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Los Cabos Honors Guillermo Arriaga

Los Cabos Honors Guillermo Arriaga
Los Cabos – Joined by producers Alex Garcia and Lucas Akoskin, plus cast Sarai Givaty, Emilio Echeverria, Chico Diaz and Richa Chadda, Mexico’s scribe-helmer Guillermo Arriaga received a Tribute award Friday night from Los Cabos Festival at the Spanish-world premiere of the religion-themed omnibus feature “Words With Gods,” which Arriaga originated.

A nine fiction-short omnibus feature,”Words With Gods” sees name directors – Arriaga, Hector Babenco, Warwick Thornton, Mira Nair, Hideo Nakata, Amos Gitai, Alex de la Iglesia, Emir Kusturica, Bahman Ghobadi – focus on stories related to a religion close to them.

Accompanying Arriaga, “Words With Gods” producer Garcia said that it is “the first of four films which table themes we are not allowed to discuss,” reiterating that the next will be about sex, politics and drugs.

Words With Gods’ is an attempt to open up a breach, a dialog. We believe nobody should be rejected or killed because of their religious,
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Los Cabos International Film Festival

Every year in November in Los Cabos, one of the most beautiful places in Mexico, 14,000 attendees, 450 industry professionals, and national and international media join together to celebrate film.

This year the Hurricane Odile took out Los Cabos and we feared for the festival. However, it has survived and its third edition, renamed from “Baja International Film Festival, Los Cabos” to “ Los Cabos International Film Festival ” has added three new sections.

You will find me there for this third edition November 12 – 16, where the Mexican film industry, its cultural and commercial partners in North America meet with invited guests to watch and discuss the best in cinema today.

Read more about its 2014 Official Selection program here. Nine films are in Competition from Mexico, U.S. and Canada, competing for Usd $15,000 cash, six Mexican productions – the first or second film by directors will compete for Usd $15,000 in the Mexico First Section.

The Festival’s three new sections to be presented in its Third Edition are Green Perspective, B-Side and Sunset.

Green Perspective is a section that present stories that generate awareness and force us to reflect on our responsibilities with the environment and the urgent need to create a harmonious coexistence among all the links part of this planet. The films in this new section are:

• “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” by Grant Baldwin. (Canada– Latin American Premiere).

• “México Pelágico” (“Deep-Sea Mexico”) by Jerónimo Prieto (Mexico, 2014).

• “ThuleTuvalu” by Matthias von Gunten (Switzerland- Latin American Premiere).

The theater chain, Cinemex will present this as part of the Festival’s Free Outdoor Screenings Program to be held at Plaza Mijares in San José del Cabo.

The Festival also launches, B Side, showcasing the best films portraying music, providing both sonorous and visual enjoyment. The three films presented this year are:

• “20,000 Days on Earth” by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (U.K. – Mexican Premiere). After its Sundance 2014 premiere, Hanway picked it up for international sales and has sold it to Drafthouse Films for U.S. as well as to Benelux (Remain In Light Belgium), Brazil (Zeta Filmes), Denmark (Camera Film A/S), Norway (Tour De Force As), Poland (Gutek Film Ltd), Spain (Avalon Distribucion Audiovisual), Sweden (Nonstop Entertainment Ab), U.K. ( Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd/ Picturehouse Entertainment).

• “For Those About To Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela” by Alejandro Franco Fernández (Mexico– Latin American Premiere).

• “God Help the Girl” by Stuart Murdoch (U.K.– Mexican Premiere).

This film also premiered at Sundance and is also repped by Hanway and has sold to Amplify (Los Angeles) for the U.S. and to So. Korea (Challan), Spain (Avalon Distribucion Audiovisual), Taiwan ( Atom Cinema).

The third new section, Sunset, intends to provoke with genres of horror, science fiction and black comedy.

