Enrique Iglesias has paid tribute to songwriter Jose Chein Garcia-Alonso after learning of the songwriter's death. Garcia-Alonso wrote the pop star's single Experiencia Religiosa (Religious Experience), which was named Pop Song of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards in 1996.
Iglesias took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (13Aug14) after hearing the news, and wrote, "To my friend Chein Garcia one of the most talented & compassionate human beings. You'll be missed & never forgotten."
Cuba-born Garcia-Alonso's songs have also been recorded by Santana, La Mafia, Boyzone and Frankie Ruiz, among others.
The details of his death have not been revealed.
Beloved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was mourned by thousands at a public memorial in his adopted Mexico on Monday (21Apr14). The writer, best known for his book One Hundred Years of Solitude, passed away at his home in Mexico City last Thursday (17Apr14) at the age of 87 and he was later remembered at a three-hour open tribute in the city.
The service was held at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Art and was attended by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto, who both offered tributes, as well as Marquez's widow and two sons.
The venue was filled with yellow flowers and at the end of the ceremony, attendees threw yellow paper butterflies into the air - a reference to the writer's most famous book and favourite colour.
Prior to the service, thousands of devotees lined up to pay their respects as they walked past an urn of Marquez's ashes. The procession continued after the memorial, which was preceded by a private funeral in Mexico City last week (ends20Apr14).
America's leader President Barack Obama and one of his predecessors Bill Clinton have joined the authors and celebrities around the world paying tribute to Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died on Thursday (17Apr14). The One Hundred Days of Solitude writer, a Nobel Prize winner, died in Mexico City, aged 87, and the literary world is mourning his passing, but political leaders have also released statements honouring Marquez.
Obama writes, "With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young... I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo's work will live on for generations to come."
And Clinton, who previously called the author his "literary hero" adds, "From the time I read One Hundred Years of Solitude more than 40 years ago, I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty... I was honored to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years."
Meanwhile Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos offers, "A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!"
Tributes from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and literary heavyweights Ian McEwan and Mario Vargas Llosa, who famously feuded with Marquez, have also been posted online.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The screen star passed away on Saturday (11Aug12) at her home in Los Angeles after experiencing complications from lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Born Elida Lucia Cardarelli in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she found fame after moving to Mexico to pursue her acting career. She performed in various theatre productions and became a movie star in films such as My Wife Understands Me, The Adolescents, and 1962's The Exterminating Angel, in which she appeared alongside her then-husband Enrique Rambal.
She also appeared in a number of telenovelas, most notably El amor tiene cara de mujer (Love Has a Female Face). Her last acting gig came in 2005 when she featured in How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer opposite Ugly Betty star America Ferrera.
She is survived by her actress daughter Rebeca Rambal - her only child from her marriage to Enrique Rambal, who died in 1971.
There are a handful of cinematic speeches that are moving enough to reach beyond the characters in their movies, and to actually touch and inspire audiences themselves. Andy Garcia, who plays Enrique Gorostieta (the soldier who was chosen to lead the Cristeros rebellion against the oppressive Mexican government) might be the next to deliver one of these speeches. Garcia stars in For Greater Glory, a chronicling of the fight for justice in 1920s Mexico, wherein he seems to truly capture the passion and power of Gorostieta.
In the below clip, Gorostieta (Garcia) delivers a rousing horseback speech to his men, just before engaging in battle for liberty. It's a speech so rousing that even as a viewer, you'll have a hard time not riding off into the sunset, ready to battle for your fellow man.
The Greater Glory also stars Eva Longoria and Oscar Isaac, and is Dean Wright's directorial debut.
Check out the clip below, and catch The Greater Glory in theaters on June 1.
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The heartbreak of illegal immigration is vividly displayed in this poignant story of nine year old Carlos (Adrian Alonso) a boy living in Mexico with his grandmother while his mother (Kate del Castillo) works as an illegal domestic in Los Angeles trying to make enough money to send home so the son she has been separated from can live a good life--even if it means being without her. When the grandmother suddenly dies Carlos decides to cross the border and look for mom. As his journey continues he encounters a woman (America Ferrera) and her brother (Jesse Garcia) who make tuition money taking babies into the U.S. In this instance she decides to help smuggle Carlos across by hiding him in her van. Once he lands in Tuscon he meets a sympathetic middle- aged migrant worker named Enrique (Eugenio Derbez) who accompanies him to East L.A. Once there they try to locate his mother--their only clue being a vague description of the area around a pay phone she used in her weekly calls home to Carlos. The film which is shot mostly in Spanish with some English language scenes as well offers great big screen opportunities to some of Mexico’s biggest television stars including telenovela favorite Kate del Castillo. She delivers a moving performance as a mother living separated by borders with her only son but living “under the same moon.” The film really belongs however to young Alonso--a natural in front of the cameras who impressed American audiences as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas’ son in The Legend of Zorro but breaks out here as the determined Carlos. Both create a touching mother-son relationship even though they are never in any scenes together. Also playing against type is superstar Derbez unquestionably one of Latin America’s most popular actors who develops a winning chemistry with Alonso making every moment of their screen time count. Ugly Betty’s Ferrera also turns up for some effective moments including a heart-stopping sequence in which she is questioned by border guards while the van carrying the hidden Carlos is searched. Although she has made some award winning shorts Under the Same Moon represents the first feature length film for Mexican-born Patricia Riggen. She succeeds on all levels emphasizing the characters in the story over the potentially political hot button topic of immigration which her film so eloquently humanizes. Working with screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos the two women give urgency to the tragic separation of mother and son caught between two disparate cultures. Given the time restraints and low budget Riggen’s command of the camera is impressive particularly in the inventive and almost spiritual ways she manages to bring mother and son together on screen even though they never share a shot. Use of music is also hugely effective with Carlos Silotto’s melodic score recalling a similar film about a young dreamer Cinema Paradiso. Ultimately though Under the Same Moon lives or dies with the actors and Riggen’ spot-on casting decisions--particularly in the case of Alonso--really lift it to new levels. Most of the actors have extensive TV followings and Riggen knew by casting them she would risk the wrath of Mexican film critics who uniformly look down on television. Doesn’t matter. Under the Same Moon has universal appeal and should find approving audiences around the world.
