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Scotland, Oct 31 (Canadian-Media): Thomas Sean Connery, the Scottish actor, with his film career lasting almost 70 years, the first person who played James Bond in Eon Productions’ long-running spy series, has died aged 90, media reports said.
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Connery was known for appearing in films including Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt For Red October (1990) and The Rock (1996).
Also included in the credits are: Murder On The Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Name Of The Rose (1986, for which he won the Bafta best actor award) and Highlander (1976).
Connery played Bond in six films in Dr. No, franchise: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.
In the 1983 movie, 'Never Say Never Again' also he played Bond, which was not made by Eon Productions.
He was awarded the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1988 for playing Irish-American police officer Jim Malone in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables.
He did not appear on screen since 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, he confirmed his retirement from acting in 2006, after receiving the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is survived by his second wife Micheline Roquebrune and his son, British actor Jason Connery, from his first marriage to Diane Cilento.
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Los Angeles (California), Oct 22 (Canadian-Media): Canadian/El Salvadorian filmmaker Patricia Chica, has been signed to MoJo Global Arts, a forward-thinking production and management company focused on laying the groundwork for diverse voices in the film and entertainment industry, founded by Morris Ruskin, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, and Joseph Mellicker, as production in Montreal resumes, media reports said.
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A dramatic feature developed with Award-winning director Patricia Chica’s writing partner Kamal John Iskander and Canadian production company Objectif 9 just wrapped filming on Montréal Girls.
Inspired by her Chica' experience, the story documents the city’s subcultures and focuses on a Middle-Eastern student who arrives in Montreal to become a doctor because that’s what his father wants. There, he meets two young women who challenge his perceptions and reveal him to his destiny to actually become a poet. Chica’s goal with this project is to empower audiences worldwide to discover their true self and to take action to make society a much more accepting place.
Patricia Chica’s journey through filming had been an adventure, as she had to adapt to new strict COVID protocols for filming within Canada during a red zone. While she was grateful that Montréal Girls was one of the first few productions to start in Montreal during the pandemic, she says,
“It’s been a challenge, especially with actors and intimate scenes. Actors are not used to wearing masks that prevent them from seeing their facial expressions and keeping physical distance, even during rehearsals,” she explains. “Thankfully, I have developed a creative approach based on Chi Energy techniques for storytelling and performance that came in quite handy throughout the filming process. It allowed us to create a safe and sacred space of emotional connection despite the physical limitations imposed by the strict COVID safety rules,” she adds.
Patricia Chica. Image credit: Facebook page
Apart from having to adapt her script to this new production reality, next up for Chica is her book, “Empathy is Bullsh!t” which is her take on how she bridges the gap between Chi Energy, storytelling and performance within the film industry, as well as “Soleil & Luna”, a LatinX LGBT pilot episode script for OUT TV, to be produced by Byron A. Martin and which just received development funding from the Canadian Media Fund (CMF). Chica has also just been attached to be the director of the documentary adaptation of the celebrated book Project Heaven on Earth by author Martin Rutte.
When asked about her management company, MoJo Global Arts, Chica shared, “I’m very grateful to my managers Alex Flores, Doug Warner and Morris Ruskin. They believed in me before all the projects were close to even being financed. They’ve helped me expand my potential and sharpen my strategy at a global level. I’m well surrounded by the Mojo team.”
Ruskin said, “As an enormously talented writer, director, and producer, Patricia Chica is a triple threat plus. The plus is that she is Canadian and Salvadorian and brings a unique voice to all her work plus qualifies for a subsidy from both countries. Montréal Girls has the benefit of financing from Telefilm Canada, Sodec, The Harold Greenberg Fund as well as the tax credits but really it has the benefit of her unique vision.”