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Former ‘NBC Nightly News’ Correspondent Richard Valeriani Dies at 85

Former “NBC Nightly News” correspondent Richard “Dick” Valeriani died early Monday at his home in New York City. He was 85.

Valeriani began his news career in the late 1950s at the Associated Press, when he was dispatched to Cuba to report on the Bay of Pigs in 1961. He was hired by NBC News while in Cuba and was the last American journalist ousted from the country following Fidel Castro’s revolution. At NBC, he served for years as an on-air correspondent for “NBC Nightly News” and co-anchored “Today” from the Washington, D.C. bureau.

Valeriani earned recognition for his coverage
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Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) insisted that Lydia be an unabashedly ‘sexual person’ [Red Carpet Interview]

Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) insisted that Lydia be an unabashedly ‘sexual person’ [Red Carpet Interview]
When producer Norman Lear offered Rita Moreno the role of Lydia Riera on the Netflix reimagining of “One Day at a Time” she insisted on one major aspect of the character. “I know she’s older, and I know she’s a grandmother, but she has to be a sexual person,” she told us when we interviewed her on the red carpet at the Netflix Fysee event for “One Day” on June 2. Watch our chat with her above.

Lydia is the matriarch of a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. She fled Cuba when Fidel Castro rose to power, but she has lost none of her vibrancy with age. Her daughter Penelope (Justina Machado) is a nurse, and Lydia began a flirtation with Penelope’s boss Dr. Berkowitz (Stephen Tobolowsky) that inflamed her jealousy in season two when Berkowitz began dating another woman.

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Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Feral Detective’ Acquired by Kroll & Co

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Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Feral Detective’ Acquired by Kroll & Co
Sue Kroll’s recently launched production banner Kroll & Co. has picked up the rights to Jonathan Lethem’s new novel, “The Feral Detective,” through her exclusive deal at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Lethem’s first detective story since his New York Times bestseller “Motherless Brooklyn” will be published in November 2018, according to the production company’s Wednesday announcement.

“The Feral Detective” centers on Phoebe Siegler, a sarcastic and garrulous woman who heads to California to try to find her best friend’s missing teenaged daughter. When a lead brings her to the stark and seedy desert towns just east of Los Angeles, Phoebe is put in contact with Charles Heist, a laconic, strange private eye with an uncanny ability to find those that don’t want to be found, who reluctantly agrees to help. She dubs him The Feral Detective. As the unlikely pair traverse the stunning desert and its
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Gal Gadot Producing, Possibly Starring in Fidel Castro Journalism Drama

Gal Gadot Producing, Possibly Starring in Fidel Castro Journalism Drama
Wonder Woman may be headed to Cuba.

Gal Gadot is on broad to produce and possibly star in a movie based on Peter Kornbluh’s Politico article “‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro.”

Warner Bros. has acquired movie rights for Sue Kroll on behalf of Kroll & Co. Entertainment through her exclusive deal. Kroll has partnered with Gadot and Jaron Varsano in developing the material. Kroll, Gadot, and Varsano will produce the film.

Gadot toplined Warner Bros.’ 2017 hit “Wonder Woman” and worked with Kroll on the project while the latter was a top studio executive. Kroll exited her post as president of worldwide marketing and distribution in January. This marks the first major film option since Kroll & Co. launched in April.

Narcos” co-creator Chris Brancato will write the adaptation of Kornbluh’s article.

The article chronicles the previously untold story of how ABC
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Gal Gadot, Sue Kroll to Co-Produce Film ‘My Dearest Fidel’ for Warner Bros

Gal Gadot, Sue Kroll to Co-Produce Film ‘My Dearest Fidel’ for Warner Bros
Sue Kroll has optioned her first major film option since launching her new production company Kroll & Co. Entertainment in April.

The former Warner Bros. studio executive is teaming with Gal Gadot and Jaron Versano to develop Peter Kornbluh’s Politico article, “My Dearest Fidel: A Journalist’s Secret Liaison with Fidel Castro.” Writer Chris Brancato is set to adapt.

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the film rights through its exclusive deal with Kroll’s company.

