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Michael Arden, Jo Bonney, Robert O'Hara to Direct in Geffen Playhouse's 2018/2019 Season

The Geffen Playhouse today announced that it has added three directors to its upcoming 20182019 season, the first from new Artistic Director Matt Shakman. Tony Award nominee Michael Arden will direct Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by and starring Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays Obie Award winner Jo Bonney will direct the world premiere of Jose Rivera's The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona and Obie Award-winner Robert O'Hara will direct the world premiere of Inda Craig-Galvan's Black Super Hero Magic Mama.
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Jose Rivera Tapped To Pen ‘The Dog Whisperer’ Biopic From Mucho Mas Media

Jose Rivera Tapped To Pen ‘The Dog Whisperer’ Biopic From Mucho Mas Media
Exclusive: Oscar nominee Jose Rivera, whose work includes The Motorcycle Diaries and On The Road, is on board to write the screenplay for The Dog Whisperer, Mucho Mas Media’s upcoming biopic on famed dog behaviorist Cesar Millan. The logline describes the movie as a story about the man “who has inspired and taught humans how to connect with their natural instinct to create harmony for dogs around the world.” Millan, best known for his reality series Dog Whisperer with Cesa…
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Pablo Trapero To Direct Imposter Tale 'The Man In The Rockefeller Suit'

Mark Seal's book, "The Man In The Rockefeller Suit," is one that Hollywood has been trying to crack for a while now. At one time attached to Scott Cooper (before he would go on to direct "Out Of The Furnace"), Walter Salles was linked to the film way back in 2013 with his longtime collaborator Jose Rivera penning the script. Now, three years later, the project is back to life with another big name behind the camera. Read More: Venice Review: Pablo Trapero's Venice Silver Lion Winner, True Crime Tale 'The Clan' Pablo Trapero, the filmmaker behind "Carancho" and "White Elephant," and coming in hot off his gangster tale "The Clan" which will hit U.S. cinemas this spring, is now set to direct 'Rockefeller.' David Bar Katz has penned the script that tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German-born con man who for decades
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The 33 movie review: swallowed up by the earth

A missed opportunity to tell what should be a captivating real-life disaster tale that is instead plodding, scattershot, and lacking in dramatic impetus. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In 2010, as you may recall from the news, 33 men were trapped thousands of feet underground when the Chilean gold mine they were working in collapsed. They had minimal supplies, and, at first, no way of even letting those aboveground know that they were still alive. When they finally emerged 69 days later, it was the result of a global effort, and was seen on TV around the planet by more than a billion people. Basically, it’s The Martian times 33, except real. So it’s a shame that The 33 is a missed opportunity to tell what should be a
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Photo Flash: First Look at Jose Rivera's Another Word For Beauty at Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre begins the new year with a new music-and-movement-filled play Another Word For Beauty, a world premiere by Academy Award nominee Jose Rivera The Motorcycle Diaries inspired by an annual beauty pageant at El Buen Pastor womens prison in Colombia. Another Word For Beauty runs now throughFebruary 21 in the Albert Theatre. Opening night is next Monday, January 25. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The 33 In St. Louis

From Alcon Entertainment and Phoenix Pictures comes the unforgettable true story of The 33.

In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.

A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up.
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New Criminal Minds Season 11,Episode 4 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Criminal Minds" episode 4 of season 11. The episode is entitled, "Outlaw," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff go down as the Bau digs 6 years into the past when restaurant workers get killed, and more. In the new, 4th episode press release: Restaurant Workers Killed In A Las Vegas, N.M. Robbery/Homicide Has The Bau Revisiting A Cold Case To Find The Unsub, On "Criminal Minds," Wednesday, Oct. 21. Press release number 2: When three restaurant workers are killed in a robbery/homicide in Las Vegas, N.M., the Bau is going to look at a cold case that happened in the town six years ago for leads. Guest stars feature: Stephen Monroe Taylor (Lester Turner), Jesse Luken (William Duke Mason), Benito Martinez (Chief Raul Montoya), Grainger Hines (Brooks Tanner), Mauricio Mendoza (Oscar Acosta
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Chilean Miners Reunite For Fifth Anniversary Screening Of The 33

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The Chilean miners – whose miraculous rescue from a collapsed mine five years ago today captivated more than a billion people around the world – reunited in Rome on Tuesday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the day they emerged from the mine.

