Film Feature


My Week with Marilyn (2011)FILM REVIEW BY PEDRO CARVAJAL


“My Week With Marilyn” was a pleasant surprise for two main reasons:


Reason Number One: Michelle Williams. If I were the filmmaker in charge of making the final casting decision regarding the actress playing the part of MM (Marilyn Monroe), I would have never considered Michelle Williams even in my wildest dreams. Boy was I wrong!



Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe


No only did Michelle Williams look like the real Marilyn Monroe. Michelle was Marilyn in this lovely film about what can be considered the most beautiful woman on the planet at that time, and possibly the most famous woman in US history. Marilyn was larger than life, and an icon who has been painted and photographed by the most famous artists of all times from Andy Warhol to Richard Avedon. Both of those artworks are part of MoMA’s permanent collection.



Marilyn painted by Andy Warhol



Marilyn photographed by Richard Avedon


Reason Number Two: The Story. As a filmmaker myself, if somebody would have ever suggested to me to make a movie based on a diary kept over a one week period during the making of a movie, I would have thought: That’s too short and boring of a material to sustain a feature length film. Boy was I wrong again!


I was truly engaged and totally taken  back in time as I saw the entire cast of this film, from the lovely Michelle Williams as MM, to the Shakespearean British actor Kenneth Branagh who was excellent as Sir Lawrence Olivier recreating through believable performances those now larger than life film and stage stars.


In the early summer of 1956, Colin Clark, (played by Eddie Redmayne) an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Michelle Williams plays the legendary beauty Marilyn Monroe as if she was born to play said role, while Kenneth Branagh is. The script of “My Week With Marilyn” is based on Clark’s true account of the magical week he spent alone with the woman who was already the biggest star in the world, and the first ever POP Icon.


Starring also the Academy Award winning British actress Judi Dench “My Week with Marilyn” provides the viewer with a great example of how film acting differs greatly from stage acting. But that special magic and quality that Marilyn possessed when acting in front of a camera was envied even by the greatest of all time theater actors. Life is very strange indeed!!!


Simon Curtis' biographical drama reminds us that true stories are often the strangest  and at times the most beautiful.


As I listened to Mr. Curtis tells us all during the Q&A session that followed the screening of his latest film at the MoMA, I was particularly impressed with the accounts of his insane determination to cast Michelle Williams as Marilyn. And more telling to me was the fact that as he recalled his conversation with Michelle while watching  the outtakes,  he remembered how critical of her acting Michelle was regarding her impersonation of Marilyn always trying to be MM herself to the tooth. Always wanting to make sure she was as believable playing and being MM.




Michelle Williams and Marilyn Monroe


Watching My Week With Marilyn, the touching story of a young man’s brief summer romance with one of the most beautiful women in history, you’re reminded of how completely life-changing moments can happen in real life when you least expect them.


Based on the memoirs of film director Colin Clark, “My Week With Marilyn” tells the true story of one mad week he spent with the star in 1956 when Monroe was at the height of her fame, and an unexpected summer fling blossomed between the legendary movie star and the humble young Oxford graduate.


Nowadays we usually think of Monroe as the epitome of old Hollywood glamour. She was smart, sexy and self-deprecating, and she was an immensely skilled comic actress too (usually at her own expense).


But Monroe knew better than anyone the effect that her almost supernatural beauty had on people, and it was one of the great frustrations of her all too short life that she rarely -- if ever -- could help them to get over it and see the vulnerable young woman underneath.




Marilyn and Mickey by Artist Ron English



To conclude, I’d like to add one last note regarding my connection with MM. I was so exposed to her image working on a feature length documentary on POP artist Ron English and his obsession with Marilyn Monroe that in a subconscious way, I was naturally attracted to seeing this film no matter what. And I am glad I did because at the end I learned something new about MM that made her even more beautiful and vulnerable to my eyes as a filmmaker, artist, and human being. Bravo Michelle Williams!!!




BANANAS!*

The Fredrick Gertten feature documentary BANANAS!*is a multi-layered courtroom drama delving into the global politics of food, the dynamics of Corporate Colonialism via industrialized developed nations and undeveloped countries,  freedom of speech and ultimately, human rights at the basest of levels.



