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Los Cabos, Mexico – Mexico’s Matthias Ehrenberg of Rio Negro Prods, whose wide ranging film credits include Gloria Trevi biopic “Gloria,” 1999 box office hit “Sex, Shame & Tears” and Julian Schnabel’s Oscar-nommed “Before Night Falls,” has formed arthouse label Barracuda Films under which he is producing a number of auteur films and docus. The new shingle’s slate includes “Soren” by Sundance winner (“Zona Sur”) Juan Carlos Valdivia, a romantic drama starring Jose Angel Bichir about a young couple whose lives are changed upon meeting the titular character.
Ehrenberg is also a co-producer on docu “Aquarela” by Victor Kossakovsky (“Vivan las Antipodas”), which delves into the power of water and its impact on humanity. Docu is currently in production and has shot in Venezuela, Russia and Greenland to date. Other producers of the multi-country production include Aconite Prods (U.K.), Danish Documentary Production, Louverture Films (U.S.) and Ma.Ja. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Awards season is just getting started, but Emma Stone has just emerged as an early favorite to take home the Oscar for Best Actress. She has once again paired with Ryan Gosling in the musical La La Land, which played recently at the Venice Film Festival. The movie was received incredibly well, and Stone took home the best actress prize at the festival, making her an early Academy Awards favorite.
Stone plays Mia in La La Land, an aspiring actress and playwright who is in love with old movie stars, but lives in modern day Los Angeles. The movie recently made its debut in North America at the Telluride International Film Festival where it also received a ton of praise. Variety caught up with Stone at Telluride and she discussed the role of Mia a bit. Here is what she had to say.
"I definitely understood the feeling of moving »
Venice, Italy — Emma Stone won the Venice Film Festival’s best actress prize Saturday for her role as Mia, an aspiring actress and playwright who’s deep into the magic of the old movie stars, in Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land.”
In a recent interview with Variety at the Telluride Film Festival where the film saw its North American debut, Stone talked about identifying with the character of Mia.
“I definitely understood the feeling of moving to Los Angeles and having a dream to be an actor in films and to get to be a part of things that I loved and inspire people in some way,” she said. “It’s pretty insane that we’re talking about this movie and it’s something that I’m so proud and excited to be a part of, when that is the goal of the character, is to be a part of something like this. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Hector Babenco (1946-2016) - Brazilian Filmmaker. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing Kiss of the Spider Woman. His other movies include Ironweed, Carandiru, At Play in the Fields of the Lord and Pixote. He also acts in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls. He died of a heart attack on July 13. (THR) Chief David Bald Eagle (1919-2016) - Native American Actor. He was a technical advisor for and appears in Dances With Wolves. Earlier he was...
- Christopher Campbell
Héctor Babenco Photo: Caiodovalle
Héctor Babenco, the Argentine-born Brazilian director who became the first Latin American to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar in 1986, with Kiss Of The Spider Woman, has died at the age of 70. He reportedly suffered a heart attack in Sao Paolo on Wednesday night.
Babenco, who survived a bone marrow transplant to treat lymphatic cancer in 1994, made 13 films over the course of his career and also appeared as an actor in two, The Venice Project and Before Night Falls.
He was known for taking on the establishment, using his films to speak out about poverty, the treatment of gay people, and the brutality of the military dictatorship and once said: ""My strongest impulse has always been to flee from definitions, flags, and ideologies."
- Jennie Kermode
The characters fortunate enough to survive the blood-splattered brawl at the end of Season 2 will return in the upcoming third season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and to help hold over fans with a culebra-like thirst for new episodes, Miramax and El Rey Network have revealed Season 3’s directors and additional cast members.
Press Release: June 7, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA / Austin, TX) – Miramax® and El Rey Network released today the list of directors that will helm the 10 episodes of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series season three. Additionally, Nicky Whelan (House of Lies, The Wedding Ringer) and Maurice Compte (Breaking Bad, Narcos) have joined the cast of season three. Compte will play Brassa a mysterious Rasputin-like figure who takes on the Gecko brothers. Whelan’s character will be revealed on air.
The list of directors includes several newcomers to the series including Eagle Egilsson, who is known for »
- Derek Anderson
I'm not sure Tina Fey was meant to be a movie star. She is, no question about it, a dazzling wit, and I think she can be very funny onstage as well. So far, though, Hollywood has not figured out what to do with Fey as a leading actress because she simply doesn't fit the cookie-cutter archetypes that so many actresses are forced to play, and it's left her in a weird place as an actress. She's obviously talented, but who's writing the roles that she could play? As it turns out, all it takes are directors like Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and a writer like Robert Carlock, who worked with Fey on 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I like Ficarra and Requa. I don't think every film they've made is great, but they have a good eye for both character and detail. My favorite film of theirs is still I Love You, »
- Drew McWeeny
7 items from 2016
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