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Morelia: Guillermo del Toro Discusses Upcoming Projects, Taking a Year Off as a Director

Morelia: Guillermo del Toro Discusses Upcoming Projects, Taking a Year Off as a Director
Morelia, Mexico — The Salon Escudos, a tiny room in the back of the Hotel Virrey de Mendoza, was all set up on Thursday morning for a series of one-on-one interviews with Mexico’s most gregarious director Guillermo del Toro. There were lights, cameras and big fluffy chairs. For any other director, that might suffice. Not so for del Toro.

At the last minute the queue of reporters waiting to talk to the director were led to a small inconspicuous meeting room and sat around a long conference table and told that the director would address the group as a whole. Del Toro is a famously prolific talker, and ten-minute interviews might only yield one question and answer so instead, the time was shared between all those present and del Toro was unleashed to preach to his heart’s content.

Asked about what projects he was producing now that “The Shape of Water,” is finished,
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Kate del Castillo’s Biographical Series “The Day I Met El Chapo” to Debut on Netflix

Kate del Castillo: Netflix

Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn’s meeting with the world’s most wanted drug lord sparked international headlines, and now the former will share her side of the story in a new biographical series. Netflix has announced that “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story” is set to debut on the streaming giant. Executive produced by del Castillo, the three-part series will be available to stream beginning October 20.

Netflix promises that the project will include “never-before-seen footage and exclusive details of what led to the infamous meeting” between del Castillo, Penn, and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

“As an actress I’ve been given the opportunity to portray fascinating fictional characters, roles I am very proud of. Now I get the chance to tell my story, my reality, my truth. This project will dive into how it began, why I pursued accepting the rights to the life story of one of the most controversial narco figures and what happened after,” said del Castillo.

The series’ creator and exec producer David Broome (“The Biggest Loser”) added, “I was extremely excited to delve into the craziest ‘life imitating art’ saga I’ve ever heard, a story wrapped around a core of complex social and political issues. I’m honored that Kate gave me the opportunity to tell her truth.”

Carlos Armella (“The Land of Silence”) will direct.

Del Castillo already has a hit at Netflix. The Mexican actress stars in “Ingobernable,” a Spanish-language political drama that centers on a fictional first lady. In series’ first episode, Emilia (del Castillo) asks her husband, President Diego Nava, for a divorce. It’s not long before he’s dead and she’s on the lam, accused of murdering him. The first season follows Emilia’s efforts to flee the government officials tracking her. While she rose to national attention as the President’s wife, Emilia proves that she’s totally badass in her own right. The character has been compared to a female Jason Bourne.

Ingobernable” premiered in March and was renewed for a second season in April.

“It’s been a hard year for me,” del Castillo has said of the El Chapo ordeal and its aftermath. “Of course, it was crazy. Still is. I still can’t go back to Mexico, and legally, I am still working that out, and have charges still.” She explained, “I’m recovering, getting my pieces together again. I’m stronger than I was. I’ve learned so much.”

No Good Deed,” “Weeds,” and “Under the Same Moon” are among del Castillo’s other acting credits.

Kate del Castillo’s Biographical Series “The Day I Met El Chapo” to Debut on Netflix was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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“Ingobernable” Renewed for Second Season

Ingobernable

We haven’t seen the last of Emilia Urquiza. Netflix has renewed “Ingobernable” for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The Spanish-language political drama centers on the fictional first lady, played Kate del Castillo.

In “Ingobernable’s” first episode, Emilia asks her husband, President Diego Nava, for a divorce. It’s not long before he’s dead and she’s on the lam, accused of murdering him. The series’ first season follows Emilia’s efforts to flee the government officials tracking her. While she rose to national attention as the President’s wife, Emilia proves that she’s totally badass in her own right. The character has been compared to a female Jason Bourne.

Just like the first season of “Ingobernable,” which debuted on Netflix March 24, the second season will feature 15 episodes. You’ll be able to stream the new season sometime next year.

