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Universal Pictures International Spain has acquired Spanish rights to Fernando Leon’s war-zone set human drama “A Perfect Day,” starring Oscar winners Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) and Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as well as actresses Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion”) and Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”).
The first English-language film from Leon, a popular Spanish auteur distinguished by the humor of his social-issue dramas, “Perfect Day” is a dramedy-thriller, turning on a motley group of war-zone aid workers dealing with their own very human dramas: Mambru (Del Toro) wants to go home; Katya once wanted Mambru; B (Robbins) doesn’t know what he wants. And what they want rarely matches what they need. When a corpse contaminates the local well, »
- John Hopewell
When Albert Finney scored a supporting actor nomination for “Erin Brockovich” in 2000, the conventional wisdom was that the Oscar was his to lose. Yet Benicio del Toro walked off with the prize for “Traffic.”
Many in Hollywood chalked it down to Finney not being around to campaign, but there were many more who are aware of that British preference not to push themselves forward. Plus, says Perry Simon, g.m. of BBC America, “Many of these actors live in the U.K. and don’t have proximity” to L.A.-based campaign stops. With year-round events, BAFTA/La tries to bridge the gap between London and Los Angeles.
“BAFTA’s position is to help level the playing field, make sure Brit players are available,” BAFTA/La topper Nigel Daly says. “We hesitate to promote. BAFTA’s commitment is to screen every contender, Brit or non-Brit, with a whole series of screenings. »
- Shalini Dore
London — Camerimage Film Festival, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography, is to open with Gala Screenings of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “The Imitation Game” on Nov. 15.
The director of photography on “Birdman,” which is directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, is Emmanuel Lubezki, who won an Oscar with “Gravity,” and was Oscar nommed for five other films, most recently for “The Tree of Life.”
“Birdman” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to save his family, his career, and himself.
- Leo Barraclough
As the Mc at Saturday night’s 14th annual World Soundtrack Awards — the culmination of Film Fest Gent — announced, “this should be called the Alexandre Desplat Awards,” after the French maestro was named as winner of both composer of the year and creator of the year’s best original film score (“Grand Budapest Hotel”).
Desplat, with his 13 nominations and six wins since 2007, is apparently a clear favorite of the Wsa committee that decides on such affairs, despite facing such stiff competition from Steven Price, who won the Oscar for “Gravity,” and Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave”), who, along with his then-publicist, the late Ronni Chasen, helped bring worldwide recognition to Gent as a showcase for film music.
The composer of the year award recognizes a talent’s body of work for the previous year, and the ever-prolific Desplat was recognized for no less than seven films, including “Budapest,” “Philomena,” “The Monuments Men »
- Steve Chagollan
At a time when cults form around top-to-bottom filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh is in some ways a throwback to the golden age of the Hollywood auteur. He adapts his style to a range of genres and subjects, sometimes in scripts he’s helped develop, and other times in material, like The Knick, written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, to which he’s arrived after the fact.Viewers of the Cinemax series who have kept up with Soderbergh’s breathless output — 14 features in the last decade, plus a supposedly impending retirement that increasingly seems like a put-on — will instantly recognize the director’s signature: The sharp, hyperreal visual style, courtesy of Red cameras, that has been his trademark since 2008’s Che. A driving, percussive Cliff Martinez score. A penchant for crisp, scene-setting title cards. Innovative cross-cutting among parallel story lines, a Soderbergh motif since Traffic »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Guardians of the Galaxy managed to take over the box office, and deliver a pretty solid effort (which was surprising, because it looked silly), and the home release has a lot of great bonus content in store for you. It’s going to hit on December 9th, with plenty of time for holiday shopping, but for those who can’t wait, it’s available digitally on November 18th.
Get the full scoop below, and mark your calendars for this one.
Marvel’S Guardians Of The Galaxy Get it First on Digital HD plus Disney Movies Anywhere November 18th, and on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray and On-Demand December 9th
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut »
- Marc Eastman
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.
