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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch

23 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

She became an instant rockstar when A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (a film that we’ll affectionally look back at in two decades from now and consider it a seminal rocket launch beginning) was unleashed on (mostly) unsuspecting Sundance audiences in 2014. The Iranian-American filmmaker received a lot of nurturing from industry folk for her sophomore project which was announced as the best piece of news to begin 2015. Backed by none other than Annapurna PicturesMegan Ellison and Vice’s Danny Gabai and Sina Sayyah, production on Ana Lily Amirpour‘s The Bad Batch began back in April with hellva cast in Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Suki Waterhouse and Diego Luna joining the ranks. While the more buzz worthy setting of Sundance appears logical, this might be destined to play as a prestige competitive slot at more internationally market friendly fests such as Cannes and/or Venice. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Mundial, Monica Lozano Strike Exclusive Sales Pact (Exclusive)

9 November 2015 10:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexico City – Mundial, the sales venture of Stuart Ford’s Im Global and Mexico and L.A.–based Canana – headed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz – has closed an exclusive sales pact with Monica Lozano, one of the most important producers in Mexico and indeed Latin America.

Based since 2008 out of Mexico City’s Alebrije Cine y Video, Lozano’s production credits include Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s debut “Amores Perros” and Eurgdenio Derbez’s “Instructions Not Included,” a title that, with Gaz Alazraki’s “The Noble Family,” consolidated a double market for Mexican films in the U.S. and Mexico.

“Instructions” proved the highest-grossing Mexican film in Mexico, with a $46.1 million trawl, and the biggest Spanish-language hit ever in the U.S. punching $44.5 million.

Mundial and Alebrije will co-rep the films in the U.S. and Latin America; Mundial will be the exclusive sales agent in the rest of the world. »

- John Hopewell

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Afm: Canana Adapts ‘Savage Detectives’ (Exclusive)

6 November 2015 6:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Canana, one of the most important film producers in Latin America, is set to adapt one of the most important literary properties in Latin America, Roberto Bolaño’s towering “The Savage Detectives,” for many, the modern Latin American novel.

As it turns 10, this is the most ambitious project which the Mexico City and L.A-based Canana, founded by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, has ever taken on, and one, by far, of the biggest in scope now coming out of Latin America.

Mexican David Pablos, whose “The Chosen Ones” played to acclaim at Cannes 2015 Un Certain Regard, is attached to direct. Deal for the adaptation was negotiated by Cruz, with Bolaño’s widow, Carolina Lopez.

Published in 1998, in a final decade of feverish creativity from Chile’s Bolaño, who died in 2003 at the age of 50, “The Savage Detectives” is told in three parts. In a first, set »

- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga

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Watch: George Lopez Parodies Donald Trump’s ‘SNL’ Hosting Gig

5 November 2015 4:57 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Funny or Die has teamed up with George Lopez to parody a certain controversial Republican presidential candidate.

Lopez makes his return to Funny or Die as Donaldo Trumpez, a Mexican version of Donald Trump. Trump has been under fire for controversial comments about the Hispanic community.

In the clip, Trumpez hosts the popular “Noche De Sabado En Vivo” — which reads “Saturday Night Live” in Spanish — and entertains the audience with guests, parodies and characters.

The cold open has Lopez’s Trumpez dressed in a large costume for the character, Humpty Trumpty.

“Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall,” sang a Mariachi band in full swing. “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.” Trumpez quickly adds, “In the polls!”

Trumpez recites a speech in Spanish that reflects many of Trump’s controversial remarks: referring to a female candidate as “ugly,” assuming a foreigner to be a rapist and building a wall that borders Mexico and the United States. »

- Mannie Holmes

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‘SNL’ Pulls Donald Trump Promo Mocking Ben Carson — Watch Original Video

4 November 2015 1:03 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Update 4:36 p.m. After posting the first promo for Donald Trump’s on “Saturday Night Live” on YouTube, NBC removed the original video from the site, replacing it a few hours later with a new teaser that had edited out the moment when Trump mocks Republican president candidate Ben Carson, calling him a “loser.” NBC’s new promo is seen in the video directly below, and the original is at the bottom of this story. According to NBC NewsPeter Alexander, the original videos were posted by accident.

