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Latin Grammys 2018: J Balvin, Rosalía, Natalia Lafourcade Lead Nominations

Latin Grammys 2018: J Balvin, Rosalía, Natalia Lafourcade Lead Nominations
The Latin Recording Academy has announced nominees for its 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. The ceremony will take place November 15th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In 2017, Latin urban heavyweights Luis Fonsi, Residente, and Maluma held the honor of being the show’s most nominated artists. This year, however, sees a more eclectic cast of musicians taking the lead, boasting wide-ranging musical styles and calibers of status. “The members of the Latin Recording Academy elected a lot of profound and risk-taking music, not only music that follows commercial patterns,
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Gael Garcia Bernal Can’t Name a Single American Latino Filmmaker, and Knows That’s a Problem

When Gael Garcia Bernal was on the Sundance U.S. dramatic competition jury in 2017, the actor was disappointed to find that not a single film in the section was directed by an American-born filmmaker of Latino descent. Almost two years later, he was struggling to name one person who could have been there. “I would love to mention a good Latino director from the U.S.,” he said over coffee at the Bowery Hotel this week. “I would love to give you one name — like, yeah, man, this guy is doing great stuff. But no. I can’t.”

The actor was quick to draw a distinction between American Latinos and filmmakers born in Latin-American countries who found success in the United States — especially the so-called Three Amigos, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro G. Iñarritu, and Guillermo del Toro. Bernal’s breakout performance was in Iñarritu’s “Amores Perros,” and he worked with
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Toronto: ’Museo,’ with Gael García Bernal, Gets First Full Trailer (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Vitagraph Films, the U.S. distributor of Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Museo,” starring Gael García Bernal, which is arguably the best-received Latin American movie to date this year, has dropped the film’s first trailer, ahead of its North American premiere at the Toronto Festival and U.S theatrical roll-out.

Also screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in September and the Mill Valley Film Festival in October, “Museo” will be released in NewYork from Sept. 14, in Washington D.C. and South Florida from Sept. 21 and in Los Angeles a week later. Other markets will follow. Variety has had exclusive access to the film’s trailer and poster.

A “gorgeous, giddy shaggy-dog movie,” Variety announced upon the film’s world premiere in competition at Berlin, “Museo,” which is sold by Luxbox, won a Silver Bear for best screenplay at this year’s Berlinale, garnering some of the festival’s best reviews.

Ruizpalacios
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YouTube Premium Announces First Spanish-Language Slate With Gael García Bernal, Maluma, Sofia Niño de Rivera

After commencing its global rollout in June -- with the addition of 12 countries, including Spain, to its lineup -- YouTube Premium has announced its first-ever Spanish-language slate.  

Forthcoming series and films will feature noted Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, singer Maluma (pictured above), and the Mexican comedian Sofia Niño de Rivera. While YouTube was scant on details, the slate marks its first major non-English content push -- though the company has previously dipped its toes into international productions hailing from the U.K. YouTube also said last week that it was readying original productions in Germany, Japan, Mexico, France, and India.

Garcia Bernal is perhaps best known for his performances in The Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mamá También, and Coco. Maluma, who hails from Colombia, has found enormous success on YouTube amid an explosion of Latin music on the platform. He counts 17 million subscribers worldwide and five videos that have cracked 1 billion views.
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Doc Corner: 'In the Intense Now'

By Glenn Dunks

With the recent conclusion of the Cannes Film Festival, it’s perhaps easy to forget that 50 years ago the Festival de Cannes was shut down. The event, which had curiously opened with a restoration of Victor Fleming’s Gone With the Wind, last barely a few days with Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Lelouche spearheading a mission to close the festival down in solidarity with the student protests and union strikes that were sweeping across the country.

It perhaps says a lot about the scope of global upheaval in 1968 that this famous and dramatic moment in cinematic history isn’t even mentioned in João Moreira SallesNo Intenso Agora. Despite its rich dive through film history, Salles instead chooses to focus his attention on celluloid of an altogether different kind; assembling a quietly stunning collection of family home-movies, documentary, and observation archival footage into a visual collage that bounces between France,
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Creative Andina and Lemon Films Snag Remake Rights to ‘Hors de Prix’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Jose Levy’s Creative Andina and Mexico’s Lemon Films have jointly acquired the remake rights to 2006 French romantic comedy “Hors de Prix” (“Priceless”) for Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia.

