Zoe Saldana, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson are among the famous friends who have paid tribute to actress Elizabeth Pena following her death this week (beg13Oct14). The 55 year old passed away at a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday (14Oct14), and the tragedy has prompted an outpouring of grief among the acting community.
Pena played Sofia Vergara's onscreen mother in hit U.S. TV show Modern Family, and her co-star Ferguson mourned her loss in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "The entire cast and crew are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Modern Family members. RIP to the beautiful & talented #ElizabethPena."
Star Trek actress Saldana writes, "My heart is broken!!! My prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you #ElizabethPena."
Ugly Betty star Ferrera adds, "Heartbroken to hear the news of Elizabeth Pena's death. She was such a light. So glad I knew her. So sad she's gone," while actress Debra Messing offers, "I am stunned and heartbroken, just found out about the passing of my friend Elizabeth Pena. She was such a life force it's hard to believe."
Eva Longoria, who admits she is a big of Pena's work, writes, "RIP Elizabeth Pena. I was a fan since the days of I Married Dora & loved her in Jacob's Ladder & more recently Matador/Modern Family," and Longoria's former desperate Housewives co-star Dana Delany adds, "Aw...damn. Elizabeth Pena was a wonderful actress and even lovelier person. My thoughts are with her family."
Other tributes have come in from Gilles Marini, George Lopez , Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Rodriguez, Frances Fish, Martha Plimpton and John Leguizamo.
Robert Rodriguez and Guillermo Del Toro have filmed a TV special in which they discuss the state of the Latino movie industry for the Sin City director's new El Rey Network. Network founder and chairman Rodriguez and his partners launched the new U.S. TV channel to create and air new content with a Hispanic leaning and the venture has already proved to be a hit, thanks in part to exclusive content like drama series Matador and the TV adaptation of cult movie From Dusk Till Dawn.
Now two of the Latin film world's most respected moguls have sat down to discuss the industry.
Rodriguez made the announcement about the special while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in America by releasing a new video featuring trailers and teasers of shows and series to come.
And the network boss is confident El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair will be a big hit.
He says, "The best way to rid the world of inaccurate truths is to create new ones, and we can only do that by creating characters and content that allows audiences to see the Latino community through a different lens."
Stars including J.K. Rowling, Geri Halliwell, Laurence Fox, and Richard E. Grant are celebrating after Scotland voted to reject independence from the U.K.
Scots went to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) for a ballot on whether to break away from the rest of Britain to become a self-governing nation. More than 55 per cent of voters chose to stay in the union, defeating the independence bid, and celebrities who had previously voiced their support for a 'No' vote took to Twitter.com on Friday (19Sep14) to share their delight after the result was announced.
Harry Potter author Rowling writes, "Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud", Gosford Park star Fox writes, "Morning Scotland. Love you very much", and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg adds, "Referendum result: a new constitutional settlement for U.K. Big thank you to people of Scotland for putting devo (devolution) for England on the agenda."
Former Spice Girls star Halliwell writes, "Thank you Scotland - together we are Great Britain. X", actor Grant tweets, "Huge relief that we continue to be the United Kingdom", and True Blood star Robert Kazinsky adds, "Thank you Scotland, would be sad if one of (my) favorite places on earth was no longer part of my home. Back to the highlands I can go!"
Many of those who supported the 'Yes' campaign are trying to take some positives from the result - actor Alan Cumming writes, "Yes still means something. Please try to remember that. My YES friends", and Simon Pegg adds, "Feel sad for those who campaigned hard for a yes vote. Hopefully some meaningful change will come of this. It was by no means a landslide."
Other stars tweeting their surprise at how the campaign galvanised Scots into voting include Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, and Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis. However, one celebrity was left red-faced by the election result - Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez thought the country had voted for independence, tweeting, "And the Scot's vote... Was a Yes!!!"
Wilmer Valderrama is feeding his face in a bid to bulk up for the new season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dust Till Dawn TV spin-off after learning his evil character has to pack on pounds of muscle.
The actor reveals he is working out twice a day and eating "crazy amounts of protein" to look the part of Carlos.
He says, "Next season I'm coming back with a crazy cliffhanger... I have about 10 more pounds to go. I'm very lucky though because I have one of the best, most amazing trainers and gurus in town, Ronny Camacho. "He was a game changer because I was trying to do it myself."
"Maybe we can do an Avengers-type show featuring characters from Machete, Desperado and Spy Kids. Maybe a Christmas special." Moviemaker Robert Rodriguez on plans to revive some of his films' most beloved characters for a new TV series on his El Rey network.
Moviemaker Robert Rodriguez has offered pal Jessica Alba a job for life, insisting he wants her to appear in every franchise film he makes. After initially turning her down for a role when she was 17, the director has cast Alba in a string of big films, including Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, as well as his Machete and Sin City movies.
