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“Hamilton” director Thomas Kail and rapper-actor Common are set produce “93 Til Infinity,” an upcoming single-camera buddy comedy from Fox, Deadline reports. The series, currently a script order, will be written by “How to Make It in America” creator Ian Edelman. The plot centers on a formerly successful ’90s rapper who is struggling in the present day as he reconnects with his best friend from middle school, who is equally desperate to emerge from a mid-life crisis.
Christopher Lloyd will guest star in Season 3 of Syfy time-travel drama “12 Monkeys.” Lloyd will play Zalmon Shaw, a charming but deadly cult leader who preys upon others’ tragedies and losses in order to recruit new members into the apocalyptic cult the “Army of the 12 Monkeys.”
- Will Thorne
Common has teamed up with director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “Grease: Live”) and Ian Edelman (“Puerto Ricans in Paris”) for a comedy series titled “93 Til Infinity,” which is currently set up at Fox TV. “93 til Infinity” follows a once… Continue Reading → »
Hamilton and Grease: Live director Thomas Kail and rapper-actor-producer Common have teamed with How to Make It in America creator Ian Edelman for 93 Til Infinity, a single-camera buddy comedy, which has received a script commitment plus penalty at Fox. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Written by Edelman based on an original idea, 93 til Infinity centers on a prolific (black) rapper from the 90's, struggling in present day to figure out the next chapter of his life, who… »
Somewhat likable if too silly for its own good, Puerto Ricans in Paris is the kind of film that might one day find itself adapted into a sitcom. Directed by Ian Edelman from a script co-written by Edelman and Neel Shah, the flick finds two NYPD detectives Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia) in Paris on the hunt for a stolen designer handbag. Experts at detecting Canal Street knock-offs, they’re retained by a sexy Paris designer Colette (Alice Tagloni) and her business partner Vincent (Frederic Anscombre) to chase down leads including a young apprentice, a publicist, and a broke model who recently and mysteriously just purchased a vineyard.
Both men come equipped with drama; Luis is a playboy whose been casually seeing Vanessa (Rosario Dawson) until she wants more while Eddie, a family man, is so financially stretched he’s unable to give Rosie Perez‘s Gloria, his wife and also Luis’ sister, a decent anniversary night out. There’s the set up and the film doesn’t quite deliver a great punch-line, although it has many a beat you’d expect with a few laughs along the way. Students of the buddy comedy will surely find the picture to be comfort food.
The most delightful thing about feature is Guzmán in his first leading role. He’s as funny as ever, even if the material doesn’t give him much to work with. Puerto Ricans in Paris is such a sitcom that it plays like one of those special episodes where the characters are taken out of the studio and let loose in the wild. A film seen in theaters probably shouldn’t recall the special two-part episode of Perfect Strangers that found Larry and Balki running for their life after accidentally taping a mob murder in La, but this one is pretty much that.
Puerto Ricans in Paris finds Luis and Eddie in a string of improbable situations, right down to a fitting montage that doesn’t quite work to drinking gags as they insert themselves into Persian life after hours — it’s all quite trite. One early bartering scene which finds our guys dressed as Sheiks is downright culturally embarrassing for all (mostly the film’s audience) without much of a pay-off. I’m sure not even Jeff Franklin, creator of Full House, Bosom Buddies and Hanging With Mr. Cooper, would have signed off on a gag that dumb in the 1990s. Other gags and pay-offs inspire that “ah ha” moment, and one nice thing to be said for its script is it leaves no loose ends, an ideal exercise in narrative economy.
The grand takeaway from Puerto Ricans in Paris, which delivers what you’d expect and not much else, is that someone ought to finally give Luis Guzmán the leading role of a lifetime. The film, however, is tolerable on cable or free TV. It certainly isn’t the worst film you can check into for a few minutes, although that depends on which point you check in.
Puerto Ricans in Paris is now playing in select theaters and is available on VOD.