Fico (Garcia) is a low-key Havana nightclub owner who knows how to stay out of politics--and still remain a player. As he is watching the drum beat of a revolution in his country rumble around him along with his two brothers (Enrique Murciano and Nestor Carbonell) and his father (Tomas Milian) a university professor Fico also harbors a secret unrequited love for his sister-in-law Aurora (Ines Sastre). Along the way Fico comes across a strong-arming gang leader (Dustin Hoffman) and a shadowy unnamed CIA operative (Bill Murray) who both offer their own humorous and biting insights into the insanity unfolding on the small island country. Who will join the revolution what side will they be on and can Fico remain neutral? Naturally Garcia is perfect in the role he directed wrote and produced for himself and he finally shows some of that talent we saw in his Godfather Part III days. As a director he's also developed an eye for talent in casting the subtle and beautiful Ines Sastre as the love interest and two relatively unknown guys as his brothers. The recognizable faces he puts in the film Hoffman and Murray are so out of place they almost take you out of the movie when they appear. They're like a Greek chorus reminding you that Garcia has made many A-list friends in Hollywood and can all on some markers for his personal pet project. Pay attention instead to the actors who play real people such as Jsu Garcia as the young Che Guevara and character actor Juan Fernandez as Batista. Their performances are gripping. It’s hard to knock such a passionate project. Lost City is a heart-felt love poem to Garcia's home country filled with stunning imagery romance tragedy and some really jammin’ music (a few of the songs were even arranged by Garcia himself). The nightclub scenes and the more than 40 musical numbers are definitely the highlight. But the historical references and the long Dr. Zhivago-esque tale of unrequited love and missed opportunities slows the film way down. At two hours and 23 minutes it ends up sounding repetitious. Nevertheless if you have an appreciation for Cuban music or thought Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights was a toe-tappin’ movie Lost City might be time worth spent.
After the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences rocked the television world earlier this week by threatening to move the Primetime Emmy Awards to cable network HBO, it has been decided the Emmys are going to stay with the four major broadcasters after all. Reuters reports the networks--ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox--will together pay $52 million over eight years for the right to take turns airing the show under a "licensing" wheel. HBO offered to pay $50 million over five years, certainly a more lucrative deal, but ultimately ATAS realized the networks could still reach more people overall than HBO. According to Reuters, HBO chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement, "While we are certainly disappointed that we didn't get the Emmys, I am glad that the Academy finally got some respect from the big wheels in the big wheel."
Apparently, Russell Crowe is getting feisty again. According to the Associated Press, several London newspapers are reporting the Oscar-winning actor got in a brawl in a London restaurant Wednesday with New Zealand entrepreneur Eric Watson, where, according to The Sun, onlookers saw Watson getting the upper hand on the Australian hunk. A police spokesman told the newspaper, however, that there were no charges or arrests made.
The Robert Blake saga continues. The actor, who has been incarcerated since April 18 on charges of murdering his wife, was officially denied bail by the California Supreme Court Wednesday. They upheld the decision made last month by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash to deny Blake bail based on the evidence supporting the charge against him. Blake's hearing is set for Dec. 11.
Even though they have been his flamboyant trademark for years, Elton John is finally going to throw away the roughly 4,000 pairs of glasses he claims he owns. AP reports the 55-year-old singer plans to get laser surgery to correct his vision problems in February. We'll especially miss the pair with the wipers and flashing lights.
On Thursday the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Miss and Mr. Golden Globe for the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The honors go to the daughter of actor Andy Garcia, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, and A.J. Lamas, son of actor Lorenzo Lamas and grandson of the late Fernando Alvaro Lamas. Traditionally the honorees, who will assist in the Golden Globes ceremony, are the prodigy of well-known celebrities. The award show airs on NBC Jan. 19.
Variety reports the American Medical Association and the U.N.'s World Health Organization have joined forces with anti-smoking group Smoke Free Movies to ask the film industry to deglamorize smoking by, among other things, giving smoking-filled films an R rating. The MPAA is not expected to comply with the request.
HBO can't Curb their excitement. The cable station has picked up Larry David's comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm for a fourth season. The current season of the offbeat, mostly improvised docu-show, which follows writer/producer/comedian David around Tinseltown, ends Sunday.
The TV game that ran on the now-defunct ABC show Push, Nevada has been solved by Matt Nakamoto from West New York, N.J. He picked up the $1 million prize by watching the seven episodes and solving the on-air puzzle. Too bad the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck ratings disaster got the boot after only four weeks.
Live from Barcelona, Spain, Eminem, Christina Aguilera and James Taylor will perform for the worldwide broadcast of the MTV Europe Music Awards Thursday. Along with Eminem, U2, Kylie Minogue, Pink and Enrique Iglesias are all up for awards. A billion fans are expected to tune in.