1:03 p.m. NBC has released the promos for Donald Trump’s upcoming stint as “Saturday Night Live” host and, as predicted, they are huge.

The clips, which also feature Cecily Strong and other “SNL” stars, cover everything from whether Trump’s appearance violates FCC’s equal time rules and the suspected ratings windfall it will be for the show to »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Latino Stars Blast ‘SNL,’ Donald Trump for Promoting ‘Hate Speech’

4 November 2015 12:14 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Birdman”) and actor Diego Luna are among the dozens of prominent Hispanic figures who signed a joint letter condemning Donald Trump, calling his rhetoric “hate speech,” as protests continue to grow before the Gop presidential candidate’s appearance on “SNL” this weekend.

The letter was published on and, according to a Time translation, said Trump’s “hate speech appeals to lower passions like xenophobia, machismo, political intolerance and religious dogmatism. All of which inevitably reminds us of the past campaigns that have been directed against other ethnic groups and that have resulted in the deaths of millions of people. In fact, the physical aggressions against Hispanics and repeated calls to prohibit the public use of the Spanish language have already started.”

Trump is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” this week amid calls by some Hispanic groups for NBC to cancel the appearance. »

- Ted Johnson

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World Soundtrack Awards: Complete Winners List

24 October 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The World Soundtrack Academy announced the 15th World Soundtrack Awards winners on Saturday, which closed the event of the 42nd Film Fest Gent at Kuipke in Ghent. Best original song written directly for film was awarded to "The Apology Song" from The Book of Life (music by Gustavo Santaolalla, lyrics by Paul Williams, performed by Diego Luna). Discovery of the year was awarded to Antonio Sanchez for Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Peer Kleinschmidt won the Sabam award for best young composer while John Paesano's work took home the public choice award for The Maze Runner. { "nid":

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Watch Final 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

19 October 2015 7:21 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

With just under two months before Star Wars fans once again travel to a galaxy far, far away, Disney has offered up the final trailer for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Teasers for the trailer hinted that "the First Order is coming," and in the latest preview, fans get a glimpse of the new installment's main villain Kylo Ren as he promises Darth Vader's crushed mask, "I will finish what you started."

The trailer also ties together the loose strands in the decades following Return of the Jedi »

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Did 'Rogue One' Script Get Help from This Fan-Favorite Writer?

19 October 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production has been under way since August on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first Star Wars spinoff that will hit theaters next December. Gareth Edwards signed on to direct last year, with Gary Whitta (After Earth) writing the first draft of the screenplay, before Chris Weitz (Cinderella) took over the writing duties in January. Today we have a new report from Latino-Review, which claims that Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie came aboard at some point to provide a script polish.

The filmmaker reportedly did a "two-week pass" on the script, but it isn't known how much he changed from Chris Weitz's draft, or when exactly Christopher McQuarrie performed this polish. The filmmaker had a shortened post-production schedule on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, when Paramount pushed it from a Christmas Day release to July 31. It's possible that he started work on the script just after wrapping »

- MovieWeb

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Rumour: Christopher McQuarrie polishing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story script

19 October 2015 2:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If rumours are to be believed, Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has enlisted some Oscar-winning talent to polish its script.

According to Latino-Review, Lucasfilm has brought in Christopher McQuarrie, screenwriter of The Usual Suspects and director of this year’s box office hit Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, for a two-week polish on the screenplay for Rogue One, which has been written by Gary Whitta (After Earth) and Chris Weitz (Cinderella).

Rogue One will take place prior to A New Hope and tell the story of a band of Rebels tasked with stealing the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.