- John Fink
Chicago – Occasionally, a film breaks through the miasma of images, and proclaims its uniqueness by just being weird. Case in point, the strange and wacky “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” which may have been created after two rich film producers made a one dollar bet (ala “Trading Places”) that they could come up with a movie simply based on the title.
With a plot that would be at home in a 1970s cop drama – New York City undercover cops of Puerto Rican heritage go to Paris to break up a counterfeit designer purse crime – the absurdity of the situation and the actors playing the cops are almost secondary to the off-the-grid humor that emerges both because of and despite the situation. The film also looks good, better than would be expected for such a story, and Paris gets its due as a destination. One of the best examples of the bizarre nature of the way this film was approached, is the casting of Edgar Garcia (whose only major credit was in HBO’s “How to Make it in America,” created by Ian Edelman, the director of this film). He portrays the more romantic of the two cops in Paris, despite his tattooed girth and bald head. Obviously, Edgar has something on Ian.
Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia) are undercover New York City cops, whose beat is busting counterfeit designer purse criminals. After a successful exposure of a one such crook, they are approached by a Paris designer named Collette (Alice Taglioni) to come to the City of Lights to retrieve a hot designer bag – stolen right before its anticipated release.
Lured by a large reward, the two fish-out-of-water lawmen start living in luxury in Paris, while coming up with ever more outlandish ways to check out Collette’s staff for the possible thief. In the meantime, the same Collette has a crush on Eddie, which wouldn’t sit right with his wife Gloria (Rosie Perez). There are many complications to consider before this case can be solved.
”Puerto Ricans in Paris” continues its limited release in Chicago on June 10th, and is available through digital download. See local listings for theaters and showtimes, plus see digital providers for availability. Featuring Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Miriam Shor and Alice Taglioni. Written by Ian Edelman and Neel Shah. Directed by Ian Edelman. Rated “R”
Photo credit: Focus World
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Back in the 1980s, films like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours were instrumental in the creation and popularization of the modern buddy cop comedy, and ever since, countless other releases — from Rush Hour to 21 Jump Street — have built franchises off of the appeal of a mismatched pair of do-gooders who bicker just as often as they take down the criminal element. It’s with this history in its rearview that Puerto Ricans in Paris must contend, as it attempts to provide its own take on the tried-and-true broad appeal that the buddy cop genre has cultivated over the past 30 years.
The film stars character actor Luis Guzmán — who also produces the film — and Edgar Garcia (not to be confused with the mixed martial artist with whom he shares his name) as two New York City cops who are recruited to track down a stolen purse in Paris and prevent an elaborate counterfeiting scheme. »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
It’s conceivable that they somehow could have come up with a more generic-sounding title than “Puerto Ricans in Paris” (“Fish Out of Water Comedy,” maybe?), but it’s difficult to see how the film itself could be any less substantial without evaporating on screen. In fact, it’s arguable that even the most casually concocted “Road” movies co-starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby had more meat on their bones than this shambling, slapdash trifle about two New York cops improbably employed to crack an haute couture case in the City of Lights.
Luis Guzmán and Edgar Garcia give the project much more than it ever gives them, sustaining audience interest and generating mild amusement more or less through sheer force of will as they amble through a threadbare plot that has something do with the search for the purloined prototype of a high-end handbag, and something else to with »
- Joe Leydon
When two of New York’s (Puerto Rican) finest head to Paris in search of a kidnapped purse, hilarity should hopefully follow. And it mostly does in Luis Guzmán’s latest comedy, Puerto Ricans in Paris. No rules, no “merci” is the tagline, and the movie lives up to it. It never makes the fatal mistake of many comedies, of taking itself too seriously. Instead, it works because it conveys with pride its light touch and slapstick humor.
