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Jack Rico


2017/10/16 at 6:17pm

Watch The New Trailer and Photos From Netflix’s ‘The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story’

Update: Sean Penn has threatened legal action against Netflix over the series you are about to read below.

We have all read the Sean Penn Rolling Stone article he wrote back in 2016 where he and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo met with El Chapo. Well, that story is now being told in retrospect by Kate and Netflix in a three-episode biographical series titled “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story“. The series, with never-before-seen footage, gives exclusive details from del Castillo on what led to the infamous meeting between her, Penn and the world’s most notorious drug lord. Read More

Jack Rico


2017/04/29 at 11:30am

‘The Highly Relevant Podcast’: Univision’s ‘El Chapo,’ ViceLand’s Panama ‘Jungletown,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2,’ Broadway’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Thank you for downloading episode 30 of the Highly Relevant podcast! On this week’s episode, we talk with the creator of the most anticipated show in Spanish language TV right now, Univision’s EL CHAPO. We get to the moral and ethical controversies of getting the show done, the fascination of cartel tv shows and if actors Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn will be making cameos. Also urban millennial network VICELAND has a new show called JUNGLETOWN that takes place in Panama. Why are they there and why should we care? I talk to Jimmy Stice, the man behind it all. That, plus highlights of The Premios Billboard, reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Read More

Mariana Dussan


2013/10/29 at 5:13pm

(Video): Paul McCartney’s New Music Video ‘Queenie Eye’ Reconfirms His Hollywood Elite Status!

Even while rocking a pair of Birkenstock sandals (not what many would consider the most fashionable footwear) 71-year-old Paul McCartney remains one of the coolest and biggest names in rock and roll. Don’t believe me? Then perhaps you should check out his new video for “Queenie Eye.” Read More

Mack Chico


2009/06/17 at 12:00am

Sean Penn says no to ‘Cartel’ and ‘3 Stooges’

Sean Penn says no to 'Cartel' and '3 Stooges'

Sean Penn‘s busy shooting schedule has suddenly gone dark.

In an announcement that has caught two studios by surprise, Penn has pulled out of two films, citing personal reasons.

Penn has informed Universal and Imagine that he will be unable to star in the Asger Leth-directed drama “Cartel,” which was to be his next movie. His role will be recast. Studio is putting together a list of actors now and hopes to stick with an early fall start date.

Scripted by Peter Craig, the movie follows a man who journeys to protect his son after his wife is murdered by Mexican cartels.

Penn will also be unable to make the start date of MGM comedy “The Three Stooges.” He was to star as Larry in the pic, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. “Stooges” also stars Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Toro as Moe. It’s unclear if the studio will recast or wait for Penn to return to work.

Penn has completed two films for River Road, both earmarked for release next year. “Fair Game,” the Doug Liman-directed drama about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, co-stars Naomi Watts. The Terrence Malick-directed “The Tree of Life” also stars Brad Pitt.

During the Cannes Film Festival, Penn was revealed to be in talks to star in “This Must Be the Place,” which will mark the English-language feature debut of Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, with a script co-written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello (Daily Variety, May 17). Pic was to be produced by Nicola Giuliano of Indigo Film and Andrea Occhipinti of Lucky Red. Financing and scheduling were not yet complete on that film, but Penn still intends to make the film at some point.

Penn is taking an undetermined sabbatical — possibly as much as a year — to focus on his family.

Mack Chico


2009/03/26 at 12:00am

Benicio del Toro, Sean Penn & Jim Carrey are ‘The Three Stooges’!

Benicio del Toro, Sean Penn & Jim Carrey are 'The Three Stooges'!

MGM and the Farrelly brothers are closing in on their cast for “The Three Stooges.”

Studio has set Sean Penn to play Larry, and negotiations are underway with Jim Carrey to play Curly, with the actor already making plans to gain 40 pounds to approximate the physical dimensions of Jerome “Curly” Howard.

The studio is zeroing in on Benicio Del Toro to play Moe.

The film is not a biopic, but rather a comedy built around the antics of the three characters that Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Howard played in the Columbia Pictures shorts.

The quest by the Peter and Bobby Farrelly to harness the project spans more than a decade and three studios. They first tried at Columbia, again at Warner Bros., and finally at MGM, where Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman Mary Parent championed the cause and bought the WB-owned scripts and made a deal with Stooges rights holders C3.

Production will begin in early fall for a release sometime in 2010. The Farrellys, who wrote the script, are producing with their Conundrum partner Bradley Thomas, and Charlie Wessler.

C3 Entertainment principals Earl and Robert Benjamin will be executive producers.

Project will get underway after Penn completes the Asger Leth-directed Universal/Imagine Entertainment drama “Cartel.” He hasn’t done a comedy since the 1989 laffer “We’re No Angels.”

The Farrellys have long had their eyes on Del Toro to play Moe. Del Toro, who’s coming off “Che,” showed comic chops in the Guy Ritchie-directed “Snatch.”

