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Mexican character actor Pedro Armendariz Jr. died Monday at the age of 71. There was no immediate confirmation of the cause of death.
Armendariz was best known for playing sly, sometimes cynical characters he endowed with wit and charisma. Armendariz played Gov. Riley in the 2005 movie The Legend of Zorro, and had roles in 1989′s Old Gringo and Once Upon a Time in Mexico in 2003.
President Felipe Calderon’s office issued a statement lamenting Armendariz’ death, calling him “a great actor who reflected well on Mexico at home and abroad.”
The Mexican government news agency Notimex reported he died in New York City of cancer, »
- Associated Press
"Mexican character actor Pedro Armendáriz Jr died Monday at the age of 71," reports the AP. "President Felipe Calderon's office issued a statement lamenting Armendáriz's death, calling him 'a great actor who reflected well on Mexico at home and abroad.'… He acted in more than 100 films, including the Mexican hit The Crime of Father Amaro."
Both Armendáriz Jr and his father, Pedro Armendáriz, a star during Mexican cinema's "golden age," portrayed Pancho Villa — the father in several films and Armendáriz Jr in Luis Puenzo's Old Gringo (1989). From the Wikipedia entry: "Interestingly, Pedro Armendáriz Jr also portrayed Pancho Villa's enemy Luis Terrazas in the film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself opposite Antonio Banderas." The entry notes that both father and son also appeared in James Bond movies: "The elder Armendáriz appeared in From Russia with Love in 1963, while Pedro Jr. appeared in 1989's Licence to Kill."
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One of the most beloved Mexican actors. Pedro Armendáriz Jr., has died at the age of 71 after a bout with cancer. THR reports that Pedro Armendáriz Jr., who appeared in more than 200 TV shows and classic films like "The Legend of Zorro," "Chisum" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," is set to appear in the upcoming release of "Casa de mi Padre" with Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. THR reports that news of Pedro Armendáriz Jr's death was first reported by Televisa news anchor Joaquin Lopez Doriga who used Twitter to share that he had passed away at a New York hospital while seeking cancer treatment there. »
- April MacIntyre
Mexico City -- Pedro Armendariz Jr., one of Mexico's beloved and prolific actors, has died at the age of 71 after a bout with cancer. During a career that spanned six decades, the charismatic actor appeared in more than 200 TV shows and films, including Hollywood productions such as The Legend of Zorro, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and the Brad Pitt-starrer The Mexican. He also played a role in the upcoming release of Casa de mi Padre alongside Will Ferrell and longtime Mexican friends, actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths "Pedro is one
- John Hecht
Yikes! It’s not quite the bedroom foreplay one would expect. Relativity Media released the second official trailer for the action-thriller “Haywire. The film stars the Mma athlete Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor (“The Ghost Writer,”), Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class”), Antonio Banderas (“The Legend of Zorro”), Channing Tatum (“G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra”), Michael Douglas (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”) and Michael Angarano (“Almost Famous”). Here is the official synopsis: Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she »
Yet another noteworthy actor has signed on for Paradise Lost, an upcoming big-budget action blockbuster treatment of John Milton’s classic blank-verse poem (published in 1667) that is being directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow, I, Robot).
The latest addition to the film’s cast is Rufus Sewell, who previously collaborated with Proyas on Dark City – and recently worked alongside fellow Paradise Lost cast member Benjamin Walker on the impeding horror/history mashup flick, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Variety has confirmed that Sewell’s Paradise Lost role will be that of “Samael, Lucifer’s partisan who urges him to start the rebellion in Heaven.” It will be the latest antagonistic role taken on by the character actor, who has played memorably villainous types in the past (ex. A Knight’s Tale, The Legend of Zorro, The Illusionist, etc.).
