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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Instead it left eleven dead and led to Brown’s capture, after which he was found guilty of treason and hanged. The notoriety of his violent attacks are credited with sparking the Civil War.
Esposito will also star in the project as Frederick Douglass, a freed slave-turned-abolitionist and orator who declined to join the Harper’s Ferry attack.
Jose Rivera ("Motorcycle Diaries," "On The Road") adapted the script from Evan Carton's 2006 book. Esposito, Keith Sweitzer, Robert Knott, Jesse Singer and David Johnson will produce. Filming aims to begin early in the Summer.
Source: TV Week »
- Garth Franklin
As Gus Fring, he was the most compelling, calculating and then (spoiler alert) cooked villain on Breaking Bad. But in real life Giancarlo Esposito is really a friendly, charming bloke. He’s also a director and has set his sights on a new project, an adaptation of Evan Carton’s book Patriotic Treason, in which he’s also planning to star alongside Ed Harris.The full title of Carton’s book – which Jose Rivera will adapt – is Patriotic Treason: John Brown and The Soul Of America, which follows the man who planned an attack in 1859 on a ferry carrying slaves. His hope was to kick-start a slave uprising, but the incident left 11 dead and Brown in custody. He was eventually found guilty of treason and hanged, and ionically, despite being decried as a violent lunatic, his actions did help spark the Civil War. Harris will be Brown, while Esposito is playing freed-slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglas, »
The Austin Film Festival keeps the typewriter smoking this summer with its recent announcement of this year's second round of conference panelists, which includes Dfw-area filmmaker David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) and Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries).
From October 24-31, Lowery and Rivera (and maybe even you) will join the minds behind such films as the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey, (500) Days of Summer, The Silence of the Lambs, Fight Club and television shows like Veronica Mars, House of Cards and Breaking Bad.
There wouldn't be panelists if there weren't panels. Aff will continue its "Conversation With..." series, which joins filmmakers and moviegoers for in-depth, one-on-one discussions about their experiences in the industry.
Participants include this year's Aff Outstanding Contribution to Filmmaking honoree, director Jonathan Demme, who won an Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs; creator/executive producer of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, who is this year's »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
Los Angeles, June 18 (Ians/Efe) Jennifer Lopez is the latest addition to the cast of "The 33", a film based on the story of survival of the miners trapped for more than two months below ground after a mine collapse in northern Chile, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.
J.Lo joins a cast led by Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, who plays Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner who earned the nickname "Super Mario" during the saga.
Filming will begin this fall in Chile under the direction of Patricia Riggen.
- Smith Cox
About a month ago we had a little chat about the upcoming miner drama titled The 33, so I’m sure you already know that Antonio Banderas is set to star in the whole thing, right? Well, guess what, now comes the word that Jennifer Lopez is on board for the Chilean Miners’ story, too! Zorro & Selena together on the big screen? Why not, sign us in! So, at this moment we know that La Misma Luna helmer Patricia Riggen is on board to direct the whole thing from a script written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera, which is based on the story of »
- Jeanne Standal
Banderas is set to play Mario Sepulveda, “the charismatic miner nicknamed ‘Super Mario’, Sheen will play the father of a miner and Santorowill play one of the other trapped miners.
Source: THR »
- Philip Sticco
Recently Jennifer Lopez has limited her cinematic work to frothy rom-coms such as The Back–Up Plan and What To Expect When You’re Expecting and her action-adjacent role in Parker. For her next film, she’s going for some more serious drama, signing on to co-star with Antonio Banderas in true-life Chilean miner pic The 33.Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro are also aboard the movie, which finds Patricia Riggen directing from a script by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera.The 33 will follow the tense 69 days in 2010 during which 33 miners were trapped following a collapse at the San Jose Mine. Among those stuck underground were Mario Sepulveda, who became known as “Super Mario” thanks to his efforts to help his fellow workers and his charismatic attitude. Banderas is on to play him, with Santoro as one of the other miners. Sheen will play a father desperately waiting for news of his trapped son. »
In 2010, tragedy struck a Chilean mining community in San Jose as a cave-in left 33 miners trapped, presumed dead. However, it soon transpired that all 33 men were alive and after 69 days the men were rescued without a single fatality. Just a year later, Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy picked up the rights and began working on a cinematic retelling. Antonio Banderas is part of the cast and now Jennifer Lopez has also joined the production. Banderas, alongside Rodrigo Santoro, will play two of the miners with Martin Sheen as a father of one of the miners. It is guessed that Jennifer Lopez will play the role of one of their wives.
The 33 is a true and inspiring tale which will be directed by Patricia Riggen, whose film La Misma Luna brought her international acclaim. Scripted by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera, the film is aiming for a 2014 release date.
Source: THR »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
We reported in May that Antonio Banderas will play the miner Mario Sepulveda, a.k.a. Super Mario, with Martin Sheen playing Mario's father and Rodrigo Santoro playing another one of the 33 miners, who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. No details were given regarding Jennifer Lopez's role.
The film is based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped underground for 69 days in 2010.
