Isabel Arraiza to Star in the Thriller “The Little Things”

Isabel Arraiza has Things to do…

The Puerto Rican actress has joined the cast of The Little Things, the Warner Bros. thriller that stars Oscar winners Denzel WashingtonJared Leto, and Rami Malek.

Isabel Arraiza

John Lee Hancockwrote and is directing the film, which centers around Deke (Washington), a burned-out Kern County, CA deputy sheriff who teams with Baxter (Malek), a crack LASD detective, to nab a serial killer. Deke’s nose for the “little things” proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past. 

Arraiza will play Baxter’s wife. 

Her previous credits include television appearances on PearsonElementary and The Oath.

Fernanda Montenegro’s “Invisible Life” to Open in December via Amazon Studios

Fernanda Montenegro’s latest project is getting a new lease on Life

The 90-year-old Brazilian actress’ Invisible LifeBrazil’s official Oscar entry in the Foreign Film race, will open December 20 via Amazon Studios

Fernanda Montenegro

The tropical melodrama stars Montenegro, Carol Duarte and Julia Stockler and is set in Rio de Janeiro in 1950. 

Eurídice and Guida are two inseparable sisters living at home with their conservative parents. Although immersed in a traditional life, each one nourishes a dream: Eurídice of becoming a renowned pianist, Guida of finding true love. In a dramatic turn, they are separated by their father and forced to live apart. They take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up hope of finding each other.

The RT Features production made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival back in May where it won Un Certain Regard, then continued on to numerous awards fall festivals, including Toronto, Mill Valley, London and Hamptons. 

Cinematographer Hélène Louvart also won the Golden Camera award at the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaka Brothers.

Earlier this year, Amazon’s foreign film Oscar entry from Poland, Cold Warwas nominated in three categories: best foreign film, cinematography and for Pawel Pawlikowski’s directing. 

Amazon Studio’s The Salesmanfrom Iran, won the Academy Awardfor best foreign film in 2017.

Natalie Martinez to Star in the Sci-Fi Thriller “Reminiscence”

Natalie Martinez is reminiscing…

The 35-year-old Cuban American actresshas joined the cast of Reminiscence, the sci-fi thriller being helmed by Westworld EP Lisa Joy in her first directorial outing.

Natalie Martinez

Martinez will star opposite new cast additions Angela SarafyanOscar nominee Marina De Taviraand Cliff Curtis in the film, joining previously announced stars Hugh JackmanRebecca FergusonThandie Newtonand Daniel Wu.

The Warner Bros. film is a mind bending noir love story set in the dystopic near future of a nighttime, super heated flooded global warmed Miami.

Joy wrote the screenplay and will produce with her Kilter Film partner Jonathan Nolan

The film is a co-production of Kilter Films, Michael De Luca Productionsand FilmNation Entertainment.

Martinez, who appeared inInto The Dark, can currently be seen starring in Netflilx’s miniseries The I-Land

de Tavira appeared in Alfonso Cuarón’s highly acclaimed drama Roma, which she earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. 

Penelope Cruz Receives Donostia Award at San Sebastian Film Festival

Penelope Cruzis being heralded in her home country…

The 45-year-old Oscar-winning Spanish actress has received San Sebastian Film Festival‘s biggest honor, the Donostia Award.

Penelope Cruz

Cruz was given the prize — which had been announced in May — over the weekend during a gala ceremony in a surprise presentation by her close friend, U2lead singerBono, who praised Cruz for her film roles and her off-screen concern for humanity.

“Penélope’s life on the screen fascinates me because it is a family drama,” he said. “Artists like us, like me, get lost in our own selves. Penelope gets lost in others. That’s why we get lost in her.” 

Upon accepting the award, Cruz spoke out against domestic violence against women in Spain and around the world.

“So far this year, 44 women have been murdered by gender-based violence in our country, and since 2003 more than a thousand. How many women are being murdered around the world?”, she asked. “I hope that when a woman finds the superhuman strength she needs to tell what she is going through in such a situation, she will be heard at first and not when it is too late.”

Cruz dedicated the award to her parents, her children and husband, fellow actor Javier Bardem, and three directors she has worked with: Pedro AlmodóvarBigas Lunaand Fernando Trueba.

Cruz is the youngest actress to receive the Donostia prize, three of which are awarded each year.

Greek director Costa-Gavrasand Canadian actor Donald Sutherlandwere named winners of the honor earlier in the week at the festival in the northern Spanish seaside resort town. Cruz won the best actress Oscar in 2008 for her role in Woody Allen‘s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, becoming the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award.

Venezuela Enters Patricia Ortega’s “Being Impossible” Into International Feature Film Oscars Race

Patricia Ortega has joined the Oscar race…

Venezuela’s National Film Auteurs Association (ANAC) has chosen the 42-year-old Venezuelan film director’s Being Impossible as the country’s submission in the international feature film Academy Awards category.

Patricia Ortega

Ortega’s second feature, following 2013’s El regreso, is the story of Ariel, a young seamstress who discovers she was submitted to several surgeries to correct her intersexual body as a baby, a revelation will confront her with the challenge of being an accepted woman or daring to be a free intersexual person.

A co-production between Venezuela’s Mandragora Films and Colombia’s Antorcha FilmsBeing Impossible premiered at Spain’s Valladolid Film Week (Seminci) and also played at SXSW and the Boston LGTB Film Festival, among others.

Venezuela first submitted an Oscar bid in 1978, but has yet to earn a nomination.

The 92nd Academy Awards are set to take place on February 9, 2020.

Natalie Morales to Star in Warner Bros. “The Little Things”

Natalie Morales is celebrating the little things…

The 34-year-old Cuban American actress has joined the cast of Warner Bros.The Little Things opposite Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Rami Malek.

