Michael Pena is one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth guys in Hollywood! That’s why his new role, “Cesar Chavez,” is a perfect fit for the actor. Like the activist leader, Pena is humble and speaks the truth. And yes, he gained weight to play the part!
The last time I spoke with the actor, it was for the fantastic “End of Watch” in 2012. Now, the actor is in a quiet, soulful movie about how a revolution happened. In this interview, we talked about his interest for the role, gaining weight, and the big part that the Filipino people had in the revolution led by Chavez.
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America Ferrera stars as Helen Chavez, the wife of our hero played by Michael Pena, in the new political drama, “Cesar Chavez.” The last time I spoke with the actress, it was for “How to Train Your Dragon,” four years ago. Now, Ferrera is tackling more grown-up roles that challenge her.
In this interview, we talked about her interest in making “Cesar Chavez,” the importance of Helen in the life of Cesar Chavez, how she researched the part, and the rise of a revolution.
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Diego Luna, the actor who made his mark in “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” makes his English-language directorial debut with “Cesar Chavez,” a passionate film about the activist leader. Michael Pena stars in the title role with America Ferrera playing his wife, Helen. John Malkovich, Wes Bentley, and Rosario Dawson complete the cast. “Cesar Chavez” opens in theaters on March 28.
In this interview, we talked about Luna’s interest in making the movie, how he researched the film, and the importance of the Filipino farm workers in shaping the revolution.
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Aloe Blacc is having a great momentum! Starting with his collaboration with Avicii last year, the Billboard smash “Wake Me Up,” Blacc followed that with the addictive “The Man” single, his new album (which I love, by the way) called “Lift Your Spirit,” and then now, he’s on America’s favorite singing competition, “The Voice,” as a mentor for Team Adam. I sat down with the singer/songwriter to talk about:
*** His interest in joining “The Voice” and Team Adam
*** Why is “The Voice” such a big hit?
*** His advice to the contestants
*** Would he join “The Voice” if he’s just starting out?
*** Working with Avicii
*** What advice would he give to Madonna since the Queen of Pop is currently working with Avicii for her new album
*** What surprises are in store for his upcoming performance at the super-hot Coachella Music Festival?
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“Divergent” is one of the most anticipated movies this year but is it worth the hype? Based on the popular novel by Veronica Roth, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, a teenager in a dystopian Chicago future who must choose a faction – is she Amity, Candor, Abnegation, Erudite, or Dauntless?
Joining Woodley in this action-adventure from director Neil Burger is Theo James as Four, the Dauntless trainer. Ansel Elgort, Ray Stevenson, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen, Tony Goldwyn, and Ashley Judd complete the cast.
So is “Divergent” better or as good as its young adult adaptation sister, “The Hunger Games?” Find out in my review below:
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