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Launching in 2006, Colombia’s Dynamo has rapidly grown into the biggest and best known of Colombian film-tv production, financing and services companies, the go-to company of choice for both Participant Media, with which it teamed to launch Participant PanAmerica, and Netflix, whose TV series “Narcos” Dynamo serviced. In a Q & A, Dynamo’s Cristian Conti, producer of “The Hidden Face” and Julia Stiles supernatural thriller “Out of the Dark,” discusses the growing maturity of Latin America’s still very young film sector.
You attended Mexico’s Los Cabos Fest. Ventana Sur is entering its final straits. Both events are among the fastest-growing in Latin America, and much of that growth is powered by their status as co-production meets. This growth comes at a time when key Latin American productions –- “Wild Tales” is an obvious example -– are leveraging strong co-production backing, here Argentina’s K & S and the Almodovar »
- John Hopewell
Director of Telefonica Studios, Axel Kuschevatzky used to be one of Argentina’ highest profile – and passionate – film journalists. The passion remains. Now, however, he helps many of the Argentina’s – and Spain – highest-profile films get made, making a virtue out of a necessity: TV quotas in both countries obliging TV operators – the part-Telefonica-owned Telefe in Argentina’s case, for example – to invest in domestic movies. Via Telefe, Telefonica Stidios has already co-produced “The Secret of their Eyes,” “Foosball” and “Wild Tales.” In Spain, Telefonica Studios co-productions take in Alejandro Amenabar’s “Regression” and animation blockbuster “Tad, the Lost Explorer.” With Spain’s Telefonica buying up Spanish pay box Canal Plus and Telefonica’s ownership of pay TV operations across much of Latin America, it seems only a question of when and how and where Telefonica Studios ups the ante even more in film and TV content investment.
In a guest column for Variety, »
- John Hopewell
In a move which opens up new horizons for the recently-launched L.A.-based production house, producer Sergio Aguero (“Red Band Society,” “No Reservations,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien”) has joined Jaime Davila Jr.’s L.A-based Campanario Entertainment, the company behind hit Telemundo Telenovela “Carmelia La Texana,” licensed in Mexico to Netflix.
In a double appointment, Ben Parrish has also joined Campanario, from Stone & Company Entertainment.
At Campanario as a producer, Aguero will continue “very aggressively” to locate international IPs, adapting them for the general U.S. market place, playing off his perhaps unrivalled contacts as a Hollywood exec in Spain, Latin America, aiming to develop them for primetime broadcast or cable U.S. TV.
Such was the case with “Red Band Society,” whose original, “Pulseres Vermelles,” was produced by Spain’s Filmax Ent.
to huge success on broadcaster TV3 ,then sourced by Aguero for a U.S. version, originally at ABC, »
- John Hopewell
Talk about a quinces to remember! Tonight marked the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards show hosted by Mexican actors Eugenio Derbez and Jaqueline Bracamontes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A number of familiar faces walked the green carpet ahead of the show, including newlyweds Marc Anthony and Shannon De Lima (who made their official debut as a married couple), Pitbull, Ricky Martin and more! However, the start of the show was delayed due to a 16-minute long speech by President Barack Obama, who addressed the nation on forthcoming changes with handling undocumented immigrants. Once his speech ended, regularly scheduled programming continued and Puerto Rican duo (and multiple »
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Appropriately for a festival that in part sets out to showcase new Mexican talent to the U.S. and Canada, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ feature debut “Güeros” – sold by Mundial, a joint venture of Im Global and Canana – won the top award at the 3rd Los Cabos Festival.
Presented by Diego Luna, the award was made at the Saturday’s closing gala ceremony where “Captive” star Rosario Dawson presented a tribute to Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan, calling him “evisceratingly smart.”
Coming hard on the heels of a New Auteurs Audience Award at the AFI Fest Thursday, and following Berlin best first feature and San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos nods, »
- John Hopewell and Pat Saperstein
Los Cabos – In one of the biggest strategic developments of the year in Mexico, Monica Lozano, producer of milestone Mexican films – Eugenio Derbez’s “Instructions Not Included,” Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s “Amores Perros” – is launching Alebrije Distribution, a new pan-American distrib operation.
Based out of Mexico City, Alebrije Distribution will acquire rights to movies for not only Latin America, an increasingly frequent practice among ambitious Latin American players, but also North America. It will direct distribute in Mexico.
