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19 items from 2009


Casting Tidbits: Jennifer Hudson, Craig Ferguson & Eric Dane

18 November 2009 9:39 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

You can't handle the Casting Tidbits! First, Variety reports Jennifer Hudson has been cast in Winnie, a biopic of the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela. Directed by veteran South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt (who also co-wrote the script with Andre Pieterse and Paul L. Johnson) the story will tell the whole story, good and bad. Focus ranges from her image as a mother, wife and steadfast supporter of her activist husband, to campaigning for his release from jail and fight against apartheid and her condemned association with a bodyguard who murdered a 14-year old alleged informer. Next, THR has reported that Mexican actor Demian Bichir has signed on for two upcoming projects. First, he is set to star in Hidalgo-Moliere the Antonio Serrano directed film about the father of the Mexican independence movement following his early years in the theater and his rise »

- Ethan Anderton

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Demián Bichir for two films.

18 November 2009 5:32 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Demian Bichir ("Che: Part One") will star in the Mexican film "Hidalgo-Moliere." The film focuses on the father of the Mexican independence movement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor also is in discussions to star in an untitled drama which concerns Leona Sanchez, South Florida gang leader. Film has a working title of "Lady Scarface." Antonio Serrano ("Sex, Shame and Tears") is behind the wheel of "Hidalgo-Moliere." Ana de la Reguera of the "Nacho Libre" comedy co-stars. Story would tell of Hidalgo's early years in the theater and his rise to leading the Mexican War of Independence in the early 1800s. which focuses on Hidalgo's early years in the theater and his rise to leading the Mexican War of Independence in the early 1800s. »

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Demian Bichir Set for Hidalgo-Moliere

17 November 2009 5:49 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Demian Bichir will star in the Mexican film Hidalgo-Moliere, which centers on the father of the Mexican independence movement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor also is in talks for a starring role in an untitled drama about South Florida gang leader Leona Sanchez.

Antonio Serrano is directing Hidalgo-Moliere, which focuses on Hidalgo's early years in the theater and his rise to leading the Mexican War of Independence in the early 1800s. Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre) co-stars.

The film begins shooting today in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The Sanchez project, which carries a working title of Lady Scarface is being directed by Ernest Dickerson from a screenplay by Tony Puryear and Susannah Grant. It tells the story of a young Colombian woman who rises to power as the leader of a South Florida gang, Los Curramberos.

Bichir is in talks to play Pedro, the gang leader who »

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Demian Bichir joins 'Hidalgo-Moliere' film

17 November 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Demian Bichir has signed on to star in the Mexican film "Hidalgo-Moliere," about the father of the Mexican independence movement.

The actor also is in talks for a starring role in an untitled drama about South Florida gang leader Leona Sanchez.

Antonio Serrano ("Sex, Shame and Tears") is directing "Hidalgo-Moliere," which focuses on Hidalgo's early years in the theater and his rise to leading the Mexican War of Independence in the early 1800s. Ana de la Reguera ("Nacho Libre") co-stars.

Luis Urquiza Modragon is producing for Astillero Films. The film begins shooting today in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The Sanchez project, which carries a working title of "Lady Scarface," is being directed by Ernest Dickerson ("The Wire") from a screenplay by Tony Puryear and Susannah Grant. It tells the story of a young Colombian woman who rises to power as the leader of a South Florida gang, Los Curramberos.

