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Plunging once more into Mexico’s heart of darkness — its rampant drug cartel-fuelled extortion, torture, corruption and daily murders which have left 80,000 dead — Mexico and L.A.-based Canana has optioned big-screen rights to Alfredo Corchado’s “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.”
Canana founder and partner Pablo Cruz will produce the movie makeover for Canana, one of Latin America’s top independent production-distribution companies, which was founded by Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.
The Mexico Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News and a Nieman 2009 Fellow at Harvard, Corchado wrote “Midnight in Mexico” from dramatic personal experience. Covering Mexico’s drug wars, he has suffered four death threats. One came from the Zetas, the para-military death squads split off from the Gulf Cartel. On that occasion, racing a 24-hour-stay-of-execution, Corchado set off into the Mexican country to try to »
- John Hopewell
Ambulante is Mexico's traveling documentary film festival, founded by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz. To be celebrated from January 30 to May 4, 2014 in twelve states of the country, the ninth edition of this fantastic festival is revealing little by little its content and so far everything looks quite promising. The lineup of the sections Retrospective and Sonidero (focused on music docs) has been already announced. The first one will be dedicated this time to Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation, while such films as The Punk Singer and the classic Stop Making Sense are part of the Sonidero section. Also confirmed is the selection of documentaries for the Mexico City music festival Vive Latino. In the gallery below you'll find details...
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Frank Darabont's noir crime drama "Mob City" on TNT opened to modest ratings Wednesday night, a 0.6 rating and 2.29 million viewers over its first two hours. In comparison, this week's episode of TNT's "Major Crimes" scored a 0.7 rating and 4.21 million viewers. [Source: Variety]
Mozart in the Jungle
Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcom McDowell, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Peter Vack, Hannah Dunne and Bernadette Peters are set to star in the TV pilot "Mozart in the Jungle" for Amazon's Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM service.
The pilot showcases what happens behind the curtains at the New York classical music symphony, a den of sex, drugs and vice that can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. The pilot will debut early next year. [Source: Market Watch]
Netflix's first original series, the comedy "Lilyhammer" is closing in on a greenlight for a third season. Norwegian broadcaster Nrk is in the final stages of »
- Garth Franklin
News and notes from across the TV universe:
- Peter Pan might not be completely defeated on "Once Upon A Time," but a new Big Bad is already headed to Storybrooke. "Lost" alum Rebecca Mader will have a multi-episode arc as an unnamed fairy-tale villain when the show returns from hiatus in March. Viewers will get their first look at Mader's character during the mid-season finale on Dec. 15, and her identity will be revealed in a promo following the episode. [E! Online]
- Katy Perry and Taylor Swift performances have been added to "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" The ladies will join the broadcast hosted by LL Cool J from Canada and Australia, respectively. Previously announced performers include Robin Thicke, Lorde, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Malcolm McDowell (Franklin & Bash) is set to co-star opposite Gael García Bernal in Amazon’s comedy pilot Mozart In The Jungle, directed by Paul Weitz. Based on the memoir by Blair Tindal, the project, written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, is all about sex, drugs and classical music and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens onstage. McDowell plays Thomas, a seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by the arrival of hotshot new conductor Rodrigo (Bernal). Also cast in the pilot are Lola Kirke (Reaching For The Moon) as the impressionable oboist Hailey, Bernadette Peters (Smash) as Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony, Saffron Burrows (Law And Order: Ci) as Cynthia, a cellist in the middle of an affair with Thomas, Peter Vack (Cbgb) as Joshua, a talented dancer out of Juilliard who becomes Hailey’s love interest, »
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Malcolm McDowell has joined Gael Garcia Bernal in “Mozart in the Jungle,” a new Amazon pilot written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers and directed by Paul Weitz. McDowell (pictured) will play Thomas, a seasoned conductor of the New York Symphony being forced into retirement by the arrival of Rodrigo (Bernal). Amazon Studios describes the story as “sex, drugs and classical music.” Also read: Chris Carter, Michael Connelly Pilots Get Amazon Greenlight Rounding out the cast are Lola Kirke as impressionable oboist Hailey, Bernadette Peters as Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony, Saffron Burrows as Cynthia, »
- Tim Molloy
Amazon Studios today announced casting for Mozart in the Jungle, a Paul Weitz-directed pilot. Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) stars as Rodrigo, the hotshot new conductor of the New York Symphony. He is joined by Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist) as Thomas, a more seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by Rodrigo. Lola Kirke (Reaching for the Moon) stars as the impressionable oboist Hailey and Bernadette Peters (Smash) plays Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony.
Mozart in the Jungle also stars Saffron Burrows (Law and Order Criminal Intent) as Cynthia, a cellist in the middle of an affair with Thomas, Peter Vack (Cbgb) as Joshua, a talented dancer out of Julliard who becomes Hailey’s love interest, and Hannah Dunne (This is It) as Lizzie, Hailey’s friend and roommate.
