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Film Review: ‘Papi Chulo’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Papi Chulo’
Let’s say you want to make a movie about the dynamic between middle-class white folks and the undocumented dayworkers they employ (some would say “exploit”) in a city like Los Angeles. There are plenty of ways to go about it, any number of which could offer a welcome chance to illuminate the ubiquitous but under-chronicled relationship between those two groups: You could make a sentimental dramedy about a cross-cultural friendship, à la “Spanglish” or “Green Book,” or maybe a tense thriller in which the risk of arrest and deportation reveals the lopsided power balance that locks immigrants into such servitude.

Or you could come up with something totally out-of-touch and off-the-wall like “Papi Chulo,” an egregiously miscalculated rent-a-companion comedy from Irish writer-director John Butler (“Handsome Devil”), in which an egocentric gay man (Matt Bomer), abandoned by his longtime Latino lover, hires an undocumented handyman (California-born actor Alejandro Patiño) to
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‘Papi Chulo’ Film Review: Matt Bomer Stars in Misguided Cross-Cultural Bromance

  • The Wrap
‘Papi Chulo’ Film Review: Matt Bomer Stars in Misguided Cross-Cultural Bromance
Well-intentioned but at times insensitive, “Papi Chulo” is a complicated movie. It wants so badly to do the right thing when the situation is all wrong.

Written and directed by John Butler (“Handsome Devil”), “Papi Chulo” follows Sean (Matt Bomer), a popular Los Angeles weatherman, on the heels of an on-air mental breakdown. Forced to take time off from work, he struggles to cope with his loneliness after the loss of his relationship some months before. Looking to do something with the free time on his hands, he enlists the help of a day laborer, Ernesto, to help repaint the deck outside his home. Instead, Sean ends up more or less hiring Ernesto to be his friend.

Many of the jokes in “Papi Chulo” are rooted in this unequal-buddy comedy routine. Sean feels entitled to this friendship with a stranger he barely knows. His behavior comes across as inappropriate even
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Matt Bomer on Playing More Gay Roles, Fundraising for Pete Buttigieg and His New Movie ‘Papi Chulo’

  • Variety
Matt Bomer on Playing More Gay Roles, Fundraising for Pete Buttigieg and His New Movie ‘Papi Chulo’
Matt Bomer plays a weatherman in his new movie “Papi Chulo,” but he didn’t shadow TV meteorologists to prepare for the role.

What he was most concerned about was making sure the nervous breakdown his character has on live television was believable. To capture those emotions, he did a deep dive on the internet.

“I don’t want to say it’s there for your viewing pleasure because I’m not about laughing at the expense of others, but there are some documented breakdowns on camera that people have had,” Bomer explains. “There’s one, and he’s very open about this on so I feel okay sharing about this, [ABC News’] Dan Harris specifically had a nervous breakdown on camera. So I watched a lot of that.” (Harris chronicled the experience in his 2014 memoir “10% Happier.”)

Bomer sat down for this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast,
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‘Gentefied’: Netflix Sets Recurring Cast For Latinx Dramedy Series

Exclusive: Netflix has rounded out its cast for Gentefied, its 10-episode half-hour Latinx dramedy, from Gente-fied: The Digital Series creators Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, showrunner Monica Macer, America Ferrera, Teri Weinberg and Macro. Julissa Calderon, Annie Gonzalez, Laura Patalano, Felipe Esparza, Rafael Sigler, Jaime Alvarez (Grey’s Anatomy Shameless), Bianca Melgar, Michelle Ortiz, and Alejandro Patiño are set for recurring roles. They join previously announced cast members Karrie Martin, Jj Soria, Carlos Santos and Joaquín Cosio.

Sigler, Alvarez and Patalano all appeared in Gente-fied: The Digital Series.

Written by Lemus and Chávez, Gentefied is adapted from the web series which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Described as a badass bilingual series about family, community, brown love, and the displacement that disrupts it all, Gentefied
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Matt Bomer in Official Trailer for Los Angeles-Set Dramedy 'Papi Chulo'

"You may think I'm crazy... loco!" Blue Fox Entertainment has debuted a trailer for an indie dramedy titled Papi Chulo, set in Los Angeles. The story in this follows a local weatherman, played by Matt Bomer, who has a breakdown and decides to focus his efforts on home improvement. He hires a middle-aged Latino day laborer named Ernesto, and strikes up a friendship with the migrant worker. The title translates directly to "Pimp Daddy" but is kinda just slang to mean an attractive guy, a bit like "handsome daddy" - which most likely refers to Bomer (known best as one of the hotties from Magic Mike). Alejandro Patiño co-stars as Ernesto, with a small cast including Elena Campbell-Martinez, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Michael Shepperd, Tommie Earl Jenkins, and Shaughn Buchholz. This is a bit cheesy, but it actually looks pretty good - offering good life lessons and awkward charm amidst the friendship.
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Matt Bomer-starring 'Papi Chulo' scores North America deal for Bankside (exclusive)

Blue Fox Entertainment buys black comedy.

