Check out our Fresh News for the week of 11/19!
Mexico Chooses ‘I’m No Longer Here’ To Represent Country in Campaign for Oscar Gold
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Mexico has chosen the filmmaker Fernando Fias de la Parras’s I’m No Longer Here (Ya No Estoy Aquí) to represent the country as its official Oscar entry for the International Featured Film Award. I’m No Longer Here tells the story of a 17-year-old Ulises Sampeiro the leader of a gang/dance crew and Cholombiano from the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, who travels to New York to start a new life. Read more here.
‘Women Of The Movement’: Niecy Nash Joins ABC Limited Series
Niecy Nash (Claws) is set to co-star opposite Adrienne Warren in ABC’s limited series Women of the Movement, from creator-writer Marissa Jo Cerar and a producing team that includes Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan. The six-episode limited series, set to premiere in 2021, centers on Mamie Till-Mobley (Warren), who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till. Read more on Variety
Fernanda Valadez’s ‘Identifying Features’ Takes Top Prize at Thessaloniki Film Festival
“Identifying Features,” Fernanda Valadez’s searing abduction drama set along the U.S.-Mexico border, was awarded the Golden Alexander for best feature film at the 61st Thessaloniki Film Festival. Valadez’s feature debut, which was a double award winner in the World Cinema dramatic competition in Sundance, follows the extraordinary ordeal of a woman who sets out in search of her teenage son two months after he left their village to find work in the U.S. Read more here.
‘Short Circuit’ Latinx Remake in Development at Spyglass Media
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Spyglass Media Group is remaking the Latinx 1986 sci-fi comedy “Short Circuit”. The production team hired the writing team with Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shumer to bring Latinx elements into the project. Read more here
Sundance Pic ‘La Leyenda Negra’ Lands At HBO, Gets Premiere Date On HBO Latino & HBO Max
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La Leyenda Negra, the Patricia Vidal Delgado pic that premiered in the NEXT section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by HBO. As part of the North American rights deal unveiled Tuesday, it will debut December 4 on HBO Latino and also will be available to stream on HBO Max. The timeless movies, written and directed by Delgado, centers on Aleteia, an El Salvadorian immigrant who transfers to a Compton high school and struggles to make friends. Read more here
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Hasan Minhaj from the Peabody-winning Netflix show ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’, is joining Season 2 of Apple TV+’s ‘The Morning Show’. Hasan has been given a high-profile acting role named Eric, a charismatic, rising star who joins The Morning Show.team. The show is executive produced by and starring Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon. Production on its second season commenced last month under pandemic-related guidelines. Read more on Deadline.
Masi Oka Joins Sony’s Action Thriller Bullet Train Starring Brad Pitt
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The star from NBC’s Heroes, Masi Oka, is set to join Sony’s action thriller called ‘Bullet Train’. The upcoming film is starring Brad Pitt and Joey King, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz and Andrew Koji are also on board. ‘Bullet Train’ will be produced by Kelly McCormick through production company 87North. The film is based on ‘Maria Beetle’, which is a Japanese novel written by bestselling author Kotaro Isaka. Read more on Deadline.
Xolo Mariduena Signs With UTA
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Xolo Mariduena, who plays Miguel Diaz in Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid sequel series has signed with UTA. Mariduena is set to star in season three of Karate Kid which has moved from Youtube to Netflix. Mariduena was also featured in NBC drama Parenthood, which aired for six seasons between 2010 and 2015, he played Victor Graham, the adopted son of Erika Christensen's Julia Braverman-Grahan and Sam Jaeger's Joel Graham. Visit Deadline for more.