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Mipcom: China, Nordic Noir’s Dilution, Social-Issue Drama in Focus at The Wit’s Fresh TV Fiction

Cannes — China’s “Princess Agents,” Scandinavia’s “Match” and the U.K.’s “Hard Sun” (pictured) will be sneak-peaked at Mipcom’s Fresh TV Fiction showcase, as its presenter, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler, focuses on three trends now coursing through international TV: The rise of Asia, led by China; a dilution of Nordic Noir; consolidation of social-issue-edged drama.

“There may be a lot of buzz at this year’s Mipcom about international co-production and big new Svod series. But there are no major creative trends or big new program genres,” anticipated The Wit’s Bertrand Villegas.

What The Wit will capture, however, in several series, and industry moves, is how the international scripted industry is caught at a multiple-exit cross-roads. As foreign-language drama’s move into higher-end TV shows little sign of abating, it is attempting to satisfy both new experiments in web series and upscale drama innovation with the needs of more traditional markets, linear
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in March 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in March 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each
1. “Grace and Frankie” Season 3 (available March 24)

Why Should I Watch It? If Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda aren’t reason enough — not to mention the rest of the cast, including Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, and June Diane Raphael — then know this: “Grace and Frankie” is a living embodiment of progressive beliefs. Not only does the show cover an array of taboo topics from the dramatic weight of right-to-die debates to casually breaking cultural stigmas surrounding post-menopause sex, but “Grace and Frankie” consists of half-hour episodes that don’t adhere to comedic or dramatic formulas. The tone is unique to the series, respecting the characters and building to moments of great power and great humor. So give it a try.

Best Episode: We haven’t seen Season 3 yet — Netflix, please send screeners at your earliest convenience — so we’ll simply say this: Midway through last year, when debating the best TV
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Peter Greenaway’s 'Eisenstein In Guanajuato' sets UK theatrical

Peter Greenaway’s 'Eisenstein In Guanajuato' sets UK theatrical
Biographical film about Sergei Eisenstein was Golden Bear nominated last year.

Independent British distributor Axiom Films has set an April 15 UK theatrical release for Peter Greenaway’s Golden Bear-nominated film about revered Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.

Eisenstein In Guanajuato chronicles the director travelling to Guanajuato in Mexico in 1931 to shoot his feature Que Viva Mexico. While there, he falls in love with his guide.

Elmer Bäck (Where Once We Walked) stars as Eisenstein, alongside Luis Alberti (The Golden Dream) and Maya Zapata (Bordertown).

Lisa Owen, Stelio Savante, Rasmus Slatis & Jakob Öhrman are also among the cast.

Strand Releasing handled the title’s Us theatrical, which began on Feb 5.

The film premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 where Greenaway was nominated for a Golden Bear.
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Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama

Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is suddenly starring in a real-life telenovela as details surface about her role in orchestrating the October meeting between Sean Penn and the then-fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities on Friday after escaping federal prison in July through a tunnel dug from his cell. Del Castillo and Penn are under investigation by Mexican authorities, who indicated that their visit to Guzman helped them capture one of the world’s most-wanted men.

Penn’s story in Rolling Stone makes it clear that del Castillo was the key instigator of the meeting thanks to Guzman’s appreciation for the 43-year-old telenovela star. Del Castillo came into contact with El Chapo after after declaring polemically on social media in 2012 that “today I believe more in Chapo Guzman than in governments.” She called on him to become a kind of Robin
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Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama

Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is suddenly starring in a real-life telenovela as details surface about her role in orchestrating the October meeting between Sean Penn and the then-fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities on Friday after escaping federal prison in July through a tunnel dug from his cell. Del Castillo and Penn are under investigation by Mexican authorities, who indicated that their visit to Guzman helped them capture one of the world’s most-wanted men.

