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Filming Begins on Doug Liman’s Mena, Starring Tom Cruise; Full Cast Revealed

27 May 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography is underway in Georgia on director Doug Liman’s “international escapade” Mena. The film reunites Liman with his Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise as it tells the true story of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Liman had this to say about his interest in the source material: “I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride. Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.” [caption id="attachment_217084" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount Pictures[/caption] Gary Spinelli penned the initial draft of the script, but Universal’s press release does not have final screenwriting credits. Liman is known for finding his way as he goes throughout production, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Storm Saulter lines up 'Sprinter'

18 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Jamaican director’s new drama aimed to be ready by the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Some of the most famous Jamaican sprinters - and the fastest men in the world - are to feature in Jamaican director Storm Saulter’s new dramatic feature Sprinter.

“With Sprinter, I want to do for running films what Raging Bull did for the boxing film,” Saulter has commented of the film, which producer Don Ranvaud (Central Station, City Of God) has been introducing to the market in Cannes.

Saulter, who grew up in the Jamaican countryside, has extensive experience as a photographer and cinematographer on a number of TV commercials for Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt.

The writer-director intends to use “track and field as a vehicle to explore the experiences of a modern Caribbean family in all of its complexity”.

“This is about the pressure that kids in Jamaica have to become athletes and obviously sprinters,” commented Don Ranvaud »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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This week in tv news: ‘Rectify’ season three gets a premiere date

16 May 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Scream Queens, which received a new trailer this week.

USA Network has formally given a series order to Queen of the South. The series will be based on the 2002 Spanish novel La Raina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which has already been adapted into a Spanish-language telenovela, and will star City of God and PredatorsAlice Braga in the lead role of Teresa Mendoza. The series synopsis is as follows.

Queen Of The South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Cannes: Brazil’s Power Players Still Rolling in Spite of Challenges

15 May 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brazil’s economy is languishing, hit by plunging commodity prices. Since last year’s Cannes, the real has depreciated 36% against the dollar, hitting film imports hard. And thanks to preparations for 2016’s budget-busting Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Rio’s regional movie funding has dwindled.

So does 2015’s Cannes catch the Brazilian industry in retreat? Not at all.

Muscular state coin is still in place — last July, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff announced a 1.2 billion real ($397 million) package of film-tv incentives. Total Brazilian box office, including U.S. movies, powered up 11.7% in 2014 to $744.7 million, according to Filme B.

Requiring cable channels to air 3.5 hours of primetime Brazilian content weekly, 2011’s Law 12,485 has galvanized indie TV production levels. Brazil’s pay TV homes grew 6% year-on-year to 27.3 million in 2014, per the Business Bureau.

In domestic, the major market trend is robust diversification. Once largely known abroad for arthouse movies, top outfits have initiated blockbuster franchise production (Gullane, »

- John Hopewell

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‘Queen of the South’ Gets Series Order from USA Network

12 May 2015 10:19 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

USA Network has a new queen. The network has given a series order to the drama “Queen of the South,” an adaptation of the Arturo Perez-Reverte best-seller “La Reina Del Sur,” which also spawned the Telemundo telenovela of the same name. The USA version, which has received an order for 13 episodes, will star Alice Braga (“City of God”), as Teresa Mendoza. When Mendoza’s  drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, she is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Contest: Win a From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Prize Pack, Including the Season 1 Soundtrack, Poster & Signed DVD

5 May 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Cinco de Mayo has arrived and El Rey Network is celebrating the holiday in grand, fitting fashion with their From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 marathon that starts at dusk tonight and runs till dawn tomorrow, ramping up anticipation for the season two world premiere at the Atx Television Festival this June. The folks at El Rey Network are also adding even more festive culebra frights to the occasion, as they've provided us with five From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series prize pack, including the following:

(1) Season 1 Soundtrack (1) Season 1 Poster (1) Signed Season 1 DVD

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The »

- Derek Anderson

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Janis Joplin Biopic Producers Sue Writer, Investment Firm

19 March 2015 8:06 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The long-in-the-works Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams, Get It While You Can, has hit yet another developmental snag: The film's producers, Lkl Productions and the Switzerland-based Silver Reel, have sued writer-producer Ron Terry, his affiliated companies and the investment company Chesterton Capital, claiming the latter three have breached the terms of their option agreement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lkl and Silver Reel reportedly bought the rights for Get It While You Can for $117,000 in August 2014, but the plaintiffs claim that Terry and Co. have violated the terms of »

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Round-Up: Sharknado 3 Title & Release Date Revealed, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Casting Update, New Friday the 13th T-Shirt

18 March 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek are braving the storm with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in The Asylum and Syfy's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Featured in our latest round-up, the third installment in the tongue-in-cheek franchise has received a summer release date. We also have a casting update for the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary T-shirt from Fright Rags.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!: The third Sharknado film will splash onto the Syfy channel on Wednesday, July 22nd at 9:00pm Est:

Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) - New York – March 18, 2015 – Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, »

- Derek Anderson

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Brazil Preps for Mass SXSW Attendance

10 March 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madrid –Los Bragas, Big Bonsai, Conspiraçao Filmes and O2 Play figure among a significant 59 company Brazilian presence at Austin Texas’ 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW), which kicks off Friday.

