Three members of Mexican singer Luis Miguel's legal team have been arrested for breach of contract after a mechanical failure aboard his plane forced him to cancel a huge show in Mexico. The Latin superstar was scheduled to perform at the Coliseum Yucatan in Merida on Saturday (07Feb15), where 7,000 fans were eagerly awaiting Miguel's arrival, but, after a long delay, the gig was eventually axed, and Miguel took to Twitter.com and released a statement about the incident, blaming the missed performance on mechanical problems on his plane.
And according to CNN Mexico, the lawyer for the venue filed a complaint in civil court, claiming that Miguel's legal team, including Oscar Raul Montes, Javier Rodriguez Mendoza and Daniel Font, breached the contract promising Miguel's appearance at the concert, which was specially organised to celebrate the Coliseum's first anniversary.
Local Yucatan newspaper El Diario de Yucatan reports the detainees were released from jail late on Sunday (08Feb15).
Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning actress Rita Moreno is joining the cast of hit TV comedy Jane The Virgin. The West Side Story star is set to play actress Gina Rodriguez's onscreen paternal grandmother, a glamourous woman who is fiercely protective of her successful soap star son, in an upcoming episode.
Moreno, who was last seen on the small screen in Fran Drescher's sitcom Happily Divorced, is set to make her debut on the Golden Globe-winning series this spring (15).
Acclaimed transgender-centred series Transparent has landed five top prizes at the 2015 Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association's (GALECA) Dorian Awards. The freshman series has dominated in all but one of its six nominated categories, picking up TV Comedy of the Year, LGBTQ TV Show of the Year, and TV Performance of the Year - Actor for Jeffrey Tambor.
The show's director Jill Soloway earns two prizes for TV Director of the Year and Wilde Artist of the Year, a prize which honours a groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television.
Transparent's multiple wins come a week after the series picked up two trophies at the Golden Globes.
Also continuing her winning streak from the Hollywood Foreign Press' prizegiving is Jane the Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez, who has been named the GALECA's Rising Star, while the programme lands the Campy TV Show of the Year honour.
Other TV winners include The Comeback's Lisa Kudrow (TV Performance of the Year - Actress) and AIDS film The Normal Heart (TV Drama of the Year).
Meanwhile, a number of Oscar frontrunners picked up a few more awards, including coming-of-age drama Boyhood, which has been named Film of the Year, and Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, who nab the Film Performance of the Year - Actress and Actor, respectively, for their roles in Still Alice and The Theory of Everything.
British gay rights film Pride also snags two prizes, for LGBTQ Film of the Year and Unsung Film of the Year.
The Dorian Awards will be handed out during a formal ceremony in Hollywood on 1 March (15).
Director Richard Linklater's Boyhood was the toast of Hollywood at the Golden Globes on Sunday (11Jan15) after picking up three of the night's biggest honors.
Linklater claimed the Best Director prize, while the film was named Best Motion Picture, Drama and Patricia Arquette landed the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of a single mother looking for love.
Boyhood has now become a clear favorite to pick up the Best Picture Oscar after taking home a string of top gongs this awards season.
The Theory of Everything and Birdman were double winners at the Globes, while The Affair, Transparent and Fargo led the TV categories with two awards apiece.
It was also a very good night for newlyweds Eddie Redmayne, George Clooney and John Legend - Brit Redmayne picked up a Best Actor honour for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, John Legend was a winner for his song Glory from the movie Selma, and George Clooney took home the 2015 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Both Clooney and Redmayne paid tribute to their new brides in their acceptance speeches, with Redmayne revealing he and his wife "of about a couple of weeks" had to cut their honeymoon short to attend the prizegiving. He added, "I thank the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) for giving us a night at the end of our honeymoon we will remember."
