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 »
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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 »
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 »
The Weinstein Co has released an early international teaser trailer for A Little Bit of Heaven, a romantic dramedy from director Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman, The Closer, Cold Case). The film stars Kate Hudson as “a guarded woman who finds out she’s dying of cancer, but when she meets her match, the threat of falling in love is scarier than death.” The film co-stars Gael García Bernal, Romany Malco, Kathy Bates, Whoopi Goldberg, Lucy Punch, Rosemarie DeWitt, Steven Weber, and Johann Urb. Looks too generic and by the numbers for me, and the musical selections used in the trailer are beyond horrible. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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With The Fighter getting some attention and Warner Bros. developing Grudge Match, are we soon going to see a mini-glut of boxing movies? There are worse things, if so. The latest to hit the development decks is Hands of Stone, which would see Gael Garcia Bernal playing Roberto Durán, who famously lost to Sugar Ray Leonard in the ‘No Mas’ fight in 1980. Read More »
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Funny or Die Presents director Matt Piedmont will soon be directing Will Ferrell in the Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi padre. That’s odd enough, and now Ferrell has two great co-stars: Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, who are making quite the career of working in films together. (They’ve acted opposite one another in Y tu mamá también and Rudo y Cursi, and exec produced films like Sin Nombre and Sólo quiero caminar, in which Luna also starred.) But working opposite Farrell could be something altogether different. Read More »