Penn’s story in Rolling Stone makes it clear that del Castillo was the key instigator of the meeting thanks to Guzman’s appreciation for the 43-year-old telenovela star. Del Castillo came into contact with El Chapo after after declaring polemically on social media in 2012 that “today I believe more in Chapo Guzman than in governments.” She called on him to become a kind of Robin
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5 New Primetime Shows Featuring Latino Leads in 2016

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2016 is kicking off with a much more diverse slate on primetime television with 5 mid-season replacements featuring Latino leads. Jennifer Lopez, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, and George Lopez return to television in half-hour sitcoms. Also joining the television slate includes an animated comedy titled “Bordertown” from the producer from Family Guy featuring the voices of Nicolas Gonzales and Hank Azaria. Get a sneak peek at each show.

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TNT Drama Pilot ‘Good Behavior’ Casts Juan Diego Botto As Male Lead

Spanish actor Juan Diego Botto (Bordertown) is set as the male lead opposite Michelle Dockery in the TNT drama pilot Good Behavior. Shooting begins at the end of the month. Based on the Letty Dobesh books by Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch, Good Behavior is written by Crouch and Chad Hodge (Fox’s Wayward Pines) and tells the story of Letty (Dockery), a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she…
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Upfronts Analysis: Freshman Series Renewal Rate Improves as Nets Favor Sibling Studios

Upfront season is all about the search for primetime’s Next Big Thing. But for a studio, the win doesn’t come until a series is renewed for season two and beyond.

For all the upheaval in TV, the 2014-15 season generally proved fertile for Big Four broadcast nets. The renewal rate of scripted series introduced during the September-May frame is higher than it has been since at least 2009-10 for all but NBC, according to research by Variety Insight.

ABC renewed seven of its 11 new series for a second round in 2015-16, compared to three of 14 from the 2013-14 season. CBS picked up five of its eight freshman shows, compared to two out of eight from the class of 2013-14. Fox renewed three out of eight, an improvement over two of eight from last year. NBC so far has renewed one out of a total of 10 scripted series introduced during the past season,
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Fox Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule

Fox Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.

"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."

Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder.
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The X-Files Slated to Return on January 24th, 2016

We now know when Fox is planning to bring FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back to the small screen, as the network revealed that part one of The X-Files six-episode event series premiere will air on Sunday, January 24th.

In their 2015 - 2016 fall TV schedule announcement (which also includes information on Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, slated to begin airing on Tuesdays this fall), Fox revealed that the return of The X-Files will take place on Sunday, January 24th, between 10:00pm - 11:00pm Est after the Nfc Championship game.

The second half of the two-part premiere will air at 8:00pm Est the following night on Monday, January 25th, with subsequent episodes also airing on Monday nights. Filming on the event series begins this June. For more information, see the official press release below (The X-Files details are highlighted in bold text). Also included in
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Schedule Spitball: Predicting the Networks’ Fall Lineups

Schedule Spitball: Predicting the Networks’ Fall Lineups
It has never been harder to predict the network schedules, as the number of series (including many shorter-flight ones) has increased exponentially in recent years and networks seem more willing to stick with lower-rated shows for a variety of reasons. So while it’s admittedly a futile exercise, it doesn’t keep us from trying to spitball once again. So, here’s a look at one way things could play out:

ABC

After strengthening the Thursday 10 p.m. hour last fall with “How to Get Away With Murder,” a priority for ABC this fall is to bolster the final hour of primetime on other nights. “Quantico” and “Wicked City,” both of which should have some male appeal, would be good fits to close Tuesday and Wednesday. And though “Castle” is heading into the homestretch of its run, it’s more important that ABC establish stronger Tuesday and Wednesday 10 p.m.
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USA Network developing projects from 'Lost' creator Carlton Cuse, Jessica Biel

The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.

An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series.

The network — home to Suits and White Collar — also announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up of hour-long original drama Stanistan. Set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, the show follows the staff
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USA Orders ‘Stanistan’ Pilot, Unveils Projects with Jodie Foster, Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan

USA Orders ‘Stanistan’ Pilot, Unveils Projects with Jodie Foster, Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan
USA Network is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to scripted series development.

