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Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications said it would extend CEO Randy Falco’s term through January, 2018, a nod to the growth the company has enjoyed since the former AOL and NBCUniversal executive came on board in 2011.
Under Falco, Univision has invested in bringing its content to new and non-traditional audiences. The company, the largest Spanish-media operation in the United States, has helped to launch El Rey Network, a new English-language cable outlet led by director Robert Rodriguez; Fusion, a news-and-entertainment cable network jointly owned with ABC News; and streaming-video hub UVideos. Univision has also grown more aggressive under Falco’s aegis, making the case to advertisers that a growing audience of Spanish-speaking Americans deserves more consideration – and ad dollars.
Univision’s backers include Saban Capital’s Haim Saban; Madison Dearborn Partners; Providence Equity Partners; Tpg and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Those investors bought the company in 2007 for $13.7 billion. Reports surfaced last »
- Brian Steinberg
We've been hearing about a Jetsons movie for quite some time. Back in 2012, Kanye West said that he was asked to be a creative consultant on the film, and then reiterated this allegation in 2013. At long last, though, Warner Bros. is moving forward with a new feature on the Hanna-Barbera property, but it doesn't look like West will be involved. Not only that, but it won.t be live action! As reported by Deadline, plans for a live-action Jetsons movie fizzled out somewhere along the way, and Warner Bros. now plans to bring its family from the future to the silver screen through animation. This comes as a major turn of events, as it was in 2009 that Machete Kills director Robert Rodriguez first said he was busy working on the script for a live-action version with the hope of shooting it in 2010. Obviously, that didn.t happen, but Van Robichaux »
I’ve wanted a live-action movie of The Jetsons for decades. In the late ’80s, when a lot of my favorite cartoons were heading to the big screen in one form or another, the trend was disappointingly more for animated features, basically extended episodes of what we saw on TV. I recall being a peeved kid. Even though the Masters of the Universe movie was terrible, something I knew at 10 years old, and even though I knew some of these projects couldn’t be worked out in live-action — DuckTales, in particular (though back then I might not have minded it using costumes a la Howard the Duck) — the futuristic world of The Jetsons seemed perfectly achievable by the end of that decade. After all, it’d have been kind of like Back to the Future Part II without the time travel, and that arrived in 1989. Now, 25 years later, the effects necessary are even more available, but »
- Christopher Campbell
Over the last few years we’ve reported on the development of a live-action film adaptation of The Jetsons. At one point Robert Rodriguez was even attached to direct it. It seems like things have moved away from that, and now Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to finally move forward with it as an animated feature. According to Deadline, the studio hired a screenwriter named Matt Lieberman to write the script. He hasn’t really done much, other than a direct to video film called Doctor Dolittle: Tail to the Chief. He’s also currently working on films such as an upcoming remake of Short Circuit, set to be directed by Tim Hill, and an original idea called The Pet, which Jared Hess is attached to helm. He's also working on a new theatrical animated film for Scooby-Doo.
The Jetsons cartoon series was produced by Hanna-Barbera and centered on »
- Joey Paur
Despite the cartoon residents of Hanna-Barbera’s future-set world staunchly resisting all attempts to reimagine them for the big screen, Warner Bros. just won’t let go of the idea of a Jetsons film. The studio has now hired writer Matt Lieberman – no stranger to working on animated movies for the company after producing drafts of a new Scooby-Doo pic – to tackle the tough job.We say tough because this is a nut that producers, studio executives and filmmakers have been trying to crack for years now. Despite a seemingly attractive proposition – known brand, family-friendly attitude, plenty of futuristic fun to be had in the right hands – George Jetson and the rest of the space-age answer to The Flintstones have been piloting their flying car through nearly two decades of development hell, flitting between straight cartoon attempts and even talk of Robert Rodriguez trying to turn the idea into a live-action film. »
Joe Lynch has directed a number of films over the past eight years, including Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, Knights of Badassdom, and the “Zom-b-Movie” segment of 2011’s Chillerama anthology, but I’ve never felt like we’ve seen a film that was truly 100% his voice. That all changes, though, with Everly, his gut-punch love letter to the modern action film, a raucous and wickedly fun time that manages to be way more heartfelt and emotionally-charged than its over-the-top brutality and balls-out gunplay might otherwise suggest. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a truly badass female hero get her cinematic due, but everything about Lynch’s latest gets it just right.
In Everly, we meet the titular prostitute (Salma Hayek) on Christmas Eve right after she’s been subjected to a brutal gang-rape orchestrated by a Yakuza mob boss who isn’t thrilled with her recent betrayal of him and his organization. »
- Heather Wixson
Lucha Underground debuted with surprisingly little fanfare and hype from within the Iwc last October. Because the English version was on a small time cable channel, and because WWE dominates the wrestling world with a borderline monopoly over wrestling interests, it was hard for the little federation to make an impact on arrival, and punch through all the noise of minor organisations and WWE’s revisionist history.
None of this ultimately mattered though, because Lucha Underground made a massive impact amongst wrestling fans worldwide when it debuted. We probably shouldn’t have been surprised – after all the show has television genius Mark Burnett (the man responsible for Survivor) producing, alongside legendary film maker Robert Rodriguez. And the show utilised some of the best Mexican talent available from Aaa Wrestling who were fresh to audiences outside of Mexico.
