Video: Sneak Peek at "Sugar," Dominican Immigrant Tale Turned Indie Film Hit
By Monica Herrera | 02/11/2009 - 09:29

Even the most praise-lavished movies on the festival circuit can take a year or more to make it to the general public, and Sugar is no different. This touching indie film, about a young Dominican baseball player whose talent brings him to Major League baseball tryouts in the U.S., first popped up on our radar when it premiered to much hype at last year's Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the fest's top honor, the Grand Jury Prize.

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Poll: Who Was the Worst Actress in 2008?
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 02/10/2009 - 16:00

As we finalize the winners of the second annual Lazzies, where we celebrate the worst of Hollywood, we'd like you to please weigh in on a very important category. Vote now, and look for our complete list of Lazzie winners early next week!

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Camilla Belle to Star as the Virgin Mary in "Mother, Mary of Christ"
By Monica Herrera | 02/06/2009 - 12:00

Someone's Hollywood stock just shot up big time. Camilla Belle, the Brazilian American actress best known for dating Joe Jonas and starring in the so-so action movie Push (out today), has just signed on to star alongside Peter O'Toole and Jonathan Rhys Myers in Mother, Mary of Christ, a film based on the New Testament.

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Selena Gomez Signs on for New Movie Role in "Beezus and Ramona"
By Monica Herrera | 02/06/2009 - 09:40

Selena Gomez is headed for the big screen. The 16-year-old Disney star has signed on for a lead role in Beezus and Ramona, a 20th Century Fox-produced movie based on the popular tween lit series, Ramona, by Beverly Cleary.

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Benicio Talks About Oscar Snub of "Che"
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2009 - 12:45

Benicio del Toro is no stranger to accolades; the thespian recently took home a Goya Award for "Best Actor" for his work in Steven Soderbergh's epic film Che on top of the "Best Actor" award he won last year when the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen Get Intimate for Vanity Fair
By Monica Herrera | 02/03/2009 - 10:38

Woody Allen is a very lucky man. The Vicky Cristina Barcelona director just cozied up with Penelope Cruz for Vanity Fair's 2009 Hollywood Portofolio, an Annie Liebovitz-photographed spread pairing the top Oscar-nominated actors with the directors who guided them behind the camera.

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Benicio del Toro, Gael Garcia Bernal Negotiating to Star in New Scorsese Film
By Norell Giancana | 02/02/2009 - 13:52

Martin Scorsese is out to make his next film, Silence, with none other than our favorite leading man, Benicio del Toro. This would be the first time the two powerhouses have teamed up. The story, based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, is set in 17th century Japan where Christian converts are being tortured by the Japanese government to rid the country of Western influence.

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Gael and Diego Kick Off Their Next Joint Project, Ambulante 2009
By Monica Herrera | 02/02/2009 - 11:06

Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna may be new fathers, but they're still making time for their day jobs! The recently reunited screen stars just announced the launch of Ambulante 2009, their touring documentary film festival, at a press conference in Mexico City. Ambulante, which was founded by Gael and Diego in 2008 through their film production company, Canana, kicked off on Thursday with the Oscar-nominated movie Jesus Camp and will hit 15 cities in their native Mexico through March 29.

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Penelope, Benicio Win Big at the Goya Awards
By Monica Herrera | 02/02/2009 - 10:11

Penelope Cruz isn't just raking in awards in the U.S. these days. The actress was in top form at Spain's 23rd annual Goya Awards on Sunday, winning Best Supporting Actress for—what else?—her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. In her acceptance speech, Cruz returned the love to her home country and thanked VCB helmer Woody Allen for the role.

"I've always been a fan of Woody Allen, and that my peers honor me
for a Spanish film made by him makes me very happy," said Cruz. "Thanks Woody for believing in me."

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Johnny Depp to Shoot New Movie, "The Rum Diary," in Puerto Rico
By Monica Herrera | 01/30/2009 - 13:53

Johnny Depp is headed for la isla del encanto! The smoldering star will begin shooting his next film project, The Rum Diary—based on the book by deceased novelist Hunter S. Thompson—in Puerto Rico later this year, confirms Puerto Rico governor Luis Fortuño.

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