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Exclusive: Producer Eric Newman’s new Studiocanal shingle Grand Electric has set its first project, an adaptation of Trevor Lummis’ Life And Death In Eden: Pitcairn Island And The Bounty Mutineers, which scribe Kristina Lauren Anderson has been set to adapt. The pic will tell the true tale of what happened after the famed Hms Bounty mutiny led by Fletcher Christian — the 1789 naval uprising that Hollywood has re-created often with the likes of Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson playing Christian.
The news comes just more than a month after Newman pacted on the multi-year joint venture with Studiocanal in his first tie-up since he and Marc Abraham split their prolific Universal-based Strike Entertainment. He has been busy since then, among other things exec producing for Netflix Hemlock Grove and the upcoming Narcos with Jose Padilha directing.
Life And Death In Eden, first published in 1997, chronicles the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Movies give Pontius Pilate a bad wrap. Yes, he gave the orders to crucify Jesus Christ. But check canonical Biblical writing and one finds a tinge of reluctance, a man of power caving under the peoples' demands. Plus, would we still be talking about God's Son if Pilate didn't off him in the grisliest way possible? Silver linings. Pending deals, the next on-screen Pilate could add all this nuance with a splash of smarmy charm. Deadline reports that "Game of Thrones" favorite Pedro Pascal is in talks to play Judaea's prefect in the upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur." The film is said to skew closer to Lew Wallace's 1880 novel than the 1959 Charlton Heston-led epic, which chronicled the parallel stories of Jewish prince-turned-slave Judah Ben-Hur's quest for revenge and Christ's Passion. The in the original film, Pilate presides over the major chariot race setpiece and orders Jesus' death. He »
- Matt Patches
Brancato, Bernard and Doug Miro penned the script.
Compte will play a cop on the show, which stars Brazilian thesp Wagner Moura as drug trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar.
“Narcos” is expected to debut on Netflix in 2015.
- Justin Kroll
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos flew to Colombia this week to meet President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss the upcoming original crime series Narcos as well as the country’s new cash rebate system.
Gaumont International Television is producing the series, the latest international production to take advantage of Colombia’s 40%-20% production rebate incentive.
Series director Jose Padilha also took part in the meeting, alongside Gaumont producers Eric Newman and Elisa Roth, Andres Calderon from Dynamo Productions, Proimagenes Colombia director Claudia Triana and Colombia film commissioner Silvia Echeverri.
Alongside President Santos on behalf of the Colombian government were minister of commerce, industry and tourism Cecilia Álvarez-Correa, minister of culture Mariana Garcés and minister of information technology and communications Diego Molano.
The cash rebate »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor and will have the most VFX shots of any film in the history of Brazilian cinema.
The work of Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado inspired one of the most ambitious films presented this year at the RioMarket (Sept 24 - Oct 8), the industry side of the Rio International Film Festival.
Currently in post-production, Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor, one of the more than 40 books written by Amado.
One of the most internationally celebrated Brazilian authors, Amado’s books have been published in 55 countries and translated into 49 languages. In sales, he was only surpassed by Paulo Coelho. Amado died in 2001, aged 88.
Published in 1961, Home Is The Sailor chronicles the arrival of an alleged Master Mariner in a small port city. Vasco Moscoso Aragão loves to tell larger than life stories of the sea, which always involving exotic locations and sexy women »
- email@example.com (Elaine Guerini)
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before. RoboCop will be directed by Jose Padilha and star Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) in the lead role of Alex Murphy/Robocop. The film also stars: Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel and Abbie Cornish. »
Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and Us markets.
StudioCanal, whose recent productions include Non-Stop and the upcoming Paddington, will act as a creative partner, financier, foreign sales entity, and direct distributor in their territories for Newman’s projects.
Grand Electric will be based in Los Angeles and will continue to develop and produce genre fare for which Newman is best known.
“We are in advanced development with Eric and Jose Padilha on Revenge and we look forward to many more films together.”