Taking rights to all the Americas, Alebrije will roll off the potential allies, experience and market knowledge that Lozano has accumulated over the years, she said at this week’s Los Cabos Festival in Mexico.
That knowledge of the North American market was seen in the $44.5 million U.S. gross for “Instructions,” distribbed by Pantelion Films, a movie that Derbez and Lozano purposefully designed as a crossover title for Latin and North America. »
- John Hopewell
Los Cabos – Two forces of nature – Reese Witherspoon, and the far less benevolent hurricane Odile – took center stage at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Los Cabos Festival, along with the slaughter of 43 students in Ayotzinapa and a posthumous prize for the late great Roger Ebert.
Witherspoon presented Jean-Marc Valle’s true-event-based “Wild,” which saw its Latin American premiere at Los Cabos
Appropriately for a festival which has positioned itself as a meeting place for the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican industries, in “Wild,” Witherspoon plays Cherly Strayed, a woman who sought catharsis from her mother’s death and divorce walking the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to the Mexican border.
“This movie is very close to my heart,” Witherspoon said on stage.
“I optioned the book. This is Cheryl Strayed story .I was so moved about by the book that I knew immediately I had to turn it into a film. »
- John Hopewell
Los Cabos – Marcelo Tobar’s “Man by Man,” Max Zunino’s “Jumble” and Alejandra Márquez Abella’s “Easter” are among the first winners at Los Cabos, scooping three of its nine Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund grants, worth $139,000 in total.
Prizes were announced Wednesday night at the opening gala of the 3rd Los Cabos Festival, unspooling in Cabo San Lucas through Sunday, and graced by Reese Witherspoon, who presented opening night pic “Wild.”
As Hollywood’s eyes turn ever more to Mexico, with a Mexican debut, Eugenio Derbez’s “Instructions Not Included,” and Mexican Sebastian del Amo’s second feature, “Cantinflas,” rating as the highest-grossing foreign-language films in the U.S. in 2013 and 2014 – Los Cabos’ Gabriel Figueroa fund awards form one of four new talent platforms launched by Los Cabos.
- John Hopewell
For the past decade, Mexico has churned out bold, auteur filmmaking, but when those acclaimed works have hit local screens, results are often mediocre. Switch the focus to laughter, however, and auds show up in droves.
Even the nation’s most well-regarded dramas contain an element of comedy: Mexico’s selection for the foreign-language Oscar, biopic “Cantinflas,” follows the legendary comedian, whose man-of-the-people sense of humor was fed by poverty and the common desire to mock the rich and powerful. That same comedy of manners fuels at least one of the pics in the new wave of laffers launched last year: “We Are the Nobles” (Nosotros los nobles) — a film that took in $26 million at the Mexico B.O.
The new comedies all share an attribute local auds expect when they go to the movies — higher production values, like in the Hollywood films that are the most popular pics in Mexico. »
- James Young
Disney Channel mega-star Bella Thorne, last seen in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, has joined the voice cast of the animated foosball comedy Underdogs for The Weinstein Company.
Hitting theaters in April of 2015, Underdogs is an Argentine-Spanish family film from director Juan José Campanella that follows the adventures of a Foosball table that magically comes to life. One of the players must defend his hometown and his girlfriend from a nefarious soccer player, with the animated adventure undergoing a more Hollywood-style revision.
The recently announced American cast also includes pop star Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Katie Holmes (The Giver), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles).
Underdogs is not only undergoing an American cast update, its also getting a dialogue retooling as well, »
Exclusive: Disney Channel star Bella Thorne has joined the voice cast of Underdogs, the animated Weinstein Co. release hitting theaters April 10, 2015. The Argentine-Spanish family flick from director Juan J. Campanella tracks a shy but talented foosball player who defends his town and his girl from a nefarious soccer player with the help of his foosball table figurines, who come magically to life. The film is undergoing a Hollywood revision and Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Morrison, Katie Holmes, John Leguizamo, Eugenio Derbez, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, and Chazz Palminteri are currently recording English-language dialogue with some script retooling for the domestic audience. Thorne will voice the younger version of love interest Laura, also played by Grande and Holmes.