The surprise is the emergence of Carrey to play Curly. Howard established the character as a seminal physical comedian, from the first time he appeared in the first Stooges short in 1934 until he suffered a stroke on the set in 1946.

Mack Chico


2009/03/11 at 12:00am

Javier Bardem to join ‘Cartel’?

Javier Bardem to join 'Cartel'?

Latino Review is reporting that Javier Bardem is in talks to join Sean Penn in Cartel.

The movie would star Penn as a man who journeys to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican cartels.

Bardem would take the role of Rafael Castillo, a wealthy but righteous DA who wants to put the cartels away. Castillo shunned his rich family for the law.

Asger Leth will direct from a script by Peter Craig. The project started as a remake of 1993 Italian film La scorta but has since evolved into an action vehicle for Penn.

Mack Chico


2009/03/10 at 12:00am

Sean Penn vs. Mexicans in ‘Cartel’

Sean Penn vs. Mexicans in 'Cartel'

Sean Penn is in talks to star in “Cartel,” a drama for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.

Asger Leth will direct and Brian Grazer is producing.

Scripted by Peter Craig, the mission movie will follow Ed Marker as he journeys to protect his son after his wife is brutally murdered in the gritty world of Mexican cartels.

The drama took root at Imagine as a remake of 1993 Italian film “La scorta,” which followed four cops’ struggle to guard a special prosecutor trying to bring mob bosses to justice. It evolved into an action vehicle for Penn.

Robert Stone and Webster Stone will exec produce.

Leth makes his dramatic feature directing debut on the film. He previously won a DGA Award for directing the 2006 documentary “Ghosts of Cite Soleil.”

The studio and Imagine want to get the picture into production by summer. Start date won’t be firmed until Penn’s deal is made.

Penn has also been in discussions to star with Naomi Watts in the Doug Liman-directed “Fair Game,” a drama about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame that landed at Bill Pohlad‘s River Road after Warner Bros. dropped out. Those talks continue.

Imagine is in post-production on the Ron Howard-directed “Angels and Demons,” which Sony releases May 15. Company is also prepping the untitled Robin Hood film to be helmed by Ridley Scott, with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett starring. Lensing is set to begin April 1 for Universal.

Mack Chico


2008/12/11 at 12:00am

New York Film Critics choose ‘Milk’ as best picture

New York Film Critics choose 'Milk' as best picture

Here’s the winners’ list:

Best picture: “Milk”
Best director: Mike Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Best actor: Sean Penn, “Milk”
Best actress: Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Best supporting actor: Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Best supporting actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Best screenplay: Jenny Lumet, “Rachel Getting Married”
Best cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best animated film: “WALL-E”
Best foreign film: “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days”
Best documentary: “Man on Wire”
Best first film: Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”

Best Picture: “Milk” won on ballot four with 29 points. “Rachel Getting Married” had 25 points while both “Happy-Go-Lucky” and “Slumdog Millionaire” had 20 points. LA champ “WALL-E” had to settle for a win as best animated picture.

Best Director: Mike Leigh (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) won on ballot four with 31 points. LA winner Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) had 30 points and David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) had 26 points. (Ballot two had Boyle ahead by two and ballot three had Fincher up by one.)

Best Actor: LA pick Sean Penn (“Milk”) won on ballot four with 59 points. Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”) had 50 points and Clint Eastwood (“Gran Torino”) had 17 points.

Best Actress: LA champ Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) won on ballot two with 39 points. Melissa Leo ( “Frozen River”) had 32 points while Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”) and Kate Winslet (“Revolutionary Road”) each had 22 points.

Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin (“Milk”) won on ballot three with 33 points. LA winner Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight” ) had 26 points and Robert Downey, Jr. (“Tropic Thunder”) had 24 points. (On ballot two, Brolin, Ledger and Eddie Marsan (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) were tied with 29 points each.)

Best Supporting Actress: LA victor Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Christina Barcelona”) won on ballot two with 40 points. Viola Davis (“Doubt”) had 31 points and both Rosemarie DeWitt & Debra Winger (“Rachel Getting Married”) had 28 points.

Best Screenplay: Jenny Lumet (“Rachel Getting Married”) won on ballot four with 44 points. LA winner Mike Leigh (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) had 38 points and Robert Seigel (“The Wrestler”) had 19 points.

Best Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire” won on ballot three with 37 points.”The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” had 28 points and “The Dark Knight” had 16 points.

Best Animated Picture: LA best pic “WALL-E” won on ballot one with 17 points over LA animated pic “Waltz with Bashir” with 11 points.

Best Foreign Film: “4 Months, 3 Weeks, Two Days” won on ballot four with 45 points. Two French films followed – “A Christmas Tale” had 34 points and “The Class” had 23 points.

Best Documentary: LA pick ” Man on Wire” won on ballot two with 45 points. “Waltz With Bashir” had 25 points and “Trouble The Water” had 22 points.

Best First Picture: “Frozen River” won on ballot two with 39 points. “Ballast” had 26 points and “Reprise” had 18 points.

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