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Will Ferrell To Star In Adaptation Of ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared’

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Will Ferrell‘s filmography has been, more or less, stacked with his popular brand of outrageous, improv-style comedy. The classics are well-known (“Anchorman,” “Old School” “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights,” “Elf“) but duds have happened as well (“Semi-Pro,” “Land of the Lost,” “Bewitched,” “Casa De Mi Padre” “Get Hard,” “The Campaign“).

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Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler Bet ‘The House’ In New Trailer

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We love Will Ferrell, but it’s been a while since he’s starred in a truly great comedy. Let’s face it, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “Zoolander 2” were disappointments, “Get Hard” wasn’t what it could be, and while I think that “Casa De Mi Padre” is pretty underrated, it never found an audience. But this summer he’s swinging for the fences with “The House.”

Co-starring with fellow ‘SNL’ alum Amy Poehler, this one has a pretty good premise, following a couple who run an illegal casino operation, looking to raise some much needed cash.

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Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler Bet ‘The House’ In New Trailer

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We love Will Ferrell, but it’s been a while since he’s starred in a truly great comedy. Let’s face it, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “Zoolander 2” were disappointments, “Get Hard” wasn’t what it could be, and while I think that”Casa De Mi Padre” is pretty underrated, it never found an audience. But this summer he’s swinging for the fences with “The House.”

Co-starring with fellow ‘SNL’ alum Amy Poehler, this one has a pretty good premise, following a couple who run an illegal casino operation, looking to raise some much needed cash.

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Gael García Bernal on ‘Neruda,’ Mexico’s ‘Tres Amigos’ Tradition, Filmmaking’s Rewards

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Gael García Bernal on ‘Neruda,’ Mexico’s ‘Tres Amigos’ Tradition, Filmmaking’s Rewards
There’s a glorious scene in Roberto Sneider’s “Me estás matando, Susana,” where Gael Garcia Bernal’s character, a young Mexican actor, flies to a U.S. writing seminar to win back the love of his wife, a feminist novelist. Dining with her fellow students, Garcia Bernal staunchly defends Mexican regional cuisine. “You go to each little town and you say: ‘What do you eat?’” And he fires off the replies: ‘Pubil suckling-pig tacos, Juchitan armadillo, worms from Oaxaca, chipinil, bull’s penis.” And what’s the seminar’s local town known for? “Well,” says one student, “They do a pretty good baconburger.”

On Friday, Gael Garcia Bernal opened the Morelia Festival, one of Latin America’s highest-profile film events, presenting Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda.” Breaking out internationally with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s “Amores Perros” in 2000, then winning Venice’s Marcelo Mastroianni Award with childhood friend Diego Luna for
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Celebrate a Decade of Gary Sanchez Productions

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Celebrate a Decade of Gary Sanchez Productions
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay were both hired for “Saturday Night Live” on the same day in 1995, but no one could have predicted the wildly successful partnership that would ensue. Though Ferrell has built an empire on playing over-the-top, out-there characters, his natural demeanor is, by his own admission, much more mild-mannered. “I’m not cracking jokes all the time. I like to gauge a temperature of a room,” the actor says.

In fact, McKay, who would stay with “SNL” for six years, including three seasons as head writer, initially thought Ferrell would take on more sober parts. “You always need a straight man, a decent-looking guy to play leads,” he says. “But we go into our first read-through, and this guy uncorks four of the funniest characters you’ve ever seen in your life. We all walked away going, ‘Where did that come from? He seemed so normal!’ We
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Will Ferrell Has an Idea for a Political Satire About the Mexican Border, So Brace Yourself for That

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Will Ferrell Has an Idea for a Political Satire About the Mexican Border, So Brace Yourself for That
Will Ferrell, known for his sophisticated, subtle, and — let's be honest, pretty hilarious — work in Zoolander, Anchorman, and Talladega Nights, wants to do a satire about America's relationship with Mexico. In an interview with The Guardian, Ferrell discussed his taste in political comedy, and revealed that he and Anchorman director Adam McKay have an idea "for a film about two guys who go down to defend the border [with Mexico]." The project sounds a bit like the English version of Ferrell's Spanish-language—and better-than-you-might-expect—Casa De Mi Padre, or possibly a down-South version of The Other Guys, though it will undoubtedly stir up a lot more angry Facebook statuses. But as Ferrell sees it, getting a strong reaction is part of the job. "All we try to do is to hold up a mirror to what is going on," he told The Guardian. And if that mirror reflects some ugliness? Well, Ferrell
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Watch: Full Trailer for HBO's Sports Comedy 'Ferrell Takes the Field'

