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Attention, Filmmakers Shooting on Film: Here's Why You Need to Preserve Your Work

Attention, Filmmakers Shooting on Film: Here's Why You Need to Preserve Your Work
Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Here's the 12-Step Guide to Co-Directing In our increasingly digital world, where analog film preservation has become all but endangered, let the struggles of acclaimed Cuban filmmaker Leon Ichaso be a call to arms to preserve your negative prints. An honoree at the Queens World Film Festival this week, Ichaso's esteemed career has run the gamut from Cuban indies specializing in urban realism ("El Super") to cable television miniseries on ShowTime ("Sleeper Cell") and A&E ("The Cleaner"). Unfortunately for the 67-year-old director, not even success could guarantee the preservation of his films' analog prints. As discussed in a recent New York Times article entitled "Filmmaker Won’t Weep for the Cuba He Left Behind," a handful of Ichaso's indies from the past three decades are no longer available due to a lack of preservation and archiving. This fate has met both his 1979 breakthrough debut...
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Elizabeth Peña, ‘La Bamba’ Actress, Dead at 55

Elizabeth Peña, ‘La Bamba’ Actress, Dead at 55
Prolific actress Elizabeth Peña, whose acting career spanned nearly 40 years, has died at age 55. Peña died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles told the Latino Review. Her cause of death was not immediately available. Also read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) Peña was raised by Cuban immigrant parents in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. She started in theater and debuted in her first film in 1978 — director León Ichaso's “El Super.” Most recently, she wrapped up filming seven episodes of El Rey Network's “Matador.” “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our.
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Actress Elizabeth Peña Dead at 55

Actress Elizabeth Peña Dead at 55
Hollywood has lost another talented star. Actress Elizabeth Peña died Tuesday at the age of 55. Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles confirmed the news in an obituary posted on the site. "The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles," he wrote.  No cause of death was immediately available. Peña earned plenty of fans for her roles on both the big and small screen. After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, Peña began her career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super. By the end of the '80s, she...
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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away

  • LRM Online
Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away
Elizabeth Peña has passed away. The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had recently wrapped work on the first season of the El Rey Network's action series, Matador, where she played the title character's mother Maritza.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised by her Cuban immigrant parents, Peña was destined for a career in the arts. Her father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in their native Cuba, who opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble after establishing a life for he and his family in New York. As a teen, Peña began making a name for herself as a formidable young actress in the New York theatre scene. She attended, and graduated from, the High School of Performing Arts and began her professional film career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super.
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Barbara Hershey To Star In Lifetime’s ‘Left To Die’

Barbara Hershey is going behind bars in Left To Die. The Black Swan co-star and Oscar nominee will play an innocent woman thrown in an Ecuadorian jail for drug trafficking in the Lifetime TV movie, which begins production this month ahead of a 2013 premiere. Hershey’s character’s only hope is her daughter Tammi’s belief in her mother’s innocence and her fight to free her; Rachel Leigh Cook is set to play Tammi. Leon Ichaso is directing from a script by Agatha Dominik and Suzette Couture. Sony Pictures Television, Blue Blazer Productions and Sandbar Pictures will produce. Frank von Zerneck, Danielle von Zerneck, Elizabeth Zox Friedman, Greg Little and Tammi Chase will executive produce. Hershey — who currently appears on ABC’s Once Upon A Time playing Cora, the mother of the Evil Queen — is repped by Pakula/King & Associates, Impression Entertainment and attorney Marcy Morris.
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Denzel Washington Considers Thelonious Monk Biopic and Potential Comedy Role

  • The Film Stage
We all love Denzel Washington, but the middling response to his latest vehicle, Safe House, has sparked talk of a point I’ve made for the past couple of years: the guy needs to step out of his box. Be it a move away from Tony Scott, putting an end to “the mysterious badass,” getting Spike back on the phone, whatever’s needed to get some interesting projects on his plate needs to happen soon.

An interview with The Guardian (via ThePlaylist) might have a solution. Over there, Washington revealed that he’s not only “hovering” over a comedy — which he hasn’t done in quite some time — the actor would also “really like to play” Thelonious Monk, the jazz musician responsible for famous pieces such as “Blue Monk” and “Straight, No Chaser,” among numerous others. (He’s second only to Duke Ellington as the most-recorded composer in jazz history,
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2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale served as presenters. Nominees for Best Feature include 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Artist and The Descendants.

Margin Call was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

“The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognize the finest artistic achievements across the broad spectrum of independent filmmaking.from emerging talent working on a shoestring budget to established auteurs,” said Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus. “The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community. We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work.”

2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature (Award given to the Producer,
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Hawthorne Returns Marc Anthony as Series Regular

Hawthorne Returns Marc Anthony as Series Regular
Grammy(R)-winning recording artist and actor Marc Anthony has joined the cast of TNT's Hawthorne, the powerful drama series starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. Marc Anthony will reprise the newly expanded role of Police Detective Nick Renata, the character he introduced as a guest star in two episodes last season. Hawthorne is scheduled to return for its third season this June.

Marc Anthony joins Hawthorne as a series regular just as Jada Pinkett Smith's Christina Hawthorne, Chief Nursing Officer of James River Hospital, struggles with news that she is pregnant. The two developed a strong bond last season while Renata investigated a pair of criminal cases involving the hospital. But Christina, whose on-again, off-again romance with Dr. Tom Wakefield (Michael Vartan) has been a mess of mixed signals and bad timing, told Nick she was not ready to jump into a new relationship.

As a recording artist,
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Marc Anthony Joins TNT's 'Hawthorne' As Regular

Marc Anthony Joins TNT's 'Hawthorne' As Regular
After a two-episode stint last season, singer-actor Marc Anthony has joined TNT's Hawthorne as a regular for the medical drama's upcoming third season. He will reprise his rile as Police Detective Nick Renata who developed a strong bond with Jada Pinkett Smith’s Christina Hawthorne, Chief Nursing Officer of James River Hospital, while Renata investigated a pair of criminal cases involving the hospital. Hawthorne's third season premieres in June. Anthony’s acting credits includes roles in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead, Tony Scott’s Man on Fire and Leon Ichaso’s biopic El Cantante.
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Producers Play With "Jimi Hendrix"...

  • SneakPeek
Two upcoming features, based on rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix are in the works, including screenwriter Max Borenstein's take for Legendary Pictures, hoping for authorization from the Hendrix Estate.

In addition, producers Don "Shoot 'Em Up" Murphy and Carol Lewis are developing a 'fictional' account of what happened during Jimi Hendrix' 'lost weekend', when his manager orchestrated a hoax kidnapping.

The 2000 TV Movie "Hendrix", shot by director Leon Ichaso in Toronto was nominated for a primetime Emmy, starring Wood Harris, Billy Zane and Vivica A. Fox. The film chronicled Hendrix' early career, focusing on his move from the Us to England becoming friends with producer 'Chas Chandler' who teamed him up with bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding to form the Experience.

Sneak Peek's Michael Stevens had the opportunity of playing 'Jimi's Roadie' in the film, as a member of the band's entourage.

Sneak Peek "Jimi Hendrix
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