An armed man was shot and wounded by a Dominican Republic soldier on Monday night near the set of the forthcoming film adaptation of Miami Vice.
Producers Universal Pictures confirmed Mario Torres fired several shots near the Plaza Maria de Toledo hotel in Santo Domingo, leading the unnamed soldier, who was part of the movie's security team, to fire a single shot in Torres' side.
The big screen adaptation of the 1980s police show stars Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell and is directed by Michael Mann.
A statement from Universal says, "None of the film's cast and crew was hurt.
An investigation by local authorities is under way regarding the incident, and the production is cooperating with this investigation."
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Innocent Voices depicts the brutal reality of El Salvador’s 1980 civil war as seen through eyes of an 11 year-old boy who may soon get drafted by the army despite not understanding what the war is about. Though both sides were soldiered with young boys it was the government that actively recruited all 12-year-olds and forced them to fight. Eleven year-old Chava (Carlos Padilla) is about to turn but that doesn’t stop him from trying to enjoy life. Since he’s the man of the house--his father left to earn money in America and never returned--Chava wants a job so he can help his overworked mom (Leonor Varela) who quit her restaurant job to stay home and shield her three children from stray bullets. His first job comes when he stumbles upon an old bus owned by a jovial but careless bus driver (Jesus Ochoa). The two become instant friends as Chava rides the railing and calls out the stops. Meanwhile he discovers love after summoning the courage to ask the teacher’s daughter to fly paper fireflies with his friends. All the while the moment he has dreaded--his 12th birthday--looms large over his days. His Uncle Beto (José María Yazpik) a guerilla fighter on the run tries to convince his mother to let Chava live with him in the hills where it’s safe but she can’t let him go. Once he turns Chava must hide with the other boys when the soldiers come around to recruit. But he grows tired of hiding and takes matters into his own hands running off to join the guerillas where he discovers a fate worse than fighting--that of never seeing his family again. Perhaps the strongest element in the film is the surprisingly mature Padilla. Getting a child actor to perform on any level can sometimes be an exercise in futility but director Luis Mandoki manages to get Padilla able to run the gamut of emotions--joy fear the awkwardness of new love--in a very real and convincing way. While most directors would shy away from placing so young an actor into difficult situations particularly the climactic scene where Chava faces execution and watches his two best friends get shot in the back of the head Mandoki defies conventional wisdom and challenges Padilla who is most worthy of the call. As Kella Varela exudes strength despite her constant worry over her children particularly Chava whose arrival home after curfew causes her to feel rage worry forgiveness and joy in a matter of seconds. Legendary Mexican actress Ofelia Medina has a small but important supporting role as Kella’s mother--she provides her daughter’s family with their last peaceful refuge before their lives are destroyed by the army. Minor characters such as Uncle Beto the Bus Driver and Chava’s classmates all serve their purpose though Xuna Primus the classmate Chava falls in love with handles emotional scenes with Padilla with similar maturity. Innocent Voices marks the first Spanish-language film for Mandoki since the international success of Gaby-A True Story--and he’s back true to form. With Innocent Voices he has crafted a powerful and emotionally gripping film that never shies from the ugly realities of how war destroys families and makes men of boys well before their time. Sharing screenwriting credit with actor Oscar Torres on whom the story is based Mandoki benefits from his strong cast particularly Padilla; a wrong choice in casting Chava could have sunk the film. Mandoki masterfully lulls us into thinking that Chava might have some hope of living a normal life in El Salvador--he plays with friends just like any other kid. But every time it looks as though Chava is experiencing life as he should bombs explode machine guns erupt and soldiers come storming in to remind us that he’s living in the middle of a civil war. Ultimately Chava’s only escape is to America but he must leave behind his family much like his father in the beginning. It’s a nice bookend to Chava’s development: Despite the chaos around him his position as head of the family and the specter of being recruited into the army his real transformation into manhood comes when he finds the courage to strike out on his own.
August 24, 2004 10:24am EST
Judge admits evidence in Jackson case
Following a weeklong hearing in which prosecutors and attorneys in the Michael Jackson child molestation case clashed over what evidence could be used in trial, Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville ruled today that 39 items seized at the singer's Neverland Valley Ranch can be admitted, Reuters reports. Melville said he might suppress other items of evidence he had concerns about, but would not issue a final ruling until September to give attorneys for both sides time to file written arguments. It was unclear what much of the evidence in question was because of the secrecy that has surrounded the case, but search warrant data previously released indicated the evidence tentatively admitted included several computer hard drives and a cassette recorder and audio tape found in a safe in Jackson's bathroom. Jackson, who attended the first day of the hearing on Aug. 16 with his family, is scheduled to stand trial on January 31 in Santa Maria, Calif., on charges of child molestation and conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $3 million bail.