The mass Brazilian presence – doubling from 28 companies in 2014 – underscores just how seriously Brazil takes SXSW and that, increasingly abroad, it’s seen as far more than a straight-arrow indie film fest for just U.S. attendees.

Brazilian attendance was arranged, for instance, by 10 state orgs, lead by Apex-Brasil, Brazil’s Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. Others supporting orgs range across film, TV, music, games, music, art, design, startups, software, It, and venture capital orgs. One, international movie promo co Cinema do Brasil, calls SXSW “the most innovative creative economy event in the world.”

BigBonsai will screen fest-selected docu feature “Dominguinhos,” a bio-doc, portrays Brazil’s most celebrated modern accordionist who performed with many of the Bossa Nova greats – there’s footage »

- John Hopewell

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Brazil Preps for Mass SXSW Attendance

10 March 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid –Los Bragas, Big Bonsai, Conspiraçao Filmes and O2 Play figure among a significant 59 company Brazilian presence at Austin Texas’ 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW), which kicks off Friday.

The mass Brazilian presence – doubling from 28 companies in 2014 – underscores just how seriously Brazil takes SXSW and that, increasingly abroad, it’s seen as far more than a straight-arrow indie film fest for just U.S. attendees.

Brazilian attendance was arranged, for instance, by 10 state orgs, lead by Apex-Brasil, Brazil’s Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. Others supporting orgs range across film, TV, music, games, music, art, design, startups, software, It, and venture capital orgs. One, international movie promo co Cinema do Brasil, calls SXSW “the most innovative creative economy event in the world.”

BigBonsai will screen fest-selected docu feature “Dominguinhos,” a bio-doc, portrays Brazil’s most celebrated modern accordionist who performed with many of the Bossa Nova greats – there’s footage »

- John Hopewell

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From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Starts Production, Robert Rodriguez Directing Premiere Episode

2 March 2015 12:23 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

They fought till dawn to survive season one, but even though certain characters on El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series were able to keep culebras from chomping their necks, they're still far from being safe in the upcoming 10-episode second season, which began production today and is slated for a late summer debut. It's been revealed that the season two premiere is being directed by Robert Rodriguez, with a list of familiar horror directors announced to helm other second season episodes starring the returning cast members whose characters managed to stay alive.

Press Release - "Austin, TX- March 2, 2015 -- El Rey Network and Miramax announced today the start of production on the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" in Austin, TX (home to Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios). Returning to the supernatural series are all leading cast members including Wilmer Valderrama, D.J. Cotrona, »

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‘Baby,’ ‘Matriarca,’ ‘Suria’ Join Brazilian Powerhouse 02 Filmes’ TV Slate (Exclusive)

27 February 2015 2:55 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Underscoring the rapid consolidation of top-echelon Brazilian producers as diversified multi-project film-tv production houses, Sao Paulo’s o2 Filmes, whose credits include Fernando Meirelles’ “City of God” and “The Constant Gardner” and Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” has eight TV fiction dramas in development, including half hour comedy “The Friends of My Baby” and the corruption-themed “Matriarca.”

Meirelles began his career working in TV. But the size of O2 Filmes’ current development slate suggests that Brazil’s top companies are taking the opportunities for TV production based out of Brazil very seriously indeed.

In early development, “The Friends of My Baby” is a comedy about a single father and a baby. Gnt, Brazil’s most prominent femme-targeting cable TV channel and one of the jewels in the crown of Globosat, Globo’s giant pay TV operator, has acquired Brazilian rights.

“Matriarca” is a “dark humored” fiction drama about Brazil’s political classes and corruption, »

- John Hopewell

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Brazil’s Alice, Felipe Braga on ‘Neymar Jr…,’ Branded Content and Giving Celebs Their Own Voice

27 February 2015 2:20 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starring Alice Braga, the best-known Brazilian actress of her generation, (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) directed by Felipe Braga, co-scribe of Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” and produced by both Bragas (no relation) and Rita Moraes at Los Bragas, 2013’s “Latitudes” was a cry of modernity in Latin America.

An Internet, then TV series (on TNT) then theatrical feature film, it tapped branded-entertainment financing and abandoned local social issues to pick-up on societal trends worldwide: Here the dislocated love story between a fashion editor and photographer which, unspooling at seven luxury hotel worlds, is both enabled and frustrated by their globe-trotting lives. On Friday, at the Rio Content Market, Alice and Felipe Braga present their second production, where they also share directorial duties: the three-season web series, then featured TV series, “Neymar Jr’s Life Outside the Fields,” which is again out of the box, and an act of enfranchisement, »

- John Hopewell

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Brazil’s Gullane, Universal Channel Team on ‘Basic Health Center’

27 February 2015 10:19 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fresh off its Sundance actress prize and Berlin Panorama Audience Award for “The Second Mother,” Gullane Filmes, run by Fabiano and Caio Gullane and a Brazilian movie powerhouse, is partnering with Universal Channel in Brazil on a groundbreaking medical drama: eight-seg half-hour fiction series “Basic Health Center.”