“BANANAS!*” focuses on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its use of a banned pesticide (DBCP AKA Nemagon)
"I was 21 years old, what did I know? Nobody told us anything. For two years, I applied Nemagon without mask, gloves or protecting clothing. You pump it directly into the ground. Sometimes, the pressure made the liquid splash right in your face. You could feel the hideous smell across 100 meters."
with a probable link to generations of sterilized workers. Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney, leads the charge in this classic David vs. Goliath story at times both infuriating and inspirational.
“BANANAS!*,”which played at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival just won a court ruling against food giantDole Food Co.

Dole sued Fredrick Gertten and his partners right after he completed this film, claiming defamation, but dropped the case in October 2009 amid free speech criticism from groups in Sweden.

Now Dole can add Los Angeles judgeRalph Dauto its critics. Dau granted the filmmakers motion under California’s anti-SLAPP law, which protects against lawsuits intended to stifle debate on topics of public importance. The filmmakers were awarded $200,000 in fees and costs.

I spoke with Fredrick Gertten as he just returned from Cartagena, Colombia where he screened “Bananas!*” to a packed house twice at the 51 Cartagena International Film Festival. What he had to say about freedom of expression and how taxing and costly it can be for documentary filmmakers the legal battle against big corporations is quite insightful for all us artists and filmmakers alike:

FMFB: Now that the Los Angeles judge Ralph Dau granted you motion under California’s anti-SLAPP law, which protects against lawsuits intended to stifle debate on topics of public importance against Dole Food Co. and you have been awarded $200,000 in fees and costs. How do you feel?

FG: We are extremely happy and relieved with the court’s ruling after this year long struggle. Corporations such as Dole must respect freedom of speech and the freedom of the press. These conglomerates have unlimited resources available to them to get their messages out, while independent filmmakers who are under attack while trying to uncover the truth have very limited means to defend ourselves.

FMFB: Filmmaker Joe Berlinger spent $1 million in legal fees when he was taken to court by Chevron and forced to give up the outtakes from his documentary "CRUDE" about the legal battle between Chevron and the indigenous people of Lago Agrio, Ecuador over the massive environmental pollution created by Texaco now Chevron. How different was that from your battle against Dole Food Co.?

FG: Mr. Berlinger is a well established filmmaker with strong connections in the industry. Joe Berlinger was able to raise some of his legal fees through various fund raising events with the help of the filmmaking community and friends like Alex Gibney, Michael Moore, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Bruce Sinofsky, Joan Churchill,
Rob Epstein, Barbara Kopple, AJ Schnack, Kirby Dick, Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Freida Mock, Terry Sanders, Marina Zenovich, Tia Lessin, Carl Deal, Kevin Macdonald, Ken Burns, Haskell Wexler, Ellen Kuras, Robby Kenner, Elise Pearlstein, Morgan Spurlock, etc. who supported him and helped in raising the funds for his huge legal fees. I signed the open letter of support on his behalf together with over 100 filmmakers strongly objecting to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's ruling in the case involving our colleague Joe Berlinger, the Chevron Corporation, and Berlinger's 600 hours of raw footage shot during production of his documentary film "Crude". Judge Kaplan sided with Chevron and ruled that Berlinger must turn over all of his raw footage to Chevron for their use in the lawsuit discussed in the film. But in my case, I was just alone in this legal battle against a major opponent. It was a very frightening situation at times, but we felt we were doing the right thing by not backing down, and going against this monster (Dole). We barely survived during that time we were battling in court against Dole Food Co by doing films in the meantime through our film company WG Films. We were determined to fight them back because we were disgusted at how Dole with its mighty legal and financial power tried to spin the media by telling the word that the filmmakers made some mistakes, and claiming that this film was defamatory. We felt that “freedom of speech” is something that must be defended. Dole was successful in spinning the story against our film by creating this media campaign, and they were successful for a while. But at the end our victory against Dole illustrates the risk of bringing defamation cases based on the content of films or other media in states like California with strong anti-SLAPP laws. The fee award is particularly gratifying because it sends a very important message that the First Amendment is still alive and well in America.

