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4 items from 2007

Overture puts 'Park' on the map

4 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Overture Films has signed on to produce and distribute "Humboldt Park", a family dramedy starring John Leguizamo and Freddy Rodriguez.

State Street Pictures ("Barbershop") and 2DS Prods. are behind the film, which focuses on a family reunion over the holidays in the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park.

The script -- which was penned by Rick Najera, Ted Perkins and Alison Swan -- was completed before the strike, which will allow production to move forward early next year. Overture is tentatively planning a fall 2008 release. Alfredo De Villa will direct the picture, which in addition to Leguizamo and Rodriguez is expected to feature a large ensemble cast.

Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. will produce for State Street, while Rodriguez, Rene Rigal, Reid Brody and Paul Kim will executive produce.

The movie continues a relationship between State Street and Overture execs Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett, who while with MGM collaborated with State Street on the "Barbershop" movies.

Overture, a unit of Liberty Media-owned Starz, has been beefing up its slate as it prepares to release its first batch of movies next year. »

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Rodriguez falling for 'Betty' on ABC

14 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Six Feet Under alum Freddy Rodriguez has joined the cast of ABC's dramedy Ugly Betty, playing a new love interest for star America Ferrera.

Additionally, Rodriguez has been cast in the indie Bottle Shock, written and to be directed by Randy Miller.

On Betty, Rodriguez will play Gio (short for Giovanni), a smart, ambitious, aggressive and lovable blue-collar guy who runs the office sandwich cart and prides himself in making each sandwich a work of art. It won't be long before sparks begin to fly between him and Betty (Ferrera).

Shock tells the true story of Chateau Montelena, a small, struggling California vineyard that won a blind taste test in Paris in 1976 to break into the previously French-dominated wine industry. Rodriguez will play a guy gifted with extraordinary palate who works at the winery.

Rodriguez was nominated for an Emmy in 2001 for his role as Frederico Diaz on HBO's Six Feet Under. On the big screen, he was recently seen in Bobby, Harsh Times and as the male lead in Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror portion of the Grindhouse double feature. »

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ICM signs Ice-T, actor Rodriguez

6 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ice-T and Freddy Rodriguez have signed with ICM.

Ice-T has signed with the agency in all areas. The rapper-actor-producer-author, now part of the cast of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, began his career as a pioneering force in the West Coast hip-hop scene. He then moved into acting, landing his first film role in the 1991 feature New Jack City. Ice-T, who also is a lecturer and wrote the book "The Ice Opinion", is managed by Jorge Hinojos.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez was nominated for a supporting actor Emmy for his role as Federico on HBO's Six Feet Under. This past year, he appeared in the feature film Bobby, which earned a SAG Award nomination for best ensemble cast. His recent credits include the films Lady in the Water, Poseidon and Harsh Times. Rodriguez will be honored next week as ShoWest best supporting actor. He next appears in Grindhouse, a horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino that the Weinstein Co.'s Dimension Films is releasing April 6. () »

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Rodriguez in the ShoWest spotlight

5 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Freddy Rodriguez will be honored as supporting actor of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention set for March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

Rodriguez, who most recently appeared as part of the ensemble cast of Bobby, which the Weinstein Co. released through MGM, will next be seen in Dimension Films' Grindhouse, which opens nationwide April 6.

"Since bursting onto the scene with his critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated role on HBO's 'Six Feet Under,' Rodriguez has gone on to bring impressive performances to such notable films as 'Dreamer,' 'Lady in the Water' and 'Bobby, ' " said Mitch Neuhauser, ShoWest co-managing director.

He will be presented with the award March 15 at ShoWest's closing-night ceremony.

Rodriguez will appear in director Robert Rodriguez's half of Grindhouse, which is titled Planet Terror.

Rodriguez received an Emmy nomination, two SAG Awards as part of a dramatic TV series ensemble, two Alma Awards and three Imagen Awards for his work on Six Feet Under. His film credits include Harsh Times, A Walk in the Clouds, Dead Presidents and Poseidon, and he has made guest TV appearances on Scrubs and "ER."

ShoWest is managed by Nielsen Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter. »

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