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Andrea Bocelli Biopic to Be Honored at Capri, Hollywood Fest

Andrea Bocelli Biopic to Be Honored at Capri, Hollywood Fest
The upcoming Capri, Hollywood Fest will honor the new film The Music of Silence with its Biopic of the Year Award, it was announced Friday.

The film, about the life of tenor Andrea Bocelli, was helmed by Michael Radford, the two-time Oscar-nominated writer/director of The Postman. Toby Sebastian (Game of Thrones) stars as a young Bocelli, with Antonio Banderas playing his teacher. Based on Bocelli's autobiographical novel of the same name, the pic recounts Bocelli's life growing up with a devastating eye condition that eventually led to his blindness.

After dedicating his life to music, Bocelli went on to sell more than...
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Antonio’s shades of grey by Richard Mowe

Antonio Banderas and Michael Radford: 'When you have an actor of the calibre of Antonio you can simply build the part around him' Photo: Richard Mowe Hispanic heart-throb Antonio Banderas, whose reputation in part has been forged on his normally clean-shaven, chiselled Latin looks has undergone something of a transformation for his latest screen incarnation in The Music Of Silence.

The 56-year-old adopts a much more mature look than his years suggest with grey hair and a luxuriant grey beard to play the Maestro who helps the young Andrea Bocelli realise his potential to become the golden voiced tenor known to millions in the film, directed by Michael Radford (of Il Postino and The Merchant Of Venice renown).

Antonio Banderas: 'Pedro Almodovar is not an easy guy. He's a tough director but very creative' Photo: Richard Mowe Based on Bocelli’s memoir in which he names his alter ego as Amos Bardi,
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to play Lamborghini & Ferrari in new biopic

The Lamborghini biopic from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, has landed Antonio Banderas for the starring role of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous car that bears his name, with Alec Baldwin co-starring as rival Enzo Ferrari. Academy Award® nominee Michael Radford (The Merchant of Venice, The Postman) has signed on to direct the movie.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group optioned the rights to “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story)”, the biography written by his son Tonino Lamborghini, and are financing and producing a high octane feature biopic on Lamborghini’s extraordinary life. They tapped Academy Award® winning writer/director/producer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, The Black Donnellys) to write the screenplay for the film.

Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers in Cannes.
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin Team for Lamborghini Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin will star in a Ferruccio Lamborghini biopic directed by Michael Radford, the Oscar nominated director of Il Postino. The project will be introduced to prospective buyers in Cannes next week and is backed by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Media Group. Ambi secured the rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini La storia ufficiale (The official story) the biography by Lamborghini's son, Tonio Lamborghini 2 years ago, so the story will have the official stamp of approval from the Lamborghini family. The screenplay is set to be written by Oscar winning director/writer Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby).

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Antonio Banderas will portray Lamborghini and Alec Baldwin with portray his rival, Enzo Ferrari. The movie will look at the life of Lamborghini from his early days building tractors, creating military vehicles in World War II, and finally his designing and building of the iconic Lamborghini.
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Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin to Star as Lamborghini and Ferrari in New Movie

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin are set to star in a Lamborghini biopic, coming from Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group. Banderas will star as Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the famous luxury car. Baldwin will play his rival Enzo Ferrari. Academy Award nominee Michael Radford (“The Merchant of Venice,” “The Postman”) will direct the film, based on the book “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale (The official story),” by the car founder’s son Tonino Lamborghini. Also Read: 'SNL': Baldwin's Trump Calls 'Morning Joe' As Publicist 'John Miller' (Video) Ambi’S Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi,
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Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to Play Lamborghini and Ferrari in Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin to Play Lamborghini and Ferrari in Biopic
Ambi Media Group has signed Antonio Banderas for the starring role of auto magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini in its untitled biopic, with Alec Baldwin co-starring as rival Enzo Ferrari.

Michael Radford (“The Merchant of Venice,” “The Postman”) will direct the movie from a script by Bobby Moresco (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby”).

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group launched development in 2015 by optioning movie rights to “Ferruccio Lamborghini. La storia ufficiale” (The official story), written by his son Tonino Lamborghini. Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will introduce the packaged project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Ambi plans to shoot “Lamborghini” in Italy, as well as other locations around the world. The film has a working title of “Lamborghini – The Legend.”

Tonino Lamborghini said, “My book ‘Ferruccio Lamborghini.
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Cannes: Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin to Star in Lamborghini Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin will star in a Lamborghini biopic that Michael Radford, the Oscar-nominated director of Il Postino, will direct.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Media Group is producing and financing the project, which will be introduced to buyers in Cannes.

Crash scribe Bobby Moresco is writing the script based on Ferruccio Lamborghini: La storia ufficiale (The official story), the biography written by his son, Tonino Lamborghini. The biopic has a working title of Lamborghini — The Legend.

Banderas will play Lamborghini, while Baldwin will portray his rival, Enzo Ferrari.

