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Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)

Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)
Chinese actress Gong Li will star in the Europe-set action-thriller “Ana,” with Martin Campbell on board to direct.

Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu are producing the movie, which Wu is also financing. Sarkissian told Variety that they plan to start production in March or April.

The script is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and “The Expendables 2.” Sarkissian said “Ana” will be similar in tone to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita.”

“Ana” re-teams Campbell and Sarkissian following the Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner,” which opens Friday in North America with expectations of a $10 million debut weekend. “The Foreigner” is projected to earn $88 million in international markets by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Gong’s credits date back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, “Red Sorghum,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988. Since then, she’s appeared
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‘Narcos’ Location Scout Carlos Muñoz Portal Found Shot and Killed in Mexico

‘Narcos’ Location Scout Carlos Muñoz Portal Found Shot and Killed in Mexico
Variety reports that Carlos Muñoz Portal, a location scout for “Narcos,” was found shot and killed in in Hidalgo, Mexico. Muñoz had previously worked on such films as “Sicario,” “Spectre,” and “Fast & Furious” and was scouting locations for the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s crime drama.

Read More:‘Narcos’ Season 3 Review: The Drug War Might Be Lost, but the Best Version of This Show Is Found

The streaming giant released a statement on the incident: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.” 182 murders were reported in Hidalgo in July, and Muñoz and his car were discovered in a remote area — there were no witnesses to the crime.

Read More:‘Narcos’ Trailer: Season 3 Swaps Out One Drug Kingpin for Four More

“Narcos,” which
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‘Narcos’ Location Scout Carlos Muñoz Portal Found Shot and Killed in Mexico

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‘Narcos’ Location Scout Carlos Muñoz Portal Found Shot and Killed in Mexico
Variety reports that Carlos Muñoz Portal, a location scout for “Narcos,” was found shot and killed in in Hidalgo, Mexico. Muñoz had previously worked on such films as “Sicario,” “Spectre,” and “Fast & Furious” and was scouting locations for the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s crime drama.

Read More:‘Narcos’ Season 3 Review: The Drug War Might Be Lost, but the Best Version of This Show Is Found

The streaming giant released a statement on the incident: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.” 182 murders were reported in Hidalgo in July, and Muñoz and his car were discovered in a remote area — there were no witnesses to the crime.

Read More:‘Narcos’ Trailer: Season 3 Swaps Out One Drug Kingpin for Four More

“Narcos,” which
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A modern retelling of Treasure of Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves on the way!

  • JoBlo
Martin Campbell hasn't had much luck outside the James Bond franchise, having revitalized it twice with Goldeneye and Casino Royale (for my money the best James Bond movie ever). Because, besides The Mask Of Zorro, he hasn't had very many memorable outings, and even some famous clunkers like Green Lantern and the The Legend Of Zorro, which couldn't recapture the magic of the first one. However,... Read More...
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‘The Mummy’ Director Alex Kurtzman Says His Film ‘Is Made For Audiences,’ But Even They Don’t Want It

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‘The Mummy’ Director Alex Kurtzman Says His Film ‘Is Made For Audiences,’ But Even They Don’t Want It
It’s a familiar refrain from filmmakers plagued by bad reviews: “I made this movie for audiences, not for critics,” a tired old chestnut often trotted out when both audiences and critics reject a film. The latest director to lean on this excuse is “The Mummy” helmer Alex Kurtzman, who seems to believe that critics and audiences are so very different that one can claim that something was made with just one group in mind.

Unfortunately for Kurtzman, however, it seems that critics and audiences alike aren’t interested in his Dark Universe-launching actioner.

Earlier this month, Kurtzman explained his philosophy towards audiences to Business Insider. When asked about the dismal critical response to the film (currently sitting at 16% on Rotten Tomatoes), the filmmaker said, “Obviously, that’s disappointing to hear…The only gauge that I really use to judge it is having just traveled around the world and
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LatinoBuzz, Cannes

LatinoBuzz, Cannes
As the star-studded Cannes 70th anniversary gala dinner wrapped up on May 23, a mariachi band came out to play “Cielito lindo,” “México lindo y querido,” and the Spanish version of “Happy Birthday” turning this year’s Cannes Film Festival into a celebration of #MexiCannes.2017 Cannes.. Photograph by Justin Bishop. Salma Hayek wears Yves Saint Laurent and a Boucheron necklace. Francois-Henri Pinault wears Gucci.Read more in Remezcla here. In a few red-tinted videos, Salma Hayek, Guillermo del Toro, Emmanuel Lubezki, Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and BFFs Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal can be seen gathering around Table 46 to sing along with the mariachis. They also attracted other celebrities like Isabelle Huppert and quickly became the center of attention. As they loudly sang, a larger group surrounded them and recorded them on their phones. And with GdT giving the performance of a lifetime, it’s hard to blame onlookers.
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Hugo Villa named director of Los Cabos film fest

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Mexico City Film Commission head to assume post on June 1.

Hugo Villa has been appointed director of the Los Cabos International Film Festival.

Villa is the current general-director of the Mexico City Film Commission and brings more than 30 years of experience in the industry as a producer, cinematographer, production advisor and government officer.

