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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page,
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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page,
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Andy Garcia and Jeff Bridges Eye Duet Album

Movie veterans Andy Garcia and Jeff Bridges are plotting a duets album after both finding success as musicians. Garcia has composed music for and performed on soundtracks to films "The Lost City", "Ocean's Twelve" and "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca", and Bridges, who has released albums via his website, wowed movie fans with his musical skills as a grizzled country star in "Crazy Heart".

And now Bridges is an Oscar winner for his role in the film, Garcia is keen to revisit the late-night sessions he had with his old pal when they both lived in Los Angeles.

He tells BlogTalkRadio, "It would be cool to make an album together some day. We certainly put in the time in the past grooming our late night jamming techniques."
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Garcia & Bridges Keen To Record An Album

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Garcia & Bridges Keen To Record An Album
Movie veterans Andy Garcia and Jeff Bridges are plotting a duets album after both finding success as musicians.

Garcia has composed music for and performed on soundtracks to films The Lost City, Ocean's Twelve and The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, and Bridges, who has released albums via his website, wowed movie fans with his musical skills as a grizzled country star in Crazy Heart.

And now Bridges is an Oscar winner for his role in the film, Garcia is keen to revisit the late-night sessions he had with his old pal when they both lived in Los Angeles.

He tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "It would be cool to make an album together some day. We certainly put in the time in the past grooming our late night jamming techniques."

HBO grows Latino market

HBO grows Latino market
Following the success of Real Women Have Curves, HBO Films will continue to showcase the experience of American Latinos today with six low-budget features it has agreed to acquire from Maya Pictures, a newly launched division of Moctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz's Esparza/Katz Prods. The deal is similar to the pact HBO Films inked with Mosaic Media Group this summer for six urban-themed films (HR 6/22). All Latino-themed projects, which will vary in genre, will be directed by emerging Latino filmmakers. "There are so many smart, energetic Latino writers and directors in the U.S.," Maya Films president Esparza said. "This will be an opportunity to showcase their talent. Script selection for the six movies is currently under way for an early 2004 production start. Esparza, whose producing credits include Selena, HBO's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca and Gettysburg, will executive produce the films, which will be overseen at Maya Pictures by the company's head of development, Kimberly Myers. Esparza and Maya Pictures are repped by ICM.

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