Cinema Guild Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights to Juan Pablo González’s Drama “Dos Estaciones”

Juan Pablo González’s acclaimed film is heading to U.S. theaters…

Cinema Guild has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the 37-year-old Mexican film director, screenwriter and editor’s fiction feature debut Dos Estaciones, which won a special jury award for lead actor Teresa Sánchez’s performance when it premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Juan Pablo GonzálezThe drama follows 50-year-old businesswoman María García (Sánchez), who owns Dos Estaciones—a once-majestic tequila factory now struggling to stay afloat. The factory is the final hold-over from generations of Mexican-owned tequila plants in the highlands of Jalisco, the rest having folded into foreign corporations. Once one of the wealthiest people in town, María knows her current financial situation is untenable. When a persistent plague and an unexpected flood cause irreversible damage, she is forced to do everything she can to save her community’s primary economy and source of pride.

Dos Estaciones was also an official selection of the True/False Film Festival, where González was honored with the True Vision Award, and will screen as part of New Directors/New Films later this month.

The film, which was written by González, Ilana Coleman and Ana Isabel Fernández, also stars Rafaela Fuentes, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Tatín Vera.

“As great admirers of Juan Pablo’s non-fiction work, we’re thrilled to be releasing Dos Estaciones in the U.S.,” said Cinema Guild president Peter Kelly. “The film offers a window on issues facing contemporary Mexico with stunning images and a central performance of remarkable power and grace from Teresa Sánchez.”

“We are so humbled to be working with Cinema Guild, a company that we’ve long admired,” added González. “It’s evident from their catalog that they have a special love for cinema and we fully share that love. They’re the best home we could wish for Dos Estaciones and are so excited to be partnering with them to release such a special film for us.”

Cinema Guild is a premier distributor of world cinema, independent films and documentaries, whose upcoming releases include Hong Sangsoo’s In Front of Your Face and Anthony Banua-Simon’s Cane Fire. Recent releases include Ramon and Silvan Zürcher’s The Girl and the Spider, Fern Silva’s Rock Bottom Riser and Payal Kapadia’s A Night of Knowing Nothing.

Netflix Releases First Trailer for “The Lincoln Lawyer,” Starring Manuel Garcia Rulfo

Manuel Garcia Rulfo is riding high…

Netflix has released the first trailer for the 41-year-old Mexican actor’s new series The Lincoln Lawyer.

Garcia Rulfo portrays lead character in the series, which will premiere on May 13.

Based on the series of bestselling novels by Michael ConnellyThe Lincoln Lawyer tells the story of a Los Angeles-based attorney, who runs his legal practice from the back of his Lincoln Town Car.

Season 1 is based on the second book The Brass Verdict.

Throughout the show’s freshman season, Mickey is trying to find his footing again after spending time away from practicing law. He returns to Los Angeles where he finds himself dragged back into the business with a mystery to solve.

In the trailer, said mystery begins to unravel. His former colleague Jerry Vincent has left Mickey his legal practice, which includes the high-profile Trevor Elliott (Chris Gorham) murder trial. Elliott is accused of murdering his wife and her lover and it’s up to Mickey to prove his innocence.

And that’s not the only challenge Mickey is facing. He’s trying to put his family back together but his ex-wife Maggie (Neve Campbell) is hesitant and their daughter Hayley (Krista Warner) seems hopeful.

Oh, and Mickey’s second ex-wife Lorna (Becki Newton) is still in the picture though their relationship seems to be purely professional.

The 10-episode series also stars Jazz Raycole, Angus Sampson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Michael Graziadei, and Jamie McShane.

The Lincoln Lawyer is created for TV by David E. Kelley and developed by showrunner Ted Humphrey. The studio is A+E Studios.

Netflix to Release Manuel Garcia Rulfo’s “The Lincoln Lawyer, from David E. Kelley, in May

Manuel Garcia Rulfo will be hitting the Town (Car) in next month…

Netflix has announced plans to release David E. Kelley’s series The Lincoln Lawyer, starring the 41-year-old Mexican actor, on May 13.

