Prieto to Make Feature Directorial Debut with the Revenge Thriller “Bastard”

Rodrigo Prieto is stepping into the director’s chair…

The 51-year-old Mexican cinematographer, who has worked on films such as Martin Scorcese’s Silence and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, will make his directorial debut with the revenge thriller Bastard.

Rodrigo Prieto

Based on an original script penned by Bill Gullo, Bastard is a taut revenge thriller with a riveting antagonist at its core, set against a looming flood that will ravage the small town of Bird’s Point, Missouri.

A Mexico-City native, Prieto started his career shooting television commercials at the age of 22 before moving into features in 1992. He broke out into the film scene with his work on Amores Perros, which kicked off his collaboration with director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Prieto boasts a top-notch list of film credits including Julie Taymor’s Frida; Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile; Spike Lee’s 25th Hour; Iñárritu’s 21 Grams and Babel; Oliver Stone’s Alexander; Kevin Macdonald’s State of Play; Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces; Francis Laurence’s Water for Elephants; Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo; Lee’s Brokeback Mountain; Ben Affleck’s Argo; and a clutch of Scorcese titles.

He’s most recently worked on HBO series Vinyl and Silence, the latter of which saw him earn an Oscar nomination.

Prieto directed his first short film Likeness, starring Elle Fanning, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

Production is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

Jaramillo to Star in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” Spinoff Pilot “Mayans MC”

It’s a ride or die moment for Antonio Jaramillo.

The Latino actor will co-star opposite JD Pardo in Mayans MC, the Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot for FX from Kurt Sutter.

Antonio Jaramillo

Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller’s death at the end of SOA’s seven-season run in 2014, Mayans MC will focus on the struggles of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. EZ is the gifted son of a proud Latino family, whose American dream was snuffed out by cartel violence. Now, his need for vengeance drives him toward a life he never intended and can never escape.

Jaramillo will play Michael “Riz” Ariza, Vice President of the Mayans MC Santo Padre and former leader of a local Mexican MC that was patched over by the Mayans. He uses his even-tempered charm to mask his mistrust and lingering resentment.

In addition to Pardo, Jaramillo joins previously cast Edward James Olmos, John Ortiz and Clayton Cardenas.

Mayans MC was co-created by Sutter and Elgin James. Sutter is set to executive produce and direct the pilot; James is co-executive producer for Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Jaramillo recurred as Jennifer Lopez’s ex on the first season of NBC’s Shades of Blue and also recurred on TNT’s Dallas reboot. In features, he co-starred opposite Demián Bichir in Oliver Stone’s Savages.

Jaramillo to Star in USA Network’s Pilot “The Wilding”

Antonio Jaramillo is going wild(ing)

The Mexican actor, who will star opposite Jennifer Lopez in NBC’s drama series Shades of Blue, has booked a series regular role in The Wilding, USA Network’s two-hour backdoor pilot from Universal Cable Productions and executive producers Tim Kring and writer-creator Silka Luisa.

Antonio Jaramillo

In The Wilding, disparate people across North Carolina realize they’re connected by the same haunting. Their only hope is a fractured family battling the repercussions of a teenage pregnancy, addiction and the discovery that they belong to a subset of people with supersensory abilities called Wildings.

Jaramillo will portray Carlos, Margaret’s (Jordana Spiro) husband. As a recovered drug addict and popular teacher, he connects with his troubled step-daughter Kayla in a way that others can’t.

Best known for his performance in Oliver Stone’s drug-themed film Savages, his previous television credits include Dallas, CSI: Cyber, Gang Related, The Mentalist and Burn Notice.

Jaramillo to Star Opposite Jennifer Lopez in NBC’s Drama “Shades of Blue”

Antonio Jaramillo is feeling blue

The Mexican actor, who last appeared as Hector on Lifetime’s Devious Maids, has been cast in a recurring role opposite Jennifer Lopez on NBC’s new drama series Shades of Blue.

Antonio Jaramillo

Directed by Barry Levinson, the police series follows a tight-knit crew of officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe, but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own.

When one of the officers is forced to become a federal informant, Lopez’s character must decide between her own family’s welfare and that of her police family.

Jaramillo will play Miguel Zepeda, an ex-boyfriend of Harlee Santos (Lopez).

