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Film director Gabriela Tagliavini on Hollywood After #MeToo and Making Movies in Miami

    Interview by Nadja Atwal, MSM Editor-in-Chief  Gabriela Tagliavini has accomplished what many dream of: making it in Hollywood … as a Latina, … as a female, … as a film director –  with highly praised projects in both English and Spanish.  It’s a time of celebration for her right now, since she and her latest comedy “How To Break Up With Your Douchebag”  is nominated for the greatest latin film award in the US, the Image Awards. In the category for best film director, her name is listed next to  Guillermo del Toro who won the Oscar this year for “The Shape of Water”. We met with Gabriela to get the inside scoop on women in Hollywood  –  ever since the shake up by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and increased momentum of the #MeToo movement. And of course we were very much interested in hearing her take on the Miami film industry… NA: There we have Hollywood films turning women into super heroes on screen, able to take on any male enemy and yet when we look at equal pay for equal work I don’t know one industry that shows a bigger gap between men and women than in Hollywood. How come and do you anticipate any change on the horizon? GT: Women and minorities are excited to write and direct characters that are like them. But the DGA just published a study that showed that there has been a little improvement in movies directed by women, but minority film directors has hit a 5 year low last year. We are going backwards? How is that possible? I wish everyone will make more movies about women superheroes, supermoms, superCEOs. It’s our responsibility to empower little girls. I made it my life’s goal. NA: A successful  talent manager once said: Hollywood was created so ugly men can sleep with beautiful women. This is one reason I never aspired to be an actress. How is the vibe for a female director when you go in to meet with producers hoping to land a job? GT: When I go to job interviews, I dress extra unfeminine to be taken seriously. I wear pants, low shoes and very little make up. I feel that the landscape has changed since last year. Women are more united. Actresses are asking their reps that they want to work with female directors. Studios are asking agents to send them lists of the female directors. And we get to go to meetings. But the stats show that we still have a long way to go to create equal opportunity. Because that’s all we want, a sit at the table.  NA: You are one of the few female latin filmmakers in Hollywood, won several awards, but you also keep making films in Spanish in countries like Mexico. Kindly tell us about the differences, the good, the bad and the ugly. GT: Shooting in Mexico I have way more creative freedom. I can cast knowns and the best actors for the part without needing to cast a star to get a movie financed because the films get made with government incentives. I love shooting in Mexico or Europe for that reason. In Hollywood, I have to make more political decisions, but the positive side of shooting in the U.S. is that the product will probably reach more audiences because the distribution is worldwide.  NA: Do you feel that the latin community is adequately represented in Hollywood on the actor and director front? Are you satisfied? What needs to change? GT: I’m proud that in the last years, 3 Latino directors won 4 Oscars as best directors. But no Latina woman was ever nominated. In fact, only one woman won the Oscar as best director. This needs to change. It’s very important to have more women and Latinos behind the camera so they can create more roles for Latinos and women in front of the camera. I just read a study that showed that half of Latino characters on TV are portrayed as criminals. That it’s a fact. Images affect the way we see ourselves and how others see us. That’s why many people see undocumented Latinos as bad, but most are hard working people who came to this country for opportunities. NA: I lived in Hollywood California and must say I much prefer Hollywood Florida. With the best picture win of  “Moonlight “ at the Oscars, is there a new willingness among filmmakers to give Florida a sincere shot ? GT: The best-picture Oscar win by “Moonlight” was shot on location in Miami and it showed it in a way we haven’t seen it. That means, many other stories can be shot there. Most of us, see Florida as a place with paradise beaches and warm weather, but Florida has so much more. It has great crews, and atmosphere. I do hope that more filmmakers give Florida a shot! NA: You know Miami well.

