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Mariana Dussan


2013/04/23 at 12:00am

Cannes Film Festival showcases Latino Talent

Cannes Film Festival showcases Latino Talent

It’s official, Latinos will get their own little nook at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. 

According to Variety, on May 21 the French festival will be highlighting six young Latin American directors in a showcase titled Bal Goes to Cannes: Bafici Work in Progress which focuses on yet-to-be-completed movies.

The event was organized by Cannes’ Film Market and the Buenos Aires Lab, organization that supports the development and production of Latin American cinema and is in charge of the Buenos Aires Film Festival of Independent Cinema known as Bafici.   Read More

Mariana Dussan


2013/04/22 at 12:00am

Can Paz Vega reclaim her Hollywood status with Paul W.S. Anderson’s "Pompeii"?

Can Paz Vega reclaim her Hollywood status with Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii"?

First she was a young immigrant mother from Mexico who worked as a housekeeper while she lived in a “Spanglish” world, now she will travel back in time to play a ruler priestess.

According to Variety, Paz Vega will join the cast of “Pompeii,” a historical drama directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

The film is set in A.D. 79, in the days leading to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which buried the Roman city of Pompeii and tells the story of a slave on a ship who is working to get home to save the woman he loves and his best friend, a gladiator trapped inside the city’s coliseum.  Read More

Mariana Dussan


2013/03/13 at 12:00am

Pedro Almodóvar’s "I’m So Excited" is doing well in Spain

Pedro Almodóvar's "I'm So Excited" is doing well in Spain

We are pretty excited and you should be too!

With recession and all, the acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar saw his best opening weekend in Spain with his latest film, “I’m So Excited.”

It seems that the director’s return to comedy paid off, According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, distributed by Warner Bros., earned a sum of €1.9 million ($2.6 million) in the director’s home country, averaging €6,320 ($8,200) on its 295 copies – also Almodovar’s highest screen count ever.  Read More

Mack Chico


2013/01/27 at 12:00am

Juan Antonio Bayona to direct new sci-fi film for WB

Juan Antonio Bayona to direct new sci-fi film for WB

According to Variety, Barcelonian director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), from 2012’s “The Impossible,” will direct an untitled science fiction movie scripted by Eric Roth. No details on the story yet, but Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad) is producing. The film will be distibuted by Warner Bros. 

Bayona’s “The Impossible” has garnered Naomi Watts with various nomination this awards season including an Oscar for Best Actress. The movie itself has generated $117 million dollars worldwide.

Mack Chico


2012/11/27 at 12:00am

Gael García Bernal joins Jose Agustin’s “Deserted Cities”

Gael García Bernal joins Jose Agustin's “Deserted Cities”

*Note: Watch Jack Rico’s recent interview in Spanish with Gael García Bernal.

According to Variety, Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and actress Ashley Hinshaw (“Chronicle”) have begun filming the movie “Deserted Cities” in Mexico City. The movie is a comic adaptation of influential Mexican author Jose Agustin‘s novel, and has director Roberto Sneider, the director of “Tear This Heart Out” Mexico’s pick for 2008 Oscar contention, at the helm. 

The $3 million film will also have the production design of Eugenio Caballero, the craftsman behind Guillermo del Toro‘s “Pan’s Labyrinth”. According to Bernal, it will mix a “number of political angles between the couple, the other the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, and another is between the archetypical Mexican macho and the contemporary feminist woman.” 

Bernal is very respected in the indie circuit and in Mexican cinema. Most of his indie films are seen as must-see for movie connoisseurs and usually are highly admired with socio-political messages. 

His latest movie “No,” has just been picked up by Sony Picture Classics, with a soon release.

The story for “Deserted Cities,” o “Ciudades Desiertas” in Spanish, goes like this: Susana, a female Mexican writer flees her home to attend an international workshop in the USA, leaving her husband Eligio (Bernal) behind and completely unaware of her whereabouts. A hot-tempered intellectual with a somewhat cynical and misanthropic sense of humor, he works his way to catch up with his wife, arguing to have only done so to find out why exactly Susana left. 

They almost immediately suffer a cultural shock upon their arrival, although they are already well acquainted with the typical American lifestyle. The American residents, with a small town mentality, are depicted as largely more ignorant of the visitors’ culture and society; whereas the latter, especially Latin Americans, show a contemptuous reluctancy to try and fit in, perhaps Susana being the most remarkable exception. Throughout their journey, both try to pinpoint their relationship’s setbacks, as well as their own flaws. 

The two attempt to show a sense of individuality and emotional disattachment from their spouse, each according to their respective point of view. While Eligio tries to make sense out of things, halfway acknowledging the extent of his feelings for his wife, still paradoxically giving in to outbursts of rage on occasions; Susana strains to convey an ideal of utter independence, as she feels the routine of her marriage holds her back. Motivated at first to prove her own self-worth, which she does find, she eventually experiences the certainty of her love for Eligio, in spite of all her efforts to stay away from him.