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- By Jay A. Fernandez

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'The Runway' Begins Shooting in Cork

10 September 2009 7:28 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Shooting of new Irish film 'The Runway' has got underway in Goleen and Schull, Co. Cork. The film is written and directed by Ian Power, produced by Macdara Kelleher and stars Mexican actor Demián Bichir (Che, Weeds) alongside Irish actress Kerry Condon (Angela's Ashes, Rome). The Runway' is loosely inspired by the true events whereby a South American pilot crashed his airplane into a field near Mallow in Cork in 1983. Against all odds, the people of a depressed town called Dromoleen come together to build a runway, fix up a plane and get the pilot home. And in doing so caught, briefly, the imagination of a nation. »

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Demian Bichir Hits The Runway

27 August 2009 6:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Demian Bichir is set to star in the Irish indie drama The Runway, directed by commercials and short-film director Ian Power who also wrote the script.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, set in County Cork, the film is based on the true story of a South American pilot who crashed near a town in Cork in 1983. The townspeople came together to build a runway to get the pilot home and briefly inspired the nation.

Kerry Condon (Rome) and Jaime Kierans co-star.

No production date has been set.

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Demian Bichir crash-lands into 'Runway'

27 August 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fidel Castro is heading to Ireland. Demian Bichir, who most recently appeared as the Cuban leader in Steven Soderberg's "Che" biopics for IFC, is starring in the Irish indie feature "The Runway." Commercials and short-film director Ian Power wrote the script and is directing the drama in County Cork.

The film is based on the true story of a South American pilot who crashed near a town in Cork in 1983. The townspeople came together to build a runway to get the pilot home and briefly inspired the nation.

Kerry Condon ("Rome") and Jaime Kierans co-star.

Macdara Kelleher of Fastnet Films is producing with Brendan McDonald. Bernard Michaux will co-produce. The Irish Film Board and the Luxembourg Film Fund are co-financing the picture.

Bichir, repped by UTA and manager Sekka Scher, is a regular on Showtime's "Weeds." He has appeared in the features "Don't Tempt Me," "In the Time of the Butterflies" and "Perdita Durango. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Watch Weeds Season 5 Episode 1 Premiere: Wonderful Wonderful

11 June 2009 10:49 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

After showing Esteban the proof of her baby—a sonogram picture—Nancy returns to Ren Mar to her family, but still unsure of her fate. Meanwhile, Celia is held hostage in Mexico by her estranged daughter Quinn who tries to ransom her off to all her friends, but they hilariously decline to deliver the cash for her release. Back in Ren Mar, Andy, Silas and Doug discuss plans to grow pot in a national forest. See the Weeds Season 5 Premiere: Directed By: Scott Ellis Written By: Jenji Kohan Guest Stars: Demian Bichir, Haley Hudson, Jack Stehlin »

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TV Review: Showtime’s ‘Weeds’ Still Has Nice Buzz, But High is Wearing Off

8 June 2009 12:59 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) returns to clean up the mess left at the end of season four of Showtime’s “Weeds,” one of most acclaimed comedies of last several years.

Television Rating: 3.0/5.0 The year ended with a Nancy pregnant by a vengeful drug lord and facing possible execution, Celia stuck in Mexico with long-lost (and angry) daughter Quinn, and Andy realizing he loves Nancy. It was a mess that needed cleaning up, but season five seems to only be getting messier.

Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin (Season 5: episode 1)

Photo credit: Sonja Flemming/Showtime

Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan took a gigantic risk last year by blowing up her entire concept - taking the Botwins from the ‘burbs to the border and complicating their character’s lives significantly with increasingly over-the-top plotlines. A show that always had only a slight grasp on realism appeared to lose it entirely as Nancy »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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[DVD Review] Weeds: Season 4

4 June 2009 3:34 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Nancy Botwin (played by Golden Globe winner Mary Louise Parker) started selling marijuana to her suburban neighbors several seasons ago (3 to be precise) when her husband died. He left her with two children and a large mortgage, giving her no option but to deal drugs. Nancy, involving herself in more and more marijuana operations in Agrestic, her town, finds the trouble growing. Luckily for her, wildfires (and a gasoline can) helped ensure her house and life burned away, bringing Nancy and her family to the border town of Ren Mar, California.