The cabler has given a cast-contingent pilot order to drama “Stanistan,” a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Project was developed at Fox earlier this year.

USA has also unveiled a slew of drama, comedy and limited-series development prospects from such producers as Jodie Foster (pictured), Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan, Amy Poehler and Gregory Nava. The development slate reinforces USA’s focus on broadening the scope of its original series, particularly dramas, beyond the blue-sky and action fare that has clicked for the NBCU cabler in the past.

“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re very much committed
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LatinoBuzz: Exclusive Interview with Kate Del Castillo

Kate Del Castillo is one of Mexico's most important actresses and one of the most recognized faces in Latin America. Her imposing presence, both in person and on stage, her charisma, beauty and her enormous talent and passion for acting has lead her to be one of the rising stars in the Hollywood and Ibero American film and television industries. We have enjoyed her work in the most important series of American television, shows like 'C.S.I, Miami, Dallas', 'Weeds' and her many films include American Visa, Bordertown,Bad Guys, Under the Same Moon, The Black Pimpernel, Julia, Without Men and soon to be released A Miracle of Spanish Harlem.

She has shared credits with actresses such as Tilda Swinton, Kevin Kline, Mary Louise-Parker, Edward James Olmos, Eva Longoria and Christian Slater. It was in 2011 where Kate landed in the leading role 'as Teresa Mendoza' on the critical acclaimed 'La Reina del Sur' aired originally on Telemundo in the U.S. which positioned her at the height of her career.

In 2012 the film-director Jules Stewart choose her as 'Mousey' in K-11 which is also one of Kate's best acting challenges. We had the opportunity to accompany her on a day of shooting in her new movie called 'Visitors' a psychological thriller written and directed by Acan Coen and produced by the Mexican producers Jorge Aragon and Jesus Magaña. In the film, Kate plays Ana an skeptic surgeon who will try to win back her husband Daniel and her little Sebastián from the curse that has befallen them. Visitors is her comeback as the star of Mexican Cinema and a genre that she had not ventured before. Del Castillo's talked with us about this new project set to be released in 2014 and how she continues to strengthen her career.

LatinoBuzz: You said once that you yearned the feeling of the experience of doing something for the first time, now that you are going for the first time into a new movie genre, how do you feel working in this production?

Kate: Very happy, as I said the first time of anything is always a very special feeling. It's the first time that I work in a genre like this. I'm learning so much, I'm surprising myself everyday with the things that are happening, the rhythms, a movie like this has a very different kind of rhythm. I'm very happy and very excited.

LatinoBuzz: What makes this character special to you? What new challenges has it brought to you as an actress?

Kate: For me, the script is always the most important thing. When I read the script, I loved it, I spent nearly two years to consolidate this project, you know cinema sometimes has its delays, but I think it was all worth it, not only because of the story but also because it is a totally different character. Ana is a surgeon, a pragmatic woman, a very logical woman devoted to science, so what makes this character beautiful is that the perfect structure that Ana had starts crumbling as things with no logic started to happen, so when she begins to find logic to what's really happening, her world begins to crumble. That's why I loved this character, the character arc is very beautiful.

LatinoBuzz: How do you feel working with your director Acán Coen?

Kate: Fine, very happy, it's very cool to work with a new director, it's his first film. I like to see that hunger, that urge and that everything that has a new director I learn so much from everyone. I learn, I learn a lot always.

LatinoBuzz: In the thriller genre there's a really thin line between being a thriller movie or becoming a comedy, if the thriller isn't managed well. What should the audience expect from 'Visitants' ?

Kate: I think that happens more often with Horror. Visitants, it's a psychological thriller, so that doesn't happen with us. Visitants is an important production, it is a very well done production, there is a lot of money behind the film, the special and visual effects people are wonderful, the director, the whole team are very professional people who have been working on this for so many years and we are doing something very, very professional, very well done. There is so much talent in Mexico.