Deal was closed at Cannes with the original’s producer, Philippe Martin of Les Films Pelleas.

Pierre Salvadori helmed and co-wrote the hit comedy starring Audrey Tautou, best known for her breakout lead role in “Amelie,” and French-Moroccan stand-up comedian/actor, Gad Elmaleh.

The romantic comedy turns on a young woman who latches onto wealthy men to maintain her luxurious lifestyle. She mistakes a handsome waiter for a rich patron, but when she realizes he is penniless, she teaches him some gold-digging skills. Inevitably, love triumphs over the trappings of wealth.

The feature was hailed by Le Point magazine as “one of the best comedies of the year” in 2006 to which it “owes a lot to the performance of
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Saudi Film Producer Hani Farsi Ventures Into TV Production With ‘Jet Set,’ ‘Churchill’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Saudi Film Producer Hani Farsi Ventures Into TV Production With ‘Jet Set,’ ‘Churchill’ (Exclusive)
London-based Saudi philanthropist and film producer Hani Farsi is venturing into TV production with two projects for high-end series, one on the advent of jet-set society and the other on Winston Churchill’s adventures as a young war reporter.

Through his Corniche Pictures, Farsi has optioned rights for the books “Swans —Legends of the Jet Society” by British journalist Nicholas Foulkes and to “Winston Churchill Reporting” by Simon Read. He intends to adapt both these properties into high-end series for which his company intends to fully finance development and a pilot episode. They are now in early development.

Rather than boarding projects initiated by others, as he’s done in the past, Farsi said he now “wanted to be able to own the IP and at the same time have more control over what we are doing.” “I’ve put myself in the position of being able to go [shop it around] with
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Watch First Trailer for Che Sandoval’s ‘Dry Martina’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Film Factory Ent has released the first international trailer for the hotly-anticipated third feature from up-and-coming Chilean director Che Sandoval, “Dry Martina.”

The film was a hit at Argentina’s Ventana Sur market where Film Factory Ent. pounced on international distribution rights to the film after it screened at the Copia O – a section where near complete or finished films are presented to sales agents.

Produced by Chile’s Forastero with Argentina’s Rizoma films co-producing, “Dry Martina” is Sandoval’s third feature following “Much Better Than You,” an alcohol-fueled Mumblecore look into the Santiago nightlife, and his debut, “You Think You’re the Prettiest, But You Are the Sluttiest.”

The high-end visuals and big step-up in production values from Sandoval’s previous films mark a sea change in the director’s career, from niche indie projects on shoestring budgets which drew a cult following and made Sandoval a talent to track,
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Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna Launch New Film & TV Company

  • Deadline
Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna Launch New Film & TV Company
Mexican multi-hyphenates Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna are launching film and TV production firm La Corriente del Golfo now that they have split from Canana, the firm they co-founded with producer Pablo Cruz 14 years ago.

The duo’s new Mexico City-based outfit will be run by Paula Amor, who previously served as Director of Media and Institutional Relations at the Morelia International Film Festival, and as Director of Communications at the Fenix Film Awards. First projects include Chicuarotes, a film directed by García Bernal, and Canneseries-bound thriller Aquí En La Tierra, by Gael García Bernal and Kyzza Terrazas.

Chicuarotes is the second feature directed by The Motorcycle Diaries star García Bernal. Scripted by Augusto Mendoza, the Spanish-language movie is currently in post after wrapping earlier this year in Mexico City. It follows two young friends who, in their desperation to leave the pueblo, get caught up in the nefarious activities of adults.
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Fabiano Gullane, Walter Salles’ ‘Noah’s Ark’ Ramps Up Pre-Sales (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Produced by Fabiano Gullane, Walter Salles and Globo Filmes, and unfolding to the strains of Bossa Nova, “Noah’s Ark” has closed brisk pre-sales for Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group (Cmg) off a Berlin Festival launch.

