Friday, 17 February 2012

Kate del Castillo talks about her role in K-11

A smash hit when it debuted on Telemundo in 2011, the thrilling edge-of-your-seat telenovela La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South) is set to debut all 63 episodes on mun2 for a whole new generation of fans starting February 19th at 8/7 c pm with Episode 1.01.

The story of La Reina transfixed audiences across the U.S. and the globe last year, telling the story of Teresa Mendoza (Kate del Castillo), a humble young woman from Sinaloa, who sees her life take a drastic turn when she falls in love with the wrong man, the handsome El Güero Avila (Rafael Amaya). El Güero was a Chicano pilot from San Antonio, TX involved in drug trafficking for the powerful drug lord, Epifanio Vargas (Humberto Zurita). Together, they go on the run, and in the process, Teresa is set on one of the most exhilarating adventures in modern day television.

We recently caught up with international superstar Kate del Castillo to chat with her about the return of La Reina del Sur (which is based upon Arturo Pérez-Reverte's global bestseller of the same name) and her alter ego Teresa Mendoza.

Was it the storyline about the lesbian prison relationship that pushed you in the direction of K-11? You play Mousey, a trans-gender in that film, right?

Kate del Castillo: Yes. I have been very fortunate in my life. I think I have an angel that is always with me. Good projects always come to me. Some of them I seek out. However it works, I always say, "What's yours is yours. No one can take it from you." That's how it worked for La Reina del Sur. With K-11? That was something I'd never thought of doing. When I read it, I said, "This is a great script. But what do you want me to do? I don't get it." I felt Jules Mann-Stewart, who is Kristen Stewart's mother by the way...She is the writer and the director, and I loved that she cast me as a trans-gender in a man's jail...It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, to play something like that, that is so far removed from who you are. Mousey is a man that wants to be a woman. So it's a little crooked. It's a little twisted in my head. And I loved it. I did all of the research with an amazing number of people. Once again, my job, my profession...It has given me a lot more info, and I feel like I learned a lot about it. I am very happy with that movie.

Please go to Movieweb for Kate's full interview. It's a great interview. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Jovanny Venegas mentions K-11 in a new interview (NALIP)

Actor and NALIP member Jovanny Venegas (LPA 2010) will be on the big screen in three different films in 2012: Yo Soy Tu Nina, a modern bilingual coming of age 'Novela' or soap opera; K-11, starring Mexican soap actress Kate del Castillo; and 5th Street, a film that underscores the complicated moral issues involved with street justice. Jovanny will also be appearing in a nation wide commercial featuring R&B singer Alicia Keys and husband, rapper Swizz Beatz.

K-11 was an actual unit of the Los Angeles County jail where gay and transgender inmates are separated from the mainline population. In the film, K-11 is ruled by a transsexual named Mousey, played by Mexican Soap Opera Queen Kate Del Castillo. The film is directed by Jules Stewart who is the mother of Twilight Star Kristen Stewart. Jovanny will be portraying a gay Asian inmate trying to survive the Kafkaesque nightmare. The film is scheduled to premier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival.**

After many years of working as an entertainment news reporter and host for various networks Jovanny launched RedAlertLive which is the premier urban entertainment variety news website. Jovanny was inspired by NALIP's mission to portray Latinos in a positive manner in media. In addition Jovanny also founded the "Look At Me Now!" foundation. A program who's main focus is at-risk students.

Full article at thanks to RedAlertLive for the head's up. :)

** K-11 hasn't premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, but is there (as previously posted) for the Berlin European Film Market (EFM).

NALIP - National Association of Latino Independent Producers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Kate del Castillo covers 'Quien' magazine

Source via  @KatedCastilloFC thank you. :)

Video: K-11's Tommy 'Tiny' Lister attends the "Act of Valor" LA premiere

K-11 screens on-promo at Berlin's European Film Market

Panorama romance-thriller Comes A Bright Day starring Imogen Poots, Craig Roberts and Timothy Spall has its first market screening for Intandem, while Jules Stewart’s K-11 screens-on promo and The Mulo with Samantha Morton is in pre-production. Kari Skogland’s Prisoner Of Tehran is out to cast.

This means that K-11 screens for buyers only, not to the general public at the Film Festival.

Good luck to K-11 in obtaining international distribution in all countries! 

New interview with Craig Owens, talks about his shows and fans

Excerpts from the interview:

Craig Owens remains one of music's most mercurial front men; a challenging, committed artist that understands the importance of maintaining a sense of mystery.

At 15, the Michigan native founded the band Chiodos, went on to work on such interesting side projects as Cinematic Sunrise, and Isles & Glaciers. Owens has also collaborated in The Sound of Animals Fighting collective, and today, leads Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.), which also features Matt Good (ex-From First to Last), Aaron Stern (ex-Matchbook Romance), Nick Martin (Underminded), and Adam Russell (Story of the Year).

You always seem so focused on delivering an intense, personal, revealing show.

First of all, I think rock 'n' roll is based on vulnerability. I mean, the moment Steven Tyler started singing in that high pitched voice is when people really started catching on. The moment when Mick Jagger really let go is when people starting getting it. So yeah, I really believe the more of yourself you show on stage, the better it is for everyone. But, I've always considered myself more of a writer than anything else.

Which means you must read a lot.


What do you like to read?

Lots! Let's see, recently I've been getting into Chuck Palahniuk, but hey, I love Walt Whitman, Emerson Carl Sandburg - I'll even work in some Harry Potter sometimes. Like performing, in order to write you have to open up and be vulnerable, so that's what I do.

Which your fans seem to not just appreciate, but also sort of thrive on.

Well, if I give them my heart and passion and mean every word I say and they know this isn't just some fabricated way to sell a product, then they see that and they reciprocate, you know? Then they also reveal themselves to me. I love that relationship with them.

Read Craig's full interview at Noisecreep and for D.R.U.G.S tour dates and to buy tickets. :)

Intandem's Bright Day shines for buyers (Berlin)

Simon Aboud’s debut feature goes to Australia, CIS, Middle East, Portugal.

Intandem Films has closed a number of deals on Comes A Bright Day which premieres in Generation 14plus today.

Simon Aboud’s debut feature has sold to Australia (Vendetta), CIS (Carmen), Middle East (Falcon), Portugal (Lusomundo). Other deals are in negotiations now.

Christine Alderson (Irina Palm) produces the drama-romance set against a jewellery store robbery in London. The cast features Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd and Timothy Spall.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

K-11 to premiere at Cannes?

Intandem Films has said that 2012 has started extremely well for the company.

After its AGM, Gary Smith, the CEO and Chairman, commented: "The film Ecstasy has secured distribution in the UK and will be released in cinemas in April 2012. Ecstasy is the follow-up book to Trainspotting, written by Irvine Welsh, and the film's potential popularity is evidenced by almost 600,000 "Likes" on its Facebook page ahead of its release. The film will be screened to international buyers at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

"Comes a Bright Day has been selected for Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where the film will be premiered. The UK film stars Imogen Poots, Craig Roberts, Timothy Spall and Kevin McKidd and features original music by Paul McCartney.

"K-11 is in final stages of post production in Los Angeles and is expected to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012."We have stated clearly that our strategy is to represent at least six major films per annum for international sales and to earn Executive Producer fees for helping to arrange the financing for films. We are very confident of achieving our target for the calendar year of 2012."

How amazing is this news if true. We will keep on it. Exciting!!

Source via @kstewangel thank you so much for the head's up.