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Film Feature: The 10 Worst Films of 2013

31 December 2013 8:49 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Why are those three Oscar winners – Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton – laughing on that fourth poster below? Because they managed to cash a paycheck on the way to participating in one of the Worst Films of 2013.

As studios pump out more and more product, more cinematic sewage clogs up the system. What do you need to avoid at Hell’s Video Store? Read on.

There are no rankings, because they are all rank. The ten are listed in descending levels of dread, caught up momentarily by the one-two punch (“Grudge Match!”) of Robert I-need-to-pay-off-my-vacation-homes De Niro. Each entry has a “Redeeming Factor,” because without it, HollywoodChicago.com film critic Patrick McDonald would probably rip out his eyeballs and have them blessed by Ultima (see below). And 10 of the worst films of 2013 are…

“We’re the Millers”

We’re the Millers

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Scarface': 25 Things You Didn't Know About Al Pacino's Classic Crime Drama

9 December 2013 4:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Scarface" co-star Steven Bauer recalled a decade ago that, during the 1983 premiere for the over-the-top epic of the rise and fall of a violent, foul-mouthed, cocaine kingpin, Martin Scorsese turned to him and said, "You guys are great -- but be prepared, because they're going to hate it in Hollywood" Bauer said he asked why, and that Scorsese replied, "Because it's about them."

Thirty years after the release of "Scarface" (on December 9, 1983), Brian De Palma's glitzy, coke-fueled tale of Cuban immigrant druglord Tony Montana now seems like a landmark of '80s cinema. It provided major early career breaks for a number of stars, from Michelle Pfeiffer to Bauer to F. Murray Abraham, as well as for screenwriter Oliver Stone. Along with fellow gangster Michael Corleone of the "Godfather" trilogy, Tony Montana is the role Al Pacino is most likely to be remembered for. And of course, the movie »

- Gary Susman

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Question Your Faith In "Bless Me, Ultima"

17 October 2013 4:21 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In 2013, witches have finally established their supremacy. But there is more than one idea of what a witch is. Amidst all the campy, bitchy witches of Beautiful Creatures and American Horror Story: Coven, there are some that are more spiritual. Ultima (Miriam Colon) is just such a witch in Bless Me, Ultima, an adaptation of the classic Hispanic novel by Rudolfo Anaya.

But Bless Me, Ultima isn’t focused on Ultima. It tells the coming-of-age story of Antonio (Luke Ganalon) who struggles to understand how good and evil can exist simultaneously in the world. He is raised in the Catholic church, and devoutly believes what he is taught. But after some adventures with his grandmother Ultima—including an exorcism—Antonio begins to doubt his beliefs in God.

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'This Is the End' and 'The Croods' at Home Before Disc

17 September 2013 7:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Bless Me, Ultima (drama; Miriam Colon, Luke Ganalon; PG-13) Blue Caprice (drama based on true story of the DC snipers; Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson; available On Demand and in theaters; rated R) Disconnect (drama; Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgård; rated R) Paradise (Diablo Cody-directed comedy; Julianne Hough, Russell Brand; premieres 9/19 weeks before theatrical; rated PG-13) C.O.G. (comedy; Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare; premieres 9/20 the same...

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On Demand DVD New Releases Sept. 16-22

16 September 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Demand DVD New Releases Sept. 16-22 A mid-month set of releases that offers some big names and some smaller titles … let’s see what this week has in store! Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya’s controversial novel comes to life in this adaptation set in World War II-era New Mexico, where a young boy’s life is drastically affected by an elderly medicine woman who comes to stay with his family. Miriam Colon, Luke Ganalon, Dolores Heredia (PG-13, 1:46) 9/17 [Same as DVD] The Bling Ring (pictured above) Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) directs this examination of celebrity culture based on a true [...]

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Imagen Awards Honor ‘Castle,’ Huertas, Raymund

17 August 2013 10:44 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Monica Raymund of “Chicago Fire” and Jon Huertas of “Castle” won the lead actress and actor prizes Friday at the 28th annual Imagen Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment.