Ingobernable” is Netflix’s first Spanish-language original drama.

“I’m very happy that the second season of ‘Ingobernable’ has been confirmed, because there’s still a lot to tell and new characters to meet,” del Castillo said. The actress is probably best known in the U.S. for her roles in Patricia Riggen’s features “The 33” and “Under the Same Moon,” as well as her turns in “Jane the Virgin” and “Weeds.” A superstar in her native Mexico, del Castillo became a household name with her roles in telenovelas like “Muchachitas,” “Azul,” “La mentira,” and “La Reina del Sur.”

Ingobernable” Renewed for Second Season was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Eugenio Derbez’s 3Pas Studios Woos Crossover Audience With Its First Film, ‘How to Be a Latin Lover’

Eugenio Derbez’s 3Pas Studios Woos Crossover Audience With Its First Film, ‘How to Be a Latin Lover’
Hispanic moviegoers are a huge slice of the U.S. film business, and yet few producers have cracked the secret of making titles that appeal specifically to that audience. The exception, it would seem, is Mexican star, director, and producer Eugenio Derbez, whose “Instructions Not Included” became the most successful Spanish-language movie ever in the U.S., grossing $44 million in 2013.

Now Derbez and his producing partner, Benjamin Odell, are opening the first title under their fledgling 3Pas Studios banner, the Ken Marino-directed comedy “How to Be a Latin Lover,” starring Derbez and Salma Hayek, with Raquel Welch, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Rob Riggle.

Pantelion Films, the Televisa-Lionsgate joint venture with which 3Pas Studios has an exclusive first-look pact, is doubling its typical screen count for the nationwide bow on April 28, with upwards of 800 screens. Pantelion’s largest release to date was for biopic “Cesar Chavez” on nearly 700 screens in 2014.

A dubbed Spanish version,
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Sofia Vergara & Mandalay Sports Media Producing Multicultural Family Football Drama For ABC

ABC has put in development The Classic, an hourlong family drama produced by Mandalay Sports Media, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and her Latin We, and Delirio Films. 20th Century Fox TV, which also produces Modern Family, is the studio. Written by Todd E. Kessler (The Good Wife, Nashville) and to be directed by Patricia Riggen (Under The Same Moon), The Classic is inspired by the upcoming Delirio Films documentary of the same name. The series is set in East Los…
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Itaca Films Ramping Up Cuban Branch (Exclusive)

Morelia, Mexico – Latin American powerhouse shingle Itaca Films, led by founder/president Alex Garcia and CEO Santiago Garcia Galvan (“Desierto,” “Under the Same Moon”), has been quietly building a roster of feature films and documentaries in Cuba, which has seen major studio pics shoot there for the first time, starting with the latest in Universal Studios’ “Fast and Furious” franchise, “Fast 8,” and Paramount’s fifth installment in the “Transformers” franchise.

Itaca Havana has provided production services to both. For “Transformers 5,” Itaca worked in tandem with producer Ricardo del Rio’s Art in Motion.

First up among the Itaca Havana productions is “Fatima,” based on the Juan Rulfo award-winning short story by Cuban novelist Miguel Barnet, which centers on a drag queen’s love story. It is directed by actor-helmer Jorge Perugorria who first shot to fame in Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio’s Oscar-nominated 1993 gay drama “Fresa y Chocolate.
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Starz Develops ‘Dirty Girls Social Club,’ ‘Pussy Valley’ & ‘Teresa’ TV Series

Starz is tripling down on diverse projects with female voices. The pay cable network announced Monday that it is developing “Dirty Girls Social Club,” based on Alisa Valdes’ best-selling novel, “Pussy Valley,” from playwright Katori Hall, and “Teresa,” based on a highly-rated, award-winning Mexican telenovela.

Read More: How The Outstanding New Starz Series ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Gives Us A Female TV Antihero For The Ages

The new Starz projects were revealed during the network’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.