Gadot will co-produce and the project will be a potential starring vehicle for the “Wonder Woman” actress.

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“When I first read Peter’s article, I was entranced by his thrilling account of a complicated, fascinating woman in the midst of a high-stakes, real-life drama,” Gadot said in a statement. “I knew immediately that I had to be involved creatively with telling Lisa Howard’s story,
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Gal Gadot, Sue Kroll & Jaron Varsano Team To Produce ‘My Dearest Fidel’

Gal Gadot, Sue Kroll & Jaron Varsano Team To Produce ‘My Dearest Fidel’
Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the film rights to Peter Kornbluh's Politico article, My Dearest Fidel: A Journalist's Secret Liaison with Fidel Castro for the studio’s former marketing boss-turned-producer to shepherd at her Kroll & Co. Entertainment. Kroll has partnered with Gal Gadot and husband Jaron Varsano to develop the material. Kroll, Gadot, and Varsano will produce the film, which is also a potential starring project for Gadot. Kroll and Gadot worked…
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Gal Gadot, Sue Kroll Teaming for Cuba-Set Fidel Castro Project

Gal Gadot, Sue Kroll Teaming for Cuba-Set Fidel Castro Project
After working together on Wonder Woman, former Warner Bros. exec Sue Kroll and Gal Gadot are partnering on the Fidel Castro movie My Dearest Fidel.

Warner Bros. Pictures — where Kroll's Kroll & Co. shingle has an exclusive deal — has acquired the film rights to Peter Kornbluh’s recently published Politico article, “My Dearest Fidel: A Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro." Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato is adapting for the screen.

My Dearest Fidel will center on ABC journalist Lisa Howard, who engaged in what Kornbluh describes as “intimate diplomacy” with Cuba’s revolutionary leader. During her three ...
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Oliver Stone to Iranian Government: Let Jafar Panahi Attend the Cannes Film Festival

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Oliver Stone to Iranian Government: Let Jafar Panahi Attend the Cannes Film Festival
In a wide-ranging press conference held during his first visit to Iran, Oliver Stone expressed appreciation for Iran’s extensive history and recent cinematic accomplishments, criticized American policy toward the Middle East, and voiced his wish that director Jafar Panahi would be allowed to attend the Cannes Film Festival to witness the premiere of his latest film.

Spending a week in Iran as a guest of the Fajr International Film Festival, Stone answered questions from a crowd of approximately 150 Iranian and a few foreign journalists in the Charsou complex in Tehran. He started out by saying that the early part of his visit took him to other Iranian cities, including Isfahan and he was impressed at the hospitality he had been shown and the “warmth” he felt from people of all walks of life. He said he had long been interested in Iran and its 2500-year history and was fortunate
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TV News Roundup: Anthony Hemingway to Direct ‘The Purge’ Series Premiere

In today’s roundup, independent studio Cedar Park announced it will develop the Cuban-focused show “The Exiles,” and Anthony Hemingway will direct the pilot of series “The Purge.”

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Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Television announced that Anthony Hemingway (“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.”) will direct the premiere episode of USA/Syfy series “The Purge.” The show is based on the film franchise and is executive produced by the creator James DeMonaco. Thomas Kelly will be the executive producer and showrunner of the series.

Chris Long and David Ayer’s independent studio Cedar Park announced Tuesday
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No, Justin Trudeau Is Not Fidel Castro’s Son

A story claiming that Fidel Castro was the father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not true. The Canadian government denied it, Cuba has never claimed it and Trudeau’s parents never visited Cuba until several years after Justin Trudeau was born. The Feb. 1 suicide of Castro’s oldest son, Fidelito, spurred the most recent report on several sites, claiming that
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'Un Traductor' ('A Translator'): Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Un Traductor' ('A Translator'): Film Review | Sundance 2018
The focus of Un Traductor is a little-known chapter in the history of Cuba, certainly one that went unmentioned in most obits for Fidel Castro: After the catastrophic accident at the Soviet Union's Chernobyl nuclear plant, the Caribbean nation opened its highly regarded medical facilities to many of the Russian patients suffering from radiation-related diseases.