Universal Channel, one of the three channels operated by Universal Networks in Brazil, a joint venture with Brazilian pay TV operator Globosat, has taken rights to the whole of Latin America. Coming in early on the series, Universal Channel is also working as a commissioning editor, helping Gullane with development, said Paulo Barata, CEO of Universal Networks in Brazil.

Gullane’s flagship TV series, which is also produced in partnership with Brazil’s biggest state incentive program, the Sectorial Audiovisual Fund, “Basic Health Center” shows Brazilian companies beginning to address Brazil’s liberal professions, moving away from the inter-class romance staple of telenovelas »

- John Hopewell

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Brazil’s Alice, Felipe Braga on ‘Neymar Jr…,’ Branded Content and Giving Celebs Their Own Voice

27 February 2015 2:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Starring Alice Braga, the best-known Brazilian actress of her generation, (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) directed by Felipe Braga, co-scribe of Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” and produced by both Bragas (no relation) and Rita Moraes at Los Bragas, 2013’s “Latitudes” was a cry of modernity in Latin America.

An Internet, then TV series (on TNT) then theatrical feature film, it tapped branded-entertainment financing and abandoned local social issues to pick-up on societal trends worldwide: Here the dislocated love story between a fashion editor and photographer which, unspooling at seven luxury hotel worlds, is both enabled and frustrated by their globe-trotting lives. On Friday, at the Rio Content Market, Alice and Felipe Braga present their second production, where they also share directorial duties: the three-season web series, then featured TV series, “Neymar Jr’s Life Outside the Fields,” which is again out of the box, and an act of enfranchisement, »

- John Hopewell

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Rio Content Market Throws Brazil TV Boom Into Focus

24 February 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

M. Night Shyamalan, “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter-producer Barry Schkolnick and most relevant figures in Brazil’s TV industry will attend this week’s 5th Rio Content Market, Latin America’s biggest international TV event.

A mix of keynote speeches, pitching sessions, screenings, exhibition halls and one-to-one biz meetings, Rcm runs Feb. 25-27 with a “warm-up” today Feb. 24.

Constituting a mass training push to get the Brazilian industry up-to-speed in order to meet the huge demand for Brazilian content created by a local 2011 quota, the Rcm offers the Brazilian industry export openings for select programs and foreign companies contact with one of Latin America’s fastest-growing TV industries: Since the introduction of local content quotas in 2011, independent Brazilian TV companies have produced or co-produced over 250 series.

On Feb. 24, Shyamalan will present the first episode of his first TV series, his Fox-produced “Wayward Pines,” with Matt Dillon, at the 5th Rio Content Market, »

- John Hopewell

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Publicists Guild Honorees Bob & Harvey Weinstein Know How to Score Wins

19 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following in the footsteps of such Hollywood legends as Samuel Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer, David Selznick and Jack Warner, the Weinsteins have always understood the vital role publicity plays in the filmmaking equation. And this year their instinctive knack for grabbing headlines and creating Oscar buzz has yielded 10 Academy Award nominations for their British World War II thriller “The Imitation Game,” including best picture, lead actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), supporting actress (Keira Knightley) and director (Morten Tyldum).

Those noms join the team’s already overloaded trophy case with its 300-plus Oscar noms to date, including five Academy Awards for best picture . Their gold rush began in 1996 with “The English Patient,” but it was their masterful Oscar campaign for 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” when that comedy upset the heavy favorite, Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” that cemented the Weinsteins’ reputation as consummate publicity operators who know how to play the system »

- Iain Blair

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Stray Dogs picks up I Stay With You

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Other Iffr pick-ups include God Loves the Fighter.

Newly launched French sales company Stray Dogs has picked up world rights to Mexican horror-thriller I Stay With You (Me quedo contigo) following its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Iffr) last month.

Reversing traditional male-female kidnap narratives to shocking effect, I Stay With You follows a group of women who abduct and abuse an unsuspecting cowboy they meet in a bar.

“This is a mind-blowing and crazy film about violence and the battle of the sexes,” says Nathan Fischer, who launched Paris-based Stray Dogs last month.

In another Iffr acquisition, Fischer has world rights excluding Us and the Caribbean to Trinidad and Tobago-born, Los Angeles-based Damian Marcano’s debut God Loves The Fighter.

Set against the backdrop of east Port of Spain, dubbed the murder capital of the Caribbean, the film revolves around a homeless criminal’s tragic struggle to help a young prostitute in trouble »

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Cinematographers pick the best-shot films of all time

4 February 2015 12:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Editors Guild Selects 75 Best Edited Films of All Time

4 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »

- Brad Brevet

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