From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Marvel’s The Avengers, comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the »
- ComicMix Staff
This won’t come as much of a surprise given that it’s usually the case with its home entertainment releases, but Marvel has announced that the DVD and Blu-ray of Guardians of the Galaxy is set to include a special sneak preview of the final chapter in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss Whedon’s eagerly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s the official press release, which includes the full list of special features…
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by James Gunn, Marvel’S Guardians Of The Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.
- Michelle McCue
Not to be forgotten in the wake of this week's big Netflix news, Amazon has announced its own series pickups today. The internet superstore has ordered full seasons of "Hand of God" and "Red Oaks." "Hand of God" is created by Ben Watkins ("Burn Notice") with Marc Forster ("World War Z") directing. The series features Ron Perlman in the lead as a man who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a quest for revenge. Perlman's character, Pernell Harris, believes he is getting messages from God, directing him. Dana Delany and Andre Royo are also featured in the cast. "Red Oaks" is directed by David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic"). It is a period story, taking place in 1985, and follows an assistant tennis pro (Craig Roberts) at a Jersey country club and the people who work and frequent it. The series also stars Richard Kind, »
- Josh Lasser
A dramatic psychological thriller set in a corrupt modern city and a sunny, coming-of-age comedy set in the 80s. Introducing the two new Amazon Original Series headed into production: Red Oaks, from producer Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), and Hand of God, written by Ben Watkins (Burn Notice) and directed by Marc Forster (World War Z).
Hand of God stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) as Judge Pernell Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on “visions” and “messages” he believes are being sent by God through his ventilator-bound son.
What Hand of God viewers have been saying:
“From the opening credits to the final scene, I was completely hooked and entertained. »
Zeta-Jones' casting as Griselda Blanco in The Godmother was announced Wednesday by Deadline. Eva Sørhaug will direct the film from a script penned by Frank Baldwin. Daniela Cretu is producing, while Nicholas Piliggi will serve as the executive producer on the picture.
The film will trace Griselda’s rise to the upper ranks of the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia. As the only woman to achieve such power in the cartel, she was a ruthless kingpin. Throughout her dominance in the 70s and 80s, Griselda hired numerous assassinations, earning her among other more sinister nicknames, the title of Cocaine Godmother.
Griselda started selling cocaine in New York City in the early 70s, traveled back to Colombia after an indictment and eventually to Miami, where she »
Deadline is reporting that Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has landed the role of Griselda Blanco in The Godmother. The film will chronicle the real life story of the female drug kingpin, the one and only woman to rise to the top of Colombia's Medellin cartel. The film will be directed by Eva Sørhaug.
This won't be the first time that Zeta-Jones has tackled a drug drama, having portrayed Helena Ayala in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed Traffic back in 2000. It also won't be the first time that the actress, of Welsh and Irish descent, has played a hispanic woman. Zeta-Jones rose to fame in Hollywood when she played a Mexican noblewoman named Elena Montero.
Griselda Blanco was a formidable force in the drug wars of the 70s and 80s, with a story that jumps from Cartegena to New York, then Miami, and back to Colombia. She's said to have ordered »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Bill Desowitz asks if the new Ridley Scott epic film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" might be an Oscar "secret weapon" for this year. After watching a half hour of "powerful footage that left us wanting more," he says the "answer is definitely yes." Starring past champ Christian Bale as Moses, he calls it an "ambitious" retelling of the Biblical tale with Moses as a conflicted revolutionary and is "right up the Academy's alley." Scott had a previous Best Picture winner with "Gladiator" in 2000 although he lost the directing award to Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic"). Watch a new trailer for the sword-and-sandals movie, which opens in theaters on December 12. Thompson on Hollywood -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Susan Wloszczyna believes that if the girl (Rosamund Pike) in "Gone Girl" provokes debate, that might be its pa...' »
Catherine Zeta- Jones was once one of the brightest stars of British actresses but has been quiet over the last few years. This is set to change though as she has managed to land a rather interesting role in new film The Godmother. No not a sequel to The Godfather series the film instead is a biopic of drug Lord Griselda Blanco.