The first feature by sibling directors Rodrigo and Sebastián Barriuso is a handsomely shot Cuban-Canadian production that explores this life-and-death diplomacy through one man's unlikely — and government-mandated — participation in it. Brazilian star Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld, The 33) plays Malin, a professor of Russian...
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‘Dear Dictator’ Trailer: Michael Caine Channels Fidel Castro — Watch

‘Dear Dictator’ Trailer: Michael Caine Channels Fidel Castro — Watch
At 84, Sir Michael Caine finally gets the chance to play with Barbies onscreen. He’ll next star as General Anton Vincent — akin to a kindly, English-accented Fidel Castro — who seeks refuge with his teenage American pen pal (Israeli “Lady Bird” actress Odeya Rush) once he’s ousted from his British-Caribbean island. While hiding out in young Tatiana Miles’ closets and garage, the despot enlists her dolls to strategize a takedown of her suburban high school’s clique, The Slushies.

Katie Holmes plays Tatiana’s mom, a doctor’s office employee whose storyline involves getting her toes sucked by her boss (Seth Green). Also part of the comedy’s ensemble is Jason Biggs, cast as the teacher who fails to dissuade Tatiana from beginning her correspondence with Vincent. Set for distribution from Cinedigm, “Dear Dictator” is the latest collaboration of married writer-directors Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse (2016’s “Amateur Night,” a
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‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ Documentary Captures Castro Era, Evolution of Video

Participants in the personal video revolution of the 1970s will be thrilled as they watch the credits roll at the end of Jon Alpert’s documentary “Cuba and the Cameraman,” which debuts on Netflix and in theaters on Nov. 24.

Alpert, the pioneering journalist and filmmaker, has through the years reported from places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Iran, China and Afghanistan and has made films for broadcast networks PBS and HBO.

His latest project for Netflix encapsulates his travels to Cuba over five decades, during which he shot life on the island under Fidel Castro. He used portable technology that was in its infancy when he began and became more sophisticated over the years.

“This documentary is basically a museum of the entire evolution of electronic image-gathering.”

Jon Alpert

“The pot has been boiling for a long time, so to speak,” says Alpert. “We knew we wanted to make this film. I felt that it was an important mission
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‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ Review: Netflix Presents an Enthrallingly Intimate Look at 50 Years of Life in Cuba

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When Americans think of Cuba, we tend to think of a place, and not a people. The same was true of East Germany, it’s still true of North Korea, and it will always be true of countries that are defined by their inaccessibility. Borders are blinding, and islands are isolated by more than just water. Only 105 miles separate Havana from Key West, but you can’t see anything on the horizon when you stand at the bottom tip of the United States and stare into the ocean.

Filmmaker Jon Alpert has spent his entire adult life trying to bring those two worlds closer together, and his simple but enthralling new documentary culls from almost 50 years’ worth of footage from his trips to the land of Fidel. Alpert has two Oscars to his name (both for Best Documentary Short), but most of his work in Cuba has been for archival purposes,
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Los Cabos: ‘Museum’s’ Panorama Unveils 1960s CIA Mexico Espionage TV Drama ‘Litempo’ (Exclusive)

Los Cabos: ‘Museum’s’ Panorama Unveils 1960s CIA  Mexico Espionage TV Drama ‘Litempo’ (Exclusive)
Mexico City — Currently in post-production on Alfonso Ruizpalacios’ Gael Garcia Bernal starrer “Museum,” one of the most-anticipated Latin American movies of 2018, Mexico’s Panorama is advancing on its first TV drama, “Litempo,” an early 1960s’ CIA espionage drama-thriller set at the U.S. embassy in Mexico.

With its top floor staffed by CIA agents, controlling Latin American operations, including with Cuba, the embassy was arguably the most important foreign base of CIA operations in the Western hemisphere, said co-screenwriter Manuel Alcala.

The release on Nov. 3 of 500 never-before-seen CIA files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, including Lee Harvey Oswald’s visit to Mexico City in the weeks before he shot Kennedy, takes the interest of “Litempo” “to another level,” said Panorama producer Gerardo Gatica.