Jack Rico


2012/08/06 at 12:00am

Batman goes to Mexico

Batman goes to Mexico

After finishing the promo tour for “The Dark Knight Rises”, Christian Bale is headed to Mexico to make a movie. He’s teaming up with “In the Bedroom” writer/director Todd Field for an adaptation of Boston Teran’s novel The Creed of Violence. “Set against a backdrop of intrigue and corruption,” the story takes place in Mexico in 1910 and centers on a criminal named Rawbone. 

The synopsis goes as follows:

Mexico, 1910. The landscape pulses with the force of the upcoming revolution, an atmosphere rich in opportunity for a criminal such as Rawbone. His fortune arrives across the haze of the Sierra Blanca in the form of a truck loaded with weapons.

But Rawbone’s plan spins against him, and he soon finds himself at the Mexican-American border and in the hands of the Bureau of Investigation. He is offered a chance for immunity, but only if he agrees to proceed with his scheme to deliver the truck and its goods to the Mexican oil fields while under the command of Agent John Lourdes. Rawbone sees no other option and agrees to the deal—but he fails to recognize the true identity of Agent Lourdes, a man from deep within his past.

Set against a backdrop of intrigue and corruption, The Creed of Violence is a saga about the scars of abandonment, the greed of war, and America’s history of foreign intervention for the sake of oil.

The producers have offered Bale $5 million for the movie, but Bale’s asking for $10 million and he deserves it, but this means it’s far from a done deal.

The plan is to start production early next year in the American southwest and parts of Mexico. Universal Pictures will distribute.

Mack Chico


2012/05/21 at 12:00am

‘Annie’ returns to Broadway in November!

'Annie' returns to Broadway in November!

“The sun will come out, tomorrow …” are the letters that the girls ‘Annie singing in the Broadway musical that is about to return to performing on Broadway later this year.

The next version of Annie on Broadway in 1977 musical “Annie” has release date and place

The young actress Lilla Crawford (“Billy Elliot”) take the lead role, but the adult cast is still unknown.

“Annie,” will begin previews on Oct. 3 and will have its official opening on Nov. 8.

Mack Chico


2012/02/22 at 12:00am

Antonio Banderas to play Pablo Picasso in ’33 Days’

Antonio Banderas to play Pablo Picasso in '33 Days'

Antonio Banderas will play Pablo Picasso in Carlos Saura‘s upcoming “33 Dias (33 Days),” about the painter’s emotional turmoil as he worked on masterpiece “Guernica.”

“33 Dias” refers to the time Picasso spent on the mural, which captured his reaction to the destruction of Basque town of Guernica in 1937 by the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War.

“[Picasso] is a character that has pursued me for a long time and I always rejected,” said Banderas. “He deserves a lot of respect because I am from Malaga, and I was born four blocks from where he was born.”

The French and Spanish language film will begin shooting next summer in Paris and Guernica. The budget is set around $8 million.

Jack Rico


2012/02/17 at 12:00am

Gael Garcia Bernal chosen as the new ‘Zorro’!

Gael Garcia Bernal chosen as the new 'Zorro'!

When I asked Antonio Banderas, arguably the most popular of all the Zorro’s, who he thought should be the new Zorro for the new generation, he said, “I would naturally recommend a Hispanic actor, because I think the character is very Hispanic”.

His comments came true because 20th Century Fox has officially chosen Mexican actor Gael García Bernal to play the iconic mustached Spanish hero. Now you know it was between him and his best friend Diego Luna. Diego must be pissed.

The film will be called ‘Zorro Reborn’ and it will be a futuristic reboot of the Zorro mythology that will take place in a remote place, I’m thinking dusty and desolate. Zorro will be bent on revenge and perhaps not as charming and romantic as we’ve seen him in past reincarnations

Glenn Gers wrote the script along with “Harker” screenwriter Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy.The question now is… who is going to direct this film?

Gael Garcia Bernal, who next stars opposite Will Ferrell and Diego Luna in the Spanish-language comedy ‘Casa de mi Padre’ and alongside Kate Hudson in ‘A Little Bit of Heaven,’.

Latinos keep on making their marks in Hollywood and we are happy to see it happen.

Check out our video player to the left to look at Banderas’ Spanish answer on Zorro a few months back…

Mack Chico


2009/07/06 at 12:00am

‘Ice Age 3’ and ‘Transformers 2’ tie for box office gold?

'Ice Age 3' and 'Transformers 2' tie for box office gold?

It was a win-win situation at the box office, with “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” raking in record international box office for an animated pic, while “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” became the year’s domestic B.O. champ.

Opening on Wednesday to get the jump on the holiday weekend, 20th Century Fox’s “Ice Age 3” won the five-day sesh with $67.5 million; the “Transformers” sequel took $65 million. The 3-D dinosaurs trampled the world’s box office, with the biggest opening ever for an animated film at $148 million. Worldwide total stands at $215.5 million.

For the three-day weekend sesh, “Ice Age” and “Transformers” raced to a rare tie, with $42.5 million. (The victor will likely be decided when the final numbers come in this ayem.)

“Revenge of the Fallen” lit up the holiday box office frame by becoming the highest-grossing pic of the year, with a domestic cume of $293.5 million in its 12th day in release. The only film to have amassed a higher gross in such a short time is “The Dark Knight.” Worldwide tally for “Transformers 2” is a massive $591 million.

