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June 5, 2016 News, Projects, Soldado

Lionsgate and Black Label Media are getting closer to a production start on Soldado, the second installment of the drug war thriller that began with 2015’s Sicario. I’m told that Stefano Sollima is the front-runner to direct the second installment and should have the job shortly, with talks expected to wrap up quickly. Denis Villenueve directed the first film. Sollima is the Italian director who has made a number of memorably gritty crime thrillers but is best known for directing the Italian miniseries Gomorra and the features Suburra and A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards). Soldado was scripted by Taylor Sheridan. Black Label Media and Lionsgate are co-financing.

The sequel focuses on Alejandro Gillick, the shadowy Man on Fire-like protagonist played by Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Graver, who in the first film established themselves as hellbent on hunting down cartel kingpins, no matter what. The script by Sheridan — who wrote the original — has been very well received. Gone is the principled FBI agent character played by Emily Blunt. The subject matter is very topical, as Gillick and Graver concern themselves with what is being smuggled across the border between Mexico and the U.S. in the tunnels used to move drugs and illegal immigrants. Those tunnels also can be used to bring terrorists into the U.S.

The sequel is being produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, Black Label’s Molly Smith and Thad and Trent Luckinbill, and Edward McDonnell. I’m told that the plan is to move into production by the fall and that the talent all has sparked to Sollima. Final meetings with the studio are happening shortly. Sollima is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Black Label Media just teamed with Lionsgate for the Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling-starrer La La Land, and Black Label is backing the Danny Strong-directed Rebel in the Rye.

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April 8, 2016 News, The Corporation

Paramount has prevailed in a seven figure deal to develop a movie out of The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld. The deal was sold based on a 100 page proposal for a book by TJ English. Benicio Del Toro is attached to play Jose Miguel Battle Sr. (“El Padrino”), the leader of “The Corporation” – also known as “The Godfather.” Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce with The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. They will produce with Jaydee Freixas and Tony Gonzalez, who controlled the rights. Paramount’s Liz Raposo championed this and Michael Hampton is the Appian Way exec who was all over this. It got pretty hot and heavy today in bidding, with multiple suitors in the mix. David Matthews, a writer on the HBO series Vinyl, will adapt the book.

Battle had an illustrious career on both sides of the law. He was Batista’s bag man, bringing him his cut from the gambling casinos when the Mafia ran Cuba. Battle escaped to the States where he and other Cubans were trained by the CIA to invade the country at the ill-fated Bay of Pigs. Having saved the lives of 28 of his men, The Godfather came out of that debacle as a certified hero to many Cuban-Americans. The core of the gang had been trained as a unit, and together formed “The Corporation.” They started out running the popular numbers racket, known as “bolita,” but soon moved on to money laundering and murder. The nonfiction book will be published in winter 2017 by William Morrow. It’s being called a Cuban version of The Godfather and American Gangster. Several other studios bid on the property. There was one from Sony, with Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal and Paul Greengrass, but they bowed out early this evening over price. Ratpac and Heyday were into it with Oscar Isaac attached to play the title character; Lionsgate and MGM teamed with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures and Antoine Fuqua; and Universal and producer Scott Stuber were also bidding. Paradigm brokered the book deal, and LBI Entertainment reps Del Toro, DiCaprio and Appian Way. This was a statement buy for Paramount in its relationship with Appian Way, which just moved its deal over there from Warner Bros. It is a priority for Brad Grey to get the prolific production company into big properties, and this has the potential to be just that. Del Toro is coming off a sizzling performance in Sicario, and this is an opportunity to play another badass character. It also gives The Picture Company a big film, as it preps the Liam Neeson-starrer The Commuter.

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April 1, 2016 Sicario

Molly Smith, co-founder of Black Label Media, and her twin partners Trent and Thad Luckinbil recently talked with The Hollywood Reporter about Sicario possible sequel, check it out:!

What is the status of Sicario 2? Happening or not happening?

SMITH: We’re in full development with the studio. I just got a draft [of a script from writer Taylor Sheridan], and we’re really excited.

