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'It's Coming': Christina Aguilera Promises New Album Is on the Way After Over 5 Years

'It's Coming': Christina Aguilera Promises New Album Is on the Way After Over 5 Years
Fans have been waiting for a new album from Christina Aguilera for years, and now, the 37-year-old pop star promises, “It’s coming, bitches.”

On Monday night, Aguilera let her fans know that new music was imminent in a message on her Instagram Story.

The news came attached to a popular meme that showed the “Come on Over (All I Want Is You)” singer’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, flanked with a Post-It note asking, “Dear Christina Aguilera, Where the f— is the new album??”

Aguilera hasn’t released a new studio album since 2012’s Lotus. That record,
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2017 Latin Grammy Awards: Complete List of Winners

2017 Latin Grammy Awards: Complete List of Winners
The hottest stars stepped out for the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards to celebrate the biggest night in Latin music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday night.

The three-hour show, hosted by Roselyn Sanchez and Jaime Camil, included sizzling performances by Luis Fonsi, Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, J Balvin, Maluma and Person of the Year Alejandro Sanz, among others.

Juanes and Luis Fonsi were among the first winners of the night, with the "Despactio" singer taking home all four awards he was nominated for, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Shakira, who is currently on vocal rest and absent from the ceremony, won Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for her latest record, El Dorado.

Et caught up with Fonsi, who was nominated for four Latin GRAMMYs, before the ceremony, where he expressed how much the awards show means to him.

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Beyoncé Shows Off Her Spanish Skills For a Good Cause on New Remix of J. Balvin & Willy William’s ‘Mi Gente’

Beyoncé is dipping her toe into the Latin music scene once again — and for a good cause.

The songstress, 36, released a new remix of J. Balvin & Willy William’s chart-topping single “Mi Gente” on Thursday.

The mother of three recorded her lyrics in Spanish. The song marks the first time in months she has debuted new material.

“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands. To help go to Beyonce.com/reliefefforts,” Beyoncé announced on social media.

“We’re heartbroken by the hurricanes and earthquakes that
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San Sebastián: Alfredo Castro, Luis Gnecco Board ‘The Saddest Goal’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastián: Alfredo Castro, Luis Gnecco Board ‘The Saddest Goal’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Two of Latin America’s most reputed actors, both mainstay’s of Pablo Larraín movies, Chile’s Alfredo Castro (“Tony Manero,” “Far Away, “Los Perros”) and Luis Gnecco (“Neruda,” “Much Ado About Nothing”) are attached to star in “The Saddest Goal.”

Lead-produced by Macarena Lopez’s Manufactura de Películas (“Rara”) and co-produced by Mexico’s Lucia Films, headed by Michel Franco (“After Lucia,” “Chronic,” “April’s Daughter”), “The Saddest Goal” is a standout project at San Sebastián’s Europe-Latin America Co-production Market, which runs Sept. 24-27.

Deborah Osborn’s Sao Paulo based Big Bonzai (“Dominguihos”) will co-produce out of Brazil.

Carrying Pablo Larrain’s breakthrough “Tony Manero,” Castro has shown large range and an ability to play nuanced characters staring, or constituting key cast, in Larrain’s “Post Mortem,” “No” and “The Club,” Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar” and most recently Marcela Said’s “Los Perros,” where he portrays a ex-Chilean colonel under investigation
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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Announce Humanitarian Relief Initiative, Which Includes Lots of Star Power

Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Announce Humanitarian Relief Initiative, Which Includes Lots of Star Power
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez announced the creation of Somos Una Voz (We're Once Voice) on Wednesday, a humanitarian relief initiative and alliance which includes some of the biggest names in Hollywood, the world of sports and the arts.  Together they have over 1 billion social media followers to help raise awareness of the critical situation and also raise donations for those in need. The Somos Una Voz alliance is working together to rush food, shelter, medicine, power, and communications to those in need that were affected by recent natural disasters. Alliance members include Alejandro FernandezAlejandro SanzAlex Rodriguez, Alex Sensation, Bruno...
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Here Are the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards Nominees!

