Netflix’s ‘The Legend of Cocaine Island’ Trailer Is a Southern Fairytale Fueled by Drug Runners (Video)

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As a man says in the trailer for the Netflix documentary “The Legend of Cocaine Island,” there are Northern fairy tales and Southern fairy tales. Northern ones start off, “Once upon a time…,” while a Southern one begins, “You ain’t goin’ to believe this s—.”

“The Legend of Cocaine Island” boasts that it’s a Southern fairy tale, and it features a handful of down south good ‘ol boys who get caught up in a myth about a stash of $2 million worth of cocaine to the point that they start living like Scarface.

“I was talking that smack, that drug talk,” one of the documentary’s subjects Rodney Hyden says in the trailer. “Say hello to my little friend!”

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Directed by Theo Love, “The Legend of Cocaine Island” premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival under the title “White Tide: The Legend of Culebra.” It’s now set to premiere on Netflix with this more sensationalized title. But the story is crazy enough to be worth it. Here’s the full synopsis:

Rodney Hyden is an American dreamer: a small business owner and family man from Central Florida. But after he’s wiped out by the Great Recession, Rodney hears a story that could be his ticket out of his mounting debt: a tale of a map, an island and buried treasure. Fueled by a combination of economic desperation and blissful ignorance, Rodney hatches a plan to retrieve a possibly mythical $2 million stash of cocaine from its reported Caribbean hiding place. With the help of a colorful group of misfits – and without prior drug-running experience – Rodney sets out in pursuit of his very own American dream, with surprising results.

“The Legend of Cocaine Island” is a Sidestilt Production in association with Dreamco Pictures. The documentary premieres globally on Netflix on March 29.

Watch the trailer above.

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Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96

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Award-winning casting director Alixe Gordin died at her home in Duxbury, Massachusetts on November 28. She was 96. Additional details about her death were not revealed.
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Margot Robbie’s ‘Birds of Prey’ to Receive $12.6 Million in Tax Credits

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California’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 has chosen its first round of films that will receive $52.2 million in tax credits, including Margot Robbie’s “Birds of Prey,” which is set to receive $12.6 million for filming in California.

In total, 19 films (11 non-independents and eight independents) were selected, which will generate an estimated $258.2 million in qualified expenditures, meaning wages to below-the-line workers and payment for equipment and vendors. Combined, the films will spend 602 shoot days across the state and will employ 869 cast, 2,357 crew and 23,000 extras.

Universal’s “Covers” will receive $6.5 million in tax credits, while Tooley Productions’ “Flying Horse” is set to receive $5 million. Warner Bros.’ “The Has Been” will also receive $4.8 million. “Cry, Baby,” “Blackbird,” “The Hunt” and Fox’s “Rent — Live” were also chosen to receive tax credits.

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Warner Bros.’ “Birds of Prey” is looking to spend nearly $63 million on qualified expenditures in the state. Robbie will produce “Birds of Prey” and reprise her “Suicide Squad” character, Harley Quinn. The film is centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains. “Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, as well as Robbie. Cathy Yan will direct.

If you think $12.6 million in tax credits for the Robbie movie is a big number, just know Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” earned $18.1 million under the state’s incentives program in 2016.  And “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee,” due in theaters this Christmas, received the highest tax credit to date under the program with $22 million.

“We are excited to be awarded an incentive from the California Film & TV Tax Credit Program, which will allow us to produce ‘Birds of Prey’ in the Golden State,” said Warner Bros. Pictures SVP of Physical Production Kelley Smith-Wait. “The project will have a large footprint and create hundreds of new jobs for women and men in our industry.”

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“It’s great to see so many tax credit projects bring production jobs and spending to regions across the state,” added California Film Commission Tax Credit Program Director Nancy Rae Stone. “The out-of-zone filming provisions in Program 2.0 are working as intended to help spread the direct economic benefit.”

Stone also added that Program 2.0 includes a five percent tax credit uplift for projects that perform original photography outside L.A.’s 30-Mile-Zone. Six projects, including “Bunker,” “Covers” and “The Hunt,” plan to shoot outside of that zone.

A total of 43 film projects applied for tax credits in the latest application period. The next application period will be held October 15 to October 19.

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Martin Bregman, Producer of ‘Serpico’ and ‘Scarface,’ Dies at 92

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Martin Bregman, a talent manager and film producer whose credits include classic like “Scarface,” “Serpico,” and “Dog Day Afternoon”, died Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 92. NBC 4 first reported the news.

Born in New York City in 1926, Bregman entered the entertainment industry first as a nightclub agent before moving into personal management. As a manager, his clients would eventually include at various times luminaries like Alan Alda, Woody Allen, and Barbra Streisand among others.

Bregman’s greatest impact on Hollywood was the result of his relationship with Al Pacino. Bregman discovered Pacino performing in an Off Broadway play in the 1960s, and became his manager. He helped Pacino land his first starring film role in the 1971 drama “The Panic in Needle Park.” It was that role which brought Pacino to the attention of Francis Ford Coppola, leading to Pacino’s breakthrough as Michael Corleone in “The Godfather.”

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Bregman moved into film production with projects built around Pacino, beginning in 1973 with the Sidney Lumet-directed biopic “Serpico.” Bregman would go on to produce Pacino’s films “Dog Day Afternoon,” (1975) “Scarface,” (1983) “Sea of Love,” (1989) and “Carlito’s Way” (1993).

