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Campanario, Kenny Ortega, ‘Violetta’ Creators Team for ‘Bandolero’ (Exclusive)

Having choreographed “Dirty Dancing” and directed Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” and “HIStory” world tours and Disney Channel’s record-busting “High School Musicals,” Kenny Ortega looks set to see his career take another turn as he teams with “Violetta” creators Solange Keoleyan and Sebastian Parrotta to originate “Bandolero,” a new Spanish-language musical TV series.

Also written by Keoleyan and Parrotta, whose “Violetta” has proved a mega-franchise TV series for Disney Channel, “Bandolero” is set up at Los Angeles’ Campanario Entertainment, producers of Telemundo’s flagship Spanish telenovela “Camelia La Texana.”

In development, “Bandolero” marks the first major Spanish-language production for Ortega, whose grandparents were from Spain.

A “music-dance-parkour driven dramatic format about contemporary kids who are art lovers,” in Ortega’s words, the TV series is billed as a story of forbidden love and lofty musical dreams that slowly reveals the origins of powerful Hispanic superhero Bandolero.

Its hero is Renzo,
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Check Out This Exclusive Batch Of Stills For Hostage Thriller Default

There are few filmic genres that get your blood pumping quite like a good hostage drama, thanks to the back-and-forth between characters and the inevitable double-crossing along with last-minute bargaining between the two or more parties. So, following the award-winning success of last year’s astute hostage drama, Captain Phillips, Amplify is hoping to recapture that specific air of tension with this year’s Default.

Billed as a claustrophobic thriller, the film largely takes place 35,000 feet in the air, where an american news crew find their plane hijacked by a gang of Somalian pirates. Led by Atlas (David Oyelowo), the terrorists seek to record an interview with renown journalist, Frank Saltzman.

Default was directed by Simon Brand — known for his work on Paraiso Travel and Unknown — and is said to hone the socio-political undertones found in Tom Hanks’ aforementioned thriller. Joining Oyelowo on the casting list is Jeanine Mason, Stephen Lord
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Jameson Cult Film Club screening: Monsters

London’s Royal College of Surgeons is not a typical place for a film screening, but then Jameson’s Cult Film Club specialises in showing films in less than usual locales. Previously they’ve shown Taxi Driver in a car park and a selection of horror films in a chapel. On Thursday night they showed Gareth Edwards’ critically acclaimed Monsters to a packed out audience within the halls of the prestigious college. With Jameson cocktails to hand and surgical masks at the ready, a few hundred hardy souls braved the cold London night to witness Edwards’ future cult classic.

Our evening began in the college’s museum, wherein shelf upon shelf of preserved organs, creatures and human beings remain in hundreds of jars. Some specimens were fascinating, some tragic, but most were incredibly disturbing. Take, for example, the section of a child’s face, or the enormous facial tumour, or the series of snake embryos,
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Journey Of 1,000 Cliches No Trip To 'Paraiso'

Movies about South Americans sneaking across the border into the Us have been done to death.

"Paraiso Travel," by Colombian director Simon Brand, is yet another attempt -- a clichéd, melodramatic one worth seeing only for Angelica Blandon. She portrays Reina, a lusty teenager in Medellin, Colombia, who makes the perilous journey with her boyfriend, Marlon (Aldemar Correa), to whom she promises her virginity when they cross the border.

"You know, all this is yours once we get there," she
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A Woman Joins A Couple Of Dicks

Kevin Smith's cop comedy A Couple of Dicks gets started filming in New York next week, and as production gets closer to starting, new cast members are popping up everywhere. Seann William Scott and Adam Brody joined the cast a while ago, and now Slashfilm has an exclusive report that Ana de la Reguera has signed on to play a woman rescued by the central cop characters (Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis) who may help them find millions in laundered drug money. De la Reguera may be best known as the nun Sister Encarnacion in Nacho Libre, but she's also appeared in a number of Mexican films and TV shows and the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival selection Paraiso Travel. When the production on A Couple of Dicks gets started we may start learning a lot more about her role in this film.
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2070

Here are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2070. Adam Rated PG-13 For thematic material, sexual content and language. Release Date: July 29, 2009 Border Town Rated R For violence, language and some drug use. The Cove Rated PG-13 For disturbing content. Release Date: July 31, 2009 Damage Rated R For bloody violence and language. Death In Love Rated R For disturbing violent and graphic sexual content, nudity and language. The Edge of Love Rated R For some sexuality, language and disturbing war images. Release Date: March 13, 2009, On DVD and Blu-ray on July 14, 2009 Friday: Director's Cut Rated R For pervasive strong language and drug use, and for a brutal fight. Goodbye Solo Rated R For language. H20 Extreme Rated PG-13 For some sex-related content and language. La Zona Rated R For violence and language. Land Of The Lost Rated PG-13 For crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference. Release Date:
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Angelo Milli: Seven Pounds

The upcoming Will Smith drama Seven Pounds, co-starring Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson, gets an original score composed by Angelo Milli. His previous credits include 2006 independent thriller Unknown and the recent acclaimed drama Paraiso Travel. Produced by Columbia Pictures, Seven Pounds tells the story of a man "who will change the lives of seven strangers" according to the plot official summary. Gabriele Muccino, who directed Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness, is helming the project for release in December.Brought to you by Upcoming Film Scores (http://upcomingfilmscores.blogspot.com).
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Movie about freed Farc hostages in the works

Movie about freed Farc hostages in the works
Mexico City -- The film division of Colombian network Rcn is producing a movie about last week's bold rescue operation of 15 hostages held by leftist rebels.

