Baby Sequel For Gael Garcia Bernal

Gael Garcia Bernal is to become a father for the second time.

The 'Letters To Juliet' actor - who already has a 20-month-old son, Lazaro, with his girlfriend Dolores Fonzi - was delighted to share his "tremendous and complete happiness" over the pregnancy with his fans on twitter.

He tweeted: "Yes! We're making The announcement official: we've got a baby on the way. Tremendous and complete happiness that we share with all of you. Hugs and celebration. (sic)"

Gael has been dating Dolores since December 2007.

The 31-year-old actor - who previously dated actress Natalie Portman - shot to fame after starring in 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' in 2001.

Earlier this year, he revealed he took on his role as Victor in 'Letters to Juliet' opposite Amanda Seyfried to "have fun".

He said: "I did the film just to have fun, to enjoy working with the group of actors that were here. To spend some time in Italy!"


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Who Is Dayani Cristal? 4299701 Film Reviews

Actor-producer Gael Garcia Bernal takes a strikingly complex look at the timely issue of human migration from Central America to the United States, which is rarely depicted with such honest humanity. By exploring three sides of a single story, this artful film is an enlightening documentary, a moving drama and a riveting mystery. It also offers a glimmer of hope if politicians shake off party pressures and take some notice of what it has to say.

The film opens in Arizona's Sonora Desert, where more than 200 unidentified bodies are found every year. These are immigrants who desperately travel north seeking a better life for their loved ones back home, but end up as illegals struggling to survive in the harsh landscape. When police find a body with the name "Dayani Cristal" tattooed on it, experts (Bruce Anderson and Ivon Ton-Quevedo) begin the search to determine the man's identity. Meanwhile in Honduras, the missing Yohan is discussed by his parents, wife and children as a kind man who made the trip to the USA to fund treatment for his dying son. At the same time, Garcia Bernal retraces Yohan's difficult journey by rail through Mexico, seeking people who may have met him along the way.

All three strands of this film are so personal that they're impossible to dismiss on the usual political grounds: this isn't the story of an issue, it's about a real man with a family. And through various conversations with people on every side of the story, the true picture emerges of a badly broken system that has been tarnished with lies from American right-wing fanatics who portray migrants as criminals who just want to steal from the US government. The truth is that the economy needs immigrant workers to survive, and the vast majority of them are intelligent, conscientious workers who are genuinely trying to help their families survive. And the problems back home can be directly traced to US corporations that have stolen jobs and resources from their homelands.

By telling this story in such an earthy way, the film manages to never shout too loudly about any of this. Facts emerge through quiet conversations, building to hugely cathartic moments that leave the audience shaken with emotion. The question of the title is answered in a way that's especially moving. But the real achievement is that, after watching this film, it's impossible to think of immigration as an "us versus them" issue anymore. It's hardly even controversial, because these are human beings we're talking about. No, the borders can't be flung wide open, but this system isn't helping anyone.

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The Most Undiscovered Movies On Netflix 4191225 News

Most films on the lower rungs of Netflix occupy that position for a single reason: they’re downright terrible. The acting is at best laughable and at worst cringe-worthy, whilst the script seems to be the product of baboons who possess a slightly above average intelligence. Elsewhere, the special effects are seemingly artefacts from design software that became obsolete once Windows 98 was released and the goofs and continuity errors come thick and fast. But amongst the schlock, the horribly ill-conceived box office flops and throwaway Chuck Norris vehicles are a selection of films hardly deserving of their placement amongst the vast expanse of Hollywood detritus. We’ve all sifted through the lower echelons of the vast Netflix database, ambivalently scrolling past Beverly Hills Ninja and Death Wish 4 and laughing at the hilarity of shoe-string budget horror C-movies such as Return Of The Killer Tomatoes and Strippers Vs Werewolves. Hiding amongst the most forgettable and artistically hollow filmic endeavours are some criminally overlooked works of cinematic art. Here is a selection of filmic diamonds who have unfairly found themselves confined to the Netflix motion picture ghetto:

Rebellion

Rebellion (2011), Director: Matheiu Kossovitz

From the director of the stunning trawl through urban grit in the acclaimed feature La Haine, the French auteur returns with this equally violent hostage thriller which centres on an uprising within a French colony full of resentful inhabitants. Kossovitz, who writes, directs and stars as the film’s protagonist, draws from real historical events in which French policemen were taken hostage by dissidents on the French-controlled island of New Caledonia in the South-West Pacific Ocean. As a negotiator, Kossovitz is trapped between the motives of both sides- native inhabitants vying for their freedom and a trigger-happy French Army under direction from the political elite who are using the event to further their aim for re-election. Full to the hilt with explosive action sequences, the film packs two punches in its intelligent visual exuberance as well as its political statement towards the last vestiges of French colonialism amidst a fug of political motives. Its plot and action scenes are equally compelling but Rebellion has managed to fly right under the radar and landed amongst Netflix trash.