Guzmán plays the lead character, NYPD detective Luis, who, along with his partner Eddie is in charge of a beat that traces counterfeit items in Chinatown. After a successful takedown, they are approached by a beautiful French designer, Collette, and her business partner. The duo wants the cops to track down an important new handbag Collette designed that has been stolen and is being held for ransom. Eddie is played by the comedic actor Edgar Garcia, »
- J Don Birnam
Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Miriam Shor, Lilou Fogli, Julie Ferrier, Charlotte Mangel, Frederic Ansombre, and others star in the comedy "Puerto Ricans in Paris" - a USA/France/Czech Republic co-production directed by Ian Edelman (HBO’s "How to Make It in America"), with a story that follows 2 detectives working in NYPD’s Luxury Goods Recovery Unit, who are responsible for taking down bootleggers selling knockoff consumer items. The 2 cops are played by Luiz Guzmán and Edgar Garcia, a series regular on "How to Make It in America." The pair is sent to Paris to help a French designer recover a bag that is of some »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff) has announced the official program for its 10th year anniversary in Tampa, Florida. The 10th annual festival will be held March 30-April 3 at the Tampa Theater and Ybor City’s Carmike Cinemas. With 115 films, the festival will host international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films around the world, special tributes, master classes, panel discussions and much more.
This year’s special tribute will celebrate the many accomplishments of Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winner Rita Moreno. Giff will honor Moreno with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, her film, "Remember Me" will screen at the festival.
A jury of industry professionals and acclaimed filmmakers will be presenting awards to competition films in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary, Spotlight and Shorts.
Opening Night Film (Narrative)
"Eye in the Sky" (UK): Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars alongside Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Iain Glen in this timely thriller about a terrorist-targeting drone mission that becomes a flashpoint when a civilian girl enters the kill zone. Directed by Gavin Hood.
Closing Night Film (Narrative)
"Everybody Wants Some" (USA): A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Starring Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner. Directed by Richard Linklater
"Precious Cargo" (World Premiere) : After a botched heist, Eddie, a murderous crime boss, hunts down the seductive thief Karen who failed him. In order to win back Eddie’s trust, Karen recruits her ex-lover and premier thief Jack. Starring Bruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Claire Forlani. Directed by Max Adams. "Embrace Of The Serpent" (Colombia. Florida Premiere): Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Starring: Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar. Directed by Ciro Guerra "Ma Ma" (Spain. Florida Premiere): A woman recently diagnosed with cancer forms an unexpected bond with a soccer scout (Luis Tosar) whose wife has been gravely injured in a car accident. Starring: Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz. Directed by Julio Medem "Love and Friendship" (France/Netherlands. Florida Premiere): In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy. Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny. Directed by Whit Stillman. "The Daughter" (Australia. Florida Premiere): A young man returns to his dying hometown and discovers a dark family secret that could tear apart the lives of those he left behind, in this contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. Starring: Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, with Odessa Young and Sam Neill. Directed by Simon Stone. "The Debt" (USA. Florida Premiere): A hedge-fund honcho puts through the deal of a lifetime: the redemption of a billion-dollar debt owed by the Peruvian government to its citizens. The quick buck soon turns into a nightmare. Starring: Stephen Dorff, Alberto Ammann, Carlos Bardem, and David Strathairn. Directed by Barney Elliott"The Adderall Diaries" (USA. Florida Premiere): Based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries is the story of an author paralyzed by writer's block and an escalating drug dependency who is sucked down the rabbit hole of a high-profile murder case. Starring:James Franco, Ed Harris and Amber Heard. Written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky"One More Time" (USA. Florida Premiere): After one too many big city problems, Jude heads to the Hamptons home of her father, an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback. Starring: Amber Heard, Kelli Garner and Christopher Walken. Directed by Robert Edwards. "Little Men" (USA. Florida Premiere): Jake is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler when he meets the affably brash Tony at his grandfather's funeral. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake's father, Brian and Tony's mother, Leonor, threatens to become contentious. Starring: Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri and Alfred Molina. Directed by Ira Sachs "A Beautiful Now" (USA. Florida Premiere): As a beautiful dancer balances between reality and fantasy, she asks her friends to help her figure out the passions and relationships that have shaped her identity. Starring: Abigail Spencer, Cheyenne Jackson, Collette Wolfe. Directed by: Daniela Amavia "Puerto Ricans in Paris" (USA. Florida Premiere): Two Puerto Rican NYPD detectives head to Paris to track down a stolen handbag. Starring: Luiz Guzman, Rosie Perez, Rosario Dawson. Directed by Ian Edelman "The Black Coat’s Daughter" (USA. Florida Premiere): Beautiful and haunted Joan makes a pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, James Remar, Lauren Holly. Directed by Osgood Perkins "The Truth About Lies" (USA. Florida Premiere): A desperate, unemployed man (Fran Kranz) who lives with his mother weaves an ever-growing web of lies to impress a beautiful woman. Starring: Fran Kranz, Odette Annable. Directed by Phil Allocco. Documentaries
"Hair I Go Again" (World Premiere): Facing a mid-life crossroads, two longtime friends risk everything as they set out to fulfill their dreams of achieving rock & roll stardom. Directed by: Steve McClure. "Hano! A Century in the Bleachers" (Florida Premiere): Meet Arnold Hano, 93, legendary sportswriter and social activist. Baseball fan, war veteran and storyteller emeritus: few have lived and chronicled the American experience as extensively. Directed by: Jon Leonoudakis. "Smart" (Florida Premiere): Groundbreaking feature-length documentary about a group of highly trained, adrenaline-fueled professionals who risk life and limb to rescue animals. They're Los Angeles' Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team! Directed by Justin Zimmerman "No Greater Love" (Florida Premiere): U.S. Army Chaplain Justin Roberts goes on missions with the legendary No Slack battalion in Afghanistan in 2010/2011 armed with only a camera. Directed by Justin Roberts.
Cuban Sidebar: Films focusing on Cuba
"Craving Cuba" (World Premiere): A Cuban-American woman seeks to understand her true identity. Directed by: Zuzy Martin Lynch "The Forbidden Shore" (World Premiere)- The amazing diversity of contemporary Cuban music is gorgeously explored in Ron Chapman’s third documentary feature. Chapman captures the full gamut of what’s happening now in Cuba, both the most exciting artists and the distinct musical scenes they move In. Directed by Ron Chapman. "Havana Motor Club" (Florida Premiere): Reforms have offered opportunity in Cuba but the children of the Revolution are unsure of the best route forward. For a half-dozen drag racers, this means last-minute changes to their beloved American muscle cars, as they prepare for the first sanctioned race in Cuba since 1960. Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Florida Focus : World premiere of independent films made in Florida
"Waiting on Mary" : A struggling actor, traumatized by a brutal divorce, assumes the personality of a colonial character he played at a failed amusement park as a way of retreating from his pain. Directed by: Corey Horton "Bear With Us" : A modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his plan falls apart when a ravenous bear stumbles on their charming cabin in the woods. Directed by: William Stribling. "Dooder And the Lighthouse" : Dooder Parker is eighty-six and full of life. When the historic lighthouse in his hometown becomes doomed to fall into the Gulf, his recounting of local history evolves into a reflection on his love for his wife. Stories intertwine to paint a portrait of a vanishing way of life. Directed by: Clayton Long & Lisa Long In addition to feature length films, Giff will present over 70 short films. Short film blocks include:
“Lol”: Comedic short films · “Films on a Mission”: Short films focusing on a specific cause
· “Thrill Ride”: Thriller, action, and horror short films.
· “Love is In the Air”: Romantic short films
· “ Motion Tunes”: Short films related to music
· “Save the Drama”: Drama short films
· “Films 101”: College made short films
· “High School Film Showcase”: Giff’s high school filmmaking competition sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union
Additionally, Gasparilla will feature in-depth, informative Industry Panels, including, Meet The Press, Casting Directors, “The Performance” Actor’s panel, Special Effects, Do’s, Don’ts for a Film Festival Run and “The Pitch.” Additionally, Giff is proud to welcome Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton (1987’s Your Face).
For more information on all the films to be screened and industry events, please go to:
- Carlos Aguilar
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