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Dec 11, 2015 Liz 0

The movie is now out in Italia!

Dec 11, 2015 Liz 0

Sicario is featured in the November issue of Cinemania. I have added the scans in our gallery!

Dec 11, 2015 Liz 0

Attention, filmmakers: Benicio Del Toro is pretty much done with movies about drugs, with one possible exception. But you’re going to have to work out the exception by yourself.

“From the beginning of my career I’ve done things that have to do with the war on drugs,” says the 48-year-old, Puerto Rico-born actor, whose latest foray into the genre is Denis Villeneuve’s dark and gripping Sicario. “I think I’ve figured it out that I’ve played all the angles in the drug war except for one. I’ve done the guy who’s addicted to drugs, I’ve done the guy who sells drugs, I’ve done the henchman, I’ve done the capo, I’ve done the humble cop and I’ve done the cop bingeing on revenge, which is Sicario.”

He grinned. “There is another angle, and I’m not gonna say what it is. If someone can figure it out and write a good script and an original story, then I might do it. But otherwise, I think I’ve done it.”

He’s done lots more than just drug movies, though. Sure, Del Toro won his supporting-actor Oscar as a Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh’s drug-war drama Traffic, but his signature roles also include the virtuoso mumbling he did in The Usual Suspects, his out-of-control attorney in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and his title role in Soderbergh’s ambitious two-part Che.

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Dec 11, 2015 Liz 0

Entertainment Weekly released their Best & Worst of 2015 Issue and Benicio is featured among the Best for his performance in Sicario! Check out the HQ scan in our gallery thanks to my friend Claudia!


Dec 11, 2015 Liz 0

Variety just announced that this year’s Awards Season Series of Actors on Actors will start airing on PBS SoCal December 27, starting with the episode featuring Benicio!

The new season of the series will feature conversations between thespians from this year’s biggest awards contenders. The discussions will pan out over three episodes.

The first episode, airing Dec. 27, features Cate Blanchett (“Carol” and “Truth”) and Ian McKellen (“Mr. Holmes),” Will Smith (“Concussion”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”), Michael Keaton (“Spotlight”) and Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight”) and Brie Larson (“Room”) and Joel Edgerton (“Black Mass”).

Episode two, also airing Dec. 27, will feature Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) with Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”), Steve Carell (“The Big Short”) and Rooney Mara (“Carol”), Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”) and Jason Segel (“The End of the Tour”) and Elizabeth Banks (“Love & Mercy”) and Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette”).

The third episode, airing Jan. 3, will include conversations between Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Isabella Rossellini (“Joy”), Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) and Seth Rogen (“Steve Jobs”) and Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“The Walk”).

In addition to PBS SoCal, the series will also air in New York on WNET/WLIW and be distributed to PBS stations around the country in January.

“We are thrilled to be continuing the Actors on Actors series for a third season on PBS,” said Michelle Sobrino, publisher, Variety. “Actors on Actors offers viewers an exclusive opportunity to observe candid insights into the artistry and inspiration of onscreen talent at the peak of their craft. Variety couldn’t be more proud of this Emmy winning show and is grateful to PBS SoCal for the continued partnership.”

PBS SoCal recently won a Los Angeles-area Emmy for a special episode of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” which aired last December.

“‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors’ provides an insightful look into the creative process and the careers of today’s most acclaimed actors,” said Andy Russell, president & CEO of PBS SoCal. “Our partnership with Variety has helped us bring fans of all things Hollywood this exclusive look behind the scenes of an incredible national industry.”


Dec 10, 2015 Liz 0

Benicio del Toro is featured in The New York Times special feature about the year’s best actors, along with 12 more actors like Michael Fassbender, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Mitchell, Mya Taylor and more.

About Benicio’s reference for his photoshoot:

‘‘There is not a specific reference, but the kind of spectacle moment we see in film of a person jumping off a building or through a window. This was shot in superslow motion, so it gives you something you usually can’t see with your own eyes.’’

Dec 07, 2015 Liz 0

The Online Film Critics Society just revealed the nominations for the 19th OFCS Awards. Sicario, along with Carol, lead the race with 6 nominations!
Benicio is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, while the movie is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Denis Villeneuve), Best Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan), Best Editing (Joe Walker) and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)!