The Replacement Killers

The Replacement Killers (1996), Director: Antoine Fuqua

Despite tanking commercially, The Replacement Killers is an intriguing and oftentimes high-octane action film that posits Chow Yun-Fat and Miro Sorvino in a fight for survival against the hands of assassins sent to eliminate the pair at the behest of an enraged drug-lord. A hitman himself, Chow Yun-Fat’s character succumbs to his conscience and is unable to follow his bosses’ orders and assassinate a seven year-old boy. With his family now in mortal jeopardy, he must return to Shanghai to reach his mother and sister before the drug-lord’s cronies can exact merciless retribution.

More: Check out our Top 10 Wes Anderson characters

In un-typical Hollywood fashion, Chow and Miro’s characters never kiss, but the sexual tension between them is positively electric. It is a wild and menacing thriller awash with shoot-outs delivered in a John Woo inspired “Hong-Kong” style which includes gun battles in unorthodox and mundane settings such as a car wash to a beat-heavy soundtrack courtesy of The Chemical Brothers. The director, Antoine Fuqua, lays the foundations for a career that would result in such male-centric Hollywood blockbusters as Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen.

Zaytoun

 Zaytoun (2013), Director: Eran Riklis

1982: an Israeli fighter pilot crashes in war-torn Beirut and is taken prisoner by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, deemed a terrorist sect by most of the Western world. The pilot, played with humility by Stephen Dorff, is soon confronted by a young Palestinian boy whose father has been recently killed in an Israeli airstrike. A masterful insight into the complexities of human nature and conflicting emotions, Zaytoun is a deeply moving tale of friendship against the odds. United, at first reluctantly so, by the goal of returning to Israel, the pair soon reach a mutual understanding amidst a backdrop of unceasing warfare and religious hatred. The picture is a studious example of how differences can be set aside for the benefit of common goals yet it is far from preachy in its demeanour. Similarly, its story carries enough weight and emotional depth that it can be enjoyed without the tangible politically symbolic ramifications.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), Director: Jamie Uys

This South Africa/Botswana comedy has attained cult status as a supremely amusing allegorical tale of a Bushmen’s puzzled interactions with a modern white society, operating as both an unbridled comedy and a gentle social critique of skewed Western values. In the Kalahari Desert, a tribesman encounters an empty bottle of Coca Cola, which he and his villagers believe came directly from the heavens as a gift from God. In a series of beautifully shot vignettes, the Coke bottle brings misery to the villagers and in an attempt to return it to the Gods, the protagonist encounters western society in the form of a group of revolutionaries and a disconcerted doctor.

More: 7 foreign films to look out for in 2014

The story itself is told with tongue placed firmly in cheek whilst the director, Jamie Uys, operates in an idiosyncratic style that brings together a variety of disparate stylistic attributes into a single thread whilst remaining constantly humorous. Universal comedic elements of slapstick and subtlety are utilized in equal measure in a picture sure to leave a smile, even after additional viewings.

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Director: Alfonso Cuarón  

 Y Tu Mama Tambien, which translates as “And Your Mama Too”, is part road-movie and part coming of age tale which is also the first directorial outing from multi-award winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón. Left by their girlfriends, two Mexican teenagers named Tenoch and Julio- played by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal respectively- embark on a road trip with a highly attractive older woman to a fabled beach known as “Heavens Mouth”. Along the way, the boys learn some sharp lessons in friendship, maturity and sexuality. Told in unflinching, matter-of-fact terms by Cuarón, the boys think they’re in for one last fling of hedonism before they head to university, but the trip holds a lot more in store for the boys and their friendship will never be the same again. Funny, candid and heart-wrenchingly poignant, Y Tu Mama Tambien is as likely to leave you in tears as it is to evoke fits of laughter. 

Saved

Saved! (2004), Director: Brian Dannelly 

 The American high school film has been enacted to death and is now a genre in itself, but Saved! offers a rather unique spin on an overly familiar concept. Featuring a strong comedic turn by child star Macaulay Culkin, the film is a viciously funny satire of fundamental Christianity- not a particularly hard feat in itself, but one enacted with sharp observation by director Brian Dannelly. The hypocrisy within the ultra-religious Christian students is laid bare through several scenes which reveal the true outlandishness of the pupil’s behaviour including a memorable moment of attempted “de-gayification”. Far from an outright attack on Christianity itself, the film shows how the true message of Christ is distorted to suit the ends of people’s selfish motives. A thoroughly punchy, amusing and edifying ninety minutes.

