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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away

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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away
Elizabeth Peña has passed away. The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had recently wrapped work on the first season of the El Rey Network's action series, Matador, where she played the title character's mother Maritza.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised by her Cuban immigrant parents, Peña was destined for a career in the arts. Her father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in their native Cuba, who opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble after establishing a life for he and his family in New York. As a teen, Peña began making a name for herself as a formidable young actress in the New York theatre scene. She attended, and graduated from, the High School of Performing Arts and began her professional film career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super.
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Casting Net: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, and more in talks for 'Geostorm'

Casting Net: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, and more in talks for 'Geostorm'
Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will
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'Divergent' fun: Which faction would Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and more celebs be placed in?

'Divergent' fun: Which faction would Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and more celebs be placed in?
Divergent superfans, this one is for you. At the beginning of setting up this dystopian adventure, readers learn that all the people living in this world are sorted into five different factions when they come of age. An aptitude test helps place them, but the final decision is theirs (sounds wonderfully familiar, right?). While Beatrice, Caleb and all the rest had a tough decision to make, we got to thinking about where some Hollywood celebs would find themselves if they suddenly woke up in this world. Here are our best guesses for Jennifer Lawrence (Honest!), Lady Gaga (Brave!) and more.
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Nelson to Host Sundance Awards; Festival Juries Announced

Actor Tim Blake Nelson will host the awards ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival, which also announced Tuesday the members of the five juries that will determine the winners. The festival runs from Jan. 20-30; the awards will be handed out the evening of Jan. 29. (The Short Film Awards will be named earlier at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl.)

The complete list of jurors follows, with bios provided by the festival.

U.S. Documentary Jury

Jeffrey Blitz

Jeffrey’s film career started in 2002 with the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary “Spellbound.” His fiction feature debut, “Rocket Science,” became his first to play the festival (Sundance, 2007; Dramatic Directing Award). He has also directed the documentary “Lucky,” (Sundance, 2010) and multiple episodes of NBC’s “The Office.” In 2009, he won the Emmy for comedy directing.

Matt Groening

Matt Groening created the longest-running comedy in television history, “The Simpsons.” As a cartoonist,
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Ugly Betty Gets A Hubby

America Ferrera, aka "Ugly Betty," is set to step back into the executive producer role for her new film with Maya Entertainment, American Tragic. The Sister of the Traveling Pants is set to act in the film as well. After playing an unflattering caricature of a nerdy loser, its great to hear that Ferrera is sinking her teeth into something more substantial along the lines of Real Women Have Curves. I bet you didn't know that Ferrera had executive produced before, did you? She exec produced a film called How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, with Maya. Maya Entertainment just so happens to be a Hispanic studio and the flick seems to be part-Hispanic as well. Sergio Aguero (Y Tu Mama Tambien) will lend a hand and co-executive produce along with little miss Ferrera. Maya Entertainment chairman states "We hope that this is validation of the job we did
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Sydney Film Festival (1 of 8)

  • Armed with caffeinated drinks and toothpicks (for closing eyelids) IONCINEMA’s Australian correspondent Samuel Hilton will be covering this very cool fest from the land down under……take it away Sam! The 52nd Sydney Film Festival was kicked off in style on Friday 10th June in the heart of Sydney city at State Theatre with the opening film, My Summer of Love. While it’s a shame that there wasn’t an Australian film of enough quality to open the festival, the British flick drew a large audience in for the beginnings of a highly promising festival. My Summer of Love’s lead actors Nathalie Press and Emily BluntEmily Blunt
[/link] were both in attendance to open the film festival (while none of my pictures of them came out - here's one from the festival's site) This year the line-up, which includes independent films from Australia, Britain and the U.
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