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Mexican actor Diego Luna is returning to Hollywood with the action-packed thriller Contraband. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale but we’re sure Luna will steal a few scenes. The film has a January 13 release.
The story goes like this: Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling—full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs—where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away. Wahlberg plays a man forced back into doing what he does best—running contraband—to settle a family debt. Check out the Spanish trailer below.
Are you ready to meet Eva Longoria? Wait, there’s a small catch to it. The actress, who has been an avid supporter of President Obama and an avid proponent for immigration reform, is teaming up with Obama’s reelection campaign. So here’s the deal: In order to meet Longoria you have to donate to the Obama campaign, and donors can enter a drawing to participate in a “Conversation with Eva” along with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Here’s Longoria’s pitch: “In 2008, like so many of you, I dedicated a lot of my time to help Barack Obama win the presidency. Now, with 2012 around the corner, I wanted to get ready for the next election by sitting down for an intimate conversation with supporters like you to talk politics and the role we'll play to win the 2012 election.”
Five donors will be selected and will receive flight and hotel accommodations. Longoria is expected to play a key role in helping get the Latino vote for Obama. Click here for official rules on how to enter.
According to reports, Cuban actress Maria Conchita Alonso and Sean Penn exchanged a few rough words with each other during a quick encounter at LAX last Sunday. Alonso, known as an outspoken opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, decided to confront Penn because according to Alonso he’s a Chavez supporter.
"I was very calm. I said, 'I would like to talk to you.' He said, 'I have nothing to say to you...You have been saying a lot of things about me in the press.' I said, 'How can you defend Chavez?'" confessed Alonso, adding, “I said, 'You are a communist, Sean Penn.' He said, 'You are a pig!' So I said, 'And you are a communist ***hole! Is it great to live the way you do as a communist?'"
Penn, who was traveling from Haiti, said he wasn’t aware it was Alonso who was trashing him publicly.
“I only knew that a hostile woman was nonsensically berating me,” said Penn. “I didn't realize it was that actress. I think I worked with her once. But she looks really different.”
Penn and Alonso worked together in Colors back in 1988 and the two shared a steamy love scene, they played lovers from opposing gangs.
Alonso later retracted her comment saying she should have never called him an a**hole but doesn’t regret calling him a communist.
What’s your take on the drama?
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