Those deals reflect the status of “Noah’s Ark” – directed by Sérgio Machado (“Lower City”) and with songs and lyrics by Bossa Nova legend Vinicius de Moraes – as both one of the biggest-budgeted of current Brazilian movies and a flagship of its vibrant animation sector, which will receive a tribute at June’s Annecy Festival.

Made in what is now the long run-up to Cannes, deals also underscore Cmg’s making full use of Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie and Hong Kong’s FilmArt to not only pre-sell “Noah’s Ark” in small-to-midsize territories – a traditional strategy – but position “Noah’s Ark” for the Cannes Festival. That tactic is likely to be copied by
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‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars

‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars
The jury’s still out on whether being a Best Picture nominee gives you an advantage in Best Original Song, but surely being a Best Animated Feature nominee is a huge plus, right? Technically yes, but it’s definitely not a sure thing to win both. “Coco” sits atop our latest predictions in both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” and if the Disney/Pixar film indeed goes two-for-two, it would only be the third time that the two categories went to the same film.

That might sound startling because so many catchy movie anthems have hailed from animated films, specifically Disney films. But the Best Animated Feature category was only added in 2001, right after Disney ruled Best Original Song in the ‘90s — five of the decade’s song winners were from animated Disney films; a sixth, “When You Believe,” was from DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt
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Museum review – Gael Garcia Bernal's student waster ballasts fun Mexican heist movie

Inspired by a real life robbery, this yarn about a pair of gormless students stealing priceless ancient artefacts is an entertaining and highly watchable thriller

A deeply preposterous event from modern Mexican history has been turned into a watchable and good-natured dramedy-thriller from director Alonzo Ruizpalacios, who made a terrific new wave-style feature debut in 2014 with his freewheeling movie Güeros. Museum stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a feckless but mercurial student of veterinary medicine; Alfredo Castro is his disapproving father and Simon Russell Beale plays a cynical dealer in ancient artefacts.

In 1985, all of Mexico was horrified when thieves were reported to have broken into the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City and stolen 140 priceless Mayan and Aztec objects; the news media solemnly reported that the heist was surely the work of a sophisticated international gang. Their patriotic outrage turned to embarrassment when the crime was found to be the work of two students,
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Oscars 2018: Guillermo Del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) would make history as 4th Latin American writer to win Original Screenplay

Oscars 2018: Guillermo Del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) would make history as 4th Latin American writer to win Original Screenplay
Guillermo Del Toro is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with co-writer Vanessa Taylor) for the fantastical love story “The Shape of Water.” Should Del Toro win for his screenplay he would make history as only the fourth Latin American writer to win an Oscar.

Argentinian scribes Aida Bortnik and Luis Puenzo made history as the first Latin Americans to land a writing nomination when they contended for Best Original Screenplay for “The Official Story” (1985). It would take 17 years before there would be more Latin American nominees: Mexican siblings Alfonso Cuaron and Carlos Cuaron were up for Original Screenplay for “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2002).

Del Toro received his first Oscar nom for Original Screenplay for “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), competing against fellow Mexican writer Guillermo Arriaga for “Babel.” But Del Toro’s friend and fellow countryman Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu would beat him to the punch when it came to winning.
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What ‘Bingo’ Director Daniel Rezende Learned From Being a Film Editor

  • The Wrap
What ‘Bingo’ Director Daniel Rezende Learned From Being a Film Editor
“You look at it, you know it’s right.” That’s what Daniel Rezende came to realize when he was directing “Bingo: The King of Mornings.” Rezende is an Oscar-nominated film editor for “City of God” and has also worked on “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Tree of Life,” so he knows how to follow his instincts. And he told TheWrap’s Awards Editor Steve Pond how his experience as an editor shaped his work when directing his feature film debut. “There’s no such thing as a rule on how to make a movie,” Rezende said at The Wrap
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Foreign Film Upheaval: Why Esoteric Cultures Outpace European Mainstays at the Box Office

  • Indiewire
Foreign Film Upheaval: Why Esoteric Cultures Outpace European Mainstays at the Box Office
In 2017, we’ve seen five specialized subtitled films gross over $1 million. But the languages aren’t French, or German, or from anywhere in western Europe: The winners are Turkish, Farsi, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

These films came from Turkey, Iran, Israel, and even the United States, and played at conventional “art house” theaters (as opposed to releases from India, China, Mexico, and elsewhere, which aim at ethnically similar audiences).

