DreamWorks Animation Developing Sequel of Antonio Banderas’ “Puss in Boots”

Antonio Banderasmay be donningboots again…

DreamWorks Animation is working on the next installment of Puss in Boots, which featured the 58-year-old Spanish actor voicing the title character.

Antonio Banderas

The sequel is the follow-up to 2011’s blockbusterOscar-nominated film, which grossed more than $550 million worldwide.

The film will be directed by Bob Persichetti , a veteran of animation for more than two decades, has worked in various capacities on films with DreamWorks Animation.  He served as the Head of Storyand voiced a role in the original Puss in Boots.

The first Puss in Boots received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for Best Animated Feature. TheDWAtake on Puss was first introduced in 2004’s Shrek 2,voiced by Banderas. The character continued to be featured in subsequent Shrek sequels and TV shorts. 

The original Puss in Boots starred the voiceover cast of Salma Hayek(Kitty Softpaws), Zach Galifianakis(Humpty Alexander Dumpty), Billy Bob Thorton(Jack), Amy Sedaris(Jill) and Constance Marie (Imelda).

No release date has been set and animation on the film will take place on the DWA lot in Glendale, CA.

del Toro to Receive Filmmaker Award from Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE)

Guillermo del Toro is getting a reel special honor…

The 52-year-old Mexican filmmaker will receive the 2017 MPSE Filmmaker Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Guillermo del Toro

The organization will celebrate del Toro at the 64th annual Golden Reel Awards on February 19.

“Guillermo del Toro’s relentless imagination and energy provide inspiration to all of us in the entertainment industry,” MPSE president Tom McCarthy said in a statement. “He is constantly surprising, challenging and delighting audiences worldwide. We are extremely proud to recognize his contributions to our industry and culture with our Filmmaker Award.”

del Toro’s directing credits include HellboyPacific Rim, Crimson Peak, Oscar winner Pan’s Labyrinth and the forthcoming The Shape of Water. Earlier in his career, he worked as a special-effects makeup designer. He also has produced such titles as Biutiful, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Book of Life and Puss in Boots.

“Texturally and narratively, sound and image fuse in the cinematic experience,” said del Toro. “I have spent as much time on the mixing board as I have on a stage, shooting or in a color-correction suite grading the final film. To paraphrase Mark Twain: ‘The difference between the almost right sound and the right sound ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.’ I am thus delighted and honored to receive this award from my colleagues and partners in the storytelling experience.”

Cuarón’s “Gravity” Blasts Past the $400 Million Mark Worldwide

Gravity isn’t holding Alfonso Cuarón’s latest project down…

The 51-year-old Mexican director’s critically acclaimed film Gravity has orbited past the $400 million mark worldwide.

Gravity

Through Sunday, the Warner Bros. film has grossed $219.2 million in North America and $207.5 million overseas, an impressive achievement considering older moviegoers are fueling the film’s success.

In addition, Gravity — starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney — is now the biggest live-action October release of all time, not accounting for inflation, surpassing the $376.1 million worldwide earned by Taken 2 (the top October release is Puss in Boots, which took in $555 million globally in 2011).

And Gravity is already the top-grossing October film of all time in North America, besting the $166.2 million earned by Meet the Parents in 2000.

Over the weekend, Gravity placed No. 5 in North America in its fifth weekend, grossing $13.1 million.

Internationally, it continues to gain momentum, it took in $27.1 million from 55 markets.

Gravity is a huge hit in France, where it has now earned $27.1 million. Korea follows with $20.7 million.

Box office observers now agree that Gravity will ultimately earn $550 million to $600 million worldwide, boosting the film’s awards chances.

Gravity has yet to open in the U.K. (Nov. 8), China (Nov. 20) and Japan (Dec. 13).