10 teams. 10 positions. One Will Ferrell. Are you ready to rumble with the one, the only, Señor Ferrell?? HBO's next sports faux-documentary (following the absurdly hilarious 7 Days in Hell) is one titled Ferrell Takes the Field, in which Will Ferrell plays all 10 positions in baseball playing on 10 different teams in one day. I really admire what HBO is doing with Funny or Die and these sports sketches, sort of extending the online content into something that is worthy of being presented cinematically (and if you haven't seen it, I recommend Casa de mi Padre). This may not be groundbreaking, but it looks like it will make me laugh. Here's the full-length trailer for Brian McGinn's Ferrell Takes the Field, direct from HBO's YouTube: "There's nothing more American than grabbing a hotdog and heading to the ballpark to watch 9 men from the Dominican Republic make magic on the field. [Well,] 8 Dominicans and 1 guy from Irvine,
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Pantelion Films Sets Date for ‘Ladron’ Comedy Sequel (Exclusive)

Pantelion Films Sets Date for ‘Ladron’ Comedy Sequel (Exclusive)
Pantelion Films has set an Oct. 9 release for “Ladrones” (Thieves), the sequel to heist comedy “Ladron que roba a ladron” (To Rob a Thief), a 2007 Lionsgate release that scored the highest opening-weekend gross for a Spanish-language pic at that time.

Ladrones” features the pairing of leading Televisa star Fernando Colunga, who reprises his role as the Latino Robin Hood character Alejandro Toledo, and Mexican telenovela heartthrob Eduardo Yanez. “By bringing Colunga and Yanez together, two of the hottest stars in the Spanish-speaking Americas, we were able to create a unique event onscreen that we can’t wait to share with U.S. moviegoers,” said producer Jim McNamara, who is also the chairman of Pantelion Films.

In “Ladron que roba a ladron,” legendary thief Toledo and his partner take down an infomercial guru exploiting Latino immigrants. In “Ladrones,” Toledo comes out of his retirement from crime to help a community reclaim
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A Deadly Adoption review: Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's superb Lifetime spoof

Few people can sell a line like ‘You know the dangers of diabetic kitoacidosis’ as well as Will Ferrell – add enormous orchestration, endless cellphone failure and a sinister pregnant hottie and you’ve the mother of all trash movie satires

Coming three years after Casa de mi Padre and a week before The Spoils Before Dying, A Dangerous Adoption suggests that Will Ferrell and his sometime partner in crime Kristen Wiig are determined to spoof every last TV genre they can lay their hands on. Ferrell’s Casa De Mi Padre took the Latin American telenovela to the woodshed, while The Spoils of Babylon (The Spoils Before Dying being a sequel) went toe-to-toe with big-budget epic miniseries of the 1970s and 80s like The Thornbirds and oligarchic oilpatch melodramas like Dallas. A Dangerous Adoption is an altogether different bird: a satire of Lifetime Channel TV movies.

It’s a tricky prospect,
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A Deadly Adoption review: Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's superb Lifetime spoof

Few people can sell a line like ‘You know the dangers of diabetic kitoacidosis’ as well as Will Ferrell – add enormous orchestration, endless cellphone failure and a sinister pregnant hottie and you’ve the mother of all trash movie satires

Coming three years after Casa de mi Padre and a week before The Spoils Before Dying, A Dangerous Adoption suggests that Will Ferrell and his sometime partner in crime Kristen Wiig are determined to spoof every last TV genre they can lay their hands on. Ferrell’s Casa De Mi Padre took the Latin American telenovela to the woodshed, while The Spoils of Babylon (The Spoils Before Dying being a sequel) went toe-to-toe with big-budget epic miniseries of the 1970s and 80s like The Thornbirds and oligarchic oilpatch melodramas like Dallas. A Dangerous Adoption is an altogether different bird: a satire of Lifetime Channel TV movies.

It’s a tricky prospect,
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Is 'A Deadly Adoption' the year's most straight-faced prank?

