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William Levy Performs ‘Montecristo’ in First Have a look at ViX+ Collection



ViX+, the fledgling Spanish-language SVOD from TelevisaUnivision, is dipping into literary classics as soon as extra with the fashionable retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ in style revenge story, “The Rely of Monte Cristo.”

The information follows the Jan. 20 bow of ViX+’s Anna Karenina adaptation, “Volver a Caer” with Kate del Castillo. Final yr, ViX+ unveiled an adaptation of Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa’s “Travesuras de la Niña Mala” (“Dangerous Lady”).

In an unique first look, ViX+ unveils footage of the six-part collection, merely titled “Montecristo,” with William Levy (“Resident Evil: The Closing Chapter”) enjoying the enigmatic lead.

Produced by Spain’s Secouya Studios, “Montecristo” follows Alejandro Montecristo, a mysterious determine whose previous and appreciable fortune are unknown. Montecristo is the founder and CEO of a profitable new tech firm that has sparked the curiosity and envy of many, together with Fernando Alvarez Mondego (performed by Robert Enriquez, “The Cook dinner of Castamar”), a businessman with shut ties to the Spanish aristocracy who’s eager to accumulate the Montecristo startup. Little does he know that Montecristo is somebody he wronged many years in the past and whose return is predicated purely on revenge.

The First Look footage opens on a seashore in Cuba, the place a younger Montecristo is lounging along with his girlfriend. A jealous rival then will get him framed and jailed for homicide expenses. He escapes and surfaces 18 years later in Madrid because the mysterious and rich Montecristo, and begins to hunt revenge on the individuals who betrayed him.

Scores of stage, movie and TV diversifications of Dumas’ 1844 traditional have been constructed from way back to 1908. “The Rely of Monte Cristo” is among the many writer’s hottest works, alongside “The Three Musketeers.”

Shot in numerous places together with Spain and Miami, “Montecristo” is government produced by David Martínez, Ángela Agudo, David Cotarelo and Sergio Pizzolante.

Levy and his producing associate Jeff Goldberg additionally function government producers.

“I’m extraordinarily happy with what we’ve achieved with ‘Montecristo.’ The manufacturing is world class and is the results of the arduous work and dedication of an distinctive forged and crew, and our companions Secuoya Studios and ViX+,” Levy stated in a press release. “I really feel strongly that the premium manufacturing worth, the universe, the characters and the themes explored in ‘Montecristo’ will resonate deeply with a world viewers.”

The forged contains Juan Fernández (“El Cid”), Esmeralda Pimentel (“Excessive Warmth”), Silvia Abascal (“Asombrosa Elisa”), Itziar Atienza (“Unsuitable Aspect of the Tracks”), Guiomar Puerta (“Estoy Vivo”) and Franky Martin (‘Unsuitable Aspect of the Tracks”). Lidia Fraga (“Método Prison”) and Jacobo Díaz (“Método Prison”) co-wrote the collection and Alberto Ruiz-Rojo (“Templanza,” “The Winery”) directed.

ViX+ launched in July 2022 with the categorical intention to supply greater than 10,000 hours of premium content material, together with over 50 ViX+ authentic collection and films in its first yr. These embody originals and library content material from Univision and Televisa. It additionally contains as much as 7,000 hours of stay sports activities, together with Liga MX and UEFA Champion’s League soccer.

Within the run-up to Vix+’s launch, TelevisaUnivision cast plenty of content material offers with key companions, together with Spain’s The Mediapro Studio; Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions; Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas Studios; Propagate’s Ben Silverman; Selena Gomez; Colombia’s Dynamo and Spain’s Mediacrest.

In Might, TelevisaUnivision agreed to accumulate Spanish-language streaming platform Pantaya to additional bulk up ViX+’s programming provide.

ViX+ is offered within the U.S., Mexico, and most of Spanish-speaking Latin America by subscription, on-line at

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‘Dreamwalker’: Mikhail Crimson To Direct Filipino-U.S. Fantasy Sequence




Prime Filipino movie director Mikhail Crimson (“Birdshot,” “Rekorder”) is ready as collection director of “Dreamwalker,” a live-action book-to-series adaptation of a narrative a few monster-slaying vlogger. The venture is being arrange by London- and Singapore-based 108 Media.