By optioning the book, Ambi has the backing...
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

Full disclosure: The Amityville Horror films do not make up my favorite franchise. And it has nothing to do with the central “haunted house” premise, but rather the execution of the series thus far, from the serviceable ground zero template, The Amityville Horror (1979) through the (as yet unseen) upcoming Amityville: The Awakening, with some stops in between at DTVville (not to mention the Ryan Reynolds remake; but I said not to mention, so not mention I shall). The name is so shopworn now that “Amityville” has become synonymous with “poopy”.

But, but, But…let’s rewind to a time when a follow up to the kind-of goofy James Brolin (and his glorious perm) starrer was actually anticipated. That film was a smash success at the box office, and the powers that be wanted to revisit the village of Amityville to see what other demons they could find in the basement.
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Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to the Italian love of movies was a major hit here in 1990, despite being severely cut by Miramax. In 2002 the director reworked his long version into an almost three-hour sentimental epic that enlarges the film’s scope and deepens its sentiments.

Cinema Paradiso

Region B Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / Special Edition / 174, 155, 124 min. /

Nuovo cinema Paradiso / Street Date March 21, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Agnese Nano, Brigitte Fossey, Pupella Maggio, Leopoldo Trieste

Cinematography: Blasco Giurato

Production Designer: Andrea Crisanti

Film Editor: Mario Morra

Original Music: Ennio and Andrea Morricone

Produced by Mino Barbera, Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli

Written and Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

Your average foreign import movie, it seems, makes a brief splash around Oscar time and then disappears as if down a rabbit hole. A few years back I saw a fantastic Argentine movie called The Secret in Their Eyes.
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Lawsuit Claims Profit Rights to Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Were Fraudulently Transferred

Lawsuit Claims Profit Rights to Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Were Fraudulently Transferred
Cecchi Gori Pictures, once an Italian production giant behind such films as Il Postino, Life Is Beautiful and Se7en, has made its first big move since declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy, filing a complaint on Wednesday against its founder, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, and former owners contending that rights to dozens of film properties, including Martin Scorsese's recently released historical drama Silence, a Scorsese documentary and Michael Mann's upcoming Enzo Ferrari, were fraudulently transferred. The company is now demanding a temporary restraining order and an injunction in a move intended to recover these assets.

In December, Cecchi Gori Pictures' new management described the...
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Sociopsychological Drama with Central Gay Character, French Film Icon Top Nsfc Choices

2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French
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‘Silence’ Exec Producer Niels Juul Returning to Cecchi Gori

‘Silence’ Exec Producer Niels Juul Returning to Cecchi Gori
Cecchi Gori Pictures and Cecchi Gori USA have tapped “Silence” exec producer and former CEO Niels Juul as a consultant.

The announcement was made in conjunction with Thursday night’s premiere of Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence” at the Directors Guild of America Theatre. Newly named CEO Andrew De Camara made the announcement, which formalizes Juul’s role at the Italy-based company along with reviving the Cecchi Gori brand.

Juul had stepped down as CEO at Cecchi Gori at the end of 2012 but company owner Vittorio Cecchi Gori asked him to stay on the executive producer to finish the work on “Silence.” He also closed a deal with Michael Mann setting up the Enzo Ferrari biopic as well as settling a Cecchi Gori lawsuit in early 2014 against Scorsese, claiming the director had breached an agreement to direct “Silence” as his next movie by first directing “The Wolf of Wall Street.
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Oscars: A History of the Weinstein Brothers in the Best Picture Category

Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein (Courtesy: Mark Von Holden/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein have been fixtures in the film biz for decades and have produced some of the biggest movies that have hit the big screen. And when it comes to Oscars — particularly the best picture category — they’ve amassed numerous nominations and wins, from their time at Miramax to The Weinstein Company, with Lion poised to be the 27th to-date.

Lion is up against some big threats in the best picture category at the 2017 Oscars, but The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg — this site’s namesake — lists it as a frontrunner. Other films in contention include La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Hell or High Water, Hacksaw Ridge, Fences, Hidden Figures, Arrival, and Sully. If nominated, Lion — directed by Garth Davis and features the likes of Dev Patel and
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Oscars 2017: The One Thing That Could Keep ‘Lion’ From a Best Picture Nom

Dev Patel in ‘Lion’ (Courtesy: Long Way Productions)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Aside from the amazing characters, acting, and storytelling in Lion, the film had another unique aspect to it: just how much non-English is spoken. The Garth Davis-directed drama is considered a frontrunner by most critics in the best picture at the 2017 Oscars — but will language hold it back in the long run? Let’s take a look at history and see what we can learn.

