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Here’s What It’s Like to Shoot an American Movie In Cuba Today

23 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Shooting a feature film in Cuba comes with a unique set of challenges that make the usual logistical hurdles of filmmaking seem like nothing. Still, those who have had the opportunity to shoot in the socialist country say they wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. As the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba comes to an end, film production in the country is expected to ramp up.

While Hollywood studio productions like “Fast 8” and “Transformers: The Last Knight” claimed to be “making history” earlier this year by being the first American films to shoot in Havana in half a century, two American directors had already shot independent films in Cuba on the heels of the relaxed travel restrictions by the United States government: Bob Yari’s “Papa Hemingway in Cuba” and Ben Chace’s “Sin Alas” (“Without Wings”).

Read More: ‘Sin Alas’ – First American Film Shot in Cuba »

- Graham Winfrey

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Art Film Festival: Tips For Visitors to Kosice

17 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Explore the City

A two-hour train trip from Budapest and an overnight ride from Prague, Kosice is the biggest city in eastern Slovakia, near Hungary’s border. Once a smoke-belching, Soviet-built ironworks center, it rapidly declined after the Velvet Revolution. But the city of 240,000 is reboundingwith new public spaces and converted old ones, including the hopping Tabacka, once a humming cigarette factory and now a restaurant and music venue. Most fest sights are concentrated in the historic center or easily reached by tram.

Savor a Meal

The historic, high-ceilinged Cafe Slavia is a surprisingly affordable brush with old European elegance, while Carpano, one of Kosice’s most venerated old-school dining rooms, serves Mitteleuropa classics and Camelot excels in “Westworld”-style medieval kitsch. Villa Regia is the rustic, Slovak home-style place to ply a producer with a classic plum brandy but clubby Maraton’s the place for tender beef and dumplings. »

- Will Tizard

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From the People Archives: At Home with Muhammad Ali

6 June 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This story originally ran in the January 13, 1997 issue of PEOPLEMuhammad Ali is up to his old tricks, and he's reeling you into his act. You're at his 81-acre place in Berrien Springs, Mich., chatting in the kitchen with his buddy, Howard Bingham, when Ali, a noted prestidigitator, drifts into the room. "Look me in the eyes," he rasps, making them as big as saucers. "People say I got powers." Suddenly you hear a whirring noise by your ear. "Hear anything?" he asks. "Yeah, sounds like a cricket," you say, though you suspect it's Bingham, who's behind you rattling a newspaper. »

- William Plummer

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Why People Are Upset About the Kardashians' Recent Trip to Cuba

9 May 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

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- Kelsey Garcia

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Kim Kardashian and Gisele Bündchen's Lavish Trips to Cuba: Stacking Up Their Significant Pay Gap with the Average Cuban Worker

5 May 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Cuba hasn't always been a tourist hot spot, but recent visits by stars including Kim Kardashian West and Gisele Bündchen have put the country in the spotlight - to both negative and positive effect. One point of contention for those who criticize this recent wave of A-list tourism revolves around the staggering gap between celebrity visitors and the average resident of Cuba, which Forbes recently described as "very closed and poorer than China." So how great, exactly, is the pay gap at work here? According to Forbes, Kardashian raked in an estimated $28 million in 2015 while Bündchen banked $44 million dollars before »

- Christina Dugan, @Christina_Dugan

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Khloé Kardashian Under Fire for Posing Next to 'Fidel' Sign in Cuba

5 May 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Kardashians are taking over Cuba - but not without controversy. On Wednesday, Khloé Kardashian shared a photo on Instagram of herself posing in sexy attire under a Fidel Castro inscribed into a wall in Havana. Havana A photo posted by Khloe (@khloekardashian) on May 4, 2016 at 7:26pm Pdt Within seconds of the picture hitting social media, an influx of angry comments were posted questioning the reality star's choice to align herself with the dictator through the photo. A slew of followers called the 31-year-old "ignorant" and "insensitive," while others demanded she take down the photo. South Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, »

- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii

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Khloé Kardashian Under for Fire for Posing Next to 'Fidel' Sign in Cuba

5 May 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Kardashians are taking over Cuba - but not without controversy. On Wednesday, Khloé Kardashian shared a photo on Instagram of herself posing in sexy attire under a Fidel Castro inscribed into a wall in Havana. Within seconds of the picture hitting social media, an influx of angry comments were posted questioning the reality star's choice to align herself with the dictator through the photo. A slew of followers called the 31-year-old "ignorant" and "insensitive," while others demanded she take down the photo. South Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was previously critical of the family told People amid the uproar: »

- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii

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Film Review: ‘Papa Hemingway in Cuba’ is Sadly Inauthentic

3 May 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Getting the opportunity to trod upon the very ground that Ernest Hemingway once trod must have been a heady experience for the producers of “Papa Hemingway in Cuba.” But location simply isn’t enough if such a literary legend is to come to life.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