LatinoBuzz: What do you think of Mexican Cinema nowadays? What do you think 'Visitants' can contribute to the industry?

Kate: First of all, making a movie of this genre is rarely performed in Mexico, so it seems a very appropriate choice, is a genre that has a lot of spectators, a genre that the audience likes a lot, that sells a lot, it can be a very commercial film and a film that you can take to festivals at the same time too. Mexican cinema it's very vast, it comes in all genders, of all qualities too. We have a huge capacity to go on to compete around the world, festivals and awards around. It is a genre that not everyone dares to enter and that is a dare too. I like challenges, i like that fear you feel for something new and with a new director, I think it's very important to always support new projects.

LatinoBuzz: Every day you open yourself more doors in the Anglo market, What's next? What are your plans?

Kate: There are many plans, there are many plans with my agency, we want to do many things. We are closing projects. There comes something very important this year that I will be able to say later. I'm interested in seeking projects no matter where, no matter if it is in the United States, whether in Chile, whether in Venezuela. Right now I thank God I have a privileged position where I can afford to choose projects, because I also want to forge a serious and respectable career for me, not for others. My job is to create myself a career that I can go to sleep satisfied with what I'm doing.

LatinoBuzz: I must confess that I especially like your work in 'K-11' your character is impeccable. How was working with the director Jules Stewart?

Kate: Jules is an amazing woman who has worked with all the directors you can imagine, the greatest. She has made thousands of movies working like script supervisor. She had already the entire footage of the movie in her head, we shoot it super fast, she was quite sure what she wanted, everything was amazing and I loved Mousey my character, it was one of those opportunities that you get a once in a lifetime and I could not miss this one. These are the characters where you have lots of fun, you get the chance to add them a lot of things and with Jules help, because there's a very thin line too, right? you can also can became a comedy if this type of character isn't managed well. I am very proud of my work, I can not always say the same thing i am very hard on me, i think it was a job very well done between the two, between Jules and I. Jules is a very charming woman to work with, and is an amazing director, a director who knows how to talk to actors, knows how to work the actors, she knows perfect her camera movements, she had already the entire footage of the movie in her head. Incredible.

LatinoBuzz: Do you miss 'La Reina del Sur' and your role as Teresa Mendoza?

Kate: Very much, very much. Teresa Mendoza is a really beautiful character that has so many things and also goes through a lot. There are very few times that life gives you opportunities like this.

LatinoBuzz: Will there be a movie?

Kate: Maybe, maybe.

LatinoBuzz: Is there a favorite director with whom you would like to work in the future?

Kate: There are many directors I would like to work with. There are many. There are some wonderful spanish filmmakers as Alejandro Amenábar. I love the Coen Brothers too.

LatinoBuzz: What films have inspired you in your career as an actress?

Kate: Many! But one film that fascinates me is 'Orlando' because of the work that Tilda Swinton did there, with whom then I had the fortune to work with in the film 'Julia'. Orlando is one of the films that inspires you and makes you wanna say: I want to be an actress

LatinoBuzz: Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Kate: I do not see myself, I never make plans, I never set goals and I never do that kind of stuff I don't like to futurize, I barely know what I will do tomorrow and because there is a working plan here, I've never futurized because life always surprises me with things even better.