Following the film’s well-received premiere in Toronto, Blue Fox Entertainment has swooped on North American rights to John Butler’s black comedy Papi Chulo.

Matt Bomer stars alongside Alejandro Patiño (The Runaways) in the story of a lonely TV weatherman who strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Elena Campbell-Martinez and D’Arcy Carden round out the cast.

Bankside handles world sales rights and is showing the film to buyers at Afm. Blue Fox is planning a theatrical release in North America for late-Spring 2019.

Rob Walpole and
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Papi Chulo’

  • Variety
Toronto Film Review: ‘Papi Chulo’
In “Papi Chulo,” a scrupulously low-key and unassumingly ingratiating dramedy about the friendship forged between a thirtysomething Anglo TV weatherman and a middle-aged Mexican migrant day laborer, Irish-born writer-director John Butler turns an outsider’s eye to the dynamics of interrelationships that cross socioeconomic divides in L.A., and makes it clear, without hammering home his point too insistently, that one can intelligently and entertainingly illuminate universal verities about basic human needs by focusing on specific details of place, class, and sexual orientation.

Sean, played with an admirable fearlessness by Matt Bomer, is the weatherman, a usually chipper professional who has an on-camera meltdown — something more than a crying jag, but not quite a cry of anguish — while forecasting another day of hellish heat in and around L.A. Ordered to take a sabbatical by a news director who’s worried about tarnishing the station’s “brand,” Sean finds himself
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Matt Bomer to star in 'Papi Chulo' from 'Handsome Devil' director (exclusive)

Matt Bomer to star in 'Papi Chulo' from 'Handsome Devil' director (exclusive)
John Butler’s third feature gets sales deal.

UK sales outfit Bankside Films is launching John Butler’s Papi Chulo at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).

Golden Globe-winning Matt Bomer (The Magnificent Seven) will star alongside Alejandro Patiño (The Runaways) in the black comedy about a lonely TV weatherman who strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker.

Director Butler’s last two features, The Stag and Handsome Devil, both premiered in Toronto. The latter was picked up by Netflix.

Rob Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment are producing the film, which is being financed by the Irish Film Board, Head Gear Films, Rte and Windmill Lane.

Executive producers are Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films and Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher for Bankside Films

Stephen Kelliher said of the project: “We have long admired John Butler’s work and were delighted to read his script which tells such
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Pat Healy & Taylor Schilling in Trailer for Dark Comedy Film 'Take Me'

"Let me guess, Ray: you got carried away?" The Orchard has debuted a trailer for a dark comedy film titled Take Me, which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival coming up later this month. Take Me is the feature directorial debut of actor Pat Healy, who also stars in the film as the main character. Healy plays Ray, a man who starts a business specializing in abductions that provide alternative therapy for his clients. But one of his customers and his target aren't exactly as they seem, and things get crazy. The cast includes Taylor Schilling (from "Orange Is the New Black"), Toby Huss, Alejandro Patino, Alycia Delmore, and Mark Kelly. This looks wacky but also enjoyable, in a weird twisted way. Trust in Pat Healy, I guess. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Pat Healy's Take Me, direct from YouTube: Ray Moody (Pat Healy) is a
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New FX Clips for The Bridge, Anger Management, Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell

FX Network has sent along quite a few clips from The Bridge, their newest drama which airs on Wednesday, July 10 at 10p.m. The show has a strong cast on board including Diane Kruger, Demián Bichir, Annabeth Gish and Ted Levine, as well as Natalie Amenula, Johnny Dowers, Alejandro Patino, Carlos Pratts and Emily Rios. The Bridge is based on Bron, the international hit series which took place on the border of Sweden and Denmark. Elwood Reid and Meredith Stiehm wrote the English-language version of the show.
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Official Website and Trailer Launch For 'Rise of the Reeker'

We just discovered the official website for Dave Payne's Reeker follow-up, No Man's Land: The Rise Of The Reeker, which features not only a few more stills, but also the trailer for the film! Check it out, it's actually a pretty damn cool website! Arriving on DVD October 14th from Lionsgate and Ghost House Underground, a Sheriff and his son try to apprehend bank robbers on their way to Mexico only to find that they are both being stalked by a far more deadly enemy, the fire-wielding Reeker. Desmond Askew, Lew Temple, Valerie Cruz, Robert Pine, Stephen Martines, Mircea Monroe, Michael Muhney, Wilmer Calderon, Alejandro Patino and Shelly Desai all star.
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