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‘Alphaville’ Remake In the Works From ‘Twin Peaks’ Cinematographer, Studiocanal (Exclusive)

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‘Alphaville’ Remake In the Works From ‘Twin Peaks’ Cinematographer, Studiocanal (Exclusive)
Veteran cinematographer Frank Byers (“Twin Peaks,” “Boxing Helena”) is set to direct an indie remake of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film noir “Alphaville,” TheWrap has learned.

Studiocanal and the director’s Ville Productions are teaming on the project, which was written by Franc. Reyes (“Empire”).

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Alphaville” follows Lemmy Caution, who is sent to the titular dystopian city on a series of missions by the Outerlands. He searches for the Outerland’s missing agent Henry Dickson and he’s also there to capture or kill the creator of Alphaville,
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Motion Picture Academy invites 178 new members, including Russell Brand, Jesse Eisenberg, and Beyonce Knowles

Motion Picture Academy invites 178 new members, including Russell Brand, Jesse Eisenberg, and Beyonce Knowles
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its annual list of invited new members, and it’s clear they’re continuing to try to make their membership younger. On the list alongside veterans like John Hawkes and David Duchovny are a slew of twentysomethings, including Mia Wasikowska, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rooney Mara. The Board of Governors also decided to extend an invitation to Restrepo codirector Tim Hetherington, the first time Academy membership has been bestowed posthumously. As a side note, it’s also a hoot to now say the phrase Oscar voter Russell Brand.
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Academy Invites 178 To Membership

Beverly Hills, CA . The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy.s roster of members.

.These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks..

The Academy.s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April.
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Academy Invites 178 Artists & Execs to Membership

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April.
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Rick Gonzalez Credits Big Pun, Tupac For Rap Career As Realm Reality

The Invisible Man mixtape coming May 24, Gonzalez tells Mixtape Daily.

By Rob Markman, with reporting by Vanessa WhiteWolf

Rick Gonzalez

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Actor Rick Gonzalez is best known for his roles in movies like "Coach Carter," "Old School" and the 2007 crime drama "Illegal Tender," but there is a musical side to him that his fans might not know. Realm Reality is Gonzalez's rap alter-ego that he developed back in 1998, and while he is most famous for his Hollywood accomplishments, he insists that his hip-hop aspirations are deep-rooted.

"It's always been a part of me, and acting will always be there too, so it's not like I'm embarking and leaving one for the other," Gonzalez — who grew up in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York — told Mixtape Daily. "It's a perfect marriage because the world of hip-hop and what I do, it lends itself
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Eva Longoria Parker to Star in Reyes' "Tenement"

Eva Longoria Parker will star in the supernatural horror film Tenement, to be directed by Franc. Reyes ("Empire", "Illegal Tender", "The Ministers"). A quick peek at Alumbra Films' blog spot yielded a quote from Reyes about the film: "If I had to point to one film that had the full impact of story, writing and genius directing, on me it has to be The Exorcist. Telling the story of Tenement fuses The Exorcist, Amityville Horror and Rosemary's Baby." Alumbra was formed by the multi-hyphenate Reyes (he's a director, producer, songwriter). Filming is scheduled to begin next month in New York....
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Eva Longoria Parker Moves Into Tenement

Eva Longoria joins the cast of Tenement It seems that Eva Longoria Parker is heading into the horror genre with a new film project. Production Weekly is reporting that Longoria Parker has been set to star in Tenement.

Franc. Reyes (Empire, Illegal Tender, The Ministers) is writing and directing the film, which was said to be in the same vein as The Exorcist.

The film is scheduled to start shooting in New York next month.
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Longoria Parker to Star in Reyes' Tenement

Eva Longoria Parker will star in the supernatural horror film Tenement , to be directed by Franc. Reyes ( Empire , Illegal Tender , The Ministers ). A quick peek at Alumbra Films' blog spot yielded a quote from Reyes about the film: "If I had to point to one film that had the full impact of story, writing and genius directing, on me it has to be The Exorcist. Telling the story of Tenement fuses The Exorcist, Amityville Horror and Rosemary's Baby." Alumbra was formed by the multi-hyphenate Reyes (he's a director, producer, songwriter). Filming is scheduled to begin next month in New York.
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The Ministers Trailer and Poster

Check out the trailer and poster for” The Ministers“, starring John Leguizamo, Harvey Keitel, Diane Venora and Florencia Lozano.

The Ministers” features Keitel, as senior detective Joe Bruno, who takes police detective Celeste Santana under his wing. Celeste (Lozano) links the recent murders with the murder of her police detective father. Celeste’s investigation and the twins’ vigilante actions begin to converge. Detective Santana is restrained by her chief, Captain Diaz (Wanda De Jesus). But the will to solve these crimes and find the link to the death of her father is too great and leads to an inevitable confrontation with the twins.

The Ministers” is claimed to be inspired by true events. It is shot on location in Bronx with Franc. Reyes (Empire, Illegal Tender) serving as writer and director. It is due to open in limited theaters across the U.S. in October.

The Ministers poster
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'Superbad' a rare repeat champ in $4 bil season

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A bunch of horny teens managed to vanquish a batch of new releases at the North American boxoffice this weekend as the blistering summer moviegoing season slowed down en route to its Labor Day weekend close. Crossing the $4 billion mark, summer 2007 passed summer 2004 to set a record for the season a week before it officially ends.

