Vertical Entertainment Acquires North American Rights to Rodrigo Garcia’s Addiction Drama “Four Good Days”

Good days ahead for Rodrigo Garcia

Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to the 61-year-old Colombian television and film director, screenwriter and former cinematographer’s Four Good Days, a drama starring his Albert Nobbs star Glenn Close and Mila Kunis.

Rodrigo Garcia

The film, which bowed at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, will now hit theaters April 30 and be available on-demand on May 21.

Based on a true story by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post writer Eli Saslow and adapted by Saslow and Garcia, the film centers on 31-year-old Molly (Kunis) who begs her estranged mother Deb (Close) for save her from the grip of heroin addiction in a poignant and unpredictable chronicle of mother and daughter fighting to regain the love and trust that once held them together. Stephen Root also stars along with a cast that includes Chad Lindberg, Rebecca Field, Joshua Leonard, Michael Hyatt and Sam Hennings.

The film is produced by Jon Avnet, Marina Grasic, Jake Avnet, Jai Khanna and Garcia.

The film is presented by Oakhurst Entertainment, financed by Productivity Media and produced by Garcia’s Indigenous Media.

“We are excited to share the impactful message and impeccable performances by Mila Kunis and Glenn Close in Four Good Days with audiences this spring,” said Rich Goldberg, co-president of Vertical Entertainment. “The film, based on a true story, gives audiences a window into the struggle of a mother and daughter trying to rebuild their relationship after a long battle with drug abuse. The conversation around addiction can be complex and difficult for family members to have and we strongly feel that audiences, and most importantly families, will empathize with these characters and possibly even open up the discussion about drug abuse with one another.”

Rodrigo Garcia to Direct the Drama “Four Good Days”

There are good days in store for Rodrigo Garcia.

The 60-year-old Colombian television and film director is set to direct the drama Four Good Days, about a mother helping her daughter work through four crucial days on the road to recovery from substance abuse.

Rodrigo Garcia

The film will star Glenn CloseMila Kunisand Stephen Root

Launched at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the project is due to begin shooting next week in Los Angeles. 

Root will play the role of Chris, a man worn down by the emotional stress caused by his stepdaughter’s (Kunis) addiction and his wife’s (Close) attempts to save her.

Garcia directs from his own script, co-written by Washington Post 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Eli Saslow, based on Saslow’s article.

Garcia’s credits include the films Nine LivesMother and ChildAlbert NobbsLast Days in the Desert, as well as the HBO drama series In Treatment.

Aguire to Star in CBS’ Untitled Family Cop Drama Pilot

Roberto Aguire is joining the police force…

The Mexican actor will star in CBS’ family cop drama pilot from Bull co-creator Paul AttanasioBlue Bloods executive producer Leonard Goldberg and co-EP/director David Barrett, and executive producer/director Rodrigo Garcia.

Roberto Aguire

The plot of the CBS Television Studios-produced project centers on the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego who intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.

Aguire will play Gustavo “Tavo” Medina, the middle child and undisputed “brain” of the Medina family who is a computer and technology expert with the San Diego Police Department.

Aguire joins David Castaneda in the pilot.

He most recently had a guest arc on Pretty Little Liars and also starred and co-produced the 2012 Chris Colfer film Struck by Lightning.

Castaneda to Star in CBS’ Untitled Family Cop Drama Pilot

May the force be with David Castaneda.

The Latino actor, who has fielded multiple offers this pilot season, has landed a key series regular role in CBS’ family cop drama pilot from Bull co-creator Paul Attanasio and Blue Bloods executive producer Leonard Goldberg & co-EP/director David Barrett.

David Castaneda

The Untitled Paul Attanasio Project centers on the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego who intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.

Castaneda will play Bembe Medina, Chief Medina’s (TBD) son, a cop in Tijuana who works his beat with Yuni (TBD), his twin brother.

Rodrigo Garcia executive produces and directs.

Castaneda is coming off a starring role in feature Sicario. His other credits include a recurring role on Jane the Virgin and a guest role on Blindspot.

Garcia to Direct CBS’ Untitled Mexican American Cop Family Drama Pilot

Rodrigo Garcia has a new Latino-themed project to work on…

The 57-year-old Colombian television and film director is set to direct CBS’ Mexican American cop family drama pilot.

Rodrigo Garcia

Written by Homicide creator Paul Attanasio in a return to the cop drama beat, and to directed by Garcia, the untitled drama revolves around the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego as they intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.

CBS had been trying for two years to develop a drama about a multi-generational Latino family of cops in Los Angeles — a West Coast take on Blue Bloods, which is about a multi-generational New York family in law enforcement. Last season, a project known as Protect & Serve was written by Elizabeth Davis Beall. It didn’t go to pilot.

Meanwhile, Attanasio met with the producers with a brand-new take on the general Latino family cop idea, which led to his San Diego-set script that’s now getting a pilot green light.

The new setting has an increased relevance post-elections as San Diego is on the U.S.-Mexico border, where President Donald Trump is planning to build a wall.

