The Oscar-winning Spanish actress will be joined by Edgar Ramirez (Point Break, The Girl on the Train) who will play Gianni Versace in the series looking at the fashion designer’s murder in 1997. Filming is scheduled to begin next month and the show will air next year.
“Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actresses
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Gothika game of cat-and-mouse between the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) and a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens all life on Earth.
Set in the near future, Daniel Espinosa’s breakneck-speed thriller hits theatres on Friday with an international cast led by A-listers Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.
“The script, pacing-wise, was blistering and terrifying. I mean, when I was reading it, you get to a couple of moments in the script, I was legitimately anxious, which is a very good sign,” Gyllenhaal said.
The film reunites Reynolds with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, although this whiteknuckle suspense horror is short on the snarky humour that marked the 2016 superhero movie. “There’s nothing scarier than something that’s just trying to survive and knows a little more than you do. I think people love that, and people love a claustrophobic thriller too. Hitchcock started doing it and now it’s been around forever,” Reynolds said at the world premiere at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
Comparisons with Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror Alien – in which a deadly extraterrestrial stalks the crew of a spaceship – are inevitable, especially since Alien: Covenant, the sixth installment in the iconic series, is fast approaching.
“I can see why people will compare it with Alien but science fiction came from an old idea of noir cinema. I wanted my movie to play into that old American tradition,” Espinosa said.
“Another big difference is the era, when Alien was made. It was a post-atomic age when everyone was very much looking into the future. Young people today live in such a chaotic world that they don’t think so much about what might happen in the next 10 years, let alone 100 years.”
The point of Life, said Espinosa, was to make a thriller that would be entirely plausible today – a rover discovering a single-cell organism on Mars and bringing it back to the ISS only for it to grow powerful and turn hostile. AFP
Because of the author’s first name, it wasn’t until the late 1970s that Vega, the New York singer-songwriter best known for hits like Luka and Tom’s Diner, discovered that McCullers, who died in 1967 at 50, was a woman.
Pungent biographical songs about McCullers make up one-third of the repertoire in Vega’s debut engagement at Café Carlyle, where she is appearing through Saturday. Those songs, with music by Duncan Sheik and Michael Jefry Stevens, come from Vega’s recent album, Lover, Beloved: Songs From an Evening With Carson McCullers, a music-theatre work in progress that will have its third incarnation at the Alley Theater in Houston next year before coming here. Vega will play McCullers, to whom she bears a marked physical resemblance.
The show was inspired partly by William Luce’s play The Belle of Amherst. NYT
Ryan Reynolds (left) and Jake Gyllenhaal. Donatella Versace (left) and Penelope Cruz.