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Alexandre Desplat and Composers With Six or More Original Score Oscar Noms And No Wins

29 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Of the 114 titles eligible for best original score at the 87th Academy Awards, five of French composer Alexandre Desplat’s scores have made the list: Godzilla, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Monuments Men and Unbroken. The final nominees will be announced Jan. 15.

Desplat has become one of the most prolific composers in Hollywood since his first Hollywood film score for 2003’s Girl With a Pearl Earring, and he has received six Oscar nominations in eight years. His first nomination came for 2006’s The Queen and was followed by 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, 2010’s The King’s Speech, 2012’s Argo and 2013’s Philomena. If he is nominated again this year — for one or more of his scores — he will have upwards of seven nominations in nine years, yet Desplat has never won. He joins five other »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Oscars: Fun Facts About Some of 2014's Top Foreign-Language Contenders

30 November 2014 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With little more than a month remaining until the Academy whittles down the list of 83 foreign-language films that were submitted for Oscar consideration this year to a shortlist of nine from which the five nominees will eventually be chosen, I thought it might be an interesting time to provide some fun facts about several of the top contenders from this year's impressive field. Cantinflas (Mexico) This biopic recounts the life and times of the titular comedic actor who is best known for his work in the best picture Oscar winner Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Difret

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Afm: 6 Sales To Rep Foreign on Claudia Trevi Bio ‘Gloria’ (Exclusive)

31 October 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Driving into two of Mexico’s biggest 2014 hits, or one of its biggest B.O. plays for 2015, Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales has acquired international sales rights to “Gloria,” an upcoming U.S. release by Bob Berney’s Picturehouse. Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi) has already picked up for Latin America.

6 Sales has also acquired scarefare hit “Darker than the Night 3D,” and “Cantinflas” which, distributed by Pantelion, and punching $6.4 million Stateside, is currently the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. this year.

Upi’s will release “Gloria” on around 1,000 screen bow on Jan. 1 in Mexico. Picturehouse’s release is scheduled for first quarter 2015.”Gloria” producers are Rio’s Negro’s Matthias Ehrenberg, one of Mexico’s most established new wave producers, plus Rio Negro partner Ricardo Kleinbaum, Barrie M. Osbourne (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Alan B. Curtiss (“Master and Commander”) and pic’s director Christian Keller,

Gloria” stars Sofia Espinosa, »

- John Hopewell

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Oscars: ‘Cantinflas’ Chosen as Mexico’s Entry

11 September 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cantinflas” has been selected by the Mexican Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences to represent the country in the Academy Awards, where the film will compete for a nomination for foreign language film.

The film, directed by Sebastian del Amo and produced by Vidal Cantu and Adolfo Franco of Kenio Films, tells the story of Mexico’s most beloved comedian from his origins through his triumph in Hollywood, winning a Golden Globe Award for acting in “Around the World in 80 Days.”

“This film is a labor of love; it’s very satisfying that it was selected to represent Mexico in the Academy Awards,” said Cantu.  “I feel very pleased with the work achieved by everyone and by every single one of the actors and the whole crew.”

“The selection of our film motivates us to continue producing inspiring stories and quality entertainment of the highest standards,” added Franco, “it »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Biopic Cantinflas Lacks All the Irreverence of the Man

2 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

While Cantinflas the man was famous for irreverent, improvisatory comedy, Cantinflas the film is an uncritical, stiff biopic. The only thing memorable about the film’s depiction of Mexican movie star Mario "Cantinflas" Moreno’s rise to mega-popularity is its bifurcated plot. Cantinflas begins in 1955 with the story of would-be Hollywood producer Michael Todd (Michael Imperioli) and his struggle to bankroll an adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days. Michael’s search for international stars leads to a series of decades-spanning flashbacks revealing how young Moreno (Óscar Jaenada) transformed into the performer who saved Todd’s film. Todd’s half of Cantinflas is consistently unbearable, since so much of it relies »

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tops Weak Labor Day Box Office, Summer Stumbles to Close

1 September 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood didn’t have much to celebrate this Labor Day. The holiday is traditionally a slow one at the box office, and this one was no exception, providing one final death rattle on a summer that was largely D.O.A.

In its fifth week of release, “Guardians of the Galaxy” prevailed over two modestly budgeted newcomers, “November Man” and “As Above, So Below,” to hold on to the top spot on domestic box office charts with $22.2 million over the four-day holiday. Its domestic total now stands at $280 million and the film will likely hit $300 million stateside by the time it ends its run.

“‘Guardians’ is just rolling right now,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s unconventional, it shatters expectations and there’s a real story to it.”

For the major studios, back to school time represents a reprieve. The summer box office »

- Brent Lang

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Oscar Jaenada Pays Homage to Cantinflas at Premiere 54 Years Later

28 August 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wednesday night’s premiere of Lionsgate-Pantelion’s “Cantinflas” at the Tcl Chinese offered a fine sense of Hollywood history.

The biopic, which opens Friday, debuted at the same location where the iconic Mexican actor placed his hand and footprints in 1960 for the “Pepe” premiere. Oscar Jaenada was more than happy to explore the past.

Oscar Jaeneda checks out the Cantinflas handprints at the Chinese http://t.co/0Lu5QvOiQ6—

Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) August 28, 2014

Jaenada was exuberant and relieved at the Hollywood Roosevelt afterparty following the screening.