“Over Your Dead Body” by Takashi Miike (Japan – Latin American Premiere) premiered at Pusan Film Festival and is being sold internationally by Celluloid Dreams and Mongrel Media. “Spring” by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (U.S.A. – Mexican Premiere) presented in collaboration with Morbido Fest. Xyz both produced and is the international sales agent for this film which will debut at this year’s American Filkm Market. “What We Do in the Shadows” by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (New Zealand, U.S. – Latin American Premiere) also premiered in Sundance and played in Midnight Madness at Tiff. Elle Driver picked it up at its Sundance premiere and has licensed the film to Unison Films for U.S., Australia (Madman Entertainment), Germany (Weltkino Filmverleih Gmbh), Japan (Shochiku Co., Ltd), Russia (Volgafilm), Sweden (Njutafilms), U.K. ( Metrodome Distribution). Within the framework of the second Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, that supports Mexican filmmakers’ projects in development and in post, the Festival is honoring Gabriel Figueroa, one of the greatest filmmakers of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. In collaboration with photographer Gabriel Figueroa Flores, keeper and film restorer of his father's legacy, the photo exhibition "Homage to Gabriel Figueroa" will be presented, highlighting the work of the cinematographer in several foreign productions filmed in Mexico, including "The Pearl" (1945), "The Fugitive" (1947) and "The Night of the Iguana" (1962).

Los Cabos Film Festival is proud to have as guests, prominent Mexican celebrities who will get together at the red carpets and the Festival events, including Guillermo Arriaga, Ilse Salas, Tenoch Huerta, Sofía Espinosa, Sophie Alexander Katz, Marimar Vega, Luis Ernesto Franco, Erick Elias, Eiza González, Dolores Heredia, Maya Zapata, Chema Yazpik, Patricia Garza, Irene Azuela, Natalia Lafourcade, Tessa Ia, among others.

Among international celebrities confirmed to date are Atom Egoyan (Canada), Denys Arcand (Quebec), Xavier Dolan (Quebec), Frank Grillo (USA), DJ Cotrona (USA), Leonor Varela (Chile), Natalia Tena (UK), Eric Bruneau (Quebec), Sarai Givaty (Israel) and Rich

The Festival will give away 7,000 tickets for Cinemex screenings and 500 tickets for the Opening Gala, 500 tickets for Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy”’s Gala and 500 tickets for “Words with God”’s Gala, and 800 tickets for the Closing Gala.

As part of its commitment to Los Cabos, the Festival will donate to the Municipal Dif (National System for Integral Family Development) 8% of total sales. To promote social support and the provision of services that contribute to the protection, care and improvement of vulnerable groups.

American actress Rosario Dawson will present the Latin American Premier of Atom Egoyan’s “ The Captive” (2014), and will have the honor to grant the Tribute Award to Mr. Egoyan. Dawson plays a detective in the film by the Canadian Director, investigating Cassandra’s case that was abruptly kidnapped; this begins a horrifying race against time where the detective herself must play her part in unraveling the mystery of her disappearance and freeing her from captivity.

Its press conference in Mexico City on October 31st, more details will be announced.

Come And See What The Neighbors Are Doing Mexico, USA and Canada showcase their best films to the world.
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‘The Legend of Hercules’ Review

Stars: Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Gaia Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, Johnathon Schaech, Luke Newberry, Kenneth Cranham, Mariah Gale, Sarai Givaty | Written by Sean Hood, Daniel Giat | Directed by Renny Harlin

One of Three films released this year (the other two films surprisingly both star former WWE wrestlers) based on the classic character from Greek mythology, The Legend of Hercules stars Kellan Lutz as the titular hero Hercules, in an epic origin story from iconic action director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Long Kiss Goodnight) and writer Sean Hood – who co-wrote the recent Conan the Barbarian remake as well as penning the original story for a personal horror favourite of mine, Midnight Movie.

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king (played by the always awesome Scott Adkins). Borne of god and mortal,
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Film Review: Kellan Lutz as ‘The Legend of Hercules’ a Summer Blockbuster Action Wannabe

Chicago – Big-budget Hollywood is struggling to find new stories, which is why we sometimes see the same ones two, three or even 10 times. Sometimes they’re days or months apart. And sometimes they shouldn’t have been made in the first place and just were to profit from a beloved story or hero.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

Here’s a thing that sure makes you go hmmm. The plot synopsis for “The Legend of Hercules,” which stars Kellan Lutz of “Twilight” fame and opened on Jan. 10, 2014 from the producers of “The Expendables,” is:

The Legend of Hercules” is the origin story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather (the king) and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

