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‘Cocaine Godmother’ Review: Brownface Casting Is Just One of Many Insults in This Schlocky ‘Narcos’ Knockoff

Of the many issues in Lifetime’s “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story,” casting white actress Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the real-life Colombian drug lord is one of the most egregious. And in this case, it’s not just lip service when it comes to the need for proper representation. Not casting a Latina actress is a missed opportunity to find someone who could’ve embodied this larger-than-life character because Zeta-Jones simply isn’t up to the task. She’s not just unconvincing; she’s outlandish.

Although the ruthlessness of “The Godfather” was an inspiration for the real-life Blanco, who even named her fourth son Michael Corleone, Zeta-Jones is no Marlon Brando, unless it’s by way of “Grey Gardens.” While she brings a certain theatrical glee to the role, she lacks the necessary menace for a woman who supposedly has the blood of over 200 people on her hands. Zeta-Jones
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Netflix releases trailer and images for new crime series The Mechanism

Netflix has released the first trailer and promotional images for José Padilha (Narcos) and Elena Soarez’s (Filhos do Carnaval) upcoming crime drama series The Mechanism; check them out here…

From acclaimed director José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad 1 & 2, RoboCop) and prolific screenwriter Elena Soarez (Filhos do Carnaval, Eu tu Eles, Casa de Areia) comes The Mechanism, a thrilling, character-driven original series inspired by real events in Brazil. This fictionalized story explores how a small group of dogged investigators comes to discover the inner workings of a monstrous corruption scheme and the impact their pursuit has on everyone involved – including themselves.

The series stars Selton Mello (Ligações Perigosas, Meu Nome Não é Johnny, O Palhaço) as Marco Ruffo, a retired federal police deputy obsessed with the case at hand; Carol Abras (Avenida Brasil, Se nada mais der certo, Perto de qualquer lugar) as Verena Cardoni, Ruffo’s gutsy mentee; and Enrique Diaz (Justiça,
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Trailer For Netflix's New Series The Mechanism about the Biggest Corruption Scheme of All Time

The team behind the Netflix series Narcos has developed a new crime thriller series that is coming out called The Mechanism and today we have the first trailer to share with you. The series was inspired by real events that took place in Brazil and this is the synopsis that came along with the trailer:

Get ready to join a small group of dogged investigators on the hunt to discover the inner workings of the biggest corruption scheme of all time and the impact their pursuit will have on everyone involved - including themselves.

The Mechanism looks like an interesting and intense show that I'll definitely be checking out. It comes from José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad 1 & 2, RoboCop) and Elena Soarez (Filhos do Carnaval, Eu Tu Eles, Casa de Areia).

The series stars Selton Mello as Marco Ruffo, a retired federal police deputy obsessed with the case at hand; Carol Abras as Verena Cardoni,
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‘The Mechanism’ Trailer: Netflix Gets Another ‘Narcos’-Style Crime Drama

‘The Mechanism’ Trailer: Netflix Gets Another ‘Narcos’-Style Crime Drama
Director Jose Padilha may not be a household name yet, but action movie junkies will recognize him as the filmmaker behind Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, and Netflix aficionados may recall that he a director and producer of the streaming service’s true life cartel show, Narcos. Now Netflix has teamed with Padilha for an intense […]

The post ‘The Mechanism’ Trailer: Netflix Gets Another ‘Narcos’-Style Crime Drama appeared first on /Film.
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Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s New Thriller Series ‘The Mechanism’ (Video)

Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s New Thriller Series ‘The Mechanism’ (Video)
Narcos” director José Padilha is coming out with a new series “The Mechanism” this March, based on the biggest money laundering scheme in Brazilian history. The eight-episode debut season follows a group of investigators as they discover what goes on behind closed doors in the oil industry, uncovering a giant corruption scheme. “The Mechanism” is inspired by true events that happened in Brazil, and was filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Brasília, and São Paulo. Also Read: Chef David Chang's 'Ugly Delicious' Debuts on Netflix Next Month (Video) “The Mechanism” stars Selton Mello as a retired federal police deputy, Carol Abras as his mentee,...
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‘The Mechanism’ Trailer Reveals New Netflix Series from the Creator of ‘Narcos’

