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MEXICO CITY -- When Universal Pictures and its specialty division Focus Features International signed an ambitious five-film deal with Cha Cha Cha, the upstart shingle of helmers Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the groundbreaking venture allowed the partners to form a dream team of Mexican talent.
An expected payoff is already evident with the company's first project, Rudo y Cursi. Currently in production on Mexico's Pacific coast, the film's credits read like a who's who of contemporary Mexican cinema.
Cuaron, Del Toro and Inarritu, the so-called Three Amigos of a new wave of Mexican crossover hits, are co-producing the picture, which reunites Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, the stars of Cuaron's hit road movie Y Tu Mama Tambien.
Y Tu Mama scribe Carlos Cuaron, brother of Alfonso, wrote the script and is directing the film. Academy Award winner Eugenio Caballero is on board as production designer.
Carlos Cuaron describes the story as a love-hate relationship between two brothers who play professional soccer. In futbol-mad Mexico, a soccer-themed movie featuring two of Mexico's most bankable actors is almost a guaranteed hit.
"Casino Royale", "Curse of the Golden Flower" and "Pan's Labyrinth" were the winners in the three feature film categories at the 11th annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday night.
"Casino Royale" production designer Peter Lamont won for best production design among the year's contemporary films, while "Curse of the Golden Flower"'s Huo Tingxiao won in the period-film category and "Pan's Labyrinth"'s Eugenio Caballero took the prize for the top design among fantasy films.
The ADG decorated the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom like a '30s supper club, complete with floating candles, red columns, white flowers and tape measures as table favors. During the black-tie dinner, Johnny Crawford's swinging orchestra played standards like Irving Berlin's "Isn't This a Lovely Day".
The evening's host, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" star Steven Weber, tried to get some chuckles out of pretending that he was at an Adult Film Awards show. Charles Durning did wring some guffaws out of a tired bestiality joke. And while presenter Annette gamely worked her way through a tongue-twisted list of global names, Jon Voight mangled those of the winning design team for "Curse of the Golden Flower".
Warren Beatty praised lifetime achievement award winner Dean Tavoularis as "one of the greatest production designers in the history of time." The veteran production designer in turn thanked Beatty for giving him his first job as a designer on "Bonnie and Clyde". Receiving a warm standing ovation from his peers, he also thanked "the dreaded" Francis Ford Coppola, his early mentors at Disney Studios, and his brother Alex Tavoularis. »
2 items from 2007
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