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Isa of the Day: Shoreline Becomes Latin American Talent & Literary Manager

Isa of the Day: Shoreline Becomes Latin American Talent & Literary Manager
Isa of the day is a continuing series of profiles of very special international sales agents. Shoreline Entertainment, one of the longest running independent film production companies and international sales agencies, has expanded its management arm to foster Latin American and women driven projects. You can see its Cannes lineup here.

The company was founded in 1992 by CEO and film producer Morris Ruskin whose production “Glengarry Glen Ross” launched him into the top level of indie producers. Shoreline’s Latin American Division for Management and Production is meeting with great success in repping over 25 directors, writers, actors, DPs and more.

Two interviews here, one with Alex Flores, the head of the division and the other with Diana Elizabeth Torres, a California based actress and writer illuminate their strategy and mission.

Alex and Morris’s friendship dates back 20 years, and their professional relationship flourished with films “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School” starring Robert Carlyle,
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The Belko Experiment, Written By Guardians/Galaxy's James Gunn, Gets A Bananas Trailer!

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Who knew?!

Apparently, somewhere between rocking everyone's worlds with Guardians of The Galaxy for Marvel Studios, and getting Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 ready for its upcoming May premiere, James Gunn managed to get another one of his scripts produced. This one flew totally under my radar.

And it looks fantastic!!

The Belko Experiment has an impressive cast that includes John Gallagher Jr. ("The Newsroom," 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn ("Scandal"), John C. McGinley ("Stan Against Evil," "Scrubs"), Adria Arjona ("True Detective"), Josh Brener ("Silicon Valley") Melonie Diaz (Nothing Like The Holidays, Fruitvale Station), and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Gunn wrote the script and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) directed it. Check out this new trailer for The Belko Experiment right here:

The Belko Experiment is a terrifying, provocative and at times hilarious thrill-ride that literally provokes the question; what does it take to survive at work? 

I think I need to see this,
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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away

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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away
Elizabeth Peña has passed away. The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had recently wrapped work on the first season of the El Rey Network's action series, Matador, where she played the title character's mother Maritza.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised by her Cuban immigrant parents, Peña was destined for a career in the arts. Her father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in their native Cuba, who opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble after establishing a life for he and his family in New York. As a teen, Peña began making a name for herself as a formidable young actress in the New York theatre scene. She attended, and graduated from, the High School of Performing Arts and began her professional film career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super.
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Three Funny Women-Of-Color Who Are Ready For A Stage Like 'SNL'

Considering the recent conversation regarding whether or not Saturday Night Live player Kenan Thompson is correct in his assertion that women-of-color are absent from that show's cast due to their unreadiness in auditions, I thought I'd revisit a post from last year that highlighted the talents of several funny women-of-color who are indeed ready for primetime. I think it's time for funny women like Claudia M. Wallace, Leslie "Big Les" Jones, and Anjelah Johnson to get a shot at making us laugh on a grander stage like SNL's. Claudia M. Wallace She's an alum of the famed Second City comedy troupe who has had small roles in films and TV shows such as Nothing Like The Holidays and...
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Slideshow: Exclusive Portraits of 2013 Chicago International Film Festival Black Perspectives Night

Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextOscar Winner Jennifer Hudson of ‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.’

Chicago – Black Perspectives Night is in its 17th year at the Chicago International Film Festival, and the 2013 event featured the new film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” starring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and directed by George Tillman Jr., a filmmaker based in Chicago. The festivities took place on the second day of the Festival, Friday October 11th.

The Red Carpet featured Tillman, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Dreamgirls” (2006). “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” is George Tillman Jr.’s 11th feature film, after popular favorites like “Soul Food” (1997), “Barbershop” (2002) and “Nothing Like the Holidays” (2008). The night was moderated by local anchor Robin Robinson of Fox 32 News.

