“Pacific Rim,” the new movie by Guillermo del Toro, opens Thursday and revives the Japanese monster genre. The big-budget film is just the type of imaginative work for which Del Toro has become known. Here are five other films by del Toro:
v “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006): This film, which won three Academy Awards, centers on a young girl in Fascist Spain who escapes from everyday life with her mother and her brutal stepfather into a fantastic but dangerous realm populated by unusual-looking monsters and rendered in moody blue and gold tones.
v “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001): A ghost story set in a remote orphanage in rural Spain.
v “Mimic” (1997): Giant insects attack people.
v “Blade II” (2002): Sequel to the futuristic vampire blockbuster.
v “Hellboy” (2004): A demon battles the forces of darkness. Followed by “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (2008).
“Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (8:30 P.M., NBC): Betty’s old “Mary Tyler Moore Show” co-star Ed Asner guests in the second- season finale.
“Two American Families” (10 p.m., PBS): On this latest offering from “Frontline,” Bill Moyers tells the story of two families in Milwaukee struggling to avoid sliding into poverty. The program raises provocative questions about the changing nature of the U.S. economy and the fate of a declining middle class.
“Drunk History” (10 p.m., Comedy Central): Bob Odenkirk’s Nixon meets Jack Black’s Elvis in the television premiere of this series which finds celebrities re-enacting historical moments as recounted by narrators who are completely wasted on booze.
“The Jeselnik Offensive” (10:30 P.M., COMEDY CENTRAL: Comic Jim Norton and Jeselnik ex Amy Schumer are guests on the second-season premiere.
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Band in concert
The Canfield Community Concert Band will perform a free concert of patriotic songs at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Courthouse lawn. Brian Harris, the band’s director, has recently been named the assistant director of bands for Saint Francis University in Loretto, and is therefore leaving his position with the CCCB. The Youngstown State University graduate and former Lakeview High band director will be featured in a trombone solo during Friday’s concert.
Playhouse changes ‘Behanding’ dates
The Youngstown Playhouse has changed the dates for its production of “A Behanding in Spokane.”
Originally scheduled to open Friday, the play will now be presented July 18-21 in the Moyer Room. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. for the first three performances, and 2:30 p.m. on July 21. Call 330-788-8739 for reservations.
Pearl Jam coming to Consol center
Pearl Jam will open its North American tour Oct. 11 at Consol Energy Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 27 with purchase locations to be announced.