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4 items from 2009

Pablo Escobar - Child of the cocaine cartels

3 December 2009 4:00 PM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

For years, we've been promised a big-budget movie about the Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar. Various rival Escobar projects have been racing to complete their financing. Edgar Ramirez, who co-starred in The Bourne Ultimatum, is in the frame to play Escobar in Killing Pablo, a very long-gestating project about how Escobar was hunted down by the Us Army Special Forces and the Colombian army. Various other actors have also been linked with the role of notorious drugs boss, among them Javier Bardem. Meanwhile, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has long been linked with a rival Escobar film that Oliver Stone is to produce. »

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Carlos the Jackal pic heads to TV, theaters

9 November 2009 8:07 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Terrorist Carlos the Jackal is coming to the Sundance Channel and then to U.S. theaters via IFC Films.

The Sundance Channel will air the three-part French miniseries "Carlos," directed by Olivier Assayas, in the spring.

Under a deal struck at the Amrican Film Market, IFC Films will then distribute a shortened version of the miniseries in the fall, both in theaters and as a simultaneous VOD offering.

The film stars Edgar Ramirez, of "Che" and "Domino," as Illich Ramirez Sanchez, who was known as Carlos the Jackal, the mastermind behind a wave of assassinations and terrorist attacks that swept Europe and the Middle East in the '70s and '80s. The film, which was shot in Austria, France, Germany, Hungary and Morocco with an international cast, was produced by Studio Canal and Film En Stock's Daniel Leconte and Jens Meuer in association with Sundance Channel. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Assayas' 'Carlos the Jackal' ready for both the Silver & Small Screen

21 July 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A constant source of fascination and inspiration, our understanding of the "Jackal" was perhaps better served not in the trio of fiction films made about him (with Bruce Willis as the most recent impersonation) but in Barbet Schroeder's Terror's Advocate a couple of years back. Carlos the Jackal is both the subject, and title for Oliver Assayas' latest project. The five month shoot took place in France, Germany and Lebanon with Che Part 1: The Argentine's Edgar Ramirez plays the infamous Ramirez Sanchez. The TV drama made of three 90-minute episodes will also be released theatrically as a two-hour feature. Co-written by Assayas and Dan Franck, this traces the life of Carlos (currently serving a life sentence in a French prison) from 1973-1994. Full of violence and secret-service manipulation, the story includes the 1974 bomb attack on the Publicis Drugstore in Paris, the 1975 hostage-taking of 11 Opec ministers in Vienna and several planned assassinations. »

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Bourne Trilogy’ Sets Bar For Blu-Ray Box Sets

21 January 2009 7:48 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Your Blu-Ray collection should expand by three movies next week when “The Bourne Trilogy” finally hits the format in a beautiful three-disc box with perfect picture and sound and an amazing collection of special features.

Loaded with hours of special features and with some of the best picture and sound that has yet been produced for the format, “The Bourne Trilogy,” including “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” in one collector’s case, is a very early contender for best box set of the year. It’s a must-have for action fans, movie collectors, and nearly everyone with a Blu-Ray player.

The Bourne Trilogy is released by Universal Home Video on January 27th, 2009.

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Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne, a highly trained assassin on the run from a shadowy government agency through three movies, each one better than the film that came before. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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