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Netflix Unveils ‘Xtremo,’ a Full-On Spanish Action Movie with Teo García, Óscar Jaenada (Exclusive)

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Netflix Unveils ‘Xtremo,’ a Full-On Spanish Action Movie with Teo García, Óscar Jaenada (Exclusive)
Miami — Breaking barriers, Netflix is preparing to unleash “Xtremo,” billed as one of Spain’s first full-on action thriller movies, starring Oscar Jaenada and action specialist Teo García.

A Netflix Original Film directed by Daniel Benmayor, “Xtremo” also marks the first production of Showrunner Films, the new production company set up by Spanish sales agent Vicente Canales and partner Julieta Videla.

“’Xtremo’ was born as a play to create action cinema made here in Spain. A film designed for the global market but with the character and originality of Spanish cinema,” Canales said in a press release.

For Netflix it’s certainly a gamble in bringing a new genre to a territory, but the bet is a calculated one as action thriller films have performed well for the service internationally. In 2019, the Michael Bay, Ryan Reynolds vehicle “6 Underground” was a massive success around the world.

Although the film only premiered on Dec.
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Dopamine’s ‘Hernán’ Sets New Standards of Hispanic TV Ambition

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Madrid — A leading example of transatlantic Spanish-language co-production, historical drama “Hernán” – co-produced by Mexico’s Dopamine, part of Mexico’s Salinas Group in collaboration with Spain’s Onza Entertainment – stands out as the largest, most ambitious high-end series featured at this year’s Mip Cancun market, as noted by Netflix’s former head of international originals Erik Barmack, now growing his own company, Wild Sheep Content.

“I always ask: Are people thinking big enough? I think sometimes a [lack of] confidence is holding people back from taking huge swings,” Barmack said in his keynote, urging Spanish-language producers to have “ambition,” and citing “Hernán” as something exceptional.

Limited to not just its character-driven narrative nor its empire-spanning scale, the ambition of “Hernán” is immediately recognizable as a game-changer on the Latin American TV scene, backed by what Dopamine says is the largest budget for any non-studio series in the region under a multi-platform simultaneous release.
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Major Spanish Series at Mipcom 2019

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Profiles of major Spanish shows at Mipcom. S: International distribution.

3 Caminos

(Ficción Producciones, Beta Film)

Five friends of different nationalities connect on the St. James Way. An Amazon Prime Vídeo pickup, shooting from February.

S: Beta Film

Caronte

(Mediaset España, Big Bang Media)

Legal procedural from Verónica Fernández, creator of Netflix’s upcoming “Hache,” about an ex-cop and an ex-con turned criminal lawyer. Acquired by Amazon for worldwide streaming.

S: Mediterráneo Mediaset España Group, Imagina International Sales

The Countryside

(Mediaset España, Contubernio)

Vegan, choral comedy created by Alberto Caballero (“La que se avecina”) Premiered on Amazon Prime Video España then Mediaset España channels.

S: Mediterráneo

Central Market

(Rtve, Diagonal TV)

Serial from producers of post-Civil War soap“Love in Difficult Times.” A slice of life take on workers at a major city market. S: Rtve

Dangerous Moms

(Mediaset España, Mandarina Producciones)

Black comedy series marking Mediaset España’s best fiction release in five years.
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Movie Review – Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Rambo: Last Blood, 2019.

Directed by Adrian Grunberg.

Starring Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adriana Barraza, Yvette Monreal, Genie Kim, Joaquín Cosío, and Oscar Jaenada.

Synopsis:

Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission.

Sylvester Stallone sure has had a tough time saying farewell to his most beloved movie icons; Rocky Balboa has signalled the off-ramp in every single one of his last four movies, and 2008’s Rambo seemed like it gave Sly’s Ptsd-addled Vietnam vet a fittingly circuitous send-off.