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Fashion Project Hosts Successful Four-Day Film Festival at Bal Harbour Shops

By Gisel Habibnejad Photography by World Red Eye Learning about the fashion industry firsthand often involves working hands-on, side-by-side veterans. However, sometimes it’s fun to sit back and watch classic movies as they take you on a virtual tour of fashion throughout the decades. Guests enjoyed this marvelous experience at Fashion Project’s four-day fashion film festival, Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals. With films curated by Marketa Uhlirova of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, who is co-founder of Fashion in Film, and Tim Gunning of the University of Chicago’s Department of Film and Media Studies, the collection features pop culture hits, underground films, and rare footage at the hands of the guests. “In film, not only can dress become a vehicle with which to travel through time, is can also measure time, set its rhythm. It allows us to wear time, even as time wears us out,” shared Marketa Uhlirova and Tom Gunning. For more information on Fashion Project, please visit

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The Weekend Guide: 1/28-1/31

11th Annual Taste of the Garden When: Thursday, Jan. 28th at 6:30pm Where: Miami Beach Botanical Garden Tickets: $90 per person; Complimentary valet parking Additional Information: Raising environmental awareness & will benefit the Miami Beach Garden Conservatory; Featuring over 20 chefs & restaurants; Guests can enjoy small bites, cocktails, sweets, live entertainment, & partake in a silent auction Sea Movies at PAMM When: Thursday, Jan. 28th at 7:00pm Where: Perez Art Museum Miami Tickets: Free with general museum admission – $16 for adults (does not include food or drink) Additional Information: Monthly series; Finding Nemo will be played this night; Dogs allowed in outdoor areas; Pre-purchase recommended as space is limited Miggy Ball Gala When: Thursday, Jan. 28th at 7:00pm Where: Adrienne Arsht Center For additional information click here Tiesto When: Friday, Jan. 29th at 11:00pm-5:00am Where: STORY Nightclub Tickets: For VIP table reservations, please call (305)479-4426 or email 4th Annual Miami Beer Festival When: Saturday, Jan. 30th at 6:00pm Where: Marlins Park Tickets: $40 for general admission; $50 for VIP – can arrive at 5:00pm; both tickets prices do not include food or parking Additional Information: Featuring local, national, & international beers; food trucks will be on-site; live DJ spinning 3rd Annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival When: Saturday, Jan. 30th at 7:00pm Where: Olympia Theater Tickets: $45 for general admission; $150 for VIP – includes mezzanine sitting, valet parking, open bar, & gift Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks When: Sunday, Jan. 31st at 6:00pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets: Fashion Project Bal Harbour Shops’ Cultural Space & Fashion in Film Present Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals A four-day film festival featuring fashion films curated by Tom Gunning and Marketa Uhlirova. Where: Fashion Project, Bal Harbour Shops, Level 3 Tickets: Screenings & talks are complimentary For more, call (786)245-2200 or email When: Thursday, Jan. 28th 7:00pm – Fashion is History 8:45pm – Vertigo Friday, Jan. 29th 7:30pm – Om Shanti Om Saturday, Jan. 30th 1:30pm – Tony Takitani 4:30pm – Don’t Look Now 6:45pm – FP Talks/Fashion Time – Film Time 8:15pm – Lola Montes Sunday, Jan. 31st 2:30pm – My Fancy High Heels 4:00pm – Resurrecting & Re-editing the Cinema Divas 5:30pm – Costume Changes: Dolls Clothes & Grey Gardens

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Gloria & Emilio Estefan: Making History Over & Over Again

