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A trio of independent producers are backing Pablo Escobar biopic “El Patron” with plans to shoot in Puerto Rico next year.
Escobar was murdered in Colombia in 1993. Benicio Del Toro portrays the drug lord in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which debuted two months ago at the Telluride and Toronto festivals and will be released by TWC-Radius in January.
- Dave McNary
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
With the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack “Awesome Mix Volume One” being the second biggest selling soundtrack in the Us this year (behind Frozen, also released by Disney), James Gunn has taken to Facebook to list off the prequel album - “Awesome Mix Volume Zero”.
Check out the track list below:
2. Party Hard – Andrew W.K.
3. The Way It Was – Aceyalone (feat Bionik)
5. Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats
6. Start Wearing Purple – Gogol Bordello
8. Teenagers – My Chemical Romance
9. Black Fist – Juskwam and Lyrikill
10. Timebomb – The Old 97’s
“As many of you know, music is an extremely important part of Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gunn writes. “I chose the songs on Awesome Mix ahead of time, and even included them in the script. Where possible, the songs were played live on »
- Luke Owen
It was a movie that turned Chris Pratt into a household name and mega star, but there was a chance that he wasn’t going to play Star Lord in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Although the Parks and Recreation star did eventually take the role, Gunn has revealed who his second choice to play the part was.
“Glenn [Howerton] came along a little bit later, but there was a good chance that, if I didn’t cast Chris, that I would’ve cast Glenn Howerton in the role,” Gunn told GQ journalist Drew Magary.
If you’re unaware of that name, Glenn Howerton is one of the stars of TV’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
What do you make of this second choice? Would he have made a better or worse Star Lord than Pratt?
- Luke Owen
HBO has announced that is developing "Cortes," a high-profile drama series about Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes who brought the Aztec empire to its knees.
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series alongside "Mississippi Burning" scribe Chris Gerolmo and actor Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro himself is said to be interested in starring as Cortes.
The series will have three leads, the other two being Mayan woman Malinche who helped Cortes, and Aztec leader Montezuma whom Cortes befriended and ultimately had executed.
The series will explore his legacy and actions which, whilst extending the power of the Spanish Empire and winning Mexico for Spain, also saw him committing mass murder and wiping out one of the most famous civilizations in history.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Messieurs Scorsese and Del Toro are tackling historical Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes for HBO…
The historical drama, based on the life of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, will see Scorsese in the director’s chair, as well as executive producing alongside Del Toro.
Cortés is an iconic figure in Spanish history, known best for his conquest of large chunks of Mexico in the 16th century. He is credited with bringing down the Aztec empire. Malinche, a Mayan comrade of the conqueror, will play a key role. Aztec leader Montezuma, a one-time friend turned enemy to Cortés, will also appear.
We’re expecting to see a lot of moral grey areas explored here, with Cortés’ hero status back home contrasting wholly to the indigenous view of the invading forces. »
While everyone is busy labeling Marco Polo as Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones, HBO is looking for their own new project big enough and worthy enough of inspiring copycats, and they may have found it with a new series now in development from Executive Producers Martin Scorsese and Benicio Del Toro.
Deadline reported Tuesday that Cortes, created by Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning), is a high profile drama about Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador who came to the Aztec empire and eventually brought it to ruin, claiming Mexico for Spain in the process. Here’s Deadline’s full plot summary:
Cortes will tell the sweeping story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who brought down the Aztec empire; Malinche, the Mayan girl who helped him do it; and Montezuma, the Aztec leader he befriended and finally put in chains.
Deadline has Scorsese billed as both a producer and director, and »
- Brian Welk
One of the hot topics back when Guardians of the Galaxy was first released into theaters was whether Mjölnir weilder Beta Ray Bill made a cameo appearance in The Collector's (Benicio Del Toro) collection. Well, thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy now being available on digital, we have a clear look at the supposed cameo and a firm denial from Gunn. "That is totally Not Beta Ray Bill," says Gunn. “@duckisgod: That is totally Beta Ray Bill pic.twitter.com/veb4lNKMBg” That’S who you guys’re talking about? That is totally Not Beta Ray Bill. — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 17, 2014 Beta Ray Bill debuted in Thor #337 (Nov. 1983), being established as an alien belonging to a race known as the Korbinites. Beta Ray Bill was created by celebrate comic personality, Walt Simonson. Said Simonson, "I designed Bill deliberately as a monster, because I knew that people would look at it and go, »
Martin Scorsese has yet another project bubbling away, though it’s one that, like Boardwalk Empire, he’s largely involved in shepherding rather than the day-to-day work. He’s assisting Mississippi Burning writer Chris Gerolmo with developing Cortes for HBO.The show is aiming to tell the epic story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who battled the Aztec empire and brought it down, Malinche, the Mayan girl who was by his side as he did, and Montezuma (more accurately spelled 'Moctezuma'), the leader he first befriended and then locked in chains. Depending on your point of view, he was either a saint or a sinner, a hero or an invading menace who helped to destroy one of the greatest civilisations known to man. It's a compelling enough subject that Steven Spielberg is also planning a film based on the story. Benicio Del Toro is also involved in the gestating series as an executive producer, »
TBS renews “American Dad” The animated comedy will return for a 12th season, its 2nd on cable. HBO is developing “Cortes” drama with Martin Scorsese and Benicio Del Toro Del Toro could end up starring as Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who brought down the Aztec empire. “Almost Human” alum Michael Ealy is “The Following’s” new big bad In Season 3, Ealy will play “a brilliant, chameleon-like killer who will push Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to the brink.” Click Read Full Post For More Funny or Die launches “The Walking Fred,” a recap webseries for “The Walking Dead” “The Walking Dead” is hosted by a zombie played by Luke Barnett. How the American version of “Luther” can avoid becoming “Gracepoint” The remake of the Idris Elba detective series has the potential of becoming as good as the American verison of “The Office.” Plus: Stop remaking British TV shows! Oxygen emphasizing multicultural »
- Norman Weiss
HBO’s successful track record for period dramas looks set to continue if this latest piece of industry chatter comes to fruition. This time, they are taking a step into the history of Latin America. As of today, the premium cable network are setting the wheels in motion for a drama series inspired by the life of the Spanish conquistador, Cortes.
