Film Review: A MOST WANTED MAN

Starring the late prolific and favored actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary spy thriller based on the best-selling 2008 book of the same name by John le Carré. Unlike the last film based on a Le Carré novel, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, it is a well-paced and exciting espionage tale with an enjoyable two hour running time.

As always, Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered a great performance in the lead role of his last completed film, A MOST WANTED MAN.  Hoffman plays Gunther Bachman, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking and lonely team leader of a secret anti-terrorism unit based in Hamburg, Germany.  Unlike his bureaucratic and overzealous counterpart, Dieter Mohr (Rainer Bock), the head of the Germany’s domestic intelligence service, he is cautious and mindful as he is diligent in amassing information that can prevent the execution of a planned terrorist attack. 

Bachman finds the heavy-handed Mohr a detestable nuisance with a competitive dash to place the “terrorist” label and make arrests.  Also, appearing more like an enemy is the Germany-based CIA agent, Martha Sullivan, (Robin Wright).  Bachman’s extreme distrust and reluctance to share intel with the US spy stems from a past joint mission debacle which exposed his previous team, hence their demise.

 Bachman is as nurturing and protective and of his team as he is of his prized asset, a college student and only son of a prominent Muslim charity fund-raiser, Dr. Faisal Abdullah.

He and his team are currently tracking the movements of a heavily-bearded, Islamic Chechen man, who suspiciously arrived in Hamburg from Turkey without any identification.   The reticent young man is discovered to be Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a recently release prisoner, and the surviving son of a wealthy Russian war criminal.

Issa retains the aid of a beautiful, do-gooder human rights lawyer, Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams). When she connects him with the banker (Willem Dafoe), whose institution holds his late fathers secret account of millions in ill-gotten gains, Issa becomes more nefarious suspect. Yet, the prudent Bachman withholds his rush to judgment.

 A MOST WANTED MAN was directed by Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control, The American).  On working with Philip Seymour Hoffman:  “Despite any issues he was dealing with outside of the film, domestic or otherwise, the performance never suffered.”

I’m not sure where to start when looking at Philip’s legacy as it is overwhelming in its scope and depth. But that immediately tells you a lot about his choices. He was the best character actor I can think of, and if you look at just the smaller roles he occupied, then those performances alone set him apart from his contemporaries. His strength was a total immersion in the role and a lack of vanity. At the same time, he hated what he loved, that was his curse – he would tear himself to pieces over his performances”.  

“He was a giant of a man in every way imaginable and his demise is not only a tremendous loss to the world at large and to lovers of great art, but very much on a human level. He was 200% human, with all the struggles and flaws that     came with this – and that is where that great art came from, I like to think”.-­‐Anton Corbijn, THE GUARDIAN

2014 FUNKSHION MIAMI BEACH SWIM WEEK: PERONI Emerging Designer Series ~ Resort Wear Fashions

Peroni Emerging Designer Series, by Fashion Group Int’l, featured resort wear from 10 finalists, who showcased their Italian-inspired designs at 2014 Funkshion Miami Beach Week fashion show at SLS Hotel South Beach

Prior to the show, attendees shopped for Mulco watches  & Sugperga sneakers at the accessory cabana shops  & enjoyed complimentary Peroni beer.

2014 FUNKSHION MIAMI BEACH SWIM WEEK: PERONI  Emerging Designer Series ~Swimwear Fashions

Peroni Emerging Designer Series, by Fashion Group Int’l, featured swimwear from 10 finalists, who showcased their Italian-inspired designs at 2014 Funkshion Miami Beach Week fashion show at SLS Hotel South Beach

Runway models where accessorized with Mulco watches from the Swiss company’s ocean-motif Lush collection & Superga sneakers from the Italian company’s The Man Repeller collection for Spring.

Show attendees shopped poolside cabanas for these brands, and other vendors’ accessories, at the Funkshion pop-up boutiques.

POP-UP BOUTIQUES @ 2014 FUNKSHION MIAMI BEACH SWIM WEEK~SLS Hotel South Beach

2014 Miami Beach Swim Week, July 16-19 ~ Swimwear models adorned Swiss timepieces from Mulco's ocean-motif Lush collection, such as the Rubi/Silicon (pictured), & Italian-made Superga sneakers from The Man Repeller collection for Spring, while balloon sculptures by Balloon Expresso decorated the runway.

Fashion show attendees shopped for these accessories for themselves at the vendor’s pop-up boutiques, such as Miami-themed jewelry & live fashion sketches at Lil Miss Miami’s cabana booth.

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Hulu Original’s The Hotwives of Orlando Premieres on 7.15

A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, the Hulu Original The Hotwives of Orlando, takes you inside the uberexclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando. 

The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.

The Characters of THE HOTWIVES

  • Alli (Dannah Phirman)

Crystal’s troublemaking friend. A wanna-be ‘hotwife,’ she’s always stirring it up, gossiping and giving bad news under the guise of “being a good friend.”

  • Amanda Simmons (Kristen Schaal)

She was a child star on local television - the Florida Prune Juice girl - until she hit puberty and they didn’t want her anymore. Now she’s looking to recapture that fame but her drug and alcohol problem make that difficult. She’s hopelessly single and always dating the wrong guy.

  • Crystal Simmons (Angela Kinsey)

A gorgeous, busty bible beater with a controlling husband, TJ (Seth Morris). She does everything in the name of God, including her breast implants. Superficial and petty, she can act ‘holier than thou,’ and is especially judgmental of her sister, Amanda.

  • Phe Phe (short for Phenomenon) Reed (Tymberlee Hill)

A successful lawyer, foot model and aspiring taxidermist, among other careers. She speaks her mind, but you’re not gonna like what her mind has to say. But hey, “She’s just bein’ Phe Phe.”