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The 2017 Latin Grammy Awards will air on Nov. 16 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and since this year has been a big one for Latin music - have you heard of a little known song called "Despacito" by any chance? - the competition is tough. The nominations are now in, and while some of the categories are full of expected contenders, like Ricky Martin, Shakira, Maluma, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Juanes, others feature some surprising names. See the full list of nominees below, and before you ask, yes, that is Justin Bieber under the best urban fusion performance category. Album Of The Year Salsa Big Band by Rubén Blades and Roberto Delgado & Orquesta Obras Son Amores by Antonio Carmona A La Mar by Vicente García Fénix by Nicky Jam Mis Planes Son Amarte by Juanes La Trenza by Mon Laferte Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos,
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Karlovy Vary: Kazakh Emir Baigazin Back to French Arizona for ‘The River’ (Exclusive)

Karlovy Vary: Kazakh Emir Baigazin Back to French Arizona for ‘The River’ (Exclusive)
Kazakh director Emir Baigazin, who burst onto the big fest scene with 2013 debut “Harmony Lessons,” is reuniting with its producer, Guillaume de Seille’s Paris-based Arizona Films, for “The River.”

The third feature in Baigazin’s Asian trilogy, “The River” forms just part of a sweeping 2017-18 production slate at Arizona, taking in new, on-the-rise or pretty-well established directors in 11 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond, such as Chile and China, as Arizona Films acts as not only a producer and co-financier, and sometimes distributor and sales agent but also source of production expertise and creative talent and conduit into the big fest mainstream for world cinema directors looking to break through to larger recognition abroad.

Unsurprisingly, having had films at Sundance and Berlin (Georgia’s “My Happy Family,” from “In Bloom’s” Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross) and Cannes (debutant Slovak director Gyorgy Krystof’s “Out,” an Un Certain Regard player), given its deep
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Chilean Cinema Punches Above Its Weight

Chilean Cinema Punches Above Its Weight
“We’re there to talk about cinema, not national flags,” Cannes’ topper Thierry Fremaux argued after announcing Cannes’ Official Selection this year. That said, 2017’s Cannes looks set to serve another reminder of one of world cinema’s biggest success stories: Chile’s emergence as a foremost Latin America’s filmmaking nation.

Led by Marcela Said’s Critics’ Week entry “Los Perros,” Chile boasts four films selected across major sections. From Latin America, only Argentina compares in presence.

At Berlin, “A Fantastic Woman,” from Chile’s Sebastian Lelio, was arguably the single most talked-about competition title.

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Since 2012, four Chilean directors — Marialy Rivas, Andrés Wood, Sebastian Silva and Alejandro Fernandez Almendras — have taken Sundance awards; Pablo Larrain won at Cannes (“No”), Berlin (“The Club), Venice and Toronto (“Jackie”). Chilean movies can garner significant overseas box office for foreign-language films and attract prestige foreign producers: “Gloria” and “No,
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Jennifer Lopez Stuns in Revealing Black Dress at Billboard Latin Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez Stuns in Revealing Black Dress at Billboard Latin Music Awards
Flawless!

Jennifer Lopez rocked a show-stopping Julian Macdonald designed black dress to the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Watsco Center in Miami, Florida on Thursday

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The Shades of Blue star hit the red carpet (sans boyfriend Alex Rodriguez) in a sheer black dress complete with a plunging neckline and cutouts showing off her curves.

Keeping her hair in a simple but chic ponytail and smokey-eye makeup, Lopez complimented her fierce look with black heels and a matching clutch.

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Besides slaying the carpet, the 47-year-old entertainer will be taking the stage to perform the first single from her forthcoming Spanish album.

The show's star-studded performance lineup is packed with Latin music stars including Yandel, Daddy Yankee, Pedro
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Watch Belinda Serenade Boyfriend Criss Angel and His Family at a Holiday Party

Because it doesn't get any more romantic than being serenaded? Just ask Criss Angel who had his "amor" Belinda sing to him and his family.  It all started when the 27-year-old Baywatch star sang the timeless class "Si Nos Dejan." The 49-year-old magician was moved as his family clapped and cheered. He gave Belinda a kiss and proceeded to ask her to sing just one more song and said, "Do one more! Whatever you want." The singer then spoke with the group to see which song they could perform next and that's when she began to sing Alejandro Fernández's "Como Quien Pierde Una Estrella." In the middle of her impromptu performance,...
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Jirafa Films, Sutor Kolonko Team on ‘Vaterland,’ ‘The Best We Can’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Chile’s Jirafa Films and Ingmar Trost’s Cologne-based Sutor Kolonko are teaming on two co-productions: “Vaterland,” to be co-directed by Francisco Hervé and Tom Schreiber and starring August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”), the lead in Terrence Malick’s upcoming “Radegund”; and “The Best We Can,” a bittersweet dramedy to be shot in Czech in the Czech Republic by Chilean Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (“To Kill a Man”).

