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Diego Boneta to Play Mexican Singer Luis Miguel in Telemundo Series (Exclusive)

Diego Boneta to Play Mexican Singer Luis Miguel in Telemundo Series (Exclusive)
Mexican actor-singer Diego Boneta will play Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Luis Miguel in the upcoming TV bio-musical series on Telemundo.

Best known for his roles in the hit Mexican TV show “Rebelde,” and English-language series — including “90210” and “Pretty Little Liars” — Boneta has also appeared opposite Tom Cruise in the film “Rock of Ages” and starred in the TV series “Scream Queens.” A recording artist as well, Boneta has released two albums, including his debut, “Diego,” and follow up, “Indigo.”

Touted as the only officially authorized series about the fiercely private artist, “Luis Miguel, the Series” joins a pantheon of musical bio-series that Telemundo has been producing, including one on Celia Cruz , “Celia,” and “Hasta Que Te Conoci,” based on the life of pop icon Juan Gabriel.

Luis Miguel, the Series” is produced by Gato Grande Productions, a new joint venture between MGM and Mexican entrepreneurs Miguel Alemán Magnani and Antonio Cue.

Mark Burnett
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‘Chronic’s’ Michel Franco, Emma Suarez, Televisa Team for ‘April’s Daughter’ (Exclusive)

‘Chronic’s’ Michel Franco, Emma Suarez, Televisa Team for ‘April’s Daughter’ (Exclusive)
One of Mexico’s highest-profile and most resolutely independent young directors, Michel Franco, whose Tim Roth starrer “Chronic” won best screenplay at 2015’s Cannes Festival, has gone into production on its follow-up, “Las hijas de Abril” (“April’s Daughter”), a mother-daughters relationship drama starring Spain’s Emma Suarez, co-star of Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta.”

Videocine, the movie distribution arm of Latin American TV network giant Televisa, has acquired theatrical distribution rights for Mexico. Set up at Franco’s Mexico City label Lucia Films and kept under wraps until the present, “April’s Daughter” is currently 10 days into a shoot in Puerto Vallarta, the Mexican resort.

Also written by Franco, “April’s Daughter” plumbs the same keystone family ties whose exploration catapulted Franco to international notice when “After Lucia” won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Award in 2012.

Suarez plays a woman who, having rebuilt her life abroad, returns to Mexico to reconnect with her youngest daughter,
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Cannes: Trotsky Thriller ‘Chosen’ – Murray, Sands Star (Exclusive)

Cannes: Trotsky Thriller ‘Chosen’ – Murray, Sands Star (Exclusive)
Madrid – Hannah Murray (“Game of Thrones,” “Dark Shadows”), Julian Sands (“Leaving Las Vegas”) and Henry Goodman (“Woman in Gold,” “Taking Woodstock,” “Notting Hill”) will star in Antonio Chavarrias’ Trotsky assassination thriller “The Chosen,” one of the high-profile movies coming out of Spain and Mexico.

The Chosen” is set up at Chavarrias’ Barcelona-sited Oberon Cinematografica and Monica Lozano’s Mexico City-based Alebrije Cine y Video, the producer of “Instructions Not Included.” Sales agent Filmax will present first footage at the upcoming Cannes Festival.

Also written by Chavarrias (”Childish Games,” “Celia’s Lives”), and set in 1940s Mexico, during one of the most turbulent periods in history, the espionage thriller centers on the incredible but true story of the brutal assassination of Leon Trotsky by Barcelona-born Ramon Mercader, played by Mexican star Alfonso Herrera (“La Dictadura Perfecta,” ”Rebelde”).

“Chosen” will shoot on location in Mexico, allowing Chavarrias to re-create its period ambience
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Christian Chavez Arrested -- Mexican TV Star Busted After Fight w/ Boyfriend

  • TMZ
Christian Chavez -- a Huuge Mexican TV actor who's also an international pop star -- was arrested Tuesday after an alleged physical altercation with his boyfriend ... TMZ has learned. Chavez is a superstar in Mexico, blowing up as a regular on the telenovela "Rebelde" ... then as a member of the show's spinoff band Rbd, which sold more than 20 million albums worldwide before breaking up in 2009.Law enforcement tells TMZ ... both Christian and his boyfriend Ben
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Ten Reasons Why We Love Mexico.

So what exactly is Cinco de Mayo? According to Wikipedia:

"Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican civic holiday held on May 5 that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. The date is perhaps best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry, much as St. Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and Chinese ancestry respectively. Similar to those holidays, Cinco de Mayo is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic origin."

When we realized Cinco de Mayo was coming up, we knew we had to pay tribute to all the wonders of Mexico, and after some research,
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'Pretty Little Liars' Actor Diego Boneta Lands Lead In 'Rock Of Ages' Movie

Boneta will play Drew in the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway show alongside Tom Cruise.

By Jocelyn Vena

Diego Gonzalez Boneta

Photo: Valerie Macon/ Gettu Images

Diego Boneta has gone from living it up on "90210" to guesting on "Pretty Little Liars," and now the Mexican actor and former star of the telenovela "Rebelde" has landed the much coveted male lead in the big-screen adaptation of "Rock of Ages."

