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‘Like Water for Chocolate’ to Be Adapted into a Global TV Series

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‘Like Water for Chocolate’ to Be Adapted into a Global TV Series
Like Water for Chocolate,” the best-selling novel that was turned into a hit movie, will now be adapted as a TV project.

Endemol Shine Studios announced Thursday that it had acquired the rights to “Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate),” by Laura Esquivel, to adapt as a global television franchise.

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The book will be turned into an English language series, but Endemol Shine plans to adapt it in other languages, as well.

“It fills me with joy to know that Like Water for Chocolate will be brought to television screens throughout the world,” Esquivel said in a statement.

Added Endemol Shine Studios President Sharon Hall: “The opportunity to adapt this beloved novel is a privilege. Laura’s epic love story has all the ingredients of a breakthrough drama.”

Like Water for Chocolate,
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‘Like Water for Chocolate’ to Be Adapted into a Global TV Series

‘Like Water for Chocolate’ to Be Adapted into a Global TV Series
Like Water for Chocolate,” the best-selling novel that was turned into a hit movie, will now be adapted as a TV project.

Endemol Shine Studios announced Thursday that it had acquired the rights to “Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate),” by Laura Esquivel, to adapt as a global television franchise.

Read More: No Sh*t Sherlock, Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram Wanna Get into Television

The book will be turned into an English language series, but Endemol Shine plans to adapt it in other languages, as well.

“It fills me with joy to know that Like Water for Chocolate will be brought to television screens throughout the world,” Esquivel said in a statement.

Added Endemol Shine Studios President Sharon Hall: “The opportunity to adapt this beloved novel is a privilege. Laura’s epic love story has all the ingredients of a breakthrough drama.”

Like Water for Chocolate,
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‘Like Water For Chocolate’ To Get TV Adaptation By Endemol Shine Studios

The popular Like Water For Chocolate is headed to the small screen. Endemol Shine Studios, the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America, has acquired the rights to Laura Esquivel's best-selling novel Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) to adapt as a global television franchise. The classic story is being developed as an English language series with plans to adapt it in other languages, as well. Like Water for Chocolate was first published in 1989…
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‘Like Water for Chocolate’ TV Adaptation in the Works From Endemol Shine Studios

  • The Wrap
‘Like Water for Chocolate’ TV Adaptation in the Works From Endemol Shine Studios
Endemol Shine Studios is developing classic Mexican novel “Like Water for Chocolate” (“Como Agua Para Chocolate”) into a TV series, the company announced Thursday. “It fills me with joy to know that ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ will be brought to television screens throughout the world by a studio that bets on quality in producing content for each of its projects,” the novel’s author Laura Esquivel said in a statement. “Of all the companies that offered to create the series, Endemol Shine Studios stood out in sharing a vision of ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ closest to my own: leading from the heart.
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Meet Artist Sergio Arau: From Cafe Tacvba Music Videos to the 'A Day Without a Mexican' Sequel

Sergio Arau: Filmmaker, musician, band leader, song writer and visual artist.

I met him recently at the terrific Loft Film Festival in Tucson Az along with his wonderful charming and smart wife Yareli Arizmendi.

To get this out of the way, his dad is the famous Director Alfonso Arau. In addition to directing "Like Water for Chocolate"/ "Como agua para chocolate" (1992), his directing credits include "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995) with Keanu Reeves and "Picking Up the Pieces" (2000) with Woody Allen.

Sergio the son was born in Mexico City. His wife -- they met on the set of "Like Water For Chocolate" -- is the amazing Yareli Arizmendi. They are partners in "life and film".

Their first production was a cabaret show in Mexico. "Penny Envy" was the name of it and it satirized the Us-Mexico "free trade agreement" of 1992. Yareli wrote and performed the monologues while Sergio wrote the songs, sang and played the music. The show played both in the Mexico and the United States through the Performance Art Network. The show was in universities in California, NYC and Boulder.