Next page: 5 Broken Cameras, Rushmore

5 Broken Cameras

5 Broken Cameras (2011), Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

The five broken cameras referred to in the title each belong to Emad Burnat, a Palestinian whose village has been under threat and virtual military occupation from the illegal encroachments of Jewish Zionists. This shocking and compelling documentary details the struggles of Emad’s village against illegal Jewish settlers, their conflicts and prolonged suffering which include almost daily battles with Israeli armed forces and frequent detainment of the inhabitants without charge. His cameras which he uses to document the conflict are one-by-one destroyed, with one even saving Emad’s life from an Israeli bullet. It’s continually harrowing, but Emad and his villager’s resilience is enchanting and infinitely inspirational in the face of such ceaseless intimidation and free violation of their human rights. It exists as an essential document for the daily suffering of the Palestinian people but it also alive with humanity and a somewhat soothing humility, as the purchase of Emad’s first camera coincides with the birth of his son, Gibreel. As his son grows, we are afforded a glimpse of the conditions children are expected to grow up in and how conflict affects a child’s development. A deeply moving watch which has affected not only much of the world but has also helped to enlighten Israeli youth to their countries aggressive exploits against innocent people.  

Rushmore

Rushmore (1998), Director: Wes Anderson

Anderson’s second feature-length outing sees him cementing his truly unique visual style of slightly heightened reality and three-dimensional character portraits. In a stylistic manner totally divorced from the standard Hollywood tropes, Anderson lovingly expounds upon the tale of a precocious fifteen year-old by the name of Max Fischer, played to consummate perfection by a young Jason Schwartzman. A busy-body by anyone’s standards, Max is the president of every extra-curricular activity and a constant thorn in the side of his school’s exasperated Principal. The introduction of an attractive new teacher (Olivia Williams) who courts Max’s affections ushers in his fall from grace as he turns against his friends, including a wealthy industrialist played with succinct apathy by the ever brilliant Bill Murray. Witty and full of heart, Anderson has arguably never truly bettered this tale of incompatible love and youthful idealism.

Most films on the lower rungs of Netflix occupy that position for a single reason: they’re downright terrible. The acting is at best laughable and at worst cringe-worthy, whilst the script seems to be the product of baboons who possess a slightly above average intelligence. Elsewhere, the special effects are seemingly artefacts from design software that became obsolete once Windows 98 was released and the goofs and continuity errors come thick and fast. But amongst the schlock, the horribly ill-conceived box office flops and throwaway Chuck Norris vehicles are a selection of films hardly deserving of their placement amongst the vast expanse of Hollywood detritus. We’ve all sifted through the lower echelons of the vast Netflix database, ambivalently scrolling past Beverly Hills Ninja and Death Wish 4 and laughing at the hilarity of shoe-string budget horror C-movies such as Return Of The Killer Tomatoes and Strippers Vs Werewolves. Hiding amongst the most forgettable and artistically hollow filmic endeavours are some criminally overlooked works of cinematic art. Here is a selection of filmic diamonds who have unfairly found themselves confined to the Netflix motion picture ghetto:

Rebellion

Rebellion (2011), Director: Matheiu Kossovitz

From the director of the stunning trawl through urban grit in the acclaimed feature La Haine, the French auteur returns with this equally violent hostage thriller which centres on an uprising within a French colony full of resentful inhabitants. Kossovitz, who writes, directs and stars as the film’s protagonist, draws from real historical events in which French policemen were taken hostage by dissidents on the French-controlled island of New Caledonia in the South-West Pacific Ocean. As a negotiator, Kossovitz is trapped between the motives of both sides- native inhabitants vying for their freedom and a trigger-happy French Army under direction from the political elite who are using the event to further their aim for re-election. Full to the hilt with explosive action sequences, the film packs two punches in its intelligent visual exuberance as well as its political statement towards the last vestiges of French colonialism amidst a fug of political motives. Its plot and action scenes are equally compelling but Rebellion has managed to fly right under the radar and landed amongst Netflix trash.

The Replacement Killers

The Replacement Killers (1996), Director: Antoine Fuqua

Despite tanking commercially, The Replacement Killers is an intriguing and oftentimes high-octane action film that posits Chow Yun-Fat and Miro Sorvino in a fight for survival against the hands of assassins sent to eliminate the pair at the behest of an enraged drug-lord. A hitman himself, Chow Yun-Fat’s character succumbs to his conscience and is unable to follow his bosses’ orders and assassinate a seven year-old boy. With his family now in mortal jeopardy, he must return to Shanghai to reach his mother and sister before the drug-lord’s cronies can exact merciless retribution.

More: Check out our Top 10 Wes Anderson characters

In un-typical Hollywood fashion, Chow and Miro’s characters never kiss, but the sexual tension between them is positively electric. It is a wild and menacing thriller awash with shoot-outs delivered in a John Woo inspired “Hong-Kong” style which includes gun battles in unorthodox and mundane settings such as a car wash to a beat-heavy soundtrack courtesy of The Chemical Brothers. The director, Antoine Fuqua, lays the foundations for a career that would result in such male-centric Hollywood blockbusters as Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen.