But it was relatively easy to be tantalised by the idea behind Rambo: Last Blood, which Stallone likened to the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men pre-release. With not a traditional warzone in sight, John Rambo (Stallone) acting as the custodian to his (presumably deceased) father’s Arizona ranch and a wealth of dusty vistas on offer, this truly had
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Movie Review – Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Rambo: Last Blood. 2019

Directed by Adrian Grunberg

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Joaquín Cosio, Óscar Jaenada, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Yvette Monreal, and Adriana Barraza

Synopsis:

Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission.

Rambo: Last Blood can’t make up its mind on whether it wants to present the eponymous testosterone-driven, Ptsd saddled, aged hero as losing his touch for killing or still up to the brutal task. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter much considering the script (Sylvester Stallone himself is one of the writers) is an embarrassing disaster consisting of unfinished stretches. And I don’t mean that the narrative is not fully formed (although it isn’t) but that even action sequences end as they are getting underway. Most bafflingly, one of them seems to just have not been given to the editor at all, or anyone that
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‘Rambo: Last Blood’: A Reagan-Era Hero, Re-Engineered for the Maga Age

‘Rambo: Last Blood’: A Reagan-Era Hero, Re-Engineered for the Maga Age
When we last saw John Rambo — Vietnam vet, social pariah, savior of POWs and stoic killing machine — he was saving missionaries and mercenaries in war-torn Burma at the end of Bush II’s second term. Then our man returned home to Arizona, walking down the dusty path to the front door of the Rambo family ranch and, presumably, towards a sense of peace. That was then; this is now. Rambo: Last Blood, the maybe, possibly, could-be final chapter of the franchise (though does anything besides scores of nameless, faceless bad guys ever really die?
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Film Review: ‘Rambo: Last Blood’

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Film Review: ‘Rambo: Last Blood’
Home has always been an abstract concept for John Rambo, which is what the last scene of 2008’s otherwise expendable “Rambo” sequel finally gave the iconic Sylvester Stallone character: a moment when this unsettled Vietnam War survivor, looking very much the worse for wear, lumbers up to a mailbox bearing the character’s surname. At last, somewhere in Arizona, this dutybound embodiment of American military might had found his way back to the family ranch.

Such closure was in nearly every way antithetical to the spirit of “First Blood” — that is, the Ptsd-fueled franchise’s inaugural movie and the eponymous David Morrell novel that inspired it, both of which traded on the notion that a good man who’d gotten a taste of killing had serious difficulty turning off that deadly skill set upon his return. As a result, a sum total of zero viewers saw that ending as a
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Spain’s TV Production Boom Sends Ripples Through Industry

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Spain’s TV Production Boom Sends Ripples Through Industry
Never has Spanish TV drama production been so vibrant.

Over the past 12 months, “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) and “Elite” became global sensations via Netflix, building on the success of previous series that demonstrated a never-seen-before appetite for Spanish originals.

Netflix is opening the doors of its first European production hub in Madrid in early April and preparing five new Spanish Originals; Movistar + aims to produce 15 series a year; HBO and Amazon are increasing production.

Meanwhile, top free-to-air TV broadcasters Mediaset España and Atresmedia are re-inventing themselves as studios, producing content for third-party operators, and taking advantage of their production expertise.

The boom is opening up more ambitious and flexible business production models, such as co-production.

“Many of our projects, from inception, have co-production partners,” says Telefonica’s Movistar + president, Sergio Oslé. “It keeps us international from the get-go and helps us distribute, and also reach some scale and share know-how.
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"The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"

"The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" is the adventure comedy feature directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko and Joana Ribeiro, opening April 10, 2019:

"...'Toby Grisoni' (Driver), an advertising director, is struggling with the production of a commercial featuring 'Don Quixote' and 'Sancho Panza' in rural Spain. 

"Then while in a restaurant after an unsuccessful day of shooting, Toby's superior, the 'Boss' (Skarsgård), recommends he find inspiration and brings over a 'Gypsy' (Óscar Jaenada) who sells him an old DVD of 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote', an amateur black-and-white film that Toby coincidentally wrote and directed ten years before as a student. 

"Nostalgic, Toby watches the film, so enthralled that he barely notices the seductions of the Boss's wife 'Jacqui' (Kurylenko) in her hotel room. When the Boss returns, Toby frantically escapes, taking the DVD..."