LatinoBuzz: Mention in three words how would you like the public to remember you:

Kate: In three words I can hardly tell you, but I would like to be reminded with a career that has a wide range, that they can say they see me at least different in each of my roles.
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Antonio Banderas To Play Fidel Castro In 'Castro's Daughter'

For a while there, we were worried. There seemed to be a way too long stretch of time where Antonio Banderas looked like he might never rebound from what seemed to be a string of bad choices. While he was keeping the lights on with "Shrek" movies, he was starring in one movie after another that no saw/heard of. Remember "The Big Bang," "The Code," "Bordertown," or "Take The Lead"? Yeah, neither do we. But 2011 has been a return to form. He reteamed with Pedro Almodovar for the severely underrated "The Skin I Live In," starred in the epic "Black Gold" and next week, he appears in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire." Now, he's eyeing a role that will definitely keep him in the spotlight. Banderas is looking to step into the shoes of Fidel Castro for the upcoming "Castro's Daughter." In the works for a while now, the film
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Jennifer Lopez Circles Jason Statham's 'Parker' & 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

Jennifer Lopez is at a bizarre crossroads in her career, where she's currently famous for formerly being a superstar, because at any rate, no one wants to see her in movies or listen to her music. Her last few efforts on the big screen--"The Back-Up Plan," "El cantate" and "Bordertown"--were outright duds. While on the music fromt, despite having a hit single with "On The Floor," no one bought her album "Love?" with only 183,000 copies sold to date a far cry from her previous effort "Brave" (650,000 copies) and leagues away from the era when she was moving units…
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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez Officially Announced as the New Judges for Tenth Season of American Idol

After much anticipation and speculation as to who would replace departing judges Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and most tragically Simon Cowell, Fox has finally announced what everyone online already seemed to know. Actress/pop star Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler have signed on as the new judges for the 10th season of the outrageously popular reality competition series American Idol. Meanwhile, record producer Randy Jackson is the only original judge and holdover from last season who has opted to return. Hit the jump for some quotes from the new judges:

Lopez was probably the hardest to snag for the competition (though she had previously been a mentor on the show), but Fox was able to reel her in with a first-look deal at Fox Films so she can keep making poor romantic comedies like The Back-Up Plan and Monster-in-Law. The singer/actress says, “For nine years I’ve
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Rashid Irani's Review The Back Up Plan

Rashid Irani's Review  The Back Up Plan
The Back-Up PlanCast: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’LoughlinDirection: Alan PoulRating: ** It’s been nearly three years since the release of her last film, the direct-to-dvd dud, Bordertown. Latina diva Jennifer Lopez took a break from acting, gave birth to twins, only to return to the big screen in this equally dud romantic farce. She shouldn’t have bothered. Targeting the lowest common denominator audience, debutant director Poul never gets to the heart of the protagonist to involve us in her predicament. Despairing of ever finding her Mr. Right, a 30-something pet shop proprietor (Lopez) opts for artificial insemination. Predictably, upon leaving ...
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Antonio Banderas reteams with Pedro Almodóvar. Comeback sanctioned.

Antonio Banderas reteams with Pedro Almodóvar. Comeback sanctioned.
Antonio Banderas and his Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! director Pedro Almodóvar will reunite for the film La Piel que Habito (translation: The Skin I Live In). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Almodóvar told the Spanish daily El Pais, "The film will be a terror film, without screams or scares....It's the harshest film I've ever written and Banderas' character is brutal." In the movie, based on the Thierry Jonquet novel Tarantula, Banderas will play a plastic surgeon who takes revenge on the man who raped his daughter. Almodóvar said he sees it as a way for both Banderas and himself to stretch.
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J-Lo needs a Back-Up Plan as romcom underwhelms Us box office

Jennifer Lopez's first romcom since Monster-in-Law was left trailing by DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon, now in its fifth weekend

The winner

How to Train Your Dragon's flight has been loopy but rewarding thus far and the well-reviewed animated movie touched down at No 1 in its fifth weekend. It added an estimated $15m (£9.7m) to raise its running total to $178m, combining with the $194m overseas tally for a tasty $372m and rising in cinemas – and that's before we even begin to think about DVD, cable and TV.

Sharp-eyed followers of this chart will recall that the DreamWorks Animation release ended last weekend at No 1 too, only for Kick-Ass to boot it into silver medal position at the start of last week. It would appear the Dragon attack has vanquished all foes this time, given the $2.7m gap between it and The Back-Up Plan in second place.
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