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‘Be Natural’ Acquired By Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber; Docu About Alice Guy-Blaché Screened At Cannes & Telluride

Exclusive: Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber announced today that it has acquired North American rights for Pamela B. Green’s documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché.

Narrated by Jodie Foster, the film centers on the life and accomplishments of the world’s first female filmmaker and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section, and also screened at the Telluride, New York, Deauville, BFI London film festivals. It recently joined the Documentary Feature Oscar race, and after a qualifying run this year will be rolled out in theaters by Zeitgeist in early 2019, followed later in the year by VOD and home video releases via Kino Lorber.

The terrific and enlightening documentary, which I first wrote about for Deadline after seeing its emotional world premiere in Cannes, plays like a detective biopic in tracing the career and legacy of this
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Gina Rodriguez’s ‘Miss Bala’ Features Rare Leading Role for Latinx Actor, Diverse Crew

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Gina Rodriguez’s ‘Miss Bala’ Features Rare Leading Role for Latinx Actor, Diverse Crew
Gina Rodriguez’s upcoming film “Miss Bala” is being hailed as a barrier-breaking action film. That’s the glass-half-full take on things. There’s another way of looking at the story of a beauty queen trying to escape a violent drug cartel, however. When it opens Feb. 1, “Miss Bala” will represent one of the starkest reminders of the dearth of big-studio films featuring Latinos in leading roles.

In 2017, just two of the year’s top 100-grossing films featured Latino actors in lead roles, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s annual report on female and minority film representation. None of last year’s top 100 films featured a Latina actress in the lead role, and nearly 65 had speaking roles for Latinas. The release of “Miss Bala” comes at a time in Hollywood when other landmark films featuring African-American and Asian-American performers such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” have dominated the box office.
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Exclusive: Return to the Place Where Edward and Bella First Fell in Love in Twilight

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Exclusive: Return to the Place Where Edward and Bella First Fell in Love in Twilight
It's been 10 years since Twilight was released, and fans are still going crazy over Bella and Edward's love story. In honor of the film's anniversary, director Catherine Hardwicke and Jackson Rathbone (who played Jasper) took a trip down memory lane by returning to Oregon, where the first movie was filmed. During their tour, they made a pit stop at the very spot where Bella and Edward first fell in love. Who can forget the iconic lion and the lamb line? Even Rathbone can't help but get a little nostalgic about the whole thing. See the exclusive video above.

If that's not enough nostalgia for you, you can relive all the magic when Twilight returns to theaters on Oct. 21 and 23. You can also celebrate the 10th anniversary with the release of Twilight via a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) and all five of the Twilight saga films
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Jackson Rathbone Revealed 10 Fun Facts About Twilight, and It'll Make You Feel Like It's 2008 All Over Again

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Jackson Rathbone Revealed 10 Fun Facts About Twilight, and It'll Make You Feel Like It's 2008 All Over Again
It's officially been a decade since all of our college dorm rooms were filled with Twilight posters, "Twihard"-emblazoned hoodies, and a life-size Edward Cullen cardboard cutout (. . . or was that just us?). In celebration of Twilight's 10th anniversary and the beginning of the worldwide Team Edward vs. Team Jacob debate, the film will be rereleased on home entertainment with a brand-new "10 Years Later" featurette starring Jackson Rathbone and Catherine Hardwicke and in theaters with a special two-day event on Oct. 21 and 23.

To get even more into the Twilight spirit, we caught up with Jasper Hale himself, actor Jackson, to reminisce with a few fun facts about the Twilight saga. Like the fact that Jasper's hair switched back and forth between a wig and Jackson's real hair . . .

. . . and that Jasper's iconic bat twirling during the baseball scene happened from him just messing around between takes.

Read on for even more from Jackson,
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Jackson Rathbone Revealed 10 Fun Facts About Twilight, and It'll Make You Feel Like It's 2008 All Over Again

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It's officially been a decade since all of our college dorm rooms were filled with Twilight posters, "Twihard"-emblazoned hoodies, and a life-size Edward Cullen cardboard cutout (. . . or was that just us?). In celebration of Twilight's 10th anniversary and the beginning of the worldwide Team Edward vs. Team Jacob debate, the film will be rereleased on home entertainment with a brand-new "10 Years Later" featurette starring Jackson Rathbone and Catherine Hardwicke and in theaters with a special two-day event on Oct. 21 and 23.

To get even more into the Twilight spirit, we caught up with Jasper Hale himself, actor Jackson, to reminisce with a few fun facts about the Twilight saga. Like the fact that Jasper's hair switched back and forth between a wig and Jackson's real hair . . .

. . . and that Jasper's iconic bat twirling during the baseball scene happened from him just messing around between takes.

Read on for even more from Jackson,
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Exclusive: Return to the Place Where Edward and Bella First Fell in Love in Twilight

It's been 10 years since Twilight was released, and fans are still going crazy over Bella and Edward's love story. In honor of the film's anniversary, director Catherine Hardwicke and Jackson Rathbone (who played Jasper) took a trip down memory lane by returning to Oregon, where the first movie was filmed. During their tour, they made a pit stop at the very spot where Bella and Edward first fell in love. Who can forget the iconic lion and the lamb line? Even Rathbone can't help but get a little nostalgic about the whole thing. See the exclusive video above.