But still, it did come as a bit of a surprise, and within »
- Bevan Morgan
The producer has joined Miramax on the eve of Sundance as svp of acquisitions and co-productions.
The new hire most recently worked with Miramax as a producer and strategic consultant on productions and acquisitions. She serves as executive producer on Miramax’s upcoming release The 9th Life Of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan that is currently in post-production.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater have long been trying to put Texas on the map. Yes, Rodriguez almost exclusively shoots in Texas, and Linklater founded the Austin Film Society in 1985, but with the latter’s recent best director and best picture Oscar nominations for “Boyhood,” the state (and its tax breaks) is poised to be recognized as a major film hub. For those looking to get in on the Lone Star State’s movie scene, here are nine festivals to which you can consider submitting! Austin WebFestHave a Web series you want screened under Texas’ summer sun? The Austin WebFest is accepting submissions now through March 31 to “provide a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience.” It seems the Web is the new frontier. RxSM Self-Medicated Film ExpoThis Austin film fest is targeted to first-time filmmakers looking to present “cutting-edge and unique cinema.” The extended deadline for this March event runs through Jan. »
If the first trailer released last month didn't have enough action for your liking, then feast your eyes on the second trailer for RADiUS-twc's Everly, starring Salma Hayek. This action-thriller centers on Salma Hayek's title character, who squares off with numerous assassins sent by her ex-boyfriend, a vicious mob boss, while holed up in her apartment, as she tries to save her estranged mother and daughter. The story is entirely set in Everly's apartment, with RADiUS-twc setting a January 23 release on iTunes and VOD, before it hits theaters February 27.
Togo Igawa (The Last Samurai; Memoirs of a Geisha), Masashi Fujimoto (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), Hiroyuki Watanabe, Jennifer Blanc, Caroline Chikezie and Gabriella Wright co-star in Everly. The film is directed by Joe Lynch (Chillerama), based on a concept he created with Yale Hannon, who wrote the screenplay.
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Chavo Guererro is a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion and one of the finest pro wrestlers of his generation. He had a notable run in the 90’s into the 2000’s, finding fame in WCW before transitioning into success with the WWE. Fans will never forget his tag matches with Eddie Guerrero, or some of the stunning efforts he had against Rey Mysterio.
Chavo really was the complete worker. Whether it was mat wrestling or top rope flying, he did everything with speed and smoothness that translated beautifully on screen.
Following his exit from the WWE in 2011, Chavo enjoyed a brief run in Tna, and can currently be seen on the exciting Lucha Underground show. However, it is Guerrero’s new project in the comic book world that has got wrestling fans talking, and he reached out to WhatCulture to reveal all about his comic future. The book will »
- Grahame Herbert
(Crime and grime get a nice package...) It's hard to think of titles which would fit the idea of disc pimping more than Sin City and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Frank Miller's fun and exaggerated graphic novel take on Film Noir made waves back in the nineties when it was first released, and Robert Rodriguez' two film versions have accurately captured the corrupt atmosphere in them, with its copious amounts of monochrome sex and violence. Well, and its darkness, rain, smoke, booze, players, bent cops, strippers, pimps, hookers, killers, killed hookers, hooker killers and killer hookers. Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd. (phew, mouthful...) has now released a tremendously pimped Blu-ray boxset containing both films, at a very fair price. Sin...
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Hayek plays a former prostitute that informs on her employers.
Marked for death, she is confined to her apartment while an army of hired killers come for her. But she won't go down without a fight.
Everly will be released on January 23 in the Us and April 10 in the UK. »
There were some outstanding films released in 2014, and many of them lived up to or surpassed expectations. But there were also a handful of movies that had an incredible amount of hype around them that failed to leave a lasting impression. In no particular order, here are my five biggest movie disappointments of the last year.
I never watched Veronica Mars when it was originally on the air, but I caught up with the series on DVD and loved it (yes, even the third season). After creator Rob Thomas' Kickstarter campaign became a huge success, I was excited to see the character's adventures continue. But the final product simply didn't have the same spark that the TV series had. The always-charming Kristen Bell can still embody the role of Veronica, and it seems like everyone involved with the project had good intentions, but the end result just »
- Ben Pearson
In remembrance of 2014, we will be highlighting each of our contributor’s “Best of 2014″ on an individual basis. This isn’t limited to movies & television either. No, no, this bleeds over into memorabilia, music and so much more. Without further ado…
“Deliver Us from Evil” earns a spot on my list because it wasn’t “The Conjuring” and I still haven’t seen “The Babadook.” I know, shame, but there you have it. This movie, honestly, is here because Eric Bana is an excellent actor and, along with Joel McHale, the generic plotline here is knocked out of the park. Why? Because good actors elevate mediocre scripts, and as far as scripts go, this one isn’t far above the median line, but it has more than just great performances boosting its bottom line. The movie is ugly (tone, color, atmosphere) from the start. We don »
- C. Bryan Brown
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