The full list of winners is:
Best Motion Picture, Drama - Boyhood
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama - Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama - Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Director - Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Original Score - Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
Best Original Song - Glory by John Legend & Common (Selma)
Best Animated Feature Film - How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Screenplay - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo (Birdman)
Best Foreign Language Film - Leviathan (Russia)
Cecil B. DeMille Award - George Clooney
Best TV Series, Drama - The Affair
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie - Fargo
Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical - Transparent
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie - Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical - Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin)
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama - Ruth Wilson (The Affair)
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie - Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical - Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama - Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie - Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie - Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Forgotten singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez's career resurgence continues with an album chart onslaught in Australia. Three of his albums have entered Australia's Top 30 ahead of his first tour Down Under since the release of Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, which chronicled late filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul's search for the cult 1960s/1970s act, who many fans feared had died.
Rodriguez's debut album Cold Fact is currently at number 11 in Australia, while the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack is at number 22 and his Coming From Reality album is at 25.
Rodriguez's Australian tour begins in Brisbane on 19 October (14).
Ariana Grande leads the Australian album chart with My Everything, while Taylor Swift's Shake It Off debuts at number one on the country's singles chart.
Meryl Streep has offloaded her Hollywood Hills home to baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez. Sources tell the New York Post the New York Yankees star has bought the mansion from the Oscar-winning actress.
Streep bough the four-bedroom estate last year (13) for $4.5 million (GBP2.6 million).
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There are a lot of people in Hollywood who are considered sci-fi icons – George Takei, Harrison Ford, Lynda Carter – but when it comes to current sci-fi and superhero blockbusters, there’s one woman who reigns above them all: Zoe Saldana. Friday’s Guardians of the Galaxy will mark her third starring role in a major sci-fi franchise, and she’s effortlessly made the jump from one iconic character to another, earning fans and rave reviews every time. But when you think Star Trek or Avatar or even Guardians of the Galaxy, her face likely isn’t the first one that pops into your head. For some reason, Saldana hasn’t quite been able to make the jump from blockbusters to international superstar.
Major superhero and sci-fi blockbusters have a history of turning unknown or underrated actors into A-list stars. Henry Cavill was just “that guy from that thing” before he became Superman. Tom Hiddleston went from a theater darling to making women everywhere scream their heads off thanks to The Avengers. Even Sam Worthington was omnipresent for a solid year or so after Avatar was released. And yet Saldana is still best known as the “blue girl from Avatar” or “the one woman in the new Star Trek films” despite having three times as many franchises under her belt. It could be argued that Cavill and Hiddleston have a background in more prestigious projects, which has helped them become more recognizable. But Saldana also has plenty of impressive films under her belt, including collaborations with directors like Steven Spielberg, Neil LaBute, and Guillame Canet. She’s even starring in a biopic about Nina Simone, which is the kind of cinematic catnip that neither the Oscars nor audiences can resist.
What, then, is keeping Saldana from enjoying the kind of fame that other franchise stars have? Do audiences have trouble recognizing her thanks to the various CGI and full-bodied makeups that have turned her blue, green, and everything in between? Is it because she’s a member of an ensemble cast in Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy, the two films where her face hasn’t been digitally altered? Is it just because she’s not playing the sullen, broody one with daddy issues?
It’s certainly not due to lack of talent, as Saldana has always given compelling, complex performances, even in her smallest roles – remember Crossroads? She was by far the best thing about that movie – and often chooses characters that are tough and complicated. Neytiri and Uhura are interesting, strong, sometimes difficult women with a great deal of depth to them. However, despite the attention all of those characters have gotten, it still pales in comparison to the fan bases that their male counterparts have received, which has likely contributed to the smaller nature of Saldana’s general fan base.
Still, it’s likely that Gamora could be the key to launching Saldana into superstardom, or, at the very least, to being more than just “the blue one.” Though both Star Trek and Avatar were incredibly successful, Marvel’s films are currently the biggest, most attention-grabbing franchises in theaters thanks to the resurgence of superhero films and the excitement surrounding them. She’s already getting more attention and press for Gamora than she did for Neytiri or Uhura, which is probably due to the fact that Gamora is a more prominent lead than the other two. Yes, Neytiri is the only Na’vi anyone can name, but Saldana herself was overshadowed by more familiar names like Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez. The biggest name in the Guardians cast, by contrast, is Bradley Cooper, who is only doing voiceover work in the film.
