Actress Dania Ramirez has given birth to twins. The Premium Rush star welcomed the babies earlier this week (begs16Dec13), and while she has yet to officially comment on the new additions to her family, she has re-posted messages from famous pals congratulating her on the happy news.
She shared a Twitter.com note from actress Edy Ganem, who wrote on Wednesday (18Dec13), "You guys!! today is a VERY SPECIAL day bc (because) @DaniaJRamirez had her babies really early today!!! Sending her love!!!"
Ramirez announced she was expecting twins with husband Bev Land in July (13), and at her baby shower in September (13), she revealed she was having a boy and a girl.
The babies are the first children for the actress and second and third for Land, who also has a son with ex-wife Sharon Leal.
Ramirez and Land married in February (13).
Pregnant actress Dania Ramirez has revealed she is expecting twins. The Premium Rush star, who is currently among the leading ladies in Eva Longoria's new TV hit Devious Maids, staged a baby shower party for close friends and family in West Hollywood on Saturday (21Sep13), and told them of her double joy.
Life & Style magazine reports the actress released butterflies over Sunset Boulevard as a symbol of new life before telling everyone she and new husband John Amos are expecting a boy and a girl.
Actress Dania Ramirez is pregnant with twins. The Heroes star, who has also featured in The Sopranos and Entourage as well as Eva Longoria's new drama Devious Maids, announced the news to fans by posting a photo of her sonogram on Instagram.com on Monday (15Jul13).
Accompanying the picture, she wrote, "I am proud 2 Announce our 2 NEW BUNDLES OF JOY! Yes, I'm having TWINS!"
The babies will be the first children for Ramirez and her husband, director Bev Land, who wed in February (13).
Writer/director David Koepp's previous efforts as a screenwriter have helped define modern blockbuster movies. Jurassic Park Mission: Impossible Spider-Man — films that put the "big" in big screen. As a director he's taken the same sensibilities and applied them to narrower fields of vision with intimate spins on horror and comedy in movies like Secret Window and Ghost Town. His latest Premium Rush fits the same bill; an immersive chase thriller set in the off-beat world of biker culture the movie has its simple goals and executes them with a wink-wink attitude. It's a summer action movie through and through but with sensibilities that make it fresh and quirky. In the doldrums of August it's exactly the rush one needs.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Wilee a law-student-turned-bike-messenger who lives for the thrills of a speedy ride. During one run-of-the-mill pick-up at Columbia University Wilee finds himself in the crosshairs of corrupt cop Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon). Inside the envelope Wilee's been hired to delver to Chinatown is something Detective Monday needs and he's willing to do anything to get it. No skin off Wilee's nose — he has an address and a delivery time and like a good messenger he's equally driven to make the drop.
Premium Rush quickly kicks off its extended action set piece and never lets up Koepp only occasionally stepping back in time to unravel backstory and up the stakes. Wilee's girlfriend Vanessa (Dania Ramirez) also a bike messenger is the roommate of Nima (Jamie Chung) a Chinese student who is shipping the sealed MacGuffin downtown. For her it's life or death and Koepp wisely underplays the motivations both to downplay its over-the-top nature and keep the stunts in focus. Monday has his own issues to contend with and it gives Shannon the perfect material to chew up. Before chasing Wilee Monday suffers from a gambling and violence problem and while it drives the character to pursue the package it's really just a great excuse for Shannon to go absolutely bonkers. Somewhere beyond Nic Cage and Al Pacino exists Shannon's turn and it's a hoot.
Gordon-Levitt balances him out as an engaging presence even while zipping through gridlocks and shifting his eyes for "Bike-O-Vision" (Wilee's accident-avoiding stylized Spidey sense). He spends most of his time interchanged with professional bike riders who make the two-wheeled maneuvers work but it's seamless. After an hour and a half of bikes pop-a-wheeling over taxis skidding under semi-trailer trucks and pulling off cycle parkour in a multileveled NYPD impound the action tends to get a bit repetitive — how much can you do on a bike? — but Koepp's kinetic directing keeps the movie zippy and the tone loose. Wilee's entire adventure feels like one big trick. Thankfully it avoids the crash and burn.
I don't remember exactly if someone ever came back from the dead on Desperate Housewives but it's a ploy that the just-departed series creator Marc Cherry should be familiar with, because his latest project just rose from the grave for a new life. Lifetime (the artist formerly known as Lifetime: Television for Women... and Gay Men) announced today that it will produce 13 episode of Cherry's show Devious Maids for the channel.
The show was originally produced by ABC Studios to air on ABC, which decided this spring not to make the pilot into the series. Shortly after ABC Studios, which produces Lifetime's hit Army Wives (which sounds like a reality show, but is not) and the channel worked out a deal to cut costs on the show and bring it to the higher numbers on your cable box. The show stars Ana Ortiz (of Ugly Betty), Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, and Roselyn Sanchez as a quartet of maids who have ambition beyond cleaning houses and rather camptastic lives. Their bosses include notorious loser Susan Lucci (thank god she still has a job now that All My Children got the axe) and Grant Show (formerly of Melrose Place and the overlooked Swingtown). A fifth maid originally in the pilot got cut so that Lifetime could afford another lady-centered drama.
The show starts filming in Atlanta (which is cheaper than LA) soon and will be on the air in 2013. A second chance must feel so good.
