Oscar Isaac to Lend Voice to HBO Max’s “A World of Calm” Series

Oscar Isaac is helping bring the calm…

HBO Max has ordered A World of Calm, featuring the 41-year-old Guatemalan & Cuban actor’s voice.

Oscar Isaac

The series is based on Calm, a popular sleep and meditation app, and will be narrated by several big names like Isaac.

The 10-episode order, co-produced by Calm and Nutopia, is HBO Max’s first brush with the health and wellness space and 

From the creators of the Calm app and Nutopia, the series combines mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars like Isaac, Mahershala AliIdris ElbaNicole Kidman, Zoë KravitzLucy LiuCillian Murphy and Keanu Reeves.

Here’s the logline: A timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world. Building on Calm’s Sleep Stories– bedtime stories for grown-ups – each relaxing tale is designed to transform how you feel. Viewers will be transported into tranquility through scientifically engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage to naturally calm the body and soothe the mind.

“With the considerable amount of stress and chaos we are all experiencing at this particularly challenging time, we could all use a bit of guided relaxation, and A World of Calmis here to help,” said Jennifer O’Connell, EVP Non-fiction and Kids Programming at HBO Max.

“Although this collaboration has been in the works for many months,” said Nutopia CEO and founder Jane Root, “this series has been entirely created during quarantine using Nutopia’s worldwide network of award-winning cinematographers and filmmakers. We hope this series of serene stories will bring a sense of much needed calm to audiences.”

Added Calm co-founder and co-CEO Michael Acton Smith: “Calm started life as a meditation app, but the brand has evolved far beyond that. We are delighted to bring the magic behind our audio Sleep Stories to the screen for the first time. These experiences are visual Valium and will help people relax and unwind during these stressful times.”

Nicolás Pereda’s Narco Culture-Themed Film “Fauna” to Premiere at This Year’s Reimagined Toronto Film Festival

Nicolás Pereda is bringing the faunato this year’s reimagined Toronto Film Festival.

The 38-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s latest film Fauna will be among the film’s screened at the festival, which is North America’s largest festival.

Nicolás Pereda

The film is an exploration of the impact of “narco” culture on Mexican society.

It’ll be Fauna’s official global premiere. An excerpt from the film was screened as part of the “Works in Progress” section of the Los Cabos International Film Festival in 2019,and won the Cinecolor Mexico Award.

This year’s edition will run from September 10–19. As expected, the festival will look different due to the coronavirus.

Organizers say the 45th TIFF will be “tailored to fit the moment,” with a combination of physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences and industry talks. 

There’ll be considerably fewer movies — a selection comprising 50 new features — and the festival isn’t expecting large numbers of international press or industry to attend in person.

In addition to Pereda’s Fauna, this year’s strong crop of early movies confirmed to screen at the festival are the Kate Winslet-starrer AmmoniteThomas Vinterberg’s Another RoundConcrete Cowboy with Idris ElbaGood Joe Bell starring Mark WahlbergSuzanne Lindon’s Spring BlossomTrue Mothers by Naomi Kawase and Halle Berry’s directorial debut BruisedMore titles will be announced over the summer.

The movies will play over the event’s first five days as physical, socially distanced screenings. There will also be five programs of short films, interactive talks, film cast reunions, and Q&As with cast and filmmakers.

However, the festival has acknowledged that its plans for an in-person festival will be contingent on the local government’s “reopening framework to ensure that festival venues and workplaces practice, meet and exceed public health guidelines.” Large gatherings still aren’t permitted in Toronto.

TIFF temporarily closed its year-round offices and cinemas at TIFF Bell Lightbox in March due to the pandemic. The organization is now taking steps to prepare for reopening and working with medical advisors and public health officials to ensure safe conditions.

Meanwhile, TIFF is launching a bespoke digital platform for the festival. The organization has partnered with Shift72 on the platform, which will host digital screenings, talks and special events.

The Industry Conference will be online-only this year, with screenings for press and industry taking place on the digital platform only. The fest says there will be “advanced security and anti-piracy measures, access to buyers, and opportunities for networking.”

For 2020, TIFF says it will welcome 50 filmmakers and actors as TIFF Ambassadors to help the festival deliver its program. They will include Ava DuVernayTaika Waititi, Anurag KashyapNicole KidmanMartin ScorseseNadine LabakiAlfonso CuarónTantoo CardinalRiz Ahmed, Isabelle HuppertClaire DenisAtom EgoyanPriyanka Chopra, Viggo MortensenZhang ZiyiDavid OyelowoLulu Wang, Rosamund PikeSarah Gadon and Denis Villeneuve.

TIFF will also present its annual TIFF Tribute Awards, acknowledging and celebrating outstanding contributors to the film industry. 

Now in its third year, TIFF’s Media Inclusion Initiative will continue to accredit eligible black, indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+ and female emerging film critics. New this year, TIFF is also offering companies and individuals the opportunity to gift industry access to 250 underrepresented emerging filmmakers from around the world.

First Trailer Released for Bardem & Sean Penn’s Action Thriller “The Gunman”

Javier Bardem is back to his baddie ways…

The 45-year-old Spanish actor and Oscar winner goes head to head against Sean Penn in The Gunman, as witnessed in the film’s first official trailer.