HollywoodChicago.com was on the Red Carpet, and photographer Joe Arce took these Exclusive
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John Leguizamo’s “Fugly” nabbed by 108 Media

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Further flexing the muscles of its worldwide sales and distribution operation at this year’s European Film Market, 108 Media has just sealed a deal on Fugly!, an autobiographical comedy written by and starring John Leguizamo, it was announced by 108 CEO Abhi Rastogi. With foreign sales commencing immediately in Berlin, the film will also see a theatrical release in North America via 108 Media and it’s distribution partner, Paladin. Fugly! Is slated to open in the third quarter of this year. A fictionalized rendering of his acclaimed one-man show, “Ghetto Klown,” (which played on Broadway prior to an extensive international tour), Fugly! casts Leguizamo as Jesse Sanchez, a Latino comic who has a near-death experience that forces him to revisit his personal and professional highs and lows. Told in a style that befits the envelope-pushing Jesse–and Leguizamo–the film blends past, present, fantasy, and reality to tell of one man’s hilarious quest for fame,
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Madre de Gloria! Elizabeth Peña Comes to Modern Family

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Modern Family is a show that always delivers great guest appearances. Now the ABC comedy is announcing the mother of all visits. Where does Gloria get her particular brand of crazy? Let’s hope it comes from her mother, because that means a double dose of accented histrionics are coming to an episode very soon.

EW has announced that a family reunion is in development for Gloria. A fan-favorite, Gloria is acted by the vivacious Sofía Vergara. Now her mother and her sister are en route! So, let’s make that a triple dose of crazy! Gloria’s mother will be acted by Elizabeth Peña of La Bamba, Rush Hour, and Nothing Like the Holidays. Coming along with Gloria’s mother is her sister Sonia, to be played by Stephanie Beatriz of The Closer.

The critically acclaimed comedy is enjoying its fourth season now and la madre de Gloria will
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Interview with musician Sixto Rodriguez and director Malik Bendjelloul

Anyone who has seen the trailer for Searching For Sugar Man knows that the title character has indeed been found (but there’s much more to his unbelievable life story than that). If you’d prefer to keep Sugar Man a mystery until after you see the film, please bookmark this interview to refer back to after you’ve had your own discovery of this man’s unbelievable story.

In our age of instant music sharing, it seems like any artist can get recognition with a hip enough music video or high amount of followers on Twitter. Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, is a documentary about Sixto Rodriguez, a great talent from the early 70s (think poppier Bob Dylan) who slipped through the cracks of notoriety (at least in America). It is the story of a man’s disappearance, as well as it is his unbelievable return.
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Step Up Revolution’ interview with actors Ryan Guzman & Kathryn McCormick

The Step Up franchise has helped audiences discover the acting and dancing talent of young stars, including Channing Tatum, his future wife Jenna Dewan, Briana Evigan (from Step Up 2 The Streets), and even Adam G. Sevani, who has now appeared in three Step Up films as a character named “Moose.”

In Step Up Revolution, the fourth film in the franchise, this story of star-crossed dancers takes audience members to Miami, where a flash dance group called “The Mob” (featuring Guzman & McCormick) are trying to stop evil corporate powers from destroying their community.

Guzman comes from a background of modeling and Mma fighting, and this is his first professional dance project. No stranger to the TV cameras, McCormick can be seen on “So You Think You Can Dance?” as a regular performer. Step Up Revolution marks their feature acting debuts.

I sat down with Guzman & McCormick to discuss their first-time acting gigs,
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10 Hottest Latinos in Hollywood TV and Movie Actors

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected latinos to be included in our “10 Hottest Latinos in Hollywood TV and Movie Actors” are listed in the gallery below. Enjoy!

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A Better Life

A Better Life

Directed by: Chris Weitz

Cast: Demian Bechir, Jose Julian

Running Time: 1 hr 38 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: July 8, 2011 (Chicago)

Plot: An illegal immigrant (Bechir) dreams of a better neighborhood and school for his son (Julian), who is being tempted by gangs. After the father wrangles enough money to buy a truck from a friend, the truck is stolen by another worker.