Best known for his role in Oliver Stone’s drug-themed film Savages, His previous television credits include appearances on Dallas, CSI: Cyber, Gang Related, The Mentalist and Burn Notice.

International Trailer Released for Banderas’ Chilean Miner Drama “The 33”

It’s mine over matter for Antonio Banderas in his latest film…

The international trailer has been released for The 33, starring the 54-year-old Spanish actor.

Antonio Banderas in The 33

Directed by Patricia Riggen, the film tells the story of the 2010 Chilean miner drama.

And the just-released trailer includes some haunting images.

Similar to how Oliver Stone took audiences inside the Twin Towers during 9/11 in World Trade Center, Riggen thrusts us in the midst of the miners’ devastating circumstances, displaying the earth falling upon them in the Copiapo, Chile caves.

The miners spent more than two months awaiting rescue as the world watched and numerous countries sent help. The U.S. sent a NASA team and an American driller.

Banderas stars as Mario Sepulveda, a miner who becomes trapped on the last day before his retirement. The film also stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne and Rodrigo Santoro.

Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten and Michael Thomas adapted the screenplay from Hector Tobar’s book.

A U.S. release date has not been set yet.

del Toro to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at San Sebastian International Film Festival

Benicio del Toro is about to add another award to his collection…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican actor and film producer and Oscar-winner will receive the Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Benicio del Toro III

del Toro’s latest film Escobar: Paradise Lostwill close the Pearls Selection at the festival, which runs September 19-27.

Escobar, written by Andrea di Stefano, tells the story of young surfer Nick who thinks he has landed in paradise when he falls in love with a Colombian girl on a visit to see his brother who is living in the South American country only to have it change when he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

del Toro has confirmed that he’ll come to San Sebastian to present the film and receive the Donostia at the closing ceremony. Di Stefano, Josh Hutcherson and Carlos Bardem will also be present for the film’s Spanish premiere.

del Toro is a favorite at San Sebastian where he has accompanied films from his career.

del Toro won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic as well as an Oscar nomination for his work in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s 21 Grams.

del Toro re-teamed with Soderbergh to star in the biography of Che Guevera Che. The performance won him the Best Actor award at the Palme D’Or Closing Ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, and again the following year at the Goya Awards in Madrid, Spain.

He starred opposite Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins in Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman and as Lado in Oliver Stone’s Savages.

del Toro was starred as Jimmy, the lead in Jimmy P. The film was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He was last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy a sci-fi action film for Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Enterprises, which was released in the beginning of August 2014.

Next year he’ll play Mambru in Fernando Leon’s A Perfect Day and Sauncho Smilax in Inherent Vice, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

The actor is currently in production on Denis Villeneuve’s Sicaro.

Hayek to Co-Star Opposite John Travolta in “A Three Dog Life”

Only seven weeks in and 2014 is already turning out to be a busy year for Salma Hayek

The 47-year-old Mexican actress, who recently signed on to star in the political thriller The Septembers of Shiraz and will appear in theaters later this year in the action thriller Everly, has lined up yet another project.

Salma Hayek

Hayek will star opposite John Travolta in A Three Dog Life.

The drama, based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, centers on Thomas’ life in the aftermath of her husband’s devastating car accident.

Nick Guthe, who penned the adaptation of the book, will direct the film.

In addition to Everly, Hayek will star in How to Make Love Like an Englishman opposite Pierce Brosnan and Jessica Alba.

She was also recently cast in Matteo Garrone’s next film, The Tale Of Tales.

Hayek and Travolta previously co-starred in 2006′s Lonely Hearts and more recently in Oliver Stone’s 2012 film Savages.

Dimension Films and Radius-TWC Have Acquired Rights to Hayek’s Action Thriller “Everly”

She portrayed in dastardly drug lord in Oliver Stone’s Savages… But now Salma Hayek’s switching sides.

Dimension Films and Radius-TWC have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the 47-year-old Mexican actress’ intense action thriller Everly.

Salma Hayek

Directed by Joe Lynch from a script by Yale Hannon, the film centers in Hayek’s character. She’s described as a down-on-her-luck woman forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss, while trying to save her estranged mother and daughter.

Togo Igawa, Masashi Fujimoto and Hiroyuki Watanabe also star in Everly, which is slated for a fourth quarter 2014 release.

“We’ve been on the hunt for a female driven action franchise and we’ve finally found it in Everly,” said Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego. “Salma is utterly transcendent.”