“Dirty Girls Social Club” is a half-hour series following six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college. Ten year later, through the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives, they still can only count on each other. Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”) will serve as showrunner. Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”) and Lucia Cottone will serve as executive producers.
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Starz Develops ‘Dirty Girls Social Club,’ ‘Pussy Valley’ & ‘Teresa’ TV Series

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Starz is tripling down on diverse projects with female voices. The pay cable network announced Monday that it is developing “Dirty Girls Social Club,” based on Alisa Valdes’ best-selling novel, “Pussy Valley,” from playwright Katori Hall, and “Teresa,” based on a highly-rated, award-winning Mexican telenovela.

Read More: How The Outstanding New Starz Series ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Gives Us A Female TV Antihero For The Ages

The new Starz projects were revealed during the network’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.

“Dirty Girls Social Club” is a half-hour series following six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college. Ten year later, through the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives, they still can only count on each other. Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”) will serve as showrunner. Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”) and Lucia Cottone will serve as executive producers.
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Exclusive: Director Patricia Riggen and actor Eugenio Derbez talk Miracles from Heaven

The film Miracles from Heaven is released in the UK on Friday 10 June. It's the story of a family when one of their daughters develops a rare disease. Jennifer Garner puts in a terrific performance the mother, Christy Beam, who has a fierce love for her daughter, but struggles with her own faith. Along the way, encouragement, and humour, are provided by a supporting cast including Queen Latifah and John Caroll Lynch.

The film is a real emotional roller-coaster, and will most likely bring you to tears, but in a hopeful, life-affirming way.

Shadowlocked has an exclusive, pre-recorded interview with the director, Patricia Riggen (The 33), and one of the supporting actors, popular Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez, who plays Dr. Nurko in the film.

(May contain mild or generalised spoilers.)

Patricia Riggen: “At that time, I took the – then – risk of casting an unknown, you know – a big star in the comedy television world – but unknown, unproved star for films, that's what they used to tell me... And of course, he was the best bet, and Eugenio you know, took on that role back then, and just did such an amazing job with completely different character from what he was always typecasted to be.”

Journalist: “Are you just saying that because he's sitting next to you?”

[laughter]

PR: “No, I would say exactly the same...

Now I gave him a...[role that is] eminent, doctor, Harvard, professor, number one doctor in the country, probably in the world. And I'm casting a comedian to do it, you know! But I know Eugenio had the qualities, and I think the biggest quality I found was his heart. His huge sense of compassion to his patient. You know.

And that's something I saw from Dr. Nurko when I met him, and heard it from the little girl and the mom, and that's I think the biggest quality. Overall, he did an amazing job with the character, but the compassion, the heart he shows the girl, is just making that character just shine and be so well-received with the audience.”

Journalist: “How did you prepare for the role? You said you met with the real doctor?”

Eugenio Derbez: “Well, yeah, I met with Dr. Nurko first on...through Skype, and then personally...”

Journalist: “When you said you first met him on Skype, did he know you were also from Mexico? So, you're like a big Mexican star, calling this guy up on...”

PR: “It's like, Will Ferrell calling Dr. Nurko...but bigger!”

Ed: “But it was hard because Patricia was afraid: 'What if Dr. Nurko is not...probably, he's not happy that you're gonna portray him, because...probably, you're a comedian and he's so serious, you know, and he's an eminence...' But the minute she called him, he was like a fan, right! 'Oh, Eugenio, yes, that's great! Awesome!' So, he was really happy. [Continuing the anecdote:] Uh, hang up...”

[laughter]

PR: “And he's very happy now.”

Ed: “Very.”

PR: “I talked to him this morning. He's so thrilled. He saw the movie. He loved his character. He's just so thankful.”

Ed: “And full of hair. That too. He had no hair, so...[whereas Eugenio Derbez, who portrayed him oncreen, does].”

[laughter]

"Yes, everyone cries their eyes out, but everyone comes out so happy, and so moved in a good way..."