Zaytoun

 Zaytoun (2013), Director: Eran Riklis

1982: an Israeli fighter pilot crashes in war-torn Beirut and is taken prisoner by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, deemed a terrorist sect by most of the Western world. The pilot, played with humility by Stephen Dorff, is soon confronted by a young Palestinian boy whose father has been recently killed in an Israeli airstrike. A masterful insight into the complexities of human nature and conflicting emotions, Zaytoun is a deeply moving tale of friendship against the odds. United, at first reluctantly so, by the goal of returning to Israel, the pair soon reach a mutual understanding amidst a backdrop of unceasing warfare and religious hatred. The picture is a studious example of how differences can be set aside for the benefit of common goals yet it is far from preachy in its demeanour. Similarly, its story carries enough weight and emotional depth that it can be enjoyed without the tangible politically symbolic ramifications.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), Director: Jamie Uys

This South Africa/Botswana comedy has attained cult status as a supremely amusing allegorical tale of a Bushmen’s puzzled interactions with a modern white society, operating as both an unbridled comedy and a gentle social critique of skewed Western values. In the Kalahari Desert, a tribesman encounters an empty bottle of Coca Cola, which he and his villagers believe came directly from the heavens as a gift from God. In a series of beautifully shot vignettes, the Coke bottle brings misery to the villagers and in an attempt to return it to the Gods, the protagonist encounters western society in the form of a group of revolutionaries and a disconcerted doctor.

More: 7 foreign films to look out for in 2014

The story itself is told with tongue placed firmly in cheek whilst the director, Jamie Uys, operates in an idiosyncratic style that brings together a variety of disparate stylistic attributes into a single thread whilst remaining constantly humorous. Universal comedic elements of slapstick and subtlety are utilized in equal measure in a picture sure to leave a smile, even after additional viewings.

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Director: Alfonso Cuarón  

 Y Tu Mama Tambien, which translates as “And Your Mama Too”, is part road-movie and part coming of age tale which is also the first directorial outing from multi-award winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón. Left by their girlfriends, two Mexican teenagers named Tenoch and Julio- played by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal respectively- embark on a road trip with a highly attractive older woman to a fabled beach known as “Heavens Mouth”. Along the way, the boys learn some sharp lessons in friendship, maturity and sexuality. Told in unflinching, matter-of-fact terms by Cuarón, the boys think they’re in for one last fling of hedonism before they head to university, but the trip holds a lot more in store for the boys and their friendship will never be the same again. Funny, candid and heart-wrenchingly poignant, Y Tu Mama Tambien is as likely to leave you in tears as it is to evoke fits of laughter. 

Saved

Saved! (2004), Director: Brian Dannelly 

 The American high school film has been enacted to death and is now a genre in itself, but Saved! offers a rather unique spin on an overly familiar concept. Featuring a strong comedic turn by child star Macaulay Culkin, the film is a viciously funny satire of fundamental Christianity- not a particularly hard feat in itself, but one enacted with sharp observation by director Brian Dannelly. The hypocrisy within the ultra-religious Christian students is laid bare through several scenes which reveal the true outlandishness of the pupil’s behaviour including a memorable moment of attempted “de-gayification”. Far from an outright attack on Christianity itself, the film shows how the true message of Christ is distorted to suit the ends of people’s selfish motives. A thoroughly punchy, amusing and edifying ninety minutes.

Next page: 5 Broken Cameras, Rushmore

5 Broken Cameras

5 Broken Cameras (2011), Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

The five broken cameras referred to in the title each belong to Emad Burnat, a Palestinian whose village has been under threat and virtual military occupation from the illegal encroachments of Jewish Zionists. This shocking and compelling documentary details the struggles of Emad’s village against illegal Jewish settlers, their conflicts and prolonged suffering which include almost daily battles with Israeli armed forces and frequent detainment of the inhabitants without charge. His cameras which he uses to document the conflict are one-by-one destroyed, with one even saving Emad’s life from an Israeli bullet. It’s continually harrowing, but Emad and his villager’s resilience is enchanting and infinitely inspirational in the face of such ceaseless intimidation and free violation of their human rights. It exists as an essential document for the daily suffering of the Palestinian people but it also alive with humanity and a somewhat soothing humility, as the purchase of Emad’s first camera coincides with the birth of his son, Gibreel. As his son grows, we are afforded a glimpse of the conditions children are expected to grow up in and how conflict affects a child’s development. A deeply moving watch which has affected not only much of the world but has also helped to enlighten Israeli youth to their countries aggressive exploits against innocent people.  

