with incessant racist insults practically aimed her way by some of Twitter’s worst, led by frightening alt-right Ken doll Milo Yiannopoulos.

Earlier this week, the Brietbart tech editor/Trumpist troll got himself permanently banned from Twitter for getting instigated the racist harassment of the Ghostbusters star. Jones had fought back vocally on Twitter, and had publicized some of the nauseating messages that’d been sent her way in an attempt to show the overwhelming nature of the virtual attacks. In spite of this having gotten the media’s attention and — barring the likes of Breitbart, assistance — the persistence of the harassment had ultimately led her to create:

This had been interpreted, to the dismay of a lot of, as Jones’ claim that she was leaving Twitter for very good. The next day, however, she tweeted:

Speaking with Seth Meyers, she clarified as soon as once again for people who’d missed that last Tweet:

First of all, let me let everyone know that I did not leave Twitter. I didn’t leave — I just signed out, lead to I wanted to deal with what was going on. And then I went to bed and woke up the next morning and I was like, ‘They mentioned I left Twitter. Wait! I didn’t leave!

She also spoke about how it was the attack-en-mass rather than the insults themselves that frightened her, saying that “unfortunately [she’s] employed to the insults”:

What scared me was the injustice of a gang of men and women jumping against you for such a sick cause. Everyone has an opinion and it all comes at you at 1 time, and they actually think in what they believe in, and it’s so imply, it is so gross and mean and unnecessary.

She emphasized the significance of her obtaining said one thing, and that she genuinely had to push Twitter to get specific people’s accounts deactivated.