Sony Pictures' R-rated "Superbad" collected an estimated $18 million to top the chart for the second weekend in a row. It's only the third film this summer to claim the No. 1 spot for two consecutive frames, following the $300 million-plus sequels "Spider-Man 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

Three of the weekend's new arrivals were clustered around the $10 million mark, with Universal Pictures' comedy "Mr. Bean's Holiday" the most buoyant, finishing in fourth place with an estimated $10.1 million, followed by Lionsgate's "War" at $10 million and MGM's release of the Weinstein Co.'s "The Nanny Diaries" at $7.8 million. Finishing well outside of the top 10 were the Yari Film Group's dramatic "Resurrecting the Champ", Universal's Latino-flavored "Illegal Tender" and Slowhand Releasing's history-based Western "September Dawn".

Even so, the boxoffice registered an improvement over the comparable frame last year for the seventh weekend in a row. According to Nielsen EDI, the top 10's haul of an estimated $85.5 million was up 12% over the comparable frame in 2006, when Buena Vista's football tale "Invincible" topped the list with a $17 million opening.

"Bean" was something of a wild card heading into the weekend. While awareness of the G-rated comedy starring Rowan Atkinson as a pratfall-prone Englishman on holiday was high, it appeared to be the weekend's underdog because definite interest appeared low. But the film, directed by Steve Bendelack, surprised by grossing an estimated $10.1 million from 1,714 theaters, a per-theater average of $5,904. Given that the movie has already collected nearly $190 million internationally, it's all gravy.

"War", video-maker-turned-director Philip G. Atwell's R-rated actioner that pits Jet Li against Jason Statham, ranked third on Friday but shifted to fifth place over the course of the weekend.

Illegal Tender

Illegal Tender
A considerable improvement over his messy 2002 gangster drama, Empire, Franc. Reyes' Illegal Tender is quite an entertaining genre piece boasting a terrifically sinewy lead performance from Wanda De Jesus.

It may be another mob-related movie, but this one is better focused, storytelling-wise, with a more plausible plot twist and far fewer caricatures than last time out.

Although writer-director Reyes still has a weakness for melodrama, De Jesus, playing a fiercely protective mother raising her two sons in an affluent New England neighborhood when her late husband's drug-dealing past catches up with them, holds those impulses in check through sheer conviction.

The result is a late-summer crowd rouser that could generate a respectable chunk of legal tender from its young, Hispanic-targeted demographic.

After a brief, situation-setting flashback, the action moves 21 years ahead to an upscale Connecticut suburb where De Jesus' Millie DeLeon lives with her two sons: college-age Wilson (Rick Gonzalez) and his much younger half-brother, Randy (Antonio Ortiz).

Wilson's still at that age where his single mom can do no right, especially where her choice in boyfriends in concerned, but he's also getting tired of her abruptly pulling up stakes with little warning and heading for a fresh start in a brand new city.

Millie is set to bolt again after a chance grocery store run-in with a woman from her past, only this time Wilson wants an explanation before he agrees to flee.

Millie tells him what we already know from the prelude -- that his father, Wilson Sr. (Manny Perez), was a New York drug dealer who was gunned down by his double-crossing associates.

Whatever bad blood there was between Wilson Sr. and the mob has extended to his widow, who has been outrunning and/or outgunning would-be assassins ever since.

This time, however, Millie doesn't have to go it alone, as Wilson Jr. takes up the cause, going mano a mano with the kingpin ordering the hit, the powerful Puerto Rican nightclub owner Choco (Tego Calderon).

By keeping the mother-son loyalty element at the forefront, Reyes is able to pile on all the obligatory gangster bling while holding audience involvement right until the final (gun)shot.

He's also done a good job of flipping around -- or at least toning down -- some of the stereotypes that weighed down Empire.

But at the end of the day, what makes Illegal Tender a particularly lively ride is De Jesus, who, knowing she's been handed one of those flashy roles that only comes around once so often, grabs it by the horns and charges out with guns blazing. She never loses sight of those maternal underpinnings that lend her character a refreshingly fuller dimension.

Following her lead, Gonzalez (Coach Carter) brings a youthful righteousness to the part of the headstrong son. Musician Calderon effectively underplays the resident heavy.

Production values for the John Singleton-produced film, shot in New York and Puerto Rico, are all on the money, though Heitor Pereira demonstrates an itchy trigger finger in a score that greets every tense moment with an unnecessary amount of sound and fury.

ILLEGAL TENDER

Universal

Universal Pictures and New Deal Entertainment present a John Singleton production

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Franc. Reyes

Producer: John Singleton

Executive producers: Dwight Williams, Preston L. Holmes

Director of photography: Frank Byers

Production designer: Keith Brian Burns

Music: Heitor Pereira

Costume designer: Rahimah Yoba

Editor: Tony Ciccone

Cast:

Wilson DeLeon Jr.: Rick Gonzalez

Millie DeLeon: Wanda De Jesus

Ana: Dania Ramirez

Wilson DeLeon Sr.: Manny Perez

Randy: Antonio Ortiz

Young Millie: Jessica Pimentel

Choco: Tego Calderon

Running time -- 108 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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