In the Eternal City, the miners were applauded at a special anniversary screening of Alcon Entertainment’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspiring drama The 33, where they were joined by director Patricia Riggen and producer Mike Medavoy.

The film not only reveals the remarkable story of their survival against the odds but of the families, whose unwavering faith and support was instrumental in the rescue, and of the international team of rescuers, who would not give up until they brought the miners home.

The 33 opens nationwide in Us theaters on November 13, 2015, exactly one month after the five-year anniversary of the rescue.
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Fall 2015 Movie Preview . Films I.m Dying to See

From big blockbusters to small independent films, here are the movies I.m dying to see this Fall. (Official synopsis provided by studios)

September 18 (Friday)

About Ray When a young woman (Elle Fanning) decides to transition from female to male, her announcement is met with both opposition and support from her mother (Naomi Watts) and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon).

Black Mass In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. -- (C) Warner Bros

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien
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First Trailer For The 33 Stars Juliette Binoche, Antonio Banderas And Gabriel Byrne

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for the unforgettable true story of The 33.

In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine.

Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.

A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up.
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

'The 33' Trailer Tells 2010 Chilean Mine Disaster Story

'The 33' Trailer Tells 2010 Chilean Mine Disaster Story
Do you remember where you were back in 2010, when you heard the chilling tale of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground? Now, that story is being retold in The 33, a new movie from Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment. They have debuted the first trailer and a new poster, which take us directly back to those harrowing moments. And their triumphant return to safety.

In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions-and time-were quickly running out.
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Alcon swoops on 'The 33'

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Alcon swoops on 'The 33'
The La-based company has acquired North America and most international rights to the Chilean mine collapse survival story and will channel the Us release via its Warner Bros output deal on November 13.

Warner Bros will distribute The 33 across the bulk of international markets. Good Universe, whom lead producer Mike Medavoy initially hired some time ago to sell international, continues to service the closed deals.

Fox International holds Latin American rights and will kick off in Chile on August 6 to mark the fifth anniversary of the San Jose mine collapse that took place in the Atacama Desert in the north of the country.

Chinese distribution will be set by Alcon and Alan Zhang, the film’s Chinese executive producer who invested in the project.

Patricia Riggen directed the drama starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Mario Casas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Gabriel Byrne and James Brolin. The producers sought out Riggen after they saw her work on
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Alcon Entertainment swoops on 'The 33'

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Alcon Entertainment swoops on 'The 33'
The La-based outfit has acquired North America and most international rights to the Chilean mine collapse survival story and will channel the Us release via its Warner Bros output deal on November 13.

Warner Bros will distribute across the bulk of international markets after lead producer Mike Medavoy concluded what he called “amicable” talks with Good Universe to take back the rights.

Fox International handles Latin America, while Chinese distribution will be set between Alcon and a Chinese party that made an investment in the project.

Patricia Riggen directed the drama starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Mario Casas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Gabriel Byrne and James Brolin.

The 33 is based on true events surrounding the 69-day ordeal of a group of mostly Chilean miners trapped more than 200 stories below ground in 100 degree heat. As the world watched, every miner was eventually rescued.

Banderas plays Mario Sepulveda, the miner who became known as ‘Super Mario’ for his
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LatinoBuzz: 5 Latina-Directed Feature Films Breaking out in 2015

I am happy to see more people vocalize demand for Latina representation onscreen and the resurging interest in solving this messed up disparity issue (Thank you Gina Rodriguez Golden Globes acceptance speech ). However, the representation issue I find ten times more urgent to address is the anguishing miniscule percentage of Latina Content Creators in film and television.

I give you 5 bomb Latina Directors who are are at the helm of brand new feature films coming out this year, women who are striking through the hostile mass media industry to escape the rule of homogeneity (white male perspective). Now that is something to celebrate. It’s not surprising that three of these are documentaries. The percentage of women directed films in documentaries is higher than in fiction. Now I can’t say with total certainty these 2 Latina directed U.S. fiction feature length films are the only ones out there this year…actually yes I can…..until someone reaches out to correct me ….and I really do hope to be corrected because only two???????