Javier Bardem

In the film helmed by Taken director Pierre Morel, Penn stars as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD. He tries to reconnect with his longtime love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.

Bardem, who won an Academy Award for portraying a psychopathic assassin in No Country for Old Men, stars as Penn’s old associate, who isn’t about to let him walk serenely off into the sunset.

The action thriller is based on the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel The Prone Gunman.

In addition to Penn and Bardem, the film also stars Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance.

Open Road Films will release The Gunman in theaters on March 20, 2015.

Open Road Films to Release Bardem’s “The Gunman” in February

Javier Bardem’s latest feature film is heading to theaters in early 2015…

Open Road Films has scheduled The Gunman, starring the 45-year-old Spanish actor and Sean Penn, to open in theaters in the Unted States on February 20, 2015.

Javier Bardem in The Gunman

Directed by Pierre Morel, the action thriller stars Penn as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD. He tries to reconnect with his long-time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and acrossEurope in order to clear his name.

The Gunman was acquired by Open Road earlier this month.

In addition to Penn and Bardem,the film also Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca.

Studiocanal, which has the rights to distribute the film in its home territories, will first release The Gunman on February 18 in France, followed by Australia and New Zealand on February 19.

It will time the United Kingdom release to the U.S. on February 20 and open in Germany a week later on February 26.

The Gunman had originally been slated for a December 2014 release in France, but a switch was reportedly made to accommodate a closer day-and-date with the U.S.

Open Road Acquires the U.S. Rights to Bardem’s Action-Thriller “The Gunman”

There’s nothing but open road ahead for Javier Bardem’s latest project.

Open Road Films has closed a deal to acquire the U.S. rights to The Gunman, the action thriller starring the 45-year-old Spanish actor, Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca.

Javier Bardem

Directed by Taken helmer Pierre Morel, the film is based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman.

It stars Penn as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He tries to reconnect with his longtime love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.

No word yet on an expected release date.

Rapace to Star Opposite Idris Elba and Sam Worthington in “Alive Alone”

Noomi Rapace won’t be alive alone for long…

The 34-year-old half-Spanish actress, who was originally announced as the leading lady in Alive Alone at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, has two new co-stars.

Noomi Rapace

Rapace was originally set to star opposite Matthias Schoenaerts in the Thunder Road-produced drama. But Schoenaerts had to pull out of the project for personal reasons.

But Rapace won’t be co-starless for long…

Idris Elba and Sam Worthington have just joined the cast, with filming expected to start this March.

The New York-set drama marks the feature helming debut of Khurram Longi, who will direct the project from his own script.

Elba stars as an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay working as a taxi driver, and Rapace plays a prostitute on the run from a feared crime boss (Worthington). When their worlds collide, they unexpectedly find salvation in one another.

Elba and Rapace previously co-starred together in the sort-of prequel to Ridley Scott‘s Alien, Prometheus.

Rapace, who rose to acclaim after starring in the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film and its sequels in the Millennium trilogy, most recently starred in Brian De Palma’s erotic thriller Passion.

Final Trailer Released for del Toro’s Latest Film “Pacific Rim”

The third time’s the charm for Guillermo del Toro

The 48-year-old Mexican director has released the third and final trailer for his highly anticipated monster movie Pacific Rim.

Pacific Rim

In the new clip, Idris Elba‘s character Stacker Pentecost enlist Charlie Hunnam’s washed-up pilot Raleigh Becket for a last-ditch attempt to save humanity.

Becket will team with rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to steer the giant Jaeger robots as they go after the relentless Kaiju monsters.

Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky and Max Martini also star.

Pacific Rim opens nationwide on July 12.

Warner Bros. Releases “Making of” Featurette for del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”

Here’s your chance to get a sneak peek at the monsters of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

Warner Bros. has released a new 4-minute featurette that gives viewers an up close and personal look inside the massive robots deployed to battle the kaijus that have emerged from the sea in the 48-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s highly anticipated film.

Pacific Rim

“Every movie has to have a portion of analog practical effects to really convey the sense of physical reality of the film,” says del Toro, before expanding on how he managed to do that for Pacific Rim.

Meanwhile, the film’s stars Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam talk about  the challenges they faced while filming del Toro’s “torture machine.”

Pacific Rim, from Legendary Pictures, opens July 12.

First Full-Length Trailer for del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” Released

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is shaping up to be the blockbuster of the summer…

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for the 48-year-old Mexican director’s monster movie.

Pacific Rim

The trailer expands on footage that was unveiled at WorldCon last month.

Pacific Rim centers on an alien attack that threatens the Earth’s existence, and the giant robots piloted by humans that the government deploys to fight off the invasion.

It stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Clifton Collins Jr.

Pacific Rim opens nationwide on July 12.

International Trailer Released for del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”

Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated film is getting the international treatment…

Warner Bros. India recently posted the first international trailer for the 48-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s sci-fi action film.

Pacific Rim

The spot features Idris Elba’s Lieutenant-Commander Stacker Pentecost who’s “cancelling the apocalypse” as Earth battles evil aliens risen from the deep.

The Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures film also stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman.

Pacific Rim opens nationwide on July 12.