Amazon Studios today announced casting for "Mozart in the Jungle," a Paul Weitz-directed pilot that will debut on Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM early next year. Written by Academy Award-nominee Roman Coppola ( The Darjeeling Limited ), Jason Schwartzman ( Moonrise Kingdom , Rushmore ) and Alex Timbers ( Peter and the Starcatcher ), "Mozart in the Jungle" is about sex, drugs.and classical music.and shows what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. Gael Garcia Bernal ( The Motorcycle Diaries ) stars as Rodrigo, the hotshot new conductor of the New York Symphony. He is joined by Malcolm McDowell ("Franklin & Bash") as Thomas, a more seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by Rodrigo, »
The Ibero-American film industry will get its own award ceremony starting in 2014.
The first Platinum Iberoamerican Film Awards (Premios Platino del Cine Iberoamericano) will be held on April 5 2014 in Panama City and honour the best films from 22 Latin American and European countries.
The announcement of the awards for films from territories in Europe and America where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken was made on December 4 at the Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires.
Promoted by Fipca, the Iberoamerican Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers, and Egeda, the management association of audiovisual producers’ rights founded in Spain, the awards have been created to recognise the cinema of the region.
It is estimated that 900 Ibero-American productions have reached the theatres in their countries this year.
“The awards will help us to put our cinema in the context of the industry,” said Fipca vice-president Ignacio Rey (pictured in centre). “This is an initiative to make our films cross boundaries between »
- email@example.com (Elaine Guerini)
"I train like an athlete very day, believe it or not," says the singer. (We believe it.) "My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him," he says. "The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in — all that. He's an incredible man." Usher, in a Mens Health profile 2 months ago, showing off his newly-minted bod, and sharing his workout routine, after dropping several pounds to play boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands of Stone, starring opposite Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez (replacing Gael García Bernal) in a story that will center primarily on Panamanian boxer Roberto »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A pioneering joint venture of Im Global and Mexico and L.A-based Canana, founded by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, Mexico City-based film sales-financing entity Mundial launched one year ago on the very eve of Ventana Sur. It is the most ambitious initiative ever to sell Latin American films to the world. One year later, Mundial has acquired world sales rights on seven titles, placing three, a considerable feat, at Toronto: “Paradise,” a Mexico City-set love story from Mariana Chenillo (“Nora’s Will”); Alberto Arevalo’s Venezuelan epic “The Liberator,” starring Edgar Ramires (“Carlos”) and Fernando Coimbra’s questioning abduction thriller, “A Wolf at the Door.” All three now play Ventana Sur. “The Well,” Matthew Rowe’s follow-up to Cannes Camera d’Or winner “Leap Year” makes its market premiere in Buenos Aires. Diego Luna’s English-language debut “Chavez” is shaping up as one of Mexico’s »
- John Hopewell
Buenos Aires — In an out-of-the-box expansive move, Alex Garcia, one of, if not the most active investor in Latin American cinema, has created production labels in Brazil and Colombia.
The two beach-heads, Itaca Films Brazil and Itaca Films Colombia, mark the latest growth move from Garcia, who already boasts a network of subsids and affiliates in L.A. and Mexico, recently grouped under Ag Studios, a production, financing, distribution and sales holding.
Upcoming Garcia production credits range from Paul Schrader’s “The Jesuit” to Gael Garcia Bernal-starrer “El Desierto,” helmed by Jonas Cuaron, co-scribe of “Gravity,” and Damien Bichir’s directorial deb “El refugio,” with Eva Longoria.
Garcia-produced, Mexican ‘80s retro comedy “Flying Low” world premiered at Los Cabos 2nd Baja Fest last month.
Up-and-running Jan. 1 2014, the Rio-based Itaca Films Brazil will be headed by “Rosario Tijeras” producer, Colombian Gustavo Angel, who has worked extensively with Mexico, co-producing Alebrije’s “Colosio: The Assassination, »
- John Hopewell
For a while now there's been talk that 20th Century Fox is developing a Zorro reboot which would take the masked crusader from the past into the not-so-distant post-apocalyptic future. Last anyone heard of the project titled Zorro Reborn, it had passed through a few writers and landed with Gael García Bernal attached as Zorro and Ricardo de Montreuil, the director of the much buzzed about The Raven (see the short).