Newman left his post as the ranking production executive at Beacon Communications (Air Force One, Bring It On) in 2002 along with Beacon principals [link=nm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Producer Eric Newman’s newly-launched Grand Electric has inked a multi-year co-venture with Studiocanal.
Under the deal, Grand Electric will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and U.S. markets, while Studiocanal will act as a creative partner, financier and will handle international sales as well as distribute the movies in France, the U.K., Germany, Australia/New Zealand.
Says Newman, “I am extremely fortunate to be able to formalize what has been an incredibly important relationship to me. I look forward to being a part of the continuing expansion of Studiocanal as a stand-alone film content provider”.
Grand Electric will be based in L.A. and will continue to develop and produce Newman’s staple elevated genre fare.
Newman, who has been in the film business for over 20 years, has produced a flurry of highly successful films via Strike Entertainment, a production and finance shingle based at »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Producer Eric Newman has formed Grand Electric, a new shingle that starts with a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal that will enable him to acquire, develop and produce films for the European and U.S. markets. The company will be based in Los Angeles, and StudioCanal will be the financier, foreign sales entity and direct distributor in its stronghold territories.
It is the first overall deal that Newman has made since he and Marc Abraham split their Strike Entertainment partnership. Abraham wanted to concentrate on directing and is making the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light, with Tom Hiddleston playing Williams and Elizabeth Olsen playing Audrey Mae Williams. Newman has been busy exec producing the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and the upcoming Netflix drug war series Narcos, with Jose Padilha directing his Elite Squad lead Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in the pilot. Newman and Padilha bonded on the RoboCop remake. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Oscar-nominated actress Adriana Barraza has joined the cast of Netflix's new series “Narcos,” TheWrap has learned. Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose Padilha, series follows the cocaine drug cartels around the world and the efforts of law enforcement to stop them. Also read: Jennifer Aniston Joined by Brad Pitt's ‘Babel’ Co-Star in ‘Cake’ (Exclusive) Wagner Moura stars as Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, while “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal plays a Mexican DEA agent who's sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him. Barraza will play Pablo Escobar's mother, Hermilda Escobar. »
- Jeff Sneider
Broadway star Joanna Christie will play one of the female leads on Netflix's new drug cartel drama “Narcos,” TheWrap has learned. Christie is joining a cast led by Wagner Moura who will play infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, with Boyd Holbrook (“Milk”) and “Game of Thrones” alum Pedro Pascal playing DEA agents trying to take him down. Also read: Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry Join Netflix's ‘Grace & Frankie’ Christie has lined up the role of Connie, a nurse and the wife to Holbrook's character Steve Murphy. The series was written by Chris Brancato and will be directed by Jose Padilha. Netflix has ordered. »
- Linda Ge
Captain America: The Winter Soldier taps into current fears about surveillance and data-mining. Ryan looks at its subversive undertones...
Every generation carries with it a heavy payload of shared anxiety. A fear of nuclear annihilation permeated the Cold War era. The 1970s brought with it a distrust of leadership, as Richard Nixon's presidential authority crumbled in the wake of the Watergate scandal.
These collective preoccupations constantly find their way into the stories we share, not least in movies: Cold War paranoia manifested itself in 50s invasion science fiction; the distrust of the 1970s found its expression in such conspiracy thrillers as The Parallax View, The Marathon Man and Capricorn One.
