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Here’s What It’s Like to Shoot an American Movie In Cuba Today

23 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Shooting a feature film in Cuba comes with a unique set of challenges that make the usual logistical hurdles of filmmaking seem like nothing. Still, those who have had the opportunity to shoot in the socialist country say they wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. As the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba comes to an end, film production in the country is expected to ramp up.

While Hollywood studio productions like “Fast 8” and “Transformers: The Last Knight” claimed to be “making history” earlier this year by being the first American films to shoot in Havana in half a century, two American directors had already shot independent films in Cuba on the heels of the relaxed travel restrictions by the United States government: Bob Yari’s “Papa Hemingway in Cuba” and Ben Chace’s “Sin Alas” (“Without Wings”).

Read More: ‘Sin Alas’ – First American Film Shot in Cuba »

- Graham Winfrey

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Woody Harrelson made Mark Ruffalo see green

10 June 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you had Haymitch Abernathy and the Hulk face off, you could easily predict the clear winner. But if you gave Haymitch Professor X’s powers and got him to stay sober for a few days, the Hunger Games champion would probably have the edge. Haymitch and the the big green guy’s real-life alter-egos had a meeting of the minds that had Woody Harrelson making Mark Ruffalo see green. Literally seeing green. (’Cause he's the Hulk, of course.) Harrelson, who learned the art of mentalism for his role in the Now You See Me films, got to try out his new skills on his co-star when the two of them were in New Orleans (where part of the first film was shot). It was during dinner with Keith Barry, mentalist and hypnotism consultant on 2013’s Now You See Me, and consultant for mentalism and other magic on the sequel to the magician heist movie, which hit theaters today. Barry trained Harrelson via Skype at first, then flew out to work with him in Los Angeles. They met at Soho House, where the Ireland-born mentalist hypnotized a large group of people. “And then I said [to Harrelson], ‘Okay, off you go!’” Barry recalled. “He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘You start hypnotizing people!’ As a hypnotist, you have to prepare to fail all the time, and you do fail because there’s various levels of susceptibility, as we call it. But he embraced it, and we just had an absolute blast while we were out and about.” Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney in Now You See Me 2. Photo credit: Jay Maidment/Summit Entertainment Cut to a few months later, during Now You See Me’s production in New Orleans: Harrelson had honed his skills well enough to get Ruffalo to forget the number 6 and to see everything as if through a green filter. Barry contends that Ruffalo was genuinely hypnotized, though the actor says he was only pretending to be hypnotized. But, as Barry explained, proficient hypnotists can tell if someone is truly under hypnosis by looking for dilation of pupils and watching the carotid arteries in the neck. “I think Mark doesn’t even know the truth himself,” Barry told me. So I was curious: If mentalists can get people to literally see green, can they change how we see green and red, giving us the experience of different kinds of color blindness? “Yeah, pretty much anything psychological can happen with hypnosis. So, yeah, color blindness is actually quite easy,” Barry said. “I can make myself invisible, float objects around.” Seriously, this dude is Professor X. [I’ll break here to warn you that there’s a Spoiler about the big reveal in the first Now You See Me film a couple paragraphs down.] We’ll have our full video interview with Barry on HitFix next week, but I’ll share one more tidbit from our chat today: His favorite movies about magicians — aside from the Now You See Me movies of course — are The Prestige and The Illusionist (which both came out in 2006). “Those were amazing movies,” he said. “If I was to pick a favorite between the two, I’d probably go with The Illusionist. I just think Ed Norton was amazing in it.” Lesson learned: Hulks make good illusionists. Okay, Eric Bana, when’s your magician movie coming out? Now You See Me 2 opens in theaters today and also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. »

- Emily Rome

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Papa: Hemingway In Cuba – Review

29 April 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The fact-inspired film Papa: Hemingway In Cuba is a prime example of why a good director matters. As some sage once said, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

The film is first American film shot in Cuba since Castro’s 1959 revolution, and there is so degree of thrill in seeing Hemingway’s home and the actual locations he frequented. In fact, the story takes place in 1959, with true-story basis loaded with dramatic potential. Sadly, producer-turned -director Bob Yari fails to put to good use to those elements, along with a strong cast. Only the most determined Hemingway devotees will get much out of Yari’s dull, pedestrian film.

Giovanni Ribisi plays young newspaperman Ed Myers (a stand-in for the real journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc, on whose memoir of his friendship with Hemingway the story is based). Ed writes a fan letter of sorts to his idol Hemingway, whom »

- Cate Marquis

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Win A Papa: Hemingway In Cuba Prizepack

25 April 2016 2:21 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“In order to write about life, you must first live it.” – Ernest Hemingway

The first Hollywood film to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, Papa:Hemingway in Cuba is the true-life story of a young journalist who finds a father figure in legendary author Ernest Hemingway.  Their relationship began in the late 1950’s when Ed Myers, then a junior reporter at The Miami Herald, wrote a fan letter to his idol. Myers thought he was being pranked when the larger than life Hemingway phoned the newsroom a week later, inviting him to Havana.