The plot synopsis for “Hercules,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and opens just 6 months
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Action stars flood in for 'The Expendables 3' teaser trailer

We have added the teaser trailer for Lionsgate Film's third "Expendables" movie, "The Expendables 3." The all star action epic stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Sarai Givaty. Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has
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Kellan Lutz and Liam McIntyre Star in New 'Hercules: The Legend Begins' Trailer

Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Gaia Weiss and "Spartacus" star Liam McIntyre feature in the new full movie trailer for Millenium Film's upcoming action fantasy, "Hercules: The Legend Begins."Directed by by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Deep Blue Sea), the film should not be mistaken for the big budget Paramount Pictures "Hercules" film also released next year. That version is titled "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" and stars Dwayne Johnson.This take on the Greek legend, titled "Hercules: The Legend Begins," also stars Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech Roxanne McKee, Rade Serbedzija, Luke Newberry, Kenneth Cranham and Sarai Givaty.A release date for "Hercules: The Legend Begins" has yet to be announced, but it is expected for release in the early part of 2014.In
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New writer for The Wolverine, plus casting rumours round-up

Hugh Jackman'S next X-Men spin-off, The Wolverine, is getting a rewrite.

Confirming a recent rumour we had heard, Variety reports that Mark Bomback has been enlisted to rework Christopher McQuarrie's screenplay for the 20th Century Fox project.

Bomback wrote Die Hard 4, Unstoppable, Race to Witch Mountain, Bryan Singer's upcoming Jack The Giant Killer and the new remake of Total Recall. He also scripted 2008 crime drama Deception, which starred Jackman.

With James Mangold directing, The Wolverine will see the metal-clawed hero "suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and tragedy."

Variety adds that the entire cast will comprise Japanese and Japanese-American actors except for "a newly-expanded character named Viper, who's the Caucasian secretary for Japan's Minister of Justice."

Viper is a terrorist and assassin from Marvel's comics; she has affiliations with The Hand, an organised
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Sarai Givaty Vying for the Role of a Sexy Huntress in Hugh Jackman's The Wolverine

Courtesy of Abbanibi Israeli Hottie Sarai Givaty Is reportedly doing really well in the auditions for ‘The Wolverine,’ the next installment in the X-Men movie franchise. Apparently Givaty has already passed two auditions for the role of one of Wolverine’s sexy hunters, and now she’s set for an audition with the movie’s director, James Mangold Sarai Givaty has already claimed her fame when she guest- starred in the #1 TV show ‘NCIS’ as Ziva’s nemesis, and she recently finish filming ‘Black Velvet’ opposite Ray Wise (‘Twin Peaks,’ ’24′). She’s currently finishing recording her debut album in Israel, from which the first single has already been released, called ‘Paris’. I saw her guest appearance in NCIS, and she was terrific at playing a strong devious character that was Ziva's adversary. If the huntress role is from the comic books, I can't think of one that would fit the Frank Miller japanese sage.
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NCIS Sneak Peek: Ziva vs. Liat!

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We're all on the same side here ... or are we?

This week on NCIS, the Israelis came to town, and Ziva not only reunited with her father, but met his new Ziva. To call "Enemies Foreign" a weighty episode would be understating it.

Despite the obvious friction with Liat (guest star Sarai Givaty), both Ziva 1.0 and 2.0 had the same goal in mind. But will that change in next week's conclusion, "Enemies Domestic"?

From the looks of this sneak preview clip, well ... see for yourself:

Enemies Domestic: Extended Preview
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NCIS Review: "Enemies Foreign"

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It's amazing that after seven-plus seasons as one of the most consistently compelling shows on TV, NCIS still finds another gear with certain story arcs, one of which began Tuesday.

When Ziva's father makes a surprise visit to the U.S., NCIS must ensure his protection. But in "Enemies Foreign," the adversary was formidable and the mystery deeper than usual.

Eli David (played incredibly by Michael Nouri) was riveting in every scene, but never more so than when reuniting with Ziva, the daughter he raised, only to abandon in the desert.

Family Reunion: This one would be a psychologist's nightmare.

Ziva obviously resents her father and all he represents, and his steely justification for his actions hit like a ton of bricks: With the fate of Israel in his hands, he will not act on emotion.