"To be authentic, I like to cast as close to the real age as possible and wanted someone who has all the innocence and guilelessness of Drew," the movie's director, Adam Shankman, told The Hollywood Reporter. "And that's Diego." Shankman also confirmed the casting on his Twitter account, writing, "He is the perfect movie Drew. He's going to blow your minds."

Boneta will star as newbie rocker Drew alongside the flick's leading lady, former "Dancing With the Stars" pro Julianne Hough. The
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Diego Boneta Heading Up Rock Of Ages

Diego Boneta Heading Up Rock Of Ages
Director Adam Shankman has found his leading man for musical adaptation Rock of Ages: Mexican actor/singer Diego Boneta will crank out several ’80s hair music hits as aspiring rocker Drew.Boneta has been seen across the pond on the likes of the 90210 reboot and drama Pretty Little Liars. He also clocked up a couple of episodes on the Mexican soap Rebelde.According to Shankman, Boneta impressed him during auditions and also has that star quality. "He walked in and absolutely fit the part like Zac Efron in Hairspray, and Channing Tatum in Step Up," he said in a statement picked up by Variety.“The Drew character is in his early 20s and is the nicest aspiring rocker you'll find in the Bourbon Room, or anywhere else for that matter."Rock of Ages will follow the basic plot of the show, which is set in the Bourbon Room rock club on La’s Sunset Strip,
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'The Zombie Farm' is Breeding its Way to DVD

by Tim Mathis, MoreHorror.com

In a storyline that reflects the older tales of voodoo and spiritual aspects of Zombies, The Zombie Farm is set to hit DVD shelves on March 8th. In the film a mass of Zombies arise and attempts to overtake a town. Can they survive? Well, you'll have to watch the film to see for yourselves. Check out the synopsis and movie trailer below.

The Zombie Farm stars Khotan (El Cartel, Dame Chocolate), Adriana Catano (Cotorreando), Roberto Montesinos (Hawthorne, Gridiron Gang) and Monika Munoz (Rebelde) and is directed by Ricardo Islas’ (Lockout, Night Fangs, Headcrusher).

Movie Synopsis:

Part zombie, part voodoo! Desperate to end her husband’s domestic abuse, a young woman seeks asylum from a local voodoo priestess. When warned that her husband (Khotan) may “change” if given a special potion, the abused wife is relieved. But waking up in bed next to a zombie
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Trailer Debut - The Zombie Farm

Last week we brought you the first artwork and DVD details for the newest undead flesh feast, The Zombie Farm, and now we have the trailer in all its shambling and corpse-filled glory. Dig it!

From the Press Release

The un-dead are reborn when voodoo awakens an uprising of zombies, who terrorize a small town in the soon-to-be cult classic The Zombie Farm, debuting on DVD March 8th from Maya Entertainment. Khotan (El Cartel, Dame Chocolate), Adriana Catano (Cotorreando), Roberto Montesinos (Hawthorne, Gridiron Gang) and Monika Munoz (Rebelde) star in director Ricardo Islas’ (Lockout, Night Fangs, Headcrusher) trip into the horrifying world of the un-dead where voodoo and zombies collide. The Zombie Farm will be available on DVD for $27.98 Srp.

Synopsis:

Part zombie, part voodoo! Desperate to end her husband’s domestic abuse, a young woman seeks asylum from a local voodoo priestess. When warned that her husband (Khotan) may
See full article at Dread Central »

Exclusive DVD Artwork and Details: The Zombie Farm

Filmed at the same time in both(!) English and Spanish, Ricardo Islas’ The Zombie Farm is getting ready to hit DVD, and we've got the first details and an exclusive look at the artwork for you!

From the Press Release

The un-dead are reborn when voodoo awakens an uprising of zombies, who terrorize a small town in the soon-to-be cult classic The Zombie Farm, debuting on DVD March 8th from Maya Entertainment. Khotan (El Cartel, Dame Chocolate), Adriana Catano (Cotorreando), Roberto Montesinos (Hawthorne, Gridiron Gang) and Monika Munoz (Rebelde) star in director Ricardo Islas’ (Lockout, Night Fangs, Headcrusher) trip into the horrifying world of the un-dead where voodoo and zombies collide. The Zombie Farm will be available on DVD for $27.98 Srp.

Synopsis:

Part zombie, part voodoo! Desperate to end her husband’s domestic abuse, a young woman seeks asylum from a local voodoo priestess. When warned that her husband (Khotan
See full article at Dread Central »

Televisa tunes to U.S. market via EMI Music

Televisa tunes to U.S. market via EMI Music
MEXICO CITY -- Media group Televisa and EMI Music have formed a joint-venture company in Mexico and a partnership in the U.S., allowing Televisa to expand its presence in Latin America and re-enter the recorded music business in the U.S. market. The 50/50 alliance in Mexico, called Televisa EMI Music, will launch Sept. 1. The new company, announced Tuesday, will focus on the development and marketing of musical talent from Televisa's popular telenovelas, including teen pop groups from such programs as Complices al Rescate and Rebelde. The U.S. partnership, called EMI Televisa Music, gives Televisa a distribution network to expand in the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic market, a market valued at more than $903 million in 2004, according to recording industry organization IFPI. In contrast, Mexico's music market was valued at $360 million last year.

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