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12 items from 2011

Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within Trailer

1 November 2011 9:05 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

I'm not quite sure why I still haven't seen Tropa de Elite (aka Elite Squad), the Brazilian crime flick directed by José Padilha and co-written by City of God screenwriter Bráulio Mantovani. I've heard many good things about it, and now that the sequel is about to get a North American release I think it may finally be time to get caught up. The original film followed the Bope, a special unit of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police, as they try to take down various drug kingpins in preparation for the Pope visiting the city. The sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, expands the scope of the battle to include politics as well. Thirteen years after the events of the first film, Captain Nascimiento (Wagner Moura) finds himself caught up in a political dispute after a prison riot, exposing corruption all the way up the chain of command. I »

- Sean

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‘Elite Squad 2′ Trailer: Scorsese-Style Crime Drama & Gritty Action

27 October 2011 8:01 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Filmmaker José Padilha has been making headlines around the movie blogosphere of late, thanks to his attachment to helm the RoboCop remake/reboot. However, he already has several acclaimed films under his belt, including the documentary Bus 174, the gritty crime drama Elite Squad – and its sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within.

A trailer has been unveiled for The Enemy Within, which is currently Brazil’s highest-grossing cinematic release of all time and has been earning major accolades while making its way through the festival circuit – including the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Based on this early theatrical preview, it’s easy to see why.

Padilha directed and co-wrote the Elite Squad sequel with his frequent collaborator: Oscar-nominee Bráulio Mantovani (City of ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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City Of God Director Fernando Meirelles Confirms Aristotle Onassis Biopic Will Be His Next Film; 360 Likely to Bypass Awards Season

13 October 2011 10:10 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Fernando Meirelles has yet to match his 2002 breakthrough film City of God, but he's cranked out some quality films since with The Constant Gardener and Blindness.  While I found his latest film, 360, to be incredibly disappointing, Meirelles is already looking to his next film: a biopic of Aristotle Onassis, the controversial shipping magnate who married JFK's widow Jackie in 1968.  As we reported back in April, Meirelles sees the film as "a sort of Godfather, with Onassis at the center."  The film is based on the Peter Evans book Nemesis and Meirelles says he plans to start shooting sometime next year. Hit the jump for some encouraging words from the Brazilian director on why his next film will be like his breakthrough film as well as details on distribution for 360. Meirelles tells The Playlist that his last three movies came to him, but like with City of God, he's developing »

- Matt Goldberg

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Fernando Meirelles Directing ‘Onassis’; Magnolia Picks Up His ’360’

13 October 2011 8:08 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He may have directed one of the best films of the last decade in City of God, yet news of another Fernando Meirelles project no longer interests me. After the good-but-not-nearly-as-important-as-it-thinks-it-is The Constant Gardener and Blindness, I lost enough interest in the filmmaker, to the point where I haven’t even bothered to look at anything from his latest, 360. (Jordan walking out of the Toronto screening last month feels like a vindication of this choice.)

So, please excuse yours truly if he doesn’t get all that excited from hearing about his next project, Onassis. Based on Peter Evans‘ Nemesis, it’s centered on the tough relationship between Aristotle Onassis — who, as you may know, married Jackie Kennedy post-jfk’s death — and JFK’s brother, Robert. Meirelles told ThePlaylist that they’ll “probably be shooting next autumn,” which means that casting hasn’t started just yet — but I expect that »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Legend Watch: Onassis Biopic, Bridges Wisdom & Music, Hoffman's HBO Luck

19 April 2011 10:22 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

- Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God, 360 in the works) plans to direct a biopic of Aristotle Onassis, adapted for the screen by his City of God scripter Bráulio Mantovani, based on Peter Evans’s best-selling book Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys. The film, thankfully, will simply be titled Onassis, and will focus on the Greek shipping tycoon's relationship with Robert Kennedy, not his second marriage--to Jackie Kennedy--for which he is better known (pictured together). As Vulture describes it: "As attorney general, Bobby had investigated Onassis’s sketchy international business practices and banned him from trading with the U.S., and Evans wrote that their rivalry over control of and access to »

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Aristotle Onassis Biopic In The Works

19 April 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Vulture is reporting that a biopic of Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate who died in 1975, is currently looking to be made by director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Bráulio Mantovani, the pair who respectively directed and wrote the brilliant Brazilian film City of God. The news alone that the pair are going to be working together on a new project is excellent, and I can’t wait for this project to reach our screens.