Give Eli David credit for brevity, if nothing else. The man did not blow smoke in that situation.
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NCIS Promo: "Enemies Foreign"

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As we discussed in our NCIS review, Ziva's history nearly came back to haunt her when some shady Middle Eastern arms dealers recognized her in last night's episode.

Next week, there's no question that the Israeli native's past takes center stage as her father, Eli David, attends an NCIS conference, which leads to some big surprises.

Michael Nouri reprises the role of Eli, while Sarai Givaty also guest stars as their country's intelligence liaison, charged with protecting the controversial Mossad chief.

For more on this two-part story arc, check out these interviews with Cote De Pablo (Ziva) and Rocky Carroll (Vance). Then see the first promo for "Enemies Foreign" below ...

Enemies Foreign Promo
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Sarai Givaty to Guest Star on NCIS

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Looks like NCIS' Ziva David is being replaced, personally and professionally.

No, Cote de Pablo's character is not leaving the show. But Israeli actress/model Sarai Givaty has just been cast in a multi-episode story arc next month as Liat, an Israeli intelligence office liaison charged with keeping Ziva’s father, Eli David, dad out of harm’s way.

Sarai Givaty is the new Ziva ... on the Mossad side, that is.

Naturally, this being Ziva, she does what any smart, self-confident tough chick would: She has a knock-down, drag-out fight with the new “her.” Hmm. Our money's on Z.

This casting news, courtesy of EW, offers yet another clue about Vance's story line and the return of Eli David scheduled for this fall. It will be interesting to watch unfold.

There's also the matter of who she's been conversing with since her stint in Miami, which is bound
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'NCIS,' 'House,' 'Glee,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Grey's,' and more!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'NCIS,' 'House,' 'Glee,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Grey's,' and more!
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: NCIS scoop, please! —Milea

Ausiello: Ziva’s about to get a major rival. Israeli actress/model Sarai Givaty (pictured) has just been cast in a November-sweeps arc as Liat, a Mossad liaison charged with keeping Ziva’s dad out of harm’s way. Before long, Ziva-With-a-z is feeling replaced both professionally and personally, so she does what any smart, self-confident tough chick would: She has a knock-down, drag-out fight with the new “her.
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My Own Worst Enemy: Watch the Last Episode of the Christian Slater TV Show

NBC has certainly had some problems attracting viewers. One of their biggest trouble spots has been Monday nights at 10pm. Great shows like Journeyman, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Black Donnellys have all tried and failed. My Own Worst Enemy hasn't done any better.

My Own Worst Enemy centers around Henry Spivey (Christian Slater), an everyday businessman with a wife (Madchen Amick) and two kids (Taylor Lautner, and Bella Thorne). Unbeknown to even himself, Henry has another identity as an operative and trained killer named Edward Albright.

In this second persona, he works for a secret spy organization under the supervision of Mavis Heller (Alfre Woodard). He's frequently partnered with Tom Grady/Raymond Carter (Mike O'Malley). Other performers include Omid Abtahi, Saffron Burrows, James Cromwell, Sarai Givaty, Mark Ivanir, Mindy Sterling, Missy Yager, Eugenia Yuan, and Louis Giambalvo.

The show debuted on October 13, 2008 on NBC and attracted a
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My Own Worst Enemy: Co-Star Tries to Understand TV Show Cancellation

The NBC TV show that brought Christian Slater to weekly television was cancelled after just four weeks on the air. Production shut down after nine episodes and NBC plans to air them all. One of the series' stars, Madchen Amick, is confused by the decision to cancel the show but has a theory about why it happened.

My Own Worst Enemy is an action drama follows a man (Slater) with two distinct identities -- Henry Spivey and Edward Albright. Henry, his wife (Amick), and children (Taylor Lautner, and Bella Thorne) all believe that he's a mild-mannered family man. Meanwhile, Edward is a super spy who works under supervisor Mavis Heller (Alfre Woodard) and is partnered with fellow operative Raymond Carter (Mike O'Malley). Others in the cast include Omid Abtahi, Saffron Burrows, James Cromwell, Sarai Givaty, Mark Ivanir, Mindy Sterling, Missy Yager, Eugenia Yuan, and Louis Giambalvo.

