Republicans Slam Ben Folds, Jason Isbell in Effort to Tie Democrats to ‘Unhinged Left’

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Washington — The National Republican Senate Committee is again trying to turn Democrats’ overwhelming support among entertainers into a negative, this time tying Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen to past remarks made by Jason Isbell, as well as Ben Folds’ support for Bernie Sanders.

Isbell and Folds are scheduled to headline a concert for Bredesen in Nashville on Monday.

The Nrsc put out a press release headlined “Phony Phil partners with the unhinged left.” It notes that Folds “proudly supported” Sanders in 2016, and that Isbell criticized Christian Trump voters, saying, “God is gone from those people.”

Isbell made the comment in an interview with Rolling Stone Country. In context, he said, “I could see how a lot of conservative right-wing Christian Americans would vote for someone like Mitt Romney, who seems like a stand-up guy. But Trump is obviously not a good Christian person. I think the fact that so many
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Singer Thalía Reunites with Estranged Sister at Grandmother's 100th Birthday Party in Mexico

Thalía traveled to Mexico to be with her grandmother, Eva Mange, on her 100th birthday. The Mexican singer and actress, 46, shared a photo of the emotional reunion on Instagram Jan. 21. “Today was an unforgettable day! God gave us the blessing of celebrating our grandmother’s 100th birthday! Eva Mange Márquez, I love you,” she wrote.

But there was another reason the trip was so special: Thalía reconnected with her sister and Mange’s longtime caretaker, Mexican actress Laura Zapata, 61. In 2012, after their mother died and Zapata took over caring for Mange, family drama erupted over money that resulted in a
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Singer Thalía Congratulates Her Grandmother on her 100 Birthday! See the Sweet Instagram Post

Singer Thalía Congratulates Her Grandmother on her 100 Birthday! See the Sweet Instagram Post
Thalía’s grandmother Eva Mange turned 100 years old and the Mexican singer honored her with a sweet Instagram post. Tommy Mottola’s wife shared a tender photo of her maternal grandma lovingly staring at her son, Mateo, when he was a baby. “Happy birthday abuelita. Today it’s been 100 years since you first saw the light of day in the precious beaches of La Paz, Baja California. We love you so much grandma. Sabrina, Mateo, Tommy and I celebrate your life!” her caption says.

The post garnered over 80,000 likes and hundreds of comments in a few hours. “Wow, 100 years! May
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Guadalajara's Maguey Award

Maguey, pronounced Ma Gay -- the plant from which Tequila is distilled here in the State of Jalisco and the City of Guadalajara -- is the perfect name for the Gay Prize of the Festival International de Cine de Guadalajara (Ficg).

Ficg The Maguey Awards

(Aka: Premios Maguey: Pasiones intimas del cine queer or Intimate Passions of Queer Cinema)The jury -- comprised of Colombian Juan Carlos Arcienegas of CNN Latino, journalist and film critic; Kevin Murphy, Germany, Talent Campus; Darryl MacDonald, Director of Palm Springs Iff, Swedish filmmaker Ingrid Ryborg and Alexander Mello,Brazil, Director at Diversity in Animation. International Festival of Lgbt Animation--made a quick and easy decision after one hour of deliberation, but it took 2 1Ž2 hours to write the statement.

The line-up

Included some films I had seen including the Chilean (again!!) film by Esteban Lorrain The Passion of Michelangelo which I quite liked when I saw it at Berlin’s Efm; Gun Hill Road, Sundance 2012’s debut feature and Masters Film (from Nyu Graduate Film School) Gun Hill Road by New Yorker Rashaad Ernesto Green, Graduate of Dartmouth College, recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Award and Spike Lee Fellowship which most unfortunately has been caught in the bankruptcy of its U.S. distributor Motion Picture Film Group (See Indiewire: What Happens You’re your Distributor Goes Bankrupt – Why Gun Hill Road is now Finally on DVD), Sundance 2012 lesbian Chicana film Mosquito y Mari, Any Day Now, starring Alan Cummings which I saw at the Napa Valley Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and the 2013 Sundance film Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean.

And the winner is: Quebranto (Disrupted), from Mexico, the memorial and testimony of trail blazers Fernando García, known as Pinolito, who was a child actor in the seventies and Doña Lilia Ortega, his mother, an actress. Fernando came out as a transvestite some years ago, and now calls himself Coral Bonelli. They live together in Garibaldi, Mexico yearning for their past in the movies, while Coral bravely comes to terms with her gender identity. They both still perform.

Honorable Mention went to the Israeli film Out in the Dark

The announcement and celebration party at the Black Cherry was great fun. I was honored to meet the great and beautiful Mexican actress Laura Zapata. I hung out with my new-found friends Lydia Genchi from Nomad Film Distribution in Italy and Catalina Arango of Zancudo Films from Argentina, and old friends Darryl, Jc and Kevin up until midnight when the prize should have been announced, but instead, the disco dancing with two great dancers a la “Rage” in West Hollywood went on another half an hour… Someone saw the poor exhausted dancers in their open window dressing room above the club afterward, self absorbed in private activities as they tried to rest their beautiful bodies. Personally I wish they would add a Latin beat to the monotony of one-one-one-one-one-one-one beat which really exacerbated my tinnitus.

So I went home, sharing a car with Swedish Staermose Soren of Yellow Bird Productions and Greek Patrice Vivancos, spokesman for Media Mundus which is Media’s international film fund and whom I had seen earlier moderating the roundtable on funds and funding strategies for Latin America.
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Diego Luna & Camila Sodi Welcome Baby Boy

It's a boy for first-time parents, Diego Luna and Camila Sodi, People En Español confirmed with the new mother's aunt, Laura Zapata. The baby was born Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital. Mexican actors Luna, 28, and Sodi, 21, met on the set of the film The Night Buffalo and wed in Mexico City on Feb. 5, 2007. Luna's other screen credits include Amores perros, Frida, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and The Terminal. Sodi's are Niñas mal and Déficit, which marked the directorial debut of Guadalajara, Mexico-born screen heartthrob Gael García Bernal. – Stephen M. Silverman Related Galleries: . See more of the cutest celebrity babies on the covers of People.
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