Garcia has directed episodes of In Treatment, Big Love, Boomtown, Six Feet Under and The Sopranos.

Broad Green Pictures to Distribute García’s “Last Days in the Desert”

Rodrigo García’s latest project hasn’t seen its last days

Broad Green Pictures has agreed to a deal to distribute the 56-year-old Colombian filmmaker and screenwriter’s drama Last Days in the Desert.

Rodrigo García

García’s project stars Ewan McGregor, who portrays both Jesus and the Devil in the film that highlights the work of Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zure co-star in Last Days, which follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.

Ewan McGregor in Last Days In The Desert

Last Days In The Desert premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The deal puts the film on the 2016 release slate in a partnership with Tugg and specialty marketing agency Different Drummer that will put the movie in non-theatrical spaces in local markets.

It’s the first collaboration between Broad Green — coming off the recent successful bow of its Robert RedfordNick Nolte film A Walk In The Woods — and Tugg, after the former announced an investment in the crowdsourcing cinema-on-demand platform last year.

García’s previous projects include the films Mother and Child, Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs, and the television series In Treatment.

Lopez’s Revenge Drama “Lila & Eve” to Debut at the Sundance Film Festival

Jennifer Lopez apparently agrees with the saying, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer and American Idol judge will be making an appearance at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez’s latest film Lila & Eve, co-starring How To Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis, will make its out of competition debut next month at the Utah-based festival.

The dramatic film centers on two distraught mothers, whose children were gunned down in a drive-by, as they team up to avenge their deaths after local authorities fail to take action.

Other films with Latino talent to be shown at next month’s Sundance Film Festival include Colombian director Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert and Colombian actor John Leguizamo’s Experimenter.

Here’s a closer look at the new additions to the Sundance Film Festival lineup featuring Latino talent:

PREMIERES

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Experimenter / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Almereyda) — Experimenter is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans’ willingness to obey authority by using electric shock. We follow Milgram from meeting his wife through his controversial experiments that sparked public outcry. Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, John Leguizamo.

Last Days in the Desert / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Rodrigo Garcia) — Ewan McGregor is Jesus — and the Devil — in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, setting himself up for a dramatic test. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer, Tye Sheridan.

Lila & Eve / U.S.A. (Director: Charles Stone III, Screenwriter: Patrick Gilfillan) — Lila, a grief-stricken mother reeling from her son’s murder, attends a support group where she meets Eve, who urges her to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers. They soon embark on a journey of revenge, but also recovery. Cast: Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon, Ron Caldwell, Aml Ameen.

Consuelos Returning for Season Two of YouTube’s “Blue” Series This Week

Mark Consuelos will be feelin’ Blue this week…

The 41-year-old half-Mexican American actor, who was just cast in the Liam Neeson-starrer A Walk Among Tombstones, returns to YouTube’s WIGS channel on Friday.

Mark Consuelos

Consuelos is back for the second season of Blue, the channel’s hit online series starring Julia Stiles as a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort.

Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, Blue also features Holly Robinson Peete, Uriah Shelton, Kathleen Quinlan, Carla Gallo and Jacob Vargas.

The series, which will feature 26 all-new episodes, will premiere this Friday, March 15. New episodes will air every Friday through April 5th.

The season two trailer for Blue, as well as all episodes from season one, can be viewed now at www.youtube.com/wigs.

Cuarón’s “Gravity” Set for Release in October

Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film will be blasting into theaters in October…

The 51-year-old Mexican director’s Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as surviving astronauts in a damaged space station, will be released on October 4, 2013 in 3D and IMAX.

Gravity

Gravity, which Cuarón wrote with his son Jonás Cuarón and Rodrigo Garcia, had been scheduled for released in November 2012, but Warner Bros. pushed it forward last spring to give it more room amid a crowded fourth-quarter slate of films, including The Hobbit.

The October 4 release puts Gravity up against Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City sequel, Paranoia and Vince Vaughn’s The Delivery Man.

Cuarón’s directing credits include A Little Princess, Y tu mamá también, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men.

Venegas to Perform at United Nations Concert in Cuba

Julieta Venegas is set to take the stage on Cuban soil for the first time ever…

The 41-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter will perform in Cuba next month at a concert aimed at helping the United Nations’ worldwide campaign to end violence against women, according to Cuban officials.
Julieta Venegas

Venegas will join Cuban musicians like Santiago Feliu, Rodrigo Garcia and Rochy Ameneiro at the special concert at Havana’s National Theater.

The Tijuana-raised Grammy-winning singer, known for songs like “Andar conmigo,” “Lento” and “Me voy” will also take part in a panel discussion the day after the concert alongside U.S. documentary filmmaker Catherine Murphy the next day in the Cuban capital to discuss the same subject.

Venegas has been a cultural goodwill ambassador for the Council of Ministers for Women of Central America since 2011. In 2009, she was appointed a UNICEF ambassador in her country.

Venegas, who has sold several million albums since she began her musical career in 1997, has won five Latin Grammys and is just finishing up a new album that should be released in 2013.

Her special Cuban concert will take place on December 3.