Bacardi Family’s Trials & Tribulations in 1950s Cuba Getting the Television Treatment

The life story of Facundo Bacardí Massó and his family is heading to the small screen…

MiLu Entertainment and Ian Reichbach are developing a television series based on the Bacardi family’s experiences in 1950s Cuba.

Bacardi Family in Cuba

Reichbach is adapting NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten’s well-received book Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba, which fuses the story of the Bacardi family’s famous rum business with Cuba’s tumultuous experience over the last 150 years, including Cuba’s fight for freedom, its tortured relationship with America, and the rise of Fidel Castro.

Andre L III of MiLu Entertainment is producing the bilingual English-Spanish series with 6GEN Films, which consists of Bacardi family members Mari Aixalá, Pepin R. Argamasilla and Juan Bergaz Pessino of Bergaz Productions.

“It’s time to tell the untold story of the Bacardi family,” said Andre L III of MiLu. “Authenticity and passion are the key to great storytelling and it has been a privilege to collaborate with the foremost authorities on the history of the most iconic Cuban family.”

Reichbach is a regular collaborator with Aaron Sorkin, having served as a writer and executive story editor on The Newsroom, and a researcher on movies including Charlie Wilson’s WarMoneyballThe Social Network and The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

MiLu Entertainment’s slate includes features The Thicket, which has Noomi Rapace, Peter Dinklage, Sophia Lillis and Charlie Plummer attached.

Eiza Gonzalez to Star Opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Michael Bay’s Action-Thriller “Ambulance”

Eiza Gonzalez is calling 9-1-1…

The 30-year-old Mexican actress and singer will star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Michael Bay’s action-thriller Ambulance

Eiza González

Chris Fedak wrote the original script, based on the original Danish Film Ambulancen produced by Nordisk Film Productions.

The logline is being kept under wraps, but insiders say the film is the vein of the great action thrillers of the ’90s like Speed and Bay’s Bad Boys.

The script has been highly coveted for years but never able to lock down a director before Bay got his hands on it and instantly fell in love.

Universal Pictures recently finalized the deal to distribute the film with Endeavor Content handling the packaging of the project.

Production is expected to start in January.

Gonzalez’s 2021 looks to be quite busy as she can be seen next in the thriller I Care A Lot, which also stars Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was picked up by Netflix for a 2021 release.

She also has the tentpole Godzilla vs. Kong, which will bow in 2021 in theaters and on HBO Max day and date.

Eiza González Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Eiza González has new representation…

The 30-year-old Mexican actress/singer has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) for representation in all areas.

Eiza González

González rose to acclaim after her roles in El Rey’s series From Dusk till Dawn, in which she collaborated with Robert Rodriguez. She further increased her star power in the United States after appearing in Edgar Wright’s 2017 summer blockbuster Baby Driveras Darling, the heist girlfriend to Jon Hamm’s Buddy, in the $227M grossing movie.

González has scored roles in notable movies, including Nyssiana in the Rodriguez-directed 20th Century Fox sci-fi movie Alita: Battle Angel($404.8M WW), Madame M opposite Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson in Hobbs & Shaw($759M WW), and the upcoming Legendary/Warner Bros. sequel Godzilla vs. Kongdue out on May 21, 2021.

She most recently starred in Sony PicturesBloodshotopposite Vin Diesel and Guy Pearce, which earned her an Imagen Award nomination for Best Actress in a Feature Film.

González will next be seen opposite Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage in I Care A Lot, which will premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Mexico City native studied at the American School Foundation, the Edron Academy, M&M Studio and Televisa’s Centro de Educación Artística.’

Her breakthrough came in the teenage telenovela Lola: Érase una vezin 2007. González also starred in numerous additional series in Mexico. She signed with Universal Music, and recorded five albums.

Her other feature credits include Robert ZemeckisWelcome to Marwen, and voiceover credits in DreamWorksThe Croods and 20th Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks and Horton Hears A Who!

Noomi Rapace to Star in the Thriller “The Thicket”

Noomi Rapaceis in the thick(et)of it…

The 40-year-old half-Spanish actress will star in the thriller The Thicket.

Noomi Rapace

Rapace will star opposite Peter Dinklage,Sophia Lillis andCharlie Plummer in the film, which iscurrently in pre-production.

The Thicketis based on the novel by author Joe R. Lansdale, with a script by Chris Kelley, and will be directed by Elliott Lester.

The story follows an innocent young man named Jack (Plummer) who goes on an epic quest to rescue his sister (Lillis) after she is kidnapped by violent killer “Cut Throat Bill” (Rapace) and her gang. Jack enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Reginald Jones (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave, and a street-smart prostitute. The three track the girl into the deadly no-man’s land known as The Big Thicket — a place where blood and chaos reign.

Galo Olivares will serve as director of photography.

Rapace rose to acclaim in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series: The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Her other credits include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsPrometheus and Child 44.

Trailer Released for Eugenio Derbez’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2”

Eugenio Derbezwill be flying high this August…

The trailer for The Angry Birds Movie 2, with the 57-year-old Mexican actor as part of the voice cast, has been released.

Eugenio Derbez

Here’s what’s on the bill: When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride) and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina) and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

In addition to Derbez, who voices the character of Glenn, Bloom, Brown and Awkwafina, the newbie birds for Round 2 are Leslie JonesZach Woods, Lil Rel HoweryPete DavidsonBeck Bennett, Nicki MinajBrooklynn Princeand Dove Cameron.