Ed: “So, I was trained, hopefully well-trained, at the hospital. And then the challenge for me was to find this balance between being funny...but at the same time, but she was always asking me, 'Okay, you have the funny part, but I want to see your eyes, that you're worried about that girl...I want to see everything happening through your eyes.' So it was very, very, very hard to find this balance.”

Journalist: “Yeah, because you're so fun, but also you want to portray... Because I often, watching it, I often look to you to know what was going on. So I would actually look at you, and think, 'What's he doing? How is he reacting?”

PR: “He's a doctor. He has to be believable, and we have to understand everything.”

Journalist: “Just as a point of reference, what was the name of the Mexican doctor that you said you worked with?”

PR: “Doctor Hose Garza. Another specialist in the field, and he's based in Atlanta. We shot the movie in Atlanta, so we had to have a local doctor that was advising us. He advised me through the entire process, you know, in screenplay, in all the props, everything, all the processes, giving him all the instructions that he needed, everything, he was with us through the whole time. So we would be very faithful to the truth, to reality, the medical reality.”

Journalist: “How are you feeling doing a real character? Is it the first time for you...”

Ed: “Yes. And it was even harder, because Dr. Nurko showed up at the set. So I was working on set when Dr. Nurko arrived, and it was a lot of pressure having him watching me... And I was like, 'Am I funny enough? Am I too funny? How am I doing?' And he was like, 'No, no, no, perfect. That's the kind of things I do with the patients.' So, everything is exactly like he does...”

PR: “...They have to play, be funny, be playful... And that's when I decided Eugenio, because he knew exactly what to do, because he's a professional entertainer... And that's when we really found exactly why Eugenio was perfect for this character. Because just casting a serious medical doctor would not have been the perfect person...”

"So a story like this, of this suffering, has to make you grow as a person."

Journalist: “Is the faith element of this story something that drew either one of you to this project?”

PR: “Uh huh. Also, I think, well, good stories are good stories, right? I was raised in a Mexican family, a Catholic family, and faith is part of my being. And I understand also as a mother, that faith plays an important part in when you go through very difficult circumstances, particularly something like this. So I was very respectful of that in the story, and made sure that the story of Christy Beam [Jennifer Garner], and how her journey of faith also, goes along at the same time as the journey of the struggle to find a cure for her daughter. So it has that other storyline going through, of how she...sometimes happens to people, that they lose their faith, and then you know, thankfully they get it back, in this case with a very happy ending.”

Journalist: “How did this story come to you? Had the producers seen The 33 [a film that Patricia Riggen directed about the trapped Chilean miners]?”

PR: “Uh huh. Yeah. They had seen The 33, and also Under the Same Moon. And I was just coming out of The 33; I had just finished that movie, and this one came about. And I wasn't sure I should work, because I was so tired, but then I thought, 'It's completely different than the other one. It's, you know, in a safe environment, I'm not gonna be in a mine, I'm gonna be in a building, I can drive a car to work, that's air-conditioned, you know, and an elevator, so... And, I don't have to wear a hard hat and boots. And also, I don't have to deal with 33 men!"

[laughter]

PR: "And I thought, this is beautiful, it's [a story of] a woman, it's [a story of] a girl, you know, it's something that I'm very familiar with, I'm the daughter of a doctor, I was raised with hospitals in my world, and doctors, and I just have...I'm very familiar with the subject matter, unfortunately. And so I thought, 'Okay, I'll do it. It's easy, it's small. Let's take it.' And then of course I realised, nothing is easy, and nothing is small! And this movie has had great...great challenges, and I'm very happy with the result.”

"I think it all has a good reason behind it, that it makes it worth it. Because everyone has invested so much of their own tears into this."

Journalist: “What was the biggest challenge?”