"Los 33"

Director : Patricia Riggen

Writers : Mikko Alanne, Michael John Bell, Craig Borten, Jose Rivera

Producers : Robert Katz, Edward McGurn, Mike Medavoy

Cinematographer : Checco Varese

Music : James Horner

U.S. Distributor : Tba

Cast : Rodrigo Santoro, Antonio Banderas, Cote de Pablo, James Brolin, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne, Lou Diamond Phillips, Kate del Castillo, Tenoch Huerta

Social Media: @The33Pelicula

Logline: Based on the incredible real-life story of the 33 survivors of a copper-gold mine in Chile that collapsed and trapping them 700 meters underground for 69 days until their rescue.

Add Riggen to the exclusive ranks of women who fought for and have proved they got the chops to direct big action, Hollywood type genre movies like Katheryn Bigelow, Mimi Leder. The trailer for Los 33 that dropped last week reveals an epic dramatization of the intensely emotional struggle to survive the Chilean mine disaster. The English language film carries a sweeping score by none other than James Horner (and naturally you can hear Violetta Parra’s classic song, Gracias Por La Vida). Add to that a big hero performance by Antonio Banderas who leads an ensemble cast of well known international actors (including hottie Mexican star of Güeros, Tenoch Huerta!!). Riggen, who was born in Guadalajara but moved to the states after graduating Columbia’s film school in NY, made a splash with her 2007 film, Under the Same Moon starring a back-then-virtually-unknown-in-the-u.S. Eugenio Derbez, and Kate del Castillo. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival then was picked up by Pantelion, the studio she later worked with on the Eva Mendes starrer Girl in Progress.

Domestic distribution and release stateside is yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile Twentieth Century Fox will be releasing the film in Chile in August, marking the fifth anniversary of the incident, before rolling out the film throughout Latin America including Mexico. For an in-depth account of Los 33, check out current best-seller, “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free” by Hector Tobar.

"Endgame"

Director: Carmen Marron

Writers : Hector Salinas, Carmen Marron

Producers : Sandra Avila, Carmen Marron

Executive Producers : Hector Salinas, Betty Sullivan

Associate Producer : Bonnie Emerson

Cinematographer: Francisco Bulgarelli

Music: Brian Standefer

Cinematographer: Francisco Bulgarelli

U.S. Distributor : Tba

Cast : Rico Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, Justina Machado, Jon Gries

Social Media: @GoForIt_Carmen

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Logline: Shot in Brownsville and inspired by true events, Endgame is a coming-of-age story about a young boy who joins the school chess team, and with the help of his coach, embarks on a journey of self-discovery, team spirit and the importance of family.

Another talented genre director (and fellow Chicana from Chicago, Heyyy) whose tenacity and talent make her primed to be our Latina Ava Duvernay success story (of course that depends on whether the public (and gatekeepers) support her to make the change to the system to demand her spot in the national mainstream). I wrote about Carmen’s tireless spirit before , mentioning her first film which she shot, wrote, directed and produced in Chicago called Go For It (which incidentally was Gina Rodriguez’s first feature role). Her latest film is Endgame starring the precocious Manny from Modern Family, Rico Rodriguez, and Efren Ramirez from cult classic Napoleon Dynamite, Endgame is one of those irresistible competition, underdog, against-all-odds stories. Ramirez portrays the galvanizing Brownsville public elementary school teacher and chess afficionado, J.J. Guajardo, who in 1989, upon seeing his 6th grade class take an interest in his chess board, began to teach them on the regular. The class excelled and entered regional competitions, going on to enter and win state championships against schools with far more resources. Echoing the positives of disrupting a broke educational status quo with simply offering access to advanced mental cognition building tools, the film echoes another real life story and seminal Chicano film, Stand & Deliver. Big difference; that movie was not directed by a Latino/a.

The film is world premiering at the Dallas International Film Festival April 12 &13. Distribution is yet to be confirmed for theatrical/VOD but stay tuned via the Facebook page.