Sergio attended Cuec Film School from 1976 to 1980. There he directed short films, one of which went to the Film Festival in Havana. He graduated with a feature script about kids in San Luis Potosi who kidnap the Virgin of Guadalupe. He was going to make it but then in 1982 the Us $ vs the Mx Peso had a 20 times increase and his budget went away.

His "day job" during film school was as a political cartoonist for two papers, La Jornada and Uno Mas Uno.

He stopped playing music all together after the infamous mass government killings of students in 1968 when the Mexican government tried to stop all protest rock n roll, so the music went underground. In 1983 he formed the band, Botellita de Jerez.

In 1985 the band opened Rockotitlan which to this date is recognized as the breaking ground and breathing room for the 80's rock scene and important contemporary Mexican bands such as Cafe Tacvba and Caifanes amongst others. The club had two unalienable rules: Music played must be original and compositions must be in Spanish.

He began in 1990 to make music videos of his songs. He did the concept, the visuals and music. He then began to direct for other groups and other genres.

In 1998 MTV awarded him best rock video award for the Cafe Tacvba version of "Alarmala de Tos" one of Sergio's original songs.

In 1992 he moved to San Diego and by 1994 was disconcerted by the the anti-immigrant sentiment whipped up by Governor Wilson's Proposition 187.

Yareli, as a way to deal with California's blind spot, came up with "A Day Without a Mexican." The idea that if California or the nation experienced one day without a single Latino, the reality of the valuable contribution and interdependence of all would sink in.

He and Yareli were financially backed in 1997 by the Fine Arts Center Museum of Chicago to secure the premiere of the short film "A Day Without a Mexican" in 1998.

At the Guadalajara Film Fest 1998, the short won the Audience Award. It was there that Alta Vista Films (producer of Iñarritu's "Amores Perros") approached the team to work on the feature-length version. Written by both, directed by Sergio and starring Yareli, the film, with a Us $2 million budget, was released in the U.S. May 14, 2004 and six months later in Mexico. It was Mexico's highest box office for that year. The film was Televisa's first distribution experience it in the U.S., where a limited release in California, Texas, Chicago yielded Us $4.5 million in theaters, and more than 500,000 DVD were sold.

Their teaser campaign consisted of a billboard in the heart of Hollywood that read: "On May 14 there will be no Mexicans in California." People reacted strongly to the message calling radio and TV stations. Viacom, owner of the billboard space, took it down after 3 hours fearing riots. As a result there was huge U.S. national press coverage including the Wall Street Journal featured story on page one and Dan Rather Evening news.

In 2007 he shot "Naco es Chido"/ "Kitsch is Cool", a Mexican "Spinal Tap" featuring his band, Botellita de Jerez. As a distribution strategy, he took the film on the road, screening it and following it up with a live concert with the band. This lasted for 3 years, 2010-2012.

He is currently working on the sequel: "Another Day Without a Mexican: This Time It's Personal."
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Cine Latino: Feast Your Eyes on 'Jamón, Jamón,' 'Tortilla Soup,' 'Like Water for Chocolate' and More this Thanksgiving

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Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Friday. In the spirit of Thanksgiving we’re celebrating with movies that highlight the passion and cultural richness represented in Hispanic dishes. Enjoy! Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) (1992) Set during the Mexican Revolution, director Alfonso Arau crafts a passionate love story centered on Tita and Pedro. Madly in love with Pedro, Tita is forbidden by her controlling mother to date. So when Pedro marries Tita’s sister she obsessively throws herself into cooking. The food ends up taking a life of its own, becoming an erotic feast for the senses. Like Water for Chocolate was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden...

