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Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez; Screenwriters: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Douglas Langdale; Starring: Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: U
Mexican mythology provides the inspiration for The Book of Life, a sunny and spirited animation that's as much about what happens after we leave this mortal coil. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna lend their voices, each in the corner of a love triangle that spans three beautifully realised worlds: the Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.
At the centre of some cosmic turbulence is Manolo (Luna), the son of a bullfighter who is expected to follow in dad's footsteps, but Manolo would rather play his guitar and serenade the town beauty Maria (Saldana). Rivalling him for Maria's affections is best pal Joaquin (Tatum), a bit of a blowhard who »
The suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Rodriguez and his affiliate companies against Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov, Maddartico, Vrelonovama, Aldamisa Entertainment and SC2 Productions.
It alleged breach of contract and fraud. The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.
“In order to induce Plaintiffs to enter into agreements with various of the Defendants relating to the Pictures, Defendants, including, specifically, Sergei Bespalov, falsely assured and represented to Plaintiffs that Defendants had more than sufficient financial resources and cash flow – not only from and related to the Pictures, but also from other projects – to honor all of their financial obligations to Plaintiffs.”
Plaintiffs include Fifth Brain Inc. »
- Dave McNary
Chicago – Unfortunately you can’t judge “The Book Of Life” by its cover. The movie draws on the fertile imagery of the Mexican “Day Of The Dead” to create its own animated world. The animation is excellent and the wooden characters seem to spring to life – but those performances are as wooden as a board.
Which also describes my feelings for most of this uninspired journey…bored.
The film doesn’t have the courage to go its own way, instead it uses the window dressing of its distinctive look to paper over a story that is firmly stuck in the material world of mediocrity. Trouble begins from the onset with an uninspired framing device involving grade school slackers touring a museum and learning about the Mexican cultural traditions – complete with a map showing Mexico with a giant bandito mustache. These modern characters seem to have been inspired by the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Sales arm Ambi Distribution is handling worldwide sales.
Ambi’s president of worldwide sales and acquisitions, Julie Sultan, brought the project to Ambi and will develop and produce with Iervolino and Bacardi.
Produced by Art Films, Princess starred many of Finland’s leading actors including Katja Kuttner, Samuli Edelmann, Krista Kosonen and Peter Franzen, and was the fiction debut of documentary filmmaker Halonen, director of Shadow of the Holy Book, Pavlov’s Dogs and The Magnetic Man.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Over the weekend I had a chance to speak with director Jorge Guiterrez about his new film "The Book of Life," which is also produced by Guillermo del Toro. The look of the film is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) celebrations.
"The Book of Life" is the journey of Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, "The Book of Life" encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
Here is what Guiterrez had to say about the film.
For me, when I first saw the film, I thought of it as elements of a video game. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Guillermo del Toro is well-known for his unique style and now he's helping to bring those same sensibilities to the animated tale, The Book Of Life, from writer/director Jorge R. Gutierrez, which follows the title character, Manolo, as he traverses life and death in some fantastical realms to reunite with the love of his life. The film stars the voice talents of Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, and Danny Trejo, who make up what looks »
- Paul Shirey
Developer and game publisher Sgn launched its first collaboration with Fox Digital Entertainment, the mobile game release “Book of Life: Sugar Smash.” The game is tied to the upcoming “Book of Life,” an animated feature produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. The film's voice cast includes Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, and Christina Applegate, many of whom are also featured voices in the game. The game and film will both be available on Oct. 17. Also read: Sgn Names New President, Plans to Release 9 Games. »
- Gina Hall
Featuring the voices of Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Hector Elizondo, Diego Luna, Zoë Saldana, Danny Trejo, Channing Tatum and Ron Perlman, The Book Of Life is a vibrant fantasy-adventure that tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.
The cast also includes Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, tenor Placido Domingo, plus Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre, Eastbound and Down), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-up Revolution), and Danny Trejo (Machete).
The Book Of Life’s original score and songs are by two-time Academy Award-winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain). The film is produced by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez. Gutierrez also wrote the screenplay with Doug Langdale.