Based on the series of bestselling novels by Michael ConnellyThe Lincoln Lawyer tells the story of Los Angeles-based attorney Mickey Haller (Garcia Rulfo), who runs his legal practice from the back of his Lincoln Town Car.

Season 1 is based on the second book The Brass Verdict.

Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Netflix, The Lincoln Lawyer, Throughout the show’s freshman season, Mickey is trying to find his footing again after spending time away from practicing law. He returns to Los Angeles where he finds himself dragged back into the business with a mystery to solve.

He is also working on rebuilding relationships.

Manuel Garcia Rulfo, Netflix, The Lincoln Lawyer,

Mickey has two ex-wives: He most recently divorced Lorna (Becki Newton), and his first, Maggie (Neve Campbell), with who he shares a daughter named Hayley (Krista Warner).

The 10-episode series also stars Jazz Raycole, Angus SampsonChristopher Gorham, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Michael Graziadei, and Jamie McShane.

A+E Studios is the studio for the series.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo to Star in Netflix’s Drama Series “The Lincoln Lawyer”

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is ready to represent…

Netflix has given a series order to The Lincoln Lawyer, a drama based on Michael Connelly’s series of bestselling novels, starring the 39-year-old Mexican actor.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Hailing from David E. Kelley and A+E Studios, this is a new incarnation of the project, which originally was set up at CBS with a series production commitment last season.

Garcia-Rulfo has been tapped to play the titular character in the Netflix series as it honors the story’s Latinx origins.

“I’m excited to announce that after a bit of a journey, Mickey Haller will come to life once again on screen — this time in the TV series adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer coming to Netflix and starring the wonderful and talented Manuel Garcia-Rulfo,” Connelly said in blog post tied to the pickup.

With the casting of Garcia-Rulfo, Mickey Haller will stay true to the character as depicted in Connelly’s books. (In the CBS version, the role was to be played by Logan Marshall-Green; in the 2011 movie, the character was portrayed by Matthew McConaughey.)

“Manuel is the ideal Mickey Haller, who is following in the footsteps of his attorney father with the showmanship of his Mexican movie star mother,” Connelly wrote. “He brings a powerful dynamic and dimension to the role — one that aligns with the books and brings authenticity to the Latinx heritage and roots of this Los Angeles-based story.”

The 10-episode first season is based on the second book in The Lincoln Lawyer series, The Brass Verdict.

Written and executive produced by Kelley and showrunner Ted Humphrey used this source for the story of The Lincoln Lawyer revolves around Mickey Haller (Garcia-Rulfo), an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his law practice out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles.

The Lincoln Lawyer series will be adapted to serve up the complex and mysterious arcs fans know and love with a mix of light-hearted humor and a dose of family dynamics,” Connelly said.

The creative team of the project remains the same as it was for the CBS version, with Kelley and Humphrey executive producing alongside Connelly and Ross Fineman (Goliath, Big Sky).

On-screen, two roles are being recast: Mickey and Lorna, his second ex-wife and constant confidante, who was to be played by Kiele Sanchez on CBS. A search is underway for a director.

At CBS, The Lincoln Lawyer was picked up to pilot, which was days away from starting production when the coronavirus pandemic shut down all filming in March. After CBS’ surprise May decision not to go forward with the high-profile project, A+E Studios immediately took it it out to streamers. (The show’s serialized storytelling was considered better suited for a digital platform than a traditional network.)

While different suitors were rumored, including Amazon Prime Video, which has the long-running series Bosch, centered on Mickey’s half-brother, serious conversation with Netflix started over the summer.

The Lincoln Lawyer reunites Garcia-Rulfo with Kelley and Fineman after he had a major recurring role on Prime Video’s Goliath, co-created/exec produced by Kelley and exec produced by Fineman. The Lincoln Lawyer and Goliath are two of the many legal series Kelley, an attorney by trade, has created/co-created. The list also includes the Emmy-winning The Practice and Ally McBeal

Garcia-Rulfo is best known for his role as Vasquez in The Magnificent Seven remake and Gallo in Sicario: Day of the Soldado. He recently was seen in features Greyhound and 6 Undergroundand his television credits also include From Dusk to Dawn: The Series.