Rushmore

Rushmore (1998), Director: Wes Anderson

Anderson’s second feature-length outing sees him cementing his truly unique visual style of slightly heightened reality and three-dimensional character portraits. In a stylistic manner totally divorced from the standard Hollywood tropes, Anderson lovingly expounds upon the tale of a precocious fifteen year-old by the name of Max Fischer, played to consummate perfection by a young Jason Schwartzman. A busy-body by anyone’s standards, Max is the president of every extra-curricular activity and a constant thorn in the side of his school’s exasperated Principal. The introduction of an attractive new teacher (Olivia Williams) who courts Max’s affections ushers in his fall from grace as he turns against his friends, including a wealthy industrialist played with succinct apathy by the ever brilliant Bill Murray. Witty and full of heart, Anderson has arguably never truly bettered this tale of incompatible love and youthful idealism.

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Cannes 2014: Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal Will Judge 4171965 News

The final panel for Cannes 2014 has been decided upon, with Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal amongst others joining Jane Campion who is serving as jury president. Denmark’s, Nicolas Winding Refn, France’s Carole Bouquet, Iran’s Leila Hatami, China’s Jia Zhangke, and South Korea’s Jeon Do-yeon comprise the rest of the 9 person-strong jury.

Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola is one of an eclectic bunch set to judge at this year's Cannes

“Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, Campion will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the United States, France and Mexico,” the Festival said in a statement.

There are 18 films in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which runs from 14 to 25 May, including Mike Leigh's Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall as the artist JMW Turner, and Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall, which dramatises the deportation of a 1930s Irish activist.  Jean-Luc Godard, Canada's Atom Egoyan and Belgian siblings Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will also be showing their films. 

More: Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'? 

This year’s jury president enjoys a rich history with the festival. “The Piano,” was the only movie by a woman director to win the Festival’s Palme d’Or. While Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides” enjoyed high-profile debut in Cannes and her 2006 film “Marie-Antoinette” created quite a stir. Winding Refn’s Drive earned him Best Director at the 2011 Cannes Festival, and Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin won Best Screenplay at last year’s festival.

With five women and four men set to preside over judging duties at this year’s festival, criticism that Cannes is dominated by males are clearly being addressed.

Watch the trailer for Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall"
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The final panel for Cannes 2014 has been decided upon, with Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal amongst others joining Jane Campion who is serving as jury president. Denmark’s, Nicolas Winding Refn, France’s Carole Bouquet, Iran’s Leila Hatami, China’s Jia Zhangke, and South Korea’s Jeon Do-yeon comprise the rest of the 9 person-strong jury.

Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola is one of an eclectic bunch set to judge at this year's Cannes

“Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, Campion will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the United States, France and Mexico,” the Festival said in a statement.

There are 18 films in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which runs from 14 to 25 May, including Mike Leigh's Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall as the artist JMW Turner, and Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall, which dramatises the deportation of a 1930s Irish activist.  Jean-Luc Godard, Canada's Atom Egoyan and Belgian siblings Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will also be showing their films. 

More: Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'? 

This year’s jury president enjoys a rich history with the festival. “The Piano,” was the only movie by a woman director to win the Festival’s Palme d’Or. While Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides” enjoyed high-profile debut in Cannes and her 2006 film “Marie-Antoinette” created quite a stir. Winding Refn’s Drive earned him Best Director at the 2011 Cannes Festival, and Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin won Best Screenplay at last year’s festival.

With five women and four men set to preside over judging duties at this year’s festival, criticism that Cannes is dominated by males are clearly being addressed.

Watch the trailer for Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall"
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Matthew McConaughey Was Far From First Choice In 'Dallas Buyers Club' Casting [Trailer] 4086045 News

Matthew McConaughey may have pulled off the performance of his career in Dallas Buyers Club but the actor apparently had to convince the movie's directors that he was the right guy to take on the role of entrepreneurial AIDS victim Ron Woodroof.

Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey Was Far From First Choice To Play Ron Woodroof.

Looking at the series of cheesy rom-coms that McConaughey has padded out his career with, it's fairly easy to see why director Jean-Marc Vallee was at first sceptical about casting the classically handsome, all-American beefcake actor. "I wasn't sure about Matthew at first," said Vallee to THR. "Mr. The Most Handsome Man With Muscles? Then I met him and found a man who really wanted to change perceptions and have new challenges in his career."

Watch The 'Dallas Buyers Club' Trailer:
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Before he had even been cast in the role, McConaughey set about shedding the weight he needed to lose to accurately portray the HIV-positive, Texan electrician. The gaunt Magic Mike star was a shadow of his former self after losing 40 pounds but this dramatic transformation provided the perfect frame for a knock-out performance.

The star has received nothing but praise since the film was released and is a strong contender for the lead actor prize at the upcoming Oscars. He certainly wasn't first choice for the role though, and not even second either. Twenty years in the pipeline, the filmmakers didn't want to take any chances with their low-budget indie flick as it was hard enough just getting financing.

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling Could Have Taken The Role Of Ron Woodroof.