The Book Of Life Hits Theaters Everywhere On October 17th. »
- Michelle McCue
20th Century Fox has released the original soundtrack for their highly anticipated film, The Book Of Life. Effectively capturing the distinctive Latin American flavor found in the movie and featuring 18 eclectic tracks, the soundtrack is available on iTunes now, and physical copies will also be available on Amazon on October 13.
Digital album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/bookoflife-ost
Physical album on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/bookoflife-ost-cd
Visit SoundCloud for a sneak peak Here: https://soundcloud.com/sony-soundtracks/sets/the-book-of-life-original
Track Listing: 1. Live Life – Jesse & Joy 2. The Apology Song – La Santa Cecilia 3. No Matter Where You Are – Us the Duo 4. I Love You Too Much – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla 5. I Will Wait – Joe Matthews, Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla 6. Mas – Kinky 7. Cielito Lindo – Plácido Domingo 8. Creep – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla 9. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla 10. Ecstasy Of Gold – Gustavo Santaolalla 11. Do »
- Michelle McCue
Iervolino and Bacardi are producing with Silvio Muraglia of Paradox Studios. Wiren is executive producing. Ambi Group worldwide’s L.A.-based sales arm Ambi Distribution, headed by Julie Sultan, will handle international sales.
Ella Lemhagen will direct from a screenplay by Cindy Meyers, Josh Appignanesi and herself. Principal photography is set to start in October in Rome. Italy recently introduced a generous 25% tax credit for foreign productions.
“All Roads” revolves around an uptight woman named Maggie (Parker) and her former Italian lover, Luca, who go on a road trip across scenic Italy pursuing »
- Nick Vivarelli
Luna talks about his character who goes on this insane journey into the land of the remembered, who is hero with no special powers, his only strength is Love.
The film co-stars the voice talents of Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo “El Mandril” Sanchez, and Danny Trejo.
"The Book of Life" is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Here’s a look at the brand new trailer for Reach Me. The huge cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Kyra Sedgwick, Nelly, Cary Elwes, Thomas Jane, Terry Crews, Danny Aiello, Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Cohan, Ryan Kwanten, Danny Trejo and Tom Sizemore.
My kind of movie – it’s filled by a lot of stars and actor Tom Sizemore!
A motivational book written by a mysterious man (Tom Berenger) goes viral and quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people that includes a journalist (Kevin Connolly), his editor (Sylvester Stallone), a former inmate (Kyra Sedgwick), a hip-hop mogul (Nelly), an actor (Cary Elwes) and an undercover cop (Thomas Jane) to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears in hopes of creating more positive lives.
- Melissa Thompson
Director John Herzfeld, who appeared on screen with Sylvester Stallone in Cobra, returns to direct the action icon in the ensemble drama Reach Me. A motivational book inspires a group of people who decide to confront their fears in the second trailer for this November release, featuring such actors as Danny Trejo, Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Kyra Sedgwick, Nelly, Cary Elwes, Thomas Jane, Terry Crews, Danny Aiello, Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Cohan, Ryan Kwanten, and Tom Sizemore. Take a look, and then be sure to check out Reach Me in theaters and on VOD this fall:
A motivational book written by a mysterious man (Tom Berenger) goes viral and quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people that includes a journalist (Kevin Connolly), his editor (Sylvester Stallone), a former inmate (Kyra Sedgwick), a hip-hop mogul (Nelly), an actor (Cary Elwes) and an undercover cop (Thomas Jane) to re-evaluate their choices and »
Wow. Fifteen years after Paul Thomas Anderson's valley opus Magnolia, we get the Millenium Entertainment take on Altman-esque sprawl with Reach Me. This film looks a bit out of its mind, but maybe it's in the service of some kind of mad genius. All I know is it doesn't look boring, even though it seems to be in search of a consistent tone (it oscillates wildly between serious pathos and comic relief). I will indeed be seeing it. Hit the jump for the Reach Me trailer and poster. The film was directed by John Herzfeld and stars Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Danny Trejo, Kyra Sedgwick, Nelly, Cary Elwes, Thomas Jane, Terry Crews, Danny Aiello, Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Cohan, Ryan Kwanten, as well as Tom Sizemore. Trailer courtesy of Deadline: Here's the official synopsis: A motivational book written by a mysterious man (Tom Berenger) goes viral and quickly gains popularity, »
- Evan Dickson
