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Mack Chico


2009/04/01 at 12:00am

Salma Hayek to work on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s new film

Salma Hayek to work on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's new film

Mexican-born film star Salma Hayek could take a lead role in an upcoming adaptation of the book “News of a Kidnapping” by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the movie’s producer says.

Shooting is scheduled to start this October in Bogota and in Mexico on the adaptaion of the 1996 book, a factual account of the kidnapping of 10 journalists by notorious Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.

Producer Eduardo Constantini, from Argentina, told AFP he hopes for “the most international cast possible” and that Hayek is a possibility.
“Salma Hayek is very interested in the project, has read the script and is enthusiastic,” Constantini said in New York.

Garcia Marquez is considered one of the major writers of the 20th century. His books include the novels “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” which was made into a film.

Mack Chico


2008/12/31 at 12:00am

Woody Allen won’t be coming back to film in New York

Woody Allen won't be coming back to film in New York

US filmmaker Woody Allen said Tuesday he hopes to shoot a new comedy in Paris next summer, continuing his recent run of choosing to film in European cities over his native-New York.

“I have always wanted to shoot a film in Paris. I have a scenario for Paris all written. I was going to shoot it a few years ago but when we came here and I started to put the film together, suddenly it became such an expensive film that I could not do it,” he said.

Allen’s last batch of films, including “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and London-based drama “Match Point”, were filmed in Europe.

He said financial problems should not derail the Paris project completely but added that he is prepared to film the comedy during the summer of 2011 in the event of more delays.

“Now that there is a new tax incentive in Paris we are returning and trying to see if it is possible to come again to do it,” he said after meeting with French Culture Minister Christine Albanel.

“If I can’t do it, then I will probably do another film in the US this year,” he added.

Mack Chico


2008/08/17 at 12:00am

‘Tropic Thunder’ dethrones Batman at the box office

'Tropic Thunder' dethrones Batman at the box office

Ben Stiller comedy “Tropic Thunder” dethroned Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” from the top spot at North American box offices this weekend, entertainment industry estimates showed Sunday.

Stiller’s movie-within-a-movie about a group of actors shooting a war movie in the middle of a real-life conflict zone scooped 26 million dollars on its opening weekend, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The impressive opening haul gave the film — which also stars Robert Downey Jr and Jack Black — five-day earnings of just over 37 million dollars.

It came after the film’s premiere saw protests from disability activists who lambasted Stiller for repeated use of the word “retard” in the script. Stiller has defended the movie, insisting that it is a satire on Hollywood.

The success of “Tropic Thunder” knocked “The Dark Knight” off of top spot after four weeks of dominance.

But “The Dark Knight,” which features Christian Bale as the caped crusader and Heath Ledger as his arch-villain Joker, earned another 16.8 million dollars which was enough to take the film past “Star Wars” as the second highest-grossing movie of all time after 1997’s “Titanic.”

“The Dark Knight” has now raked in a cool 471.5 million dollars since opening in mid-July, but is still way off “Titanic’s” mammoth haul of 601 million.

Ironically, the milestone came on the same weekend as the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” arrived in US theatres. The latest offering from George Lucas’s moneyspinning franchise opened in third with 15.5 million dollars.

The latest Hollywood remake of a cult Asian horror film “Mirrors“, starring Kiefer Sutherland, was in fourth spot with 11.1 million.

In fifth place was the marijuana comedy “Pineapple Express“, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which earned 10 million.

Critically panned action-adventure “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” was sixth with 8.6 million, ahead of Abba musical remake “Mamma Mia!“, with 6.5 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” with 5.93 million, ahead of comedy “Step Brothers” with 5 million dollars.

Woody Allen’s latest film, romantic comedy “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” was 10th with 3.7 million although it was screened in fewer than 700 theaters nationwide.

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