The film was directed by noted producer Bob Yari, his second effort, but it smacked of something that had problems all along the way, including sound design and story structure. Yes, the production got permission to film at the actual sites of Hemingway’s haunts in Cuba – his house, for example, had been lovingly preserved by the government there – but unfortunately that seemed like enough for the film. There was absolutely no life to the story, and there were several bad casting choices…including Papa Hemingway…and the film lands with a thud rather than a heralding for the man, image and essence of the legendary writer. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Papa: Hemingway In Cuba – Review

29 April 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The fact-inspired film Papa: Hemingway In Cuba is a prime example of why a good director matters. As some sage once said, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

The film is first American film shot in Cuba since Castro’s 1959 revolution, and there is so degree of thrill in seeing Hemingway’s home and the actual locations he frequented. In fact, the story takes place in 1959, with true-story basis loaded with dramatic potential. Sadly, producer-turned -director Bob Yari fails to put to good use to those elements, along with a strong cast. Only the most determined Hemingway devotees will get much out of Yari’s dull, pedestrian film.

Giovanni Ribisi plays young newspaperman Ed Myers (a stand-in for the real journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc, on whose memoir of his friendship with Hemingway the story is based). Ed writes a fan letter of sorts to his idol Hemingway, whom »

- Cate Marquis

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Movie Review: Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

29 April 2016 6:22 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

At the beginning of Papa: Hemingway in Cuba, Ed Meyers (a lackluster Giovanni Ribisi), a thirty-something journalist with the Miami Globe in 1959, claims that Ernest “Papa” Hemingway (Adrian Sparks), saved his life. He says the author helped him become a writer and provided him with hope during an orphaned childhood. After Ed was fired for misspelling “maybe,” he stayed up nights during his probationary period copying each of Ernest’s short stories. “I learned grammar, dialogue,” essentially everything, he tells him and his wife, Mary (Joely Richardson), on a beach on Havana, Cuba, where the Hemingways live. This is after he makes contact with Ernest which starts a strange kind of friendship between the two – Ed’s thank you letter to Ernest was actually mailed by his girlfriend and colleague, Debbie Hunt (an underused Minka Kelly), because he was too scared to send it.

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- Dina Paulson

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Papa: Hemingway in Cuba review – Hollywood's Havana horror

27 April 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The first Hollywood film to be shot in Cuba since Castro isn’t close but no cigar – the Ernest Hemingway biopic is an oceangoing embarrassment

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba holds the distinction of being the first Hollywood production to shoot on the island nation since 1959. But other film-makers looking to leave their mark need not fret, as there’s still an opportunity to make the first American film shot there since Fidel Castro came to power that isn’t a complete, mortifying embarrassment.

Papa is another biopic-through-the-lens of a young acolyte, similar to the recent debacle Nina, though this time its screenplay was written by the witness himself. Giovanni Ribisi is Ed Myers (name changed from the late Denne Bart Petitclerc), a newspaperman in Miami in the late 1950s. Abandoned by his father at a young age, as we’re told through lugubrious narration, he turned to the books of »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Papa: Hemingway in Cuba review – Hollywood's Havana horror

27 April 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The first Hollywood film to be shot in Cuba since Castro isn’t close but no cigar – the Ernest Hemingway biopic is an oceangoing embarrassment

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba holds the distinction of being the first Hollywood production to shoot on the island nation since 1959. But other film-makers looking to leave their mark need not fret, as there’s still an opportunity to make the first American film shot there since Fidel Castro came to power that isn’t a complete, mortifying embarrassment.

Papa is another biopic-through-the-lens of a young acolyte, similar to the recent debacle Nina, though this time its screenplay was written by the witness himself. Giovanni Ribisi is Ed Myers (name changed from the late Denne Bart Petitclerc), a newspaperman in Miami in the late 1950s. Abandoned by his father at a young age, as we’re told through lugubrious narration, he turned to the books of »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Papa Hemingway In Cuba Review

20 April 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The trade embargo between Cuba and the United States, imposed in 1960, has long prevented American films from being produced on the island, so it’s very fitting that the first Hollywood project to shoot there in more than 50 years is a story that is not only very Cuban, but also very American. Based on the experiences of journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc, who wrote the screenplay before his death in 2006, Papa Hemingway In Cuba explores the author’s friendship with an ambitious young writer during his final years, as he struggled with depression and alcoholism.

The film opens in 1956, as Miami Globe reporter Eddie Myers (Giovanni Ribisi) tries to craft a letter to his lifelong idol. Each attempt gets pitched into the wastebasket, but Eddie’s curious co-worker and girlfriend Debbie (Minka Kelly) fishes one out to see what has him so troubled. She’s so moved by the message that »

- Brent Hankins

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Paramount, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Land ‘The Corporation’ With Benicio del Toro Starring

7 April 2016 7:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way have bought the rights to Cuban-American crime saga “The Corporation” with Benicio del Toro attached to star.

