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Guadalajara: Leonardo Zimbron, Jesus Magaña Team for ‘Invisible’ (Exclusive)

Guadalajara: Leonardo Zimbron, Jesus Magaña Team for ‘Invisible’ (Exclusive)
Guadalajara, Mexico — Producer Leonardo Zimbron (“We Are the Nobles”) and writer-director Jesus Magaña (“The Alien,” “Alice in Marialand”) are teaming on “Invisible,” a Mexican superhero movie for kids which marks the new ambitions of a diversifying Mexican film industry

A Mexican remake of Academy Award winning Gabriele Salvatores’ “Il Ragazzo Invisible” (The Invisible Boy), the title also underscores a repositioning of Mexican movies in a crossover-to-upscale mainstream space as digital distribution, dynamited by robust competition in Mexico between Netflix, Blim and ClaroVideo, affords increasingly significant outlets for this kind of fare.

From Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima, the producers of Academy Award winner “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Invisible Boy” is set in a singular Trieste of white-stoned monumentalist architecture, released in 2014, the original “The Invisible Boy” turned on Michele, 13, sensitive, bullied, is love with the lovely Stella, who wears a super hero’s costume to a Halloween party which is mocked for its dinkiness,
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Taormina Film Fest Showcases Mainstream Movies Alongside Cutting-Edge Fare

The Taormina film festival, one of Italy’s oldest, has undergone many makeovers. Its most recent mission is to help salvage the country’s sagging box office from yet another bout of summer blues.

In part that has always been one of the storied Sicilian film fest’s functions. But since marketing guru Tiziana Rocca took over four years ago as general manager, Taormina’s top priority has been to devise new ways to boost Italo moviegoing in the summer as well as cater to the need’s of Italy’s film industry orgs.

During this time “we’ve reached many goals,” boasts Rocca.

Rocca took over when Taormina was a respected but on-the-brink-of-bankruptcy, auteur-driven affair.

Since then she’s forged closer ties with Italy’s motion picture association Anica, with state film entity Istituto Luce, and with the country’s prestigious Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia film school. Its alumni,
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Palm Springs Film Fest Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Palm Springs Film Fest Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival has come a long way since its bow in 1990, when the awards ceremony was held in the home basement of then-mayor Sonny Bono, who conceived the event as a way to promote Palm Springs as a major world tourism destination. Its sole honoree was Lucille Ball, who, while nothing to sneeze at, was but a shadow of what the festival has shaped up to be, a 12-day star-studded spectacle and harbinger of Oscar gold.

This year’s festival, which kicks off Jan. 3 and will draw 135,000 attendees, marks its 25th anniversary in a manner that bears little resemblance to its humble beginnings, when Palm Springs was still a place where sagebrush rolled down the streets and the town, a sleepy hideaway for Rat Pack icons and snowbirds in golf shorts, turned dead after the winter holidays.

“What began as an event for the community has
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Italy in a Day Movie Review

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Italy in a Day Movie Review
Title: Italy in a Day “Italy in a Day” is the first group documentary shot by Italian people. October 26th is the shooting day. Fledgeling or aspiring film-makers, who want to take part in this ambitious project, may shoot something personal that portrays Italy in a day. Several will be the accounts which will describe the multifaceted boot-shaped country in its full beauty and contrasting shades. Each footage will be a tiny piece of the mosaic-documentary that director Gabriele Salvatores (Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film ‘Mediterraneo’ in 1991) will edit into a full feature. This documentary, produced by Indiana Production and Rai Cinema, will provide a true [ Read More ]

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Italy to Get User-Generated “Italy in a Day,” Salvatores to Direct

Italy to Get User-Generated “Italy in a Day,” Salvatores to Direct
Italy is joining Ridley Scott’s user-generated docu feature format “Life in a Day” with “Italy in a Day,” which helmer Gabriele Salvatores will direct.

Pubcaster Rai and Indiana Productions are producing the social filmmaking project under which Italians will be able to upload footage of their lives on October 26 to Rai’s website http://www.italyinaday.it.

Salvatores will select the most compelling footage and edit it into a feature which Rai Cinema’s 01 Distribuzione will release theatrically in Italy and Rai will subsequently air.

Salvatores won the 1991 foreign Oscar with “Mediterraneo.” His more recent pics include “I’m Not Scared” (2003), “As God Commands” (2008) and John Malkovich-starrer “Siberian Education” which Wrekin Hill is expected to relase in the U.S. later this year.

Indiana Production is an innovative Italo shingle active in TV advertising and crossmedia, besides film. In 2010 they produced Paolo Virzi’s bittersweet drama “The First Beautiful Thing,
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Pathe Takes World Sales on New Salvatores Pic

Pathe Takes World Sales on New Salvatores Pic
French mini-major Pathe has taken world sales outside Italy on prominent Italo helmer Gabriele Salvatores’ new pic “The Invisible Boy,” about a 13-year-old whose growing pains prompt supernatural powers.

“Boy,” on which cameras started rolling Sept. 16 in Trieste, marks a return to adolescence as a theme for Salvatores after the success of his “I’m Not Scared,” in 2003.

Pic is also the helmer’s first collaboration with expanding Rome shingle Indigo Films, run by Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima, who are best known as regular producers of Paolo Sorrentino’s pics, including “The Great Beauty.”

Salvatores won the 1991 foreign-lingo film Oscar with “Mediterraneo.”

The helmer is calling “Boy” “a big adventure that plays with the imaginary lives of super heroes, while seeking to touch the chords of the boy that’s in all of us.”