Diaz & Garcia Among the Latinos in Paramount’s Anniversary Photo

Paramount Pictures is celebrating its 100th anniversary in a picture-perfect way, with help from five of the studio’s biggest Latino luminaries, including Cameron Diaz and Andy Garcia

The third-oldest existing movie studio in the world released a star-studded commemorative photo through Vanity Fair magazine. In all, the picture features 116 of the biggest names in the movie industry who’ve worked with one of Hollywood’s most iconic studios.

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In the image, A-list actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt pose together on a giant stairway alongside noted producers, directors and executives like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and J.J. Abrams.

“It was more than thrilling… and incredibly nostalgic… to be part of that extraordinary gathering of actors who had worked for Paramount, as I had,” said actress Ali McGraw, who can be spotted standing in the middle of photo with her Love Story costar Ryan O’Neal.

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Here’s a look at the five Latinos featured in the image:

Cameron Diaz
The 39-year-old half-Cuban American actress, who may be writing her first book soon, starred in the following Paramount Pictures projects: The Shrek series and Vanilla Sky.

Andy Garcia
The 56-year-old Cuban American actor received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Vincent Santino Corleone (a.k.a. Vincent Mancini) in one of the studio’s biggest hits, The Godfather Part III.

Zoë Saldaña
The 33-year-old half-Dominican/half-Puerto Rican American actress will be reprising her role as Uhura in the upcoming sequel to Paramount’s hugely successful Star Trek reboot.

Alejandro González Iñárritu
The 48-year-old Mexican filmmaker, the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, directed Paramount’s award-winning ensemble film Babel, which starred Gael García Bernal, Pitt, Cate Blanchett.

Antonio Banderas
The 51-year-old Spanish actor, who appears in the picture next to his wife Melanie Griffith, not only starred opposite Diaz in Paramount’s Shrek sequels, but he also starred in the Shrek prequel/spin-off Puss In Boots.

The epic picture is featured in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

Gomez Leads the Latino Pack of Kids’ Choice Award Nominees…

So what do Selena Gomez, Sofia Vergara and Victoria Justice have in common? They all run the risk of being slimed this spring!

Nickelodeon has announced the nominees for 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards with some of today’s biggest Latino and Latina stars gettin’ some serious love from the tween set.

Selena Gomez

Gomez leads the Latino pack with two nods. The 19-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress is nominated for Favorite TV Actress for her work on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, as well as in the Favorite Female Singer category.

Here’s a look at this year’s Latino/a nominees:

Favorite TV Actress
Selena Gomez
Victoria Justice

Favorite Movie Actress
Sofia Vergara (The Smurfs)

Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots)

Favorite Music Group
Big Time Rush (with Carlos Peña)
Black Eyed Peas (with Fergie)

Favorite Male Singer
Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Singer
Selena Gomez

Favorite Buttkicker
Jessica Alba

Fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite stars beginning March 1 on Nick.com, as well as via Facebook and Twitter.

The 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards will be handed out on March 31 in Los Angeles.

Bejo: The Best Dressed Latina at This Year’s Golden Globes

Much like the carpet at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the biggest starlets in television and film were awash in gorgeous jewel tones, from ruby to emerald and amethyst. But the night’s hautest hue appeared to be sapphire.

Even though a Latina didn’t take claim one of the coveted Golden Globes this year, several of them illuminated the red carpet with their oh-so-stylish sheaths.

Here’s a look at this year’s best-dressed Latinas at the Globes:

Bérénice Bejo

She may have lost the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture award to The Help’s Octavia Spencer, but Bérénice Bejo was the night’s brightest star on the red carpet. The 35-year-old Argentine star of The Artist arrived at the Golden Globes in an Emilio Pucci sapphire silk organza strapless gown. Bejo—who did pick up a Best actress statue at France’s version of the Golden Globes over the weekend—  accessorized her gorgeous gown with a vintage navy blue Daniel Swarovski clutch and Chopard jewelry.

