— Really exciting news for Benicio del Toro. The Boricua Academy Award-winning actor reportedly made his directorial debut in Cuba. According to Fox News Latino, 44-year-old Del Toro directed a short, part of a seven-short film. Titled The Yuma, Del Toro’s short is about a young American who travels to Havan. Cuba, for the city’s annual film festival.
— Latina teen stars unite! Our December/January cover girl Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez will reportedly bring in the new year with MTV, according to Access Hollywood. The website is also reporting that 19-year-old Lovato is set to perform. The show will air live at 11 p.m. EST from MTV’s Times Square studios.
— Praise surrounding The Artist hasn’t stopped rolling in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the silent romance film starring 35-year-old Argentinean actress Bérénice Bejo has been named the Best Movie of the Year by both the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Film Critics. In addition, The Artist was also voted special awards as the American Film Institute chose its official selections for AFI Awards this weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Congrats to those behind The Artist!
— Less-than-stellar news for film New Year’s Eve. According to Us Magazine, the film starring Colombian actress Sofia Vergara and a star-studded ensemble cast earned only $13.7 million on its opening weekend. The website also reports that it was the worst weekend in the domestic box office in three years. Ouch.