"No Mas Bebes"

Director: Renee Tajima-Peña

Producers : Virginia Espino

Associate Producer : Kate Trumbull-Valle

Executive Producers : Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, Judith Helfland, Sally Jo Fiefer and Sandra Pedlow

U.S. Distributor : Itvs/Latino Public Broadcasting

Cinematographer: Claudio Rocha

Music: Bronwen Jones, additional music by Quetzal

Cast : Antonia Hernandez, Gloria Molina, Dolores Madrigal, Jovita Rivera, Consuelo Hermosillo

Social Media: Facebook

Logline : An investigation of the sterilization of Mexican-American women at Los Angeles County-usc Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s

Sadly, there is an appalling history in the United States of laws and policies authorizing sterilizations of poor women without their knowledge or consent for the “benefit of society”; Buck v. Bell (low-income white women in Virginia), Relf v. Weinberger (young African-American women in Alabama), and female inmates in California. This film focuses on the case of Latinas of Mexican origin in California in Madrigal v. Quilligan . Shedding light on this horrific human rights violation, the film includes interviews with women who suffered this terrible ordeal and locked the memory away, along with former medical staff and the incredible lawyer who filed this suit forty years ago, Antonia Hernandez. A long-time coming, supremely valuable and eye opening contextualization of the Chicano rights movement from the late 60s/70s as well as the current reproductive justice movement.

So kind of cheating here, Renee is not Latina per se, but a sister in the struggle to document the Latino community. Her producer is Latina, Virginia Espino, La born-and-raised historian, plus I really want to rally support for this film because it is one of those Latina stories that really needed to be told and remembered this year which marks the 40th anniversary of the lawsuit (June 19). It is ready to be unveiled and seen by as wide an audience as possible. Stay tuned to hear when the film will have its world premiere before its broadcast in the Fall on Voces, Latino Public Broadcasting’s arts and culture series on PBS.

"Now en Español"

Director: Andrea Meller

Producers : Aaron Woolf, Andrea Meller

Music: Camara Kambon

Cinematographer: Charlie Gruet

U.S. Distributor : PBS/Latino Public Broadcasting

Cast : Marabina Jaimes, Marcela Bordes, Gabriela Lopetegui, Ivette Gonzalez, Natasha Perez

Social Media: @NowenEspanol, website

Logline: Follows the trials and triumphs of the small group of Latina actresses who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish.

Currently hitting the festival circuit in such reputable festivals as Santa Barbara, Chicago Latino Film Festival, CineFestival, ahead of its showing on PBS Voces, "Now en Español" is such an effective and distinct balance of humor, seriousness and insider look by Chilean-American Andrea Meller.

Profiling Marcela Bordes, Ivette Gonzalez, Marabina Jaimes, Gabriela Lopetegui and Natasha Perez, the film is quite plainspoken and sympathetic about the struggle of the actor in Hollywood. Like the comedy fiction film (also directed by a woman!) "In a World," by Lake Bell, the film offers a rare behind the scenes and insight into the voice acting industry. Few actors make make careers out of this, others pick it up for income, but in the end it is a highly distinct skill to dub millions of shows. It’s really fascinating perspective on the representation of Latinas onscreen and off. What I love most about this film on top of it being an important tool for dialogue and change, is that the filmmaker injects a whimsy tone (apropos Wisteria Lane) which makes sparking this conversation and call to action so much more effective. You have no reason to miss this as it premieres on Friday, April 24, 2015, 10:00-11:00 p.m. (check local listings) as part of Voces, Latino Public Broadcasting’s arts and culture series on PBS. To get a taste of the ladies’ charm and humor check out the trailer:

"Ovarian Psycos"

Director: Kate Trumbull-lavalle & Joanna Sokolowski

Producers :Kate Trumbull-lavalle & Joanna Sokolowski

U.S. Distributor : Itvs (broadcast)

Cinematographer: Michael Raines

Music: Jimmy Lavalle

Cast : Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade

Social Media: Facebook

Logline: Follows the story of an all woman of color bicycle brigade, the Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade. Based in Boyle Heights, a neighborhood in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ova’s are a collective of unapologetic, politicized, young Latina women who host monthly bike rides every full moon for women and women-identified riders.

Ever since I interviewed Kate during her film’s Kickstarter , I’ve been madly anticipating this, so I’m pleased to scoop that it will be ready late Fall thanks to Itvs coming in with finishing funds. Protegees of esteemed film ladies like Renee Tajima Peña and B. Ruby Rich, the ladies have spent more than two years riding with the Ovas for this documentary. Says Joanna, “There are lots of bike groups in La, but what’s unique about the Ova’s is each ride has a sociopolitical theme and ends with a group discussion. They dialogue about everything from violence against women to the gentrification of Boyle Heights”.

