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No film industry in Europe has been harder hit by crisis than Spain’s, yet the level of creativity from local filmmakers and producers is often firing on all cylinders.
Sixteen Spanish films will have their world premieres at San Sebastian, at least one local shingle is forming a joint venture with a Euro counterpart, and directors, though often working on far-reduced budgets, are aiming for a wider audience.
To put the Spanish woes in perspective, a couple of facts: Spain’s central government subsidy fund fell 56% from 2011 to 2014’s €33.7 million ($44.3 million), while average film budgets have plunged 50% to $2 million over the 2009-14 span, per producers’ association Fapae.
Yet, says San Sebastian Festival director Jose Luis Rebordinos, despite the crisis, the industry is “spectacular in creative terms.”
Spain’s surviving producers are also making some bold moves abroad.
Take, for example, Morena Films, one of Spain’s biggest and best-financed shops, »
- John Hopewell
One of the more densely layered visual sequences in Guardians of the Galaxy comes when Star Lord, Groot, Drax, Gamora and Rocket visit Benicio Del Toro's character The Collector during their sojourn to Knowhere. His collection is filled to the brim with so many easter eggs and callbacks to the Marvel universe (not to mention one of director James Gunn's prior films, Slither) you need several viewings to process all of it. If you've seen the end credits tag you'll know that The Collector even has a prized (if marginalized) Marvel character in his possession. But of course the aesthetic choices you see in the film didn't just arrive in their current form. A considerable amount of work was done testing different concepts and looks - some of them departing radically from the finished design - before the creative team settled on the environment you see onscreen in the film. »
- Evan Dickson
In Escobar: Paradise Lost, the debut film from Italian actor Andrea Distefano, Benicio del Toro stands out as Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Despite the title, the movie gives more attention to the unwitting protagonist caught in Escobar’s crosshairs: a young Canadian surfer named Nick (played by The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson), who falls in love with the dangerous cocaine king’s niece (newcomer Claudia Traisac). On the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival, Distefano director told Vulture that he cast Hutcherson before The Hunger Games had turned him into a global teen heartthrob, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that Hutcherson was chosen to play Nick on the strength of the actor’s portrayal of District 12’s resident nice guy, Peeta, because the two characters might as well be twins. Here are eight ways they are the same:1. Love is the root of all his problems. »
- Anna Silman
‘No Good Deed’ movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in ‘No Good Deed’) Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film’s plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics’ derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist is about as »
- Zac Gille
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
After becoming Marvel’s biggest-franchise starter at the global box-office by overtaking the haul of 2008’s Iron Man earlier in the week, James Gunn’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy has now become the first release of 2014 to hit $300 million domestically and has also crossed the $600 million mark worldwide. Having opened in Japan yesterday, and with a Chinese release still to come, Guardians certainly has a good chance of becoming the highest-grossing comic book movie of the year, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on $708 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on $714 million and X-Men: Days of Future Past on $745 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, »
- Gary Collinson
In Escobar: Paradise Lost, an intense drama that marks the directorial debut of the Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson portrays Nick, the character with the most screen time, a young Canadian who meets and marries Maria, a young girl in Colombia (Claudia Traisac, now Hutcherson's real-life girlfriend), where Nick had gone to surf and live with his brother. But its standout performance — which I'm told will receive a best supporting actor Oscar push from distributor Radius-twc — comes from Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro, who plays Nick's new uncle, the infamous Colombian
- Scott Feinberg
Discover the dangerous world of romance and loyalties within the family business in the new poster for the upcoming film, ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost.’ The poster for the romance thriller features one of the main actors, Benicio Del Toro, intensely looking into the camera, under the tagline, “Welcome to the family.” ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’ marks the feature film writing and directorial debuts of actor Andrea Di Stefano. Besides Del Toro, the thriller also features Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac, Brady Corbet, Carlos Bardem and Ana Girardot. Radius-twc is set to release the movie in domestic theaters on November 26. The following logline for ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost,’ which screened last night at the [ Read More ]
The post Discover Escobar: Paradise Lost In Romance Thriller’s New Poster appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
"The Hunger Games" co-star Josh Hutcherson is taking a left turn in his career with the lead role in the upcoming drug drama 'Escobar: Paradise Lost." HitFix's Drew McWeeny recently caught up with the actor at the Toronto Film Festival, where Hutcherson discussed the benefits of "The Hunger Games'" popularity and how it can affect a smaller film like "Paradise Lost." In the film, Hutcherson plays an American vacationing in Colombia who discovers that his girlfriend is the niece of the ruthless drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), drawing him into a dangerous world. For Hutcherson, both big and small projects can be a labor of love. "I don't think I'm very career-minded," he explained. "I think I'm project-minded and character-minded. And so for me I want to do the stories that I want to tell and things that I want to do. But the good thing »
- Dave Lewis
A different side of Pablo Escobar is explored in the upcoming drama Escobar: Paradise Lost. Actor Andrea Di Stefano makes his directional debt with this tale that recounts a love affair between a drifting surfer and Pablo's niece. Radius-twc has released the domestic poster, which welcomes us into the drug lord's family. Benicio Del Toro stars as Pablo opposite Josh Hutcherson. Take a look:
For Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), family is everything. When young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) falls for Escobar's niece, he finds his life on the line when he's pulled into the dangerous world of the family business.