Who’S It For?: A Better Life makes an emotional appeal for the case of illegal immigrants, which is bound to play better to audiences of some parts of America than others. As for age groups, the PG-13 film plays like a slightly more aggressive PG movie, though the drama asks for mature attention. The film’s central conflict, on the other hand, can grab any person of nearly any age, so long as they have some emotional investment in “the American Dream.”

Expectations: This
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Wayne Kramer to Direct ‘Ecstasia’

Relativity Media has finally found a futuristic drama that they could love. The studio optioned for “Ecstasia,” the science-fiction drama was written and to be directed by Wayne Kramer. Kramer directed several films including “Crossing Over,” “Running Scared” and “The Cooler.” According to Deadline, “Ecstasia” is set in an alternative universe, in which love no long exists except through costly artificial simulations. The procedure involves computer chips implanted into each couple, but it is incredibly very expensive. If a couple cannot afford to maintain the payments, then they are forced into “dissolution” to remove the emotional link. The main story will involve a man and a woman who are 10 days from losing their commitment and trying to refinance to keep their love. The film will be produced by Jason Felts (“Limitless,” “Romance & Cigarettes”), Rene Rigal (“Nothing Like the Holidays,” “Fish in a Barrel”), Ryan Kavanaugh (“Zombieland,” “The Fighter”), Tucker Tooley (“The Fighter,
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Filming Begins on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Starring Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson

Filming has begun in Oahu, Hawaii for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, the sequel to the 2008 release Journey to the Center of the Earth. Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) will reprise his role from the original, with Dwayne Johnson (The Other Guys) and Michael Caine (Inception) set to co-star along with Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Luis Guzman (Nothing Like the Holidays) and Kristin Davis (Couples Retreat). Brad Peyton (Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) is set to direct the 3D family flick.

Hit the jump for the official announcement, plus some of my thoughts.

This method of revamping and “kiddifying” classic Jules Verne novels may not exactly be my cup of cinematic tea… but considering that the first film wasn’t completely without its charms, I suppose there’s no harm in giving it another shot. And come on — who hasn’t, at some point in their lives,
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Trailer: Takers – Featurette

This is a featurette from Takers. Directed by John Luessenhop (Lockdown), Takers stars Matt Dillon (Crash, There’s Something About Mary), Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious, The Death and Life of Bobby Z), Idris Elba (“The Wire,” RocknRolla, Obsessed), Jay Hernandez (Lakeview Terrace, Nothing Like the Holidays), Michael Ealy (Miracle at St. Anna, Seven Pounds), Tip “T.I.” Harris (American Gangster, Atl), with Chris Brown (Stomp The Yard, This Christmas), and Hayden Christensen (Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith). A group of high-living young criminals bankroll their extravagant lifestyle with a series of painstakingly planned bank robberies while a dedicated police officer makes it his personal mission to stop them in the taut, edge-of your seat crime thriller Takers.
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HBO's "How To Make It In America" Premieres In February

"How to Make It in America," the latest HBO comedy from "Entourage" creator Mark Wahlberg, is kicking off its eight-episode season on Sunday, February 14th.

The show, which has been called the "East Coast 'Entourage'" follows two entrepreneurial twenty-somethings trying to make it in New York City. The show stars Bryan Greenberg ("Bride Wars"), Victor Rasuk ("Lords of Dogtown"), Luis Guzman ("Nothing Like the Holidays"), Lake Bell ("What Happens in Vegas"), Shannyn Sossamon ("The Holiday"), Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, and Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie").

In the pilot, Ben (Greenberg) and best friend Cam (Rasuk) start a leather jacket hustle when Cam's cousin Rene (Guzman) threatens injury if an old loan isn't repaid. In the follow-up episode, "Crisp," the two enterprising friends try to start their own retro denim brand.

