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‘Coco’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Jaime Camil, Alfonso Arau, Sofía Espinosa, Edward James Olmos | Written by Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich | Directed by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina

Having explored the inner workings of human consciousness in Inside Out, the animation geniuses at Pixar turn their collective imaginations to the land of the dead in their latest offering, co-directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina. The result is Coco, a beautifully animated piece of work that has something genuinely moving to say about death, grief, memory and family, without ever feeling too sentimental.

The hero of the story is 12 year-old Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a young Mexican boy who dreams of becoming a singer. There’s just one problem: his grandmother Imelda (Renée Victor) enforces a strict musical ban on his shoe-making family, because Miguel’s great-great-grandfather abandoned his wife and child – Miguel’s now ancient great grandmother,
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Manny Films Joins Magma, Storyboard on ‘The Commitment’ (Exclusive)

In a deal announced at the Cannes Film Festival, Argentina’s Magma Cine and Chile’s Storyboard Media have closed co-production on the highly-anticipated historical drama “The Commitment.” The agreement will see the South American companies partner with French independent producers Manny Films.

Based in Paris, Manny Films was founded just over a decade ago, and focuses on internationally-aimed co-productions in feature films and high-end TV series. Films which they have produced which screened at Cannes include: “The Ardor,” starting Gael García Bernal; the animated “Lascars” which starred Vincent Cassel and Diane Kruger, and 2015’s “The Chosen Ones” among others.

“The Commitment” was written by Paola Campos, Bernardita Olmedo and Fernando Castillo, and is directed by Argentine Benjamín Ávila, whose 2011 film “Clandestine Childhood” world premiered at Cannes. He also scored a Goya, and cleaned up at the Argentine Academy Awards where the film won him best director, screenplay – shared with Marcelo Müller – and best picture.
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Win Disney Pixar’s Coco on Blu-ray

Disney Pixar’s Coco will be arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand 21st May and to celebrate the Oscar winning film hitting its home release, we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway!

Despite a baffling generations-old ban on music within his family, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Following a mysterious chain of events, he finds himself in the colourful Land of the Dead and meets charming trickster Héctor (Gael García Bernal). Together they set off on a journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

Which of these is not a character in Disney Pixar’s Toy Story?

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Win Coco on Blu-ray

To mark the release of Coco on 21st May, we’ve been given 1 copy to give away on Blu-ray.

In DisneyPixar’s “Coco,” Pixar Animation Studios’ 19th feature film, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt)—despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 24th May 2018 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be
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Mozart in the Jungle: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five on Amazon?

Vulture Watch Will the music play on? Is the Mozart in the Jungle TV show cancelled or renewed for a fifth season on Amazon? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Mozart in the Jungle, season five. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? An Amazon comedy drama, Mozart in the Jungle stars Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters, Saffron Burrows, and Hannah Dunne. Guest stars in season four include Debra Monk, Masi Oka, Michael Emerson, and John Cameron Mitchell. In this installment Rodrigo (García Bernal) strives to maintain his inspiration, and Hailey (Kirke) is fighting to prove herself, professionally. Meanwhile, they go public with their relationship. Also,
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Mozart in the Jungle

Network: Amazon. Episodes: 40 (half-hour). Seasons: Four. TV show dates: December 23, 2014 -- February 15, 2018. Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Peter Vack, Gael García Bernal, Bernadette Peters, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Dishy, Hannah Dunne, Constantine Maroulis, Joshua Bell, Jennifer Kim, Griffin Birney, Matt Braver, Tom Bateman, John Anderson, Gabriel Millman, Rachel Zeiger-Haag, Eddie K. Robinson, Philip Jackson Smith, and Erica Yang. TV show description:      Based on the critically-acclaimed memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, this dramedy series takes a look at what happens behind the curtains at the New York Symphony. It turns out that backstage is just as captivating as what happens on stage. Artistic dedication and creativity collide with mind games, politicking and survival instincts.
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Mozart in the Jungle: Cancelled; No Season Five for Amazon Series

The final note has sounded. The Mozart in the Jungle TV show has been cancelled after four seasons on Amazon. The executive producers have confirmed there will be no fifth season. Check out their statement, below. An Amazon Prime comedy drama, Mozart in the Jungle stars Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters, Saffron Burrows, and Hannah Dunne. Guest stars in in the fourth season include Debra Monk, Masi Oka, Michael Emerson, and John Cameron Mitchell. Based on Blair Tindall's memoir, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music, the series peeks behind the curtains at the New York Symphony. Read More…
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‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Canceled After Four Seasons On Amazon

The song is over for Mozart in the Jungle. Amazon today canceled its symphonic dramedy after four seasons, Deadline has confirmed. "We are so proud of the four seasons we made of this show and are grateful to the cast, crew, fans and Amazon for writing this symphony with us,” executive producers Paul Weitz, Will Graham, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman said iun a statement. “We hope people will keep finding the show for years to come." Starring Gael García Bernal, Lola…
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Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna Launch New Film-TV Company

Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna Launch New Film-TV Company
In an anticipated move following their recent split from Canana, the shingle they co-founded with Pablo Cruz, Mexican multi-hyphenates Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna have launched a new film-tv company, La Corriente del Golfo (Gulfstream in English).

The new shingle aims to first serve as an independent production company for theatrical film and television projects and secondly, to develop a variety of community-oriented projects. Bernal and Luna are still collaborating on initiatives like Ambulante, a documentary film festival in Mexico that they co-founded 14 years ago.

“La Corriente del Golfo is an ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and travels all the way to the North Atlantic, allowing for a temperate climate – and, without which, there’d be Arctic tundra,” said Garcia Bernal, adding: “We take up the symbol of this global current to emphasize that liberty – in all its meanings –should flow as freely as an ocean current.
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Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal Launch Production Company

Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal Launch Production Company
Longtime friends and business partners Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal have launched Mexican production house La Corriente del Golfo.

The Mexico City-based outfit will produce film, TV and theater projects. Up first for La Corriente del Golfo (The Gulf Stream) is the world premiere of Aqui en la Tierra, a crime drama co-created by Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) and produced with Fox Networks Group Latin America. Aqui en la Tierra (Here on Earth) is competing this week at the first edition of Canneseries, a new TV festival taking place alongside Cannes' MIPTV market.

La Corriente del Golfo's...
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Canneseries Rolls Out Pink Carpet For TV Festival As It Looks To Replicate Film Festival Success

Y Tu Mama Tambien director Gael García Bernal, Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller Bridge, Dexter's Michael C Hall and The Wire's Michael Kenneth Williams are all set to walk the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes this week. However, instead of the film festival's famous red carpet, the group will be strolling down a pink carpet for the launch of TV festival Canneseries. The event, which takes place alongside Mip TV from April 4 – 11, is the brainchild of Cannes…
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Larrain Brothers Appoint Geoff Stier as CEO of Fabula in North America (Exclusive)

Fabula’s Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín, producers of Academy Award winner “A Fantastic Woman,” have appointed seasoned former Paramount exec Geoff Stier as CEO of Fabula in North America.

Paramount Pictures Evp of production from 2009, where he developed and managed feature projects such as “True Grit” and “World War Z,” Stier will begin to head up Fabula in North America from the second week of April, still based out of Los Angeles where Chile’s Larraín brothers established a production company last year.

Fabula’s first full-on U.S. production, a remake of “A Fantastic Woman’s” director Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria” starring Julianne Moore and directed by Lelio himself, went into production late last year. Stier will report to the Larraín brothers.

“We have found a wonderful partner who is brilliant, great fun and an extraordinary professional, has a great background and sensibility and understands what we want to do,
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Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal Exit Their Own Production Company

Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal Exit Their Own Production Company
Longtime friends and production partners Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal are calling it quits on their production company Canana Films.

Canana will continue to operate under co-founder Pablo Cruz and Arturo Sampson, both of whom will oversee the company's day-to-day.

A statement released Monday said Canana will begin a "new phase" and will continue producing, but the company declined to specify why Luna and Bernal are stepping down.

"Canana arose out of the strength that fraternity gives us when we express ourselves freely," Bernal said. "That will continue to be the slogan for every project we embark on. As...
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Tallinn Black Nights adds Baltic Film Competition for 2018 edition

Festival re-launches Estonian competition with Baltic focus.

The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has added a new competition strand ahead of its 2018 edition.

Running November 16 – December 2 this year, the festival is re-launching its Estonian Film Competition as the Baltic Film Competition, expanding the programming area to accept submissions from the entire Baltic region (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia).

While in its previous guise the programme used the same jury as Black Nights’ First Feature Competition, this year a new international jury will judge the films in the Baltic Competition.

The programme will have no restrictions in terms of premiering status and
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Sheffield Doc/Fest to host industry summit focusing on live cinema

Festival reveals first events for 2018 edition.

UK documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled the Live Cinema Summit, a two-day event it will host to discuss trends in live cinema.

As part of the festival’s 25th edition, the summit (June 8-9) will include panel sessions with international professionals in the live cinema field, live screenings with live performance and immersive elements, behind-the-scenes artist and producer talks reflecting on Doc/Fest film and alternative realities events, and workshops for participants of varying experience levels.

The full programme will be announced in the coming months.

The event takes inspiration from the 2016 Live Cinema Conference,
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'The Kindergarten Teacher' sells across Europe, Asia (exclusive)

Sundance premiere sells to Italy, Scandinavia, China, Korea.

Following the film’s market debut at last month’s European Film Market in Berlin, the Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring The Kindergarten Teacher has added a raft of international distribution territories.

UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has sealed agreements for Italy (Officine Ubu), Benelux (Splendid), Cis (Russia World Vision), Scandinavia and Baltics (Non Stop Entertainment), Former Yugoslavia (McF), Hungary (Ads), Israel (Lev Films), Poland (M2 Films), Greece (Strada), Portugal (Alambique), Turkey (Filmarti), Middle East (Front Row Entertainment) and Cinesky (Airlines). In the Asia region the film sold to China (Times Vision), Taiwan (Movie Cloud
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2018 Canneseries competition line-up revealed

2018 Canneseries competition line-up revealed
The event launches in Cannes this April.

Canneseries, the international TV festival launching in Cannes this April (7-11), has revealed the ten series in its official competition selection.

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The titles include Killing Eve created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and starring Sandra Oh and Fiona Shaw, and Aquí En La Terra, created by Gael García Bernal with Kyzza Terrazas and Jorge Dorantes.

The titles were selected by Canneseries artistic director Albin Lewi.

The festival was founded by David Lisnard, mayor of Cannes and presided by former French culture minister Fleur Pellerin. It will run alongside Miptv.
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Canneseries Sets First Competition Lineup With Gael García Bernal, Mafia Crime-Dramas & Sandra Oh Thriller

The Cannes Intl. Series Festival has unveiled an ambitious inaugural Competition lineup including Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh, Here on Earth, co-created by Gael García Bernal, and The Hunter, a new Italian Mafia drama sold by Gomorrah co-producers Beta Film. (Scroll down for full line-up.) Canneseries will take place between April 4-11 in Cannes at the Palais des Festivals alongside the Miptv market. The majority of the lineup will be world…
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Canneseries Unveils Competition Lineup for Inaugural Edition

Canneseries Unveils Competition Lineup for Inaugural Edition
The Cannes Intl. Series Festival has unveiled its inaugural competition lineup, showcasing a wide range of 10 ambitious and anticipated new series, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Killing Eve,” Omri Givon’s “When Heroes Fly,” and “Here on Earth,” co-created by Gael García Bernal.

Killing Eve,” based on Luke Jennings’ Villanelle novellas, stars Sandra Oh as a security operative hunting for an assassin (Jodie Comer). The series was made for BBC America and is being sold by Sid Gentle Films and Endeavor Content.

“When Heroes Fly” is a 10-part thriller following four Israeli special forces veterans on a mission to track down a missing girl in Colombia.
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Oscars 2018: Sufjan Stevens, Mary J. Blige Turn In Amazing Musical Performances

While many Oscars viewers were greatly anticipating who would win the coveted trophies, over here, we were excited for the musical performances. Okay, and we were excited about the awards too, but seriously, this year was a stacked list of performers that got us hyped.

First, we have to mention that the Oscar for Best Song went to “Remember Me” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez from the film “Coco.” Performing that song live was Miguel, Natalia Lafourcade, and actor Gael García Bernal.
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