THAD: We’ve circulated it to the reps, and everybody [from the cast of the original is] on board.

TRENT: Taylor’s a really great world-builder. He’s got that kind of modern Western voice, which is in vogue right now. And he did it again [with the sequel]. It’s a great big world. We can’t reveal the plot, but you’ll see [Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin] all come back. You have such a great character with Benicio, who was as dark as he was and still so loved. That character resonates so well with audiences. People want to know what happened to him, so it’s a perfect foray for us to explore. Obviously we would love it if Denis could [direct]. He’s a busy man, but he’s certainly part of the process with us right now.


March 20, 2016 The Little Prince

SVOD giant Netflix has picked up animated pic The Little Prince for domestic after Paramount Pictures unexpectedly dropped the film from its schedule only days before its planned theatrical release.

The move at least assures U.S. auds will get to see the animated adaptation of Antoine Saint-Exupery’s classic, even if on a smaller screen than the producers may have originally intended and indeed told international buyers when pre-selling the film. The promise of a wide domestic release through a studio had been a key part of the producers’ pitch to investors and buyers when the ambitious film was being put together. Wild Bunch handled international sales, scoring very impressive numbers, but the Paramount deal was done directly through the producers.

Paramount’s decision to drop the film came out of blue and left both the director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and producers Dimitri Rassam and Aton Soumache surprised. Multiple inquiries to the filmmaking team were met with stony silence, the consequence perhaps of a legal binding not to disclose the film’s future destination.

The Little Prince, which premiered last year out of competition to respectable reviews, has performed well in its native France and other international territories, earning $100 million to date. The film boasts a stellar voice cast, including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco and Benicio del Toro. Paramount’s French arm released the film in France.

It remains to be seen what impact the Netflix move will have on Rassam and Soumache’s attempts to put an arguably even more ambitious animated project in Playmobil. That project, based on the popular children’s toy range, also brings with it the promise of wide domestic distribution, albeit indirectly through co-financier Cross Creek’s, which has a relationship with Universal.

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March 2, 2016 Commercials/Advertisements, Gallery

I have updated the gallery with High Quality pictures from the promotional shoot for Heineken‘s new campaign. I have also added behind the scenes pics from the shoot!



February 29, 2016 Awards, Public Appearances

I haved more pictures of Benicio at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party and the Governor’s Ball last night. Thanks to my friend Claudia for some of the pics!


February 29, 2016 Commercials/Advertisements, Video

Benicio del Toro and Heineken are both recognized around the world. Luckily for us, people remember our name. #morebehindthestar

Heineken has a passion for delivering only the best to our fans around the world. We’re ready to show you that There’s More Behind The Star. Learn more at Heineken.com/US.

Think of a country, any country–chances are, Heineken is enjoyed there. Heineken is the only beer enjoyed in 192 countries around the world.

Benicio del Toro meets with our Global Master Brewer, Willem, to explore just how far Heineken reaches, and comes to find that there’s much #MoreBehindTheStar.

Heineken has a passion for delivering only the best to our fans around the world. We’re ready to show you that There’s More Behind The Star. Learn more at Heineken.com/US.


February 29, 2016 Awards, News, Public Appearances

Benicio attended the 88th Academy Awards last night to present The Revenant along with Jennifer Garner. He was wearing Prada. You can check out HQ pictures to the gallery! Thanks to Mouza for some of the pics!

Little tidbit from People:

‘’A staffer touches up Garner’s under-eye makeup before she and del Toro hunker down together under the monitor to go over their lines. When Chris Rock makes a good-natured joke at Carol’s expense (Cate Blanchett was on stage at the time), del Toro laughs out loud.

Cate Blanchett exits the stage and puts her arms around Garner and del Toro, still watching the monitor. Del Toro gives Blanchett a hug and Garner says she’s in awe at how Blanchett nailed the “walking and talking” thing on stage. As Garner and del Toro get ready to walk to the stage, del Toro steps on Garner’s dress. She sweetly frees her train and says playfully to him: “Now look here, you have one job to do!”

Making her way back off-stage with del Toro, Garner is all smiles and gives a thumbs up.’’