"It got rejected 87 times," revealed producer Robbie Brenner. "They said: 'AIDS isn't hot-button anymore. It's period. Script's great, but it's been around too long.' " It took Brenner five years after first reading the script to sign up for the producer role as seemingly, no one wanted to go for a film about two guys and their fight against AIDS.

Brenner explained that Brad Pitt was the first actor pencilled in for the role until he "fell off." In 2008, Ryan Gosling was lined up for Ron's part but he deserted the role, as did Gael Garcia Bernal in the role Jared Leto ultimately took.

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Brad Pitt Was The First Actor To Be Linked To The 'Dallas Buyers Club' Lead.

However, after McConaughey was cast, the tables were turned and the filmmakers needed to fight to keep him onboard. "We wanted $8 million for a 40-day shoot. But the financiers got scared," said Brenner, adding "Six weeks from shooting, they pulled out. Rachel called me from New Orleans literally crying, 'Robbie, I'm so sorry, we have to close the doors.' I called Matthew's agent and said, 'The financing just fell through, Matthew's lost 40 pounds, can we push the movie [to spring]?' "

They were told that McConaughey had a movie commitment in January and that "It's now or never."

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Jared Leto's HIV-Positive Transvestite Character, Rayon, Was Going To Be Played Be Gael Garcia Bernal.

"A week before shooting, we still didn't have the check yet," said Vallee. "I called Matthew." Says McConaughey, "He said, 'We start next Tuesday; I'll be in New Orleans if you will.' I said: 'I'm there. Let's just go do it.'" With $780,000 of last-minute financing, the shoot was a bare-bones affair, and the team had to use candles to light a strip-club scene and headed to Home Depot when an expensive fluorescent light broke. "When the cameraman wanted a higher-angle shot, he put lifts in his shoes," revealed Brenner.

Luckily, the film was made and rocketed to the top of must-see lists worldwide before making a healthy box office entrance. Not only is the movie up for Best Picture but McConaughey and Leto could clean up the lead actor and supporting actor prizes. They darn tootin' deserve it!

Matthew McConaughey may have pulled off the performance of his career in Dallas Buyers Club but the actor apparently had to convince the movie's directors that he was the right guy to take on the role of entrepreneurial AIDS victim Ron Woodroof.

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Matthew McConaughey Was Far From First Choice To Play Ron Woodroof.

Looking at the series of cheesy rom-coms that McConaughey has padded out his career with, it's fairly easy to see why director Jean-Marc Vallee was at first sceptical about casting the classically handsome, all-American beefcake actor. "I wasn't sure about Matthew at first," said Vallee to THR. "Mr. The Most Handsome Man With Muscles? Then I met him and found a man who really wanted to change perceptions and have new challenges in his career."

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Before he had even been cast in the role, McConaughey set about shedding the weight he needed to lose to accurately portray the HIV-positive, Texan electrician. The gaunt Magic Mike star was a shadow of his former self after losing 40 pounds but this dramatic transformation provided the perfect frame for a knock-out performance.

The star has received nothing but praise since the film was released and is a strong contender for the lead actor prize at the upcoming Oscars. He certainly wasn't first choice for the role though, and not even second either. Twenty years in the pipeline, the filmmakers didn't want to take any chances with their low-budget indie flick as it was hard enough just getting financing.

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling Could Have Taken The Role Of Ron Woodroof.

"It got rejected 87 times," revealed producer Robbie Brenner. "They said: 'AIDS isn't hot-button anymore. It's period. Script's great, but it's been around too long.' " It took Brenner five years after first reading the script to sign up for the producer role as seemingly, no one wanted to go for a film about two guys and their fight against AIDS.

Brenner explained that Brad Pitt was the first actor pencilled in for the role until he "fell off." In 2008, Ryan Gosling was lined up for Ron's part but he deserted the role, as did Gael Garcia Bernal in the role Jared Leto ultimately took.

Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt Was The First Actor To Be Linked To The 'Dallas Buyers Club' Lead.

However, after McConaughey was cast, the tables were turned and the filmmakers needed to fight to keep him onboard. "We wanted $8 million for a 40-day shoot. But the financiers got scared," said Brenner, adding "Six weeks from shooting, they pulled out. Rachel called me from New Orleans literally crying, 'Robbie, I'm so sorry, we have to close the doors.' I called Matthew's agent and said, 'The financing just fell through, Matthew's lost 40 pounds, can we push the movie [to spring]?' "

They were told that McConaughey had a movie commitment in January and that "It's now or never."

Jared Leto
Jared Leto's HIV-Positive Transvestite Character, Rayon, Was Going To Be Played Be Gael Garcia Bernal.

