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Cuban-Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac returns to the big screen in Madonna’s second directorial film project W.E. The two-tiered romantic drama focuses on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.
Isaac had to learn how to play the piano for the film. Here’s his two cents on the film and working with Madonna.
“I had to learn to play the piano. Evgeni is supposed to be a concert pianist and there were these three very complicated Yann Tiersen pieces, so I spent about a month and a half working with piano teachers and learning how to play. I actually get to play them in the film,” said Isaac while promoting the film. “Working with Madonna has been amazing. She is such a determined individual with really amazing ideas and the ability to implement those ideas and be very clear with her vision.”
The film is out in theaters today. Check out the trailer below.
The vivacious, talented and funny Sofia Vergara is officially the No.1 most desired woman of the year according to AskMen.com. The online men’s lifestyle magazine, known for their compulsive need to make “top” lists out of any category, released their “Top 99 Women 2012 Edition” where they crowned Vergara for being sexy, confident and strong in addition to her obvious assets.
Here’s what the Colombian beauty told the site: “I am so honored to be AskMen’s most desired woman this year. A big thank you to all the men who desire me.”
Other Latinas that made the list were: Paz de la Huerta (Nurse 3D), Camilla Belle (Paradise Lost), Zoe Saldana (The Words), Aubrey Plaza, Eva Mendes (Holly Motors), Penelope Cruz (Venuto al mondo), Jessica Alba, Jordana Brewster and Selena Gomez.
Rosario Dawson is known for her extensive charity work and she’s definitely not timid about raising awareness and encouraging Latinos to make their vote count during this presidential election. In 2004 Dawson started Voto Latino and since then it’s reached 55 million households nationwide, quickly becoming the country’s leading organization in registering and engaging young Latino voters.
In a letter written by Dawson on Latina.com, she said, “We can’t sit on our hands waiting for the change we want to see. Sí se puede, but only if we demand it.”
Dawson’s concerns stem from the current political climate and she warns people not to stay at home on Nov. 6, 2012 despite their personal struggles.
“Maybe you’re unemployed or uninsured. Maybe you lost your home to foreclosure or are drowning in student loans. Maybe you voted for the first time in 2008, but now think that it doesn’t matter who wins because things don’t change,” said Dawson. “You might think it’s sending a strong message to withhold your vote. But staying home will only accomplish one thing: It will make you irrelevant.”
But Dawson isn’t the only star encouraging participation. Eva Longoria just recently teamed up with the Obama reelection campaign and launched “Conversation with Eva.” The special event allowed five Obama campaign donors to sit with Longoria and talk about the issues that concern them the most. Both Dawson and Longoria were invited last year to the White House, along with America Ferrera, to talk about immigration reform with President Obama.
On one hand, it’s quite admirable that these stars are using their Hollywood status to promote change but on the other hand are they the most qualified? Longoria is great at raising money but is she the right person Obama should be talking to? What happened to Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigobeta Menchu or Mexican civil rights activist Dolores Huerta? They’ve been leading the voto latino movement for years. What’s your take?
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