FMFB: Dole was still able to snail the US release of “Bananas!*.” Do you feel like this was a bittersweet victory?

FG: Bitterness is a taste that I don’t like! I feel happy and proud of our own victory against this monster. Although, the U.S. release of “Bananas!*” was put on hold for over years due to our legal battle with Dole after the premiere at the 2009 Los Angeles International Film Festival, we have been able to show this film since then in over 50 film festivals worldwide. I just returned from Cartagena, Colombia where we screened “Bananas!*” to a sold out audience twice with great positive reception. We screened “Bananas!*” in Nicaragua for the banana workers. They were very moved after they saw the film up close and personal. So I’m not bitter because of our delays releasing “Bananas!*” in the U.S. However, we were hoping to qualify “Bananas!*” for an Academy Award Nomination, but since this film has been released already worldwide on television, we weren’t able to qualify it for consideration at the Academy Award due to Academy rules. When we were first accepted to screen “Bananas!*” in competition at the 2009 LA International Film Festival, we even got strong support from the Sweden Consulate in LA. The Sweaden Consulate in LA even offered to throw an after party after our first screening in LA all expenses paid, but based on threats from Dole of possible legal action against the festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival moved BANANAS!* out of competition. The same day, Dole’s lawyers senta letterto the Swedish ambassador in Washington, asking him to stop the film. The letter was asking that the Consulate General “withdraw its endorsement of this defamatory film, and that the Swedish Embassy take other appropriate steps to limit its damaging impact”.

Two weeks later, on June 22, Luciano Astudillo, a member of the Swedish parliament senta public letterto the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt: “Does the Minister for Foreign Affairs intend to, in an appropriate way, protest against the fact that an American transnational corporation uses Swedish government authorities to stop the screening of a Swedish documentary?”In a reply dated July 3, Bildt wrote that he did not plan to take action, since he had been informed that the Consulate General in Los Angeles supported all Swedish films in the festival and that they did not try to stopBANANAS!*.

We finally got the green light from the festival boardto screen “Bananas!*” at the LA Film Festivaltwo hours and twenty minutes before the screening was supposed to take place. The film was screened. At least ten people from Dole in the audience attended this screening as they were taking notes. The audience loved the film. The debate was insane, but I loved it. And we ended up spending $1500 dollars on the after party the Swedish consulate promised to throw for us before Dole started to send letters.Nevertheless, we’re looking forward to the U.S. theatrical and DVD release of “Bananas!*” through Oscilloscope. The U.S. television premiere would be handled by ITVS via a PBS broadcast. Just this week alone “Bananas!*” received an award at the San Francisco Green Film Festival (the first ever Green Tenacy Award) so I’m very excited to be in the USA now gearing up for our final US release of “Bananas!*”.

FMFB: What's your advice for documentary filmmakers facing legal harrasmemt from corporations and industries whose irresponsible actions are exposed in films like yours "Bananas!*, "Joe Berlinger's "Crude", and Josh Fox's "GasLand"?

FG: Most important lesson: Fight back. The first amendment protects you if you are ready to take the fight all way. Don't settle with the bastards. Build support around your film, and keep reminding the community that freedom of speech is something worth fighting for. Meaning that we also need to support filmmakers under siege.

By Pedro Carvajal

Marc Anthony


FMFB:Hola Marc, its been years, actually since the "Ride on The Rhythm"
days  and I bet its been quite a ride, I'm certain you've had
quite a few memorable experiences  since your humble beginnings. Being
that you grew up attending the PR Day Parade, did you ever think that you will one
day be heading the Parade as King of the parade no less? describe the feeling you
felt  when you were asked?
Mark Anthony: The Puerto Rican parade was such an important event for
our family when we were kids living in El Barrio.  My mother and my grandmother used
to take us every year.  It was an important tradition for my family, but I never
thought I will be named “King of the Parade”.  It was such an honor for me. 
Throughout the years I have performed and participated in many levels, but this one
was really special.  
 