PR: “Probably one of the biggest challenges in this movie is finding a balance between the drama and making an entertaining movie. So, you know, when I first got the script, it was really all about a sick child. And I thought, 'Who's gonna wanna see a movie about a sick child?'... That's when I started bringing a lot of things into it: all the fun stuff, happiness, lightness, [the character of] Angela [(Queen Latifah)] came into this story, because she had to come in with a light and fun. Because we have to balance the pain. That's, I think, the biggest challenge for a director.

And at the same time, be truthful to what the medical reality of these families are. It is painful, but we have to make a watchable movie. And, I think it's been achieved. I'm very happy with how I see people['s] reaction. Yes, everyone cries their eyes out, but everyone comes out so happy, and so moved in a good way, and thankfully I think it's right there, I think it has the right balance.

It was tough to work with the actors, because, you know, they had to deliver really, really heart-wrenching performances. It was very hard for Jennifer [Garner, who played the mother] and for Kylie [Rogers, who played the daughter] to go through all that pain as they were delivering these characters to us, and to maybe...they're pushing them to go to that place. But...I think it all has a good reason behind it, that it makes it worth it. Because everyone has invested so much of their own tears into this.”

Journalist: “Before you go, will you two be working together again, do you have any plans to?”

PR: “Are you gonna hire me now, because...?”

Ed: “I sent you a script! Remember?”

PR: “No!”

[laughter]

PR: “I think, whenever I have an opportunity of a character that fits, that Eugenio fits into those shoes, I will always call him, because we have a good...very productive, beautiful, trust relationship.”

Ed: “Uh huh. Always. Yeah. Yeah. And I love the way she directs. And I don't have to say this, it's not because she's here, but of all the directors that I've worked with, she is the best. The most accurate, the most precise director I have worked with. She's amazing.”

Journalist: “...One thing I really like was the pizza highlight of the film, when they sacrifice [pizza in solidarity with the girl, who can't eat it] and [then finally] have pizza in the end. Was that your idea?”

PR: “Yes.”

Journalist: “I really like that. It's small, but it is...”

PR: “Yes, and you know why it was so important also to keep that scene at the end? Because everybody was like, 'Let's cut it'. No! Because where you show everyone's changed. Everyone has changed. It's like, let's return, you know. So a story like this, of this suffering, has to make you grow as a person. And it made all these members of this family grow. Even in little things, you can see the change. Christy now praying, you know, all of these things now happen in that scene.”

A list of UK cinemas showing Miracles from Heaven can be found here.
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Newish Viewing: Concussion, Hateful 8, and Reader Poll

Here's what's new or newish for home viewing over the past two weeks for DVDs, BluRays, or Streaming. Now you can...

• see if the Pinkett-Smiths had any reason to be upset about the lack of Oscar interest in Concussion (hint: no)

• stab your eyes out while watching Daddy's Home

• find out if The Hateful Eight is Tarantino's worst (hint: yes)

• discover the stuff they left out of Pt 1 in order to make another billion with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2

• watch Juliet Stevenson be Mother Teresa in The Letters

• endure yet another Paranormal Activity movie because they will never stop making those

• use Point Break (2015) discs for coasters because who needs a remake when Point Break (1991) is still such a knockout?!

Reader's Choice Streaming

We kicked off the biweekly reader's choice series with Gattaca (1997) and Cruel Intentions (1999). Time for another on Wednesday April 6th only I'm forcing a move away from
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New on Netflix: April 2016

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In April, fire up Netflix and prepare to binge-watch hit movies like "The Princess Bride" and "The Shawshank Redemption" as they're added (finally!) to Netflix streaming. Also new to streaming: Stanley Kubrick classics "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "A Clockwork Orange" (1971).

Also, say hello to Netflix Originals "The Ranch," starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, and Sam Elliott; Season 2 of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; and Ricky Gervais's "Special Correspondents."

Here's the complete list of what's new on Netflix in April 2016. Of course, titles and release dates are always subject to change.

