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Mexico’s Machete, France’s Cine-Sud to Co-produce Federico Cecchetti’s Second Film (Exclusive)

Morelia, Mexico — Mexican producer-distributor Machete and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion are co-producing Mexican-Italian helmer Federico Cecchetti’s next feature, “Letters from the Land of the Tarahumara,” which Cecchetti developed at the Cannes Festival’s directors’ residence Cinefondation last year. Cecchetti’s debut feature “Mara’Akame’s Dream” (“El Sueno del Mara’Akame”) won the Best First Mexican Feature Prize at the Morelia Film Festival in 2016 and a Silver Ariel Award, Mexico’s Oscar equivalent, for Best First Film this year.

Described by Cecchetti as a “fantastic biography,” “Letters” traces the journey taken by French poet, actor and playwright Antonin Artaud in the Tarahumara sierra during the 1930s from the perspective of a young Tarahumara Indian named Rayenari whose life is transformed upon meeting the Frenchman. Their encounter explores the enigmatic bond that exists between magic, poetry, art and madness.

Just as in “Mara’Akame’s Dream,” Cecchetti will be working with non-actors except for one French actor for
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David Oyelowo to star in Disney musical Cyrano the Moor

THR is reporting that Disney is in development on a live-action musical from writer Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) entitled Cyrano the Moor, which is set to star David Oyelowo (Selma).

According to the site, the project will be an amalgamation of William Shakespeare’s Othello and the French play Cyrano de Bergerac. Oyelowo is also attached to produce alongside his wife Jessica Oyelowo and Yoruba Saxon (A United Kingdom).

Oyelowo is currently shooting the Ya adaptation Chaos Walking, and returns to voice the character of Agent Kallus in the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels this month. His upcoming slate also includes the Blumhouse thriller Only You, and the as-yet-untitled 2018 Cloverfield movie.
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Film News Roundup: David Oyelowo Starring in ‘Cyrano the Moor’ for Disney

Film News Roundup: David Oyelowo Starring in ‘Cyrano the Moor’ for Disney
In today’s film news roundup, Disney has hired David Oyelowo to star in “Cyrano the Moor,” “Michelin Stars” gets North American distribution and the comedy “Holly Slept Over” will include Josh Lawson and Britt Lower.

Project Development

Walt Disney Pictures has tapped David Oyelowo to star in the movie “Cyrano the Moor” with “Moonlight” writer Tarell Alvin McCraney on board.

The idea, which is in early development, would combine elements of Edmond Rostand’s play “Cyrano de Bergerac” and William Shakespeare’s “Othello,” set in the Bristol region of England during the 19th century.

The idea was conceived by Oyelowo’s development team and sold to Disney, which hired McCraney to write a script. The producers will be Yoruba Saxon, David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing for Disney.

McCraney is repped by CAA and Manage-ment. Oyelowo is repped by CAA and Inphenate. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood
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Disney and David Oyelowo to make Othello-inspired musical

David Crow Sep 26, 2017

David Oyelowo and Disney are making a live-action musical based on Othello and Cyrano de Bergerac, and from the writer of Moonlight.

It’s safe to say after La La Land, there is a renewed interest in original movie musicals written expressly for the screen. And who better to take a crack at it than the writer of the movie that infamously toppled La La Land for Best Picture? Thus enter Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney and his newly minted teaming with Disney for Cyrano The Moor.

As revealed via The Hollywood Reporter, McCraney is partnering with David Oyelowo (Selma) and the studio arguably responsible for the musical’s resurged popularity in younger moviegoers, Walt Disney Pictures, for a mashup of the two famous plays, Othello and Cyrano de Bergerac. Indeed, the story will have as much to do with William Shakespeare’s tragic yarn about a
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David Oyelowo to star in live-action Disney musical from Moonlight scribe