 FMFB: Tell us about Iconos and how it came about.

Mark Anthony: Iconos is an idea that I have been exploring for quite some time now.Iconos is an
homage to the music my parents listened to when I was growing up, a tribute to some
of the music legends that marked and continue to be part of our culture and music
legacy.
 
 FMFB: You are a proud daddy of five is it?, any plans on trying to go for the
other four to complete the Marc Anthony "beisbol" team?
Mark anthony: Oh, you are getting really
creative now!  J 
 
FMFB:You played "Flaco" in what I believe was your first film (An Eastside
Story) and although you are a singer first and a very good one, ever since the
beginning of your creative career there has always been an acting role in one movie
or another and we have witnessed your evolution as an actor. I mean you killed it in
"El Cantante", your performance was so on
point and although not crazy about the direction, you hit it out of the
park with your portrayal of Lavoe .
Are there plans to pursue more movie roles and
if so please tell us about a filmmaker you will like to collab with?
Mark Anthony: I am thinking
about going back to film. Its a process that I really love, but due to time
restrains sometimes is hard to commit to doing films.  I may do something either
before the end of this year or next year.  We are in the process of reviewing some
scripts.  I recently did TV, with Jada Pinkett-Smith and her series titled
“HawThorne”.  The episodes will run August-September of this year.  
 
FMFB: On the entrepreneur tip, please tell us about your decision to buy
into the Miami Dolphins -
Mark Anthony: I love sports and for a while was exploring the
possibility of doing something at that level. I liked the Miami Dolphins approach,
their sense of community and met with Steve Ross to talk about the Dolphins future
plans and the idea came about.  
 
FMFB: If one or all of your offspring came to you and said Daddy "I
wanna sing" or Daddy "I wanna act"  what advice will you give them?
Mark Anthony: They will have
my unconditional support to be anything they wish to be.  
 
HWALAN


FMFB: Most memorable experience as an Thespian/Performer


I think it has to be performing at the Seoul National Theater in the drumming show, which was really my initiation into theater. The show comprised a series of vignettes. In one vignette I played a doll who comes to life in a garbage dump – the beginning was very quiet and sad and magical. Then there was another vignette in which I played the Tae Buk, which means great drum and you play it like Japanese taiko. I had the honor of opening the piece. The sound is called thunder sound and it feels like you are cracking open the sky.


FMFB: I know you enjoy live music. As matter of fact we met at original live music show @ CineMartSpace in The Village tell us about the styles of music you enjoy and give us the top three

songs you are listening to as of late


I love all music genres so long as the sound comes from a creative intention. The top three songs are: “Feather” by Little Dragon, “Spiegel Im Speigel” by Arvo Part and “Baia” by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd.


FMFB: You are into Yoga and Martial arts have both disciplines helped you with acting and how so?


Yes, absolutely. They have taught me about the edge where will becomes surrender and vice versa, which is a vibration in transformative human moments. Also, stillness. And knowing how to have something uncomfortable run through you without running away.


FMFB: You studied Meisner, are you an actor that sticks to the book or are you an take what works for you approach in the technique kind of thespian


I am definitely a take what works for me kind of thespian. If I were a by the book kind of artist, the process would die and then there would be no point. No challenge or new territory.


FMFB: You paint quite a striking picture, in other words you are a beautiful woman that has this alluring quality not just because of your natural beauty but because there is this aura of approachable easiness, yet there is this edge, kind of "proceed at your own risk" type thing. One can tell there is always grey matter at work and you exude confidence, have you always been a confident person or is this something you developed as you found yourself as a creative being, Hwalan as artist?


Oh, I definitely don’t think of myself as confident. I suppose I know the will to push through something hard resides inside me - I’m not scared of the dark in that way. And I may have good posture because of martial arts, ha ha. But there’s a difference between will, good posture and confidence. A dance teacher once defined confidence as the result of hard work, not talent. So if I do have confidence now, I would say it actually comes more from life than art – from having been under water then arriving back on land and being even brighter and stronger for it.


