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Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Amazon Board Cocaine Drama ‘ZeroZeroZero’

Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Amazon Board Cocaine Drama ‘ZeroZeroZero’
Production has started on “ZeroZeroZero,” a drama on the international cocaine trade from the team behind hit Italian crime series “Gomorrah.” Gabriel Byrne and Andrea Riseborough will star in the show, which Amazon has picked up for the U.S.

The eight-part series, which is set to be one of the buzziest international dramas of 2019, is adapted from Roberto Saviano’s book and directed by Stefano Sollima. Saviano wrote “Gomorrah,” and Sollima directed the hit Sky series. Italy-based producer Cattleya, which is backed by ITV and produced “Gomorrah,” is making “ZeroZeroZero.”

Dane Dehaan (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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‘Maniac’: 7 Details You Need to Know About Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, and Cary Fukunaga’s Netflix Series

Just when you thought your Netflix queue had reached full capacity, here comes “Maniac.” The streaming giant’s upcoming limited series is arguably the most anticipated television show of 2018, thanks to the involvement of Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and director Cary Fukunaga.

Netflix is being incredibly tight-lipped about most of the show’s details, but IndieWire has gathered all the existing information about “Maniac” and brought it all together for a primer on the black comedy. Listed below are the 7 most important facts you need to know about “Maniac.”

Original Source Material

Maniac” is adapted from the 2014 Norwegian half-hour comedy series of the same name. The show was created by Hakon Bast Mossige and actor Espen Lervaag, who also starred in the lead role. The show was told from the perspective of two back-and-forth narratives, one dealing with a patient in a mental asylum and another set in the patient’s internal fantasy world.
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The 20 Best Netflix Original Movies, From ‘Beasts of No Nation’ to ‘Strong Island’

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It’s hard to remember now, but it was only a few short years ago that Netflix was just a shiny new cog in the film industry, and not one of its most powerful engines. But a lot can change in a little while, especially when you’ve got a disruptive new distribution platform, a seemingly infinite supply of money, and an aggressive desire to change Hollywood forever. Starting with 2015’s “Beasts of No Nation,” Netflix began transforming the movie business in much the same way as it had already transformed the television business, financing and distributing — and later also acquiring — its own features.

The move immediately made an impression, with documentary “Winter on Fire” landing the company’s first Oscar nomination. In 2016, Netflix began swooping up some of the most exciting independent films around. In 2017, the company leveraged “Mudbound” to major awards consideration, and made a splash at the
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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Shaun Of The Dead Los Angeles Outdoor Screening Announced by Focus Features and Fandango

  • DailyDead
If your zombie apocalypse plans include having a pint of cold lager or you find yourself peeking through your curtains to see if there is a girl in the garden, then you'll want to take note of a special outdoor screening of Shaun of the Dead at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on October 26th. Not only will horror fans get to watch Edgar Wright's rom-zom-com under the stars right before Halloween, but they are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite Shaun of the Dead character, so start looking for your cricket paddle...

Press Release: Los Angeles, September 29, 2017 – Focus 15, the initiative commemorating the founding 15 years ago of worldwide film company Focus Features, has partnered with Fandango, the leading digital network for all things movies, and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a special outdoor zombie screening of Shaun of the Dead the week of Halloween on Thursday,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Dark River’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Dark River’
“You can’t go home again,” that age-old chorus of mature disillusionment, at first appears to be the driving current of “Dark River,” a severe, stoic but internally screaming third feature from gifted British writer-director Clio Barnard. Yet as already brittle family relations shatter and scatter across the humble patch of Yorkshire farmland that centers this roiling rural tragedy, the message turns harder still: Perhaps you were never really home at all.

Melding the quiet poetic realism of Barnard’s exquisite “The Selfish Giant” with a higher-key strain of relocated Greek tragedy, “Dark River” isn’t quite as bracing or as unexpected as the director’s previous work — not least because, through no fault of the film’s own, it’s only the latest in a recent boom of comparably styled British farm dramas. Still, there’s scarcely room here for improvement at the level of craft or performance; in particular, it
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Narcos: Season 2 Available on Blu-ray & DVD September 5th

The manhunt for one of the most infamous criminals in history rages on when Narcos: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 5 from Lionsgate. Unforeseen alliances form between Colombian authorities, rival cartels, and DEA agents to put an end to Pablo Escobar’s ruthless activities. Renewed for two more seasons, the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh series continues to raise stakes and heart-pounding thrills. Loaded with never-before-seen deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and featurette, the Narcos: Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.97 and $29.98, respectively.

After drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from prison, the Colombian police, rival cartels, and DEA agents try to take him down in the explosive second season of the hit series.

Blu-ray/Digital HD/DVD Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Andrés Baiz, Producer Eric Newman, and Actor Wagner Moura “Unredacted: Declassifying Narcos: Season Two
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Justin Theroux Joins Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Maniac’ Netflix Series

Justin Theroux Joins Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Maniac’ Netflix Series
Justin Theroux won’t be staying off television for too long. The actor is following his acclaimed three-season run on HBO’s “The Leftovers” by joining Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in “Maniac,” the Netflix original drama from “True Detective” Season 1 director Cary Fukunaga. The filmmaker made Netflix’s first original feature, “Beasts of No Nation,” which was released in October 2015.

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Maniac” is a 10-episode drama based on the 2014 Norwegian series. Hill and Stone’s characters are patients in a mental asylum and a majority of the season will take place in their dreamed-up fantasy worlds. Think of it as Fukunaga’s version of “Sucker Punch.” Theroux is playing a character named James Mantleray, who is rumored to be an alcoholic mad scientist. No character description has been confirmed.

Fukunaga just kicked off
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Cary Fukunaga On How the Indie Film Industry Has Changed Since ‘Sin Nombre’

Cary Fukunaga On How the Indie Film Industry Has Changed Since ‘Sin Nombre’
For the past 15 years, Focus Features has been a mainstay of the indie film industry, producing acclaimed films ranging from “Brokeback Mountain” to “Lost in Translation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” But the company has also been a platform for emerging talent, most notably with its release of Cary Fukunaga’s 2009 debut, “Sin Nombre.”

On Thursday evening, IndieWire co-hosted a packed screening of “Sin Nombre” in New York, as part of an ongoing screening series highlighting the company’s output. After the film, Fukunaga took part in a Q&A session moderated by IndieWire’s Deputy Editor and Chief Critic, Eric Kohn.

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During the half-hour discussion, Fukunaga discussed how he brought the dark immigration drama to the big screen, the challenges that arose from making the leap from student short film to feature,
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Join Focus Features to Celebrate 15 Years With a Screening of Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Sin Nombre’

Join Focus Features to Celebrate 15 Years With a Screening of Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Sin Nombre’
Before the first sensational season of “True Detective,” director Cary Fukunaga became a major discovery in the independent film scene with his debut feature “Sin Nombre,” a 2009 Mexican-American thriller produced by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal. “Sin Nombre” tells dual stories of a young Honduran girl, Sayra, who is trying to emigrate into the United States, as well as a young boy nicknamed El Casper, who is caught up in gang violence, and longs to escape.

Sin Nombre” premiered to much acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, with Fukunaga winning the festival’s Directing Award, and Adriano Goldman picking up the Excellence in Cinematography award.

The film was released by Focus Features, and to commemorate the indie distributor’s 15th anniversary, the company is bringing “Sin Nombre” back to the big screen in New York this month, with a special event co-hosted by IndieWire.

Read MoreCary Joji Fukunaga
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Mexican crime drama 'Guachicolero' begins shoot

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Mexican crime drama 'Guachicolero' begins shoot
Exclusive: Amp International handles sales on Edgar Nito co-production.

Shoot is underway in the outskirts of Irapuato, Mexico, on crime drama Guachicolero, the debut feature of shorts director Edgar Nito.

Nito and Alfredo Mendoza’s script tracks the corruption and downfall of a young man who teams up with local gangsters making a living extracting gasoline from government pipelines.

Joshua Sobel (Are We Not Cats), Annick Mahnert (78/52) and Victor Léycegui (En La Sangre) will serve as producers on the co-production between Mexico, Us, UK and France.