The present is an adaptation of the “Dreamwalker” action-fantasy graphic novel by Filipino-American popular culture blogger Mikey Sutton and artist Noel Layon Flores. The novel topped the comics charts in The Philippines and was auctioned for TV adaptation. 108 Media envisages the present as a multi-season universe which can start to search out its strategy to regional audiences in Asia from early 2024.

Season one will concentrate on the origin story of the Filipino-American protagonist Kat who returns to the Philippines below mysterious circumstances. She survives a bus crash and finds herself gifted with the power to enter desires of others and having the ability to extract weapons briefly to wield towards supernatural beings from Filipino folklore as she investigates the supply of the monster wave whereas making an attempt to assist these affected by the looming menace.

ContentAsia Award Greatest Director winner Treb Monteras II is ready as showrunner and director, Crimson is collection director and Los Angeles-based style icon Kaitlyn Fae Fajilan is head author. GMA’s in style star Kate Valdez (“Unica Hija”) will take the lead position.

Govt producers for the collection are Justin Deimen (president of 108 Media), Monteras, Kirstie Contrevida (inventive producer at 108 Media), Abhi Rastogi (CEO of 108 Media) and Sutton.

Sutton says the position was successfully written for Valdez lengthy earlier than her attachment. “I randomly found Kate Valdez in 2018 whereas recovering from a near-fatal stroke. I noticed her on the GMA drama ‘Onanay’ and her emotionally wealthy efficiency and timeless magnificence made me declare her the Subsequent Massive Factor. I modelled and named ‘Dreamwalker’ after her,” he stated in an announcement.

“The purpose is to create an authentic mind-blowing and visually dynamic collection that dives deep into the horrors in our desires vs. the horrors of our world. We are going to make the most of completely different mediums and strategies to create breath-taking designs that seize Philippine folklore’s intricate universe,” stated Monteras.

108 Media has had a busy and expansive yr. It acquired the previously AIM-listed DCD Rights and its subsidiaries; invested in Singapore-based animation IP specialist Robotic Playground Media, secured a majority stake in one among Asia’s high scripted manufacturing corporations Revolution Media and bought administration management of one of many U.Ok.’s most distinguished movie/TV financing companies Piccadilly Photos.

On the content material entrance, it just lately struck a co-financing take care of BritBox Worldwide on collection “Inspector Singh,” that’s at present in manufacturing and introduced a showrunner partnership with horror maestro Neil Marshall on “Nightshade.” 108 Media can be in pre-production on a function adaptation of the hit novel Mango Bride,” with Sharon Cuneta hooked up to govt produce and star.

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Sundance Trans Drama ‘Mutt’ to be Bought Overseas by Greatest Buddy Eternally




“Mutt,” the Sundance prize-winning characteristic debut of New York-based filmmaker Vuk Lungulov-Klotz, has been boarded by Brussels-based firm Greatest Buddy Eternally.

“Mutt,” which simply received the Particular Jury Award for actor Lío Mehiel (“WeCrashed”) at Sundance, will subsequent play on the Berlin Movie Pageant within the Era 14+ strand. CAA Media Finance is dealing with North American rights, whereas Greatest Buddy Eternally represents the remainder of the world.

Lungulov-Klotz is a Chilean-Serbian filmmaker who beforehand participated within the Sundance Institute Labs, the Tribeca Movie Institute, and the Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative Program. His award successful trans-themed brief movie “Nonetheless Liam” performed at a number of festivals and was championed by queer filmmakers Ira Sachs and Silas Howard, who’ve each develop into mentors.

Described as an emotional drama overlapping previous, current and future, “Mutt” follows Feña, a younger trans man bustling by way of life in New York Metropolis. Over the course of a single hectic day, Feña is swept by way of the extremes of human emotion, when individuals who appeared to vanish when he transitioned are out of the blue again in his life.

Mehiel stars within the movie reverse Cole Doman (“Gossip Lady“), Mimi Ryder (“Matilda The Musical”) and Alejandro Goic (“Blanquita”). Producers are Alexander Stegmaier, Stephen Scott Scarpulla, Vuk Lungulov-Klotz, Jennifer Kuczaj and Joel Michaely.