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Cine Latino: Feast Your Eyes on ‘Jamón, Jamón’, ‘Tortilla Soup’, ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ and More this Thanksgiving

  • Movies.com
Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Friday. In the spirit of Thanksgiving we’re celebrating with movies that highlight the passion and cultural richness represented in Hispanic dishes. Enjoy! Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) (1992) Set during the Mexican Revolution, director Alfonso Arau crafts a passionate love story centered on Tita and Pedro. Madly in love with Pedro, Tita is forbidden by her controlling mother to date. So when Pedro marries Tita’s sister she obsessively throws herself into cooking. The food ends up taking a life of its own, becoming an erotic feast for the senses. Like Water for Chocolate was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden...

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One Night Only – Tff & Hartke Records present Fishbone live at Frida’s this Friday night at 8 Pm!

Put on your boogie shoes and get your funk on at Frida’s this Friday night for Fishbone’s first live appearance in Wichita, with the Key Elements and Rudy Love Jr & The Getdown!

Tickets are on sale now. ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) and there’ll be some exciting announcements about the 2010 Tallgrass Film Festival.

Fishbone is an American band that plays a fusion of ska, punk rock, funk metal and more. The band was formed in 1979 in Los Angeles by John Norwood Fisher (bass, vocals) at 2010 Chariton where he and Phillip “Fish” Fisher (drums) his brother lived; also, Angelo Moore, who sometimes uses the stage name “Dr. Madd Vibe” (vocals, saxophones ranging from sopranino to bass, and theremin), Kendall Jones (guitar), “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby III (vocals, trumpet) and Christopher Dowd (keyboards, trombone, vocals). The group came from the same Los Angeles scene that spawned Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction.
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Tipped for Oscars

Mexico's 'Tear This Heart Out' ('Arrancame la vida'), submitted for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language film has been a huge box office winner in Mexico and is said to be on a level of 'Like Water For Chocolate' which was the biggest U.S. grossing foreign language film released in 1993 by Miramax is also a strong contender for the Oscar. The director Roberto Sneider has a great cast with Ana Claudia Talancón, Daniel Giménez Cacho and José María de Tavira.

Another favorite is 'Entre les Murs'.

Another strong contender for the Academy Award for Best Documentary is 'Man on Wire'.

Table set for Gastronomy fest

PARIS -- Organizers of the first International Festival of Cinema and Gastronomy, to take place Nov. 17-21 in the Burgundy capital of Dijon, on Monday announced a mouthwatering lineup of food-related movies and culinary events. The fest opens, appropriately, with Bertrand Tavernier's 1974 picture Que la Fete Commence (Let the Party Begin), followed by Gabriel Axel's 1987 film about a sumptuous banquet, Babette's Feast. After the evening screening, some 200 invitees will attend a re-enactment of the banquet in the celebrated Burgundy winery Chateau du Clos Vougeot, whose wine was served in the film. The first edition has only a smattering of international talent on the guest list, including Italian helmer Ettore Scola, who is due in town for a screening of his film Le Diner. Part of a day will be dedicated to Italian cuisine, and Mexican director Alfonso Arau will accompany his tale of love and cookery Like Water for Chocolate.

Arau sees 'Zapata' as revolutionary

Arau sees 'Zapata' as revolutionary
MEXICO CITY -- Director Alfonso Arau said he believes that his latest film, Zapata: El Sueno del Heroe, just might revolutionize the Mexican film industry. He said Tuesday that Zapata, starring balladeer Alejandro Fernandez as the Mexican revolutionary, provides a "global opportunity" for an industry "that has suffered because of its local vision." However, several reporters, who attended a press screening Tuesday morning, openly criticized Zapata at a later news conference, calling it cliche-ridden, poor in acting and too Hollywood. Arau also has taken heat from historians for what some consider the biopic's superficial portrayal of the revolutionary hero. But the director of Like Water for Chocolate said he never intended to approach the project from a purely historical perspective. "This is a fable," he said. "The historians work in another part of the building." The $8 million production, the most expensive in the history of Mexican cinema, opens here Friday with 430 prints under Televisa-owned distributor Videocine.

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