The film is executive produced by Bob Portal, Sonia Lowe and Inderpal Singh of Alliance Media Partners who will handle world sales under the Amp International banner.

Eduardo Banda will star (pictured with Nito) supported by Fernando Becerril (The Mask of Zorro), Regina Reynoso (While the Wolf’s Away), Leonardo Alonso (Sin Nombre) and Pascacio Lopez (On Childhood).

“Nito is endowed with that rare formula of artistic flair, edge and talent
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16 Stellar Films About Immigration For These Turbulent Times

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By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with a slew of sweeping policy changes that have garnered plenty of criticism — but the recent changes to America’s immigration policy have topped headlines. With an executive order that has been considered a Muslim ban by many, let’s take a look at some great films about immigration to the United States. There are plenty of them, but here is just a sampling of 16 that you should definitely watch.

A Better Life (2011): This film was directed by Chris Weitz and is a drama about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from both gangs and immigration agents all while trying to give him opportunities he never had. A Better Life — written by
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Pepe Nacif, Francisco Gonzalez Compean, Rodrigo Santos and Ramiro Ruiz Team On ‘Diablo Guardian’ For Blim

Pepe Nacif, Francisco Gonzalez Compean, Rodrigo Santos and Ramiro Ruiz Team On ‘Diablo Guardian’ For Blim
Los Cabos, Mexico – In its continued bid to ramp up its original content, Televisa’s budding Svod platform Blim has tapped Mexican film producers Jose Nacif (“Gimme the Power”), Ramiro Ruiz (“Gueros”) Francisco Gonzalez Compean (“Amores Perros”) and Rodrigo Santos (“La Dictadura Perfecta”) to produce the TV adaptation of iconic bestseller “Diablo Guardian” by Xavier Velasco.

“People said it was impossible to adapt,” said Gonzalez Compean of the coming-of-age story. “Diablo Guardian” tracks an upper class teen from Mexico City who absconds with a large sum of money to New York and Las Vegas where her life spirals into a world of prostitution, drugs and dangerous men when the funds dry up.

Currently in production, the 10-episode series stars Paulina Gaitan (“Sin Nombre,” “Narcos”) and Adrian Ladron (“Gueros,” “The 4th Company”). Shot in English and Spanish, the project was presented at the 5th Los Cabos Int’l Film Festival on Saturday,
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Pepe Nacif, Francisco Gonzalez Compean, Rodrigo Santos and Ramiro Ruiz Team On ‘Diablo Guardian’ For Blim

Pepe Nacif, Francisco Gonzalez Compean, Rodrigo Santos and Ramiro Ruiz Team On ‘Diablo Guardian’ For Blim
Los Cabos, Mexico – In its continued bid to ramp up its original content, Televisa’s budding Svod platform Blim has tapped Mexican film producers Jose Nacif (“Gimme the Power”), Ramiro Ruiz (“Gueros”) Francisco Gonzalez Compean (“Amores Perros”) and Rodrigo Santos (“La Dictadura Perfecta”) to produce the TV adaptation of iconic bestseller “Diablo Guardian” by Xavier Velasco.

“People said it was impossible to adapt,” said Gonzalez Compean of the coming-of-age story. “Diablo Guardian” tracks an upper class teen from Mexico City who absconds with a large sum of money to New York and Las Vegas where her life spirals into a world of prostitution, drugs and dangerous men when the funds dry up.

Currently in production, the 10-episode series stars Paulina Gaitan (“Sin Nombre,” “Narcos”) and Adrian Ladron (“Gueros,” “The 4th Company”). Shot in English and Spanish, the project was presented at the 5th Los Cabos Int’l Film Festival on Saturday, November
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Netflix Acquires Im Global/Canana’s Mundial Title ‘The Chosen Ones’

Netflix Acquires Im Global/Canana’s Mundial Title ‘The Chosen Ones’
Netflix has acquired global rights to David Pablos’ “Las Elegidas” from Mundial, the joint sales venture of Stuart Ford’s Im Global and Canana, the production-sales company of Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz.

