10 items from 2015
The Town That Dreaded Showdown: Bouchareb Returns to New Mexican Landscape with Mixed Results
French director Rachid Bouchareb’s long celebrated filmography has garnered two of his titles Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (Dust of Life; Days of Glory), along with a host of other accolades for a body of work that often revolves around either Algerian experiences in France (modern and period), or explorations of race and/or gender within unique narratives. A long-time producer of Bruno Dumont’s work, Bouchareb has been pursuing a variety of international productions. His latest, Two Men in Town, is a morality exercise that happens to take place in roughly the same Us locale as his last effort, 2012’s Just Like a Woman. Despite a notable cast and several rather arresting performances, the end result never elevates beyond a standard dramatic exercise that ends in more or less the same »
- Nicholas Bell
Veteran Luis Guzman is set as a lead opposite Maggie Grace in CBS pilot Code Black, a medical drama written by Michael Seitzman and directed by David Semel for ABC Studios. Based on Ryan McGarry's feature documentary of the same name, the show is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation and revolves around four residents who are getting their first taste of ER medicine and the medical staff who mentor, teach and terrify them. Guzman, repped by Gersh… »
It’s not absolutely necessary to be familiar with the conventions and archetypes of soapy telenovelas to enjoy a few laughs with “Ana Maria in Novela Land,” a lightweight comedy about an obsessed viewer who magically switches places with the leading lady of her favorite TV show. But those who have at least a nodding acquaintance with the highly addictive serial dramas will smile even more often than the uninitiated as director and co-scripter Georgina Garcia Riedel (“How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer”) affectionately satirizes both the limited-run series and their most avid aficionados. This overlong but modestly amusing bilingual indie could attract a few fans of its own in limited theatrical release and ancillary platforms.
Edy Ganem, of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” is by turns perky, sultry and screechy in the dual role of Ariana, the sexy/sullen heroine of a popular telenovela titled “Pasion sin limites” (“Passion Without Limits”), and Ana Maria, »
- Joe Leydon
Following the success of "Jane The Virgin," which is based on a telenovela, the new film "Ana Maria in Novela Land" follows the magical conundrum of super fan, Ana Maria, who swaps places with her favorite telenovela star, Ariana Tomosa. The film stars Edy Ganem ("Devious Maids") who takes on the roles of both Ana Maria and Ariana Tomosa. In the new clip, we see a very confused and angry Ariana Tomosa who confronts Ana Maria's parents, presumably before realizing that they have switched places. The acting in this clip appears to be very much in the vein of a telenovela, so the film is sure to be a fun watch. Directed by Georgina Garcia Riedel, the film also stars Michael Steger, Luis Guzmán and the late Elizabeth Peña. The film, distributed by Fluency Studios, will open in select theaters today, February 27. Check out the clip below: Read More: »
- Jena Keahon
It’s been 20 years since Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel shared a movie — Wayne Wang’s Smoke – and if I remember correctly, they don’t share the screen in it. Now they’re finally truly united in the remake Two Men in Town, in which they appear together in many scenes — but it’s not a friendly union, at all. Whitaker plays a man who returns to town after getting out of prison, a role filled by Alain Delon in the 1973 original. In the French film, though, the ex-con is a safecracker, while this time he’s a cop killer. Keitel’s part is the local sheriff (an inspector, played by Michel Bouquet, the last time), who can’t just forget that the guy shot down his deputy, no matter how reformed he seems to be. As seen in the trailer for the new version, it’s all about those two characters, the »
- Christopher Campbell
Showtime Networks and the newly launched Stx Entertainment have closed a multiyear deal to bring movies distributed theatrically by the latter to the former’s pay-tv channels during the so-called premium television window.
The agreement begins this year and covers releases through 2019.
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Also as part of the joint announcement, Stx revealed that it has begun production on its initial slate of films, including “The Free State of Jones,” which is based on the »
- Tony Maglio
Actors Luis Guzman (“Traffic,” “Boogie Nights”) and Finesse Mitchell (“Saturday Night Live”) have landed guest spots on Showtime’s “Roadies” from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams, the cabler announced Thursday.
“Roadies” — a comedy following a rock band on tour, seen through the eyes of the band’s crew — stars Christina Hendricks as the band’s production manager and Luke Wilson as the tour manager. Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Colson “Mgk” Baker, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes round out the ensemble cast.
Guzman has been cast as the band’s tour-bus driver, Gooch. Mitchell will play Harvey, the tour accountant, who’s involved in illegal side businesses.
Crowe wrote the pilot and will direct. He’s exec producing the pilot with Abrams, Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest”) and Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life,” “Wicked,” “Huge”), who will also serve as showrunner. Kathy Lingg (“Person of Interest,” “Fringe”) is co-exec producing. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
James Martinez (Breaking Bad, Aquarius) has joined the cast of USA Network’s drama pilot Queen Of The South, based on the popular telenovela La Reina Del Sur. He will recur as Gato Fierros, a right-hand man of drug lord Cesar Guemes, who seems to delight in making his victims suffer before he does away with them. The series centers on Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), who's forced to go on the run when her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. Luis Guzman… »
- The Deadline Team
The actress will guest-star on the ABC drama as a woman who “develops an unhealthy obsession with a murder victim,” executive producer Matt Miller tells TVLine.
“It was an Nyu student who was taking a class in unusual psychology, and what happens is we go to talk to her teacher [and] realize the teacher was Hilarie Burton,” the Ep previews. “So Henry is »
Luis Guzman and Finesse Mitchell are hitting the road with Cameron Crowe and Showtime. The “Boogie Nights” star and “Saturday Night Live” alum have been cast as recurring guest stars for new pay-tv pilot “Roadies.”
If the potential series gets picked up, Guzman and Mitchell will be seen and heard from again.
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Guzman will play Gooch, the band’s beloved tour-bus driver, who is filled with stories and late-night wisdom, as Showtime described him. His easy-going manner belies a troubled home life.
Mitchell will play Harvey, the tour accountant, »
- Tony Maglio
10 items from 2015
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