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Hook actor Dante Basco makes leap to directing with The Fabulous Filipino Brothers. Dante Basco, perhaps best known as the actor behind Rufio in Steven Spielberg's Hook, is now a filmmaker. Basco will make his directorial debut with The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, a movie he wrote with brothers Darion and Dionysio and that is narrated by sister Arianna, EW has learned. The Basco brothers, including Derek Basco, also star. The dark romantic-comedy is set in their hometown of Pittsburg, California and follows four vignettes about the brothers. One heads to a cockfight, another rekindles an old flame in Manila, another takes on Filipino cuisine, and the last finds unexpected love while trying to heal deep wounds. This all leads to a shotgun backyard wedding at their family house. It's been nearly 28 years since Hook debuted in 1991, but Rufio remains Basco's most widely recognized character, one he played opposite Robin Williams' Peter Pan. He since went on to voice Zuko in the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender on Nickelodeon and Zuko's grandson General Iroh in the sequel series The Legend of Korra. Basco also Jai Kell on Star Wars Rebels. The Fabulous Filipino Brothers will mark the first time Basco and his brothers acted together since 2000's family drama The Debut. He will next release his memoir From Rufio to Zuko on Nov. 4. Deadline was the first to report the news. (Entertainment Weekly)

'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival. Roger Michell's remake of 2014's 'Silent Heart' also features Mia Wasikowska and Sam Neill. Roger Michell's Blackbird will get its European premiere as the opening film at this year's 67th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 20-Sept. 28. The U.S.-U.K. co-production is a remake of the 2014 drama Silent Heart (Stille Hjerte) by Danish director Bille August, which competed in San Sebastian and won a Silver Shell Award for best actress for Paprika Steen. San Sebastian's 1995 Donostia Prize recipient Susan Sarandon stars alongside Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska and Sam Neill in the drama scripted by Silent Heart writer Christian Torpe. Sarandon plays a terminally ill woman who wants to put an end to her suffering, but the discovery by her daughters (Winslet and Waskikowski) of family secrets complicates the situation. South Africa-born filmmaker Michell's previous works include Notting Hill, Changing Lanes, 2013 San Sebastian competitor Le Week-End, Titanic Town and My Night with Reg. The film, distributed in Spain by DeAPlaneta and handled internationally by Millennium Films, will screen at the festival's opening gala on Sept. 20. Last year's opening film was Argentine Juan Vera's directorial debut, An Unexpected Love, starring Ricardo Darin across his son Chino Darin. The festival has previously announced titles for this year's official selection, as well as its New Directors, Pearls and Latin Horizons sidebars. Industry sidebars in San Sebastian include the Europe-Latin American Co-Production Forum, development-oriented Films in Progress and Glocal in Progress, and the new technology selection Zinemaldia & Technology, among others. Penelope Cruz, previously announced as a lifetime achievement Donostia Prize recipient, graces this year's official poster for the festival. Mexican director Roberto Gavaldon will be the subject of a retrospective. Another Donostia Prize winner will be unveiled on Friday. (Hollywood Reporter)


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