Now he admits he wants her in every single one of his films, telling WENN, "I met her when she auditioned for me at 17. She was too young for this role for this movie I was doing but I kept my eye on her because she was of the few Latin actresses I saw trying to break through. I encouraged her and said, 'Keep going, keep going'.
"We saw each other over the years and we said we'd have to work together. When it came time for Sin City I met with her and there she was. It was hard to find the Nancy (character) in the book because it was a very difficult character to figure out. But I knew I liked Jessica and I wanted to work with her so I went, 'You know you're just gonna have to create a Nancy'. She created something that even inspired (Sin City creator) Frank (Miller) to write this next story for her... She created almost something new with him.
"I'm always trying to work with Jessica; she's awesome. She's in my Machete movies, she's in my Spy Kids movies. I'm trying to put her into every franchise I have!"
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For really values its volume. The movie tosses out three or four stories, twenty-odd characters, a handful of car chases, several dozen throat-slittings and skull-bludgeonings… in their return to the cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel series, Miller and director Robert Rodriguez seemed bent on packing in as much as they conceivably could. The unfortunate result: not quite the intricate, inviting narrative web that the men set out to create, but a straight through-line of nonstop stuff.
In the most egregious sense, too. While we remember Sin City as a relatively patient illustration of Miller’s virtue-deficient neo-noir kingdom, what we find in this year’s follow-up is a feverish race to expose the audience to every idea the directing duo has up its sleeve.
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So, what we get instead of a fluid story is a whirlpool of events. Each chapter of the clumsily manufactured movie will set you up with a character — an out-of-place Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cocky gambler Johnny, Josh Brolin as a thickheaded do-gooder, and the ragtag team of a destitute Jessica Alba and her devoted muscle Mickey Rourke — only to watch the hero in question stumble upon plot contrivance after plot contrivance, never getting to do much all the while.
And while the style outdoes the substance in the scope A Dame to Kill For’s strong suits, Miller and Rodriguez are not exactly displaying the utmost aesthetic panache in this latest outing. Sure, certain chase scenes are kinetic — and the film might offer the most invigorating visual design of an onscreen hot tub in the history of cinema — but sloppy choreography and a world constructed without depth or sense of place leaves us feeling completely out of touch with the film’s most important character: Sin City.
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Actor Josh Brolin was left disappointed when he missed out on an opportunity to work with Mickey Rourke on their new movie Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The Men in Black 3 star was eager to take on a role alongside The Wrestler actor and was excited to hear he would be sharing scenes with Rourke.
He says, "I've always been a fan of Mickey's. I'm working with Benecio (Del Toro) right now and we talked about how, when we were growing up, Mickey was someone you always looked up to and I've known him forever... Then finally when (director) Robert (Rodriguez) said, 'Do you want to do this?'... I was like, 'Of course I'll do it and do I have any scenes with Mickey?' (and he said), 'Absolutely'."
However, Brolin learned when he got to the set Rourke had already finished filming his parts and their scenes together would be completed using green screen movie technology.
He continues, "I got to to the set... and I was like, 'Where's Mick?' and (Rodriguez is) like, 'No, he finished his stuff like a month ago...' If you see the movie, I worked with Mickey the entire film, but I never saw Mickey."
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez was so "blown away" by Lady Gaga's acting skills that he convinced her to make a cameo appearance in Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Rodriguez worked with the Born This Way hitmaker on last year's (13) Machete Kills, and her stellar performance prompted him to recruit her for the Sin City sequel.
The director even suggests Gaga should pursue a career in Hollywood, telling E! News, "I told her she had to be in it (Sin City 2)... The camera loves her. She's a great performer. She's performed twice for me now and I was blown away by her discipline. She studied acting before she became a singer and you could really tell."
Gaga, who briefly attended New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career, was in the middle of her U.S. tour while Rodriguez was filming in Texas, so he found a small cameo role for the pop star.
He explains, "She happened to be on tour in Houston, just a couple of cities away from us in Austin. She was ready. She brought her own wigs! I said, 'We're not going to have time to make a wig for you.' She showed up, we did the scene, she knocked it out of the park and then she was back on tour."
Sin City creator Frank Miller also added his own praise for the singer, saying, "She totally transforms into the part she's playing to the point that it doesn't even feel like acting."
Gaga plays a waitress in Sin City 2, and shares the scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film hits cinemas on Friday (22Aug14).
Hollywood action man Bruce Willis and director Robert Rodriguez teamed up for a special musical performance at an afterparty following the premiere of their new movie Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The pair has reunited for the Sin City sequel, which they unveiled in Los Angeles on Tuesday (19Aug14), and they entertained the crowd during a bash at the city's Roosevelt Hotel after the red carpet screening.
Willis played harmonica and sang the blues as Rodriguez played guitar, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The crowd included Willis' castmates Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin.