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Michael Rowe’s much-anticipated follow-up to his Camera d’Or winner, “Leap Year,” is an unexpectedly child-focused affair, conceived as the middle entry of a trilogy on solitude. “The Well” plunges into the loneliness of a child whose recently divorced mother moves in with a man of questionable temperament, and while Rowe finds little new to say, his sympathetic portrayal of a little girl’s insular world, visually keeping close to her perspective, has a rigorous appeal. Given its understated, largely uncontentious nature, the pic won’t travel as well as “Leap Year,” though smaller fests should be welcoming.
Immediately notable is the way Rowe and d.p. Diego Garcia frequently keep the camera at the level of Caro (Zaili Sofia Macias), forcing audiences to see her constricted world from her 8-year-old standpoint. She and her mother (Tania Arredondo, excellent) have just moved south from Mexico City to Pueblo, into »
- Jay Weissberg
Good Wife season 5 new major prosecutor arriving to befriend Alicia & more,new spoiler. According to a recent report from Michael Ausiello over at TV Line, the Good Wife season 5 peeps have hired actor ,Matthew Goode (left), to come on and play a new ,major prosecutor for some recurring action,and he's going to befriend Alicia at some point. They described Matthew's character as "a prosecutor who befriends Julianna Margulies’ Alicia after having a crisis of faith and deciding to chart a new direction for his career. His first episode is slated to air in the spring." Matthew's acting credits includes roles in Watchmen, Leap Year, and the Pride and Prejudice spinoff Death Comes to Pemberly, which is scheduled to air on PBS. As a side note, they also revealed that "The Good Wife" will be returning from its Winter break hiatus on January 5th, 2014, so jot that down on your TV calendars, »
Coming to CBS in 2014: The Goode Wife.
The English actor will play a prosecutor who befriends Julianna Margulies’ Alicia after having a crisis of faith and deciding to chart a new direction for his career. His first episode is slated to air in the spring.
Goode recently wrapped production on the Pride and Prejudice spinoff Death Comes to Pemberly, which will air in PBS next year. The mini-series »
- Michael Ausiello
A pioneering joint venture of Im Global and Mexico and L.A-based Canana, founded by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, Mexico City-based film sales-financing entity Mundial launched one year ago on the very eve of Ventana Sur. It is the most ambitious initiative ever to sell Latin American films to the world. One year later, Mundial has acquired world sales rights on seven titles, placing three, a considerable feat, at Toronto: “Paradise,” a Mexico City-set love story from Mariana Chenillo (“Nora’s Will”); Alberto Arevalo’s Venezuelan epic “The Liberator,” starring Edgar Ramires (“Carlos”) and Fernando Coimbra’s questioning abduction thriller, “A Wolf at the Door.” All three now play Ventana Sur. “The Well,” Matthew Rowe’s follow-up to Cannes Camera d’Or winner “Leap Year” makes its market premiere in Buenos Aires. Diego Luna’s English-language debut “Chavez” is shaping up as one of Mexico’s »
- John Hopewell
Buenos Aires – Three of Mexico’s most prestigious actors – Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), Golden Globe-winner Adriana Barraza (“Babel”), and Damian Alcazar (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Lord Caspian”), are attached to star in “The Room.”
Mexico’s Machete Producciones, whose credits include two of Mexico’s most notable debuts in recent years – Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,”and Diego Quemada Diez’s “La jaula de oro” – will lead produce. Nidia Santiago’s Paris-based Ikki Films co-produces out of France.
Machete’s Edher Campos will present “The Room” to potential sales agents at this week’s Ventana Sur Latin American film market which kicks off tomorrow in Buenos Aires.
Campos will also talk up “Little Baby Jesus,” Machete’s first international co-production, and a further sign of growth at the Mexico City-based shingle.
A movie of eight stories, »
- John Hopewell
Claudia Calvino Producer, Cuba
Despite limited resources in Cuba, Calvino has built up an impressive slate, including local hit “Juan of the Dead” and “Melaza” by her husband, Carlos Lechuga. As a partner in 5th Avenida, Calvino is co-producing Brugues’ bilingual heist pic “The Wrong Place” and Lechuga’s untitled vampire pic, among others.
Edher Campos Producer, Mexico (pictured above, center)
Campos came of age professionally at 2009’s Ventana Sur, selling Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,” which he produced, to Pyramide Intl. It went on to win Cannes’ Camera d’Or. This year, Campos co-produced Diego Quemada-Diaz’s “La jaula de oro,” a Cannes Un Certain Talent winner. His pic “Sweet Baby Jesus” is in post and “Room” is in pre-prod.
