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Chavez Film: The Producer Strikes Back

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
The producers of a new biopic about the late labor leader Cesar Chavez are rushing to tamp down a flickering controversy appearing on Latino social media over whether unionized workers were fired and non-union personnel employed on the film.
The allegation is being vigorously disputed by lead producerPablo Cruz, who said the production complied with all union regulations andthat all the actors, either those from the U.S. or from Mexico, were unionmembers. He did concede, however, that extras hired in Mexico were non-unionsince there is no equivalent of an extras union in Mexico.
‘If there was a union for extras (in Mexico), we would havehad them, but there wasn’t one,’ Cruz said.
Cesar Chavez, which is directed by Diego Luna and stars Michael Pena, America Ferrara, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich,is scheduled to be released March 28 in more than 600 theaters by Pantelion Films.
The movie was shot predominately in Sonora, Mexico, for reasons that had to do with the grape-picking season and how differently grapesare harvested today in the Central Valley of California, as opposed to decades ago when Cesar Chavez was organizing farm workers.
Cruz also rejected claims that they were a ‘runaway’ production. ‘We are a Mexican production company. We are the company who managed to finance this film. We are not a U.S. company.’
If the union/non-union issues are not satisfactorily dealt with, they could impact the film’s perception, especially in the Latino community, where Chavez’s struggle to organize California farm workers lifted him in many eyes into the Latino equivalent of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The controversy, which has been around for a few years, erupted anew earlier this week when the website Latino Rebels published a story under the headline: ‘Critics of New Chavez Movie Allege Producers Used Non-Union Workers and Outsourced Workto Mexico.’
The source of this allegation was an L.A. activist namedChamba Sanchez, who wrote on his Facebook page that he had received an emailasking if he would help promote the film. He derisively questioned why he would want Luna to get rich?
‘Furthermore,’ Sanchez posted, ‘I am currently researching into allegations that people behind this movie fired unionized workers and outsourced part or the entire production to Mexico. This is quite disturbing. If this is the case, Cesar Chavez must be spinning in his grave. And a bigger question: Why his family would agree to this?’
‘We never fired anybody to hire a non-union [...]

“PHANTOM” Submarine thriller starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny

Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has recently been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile.
With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers he has been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. PHANTOM is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.
DISTRIBUTOR: RCR Distribution
THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2013
DIRECTOR: Todd Robinson
STARRING: Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner, Lance Henriksen, Johnathon Schaech
RUN TIME: 97 Minutes
MPAA RATING: R
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Megan Fox gave birth to first child weeks ago

HollywoodNews.com: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green welcomed their first child together a few weeks ago as they are just now revealing the happy news.
Fox and Green reportedly welcomed their first son together, Noah Shannon, on September 27th, states UsMagazine.com. “We have been very lucky to have had a peaceful few weeks at home. He is healthy, happy and perfect,” Fox wrote on Facebook as the way to break the news.
Green already has one son, Kassius, with his ex, Vanessa Marcil.
Fox stayed out of the spotlight for most of her pregnancy.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star claiming physical abuse from ex?

HollywoodNews.com: Based on some pictures posted on Facebook, it appears that ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof is implying that her ex, Paul Nassif, has been physically abusive toward her recently.
Maloof’s personal chef, Bernie Guzman, posted the pictures online that show Maloof revealing her back full of bruises, states TMZ. “ADRIENNE MALOOF WAS PUSHED TO THE GROUND. PUNCHED & BEATEN … HE IS A BEAST,” Bernie wrote on his wall along with the photos.
Now, Nassif’s lawyer is commenting on the accusations: “Any suggestion that the photos show my client struck Adrienne Maloof is a complete fabrication. No physical assault ever occurred. I can’t speculate how these marks occurred. I know the woman does martial arts.”
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Brandi Glanville back in a fight with LeAnn Rimes?

HollywoodNews.com: Although they previously seemed to call a truce, it now appears that ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Brandi Glanville is on the outs with LeAnn Rimes once again.
As the women were previously at odds since Rimes had an affair with Glanville’s husband at the time, Eddie Cibrian, it looks like things are unfriendly even after Rimes checked into rehab for help with stress and anxiety, states RadarOnline. “Call me CRAZY but I don’t think “Twee-hab” worked! Xxxb,” Glanville recently posted in a message that appears aimed at Rimes.
Rimes has been open about struggling with stress as she has been attacked over Twitter and Facebook.
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LeAnn Rimes opens up about seeking stress treatment

HollywoodNews.com: LeAnn Rimes recently sought out treatment to help her deal with stress and anxiety, and now that she is getting better she is also opening up about the experience.
Rimes revealed that she needed help as she couldn’t deal with the public hatred she was getting through social networks, states RadarOnline. “I think it’s really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook and all these social media outlets. And it’s hard to take it day after day of reading and seeing things that someone you don’t even know says about you,” Rimes commented.
Rimes has dealt with a lot of backlash ever since getting together with Eddie Cibrian when they were both married.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star’s husband takes fight onto Facebook

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof is in a heated divorce and child custody battle with her estranged husband, Paul Nassif.
After Maloof got temporary custody of their three sons when she claimed Nassif has been physically violent with them, Nassif took to Facebook to defend himself, states UsMagazine.com. “It continues to amaze me how so much of the hoopla surrounding a reality show is in reality, unreal — including the absurdity of the latest utterly false accusations by Adrienne’s attorney which we will vigorously address in court,” Nassif wrote.
Nassif also commented that he is going to fight this matter as he is looking out for the well-being of his children and currently feels like they are being used as pawns.
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Kat Von D has a new man in her life

HollywoodNews.com: Kat Von D is completely over her troubled romance with Jesse James as she is happily dating a new man.
Von D and DJ Deadmau5 were reportedly spotted in Los Angeles looking very much like a couple as they were caught holding hands, states TooFab. The DJ recently took to Twitter to confirm the news about the romance after he posted some pictures of them on Facebook: “Yeah, im [in] love … inb4 I find a f**k to give over the Internet implodes over it at least I’m happy! Lol.”
Von D has yet to comment on the romance. No word on how long they have been together.
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Submit your film to the Hollywood Film Festival ®

HollywoodNews.com: CALL FOR ENTRIES: 16th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL®- OCT 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2012. Be Discovered in HOLLYWOOD! Great Networking Opportunity!
The 16th Annual HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL is now open for submissions in the follow genres: Features (drama and comedy), Docs, Animation and Shorts.
VISIT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL TO SUBMIT
www.hollywoodfest.com/submit-hollywood-film-festival
“The ultimate networking opportunity for filmmakers looking for a break” – Variety
“Footloose”/”Hustle and Flow’s” Craig Brewer was discovered at the HFF and 2010′s winner for Best Documentary, “Garbage Dreams” made 2010 Oscar short list.
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Ben Affleck honoring Moms in his life and around the world

HollywoodNews.com: In honor of Mother’s Day, Ben Affleck today posted a video on his Facebook page dedicated to the Moms in his life, and the “sacrifices, selflessness and courage” of women around the world. In the video from Ben’s recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), you’ll see touching footage of the women and organizations working tirelessly to provide for their families. Founded by Ben in 2009, Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) focuses on working with and for the people of eastern Congo, and believes that local, community-based approaches are essential to creating a sustainable and successful society in eastern Congo.

Ben is asking everybody to SHARE this video on Facebook in honor of the Mom’s in their lives. Fans can LEARN more and DONATE at ECI’s Causes page.
DONATE TO MOMS IN EASTERN CONGO CONGO
Ben Affleck Facebook: www.facebook.com/benaffleck
ECI Causes: http://bit.ly/J2RScY
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