The Ova’s s leadership is run by the collective who work “To Serve, not to Self Serve. Credited as founder is activist and music artist, Xela de la X who formed this rad collective in 2011 with the mission to cycle for the purpose of healing, reclaim neighborhoods, and create safer streets for women on the Eastside. Currently being edited the film should be ready for the Fall if not early next year.

In case you are wondering Trumbull-lavalle is two generations apart from family in Northern Mexico. Which I only add as proof that last names and color of skin are not indicators for knowing whether someone identifies as Latino/a or not.

Which leads me to reiterate, I really hope these 5 are not the only Latina directors with films coming out this year. Calling out an A.P.B. to Latina directors with a feature length film (fiction especially) in production or post, holler at your girl
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The 33 Trailer: The Emotional Story of the Chilean Mining Disaster

It wasn't all that long ago -- just back in 2010 -- when the world became enraptured by the plight of 33 Chilean miners who became trapped in a 121-year-old San José copper-gold mine for 69 days. After its conclusion, the story seemed naturally made for film. There were many heroes involved in keeping the miners alive and in the rescue, leading to an almost unbelievably triumphant happy ending to what began as pure horror. The 33, directed by Mexican filmmaker Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) and written by Mikko Alanne (5 Days of War) and Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), details the events of the mine collapse, the plight and survival of the 33 men who were trapped 2,300 feet underground and 3 miles from the mine's only entrance, and the government's role in stepping in to devise a plan to free them. James Horner also created the sweeping score. From the trailer, the film
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Chilean Mining Disaster Hits the Big Screen in 'The 33' First Trailer

It's been five years since the world was captivated by the ongoing tragedy of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped a half-mile underground after an accident in a mine caused it to collapse. After 69 days, every single one of the trapped miners was rescued for a happy ending. Not long after, a feature film was put into the works, and now the first international trailer for that film has arrived. The 33 is based on that story, and while it takes place in Chile, the entire film is in English (which is annoying). Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro and Juliette Binoche star in the film, and it looks pretty decent. Here's the first international trailer for Patricia Riggen's The 33 from 20th Century Fox Chile: The 33 is directed by Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) and written by Mikko Alanne and Jose Rivera. The film follows the
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47 (Out of 350) Times People of Colour Contended for Oscars in 10 Years

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And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.

That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]

We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.

The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.

We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.

That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population.
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Disney hires Motorcycle Diaries screenwriter for new White Fang movie

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Disney has already done one big screen version of the classic Jack London novel White Fang with the Randal Kleiser movie starring Ethan Hawke, (we don't need to talk about White Fang II: Myth Of The White Wolf) and THR is reporting the studio is developing a new film adaptation of the book. The site has learned Disney has hired The Motorcycle Diaries and On The Road scribe Jose Rivera to write the script for the planned movie, and it'll be directed by Lance Acord. White...
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Disney Plans 'White Fang' Remake with 'Motorcycle Diaries' Writer

Disney Plans 'White Fang' Remake with 'Motorcycle Diaries' Writer
Disney is revisiting the classic Jack London story White Fang with a new adaptation, more than 20 years after the 1991 movie starring Ethan Hawke made its debut in theaters.

Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) has been tasked with writing the screenplay, which will be a modern-day adaptation based on the Jack London novel. The 1991 movie White Fang was set at the turn of the 20th Century, centering on a young Alaskan man (Ethan Hawke) who befriends a wolf dog during the Gold Rush, as they get into a number of adventures involving starving wolves, grizzly bears, dog fighters and Aboriginal settlers. That adventure spawned the 1994 sequel White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf.

The original novel was set in Canada's Yukon Territory, and told through the perspective of the wolf dog and his story of survival. The title animal's rescue from dogfighters by a young man was only
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Disney Is Bringing Back White Fang, Here.s What We Know

A full 23 years has passed since The Walt Disney Company last adapted Jack London's classic story White Fang, and apparently that's just enough time for the studio to start moving forward on a remake. The Hollywood Reporter has the news about the developing adaptation,and says that Disney has already found a pair of talented filmmakers to move the project forward. According to the report, Jose Rivera, who earned an Academy Award nomination in 2004 for his screenplay The Motorcycle Diaries, has been tapped to pen the script for the movie, and cinematographer Lance Acord will be making his directorial debut with the film. While that may sound like he's a newbie, the truth is that he's partially responsible for some of incredibly beautiful and visually fantastic films. He's best known for his collaborations with Spike Jonze, having worked as the Director of Photography on Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and
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