Produced by Cruz, Pablos’ breakthrough movie recently scored 13 nominations for Mexico’s Ariel Academy Awards. “The Chosen Ones” was also the first Spanish-speaking title to be announced last year for the Cannes Festival, where it screened in Un Certain Regard. It will bow on Netflix from May 8. Global deal obviously does not not include territories licensed by Mundial. Arp Selection, one of France’s premier art-house distributors, acquired French rights to “The Chosen Ones” in the run-up to Cannes last-year, for instance.

Written by Pablos – with Pedro Peirano, the screenwriter of Pablo Larrain’s Oscar-nominated “No” and co-scribe on Sebastian Silva’s “The Maid” serving as a script consultant – “The Chosen Ones” followed on Pablos’ debut,
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Kristyan Ferrer Talks Mexican Film '600 Miles' & What it Says About Gun Control

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Mexican actor Kristyan Ferrer stars with Tim Roth in the Mexican film 600 Miles directed by Gabriel Ripstein. Ferrer (Buen Dia, Ramon, Sin Nombre), a festival film favorite, plays gun smuggler "Arnulfo" in 600 Miles, and he's telling CineMovie what the movie has to say about gun control. He's also naming the Hollywood A-listers he would like to work if he made an American film. Watch our Spanish interview.

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Interview: Director Gabriel Ripstein on Mexican Oscar Submission '600 Miles', and Working with Tim Roth

Jose here. I spoke to 600 Miles director Gabriel Ripstein minutes after an earthquake hit Mexico City on November 23rd and unexpectedly became the bearer of bad news when I asked him if his family was alright. Mr. Ripstein wasn’t aware there’d been an earthquake, but calmly added “no news is good news”. His serene demeanor reminded me of the tone of his film, a weapon-trafficking tale which could’ve easily become a sensationalist drama, but instead goes for an understated, thoughtful approach. The film stars Tim Roth as an American Atf agent who is kidnapped by a Mexican weapons smuggler played by Kristyan Ferrer (who audiences will know from Sin Nombre).

Ripstein allows his actors to revel in the humanity of these characters and delivers a film that goes beyond “odd couple” clichés, to comment on an issue that doesn’t get as much coverage as the war on drugs or terrorism.
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XLrator Grabs U.S. Rights To ‘Crossing Point’; Stan Lee’s Pow! Co-Producing Action Thriller ‘Arch Alien’

XLrator Grabs U.S. Rights To ‘Crossing Point’; Stan Lee’s Pow! Co-Producing Action Thriller ‘Arch Alien’
XLrator Media has announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to the film Crossing Point, and will release the film in 2016 through its Turbo action label. The action-thriller stars Jacob Vargas (Traffic, The 33), Rudy Youngblood (Apocalypto), Luke Goss (the Death Race series, Blade II), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Paulina Gaitan (Sin Nombre, Netflix's Narcos), María Gabriela de Faría (Nickelodeon's Isa Tkm) and newcomer Shawn Lock. It’s directed by Daniel…
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: The Creatives

Hollywood’s New Leaders: The Creatives
Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.

John Boyega, 23

Actor

Boyega, who started out in the U.K. with a background in theater rather than film, is about to become a household name on movie marquees, thanks to his starring role in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The pic will no doubt open many doors for him, and he’s thrilled with the turn of events. “I’ve had this dream for a long time and it feels great to be able to accomplish it and make it a reality,” he says.

Dan Fogelman, 39

ScreeNwriter, producer, director

Known for his writing and producing successes — “Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Tangled” — Fogelman made his directorial debut this year with “Danny Collins,” a comedy-drama he wrote. Fogelman
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: The Creatives

Hollywood’s New Leaders: The Creatives
Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.

John Boyega, 23

Actor

Boyega, who started out in the U.K. with a background in theater rather than film, is about to become a household name on movie marquees, thanks to his starring role in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The pic will no doubt open many doors for him, and he’s thrilled with the turn of events. “I’ve had this dream for a long time and it feels great to be able to accomplish it and make it a reality,” he says.

Dan Fogelman, 39

ScreeNwriter, producer, director

Known for his writing and producing successes — “Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Tangled” — Fogelman made his directorial debut this year with “Danny Collins,” a comedy-drama he wrote. Fogelman
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