Test confirm Anthony didn't father child
A lawyer for Marc Anthony said a third paternity test has confirmed the Latin singer didn't father a child with a Cuban dancer as she has claimed, the AP reports. Miami resident Elizabeth Leyva brought a paternity lawsuit in a Florida court, alleging that Anthony is the father of her son, who was born late last year. Anthony refuted the claims and willingly volunteered to be DNA-tested. Orchid GeneScreen, which has labs in Dallas and Dayton, Ohio, conducted the most recent DNA test on Aug. 13. "The three leading paternity labs in the world have confirmed scientifically that he is not the father," lawyer Orin Snyder said Monday. "There is no reality to this claim whatsoever." Snyder said he has contacted Leyva's lawyers, asking her to drop the lawsuit. Anthony, who has two children with former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, reportedly married singer-actress Jennifer Lopez in June at the singer-actress' home in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Julia Roberts takes time off to be a mom
Julia Roberts, who is due to give birth to twins this winter, tells Newsweek magazine she plans to take a break from acting and make children her first priority. "I'm not planning anything. I can't imagine how big I'm going to get in the next three months, but ... you just kind of play it as it comes," Roberts said. "I'm allowed to do that, aren't I?" The twins will be the first children for Roberts and her husband, cinematographer Daniel Moder. The two were married in July 2002. Roberts, 36, tells the magazine her pregnancy has only just begun to show. "It does kind of happen overnight. You wake up and go, 'Oh my God!'" she said. Roberts has two films set for release in December, including the dramedy Closer and the sequel Ocean's 12.
DGA starts negotiations with studios
The Directors Guild of America, which reps about 12,500 members, started negotiations yesterday with studios and networks, Variety reports. The DGA's current contract doesn't expire until June 30, 2005, but all side are hoping a deal can be reached within the next few weeks in order to avoid a possible work stoppage should negotiations appear not to be moving toward an agreement. The DGA is one of Hollywood's most formidable guilds in terms of unity among its members and understanding the critical intricacies of feature film budgets. Key issues in the negotiations include home video residuals, producer pension and health contributions, and expanding Guild jurisdiction in the reality TV sector.
Celebs join MoveOn.org ad campaign
The Internet political group MoveOn.org premiered Tuesday 10 new anti-Bush ads created by award-winning directors and featuring Hollywood stars, the AP reports. One MoveOn ad teams Silver City director John Sayles with actor Martin Sheen, while another reunites The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman with star Matt Damon. Rob Reiner, who directed When Harry Met Sally and The American President, uses snippets from an April news conference in which President Bush struggled to answer whether he'd made mistakes as president, to form the core of his 30-second spot. A spokeswoman for the independent group said that while MoveOn has committed to a sizable national cable buy for its first ad, the rest could remain on the Internet.
MTV unveils Real World in Philadelphia
MTV will debut the 15th season of its reality series The Real World on Sept. 7. According to the AP, the 10,000-square-foot house, in the heart of Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood, was built at the turn of the century and was originally the Union National Bank of Philadelphia but still has the standard Real World amenities, including a hot tub, fitness equipment and pool table. The new season's cast includes Landon, 24, who is sensitive about being labeled a "dumb jock" and has a fear of rejection; Karamo, 23, who struggles with his feelings about interracial dating; Melanie, 22, who has a spontaneous wild streak; MJ, 23, who had dreamed of playing pro football; Sarah, 22, who uses her sex appeal to get what she wants; Shavonda, 22, who is the life of the party; and Willie, 23, who insists that it's his "way or the highway."
WWE looking for prospective wrestlers
World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon is launching a reality TV series that will see eight men battling for a four-year wrestling contract and a hefty $1 million prize. The format, however, will be more like Fox's American Idol competition then the WWE reality series Tough Enough, which will not be returning to the MTV airwaves this fall. According to the AP, the new WWE series will be integrated into UPN's Smackdown! beginning in October and ending in December. Each week, viewers will vote for the contestant they want to see win the $1 million contract, while the man with the lowest votes will be sent packing. WWE's Spike TV prime-time show RAW, meanwhile, will be searching for WWE women wrestlers in the RAW Diva Search with a much less substantial prize: a yearlong contract and $250,000 purse.
Top Story: Givens Hits Pedestrian
While at a busy intersection in Miami, Fla. Wednesday, actress Robin Givens struck an 89-year-old woman trying to cross the street, critically injuring her, The Associated Press reports. Givens, star of the '80s TV comedy Head of the Class, hit Maria Antonia Alcover as she was about to step onto the sidewalk, Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss told AP. The actress, who was stopped, turned the corner when the light turned green and swiped Alcover with her SUV, knocking her backward. The back wheel of the vehicle drove over Alcover's right leg, Moss said. Her leg and foot were damaged, and she suffered internal injuries. Doctors, however, were able to save Alcover's foot and she is improving, according to AP. Givens received a ticket for failing to use due care when a pedestrian was in the crosswalk, which carries a fine of less than $70, Moss said. He also added it was unlikely there would be any further charges against the 39-year-old former wife of Mike Tyson.
Get Ready for Dwarf Dating
Perhaps pushing the boundaries of reality television a little too far, Fox is planning to air a dwarf-dating contest called The Littlest Groom, in which average-sized females will vie for the affections of a 4-foot-5-inch bachelor, Reuters reports. Yet, the advocacy group Little People of America is supporting the show. President Matt Roloff said the Fox show might even benefit people of short stature by depicting them as regular folks "just being themselves." "Yes, the radio jocks will have a field day," Roloff told Reuters in a telephone interview. "(But) hiding us behind closed doors or in funny costumes will never give us the exposure needed to desensitize society to us."