'Doing this film was so huge; I was so nervous tonight because of what Cantinflas means' – Oscar Jaenada at party http://t.co/v7hySQlCfC—

Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) August 28, 2014

Michael Imperioli, who played “Around the World in 80 Days” producer Mike Todd, said that the film was enormous fun. But not so much fun: Because his role in “Californication” required long hair, »

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5 Reasons You Should See the Biopic 'Cantinflas'

28 August 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Sure, you know the names Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton... but is the name Cantinflas familiar? Perhaps not, but he was only the most famous comic to come from Mexico -- so famous, in fact, he was dubbed "the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico" by many. Born Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes in 1911 to an impoverished family in Mexico City, he started out as a prizefighter and circus performer (adopting the stage moniker "Cantinflas") before developing a career in theater and film playing, like Chaplin, el pelado -- a poor everyman. His breakthrough came with Ahí está el detalle in 1940, and he would go on to win a Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy in 1956 for Around the World in Eighty Days. After a long and successful career, the comic...

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Richard Attenborough Remembered by Friend and Colleague of 72 Years

28 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Editor's Note: The British filmmaker Michael Anderson, 94, is the oldest living best director Oscar nominee; he was nominated for helming the 1956 best picture Oscar winner, Around the World in 80 Days. 72 years ago, he was the assistant director on the film in which Richard Attenborough made his big-screen debut. He would go on to direct Attenborough in two other films over the next 33 years. The year was 1942. The great Noel Coward and the soon-to-be-great

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Featurette for 'Cantinflas'

26 August 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Lionsgate has released the featurette for “Cantinflas” Mexico's most famous film comedian starring Oscar Jaenada, and Michael Imperioli.

"Cantinflas" is the untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time. From his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood, Cantinflas became famous around the world – one joke at a time. Relive the laughter that has charmed generations.

The film follows Mexican icon, Mario Moreno,"Cantinflas", as seen through producer Michael Todd's eyes, getting a glimpse of their collaboration on the 1957 film, "Around the World in 80 Days", winning 5 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes, and turning into the top grossing film of their time.

Mexican filmmaker Sebastian del Amo directed the biographical film from a screenplay he and Edui Tijerina wrote.

The film will open in Mexico and the Us at the same time on August 29th.

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'Cantinflas' Trailer is Here

11 June 2014 10:55 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Many years ago my parents use to take me to the movies to watch this guy called “Cantinflas” whom they called the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico. Granted I wasn’t a big fan but my parents loved this guy.

Now Lionsgate has released the trailer for “Cantinflas” Mexico's most famous film comedian starring Oscar Jaenada, and Michael Imperioli.

The film follows Mexican icon, Mario Moreno,"Cantinflas", as seen through producer Michael Todd's eyes, getting a glimpse of their collaboration on the 1957 film, "Around the World in 80 Days", winning 5 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes, and turning into the top grossing film of their time.

Cantinflas” tells the story of a man who got his start in Mexico's equivalent of Vaudeville theater, his talent and humor traveling the world over. He was one of the first (and few) Spanish-speaking comedians to cross over to Hollywood in the '40s and '50s. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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‘Cantinflas’ Biopic Gets U.S. Distribution (Exclusive)

1 May 2014 12:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pantelion has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Cantinflas,” the Spanish-language biopic about the iconic Mexican film actor and set an Aug. 29 release date.

The company has also acquired rights in Latin America, where it will work with partners Televisa and Lionsgate to distribute the movie.

Cantinflas, best known for co-starring with David Niven in 1956′s “Around the Word in 80 Days,” appeared in more than 50 movies between 1936 and 1981. Born Mario Moreno in Mexico City as one of eight children, he was a boxer as a young man before becoming a comic actor.

Cantinflas often portrayed impoverished campesinos and was considered by many to be the Mexican Charlie Chaplin.

Cantinflas” is directed by Sebastian Del Amo from a script by Edui Tijerina and stars Oscar Jaenada in the title role, Michael Imperioli, Ilse Salas and Luis Gerardo Mendez. Kenio Films produced the film.

Around the World in 80 Days” won five Oscars, »

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Oscars by the Numbers: 33 Fascinating Academy Awards Statistics

28 February 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Unless you're prediction-loving, number-crunching wizard Nate Silver, you probably find statistics pretty boring. But stats concerning the Academy Awards have always been fascinating, mostly because the Oscars are just plain weird, and riddled with anomalies.

The ceremony got its start in the late 1920s, when movies were just making their transition into sound, and early nominees and categories reflected the sheer chaos of those halcyon days of what would eventually become Hollywood's golden age. (Though, of course, any film aficionado worth his/her salt would have a strong opinion about the exact dates that that age entailed.)

As the Oscars tradition continued, the awards became a bit more traditional themselves, settling into a predictable pattern of narratives that have stayed relatively consistent to this day. But there are always idiosyncrasies hiding in the woodwork, and the Academy Awards have them in spades. Here, we've collected some of the most distinctive »

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Oscars 2014: What Are the Odds of a Best Picture-Best Director Split?

26 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.

Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.

While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »

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‘Cage,’ ‘Cantinflas’ ‘Sky’ Up for Ficg’s Mezcal Prize

28 January 2014 5:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Max Zunino’s “Open Cage,” Sebastian del Amo’s “Cantinflas” and Horacio Alcala’s “Grazing Sky” (pictured) are among the first 14 titles that will compete for Guadalajara Festival’s top Mezcal prize.

Hiked in value to 500,000 pesos ($37,000), the plaudit for the best Mexican feature which has its domestic release at the Festival – fiction or documentary – will be paid to the winning Mexican movie’s director at the 29th Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival (Ficg), which runs March 21-30.

A double redemption movie written by Zunino and Sofia Espinosa, who also co-stars, “Open Cage” charts the building relationship between a jobless 65-year-old (esteemed thesp Juan Carlos Colombo) and an initially callous girl drifter (Espinosa). It pulled off an unusual double-fist triumph last year, sharing top plaudits at both Guadalajara and Ventana Sur’s work in progress strands.

A portrait of the Mexican comic up to his Golden Globe winning turn as »

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