In Ren Mar, Nancy takes a cross-border drug running job until she is promoted to running a store which secretly harbors a tunnel between California and Mexico. To make matters even more complicated, Nancy begins having a sexual relationship with Esteban (Demian Bichir), the mayor of Tijuana and boss of the tunnel and Guillermo (Giullermo Diaz) who employes Nancy. »

- Max Alexis

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Weeds Season 5 Trailer

29 May 2009 11:14 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Note: This post contains spoilers from the prior season. With the season finale of AMC’s crystal-meth drama, Breaking Bad, airing this Sunday, the season premiere of Showtime’s Weeds arrives right in time to [insert a tired pun for TV addiction]. Scheduled for June 8th, season five finds Mary Louise Parker’s drug-dealing California mom/widow, Nancy Botwin, pregnant with the child of Esteban (Che’s Demián Bichir). In keeping with Nancy’s breezy who-needs-a-plan-or-a-401K style, the baby was a surprise. That would be fine if Esteban, a mayor in Mexico, wasn’t a control-freak lording over an elaborate black market of cocaine, firearms and human traffic. Oh yeah, and Nancy and Esteban both know that [...] »

- Hunter Stephenson

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Alanis Morissette to Rock Weeds

12 May 2009 8:32 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Showtime has announced that the fifth season of the its highest rated comedy series Weeds, Canadian chanteuse Alanis Morissette will guest star as clinical obstetrician, Dr. Audra Kitson, who treats Nancy during at least seven of the 13 episodes.

The 5th season of Weeds premiers Monday, June 8th at 10p Pt/Et.

This season on Weeds, Nancy's (Parker) pregnancy brings security, then jeopardy and maybe the end of Esteban's (Demian Bichir) political career; Celia's return to Ren-Mar brings a powerful new job prospect, Andy's (Justin Kirk) new love interest brings unexpected consequences; and Doug (Kevin Nealon) and Silas (Hunter Parrish) open a new pot club. »

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Weeds Season 5 Casting: Alanis Morissette

12 May 2009 4:22 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Weeds is getting am award-winning upgrade for its fifth season. Multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, Alanis Morissette, is joining the cast of Weeds this season. Morissette will guest star as no-nonsense clinic obstetrician, “Dr. Audra Kitson,” who treats Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) in at least seven of the season’s 13 episodes. Morissette joins Jennifer Jason Leigh as season five special guest stars. Everyone has been questioning the legitimacy of Nancy's pregnancy in the off season. Does the baby really exist? And, if so, is the baby's father really Esteban? We'll find out in just a few weeks with the Weeds June 8th return to Showtime. About Weeds Season 5: This season on Weeds, Nancy’s (Parker) pregnancy brings security, then jeopardy and maybe the end of Esteban’s (Demian Bichir) political career; Celia’s return to Ren-Mar brings a powerful new job prospect, Andy’s (Justin Kirk) new love interest brings unexpected »

- Alexis James-Whitehead

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Alanis Morissette to Guest on Weeds

12 May 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Alternative rock star Alanis Morissette will travel to Ren-Mar for the 5th season of Showtime's highest-rated comedy series "Weeds," premiering Monday, June 8th at 10p Pt/Et. The multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter will guest star as a no-nonsense clinic obstetrician, "Dr. Audra Kitson," who treats Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) in at least seven of the season's 13 episodes. Morissette joins Jennifer Jason Leigh as season five special guest stars. This season on "Weeds," Nancy's (Parker) pregnancy brings security, then jeopardy and maybe the end of Esteban's (Demian Bichir) political career; Celia's return to Ren-Mar brings a powerful new job prospect, Andy's (Justin Kirk) new love interest brings unexpected consequences; and Doug (Kevin Nealon) and »

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Mary-Louise Parker gets tangled up for a new season of "Weeds"

21 April 2009 9:00 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

When your show is called Weeds and the day on the calendar reads 4/20, well, that’s about as good a day as any to release the first promo for your new season. Those dopey cheeky monkeys at Showtime unveiled the Weeds season five poster featuring star Mary Louise-Parker on Monday.

