April 23, 2014

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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 [...]

Mario Lopez is a married man

HollywoodNews.com: Mario Lopez is now a happily married man as he wed Courtney Mazza this weekend.
Lopez and Mazza got married on Saturday in Mexico after being together since 2008, states RadarOnline. The two wed in a ceremony that will air on TLC on December 8th.
Their young daughter, Gia, was reportedly the flower girl at their wedding. ‘Cake Boss’ star Buddy Valastro created the desserts for the big day.
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Mario Lopez to marry on December 1st

HollywoodNews.com: Mario Lopez is apparently ready to become a husband as he is all set to wed the mother of his child, Courtney Mazza, on December 1st.
A wedding invite was released for their big day and shows the wedding will take place at Punta Mita in Mexico, states RadarOnline. The two have a two-year-old daughter named Gia.
This will be Lopez’s second marriage as he famously wed Ali Landry, but she annulled it two weeks later as she heard that he had cheated on her right before the big day.
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Lauren Conrad seems to be getting serious about new beau

HollywoodNews.com: Lauren Conrad has been dating USC law student William Tell for a number of months now, and it seems like things are getting serious.
The two reportedly decided to get away together and took a five-day trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, states UsMagazine.com. The trip was reportedly just about them as they stayed in a pricey suite and relaxed by the beach.
Their suite reportedly even had a private hot tub which likely made the trip that much better.
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‘Modern Family’s’ Sofia Vergara rumored to be engaged

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like ‘Modern Family’ star Sofia Vergara is officially going off the market as she is rumored to be engaged to her beau, Nick Loeb.
Vergara celebrated her 40th birthday in Mexico where she ended up being spotted with a giant diamond ring on her engagement ring finger, states TMZ. It is rumored that he proposed to her during the vacation.
The two allegedly briefly split earlier this year, but it seems there are no problems in their relationship now.
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‘Housewives of OC’ star looking for wedding locations

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star Tamra Barney is totally ready to get married to Eddie Judge, but first she has to find a wedding location.
Barney and Judge have reportedly been in Mexico recently in order to enjoy a vacation and scout locations, states RadarOnline. The two were allegedly checking out the Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto resort as a possible wedding spot.
It has been reported that the two may have a destination wedding and then another event closer to home.
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‘Housewives of OC’ star opens up about wedding plans

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star Tamra Barney is getting ready to marry her beau, Eddie Judge, and it seems it is going to be a grand affair.
Barney recently revealed that the two are thinking about actually having two weddings, states UsMagazine.com. “We’re thinking about maybe going to Mexico with the kids and [our parents]. . .and then coming home and having a big fabulous wedding for hundreds of people,” Barney revealed.
And it seems that only one wedding will have the chance to end up on camera as she’d like to keep the family event private.
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First-Ever Heineken VOCES Grants at Tribeca Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced the award winners for the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund and first-ever Heineken VOCES grant at a celebration over the weekend for Latin American filmmakers during the Tribeca Film Festival. The funds, totaling $60,000, support innovative Latin American film and video artists to help them explore stories reflecting diverse cultures and gain exposure in the film industry.
The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund awards $10,000 grants to animation, documentary, or hybrid feature-length films in advanced development, production or post-production from filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Grantees also receive exclusive guidance from TFI to ensure that each film reaches completion and enters the U.S. marketplace from the best possible vantage point. The Fund is sponsored by Moviecity and CANACINE.
“We are proud to support this year’s Latin America Fund and Heineken VOCES winners, and look forward to helping these six filmmakers further develop their films,” said Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming for TFI. “The VOCES grant extends our Latin Fund’s reach by allowing us to work with filmmakers in the United States as well as talent based in Latin America. With the help of our partners, we can continue to provide a platform where these compelling stories can be experienced by a larger audience.”
The winning films were selected by a jury of industry professionals including Fernando Rovzar, Executive Producer of La Casa de Mi Padre and Producer of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark; Cynthia Lopez, Vice-President of American Documentary / POV; and actor/filmmaker Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes, The Aura, Nine Queens).
The following four films are winners of this year’s TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund:
City of the Caesars (Chile), Directed & Produced by Francisco Hervé, Edited by Andrea Chignoli — Two conspiracy theories. Two ordinary men. Wisdom, immortality and natural resources are at stake in a mythical place somewhere in Patagonia.
Cuando los Muertos Estan Mas Secos/When the Dead Are Drier (Bolivia), Directed & Produced by Claudio Araya Silva and Produced by Yara Morales Rivera — In the eighties, more than 50 women committed suicide in a small peasant community. Hermenegildo and Pedro return to their community, attempting to retrace the paths of memory regarding the deaths of their wives. The trip aims to unravel the mystery surrounding the life and death of these women.
Elena (Brazil), Directed & Produced by Ana Petra Costa [...]

‘Glee’s’ Lea Michele tweets about new romance with Cory Monteith

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like ‘Glee’ stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith are definitely a couple as they allegedly spent the weekend at Coachella together.
The two stars allegedly packed on the PDA while there together, but Lea Michele really revealed a lot in a recent tweet, states UsMagazine.com. While the two haven’t confirmed romance rumors, Lea Michele’s tweet seemed to say it all.
“I just saw a really hot 6-foot-3 Canadian with a tribal arm band hanging by the pool. So happy,” Lea Michele posted, commenting on Monteith.
The two reportedly recently vacationed together in Mexico.
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Jennifer Lopez’s rep shoots down recent marriage rumor

HollywoodNews.com: Jennifer Lopez was recently the focus of a marriage rumor as a tabloid reported that she wed Casper Smart in a private ceremony in Mexico.
However, her rep is now denying this story by reporting that it is completely false that they are now married although they are still together, states UsMagazine.com. It was also rumored that Smart wanted to adopt her twins, but that is also apparently false.
Lopez split with Marc Anthony in July after the two were together for about seven years.
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