The studio and Paramount-based production company won an auction for T.J. English’s upcoming book “The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuba American Underworld.” The nonfiction book will be published in 2017 by William Morrow. David Matthews, a writer on the HBO series “Vinyl,” will adapt the book.

The story centers on Jose Miguel Battle Sr. (“El Padrino”), the leader of “The Corporation.” Battle served as key operative for Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, bringing him his cut from the gambling casinos when the mafia ran Cuba.

Battle — also known as the Godfather — escaped to the United States when Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959 and was trained by the CIA to invade the country at the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion. Having saved the lives of 28 of his men, »

- Dave McNary

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MipTV: Italy’s Rai Com Boasts Buzz on Timely Product Including Pope in Cuba Doc (Exclusive)

7 April 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Italo pubcaster Rai’s sales arm Rai Com is boasting brisk sales at the Mip TV mart on several timely titles on its slate including Marco Tullio Giordana’s Mafia witness drama “Lea – Something About Me,”  Marco Pontecorvo’s immigrant crisis-themed mini-series “Lampedusa,” and high-profile docu “Pope Francis, Cuba and Fidel,” by veteran Italo journo Gianni Mina, who is known to have a longstanding rapport with Fidel Castro.

Lea” by Giordana, who made an international splash with the “The Best of Youth” miniseries, was picked up for theatrical release by France’s Panam Distribution and by Palace in Australia. This skein with a strong anti-Mafia message about the wife of an organized crime boss who denounced her husband and his cohorts — and paid for this with her life — is a recent ratings winner on Rai’s flagship Rai 1 station. Like “Youth,” “Lea” is packaged for both TV and theatrical play. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Showtime Plans Cuban Missile Crisis Mini-Series

6 April 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Showtime has closed a deal to develop a four-hour miniseries about the Cuban Missile Crisis based on James Blight and Janet M. Lang's "The Armageddon Letters".

That book draws on documents released under the Freedom of Information Act that deal with that two-week event in October 1962 that nearly incited a third World War. U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro are all central characters in the mini-series.

Phil Alden Robinson ("Sneakers," "The Sum of All Fears") is onboard to write and direct, while Albert S. Ruddy, Mike Medavoy, Benjamin Anderson and Todd Martens will serve as executive producers.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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Showtime to Develop Cuban Missile Crisis Limited Series

5 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Showtime will develop a limited series that traces the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, TheWrap has learned. The four-hour limited series is based on the book “The Armageddon Letters” by James Blight and Janet M. Lang. It is based on 43 actual documents released under the Freedom of Information Act. These documents chronicled the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis when the world teetered on the edge of total nuclear destruction. The story is of three leaders — President Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro — who built a war machine they almost couldn’t turn off. Also Read: Showtime Orders Comedy Pilot 'Mating'. »

- Joe Otterson

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Showtime Developing Cuban Missile Crisis Limited Series from ‘Godfather’ Producer

5 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime is developing “The Armageddon Letters,” a four-hour limited series centered around the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Variety has learned.

The limited series, which will be written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (“Field of Dreams,” “The Sum of All Fears”) is based on the book of the same name, “The Armageddon Letters,” by James Blight and Janet M. Lang. The tome contains forty-three documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, chronicling the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world teetered on the edge of total nuclear destruction — including letters from President Kennedy, Nikita Kruschev and Fidel Castro, who built a war machine they almost couldn’t turn off.

The project will be executive produced by Albert S. Ruddy (“The Godfather,” “Million Dollar Baby”), Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan,” “Shutter Island”), Benjamin Anderson, and Todd Martens, alongside Alexandra Ruddy for Ruddy Productions.

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- Laura Prudom

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Showtime Developing Cuban Missile Crisis Miniseries

5 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Showtime may be heading to 1962. The network has finalized a deal to develop a miniseries about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Based on James Blight and Janet M. Lang's The Armageddon Letters, which draws on documents realized under the Freedom of Information Act, the project is being eyed as a four-hour limited series. The Cuban Missile Crisis spanned half of the month of October in 1962, nearly resulting in nuclear war. Central to the story are U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro. Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams and

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- Michael O'Connell

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Exclusive Blu-ray Interview: Talking 'The Hateful Eight' with Demián Bichir

31 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Demián Bichir may not be a household name, but he's an actor that's definitely started to make his impact on Hollywood. Starting out in telenovelas in Mexico in the 1980s, the actor slowly transitioned into Hollywood with films like 2001's In The Time Of The Butterflies and 2008's Che, where he played Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

More recently he's starred in such films as SavagesThe Heat, and, perhaps most notably, Machete Kills, a film that eventually led to his being cast in Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight, as is discussed in the discussion below.

In a phone interview, Kellvin talks in-depth about the acting process with Tarantino, as well as Bichir's upcoming role in Alien: Covenant.

If you'd like to hear an audio version of the interview, you can listen to the one of our recent podcast episodes below! The interview begins around 01:39:11 into the episode.

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- Kellvin Chavez

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