"How to Make It in America" airs Sunday nights at 10pm Et/Pt on HBO starting February 14th.
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Nothing Like the Holidays - DVD Review

We all have visions of the Holidays as being a time of perfect peace and blissful harmony, with Currier and Ives or Norman Rockwell type scenes unfolding as we celebrate with family and friends. Yes, that is the dream, and in spite of the reality that should teach us the truth of the matter we all still expect the perfect holiday will happen, perhaps this year. Nothing Like the Holidays is a look at a family in Chicago, gathered for the Season of Joy, with trials and triumphs that will be familiar. When the geographically scattered Rodriguez family gathers at their childhood home in Chicago for the first meal of the holiday season, tensions are already high.
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This Weeks DVD/Blu-Ray/Cinema Releases

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s big DVD, Blu-Ray and Cinema releases, on both sides of the pond. All information is correct to the best of my knowledge (and research skills). From the looks of it, Christmas is well on it’s way…

UK Releases

DVD (23rd November)

Terminator: Salvation

Land of the Lost

My Sister’s Keeper

Coco Before Chanel

Crossing Over

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Silent Night, Deadly Night

Scrooge (1951)

Nothing like the Holidays

Crossing Over

Orphan

Greys Anatomy season 4

Blu-Ray (23rd November)

Terminator: Salvation

Land of the Lost

My Sister’s Keeper

Coco Before Chanel

Crossing Over

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Fight Club

The Sopranos Season 1

Cinema (27th November)

Law Abiding Citizen

Nativity

Seraphine

Bunny and the Bull

De Dana Dan

Mr Right

Us Releases
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Review: ‘The Blind Side’ isn’t your typical football movie: it’s better

Sports movies usually offer a shocking amount of heavy-handed melodrama designed to stir emotional responses from viewers. A lot of them, especially films that play out on the gridiron, are based on true stories, which are then pumped-full of social issues, either race or class, that can be extremely manipulative towards its viewers. While some of this is true in The Blind Side, the latest from director John Lee Hancock (The Rookie, The Alamo), the film excels in where it differs from the norm. Instead of using the true story of Baltimore Ravens left tackle Michael Oher to steal easy tears from the audience (there are many scenes where this could have happened), The Blind Side masterfully takes viewers on a character journey and avoids all of the many, many trappings found in this drama.

The Blind Side is based on the dual-storied novel by Michael Lewis who examines not
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DVD Round Up, Oct. 30, 2009: ‘Sauna,’ ‘The Tournament,’ ‘The Butcher’

Chicago – Many editions of the DVD Round-Up have featured a different genre and focus for each title within it. This week seems a little more thematically linked as we have a trio of foreign horror films and a few more independent films than usual. Of course, there has to a holiday comedy to spice things up.

Consider this column informational with synopsis, tech specs, and special features info for titles that might go otherwise unnoticed, but if you’re looking for more critical opinion, we covered “Sauna” when it played at the EU Film Fest, “Medicine For Melancholy” when it was available on IFC Direct, and “Nothing Like the Holidays” when it played in theaters.

“P” and “The Tournament” were released on October 20th, 2009

“The Butcher,” “Medicine For Melancholy,” “Nothing Like the Holidays,” and “Sauna” were released on October 27th, 2009

Nothing Like the Holidays

Photo credit: Anchor Bay

Synopsis: “John Leguizamo (Ice Age,
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New On DVD This Week

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Night of the Creeps, the original Stargate, The Sam Fuller Collection, Orphan and the complete The Prisoner series starring and created by Patrick McGoohan (pictured above).

Check them out.

Movies

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan ~ Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer (DVD and Blu-ray)

42nd Street Forever 5: Alamo Drafthouse Edition ~ Charlton Heston, Robert Englund (DVD)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ~ Ray Romano (DVD and Blu-ray)

Into Temptation ~ Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto (DVD and Blu-ray)

Messiah of Evil: The Second Coming ~ Michael Greer,
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