Later in life, Pacino credited Bregman for his success, saying in a 2011 panel discussion for the “Scarface” Blu-ray release that “Martin Bregman discovered me off Broadway… And that’s why I’m here. I owe it to Marty, I really do.”

Bregman also had a long relationship with Alda, producing Alda’s films “The Seduction of Joe Tynan” (1979), “The Four Seasons” (1981), “Sweet Liberty” (1986), “A New Life” (1988), and “Betsy’s Wedding.”

Other Bregman productions include “The Bone Collector” (1999) and “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” (2002).

According to NBC, Bregman’s family will hold a private funeral. He is survived by his wife, Cornelia.

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‘Scarface’ Director Brian De Palma: I’m Writing a Horror Movie Inspired by Weinstein Scandal

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“Scarface” director Brian De Palma says he is writing a horror film inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Speaking to French newspaper Le Parisien, the filmmaker said he is “writing a film about this scandal, which I am currently discussing with a French producer. My character will not be called Harvey Weinstein. But it will be a horror movie, with a sexual aggressor, and it will happen in the film industry.”

In another interview with the AFP news agency, De Palma, whose credits also include “Dressed to Kill,” “Carrie” and “Mission: Impossible,” said he had been following the Weinstein story “very closely.”

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“I know a lot of the people involved,” he said. “I’ve heard stories over the years.”

Weinstein was indicted earlier this week on charges of rape in the first and third degrees, as well as on charges of criminal sexual act in the first degree. He was arrested on May 25 in New York City on three felony charges of rape and criminal sex act stemming from a monthslong investigation by the NYPD into accusations by multiple women.

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Though the Hollywood mogul has been accused of misconduct by more than 80 women, the criminal charges by New York prosecutors stem from the accusations of two women. The first-degree criminal sex act charge comes from a case involving aspiring actress Lucia Evans in 2004.

The two rape charges stem from an unidentified accuser who accused Weinstein of keeping her against her will in a room at the DoubleTree Metropolitan hotel in midtown Manhattan in 2013.

A representative for De Palma has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Michelle Pfeiffer ‘Scarface’ Weight Question Draws Boos at Panel

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During Thursday night’s 35th anniversary screening of “Scarface” at the Tribeca Film Festival, moderator Jesse Kornbluth drew boos from the audience for asking Michelle Pfeiffer how much she weighed while filming the 1983 cult-classic gangster movie.

“As the father of a daughter, I’m concerned with body image,” Kornbluth asked Pfeiffer. “[During] the preparation for this film, what did you weigh?” Kornbluth was immediately booed prompting him to reply “this is not the question you think it is.”

“Well, okay. I don’t know,” responded Pfeiffer. “But I was playing a cocaine addict, which was part of the physicality of the part, which you have to consider.”

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“As the shoot went on, I tried to time it so I became more and more emaciated. The problem is, the movie went six months and the climactic scene kept getting delayed,” added Pfeiffer. “The crew kept bringing me bagels because they were so worried about me.”

Kornbluth did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Friday and defended his question in a statement provided to TheWrap.

“It is true that a gentleman should never ask a woman about her weight. But that was not my question. It is a comment on the knee-jerk political correctness of our time that no one would be shocked if you asked Robert De Niro about the weight gain required for his role in ‘Raging Bull’ but you get booed — not by many, but by a vocal few — for asking Michelle Pfeiffer about the physical two-dimensionality required for her to play a cocaine freak in ‘Scarface.’”

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Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Brian De Palma On ‘Scarface’ F-Bombs, Chainsaw And Origin Story – Tribeca

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Antoine Fuqua Back in Talks to Direct ‘Scarface’

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After bowing out to direct the sequel to “The Equalizer,” director Antoine Fuqua looks to have come back into the fray to direct Universal’s new re-imagining of “Scarface.” Sources tell Variety that, while an official offer is not yet on the table, discussions are underway for Fuqua to direct the film. Fuqua left the project […]

Indiana Jones Bullwhip, ‘Scarface’ Portrait to Go up for Auction

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If you want some action movie set pieces to add to your collection, you’re going to have to start saving.

The Prop Store, which sells movie memorabilia and hosts auctions, is putting up roughly 600 items for auction in London on Sept. 26, proving that even the smallest props can go for big bucks.

Indiana Jones’ famous bullwhip, seen in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” is expected to be the big seller. Prop Store estimates it’ll go for between £50,000 -£70,000, or around $60,000 – $84,000.

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Another high-roller is a hand-painted Tony Montana and Elvira Hancock (Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer) portrait, complete with bullet holes from “Scarface,” expected to land anywhere between £30,000 – 50,000, or more than $36,000.

The auction will also include items like Tony Montana’s green card, James Bond’s Royal Navy cap from “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and Tom Cruise’s flight suit from “Top Gun.” The latter is expected to sell for more than £20,000, or around $24,000.

Additionally, if you’re a fan of the worst “Superman” movie of all time, the hero’s flying tunic from “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” will be selling for more than £8,000 or almost $10,000.

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If you’re in the area, you can check out the exhibition, which is open to the public at the BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London.

You can also register and place online bids if you can’t make the cross-ocean trip — at the Prop Store website.

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