  • Shauna Maducci (Danielle Schneider)

A brassy Italian-American with anger management problems. She and her husband Anthony (Matt Besser) are going broke because she’s a shopoholic. She has a lot of kids and a very tumultuous relationship with her husband made worse by her rampant jealousy and the fact that he can’t stand her.

  • Tawny St. John (Casey Wilson)

A gorgeous, self-obsessed trophy wife. She married a wealthy older man, Phil (Stephen Toblowsky), that she thinks is dying. Well she hopes he is dying, anyway.

She may not have a job but she keeps busy with her charity parties, music videos and fashion products like her new line of eyebrow extensions.

  • Veronica Von Vandervon (Andrea Savage)

A sexy Brit with an eye for much younger men. She is an independent businesswoman and heiress to the Hot Holes Heavy Putting mini golf fortune. She’s all about class, sex, sophistication and sex.

SISSI FLEITAS – From Cover Girl To The Big Screen

Playboy cover girl –turned-actress Sissi Fleitas was most recently seen in the U.S. on Univision’s “Sabado Gigante”, on the jury of competition show “Viva la Diva”.

The Hispanic television star concluded the last week filming of her first English language film BULLPEN, with co-stars, British actor Gary Daniels & Mexican actor Luis Gatica.

The action film, BULLPEN, tells the story of a retired boxer, David , played by Gary Daniels , who is forced to fight for money. Eva played by Sissi Fleitas, is a former prostitute who David is madly in love, is kidnapped. To rescue her, he is forced to fight and do the will of criminals, unaware of Eva’s ulterior motives.

BULLPEN is directed & produced by Roger Ellis Frazier, (director of “The Line” & “Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright”).

Filmed at Fox Studios in Baja California, BULLPEN will have worldwide distribution in 2015. 

BULLPEN Teaser Video: http://vimeo.com/98624820

Romeo Santos’ Formula Vol. 2 Tour at NY’s Yankee Stadium ~July 11 & 12

Romeo Santos will become the first Latin artist to headline two shows at the grand new stadium, and the only Latin artist to perform at Yankee Stadium for the first time since the Fania All-Stars sung in the stadium 40 years ago.

El Rey De Bachata’s show was SOLD-OUT within the first time 24 hours since its announcement, so a second show has been added to meet the overwhelming demand of fans.

Beloved by fans, the “King of Bachata” celebrates the traditional Dominican sounds, infused with modern elements of R & B, hip-hop and pop for a new style that dominates today’s charts in Latin music.

His second solo album, with featured guest artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Marc Anthony and others, # FormulaVol.2 debuted with the highest first week sales of any Latin album in the last 8 years, remained two months at # 1 on the list of Latin albums.

Romeo Santos “King of Bachata” concert tickets on sale at www.ticketmaster.com

Singer Abraham Batarse Debuts As Actor In Televisa’s “MI CORAZÓN ES TUYO”

With a new look, the singer Abraham Batarse got started on the right foot in the telenovela ”MI CORAZÓN ES TUYO" , as the character "Chente", an evil guy who has no qualms working in the bar "Chicago" , alongside dancer Silvia Navarro as "Ana Leal". 

“Hago un guarura malo. No me mido y estoy bajo las órdenes, no se me escapa nadie. Me encantó que Juan Osorio me diera la oportunidad de actuar. Como bien sabes no soy actor, pero para poder integrarme me preparé para hacer bien el papel. Soy un hombre de sueños que se deja llevar por la vida y casualmente siempre me sorprende. No sé hasta dónde voy a llegar con Chente. Yo le estoy echando muchas ganas, como todo lo que emprendo”, said Batarse .

“LO POCO QUE TENGO”, LO NUEVO DE RICARDO ARJONA
~“LO POCO QUE TENGO” new single from Guatemalan singer Ricardo Arjona’s new, sophomore album “Viaje”.
Ricardo Arjona’s “LO POCO QUE TENGO” is a song about the simplicities of life & all things worthwhile. 
“Lo Poco Que Tengo” comes from the life philosophy that ‘less is more’ ,prompting a reflection on what we have and take for granted, like the song says: “Las huellas de tus pies descalzos, el humo de la cafetera, tres cuadros surrealistas falsos, tú risa que trae primavera… aunque el tiempo este fatal, lo poco que tengo es tan poco, pero es esencial”.

This new single is from “VIAJE”, his second album released by the independent label Metamorphosis, which was released on April 29 and is already platinum. “It’s a collection of memories, emotions, images & experiences made song, giving life to the 14 previously unreleased tracks,” said the artist.



 

“LO POCO QUE TENGO”, LO NUEVO DE RICARDO ARJONA

~“LO POCO QUE TENGO” new single from Guatemalan singer Ricardo Arjona’s new, sophomore album “Viaje”.

Ricardo Arjona’s “LO POCO QUE TENGO” is a song about the simplicities of life & all things worthwhile. 

“Lo Poco Que Tengo” comes from the life philosophy that ‘less is more’ ,prompting a reflection on what we have and take for granted, like the song says: “Las huellas de tus pies descalzos, el humo de la cafetera, tres cuadros surrealistas falsos, tú risa que trae primavera… aunque el tiempo este fatal, lo poco que tengo es tan poco, pero es esencial”.

This new single is from “VIAJE”, his second album released by the independent label Metamorphosis, which was released on April 29 and is already platinum. “It’s a collection of memories, emotions, images & experiences made song, giving life to the 14 previously unreleased tracks,” said the artist.

 

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 3D

In DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES a growing nation of genetically evolved apes, led by Caesar, are threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.  

They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.