Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is still waiting to receive the final script for his new film about the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, weeks before production is set to begin in South America. The Desperado star is set to join Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro in The 33, which will document the 69 days 33 Chilean miners spent trapped underground after a shaft collapsed in 2010.
Director Patricia Riggen is expected to start shooting on location in late November (13), but Banderas suggests there may be a slight delay.
He tells Spanish news agency EFE, "Everything (for the project) started quite a while ago, more than a year-and-a-half, but so far, right now, despite having a commitment with the producers of the film, I still have not received the final script."
However, the actor can understand why screenwriters are taking their time to finish the script.
He says, "They're continuing to work on it, cleaning it up, having conversations with those people who experienced this event... Whenever you play a person who existed, along with the acting work, there's a sense of responsibility, because it's a living character."
Riggen is also still searching for a replacement to step in for Jennifer Lopez, who was reportedly forced to pull out of the drama in September (13) due to scheduling clashes with her upcoming return as a judge on reality show American Idol.
The 33 is currently scheduled for release next year (14).
Jennifer Lopez has reportedly pulled out of a new movie about the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground in 2010 over scheduling conflicts. The singer/actress signed on to join Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro in The 33, which will document the 69 days the workers spent in the darkness before they were rescued.
However, Lopez has now stepped down from the job amid reports filming would clash with shoots for her upcoming return as a judge on reality show American Idol, according to Deadline.com.
A replacement for the superstar has yet to be announced. Director Patricia Riggen is expected to begin production on The 33 in late November (13) in South America.
In December, America was lucky enough to receive the gift of Young Adult: Diablo Cody's intriguingly dark story of a narcissistic thirty-something who never developed emotionally beyond her self-absorbed, destructive seventeen-year-old state of being. Star Charlize Theron wreaks her havoc in the movie on her ex-boyfriend, her new friend, and her poor dog Dolce. Now, imagine if she had a kid: stakes immediately skyrocket. That seems to be what we're getting in Girl in Progress.
Eva Mendes plays a suspended-adolescence type who is "raising" a teenaged daughter on her own. As we can see in the below trailer, there's a lot more of her daughter (Cierra Ramirez) taking care of her than the other way around. The film pledges a story about both young women coming into their own, despite the struggles of being responsible for one another.
Girl in Progress also stars Matthew Modine and Patricia Arquette, and is directed by Patricia Riggen. The film opens Apr. 27.
The heartbreak of illegal immigration is vividly displayed in this poignant story of nine year old Carlos (Adrian Alonso) a boy living in Mexico with his grandmother while his mother (Kate del Castillo) works as an illegal domestic in Los Angeles trying to make enough money to send home so the son she has been separated from can live a good life--even if it means being without her. When the grandmother suddenly dies Carlos decides to cross the border and look for mom. As his journey continues he encounters a woman (America Ferrera) and her brother (Jesse Garcia) who make tuition money taking babies into the U.S. In this instance she decides to help smuggle Carlos across by hiding him in her van. Once he lands in Tuscon he meets a sympathetic middle- aged migrant worker named Enrique (Eugenio Derbez) who accompanies him to East L.A. Once there they try to locate his mother--their only clue being a vague description of the area around a pay phone she used in her weekly calls home to Carlos. The film which is shot mostly in Spanish with some English language scenes as well offers great big screen opportunities to some of Mexico’s biggest television stars including telenovela favorite Kate del Castillo. She delivers a moving performance as a mother living separated by borders with her only son but living “under the same moon.” The film really belongs however to young Alonso--a natural in front of the cameras who impressed American audiences as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas’ son in The Legend of Zorro but breaks out here as the determined Carlos. Both create a touching mother-son relationship even though they are never in any scenes together. Also playing against type is superstar Derbez unquestionably one of Latin America’s most popular actors who develops a winning chemistry with Alonso making every moment of their screen time count. Ugly Betty’s Ferrera also turns up for some effective moments including a heart-stopping sequence in which she is questioned by border guards while the van carrying the hidden Carlos is searched. Although she has made some award winning shorts Under the Same Moon represents the first feature length film for Mexican-born Patricia Riggen. She succeeds on all levels emphasizing the characters in the story over the potentially political hot button topic of immigration which her film so eloquently humanizes. Working with screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos the two women give urgency to the tragic separation of mother and son caught between two disparate cultures. Given the time restraints and low budget Riggen’s command of the camera is impressive particularly in the inventive and almost spiritual ways she manages to bring mother and son together on screen even though they never share a shot. Use of music is also hugely effective with Carlos Silotto’s melodic score recalling a similar film about a young dreamer Cinema Paradiso. Ultimately though Under the Same Moon lives or dies with the actors and Riggen’ spot-on casting decisions--particularly in the case of Alonso--really lift it to new levels. Most of the actors have extensive TV followings and Riggen knew by casting them she would risk the wrath of Mexican film critics who uniformly look down on television. Doesn’t matter. Under the Same Moon has universal appeal and should find approving audiences around the world.
Winners were announced Thursday for the 30th Annual Student Academy Awards competition, with 11 film students chosen to participate in industry-related activities and social events in the week leading up to the awards ceremony on June 8 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
But the U.S.-based students, selected from nine American universities, will have to wait until the ceremony to find out what level of awards--gold, silver or bronze--each will receive. Besides trophies, gold medal winners take home $5,000; silver medal winners receive $3,000 and bronze medal winners are awarded $2,000.
A $1,000 cash grant is also awarded for the Honorary Foreign Film winner. This year, the prize went to Florian Baxmeyer from the University of Hamburg, Germany, for The Red Jacket. Baxmeyer was selected from a pool of 38 entries from 25 countries.
To reach this stage, students had to compete in one of three regional competitions. Each of those regions was permitted to send the Academy up to three finalist films in each of the four categories, including alternative, animation, documentary and narrative.
The Student Academy Awards were established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1972 "to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.''
Here is a list of the 2003 winners (alphabetical by film title within category):
The Projects Lumiere, Waleed Moursi, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
Bert, Moonsung Lee, Academy of Art College, San Francisco
Perpetual Motion, Kimberly Miner, Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), Rochester, New York
A Work in Progress, Wes Ball, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Indiana Aria, Elizabeth Pollock, University of California, Berkeley
Left Behind, Christof Putzel, Connecticut College, New London
Those Who Trespass, Renee Fischer, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
fine., Michael Downing and Philip Svoboda, American Film Institute, Los Angeles
Jesus Henry Christ, Dennis Lee, Columbia University, New York
La Milpa (The Cornfield), Patricia Riggen, Columbia University, New York
Honorary Foreign Film
The Red Jacket, Florian Baxmeyer, University of Hamburg, Germany