“This New York-set, 24-hour dive into Feña’s life gives us not solely a crowd-pleaser and a gem of indie American cinema however a enjoyable and beautifully-crafted new Queer narrative on trans life,” stated Martin Gondre and Charles Bin, Greatest Buddy Eternally co-founders. The pair added that “it’s simple to establish with each character concerned. Mutt will go away you emotional and with the sensation that you’ve got additionally skilled lately of ‘in-betweenness,’ even should you’re not trans.” The deal was negotiated between Greatest Buddy Eternally and CAA Media Finance.

Greatest Buddy Eternally’s roster for the European Movie Market additionally contains market premieres of “Anti-Squat” by Nicolas Silhol, whose earlier movie “Company” reached extra that $2 million on the French B.O., Michaël Dichter’s “The Unbelievable Three” and Angela Ottobah’s “Rapture,” in addition to the Spanish romantic comedy “Ramona” and Oscar-nominated director Alê Abreu’s household animation “Perlimps,” amongst others.

The corporate was launched in Cannes 2019 and is a sister firm of Paris primarily based Indie Gross sales.

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The Weeknd, Avril Lavigne, Tate McRae Lead 2023 Juno Award Nominations




The 52nd annual Juno Awards, Canada’s reply to the Grammys, will happen on March 13 in Edmonton, Alberta. Main the contenders is the Weeknd with six nominations, together with the TikTok Juno Fan Alternative prize, the one class voted on by the general public. He’s additionally up for single, album, artist, songwriter and pop album.

Pop vet Avril Lavigne and Albertan Tate McRae are proper behind him with 5 apiece, Lavigne incomes nods for TikTok Juno Fan Alternative, single, album, artist and pop album, whereas McRae can also be up for the TikTok honor, single, album and pop album, in addition to Songwriter. 

The Juno awards happen over two days. The primary includes a non-public business occasion, streamed dwell however not televised, amd doles out the vast majority of awards, leaving the published filled with dwell performances and a fraction of awards. The televised present will air dwell on all CBC platforms (TV, radio, on-line), together with CBC Music for world viewers. The ceremony was switched from its normal Sunday evening to keep away from dropping viewers to the Oscars.

The present can be hosted for second consecutive yr by Canadian-born actor Simu Liu (“Shang-Chi” and “The Legend of The Ten Rings”), whose “I Am Canadian!” speech was a giant hit. 

It is going to even be an evening of pleasure for Alberta natives Nickelback, this yr’s inductees into the Canadian Music Corridor of Fame. The rock band, which has bought upwards of fifty million albums worldwide,  can also be up for rock album. They’ve been nominated for 37 Junos (now 38) and received 12.

Nickelback will rock the stage, pyro assured, and the two-hour present can even pack in dwell performances by Alexisonfire, Jessie Reyez, Banx & Ranx with Pablo and Rêve, McRae, Tenille Townes, and Aysanabee.

In the one class recognizing non-Canadians, Taylor Swift is up for 2 of the 5 spots for worldwide album, for “Midnights” and “Crimson (Taylor’s Model),” alongside Ed Sheeran’s “=,” Harry Kinds’ “Harry’s Home” and Lil Nas X’s “Montero.”

Additionally in rivalry for the fan alternative are Shawn Mendes, Lauren Spencer-Smith, MacKenzie Porter, Pablo, Rêve, the Reklaws and Tyler Shaw.

Battling it out within the album of the yr class is Ali Gatie’s “Who Harm You?,” Lavigne’s “Love Sux,” NAV’s “Demons Protected by Angels,” McRae’s “I Used To Suppose I Might Fly” and the Weeknd’s “Daybreak FM.”

The artist of the yr race is a tricky toss-up between Michael Bublé, Lavigne, Mendes, the Weeknd, and Spencer-Smith, whereas group of the yr nominees embrace Arcade Fireplace, Billy Expertise, Metric, Arkells and The Reklaws. Recognizing rising stars, breakthrough artist contenders embrace Dax, Devon Cole, Pablo, Rêve and RealestK, whereas up for breakthrough group are Banx & Ranx, Hurt & Ease, Rarer People, Wild Rivers, and Tommy Lefroy.

Head to the official Juno website for the complete list of nominees.

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