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:



St. Vincent Discusses Upcoming Album, Says it is the “Deepest, Boldest” Perform She’s Carried out

In the cover story for the February 2017 issue of Guitar World, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) teased an the adhere to-up to her “mundane futurism”-y (per Flavorwire’s own Tom Hawking) self-titled 2014 album. The article reveals will be released in Spring, 2017 — though no date’s been announced but, nor has a title. Even so, what is revealed is that Clark really likes this factor. Which, effectively, any artist starting to market their next perform should at least pretend to but the way she talks about her writing approach right here makes it look like for her, it stands out from the rest.

Describing it as a “real sea change” to her sound — which, it should be noted, definitely changed from the string-heavy floridness of Actor to the dead-eyed electricity of St. Vincent — she mentioned she’s been capable to “step back and reflect and not just be in the tour, record, tour, record cycle that I’ve been in for about ten years.” She continues:

I believe it’ll be the deepest, boldest function I’ve ever done. I really feel the playing field is really open for inventive people to do what ever you want, and that risk will be rewarded—especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geo-political standpoint. The private is political and for that reason the political cannot assist but influence the art. And only music that has one thing pretty genuine to say is gonna reduce the mustard.

Guitar World has posted further bits of the interview on-line, but the full function seems in the print version.



Metallica Premiere New Song &quotHardwired&quot and Announce Information of Upcoming Album

Metallica’s new album will come out November 18 and will be a double disc.

Titled Hardwired…to Self Destruct, the album will function 12 news songs, including “Hardwired,” which you can hear under.

The band gave “Hardwired” its debut in a Facebook Live broadcast, shown below, from Metallica HQ in San Francisco. Drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo spoke about the new disc, with Ulrich noting, “The album’s not actually completed. It will be completed in the subsequent week or so.” Ulrich also announced a Metallica pop-up store occasion in Minneapolis, where they are playing a concert this Saturday.


Hardwired…to Self Destruct is the adhere to-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. The album will be sold in a variety of formats, like regular and deluxe CDs, vinyl and digital. A box-set edition with the deluxe versions of the CD, vinyl and digital as effectively as lithographs and LP-themed buttons will also be offered.

The complete track list for the album and deluxe editions is beneath the video.

Hardwired…to Self-Destruct Track List

Disc 1
1. “Hardwired”
2. “Atlas, Rise!”
three. “Now That We’re Dead”
4. “Moth into Flame”
5. “Am I Savage?”
6. “Halo on Fire”

Disc Two
1. “Confusion”
two. “Dream No More”
three. “ManUNkind”
four. “Here Comes Revenge”
5. “Murder One”
6. “Spit Out the Bone”

Disc 3 (Deluxe Edition only)
“Lords Of Summer”
“Riff Charge (Riff Origins)”
“N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)”
“Tin Shot (Riff Origins)”
“Plow (Riff Origins)”
“Sawblade (Riff Origins)”
“RIP (Riff Origins)”
“Lima (Riff Origins)”
“91 (Riff Origins)”
“MTO (Riff Origins)”
“RL72 (Riff Origins)”
“Frankenstein (Riff Origins)”
“CHI (Riff Origins)”
“X Dust (Riff Origins)”

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