Turns out that in early 2012, de Montreuil shot a concept trailer in South Africa with the help of Peruvian actor Jason Day as Zorro. Jon Voight doing voice over work and Vancouver based Central doing the VFX work. The entire thing reportedly cost under $100,000 and it looks like they used every penny [Continued ...] »
“Let’s go back to the time when there was VHS,” says Gael García Bernal at the Ridm (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal or the Montreal International Documentary Festival). “In those days to see a documentary in Mexico your friend would buy a movie in New York or Amsterdam or wherever [and] they would come up to you and say, ‘If you want to see this…’” Inevitably, a documentary fell into the young García Bernal’s hands. “I don’t remember which one it was, but I remember feeling there was something beyond an investigation, that it had a bigger scope, a […] »
- Allan Tong
20th Century Fox has been working on a reboot of "Zorro" that's supposed to be set in a post-apocalyptic world and star Gael Garcia Bernal in the title role. Today, we have the concept art and a pitch trailer that director Ricardo de Montreuil (The Raven) put together in an attempt to convince the studio that the movie is worth making. The video features Jason Day as Zorro, with Jon Voight providing the voice-over. Check everything out below. In the movie, a meteorite crashes into Earth in the future and destroys much of California and Mexico leaving them as a desert. After the dust settles, that same meteorite is discovered to be a supreme source of energy, which a new hostile corporation assumes. People begin flocking to New San Diego for work only to find out they're now being oppressed. It is then that Alejandro Fox, a descendant of Don Diego de la Vega, »
Click Image Below To View Trailer Before there was Batman, there was Zorro. ShowBizCafe has gotten their hands on screen test footage that was shown to 20th Century Fox executives in an effort to get Ricardo de Montreuil sci-fi reboot, Zorro Reborn, greenlit. Last we heard, Mexican actor Gael García Bernal was attached to star in film, but in the footage above Peruvian actor Jason Day is seen sporting the black mask and sword. The scenes were filmed in South Aftica, and the voiceover is of legendary actor Jon Voight ("Anaconda"). The premise has a meteorite crashing into Earth in the future that destroys much of California and Mexico leaving it as a desert. After the dust settles, that same meteorite is discovered to be a supreme source of energy, which a new hostile corporation assumes. People begin flocking to New San Diego for work only to find out they’re now being oppressed. »
New strands include pop-up events, a focus on Chile and Oscar nominated Hollywood films from 1939.Scroll down for full list of strands
The Glasgow Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of strands for its 10th edition, which will run Feb 20 to March 2.
New strands include Pop-Up Cinema, comprising “boutique screenings and cinematic experiences” in a range of unusual locations.
Its builds on last year’s festival, where The Warriors screened in the Glasgow Subway system; Jaws and Dead Calm were shown in the cargo hold of the Tall Ship Glenlee; silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc was accompanied by a live soprano soundtrack at Glasgow Cathedral; and Calamity Jane was played at the Grand Ole Opry country and western saloon.
At the 2014 festival, there will be a themed pop-up event on every night of the Festival apart from the opening and closing galas. Selected events will be announced next month.
New strand »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
He took a noticeable leave of absence from the Daily Show back in July to shoot a project close to his heart. With an A-team comprised of Shohreh Aghdashloo, Gael García Bernal and the presence of DS gagster Jason Jones, Jon Stewart shot his directorial debut in Jordan side by side with cinematographer Bobby Bukowski (Rampart). If ready on time, it certainly feels like a perfect match between the anti-Argo, Iranian political drama and the politicized festival.
Gist: Written by Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, and based on the Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity, And Survival, this is about a journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison.
Prediction: Buyer interest through the roof for »
- Eric Lavallee
Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah Prefers To Run prevailed in the $15,000 Los Cabos Competition section as the second Baja International Film Festival came to a conclusion in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Over the course of four days the festival presented 35 films, of which six were world premieres, 14 were Mexican premieres and one was a Latin American premiere.
The municipality of Los Cabos hosted more than 80 producers and representatives from Mexico, the Us and Canada, as well as the UK, Chile, Colombia, Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Argentina and Brazil.
Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal was the subject of a career tribute and Carlos Reygadas, Amat Escalante, Jaime Romandia and Peter Greenaway attended a celebration marking the 15th anniversary of production company Mantarraya Producciones.
The festival ran from November 13-16 and closed with a screening of Oscar contender Dallas Buyers Club and the awards ceremony.
Sarah Prefers To Run (pictured) won the Los Cabos Competition section and a $15,000 prize. [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
I originally included this in last year’s predictions’ list, but the team took their time in the post-production phase which might, in the end, make for some better packaging as with this pre-buzz NYTimes piece. During that time, Lionsgate nabbed the title, loaded this on their Pantelion Films label for a possible April rollout and gave the film a bulkier title (Cesar Chavez: An American Hero). While this no longer becomes a high value acquisition title, Luna’s association with the fest is strong (he presented his debut film Abel at the fest in 2010) and Participant Media’s has a strong rapport with Park City previously supplying the fest with socially conscious docs.
Gist: Written by Keir Pearson, the inspirational story of Cesar Chavez (played by Michael Peña), the celebrated Mexican American activist who, at great personal cost, put the shameful treatment of his fellow field workers on the map. »
- Eric Lavallee
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