Netflix has unveiled the first trailer and images from the upcoming thriller series The Mechanism. Created by José Padilha (Elite Squad, Narcos) and screenwriter Elena Soarez (Filhos do Carnaval), the show is inspired by one of the biggest corruption scandals in Brazil’s history. This fictionalized version chronicles how a small group of investigators comes to discover the inner workings of a massive corruption scheme, and how it impacts everyone involved. Narcos is lowkey one of Netflix’s most popular shows, which we know not because they’ve released ratings data, but because we’ve seen the streaming service pour …
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10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have Missed

10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have Missed10 Years of Cloverfield: 8 Undercover Facts You Might Have MissedKurt Anthony1/18/2018 9:30:00 Am

It seems some thing has found us…

Crawling its way into theatres on January 18, 2008, today marks the tenth anniversary of Cloverfield!

Directed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and co-produced by J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Bryan Burk (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Cloverfield follows a group of six New Yorkers as their city is attacked by a gigantic, building-sized monster.

Starring Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls), Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead), Michael Stahl-David ("Narcos"), and then-newcomer T.J. Miller (Deadpool), the unique sci-fi thriller is presented as “found footage” from a personal camcorder and offers a modernized take on the beloved creature feature genre. Filmed on an estimated budget of $25M, Cloverfield has since earned its place in the monster movie food chain,
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Gaumont’s Christophe Riandee Appointed Jury President of Series Mania’s Industry Forum

Gaumont’s Christophe Riandee Appointed Jury President of Series Mania’s Industry Forum
Gaumont vice Veo Christophe Riandee has been appointed jury president of Series Mania Festival’s industry sidebar, the European Project and Talent Forum.

Riandee will choose four other top executives from the scripted industry to join him in the jury whose role will be to select one of the 16 television series in development. The winning series project will receive an award along with a 50,000 euros grand prize.

“It’s a great honor to have as president of our professional jury my dear friend Christophe who through Narcos showed to the world that outstanding quality no longer has nationalities or languages barriers,” commented Ms. Herszberg.

Speaking to Variety, Riandee said “Series Mania has become a successful event because it brought together key industry professionals as well as creative communities from Europe and the U.S. who don’t necessarily have the time to speak to one another outside of markets.”

“Being an addict of drama series, I am very
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Pablo Escobar's Brother Surrenders to 'Narcos' Producers in Trademark Dispute

  • TMZ
The Escobar fam doesn't usually back down from a fight, but it waved the white flag in a showdown with a TV powerhouse ... TMZ has learned. Escobar Inc. -- the company run by Pablo's bro, Roberto -- folded in the battle to cash in on the terms "Narcos" and "Cartel Wars." Both were made famous recently by the popular Netflix show, and the related video game. According to new legal docs, the company filed an
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Horror Channel Frightfest Announces 2018 Glasgow Line-Up

Each year during Glasgow Film Festival 2018 the Frightfest team carve up a portion of the festival to embrace the dark heart of cinema. Taking place this year on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March, Horror Channel Frightfest has lined up another killer roster featuring all the staples – ghosts, ghouls and gore.

Ghost Stories remains one of the scariest stage shows ever seen and on Thursday night FrightFest kicks off with a special screening of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s smash hit phenomenon. Paying homage to such classic Amicus horror anthologies as From Beyond the Grave and Ealing’s Dead of Night, this unforgettable screen adaptation terrifies in a whole new thrilling and chilling dimension. Both Nyman and Dyson will be attending. This is followed by the Scottish premiere of Brian O’Malley’s supernatural romance, The Lodgers, a masterful Irish set Gothic ghost story, starring Charlotte Vega and David Bradley.
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Horror Channel FrightFest announces Glasgow 2018 line-up

Xavier Gens’ Cold Skin

Horror Channel FrightFest have announced the line-up for this years Glasgow event – which includes a wide variety of films from across the globe, with films from ten countries, spanning four continents, reflecting the world-wide popularity of the genre.

