CAA has signed veteran actor Andy Garcia. The actor had been longtime repped by Paradigm, going back to the days of The Untouchables, Godfather III, Black Rain, Internal Affairs and the Ocean’s Eleven films, so he had a good long run there. Garcia will next be seen in Let’s Be Cops, and Kill The Messenger opposite Jeremy Renner. He is percolating some projects that include Hemingway & Fuentes. He intends to direct the script he wrote with Hilary Hemingway, about her uncle Ernest Hemingway. Pic is about how the writer befriended a boat captain, Gregorio Fuentes, who inspires him to write The Old Man And The Sea. Garcia intends to play Fuentes. He remains repped by Brillstein Entertainment.
Andy Garcia has been cast in Max Steel, Dolphin Films’ live-action film based on the Mattel toy line. The story centers on teenager Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) and his alien companion Steel, who combine special turbo-energy powers to become the superhero Max Steel. Garcia will play Dr. Miles Edwards, a brilliant and mysterious scientist. Ana Villafané also stars. Garcia, who earned an Oscar nom for The Godfather Part III, most recently appeared in Rob The Mob and has a voice role in Rio 2. He next hits the big screen in Let’s Be Cops and Kill The Messenger.
Dejon LaQuake has joined the family adventure film Max, about a dog working with Marines in Afghanistan who returns from service after his handler is killed. The man’s devastated family adopts the dog, who ends up bonding with their troubled son (Josh Wiggins). Together they unravel the secret behind his brother’s death. Thomas Haden Church and Miles Mussenden also star. LaQuake, whose credits include TV’s Bones and is one half of the musical duo 1 Rebel Nation, will play Chuy. Production is expected to start next month in North Carolina for director Boaz Yakin. Dejon is repped by Prestige Talent Agency, DBA Talent and Skrzyniarz & Mallean
EXCLUSIVE: Past Oscar nominees Andy Garcia (The Godfather Part III) and Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air and also a recent Emmy nominee for Bates Motel) team up in the romantic comedy At Middleton. They play two strangers who meet when they take their college-age kids on a campus tour of Middleton College. Soon the pair, married to others, ditch the kids and find themselves on their own “tour” of the campus as the funny and bittersweet film reveals more than they ever bargained for about two lives that took very different paths but now are at the crossroads. In this exclusive clip they find a piano and play an improvised duet of “Chopsticks” to somewhat embarrassing results. The film will be released by Anchor Bay on January 31.
America Video Films will screen romantic-comedy Middleton, starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga, at Cannes. Adam Rodgers directed from a script he co-wrote with Glenn German. Middleton centers on a once-in-a-lifetime relationship that develops between two strangers over the course of a single day. Edith (Farmiga) meets George (Garcia), while taking their children on a walking tour of a beautiful small college. Failing to connect with their children, George and Edith decide to play “tour hooky” together for the rest of the afternoon. The result is a surprising romance and the greatest half-day of their lives. America Video Films will be selling the pic at Cannes. German, Sig Libowitz and Andy Garcia produced under Garcia’s CineSon Productions banner. Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International and Sonya Lunsford (The Help) were exec producers. Anchor Bay brings the film to North America later this year.
EXCLUSIVE: Andy Garcia and Ray Romano are joining Raymond De Felitta’s True Romance-esque crime drama Rob The Mob. Based on a true story, the film stars Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda as a couple who brazenly steal from mob-run social clubs in New York City until they stumble upon a coveted list of every mafioso in town and become the prey of the feds, the mob and their own families. Production is underway, with sales to be handled in Cannes by Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange. Bill Teitler (What Maisie Knew, The Polar Express) is producer; Jonathan Fernandez penned the script. Garcia previously starred in De Felitta’s City Island; he’s repped by Clifford Stevens and Andrew Ruf at Paradigm. Romano is repped by ICM Partners, Rory Rosegarten at the Conversation Co. and attorney Jon Moonves at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
CANNES, FR – May 17, 2012- Anchor Bay Films has joined forces once again with Andy Garcia’s CineSon Productions for the indie romantic comedy, Admissions. Academy Award™ nominees Garcia (The Untouchables, Godfather III, Oceans 11) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed) are set to star. The two companies previously released the critically-acclaimed indie City Island produced by and starring Garcia. Bill Clark, Anchor Bay Entertainment President, made today’s announcement.
The financing is in place and Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening are on board for Andy Garcia in Hemingway & Fuentes. Hopkins will play the Nobel Prize-winning author. Bening will portray Hemingway’s third wife, Mary Walsh Hemingway. Garcia will direct the film and play Gregorio Fuentes, the longtime first mate on Hemingway’s boat. The novelist’s niece Hilary Hemingway and Garcia wrote the screenplay. Shooting is scheduled to start in January 2013. Garcia’s CineSon production company and Edward Walson’s Sunrider Productions will produce. Sundrider provided the financing. The Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group, who arranged financing, will handle the film’s domestic distribution. Cargo Entertainment will handle foreign sales at the Cannes Film Festival.
Hemingway & Fuentes details the writer’s time in Cuba in the early 1950s and his inspiration for The Old Man And The Sea. The 1952 book was the last new work published by the writer before his death in 1961. It was a best seller, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and was mentioned by the Nobel Committee in 1954 as one reason Hemingway was given the prize. Fuentes, who died in 2002 at 104 years old, was one of the novelist’s closest friends during the last decades of his life.
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Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 2012—Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga are set to star in indie romantic comedy “Admissions,” which Garcia will also produce through his CineSon Productions. Adam Rodgers will direct from a script co-written with Glenn German, who will also produce alongside Sig Libowitz, under his Look at the Moon Productions banner. Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International will executive produce along with Sonya Lunsford (Academy Award-winning box office hit “The Help”), with Wander and FBI handling international distribution. The Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group arranged the film’s financing and will be selling domestic distribution rights.
“Admissions” centers on a once-in-a-lifetime relationship that develops between two strangers over the course of a single day. Farmiga portrays Edith, a free-spirited mom taking her driven daughter Audrey on a walking tour of a beautiful small college. Garcia plays buttoned-up heart surgeon George, who’s taking his son Conrad on the same tour. Failing comically to connect with their respective children, George and Edith decide to play “tour hooky” together for the rest of the afternoon. The result is a surprising romance and the greatest half-day of their lives.
Academy Award nominee Farmiga (“Up In The Air,” “The Departed,” “Higher Ground,” “Safe House”) has recently wrapped New Line Cinema’s “The Warren Files.” Academy Award nominee Garcia (“The Godfather: Part III”, “The Untouchables”, “Ocean’s 11”), who produced and starred in the critically-acclaimed indie hit
Armed thugs spread violence Friday in Mexico’s second largest city, causing minor disruptions at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, which closes out Saturday. Gangs commandeered 11 vehicles in the Guadalajara metropolitan zone as well as more in surrounding areas, according to Guadalajara Reporter. One man died in one of the incidents, but it was unclear if he belonged to one of the armed groups.
An attendee at the festival told Deadline that despite the “disruptive and unfortunately deadly incidents” in Guadalajara, all of the festival’s guests were fine and the festival is proceeding with its scheduled events. “Celebrating the arts and showing no fear is the best way to manifest against the non-sense violence,” our source told Deadline. It is believed the violence were reprisals for several recent arrests of a drug cartel leader and his second in command. British director Mike Leigh and actor Andy Garcia were among the high profile guests at the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival. Leigh’s All A Life screened opening night last Saturday. The 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival screened 117 features and shorts.