Randall Down With Pneumonia
Tony Randall is recovering from a bout of pneumonia following bypass surgery in December, AP reports. Randall, 83, underwent the "extremely successful" surgery at an undisclosed hospital but then developed pneumonia. Randall's doctors felt it would be better if the actor recuperated at a hospital rather than at home, where he has two small children, ages 4 and 6.
Divorce in Works for Marc Anthony
Singer Marc Anthony's estranged wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, has filed for divorce, according to AP. Torres filed a petition for dissolution of marriage with children on Jan. 20. The couple, who was married in Las Vegas in 2000, briefly separated in 2002, then renewed their vows in Puerto Rico in December of that year. They have two children, Christian, 2, and Ryan, who was born in August.
Rapper Turk Charged in Shooting
New Orleans-based rapper Turk was charged with shooting two deputies while they were searching an apartment for heroin Monday afternoon in New Orleans, AP reports. The rapper, whose real name is Tab Virgil Jr., was one of three people inside the apartment who opened fire on the authorities when they came in. One of the deputies is in critical condition; the other suffered a flesh wound. Virgil, who has been wanted in New Orleans on a probation violation since March, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Garner To Handle Hosting Duties
Alias spy chick Jennifer Garner will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Awards Feb. 14 in Pasadena, Calif., AP reports. The ceremony hands out awards for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures. Previous hosts have included actresses Kate Hudson and Charlize Theron, who this year is nominated for Best Actress for Monster.
Vegas, Dreams Get Picked Up
NBC has ordered full 22-episode seasons of their dramas Las Vegas and American Dreams for next fall, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Las Vegas has averaged 12.3 million viewers, ranking as the highest-rated new drama this season in the key demographic, while American Dreams has averaged 8.6 million viewers.
Role Call: Cast Assemble for Sender
Connie Nielsen (One Hour Photo), Tim Daly (TV's Storm of the Century) and Aidan Quinn (Songcatcher) are set to star in the indie drama Return to Sender. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project centers on a woman on death row (Nielsen), with Quinn starring as a down-on-his-luck lawyer who befriends the incarcerated woman by mail. Kelly Preston also stars as a lawyer fighting to exonerate Nielsen's character.
August 02, 2002 12:18pm EST
Meet Pistachio Disguisey (Dana Carvey) an irritating little guy who works as a waiter in his father Fabbrizio's (James Brolin) Italian restaurant. One night Fabbrizio gets kidnapped by one of his former enemies (Brent Spiner) a criminal mastermind who intends to use him to steal some of the world's most precious treasures including the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell. A distraught Pistachio gets an unexpected visit from his grandfather (Harold Gould) who spills the beans about the Disguisey dynasty and reveals that Pistachio actually comes from a long line of masters of disguise. With some quick lessons in Energico the art of transformation Pistachio is ready to rescue Fabbrizio from his evil captors. And because every master of disguise needs an assistant he hires a smart and beautiful woman named Jennifer (Jennifer Esposito) to help him track down his father. The story in this film is so simple and the jokes so clean--unless you consider the one running fart gag "crude humor"--it's a mystery this film received a PG rating.
Well now isn't that special? Anyone familiar with Carvey can't help but be a fan. His characters from his Saturday Night Live days including Garth in "Wayne's World " Hans in "Pumping Up With Hans and Franz"--not to mention the judgmental Church Lady--are comedy classics. Unfortunately the wittiness that made his SNL characters downright hilarious is wasted in The Master of Disguise. While Carvey shines when mocking people in a compulsive manner in the film his impersonations are a little rusty. In one scene for example Carvey is supposed to be imitating George W. Bush but until he flat-out calls himself "Dubya " he looks and sounds a lot more like George Sr. For the better part of the film we see Carvey doing a myriad of silly and unsophisticated characters like a chunk of grass--complete with a patch of cow dung--and gooey cherry pie filling. Granted this film is aimed at children who will probably find a guy in a grass suit funny. But sadly his characterizations just don't seem up to par. Anyone can don a costume and act silly and Carvey just doesn't stand out. Spiner (better known as Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation) plays the villain in a stiff and methodical way while Esposito sort of seems like she's playing herself.
Perry Andelin Blake who has worked as a production designer in countless Adam Sandler pics including Billy Madison The Wedding Singer and Little Nicky makes his directorial debut with The Master of Disguise. His design skills are obvious: The film has a very ambient and magical feel about it; it's dark and smoky with rich and elaborate sets that include dusty attics with moving bookshelves and dimly lit alleyways. There are a few funny moments in the movie mostly the cameo scenes with Bo Derek Michael Johnson Jesse Ventura and Jessica Simpson not to mention the scenes in which Carvey displays his gift to mock. But I still can't understand why the filmmakers chose to make the main character Italian. The ridiculous accent makes Pistachio the single most irritating thing about the movie with that stupid name coming in a close second.