The fact that she’s already starred in two other major franchises should also help Gamora become Saldana’s biggest role yet. She’s already familiar to causal moviegoers, even if they still can’t quite place her name. She’s also established herself as a fashion darling, which means that she’s likely to have graced the cover of many high-selling magazines, which is another important step towards helping her move onto the A-list. And since everyone loves a celebrity baby, she’s likely to get even more press over the course of the next few months, which will help keep her in the public’s consciousness.
Her upcoming film Nina could also be a major factor. Saldana’s always been able to balance action-heavy blockbusters with serious, quiet dramas, but she’s yet to properly breakthrough in the latter. A biopic of a major icon could be exactly the kind of films she needs to gain some awards attention, and all of the promotion that Oscar season entails would definitely encourage more people to pay attention to her. However, thus far, the film has been plagued by filming delays on controversy, so if the final product isn’t exceptional, it might do more harm than good.
Of course, if Guardians of the Galaxy does even half as well as some of its predecessors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it might just be enough to balance out any possible mis-steps, and ensure that Saldana finally gets the kind of attention that she deserves. After all, Scarlett Johansson can't play every female superhero out there.
Veteran folk star Sixto Rodriguez has been named in legal papers over allegations suggesting he breached a songwriter deal from the 1960s. The Mexican-American singer has been added to a list of defendants in an existing lawsuit recently filed in Detroit, Michigan by Gomba Music bosses, who claimed they were the true copyright owners of tracks from Rodriguez's 1970 album Cold Fact, not his associates at Interior Music Group - as they had signed him to a songwriting deal years earlier.
The plaintiffs alleged Interior executives had "concocted a scheme to fraudulently conceal the writing of compositions by Sixto Rodriguez" by crediting the tunes to a fictional brother called Jesus Rodriguez, but Interior chiefs have now fired back, and they are blaming the singer for the dispute.
Interior bosses believed they owned the copyrights, as the singer had told them he had issued a sworn affidavit to Gomba notifying them of the rescission of his contract in 1969, thereby releasing Rodriguez from his writing commitments - but they are now convinced the musician has been working with Gomba to obtain royalties that are more than four decades old, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This week (begs26May14), Interior chiefs lodged a third-party complaint against Rodriguez and stated, "By cooperating with Gomba in the prosecution of the claim, Rodriguez would be admitting his own sworn affidavit was false".
The singer, the star of Oscar-winning 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, has yet to comment on the legal action.
The news is another blow to Rodriguez after Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul committed suicide in his native Sweden earlier this month (May14).
The brother of Oscar-winning documentarian Malik Bendjelloul has confirmed reports suggesting the former child star-turned-filmmaker took his own life. The 36-year-old Searching for Sugar Man director was found dead in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday (13May14), and police officials in the city were quick to rule out foul play.
Now, Bendjelloul's brother Johar has told Swedish newspaper the Aftonbladet that Malik committed suicide.
He says, "Life isn't always easy. I was with him all the time towards the end. I don't know how to handle this. I just don't know."
The filmmaker's movie about his search for reclusive singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez won his a Best Documentary Oscar in 2013.
Paying tribute to the director who helped relaunch his music career, Rodriguez says, "He was a very talented man and hard-working artist - he proved it by hitting an Academy Award his first time out. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace."
Malik Bendjelloul, the moviemaker who chronicled the comeback of forgotten singer/songwriter Rodriguez in Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, has died, aged 36.
The Swedish director was found dead in Stockholm on Tuesday night (13May14). No cause of death has been released, but police officials do not suspect his passing is related to any crime.
Bendjelloul picked up the Best Documentary Oscar for Searching for Sugar Man in 2013. The film about reclusive Mexican folk singer Sixto Rodriguez, which the director also produced, edited and co-wrote, was a big hit around the world. He also picked up a BAFTA Award in Britain and honours from the Director's Guild of America, Producer's Guild of America, the Writer's Guild of America, and the National Board of Review.
The director was also a regular on the 1990 Swedish series Ebba och Didrik, and produced musical documentaries for Swedish Television. He also worked as a reporter on the show Kobra.