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‘Cocaine Godmother’: Lifetime Lines Up Trailer & Premiere Date For Catherine Zeta-Jones Telefilm; 2 Other Pics Dated

Cocaine Godmother, the Lifetime pic starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as the drug queenpin Griselda Blanco, has scored a January 20 premiere date. The cable net also dispensed the first trailer for the film; watch it above. Lifetime today also dated its telepics Faith Under Fire (January 27) and The Simone Biles Story (February 3). Directed by Guillermo Navarro, Cocaine Godmother is based on the life of Miami drug lord Blanco, one the original "Cocaine Cowboys" who pioneered…
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Stone Village Television Acquires ‘Hotel Scarface’ Book For Limited Series

Say hello to my little acquisition. Stone Village Television has picked up TV and film rights to Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami and plans to create a limited series from it. Author Roben Farzad will executive produce with Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell. The nonfiction book is set at Coconut Grove's Mutiny at Sailboat Bay, a hot Miami hotel and club in late-1970s and early ’80s, and tells the story of the…
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Talks ‘Cocaine Godmother’ & True Ambition – Mipcom

Catherine Zeta-Jones hit the Croisette today to talk up her Lifetime original movie, Cocaine Godmother. The film is directed by Guillermo Navarro and is based on the life of Miami drug lord Griselda Blanco (Zeta-Jones), one of the original "Cocaine Cowboys" who pioneered the drug trade between Colombia and the U.S. in the 70s and 80s. The goal for Zeta-Jones was “not to homogenize her or find a sympathetic quality, because I don't think she had one. I applaud Lifetime…
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Barely Recognizable as a Drug Kingpin in Cocaine Godmother

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Barely Recognizable as a Drug Kingpin in Cocaine Godmother
Catherine Zeta-Jones has glammed up for roles in Chicago and Feud, but the actress underwent a make-under for her latest part.

People has your first look at Zeta-Jones as Miami drug lord Griselda Blanco in Lifetime’s Cocaine Godmother.

The 47-year-old actress sports a number of different looks for the TV movie, including a retro blond wig and bandanas over her locks.

Related Video: Catherine Zeta-Jones Reveals What Kirk Douglas Really Thought of Joan Crawford

Cocaine Godmother is based on the life of Blanco, one the original “Cocaine Cowboys” who pioneered the drug trade between Colombia and the United States in the 1970s and ’80s.
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Audience Growth, New Technology Among Hot Topics at Variety’s Sports and Entertainment Summit

Live sports events reliably draw in huge audience numbers, which broadcasters and cablers cherish in the splintered world of content programming. Variety’s Sports and Entertainment Summit on July 13 looks at the different approaches to gaining viewers and growing audiences, the ways technology can enhance a fan experience and branding, for both teams and athletes.

One way to engage fanatics as well as casual viewers is through feature films and TV series. Filmmaker Billy Corben, who made his name with “Cocaine Cowboys” and University of Miami doc “The U,” thinks that sports movies are the easiest to make. “Inherent in sports are all the essential ingredients of drama – obstacles, all the pathos, conflict, all of the excitement and drama, it’s already baked in the subject,” he says. “Once you find a good sports story, it’s like cheating. You’re off to a good start.”

“Start with: Who gives a sh**? Is this going to connect
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'America's War on Drugs': Inside New Miniseries Exposing Hypocrisy of U.S. Drug Policy

There's a great moment in the new History channel miniseries, America's War on Drugs, when a former DEA agent named Celerino Castillo explains why America's crusade to purge drugs from the world is doomed to fail: "America is more addicted to drug money than they are addicted to drugs."

After risking his life going undercover in the 1980s, Castillo had been disillusioned – quite a few different times – to discover that the CIA couldn't care less about stemming the flow of cocaine from Latin America. In fact, the agency ignored the Contras' drug smuggling.
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‘Cocaine Godmother’: Five Join Catherine Zeta-Jones In Lifetime Movie

Lifetime is rounding out the cast for original movie Cocaine Godmother starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. Directed by Guillermo Navarro, Cocaine Godmother is based on the life of Miami drug lord Griselda Blanco (Zeta-Jones), one the original "Cocaine Cowboys" who pioneered the drug trade between Colombia and the U.S. in the 70s and 80s. The film will go into production this year and premiere in 2018 on Lifetime. Joining the cast are Jenny Pellicer (The Bridge) as Carolina…
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'Narcos' picked up for two more seasons at Netflix