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Is 'A Deadly Adoption' the year's most straight-faced prank?
Most of the reactions I saw roll by in my social media timelines this weekend to the film "A Deadly Adoption" were along the lines of, "What the hell did I just watch?" I can understand the confusion. And it's awesome. "A Deadly Adoption" aired Saturday on Lifetime, and it is, by any metric you want to use, a completely typical Lifetime movie. What makes it stand out is that the film stars Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, and there's nothing about the film at any point that would tip that this is meant as a joke. The film opens with a party being thrown by Robert (Ferrell) and his wife Sarah (Wiig), during which Robert casually remarks about how they're going to have to fix the dock soon, just about the time Sarah walks down to stand on the dock no matter what Robert says. She's six months pregnant,
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Diego Luna & Ben Mendelsohn Also Cast in 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

More casting news for the upcoming Star Wars Anthology spin-off titled Rogue One, being directed by Gareth Edwards. With shooting starting up soon, they're finalizing casting and so far we've seen them making some excellent choices: Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed are confirmed. And now Variety can confirm a few others: Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. The plot, revealed at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim a few months ago, follows a band of resistance fighters on a daring mission to steal the Death Star (plans). Luna will play a lead role alongside Jones and Ahmed, however Mendelsohn is apparently playing the lead antagonist (or "primary villain" as he's being called). Now this new movie is really starting to come together. Mexican actor Diego Luna has appeared in a number of roles in various movies, taking on more lead roles recently. He's been in: Y Tu Mamá También, Frida, The Terminal,
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Genesis Rodriguez Leaves CAA for ICM Partners (Exclusive)

Genesis Rodriguez Leaves CAA for ICM Partners (Exclusive)
Genesis Rodriguez has signed with ICM Partners. The move marks a return to the agency for the actress, currently on screens with Warner Bros.Liam Neeson thriller Run All Night, who moved to CAA in May 2014. Rodriguez made up part of the voice cast of Disney’s Oscar-winning animated feature Big Hero 6 and last year starred in Kevin Smith’s Tusk. Other credits include Identity Thief, Man on a Ledge, Casa de mi Padre and a stint on Entourage. She is also the new face of L’Oreal Paris. Read More CAA vs. UTA, Corporate Raiding and the Ghost of

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'Spoils Before Dying' Gets Kristen Wiig & Haley Joel Osment

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'Spoils Before Dying' Gets Kristen Wiig & Haley Joel Osment
Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters), Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids, The Maya Rudolph Show) and Haley Joel Osment (Entourage The Movie, Tusk) have joined the formidable cast of IFC's six-part comedic miniseries, The Spoils Before Dying. Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment also appeared in the first installment of the Spoils franchise, The Spoils of Babylon, which aired on IFC last year and earned Wiig an Emmy&#8482 nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries. Currently in production, The Spoils Before Dying will make its television debut this summer on IFC.

Also returning in new roles are Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Steve Tom (Major Crimes) and Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). New cast additions to The Spoils Before Dying include Kate McKinnon (SNL, Ghostbusters), Tim Meadows (Marry Me, SNL), Chris Parnell (30 Rock, SNL), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl, We Are Friends), Andrew Daly (Review, Comedy Bang! Bang!
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LatinoBuzz: Pantelion's First Coproduction with Dominican Republic's Lantica Pictures

Lantica Pictures, the former Indomina, is in post on their first project under the multi-picture agreement with Pantelion Films announced this past 2014 Cannes. Pantelion Films will head up domestic and international distribution through the second partnership agreement between the two companies.

"Cómplices," (Accomplices) which is now in advanced post-production stage, is a romantic comedy which marks the company’s first Dominican-shot film under the multi-picture deal signed with Pantelion Films.The film tells the story of an uncle who is forced to take his despondent nephew under his wing as they go on an exotic adventure to the Dominican Republic. The movie was directed by Luis Eduardo Reyes and produced by Leo Zimbrón, producer of the Mexican hit "Pulling Strings," with Sandra Condito and Lantica Pictures, Lantica Media’s production company. "Cómplices" features Mexican actors Arath De La Torre and Jesús Zavala as well as Dominican stars Liche Ariza, Paula Ferry, Sharlene Taulé and Claudette Lalí.

“The completion of principal photography on our first project under the multi-picture agreement with Pantelion Films is an achievement of which we are quite proud,” commented Antonio Gennari, CEO of Lantica Media. "It’s another step forward in strengthening the Dominican film industry and allowing the world to see what we have to offer”.

Paul Presburger, CEO of Pantelion Films added, “We had a wonderful experience working with Lantica Pictures and their team. We look forward to continuing to produce great films in the Dominican Republic with Lantica Media​."

"Cómplices" was produced entirely in the Dominican Republic, taking advantage of the diverse range of locations the country has to offer, as well as the powerful incentives provided by the country’s Cinema Law.

More about Lantica Pictures

Lantica Pictures is a film production company based in the Dominican Republic destined to be a leading competitor in the international marketplace. Lantica Pictures develops, finances and produces original content for both English and Spanish language audiences. Projects in development for 2015 include three English-language features as well as four additional Spanish-language films.