What a tangled web indeed. Oh, Mary-Louise, please come over in a green bustier and little hot pants and get stuck in all the spider webs in my house. It sure would make housecleaning more interesting.

The poster is one in a series of fun, provocative images the series has released featuring the lovely Ms. Parker. Who can forget Mary-Louise naked as Eve in the Garden of Eden? Even if you remember, it doesn’t hurt to have a refresher, right? Warning: Tastefully Nsfw.

The new season of Weeds premieres June 8 on Showtime. According to Zap2It, this season will »

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Che Part 1

13 March 2009 8:05 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Che Part 1 Directed by: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Demián Bichir, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Julia Ormond Running Time: 2 hr 10 min Rating: unrated Plot: Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) befriends Fidel Castro (Demián Bichir) and follows him to Cuba to fight as revolutionaries against the government. The story of the revolution is told within a framework of flashforwards to 1964 when Che goes to New York to speak to the Un as a delegate from Cuba. Who's It For? Fans of Steven Soderbergh, Marxist revolutionaries and anyone who has ever worn a Che Guevara t-shirt. Don't let the presence of Benicio Del Toro fool you: the film is almost entirely in Spanish and subtitled. Even Del Toro speaks Spanish, occasionally speaking dialogue while someone else translates over his own voice. It's a »

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Benicio Del Toro Shines in Steven Soderbergh’s Mesmerizing ‘Che’

16 January 2009 6:30 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” not only features one of the best recent performances by the excellent Benicio Del Toro but this challenging biopic, unlike any that has been made in years, is one of the best films of 2008.

Rating: 5.0/5.0 Critics and audiences who are constantly lamenting the lack of filmmakers truly willing to take risks and provoke discussion should look no further than the two-part “Che”, opening as one experience in the “Roadshow Edition,” at the Landmark Century in Chicago today.

Read Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Che” in our reviews section. The multi-talented Soderbergh wants to provoke discussion with his complex recreation of what it was like to be in the company of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. He doesn’t believe that the life of “Che” should be easily disposable entertainment and he has made a film that reflects that artistic mind-set.

In one of the best performances »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

15 January 2009 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

30 Rock -- Something happens when you assemble the right group of actors and give them the right words to say. It's called magic — or, in this case, the cast of 30 Rock. Once again, the ensemble is being recognized for its outstanding work. Obviously, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, and the inimitable Tracy Morgan anchor the group. But as with all great casts, the supporting players shouldn't be overlooked — where would Taxi be without Latka and Reverend Jim? Rounding out the noteworthy 30 Rock crew are Jane Krakowski, Scott Adsit, Katrina Bowden, Maulik Pancholy, Lonny Ross, Judah Friedlander, Keith Powell, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, and the hilarious — even when he just stands there grinning — Jack McBrayer.The team magic was never more apparent than in the recent "Christmas Special" episode. As Kenneth (McBrayer) and Tracy (Morgan) listen in the background, Liz Lemon (Fey) delivers toys to a needy family, explaining that she found them through »

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Quality and Quantity

14 January 2009 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

For Demián Bichir, acting is a family business: His parents and his two brothers are also performers. In fact, one year the MTV Mexican Movie Awards created a special category -- Mejor Bichir en una Película ("best Bichir in a movie") -- because of the proliferation of films starring the Bichir brothers. Though Demián Bichir made his TV debut at age 14 in the telenovela Rina and has been working regularly for the last three decades, he is relatively unknown in the United States. That's likely to change with his bold, commanding performance as Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's epic movie Che, opening Jan. 24. Being released as two films -- The Argentine and The Guerrilla -- the more-than-four-hour saga details the life of Che Guevara (Benicio Del Toro). Bichir also finished a six-week run in December of his first American play, By the Waters of Babylon, at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse. »

- Jenelle Riley

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