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'Narcos' picked up for two more seasons at Netflix
While I (regrettably) know how Season 2 of Narcos ends, I don’t know exactly how we get there. I’m only through the second episode, as I’m trying to savor every moment. Plus, I’m a slow reader. Anyway, this is just a long build up to some exciting news: Narcos has been renewed. Netflix announced today that the drug-fueled drama about the Colombian cocaine cartels of the 1980s and 1990s will be back for two more seasons. It’ll be interesting to see how they do this considering the way Season 2 ends, but I’m confident that returning EPs José Padilha and Eric Newman will figure out a way. The streaming service released a promo video for the new season, scheduled for a 2017 release, with the tag line “The Blow Must Go On.” This is posted below. On a related note, if you’re interested in learning more
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What to Know About Griselda Blanco, the 'Cocaine Godmother' J.Lo Will Be Playing on HBO

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What to Know About Griselda Blanco, the 'Cocaine Godmother' J.Lo Will Be Playing on HBO
Jennifer Lopez is set to take on what could be the most demanding role of her career for HBO Films' new project about "The Cocaine Godmother," Griselda Blanco. "I've been fascinated by the life of this corrupt and complicated woman for many years," Lopez said in a statement. "Complicated," though, barely begins to describe Blanco. Below, a quick primer on the famous drug lord. 1. Blanco was the quintessential rags-to-riches kingpinBlanco grew up in the slums of Cartagena, Colombia, though she considered the country's capital Medellín her hometown - she moved there with her mother at the age of 3. She
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What to Know About Griselda Blanco, the 'Cocaine Godmother' J.Lo Will Be Playing on HBO

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What to Know About Griselda Blanco, the 'Cocaine Godmother' J.Lo Will Be Playing on HBO
Jennifer Lopez is set to take on what could be the most demanding role of her career for HBO Films' new project about "The Cocaine Godmother," Griselda Blanco. "I've been fascinated by the life of this corrupt and complicated woman for many years," Lopez said in a statement. "Complicated," though, barely begins to describe Blanco. Below, a quick primer on the famous drug lord. 1. Blanco was the quintessential rags-to-riches kingpinBlanco grew up in the slums of Cartagena, Colombia, though she considered the country's capital Medellín her hometown - she moved there with her mother at the age of 3. She
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Jennifer Lopez to Star as Real-Life Drug Lord Griselda Blanco

Jennifer Lopez to Star as Real-Life Drug Lord Griselda Blanco
Jennifer Lopez is going from Shades of Blue to lines of white powder. E! News confirms that the actress is set to star as notorious drug lord Griselda Blanco in a TV movie she is developing for HBO. Blanco, known as "The Cocaine Godmother," came to rise in the 1970s and 1980s and reportedly ordered up to 200 murders during her infamous reign. After DEA agents arrested at her home in California in 1985, she was sentenced to ten years in prison before being deported to Colombia in 2004. Eight years later, Blanco was killed after being shot twice in the head in a drive-by shooing in Medellin. Blanco is a central figure in the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys. With Lopez as Blanco in mind,...
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[Review] The Infiltrator

Fascination endures with the cocaine trade of the 1980s, as evidenced by everything from Netflix’s Narcos to the two separate upcoming biopics around minor characters in this week’s The Infiltrator. (One for Pablo Escobar, to be played by John Leguizamo… who is also in this film. And one for Barry Seal, to be played by Tom Cruise… who is also in this film. Weird, right? No, that last part is a lie. Sorry.) But this movie, based on the memoir of the same name by Bob Mazur, differentiates itself by focusing less on the bang-bang cartel action in the streets and more on the backroom money laundering in the sheets. That’s not an angle we usually see with crime films… for good reason, as it turns out, since The Infiltrator is deathly boring.

It’s the 1980s, and bankers’ white collars the world over are starched with
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Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ Renewed for Season 2

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Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ Renewed for Season 2
Netflix has renewed “Narcos” for a second season, the streaming network confirmed to TheWrap. The show charts the rise of Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar, played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura. The show also stars Boyd Holbrook as DEA agent Steve Murphy, “Game of Thrones” alum Pedro Pascal as his partner Javier Pena, and Luis Guzman as cartel boss Gacha. The show has met with largely positive reviews from critics, with TheWrap’s Mekeisha Madden Toby writing: “Even with its flaws, ‘Narcos’ is a provocative show worth the watch. For history lovers and anyone who has seen ‘Entourage’ or the documentary films ‘Cocaine Cowboys,
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Spike TV Tackling Story Of John McAfee, Anti-Virus Pioneer Who Went On The Lam

Spike TV continues to expand its original programming slate with The McAfee Project (wt), a six-part docuseries about the billionaire online security pioneer who left the U.S. and got caught up in an international murder probe. Cocaine Cowboys director Billy Corben will helm and executive produce the project, which is Spike’s second mini along with the upcoming Tut. The series will use John McAfee's first-person interviews to dig into unanswered questions about his life…
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Stanley Film Festival Announces Visionary Award Recipient, Panels and Jurors

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We're less than two weeks away from the start of the Stanley Film Festival and it's been officially announced that Tom Quinn will be the recipient of their Visionary Award. We also have details on the festival's panels and jurors:

April 20, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today it will honor Tom Quinn, co-president of RADiUS-twc as its 2015 Visionary Award Winner. Quinn is behind this year’s breakout horror title It Follows as well as other genre heavy hitters such as Snowpiercer, Blue Ruin and Only God Forgives. The Visionary award is given to a figure in contemporary horror who is making forward-thinking contributions that elevate the genre and provides a platform for new, innovative artists to create work. Previous recipients include Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood, co-founders of SpectreVision (2014) and Eli Roth (2013). Quinn,
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Brutal 'Dawg Fight' Gets an Innovative Release (with Exclusive Clip)

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Brutal 'Dawg Fight' Gets an Innovative Release (with Exclusive Clip)
Known for his hard-hitting award-winning documentaries "Raw Deal: A Question of Consent" and "Cocaine Cowboys," filmmaker Billy Corben isn't one to shy away from difficult subject matters. His latest film, "Dawg Fight," is no exception. A brutal exposé on underground backyard Mma fighting in one of Miami's toughest and poorest neighborhoods, "Dawg Fight" is unflinching in its depiction of the dark side of the American dream. It's so dark, in fact, that two of the fighters featured in the film are now dead. Read More: What Does Netflix's Investment in Documentaries Mean for Filmmakers? "To me, it's continuing in our tradition of telling stories that are twisted takes on the American dream," Corben recently told Indiewire. Given the subject matter, which involves desperate men beating each other to bloody pulps for money, Corben realized early on that it might not be an easy sell for distributors. "Everybody is...
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Billy Corben’s Backyard Bare-Knuckle Brawl ‘Dawg Fight’ Grapples With Online Distribution

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Exclusive: Documentary maker Billy Corben has been mining Miami for tough-minded material for nearly two decades, including notable projects such as Cocaine Cowboys and Espn’s two The U docs about the University of Miami’s rogue athletic program. He also produced and directed Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, which had a spot at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. But he’s never had a film like Dawg Fight, nor a more complicated response from would-be distributors. “Of all…
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Pilot Season: Big TV Trends Hitting the Small Screen Next Season

Pilot Season: Big TV Trends Hitting the Small Screen Next Season
Medical dramas are still hot in the TV development game, with NBC’s soap “Heart Matters” and CBS’ ER-set “Code Black” and “Lfe” up for series contention. Overall, however, the networks are looking beyond the operating room for the 2015-16 cycle, tying pilots to current events, and focusing on more diverse themes. In fact, CBS’ “Rush Hour” remake is the only new show that fulfills the once-popular buddy-cop slot. Here’s a look at some of the biggest trends this pilot season:

Diversity in Entertainment

Hot on the heels of “Empire’s” huge success on Fox, NBC leads the broadcast pack with five minority-focused pilots. Eva Longoria headlines the straight-to-series “Telenovela,” and Jennifer Lopez will star as a cop-turned-undercover FBI agent in “Shades of Blue.” Drama “Curse of the Fuentes Women” comes from “Ugly Betty” producer Silvio Horta, while “Love Is a Four Letter Word” puts marriage to the race-sex-and-gender test.
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Michael Stahl-David to Star in TNT's Drug Trade Drama

Michael Stahl-David to Star in TNT's Drug Trade Drama
TNT's drug trade drama has cast its leading man. Cloverfield's Michael Stahl-David has been tapped to star in the drama pilot from executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Inspired by Cocaine Cowboys, the untitled entry is described as a serialized character drama centering on the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Read more TNT Orders Drug Trade Drama Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay Stahl-David will star as Bobby Nickel, a charismatic, brilliant and driven man who came from nothing and quickly learned to make

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Q&A: Turner’s David Levy and Kevin Reilly on the Shakeup at TNT, TBS

With Kevin Reilly now officially in the Turner fold, the new head of TNT and TBS and Turner Broadcasting prexy David Levy spoke with Variety about the reasoning behind the shakeup at Turner, plans for bringing edgier fare to the channels and their shared focus on the M-word: monetization.

Variety: David, what are you hoping that TNT and TBS will become under new leadership? You’ve changed things top to bottom at most of the Turner nets this year.

David Levy: It’s been a long year for sure, not just at TBS and TNT, but we also changed the structure at Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. I now believe that we have incredible infrastructure and the management team to bolster these brands and take them where they need to go….Kevin is coming in to two pretty strong brands. TBS is the top (cable) network in adults 18-34 and 18-49 demos.
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