AP – For Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron, returning to film in his native Mexico was an itch that took 16 years to finally scratch. Cuaron has now wrapped shooting on “Roma,” a 1970s period piece about a year in the life of a middle-class family that is infused by the director’s experiences as a child and his Mexican identity.
Billboard – A Juan Gabriel hologram will make its debut at the Eternamente Juan Gabriel tribute concert taking place Feb. 18 in Mexico, a spectacle that promises to take the audience on an emotional journey to celebrate the legacy of the late Mexican icon.
AV Club – Last month, Conan O’Brien announced on his Conan show that he would be going to Mexico in March for a special Mexico-centric episode. O’Brien announced two of the guests: Rogue One‘s Diego Luna and former President Of Mexico Vicente Fox.
Huff Post – Conan O’Brien is going south of the border in a bid to build bridges. The late night TV host is relocating his show to Mexico for a special one-off episode. “With all of this week’s negative news about the relationship between the United States and Mexico, I thought I would try and do something positive,” O’Brien said Thursday, in reference to simmering tensions between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Donald Trump over the latter’s border wall plan.
Huff Post – On Oct. 15, a slew of talented musicians and celebrities will head to the U.S.-Mexico border for a free, bilingual concert called “RiseUp AS ONE.” The show will include performances by Juanes, Carlos Vives, Andra Day, Jesse & Joy, Los Tigres del Norte, Lila Downs and Alejandro Sanz, as well as appearances by special guests Gael García Bernal, Jonás Cuarón, Mía Maestro and Wilmer Valderrama.vThe event, staged by Univision and Fusion, will be held in San Diego at the Cross Border Xpress, an airport terminal and enclosed skywalk bridge that provides access to Tijuana Airport.
Deadline – Alfonso Cuarón is teaming with Participant Media on his next feature film, an untitled project he is writing and directing. The movie will chronicle a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s, and production is slated to begin in Mexico this fall. It will be the Oscar winner’s first movie shot there since his breakout 2001 hit Y Tu Mamá También.
Vox – Fear the Walking Dead has commandeered Baja Film Studios, in the beach town of Rosarito. One of Baja Studios’ more recent customers was the Christian movie Little Boy, which used the studio’s location to simulate a coastal small town — and whose sets are being repurposed by Fear the Walking Dead for a plot introduced in the midseason premiere, which aired Aug. 21.
Hollywood Reporter – Actor-turned-director Demian Bichir’s romantic drama A Circus Tale & a Love Song will have its first-ever screening in late October at the Morelia International Film Festival. Bichir shares acting credits with his The Bridge co-star Diane Kruger, as well as Eva Longoria and Jason Patric.
Fusion – HBO Latin America has tapped one of Mexico’s most famous YouTubers to star in the country’s first late night satirical news show which will premiere tonight (Friday).
AP – A lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman said he will sue television networks if they air a new series on the imprisoned Mexican drug lord’s life without paying him. Netflix and Univision will co-produce the drama series “El Chapo,” set to air in 2017. The announcement used only the nickname “El Chapo,” and said the series is “based on the life story of one of the world’s most notorious criminals.”
Dario de Mexico – After cooking without knives, improvising quickly and without losing touch of flavor, Rodolfo Castellanos was crowned with the title of Top Chef Mexico after 13 episodes that aired every Sunday on Channel Sony.
Sentido Comun – Cirque du Soleil, the circus entertainment company of Canadian origin, and the Ministry of Tourism signed an agreement to produce a system based on Mexican culture, whose investment amounts to $47.4 million over the next five years.
Hollywood Reporter – The 58th Ariel Awards is shaping up to be a big night for first-time directors. Of the five features in the running for best picture, three come from freshman filmmakers: Celso Garcia’s dramedy The Thin Yellow Line (La Delgada Linea Amarilla), Christian Keller’s biopic Gloria and Gabriel Ripstein’s gunrunning thriller 600 Miles (600 Millas). Also vying for best picture is David Pablo’s teen prostitution drama The Chosen Ones (Las Elegidas) and Rodrigo Pla’s A Monster With a Thousand Heads (Un Monstro de Mil Cabezas).
El Universal – The Mexican singer Oscar Chavez celebrated last Sunday half a century of career and 81 years old with a concert in the Zocalo of Mexico City.
Variety – Netflix is standing by Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo, the mediator in the meeting last October between Sean Penn and Mexican narco kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman which, Mexican authorities claim, helped lead to the arrest of the world’s biggest drug-lord. Originally set for the third week of January, Netflix original series “Ingobernable,” starring Del Castillo as Mexico’s First Lady, will start production this year.
Daily News – The Rolling Stones made a triumphant return to Mexico a decade after they last performed in the country. Jagger poked fun at actor Sean Penn, whose secret interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman while the convicted drug lord was a fugitive from justice has provoked controversy in Mexico.
NY Daily News – “Top Chef Mexico,” based on Bravo’s “Top Chef” franchise, debuted Feb. 18 on NBC Universo with 16 contestants hoping to survive a 13-episode gauntlet.
Notimex – Six Flags Entertainment Corp.won approval to open and operate the Aquatic Park Oaxtepec. The 27-hectare public park in Morelos will be named Hurricane Harbor and open in early 2017.
EFE – Adele yesterday announced her extensive North American tour between July and November 2016, including 56 concerts, two of which are in the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City.
Coming Soon – AMC has announced the start of production on Fear the Walking Dead season two at Baja Studios in Mexico. Fear the Walking Dead will return for its 15-episode second season in the spring of 2016.