Fernando Coimbra Writer-Director, Brazil
Mundial’s first Brazil pickup was Coimbra’s debut, “ Wolf at the Door.” From Brazil’s go-to production house, Gullane Filmes, “Wolf” melds psychological insight, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente and John Hopewell
While "Oblivion" and "Tron: Legacy" director Joesph Kosinski hasn't yet latched on to his next project yet, he's got some choices. He's long been attached to "The Black Hole" remake along with a 'Tron' sequel, while this summer he got nabbed for "The Twilight Zone" and has a sci-fi series brewing at AMC too. And now another gig has landed on his desk. Media Rights Capital, the bank accounts behind "Elysium" and "House Of Cards" among others, has nabbed a spec for a "grounded action thriller" for Kosinski to direct. The story, which is being kept secret for now, came from the brain of Kosinski, with Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers (the upcoming AMC series "Hell & Catch Fire") turning it into a script. And that's it. So just add it to the To Do pile for Kosinski, and presumably at some point down the line he'll get to it. [Deadline] Meanwhile, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rowe.s screenplay follows a security guard in a retirement home whose life spirals out of control when he catches his wife with a lover, pushing him to the brink of insanity.
Rowe has lived in Mexico City since he landed there 19 years ago when he was 23 with $76 in his wallet, motivated by what he drily terms as a mixture of .youth and stupidity..
After earning a crust variously as an English teacher, journalist, screenwriter and teaching screenwriting at a film school, he wrote and directed Año Bisiesto (Leap Year), a zero-budget drama shot, entirely in a »
- Don Groves
San Sebastian –- Sebastian Cordero’s “Such Is Life in the Tropics,” Fernando Guzzoni’s “Nobody Boy” and Adrian Saba’s “Donde suenan los salvajes” are among 16 projects selected for the San Sebastian Festival’s 2nd Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, one of its main industry events, which kicks off Monday.
San Sebastian’s Forum is supported by the Cannes Market’s and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute with select project producers being invited to Ventana Sur and next May’s Cannes Producers Network.
Rolling off Magnolia’s U.S. bow on Aug. 2 of sci-fi thriller “Europa Report,” Cordero’s first full English-language movie, “Tropics” marks his return to Spanish-language filmmaking. Structured as a classical tragedy and set in his native Ecuador, it tells the tale of a Guayaquil bigwig, who fortuitously kills a boy on an illegal deer hunt.
First fruit of Ecuador’s Carnaval Cine, whose partners are Cordero, »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Both will have their world premieres as part of the festival.s Discovery program, which showcases works by ..directors to watch: The future of world cinema..
First-time writer/director Sarah Spillane.s Around the Block is the saga of an Aboriginal boy who is torn between his love of acting and the disintegration of his family. Hunter Page-Lochard, whose credits include The Sapphires and Bran Nue Dae, plays the lead alongside Christina Ricci as his unconventional, American-born drama teacher. Jack Thompson, Matt Nable, Damian Walshe-Howling and Daniel Henshall round out the key cast.
- Don Groves
“Kate only makes two or three pictures a year and gets sent hundreds of scripts,” producer Sue Maslin (Japanese Story) told ScreenDaily. “She chose The Dressmaker because of Jocelyn’s stunning script.”
The film, set in the 1950s, tells the story of a talented couture dressmaker who returns home from Europe to a small town in country Australia with revenge »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Winslet and Davis will star in writer/director Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin.s comic drama The Dressmaker.. Adapted from Rosalie Ham.s novel, it.s described as a Gothic tale of love, revenge and haute couture.. Winslet will play Tilly, a glamorous young woman who returns after many years in Europe to her small home town in rural Australia aiming to right some wrongs from the past as she was accused of murder when she was a child. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. Davis will play her eccentric mother. »
- Don Groves
Amy Adams popped up to show her support for her friend, designer Carolina Herrera, by co-hosting a cocktail party in honor of the opening of the Ch Carolina Herrera boutique on Rodeo Drive last night in La. Amy was not the only star to drop by the celebratory event as Rashida Jones, Angie Harmon, Ali Larter, and The Help's Anna Camp all dropped by the store. Amy has donned her pal Carolina's designs for the Oscars and Golden Globes, as well as many other red carpets in the past, and their support is mutual since Carolina designed custom-made maternity wear for Amy while she was pregnant during her Leap Year press tour back in 2010. Amy's now back on the West Coast after taking her latest action flick, Man of Steel, around the world alongside her costars Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe. The trio made stops in NYC, London, and most recently, »
- Meghan Rooney
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Following the tragic death of her father on her eighteenth birthday, India Stoker (Wasikowska) meets her charismatic uncle Charlie (Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother (Kidman), both are drawn to his charming and calming demeanor. But it soon becomes clear that Charlie’s arrival was no coincidence, and that the shocking secrets of his past could affect India’s future…or shatter it completely.
The first English language film by acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), Stoker, which also contains elements of family melodrama and horror (the title, of course, »
Cannes — Cambodian Rithy Panh’s autobiographical doc feature “The Missing Picture,” a highly personal account of the horrors of childhood lived under the Pol Pot regime, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
“Picture” mixing recollections with the director’s quest for a photograph of human suffering during Panh’s childhood, which coincided with Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, the director Unable to locate a photo, he fills the void with naïf clay figures of people at the time.
The top Un Certain Regard plaudit reps further recognition for “Picture.” Well-reviewed, the Films Distribution sold title has broken out to multiple territory sales at Cannes, including deals with the U.K. (New Wave) and Japan (Astair). A U.S. deal is in advanced negotiations.
In all the Un Certain Regard jury extended five awards, including an Un Certain Regard Future »
- John Hopewell
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 ratings -- New episodes: The Voice, Grimm, Wideout, Dancing With The Stars, Body of Proof, So You Think You Can Dance, New Girl, The Mindy Project, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Golden Boy. Movies: Leap Year (rerun). Episode reruns: The Voice.
8pm - Wipeout: 1.1 in the demo with 4.43 million.
9pm - Dancing with the Stars: 1.8 in the demo with 11.59 million.
10pm - Body of Proof: 1.4 in the demo with 8.52 million.
8pm - NCIS: 3.2 in the demo with 18.16 million.
9pm - NCIS: Los Angeles: 2.5 in the demo with 13.35 million.
10pm - Golden Boy: 1.2 in the demo with 7.10 million.
8pm - Leap Year: (movie, rerun) 0.3 in the demo with 0.93 million. »
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The season finale of "NCIS" Tuesday delivered the show's biggest total audience since mid-March and led CBS to a convincing win in total viewers for the night. "The Voice," meanwhile, shifted to a later timeslot on NBC and was more or less on par with last week, dropping just a tenth of a point in the 18-49 demographic.
The season premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox brought in Ok numbers for Fox, and the "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" finales were even with last week. ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" results show was up a little bit.
CBS averaged 12.9 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/13 share in households for the night, finishing well ahead of second-place ABC (8.2 million, 5.3/9). NBC (7.45 million, 4.6/7) came in third. Fox was fourth with 4.2 million viewers and a 2.5/4. The CW (926,000, 0.7/1) trailed.
NBC scored a narrow win among adults 18-49 with a 2.4 rating, »
“NCIS” wrapped its 10th season a winner Tuesday, as CBS nearly caught NBC for the night’s lead among young adults and won in other categories. “The Voice” was the evening’s top draw in the 18-49 demo despite dipping week to week.
According to preliminary national estimates, “NCIS” averaged a strong 3.2 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers overall — dominating its timeslot and ruling as Tuesday’s No. 1 program in adults 25-54 (4.7/13). It also was easily the night’s most-watched program overall, beating the combined ABC-nbc-Fox reality show competition (16 million).
Also up a bit week to week was “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall), which was second to “The Voice” in key demos and dominant in total viewers. And at 10, the canceled rookie drama “Golden Boy” did a 1.2/4 in 18-49 and 7.1 million viewers overall.
At NBC, a “Voice” recap show at 8 p.m. (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million »
- Rick Kissell
Pyramide Intl. has inked international rights for “The Amazing Cat Fish,” which topped Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte pix-in-post competition in Buenos Aires.
One of France’s foremost arthouse sales companies, Pyramide has experience with Latin American pics, having taken rights at previous Ventana Sur editions on two of the region’s biggest international breakouts in recent years: “Leap Year” and “Clandestine Childhood.”
The pic, produced by Mexico’s Jaqueca Films and Canibal Networks and France’s Good Lap Prods., is helmer-scribe Claudia Sainte-Luce’s first feature.
The semi-autobiographical story is about a lonely young woman working at a supermarket, who moves in with a colorful family and bonds with each of its members, finding a sense of belonging.
“Cat Fish” is now in post and on track for a major fest berth in late summer, said Pyamide Intl. sales head Lucero Garzon.
The Primer Corte’s five prizes included »
- John Hopewell
ABC 8:00 Wipeout (new) 9:00 Dancing With the Stars (new) 10:00 Body of Proof (new) 11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat, with guests Zoe Saldana and Bill Simmons) 12:37 Nightline (new) CBS 8:00 NCIS (new, season finale) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (new, season finale) 10:00 Golden Boy (new, season finale) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Tom Hanks) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new) Fox 8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (new, season premiere) 9:00 New Girl (new, season finale) 9:30 The Mindy Project (new, season finale) NBC 8:00 The Voice (repeat) 9:00 The Voice (new) 10:00 Grimm (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Wanda Sykes and Martha Stewart) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Matt Lauer and Ken Jeong) The CW 8:00 Leap Year More TV to watch when you read more. »
- Maggie Pehanick
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