Lantica Pictures is an operating unit of Lantica Media (www.lantica.media), an innovative media company that invests across several segments of the entertainment industry.

More about Pantelion

Pantelion Films is the first major Latino Hollywood studio and the new face of Hispanic entertainment. Launched in 2010, Pantelion releases include the breakout hit "Instructions Not Included," the recent box office success "Cantinflas," which achieved the highest per screen average of any film in nationwide release on its opening weekend, as well as films such as "Pulling Strings," "Casa de mi Padre" and "From Prada to Nada."
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Ventana Sur’s Blood Window Focuses Ramp-up of Latin American Genre (Exclusive)

Mar Del Plata – A cohort of Latin America’s young high priests of horror – Uruguay’s Gustavo Hernandez, Argentina’s Adrian and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano and Daniel de la Vega, Mexico/L.A.’s Lemon Films, Colombia’s Rhayuela, Cuba’s 5th Avenue – will congregate for Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, which ranks, besides Austin’s Fantastic Market as one of Latin America’s two big Latin America genre jamborees.

Notably, Latin America’s modern genre build is an almost entirely 21st century phenomenon. None of the 21 directors featured at Blood Window in either its six-title Work in Progress or much larger Beyond the Window helmed a feature before 2000.

“There’s always been a sensation, not only in Argentina but also over Latin America, that genre couldn’t really belong to us: It was the almost exclusive preserve of Americans,” said Incaa’s Javier Fernandez, Blood Window organizer.

“Just a few years back,
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Rosewater movie review (London Film Festival)

Jon Stewart’s first film is passionate and principled, as I expected, but also hopeful, almost serene, and even gently amusing, which I did not. I’m “biast” (pro): love Jon Stewart

I’m “biast” (con): …but was a little worried whether he could pull this off

I have not read the source material

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

I had a lot of hopes for Jon Stewart’s first foray into narrative cinematic storytelling, which he’s never done before. I expected something passionate, principled, and political. In these I was not disappointed… and I was also pleased to discover that he has an aptitude for telling a complicated story that plays on multiple levels, both personal and cultural, in a smartly streamlined, easy to swallow way. What I wasn’t expecting was his tone in Rosewater: hopeful, almost serene, even gently amusing.
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Fantastic Fest 2014: 15 Projects Heading to the Fest's Latin American Genre Film Market

Fantastic Fest 2015 will include the second edition of the international co-production market Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico, and this year 15 projects have been selected. Read on for the full list!

The Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico runs September 18-20 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest lead programmer Rodney Perkins and festival director Kristen Bell are heading up the effort. For more info on all of the below projects, visit FantasticFest.com/Projects.

Canana - the Mexican production outlet helmed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz - is co-producing the market alongside filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network. Cristina Garza, Vice President of Mundial, Canana's sales joint venture with Im Global, is sourcing projects from the region.

"The public response to this year's call for submissions was astounding," says market director Perkins. "The 15 selected projects represent a diverse mix of talent from the United States and abroad. We are extremely
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Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ looks really sick

What else can you say other than this looks messed up? Well, it looks messed up in all the right ways. A not retiring anytime soon Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, and many podcasts) gives us our first real good look at his upcoming horror film, Tusk. Based on a prank craigslist ad that Smith and friend Scott Mosier discussed in depth on their Smodcast postcast, Tusk tells the story of a crazed old man attempting to turn a young podcaster into a walrus. Yep, a walrus. It can’t be emphasized enough that this film looks insane and twisted on every level. The film stars Michael Parks (Red State, From Dusk Till Dawn), Justin Long (Dodgeball, Jeepers Creepers), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), and Génesis Rodríguez (Casa de Mi Padre) and is set to be released by A24 Films this September 19th.

The post Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Y tu mamá también

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 19, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Gael García Bernal (l.) and Diego Luna hit the road in Y tu mamá también.

The smash 2001 road comedy Y tu mamá también from the Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) is that rare movie to combine raunchy subject matter and emotional warmth.

Gael García Bernal (Casa de mi Padre) and Diego Luna (Contraband) shot to international stardom as a pair of horny Mexico City teenagers from different classes who, after their girlfriends jet off to Italy for the summer, are bewitched by a gorgeous older Spanish woman (Tetro’s Maribel Verdú) they meet at a wedding. When she agrees to accompany them on a trip to a faraway beach, the three form an increasingly intense and sensual alliance that ultimately strips them both physically and emotionally bare.

Shot with elegance and dexterity by the great Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life
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