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This just in, David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale) has signed on to star in the forthcoming live-action Disney musical penned by Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film, entitled Cyrano The Moor, will borrow from both William Shakespeare's revenge-tale Othello and the French play Cyrano de Bergerac, which tells the story of a large-nosed romantic who uses his linguistic savvy to... Read More...
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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and David Oyelowo to Take on ‘Cyrano the Moor’ Musical

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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and David Oyelowo to Take on ‘Cyrano the Moor’ Musical
Disney has enlisted Oscar-winning “Moonlight” writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and “A United Kingdom” star David Oyelowo for a musical titled “Cyrano the Moor,” which will blend the classic stories of “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Othello,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The live action musical will take place in 19th century region of Bristol in England. “Cyrano the Moor” has been in development for some time at the studio. The film will be produced by “A United Kingdom’s” Yoruba Saxon along with David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing the project for Disney.
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David Oyelowo to Star in Disney Musical From 'Moonlight' Playwright

David Oyelowo to Star in Disney Musical From 'Moonlight' Playwright
David Oyelowo is attached to star in a live-action musical penned by Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney for Disney.  

The project, titled Cyrano the Moor, will take from both William Shakespeare's revenge story Othello and the classic French play Cyrano de Bergerac, which tells the story of a large-nosed romantic who uses his words to help another man win the affection of the woman he loves.

Oyelowo would produce along with his wife, English actress Jessica Oyelowo. Yoruba Saxon, who worked with the actor on A United Kingdom, would also produce. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing for the studio.

Cyrano the Moor joins the...
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‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney & David Oyelowo Join Forces On New Disney Musical ‘Cyrano The Moor’

Exclusive: Walt Disney Pictures is now in business with Moonlight Oscar-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney to script a musical idea for David Oyelowo to star. Details are under wraps on what is being titled Cyrano the Moor, but we know it’s some kind of musical mash up of two classic stories — Cyrano de Bergerac and Othello — and will be set in the Bristol region of England during the 19th century. So that means that the script will take inspiration from the two…
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Tiff Audience Award goes to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Yesterday afternoon, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their award winners. Notably, the Audience Award, which is the top prize at Tiff, went to Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The runner ups were, perhaps surprisingly, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, as well as Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slightly surprising, though the word out of Toronto has been incredibly positive. After taking a prize recently at the Venice Film Festival for Screenplay, it’s currently the most awarded contender of the year so far. If nothing else, that’s a nice head start for a movie such as this one. Looking specifically at the Audience Award and thinking in terms of its history, this is a somewhat reliable indicator of prestige. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri now joins a group that has five prior Best Picture winners,
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Kevin Kline: An Emmy win for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ would put him just a Grammy away from Egot

Kevin Kline: An Emmy win for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ would put him just a Grammy away from Egot
Kevin Kline has been working in the entertainment business for so long that it may be surprising he’s only been nominated for two Emmys. He contended for Best Movie/Mini Actor in 2009 for “Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances),” and now he’s up for Best Character Voice-Over Performance for his recurring role as Mr. Fischoeder in […]
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Artificial Eye co-founder Pamela Engel dies aged 82

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Engel also co-founded UK distributor New Wave Films.

Art-house “trailblazer” Pamela Engel, known for co-founding distributor Artificial Eye and programming London cinemas including the Lumiere, Chelsea Cinema, Camden Plaza and the Renoir, has died aged 82.

A huge figure in the UK’s independent film business, Engel’s death has sparked messages of praise across the distribution and exhibition sectors.

Born Pamela Balfry in 1934, the UK executive started out in the late 1950s as a secretary for then Sight and Sound editor Penelope Houston.

She would go on to work as an assistant to Richard Roud at the London and New York Film Festivals before joining Derek Hill’s art-house venue Essential Cinema in the late 1960s.

Odyssey

Balfry and first husband Andi Engel established distributor Artificial Eye in 1976, thus “beginning an odyssey of distribution and exhibition unlikely ever to be surpassed,” in the words of former London Film Festival director Sheila Whitaker.