FMFB: Your thoughts on intellect being a curse and a blessing within the creative sphere


Oh yes, that one. All that I have been drawn too, initially visual art, then yoga, martial arts and acting, has been an attempt to get out of my head. Nonetheless, when something clicks, there is that lovely bit of realization that can be a guide in future work. Would rather not expound on this one if you catch my drift.


FMFB: Filmmaker or director you will like to work with and why?


Kim Ki-Duk. His work is both horrifying and touches the grace of nature. There’s a full range of what it is to be human. He has a vision or true searching that guides the work.


FMFB: You've done print work, any fashion work? have you ever walked the runway and other than a paycheck do you enjoy said work


I haven’t walked the runway. I confess I am extremely shy before the camera. I can’t say I don’t enjoy it, but artistically acting is my passion.


FMFB: Favorite Fashion Designer and why.


I don’t have a favorite fashion designer. I like design that’s simple, elegant, classic and is both old-school/modern.


FMFB: In the babes department describe you ideal mate and are you single, married, playing the field?


My ideal mate is a bodhisattva warrior. I believe in playing the field by the book and without cheating - although what Damon did in the World Series was warrior - in the desire to score a home run, take off my hat, bat and cleats and go for a walk in the valley of the Rocky Mountains.


FMFB: You mentioned you were out of commission for a minute cause you injured yourself on stage.

Any projects you will like to plug?


Yes, I was injured doing martial arts. Healing was a major training in patience. I am in “SubHysteria”, which is currently in pre-release in Venezuela. You will see actors living real time what you the audience watch because every scene was unscripted and we had no idea what would happen next.


FMFB: Personally and professionally where will you like to be in five years?


Enjoying rich and challenging work. Celebrating wonderful friends. Having fun with the bodhisattva warrior who is beside me.


Q&A With


Angelic Zambrana


FMFB: Hello Angelic its a pleasure, can you fill us in onyour background in the arts

AZ: I come from a very artistic family. Almost everyone has a career somehow related to the arts with a lot of visual talent on my mother's side and a lot of musical talent coming from my father's side. My father Kevin Zambranaused to play percussion for the band G.Q, he was Hector Lavoe's road manager for a bit and also an audio engineer over at Fania records. He now owns a sound production company so most of my childhood playgrounds were backstage and in recording studios. My grandmother used to teach sewing in the Dominican Republic. She was also a seamstress here in the states so she was always making something! So when I would go to my grandmother's house there were always scraps of fabric and patterns lying around as she was making someones' pageant dress or a dress for one of my sisters. She is pretty awesome always making something and gambling! Although everyone in my family is dramatic and crazy(in a good way)I am the first actress in the family!
I always wanted to be an actress and did some schools plays in grade school, but once I reached high school I was seriously into track & field. I was aiming for a scholarship to college until i went on my first audition in my senior year of high school. I remember screwing the spikes into my flats as I was waiting to be seen because I had to literally run to my meet after the audition. I knew I changed my mind after that day and eventually turned down a scholarship and chose a school that would immerse me back into the arts.

FMFB: Tell us about your highs and lows working with
A)Dito Montiel
B) John Singleton
c) Lee Daniels


AZ: Tell you about the lows?...hey i'm just getting started here! First thing I will mention is how I love them all for giving a girl a job! hehe
a) Dito and I are both from Astoria Queens. We attended the same elementary school, at different times ofcourse. We ate at the same pizza and gyro spots, so we have that connection. My first audition ever was for Dito and through that experience I knew that I wanted to act and could actually do it. I've always been hyper and a bit loud, but I was shy when it came to exposing myself. Somehow at that audition I opened up a gate and surprised myself.
Dito likes to keep his projects very realistic. Even when directing an action movie like FIGHTING, he kept things as crazy as they naturally were. He doesn't fancy marks on the floor and is not "technical". Dito is all about the characters and their moments. If he sees a crazy bum on the street dressed up like spider man wearing a wig he would say "get him and put him in the scene!"

b) John Singleton is like my uncle! A fellow former track & field head! John gets you so amped to get into your scene, it"s like he experiences every emotion with you. He's a wonderful man with a wealth of knowledge. He would encourage me to come to set when I wasn't working and ask as many questions as I liked, and... oh yes I did! He is true to himself and the struggles he faced with getting to where he is today. I still call John up for advice. John never forgets anything or anyone!