The Lincoln Lawyer book series launched in 2009. The latest, sixth installment, The Law of Innocence, was published in November, seven years after the fifth novel.

Netflix Releases Trailer for Manuel Garcia-Rulfo’s Action Film “6 Underground”

Manuel Garcia-Rulfois going underground

Netflixhas released the trailer for Michael Bay’s action film 6 Underground, starring the 32-year-old Mexican actor and Ryan Reynolds.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the film centers on six individuals from all around the globe, each the very best at what they do. They six have been chosen not only for their skill, but for a unique desire to delete their pasts to change the future. The team is brought together by a leader (Reynolds), whose sole mission in life is to ensure that, while he and his fellow operatives will never be remembered, their actions damn sure will.

In addition to Reynolds and Garcia-Rulfo, the cast includes Mélanie LaurentCorey HawkinsAdria ArjonaBen Hardy, Lior RazPayman Maadi and Dave Franco.

The film will premiere on the streaming site on December 13.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo to Star in the Supernatural Thriller “Mary”

It’s a Hail Mary for Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

The 36-year-old Mexican actor has joined the cast of the supernatural thriller Mary opposite Emily Mortimer and Gary Oldman, which is currently in production in Alabama with Michael Goi at the helm.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Written by The ShallowsAnthony Jaswinski, the story follows a couple facing financial struggles who buy an old ship at auction with the hope of starting a charter business, only to discover her horrifying secrets on the isolated open waters.

Garcia-Rulfo is best known for his roles in films such as Bless Me, Ultima and Cake, as well as From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.

Garcia-Rulfo is also headlined as one of the titular characters in the 2016 remake The Magnificent Seven.

The actor will next be seen in the remake of Murder on the Orient Express.

Tooley Entertainment and eOne are co-financing and producing Mary under their first-look co-financing and international distribution deal.

Cruz Attached to Star in Todd Solondz’s New Project “Love Child”

Penélope Cruz is getting ready for Child’s play…

The 42-year-old Spanish actress is attached to star in Todd Solondz’s new project Love Child.

Penelope Cruz

Cruz would star opposite Edgar Ramírez, who starred in the Roberto Duran boxing biopic Hands of Stone.

Solondz, the man behind Wiener Dog and Welcome To The Dollhouse, writes and directs the project, which is described as a dark and hilarious twist on the classic Oedipal theme.

The story follows 11-year-old Junior, a delusional aspiring Broadway star with an inappropriate obsession with his mother Immaculada. After orchestrating an accident that nearly kills his abusive father, he encourages Nacho, the handsome man living in the family’s guesthouse, to court his mother and become his new dad. But when the two fall in love, Junior becomes so jealous that he is no longer the subject of his mother’s attention that he hatches a plan to frame Nacho for his father’s murder.

The film is currently in pre-production.

Cruz recently joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On The Orient Express, based on Agatha Christie’s beloved murder mystery novel. She’ll join an ensemble cast including Michael Peña, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Judi Dench. She’s also in Escobar with husband Javier Bardem in a film that examines the love affair between drug lord Pablo Escobar and Colombian journalist Virginia Vallejo.

Ramirez recently starred alongside Emily Blunt in The Girl On The Train, adapted from Paula Hawkins’ bestselling book, and Gold with Matthew McConaughey, the adventure mining story. He’s also got a role in Netflix’s sci-fi pic Bright with Will Smith and Noomi Rapace.

Garcia-Rulfo to Star in “Murder On The Orient Express” Remake

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is about to Express himself…

The 35-year-old Mexican actor has been cast in Fox’s Murder On The Orient Express, the remake based on Agatha Christie classic novel to be directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Garcia-Rulfo, who will portray Marquez, joins an all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Michael Peña, Josh Gad and Leslie Odom Jr. as well as Branagh.

Garcia-Rulfo, who made his first major American film with Bless Me, Ultima, last starred in Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven. He also recently completed shooting on Soldado.

His other credits include appearance in the film Cake and in the television series From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.