ShockYa was at Sept. 19th’s annual Eyegore Awards, which took place at Universal Studios Hollywood. The award show honors the best in horror movies, music and television and, for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood offered 500 Halloween Horror Nights fans a chance to see the action for themselves. The Eyegore Awards featured the likes of award-winning filmmaker and special effects make-up supervisor, Greg Nicotero, “Talking Dead” host and Nerdist creator Chris Hardwick, creator and executive producer of “The Walking Dead” and “Outcast” Robert Kirkman, award-winning filmmaker and founder/chairman of El Rey Network Robert Rodriguez, fan-favorite actor Danny Trejo, “An American Werewolf in London” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” filmmaker [ Read More ]
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Tom Sizemore has taken to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise funds for his passion project An Honest Thief, a noir-ish thriller that the Heat and Saving Private Ryan actor is putting together as a starring vehicle. It’s his first film as a producer and a step toward rebuilding his up-and-down career following a public relapse in January, but Sizemore says he has refocused his sights on sobriety and is optimistic. “I want to get back,” he said over the phone Wednesday. “I want to make something I look forward to.”
An Honest Thief is written by the actor’s younger brother Aaron Sizemore and tracks three outcasts who plot to steal a prized baseball card collection from a local pawnbroker. Belgian helmer Giorgio Serafini (Gente Di Mare) is attached to direct the pic, which is set in Sizemore’s hometown of Detroit and will film on location. Sizemore will play Danny St. »
- Jen Yamato
Sharing a Netflix account with a friend—or “borrowing” theirs—and looking for a way to avoid awkward discussions about that season of Gossip Girl you watched five times? Good news: The streaming service will now let you hide your viewing activity.
Netflix has introduced a new feature that allows subscribers to delete items from their viewing history. The tool should improve Netflix’s suggestions for viewers so that the occasional half-watched 1980s comedy or recent foreign documentary can no longer influence the films and television shows that Netflix promotes. Though hopefully it will continue to title these suggestions with »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Above you'll find the exclusive image from L.A. Slasher starring Danny Trejo and Dave Bautista. We highlighted a clip featuring the two back in July, which you can See Here. The dark comedy opened and closed last week's Salt Lake Comic Con. There was an advanced screening to open the festival and a midnight screening to close. In attendance of the special advanced screening were director Owen, producers Wright and Sollinger, co-producer Sean Decker and some of the film’s stars: Brooke Hogan, Elizabeth Morris and Abigail Wright (pictured below). Available at the booth were limited edition Salt Lake Comic Con posters (included below) and collectible character cards featuring some of the film’s stars and comic con favorites, Dave Bautista, Danny Trejo and Eric Roberts. “Sitting in the theater and experiencing the film with a public audience for the first time and hearing the reactions through the entire picture »
The “Eyegore Awards” at Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off Halloween Horror Nights this year with its annual awards show that will honor Robert Rodriguez, “The Walking Dead’s” Greg Nicotero, filmmaker John Landis (“An American Werewolf in London” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”) with special guests Danny Trejo, AMC’s “The Talking Dead” Chris Hardwick, Slash, veteran Special Effects Make-up artist Rick Baker. For the first time, fans can attend the special event on September 19.
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Nick wades into another stack of DVD releases, including 80s action epic Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous, and lots more besides...
"Whatever happened to Fred Ward?" is a line surely on the tip of most people’s tongues. Apparently, the star of Tremors and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult has mostly been doing TV work over the last few years, though you’ll almost certainly remember him as the charismatic star of 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. No? Well, shame on you, because Remo, making a welcome Blu-Ray debut, leads this month’s action-packed, erm, action special.
If you weren’t one of the lucky few that grew up with the preposterous movie otherwise known as Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous punctuating their childhood, we’ll fill you in. Riding on the success of the Rambo films (essentially, the only tenuous link being the vaguely similar name), Bond director »
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