- Sandy Schaefer
More 1980s television series are coming to the big screen. Deadline has reported there are early discussions for director Martin Campbell to helm the film adaptation of the 1981-1986 television series “The Fall Guy.” The original series starred Lee Majors, Douglas Barr and Heather Thomas. It’s about Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter to make ends meet. The script adaptation is currently being written by the writing team of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. They wrote the scripts for “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class,” as well as several television episodes for “Fringe,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Andromeda.” The film will be developed by producer Walter Parkes (“Gladiator,” “Minority Report”). Deadline also reported the project was initially with DreamWorks, but now it is not known which studio will be involved. Campbell’s last project was with this year’s comic book film “Green Lantern. »
Paranormal Activity 3 proved there's definitely still a lot of life left in the franchise by opening to an estimated $54 million this weekend. Besides marking a significant improvement over Paranormal Activity 2's $40.7 million, it also topped last year's Jackass 3-D to claim a new record for highest Fall opening ever (September and October). Unfortunately, The Three Musketeers, Johnny English Reborn and The Mighty Macs all missed modest targets, and as a result the weekend fell a bit short of the same frame last year. Aside from setting the Fall record, Paranormal Activity 3 also bested its predecessor to take the top opening ever for a pure horror movie. For a slightly less impressive metric, the horror three-quel's earnings were incredibly front-loaded: its Friday box office represented 48.6 percent of its opening weekend gross, which ranks ninth all-time. It was a slight improvement over Paranormal Activity 2's 49.4 percent, at least. »
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Friday A.M. Update: Paranormal Activity 3 earned an estimated $8 million from midnight screenings at 2,200 locations last night. That's a marked improvement over Paranormal Activity 2, which earned $6.3 million from 1,800 theaters at midnight.Forecast: After a few quiet weeks, Paranormal Activity 3 looks to provide the jolt needed to bring the box office back to life. At the very least, the horror three-quel shouldn't have any trouble hitting the top spot against mild competition from The Three Musketeers, Johnny English Reborn and The Mighty Macs. Paranormal Activity 3 is set to haunt around 4,500 screens at 3,321 locations, while The Three Musketeers battles on roughly 3,800 screens at 3,017 locations (a 3D theater count is not currently available). Johnny English Reborn and The Mighty Macs have much lighter releases, hitting 1,551 and 975 mostly single-screen locations, respectively.Coming off the enormous success of the first Paranormal Activity ($107.9 million), Paranormal Activity 2 debuted to a huge $40.7 million »
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Screenwriter turned director Brian Helgeland will helm the film, which will chart Robinson’s life and career. While it is uncertain who Nicholson will be playing, Vulture is speculating that it’s Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey.
Chances are it’ll be another Oscar nomination for Nicholson, who has been keeping something of a low profile lately.
2. Columbia Pictures looks set to reboot the Zorro franchise. The Studio had great success in 1998 with The Mask Of Zorro – which grossed over $250 million. However, its belated sequel; The Legend of Zorro ...
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- Niall Browne
Things seem to be moving forward for the Zorro reboot. Just last week we reported that Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Human Target, Charlie’s Angels TV series) had been hired to pen the screenplay for the film, and now it looks like it has a title. What Culture reports that Sony has registered a number of domains related to the masked vigilante, using the titles The Forging of Zorro and Zorro: The Legend Begins. It sure sounds like the title of the film will end up being one of these, but they essentially get the same message across: this is Zorro Begins. The origin pic will be based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel Zorro, which centers on the young Zorro who witnesses the brutal injustices dealt to Native Americans. The young man then becomes a pupil of a fencing master and joins a secret underground resistance movement, paving »
- Adam Chitwood
Hot on the heels of Sony registering multiple variations of ‘James Bond Movie’ and ‘Skyfall’ which pretty much confirms the title of the 23rd James Bond as ‘Skyfall’, they are at it again with their Mask of Zorro franchise.
Presumably these are the two last contenders for the title of The Mask of Zorro reboot that Deadline said last week Sony were getting serious about pushing through with the hiring of tv scribes and current Charlie’s Angels producers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia to write the screenplay.
As was reported last week, the new Zorro movie will be an origin flick based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel “Zorro” (about how a young kid from California moves to Spain and becomes Zorro with real historical »
- Matt Holmes
We have already seen an American trailer for the feature but now we have a lovely action-packed UK trailer. The film stars an impressive cast of Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Micheal Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton and Michael Douglas.