Despite separating
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Janeane Garofalo is a tiny thing, but the air around her crackles

I think about all Garofalo’s combined experience on screen and stage, and smile at how lucky I am to have seen her in the flesh

One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs is up there with the greatest. It’s a very loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version a man falls in love with the face and body of one woman and the voice of another. That “other woman” is Janeane Garofalo.

As a teen – and even now – I connected instinctively and intensely with her character: a charming, funny, insecure feminist radio host. I have followed Garofalo’s career ever since, but her lower profile in recent years means I haven’t dedicated much brain space to her.

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Exclusive: Alone in Berlin director Vincent Perez on his personal connection to the material

Author: Linda Marric

Actor & director Vincent Perez is every bit as European as his name would suggest. Born in Switzerland to a German mother and a Spanish father, Perez first cut his teeth playing classical roles in some of the most popular French movies of the 1990s, and went on to star in Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990), La Reine Margot (Patrice Chéreau, 1994) and Indochine (Régis Wargnier, 1992) to name but a few.

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of meeting Vincent for an interview and asked him about his new movie Alone In Berlin, which he co-wrote as well as directed. Adapted from Hans Fallada’s popular 1947 novel by the same name, the film tells the story of a law abiding German couple and their quiet resistance during Nazi rule in Berlin. Staring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson, Alone In Berlin has so far been met with mixed reviews,
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Critic's Notebook: 30 Years Later, Steve Martin's Witty 'Roxanne' Endures

Critic's Notebook: 30 Years Later, Steve Martin's Witty 'Roxanne' Endures
In 1987, back when Hollywood was just flirting with its current dependence on old intellectual property, releasing two films based on old TV shows — Dragnet, a goofball dud, and The Untouchables, a serious reimagining — in hopes of a summer hit, Steve Martin was engaging in an older, more creatively fulfilling sort of remake. He had penned a present-day romantic comedy inspired by Edmond Rostand's 19th century French play Cyrano de Bergerac. He would play the Cyrano character — the big-nosed romantic once played by Jose Ferrer — while a peak-of-her-fame Daryl Hannah would be the object of his love.

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'Roxanne': THR's 1987 Review

'Roxanne': THR's 1987 Review
On June 19, 1987, the comedy Roxanne hit theaters. Steve Martin, who also wrote this adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, starred as a big-hearted, and big-nosed fire chief who falls in love with a beautiful astronomer. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Columbia has a comedy with a one-word title that’s going to be a summer hit. The box-office curve on Roxanne will be markedly upward, just like Steve Martin’s nose in this nimble reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Light and likable, with hearts unabashedly all over its sleeves, Roxanne is a winning romantic comedy whose appeal should cross age barriers...
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10 Days Until Oscar. Stage to Screen Roles

Paul Lukas and Bette Davis in "Watch on the Rhine"

It's ten days until Oscar and soon this post may be obsolete! To date, unless I've miscounted, ten actors have won the leading Oscar for reprising a role they won praise for first on the Broadway stage. Soon there could be 11 depending on how well Denzel Washington fares on Oscar night for Fences.

Actors Who Won Lead Oscars Reprising Their Broadway Roles

They are...

George Arliss for Disraeli (1929/30)

Arliss had played this role in the Broadway production in 1911

Paul Lukas for Watch on the Rhine (1943)

He previously played this role from 1941 through early 1942 on Broadway -- the transfer to the screen was mighty quick!

Jose Ferrer for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

He won the Tony for this iconic role in 1947. Later in 1990 Gerard Depardieu would also be nominated for playing the same role -- and Steve Martin arguably should have been
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Lea Thompson & Alan Ruck Join Black Label’s ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’

Lea Thompson & Alan Ruck Join Black Label’s ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’
Exclusive: Lea Thompson and Alan Ruck have been cast as the parents of Shannon Purser’s title character in the Ian Samuels-directed comedy Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Described as a contemporary retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac tale, the film is being produced by Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill. Lindsey Beer wrote the screenplay for the movie, which centers on Sierra, an intelligent teen who does not fall into the…
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