Saturday, June 29, 2013

Justin Guarini, Christian Camargo, Roslyn Ruff & More Join the Cast of Broadway Revival of Romeo and Juliet

More join the cast of the Broadway revival of 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Parting is such sweet sorrow! So, instead, Justin Guarini, Christian Camargo and Roslyn Ruff are joining the new Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Tony nominee Condola Rashad. Directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leaveaux, Romeo and Juliet will begin previews August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with an opening night set for September 19.

Camargo will play Romeo's close friend Mercutio, Guarini will play Juliet's preferred suitor Paris and Ruff will play the headstrong Lady Capulet. Also joining the cast of Romeo and Juliet are Conrad Kemp as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus. In addition to Bloom as Romeo and Rashad as Juliet, the cast will also feature the previously reported Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse, Tony winner Brent Carver as Friar Laurence and Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Lord Capulet.

One of Shakespeare's most well-known and performed plays, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. The first Broadway staging in 36 years, this revival of Romeo and Juliet will honor Shakespeare’s written verse while moving the show’s setting to contemporary time in which the warring Montague and Capulet families are of different ethnicities.

Camargo was last on Broadway in the 2008 production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. His TV and film credits include The Hurt LockerThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Dexter. Guarini's Broadway credits include American Idiot and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He is best-known for being the runner-up on season one of American Idol. Ruff appeared on Broadway in the revival of Fences. Her off-Broadway credits include The Piano LessonLove, Loss and What I WoreMacbethThe Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Things of Dry Hours. Ruff's TV and film credits include The HelpSaltRachel Getting MarriedThe Big C and The Good Wife.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It's finally here, #EuropaReport on demand!

If you are like us here at www.TheCamargoBlog.com you can't wait to see Europa Report! Well wait no more it is AVAILABLE on DEMAND TODAY!
A scene from EUROPA REPORT, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
Christian Camargo in EUROPA REPORT, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.


We first talked about the movie with Christian about a year ago when he was filming this epic movie, and now we get to finally see it.

A scene from EUROPA REPORT, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

The big screen release is coming to limited screens August 3, 2013.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Variety's Film Review: ‘Europa Report’





Two currently popular strands of genre filmmaking, the low-budget sci-fier and the found-footage thriller, merge to reasonably plausible and impressively controlled effect in “Europa Report.” Meticulously crafted by Ecuadorian helmer Sebastian Cordero and his team, this futuristic tale of astronauts searching for signs of life near Jupiter was ostensibly shot using cameras positioned aboard their spacecraft; their video diaries have been cannily reassembled into something coherent and genuinely compelling on their own low-key terms, if a touch over-earnest at times. Commercially, Magnet’s Aug. 2 release may fall into that unfortunate audience vacuum in which genre trappings and arthouse cool cancel each other out, though its methodical, science-positive approach stands to be appreciated by the curious and discerning.

It spoils nothing to note that the mission documented here does not end particularly well, as one might expect from a speculative dramatic thriller following a small crew of space explorers into uncharted territory. Yet “Europa Report” refreshingly avoids the usual sci-fi hack-’em-up conventions, not least because the astronauts in question, rather than coming off as another stereotypical bunch of wiseacres, instead have been conceived as quietly intelligent, dedicated individuals with (gasp) an actual aptitude for science. Rather than falling victim to yet another race of bloodthirsty extraterrestrials (a la 2012′s “Prometheus” and last month’s Cannes-preemed “The Last Days on Mars”), they encounter perils of a far more persuasive and unsettling nature.

Set in a post-NASA future when space travel has become a matter of private enterprise, the film concerns the Europa One, a $3.7 billion manned spaceship sent to explore the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. (The premise was inspired by the November 2011 discovery of lakes beneath Europa’s frozen surface.) Philip Gelatt’s screenplay adopts a polished faux docu format: Almost every scene is presented as footage transmitted from the ship’s maiden voyage, spliced together with commentary from an on-the-ground commander (Embeth Davidtz), who gravely recalls the moment, about seven months into the mission, when the video feed suddenly went dark.