"A week before shooting, we still didn't have the check yet," said Vallee. "I called Matthew." Says McConaughey, "He said, 'We start next Tuesday; I'll be in New Orleans if you will.' I said: 'I'm there. Let's just go do it.'" With $780,000 of last-minute financing, the shoot was a bare-bones affair, and the team had to use candles to light a strip-club scene and headed to Home Depot when an expensive fluorescent light broke. "When the cameraman wanted a higher-angle shot, he put lifts in his shoes," revealed Brenner.

Luckily, the film was made and rocketed to the top of must-see lists worldwide before making a healthy box office entrance. Not only is the movie up for Best Picture but McConaughey and Leto could clean up the lead actor and supporting actor prizes. They darn tootin' deserve it!

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For his third Pinochet-era movie, Chilean filmmaker Larrain has come up with his most breathtakingly original approach yet, telling a story anyone, anywhere can identify with while at the same time never pulling his political punches. Nominated for an Oscar, the film is a blast of creativity, and not just because it centres on the advertising business.

It's set in 1988 Santiago, where ad agency boss Lucho (Castro) has taken a high-profile job for the government to get the nation to vote "yes" on a referendum to ratify Pinochet for another 10 years. Bowing to international pressure, Pinochet allows the "no" campaign to have equal time on TV, and Lucho's employee Rene (Garcia Bernal) takes the job. Rene knows he has the moral high-ground, standing up against Pinochet's tyrannical rule, censorship and rampant human rights abuses. But he also worries that a government known for oppressing ideas is unlikely to let him say anything he wants. Or to allow a truly free vote.

Over the 27-day campaign, the respect and rivalry between Lucho and Rene spurs them to increasing creativity. Rene knows that "you can't use fear on a population that's already terrorised", so opts instead to focus on the coming happiness. This essentially turns the film into a sharp comedy, even though there are dark dangers lurking everywhere. And offhanded, natural performances make the entire cast both likeable and sympathetic. Their debates are packed with witty observations that offer revealing glimpses into both politics and the creative process.

Most intriguing is the way the film is shot like a video documentary that has only just been declassified and released to the public. The grainy VHS-quality images actually add to the film's potent kick, as do a number of hilarious running gags along the way (Rene is also trying to figure out how to sell a new brand of microwave oven, an invention he doesn't quite trust). With its ad agency setting, there have been comparisons between this film and Mad Men, but Larrain is much more playful here, even as he makes sure we understand the life-or-death threat of life under Pinochet. He also makes sure that we don't miss the parallels with what's happening in the world today.

Rich Cline

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Check out the trailer for the Oscar-nominated No! The Pablo Larran-directed Chilean film is released in the UK on February 8, before seeing a limited release across the Atlantic in the United States the week after (February 15).

Starring a relatively unknown cast, including Gael Garcia Bernal as main character Rene Saavedra, No is based on the play El Plebiscito by Antonio Skarmeta and centers on the real story of the 1988 Chilean plebiscite, where the opposition won by just over half of the vote percentage. Both the play and film focus on the famous campaign whereby Chile’s military dictator Augusto Pinochet lost out on continuing to rule the country after 16 and a half years in charge. Bernal’s character is an in-demand advertising man who ends up as part of a team who create upbeat films and other forms of propaganda in order to persuade the Chilean people to finally rise up and vote to get rid of their militant leader. The trailer shows hints at this uprising, with shots of riots and protests undercutting lines that pre-suppose a general change occurring in the country.

Hotly reviewed by the critics, No is up for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film at the 85th Academy Awards. It is set to do battle with Amour, War Witch, A Royal Affair and Kon-Tiki. Of these, Amour is strongly fancied, the Michael Haneke-directed film also up for several other categories,including Best Picture outright.

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Check out the trailer for the Oscar-nominated No! The Pablo Larran-directed Chilean film is released in the UK on February 8, before seeing a limited release across the Atlantic in the United States the week after (February 15).

Starring a relatively unknown cast, including Gael Garcia Bernal as main character Rene Saavedra, No is based on the play El Plebiscito by Antonio Skarmeta and centers on the real story of the 1988 Chilean plebiscite, where the opposition won by just over half of the vote percentage. Both the play and film focus on the famous campaign whereby Chile’s military dictator Augusto Pinochet lost out on continuing to rule the country after 16 and a half years in charge. Bernal’s character is an in-demand advertising man who ends up as part of a team who create upbeat films and other forms of propaganda in order to persuade the Chilean people to finally rise up and vote to get rid of their militant leader. The trailer shows hints at this uprising, with shots of riots and protests undercutting lines that pre-suppose a general change occurring in the country.

Hotly reviewed by the critics, No is up for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film at the 85th Academy Awards. It is set to do battle with Amour, War Witch, A Royal Affair and Kon-Tiki. Of these, Amour is strongly fancied, the Michael Haneke-directed film also up for several other categories,including Best Picture outright.

