July 16, 2005 |
Standing at a chubby 5 feet 6 and emanating a manic, geeky charm, Nicolas Lopez is perhaps an unlikely lightning rod. He has shaken Chile's film industry by importing American-style marketing and publicity tactics to promote his films. He has popularized genre films in an industry more accustomed to sober dramas. His horror movies and teen comedies have been breakout hits at the box office, hitting a nerve among the country's youth.
July 26, 2002 |
Not long ago, fusion cuisine and music seemed daring and exotic. Now, both are unremarked-upon staples of American life. Fusion literature is the next new thing. Think of it as aesthetic blow-back the unlooked-for but delicious consequence of American popular culture's globalization. Rayo--an imprint of HarperCollins--is one of the publishers in the movement's forefront, and this week it signed the edgy young Chilean author Alberto Fuguet to a two-book deal.
December 15, 2002 |
"Bienvenida al [fin] del mundo," he blurted into the phone. (Loosely translated: Welcome to the rump of the earth). After flying for 13 hours, not sleeping in 24 and only vaguely remembering when I had my last meal, I agreed with him that I had indeed, landed at the end of the earth -- Chile, to be exact, on the southernmost edge of South America. I did it all for him -- Gael Garcia Bernal, 23 and already the star of some of Mexico's most celebrated films.