Opening on Thursday night with Ghost Stories - which remains one of the scariest stage shows ever seen – FrightFest kicks off with a special screening of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s smash hit phenomenon. Starring Martin Freedman, Paul Whitehouse, as well as Nyman, this unforgettable screen adaptation terrifies in a whole new thrilling and chilling dimension. Jeremy and Andy will be attending. This is followed by the Scottish premiere of Brian O’Malley’s supernatural romance The Lodgers, a masterful Irish set Gothic ghost story, starring Charlotte Vega and David Bradley.

Friday’s line-up lunges into vampiric action with the UK premiere of Dragos Buliga’s The
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Gaumont hires Mathilde Rottier, Ezequiel Olzanski

Pair report to president of worldwide TV distribution and co-production Vanessa Shapiro

Source: Gaumont

Gaumont has hired Mathilde Rottier as vice-president of Us and Canada TV distribution, and brought on Ezequiel Olzanski as vice-president of Latin American TV distribution and co-production.

Rottier and Olzanski’s appointments come as Gaumont prepares to present the fourth season of Netflix hit Narcos to linear TV partners at Natpe in Miami next week.

The fourth season is in production. Research company Parrot Analytics ranked the third season as the top most in-demand title on Netflix in the Us in September, and the fifth most in-demand title worldwide.

“With Narcos linear TV rights soon available in addition to all our new releases coming up this year, the timing is perfect to round out our sales team and these new appointments ensure that we have seasoned executives on the ground across the globe to represent Gaumont’s growing programming roster,” Vanessa Shapiro, president
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Smt: The Takie Awards and More

It’s time for 2018’s first awards show, The Takie Awards! Smt Heads, may we have the envelope please? It’s good to be first, so pop the popcorn and call the neighbors and get the low down on the first hardware of Awards Season.

Check out The Takie Awards here:

The Takie Award Winners:

Best Indie Breakthrough (film): “Get Out

Best Indie Director: Jordan Peele

Best Screenplay: “Get Out

Weirdest Indie Film Mashup: “Snake Outta Compton

Best Breakthrough Performance (male): Eric Ruffin: “The Transfiguration

Best Breakthrough Performance (female) : Aubrey Plaza: ‘Legion

Genre TV Show of the Year : ‘The Exorcist’ Season II

Best Sequel, All Media: ‘Stranger Things II‘

Worst Sequel, All Media: “Justice League

Worst “Good” Movie: “Blade Runner 2049

Best “Bad” Movie: “Justice League

Best Troll Moment, All Media: “The Last Jedi“

Best ‘Duh’ Moment, All Media “Wonder Woman

Biggest Sloppy Kiss
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Matt Letscher

Have you seen Mask of Zorro? How about Gods and Generals? If you have, you’ve watched actor Matt Letscher do what he does best. He has had many other roles in films and television, including 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. However, one of his best-known roles in television was that of Reverse-Flash in… well, The Flash. We’re going to continue seeing this star in the spotlight, as it was recently announced that he was hired for a regular role on Netflix original Narcos. This show follows the Colombian cocaine trade as it was in the 1980s, all based on

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Matt Letscher
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Josh Brolin Reveals Location Scout for 'Sicario' was Kidnapped in Mexico

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_5eq87b4i"]] Josh Brolin's shedding some light on how scary it can be for film and TV crews working on projects about drug cartels ... saying it often gets way too real. We got the "Only the Brave" actor at Lax on Friday and asked him about the dangers of making shows like "Narcos" and movies like 2015's "Sicario," which he starred in, in crime-ridden cities. Josh tells us you have to take precautions because those places
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TVLine Items: Lost Heads to Hulu, Flash Alum's Amazon Comedy Pilot and More

TVLine Items: Lost Heads to Hulu, Flash Alum's Amazon Comedy Pilot and More
It’s time to go back to the island.

