Typically, we hear about screen tests being done for actors. But in the case of Zorro Reborn, which is tentatively set to star Gael Garcia Bernal in a futuristic revamp of the classic character, it is the director that is the object of the test.

The guy in question is Ricardo de Montreuil, who gained a lot of studio attention with his short film The Raven. (No relation to the John Cusack-starring film derived from Edgar Allen Poe.) The short was pretty quickly set up for a feature revamp at Universal, with Montreuil set to direct Mark Wahlberg.

In the meantime, however, he’s going to direct this screen test starring Bernal, which could land him the Zorro Reborn directing gig. Read More »

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Briefly: Fox is rebooting Zorro, and now plans to put Gael Garcia Bernal behind the mask. Zorro Reborn will be a “futuristic reboot” of the Zorro tale that will reportedly be set somewhere quite different from the story’s classic locales.

Fox won’t comment, but let’s hope that the script, by Glenn Gers and Lee Shipman & Brian McGreevy, is to Zorro what Outland was to High Noon. (That is: “In Spaaaaaace!”) All we know for certain is that Bernal will be “the Spanish swordsman as a masked vigilante bent on revenge.” Which is to say, he’s playing Zorro.

No director is on board as of yet.  [Variety]


Last month we saw the teaser trailer for Casa de mi Padre, the Spanish-language comedy starring Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Now, Pantelion Filmshave released a full length 2 minute trailer. Watch it now after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below. Read More »


Many months ago we saw a rough quality teaser trailer for Casa de mi Padre, the Spanish-language comedy starring Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Now, with US distribution set via the small label Pantelion Films, we’ve got a much better quality teaser that will give you the basic setup of the movie. Check it out below. Read More »

Last year, Will Ferrell shot a Spanish-language comedy called Casa de mi Padre, with co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The movie seems to be both a loving ode to and a send-up of classic Mexican telenovellas. A trailer appeared in April and was taken down not long afterward, but we haven’t heard much at all about the film since then.

Now a small label, Pantelion Films, has picked up US distribution rights to Casa de mi Padre and will have the movie in theaters on March 16, 2012. Read More »

Casa de mi Padre is an unusual comedy starring Will Ferrell — a send-up of Spanish-language telenovellas that also stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. There’s a trailer out now (possibly for a limited time) so you can see Will Ferrell performing entirely in Spanish, and sounding pretty damn natural doing so. The movie looks like lightweight comic fluff, but also pretty damn entertaining. Read More »

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When we heard that Johnny Depp would play the lead in The Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Seven Fingers for Emir Kusturica, a few things ran through my mind. First, surprise at the fact that the constantly-busy actor would be in the sort of marginal film (with respect to the mainstream box office) that was once a big part of his resume. Second, that it was more than a bit unfortunate that a Latin actor didn’t get the role. Third, I was willing to accept that considering that it meant Emir Kusturica would gain a much larger audience for the film.

Things have now changed. To no one’s great surprise, Johnny Depp’s schedule will prevent him from playing Pancho Villa. As a replacement. Mr. Kusturica is reportedly eying Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio del Toro. That should take care of some of the major arguments against the film. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Last year saw Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna cast in Matt Piedmont‘s Spanish-language comedy that was rumored to be an over-the-top satire of the “overdramatic telenovella style.” We knew little else about the film other than a provisional title: Casa de mi padre. That title may have been given the boot, as some new info puts the film in the test-screening process as ‘Untitled Spanish Comedy.’

But we have a good deal of new info about the film, which will make it pretty easy to guess how it will play as a comedy. (I’m thinking telenovella + Anchorman + El Mariachi.) Check out the synopsis after the break. Read More »