Once upon a time, $100 million and more (in adjusted grosses) was possible for films like “La Dolce Vita,” “Life Is Beautiful,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”: more recently, “Amelie,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” easily surpassed $20 million. However, over the last few decades we’ve seen the subtitled market shift from decline to near collapse.

Read More:Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America

What happened this year shows some revival in the market, but with some twists.
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‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is Streaming Online For Free One Night Only — Watch

Focus Features has been celebrating its 15th anniversary with special theatrical screenings of their most acclaimed titles, but they’ve also been streaming select titles on Facebook Live for one-night-only events in which movie lovers from all over the world can come together in a virtual theater and watch some movie magic. The last two Fridays saw “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Constant Gardener” stream for free online, and tonight it’s “Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Minds'” turn.

Read More:‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ TV Series in Development

Michel Gondry’s iconic 2004 science-fiction romance will begin streaming on Focus Features’ official Facebook page at 6pm Pt/9pm Et tonight. The film will only be streaming once and won’t be able for re-watching, making the stream a one-night-only opportunity to watch “Eternal Sunshine” for free online. If you have somehow never seen the movie, then consider this stream mandatory viewing.
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Smt Trailer Debut: ‘Victor Crowley’ and Fall ’17 Updates

(Aotn) Ok Smt heads, you know, you loved Hatchet. I mean Kane Hodder? C’mon… Well, this week’s surprise news about Victor Crowley, the upcoming sequel to the 90’s slasher crowd pleaser should have you beside yourself. Literally…

Check the trailer right here!

Dark Sky Films announced Thursday the release of Victor Crowley, the surprise fourth film in the fan-favorite Hatchet franchise. Kept tightly under wraps for over two years, the slasher reboot unexpectedly debuted tonight at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinema, shocking fans, celebrities, and industry professionals who gathered this evening to celebrate at an event coined as a “Hatchet 10th Anniversary Celebration.” Set a decade after the events of the series’ first three films, Victor Crowley reunites Hatchet mainstays Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7 –X‘s Jason Voorhees) and Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow) for an all-new, horrifying journey into the haunted, blood-drenched bayou. In 2007, forty-nine people were
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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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Meet the Brisbane native who brought the music of 'La La Land' to life

  • IF.com.au
Tim Davies.

Australian Tim Davies is basking in the acclaim dished out to Oscar favourite La La Land, for which he conducted the score — collaborating with director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz to bring the modern movie musical to life.

Speaking to If from La, the orchestrator-arranger is now hard at work on season two of animated Netflix series Trollhunters, created by director Guillermo del Toro — and Davies. first gig as a composer.

The Brisbane native travelled to La in the late 90s to study film scoring at USC, a one-year program, after completing his master.s degree in Melbourne. Eighteen years later, he.s still there.

.I was going to come back," Davies said. "I was going to stay for a little bit and check out the scene and go back to my lecturing job and writing for my band in Melbourne, but I started getting work as an arranger and orchestrator,
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Mfi to launch sales on Giannoli's 'The Apparition' at Paris Rdv

Mfi to launch sales on Giannoli's 'The Apparition' at Paris Rdv
Exclusive: Vincent Lindon stars as journalist investigating saintly apparition

Paris-based Memento Films International (Mfi) will launch sales on French filmmaker Xavier Giannoli’s upcoming drama The Apparition at the forthcoming edition of Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 12-16).

Vincent Lindon will star as a journalist sent on a mission by the Vatican to investigate reports of a saintly apparition in a small French village. What he discovers shakes his personal beliefs to the core.

The $8.1m (€7.7m) drama is due to shoot early 2017 for a spring 2018 delivery. Olivier Delbosc’s Paris-based Curiosa Films is producing.

In the meantime, Lindon, who won the Cannes Palme d’Or for best actor for his performance in social drama The Measure Of A Man in 2015, will hit the big screen this year in the role of Auguste Rodin in Jacques Doillon’s bio-pic Rodin capturing the life of the legendary French sculptor.

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