For several years after the global financial crisis of 2008, a resentment towards banks, billionaires and corporate types became a common sight in movies. The comedy »
Today we have two international trailers for the upcoming "Rio, I Love You" anthology film, comprised of segments directed by different helmers. Check out the trailers below. Some of the directors include Vicente Amorim (Crossface), Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age), Jose Padilha (RoboCop), John Turturro (Fading Gigolo), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel). The new movie stars Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer and Harvey Keitel. It's set to hit theaters in Brazil on September 11th. No word on when we'll see it in Us. Trailer 1: Trailer 2: »
Okay, the World Cup might be over but that doesn't mean attention on Brazil will be fading away. After sojourns to Paris and New York, producers are now bringing the cinematic spotlight to Rio de Janeiro with the omnibus "Rio, I Love You" and two international trailers are here to preview the ten shorts that will make up the film. Featuring segments directed by Fernando Meirelles, Carlos Saldanha, José Padilha, John Turturro, Im Sang-soo, Stephan Elliott, Paolo Sorrentino, Guillermo Arriaga, Andrucha Waddington and Nadine Labaki with folks like Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer and Harvey Keitel taking roles, the formula is what you'd expect. Filmmakers and famous faces using gorgeous locations to tell stories of love and life, while making you want to book a ticket to South America. The omnibus formula by its nature can be hit or miss, but there's certainly some top shelf talent playing along here. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Anthology films have been a mainstay in cinema for a number of years, as numerous filmmakers take the opportunity to create short films around a specific subject, or rooted in a specific genre. One of the more well-received of these anthologies was 2007′s Paris, Je T’aime, which led to a New York, I Love You. Film fans were thus intrigued to learn that a third one was underway, this time focused on the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Titled Rio, Eu Te Amo, or Rio, I Love You, the anthology features works from directors such as Fernando Meirelles, Paolo Sorrentino, José Padilha, and John Turturro, with performances from Emily Mortimer, Vincent Cassel, Jason Isaacs, and Harvey Keitel. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
The post ‘Rio, Eu Te Amo’, the third entry in the city-focused anthology series, releases a »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The first Rio, I Love You trailers have gone online. The movie is the latest in the "Cities of Love" series, which includes Paris, je tamie and New York, I Love You. This latest anthology includes short segments from directors Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Carlos Saldanha (Rio), Im Sang-soo (The Housemaid), Stephan Elliott (Easy Virtue), Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel), Andrucha Waddington (Party Crashers), Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?), José Padilha (Elite Squad), and John Turturro (Fading Gigolo). Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten, Emily Mortimer, Harvey Keitel, and more appear in the segments. Hit the jump to check out the Rio, I Love You trailer. The movie opens in Brazil on September 11th, and while it doesn't have a U.S. release date, I'm sure it will open here eventually. I also wouldn't be surprised to see it pop up during the fall festivals. »
- Matt Goldberg
Following World Cup fever, Brazil is poised to get even more attention, at least internationally, with the romantic anthology Rio, I Love You, inspired by the previous projects Paris, je t'aime and New York, I Love You. As one would expect, two trailers showcase a charming collection of short stories, all set in some gorgeous and interesting locales in the South American setting, and it looks much better than the animated film which shares its title with the city as well. Directors like Fernando Meirelles (City of God), John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) and Jose Padilha (RoboCop) all directed segments, and it looks wonderful. Here's two international trailers for the anthology Rio, I Love You from YouTube (via The Film Stage): Rio, I Love You is an anthology of short stories following in the same footsteps as New York, I Love You and Paris, je t'aime. The film features shorts »
- Ethan Anderton
Chicago – After years of being envisioned with numerous directors (“Noah’s” Darren Aronofsky was once attached), a new version of “RoboCop” has arrived. While the original 80s classic stood out for its foresight into current cultural turmoil, this remake is more a product of movies of the past, and to be more specific, our recent beloved superhero movies.
This film from director Jose Padilha is a decent one, but it’s more like a prologue than a work that can stand on its own. This is the “Batman Begins” or “Man of Steel” of the hopeful new franchise installation, but without the same amount of intrigue as the former. Instead, “RoboCop” remains stuck between wanting to be dialogue-driven but also accessible with action. The camera itself has more movement than its hero, which makes for a couple dynamic scenes, but not an extraordinary protagonist.
“RoboCop” is not just the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The shows stars Wagner Moura as infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Mattos will play one of the founding members of the Escobar’s notorious Medellin cartel.
Broncato, Bernard and Doug Miro penned the script.
Mattos is repped by represented by Timaeus Group.
- Justin Kroll
The shows stars Wagner Moura as infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Sigman will play Escobar’s mistress in the series.
Broncato, Bernard and Doug Miro penned the script.
- Justin Kroll
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