I am so lucky I got a chance to work with Franc. Reyes on my first film, ILLEGAL TENDER. A latino director who grew up in the same Bronx neighborhood as my father! Franc. is an artist in every sense, he is a fighter and he is fearless. Working with Franc. felt like making a film with family.
c.) Lee Daniels....I love big papa Lee! Lee is so animated I wish I had a Lee Daniels action figure complete with the beautiful wild mane of hair he had. Lee wants you to be as true and raw as any actor can be. Lee nutures you and is an excellent teacher. He wants the best from you and I loved the challenge and demand. There was no favoritism with anyone of the actors during the shoot of PRECIOUS. It did not matter if you were a megastar, Lee wanted a specific level from you and if you did not deliver, you suffered the consequences in the editing room. He keeps you on your toes and gets the best out of you. Lee used to be a casting director and and excellent manager so he can smell a half hearted or scared performance before you even have the nerve to go there. He is like that crazy uncle in the family that breaks you out of your shell like "girl you better get up and dance at your cousins wedding" hehe.

FMFB: How many days are you scheduled to be on set of "The Mortician" and
fill us in on the
role of Maria and Gareth Maxwell Roberts approach on directing.

AZ: I'm here in New Orleans Louisiana for a month staying right in the crazy and...HAUNTED French Quarters. We have been filming in some amazing locations so no need to pay for a tour. I think my hotel room is haunted and Method man who plays the Mortician isn't helping by telling me it's Maurice the ghost that haunts the Ritz! The other day my cast mates had the nerve to share all their ghost stories in my suite and then leave me to sleep in there alone! lol
Maria is like one of those worrying Puerto Rican mothers who are so all over the place that you wonder how they keep it together but they do because they are resilient. Maria is the unexpected backbone in any situation, she even surprises herself.
When you first meet him, Gareth Maxwell Roberts looks like a rugby playing football watching English fellow but he has this gorgeous imagination. He is such an artist and loves actors. He writes these characters and gave each of them a struggle but allows you a lot of freedom and he is very gentle. The script was so vivid. He created this world that makes you feel like you are walking through someone's dream and the story pulls you right in. The film has a great crew mostly consisting of his family and friends so it's so much fun!

FMFB: You are NYC bred, what are your top three favorite places in NYC and
why

AZ: Even though I hate the cold, I am an outdoors girl and I go everywhere in my heels! I like walking around Greenwich Village with all it's little streets and great food stops. You can get a three dollar falafel, walk around and find a new boutique everyday.
There is a French place in Long Island city on Vernon Jackson Blvd. called Cafe Haven. They serve a nice variety of crepes and spiked hot chocolate. It's right next to the NYC skyline and the sun shines right across the river and in through the big french windows. The reason why it's special to me is because I only take one family member there at a time to talk. If I take you there, you are special to me, I don't even take my fellas there, well none yet!
My other favorite place is The Museum of Natural History. I know I am an old soul and things in there are older than I feel sometimes so I don't feel so shaky when I'm there. hehe It's really awe inspiring and kind of creepy so I like it!


FMFB: As far as Film: Favorite thespian you will like to work with (Male &
Female)
& dream role & director?

AZ: I'm going to mention two women!
Shirley Maclaine! She plays "the difficult woman" better than anyone! I have admired her work since I was a child, the meaner her characters are, the funnier she is! Angelina Jolie!
I admire her career and look up to her for juggling the female action hero roles and still delivering great dramatic performances. She also gives so much and is gorgeous!
For the Men, I would have to say Johnny Depp is so smooth man! He is always exciting and brings something new to each character. I can tell that he never stops having fun and to maintain that infectious joy for acting for as long as he has, is a gift itself.