The 17 year-old singer/actress is known for Disney Channel’s Shake It Up and her recurring roles on Dirty Sexy Money and Big Love and was recently seen in theaters in Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, »
- Jen Yamato
The idea of foosball players coming to life to help a kid save his village and the girl of his dreams sounds pretty silly, but it’s hard to turn down a movie with Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Morrison, Katie Holmes, John Leguizamo, Eugenio Derbez, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan and Chazz Palminteri attached to voice the characters. Plus, the film did win the Grand Prize Award for a feature film at the New York International Children’s Film Festival, so perhaps I’m being too quick to judge. (Although I do find Grande's speaking voice quite grating.) Hit the jump to read more about the Underdogs movie voice cast and to check out two images from the film as well. The Weinstein Company just announced that Morrison will be taking the role of Jake, a talented foosball player who’s got eyes for Grande’s Laura. Hoult will step »
- Perri Nemiroff
Animated movie Underdogs has announced its voice cast.
The film centres around ace foosball player Jake (Morrison) who, at the urging of Laura (Grande), beats town bully Ace (Hoult) at a match.
When Ace returns as a professional football player and starts to tear Jake's world apart, only a team of magically animated foosball players can help save the day.
Underdogs will be screening at the London Film Festival on October 19. »
The Weinstein Company today revealed the full English language voice cast of their upcoming animated family comedy Underdogs, which arrives from Academy Award winning Argentinean director Juan José Campanella. The talent includes pop star Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Katie Holmes (The Giver), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles).
The winner of the Grand Prize Feature Award at this year's New York International Children's Film Festival, Underdogs follows Jake (Morrison), a shy-but-talented foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world's best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. »
• Ariana Grande, Katie Homes, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison (Glee), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles) have signed on to voice The Weinstein Company's Underdogs, EW has confirmed. The film, from Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella, is being re-voiced in English by TWC with a script that has been reworked for domestic audiences. The story follows football player Jake (Morrison) and his love interest, Laura (Grande). With Laura's support, Jake beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. »
- C. Molly Smith
The Weinstein Company has quietly pushed back its CG-animated holiday flick Paddington yet again — this time off the Christmas frame altogether. The big-screen adaptation of the beloved UK children’s book character was primed to rake in holiday bucks by opening on Christmas Day but will now open on January 16, 2015.
That’s the second major delay to strike the project in recent months. Original Paddington voice star Colin Firth exited the project after Harvey Weinstein brought it to Cannes in May as part of TWC’s glitzy slate, forcing producers and director Paul King to find a new star. Originally set for a December 12 opening, Paddington was shifted to the crowded Christmas 2014 date during the summer, and Ben Whishaw came aboard to replace Firth.
Related: Paramount Moves ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′Out Of Christmas Slot
Paddington will now miss out altogether on the holiday season, instead slipping into the January »
- Jen Yamato
Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Morrison and Katie Holmes are among the cast providing voices for the Weinstein Co.'s English-language version of the Argentine family comedy Underdogs. Rounding out the the voice cast of Juan Jose Campanella's film are John Leguizamo, Mexican star Eugenio Derbez, Taran Killiam, Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan and Rizzoli & Isles's Chazz Palminteri. The film's release date has been pushed to Apr. 10, 2015, from its previous date of Jan. 15, the date to which Weinstein has just moved its family fantasy Paddington, which was previously set for Christmas. Underdogs centers on a shy but talented foosball
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
The Weinstein Company today revealed the full English language voice cast of their upcoming animated family comedy Underdogs, which arrives from Academy Award winning Argentinean director Juan Jose Campanella. The talent includes pop star Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Matthew Morrison ("Glee"), Katie Holmes (The Giver), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (12 Years a Slave), Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live") and Chazz Palminteri ("Rizzoli & Isles"). »
Pop star Ariana Grande, “X-Men” actor Nicholas Hoult and Katie Holmes are set to voice the leads in the Weinstein Company's animated family comedy “Underdogs,” it was announced Tuesday. The voice cast also includes Matthew Morrison (“Glee”), Eugenio Derbez (“Instructions Not Included”), John Leguizamo, Chazz Palminteri and “Saturday Night Live” stars Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan. Oscar-winning Argentinean filmmaker Juan Jose Campanella is directing the movie, which is being re-voiced in English before the Weinstein Company releases the film in both 2D and 3D on April 10, 2015. The U.S. cut of the film will also feature a script that has. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Us cut of the film will feature a reworked script.
Underdogs (pictured) won the Grand Prize Feature Award at this year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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