Spliced by a team of editors into a somewhat achronological but easy-to-follow narrative, the onboard footage reveals how, having lost contact with Earth, the astronauts soldiered on toward Europa, led by mission chief William Xu (Daniel Wu) and navigated by pilot/archivist Rosa Dasque (Anamaria Marinca). The most laid-back member of this otherwise sober, hard-working crew is chief science officer Daniel Luxembourg (Sharlto Copley), who, shooting video on his own handheld camera, eases us into the wonder and the monotony of deep space. The sense of immersion in the ship’s mundane rhythms isn’t the only passing reminder of “2001: A Space Odyssey”; listen closely for a quick snippet of “The Blue Danube” in an early scene.




What overtakes these explorers before and after they land on Europa is fairly simple, even banal, which is partly why it seems so convincing; almost without fail, the crew’s setbacks are rooted in technical malfunctions and human miscalculations, their every step recorded by the omnipresent cameras and the ship’s sophisticated network of display screens. Without contriving any sort of overt threat, the film conveys the terror of deep space as a still, silent void, indifferent to human suffering or survival, and Cordero’s direction maintains an eerie calm even as the astronauts slowly begin to grasp the likely outcome of their mission; they may take risks and make sacrifices on each other’s behalf, but always in cool, levelheaded fashion.
While none of the characters are especially individuated, the actors make them as authentic and relatable as they need to be. South African thesp Copley, so memorable as the lead in “District 9,” touches the film’s most poignant notes as a particularly homesick member of the crew, while Romanian actress Marinca, best known for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” again reveals her ability to command the camera through her silent, watchful presence alone.

The unfussy internationalism of the cast — which also includes Christian Camargo, Swedish thesp Michael Nyqvist and Polish-American actress Karolina Wydra — represents a slyly hopeful wink at what the future of space travel may hold. Indeed, there isn’t a whiff of satire to “Europa Report,” whose upbeat vision of global cooperation and sincere belief in the life-changing possibilities of space exploration at times skirt the boundaries of naivete. Still, unapologetically pro-science films are sufficiently rare as to make this one’s earnestness seem all the more refreshing.

This science-minded approach extends to the film’s formal rigor and extraordinary level of detail, courtesy of production designer Eugenio Caballero (who won an art-direction Oscar for “Pan’s Labyrinth”), whose sterile-yet-functional conception of the ship’s interiors has been brilliantly integrated with the f/x work supervised by John Bair; the occasional roughness of the visuals, such as the slightly pixelated images captured on Europa’s surface, feels consistent with the built-in technical limitations of the premise. The editors carve a clear enough path through d.p. Enrique Chediak’s extensive camera coverage, at times using quick cuts and split screens to playful effect, and Bear McCreary’s fine string-based score is aptly underplayed before coming resoundingly to the fore during the closing credits.


Film Review: 'Europa Report'

Reviewed at Wilshire screening room, Beverly Hills, June 10, 2013. (In Los Angeles Film Festival — Summer Showcase.) Running time: 89 MIN.

Production

A Magnet Releasing release of a Wayfare Entertainment, Misher Films presentation of a Misher Films, Wayfare Entertainment production. Produced by Ben Browning. Executive producers, Michael Maher, Jeremy Kipp Walker. Co-producer, Andy Berman.

Crew

Directed by Sebastian Cordero. Screenplay, Philip Gelatt. Camera (Technicolor, HD), Enrique Chediak; editors, Aaron Yanes, Alexander Kopit, Craig McKay, Livio Sanchez; music, Bear McCreary; music supervisor, Jim Black; production designer, Eugenio Caballero; supervising art director, Anu Schwartz; art director, Michael Ahern; set decorator, Danielle Webb; costume designer, Anna Terrazas; sound (Dolby Digital), Chris Gebert; sound designer, Rich Bologna; re-recording mixer, Tom Efinger; special effects coordinator, Drew Jiritano; visual effects supervisor, John Bair; visual effects producer, Renuka Ballal; visual effects, Phosphene, Method Studios, Look Effects, Perception, Quadratic Digital; stunt coordinator, Brian Smyj; associate producer, Matt Levin; assistant director, Atilla Salih Yucer; casting, Avy Kaufman, Leeba Zakharov.