FMFB: DREAM ROLE

AZ: I must say that acting is my dream and any role I get is living out the dream for me. I have a knack for Characters who have to redeem themselves.
Enough of the humble talk... I want to play Natalie Wood one day. I was working on her as a character at Black Nexxus Inc. , where I trained. The Los Angeles premiere for PRECIOUS was held at Grauman's chinese theatre and my heels and hands fit perfectly into Natalie's...creepy right!

FMFB: DIRECTOR

AZ: I've wanted to work with Darren Aronofsky for a while. He makes magic out of some daring subjects.


FMFB: As far as Music: Who gets you on the dance floor and styles of music
you enjoy

AZ: I am high energy and I love dancing so anything high energy will get me out on the floor. I'll even dance to an annoying song and goof out.
I have liked Shakira since I saw her singing with her guitar and grungy red hair on Sabado Gigante. I was relieved to see another odd artsy latina who would take the world by storm one day. I'm really digging Lady Gaga right now!
As far as music I like to listen to, mostly anything that has a soul breathed into it and a message. I like great instrumentals like Mongo Santamaria and west african funk music. I like world music and conscious rap like Wu tang and common. Lady GaGa is fearless which is why I like her, but I usually tend to sway away from synthetic tracks. I need the soul of the real instrument.

FMFB: As far as Fashion: Tell us your top three designers

AZ: I like Jean Paul Gaultier for his body of work. he is more than a clothing designer. He costume designs for film, for ballets, for cirque du soleil, and music tours.
John Galliano is another designer I admire for how he injects his imagination into his work.
Emanuel Ungaro delivers sexiness with an edge. I like to dress sexy but never trashy.

FMFB: In the "Babes" department is there anyone you go silly for?
AZ: Christian Bale, the crazier he seems the more I like him!
When I met Will Smith at the PRECIOUS premiere I acted cool, but my cast mate and I snuck out to the balcony and had to silently scream and go silly!
The rapper Common. He is fly on many levels! One of my favorite rappers who also doing his thing on film and he's fine! I saw him at the movie theatre once with some of my homette's and we all got kind of giddy.


Thank you Angelic, I look forward to our follow up
John Vincent Vargas

Falling Awake

Falling Awake tells the powerful story of Jay (Andrew Cisneros), a young Latino musician in the Bronx who struggles to find his identity in a home crowded with family members and a neighborhood of loyal friends and dangerous enemies.After he meets the beautiful Manhattanite Alessandra (Jenna Dewan), his determination to reach toward a wider world and realize his musical dreams becomes even stronger.But he is tied by loyalty to his friends and to his ex-Marine brother, and by the expectations of his frustrated, angry father.As Jay fights to break free of the cycles of anger and violence that grip his life and his neighborhood, he learns that only love can help him grasp his elusive chance at happiness, and comes to a new understanding that helps him take the long, uncertain leap into his future.



The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The second installment of Stephenie Meyers phenomenally successful Twilight series, the romance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of only to find herself in greater peril than ever before.


Following Bellas ill-fated 18th birthday party, Edwarn Cullen(Robert Pattinson) and his family abandon the town of Forks, Washington, in an effort to protect her from the dangers inherent in their world. As the heartbroken Bella sleepwalks through her senior year of high school, numb and alone, she discovers Edwards image comes to her whenever she puts herself in jeopardy. Her desire to be with him at any cost leads her to take greater and greater risks.

With the help of her childhood friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), Bella refurbishes an old motorbike to carry her on her adventures. Bellas frozen heart is gradually thawed by her budding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, who has a supernatural secret of his own.


When a chance encounter brings Bella face to face with a former nemesis, only the intervention of a pack of supernaturally large wolves saves her from a grisly fate, and the encounter makes it frighteningly clear that Bella is still in grave danger. In a race against the clock, Bella learns the secret of the Quileutes and Edwards true motivation for leaving her. She also faces the prospect of a potentially deadly reunion with her beloved that is a far cry from the one she'd hoped for. With more of the passion, action and suspense that made TWILIGHT a worldwide phenomenon, The Twilight Saga: New Moon is a spellbinding follow-up to the box office hit.