”Good letter, kid,” the famous voice growled. ”You like to fish?“

Hidden away at his private estate with his wife Mary, the elusive author mentors Myers in fishing, drinking, and finding his voice while the Cuban Revolution boils up around them. In this turbulent landscape, observing an icon in his twilight years, Myers discovers his strength »

- Movie Geeks

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Competition: Win thriller ‘Bound By Blood’ on DVD

12 April 2016 7:19 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Radiant yoga instructor May (Jessica Biel; The Illusionist, Playing For Keeps) has her wholesome life thrown out of balance by the arrival of her long-lost biological sister Shiva (Zosia Mamet of the hit HBO show Girls & Mad Men), a street-smart yet naïve young woman with an abusive boyfriend. May feels compelled to rescue the hapless Shiva and finds herself increasingly drawn out of her sedate world and deeper into Shiva’s chaotic one – with lethal consequences.

Bound By Blood (cert.15) is available on DVD and Digital on Monday 11th April 2016, courtesy of Solo Media and Matchbox Films. And to celebrate the release we have three DVDs to giveaway!

To win a copy of Bound By Blood on DVD, just answer the following question:

Which of the following films did Not star actress Jessica Biel? Was it:

a) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

b) I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

c) Greenberg »

- Phil Wheat

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Jessica Biel Signs With Wme

31 March 2016 4:34 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Actress Jessica Biel has signed with Wme. She’ll next be seen in Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which she produced and is starring in opposite Jason Sudeikis, and will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. She most recently wrapped A Kind of Murder for Killer Films, starring with Patrick Wilson. She has starred in such films as The Illusionist, The A-Team, Hitchcock, and the Garry Marshall-directed ensemble Valentine’s Day. Biel had been at CAA. She continues to… »

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‘Oscuro Animal,’ ‘Pan-American Machinery’ Top Mexico’s Guadalajara Fest

13 March 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Graced by Alfonso Cuaron, Antonio Banderas, Diego Luna, Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph, Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival gave its two biggest prizes to feature debuts – Mexico’s “Pan-American Machinery” (pictured)  and Colombia’s “Oscuro Animal” – at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival.

Relocated, largely successfully, in the city’s stylish colonial Musa Arts Museum, Guadalajara’s 31st edition was marked by two big new Mexican films – “The 4th Company” and “Me Estas Matando, Susana,” a heavyweight Mexican industry presence led by Argos, Canana, Alebrije Film & TV and Alazraki Ent., and the huge excitement generated by Latin America’s build in Svod operators and their production financing, however narrow indie producers’ potential profit margins.

But the immediate glory went to two social-issue titles. Directed by Mexico’s Joaquin del Paso, “Pan-American Machinery” turns on the tale of workers at a heavy machinery factory uniting to stave off its closure. Laced with “touches of Buñuel, »

- John Hopewell

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Argos Cine Teams With Bob Yari, Arturo Perez Reverte (Exclusive)

10 March 2016 5:25 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Guadalajara — Mexico’s Argos Cine is teaming with both Bob Yari, producer of “Crash” and “The Illusionist,” to co-produce “Luciérnagas en El Mozote” (“Fireflies at El Mozote”) and with Spain’s Arturo Perez Reverte, author of “Queen of the South,” for a second movie, “The Man From Rome,” an English-language big-screen makeover of Reverte’s Seville-set thriller “La piel del tambor,” in deals that mark out Argos Cine and parent Argos Comunicacion as an ambitious go-to production partner in Mexico for both film and TV.

Moving forward on the series “Burn the Bridge,” Argos Cine struck no fewer than nine co-production deals at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival, boarding three titles at its Co-production meeting – Chile’s “Another Lake,” Costa Rica’s “Ballroom,” and Mexico’s “Night of July” – and two genre pic projects from Spanish producer Antonia Nava, agreeing to co-produce Ahinoa Menendez’s “Eco” and Gustavo Moheno’s “Melisa. »

- John Hopewell

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Argos Cine Teams With Bob Yari, Arturo Perez Reverte (Exclusive)

10 March 2016 5:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guadalajara — Mexico’s Argos Cine is teaming with both Bob Yari, producer of “Crash” and “The Illusionist,” to co-produce “Luciérnagas en El Mozote” (“Fireflies at El Mozote”) and with Spain’s Arturo Perez Reverte, author of “Queen of the South,” for a second movie, “The Man From Rome,” an English-language big-screen makeover of Reverte’s Seville-set thriller “La piel del tambor,” in deals that mark out Argos Cine and parent Argos Comunicacion as an ambitious go-to production partner in Mexico for both film and TV.