Escobar: Paradise Lost comes to theaters November 26th, 2014 and stars Josh Hutcherson, Benicio Del Toro, Brady Corbet, Claudia Hernández, Carlos Bardem, Ana Girardot, Laura Londoño, Lauren Ziemski. The film is directed by Andrea Di Stefano. »
RADiUS have provided Latino-Review with the poster for Andrea di Stefano's upcoming film "Escobar: Paradise Lost" starring Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro as the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson.
"Escobar: Paradise Lost" follows a young surfer Nick, who thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches he falls madly in love with a beautiful Colombian girl called Maria. It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, one Pablo Escobar.
Have a look at the poster below.
Source: RADiUS »
- Kellvin Chavez
The 52nd Annual New York Film Festival, which runs from September 26 to October 12, has released a trailer featuring some of the films in their lineup, which includes the first footage from Inherent Vice, along with the festival's opening and closing movies, Gone Girl and Birdman.
Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson lead an all-star cast in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Inherent Vice, author Thomas Pynchon's first novel ever to be adapted for the big screen. The story follows a private detective who is pulled into an unusual case in 1960s Los Angeles.
Plot: Nick (Josh Hutcherson) is a Canadian tourist travelling through Columbia. He meets and falls in love with a young woman (Claudia Traisac) who just happens to be the niece of cocaine-kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro). Escobar quickly warms to the young man, bringing him into his inner-circle, but once Escobar's empire starts to crumble, Nick finds himself in the cross-hairs of the increasingly paranoid drug lord. Review: I've been waiting for someone to make a Pablo »
- Chris Bumbray
Having retained top spot at the Us box office this past weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy has now pushed its worldwide box office haul to $586 million, overtaking the total of 2008’s Iron Man to become Marvel Studios’ highest-grossing franchise starter. Reacting to the news, James Gunn posted the following message on Facebook:
If I had a penny for every time someone said making a Marvel movie with a talking raccoon was dumb and that Guardians was going to bomb, I’d probably have just about the amount of money Guardians has made so far. So I’m glad I spent that time making a film instead of counting people and their opinions, because we’re still going strong. Also, making the »
- Gary Collinson
Did you know Pablo Escobar was a bad guy? It’s true! He was a powerful, charismatic drug lord who won the love of the people with charitable acts, but he was also a ruthless murderer because that comes with the job description. Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise Lost is painfully predictable as it latches onto Escobar’s reputation to tell a bland, generic thriller that wastes the talent of its lead actors. Di Stefano does flirt with the notion of turning a blind eye to evil, but it’s buried in unbearable melodrama and pretentious religious imagery coupled with a slightly racist undertone of how a first-world guy could get caught up in third-world problems. As for Escobar, we learn he had an odd sense of fashion. Nick (Josh Hutcherson) is a surfer living in Columbia in the late 1980s, and he ends up falling for Maria (Claudia Traisac »
- Matt Goldberg
Get a peak into the life of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, played by a very convincing Benicio Del Toro, in the new movie Escobar: Paradise Lost. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, “The King of Cocaine”, was one of the wealthiest criminals in history, having accumulated at some point a fortune of over $20 […]
Escobar: Paradise Lost has been added to the Gala Premieres strand of the Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) and will be presented by actors Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac alongside director Andrea di Stefano.
Written and directed by Stefano, the film follows the life of notorious Columbian drug baron Pablo Escobar. A young Canadian surfer (Hutcherson) travels to the Columbian coast in search of the perfect waves and finds the woman of his dreams. His problems begin when he gets to know her uncle – the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar (del Toro).
Escobar: Paradise Lost is a Chapter 2, Roxbury and Orange Studio production, internationally sold by Pathé International and distributed in the United States by Radius/TWC. In Switzerland the film will be released by Pathé Films.
The film will receive its world premiere at the Toronto »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Journalism isn’t what it used to be. That’s what any old hat will tell you. In this 24/7 world of interconnected data tubes and hashtags, it’s easy for a small rumor to become a big story in a matter of hours, sometimes minutes. Me personally, I still wait for things to show up in my local newspaper. I’m kidding, what’s a newspaper? Earlier this week, a perfect example presented itself in the form of a story about the year’s highest grossing film, Guardians of the Galaxy. According to reports, a planned cameo for Stan Lee was axed by the overlords at Disney due to its somewhat racy nature. As many of our friends around the web reported, the plan that director James Gunn had for Stan’s appearance was as follows: In the scene where the Guardians meet The Collector (played by Benicio Del Toro), there was to be a little bit »
- Neil Miller
Madrid – A bullish star quotient – Denzel Washington, Benicio del Toro, Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich, Pedro Almodovar, Viggo Mortensen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessica Chastain, Josh Hutcherson, Omar Sy, Ricardo Darin, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Leonardo Sbaraglia – is expected at Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival.
The highest-profile event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian Festival is celebrated for its powerful Spanish-world art film line-up and new-talent focus. But it has never disdained glam: Stars – Hollywood, Spanish and French – receive a rapturous welcome from the city’s townsfolk, especially when they arrive at the festival’s mainstay Maria Cristina Hotel.
Star presence also plays off San Sebastian’s policy of attempting to snag European premieres of Toronto bows.
Washington and Del Toro will receive career-achievement Donostia Awards. Washington, accompanied by Antoine Fuqua, will also present the European premiere of Sony’s “The Equalizer,” which opens the Festival on Sept.19.
Del Toro also closes Fest »
- John Hopewell
The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.
In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.
Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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