While still in the early stages of development, the show has already acquired a slew of big hitters. Martin Scorsese is attached to direct, Mississippi Burning writer Chris Gerolmo is poised at the keys to pen the episodes, and Benicio Del Toro is reportedly keen to tackle the leading role. All three will executive produce along with Laura Bickford, Rick Yorn and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.
According to Deadline, who nabbed the exclusive, Cortes “will tell the story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who brought down the Aztec empire; Malinche, »
- Gem Seddon
He's played Pablo Escobar and Che Guevara, and Benicio Del Toro is adding another famous figure to his resumé. And it's in a project with a director he was once in line to team up with, but it seems they've finally found something they can collaborate on. Del Toro is eyeing the title role in "Cortes," a new series Martin Scorsese has brewing at HBO. Chris Gerolmo ("Mississippi Burning") penned the show that tells "the sweeping story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who brought down the Aztec empire; Malinche, the Mayan girl who helped him do it; and Montezuma, the Aztec leader he befriended and finally put in chains." Historical dramas seem to be the new black for cable outlets, with Netflix debuting "Marco Polo" next month. As for Scorsese and Del Toro, they were once going to make to the director's long-developing "Silence," which would also have starred Daniel Day-Lewis and Gael Garcia. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Martin Scorsese made his first foray into television with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, helming the pilot and acting as an executive producer on the series. He recently delved into his second HBO project, an untitled 70s Rock ‘N Roll drama series from Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, and now he’s lining up a third potential series at the network: a drama revolving around the life of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. And who’s interest in playing the infamous explorer? That would be Benicio Del Toro. More after the jump. Per Deadline, Scorsese is developing the potential HBO series Cortes with writer/executive producer Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning) and Del Toro, who will act as executive producer and is keen on taking the titular lead role. Cortés was responsible for bringing down the Aztec empire, as he lead the Spanish expedition to Mexico where he allied himself with certain indigenous peoples, »
- Adam Chitwood
Marvel Studios has given us another sneak peek at the Blu-ray special features for Guardians of the Galaxy by releasing a featurette which has Vin Diesel declaring “I am Groot!” in fifteen different languages. Check it out here…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James 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, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Glenn Close (Damages) as Nova Prime Rael and Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) as Thanos. Read our reviews here, »
- Gary Collinson
With Guardians of the Galaxy available today in Digital HD, Disney has released a featurette with Groot (Vin Diesel) saying his limited vocabulary of "I am Groot" in fifteen languages. Rather than just have the same clip play again and again with a different language each time, this bit is really well put together as it has the line at various points of the movie, and then puts up a graphic of the sentence in the respective language. I don't know this will spur anyone to buy the movie in Digital HD rather than just wait a few weeks for the Blu-ray (I admit it's tempting to buy the film now), but this piece is still entertaining. Hit the jump to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy featurette of Groot and his favorite phrase, and click here to watch our recent interview with director James Gunn. The film hits shelves on December 9th, »
- Matt Goldberg
With Boardwalk Empire ending this year, Martin Scorsese has several projects in development at the cable network. In addition to some documentaries to air on HBO, Scorsese is planning to direct the pilot for a 1970s set series about rock music from Terence Winter and Mick Jagger. But, there is another huge project Scorsese may be involved with alongside Benicio Del Toro. Deadline reports that Scorsese will produce and may direct Cortes alongside Del Toro who may star in the historical »
- Alex Maidy
Update, Tuesday, 4:02 Am Pt: A couple of things have happened in the world of international box office since late Sunday night. We now know that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I will not be bowing in China in the 2014 calendar year, and we have a little more insight into why Korea is like the proverbial black hole for Interstellar (in the good sense). Exerting an incredible gravitational pull, Korea has advanced itself as a massive $35.9M play (so far) for Christopher Nolan’s intergalactic epic. Here’s why: There is a very strong and vocal Nolan fanbase in Korea, which has generated astronomical word of mouth in the market. I’m told there were a few midnight screenings the night before the opening on November 6, and online buzz began building immediately. The not-so-spacey elements have also played very well, with the emotional and family sub-plots broadening appeal. Worth »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Warner Bros. has released a new banner for Inherent Vice, the latest film from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master), which is adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. Check it out here…
See Also: First poster and trailer for Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love »
- Gary Collinson
A brand new behind the scenes clip from Guardians of the Galaxy has been released online, and answers a question that surely many of you were wondering about after seeing the film: why is The Collector so into collecting? One of the best parts of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy was the sequence where the titular gang goes to visit The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) and try to sell The Orb. While his role as all too brief, the white haired weirdo is one of the strangest in the film, and left us asking all kinds of questions. Thankfully we won't need to wait until Guardians of the Galaxy 2 to get all of the answers we require, as a recently released clip from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray has given us a response to one of the most pressing queries. As you can see in this »
Sneak Peek footage from the upcoming 'crime comedy-drama' "Inherent Vice" written/directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by author Thomas Pynchon, starring Joaquin Phoenix (looking like Marvel's 'Wolverine'), Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone and Maya Rudolph, opening in North America December 12, 2014:
"...private investigator 'Larry Doc Sportello'...
"...investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Inherent Vice"...
- Michael Stevens
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