Here is the synopsis from Relativity Media
This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (Mma) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding »
- Paul Koren
The closest thing we’ve had to Zorro since 2005’s The Legend of Zorro, with Antonio Banderas, is the upcoming Puss in Boots (with an animated Antonio Banderas). In this, the Golden Age of reboots, comes another tale of the masked swordsman via the pens of Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. This retelling of Zorro’s origin will be based on the eponymous 2005 novel written by Isabel Allende. Federman and Scaia are well known for their work in television, scripting and producing such series as Jericho, Warehouse 13 and Human Target. They’re currently overseeing the new Charlie’s Angels series as supervising producers. Zorro will be the duo’s second film adaptation, having just completed River of Doubt, an account of Teddy Roosevelt’s 1914 journey down the Amazon River. Hit the jump for more on Zorro, including the synopsis of the novel. News of the scriptwriters for Zorro comes by way of Deadline. »
- Dave Trumbore
After two movies, Antonio Banderas can hang up his mask. Sony has just hired writers Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia to write an origin story reboot of Zorro based on a 2005 book by Isabel Allende. Blending fiction with actual historical events, the novel is written as a mock-biography telling how a young man raised in California moves to Spain and becomes the famous masked bandit. And though it seems like a pretty obvious take on the material, Zorro has never really had a true origin and at least it's better than the "Zorro in the future" rumor  that was floated earlier this year. There's more after the jump. Deadline  broke the news of Sony's deal with Federman and Scaia who have previously written on Jericho, Warehouse 13, Human Target and are currently on the new Charlie’s Angels. So they obviously know about new reboots. Allende's book was critically acclaimed for »
- Germain Lussier
The last time we saw Zorro swashbuckling on screen was in 2005's The Legend of Zorro, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas, and before that in 1998 with The Mask of Zorro. Now Sony is looking to once again cut a "Z" in the silver screen: this time as an adaptation of author Isabel Allende's 2005 book simply titled Zorro, which is a 6-part mock biography of sorts focusing on the the Hispanic hero prior to his origins in Johnston McCulley's "Curse of Capistrano" in 1919. It also has ties to Mask of Zorro, in which Anthony Hopkins played Diego de la Vega, the character in the novella and original man behind the mask. Deadline is reporting that Sony/Columbia Pictures has tapped Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia to pen the reboot. Federman & Scaia are primarily TV writers, having worked on shows like Human Target, Jericho, and Judging Amy. Federman has »
- James Wallace
An "origin story" is supposedly being cooked up as a prequel for the 2005 flick The Legend Of Zorro, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas. Two TV writers have been tapped to pen the prequel whose credits include Warehouse 13 and are currently serving as executive producers for ABC's Charlie's Angels.
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Originally based on the novel by Isabel Allende, in turn based on the swashbuckling comic book icon, the prequel will be released by Sony, the same as the original. Who are your dream actors for the lead?
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- Anna Breslaw
The project isn't connected to Sony's The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro. Instead it will be adapted from Isabel Allende's 2005 novel. Here's a description of the book from the author's official website.
A swashbuckling adventure story, Zorro reveals the history behind the legendary masked man.
Born in Southern California in the late eighteenth century, Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds. His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner, his mother a Shoshone warrior. From his father, Diego receives lessons in the art of fencing and in cattle branding; from his maternal grandmother, White Owl, he learns the ways of her tribe. As a child he also witnesses the brutal injustices dealt Native Americans by European settlers and begins to »
The project is neither a remake or a continuation of the recent two-film franchise that they began with 1998's acclaimed "The Mask of Zorro" and followed with the less well-received 2005 "The Legend of Zorro".
Instead this version is an origin tale of the hero based on Chilean author Isabel Allende's 2005 novel. The Zorro character first appeared in Johnston McCulley's 1919 novella "The Curse of Capistrano", Allende's work is a prequel to the events of that story and contains numerous references to other famous Zorro works including 'Mask'.
Federman and Scaia currently serve as supervising producers on ABC’s "Charlie’s Angels" and previously adapted "River Of Doubt" for Junction Entertainment. The project is not to be confused with Fox's rival sci-fi take "Zorro Reborn" which »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures has found a pair of TV scribes to pen it's Zorro reboot. Deadline reports that Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia to write the reboot, which will not be a remake but an origin tale of the comic book icon based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel. This will be the latest take on the character since Sony’s 2005 pic The Legend Of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Federman and Scaia have worked on such shows as Jericho, Warehouse 13 and Human Target and are currently supervising producers on ABC’s Charlie’s Angels. Zorro will be their second feature effort, the duo adapted River Of Doubt, about Teddy Roosevelt’s 1914 trip down the Amazon River, for Jon Turteltaub’s Junction Entertainment.
I really would rather see another unique movie get made and not a reboot. Zorro has already been done, but at least it will be slighly unique. »
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