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Rene Saavedra is a talented man who works at an advertising company. One day in 1988, he is invited to work on a campaign for the national plebiscite; a referendum held every eight years to decide whether the military dictator leader of Chile Augusto Pinochet should continue his time in office. He is on the side of 'No' which leaves him under much scrutiny from the opposition and very few resources to present his case and convince the public to vote against the oppressive leader. However, his boss at the advertising agency is working on a campaign in support of Pinochet and Rene finds himself torn between his life and his principles. As he finds himself facing increasing danger as the debate heats up, the 'No' team are praying their efforts will not be fruitless.

'No' is based on the play 'El Plebiscito' by Antonio Skarmeta and has been adapted to screen by director Pablo Larrain ('Post Mortem', 'Tony Manero', 'Fuga') and writer Pedro Peirano ('Old Cats', 'The Maid'). It centres on the real story of the 1988 Chilean plebiscite where the opposition won by just over half of the vote percentage. 'No' is set to hit the UK on February 8th 2013.

Director: Pablo Larrain 

Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco, Marcial Tagle, Nestor Cantillana,

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Gael Garcia Bernal: 'Telenovelas Were Not Like A Real Job' 2922110 Celebrity Videos Gael Garcia Bernal (Letters to Juliet; Bad Education; A Little Bit Of Heaven) attends a press junket for his new movie "Casa de mi Padre" at the Regency Hotel in New York. He remembers working on a Spanish telenovela twelve years ago and reveals that they felt like a game to him and not a real job. He also says how it was fun to play around with the telenovela concept on the set of the film.<br><br>Gael has been cast as Zorro in a reboot of the popular franchise. Zorro Reborn, which is set in the future, will be released in 2014, according to IMDb Gael Garcia Bernal (Letters to Juliet; Bad Education; A Little Bit Of Heaven) attends a press junket for his new movie "Casa de mi Padre" at the Regency Hotel in New York. He remembers working on a Spanish telenovela twelve years ago and reveals that they felt like a game to him and not a real job. He also says how it was fun to play around with the telenovela concept on the set of the film.<br><br>Gael has been cast as Zorro in a reboot of the popular franchise. Zorro Reborn, which is set in the future, will be released in 2014, according to IMDb 19th March 2012 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2012mar/gael-garcia-bernal-telenovelas-were-not-like-a-real-job_11605.jpg
Casa De Mi Padre 2785223 Videos 23rd January 2012

Armando Alvarez is the heir to a Mexican ranch, where he has lived and worked all his life. Meanwhile, his brother, Raul, has a successful career as an international businessman. However, the ranch soon comes into some financial troubles, with Armando at a loss for what to do.

Fortunately - and conveniently - for Armando, Raul arrives back at the ranch with his new, beautiful fianc'e, Sonia, in tow. Raul learns about the financial difficulties and assures Armando that he can sort out their father's debts, to the joy of the family, as well as Armando.

Things quickly become complicated, now that Raul has moved back in. Armando falls for Sonia, who doesn't exactly discourage his advances. The two embark on an illicit affair but in the midst of their passion, they fail to discover that Raul's business dealings are not as legitimate as he'd like them to believe. Armando, Raul and Sonia not only find themselves in a love triangle; they also find themselves in a dispute with Mexico's most feared drug lord: Onza.

A parody of classic Westerns and melodramatic Spanish telenovelas, Casa De Mi Padre is already billing itself as 'the biggest international motion picture of all time'. The film is directed by Matt Piedmont, who was been a writer for Saturday Night Live between 1996-2002.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Nick Offerman, Genesis Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez and Pedro Armendariz Jr.

Directed by: Matt Piedmont

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Casa De Mi Padre 2472572 Videos 20th December 2011

Armando Alvarez is the heir to a Mexican ranch. He has lived and worked there all his life, while his brother, Raul, has a successful career as an international businessman. The ranch soon experiences some financial difficulties, with Armando at a loss for what to do.

Luckily for Armando, Raul arrives back at the ranch with his new, beautiful fiancée, Sonia. Raul hears about the financial difficulties and tells Armando that he can sort out their father's debts, to the joy of the family.

Things quickly become complicated when Armando falls for Sonia, who doesn't discourage his advances. As the two embark on an illicit affair, they fail to discover that Raul's business dealings are not as legitimate as he'd like them to believe. Armando, Raul and Sonia not only find themselves in a love triangle; they also find themselves in a dispute with Mexico's most feared drug lord: Onza.

Casa De Mi Padre is a Spanish speaking film and a spoof between Spanish telenovelas and classic Western films. The film stars Will Ferrell, who has also starred in Land of the Lost; Step Brothers; Elf and Anchorman. He was also a member of the 'Frat Pack', a group of comic actors that includes: Ben Stiller; Jack Black and Steve Carell.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Nick Offerman, Genesis Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez and Pedro Armendariz Jr.

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