Rcn News said in a Sunday report that Simon Brand, helmer of the immigrant-themed drama "Paraiso Travel," will direct the movie. Rcn Cine is looking to partner with a Hollywood studio for the as-yet-untitled project.

The film will center on the daring rescue mission last week by Colombian undercover military operatives, who tricked the rebel group Farc into handing over the hostages. In a plan that unfolded like a Hollywood spy movie, the agents told the Farc they were ordered to transport the captives in helicopter to one of the guerrilla group's leaders.

Among the hostages freed were former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors.

Rcn hasn't decided in what language the script will be written. The shingle mentioned Colombia, France and the U.S. as possible filming locations.
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Tribeca Film Festival - Interview with Paraiso Travel Director Simon Brand

Paraiso Travel is the story of a young Colombian couple who brave the dangers of crossing illegally into the United States to find a better life, only to discover the truth about where they're going -- and each other. Director Simon Brand, a native Colombian, discusses the realities of illegal immigration and the human condition with amctv.com.Q: What inspired you to do this movie? A: I read the book about
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Tribeca Film Festival - Interview with Paraiso Travel Director Simon Brand

Paraiso Travel is the story of a young Colombian couple who brave the dangers of crossing illegally into the United States to find a better life, only to discover the truth about where they're going -- and each other. Director Simon Brand, a native Colombian, discusses the realities of illegal immigration and the human condition with amctv.com.Q: What inspired you to do this movie? A: I read the book about
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Variety at Tribeca -- 04.30

•Is it time for a fiesta? Variety's Dave McNary reports that Filmax has acquired international sales rights and theatrical rights for Spain to Simon Brand's immigrant drama Paraiso Travel, while John Hopewell delivers news that IFC has picked up North American rights to the Spanish-language film Fermat's Room. •Melvin Van Peebles tells Variety that the plot of his film Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha is all in the title. •Alissa Simon says
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'Beast' rears head at AFM

'Beast' rears head at AFM
Producers Jonathan Sanger, Ed Elbert and Sarah Ryan Black launched indie film production and funding outfit Grand Illusions Entertainment with financing partner David Steiner and introduced one of their first features, Beast of Bataan, for presales at AFM.

The World War II drama starring Charlie Hunnam was originally set to be directed by Paul Verhoeven, who was replaced by Fred Schepisi in an amicable parting when Verhoeven's duties on Black Book caused a scheduling conflict. Bataan is slated to begin filming in Queensland, Australia in the spring, and the project has been presold to Greece, Portugal, Russia and the Middle East by Film Bridge International.

The company plans to back two to three features a year in the $5 million-$30 million budget range as well as co-finance several television projects. Its upcoming slate includes Simon Brand's Spanish-language drama Paraiso Travel, starring John Leguizamo; Eric Red's supernatural thriller 100 Feet; a remake of East of Eden, with development and production funding and distribution by Universal Pictures; and an adaptation of the soon-to-be-published Mob novel trilogy Dark Legacy.

Grand Illusions headquarters will be on the Raleigh Studios lot in Hollywood and in Brooklyn at David Steiner's Steiner Studios.

'Beast' rears head at AFM

'Beast' rears head at AFM
Producers Jonathan Sanger, Ed Elbert and Sarah Ryan Black launched indie film production and funding outfit Grand Illusions Entertainment with financing partner David Steiner and introduced one of their first features, Beast of Bataan, for presales at AFM.

The World War II drama starring Charlie Hunnam was originally set to be directed by Paul Verhoeven, who was replaced by Fred Schepisi in an amicable parting when Verhoeven's duties on Black Book caused a scheduling conflict. Bataan is slated to begin filming in Queensland, Australia in the spring, and the project has been presold to Greece, Portugal, Russia and the Middle East by Film Bridge International.

The company plans to back two to three features a year in the $5 million-$30 million budget range as well as co-finance several television projects. Its upcoming slate includes Simon Brand's Spanish-language drama Paraiso Travel, starring John Leguizamo; Eric Red's supernatural thriller 100 Feet; a remake of East of Eden, with development and production funding and distribution by Universal Pictures; and an adaptation of the soon-to-be-published Mob novel trilogy Dark Legacy.

Grand Illusions headquarters will be on the Raleigh Studios lot in Hollywood and in Brooklyn at David Steiner's Steiner Studios.

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