Available April 1, 2016

"16 Blocks" (2006)

"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)

"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)

"Anthony Bourdain": Parts Unknown": Season 5

"The Ascent of Woman": A 10,000 Year Story

"Beat Bobby Flay": Season 1

"Best in Show" (2000)

"Bob's Burgers": Season 5

"Boogie Nights" (1997)

"Breathe" (2014)

"Chaplin" (1992)

"Charlie and "The Chocolate Factory" (2005)

"Codegirl" (2015)

"Colegas" (2012)

"Cujo" (1983)

"Cutthroat Kitchen": Seasons 34

"Deep Impact" (1998)

"Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang
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Eugenio Derbez Reflects on His Career as He Prepares for Star on Walk of Fame

Eugenio Derbez Reflects on His Career as He Prepares for Star on Walk of Fame
Eighteen months ago, Eugenio Derbez walked away from his life in Mexico City and his career as one of his country’s most famous and successful comedy actors.

“My wife and I were crying as we closed up our house and headed to the airport with all our luggage,” he recalls. “And on the plane we kept thinking, ‘Have we made a terrible mistake? Are we doing the right thing?’ Because we just left everything behind, to come to the U.S. and pursue my dream of making it here.”

But on arrival at Lax, Derbez was immediately hit with a “huge sign” that their leap of faith was about to pay off. “We were deluged with all these calls that I was getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” he says. “And I remembered the first time I ever came to Hollywood as a kid and saw
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Eugenio Derbez to Be Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Eugenio Derbez to Be Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Actor-writer-director Eugenio Derbez will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Variety has learned.

Derbez will receive the 2,576th star on the Walk of Fame — which will be located at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard — on March 10 at 11:30 a.m.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler will serve as the emcee for the event, whose special attendees will include Alessandra Rosaldo, Aislinn Derbez, Mauricio Ochmann, Vadhir Derbez, José Eduardo Derbez, Rob Schneider, Karla Souza, Martha Higareda and Consuelo Duval, among others.

Derbez, who topped Variety’s Power of Latinos list in 2014, is one of the most recognized actors among the country’s Spanish-speaking population. He wrote, produced and starred in the 2013 dramedy “Instructions Not Included,” which earned more than $100 million and became the most successful Spanish-language film ever in the U.S. and worldwide.

He directed and starred in the Mexican comedy sketch program “XHDRbZ
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The 33 movie review: swallowed up by the earth

A missed opportunity to tell what should be a captivating real-life disaster tale that is instead plodding, scattershot, and lacking in dramatic impetus. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In 2010, as you may recall from the news, 33 men were trapped thousands of feet underground when the Chilean gold mine they were working in collapsed. They had minimal supplies, and, at first, no way of even letting those aboveground know that they were still alive. When they finally emerged 69 days later, it was the result of a global effort, and was seen on TV around the planet by more than a billion people. Basically, it’s The Martian times 33, except real. So it’s a shame that The 33 is a missed opportunity to tell what should be a
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Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama

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Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is suddenly starring in a real-life telenovela as details surface about her role in orchestrating the October meeting between Sean Penn and the then-fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities on Friday after escaping federal prison in July through a tunnel dug from his cell. Del Castillo and Penn are under investigation by Mexican authorities, who indicated that their visit to Guzman helped them capture one of the world’s most-wanted men.

Penn’s story in Rolling Stone makes it clear that del Castillo was the key instigator of the meeting thanks to Guzman’s appreciation for the 43-year-old telenovela star. Del Castillo came into contact with El Chapo after after declaring polemically on social media in 2012 that “today I believe more in Chapo Guzman than in governments.” She called on him to become a kind of Robin
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Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama

Kate del Castillo: Meet the Star Playing a Big Part in El Chapo’s Real-Life Drama
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is suddenly starring in a real-life telenovela as details surface about her role in orchestrating the October meeting between Sean Penn and the then-fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities on Friday after escaping federal prison in July through a tunnel dug from his cell. Del Castillo and Penn are under investigation by Mexican authorities, who indicated that their visit to Guzman helped them capture one of the world’s most-wanted men.

