Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is still waiting to receive the final script for his new film about the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, weeks before production is set to begin in South America. The Desperado star is set to join Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro in The 33, which will document the 69 days 33 Chilean miners spent trapped underground after a shaft collapsed in 2010.
Director Patricia Riggen is expected to start shooting on location in late November (13), but Banderas suggests there may be a slight delay.
He tells Spanish news agency EFE, "Everything (for the project) started quite a while ago, more than a year-and-a-half, but so far, right now, despite having a commitment with the producers of the film, I still have not received the final script."
However, the actor can understand why screenwriters are taking their time to finish the script.
He says, "They're continuing to work on it, cleaning it up, having conversations with those people who experienced this event... Whenever you play a person who existed, along with the acting work, there's a sense of responsibility, because it's a living character."
Riggen is also still searching for a replacement to step in for Jennifer Lopez, who was reportedly forced to pull out of the drama in September (13) due to scheduling clashes with her upcoming return as a judge on reality show American Idol.
The 33 is currently scheduled for release next year (14).
Jennifer Lopez has reportedly pulled out of a new movie about the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground in 2010 over scheduling conflicts. The singer/actress signed on to join Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro in The 33, which will document the 69 days the workers spent in the darkness before they were rescued.
However, Lopez has now stepped down from the job amid reports filming would clash with shoots for her upcoming return as a judge on reality show American Idol, according to Deadline.com.
A replacement for the superstar has yet to be announced. Director Patricia Riggen is expected to begin production on The 33 in late November (13) in South America.
On July 18, the English-language, Latino-focused network NUVOtv will be relaunching with a few brand new shows. The program we're most looking forward to is undoubtedly Jennifer Lopez: Her Life. Her Journey. The tell-all documentary will focus on a series of interviews with Lopez and the people who were instrumental to her success. Check out this clip for a taste of J.Lo's story, from her Bronx beginnings to her superstardom.
She may not be "Jenny from the Block" anymore, but Jennifer Lopez has not forgotten the long journey that led her to where she is today.
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Dictator. On Saturday night, Jennifer Lopez stirred up controversy by performing at an event in Turkmenistan where she sang "Happy Birthday" to authoritarian leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. According to Human Rights Watch, the former Soviet Republic's government is "among the most repressive in the world," with President Berdymukhammedov imprisoning and torturing citizens who have criticized his regime.
During the event hosted by the China National Petroleum Corporation, J.Lo performed her hit songs and shimmied away onstage at a lavish $2-billion resort on the Caspian Sea. According to the New York Times, she "graciously obliged" to sing to the country's dictator to celebrate his 56th birthday. The singer was reportedly paid $1.4 million for her performance — guess it's not true that "Love Don't Cost a Thing."
J.Lo is by no means the first celebrity to have performed in countries or for leaders with human rights violations. Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, Usher, and 50 Cent have all performed at parties for family members of the oppressive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Hilary Swank attended a birthday party for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has been "linked to a litany of horrific human rights abuses." For the most part, these celebrities apologized profusely when they learned that these leaders were connected to serious human rights violations, from brutal torture to acts of terrorism. They also donated their performance earnings to charity.
But some celebrities have shown no qualms about their associations with suspect political figures. Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, and Kevin Spacey were never shy about their friendships with controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Michael Jackson was close with and accepted money from Prince Abdullah al-Khalifa of Bahrain, whose family has quite a track record of human rights violations. Steven Seagal is a pal and supporter of Vladimir Putin, and he has allegedly signed on to be the face of Russian weaponry abroad. Seagal has also been known to defend Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov — yep, the same guy whose party Hilary Swank "deeply regrets" having attended.
Hey celebs, do the world a favor and make sure you've done some research before you legitimize brutal leaders who violate human rights. Thanks.
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Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber were among the stars celebrating a big moment in basketball on Thursday night (20Jun13) as Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs in a crucial end-of-season game. The Heat won the crunch match 95-88 in a nail-biting final to retain the National Basketball Association (NBA) title for a second year, and a number of famous faces were among the crowd to see the game, including rocker Lenny Kravitz, who tweeted pictures from the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
Justin Bieber was spotted in the crowd, and he posted on Twitter.com, "Great game", while actress Gabrielle Union was there to cheer on her Miami Heat star boyfriend Dwyane Wade. She later posted pictures online showing her toasting the victory with a glass of Champagne.
Jennifer Lopez was also following the game and she was delighted with the result, writing on Twitter, "Congrats (sic) to the Miami Heat!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great game!" while stars including LeAnn Rimes, Eliza Dushku, Spike Lee, Sean Kingston and John Legend sent messages of congratulation.
Glee star Matthew Morrison was in London at the time of the big match, but he woke up in the early hours to watch the action on TV: "Wow! Up at 5AM in London watching game 7 Loving it!"
Singer, former reality TV judge, fashion designer, and mother Jennifer Lopez is adding a new project to her huge resume. The 43-year-old actress has officially signed on to star alongside Antonio Banderas in the buzz-worthy upcoming film The 33.
Based on the true story, the film will revolve around the captivating tale of 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. Lopez and Banderas join the previously announced actors Martin Sheen and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro in The 33. Mike Medavoy — who gained the rights to this story soon after the miners' rescue — will direct the A-list ensemble cast.