Natalie Morales

The film follows Deke (Washington), a burned-out Kern County, CA. deputy sheriff who teams with Baxter (Malek), a crack LASD detective, to nab a serial killer. Deke’s nose for the “little things” proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past. Jared Letois in talks to join in the role as the serial killer in the project from writer-director John Lee Hancock.

Morales will play a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department detective working for Baxter.

She most recently starred on NBC’s Abby’s sitcom. The Parks and Recreation alum also starred in Fox’s Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani. She also appeared in Fox Searchlight’s Golden Globe-nominated Battle of the Sexes opposite Emma Stoneand Steve Carell. Morales was a regular on Fox’s The Grinder. She also recently directed her second episode of Room 104 for HBO.

Dan Hernandez Lands on Variety‘s 10 Screenwriters to Watch List

It’s turning out to be a banner year for Dan Hernandez

The Latino writer/producer has been named to Varietys 2019 class of 10 Screenwriters to Watch.

Dan Hernandez

Hernandez is recognized alongside Benji Samit for co-penning the action-adventure comedy Pokémon Detective Pikachu, starring Justice Smithand Ryan Reynolds.

Hernandez and Samit join an honorees list that includes Krysty Wilson-Cairns(1917),Chinonye Chukwu(Clemency),Stephany Folsom(Toy Story 4), Shay Hatten(John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum), Amanda Idoko(Breaking News in Yuba County), Shia LaBeouf(Honey Boy), Andrew Lanham(Just Mercy), Edward Norton(Motherless Brooklyn), and Cat Vasko (Queen of the Air).

Previous honorees include Oscarwinners Jennifer Lee(Frozen),Geoffrey Fletcher(Precious),Charlie Kaufman(Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Julian Fellowes(Gosford Park) as well as Emmywinners Lena Dunham(Girls),Evan Goldbergand Seth Rogen(This Is the End), Ken Daurioand Cinco Paul(Despicable Me), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci(Star Trek), and Danny Strong(The Butler).

Hernandez’s other writing credits include The Tick1600 PennOne Day at a Timeand Super Fun Night.

Colombia Selects Alejandro Landes’ “Monos” as Its Pick for the Oscar’s International Feature Film Race

Alejandro Landes is representing Colombia…

The 39-year-old Brazil-born Colombian-Ecuadorian film director’s latest project, the Spanish-language survival thriller Monos, has been selected as Colombia’s selection for the International Feature Film race at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Alejandro Landes

The film centers on a young group of soldiers and rebels training on a remote mountain in Latin America with an American hostage (Julianne Nicholson).

Moisés AriasSofia BuenaventuraDeiby RuedaKaren Quintero and Laura Castrillón star in the film, which Landes co-wrote with Alexis Dos Santos.

Monos

The film won a World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Awardat this year’s Sundance Film Festivalin Park City, Utah. 

The news comes as Neon and co-distributor Participant Media prepare to release the film theatrically in the U.S. on September 13.

Colombia has only seen one film nominated in what was formerly known as the Best Foreign Language Film category. That was Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent in 2015, the year Hungary’s Son of Saulwon the Oscar.

Netflix to Premiere Season 3 of “The Crown” with Helena Bonham Carter in November

Helena Bonham Carter is ready for her crowning moment…

Netflix has announced that the third season of its royal drama The Crown, starring the 53-year-old part-Spanish actress, will premiere on November 17.

Helena Bonham Carter

This comes nearly two years after the airing of the second season of the British drama, which launched on December 8, 2017.

Season 3 of The Crown starts in 1964 and will cover events such as the rise of the Beatles and England winning the soccer World Cupin 1966. Characters such as Camilla Parker Bowleswill also start to emerge in the next season.

Written by Peter Morgan, the third season will have a new cast from the previous two seasons. 

Oscar winner Olivia Colman stars as Queen Elizabeth II, taking over the role from Claire FoyTobias MenziesBen Danielsand Bonham Carter will play Prince PhilipLord Snowdonand Princess Margaret, respectively.

Parker Bowles is played by Emerald Fennelland Prince Charlesby Josh O’ConnorMarion Baileyplays The Queen Mother.

Erin Dohertystars as Princess Anne and Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the series, which runs through 1977.

Guillermo del Toro Receives Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Guillermo del Toro is a star… And he has the hardware to prove it!

The 54-year-old Oscar-winning filmmaker saw his star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fameon Tuesday. 

Guillermo del Toro

The ceremony took place just a few days before the release of the latest film he’s written and produced, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

At the ceremony del Toro told the large crowd of fans to always celebrate their “weirdness.” He remembered coming to Hollywood as a young man and admiring the stars of Boris KarloffLon Chaney and Alfred Hitchcock.


“What I felt with those stars is there were people who were as weird as me and they were here. And it gave me hope,” said del Toro. “This star is for you, all of you who that feel weird.”

Fellow filmmaker and longtime friend J.J. Abrams celebrated del Toro at the unveiling.

“You are a mind-bendingly, brilliant creator, a curator of the most remarkable collection of art, a man who tells stories of unlikely heroes with hearts almost as large as his own,” said Abrams.


sel Toro also spoke about being an immigrant from Mexico, and encouraged everyone to believe in the possibilities in life, not the obstacles.

“Do not believe the lies they tell about us,” said del Toro. “Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference.”

del Toro is known for a number of well-known films, including Pan’s LabyrinthThe Shape of Water and Hellboyamong many others. Shape of Water earned the filmmaker two Academy Awards for best picture and best director.

de Toro’s star is the 2,669th awarded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.