While a large part of Lion is in English, there is also a substantial part of it that is in Bengali and Hindi. That’s because the plot — based on a 2013 memoir titled A Long Way Home — follows the true story of Saroo Brierley from becoming lost at the age of five, surviving many challenges, getting adopted by an Australian couple, and finding his birth family 25 years later. With the five-year-old
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'Silence' Producer Pledges Legal War Against Hollywood in Bankruptcy Filing

'Silence' Producer Pledges Legal War Against Hollywood in Bankruptcy Filing
Martin Scorsese's Silence is finally coming out after more than a quarter century of frustration and legal wrangling but not before one last stunning development.

On Wednesday night, Cecchi Gori Pictures filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Italian production company was once a giant in cinema with Academy Award winning films, including Il Postino, Life Is Beautiful and Se7en. More recently, Cecchi Gori fought with Scorsese in court over the delay in making Silence and got a cut of the director's other works, including The Departed and Shutter Island. Now, the company has hit hard times with founder Vittorio Cecchi Gori jailed in...
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Andrea Bocelli’s battle with blindness inspires big-screen story

Il Postino director Michael Radford’s film of the life of the famous tenor will explore the relationship between loss of sight and hearing

He is the golden-voiced Italian tenor who overcame blindness and other extreme obstacles to find success on the world stage, selling more than 80 million albums. Now Andrea Bocelli, 58, has inspired one of Britain’s leading film directors to tell his extraordinary story on the big screen. The singer has asked only that his blindness not be portrayed as a disability.

The Music of Silence is being shot by Michael Radford, whose previous films include the critically acclaimed Il Postino – for which he received an Oscar nomination – and a version of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.

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Antonio Banderas and Toby Sebastian to star in Andrea Bocelli biopic

Antonio Banderas and Game Of Thrones star Toby Sebastian are to star in a biopic based on the early life of singer Andrea Bocelli.

According to trade bible Variety, the film will be based on Bocelli’s 1999 memoir The Music Of Silence, will include songs that Bocelli composed when he was young but have never before been released.

Toby Sebastian

Here are some words from regarding the source material.

In The Music of Silence, Bocelli tells his own story in the form of an autobiographical novel, naming his alter ego “Amos Bardi.” He writes of a loving family that encouraged his musical gifts from an early age, and of the dedication that led to his professional breakthrough and his meteoric rise to stardom. The first edition of Bocelli’s memoir was published in 1999 and focused on the success and difficulties at the beginnings of his astonishing career. This newly revised
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Antonio Banderas to play Andrea Bocelli in new biopic

Simon Brew Nov 11, 2016

The Music Of Silence is a film set to tell the story of Andrea Bocelli - with some help from Antonio Banderas...

Now this should be interesting. Antonio Banderas has landed his next film role, and he’s going to be taking on the story of superstar tenor, Andrea Bocelli.

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Bocelli is, of course, a tenor who has sold over 80 million records to date. His story is extraordinary for many reasons, not least becayse he went blind at the age of 12. The film of his life, The Music Of Silence, will see Banderas in the lead role, with Tony Sebastian, Jordi Molla, Luisa Ranieri and Ennio Fantastichni also on board.

The film will also feature some early songs that Bocelli composed,
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Antonio Banderas, Toby Sebastian Starring in Andrea Bocelli Movie

Antonio Banderas, Toby Sebastian Starring in Andrea Bocelli Movie
Antonio Banderas, “Game of Thrones” star Toby Sebastian and Jordi Molla are starring in Andrea Bocelli biopic “The Music of Silence” with Michael Radford (“The Postman”) directing.

Producers are Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi through their Ambi Group and Roberto Sassa via his Picomedia company.

“The Music of Silence,” based on Bocelli’s 1999 memoir, will include songs that Bocelli composed when he was young but have never before been released. Ambi is financing and producing.

“The Music of Silence” will be told from Bocelli’s view in the form of an autobiographical novel, naming his alter ego Amos Bardi. He writes of a loving family that encouraged his musical gifts from an early age, of the blindness that began with glaucoma and became complete after a soccer accident, and his meteoric rise to stardom.

Sebastian will play Bocelli while Banderas will play the role of Maestro. Molla and Luisa Ranieri
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Afm: Im Global’s Mundial Strikes Four-Pic Deal with MGM’s Orion (Exclusive)

Mundial Films, Im Global’s Latino film sales company, has struck a four-feature rights deal with MGM’s Orion Pictures for a Brazilian movie quartet led by “A Movie Life,” starring Vincent Cassel.

Deal represents Mundial’s first U.S. partnership, but an ever-more common combination between Hollywood studios and independent companies as majors drive into local production, but pact with specialist distribution platforms to sell rights outside a studio’s core territory and expertise.

Orion will handle U.S. theatrical distribution on the titles. Mundial spearheads other U.S. rights distribution and international sales outside Brazil. MGM takes Latin American rights.

“The Svod space in the U.S. is growing so quickly and has an appetite for more alternative, foreign-language content,” said Mundial managing director Cristina Garza, who negotiated the deal with Orion.

A sales company on individual titles and, increasingly, more volume-driven library deals in the U.S.
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