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TV Review: Lifetime’s ‘Beautiful & Twisted’

29 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Being unabashedly trashy can be pretty entertaining, and Lifetime takes the plunge — a little too deeply in places — with “Beautiful & Twisted.” A ripped-from-the-headlines tale of sex and murder, this fact-based story about the comicbook-loving heir to a hotel fortune who married, and was murdered by, a stripper, is produced by and stars Rob Lowe. But it’s Paz Vega’s turn as a beyond-soap-opera femme fatale that should have people buzzing. Seemingly cognizant of its camp qualities, the movie finally can’t sustain its initial energy, and the violence proves needlessly graphic. Not that those shortcomings will detract from its ratings appeal.

Lowe plays Ben Novack Jr., who grew up surrounded by the opulence provided by his family’s ownership of Miami Beach’s Fountainebleau Hotel, and narrates his own sordid tale from beyond the grave. Like many a rich man (especially in Lifetime movies), he’s undone by an alluring woman — in this case, »

- Brian Lowry

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Black or White,' 'Chef,' 'The Blacklist,' & More (Video)

29 January 2015 6:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, Kevin Costner stars as a grieving widower fighting for custody of his granddaughter opposite Octavia Spencer in "Black or White," Jon Favreau's crowd-favorite movie "Chef" is available to stream on Netflix, and the Seattle Seahawks battle the New England Patriots this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Et on NBC followed by the mid-season premiere of "The Blacklist," starring James Spader, directly after the big game.

Also in theaters this weekend: "Project Almanac" follows a group of teens who discover secret directions for a time machine and ill-advisedly construct one. In "The Loft," five married men share a penthouse to carry out their fantasies and affairs. But the dream soon becomes a nightmare after a woman is found dead in the loft. In "Amira & Sam," an army veteran's unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant is put to the test when she is faced with the prospect of deportation. »

- Jonny Black

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Antonio Saura Heads Up Latido Films (Exclusive)

22 January 2015 4:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Spanish producer Antonio Saura (“The City of No Limits,” “Fados,” “Silence in the Snow”), also co-deputy chair of the European Film Academy, has been appointed executive director of Madrid-based world sales company Latido Films, a force not only in Spain but also Latin America and, increasingly, Eastern Europe.

Latido’s Berlin Fest slate will feature one of Saura’s latest productions, selected Wednesday for its Culinary Cinema section: “Sherry & The Mystery of Palo Cortado,” helmed by Jose Luis Lopez Linares, Spain’s foremost docu-feature filmmaker.

A delegate producer on Alex de la Iglesia’s milestone 1995 genre comedy “The Day of the Beast,” when he worked for Andres Vicente Gomez at Iberoamericana Films, Saura was also a founder of the Media Business School, one of the E.U.’s major audiovisual training initiatives. He replaces Silvia Iturbe, who guided Latido’s diversification into non-Latino films as production levels have plunged in Spain, »

- John Hopewell

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