Castle” was named top primetime TV series at the event, held at the Beverly Hilton. Journalist Elizabeth Espinosa hosted the event.

Supporting actor and actress honors went to Carlos Gomez of “The Glades” and Constance Marie of “Switched at Birth.”  Entrepeneur and philanthropist Christy Walton won the Imagen Foundation’s President’s Award, while writer/producer Jesus Salvador Trevino received the Lifetime Achievement Award and writing and directing brothers Michael and Gerald Cuesta earned the Norman Lear Writing Award.

“This year, we received 200 entries which really continues to enhance the market value of our community and we are pleased that these creative efforts are once again being acknowledged,” Imagen Foundation prexy Helen Hernandez said.

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- Jon Weisman

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

4 July 2013 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »

- Laura Larson

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Class of 2013: 276 New Members Invited to Join the Academy

28 June 2013 12:10 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got »

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Academy adds record number of new members

28 June 2013 11:59 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.

That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.

AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.

Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.

Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham, »

- Anthony Breznican

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276 Receive Membership Invites From The Academy

28 June 2013 11:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:

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Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno

Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface

Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City

Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises

Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid

Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town

Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator

Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl

Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil, »

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Film Academy Invites 276 New Members

28 June 2013 11:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay and Paul Feig are among the 276 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.

“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”

Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.

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Oscar wants company… Academy invites 276 to membership

28 June 2013 10:46 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013. “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.” The 2013 invitees are: Actors Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “JunoMiriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “ScarfaceRosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin CityKimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “BelovedJoseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight RisesCharles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak KidRebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The TownLance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The TerminatorJack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory GirlMilla Jovovich – “Resident Evil, »

- Josh Abraham

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Film Review: ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ Commits Sin Against Cinema

23 February 2013 8:36 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the major tenets of the “memoir” genre – the type of film in which a main character is looking back at their lives – is the unforgettable character that influences them forever. New Mexico during World War II is the setting for “Bless Me, Ultima.”

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Based on a popular novel, the character of Ultima is an old woman who comes to live with her Mexican family in America. She possesses magical powers of vague proportions, and is thought of by others as a witch. For some reason, the little boy in the story (the person looking back at his life) is enamored of Ultima, except when he isn’t. The film doesn’t specifically focus on Ultima, and even though she is the title character she disappears for long stretches in the story, while other moments of the boy’s life are emphasized. There is no focus in the narrative, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Bless Me, Ultima – The Review

21 February 2013 3:41 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Bless Me, Ultima is an interesting blend of film genres. On one hand it’s a nostalgic coming of age drama set in that golden era of the 1940′s similar to Summer Of ’42 and A Christmas Story. It recalls that simpler time that was not quite as idyllic as many remember. The film’s also a look at culture clashes with this Mexican family settling in the Us in search of a better life. Most of all Ultima is about different forms of faith. The Catholic church is a large part of this family’s life, but they still have a belief in the old ways. Namely the supernatural. They speak of it in hushed tones, whispering of witches and curses and demons. All these themes are explored in this story of a boy and a wonderous time that seems so long ago.

Antonio (Luke Ganalon) is young boy of »

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Exclusive: Producer Mark Johnson Talks Bless Me, Ultima

21 February 2013 7:46 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Producer Mark Johnson discusses Bless Me, Ultima, debuting in theaters February 22

Producer Mark Johnson has been successful in all avenues of the entertainment business, making movies such as the Oscar-winning Rain Man, Bugsy, Donnie Brasco, What Lies Beneath, The Rookie, The Chronicles of Narnia series, and last year's Not Fade Away, just to name a few. He is also one of the producers of the hit AMC series Breaking Bad, which wraps up its fifth and final season this summer. His latest project is much smaller in scope, but features just as powerful a story as any of those other big-budget movies.