The winners will be announced on Monday, December 14, 2015.

Dec 05, 2015 Liz 0 shared the defining moments from the actors and directors of this season’s most anticipated productions. Benicio is featured in their gallery for Sicario. Also featured is a new photoshoot that you can check in our gallery.

“Movies are very fickle. I’ve done many where I think, ‘Oh that’s going to be good,’ and it isn’t. With this one, my expectations were up in the air,” Del Toro says of Sicario, a thriller following U.S. agents beyond the Mexican border. “But across the board everybody brought their A game. It would be the equivalent of taking a group picture and everybody looking their best. Getting that to happen? It’s really complicated.”


Dec 02, 2015 Liz 0

varietyBenicio Del Toro landed an Academy Award for 2000’s “Traffic,” in which he played a conflicted police officer. His new film, “Sicario,” puts him back in the world of drug trafficking, but as a very different character — a mysterious, dangerous man bent on revenge. Will Smith has earned two Oscar nominations for playing real-life people in “Ali” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” He stands to earn his third nod for his portrayal of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a doctor who fought against the National Football League to expose the danger of head trauma in players. Among many topics, the two spoke about their mutual love of Roger Deakins and Eddie Murphy.

Will Smith: I got that call that actors love to get. It’s late on a Friday afternoon, and I get the call that says, “Ridley Scott’s on the phone for you.” He said, “I’ve got a gift for you.” And he sent me “Concussion.” I read it immediately, and I remember thinking, “This ain’t no damn gift! I’m a football dad.” So for me, it was a beautiful screenplay, but it opened up a huge conflict. How did “Sicario” come to you?

Benicio Del Toro: I read the script. I thought it was original. And then I got to meet with Denis Villeneuve, the director. His enthusiasm, his vision, his sensitivity to the project convinced me. And then there was the cast and, last but not least, the director of photography, Roger Deakins …

Smith: I’m a real Roger Deakins groupie!

Del Toro: I know. Me too.

Smith: He asked me to leave him alone the other night. It was the first time I met him. I was like, “Hey man, listen, I love what you do!” He said, “Well thanks, man. Come on, you know, you’re embarrassing me.”

Del Toro: Those elements put together — script, director, actors and Roger Deakins — that made me want to do it.

Smith: (I met) the director, Peter Landesman, and Dr. Bennet Omalu back to back. Peter Landesman is an investigative journalist; he’s rock solid. Dr. Omalu is a Nigerian immigrant, and he said something to me, a line we used in the movie. He said, “As a little boy growing up, heaven was here, and America was here (just beneath).” To him, America was the place where God sent all of his favorite people.

Del Toro: And that’s in the movie.

Smith: That was really huge, when I can latch onto that desire. I’m always looking for the one thing that covers the entire movie, you know?

Del Toro: Right.

Smith: When I was 15, my girlfriend cheated on me. And from that moment, in this bizarre psychological twist, I wanted to be the most famous entertainer on Earth, because I believed that your girlfriend couldn’t cheat on you. It’s that really bizarre psychological leap, and I’m always looking for that in my characters. Have you ever struggled to find a character? Have you ever gotten closer and closer to set and hadn’t had it yet?

Del Toro: I don’t think I ever find them. It just keeps evolving. I always feel, to be honest with you, like I get the closest I can get to the character on the last day of shooting, on the last take. I used to beat myself up for that.

Smith: When you got started, who were you modeling yourself after? Who were who were the people that you were like, “All right, I want that?”

Del Toro: When I started going to movies, there were three. It was Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy and Richard Gere. After I started acting, then it was Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn. And then there were other young actors that were doing stuff that was a bit more contemporary, like Sean Penn and Gary Oldman. They were going out there and taking chances, and that’s when I started acting.

Smith: For me, my early life and desire to be an entertainer was all Julius Erving and Eddie Murphy. I grew up in Philadelphia so, you know, 1983, ’76ers, world champions. And Julius Erving was, and still is, such an absolute gentleman. And then when I started thinking about moving toward acting, it was right at the heart of “Raw” and “Delirious” and “48 Hrs.” I was like, “Oh my God, I want that, I want that.” And it was that combination that really formed the early parts of my career.