Fresh News 12/21/2021

Posted by on December 27, 2021

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How Rudy Valdez Brought Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘Reopening Night’ to Life for HBO


Shakespeare in the Park, a free summer production produced by New York’s Public Theater, had never skipped a season in its sixty plus year history until COVID-19 shut down the world in 2020. So when the annual signpost of summer, held at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, returned after a yearlong hiatus earlier this year, New Yorkers rejoiced. The reopening was a milestone not just for the city and the theater community, but for civilization at large, which is in part why filmmaker Rudy Valdez (“The Sentence”) documented the triumphant return. Read more here

Vicente Fernandez Series Starring Jaime Camil Headed To Netflix


Fans of Vicente Fernandez worldwide will be able to see a series based on his life starring Jaime Camil as the music icon via Netflix, Deadline has learned. The news arrives on the heels of Fernandez’s death last week at age 81.

The project, titled The Idol of the People, is a Caracol TV production and will air on that Colombian television network. Netflix has taken world rights to the series outside of Colombia, sources said. Read more here.

Buy, Sell, Rebuild: How Sony Pictures Chief Tony Vinciquerra Realigned the Studio for Streaming


You can learn a lot about a company by watching what assets it buys and what assets it sells. Sony Pictures Entertainment has been busy over the past four and a half years with a steady stream of deal activity.

Most of the transactions haven’t made big headlines because they haven’t involved big dollars compared with megabucks media mergers and acquisitions of late. But they have been signposts of how the company has positioned itself for the future under the direction of Tony Vinciquerra, who took the reins as chairman and CEO in mid-2017.

On the latest episode of Variety podcast “Strictly Business,” the CEO explains how it became clear to him that the move to streaming and on-demand platforms would reshape the entertainment economy. Read more here.

Guillermo del Toro Breaks Down the Making of ‘Nightmare Alley’ in 45-Minute Video, Including What Was In His 3 Hour 15 Minute Cut


Del Toro also talks about why he wanted to tell this story, lighting Bradley Cooper with the other characters in the film, and more in this exclusive interview with Collider. Read more here.

NATO Ups Two: Jackie Brenneman Exec VP, General Counsel; Todd Halstead Head Of Government Relations


Cinema trade group the National Association of Theatre Owners has promoted Jackie Brenneman to executive VP and general counsel, which it called a new, “second-in-command” position, and named Todd Halstead director of Government Relations and Strategy Development. Read more here.

Cristián De La Fuente And Julieth Restrepo To Star In Indie Rom-Com ‘Switch Up’


Cristián de la Fuente, Julieth Restrepo, Jeff Fahey and Sal Velez Jr have been set to star in Switch Up, an indie romantic comedy that will serve as the feature directing debut of Tara Pirnia. Production begins in January in Texas. Read more here

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Hasbro Toy Reveals First Look at America Chavez


A new set of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Hasbro toys has revealed a first look at the MCU's take on America Chavez, who will be played by Xochitl Gomez in the upcoming movie. Read more here.

Lifetime Adds Ben Savage & Lindsay Navarro’s ‘Girl In The Shed’ To February Movie Line-up