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Guillermo del Toro Wants to Assist and Encourage Young Filmmakers From Around the World

Fans of Guillermo del Toro were ecstatic last Sunday night when the long-time filmmaker was awarded the Best Director and Best Picture honors for The Shape of Water.

del Toro has always been known as a “super fan” of monsters, horror, sci-fi, and even Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction (and he is still reportedly working on a suitable film adaptation) and he is also a staunch supporter of young filmmakers.

In an interview with Variety after his Oscar wins, del Toro again emphasized how important it is to encourage the next generation of artists from around the world, stating that “The first thing we’ve got to keep doing is to have visibility and help others have visibility.  When you check the cast of The Strain all four seasons have [actors] Joaquín Cosio, Miguel Gomez. There’s Adriana Barraza and Mía Maestro.  Two of the three Oscars Pan’s Labyrinth won were for Eugenio Caballero [production design] and Guillermo Navarro [cinematography].  And Eugenio, that was his first big movie. I had produced a movie with Alfonso for a second-time filmmaker, Sebastián Cordero, called ‘Cronicas.’   Eugenio had done the [production design] and this was a very small movie, but I said let’s go do Pan’s Labyrinth. And you blink and the next thing, he’s winning the Oscar.” read more

Rest in Peace: Legendary Disney Parks Haunted Mansion Imagineer Xavier “X” Atencio Dead at 98

Fans of Disney Parks such as Disneyland and Walt Disney World know that Walt surrounded himself with very talented individuals to help make his dreams a reality. Today, we call those individuals Imagineers… they are responsible for everything from dreaming up a creative new concept to applying the modern science necessary to make it a reality. In the early days of Disneyland, the department was known as WED Enterprises, and all of its employees became Disney legends for their contributions to the park and to the industry in general. Xavier “X” Atencio is one of those legends. For fans of the park, his name is synonymous with two of the parks’ most popular and enduring rides: Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Horror News Network has received word that Mr. Atencio passed away on Sunday. He was 98 years old. read more