He will commence his new post on June 1 and replaces Alonso Aguilar Castillo, who served as festival director at the last four editions and is pursuing new opportunities.

Villa co-funded Hartos Indios, the Mexican company that produced documentaries, features and shorts and provided production services to Warner Bros, Sony, and Showtime.

Hartos Indios worked on the Mexico shoots of Troy, The Legend Of Zorro, The Whole Truth and Dust To Dust (Por La Libre), among others.

Villa also served as director for production at the Mexican Film Institute Imcine.

“We are very pleased and thrilled that Hugo Villa will lead the Festival, as we consider
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Hugo Villa Appointed Director of Los Cabos Film Festival (Exclusive)

Hugo Villa Appointed Director of Los Cabos Film Festival (Exclusive)
Hugo Villa, a well-known and respected producer, line-producer and film commissioner, has been appointed director of Mexico’s Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, one of Latin America’s youngest and fastest-growing festivals.

Also well known from his eight years he spent at Mexican Film Institute (Imcine) over 2005 to 2013, where he created the Mexican Film Commission, Villa will take up his position on May 15, and attend the Cannes Festival with Alejandra Paulin, who remains Los Cabos general co-ordinator. Maru Garzon also continues as programming director. Villa replaces Alonso Aguilar Castillo, who served as Los Cabos director from its 2013 edition.

“We’re pleased and enthusiastic about Hugo Villa’s taking the reins of the Festival. We regard him as the ideal person, in collaboration with his team which continues at the festival, to favor the continuation of the film event which is now reenforced and has consolidated in the past five years
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Contest: Win a Blu-ray Copy of We Go On & Watch an Exclusive Clip

  • DailyDead
Miles wants to see proof of the afterlife, but he may have bit off more creepiness than he can chew in the new supernatural thriller We Go On. With the film coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on April 4th from Lightyear Entertainment, we've been provided with two Blu-ray copies of We Go On to give away, and as a special treat for Daily Dead readers, we also have an exclusive clip from the film that you can watch right now.

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Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of We Go On.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the
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Conversation Takes a Creepy Turn in New Clip from We Go On

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A woman who can supposedly see the dead gets legitimately spooked in a new clip from the supernatural film We Go On, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on April 4th from Lightyear Entertainment.

You can watch the new clip below, and, in case you missed it, check out my Q&A with We Go On filmmakers Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton.

From the Press Release: "After riveting festival audiences around the world, the chilling We Go On, is coming to home video this spring. The critically acclaimed thriller, which Fangoria declared as “legitimately scary and unpredictable” and Ain’t It Cool News called “a spooky tale with a strong emotional core,” debuts on Blu-ray & DVD on April 4, 2017 from Lightyear Entertainment, through Momentum Pictures/Sony Home Entertainment. Special features on both formats include Directors’ Commentary.

The second feature film from Yellowbrickroad creators Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton, We Go On tells
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We Go On Blu-ray & DVD Release Details & Cover Art

  • DailyDead
Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton’s We Go On prepares to land on Blu-ray and DVD on April 4th. The critical darling follows Miles (Clark Freeman), a man terrified by the prospect of dying, who is determined to find out whether or not any kind of “afterlife” actually exists. We also have the film’s Blu-ray cover artwork to share with our readers.

Press Release: Studio City, CA – (February 6, 2017)– After riveting festival audiences around the world, the chilling We Go On, is coming to home video this spring. The critically acclaimed thriller, which Fangoria declared as “legitimately scary and unpredictable” and Ain’t It Cool News called “a spooky tale with a strong emotional core,” debuts on Blu-ray & DVD on April 4, 2017 from Lightyear Entertainment, through Momentum Pictures/Sony Home Entertainment. Special features on both formats include Directors’ Commentary.

The second feature film from Yellowbrickroad creators Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton,
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Antonio Banderas Speaks Out After Health Scare: 'Enjoying Nature After a Startle'

Antonio Banderas Speaks Out After Health Scare: 'Enjoying Nature After a Startle'
Antonio Banderas is Ok after experiencing a scary incident involving his health.

The 56-year-old actor tweeted a smiling selfie on Monday with girlfriend Nicole Kimpel, and said he was "enjoying nature after a startle." Banderas was hospitalized in the U.K. earlier this month after suffering chest pains while exercising, according to People.

Watch: Melanie Griffith Praises 'Ruggedly Handsome' Ex-Husband Antonio Banderas -- 'I Will Always Love You' 

Banderas was rushed to St. Peter's Hospital on Jan. 19, but was thankfully discharged the same day, the magazine reports. Doctors performed a check-up which "confirmed his good health," his rep stated.

News: Friendly Exes! Melanie Griffith Reunites With Antonio Banderas at Daughter's Graduation

The Legend of Zorro actor has been dating Kimpel since 2014. However, Banderas is still close with his ex-wife, Melanie Griffith. In August, Griffith wished Banderas a happy birthday with a sweet throwback pic.

