‘Cortes’ Drama From Martin Scorsese & Benicio Del Toro In Works At HBO
Liz   No Comments Article, News, Projects – HBO is taking on a pivotal moment in the history of the Americasgerolmo with Cortes, a high-profile drama series in development. It is being written/executive produced by Mississippi Burning scribe Chris Gerolmo, directed/executive produced by Martin Scorsese and executive produced Benecio Del Toro who is interested in starring as the Aztec conqueror.

Cortes will tell the sweepincortesmontezumag story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who brought down the Aztec empire; Malinche, the Mayan girl who helped him do it; and Montezuma, the Aztec leader he befriended and finally put in chains.

The subject matter has the makings of a compelling drama as Cortés’ legacy is a complex one. On one hand, he won Mexico for Spain and extended the Spanish Empire. But from the indigenous’ point of view, he was a mass murderer who spearheaded the destruction of one of the greatest civilizations of that time.

In addition to Gerolmo and Oscar winners Scorsese and Del Toro, Cortes is executive produced by Laura Bickford, Del Toro’s producing partner on Che; Del Toro’s manager Rick Yorn; and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, president of production for Scorsese’s Sikelia Prods.

WME-repped Scorsese made his TV debut with the HBO period drama Boardwalk Empire, winning an Emmy for directing the pilot. He is directing his second HBO pilot, the untitled Rock ‘N’ Roll drama, a collaboration with Mick Jagger and Boardwalk Empire‘s Terence Winter, which explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business in 1970s New York.

In TV, Gerolmo previously co-created with Steven Bochco the FX Iraq drama series Over There and most recently worked on the network’s U.S.-Mexico-border drama The Bridge. He is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman.

This would be the latest Latin American historical figure portrayal for Del Toro who toplined Escobar: Paradise Lost and Steven Soderbergh’s Che. In addition to Escobar, CAA-repped Del Toro is coming off his role as The Collector in the summer blockbuster The Guardians Of The Galaxy.

UPI Takes Spain on Del Toro, Robbins, Kurylenko Starrer ‘A Perfect Day,’
Liz   No Comments A Perfect Day, Article, News – Universal Pictures International Spain has acquired Spanish rights to Fernando Leon’s war-zone set human drama “A Perfect Day,” starring Oscar winners Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) and Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as well as actresses Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion”) and Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”).

UPI will release “A Perfect Day” in Spain in 2015. Selling international rights to “A Perfect Day,” WestEnd Films will show a new promo to international buyers at the American Film Market on Sunday.

The first English-language film from Leon, a popular Spanish auteur distinguished by the humor of his social-issue dramas, “Perfect Day” is a dramedy-thriller, turning on a motley group of war-zone aid workers dealing with their own very human dramas: Mambru (Del Toro) wants to go home; Katya once wanted Mambru; B (Robbins) doesn’t know what he wants. And what they want rarely matches what they need. When a corpse contaminates the local well, the aid workers face a race against time across a frenzied war landscape to save the local water supply.

“A Perfect Day” is produced by Mediapro, one of Spain’s biggest media groups, and Leon’s Reposado, in their third co-production of a Leon-directed title.

UPI’s “Perfect Day” pick-up rolls off a robust 2014 for Universal’s London-based international distribution operation, which is already one of the most active of Hollywood studios in the distribution (UPI) and production (UPIP) of international independent titles.

Escobar: Paradise Lost Official US Trailer
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The movie will be released on January 16, 2015 in the US!

(Video) Guardians of the Galaxy – Secrets of the Collector’s Lair
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Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 9, 2014. You can already pre-order it on Amazon.

Additional ‘Paradise Lost’ Stills
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I have added more stills of Benicio in Paradise Lost.

Benicio Del Toro Joining Jamie Foxx in Harmony Korine’s ‘The Trap’
Liz   No Comments News/Rumors, Projects – Benicio Del Toro is joining Jamie Foxx in The Trap, a Southern revenge movie written and to be directed by Spring Breakers helmer Harmony Korine.

The script is a crime thriller centering on two childhood friends now in their mid-to-late 30s — one of whom is very successful and the other has spent the majority of his adult life in jail. On the eve of a big recognition for the successful man, the other is released from jail and determined to get even.

John Lesher and Charles-Marie Anthonioz are producing the film, which is slated to shoot early next year.

Foxx is gearing up for a big Christmas season, co-starring in New Line’s comedy Horrible Bosses 2, opening November 26, and toplining Sony’s update of Annie, which opens December 19. He’s repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.

Del Toro was most recently seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, and will hit the big screen next in Inherent Vice. He’s repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson.

[October 21] Paradise Lost Premiere in Paris
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Benicio and his co-stars attended the French Premiere of Paradise Lost last night in Paris. You can see 27 high quality photos in our gallery.