Co-written and co-directed by directors from the producing partners’ countries, and co-developed by Jirafa and Sutor, “Vaterland” is an attempt to construct a true co-production, said Jirafa’s Augusto Matte. It also continues Jirafa’s drive into Europe-based film alliances which offset risk and sole dependency on Chilean state-funding. That is making a virtue out off necessity, as Chile, like other countries in Latin America, suffers a growth paradox. The more state funding stimulates production levels, the
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San Sebastian: Chile’s Jirafa, Italy’s Alba Team for Francisca Alegria’s Debut ‘The Cow That Sang Its Song’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Building Chile’s growing pantheon of eye-catching young women directors, already one of the strongest of any national cinema in Latin America, Chile’s Jirafa Films (“The Blind Christ”) has closed a deal with Rosanna Seregni at Italy’s Alba Produzioni for Alba to co-produce the feature debut of Chile’s Francisca Alegria, a prize-winning Columbia U. alum.

Jirafa’s Augusto Matte announced the deal at the San Sebastian Festival. The co-production pact will now allow the partners to apply to a newly-created Chile-Italy bilateral co-production fund, he added.

A family drama, “The Cow That Sang Its Song About the Future” expands on the magical realist universe, poetic symbolism and shooting style – fluid dolly shots, a realist treatment of supernatural elements – of her Columbia U. School of the Arts Mfa degree short “And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye” (pictured). This world premiered at Telluride,
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San Sebastian: Latin America, Post-Toronto News, a Basque Surge and Studio Coin

San Sebastian — Following on eOne Seville Intl., which announced last week its acquisition of world sales rights on Aritz Moreno’s “Advantages of Travelling By Train,” Barcelona-based Filmax has confirmed it has acquired international sales and Spanish distribution rights to another prime Basque film property, crime caper “Operacion Concha.”

Lead-produced by Bilbao’s Abra Produczioak, structured as a co-production with Mexico, and shooting in February, “Operacion Concha” is a film industry scam comedy set during the San Sebastian Festival, in the line of “Ocean’s Eleven,” said Abra’s Joxe Portela.

For Filmax’s Carlos Fernandez, the “Operacion Concha” pick-up forms part of the company’s bet on Spanish cinema, which paid off with “Truman.” Filmax, for example, has also taken Spanish and world sales rights to Patxo Telleria’s conniving bank manager comedy “Igelak,” which received a Basque gala screening at San Sebastian.

Both deals also confirm that the
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San Sebastian: Almendras, Jirafa, Arizona, Film & Roll Set ‘A Work of Love’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — In a career departure and sign of the growing empowerment of top Latin American filmmakers, Chilean Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (“To Kill a Man”) will direct “A Work of Love,” a bittersweet dramedy to be shot in Czech in the Czech Republic.

Almendras leapt to fame with two searing social indictments: “Man” and “Much Ado About Nothing,” which was selected for 2016’s Sundance and Berlin Panorama editions. Set in Almendras’ native Chile and shot in Spanish, both attacked failings in Chile’s justice system.

To shoot in b/w, “A Work of Love” is produced by Chile’s Jirafa Films, the company behind “Much Ado” and Christopher Murray’s Venice competition player “The Blind Christ,” Guillaume de Seille’s Paris-based Arizona Films, a producer on “Man and “Much Ado,” and Veronica Vinkova’s Film & Roll in the Czech Republic.

Written by Almendras, “A Work of Love” turns on Petr,
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San Sebastian Festival Spotlights Young European and Latin American Talent

While the San Sebastian festival ranks — with Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur — as one of the world’s two biggest Europe-Latin American meet-marts, 2016 looks to also be a standout fest for young talent.

This year, nearly half (47%) of San Sebastian’s 17 competition entries are first features or made by directors under 40, vs. 9.5% of Cannes’ and 15% of the Venice Festival’s. That figure rises when factoring in two other San Sebastian sections: New Directors and Horizontes Latinos, a Latin America showcase.

This bold bet on a new generation of filmmakers looks set to help define this year’s San Sebastian Intl. Festival.

“This year, there are six first features [in competition] which will certainly get people talking,” says San Sebastian director Jose Luis Rebordinos. “Many films are not only made by young people, but talk about youth and its problems with social integration.”

Some movies, such as Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “May God Save Us” rage against the system.
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San Sebastian: Escalante’s ‘Untamed,’ Murray’s ‘Blind Christ,’ Arango’s ‘X Quinientos’ at Horizontes Latinos

San Sebastian: Escalante’s ‘Untamed,’ Murray’s ‘Blind Christ,’ Arango’s ‘X Quinientos’ at Horizontes Latinos
Madrid — Three major Latin American bows this late summer – Mexican Amat Escalante’s “The Untamed” and Christopher Murray’s “The Blind Christ,” both Venice competition contenders, and “X Quinientos,” from Colombia’s Andres Arango, which is slated for Toronto – have made the cut of the 2016 San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos showcase.