See Also: Rumour: Hayden Christensen returning for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

See Also: Follow all of our Star Wars coverage here

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on »

- Gary Collinson

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M:I5's Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Polishing Star Wars: Rogue One Script

19 October 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

We're all waiting for that third trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with bated breath, but there's also another movie in development set in a galaxy far, far away. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theatres next year, under the watchful eye of Monsters & Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. The movie (which stars Felicity Jones & Diego Luna) is a prequel/spin-off of sorts, and follows the group of Rebels who stole the plans for the original Death Star (as seen in A New Hope). Gary Whitta originally looked set to write the Anthology film, but he dropped out and was replaced by Cinderella scribe Chris Weitz. However, according to Latino Review, Edge Of Tomorrow writer & Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie has come on board the spin-off with some last minute script polishes. If the report is true, it's unclear how big of an impact »

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Alan Tudyk Talks 'Rogue One', 'Star Wars' Sets and Practical Effects

16 October 2015 4:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the things most fans were impressed with as soon as Star Wars: The Force Awakens started production last year was director J.J. Abrams' commitment to practical effects. Instead of green-screen backdrops and CGI creations, the filmmaker opted to honor the original trilogy, employing practical creature effects and shooting on massive sets, as opposed to the digitally-created world of the much-maligned prequel trilogy. It seems this tradition is continuing with the first spinoff, director Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which started production in London back in August. While promoting his new web series Con Man, Rogue One star Alan Tudyk praised the production for creating a "physical world."

"You are amazed at what you can look at, because it is a physical world. If there are creatures, then there are creatures; if there are spaceships, then there are spaceships. It's not huge swaths »

- MovieWeb

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Alan Tudyk nearly turned down Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

30 September 2015 6:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Firefly's Alan Tudyk will add to his already rock-solid geek cred when he appears in next year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - but he's revealed to Digital Spy that the role nearly got away from him completely.

Tudyk admitted that a filming clash with his crowd-funded web series Con Man almost forced him to turn down director Gareth Edwards's offer to star in the spinoff.

"[Gareth] offered it to me in the room - it didn't seem real," Tudyk recalled. "I said, 'I would love to say yes, but it is contingent on one thing. I can't believe I'm saying this, but if you're shooting in June, I have to say no' - because that's when we were shooting Con Man, and I couldn't figure out how to reschedule it."

Fortunately for Tudyk, he was able to accept the part after Edwards told him he wouldn't be »

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New Star Wars Rogue One Set Pictures Arrive Online

16 September 2015 12:57 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We know Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been filming for over a month, and seen a handful of images from the set, some new ones have arrived showing a crashed ship, more Stormtroopers, and members of the cast suited up.  Come inside to check them out!

Back when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filming, our first look at the set (which sent everyone nuts) came from TMZ, who managed to snag some leaked set photos.  Now, they're at it again, this time with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One.  While there's nothing too spoilery in any of these images, if you're wanting to go into it with a blank slate...look away (but really, Why click in the first place then?): 

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These look very similar to the first set pics we saw, and obviously are at the same location, but »

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'Rogue One' Photos Show Dead Stormtroopers and Destruction

15 September 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production got under way last month on Disney and LucasFilm's first Star Wars spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. We've already seen the first set photos, which reveal a few actors playing Stormtroopers. Today, TMZ uncovered more photos that show some sort of massive spaceship crash, along with several dead Stormtroopers floating in shallow water. What could this all mean? We don't have a single clue, but we can spot a few of the main cast members in these images, including Felicity Jones.

The story will center on a group of Rebel Alliance soldiers who go on a mission to steal the Empire's plans for the original Death Star. Felicity Jones leads the cast that also includes Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker. »

- MovieWeb

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Crashed spaceship and dead Stormtroopers in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set photos

15 September 2015 3:09 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Star Wars: Episode VIII may have kicked off filming this week, but Gareth Edwards has been busy shooting his own Star Wars movie for over a month now, and TMZ have got their hands on some new spy photos from the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which show a crashed spaceship along with some deceased Stormtroopers…

See Also: Rumour: Star Wars: The Force Awakens to feature a Rogue One post-credits teaser

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16th 2016, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Diego Luna (Milk), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Alan Tudyk (Con Man) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler).