By Gisel Habibnejad The world knows them as the trailblazing power couple of Latin music; however, Miami knows Gloria and Emilio Estefan on a much deeper level. It has even been said that the Grammy Award winners have influenced a generation of artists, with more generations to come. They paved their own well-documented path by immersing themselves into their careers, and as a result, music that withstands the test of time and still echoes in modern-day music. Gloria Estefan was born in Havana, Cuba and fled from the island as a little girl and would eventually pursue a life that would make her parents proud. As a result, she proceeded to earn a higher level of education at the University of Miami, through which she earned a BA in psychology. With a firm education, she then pursued her lifelong dream of a professional career in music. Consequently, she joined Miami Sound Machine through which she met Emilio Estefan and became romantically involved in 1976. Two years later, the couple married and officially began their path as the influential powerhouse the world knows them as today. Just four years shy of officially being credited as a solo artist, the “Conga” singer won her first Grammy Award in the category of Best Tropical Latin Album for Mi Tierra–this would be the first of the three awards she won for the same category in the years to follow. Mi Tierra holds a special place in Gloria’s heart as it paved the way for her solo career, winning several accolades awarded by Billboard, the Grammy Awards, and even earning the first Diamond album in Spain. In addition, it sold over 100 million records worldwide. Not to mention, her lively performances and concerts that literally make you want to “get on your feet” from start to finish. Among their many achievements collectively, Gloria and Emilio have earned stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the ALMA and Premio Lo Nuestro Musical Latina, induction into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, a spot on Billboard’s Top 30 Most Influential Latin Artists of All Time, Latin Grammy Awards, and a Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Last November, they received the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President Barack Obama. Gloria shared her appreciation of the special moment, “We really do love this country and we respect it. To have been given the opportunity to live our lives the way we have and to be able to follow our dreams and work hard… it’s been phenomenal.” And while, they were recognized by the country on this day, Emilio never forgets to acknowledge his beloved city, “Today we were thinking about Miami. Thinking about the Latino community and saying that we are proud. We never left Miami, we never changed our name and I think that’s an important thing to recognize.” Not many people can say they performed at the Olympics and at the Superbowl twice—Gloria has done both. In fact, her hit single “Reach” became the anthem for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. The Estefans have always been adamant on using their fame to be involved and bring awareness to political affairs. In 2010, Gloria famously led Las Damas de Blanco march down Calle Ocho in support of the opposition movement in Cuba. Las Damas de Blanco is a group of wives and relatives of imprisoned dissidents who attend mass on Sundays wearing white followed by silently walking down the streets of Cuba. Emilio’s contributions include producing phenomenal musical events at the White House and being appointed by President George W. Bush to the Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2002. In 2013, he also became the AARP Life Reimagined Ambassador. And in 2014, Commissioner Jean Monestime appointed him as Miami-Dade Special Ambassador. They went on to conquer other facets of the industry, such as Gloria becoming a board of director for Univision Communications Inc. Staying true to his producer role, Emilio produced and directed his first full-length film in 2008 called 90 Millas. He has also produced multiple Latin Grammy Awards shows. As if it weren’t enough, they are also best-selling authors. Gloria has published children’s books and cookbooks; Emilio published his second book in 2011, The Exile Experience: A Journey to Freedom in collaboration with Alberto Montaner and Carlos Pintado—the powerful book is made up of testimonials from different generations of exiles. Throughout his career, he has received honorary doctoral degrees from Barry University, the University of Miami, Berklee College of Music, and Florida International University. Their latest conquest involves music, dancing, and Broadway. Fans can now experience a biographical look into the lives of these trailblazing artists as individuals and as a family. On Your Feet debuted in November 2015 starring Ana Villafane as Gloria and Josh Segarra as Emilio and directed by Jerry Mitchell. The homage comes to life with “Conga” at the end of the first act, when audience members are encouraged to join the Conga line as part of choreographer Sergio Trujillo’s plan. The show includes flashy costumes designed by ESosa accompanied with electrifying performances of their hits, such as “1-2-3” and “Get On Your Feet.” Variety magazine raves: “Newcomer Ana Villafane is a knockout in the leading role, the dazzling centerpiece of this flashy, splashy spectacle helmed by Jerry Mitchell.” “I hope we can inspire a different generation, to make them think about how lucky we are to live in the United States and to be able to achieve the American Dream,” Gloria proudly shares about the show. “We want to give so much back to this country.” Presently, they continue to defy the odds by actively working on creating the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, D.C. They also became the first Cuban-Americans to buy minor ownership stake of an NFL team through the Miami Dolphins. Locally, however, you can find the Estefans at one of their many locations of

