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Andy Garcia, Chinese Star Duan Yihong Join 'Iron Sky: The Ark'

Andy Garcia, Chinese Star Duan Yihong Join 'Iron Sky: The Ark'
Andy Garcia and Chinese Star Duan Yihong have joined the cast of Iron Sky: The Ark, marking the most prominent actors to attach their names to the cult comedy sci-fi franchise.

Garcia, an Oscar nominee for his performance in The Godfather: Part III who recently appeared in Dean Devlin's Geostorm, will play William Russell, an Illuminati mastermind billionaire.

Duan, who just picked up the best actor award at the Tokyo International Film Festival for his starring role in Dong Yue's thriller The Looming Storm, plays the Greenwood scientist Fang Mingtao.

Co-starring in the feature, from Finnish director Timo Vuorensola,...
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Julio Oscar Mechoso, ‘Jurassic Park III’ and ‘Legend of Zorro’ Actor, Dies at 62

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Julio Oscar Mechoso, ‘Jurassic Park III’ and ‘Legend of Zorro’ Actor, Dies at 62
Veteran character actor Julio Oscar Mechoso died of a heart attack on Saturday, according to the Miami Herald. He was 62. With more than 120 acting credits to his name, Mechoso’s long career spanned both movies and television, as well as comedy and drama. He appeared in films such as “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Legend of Zorro,” “Jurassic Park III,” “Last Weekend” and TV series “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Seinfeld,” “Greetings From Tuscan,” “Cane” and “Damon.” Mechoso’s longtime friend and colleague Andy Garcia reflected on the life and legacy of his “soul mate” in a tribute published in the Miami Herald on Sunday.
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Little Miss Sunshine Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso Dead at 62

Little Miss Sunshine Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso Dead at 62
Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso, known for his lengthy career in both television and film, has died. He was 62.

Mechoso died of a heart attack on Saturday, according to the Miami Herald, which was first to report the news.

The Miami native started acting in his early 20s and quickly earned spots on popular television series throughout his career, including Seinfeld and Miami Vice. More recently, he appeared on The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy.

Mechoso also landed several roles on the big screen such as The Legend of Zorro, Jurassic Park III and Little Miss Sunshine.

Longtime friend and fellow actor Andy Garcia,
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Veteran Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso Dies at 62

Veteran Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso Dies at 62
Veteran actor Julio Oscar Mechoso, who appeared in numerous TV shows as well as films such as “Little Miss Sunshine and “The Legend of Zorro,” died Saturday from a heart attack at the age of 62. His longtime friend and frequent co-star Andy Garcia reflected on Mechoso’s passing in a heartfelt statement.

“A sudden loss is always unjust, but in the case of Julio Oscar Mechoso, my friend, my soul mate it is greater than that, as I have lost the truest of friends. Julio is a unique and extraordinary artist,” wrote Garcia. “He shared with us his deepest, most personal soul, always readily available for us to see. His emotional range as an actor is unequaled. His dedication to research and psychology was something to witness and admire.”

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez cast Mechoso in “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and “Matador.” The Miami, Florida native also co-starred in television shows ranging from “Greetings from Tucson” to “Cane
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Julio Oscar Mechoso, Busy Character Actor, Dies at 62

Julio Oscar Mechoso, Busy Character Actor, Dies at 62
Julio Oscar Mechoso, a character actor who frequently portrayed tough guys, appeared on such TV series as Seinfeld and Coach and collaborated often with close friend Andy Garcia and Robert Rodriguez, has died. He was 62.

Mechoso died Saturday of a heart attack, the Miami Herald reported.

In a statement, Garcia called Mechoso a friend and soulmate. "Julio is a unique and extraordinary artist," he said. "I say 'is,' because his artistry will carry on and will be present in all that will witness it. That will never die."

Mechoso and Garcia worked together in films including
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Julio Oscar Mechoso, Busy Character Actor, Dies at 62

Julio Oscar Mechoso, a character actor who frequently portrayed tough guys, appeared on such TV series as Seinfeld and Coach and collaborated often with close friend Andy Garcia and Robert Rodriguez, has died. He was 62.

Mechoso died Saturday of a heart attack, the Miami Herald reported. He died in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Garcia called Mechoso a friend and soulmate. "Julio is a unique and extraordinary artist," he said. "I say 'is,' because his artistry will carry on and will be present in all that will witness it. That will never die."