- Gary Collinson

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A R Rahman, Aamir, Akshay, Hrithik and more celebrities lend their voice for “We the People”

8 September 2015 6:17 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Today, the Global Goals Campaign launches “We the People” – a crowdsourced film where everyone is invited to join the world’s biggest cast and star alongside some of the world’s biggest names. The film will be unveiled on the Google homepage when the Global Goals are adopted on the 25th September.

From India, A R Rahman, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan have already contributed and crowdsourced footage for We the People.

They will be joined by other artists and activists such as Alice Braga, Ananda Everingham, Anastacia, Ashton KutcherAvan Jogia, Becca, Bill and Melinda Gates, Cate Blanchett, Chelsea Islan, Christina Hendricks, Criolo, Daniel Craig, Diamond, Diego Luna, G.E.M., Gilberto Gil, James Chau, Jamie OliverJennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet, Un Messenger of Peace Lang Lang, Liverpool Football Club captain Jordan Henderson and team mates, Lenine, Mia Maestro, Mafikizolo, Mads Mikkelsen, Mena Suvari,  Undp Champion Michelle Yeoh, »

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Did Mads Mikkelsen just reveal his Star Wars: Rogue One character name?

8 September 2015 4:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Has Mads Mikkelsen let slip the name of his character on Star Wars: Rogue One?

The Hannibal star recently scribbled his autograph on a fan's Star Wars poster (via RebelForce Radio), but he also wrote the word "Galen" underneath.

The poster was also signed by Phil Lamarr, who penned his Star Wars: The Clone Wars character name Kit Fisto, giving credence to the theory that Galen could be who Mikkelsen is playing in Rogue One.

Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn are starring in the spinoff movie, which will be based around a group of rebels looking to steal blueprints to the Death Star.

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen have also been confirmed for the film, which will be set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Gareth Edwards lifts the lid on Star Wars: Rogue One

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Rumour: Mads Mikkelsen’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character name revealed?

7 September 2015 12:07 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A couple of weeks ago Mads Mikkelsen suggested that his character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would play a crucial role, and that – surpringsly – he won’t be a villain. Well, it seems the Hannibal star may now have revealed his character name, thanks to an autograph signing at Fan Expo in Canada…

See Also: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stormtrooper helmets revealed

As you can see from the above image, Mikkelsen has signed the poster ‘Galen’, which doesn’t mean much in itself, if it weren’t for the fact that: a) Phil Lamarr hadn’t included Kit Fisto – his character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars – in his own signature; and b) that Galen is a name we already associate with the galaxy far, far away thanks to the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which centred on Galen Marek, a.k.a. Starkiller, »

- Gary Collinson

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Has Mads Mikkelsen’s Star Wars: Rogue One Character Been Revealed?

7 September 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With little over three months to go until The Force Awakens jump-starts Disney’s new-fangled take on the Star Wars franchise, we’re tantalizingly close to the beginning of a new era, with a myriad of stories ready to be told in this most prestigious of cinematic universes. And though J.J. Abrams’ 2015 heavyweight is chewing up the scenery ahead of its debut in December, Gareth EdwardsStar Wars: Rogue One quietly entered development quite recently, and a new tidbit that surfaced today allegedly reveals that role of Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen in the standalone feature.

Upon attending last weekend’s FanExpo event in Canada, one fan got the Danish actor to sign his poster, where Mikkelsen inscribed an additional word that many assume to be the name of his character in Rogue One.

Beneath the autograph is the word Galen, which will no doubt pique the interest of those »

- Michael Briers

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