Italo A-listers Valeria Golino and Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Russian thesps Ksenia Rappoport and Aleksei Guskov
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Siberian Education (Educazione Siberiana): Film Review

Siberian Education (Educazione Siberiana): Film Review
Even assassins have a childhood, laying the moral groundwork for the future man. In Siberian Education, Italian director Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo) forcefully describes the early years of a future Russian soldier, growing up as part of a violent clan in a multi-ethnic, dirt-poor town created by Stalin for criminal outcasts. While all the elements are in place for an easy shoot-em-up, there’s no wicked winking at the audience’s secret bloodlust as in Tarantino or Gangs of Wasseypur. The film is mainly an engrossing duet between the young hero and his guru-grandfather, played with clipped precision

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Italian Producer Cecchi Gori Sentenced to Six Years in Criminal Bankruptcy Case

Rome – Italian producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori, whose productions include three Oscar winners, was sentenced to six years behind bars and ordered to pay €11.5 million ($15.6 million) in damages Friday in connection with the with the bankruptcy of his Safin Cinematografica, his production firm. Cecchi Gori, 70, the son of late Italian production legend Mario Cecchi Gori, has produced nearly 200 films on his own or together with his father. His credits include three Oscar winners: Gabriele SalvatoresMeditrraneo from 1991, Michael Radford’s Il Postino (The Postman) from 1994, and Roberto Benigni’s La Vita e’ Bella (Life

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Vittorio Cecchi Gori Claims Lawsuit Win Over Gianni Nunnari

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Deadline reported last fall on the lawsuit last Sepember that pitted former allies Vittorio Cecchi Gori against Gianni Nunnari, producers of some of Hollywood's larger movies the past few years. Cecchi Gori has released this press release claiming victory (a spokesman for Nunnari said that "We are obviously disappointed with the judge's decision and intend to appeal"): A final Statement of Decision in the lawsuit between Oscar-winning film producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori (Life Is Beautiful, Il Postino and Mediterraneo) and film producer Gianni Nunnari (the former President of Cecchi Gori Pictures) was entered on March 25, 2011 by Judge Amy D. Hogue in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The Judgment awards Cecchi Gori $13,226,125 in damages, plus $2,608,075 in interest. In addition, Cecchi Gori was awarded future income from four films: 300, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Everybody’s Fine, and film rights and future income from four additional film projects: The Cyclone,
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Julie Taymor to close Venice Film fest with “The Tempest”

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: We learned last week that Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballerinas, would open the 67th annual Venice Film Festival in September. Now we know what film will close the event.

Julie Taymor’s upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” has been tapped by festival organizers to be the closing night film. Helen Mirren leads Taymor’s ensemble, playing Prospera. She’ll be joined on screen by Russell Brand (Trinculo), Alfred Molina (Stephano), Djimon Hounsou (Caliban), and Chris Cooper (Antonio).

Venice Film Festival director Marco Mueller said Taymor’s production is “unique and exhilarating,” and added in a press release that the director displays her “trademark visual flair and creative direction.”

Venice runs Sept. 1-11. In related news, Quentin Tarantino was named jury president for this year’s fest. He’ll be joined by Guillermo Arriaga
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Cecchi Gori back on the hunt with new films

Cecchi Gori back on the hunt with new films
Rome -- Beleaguered Italian move producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori, still searching for his first hit film since the start of the decade, said Thursday his next film will be about hunting.

Cecchi Gori, who produced Oscar winners "Mediterraneo," "Il Postino," and "La Vita e Bella," has been hounded by a host of financial and legal problems for several years. He has slowed from making an average of 10 films a year during his heyday in the 1990s to a total of just two since the end of 2005.

But the son of famed producer Mario Cecchi Gori said he is eyeing a comeback this year. He is a co-producer on Kirk Jones just-completed adventure comedy "Everybody's Fine" (which stars Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore), while "El baile de la Victoria," a Spanish-language dance drama from Fernando Trueda, is in post-production.

He said his next film will be "La Dea della Caccia
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'Open' season: Salvatores out for adventure

'Open' season: Salvatores out for adventure
ROME -- Oscar-winning Italian director Gabriele Salvatores will take to the sea for his next project, tentatively titled Open Sea. Speaking to journalists at the Courmayeur in Noir Film Festival, Salvatores described the project, which will be produced by Medusa Films and Salvatores' production partner Colorado Films, as a " 'Master and Commander' for the wretched." "To make an adventure film today you have to go to the open sea, outside of the territorial water where anarchy reigns," said the Naples born Salvatores, who won the best foreign film Oscar for Mediterraneo in 1992.

Salvatores looks to helm 'Dionisio'

Salvatores looks to helm 'Dionisio'
ROME -- Italian director Gabriele Salvatores has optioned rights to the novel La Scala di Dionisio (Dionysus' Staircase) by Italian author Luca di Fulvio for his next project. Described by Salvatores (Mediterraneo, Nirvana) and producing partner Maurizio Totti of Colorado Films as a period sci-fi thriller in the vein of Blade Runner, the story is set in London on New Year's Eve 1899. Investigator Germinal Milton, while battling his own chemical dependencies, is called into action on the eve of the millennium after a serial killer unleashes his instincts on the wives of a number of rich businessmen. The novel was published by Mondadori and Colorado Noir, the publishing arm of Colorado films, and will be adapted by Salvatores and Carla Vangelista. Salvatores' most recent project, Quo Vadis Baby?, has earned €1.7 million ($2 million) and has been in the top 10 at the Italian boxoffice since its release six weeks ago. No casting has been set for the film, which will be shot in English. Totti said he is eyeing a budget of €30 million ($36 million).

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