Having previously portrayed a drug Lord’s wife in Traffic, Zeta-Jones will now go one step further and become the drug Lord (well technically Dame). Blanco was the first and as yet only woman to ascend to the higher rankings of the Medellin drug cartel. The Darling Buds of May beauty will have a lot of story to sink her teeth into, as Blanco was quite the lady.
Starting life as a runaway and prostitute Blanco fought her way up the ranks of the drug cartels and is »
- Kat Smith
Catherine Zeta-Jones has been cast in the role of a real life Colombian drug lord.
The actress will play Griselda Blanco in biopic The Godmother, reports Deadline.
Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes, Cold Lunch) will direct the film about the only woman to rise to the top ranks in the Medellin drug cartel.
Blanco was a teenage runaway and prostitute who found success in the drugs business operating in New York, Colombia and Miami.
She is believed to have ordered hundreds of assassinations and was known as 'La Madrina', 'Black Widow' and the 'Cocaine Godmother'. Blanco was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2012.
Zeta-Jones was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the ruthless wife of a drug lord in the 2000 drama Traffic.
She was most recently seen in Red 2. »
Earlier today Deadline debuted the new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s big Christmas picture Exodus: Gods And Kings. The large-scale biblical drama looks Big. Epic. The kind of movie studios used to thrive on but are simply cost-prohibitive these days. Well, they seem to be making a comeback. Ben-Hur, which took 11 Academy Awards in 1959 including Best Picture, is now being remade. Of course Paramount released Darren Aronofsky’s Noah early in the year. But Gladiator in 2000 was the last big-scale epic of this period to wow Academy voters into giving up their Best Picture vote. It’s no coincidence that Ridley Scott directed that one, which also brought Russell Crowe an Oscar for Best Actor. Now Scott is back doing the impossible for Fox with Exodus.
In a brief conversation before the studio’s special press presentation Tuesday evening at the Zanuck Theatre on its lot, Fox Chairman Jim Gianopulos »
- Pete Hammond
Exclusive: Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn as the ruthless wife of a drug lord in 2000’s Traffic, has landed an even juicier role in the true story crime biopic The Godmother. In a new film directed by Norwegian helmer Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes, Cold Lunch) Zeta-Jones will play real life kingpin Griselda Blanco, the first and only woman to rise to the higher echelons of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel.
Blanco was a fearsome figure at the center of the Miami drug wars of the 1970s and ’80s depicted in the 2006 Magnolia Pictures-released documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Her reign of terror, in which she’s suspected to have ordered hundreds of assassinations to stay in money and power, was so vicious and violent that it earned her the nicknames La Madrina, Black Widow, and the Cocaine Godmother.
Blanco was also one of the biggest success stories »
- Jen Yamato
Thor is going country.
TheWrap reports that Chris Hemsworth will produce and star in the movie based on Steve Earle's book, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. The 2011 novel by the Grammy-winning country star tells a fictional tale of Toby "Doc" Ebersole, the physician accused of giving Hank Williams a fatal dose of morphine. Ten years after the country music pioneer's death, his doctor is without a license and is supporting his own morphine habit by performing illegal abortions. Feeding his addiction further, Ebersole is haunted by Williams' ghost. »
Looking relaxed and much leaner than his latest screen incarnation as the heavyweight, disheveled drug lord, Pablo Escobar, Benicio Del Toro arrived at the San Sebastian Film Festival on Friday to collect the festival’s Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement ,in an upbeat ,playful , mood.
“Well, it’s an honor,” Del Toro said of the Donostia Award, “Because Its the first time I’ve been given a career award and also because it comes from the San Sebastian Festival which has for many years been the festival I have enjoyed the most.”
Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the son of lawyer parents, Del Toro grew up in Pennsylvania and made his way through New York and L.A. drama schools before landing bit parts on television.
“As a teenager, I never thought I’d get an award such as this,” said Del Toro.
“I dreamed of course, but dreaming is essential, »
- Bob Flynn
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