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Interview: Emotive Rocker Lauren Wolf to Outlive Today’s Digitized Dance Fad

Chicago – You can’t tune into top-40 radio today without hearing a host of new and previous artists all converging on the same fad: digitized dance music. While the club scene’s eating it all up for now, time has proven again and again that real music prevails over fancy studio theatrics. That’s why artists like Adele will have much richer and longer careers than someone like Pitbull who’s in vogue today but might not be tomorrow.

And that’s why Chicago artist Lauren Wolf – who’s been brewing her entire life all the secret ingredients for a lifelong singing career – is rising so swiftly on the Chicago and soon-to-be national music scene. The explosive rock/blues pipes on this upcoming Hard Rock headliner are here to stay. speaks with Lauren Wolf to understand her back story and success.

Lauren Wolf will headline the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago on Sept.
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Slideshow: Rising Rocker Lauren Wolf Seduces Crowd With Powerhouse Vocals, Infectious Band

Chicago – The Original Mother’s in Chicago lit up on July 28, 2011 when soulful rocker Lauren Wolf and her electrifying band held the CD release party for “All My Secrets”. Wolf’s rock/blues sound can be compared to the likes of Janis Joplin, Joss Stone and Heart wrapped into one.

The album was recorded at Capitol Studios with a Grammy-winning producer after Wolf won Chicago’s Road to Fame competition in 2009. Wolf’s band includes Graham Czach (bass), Jesse Nolan (drums/vocals), Patrick Dugan (guitar) and Phil Maniaci (keys/vocals).

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Robert Pattinson’s Little Ashes Wins Gladd Award

Javier Beltrán, Robert Pattinson in Little Ashes Paul Morrison’s Little Ashes, starring Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali (!), won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film — Limited release dealing with gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people. The other nominees in that category were Casi Divas, The Country Teacher, Phoebe in Wonderland, and The Secrets. Written by Philippa Goslett, Little Ashes depicts a purported romance between Dali and left-wing poet Federico García Lorca (played by Javier Beltrán), with Lorca feeling comfortable about his sexual orientation and Dali all conflicted about it. The former was later murdered during the Spanish Civil War, while the later became a successful artist and radical right-winger. Matthew McNulty plays Luis Buñuel in the film. "Director Paul Morrison (Wondrous [...]
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2010 GLAAD Awards Honors Robert Pattinson's 'Little Ashes'

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has, on Saturday, March 13, handed out 24 of this year's 32 kudos at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. During a presentation taking place at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, it was unraveled that "Little Ashes" is among those receiving the honors.

The drama movie starring "Twilight Saga" heartthrob Robert Pattinson won Outstanding Film in the category of Limited Release. The Paul Morrison-directed movie came out triumphant over four other indie movies, "Phoebe in Wonderland", "Casi Divas", "The Country Teacher" and "The Secrets".

Other winner announced on the night were ABC's "Brothers & Sisters", NBC's "Parks and Recreation" as well as "The Oprah Winfrey Show". "Brothers" was named Outstanding Drama Series and "Parks" got the nod for Outstanding Individual Episode, while "Oprah" won Outstanding Talk Show Episode.

GLAAD also honored Joy Behar with the Excellence in Media Award and Cynthia Nixon with the Vito Russo
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GLAAD Media Awards Nominations

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation.s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, has announced the nominees for its 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

In the Outstanding Film - Wide Release category, the nominees are "Everybody's Fine," "I Love You Man," "Precious," "A Single Man" and "Taking Woodstock."

For the Limited Release category, "Casi Divas," "The Country Teacher," "Little Ashes," "Phoebe in Wonderland" and "The Secrets" will duke it out for the award.

Winners will be announced at the GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies to be held March 13 in New York, April 17 in L.A. and June 5 in San Francisco.

"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon will receive the Vito Russo Award.

For the rest of the nominees including a showdown between Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert in the Outstanding Music Artist category, click here.
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Latino Film Release By Roadside Attractions Today

Roadside Attractions is releasing both Good Hair and From Mexico with Love today. We all know about Good Hair, the Toronto premiering doc by Chris Rock inspired by his daughter’s hair styling concerns. Check out Roadside Attraction’s Facebook Page and you’ll see more on this hands-down, well-loved film.