If that's not enough nostalgia for you, you can relive all the magic when Twilight returns to theaters on Oct. 21 and 23. You can also celebrate the 10th anniversary with the release of Twilight via a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) and all five of the Twilight saga films
See full article at BuzzSugar »

Miss Bala (2019) Movie Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Becomes Entangled in Cross-border Crime

Miss Bala Trailer Catherine Hardwicke‘s Miss Bala (2019) movie trailer stars Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Anthony Mackie, Matt Lauria, and Cristina Rodlo. Miss Bala‘s plot synopsis: “Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will [...]

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Twilight Director Reveals That The Early Script Was Crazy Different

While it might not’ve been high cinema, the original Twilight translated Stephanie Meyer’s hit book series to the screen in a way that made pretty much all of the many fans quite happy. But they could’ve come away from the movie feeling quite differently if MTV and Paramount had stuck with their original script treatment, which deviated from the source material in some pretty damn silly ways.

This insight into Twilight‘s adaptation woes comes from director Catherine Hardwicke, who recently spoke to CinemaBlend and said the following:

The [initial] script that I read had gone through the whole development process at MTV and Paramount. And you get all these notes — nobody’s fault or anything — but you get notes, and you try this, you try this. So it had veered very far from the book, and so I did not like it at all. And no studio wanted to make it.
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15 Women Horror Directors Jason Blum Can Add to His List

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Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum stirred up controversy Wednesday when he claimed his studio hasn’t produced a theatrical release by a woman because there weren’t “a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.” Many people took to Twitter to criticize Blum’s unqualified statement, with one user saying it took just one “quick Google search” to find the plethora of women at the helm of horror films. (Blum did say that he had tried to hire “The Babadook” director Jennifer Kent but she turned him down.)

Later that day, at the premiere for “Halloween,” which he produced, Blum apologized and said “Today was a great day for me because I learned a lot and because there are a lot of women out there that I’m going to meet as a result of today so I’m grateful for it.”

For
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All Five Twilight Saga Films With New Collectible Art Available on Blu-ray Combo Packs October 23rd

Based on the beloved book series by Stephenie Meyer, and one of the most successful feature film franchises of all time with over $3.3 billion in box office, celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight’s theatrical debut with the release of Twilight on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) and all five of The Twilight Saga films on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital 4K Ultra HD on October 23 from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star as the iconic couple Edward and Bella alongside Taylor Lautner, Anna Kendrick, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, and Kellan Lutz. Fathom Events will also celebrate the tenth anniversary with a two day movie event on October 21 and 23 on approx. 450 screens nationwide. Fathom will give away mini-posters (while supplies last) to fans and will treat them to
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Jason Blum Says He’s ‘Trying’ to Make a Horror Film Directed by a Woman, but ‘There Aren’t a Lot of Female Directors’

The horror genre has defined the success of Blumhouse Productions ever since the company’s “Paranormal Activity” became one of the most profitable films ever made in 2007. While the company, led by Jason Blum, has had unparalleled success, the studio has failed to produce any horror movies directed by female filmmakers over the last 11 years and counting. Polygon editor Matt Patches recently informed Blum about the statistic during an interview for “Halloween,” to which Blum assured the studio has actively searched for female directing talent.

“We’re always trying to do that,” Blum said. “We’re not trying to do it because of recent events. We’ve always been trying. There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror. I’m a massive admirer of [‘The Babadook’ director] Jennifer Kent. I’ve offered her every movie we’ve had available. She
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Gina Rodriguez turns femme fatale in trailer for Miss Bala

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The first trailer for Catherine Hardwicke’s forthcoming action thriller, Miss Bala has been released by Sony Pictures UK.

Crammed with lots of action, the Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriguez, takes the lead in the movie which she’s her being forced into a life of crime as a mole for the DEA. As events unfold and her Family come under threat, she takes matters into her own hands.

Directed by Hardwicke, the film also stars Ismael Cruz Córdova, Matt Lauria, Ricardo Abarca, and Anthony Mackie.

Also in trailers – Robert Pattinson stars in first trailer for High Life

The film releases into UK cinemas February 8, 2019.

Miss Bala Official Synopsis

Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

Gina Rodriguez and Ismael Cruz star in Miss Bala
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Action-Packed Trailer For the New Thriller Miss Bala with Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez, who is best known her role in Jane The Virgin is being built up to be the next big female action star. She recently had a role in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation, and now there’s Miss Bala. She takes on the lead role in the movie in which she plays a young woman who is forced to become a mole for the DEA in a drug cartel. As the story progresses she is forced to take the situation into her own hands when her family is threatened. Here’s the synopsis that was released:

Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

Miss Bala is actually based on a Mexican film of the same name, which was inspired by the true story of
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Twilight Director Recalls 'Electricity' When Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson First Met

Twilight Director Recalls 'Electricity' When Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson First Met
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson had intense chemistry when they first met during an audition for Twilight 10 years ago.