Mechoso and Garcia worked...
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Julio Oscar Mechoso Dies: Character Actor Was 62

Updated with statement from Andy Garcia, 8:45 Am: Veteran character actor Julio Oscar Mechoso died Nov. 25 of a heart attack. He was 62. His longtime best friend Andy Garcia wrote a lengthy statement about Mechoso’s passing; read it below. The Miami native, whose death was reported by the Miami Herald, made his screen acting debut in 1979 on the sitcom ¿Qué pasa, U.S.A.? A gifted and versatile performer in both drama and comedy, Mechoso appeared in dozens of films…
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BBC Pulls Ed Westwick Miniseries Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

BBC Pulls Ed Westwick Miniseries Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
The BBC on Friday announced that it will not air its adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Ordeal by Innocence, following multiple rape allegations made against star Ed Westwick, Variety reports.

The Gossip Girl alum has been accused of raping two women: actress Kristina Cohen, who in a Nov. 7 Facebook post claimed that the actor forced himself on her while attending a house party at his residence in 2014, and former actress Aurélie Wynn, whose alleged assault is said to occur at Westwick’s home that same year.

The Lapd is currently investigating Cohen’s claim, while Westwick has since denied
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The Last Word on ‘Passengers’

I’m David Baruffi, and as always, I have the Last Word…., on ‘Passengers‘.

I can see why there’s been a lot of negative criticism against Morten Tyldem‘s latest, ‘Passengers‘, but…- there’s something here. There really is, and I’m not sure people are necessarily reading the film right. Every negative, and most positive reviews I see, seem to be focusing in on the romance aspect of the movie, as though this is some, sprawling romantic epic, colliding with an incredible-looking stylized sci-fi film. It looks like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ but it feels like ‘Titanic‘, or tries to kinda thing. As somebody who’s never thought ‘Titanic‘ was any good to begin with, I didn’t see the romance like that at all.

Let’s start at the beginning. In the future, a company has started colonizing a new planet and now there’s some
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Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda

Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount buys the Diane Keaton-Jane Fonda comedy “The Book Club,” Gravitas picks up “Public Schooled,” and Saban strikes a Canadian output deal.

Afm Deals

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations for the rights to the comedy “The Book Club,” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen.

The deal covers North American, U.K., and French rights for the June Pictures project. Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey, Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr., and Wallace Shawn are also starring

Bill Holderman is directing from a script co-wrote with Erin Simms about four friends in their 60s who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed. Holderman, Simms, Andrew Duncan, and Alex Saks are producing the project.

“The Book Club” is financed by June Pictures and Endeavor Content. Bloom is selling
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AFM: Paramount Nabs Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen's 'Book Club' for $10M

AFM: Paramount Nabs Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen's 'Book Club' for $10M
In one of the biggest deals of the AFM announced so far, Paramount has picked up North American, U.K. and French rights to Book Club for $10 million, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The deal was brokered by Endeavor Content, with Paramount planning a wide release of the June Pictures project in 2018.

Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey, Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr and Wallace Shawn, the comedy is the directorial debyt oif Bill Holderman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Simms.
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Paramount Makes Splashy $10 Million Afm Deal For June Pictures’ ‘Book Club’

Exclusive: In the big American Film Market deal so far, Paramount Pictures is closing a $10 million deal for North American, UK and France rights to Book Club, sources said. In a pact being brokered by Endeavor Content, the studio has committed to a wide release in 2018. The June Pictures film is being called a First Wives Club-style comedy that stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss
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Karl Urban, Ashley Greene to Star in Action-Adventure ‘Snowblind’

Karl Urban, Ashley Greene to Star in Action-Adventure ‘Snowblind’
Karl Urban, Ashley Greene, and Forrest Goodluck will star in the action-adventure “Snowblind.”

Marcus Alqueres (“The Flying Man”) will direct “Snowblind.” The film is developed by the Coalition Group’s Johnny Wunder and Luisa Iskin, who join Traveling Picture Show Company’s Carissa Buffel, Kevin Matusow, and Steve Prince in producing the film under their newly formed alliance, and alongside Ground Control’s Scott Glassgold.

13 Films will introduce the pic to international buyers at the American Film Market, which opens on Nov. 1. UTA is representing the U.S. rights.

Hank Woon adapted the script from Don Roff’s novel of the same name. “Snowblind” follows the story of a U.S. Ranger haunted by painful memories of a family tragedy, who becomes stranded with his platoon in a remote chalet in the woods. As they fight for survival and against their own inner demons, they are torn apart by a discovery they make — a box filled with $5 million
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Geostorm movie review: weather bomb

MaryAnn’s quick take… Almost hilariously terrible: absurd plot machinations, dubious politics, not a single character to care about. And it doesn’t even give good disaster porn. I’m “biast” (pro): big science fiction fan

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of what Hollywood often does with sci fi

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Who was it who said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it”? Well, we showed that guy! After the catastrophic weather year of 2019 (which apparently made 2017 look like a pleasantly warm and breezy day), we — that is, humanity — “fought back” against, I guess, ourselves and the climate disasters we brought upon our planet, by launching a network of weather-control satellites covering the entire globe, and operated from a newly supercool International Space Station, which has a big wheel and gravity and factories to make more satellites,
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Geostorm: back to the 90s with Dean Devlin’s Armageddon 2

Ed Kegenof Oct 24, 2017

It’s the end of the world yet again in the sci-fi disaster thriller, Geostorm. An unofficial sequel to Michael Bay’s Armageddon...?

With Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin managed to single-handedly resuscitate the disaster movie - a genre that had wheezed to a halt following an increasingly daft sequence of examples in the late 70s and early 80s (for a stunning night in, check out the low-rent majesty of Meteor, The Swarm or When Time Ran Out). Sure, Independence Day was an alien invasion movie straight out of the 50s, but its scenes of global panic and destruction were pure Irwin Allen. A certified hit in 1996, Independence Day sparked a wave of incendiary movies in the same vein, with scenarios varying from exploding volcanoes (Dante’s Peak and, well, Volcano), a giant monster (Godzilla) and duelling asteroid movies Deep Impact and Armageddon.
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Review: ‘Geostorm’ is the Worst Kind of Shlock

Oh, that darn Internet of Things! One of these days all of our internet-connected devices may conspire against us and in a smarter picture with a more biting commentary, we might just get some real perspective on how disruptive playing God might be, as our overlords control our every move for the sake of our connivence, weaponizing data and our daily routines. I bring this up because Geostorm is, at its heart, a conspiracy thriller wrapped in a disaster movie (after all, that makes for a better trailer) with slick professional visual effects, even if Orlando and Washington, D.C. don’t look like Orlando and Washington D.C., because those places don’t have great tax incentives for movie productions. It’s ironic, of course, for a film that shows us oceans suddenly freezing on a sunny day in Rio de Janeiro, tidal waves drowning Dubai, and a heatwave
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Geostorm is a washout at the U.S. box office, fails to recoup reshoot costs

Coming off the back of disastrous reviews [read ours here] director Dean Devlin’s Geostorm has bombed at the domestic box office, with the $120 million budgeted blockbuster grossing just $13.3 million in its opening weekend in North America – less than the $15 million spent on its extensive reshoots.

Geostorm has performed somewhat better internationally, having grossed $49.6 million from 50 international markets since it began its rollout last weekend. It is set to open in China this coming week, where it is going up against another box office struggler in Blade Runner 2049.

Taking top spot in the U.S. this weekend is Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween with $21.65 million, while other new releases included Only the Brave with $6 million in fifth and The Snowman with $3.4 million in eighth.

Check out our exclusive Geostorm interviews with Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess here…

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world
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Gerard Butler interview: Geostorm, Angel Has Fallen and more

Duncan Bowles Oct 23, 2017

Gerard Butler chats to us about Geostorm, his bike accident, and Olympus Has Fallen 3...

Geostorm is a film that is so bombastic, it feels like a crime to write its name in lowercase letters – Geostorm fits much better and conveys the gloriously over the top shenanigans that Gerard Butler finds himself at the centre of, as the planet Earth has set about imploding after no one paid any attention to climate change. Thankfully Butler’s character, Jake Lawson, has created a net of satellites in space that can prevent future weather based disasters, until it appears that someone might have set about turning ‘Dutch Boy’ (the control system) into a weapon…

Geostorm is a throwback to the golden era of nineties disaster movies in the best way; if you’ve ever loved the likes of Armageddon, Dante’s Peak or Twister (to name a few) then deciding
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Exclusive Interview: Gerard Butler on Geostorm, Gods of Egypt and more

Ahead of its theatrical release this past week, Flickering Myth’s Thomas Harris caught up with leading man Gerard Butler to discuss his role in the Dean Devlin-directed disaster film Geostorm, as well as his last blockbuster outing in Gods of Egypt. Check out the interview below, or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

See Also: Exclusive Interview: Jim Sturgess discusses Geostorm, Across the Universe and more

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Geostorm is out now and features a cast that includes Gerard Butler,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Exclusive Interview: Jim Sturgess discusses Geostorm, Across the Universe and more

With Geostorm now in cinemas, Flickering Myth’s Thomas Harris caught up with actor Jim Sturgess to discuss his role in the disaster epic, working with director Dean Devlin, and the lasting appeal of 2007’s Across the Universe; take a look at the interview below, or watch it on our YouTube channel, and be sure to check back tomorrow for our exclusive interview with Gerard Butler

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Geostorm is out now and features a cast that includes Gerard Butler,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »
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