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The Weekend Guide: 1/15-1/17

Magic City Comic Con When: Friday, Jan. 15th–Sunday, Jan. 17th all day Where: Miami Airport Convention Center Tickets: 3-day passes: $75; Single-day passes also available Additional Information: Featuring characters from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, S.H.I.E.L.D., the first Flash, and Bill Nye the Science Guy Art Deco Weekend When: Friday, Jan. 15th–Sunday, Jan. 17th at 6:00pm Where: Lummus Park Admission: Free Additional Information: Screening Bugsy Malone and Bugsy Shakespeare Miami & Free Shakespeare in the Park 2016 When: Friday, Jan. 15th–Jan. 30th all day Where: The Barnacle Historic State Park Admission: Free Additional Information: 10 year anniversary of Much Ado About Nothing production Food Truck Invasion When: Friday, Jan. 15 at 5:30pm Where: Rolling Oaks Park in Miami Gardens Admission: Free; Food and beverages are not Additional Information: Occurs every third Thursday of the month Life in Color Festival When: Saturday, Jan. 16th at 2:00pm Where: Sun Life Stadium Tickets: Additional Information: “The World’s Largest Paint Party”; Featuring Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack U, Steve Aoki, Zeds Dead, Flosstradamus, Big Sean, Ruby Rose, and more Sipping Socials Presents Wine & Reggae Festival When: Sunday, Jan. 17th at 5:00pm-10:00pm Where: The Wynwood Yard Tickets: $5 per person; Free for 15 years or younger; Tickets available online or at the door Additional Information: Taste 10 wines; Food trucks on site; Nail art or braiding by Maggie Rose Salon available; Face and body painting; Wine raffles throughout the night

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The Weekend Guide: 1/8-1/10

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme When: Friday, January 8th & Sunday, January 10th – all day Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets: $16-$75 2016 South Motors Fine Arts Fest When: Saturday, January 9th & Sunday, January 10th at 10am-5pm Where: Pinecrest Gardens Tickets: Free to the public Scholl Lecture Series When: Saturday, January 9th at 3pm Where: PAMM Tickets: Free America’s Orchestral Academy When: Saturday, January 9th at 8pm Where: Adrienne Arsht Center Tickets: Starting at $45 The Big Lebowski When: Saturday, January 9th at 8:30pm Where: Virginia Key Beach Park Tickets: $30-$55 parking space; Walking or bike $7 YoungArts Backyard Ball When: Saturday, January 9th Where: YoungArts Campus Tickets: Starting at $1000 Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest When: Sunday, January 10th at 1-4pm Where: Biscayne National Park Tickets: Free

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The Weekend Guide: 12/24-12/27

Christmas Eve Dinner at The Biltmore Hotel When: Thursday, December 24th at Where: The Biltmore Hotel Prices: French four-course meal: $115 per person; French six-course meal: $145 per person; Italian three-course meal: $105 per person Additional Information: French Prix fix dishes prepared by Michelin-starred chef Gregory Pugin; Italian dishes prepared by chef Beppe Galazzi To make reservations call (305)445-8066 Miami Heat vs New Orleans Pelicans When: Friday, December 25th at 12:00pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets: Jingle Beach When: Saturday, December 26th at 12:00pm-5:00am Where: Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr. Tickets: $30 Additional Information: 21 and over; Tech-house party Third Annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival When: Saturday, December 26th-31st Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema Tickets: Admission for opening night: children $10 & adults $15; General tickets: children $5 & adults $10; MICFF festival pass: $50 Additional Information: Various films from around the world will be featured; Workshops for children of all ages; Face painting; Balloon animals Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies When: Sunday, December 27th at 7:00pm Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $45-$105; Sebastian Ingrosso When: Sunday, December 27th at 11:00pm Where: Story Nightclub Tickets: $40;