First-time feature director Thurop Van Ormanfeathers the nest from a script bIce Age franchise veteran Peter Ackerman

Sony Picturesopens the toon in 2- and 3D on August 16.

2016’s The Angry Birds Movie earned $352.3 million worldwide.

Blake Jenner to Star in Netflix’s Social Thriller Anthology Drama Series “What/If”

Blake Jenner has landed a new gig…

The 26-year-old Cuban American actor and Glee star has been cast as the male lead in What/If, Netflix’s social thriller anthology drama series starring Renée Zellweger and Jane Levy.

Blake Jenner

From Revenge and Swingtown creator Mike Kelley, the series is written by Kelley, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Page Fright, Atlas Entertainment and Compari Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television.

What/If explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life.

The 10-episode first season focuses on two struggling newlyweds, scientist-entrepreneur Lisa (Levy) and EMT Sean (Jenner), who accept a powerful woman’s (Zellweger) ethically perilous proposition to secure a badly needed financial windfall. All actors have one-year deals.

Jenner first gained acclaim on the second season of The Glee Projectwhich he won, landing him the role of Ryder Lynn onGlee. He also recurred on SupergirlJenner most recently starred in the indie heist film American Animals. His feature credits also include The Edge of Seventeen andEverybody Wants Some!!

This weekend, Jenner finished out a run as Chrisitian to Peter Dinklage’s Cyrano in Goodspeed MusicalsCyranoa new take on the Edmond Rostand classic Cyrano de Bergerac adapted by Erica Schmidt in collaboration with members of indie alternative band The National.

Andy Garcia to Star as Ricardo Montalbán in the HBO Movie “My Dinner with Hervé”

Andy García is coming to dinner

The 61-year-old Cuban actor has been cast opposite Peter Dinklage in My Dinner with Hervé, Sacha Gervasi’s HBO movie.

Andy Garcia

Directed and written by Gervasi based on a story he wrote with Sean Macaulay, My Dinner With Hervé centers on an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in L.A. between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) and actor Hervé Villechaize (Dinklage), the world’s most famous gun-toting dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both.

García will play Ricardo Montalbán, Herve Villechaize’s Fantasy Island co-star.

In addition to Dinklage and Dornan, the cast includes Mireille Enos, Oona Chaplin, Harriet Walter and David Straithorn.

In addition to My Dinner With Hervé, García is set to begin production in the lead role in feature Ana, a drama directed by Charles McDougall and written by Cris Cole, which begins shooting next week in Puerto Rico.

García’s other recent credits include features Passengers and 2016’s Ghostbusters, and a recurring role on HBO’s Ballers.

Alonzo Joins the Voice Cast of Sony Pictures-Rovio’s “Angry Birds” Animated Film

Cristela Alonzo is about to get angry

The 35-year-old Mexican American actress/comedian, the star of the new ABC sitcom Cristela, has signed on to join the voice cast of Sony PicturesRovio’s Angry Birds animated film along alongside a bevy of mostly comedy stars.

Cristela Alonzo

In addition to Alonzo, the voice cast includes Saturday Night Live alums Jason Sudekis, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph, as well as Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter DinklageKeegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Grammy nominee Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla). 

The news was revealed to fans over the last 48 hours as they slinged one billion birds. Game players had the chance to unlock the news and get a sneak peak at the new look of the characters in the film.

Angry Birds marks vidgame maker Rovio’s entree into feature films. Sony will distribute worldwide. The film will bow stateside on July 1, 2016.  It is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and written by Jon Vitti.

Cannavale Wins Emmy for His Supporting Role on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”

Bobby Cannavale has a matching pair of golden bookends…

The 43-year-old half-Cuban American actor claimed the second Primetime Emmy award of his career Sunday night for his critically acclaimed performance on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

Bobby Cannavale

Cannavale, who portrayed bloodthirsty, but insecure Gyp Rosetti on the hit drama series, pulled off an upset by beating the pre-show pick Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin and sentimental favorite Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul for the Supporting Actor in a Drama award. The other nominees included Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks, Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter and Game of ThronesPeter Dinklage.

Even Cannavale seemed shocked to hear his name called and he marveled that Patinkin was the first person he ever saw on stage, before remembering to give a proper acceptance speech and thank his family.

Cannavale earned his first Primetime Emmy Award in 2005 for portraying Will’s police officer boyfriend on Will and Grace.

Along with earning a nod for his work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Cannavale also earned his second consecutive nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Dr. Mike Cruz on Showtime‘s Nurse Jackie.

It was also recently announced that Cannavale has joined Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz in the big screen remake of Annie.

Moura to Star in “Fellini Black And White”

Wagner Moura is preparing to portray one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century…

The 36-year-old Brazilian actor, a well-established and acclaimed actor in his native country, has signed on to play Federico Fellini in Fellini Black And White.

Wagner Moura

Directed by Henry Bromell, the film centers on Betty, the beautiful veterinarian that Fellini falls in love with when he comes to Los Angeles in 1957 to attend the Academy Awards and picks up the Best Picture for Nights Of Cabiria.

Abbie Cornish has been cast as Betty. The film also stars William H. Macy, Terrence Howard, Peter Dinklage and Nina Arianda, who will play Italian film star Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife.

Moura achieved widespread international fame for his portrayal of Captain (later Colonel) Roberto Nascimento, protagonist of the highly successful 2007 motion picture The Elite Squad and the film’s sequel, The Elite Squad 2.

Besides his acting career, Moura is also a lyricist and the vocalist of the band Sua Mãe.