Details on Lopez's character have not been released just yet, but we do know that Banderas is playing the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner nicknamed "Super Mario." Santori is portraying another trapped miner, while Sheen will portray the father of one of the laborers. This is Lopez's first big screen role since her action thriller Parker that underwhelmed audiences earlier this year.
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Jennifer Lopez has signed on to join Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen in a new movie about the 33 Chilean miners who spent 69 days trapped underground in 2010. Banderas has already been cast as real-life miner hero Mario Sepulveda, while Sheen will play one of the miner's fathers in The 33.
300 star Rodrigo Santoro will also feature in the film as one of the trapped men.
Lopez learned of a major film role during a radio interview last week (ends14Jun13) and insiders suggest the good news is related to this role.
Parker is a movie as bland as its title. Try as filmmakers might even ones with a semi-distinguished pedigree like Taylor Hackford Jason Statham remains a dead-eyed expressionless lug. You can dress him up in a shark suit you can give him a pair of David Caruso shades and he’ll still be a blunt instrument. Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand looks like a product of the Actors Studio by comparison.
Hackford’s paint-by-numbers heist thriller begins with the title character a slick fixer-for-hire with an arsenal of lethal skills helping stage a robbery at a San Antonio carnival. Amidst the livestock contests and funnel cake vendors is apparently a lot of money ripe for the taking. Parker’s been hired by a grubby crew to make off with the cash and so he’s dressed as a priest to undermine the fairground security without suspicion. Wearing a priest’s collar and frock highlights the contrast inherent in Statham’s cinematic persona: a placid exterior belies the explosive dynamo of pain he’s shortly to become. When the hold-up finally begins Parker calms down a terrified security guard who’s having a full-blown panic attack and it becomes clear we’re supposed to not only identify with this criminal but admire him for holding the hand of one of his victims. Of course as soon as the heist is over his cohorts led by a positively reptilian Michael Chiklis turn on him take his share and leave him for dead.
The movie tries to become a patchwork quilt of modern-day Americana hopscotching from dusty Texas to its polar opposite: the gleaming pastel-hued millionaire’s row of Palm Beach. Bingo halls exchanged for country clubs. One scene in particular in which Parker is assisted by a throat cancer patient with a vocoder hints at some latent desire of Hackford’s to create an American picaresque which means an ugly procession of stereotypes and grotesques.
With help from his mentor (Nick Nolte whose voice has become a rasp for the ages) Parker slowly sniffs out his two-timing colleagues. There are only so many places to hide in Palm Beach so he has an effervescent realtor (Jennifer Lopez insouciant locks never seeming to lack a wind machine) show him around and let him know what Texans may have been buying up property of late. Lopez’ Leslie Rodgers has a streak of larceny herself but it never bounces off Statham to produce any heat hormonal or otherwise. Actually Lopez’ scenes that really show chemistry are those opposite Patti Lupone as Leslie’s overbearing terror of a mother. The Broadway vet seems to be the only one actually having fun in this whole creaky affair. If Lopez had hoped that Parker would return her to sexy Out of Sight territory she’ll have to go back to the drawing board. It seems the first syllable of Taylor Hackford’s last name has proven stunningly accurate.
The former Desperate Housewives star, who is a co-chair of Obama's inauguration committee, will be joined by Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffith, as well as fellow Latino stars George Lopez and Mario Lopez for a special event in Washington, D.C. on 20 January (13), the day before the official inauguration ceremony.
The Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center is part of a three-day series of lectures and events focusing on Latin issues relating to last November's (12) presidential election which won Obama a second term.
Broadway actress Chita Rivera, singer Rita Moreno and guitarist Jose Feliciano will perform at the event alongside members of New York City's Ballet Hispanico and the San Juan Children's Choir.
Longoria tells the Associated Press, "Latinos played a critical role in (last year's) elections and helped tip the scales in President Obama's victory. But we are not waiting another four years to make an impact on our country's future. What better way to establish our presence at these inaugural celebrations than by showcasing the beauty and diversity of our culture at the nation's premier performing arts centre."
The news comes after it was announced that pop star Beyonce will sing America's national anthem at Obama's inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. on 21 January (13).
She previously sang Etta James' At Last at Obama's Inaugural Ball after he was first voted into office in 2009.
Prepare yourselves, sensitive talented fame-seekers: Shock Jock Howard Stern is officially returning to America’s Got Talent. NBC has confirmed that Season 8 will be Stern’s second year as a judge.
“Howard Stern’s towering presence and opinions on last season’s show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage,” Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment, said in a release. “We know that Howard believes in America’s Got Talent — which remains America’s top-rated summer series — and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.”
“Dramatic impact” and “sharper edge,” indeed. Stern has brought his own style of judging to the reality show, and in one episode last May, he caused a 7-year-old rapper to cry when he hit the dreaded X button to eliminate him. He later walked onstage to console the crying contestant.
Auditions are ongoing for AGT in Birmingham, AL (Dec. 10), Memphis (Dec. 11), Nashville (Dec. 13), Savannah, GA (Dec. 14), Raleigh (Dec. 15), Norfolk, VA (Dec. 16), San Antonio (Jan. 12 and 13) and Chicago (Jan. 26 and 27).
Stern remains to be the only judge signed on for Season 8 so far. Howie Mandel has yet to announce a decision and Sharon Osbourne has said she will not return, despite being under contract. AGT returns summer of 2013.
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