Penn’s story in Rolling Stone makes it clear that del Castillo was the key instigator of the meeting thanks to Guzman’s appreciation for the 43-year-old telenovela star. Del Castillo came into contact with El Chapo after after declaring polemically on social media in 2012 that “today I believe more in Chapo Guzman than in governments.” She called on him to become a kind of Robin
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Sean Penn Under Investigation for Secretly Interviewing Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’

Sean Penn Under Investigation for Secretly Interviewing Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’
In a surprising development, Rolling Stone has published the first-ever interview with fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” conducted by none other than Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn.

Several news outlets reported that Penn is now under investigation for the interview, according to a Mexican official. They are particularly interested in the location of the meeting. Since Penn had been in contact with Guzman for several months, authorities are presumably interested to find out why the actor did not earlier share any information on the wanted man.

According to the Associated Press, Penn’s interview helped lead authorities to Guzman, who was captured and returned to prison Friday.

The interview published Saturday evening was conducted in October while the drug lord was on the run from Mexican and U.S. authorities. Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, star of Telemundo’s hit 2011 telenovela “La Reina del Sur,” in
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The 33 | 2015 AFI Film Festival Review

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Mountains May Depart: Riggen Reenacts Devastating Chilean Mining Collapse

Mexican director Patricia Riggen makes a curious departure with her third feature, The 33, a studio backed reenactment of the infamous Chilean mining collapse projected worldwide by the media. The world watched in eerie anticipation as thirty-three men waited patiently to be excavated from the bowels of the earth, stuck for an astounding sixty-nine days together in a mining shelter reservoir with a space allotted for thirty. It was one of the most notable world news headlines in 2010, and with all of the men eventually brought to safety in mid-October, they also provided inspiration for Halloween group themed costumes everywhere. If such a move was moderately silly (or tactless) at the time, this Hollywood treatment seems equally exploitative as it mines for thrills akin to the glut of disaster themed studio extravaganzas of the 1970s. Riggen seems committed to humanizing these
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Interview: Director Patricia Riggen is Counting on ‘The 33’

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Chicago – When a disaster strikes, often the most unlikely people will become the primary responders. This is the premise for “The 33,” a new feature film about the Chilean mining collapse in 2010, which trapped 33 men for 69 days. The film goes deep inside the event, and is directed with due respect by Patricia Riggen.

Ms. Riggen was born in Mexico, and initially studied journalism, until completing her Masters degree in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University in New York City. While in school, she completed two short documentaries, “The Cornfield” (2002) and the film-festival-award-winning “Family Portrait” (2004). Her narrative film debut was the popular “Under the Same Moon” (2007), featuring America Ferrara. She directed “Lemonade Mouth” in 2011 for the Disney Channel, and “Girl in Progress” (2012) before landing the assignment for “The 33.”

Patricia Riggen at the 51st Chicago International Film Fesitval

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Patricia Riggen spoke with HollywoodChicago.
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Film Independent Selects 2015 Screenwriter Lab Participants

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Film Independent Selects 2015 Screenwriter Lab Participants
Read More: Attention, Screenwriters: 5 Lessons from the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Film Independent has announced the screenwriters selected for its 17th annual Screenwriting Lab. The Lab is an intensive four-week program designed to help writers improve their craft and take their current scripts to the next level in a creative environment. During the Lab, Fellows participate in individualized story sessions, are advised on the craft and business of screenwriting and are introduced to established screenwriters, producers and film professionals who serve as guest speakers and creative advisors. This year's creative advisors include Maya Forbes ("Infinitely Polar Bear"), Ligiah Villalobos ("Under the Same Moon") and David N. Weiss ("Shrek 2"). Guest speakers include past Fellows Ana Lily Amirpour ("A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night") and Siân Heder ("Orange is the New Black"). Past Screenwriting Lab projects include...
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