It’s the latest project from the Oscar-nominated actress to make headlines in recent days.

Hayek previously signed on to star opposite Shohreh Aghdashloo in the thriller The Septembers of Shiraz, the film adaptation of a Dalia Sofer novel.

Lavanderos’ “Las cosas como son” Earns Karlovy Vary Film Festival Award

Fernando Lavanderos’ latest project has earned critical acclaim in Czechoslovakia.

The 39-year-old Chilean filmmaker’s Las cosas como son has won the Independent Camera Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Las cosas como son

The 2012 Spanish-language drama/thriller centers on an antisocial man who rents rooms to foreigners and lives vicariously through them. But when a 23-year-old Nordic girl arrives one day and brings meaning to his life, he tries to woo her. But  just when he thinks he’s been successful at winning her love, he discovers that she’s hiding something, awakening his worst fears.

Las cosas como son had previously won the Latin American competition at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

During the film festival, John Travolta, Oliver Stone and Theodor Pištěk received the Crystal Globe Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

Here’s a look at the full list of 2013 Karlovy Vary winners:

GRAND PRIX CRYSTAL GLOBE
Le grand cahier / A nagy füzet
Directed by: János Szász
Hungary, Germany, Austria, France, 2013

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
A Field in England
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
United Kingdom, 2013

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
Jan Hřebejk
Honeymoon / Líbánky
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2013

BEST ACTRESS AWARD
Amy Morton
Bluebird
Directed by: Lance Edmands
USA, Sweden, 2012

Louisa Krause
Bluebird 
Directed by: Lance Edmands
USA, Sweden, 2012

Emily Meade
Bluebird 
Directed by: Lance Edmands
USA, Sweden, 2012

Margo Martindale
Bluebird 
Directed by: Lance Edmands
USA, Sweden, 2012

BEST ACTOR AWARD
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
XL
Directed by: Marteinn Þórsson
Iceland, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION
Papusza
Directed by: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Poland, 2013

EAST OF THE WEST – FILMS IN COMPETITION

EAST OF THE WEST AWARD
Floating Skyscrapers / Płynące wieżowce 
Directed by: Tomasz Wasilewski
Poland, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION
Miracle / Zázrak
Directed by: Juraj Lehotský
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2013

DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN COMPETITION

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM OVER 30 MINUTES LONG
Pipeline / Truba 
Directed by: Vitaly Manskiy
Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, 2013

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM UNDER 30 MINUTES LONG
Beach Boy
Directed by: Emil Langballe
United Kingdom, 2013

SPECIAL MENTION
The Manor 
Directed by: Shawney Cohen
Canada, 2013

INDEPENDENT CAMERA AWARD
Things the Way They Are / Las cosas como son
Directed by: Fernando Lavanderos
Chile, 2012

AUDIENCE AWARD
Revival
Directed by: Alice Nellis
Czech Republic, 2013

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA
Theodor Pištěk
Czech Republic

Oliver Stone
USA

John Travolta
USA

FESTIVAL PRESIDENT´S AWARD
Vojtěch Jasný
Czech Republic

AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI)

Shame / Styd
Directed by: Yusup Razykov
Russia, 2013

THE ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD
Bluebird 
Directed by: Lance Edmands
USA, Sweden, 2012

Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDEORA)
FEDEORA AWARD
Velvet Terrorists / Zamatoví teroristi
Directed by: Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík, Peter Kerekes
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Croatia, 2013

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL AWARD
Le grand cahier / A nagy füzet
Directed by: János Szász
Hungary, Germany, Austria, France, 2013

AWARD OF 10,000 EUROS IN SERVICES FOR THE MOST PROMISING PROJECT
Blind dates / Brma Paemnebi
Directed by: Levan Koguashvili
Georgia

Hayek Set to Star in the Action-Thriller “Everly”

She may have played a mob boss in Oliver Stone’s Savages… But Salma Hayek will be hunted down by her mob-boss ex in her next film.

The 46-year-old Mexican actress will star in the intense action thriller Everly.

Salma Hayek

Directed by Joe Lynch, the film centers on a down-on-her-luck woman who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss. The film is set entirely in one room.

The movie will be shot in Belgrade, Serbia this summer.

Hayek is producing the animated film The Prophet with Participant Media Films and will be reprising her role in Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 this summer.