With

Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, Sharlto Copley, Dan Fogler, Isiah Whitlock Jr.


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Shift to be released in 2014 Starring @therealcamargo

Christian is slated to be in the upcoming movie Shift to be released November 2014.
The movie which is being directed by  and was written by  who is also starring in the movie as Boomer Honeycutt. 

The movie about Boomer Honeycutt who is a drag racer. His lone quest; to escape his father's shadow and become the next Classic Gear Jammer's Champion. When 8-time super stock world champion Junior McClamrock arrives to challenge for the title, Boomer is even more determined to sacrifice everything to reach the top, including those who matter most. After separating with his fiancée Tina, he takes refuge in his best friend Charlie's front yard sleeping in his van. He awakes after a rough night out to find an eleven-year-old boy on the doorstep and a note from his high school sweetheart welcoming him to fatherhood. Set against the backdrop of stick shift drag racing in the heart of the South, this is a story about fathers and sons, teaching each other what it takes to be a man. 





The film will be released in November of 2014. Filming to, hopefully, begin soon in Greensboro North Carolina. 


Monday, June 17, 2013

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: #EuropaReport Is Mushy But Enjoyable Sci-Fi

Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero has a handful of titles on his directing resume, the best known probably 2004's John Leguizamo-starring non-comic journalist drama Cronicas. All of his films have been in Spanish and none venturing into what we would commonly call "genre cinema." Therefore, the decision to hire Cordero for what has repeatedly been referred to as a "hard sci-fi" project may seem a bit out of left field. The decision, as it turns out, was a wise one. Cordero brings a well-tuned human element to this space exploration drama that succeeds on the strength of the performances and interactions between characters. Though the storytelling gets more than a bit mushy in the editing room, ultimately Europa Report gets it right and provides a very enjoyable sci-fi ride. 

Part found-footage, part docu-fiction, Europa Report is filmed exclusively from stationary cameras. Though it leads to a form of storytelling that borders on cliché, Cordero uses it well and the method proves efficient for pulling off complex visual effects that bring a healthy realism to this relatively low budget picture. The filmmakers purport to have worked in close conjunction with NASA, JPL, and SpaceX to get the science part of the equation correct and though there are a couple head-scratching moments, the believability generally passes the sniff test. The zero-gravity is also done particularly well. This is especially refreshing to see after so many spacers have let this ball drop. 

The story follows the six-person crew of Europa One on its mission to touch down on Jupiter's moon Europa. Recent findings (reported in the film, from 2011) suggest there may be life in the oceans deep below the moon's icy surface. As you might expect, not everything goes as planned, most notably the ship's complete loss of communication with Earth inside the first year of the half-decade journey. What else goes wrong isn't entirely clear, mostly because of the narrative trickery employed to withhold information from the audience. This is really the only misstep in the movie as the filmmakers never quite succeed in making it seem necessary to the story. The film could have been told sequentially and been just as effective. 

The real strength of the film comes in the performances by each member of the six-person crew -- and in particular their realistic interactions with each other. Though without A-list movie stars, the film is filled with recognizable faces. Sharlto Copley (District 9) plays the junior engineer and his interaction with his gruff Russian chief played by Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) feels very authentic. Chinese-American actor Daniel Wu (The Banquet) gives a good turn as the ship's commander. The film is notably a co-production with China and his inclusion in the cast is a likely nod to that country's enormous audience (his tiny Chinese flag lapel pin another). 

While certainly not without its flaws, when the story starts to click into place, a genuine sense of satisfaction does as well. There are many genuinely tense moments but the film does little more than dip its toe into horror territory, a fact that will be refreshing to sci-fi fans that are tired of seeing their favorite genre co-opted for more box office friendly directions. Ultimately, the film gets far more right than wrong and with the strength of acting and Cordero's work at the helm, Europa Reportbecomes quite the entertaining journey. 

Europa Report will be released by Magnet in the US on Ultra VOD June 27 and theatrically August 2.

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