Moving forward on the series “Burn the Bridge,” Argos Cine struck no fewer than nine co-production deals at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival, boarding three titles at its Co-production meeting – Chile’s “Another Lake,” Costa Rica’s “Ballroom,” and Mexico’s “Night of July” – and two genre pic projects from Spanish producer Antonia Nava, agreeing to co-produce Ahinoa Menendez’s “Eco” and Gustavo Moheno’s “Melisa. »

- John Hopewell

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Berlin: Eastern European Below the Line Artists Draw More Hollywood Work

17 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eastern European artists have long won over filmmakers from the West with masterful production and costume design — generally at a fraction of the cost of comparable work done by U.S. specialists — and recent projects that span other worlds and ages have raised the game to new heights.

Prague’s Barrandov Studios, a pre-wwii facility that found new life after Czech production incentives were instituted in 2010, has been crawling with creatives of late. “Underworld 5” demanded fantastical designs for its tale involving epic werewolf-on-vampire combat.

Production designer Ondrej Nekvasil, who set the look of other Prague-shot work including the “Missing” TV skein, “Snowpiercer” and “The Illusionist,” was brought in for “Underworld 5” to invoke a strange and fearsome setting for the Kate Beckinsale-starring franchise.

Producer-helmer Anna Foerster found Nekvasil’s sensibility for the surreal just right, teaming him with Serbian master costumer Bojana Nikitovic, whose work on “A Good Day to Die Hard »

- Will Tizard

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Round-Up: The Witch Alamo Drafthouse Screenings, Night Terrors Trailer, Angelica, The Final Project Clip, The Terrible Two

4 February 2016 7:56 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In just two weeks, Alamo Drafthouses nationwide will host screenings of A24's The Witch. More details on that story after the jump. Also in this round-up: a trailer for Night Terrors, Angelica release details, a new clip from The Final Project, and four images from The Terrible Two.

The Witch: Press Release: "Austin, TX - Feb 3, 2016 - The Alamo Drafthouse is excited to announce A24's chilling new horror film The Witch as the latest Drafthouse Recommends title. The film will open at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide with "sneak preview" screenings on the night of Feb. 18th, 2016. In the lead up to that opening date, select Alamo locations will also host free retrospective screenings of witchcraft horror classics to get audiences in the, er, spirit and to set the stage for director Robert Eggers' debut feature and groundbreaking new take on the genre.

And, for a limited time this month, »

- Tamika Jones

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Archie Panjabi To Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Jury’, Neil Burger To Direct

29 January 2016 5:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Good Wife alumna Archie Panjabi is returning to series television as the star of ABC’s murder trial drama pilot The Jury. Additionally, The Illusionist and Limitless helmer Neil Burger has been tapped to direct the project, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, The Jury examines "the ultimate social experiment" that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: a person's fate is placed in the… »

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Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Rumoured For All The Old Knives

15 January 2016 11:31 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A film adaptation of the Olen Steinhauer spy novel All The Old Knives has been on the radar for some time. The project very quickly attracted the attachment of director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless, Divergent), but little has been heard of attempts to cast the movie – until now. It is suddenly rumoured that award-winning performers Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are in talks for the lead roles.

The reason for so much interest based on so little information is the plot of novel. Far from being the usual Bourne-style espionage thriller, All The Old Knives offers a fresh take on the old genre, mixing romantic intrigue with paranoia and conspiracy – as detailed in the book synopsis.

“Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. The CIA’s Vienna station gathered intel during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the »

- Sarah Myles

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‘Billions’: Can Showtime’s Big Bet Be TV’s First Wall Street-Based Hit?

13 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The wolves of Wall Street have been an elusive target for television dramatists.

Even the wave of antiheroes unleashed by Tony Soprano has yet to yield a show revolving around the megalomaniacs who rule the financial sector.

Showtime chief David Nevins has long sought a series set in the investment arena, going back more than 15 years to his days as head of development at Fox. Writer-producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have pursued the same prize on and off for a decade. Andrew Ross Sorkin, the influential New York Times business writer, knew there was great narrative drama to be mined from the world he covers.

Photo: Guido Vitti for Variety; Grooming: Sara Glick (Lewis); Garen Tolkin at Exclusive Artists Management (Giamatti); Styling: Michael Fisher for Starworks; Location: The Algonquin Hotel, NYC

The invisible hand of the market — with a little push from CAA — brought those mutual interests together during »

- Cynthia Littleton

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