The film’s director, Catherine Hardwicke, tells People Stewart, 28, was cast first as the story centered around the female lead Bella Swan who falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen.

Of the audition process, Hardwicke says when the two first met they “were both shy.”

“For me, it was really important to have a great chemistry [between Bella and Edward],” Hardwicke, 62, says. “[They] had to be the coolest couple that you just had to feel that electricity between them.”

The director says she had Stewart
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Gina Rodriguez stars in first trailer for action thriller Miss Bala

Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer, poster and images for the upcoming U.S. remake of the 2011 Mexican crime thriller Miss Bala. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), the film – which looks like its placing much more emphasis on action than the original – sees Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) leading the cast alongside Ismael Cruz Córdova (Ray Donovan), and Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Infinity War); check them out here…

Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

Miss Bala is set for release on February 1st, 2019.

Photo Credits: Sony Pictures

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‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Jane’s Got A Gun

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‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Jane’s Got A Gun
Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez stars in Miss Bala, the Catherine Hardwicke-directed English-language redo of Gerardo Naranjo’s hard-charging 2011 Spanish-language thriller. Columbia Pictures has set a February 1 release date for the film and took the wraps off the first trailer today.

Rodriguez, in the role Stephanie Sigman portrayed in the original, stars as an American recently arrived in Tijuana who is kidnapped by a cartel and drawn into the dangerous world of cross-border crime. She must use all of her cunning, inventiveness and strength she never knew she had to survive the ordeal. It’s a different kind of strength, to be sure, from what she exhibits on the CW’s flagship dramedy, but judging from this first look she is up to the task as she tightrope-walks between the gang and the feds, all with the singular goal of protecting her family.

Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer adapted the screenplay for the PG-13 pic,
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Miss Bala Remake Trailer Turns Gina Rodriguez Into a Badass Action Star

Miss Bala Remake Trailer Turns Gina Rodriguez Into a Badass Action Star
The first trailer for Miss Bala is here. Sony has been developing this remake of the 2011 Mexican drug cartel movie of the same name for some time. Though, they appear to be taking a pretty different approach. In any case, we get to see Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez in an entirely different light, as the actress is turned into an avenging action hero.

Things start out well enough, as they often do in these kinds of movies, with Gina Rodriguez and a friend of hers enjoying a night out at a club. Drinks, dancing and the usual fun. But when the club is shot up by cartel members, things take a turn for the worst. Rodriguez ends up having to do favors for the cartel in order to save her friend which, in turn, puts her in the crosshairs of authorities as well. The whole thing gets complicated
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Gina Rodriguez in Trailer for Catherine Hardwicke's 'Miss Bala' Remake

"You have to believe me - they made me do it!" Sony Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the remake of Miss Bala, about a young beauty contest winner who is forced to work for a crime boss after she witnesses a murder. This Hollywood remake is based on Gerardo Naranjo's original 2011 film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that year. This new take on Miss Bala stars Gina Rodriguez and it's entirely in English, despite still being set in/around Mexico. The full cast includes Anthony Mackie, Matt Lauria, Aislinn Derbez, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Cristina Rodlo, and Ricardo Abarca. I'm a fan of the original film, unfortunately this looks like an exaggerated, action-filled update that focuses way too much on everything Hollywood loves - beautiful women, guns, action, explosions. It looks like a really bad remake. Watch out. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Catherine Hardwicke's Miss Bala,
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‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Goes to War Against the Cartel

Sony Pictures has released the trailer for Catherine Hardwicke’s remake of Miss Bala. The story follows Gloria (Gina Rodriguez), who is visiting her family in Tijuana when she becomes drawn into a war between the cartel and the DEA. Forced to play both sides in order to survive and protect her family, Gloria finds herself drawn into an increasingly dangerous game. I recently picked up the original 2011 Miss Bala, and I’m eager to check it out before sitting down with Hardwicke’s remake. I also think this could be an outstanding showcase for Rodriguez, who has scored …
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‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Becomes an Action Star in Catherine Hardwicke’s Kidnapping Thriller

‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Becomes an Action Star in Catherine Hardwicke’s Kidnapping Thriller
Gina Rodriguez is best known for playing the title role on The CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” but she’s about to redefine her acting career with the upcoming thriller “Miss Bala.” The film is the latest from Catherine Hardwicke, famous for directing “Twilight” and whose last directorial effort was the 2015 drama “Miss You Already.” “Miss Bala” is the English-language remake of Gerardo Naranjo’s Mexican drama of the same name, which debuted at Cannes and was Mexico’s entry for the 2012 foreign language Oscar.

Miss Bala” stars Rodriguez as a woman who is kidnapped and forced into smuggling drug money for a cartel. The title character works her way into the good graces of the cartel boss, but she ends up using her newfound mercenary skills against him and his gang. The supporting cast includes Anthony Mackie and Ismael Cruz Córdova.

“I had been dying to do action for so long,
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