Universal’s Johnny Depp gangster pic “Public Enemies,” which also opened Wednesday, served as solid counterprogramming to the two tentpoles. Period piece, directed by Michael Mann, grossed $41 million in its first five days at the domestic B.O. and $5.3 million from five territories overseas, bringing worldwide cume to $46.3 million.

Distribs and exhibs were expecting a slow holiday Saturday, but the drop was even bigger than expected at 30% or more.

Yet the weekend was still up over the same domestic frame last year as there was something for everyone on the marquee. There had been concern that “Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Public Enemies” might get lost in the shadow of “Revenge of the Fallen,” but both came in on the upper end of expectations.

The third “Ice Age” pic’s five-day domestic debut of $67.5 million nearly matched the $68 million opening of the previous installment, “Ice Age: The Meltdown.”

Fox took a calculated risk in opening the threequel in summer. The first two films debuted in March, when there is far less competition, but the third is benefiting from summer vacation.

“Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” opening on 11,652 screens in 101 markets, saw the sixth best international opening of all time behind (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” tops the list).

“Ice Age 3” likely took a bite out of “Transformers 2” internationally, although the latter still pulled in $55 million for the sesh.

Fox co-prexies of international distribution Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus said “Ice Age 3” played incredibly broadly, fueled by a massive international marketing campaign that included numerous promotion partners.

“We had a great date, and we think we will keep playing and playing. The ‘Ice Age’ franchise has become an institution, and we powered through any disadvantages we had, such as weather,” Hanneman said.

The film scored the biggest international opening ever in numerous territories, led by Russia at $18.9 million, Brazil at $10.3 million and Mexico at $10 million. Other countries included Austria, Chile, Peru and Colombia. In Mexico, the opening was 100% ahead of the “Transformers 2” debut and 81% ahead of “Dark Knight.”

“Dawn of the Dinosaurs” broke the record for the biggest animated opening in several individual territories as well, including France at $11.1 million.

“Ice Age 3’s” worldwide gross was boosted by its 3-D runs, which repped the widest opening to date for a 3-D title, both domestically and abroad. In the U.S. toon played on 1,606 3-D screens. Overseas, the 2,126 3-D screens grossed a combined $51 million, repping 34% of the entire gross, even though the screens comprised only 18% of the entire run.

Fox VP of domestic distribution Bert Livingston said the studio was elated with the overall result.

“I think we are in rarefied air. To be in a virtual tie for the weekend with one of the biggest event films ever is a great start,” Livingston said.

“Ice Age 3” represents a sizable victory for Fox Animation topper Vanessa Morrison.

Meanwhile, Universal was pleased with “Public Enemies,” which overcame concerns that a more serious drama wouldn’t play in summer.

“Everyone questioned whether this film would do good business. It turned out to be a great holiday weekend for fans of adult titles,” said U prexy of worldwide marketing and distribution Adam Fogelson.

The “Public Enemies” opening, the best ever for Mann, is a testament to Depp’s appeal, proving he can open a pic even when not dressed as a pirate.

Among holdovers, Disney’s romantic comedy “The Proposal” ended the weekend with an impressive worldwide gross of $123.7 million. Coming in No. 4 domestically, pic dipped just 31% to an estimated $12.8 million from 3,099 runs; cume is $94.2 million. Overseas, the Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds starrer grossed $4.2 million from 1,753 runs in 15 territories for a cume of $29.5 million.

Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover” jumped the $200 million mark domestically, grossing an estimated $10.5 million from 3,070 theaters for a cume of $204.2 million. Overseas, film grossed $8.7 million from 1,975 screens in 30 markets for a cume of $61.5 million and worldwide tally of $265.7 million. That’s within earshot of the global take for “Wedding Crashers” at $285.2 million.

At the specialty box office, Summit Entertainment’s “The Hurt Locker” secured the best per-location average of any film. The Kathryn Bigelow-directed war drama grossed an estimated $126,000 from nine locations for a per-screen average of $14,000 and cume of $365,000 in its second sesh. Its holding power will be tested when it expands into smaller markets.

Focus Features’ “Away We Go,” from Sam Mendes, ended its fifth sesh with an impressive cume of $6.1 million after posting a weekend gross of $1.1 million from 506 locations.

Sony Pictures Classics’ sci-fi drama “Moon” grossed $300,485 in its fourth weekend from 47 locations, raising its per-screen average to $6,393 with a cume of $982,527.

Sony Classics’ Woody Allen pic “Whatever Works” grossed $1.1 million from 355 locations for the weekend, putting its cume at $2 million in its third frame — an improvement on Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream” last year.

Miramax’s “Cheri,” directed by Stephen Frears, failed to catch on in its second sesh, with an estimated $388,000 from 140 locations and cume of $1 million. Magnolia’s had more success with docu “Food, Inc.,” which grossed $240,000 from 83 screens for a $1.28 million cume.

Among openers, Magnolia’s “The Girl From Monaco” grossed $90,000 from 21 theaters for a per-location average of $4,286.

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