The film is said to be based on the book by Peter Evans, Nemesis: The True Story. Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down The Kennedys. The book looks at the early relationship between Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of John F. Kennedy, who married Onassis in 1968. Evans looks at the effect this had on the Kennedy family and the feud it created between them and Onassis, in particular with Robert Kennedy, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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City of God Director Fernando Meirelles to Helm Aristotle Onassis Biopic

19 April 2011 4:45 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener) is rejoining with his City of God penner Bráulio Mantovani on a biopic of Aristotle Onassis called, enough, Onassis. Vulture reports that it’s set up at France’s Pathe, and that Meirelles is said to have described the upcoming feature as:

a sort of Godfather, with Onassis at the center.”

The film, which is in early stages at this point, is based on Nemesis: The truth Story of…, Peter Evans’s biography of Aristotle Onassis, Ari that uncovers the shocking height of the Kennedy-Onassis-Kennedy love triangle: Onassis was at the heart of the conspiracy to slay Bobby Kennedy!

Carefully tracing Onassis’ relations in the world of terrorism, Nemesis presents convincing evidence that Ari financed the elimination– including an upsetting confession that has gone unreported for almost thirty years.

The Greek shipping magnate is today best known for marrying Jacqueline Kennedy the widow of President John F. Kennedy. »

- Nikola Mraovic

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Fernando Meirelles Planning Onassis Biopic

19 April 2011 4:44 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Constant Gardener" and "City Of God" director Fernando Meirelles is re-teaming with 'God' scribe Bráulio Mantovani on "Onassis", a potentially controversial biopic of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and his relationship with the Kennedys reports Vulture.

Based on Peter Evans’ book “Nemesis”, the story will apparently focus on Aristotle’s contentious relationship with Bobby Kennedy, the latter had Onassis' business practices investigated and barred him from trading within the United States.

Evans asserts that the power struggle, which included a battle over access to Jackie O, got so heated that Aristotle eventually helped finance the assassination of Bobby. Meirelles sees it as "a sort of Godfather, with Onassis at the center". »

- Garth Franklin

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Aristotle Onassis Biopic Coming From 'City of God' Director Fernando Meirelles

18 April 2011 11:34 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Director Fernando Meirelles (City of GodThe Constant Gardener, Blindness) is reuniting with his 'City of God' screenwriter, Bráulio Mantovani for a biopic on Aristotle Onassis, a shipping magnate who achieved much success in his lifetime. Though a renown business man, Onassis is best known for having married the widow of President John F. KennedyJacqueline Kennedy. The film, simply titled 'Onassis,' is said to be based on the best-selling book from author Peter Evans, 'Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys.' Why the movie isn't opting for a brief title like that is anybody's guess. The book centers on a feud between Onassis and John F. Kennedy's younger brother, Robert Kennedy in which Robert had banned Onassis from trading with the United States. Meirelles is said to have described the upcoming film as:  "a sort of Godfather, »

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Fernando Meirelles is Also Developing a Biopic on Aristotle Onassis

18 April 2011 7:04 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

This may not be the City of God reunion anyone was expecting, but it has the potential to be great anyway. Given that The Kennedys got shafted, that may be making way for a whole different kind of Kennedy story. Vulture reports that City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness director Fernando Meirelles (L) is re-teaming with screenwriter Bráulio Mantovani, who wrote City of God, to develop a biopic called Onassis about the infamous Aristotle Onassis, who is said to be behind the two assassinations of the Kennedys. And they're going epic on this. Meirelles "sees it as a sort of Godfather, with Onassis at the center." Bring it on! For those who don't know, Aristotle Onassis was a prominent Greek shipping magnate of the 20th century. He married the widow of President JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy, in 1968. This will be based on Peter Evans' best-selling book Nemesis: The True »

- Alex Billington

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Fernando Meirelles Will Give Aristotle Onassis The Godfather Treatment

18 April 2011 5:30 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

No one in Hollywood has come close to recreating the epic tapestry of power, politics and family (not to mention machine gun murders) onscreen that Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola established with The Godfather. That doesn't mean they aren't trying. Just today, director Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener) and screenwriter Bráulio Mantovani (City of God) announced that they are developing a similarly ambitious project which will center on Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, his sketchy business dealings and his sketchier involvement with the Kennedy family. »

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Look Out Camelot, Fernando Meirelles Developing Biopic 'Onassis'

18 April 2011 3:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While it didn't get more glamorous when John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier tied the knot, after the President passed on she entered another high profile power marriage with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. And now it looks he's about to get his own movie that will profile his touchy relationship with the Kennedys. Vulture reports that director Fernando Meirelles is teaming with his "City Of God" screenwriter Bráulio Mantovani on the appropriately named "Onassis." Based on Peter Evans’ book "Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys" the… »

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