Eva Mendes’ Latest Film

Place Beyond the Pines is the latest film by Derek Cianfrance starring Ryan Gosling (as Luke), Bradley Cooper (as Avery), and Eva Mendes (as Romina).  The film centers on the two men’s tragic encounter- Cooper as a rookie cop and Gosling as a bad-boy biker who upon learning that he has a baby tries to make good as a provider but chooses crime as the path.

The Place Beyond the PinesEva Mendes plays a working mother with a man that cares for her, her mother and her baby. Her brief romantic liaison with Luke and his immediate departure, left her alone and with a baby. She never told him about the boy.


The story takes some twists and looks at the long term impact of choices made by parents in their own lives and children.

The film opens today.

Kate del Castillo Stars in K-11

This one had me do a double-take! Kate del Castillo as a trans inmate, done-up chola-style! Wow! It’s playing at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco this week.

The film follows  a powerful record producer who wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified “K-11.” Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey (Kate del Castillo), Raymond is truly a fish out of water. Complicating matters are a troubled young transgender named Butterfly (Portia Doubleday), a predatory child molester (Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister) and the ruthless Sheriff’s Deputy, Lt. Johnson (D.B. Sweeney). Ray’s struggle to contact the outside world and regain his freedom seems impossible, but he must learn to navigate this new power structure if he is ever going survive and be in control of his life again.

“Rita Moreno: A Memoir” in Bookstores & Online

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Whenever you hear the song “America” from West Side Story, no doubt Rita Moreno comes to mind. Moreno’s ‘Anita’ won her the Oscar and stardom. She is in the exclusive club of artists that have won the grand slam of arts awards including an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony…plus a Golden Globe and the National Medal of Honor.

At 80, Moreno is still singing, dancing, acting and writing.  Performing since the age of 7, Rita was discovered by Louis B. Mayer, the famed filmmaker of old Hollywood who remarked upon seeing her that she looked like a ‘Spanish’ Elizabeth Taylor.  Moreno was in her late teens/early twenties when she was rubbing shoulders with the greats of old Hollywood- Clark Gable, Yul Brynner, Gene Kelly, Marlon Brando- and yes, Elizabeth Taylor, too.

Last year Moreno starred in her autobiographical one-woman show, Life Without Makeup, to rave reviews at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Earlier this month she released  Rita Moreno: A Memoir.  Born Rosa Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, her mother moved the family to New York City when she was 3. She takes us on her life journey once again- as an immigrant, as a starlet, and as a heartbroken young woman. To say she was involved with bad boy Marlon Brando is an understatement; infidelity, an unwanted pregnancy, and a suicide attempt made for good tabloid fodder publicly but privately it was a source of much pain.

Get the book and read all about Rita.

@SFLucho

Happy Birthday, Rita!

HEY,YOU GUYS!  The iconic Rita Moreno turned 81 this week (December 11)!

If you know what that line is from that’s probably one of the first times you saw Rita. She screamed the opening line of the Electric Company, the PBS children’s show that aired from 1971-1985. Rita is a singer, dancer, and actor with many credits to her name in film, tv, stage, and music. You probably have seen her in West Side Story (1961) as Anita, the role for which she is best remembered and which earned her an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.  If you’re a fan of cable programming, perhaps you saw her on HBO’s OZ,  the prison dramatic series where she played Sister Pete, a psychiatrist nun counseling prisoners. She’s currently on TV Land’s “Happily Divorced”  where she plays Fran Drescher’s mother.

Rita is entertainment royalty. She’s part of an elite small club of artists that have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.  She was also honored with the National Medal of Arts in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

Happy birthday & many more, Rita!

@SFLucho

Fundraiser Dec 9- San Francisco Produced Feature Film – The Other Barrio

Shot on location in San Francisco, “The Other Barrio” tells the story of housing inspector Roberto Morales (Richard Montoya) as he investigates the suspicious circumstances of a fatal fire in a residential hotel in the Mission and finds himself face to face with corruption at City Hall and a beautiful flame (Veronica Valencia) from his past.  This is SF Noir at its best, a tale of greed, murder, corruption and justice.

Join the cast, crew and special guests for an evening of edgy SF entertainment to raise funds to complete the film.
Brava Theater, SF www.brava.org
Sunday December 9, 2012
Doors open at 7:00pm-Show 7:30pm

General Admission: $25
Students with ID: $10

BUY TICKETS HERE
Or at Brava Theater Box Office: 415.641.7657

SPECIAL VIP RECEPTION
5:30-7:00pm: $50 per person
Meet and hang out with the cast and crew
Includes food, drinks, and reserved seats

NOIR DRESS ENCOURAGED

With special appearances by:
-Jerry Gonzalez, award winning, Latin jazz great trumpeter and percussionist.
-Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco Poet Laureate, whose Noir short story of the same name is the basis of the film.
-Film clips and live musical performances
“The Other Barrio” is a production of SF Noir Films.

Produced by Louis F. Dematteis and Dante Betteo
Directed by Dante Betteo
Director of Photography Andrew Crighton
Production Designer Rene Yanez
Sound Design by Greg Landau
Based on a Short Story by Alejandro Murguia

Oscars 2012

Lots of great films seem to come just in time for the awards season. This year is no different.  The nominees for this year’s Oscars were announced earlier this week.  Here are some of the nominees that excited us just a little more:

Demian Bichir from Mexico was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in “A Better Life”.  The film was released in 2011 with much critical acclaim. It’s a drama about an undocumented immigrant father, working as a gardener, that struggles both to provide for his son and to keep him out of harms way. Gangs beckoning and immigration agents on their heels.

“The Artist” has been marketed heavily with both critical and popular appeal. It’s no surprise that Oscar nominations would be in the cards.  Though we don’t get to hear her in this fantastic silent film,  here’s your chance to hear Argentina born Berenice Bejo, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, in an interview last year after a film festival screening:

Five time Oscar nominee Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematographer,  hails from Mexico and has worked on some amazing films including “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Children of Men”,  “Y Tu Mama Tambien”, and many more. He’s up for an Oscar with “Tree of Life” directed by Terrence Malick which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.  Here’s a great introduction by Ben Affleck at the Hollywood Film Awards:

 

Pedro Armendariz, Jr. Dies

Beloved Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz, Jr. died on December 26, 2011 at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. He was undergoing treatment in a New York city hospital .

Armendariz had a long career in Mexico and in the US on both television and film.  He appeared in more than 100 films including westerns, dramas, comedies, and action films. Some of the more recent titles include “Un Mundo Maravilloso” and “La Ley de Herodes” by director Luis Estrada; “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”;  “Original Sin”; zorro films “The Mask of Zorro” and  “The Legend of Zorro” alongside Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  He appeared in tele-novela “La Fuerza del Destino”, carried on Univision, which just aired the final episode this past Monday to an audience of nearly 8 million viewers.

We will have a chance to see him once again in a yet to be released film, ” Casa De Mi Padre”,  a Spanish language comedy starring Will Ferrell along with Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal.