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8 items from 2014


On my radar: Jon Robin Baitz's cultural highlights

24 March 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The American playwright and screenwriter on True Detective, David Hockney and langoustines at the River Cafe

Playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin "Robbie" Baitz was brought up in Brazil and South Africa before returning to his birthplace, Los Angeles. In 1988 his first two-act play, The Film Society, transferred to an off-Broadway theatre, following a successful run in La. His subsequent work for the stage has included The Substance of Fire, People I Know, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler and the Pulitzer prize-nominated A Fair Country. Baitz has written for television, with credits including The West Wing and Alias, and he made the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, which ran for five series. Baitz's Broadway debut, Other Desert Cities, which received five Tony award nominations and earned him his second Pulitzer Pprize nomination, runs at the Old Vic until 24 May.

TV: True Detective

This is a brilliant, existential, American television series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, »

- Leah Harper

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On my radar: Jon Robin Baitz's cultural highlights

24 March 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The American playwright and screenwriter on True Detective, David Hockney and langoustines at the River Cafe

Playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin "Robbie" Baitz was brought up in Brazil and South Africa before returning to his birthplace, Los Angeles. In 1988 his first two-act play, The Film Society, transferred to an off-Broadway theatre, following a successful run in La. His subsequent work for the stage has included The Substance of Fire, People I Know, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler and the Pulitzer prize-nominated A Fair Country. Baitz has written for television, with credits including The West Wing and Alias, and he made the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, which ran for five series. Baitz's Broadway debut, Other Desert Cities, which received five Tony award nominations and earned him his second Pulitzer Pprize nomination, runs at the Old Vic until 24 May.

TV: True Detective

This is a brilliant, existential, American television series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, »

- Leah Harper

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The Counsellor DVD Review

14 March 2014 2:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Rosie Perez, Brad Pitt, John Leguizamo, Toby Kebbell, Edgar Ramirez, Dean Norris, Ruben Blades, Goran Visnjic, Bruno Ganz

Running Time: 130 Minutes

Certificate: 18

With Ridley Scott directing a Cormac McCarthy script with this cast you’d be forgiven for being tricked into watching such a vapid piece of nonsense. Throughout the film you’ll spend more time wondering how everybody got roped into such pretentious drivel, rather than focusing on the plot. Ridley Scott has wanted to work with Cormac McCarthy for a long time, failing to get a ‘Blood Meridian’ adaptation off the ground, so he probably jumped at the opportunity to direct an original script from the novelist. This is also evident in the cast padding, where big stars walk on, say a few lines, and quickly walk again. I’ve purposefully mentioned John Leguizamo in the »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Simón Diaz obituary

25 February 2014 10:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Venezuelan singer, comedian and TV host who revived musica llanera – the music of the plains

Simón Diaz, who has died aged 85, was a national hero in Venezuela. He was a singer and composer, comedian, actor and TV host, best known for his passionate revival of Venezuela's country music, musica llanera, the songs of the pampas or plains, which influenced his own massively successful and influential compositions. His music was recorded or performed by major artists across Latin America and Europe, from Mercedes Sosa in Argentina and Caetano Veloso in Brazil to Placido Domingo, while one of his best-loved songs, Caballo Viejo (Old Horse), was controversially reworked by the Gipsy Kings into their global hit Bamboléo.

Born in Barbacoas, in the northern state of Aragua, he was the son of a farmer and self-taught musician. His father died when Simón was just 12 years old and he moved with his mother and »

- Robin Denselow

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CNN en Espanol, Media Under Siege as Unrest in Venezuela Continues

21 February 2014 12:56 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The media remains under siege in Venezuela as anti-government street protests continue to escalate. CNN en Espanol anchor Patricia Janiot, a former beauty queen from Colombia, abruptly left the country Friday after allegedly receiving threats from the local government, Venezuelan press union Sntp reported. CNN declined to comment but confirmed that Janiot was back in Atlanta and reporting on her experience Friday on-air. CNN en Espanol’s correspondent in Venezuela, Osmary Hernandez, confirmed on her Twitter account that all Cnne and CNN Intl. special envoys to Venezuela have had their press credentials revoked.

Despite the revoked credentials, both CNN en Espanol and CNN Intl. continue to broadcast in Venezuela.

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened on Thursday to expel CNN from Venezuela unless it “rectified its coverage” of the recent demonstrations and has ordered his administration to begin the process of blocking CNN’s signal in the country. In response, CNN »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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First Image From De Niro’s ‘Hands of Stone’

19 February 2014 7:00 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It would appear that legendary actor Robert De Niro has had boxing on the brain these last couple of years. Not only did the Raging Bull star revisit the sport in last year’s Grudge Match, with Sylvester Stallone, but he’s about to be seen in Hands of Stone. The latter film is a biographical tale about Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran (the title is the english translation of that nickname). Despite being an incredible pugilist, winning 103 of 119 professional fights, Duran may be most famous for one of his losses in which he famously declared “¡No mas!” to prematurely end his bout against Sugar Ray Leonard.

De Niro will portray Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel. Arcel famously trained 18 world champions.

Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum, Ché) will portray Duran in the film, which will tell the tale of how Arcel and Duran changed each other’s lives during their great run together. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Robert De Niro Gets Back In The Ring In First Look At Hands Of Stone

17 February 2014 7:47 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Robert De Niro will be returning to the boxing ring once again in Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Hands of Stone. The film stars Edgar Ramirez as Roberto Duran and Robert De Niro as his trainer, Ray Arcel. The Panama-born fighter first entered the ring at age 16 and 12 years later defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to become the Wbc Welterweight Champion. During a rematch though, he shocked everyone by surrendering and yelling out “No Mas,” which ended the fight prematurely.

If you’re a fan of boxing, you’re undoubtedly familiar with what is now known as the “No Mas” fight, as it’s one of the most famous events in the sport’s history. Co-starring Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin and John TurturroHands of Stone will look to answer the question of why Duran surrendered and chose not to complete the fight.

For those who remember it, and even those who don’t, »

- Matt Joseph

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First Image from Hands Of Stone Starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro

17 February 2014 11:22 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last week, Steve was at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin and picked up some promo images and art from upcoming films.  Among them was Jonathan Jakubowicz's boxing biopic Hands of Stone.  The film stars Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) as Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who won 103 of 119 contests against such top-tier talent such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho and Vinny Pazienza.  Duran might be most remembered for the infamous fight against Leonard in which Duran called out, “No mas!” in order to quit the fight prematurely.  Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran's trainer, Ray Arcel. Hit the jump to check out the image. Hands of Stone also stars Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro. »

- Matt Goldberg

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