All six seasons of Lost are now available exclusively on Hulu. The ABC drama’s 121 episodes were previously streaming on Netflix.

RELATEDLost Vet Joins Ftwd as Series Regular

In November, Hulu acquired the exclusive streaming rights to ABC’s Designated Survivor, as well as the complete seasons of Revenge, Shadowhunters, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Blossom, The Catch, Bunheads, Cougar Town and Perception.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The Flash vet Robbie Amell will headline The Office creator Greg DanielsAmazon comedy pilot Upload, our sister site Deadline reports.
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‘Narcos’: Matt Letscher Joins Netflix Drama As Series Regular For Season 4

Matt Letscher (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash) is set to co-star in the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s drug trafficking saga Narcos. He is a major new cast addition to the series alongside new stars Michael Peña and Diego Luna. With the bloody hunt for Pablo Escobar over, the DEA and agent Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) will turn their attention to a new target in Season 4. Letscher will play a member of a new team of DEA agents and Colombian police. Letscher…
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Mulan Remake Shoots Soon as Disney Finalizes Production Team

Disney is moving full-steam ahead on their live-action Mulan remake. Key members of the crew have now been put in place as filming is slated to begin later this month. Though no release date has been specified by the studio, Mulan is slated to arrive in 2019 and, with filming taking place very soon, it's possible we could see the movie early on next year, as opposed to seeing it drop in the summer or winter. Though, there are already quite a few live-action remakes coming from the Mouse House next year, so it's going to be a bit crowded.

Niki Caro, best known for her work on the movie Whale Rider, has been tapped by Disney to direct the live-action Mulan. In a new report, it's revealed that Narcos' costume designer Bina Daigeler has been added to the crew. In addition, Sean Andrew Faden (Power Rangers) will serve as
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Who Will Diego Luna and Michael Peña Play In Narcos Season 4? We've Got Theories

  • CineMovie
The bad news is Pedro Pascal is not returning as DEA agent Peña, but another Peña is taking his place. Michael Peña has been announced as joining the cast along with Diego Luna for season 4 of the hit Netflix show, "Narcos." "Narcos" showrunner Eric Newman revealed to The Hollywood Reporter the details of the new season which will focus on the Guadalajara drug cartel in the 80s. Given that information, we're taking a guess at which real-life figures both Michael and Diego will play.

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Claro Video Backs Trilogy on the Original James Bond, Porfirio Rubirosa (Exclusive)

In a bid to level the playing field with market leader Netflix, Carlos Slim-owned streaming service Claro Video has financed “Rubirosa” (a working title), an ambitious trilogy of feature films based on the life of the late Dominican diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa who many consider the original inspiration for Ian Fleming’s iconic playboy spy, James Bond.

Shot back-to-back in the Dominican Republic on higher-than-average budgets, the trilogy stars Colombian actor Manolo Cardona (“Narcos,” “La Hermandad”) as the titular Rubirosa whose 11:11 Films & TV produces the films alongside the Dominican Republic’s Lokal Productions.

Hugo Rodriguez (“Nicotina,” “La Hermandad”) and Carlos Moreno (“Dog Eat Dog”) co-direct the films which feature a pan-Latin cast that includes Damian Alcazar (“Narcos”) Ana Serradilla (“La Viuda Negra”), Jorge Perugorria (“Viva”) and Carolina Guerra (“Animal Kingdom”).

The trilogy delves into the life of Rubirosa who served as a diplomat for then dictator Rafael Trujillo whose daughter, Flor de Oro Trujillo,
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