Sofia Vergara

Golden Globe-nominee Sofia Vergara is no stranger to stealing the spotlight on the red carpet; she was one of the best dressed stars at last year’s Emmy Awards. The 39-year-old Colombian Modern Family star, who did two-a-days at the gym for the first time in her life to fit into her super-tight gown, flaunted her figure in a custom Vera Wang peacock strapless mermaid gown. Vergara paired the stunning sapphire gown, which mimicked ocean waves, with Harry Winston jewels.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba, who partnered with Channing Tatum to present an award at this year’s Globes, dazzled on the red carpet in a pale-lavender Gucci strapless gown with embroidered fish-like scales and a simple train. Alba’s daughter Honor likened it to a mermaid, “because it looks like a mermaid tail to her.” The 30-year-old half-Mexican American actress paired the eye-catching dress with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Bulgari jewels, and a Roger Vivier bag.

Lea Michele

Lea Michele, who rocked the People’s Choice Awards just a few days ago, proved her mettle…or should we say metal…once again as a red carpet superstar. The 25-year-old part-Spanish Glee star donned an antique embroidered illusion dress from Marchesa. She capped off her sparkly dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and Lorraine Schwarz jewels.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, who served as a presenter at this year’s awards show, isn’t afraid to take risks on the red carpet. The 45-year-old Mexican Puss in Boots actress proved that again in an architectural metallic gold and black Gucci dress with plenty of razzle-dazzle.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie, who has transformed herself into a true fashion icon, look glam and gorgeous in a stunning silver Julien Macdonald dress. The 30-year-old part-Mexican actress paired her exquisite dress with Jimmy Choo shoes. And, she finished her look with her very own House of Harlow bag.

Banderas to Play Fidel Castro?

Antonio Banderas’ next role may transform him into one of the world’s most infamous former dictators…

The 51-year-old Spanish actor is in talks with producers to play Fidel Castro in Castro’s Daughter, a film about the life story of Alina Fernández, the love child between the Cuban dictator and Cuban socialite Naty Revuelta.

Antonio Banderas

Fernández tells Screen Daily that she’s excited about the possibility of having the Puss in Boots star sign on.

“I have been a huge fan of Antonio for years,” said the author. “[I] hope to see him play my father.”

Férnandez, who fled Cuba in 1993 and strongly disagrees with Castro’s regime, said she loves Banderas’ “phenomenal charisma.”

“He has the nerve to play the role perfectly,” she says.

The film—based on Fernández’s book, “Castro’s Daughter, An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba”—will shine a light on the father-daughter dynamic between Castro and Fernández.

“While the book is an amazing account of Alina’s life, we decided to take it to the next step,” Mankind Entertainment Producer John Torres told FOX News Latino.

“[We’ll] focus more on the more universal parts of the story that would appeal to audiences worldwide, which is her relationship with her father, and her coming of age.

Mankind Entertainment purchased the rights to the book and looks forward to showing “the former communist leader, and his rebel-spirited daughter,” according to Torres.

Castro’s Daughter—co-written by Bobby Moresco, known for his award winning screenplay for Crash—will be directed by Michael Radford.

Hayek & Banderas Attend “Puss in Boots” Premiere…

Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas are celebrating a “cinematic Spanish dictatorship”…

During the premiere of Dreamwork’s animated 3-D film, “Puss in Boots”—at what’s been dubbed as the first-ever film premiere on water—the 45-year-old Mexican actress and 51-year-old Spanish actor announced that the movie’s producers had given the popular 17th century French fairy tale a Latin twist, making it much more relevant for multicultural audiences in the United States.

“We killed the French entirely and made it Spanish,” joked Banderas at the red carpet premiere aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship, docked in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s a cinematic Spanish dictatorship.”

In the “prequel” to the highly popular “Shrek” movie franchise, Banderas voices the title feline, while Hayek voice co-adventurer Kitty Softpaws. “Puss in Boots” expands on the role first developed for those movies and predates Puss’ encounter with the jolly green ogre, telling the story of how the oh-so-charming cat became known as a legendary outlaw, notorious fighter and lover.

“I never suspected that the character was going to be a star and have his own movie,” admits Banderas.

The movie opens nationwide on October 28.