Conceived as a 13-part TV drama, and to be presented at this week’s Los Cabos Festival, as a TV series in development, “Litempo” is currently being written by Alcala, “Museum
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Pitbull’s Las Vegas Residency Extends Into 2018

Pitbull’s Las Vegas Residency Extends Into 2018
Days after receiving the first-ever Latin Ama Dick Clark Achievement Award at the 2017 Latin American Music Awards, Live Nation announced that Pitbull would be returning to Las Vegas for a 13-show residency, after a successful three-year run.

The show, “Time of Our Lives,” presented by Caesars Entertainment and Live Nation, will run during the months of January, April and May. Mr. Worldwide shared the news on Instagram with a promo video, captioning it with details.

“That’s definitely a part of making history right there, to even have this opportunity to perform in Vegas, because it’s something that I
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First Trailer for Documentary 'Cuba and the Cameraman' from Netflix

"The story of Cuba, told by one filmmaker over five decades." Netflix has released the trailer for the new documentary titled Cuba and the Cameraman, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year. This is made by filmmaker Jon Alpert, who has spent more time documenting and filming in Cuba than just about anyone else. Compiled from more than a thousand hours of footage and filmed over 45 years, Alpert follows three families and Fidel Castro to tell the story of modern Cuba. He was one of the last Americans to see Castro before his death. But the doc is also all about the people of Cuba, and the country itself, all the history is has gone through and the culture that has remained intact despite all of this. "He documented how these families and the Cuban leader dealt with the serious challenges gripping their country." Check it out. Here's
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‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ Trailer: Jon Alpert’s Decades-in-the-Making Doc Chronicles a Country in Flux — Watch

For nearly a half a century, pioneering documentarian Jon Alpert has been compelled by the country of Cuba — once such a mystery to America, and now only recently open to us — and the people who populate it, especially its iconic (and brutal) long-time leader. The result of that obsession is Alpert’s latest film, “Cuba and the Cameraman” which was ultimately assembled from more than a thousand hours of footage and filmed over the course of 45 years, Alpert’s film follows three families…and Fidel Castro.

As the film’s official synopsis tells us, Alpert was present for most of Cuba’s biggest moments, documenting it every step of the way: “He was there for Cuba’s optimistic socialism of the early ’70s, and for the 1980 Mariel Bay boatlift, when over 100,000 Cubans fled the island accompanied by inmates released from prisons and insane asylums. He returned to cover the hardships
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From the Grassy Knoll to Ted Cruz's Dad: The Biggest JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories and How They've Been (Mostly) Debunked

From the Grassy Knoll to Ted Cruz's Dad: The Biggest JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories and How They've Been (Mostly) Debunked
On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding through the streets of Dallas in an open-topped motorcade. With wife Jackie Kennedy by his side, the 46-year-old president was struck by two bullets — one in the head and one in the neck. Former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the murder, and a presidential commission later found that the gunman had acted alone.

But that conclusion has hardly satisfied the public, with JFK’s assassination fueling conspiracy theories for decades to come.

On Thursday, nearly 54 years later, the government is expected to release thousands of long-blocked
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Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood: 'It's Not Fair' (Exclusive)

Chrissie Fit Reveals the Moment She Realized Race Plays a Heavy Role in Hollywood: 'It's Not Fair' (Exclusive)
Chrissie Fit is recognizable to fans across the world for her portrayal of foreign exchange student Flo in Pitch Perfect 2, but like most Latina actresses, her road to success in Hollywood hasn't been easy.

The 33-year-old actress grew up in Miami Florida, surrounded by other Latinos, "so in school, we didn't have the option of casting by race. It was just whoever could do the best job," she explained to Et over the phone on Monday -- but things quickly changed once she entered the big leagues.

"I remember my first audition was for The Secret Garden, and I auditioned for Mary Lennox, which was like, the Caucasian, British actor, and the director was looking at me, like, perplexed. Like, 'What the heck is this girl doing?' And he really politely said, 'That was great. Next season we're doing the King and I, and I think you're better suited for that,'" she recalled
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