It’s From Mexico with Love which offers the challenge and possible new insights into distribution to the niche Mexican audience. Starring Kuno Becker a big star in Mexico and known here for the Goal Films and costarring Danay Garcia, a well loved Mexican telenovela star who also has a regular role in Fox's upcoming series Prison Break, it will be released on 281 screens in California, New Mexico and Arizona. (Good Hair will go out on 185 screens.)

The film is a Rocky-esque inspirational story in which a washed-up trainer takes a self-destructive young boxer under his wing. It is
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"Casi Divas" uses comedy to make some serious points

Telenovelas rock. They just seem to be so much more soapy and operatic than U.S. serials. Even though I don’t speak much Spanish, I love the over-the-top drama of it all.

That’s why I’m looking forward to seeing Casi Divas, a Mexican film about four women vying to become the next big telenovela star.

Casi Divas is the story of four young women competing for the lead in the movie version of a popular telenovela. The women are from very different backgrounds and each satirizes a stereotype of Mexican society.

Francisca (Maya Zapata) is a shy Indian from Oaxaca.

Ximena (Ana Layevska) is a formerly pudgy rich girl who now is thin but miserable – and really hungry.

Catalina (Diana Garcia) is a troubled factory worker from Ciudad Juárez, where young women disappear with alarming regularity.

Yesenia (Daniela Schmidt) is a flamboyant hairstylist from a poor section of Mexico City.
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Casi Divas: Steal The Spotlight

Casi Divas (Almost Divas), is a Mexican-produced feature from director Issa Lopez, starring actresses Julio Bracho, Patricia Llaca, Maya Zapata, Ana Layevska, Daniela Schmidt, Diana Garcia, Mónica Huarte and Keiko Durán. The musical comedy, featuring compositions from Hans "The Dark Knight" Zimmer follows four women from different regions of Mexico vying for the lead role in a new film by 'Alejandro Mateos', the largest film producer in the country, amidst numerous social, ethnic and gender conflicts. Sneak Peek the trailer from Casi Divas...
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Indie Spotlight: New Releases for Aug. 21

Here's a quick look at what's opening in limited release this weekend. If they're not playing where you live, keep an eye out as they make the rounds. And if all else fails, there's always DVD....

The Marc Pease Experience (pictured) is a comedy, allegedly, about a former high school musical star trying to recapture his glory, several years later, by teaming up with his old director, who still teaches at the school and is sleeping with one of his female students. Jason Schwartzman, Ben Stiller, and Anna Kendrick star -- and so far every review is negative. (Cinematical's Will Goss has a review on the way, and he tells me it will be no exception.) Playing on about a dozen screens, not in New York or L.A. but Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Tampa, Phoenix, Philadelphia, etc.

Casi Divas comes to us from Mexico and is a quasi-satire about four
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New To Theaters This Weekend: Inglourious Basterds, Post Grad, Shorts

Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is poised to claim the box office crown this weekend, but memories of the Grindhouse failure are still lingering. Is it a coincidence that Robert Rodriguez also has a new movie opening today, albeit one for kids? In addition to Shorts, there is also a new comedy from Shark Tale/Shrek co-director Vicky Jenson called Post Grad, and a documentary on the X Games... in 3-D! In limited release we have the Bobcat Goldthwaite dark comedy World's Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams (which is also available on VOD), Oliver Hirschbiegel's Five Minutes of Heaven, and a comedy no one has heard of starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman called The Marc Pease Experience, that seems to be getting screwed by Paramount. What will you be checking out this weekend? Inglourious Basterds [1] Shorts [2] Post Grad [3] X Games 3-D: The Movie [4] World's Greatest Dad [5] (limited) Casi Divas
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Casi Divas - Movie Review

A funny television satire and heartening viewing experience that has personal lessons in courage as well as much needed commentary on the mess of Us/Mexican border relations Writer/director Issa López won the Jury Award for Best Screenplay at last year.s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival for this swinging soap opera about an aging television star and four young hopefuls who want to take her place. Patricia Llaca plays the beautiful daytime TV legend Eva who climbed to the top of the ladder along with her producer the scheming and back-stabbing Alejandro (Julio Bracho). The aging Eva is fighting to stay on top in an industry where twenty-four is over the hill. Her on-again off-again lover and
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Basterds, the Ira and the real Mad Men

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Another monster release slate this week finds, amongst other things, interpretations of the Irish troubles, both real and imagined. Also, we meet the real life Mad Men, Qt's Basterds and the godfather of African-American indie film as a bearded ten-year-old boy.