"Happy Birthday to my ruggedly handsome ex-husband @antoniobanderasoficial. I will always love you," Griffith
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Monster Men Unite: Universal’s Monster Reboot Has Its Team of Writers

  • Cinelinx
The latest cinematic shared universe, which will consist of the classic monsters of film from Universal Studios movie library, is moving ahead. They’ve gathered a team of writers—some veteran, some fairly new—to act as the Think Tank who will oversee the rebooted Cinematic Monster Universe.

Writers Assemble! Chris Morgan (The Fast & the Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7), Alex Kurtzman (The Legend of Zorro, Mission Impossible 3, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens, Amazing Spider-Man) Noah Hawley (Producer/Writer of the television series’ Bones and Fargo), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Charlie’s Angels, Men in Black and Now You See Me) have joined their creative forces to act as a writer’s collective for Universal Studios' cinematic monster universe.

This group, who will be known as the "Monster Men" will cooperate in each other's movies. They will offer suggestions
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Zorro reboot: Gael Garcia Bernal takes on the title role

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The new Zorro movie, Z, casts Gael Garcia Bernal as its lead...

Things are moving forward in the world of the planned Zorro reboot, with the news that Gael Garcia Bernal has been cast in the title role. He becomes the first to play Zorro on the big screen since Antonio Banderas took on the role at the end of the 1990s (for The Mask Of Zorro and The Legend Of Zorro, the first of which is brilliant).

The new Zorro film is being directed by Jonas Cuaron (son of Gravity helmer Alfonso Cuaron), and he’s also penning the script too.

The movie continues to go by the name of Z (nothing to do with the Bitmap Brothers game of the same name, 90s computer game fans), and the plan is to still set the film slightly in the future.

The film is set to go
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The Zorro Reboot Has Finally Found Its Swashbuckling Swordsman

The last time moviegoers saw Zorro on the big screen, it was 2005’s The Legend of Zorro, and Antonio Banderas was playing the famous fictional swordsman. Well, just like a lot of properties, Hollywood wants to give Zorro another shot, and back in February, it was announced that Gravity co-writer Jonás Cuarón would both write and direct the new movie. Now the news it out that this reboot has hired Babel’s Gael Garcia Bernal to play the new iteration of Zorro. According to Deadline, Bernal will re-team with Cuarón (having just worked together on Desierto) for Z, which will tell a Zorro tale set in the near future and introduce him to new audiences. No other details have been released about the reboot, but production is reportedly looking to begin this fall at the Pinewood Dominican Republic studios. Z will ...
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Round-Up: Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray, We Go On World Premiere, Alienated Release Details

  • DailyDead
Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre on Blu-ray will debut courtesy of Scream Factory on May 3rd. Also in this round-up: release details for We Go On and Alienated.

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre: Press Release: “Get ready for a wild ride when Dominque Swain (Skin Traffik, Alpha Dog) and Traci Lords (Cry Baby, Not of this Earth) come face to face with the deadliest prehistoric man-eaters nature has ever spawned when the uproarious Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray™ debuts May 3rd, 2016 from Scream Factory™. Directed by cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall, The Return of Swamp Thing), this high-camp, creature-feature also stars Cindy Lucas (America Pie Presents: The Book of Love), Christine Nguyen (Get Him to the Greek), Corey Landis (Chrysalis), John Callahan (Falcon Crest) and Amy Holt (Dinocroc vs. Supergator).

Available for the first time on Digital, On-Demand, DVD and Blu-ray, Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray and
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Jonas Cuarón to Write and Direct ‘Z,’ a Zorro Movie Without the Orro

  • Slash Film
Jonas Cuarón to Write and Direct ‘Z,’ a Zorro Movie Without the Orro
It’s been a decade since The Legend of Zorro came and went, ending Antonio Banderas’ run as the famed masked hero. Since then, reports of a new movie starring the iconic swordsman have arrived like clockwork, only for the actual film to fail to materialize. Remember when Gael Garcia Bernal was supposed to play Zorro in […]

The post Jonas Cuarón to Write and Direct ‘Z,’ a Zorro Movie Without the Orro appeared first on /Film.
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‘The Women of Walmington’ featurette for the Dad’s Army movie

Ahead of its release this Friday, a new featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie focussing on the Women of Walmington. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls
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Five Things You Really Didn’t Know About Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones is one of the nation’s real darlings. A girl from the valleys, she’s transformed herself into a global Hollywood superstar starring in the likes of Chicago, The Legend of Zorro and Ocean’s Twelve.

She’s swapped the bright lights of Swansea for New York, but here are a few facts that you probably didn’t know about the Welsh princess.

It was Danny DeVito who introduced her to Michael Douglas

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have been married for 15 years after marrying in November 2000. Interestingly however, they were introduced to each other with a little help from Danny DeVito.

DeVito and Douglas once lived together in New York but it was in 1998 at Deauville Film Festival in 1998.

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas actually share a birthday

The 25th December is a special day for Catherine Zeta Jones. Born on the day back
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‘Legacy’ featurette for the Dad’s Army movie

Ahead of its UK release next week, the first featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie which see’s the cast and crew discuss the legacy of the classic TV show. Watch it below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of
See full article at Flickeringmyth »
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