They are joined by a clutch of Latin American major 2016 fest standouts – Daniel Burman’s “El Rey del Once,” Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “Much Ado About Nothing, are just two” – a world premiere and majorly movies by emerging talents from Latin America which once again, as in San Sebastian’s Competition lineup, throws the fest focus solidly on a new generation of a new generation of filmmakers.

Of Horizontes Latinos’ 13 entries, nine are first or second features, all by directors who released their feature debut this decade. Only three directors are over 40. With 10 movies under his belt, more than twice that
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Celina Murga, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Aly Muritiba Set for San Sebastian’s 5th Co-Production Forum

Celina Murga, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Aly Muritiba Set for San Sebastian’s 5th Co-Production Forum
Madrid — Celina Murga’s “Irene,” Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’s “Una periodista” and Aly Muritiba’s “Blood-Drenched Beard” are set for San Sebastian Fest’s 5th Europe Latin America Co-Production Forum, now firmly established as one of Europe’s main industry gatherings for high-profile Latin American arthouse talent.

Also in the mix: “Panza de Burro,” a calling card for Peru’s fast organizing film industry; “La Civil,” the fiction feature debut from Teodora Ana Mihai, whose “Waiting For August” won best documentary at HotDocs and Karlovy Vary; and new projects by name directors such as Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, directors of the Venice, Sundance and Berlin-selected “H,” Sandra Gugliotta , with “Suicidios telefonicos,” an expose of big business mobbing; and Jose Luis Torres Leiva’s terminal illness-themed “Vendra la muerte y tendra tus ojos.”

Producers at the Forum will include Andres Longares, whose company credits at Cepa Audiovisual range from “The
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5 Things Young Producers Abroad Have in Common

Locarno — Over Aug. 6-8, 16 production companies from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Israel and Turkey will meet at the Locarno Fest, in the Swiss Alps, to enjoy its glorious weather – if Saturday was anything to go by – multiple industry workshops and presentations and each other companies in an informal networking event, Match Me! Most companies were set up this century, many this decade. Between them, they represent many of the ambitions and concerns of young production houses in Europe and Latin America working the international fest circuit today. Here are brief profiles and five things they have in common:

1.Empowerment:

“Turkey is one of the few European countries where local films have a bigger share than Hollywood films,” said Muge Ozen, who’s moving “Wedlock” and “In Five Years” at Locarno. “There’s been an incredible increase at the Israeli box office over the last couple of years, Israeli audience who preferred overseas movies,
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For Chile’s Arthouse Auteurs, the Foreign Market Reigns Supreme

For Chile’s Arthouse Auteurs, the Foreign Market Reigns Supreme
Bursting onto the scene at 2005’s Valdivia Festival, a remarkable generation of young Chilean directors is building that splashy debut into more glory.

Pablo Larrain’s “No” took Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight award in 2012 and then snagged a foreign-language film Oscar nom; vengeance thriller “To Kill a Man,” from Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, won Sundance’s 2014 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize. This February, “Bear Story” snagged the animated short Oscar. Picturing Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda on the run from the police in 1946-48, Larrain’s “Neruda” is already one the 2016 Directors’ Fortnight most anticipated titles.

However, Chile wants more: To leverage fest laurels into substantial foreign market B.O. A pioneering study, “Global Audiences of Chilean Cinema,” to be presented at this year’s Cannes Festival, aims to further this. Focusing on Chilean cinema’s 2013 international box office, it encapsulates fundamental trends, opportunities and challenges now facing most foreign-language cinema worldwide
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Watch: First Trailer for Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Neruda’ (Exclusive)

Watch: First Trailer for Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Neruda’ (Exclusive)
Cannes – Variety has been given exclusive access to the Participant Media co-financed “Neruda,” directed by Pablo Larrain, starring Golden Globe winner Gael Garcia BernalMozart in the Jungle,” and weighing in as one of the most anticipated and highest-profile of titles at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Participant Media owns North American rights as part of its co-financing deal and will be looking to close U.S. distribution at Cannes. Peter Danner’s Funny Balloons has clinched robust pre-sales on “Neruda.”

Lead-produced by Fabula, headed by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain, whose credits include the Academy Award-nominated “No,” also from Pablo Larrain, “Neruda” also exemplifies the multi-lateral international co-production backing which is helping to scale up movies from Latin America in terms of budget, scale and VFX, taking them to another production level.

No conventional bio, Larrain’s movie captures Pablo Neruda, the best-known of Latin American poets,
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