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"Art & Copy"

Filmmaker Doug Pray ("Surfwise") goes inside the advertising industry to uncover the creative minds behind such iconic slogans as "Got Milk?" and "Just Do It," encountering a multitude of contrasting viewpoints, from those who feel they have whored themselves out in the name of commerce to those hopelessly addicted to the rush of satisfying the constantly changing needs of the modern world. Don Draper, eat your heart out.

Opens in New York.

"The Baader Meinhof Complex"

This year's German nominee for the best foreign-language film Oscar, Uli Edel's adaptation of
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Exclusive: The Talent Search Is On In This 'Casi Divas' Trailer

"Casi Divas" (translated: "Almost Divas") hit Mexican theaters in April and now it's coming here to the United States on August 21 in a limited release. The story follows four women, all of them from different parts of Mexico, who are in competition to star in the next movie from Alejandro Mateos (Julio Bracho), the country's most powerful producer. The foursome form a tight friendship as Eva Gallardo (Patricia Llaca), a bonafide diva, schemes to win the part for herself.

The movie was directed by Issa Lopez, who has written a number of films. "Casi Divas" marks her debut in the U.S. as a director. The film also features a score from legendary composer Hans Zimmer. Check out our exclusive trailer below:
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Maya picks up 'Casi Divas'

Maya picks up 'Casi Divas'
Maya Entertainment has acquired U.S. theatrical and home entertainment rights to the Spanish-language comedy from Mexico, "Casi Divas."

Written and directed by Issa Lopez and scored by composer Hans Zimmer, "Divas" is the story of four ambitious and beautiful young women from four very different corners of Mexico who get caught up in the frenzy that sweeps the country during a nationwide talent search for a lead role in a movie.

Produced by Luz Maria Rojas for Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico, the local production arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film stars Maya Zapata, Ana Layevska, Patricia Llaca, Daniela Schmidt and Julio Bracho.

In Mexico, it opened at number one at the boxoffice and was among the top five grossing films of 2008.

A theatrical release in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Diego is planned for Aug. 21, followed by a national rollout.
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2068

Here are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2068. All About Steve Rated PG-13 For sexual content including innuendos. Release Date: September 4, 2009 American Son Rated R For pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use. Black And Blue Rated PG-13 For thematic material including drug content and some domestic abuse, and for language. Casi Divas Rated PG-13 For mature sexual content, language and thematic material. Cold Souls Rated PG-13 For nudity and brief strong language. Release Date: Tba 2009 Departures Rated PG-13 For thematic material. Release Date: May 29, 2009 (Limited) The Echo Rated R For violence, disturbing images and brief language. An Empress And The Warriors Rated R For some battle violence. Friday The 13th: Killer Cut Rated R For strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity, language and drug material. Release Date: June 16, 2009 (DVD and Blu-ray release) G-Force Rated PG For some mild action and rude humor. Release Date:
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MPAA ratings: May 6, 2009

MPAA ratings: May 6, 2009
MPAA ratings: May 6, 2009. The following feature-length motion pictures have been reviewed and rated by the Classification and Rating Administration pursuant to the Motion Picture Classification and Rating program. Each of the designated ratings is defined as follows under the Motion Picture Classification and Rating program.

G -- General Audiences. All ages admitted.

PG -- Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

PG -13 --Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

R -- Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Nc-17 -- No One 17 And Under Admitted.

Film Distributor Reason Rating All About Steve

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Rated for sexual content including innuendos.

PG-13 American Son

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Rated for pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use.

R Black And Blue

Sdg Films - [Production Co.]

Rated for thematic material including drug content and some domestic abuse, and for language.
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