Nava won critical acclaim for his first two features, both produced on minimal budgets and both co-written by his wife, filmmaker Anna Thomas: "The Confessions of Amans" (1973), a medieval drama, won...
Jane Fonda and Pitbull joined the celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday (20Jun13) as Jennifer Lopez unveiled the fabled sidewalk's 2,500th star. The singer/actress fought back tears as she listened to tributes from her Monster-in-Law co-star Fonda and pop pal Pitbull, as well as manager Benny Medina, director Gregory Nava and comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans, and then addressed thousands of fans who had gathered to witness the ceremony.
Lopez, wearing a white top and billowing coral skirt, was briefly left speechless as aides scurried to get her written induction speech to her and she kept halting her comments to utter, "I'm not gonna cry," while fanning her face with her hand.
She said, "This all feels kinda surreal... I'm a lucky girl. My dream was always to entertain... I just wanted to be good at what I did."
She then paid tribute to the women who inspired her: Bette Midler, Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sophia Loren, who unveiled the 2,000th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 1994, before adding, "This landmark moment inspires me to work harder and dream bigger."
Paying tribute to the actress/singer, her longtime manager Medina said, "Jenny From the Block has a new address... on the boulevard of dreams," and called Lopez "the girl of my dreams, the princess of my fairytales".
Meanwhile, Pitbull revealed he is a student of his friend and collaborator, stating, "I learn from her, I study her... I absorb and apply."
He added, "She gets a star 'cause she shines like one."
Fonda wrapped up the tributes by telling the crowd, "She should have an entire block of stars," revealing that pretending to hate her in the film Monster-in-Law was "the hardest acting job I ever had," and admitting they became fast friends on the set even though J.Lo "cut my eyebrow with her diamond ring".
Lopez then posed by her new star with her famous friends, family members and twin children Emme and Max, who seemed reluctant to leave his mum's side and kept trying to dash back into shot as the hitmaker posed alone by her plaque.
Jennifer Lopez is so unhappy with her accommodation and on set trailer while
filming Bordertown, she has demanded a luxury motor home and a private villa.
The Maid in Manhattan beauty is starring in the low budget movie shooting in
Mexico as a favour to director Gregory Nava, who made her breakthrough film
Selena, but she still demands to live in luxury.
An insider tells Pagesix.com, "She doesn't realize this is an independent
Movie--as in no studio is attached--and there is no one to pay her outrageous
And her superstar requirements don't stop there. Lopez is determined her
hairdresser Oribe's $10,000-a-day charge be taken out of Bordertown's
budget, according to the gossip website.
The source continues, "The s**t is going to hit the fan when she is told no
one can pay for Oribe... (Co-star) Antonio Banderas isn't asking for anything,
but she is!"
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HOLLYWOOD, July 3, 2000 - Get ready for some movie déjà vu when titles like "The Exorcist" reappear on neighborhood marquees in the coming months. And we're not talking about revival house screenings, either. You see, on top of all the hits (and none-hits), there'll be some pretty familiar titles that'll be competing for your eight (or more) bucks - and Linda Blair's barf-o-rific horror classic is just the tip of the re-release iceberg.
For the uninitiated, "The Exorcist" was the blockbuster of 1973, nabbing a total of 10 Oscar noms; winning two (for best original screenplay and best sound) and making Linda Blair forever a target of easy satire. The re-release -- bowing nationwide this September - will feature a 12-minute deleted scene from the original film wherein Blair's character does the so-called "Spider Walk" down some stairs. It's just one of the goodies in store for cinephiles.
"... Relatively speaking, this year does have a lot of high-profile ones re-releases," says Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office tracking firm, Exhibitor Relations.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" "The first one was this year was 'Rear Window' re-released back in January, this September there'll be 'The Exorcist," and there'll definitely be more to come, like '2001: The Space Odyssey' early next year."
And as opposed to what you might think, Dergarabedian swears financial incentives are not usually the reason behind a studio's decision to re-release a film.
"[Re-releases] are mixed bags in terms of their box-office potential. Some do amazing business, like the 'Star Wars' series a few years back, but many others - like a lot of smaller cult films - will not."
Adds Dergarabedian: "Generally, they're not expected to make a lot of money, the studios just want to give people a chance to see it on the big screen."
With that noble intention in mind, here's a lowdown on other classics that'll soon be returning to the big screen:
"Blood Simple" (July, 2000) - Twenty-five years ago, the Coen brothers made their first full-length feature with a script so complex you'd think it could only come from more experienced hands. Not to give anything away, it's a noir that revolves around a rich man, his cheating wife, her lover and a hired gun.
"Gimme Shelter" (August, 2000) - Uncut and restored, the 1970 doc on the Rolling Stones captures its infamous, violence-marred Altamont Speedway concert. "This Is Spinal Tap"
"This Is Spinal Tap" (September, 2000) - Never mind the Monkees, this is the faux rock 'n roll documentary that ends all rock 'n roll documentaries. Even though Rob Reiner and company created the bigger-than-life metalheads 16 years ago, the clichés and stereotypes still stick.
"El Norte" (September, 2000) - First feature from director Gregory ("Selena") Nava, the film chronicles a Guatemalan brother and sister's attempt to cross the U.S. border. Shot in 1983, the movie still remains one of the most provoking tales on undocumented immigrants.
"A Hard Day's Night" (October, 2000) - The first Beatles full-length movie, the Fab Four played themselves as they go from gig to gig with hilarious shticks crammed in between. The 1964 flick has been restored for audiences auditory and visual pleasures.
"Female Trouble" (2000) - Step back Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Before the gross-out tactics of "Kingpin" and "Dumb and Dumber," there was the lowbrow camp of John Waters. This 1975 film traces the slow demise of one Dawn Davenport (Divine) as she goes from juvenile delinquent to serial killer - all because her parents refuse to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (2001) As if it's not obvious enough - yes, Stanley Kubrick's 1968 space opus is reissued to mark the new millennium. The renowned director's vision of the moon is one vast open and minimal space with very little dialogues. Enjoy.
Ewan McGregor may enjoy working in Hollywood, but he would never live there. McGregor said he loathes the Los Angeles studio system because it dehumanizes actors by putting them on A, B and C lists according to how much money they can make for a studio, he told Britain's The Mail on Sunday's You Magazine. Apparently unaware that studios see actors as being bankable commodities, the actor told the magazine: "We're not a bunch of letters to make you money--we're people." McGregor also denied rumors that he was romantically involved with his Moulin Rouge costar Nicole Kidman.
Comic Judy Gold gave birth Thursday to a 7-pound, 8-ounce boy, The Associated Press reports. Gold, who hosts HBO's At the Multiplex With Judy Gold, and baby Benjamin Dov Callahan-Gold are doing fine.
More than 500 friends and coworkers attended a memorial Monday to Jack Lemmon at the Paramount Studios theater, AP reports. In attendance were actors Kevin Spacey, Hank Azaria, Tom Hanks and comedy writer Larry Gelbart. Lemmon died June 27 of cancer at the age of 76.
The 15th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards will honor director-writer Gregory Nava, artist and educator Judith Baca, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Liz Balmaseda, tennis player Joe Fernandez and journalist talk-show host Cristina Saralegui, AP reports. The awards, to be held Aug. 25, will be broadcast Sept. 22 on NBC, with Gloria Estefan among the featured performers.
A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that Barbie, the sexy plastic siren, could be used in some controversial artistic photographs, Reuters reports. Judge Ronald Lew ruled Monday that artist Tom Forsythe could use Barbie dolls in a series of limited edition photographs that depicts them in various sexually explicit poses. Forsythe said that his photos attempt to skewer the stereotyping of women and commodification of female bodies.
An anonymous collector bought a pizza-stained piece of paper signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison for $24,000 at a Melbourne auction on Monday, AP reports. The paper was signed in during the Beatles 1964 Australian tour. Drummer Ringo Starr was not on the tour because of a bout with laryngitis.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have canceled a concert in Tel Aviv because of sudden outbursts of suicide bombings in Israel. According to Reuters, some 20,000 tickets had already been sold for the concert, to be held at the end of August. Fans will be reimbursed for the tickets. Israeli tourism has dropped 50 percent since the bloodshed began, forcing the shut down of hotels and airlines to cut back on flights.
CNN is in talks with Rush Limbaugh about hosting a show, Variey reports. The network declined to comment on the talks but said it is always looking for a diversity of on-air voices. In the past, Limbaugh dubbed the network the "Clinton News Network". CNN is apparently attempting to woo big-name personalities in a bid to increase ratings and come across as less liberal to attract more conservative viewers. Limbaugh's TV show Rush Limbaugh, The Television Show failed to take off in 1992.
The new two-hour TV movie The Brady Bunch in Washington has papa Brady as president of the United States with wife Carol as vice president, Army Archerd reported in Variety. The movie apparently pokes fun at the White House, past and present. The film is executive produced by Sherwood Schwartz, with his son Lloyd producing and writing with Sherwood's daughter Hope Juber. Filming will take place in Toronto using a Canadian crew and actors.
Even though Rush Hour 2 has grossed an estimated $131.9 million at the domestic box office so far, industry insiders are wondering whether the movie could have made more had Regal Cinemas not passed on the movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinemas and Regal Cinema were involved in a dispute over film rental negotiations. Regal initially refused to screen the film as long as New Line sought firm-term rental negotiations. Regal claims that New Line broke off negotiations at the 11th hour and insists that missing Rush Hour 2 would not harm the company financially. The Regal Cinema chain has 4,067 screens.
A new series of Absolutely Fabulous will debut on the BBC's fall TV schedule, the BBC News reports. The British comedy, which stars Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha, centers on a neurotic fashion publicist and her best friend, an outrageous fashion editor. The series also airs on the Comedy Central network.
Made 30-minute film, "The Journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva," while a student (based on the life of Garcia Lorca)
Directed, wrote and produced first feature, "The Confessions of Amans"
Nava won critical acclaim for his first two features, both produced on minimal budgets and both co-written by his wife, filmmaker Anna Thomas: "The Confessions of Amans" (1973), a medieval drama, won the Best First Feature Award at the Chicago International Film Festival; and "El Norte" (1983), a gripping, harrowing account of Guatemalan emigres struggling to survive in Southern California, earned an Oscar nomination for best screenplay. He fared less happily with his first attempt at big-budget Hollywood filmmaking, the overblown "A Time of Destiny" (1988). Nava later, though, won some respect for making one of the several mainstream (if modestly scaled) Hollywood films attempting breakthroughs with the representation of Latino-American family life, "My Family, Mi Familia" (1995).