Before Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim hits theaters next summer, he’ll unleash Mama, a horror film by first-time feature director Andres Muschietti. The film is actually based on a short Muschietti wrote and directed, which impressed Del Toro so much that he decided to take the young filmmaker under his wing. Below you can watch Del Toro introduce the short film that inspired the feature. Also, new details on Danny Boyle‘s Trance have been released, along with a few fresh stills. All that and more below.

  • Christoph Waltz May Still Appear In Muppets Sequel: Christoph Waltz was set to play the villain in The Muppets 2, but dropped out due to some scheduling conflicts, and got replaced with Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell. Now, Collider is reporting that Waltz might still make an appearance in said movie. While promoting Django Unchained, the actor told the site, “I was talking about it again today but it might not be a proper part, it might be one of these little what they call cameos.” And we hear, there’s some dancing involved too. 
  • Synopsis For Trance: The first stills and new synopsis for Danny Boyle’s Trance have hit the web. Here’s the latest detailed plot synopsis, from /Film:

Trance, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious. In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork. Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.”

  • Filmmaking Tips With Quentin Tarantino: Film School Rejects‘ Scott Beggs wrote a neat article this week, listing 6 Filmmaking Tips With Quentin Tarantino. If you’re a fan of the man, or an aspiring filmmaker, then it’s worth checking out.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson Will Shoot Next Film In 2013: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next project will be an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, about a pothead P.I. living in ’60s LA named Doc Sportello. PTA told the New York Times that he has “a large stack of pages” done, and hopes to shoot next year. He was careful not to talk too much about the project, but did say that this movie will be a faithful adaptation, more than There Will Be Blood was to Upton Sinclair’s Oil! He said, “It’s more secretarial. The credit should like ‘secretary to the author’.”

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  • Mama Short Film: Guillermo Del Toro saw Andres Muschietti’s short film Mama, and was so impressed by the horror and craftsmanship that he decided to hire him to flesh out a feature based on said short. The movie is hitting theaters on January 18th. But before you rush to go see it, why not watch the super-short film it was based on? Here’s Del Toro presenting the scene:

  • 2 New Trailers For Girls: The second season of Girls is upon us. HBO released two new trailers for Lena Dunham‘s show. Check them out:

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  • First Look At Sharlto Copley In Elysium: A new still of Neill Blomkamp‘s next feature, Elysium, has been released. It’s the first still featuring Sharlto Copley. Take a look:

[via /Film]

  • First Look At Trance: Here are the new stills of Trance. The film opens in the U.K. on March 27, 2013. Still no word on when it’ll hit the U.S.

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