By Norell Giancana | 10/26/2009 - 15:19
Just days before the opening of his highly anticipated Michael Jackson concert film, This Is It (Oct. 28), Kenny Ortega has stepped down as director of the remake of the 1984 classic Footloose. Sources claim that his decision to call it quits stemmed from creative and budgetary differences with Paramount Pictures. Ortega, who directed the insanely popular High School Musical films and choreographed the timeless Dirty Dancing, is said to have wanted elaborate musical numbers and a $30 million budget.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/22/2009 - 11:25
When I was young, I had really long, wavy hair. My hair was my prized possession. It cascaded down past my waist and I was the envy of all the girls in my kindergarten class. Some of my earliest memories involve people fawning over my silky waves, and almost every conversation included someone saying, "Ooooh, you got that good hair."
By Mariela Rosario | 10/21/2009 - 10:35
Word has leaked that megawatt stars Salma Hayek and Jessica Biel were recently in NYC to read for parts in a theatrical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's hit 1988 Spanish comedy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/20/2009 - 11:02
Fina Torres, who directed Woman on Top, will helm Prada to Nada, a new film being billed as the Latina interpretation of Jane Austen's classic novel Sense and Sensibility. The English-language Mexican-US coproduction was written by Torres and Chicano dramatist Luis Alfaro.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/15/2009 - 09:49
Spoiler alert! You can add Penélope Cruz's name to the list of stars who will be making an appearance in the highly anticipated Sex in the City sequel! The Spanish actress will be joining a motley crew of celebs who have cameos in the new film, including Miley Cyrus and Liza Minelli.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/07/2009 - 14:10
Gabriel García Márquez's novel Memories of My Melancholy Whores tells the tale of a 90-year-old man who, for his birthday, gives himself one evening of “wild love with an adolescent virgin.” Codirector and producer Ricardo del Rio is attempting to bring the famed author's vision to life and is in the process of filming an adaptation of the book.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/01/2009 - 10:16
Josh Brolin is set to replace Sean Penn as the star of the Asger Leth-directed drama Cartel. Leth will be making his feature directing debut with Cartel. He previously directed the critically acclaimed 2006 documentary Ghosts of Cite Soleil. The film will begin shooting January in Mexico City.
Sean Penn was going to star in the film, but he left the project in June to take a break from acting for personal reasons.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/21/2009 - 11:48
Lee Daniels's Precious, produced by Oprah Winfrey and based on the novel Push by Sapphire, took home the top prize over the weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. The coveted audience award at the festival is a traditionally seen as a predictor for Oscar contenders. Last year's audience award winner was a little film called Slumdog Millionaire.