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Sift through comments on franchise sequel announcements and you'll find many crying afoul to Hollywood's insistence of resurfacing every last brand in their bank of titles. The desire for original content is reasonable but occasionally a cinematic follow-up does have the potential to be rich and rewarding. Revisiting characters who've seen time pass in their own lives is worthy of exploration — Peter Bogdanovich's Texasville Richard Linklater's Before Sunset and even A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas prove that theory. American Reunion reaches for that same dramatic arc reentering the lives of its core cast eight years after American Wedding. But instead of mixing comedy with any weighty issues the movie only tickles the nostalgia bone (and without f**king one pie in the process) — a hurdle that keeps American Reunion from being nearly as riotous as the original.
Life hits a wall for Jim (Jason Biggs) in 2012. He's a happily married man a father and a moderately successful employee of a faceless company. But after catching his wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) enjoying the company of a shower head it dawns on Jim that he's in need of a shake-up. Perfect timing: Jim packs up the family and heads to his hometown for his 13th high school reunion (sure why not) where he reunites with the old gang: Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) currently whipped into submission by his girlfriend Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) back from a trip around the world Oz (Chris Klein) now a superstar sportscaster fresh off a celebrity dance show stint and Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) a law firm temp who continues to turn women into his own personal squeeze toys. The high school buddies devolve quickly into their old habits alcoholic antics and potty-mouthed rants by the red solo cupful. Good fun for Jim no fun for Michelle.
Instead of digging deep into its well-founded characters (which I swear is allowed in a raunchy R-rated comedy) American Reunion sticks to the familiar goofball scenarios of its predecessors. Which is passable because the core group who stuck through all three movies — Biggs Nicholas Thomas and Scott — make poop-infused pranks and slapstick shtick like a scene in which Jim and co. must get a drunken naked eighteen-year-old back into her parents' house without looking like total creepsters highly entertaining. Scott once again proves him an underused comedic talent making Stifler one of the few characters who can rattle off colorful cuss words while showing a glimmer of humanity. Same goes for Eugene Levy as Jim's Dad who finds his role beefed up now that he's once again single. Grieving for years over his wife's death Jim helps his advice-dealing pop hit the dating scene and Levy spins gold out of the silliest of situations.
The problem with American Reunion is everyone else. Chris Klein never clicks with the rest of the group (that's what he gets for skipping out on Jim's wedding) while the rest of the ensemble feel ham-fisted for cameo purposes rather than complimenting the storyline. Tara Reid and Mena Suvari return to the franchise to stand around and react to the ineptitude of their male counterparts. Natasha Lyonne is in and out faster than Jim's first time. Other brief character appearances are like bigfoot sightings. The idea of bringing the entire cast of the original back for more seems perfect but without proper pacing from writers/directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) there's never a moment to enjoy it.
American Reunion is a flaccid entry servicing fans while coming through with enough laugh out loud moments to make one scream (In one scene Jim takes a page out of Michael Fassbender's Shame that will elicit audible reactions). If these were fresh characters we'd brush it off — but at the film's core is a lovable familiar bunch of knuckleheads that can't be ignored. And if Stifler wants to party you party.
The filmmaker, who was previously married to Dreamgirls actress Sharon Leal, has proposed to the X-Men: The Last Stand star after designing a special ring made out of rose gold and white diamonds.
Ramirez tells InStyle magazine, "He wanted to go for a vintage, old love theme."
And she's convinced Land is 'The One', telling Latina.com, "The love of my life found me! That's how he would say it anyway since he claims he was attracted to my energy before I even turned around."
Suvari paired up with Dania Ramirez to film Ass And T*tties, a mock music video which ridicules Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj and also pokes fun at Lohan's much-publicised legal woes.
Dressed as the Mean Girls star, Suvari can be seen stealing clothes in a boutique, in an apparent reference to Lohan's own shoplifting drama in a Venice, California jewellery store earlier this year (11).
Lohan has branded the clip "pathetic", but refuses to take legal action over it, telling TMZ.com she considers the actress' conduct "petty".
The beautiful Dominican actress Dania Ramirez has just joined Universal Pictures American Reunion, says Variety. She'll play Trisha, the ugly duckling nobody noticed in high school who has since grown into a beautiful swan - and a love interest for Finch (the character played by Eddie Kaye Thomas). I don't see how it's possible that Ramirez could ever have been an ugly duckling, but I'll let it slide; this is a film coming from Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle) after all.
The pair are writing and directing the fourquel, which finds the original American Pie crew returning for their high school reunion and discovering that time or distance can't break the bonds of friendship. Awww. Production is underway in Atlanta, Georgia and the film is on track to hit theaters on April 6, 2012.
Set worker Steve Lafferty was left with a bloody nose after he was confronted by 43-year-old Breffny Flynn as he attempted to prevent pedestrians from walking across the street in Manhattan's Upper West Side while they were filming.
Heavyweight resident Flynn reportedly flew into a rage when Lafferty told him he had to wait a few minutes to cross the road and is said to have shouted, "I live here! I pay taxes! Don't tell me what to do, motherf**ker! I gotta get to the store!"
Flynn's wife claims Lafferty provoked the alleged attack by pushing him back, reports the New York Post.
Describing the injuries Lafferty sustained, crew member Michael Singleton says, "There was a big gush of blood. It looked like his nose was broken, and his eyes were puffy."
The production assistant was admitted to the city's St. Luke's Hospital and police arrested Flynn on suspicion of assault. He was subsequently released from custody and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
Saturday's incident wasn't the first time paramedics were called to the film set - actor Gordon-Levitt was briefly hospitalised last week (01Aug10) after slashing his arm in a bike crash stunt scene.
Gordon-Levitt and his co-star Dania Ramirez were not on set at the time of the reported attack.
The action thriller is set for release next year (11).