Bless Me, Ultima centers on a young boy named Antonio (Luke Ganalon) who has an awakening of faith when his grandmother Ultima (Miriam Colon), an aging spiritual healer, comes to live with his family in this drama set against the backdrop of World War II. I recently had »

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Bless Me, Ultima | Review

21 February 2013 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bless This Mess: Franklin’s Period Piece Strangles Intriguing Premise

Carl Franklin returns with Bless Me, Ultima, his first feature since 2003’s Out of Time. An adaptation of a 1972 novel by Rudolfo Anaya, which is reputedly the best selling Chicano novel of all time, is actually the first novel of a trilogy, documenting the coming of age of a young boy in 1940’s New Mexico through his special relationship with an elderly family friend. Told with flourishes of magical realism depicting the mysticism and folkways of the indigenous culture of the area, this tale of a young boy’s spiritual transformation documents the vainglorious struggles of Christianity encroaching on the ways of old world pagan rituals and his subsequent disillusionment with religion. What sounds like a philosophically intriguing premise doesn’t quite translate in this bluntly conditioned film treatment that butchers a Bildungsroman into a parody of good vs. evil. »

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Interview: Bless Me, Ultima’s Miriam Colon

20 February 2013 12:22 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Dark Skies” and “Snitch” are the big ones making their way to theaters this weekend, but February 22nd also brings the less hyped, albeit very influential, “Bless, Me Ultima.” Based on Rudolfo Anaya’s Premio Qunito Sol-winning novel, Carl Franklin’s feature highlights the Chicano culture of the 1940s in New Mexico. When young Antonio’s (Luke Ganalon) parents invite the curandera, Ultima (Miriam Colon), to live with their family, Antonio takes to Ultima’s spiritual guidance, causing him to question how he lives his life, the divide between good and evil, and the difference between what Ultima preaches and what he learns at church. In honor of the film’s limited release, Ultima herself,  [ Read More ]

The post Interview: Bless Me, Ultima’s Miriam Colon appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Bless Me, Ultima In St. Louis

14 February 2013 11:12 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Based on the provocative award-winning novel by celebrated author Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima tells the turbulent story of Antonio Márez (Luke Ganalon), a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II.  When Ultima (Miriam Colon), a mysterious healer comes to live with his family, she introduces Antonio to the power of the spiritual world.  A strong woman with a great understanding of life, Ultima encourages Antonio who begins to question his strict upbringing.  Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events, Antonio must grapple with questions about the nature of divinity and his own destiny.

The film will be in theaters February 22nd.

Wamg invites you to enter to win 2 seats to the advance screening of Bless Me, Ultima on February 20th at 7:00 Pm in St. Louis.

Answer the following question:

Do you believe herbs hold special healing powers?

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Bless Me, Ultima movie clips

12 February 2013 4:25 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch 3 new clips from Carl Franklin's Bless Me, Ultima starring Luke Ganalon, Miriam Colon and Benito Martinez. The drama from Arenas Entertainment gets a limited theatrical run on February 22nd, and is both directed and adapted by Franklin, based on the controversial novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya. Bless Me, Ultima is a turbulent coming-of-age story about Antonio Marez (Luke Ganalon), a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera named Ultima (Miriam Colon) comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question the strict Catholic doctrine that he has been taught by his parents (Dolores Heredia and Benito Martinez). Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events Antonio must grapple with questions about his own destiny, the relationship between good vs. evil and ultimately »

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Bless Me, Ultima movie clips

12 February 2013 4:25 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch 3 new clips from Carl Franklin's Bless Me, Ultima starring Luke Ganalon, Miriam Colon and Benito Martinez. The drama from Arenas Entertainment gets a limited theatrical run on February 22nd, and is both directed and adapted by Franklin, based on the controversial novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya. Bless Me, Ultima is a turbulent coming-of-age story about Antonio Marez (Luke Ganalon), a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera named Ultima (Miriam Colon) comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question the strict Catholic doctrine that he has been taught by his parents (Dolores Heredia and Benito Martinez). Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events Antonio must grapple with questions about his own destiny, the relationship between good vs. evil and ultimately »

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