The Report: Lights, Camera, Latin America!
Twilight Falls on Rio
The two-part Twilight sequel Breaking Dawn wrapped shooting in Brazil last week, and more than a few angry locals were relieved. As Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were filming closely guarded scenes of their characters’ honeymoon in Rio, residents of the Lapa neighborhood protested heavy restrictions set in the area owing to a daily barrage of screaming fans trying to catch a glimpse of their big-screen vampire heroes.
Bigelow’s ‘Triple Frontier’ Project Sparks Concern
Kathryn Bigelow has scouted the “Triple Frontier” - a notoriously volatile region that borders Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and is known for smuggling, money laundering and al-Qaida activity - for her next film. The project has led tourism officials in Argentina and Paraguay to lobby Brazil to join them in denouncing the movie.
Saldana Fired Up in Mexico
A lean and mean Zoe Saldana spent the past month chasing bad guys throughout Mexico City, where she recently wrapped Colombiana, a revenge fantasy co-penned by French action auteur Luc Besson.
Brazil Woos Woody
After shooting several projects in Europe, Woody Allen is considering a generous offer from the Rio Film Commission to shoot his next project in Brazil.
Sao Paulo Loves Costner
Kevin Costner and his band Modern West headlined the SP Onlive Festival in Sao Paulo on Nov. 20. The band is so popular in Brazil that more dates might be added.
1. The Dark Fields
Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Abbie Cornish star in this adaptation of Alan Glynn’s mind-bending novel, which lensed in Puerto Vallarta.
2. Mentes en Shock
Fox International Channels and Fox Latin America have teamed to produce their first Spanish-language series, a medical drama about a troubled psychiatrist, which is shooting in Bogota.
3. Ventana Sur
The second edition of Latin America’s biggest film market is set for Dec. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. A joint venture with the Festival de Cannes’ Marche du Film, the event will welcome 200 sales agents and distributors.