Click the
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International TV Newswire: Dazn Dazzles, but Can It Work?

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Madrid — Sports streamer Dazn dazzled on Wednesday in Madrid, officially launching in Spain, its eighth territory worldwide, with rights to Spain of MotoGP, Premiere League and Euro League basketball, a thumping promo at a press conference, a beaming MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez on stage, and the double-backed announcements that Brazilian soccer icon Neymar had signed on as a Dazn global ambassador and ex-Chelsea, Real Madrid and Man U.’s José Mourinho, the most acerbic of soccer managers, as a commentator.

But can Dazn actually make money?

History is not on its side. “The market for broadcasting top-notch sporting events, which means soccer in Europe, and national leagues, looks like one where the winner takes all, because the winner creates synergies bundling ts] with entertainment content and sustaining the interest of the whole family,” said François Godard, at Enders Analysis, citing the fate of sports rights contenders such as Setanta Sports,
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New Us Trailer for Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'

"Sancho!" Screen Media + Fathom have revealed the brand new official Us trailer for Terry Gilliam's long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the film he's been trying to make for decades with doomed productions and other setbacks delaying it over and over. Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote finally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last summer, where it was also threatened by a lawsuit that almost stopped it from showing in France at all. But it played, and it's now getting a release in the Us as well. The film is about an advertising executive who jumps back & forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza. Starring Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote, and Adam Driver as Toby, with a cast including Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård, Rossy de Palma, Óscar Jaenada, Jordi Mollà, Jason Watkins, and Sergi López.
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Santiago Lab Horror Entry ‘28’ Announces International Cast, Crew (Exclusive)

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Santiago, Chile — Dissatisfied with the way that females are represented in horror films, a group of filmmakers from Latin America and Spain have teamed up to create a new narrative of five short stories – each playing on a common theme, and each with a unique cast of actors and directors attached – in “28,” an in-development project presented as part of this week’s Santiago Lab at the Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic).

Created with participation from five countries – Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Spain – with an eye on picking up a sixth contributor from the U.S., the stories in “28” will play off the themes of the 28-day female cycle, paralleled with the four-week lunar cycle.

The segments will range from classic slasher-thriller to sci-fi musical to psychological drama, and each story feature a female lead meant to break the mold of the “damsel in distress” trope so common in the horror genre.
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‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Given Go-Ahead To Screen In Cannes

It has just been revealed that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will screen at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as this year’s closing film. The appearance of the film at this year’s festival was in doubt after a law suit was filed with an injunction to stop the film from screening. That lawsuit went before he courts in France this week and the ruling delivered in favour of the filmmakers on Wednesday. The film will now play.

Frémaux just announced on stage that @Festival_Cannes has won the lawsuit and Terry Gilliam will present his The Man Who Killed Don Quixote #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/P5pMHWoDlF

— Hang Lu (@hanglutvd) May 9, 2018

The festival was saddened to learn that director Terry Gilliam suffered a mild health alert just yesterday and was sent to hospital in London, though initial reports of a stroke, which were
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Another Official Trailer for Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'

"We shall have such great adventures together." Another trailer has debuted for Terry Gilliam's long-lost, long-awaited, highly anticipated film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. It's currently set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, however the festival released a strongly-worded statement today (a coincidence but timing makes sense) about the legal battle it's stuck in - and that it might not premiere if a judge decides otherwise. This new trailer follows the first teaser trailer a few weeks ago, and it contains footage of Driver filming his version of a Quixote movie as well. This film is about an advertising executive who jumps back & forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho. Starring Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote, and Adam Driver as Toby, with Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård, Rossy de Palma, Óscar Jaenada, Jordi Mollà, Jason Watkins,
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Very First Trailer for Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'

"Blasphemy!" It's finally, finally, finally, finally here!! Can you believe it?! The very first international trailer for Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has arrived out of nowhere, just a week before the Cannes Film Festival line-up announcement. Word is the film will play the festival, but until it's official, this is our first look. Terry Gilliam has been trying to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for decades, (in)famously starting production and then shutting down once before in 2000 with Johnny Depp. Now he's finally finished it and it's ready for release this year. Rejoice! The film is about an advertising executive who jumps back & forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza. Starring Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote, and Adam Driver as Toby, with a cast including Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård, Rossy de Palma,
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First Photo For Terry Gilliam's Long-Awaited Film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