Despite a lot of high-profile promotion,
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My Own Worst Enemy: NBC Cancels Christian Slater TV Show

Though it was promoted ad nauseum during the coverage of the Summer Olympics, NBC could find few friends for their My Own Worst Enemy series. The TV show has been cancelled after airing just four episodes.

My Own Worst Enemy follows the strange life of Henry Spivey (Christian Slater), a hum-drum suburbanite with a wife and two kids (played by Madchen Amick, Taylor Lautner, and Bella Thorne). Unknown to Henry and his loved ones, he has a dual identity as a secret operative and trained killer named Edward Albright.

Edward works for a superspy organization under supervisor Mavis Heller (Alfre Woodard) and is partnered with friend and fellow operative Tom Grady/Raymond Carter (Mike O'Malley). Others in the series include Omid Abtahi, Saffron Burrows, James Cromwell, Sarai Givaty, Mark Ivanir, Mindy Sterling, Missy Yager, Eugenia Yuan, and Louis Giambalvo.

The show debuted on October 13, 2008 on NBC. Despite a lot of high-profile promotion,
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Toronto books 'Passage' for Discovery

Toronto books 'Passage' for Discovery
TORONTO -- Mark Heller's Moroccan thriller "The Passage" and David Ross' "The Babysitters" are to unspool next month at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of its Discovery program, organizers said Thursday.

The low-budget "Passage" features Stephen Dorff as an American experiencing a near-fatal forbidden romance in Morocco with a local woman played by Sarai Givaty.

David Ross is making his directorial debut with "The Babysitters", a drama he wrote about a 16-year-old girl (Katherine Waterston) who turns her babysitting service into a call-girl ring for married men after starting an affair with a customer. John Leguizamo, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O'Hare and Andy Comeau round out the cast.

Festival co-director Noah Cowan said both "Passage" and "Babysitters" are certain to strike a chord with buyers in Toronto as will "The World Unseen", a British-South African co-production from Shamim Sarif that stars Lisa Ray ("Water") and is set in 1950's South Africa.

"Among the Discovery films this year, there are films that will introduce the world to some of the most significant talent in cinema over the next 10 years," Cowan said, adding that the sidebar will have art house and commercially minded films for distributors.

Cruz Denies Martinez Romance

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Cruz Denies Martinez Romance
Penelope Cruz has slammed rumors she is dating French actor Olivier Martinez. The pair were spotted last week in an embrace at LA's Chateau Marmont Hotel just 12 hours after his split from pop star Kylie Minogue - but the Volver star insists she was only offering Martinez a shoulder to cry on, as the couple have been firm friends for many years. She says, "Olivier and I have been friends for seven years. We are very close. You can understand it's a difficult time for him right now, so I have been there for him to offer support. And it was lovely seeing him the other day - it has been such a long time. He's a great guy, but no, nothing happened." Minogue and Martinez issued a statement earlier this month announcing their decision to part, claiming it was "amicable and Mutual." The Taking Lives actor sparked rumors of a split with the star in December after he was spotted with Israeli model Sarai Givati and Lost star Michelle Rodriguez.

Martinez Reportedly Dumped Minogue "Over the Phone"

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Pop star Kylie Minogue was reportedly dumped by boyfriend Olivier Martinez during a phone call last Friday. The 41-year-old actor was reportedly spotted with a mystery brunette in Los Angeles just hours after ending his four-year relationship with Minogue - who is currently in Mexico - and the woman allegedly spent the night with him at his hotel. An onlooker tells British newspaper the Sunday Mirror, "You wouldn't have thought he'd just split with the love of his life. This beautiful woman jumped into this car and they sped off. He looked very comfortable and happy - not remotely upset." The pair issued a statement last Friday saying, "Olivier Martinez and Kylie Minogue have officially confirmed that they are no longer a couple. They have made it clear that the decision to go their separate ways was mutual and amicable. The media's false accusations of disloyalty have saddened them both. The two remain very close friends." Martinez had sparked rumors of a split with the singing star in December after he was spotted with Israeli model Sarai Givaty and Lost star Michelle Rodriguez.

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