Banderas is playing the role of the charismatic miner Mario Sepulveda. Santoro is one of his trapped co-workers, while Sheen will play a miner’s father.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Dapper Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will be playing Mario Sepulveda, the second miner to surface; nicknamed Super Mario, he became the face of the miners and the "breakout" media star of the group. Martin Sheen is on board to play a father of one of the miners, and Rodrigo Santoro will play the first miner to be rescued. "The 33" will be produced by Mike Medavoy ("Black Swan," "Shutter Island," "All the King's Men"), who was the first to snag the rights to the miners' story.
The movie, from a script by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera, will depict the struggles of the trapped miners, their worried families, and the people organizing the rescue. The miners contributed to the script, »
- Jenni Miller
In her first major role since starring with Jason Statham in the thriller Parker , actress, singer and former "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez has joined Antonio Banderas in the Chilean miner drama The 33 , directed by La Misma Luna 's Patricia Riggen. The rights to the Chilean Miners' story, who were rescued after being trapped for 69 days underground in a San Jose mine, were picked up by veteran Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy in 2011, who had a screenplay drafted by screenwriters by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera with plans to start production in Chile this Fall. So far, Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro ( 300 ) and Martin Sheen have also been cast in what is expected to be a large ensemble film with Santoro joining Banderas' "Super Mario" Sepulveda »
Los Angeles, May 22 (Ians/Efe) Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will star in "The 33", a film based on the story of survival of the miners buried for more than two months in a mine in northern Chile, Variety reported.
Banderas will portray Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner who earned the nickname "Super Mario".
- Lohit Reddy
New York, May 21: Antonio Banderas will star in 'The 33' as 'Super Mario' Sepulveda, who was the second miner to be rescued and the survivors' spokesperson following their 69 days trap in 2010.
The movie's producer Mike Medavoy made the announcement on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Daily News reported.
- Shiva Prakash
The 33, the upcoming film about the Chilean mining accident that left 33 men trapped underground for 69 days, has promised to assemble an ensemble cast, and thus far it has done a pretty solid job doing so. Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro have all been announced as being part of the new movie, and today Variety has learned that yet another star has been added to the project's ranks. Antonio Banderas, who will soon be seen in Pedro Almodóvar's comedy I'm So Excited, has landed a part in The 33 playing Mario Sepulveda, one of the trapped miners who earned the nickname .Super Mario.. According to the trade, the film will be based on the true events, which occurred in 2010, and tell the story of both the miners stuck a half mile beneath the Earth and "the international effort to rescue them." Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera penned the screenplay »
Antonio Banderas will star in The 33, a joint Chilean-American effort, led by Mexican director Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna). The Zorro performer is set to portray the role of Mario Sepulveda, a charismatic miner known as ‘Super Mario’ who de facto host of the miners’ video journals from underground. Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro (300) are also set to star in The 33, the story of the 2010 Copiapó mining accident written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera that will be brought to the big screen for the first time. Santoro will star as the group’s second-in-command, Florencio Ávalos who was selected as the »
- Nick Martin
Antonio Banderas is set to star in The 33, which is a film based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days in 2010 before being rescued. According to the report, Banderas will play Mario Sepulveda in the film, who is described as "the charismatic miner known as Super Mario."
The film will "recount the events surrounding the mine’s collapse and the subsequent rescue efforts, both from the miners’ perspective and those of the families and rescuers above, culminating in the emotional retrieval of all 33 miners." The script was written in collaboration with the miners themselves. The movie will also cover "the never-before told story of their first 17 days underground, before contact was made, details »
- Joey Paur
It's been nearly three years since the headline-making Chilean miner accident captivated millions around the world as an international effort was made to save 33 miners who became trapped in a copper and gold mine, half a mile beneath the surface, for 69 dyas. More than a billion people tuned in to the 24-hour coverage of the rescue effort, and it was only a matter of time before a film chronicled the disaster. Shortly after the rescue, Javier Bardem was said to be involved with a film about the event, but now Variety has word Antonio Banderas will lead The 33 as Mario Sepulveda, who came to be known as “Super Mario.” Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro (300, The Last Stand) are also part of the film from writers Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera and director Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) will be at the helm. Producer Mike Medavoy (who worked with »
- Ethan Anderton
What Hollywood knows better than anyone, is that truth is not only stranger than fiction but it also has the potential for adaptation. The latest real-life human tragedy ready for cinema treatment is that of the Chilean mining disaster back in 2010. The incident which trapped 33 Chilean miners underground for 69 days obviously attracted attention as human suffering makes for compelling viewing. Aptly titled, The 33, Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen have signed on to star as two of the miners.
Banderas, who just finished work on Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups, will play Mario Sepulveda. Dubbed by the press as Super Mario, Sepulveda was responsible for the men’s video journals sent topside to keep the rest of the world in the loop. Sheen’s role has yet to be revealed, though he’d be suited to play the onscreen counterpart of Luis Urzula, the foreman who lead the men to safety or Mario Gomez, »
- Gem Seddon
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