This is our first official photo from director Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. After all that Gilliam has gone through in trying to make this film over the years, it's crazy that it actually got made. This first photo features Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Toby and Jonathan Pryce (Pirate of the Caribbean) in the role of Don Quixote.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote tells the story of a deluded old man who is convinced he is Don Quixote, and who mistakes Toby, an advertising executive, for his trusty squire, Sancho Panza. The pair embark on a bizarre journey, jumping back and forth in time between the 21st and magical 17th century. Gradually, like the infamous knight himself, Toby becomes consumed by the illusory world and unable to determine his dreams from reality. The tale culminates in a phantasmagorical and emotional finale
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Terry Gilliam's Man Who Killed Don Quixote Is Almost Ready After 20 Years

Terry Gilliam's Man Who Killed Don Quixote Is Almost Ready After 20 Years
More than 17 years after first trying to get his passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground, director Terry Gilliam is finalizing his cut of the movie, and it may be ready to hit theaters next year. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote wrapped production in June, with one of its cast members, Oscar Jaenada, revealing in a September interview that they're planning a world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. While that debut has not yet been confirmed, director Terry Gilliam revealed in a new interview that he has almost finished assembling the cut. Here's what he had to say below.

"Well, we've almost finished the cut. We're just fiddling now, figuring out a few things here and there so it's pretty much what it is. We've got still months of work to do on visual effects, sound, music. But as far as the tale, it's
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Snatched Review

Author: Stefan Pape

The action comedy genre is one that rarely breeds positive results. Comedy so often thrives in subtlety, driven by the characters. When you add action into the narrative, there’s an obligation for laughs to derive from overstated set pieces, absurd situations our calamitous protagonists have gotten themselves into yet again – and what transpires is contrivance, and a lot of it. Jonathan Levine’s Snatched, unfortunately, fails to buck the trend.

Amy Schumer plays Emily Middleton (no relationship to the Princess, believe me) – who is dumped by her boyfriend, leaving her alone in her already booked, forthcoming vacation to Ecuador. No friend seems to fancy the trip, so she settles for her last resort, managing to convince her mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to do something adventurous for a change, and join her. The pair set off, and while the latter comes equipped with a dog whistle for safety measures,
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“Snatched” teams Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer in a comedic adventure

Ever since the release of Trainwreck established Amy Schumer as a big screen comedy star, it has been a waiting game to find out how she would fair as an A list leading lady, following that hit. Schumer has already conquered the small screen with Inside Amy Schumer, but now she tries cinemas again with Snatched. It’s out today and represents the best option in theaters this week. Keep in mind, it’s not amazing, but it’s solidly entertaining and more than amusing enough to recommend. Plus, Schumer has gotten Goldie Hawn back on screens, which is an absolute delight. If you’re a fan of either, you should be in for a treat. The film is an action comedy that wants to be as much an adventure as it is a laugh riot. Emily Middleton (Schumer) is the complete opposite of her mother Linda Middleton (Hawn). In
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Snatched – Review

It’s a big holiday weekend, so Hollywood has concocted a new flick that’s a perfect match for that very special day. It’s an ode to mothers everywhere, but it’s not sugary and sappy, no hearts and flowers here. That’s because it’s the sophomore feature film from Amy Schumer, so it’s more than a touch tart and spicy. Two years ago the superstar of stand-up and cable TV (the critical and ratings darling of Comedy Central) stormed the multiplex with the hit comedy romance (which she wrote) Trainwreck. For this follow-up , she’s decided to share the screen (top billing, above the title in the ads) with a movie veteran. Of course, she had terrific co-stars in her previous flick (Bill Hader, future Oscar-winner Brie Larson and NBA icon LeBron James, for gosh sake). But this time Amy’s part of a team similar
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