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When you’ve got a film that’s produced by Carlos Gallardo (El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, editor/publisher of “Heavy Metal” magazine), it’s a film that you pay attention… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
A trailer has landed for Salma Hayek-starrer “Beatriz at Dinner,” and the spot is full of cringe-inducing moments. “This woman is a saint. It’s like birds fly out of the sky and land on her shoulder,” we’re told of Beatriz (Hayek), a spiritual health practitioner attending a dinner party. Seconds later, Beatriz is asked by a fellow guest, “Can I get another bourbon, hon?” Everyone else attending the party is white. “Oh, you were hovering. I just assumed you were part of the staff,” an unapologetic, boorish, Donald Trump-like real estate mogul named Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) says. And things only get worse from there.
At the dinner table, Beatriz begins a story: “When I first came to the United States a long time ago — .” She’s interrupted mid-sentence by the billionaire, who asks, “Did you come legally?” Rather than admonishing Doug for his inexcusable rudeness, the other guests try to change the subject by commenting on the meal.
“I think fate brought us together,” Beatriz tells Doug. But the smug businessman has no interest in what Beatriz has to offer. “The world doesn’t need your feelings,” he says. “It needs jobs. It needs money. It needs what I do.”
“Beatriz at Dinner” made its world premiere at Sundance in January. The ensemble cast includes Connie Britton (“Nashville”), Chloë Sevigny (“Bloodline”), and Amy Landecker (“Transparent”). Directed by Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl”), “Beatriz at Dinner” hits theaters June 9.
Trailer Watch: Salma Hayek Goes to the Dinner Party from Hell in “Beatriz at Dinner” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Tony Sokol Mar 30, 2017
Move over Babo, Ice-Bat, and Wedgehead. A new ugly has arrived. Robert Rodriguez is making his first animated feature, Ugly Dolls, based on the plush toy franchise from Pretty Ugly. The film will launch Stx Entertainment’s family and animation division.
The director of El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City, and the Spy Kids franchise, will write, direct, and produce Ugly Dolls through his Troublemaker Studios, it was announced during Stx’s presentation at CinemaCon.
The animated version of the video game Angry Birds made more than $300 million for Sony last year. Ugly Dolls might be the start of a new franchise for Rodriguez and Stx Entertainment, especially if it does similar business. The film will be produced by Stx, with »
The pic — the studio’s first animated release — hits theaters on May 10, 2019.
Stx made the announcement on Tuesday during its annual presentation at CinemaCon, the exhibition industry trade show in Las Vegas. Rodriguez appeared in taped footage showing the initial concept art.
The film, based on the children’s toy line Uglydoll, has been in the works since 2015 — when the company first announced that the movie would launch its family and animation division. The popular characters include Wage, Babo, Ice-Bat, and Wedgehead. David Horvath and Sun-Min Ki created Uglydoll in 2001.
“We created Uglydoll on the premise that real beauty is found in the little twists and turns that make us who we are,” Horvath said back in 2015. “We could not »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Fox is targeting summer for the start of production, with Michael Ireland overseeing the film. The project has been in the works at the studio since 2015, when Fox obtained the remake rights to “Escape From New York,” starring Kurt Russell as “Snake” Plissken. StudioCanal sold the rights to Fox, which topped several bids.
The original “Escape From New York,” released in 1981, took place in a dystopian 1997 Manhattan after it had been turned into a maximum security prison. The story centered on Plissken being recruited to rescue the U.S. president (played by »
- Dave McNary
Antonio Banderas (Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Expendables 3) and Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible III, “The Tudors”) star opposite one another in the psychological thriller Black Butterfly, directed by Brian Goodman (What Doesn’t Kill You). The film is set it hit theaters and On-Demand May 26, 2017. “In this taut psychological thriller, Paul (Banderas), a down […] »
- Brad Miska
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