This Friday will see a huge opening weekend for Hollywood. The Civil Rights drama Selma with David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland, Interstellar), as well as Taken 3 with Liam Neeson and Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new 1970s LA-Noir drama Inherent Vice with Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin are all opening this Friday, January 9th. If that’s not enough, next Friday will see the release of Kevin Hart‘s new comedy The Wedding Ringer, in which he poses as best-man for complete strangers, and the long-awaited character-study film Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio Del Toro as the infamous Colombian kingpin, with Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Red Dawn), Brady Corbet (Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Claudia Traisac (Cuentame, El Principe) making up the supporting cast. The film comes from actor-turned-writer/director Andrea Di Stefano (Eat Pray Love, Life of Pi) and was first seen back in September 2014 at the Toronto Film Festival. Also opening this month is director David Koepp’s Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow, so I’d say we’re getting 2015 off to a pretty big start. Enjoy!
We have a pretty great list of releases to choose from this 2014 Holiday season, but January 2015 is also looking to be a great month for releases, especially considering the insane amount of movies that have been scheduled to open this year. One project in particular that has been keeping Hollywood on the edge for several years now is the Pablo Escobar drama that has gone through several stages of production with different actors and directors before being picked up by RADIUS-TWC last February. The film is titled Escobar: Paradise Lost, and will star Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Snatch) in the role of the brutal cartel leader, with Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Red Dawn), Brady Corbet (Funny Games, Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Claudia Traisac (The 7th Day, Cuentame) in the supporting cast. Actor-turned-director Andrea Di Stefano (Nine, Life of Pi) directed his own screenplay that was co-written with Francesca Marciano (A Five Star Life, Honey). The movie was first seen in September as part of the Toronto International Film Festival and has also been shown at numerous events since then including the Zurich and Rome Film Festival(s), and the Hamptons and Philadelphia International Film Festival(s). Now the film will see a limited release this January 16th. You can see the trailer here on MADE, and be sure to check your theater guides to find one showing near your area.
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Deadline Hollywood reported today that Raius-TWC acquired the North American rights for the Pablo Escobar film Paradise Lost for $2 million. The film is directed by Andrea Di Stefano and costars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Brady Corbet, and Claudia Traisac, with Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro in the role of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The story follows a young man who visits Columbia and falls for and marries a local girl, only to discover he has married the kingpin’s niece, whose uncle then begins to lure him into the family business. The film is produced by Dimitri Rassam and Romain Le Grand, with Pathe and Frederique Dumas of Orange Studio, as Miquel Angel Faura from Roxbury and uMedia. The film is expected to be released later this year. As you may know, Hollywood studios have been attempting to get a film chronicling the life of Pablo Escobar for several years now, with titles including The Ballad of Pablo Escobar. Beneicio Del Toro was once involved with a similar project, and actors like John Lequizamo and directors like Brad Furman have at different points been attached to various projects regarding the cartel leader, but until now, nothing had gained enough speed to get from the production stage to the big screen. A fun spin on the situation was taken in the HBO series Entourage, where fictional actor Vince Chase took on the role of Escobar in an independent picture called Medellin, which was accepted for showing at the Cannes Film Festival only to receive terrible reviews and being released straight to DVD. Paradise Lost takes the name from the famous 12-book poem by John Milton, which was published in 1667 and covers such matters as the War in Heaven, and the temptations of Lucifer on Adam and Eve. I’m not sure whether the filmmakers meant to make this connection or not, intentionally using the character of Satan in the original poem as an analogy for Escobar himself, but I guess we’ll see sometime soon. Hopefully this movie is worth the wait; if it stays true to the depths of Escobar’s character and the violence-fueled world that he was a part of and doesn’t focus too heavily on the supporting love story, it should be a pretty good movie, especially with Benicio Del Toro appearing as Escobar.