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10 Celebrity Vacation Hotspots

By Gisel Habibnejad With their fame and fortune running on surplus, celebrities know exactly where and how to vacation. If you want to know the hotspots to travel to, simply follow the footsteps of all the biggest celebrities—after all, they keep coming back for a reason. Here’s a list of the most popular worldwide destinations infested with familiar faces. 1. Saint Tropez Who you’ll see: Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Jack Nicholson, Gigi Hadid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sir Elton John, Beyonce, Jay-Z 2. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Who you’ll see: Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest, Julia Roberts, George & Amal Clooney, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith 3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia Who you’ll see: Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, Keith Urban 4. Maldives Who you’ll see: Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss, Jude Law, David & Victoria Beckham, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Katy Perry, Tom Cruise 5. South Beach, Florida Who you’ll see: Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Amber Heard, Drake, Lenny Kravitz, Ellie Goulding 6. Lake Como, Italy Who you’ll see: George & Amal Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Madonna, Sir Richard Branson, Alred Hitchcock, Mick Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock 7. Maui, Hawaii Who you’ll see: Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, Owen Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jason Statham, Jack Osbourne, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn 8. Dubai Who you’ll see: Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, David & Victoria Beckham, Rita Ora, Nicole Scherzinger, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Roger Federer, Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton 9. Aspen, Colorado Who you’ll see: Elle Macpherson, Jack Nicholson, Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Nicole Scherzinger, Lewis Hamilton 10. Barbados Who you’ll see: Rihanna, Cara Delevigne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claudia Schiffer, Simon Cowell, Sting, Hugh Grant, Tiger Woods, Naomi Watts, Katy Perry    

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My Miami: Natalie Gal

November-December Issue 2015 Photographed by Catherine Asanov Natalie Gal is an American actress and model. She was born in 1989 to the family of an opera singer and a poet. Not surprisingly, she started studying ballet, gymnastics, arts, along with playing piano, singing, and performing in a theatre at the age of six. She is often compared to a young Angelina Jolie, considered to be a very promising young actress by media and magazines. She studied acting at NYU and speaks four languages fluently. Not only is Natalie represented by top model agencies around the world, but is also actively involved in various charities that are near to her heart, such as Artists for Peace and Justice and has done several campaigns for PETA. In September 2010, she was chosen to be the chairman of People Power Progress (PPP). She lives between NYC and LA, produces her TV show Fashion Destinations (airing on FashionTV), hosts a show on NEWTV, produces projects in Los Angeles and frequently travels to several cities around the world for work. She has starred in different movie productions and modeled for different brands such as Chanel, Cavalli, Alexander Wang, Prada, CoverGirl, Guess, Diesel, Alexander McQueen, and Revlon. She’s been on the covers of Grazia, Mademoiselle, Madam Figaro, and Modern Luxury to name a few. Currently she made a switch from modeling to acting, while still being an ambassador for many brands. She produces and stars in features with actors such as Samuel Jackson, Lindsay Lohan, Amber Heard and Kelan Lutz. Natalie recently hit the big screen in Jobs and Syrup. She is currently in the process of filming Enter The Fist with Danny Trejo. Since she is a self-proclaimed Miami lover, we couldn’t wait to hear the details… When in Miami you can catch me… Usually shopping! I enjoy all the Miami stores, little boutiques in all corners of the city, vintage shops in Wynwood Art District, or outside of SoBe. Of course, you also have to hit the big fancy ones, like Bal Harbour. After the shopping, I’m usually poolside at the Delano Hotel. I cannot tell you how many celebrities I spot during my visits there – so if you care for high-end people watching, then this is your place to stay. The biggest misconception about Miami is… That South Beach is the only place to be. I love Wynwood, Little Havana, Coral Gables, the Design District, and Coconut Grove. I am a big location junkie for my photo shoots and I typically ask a photographer or art director if we can shoot somewhere interesting, old, weird, or local. So I personally check out those locations on the mission to find interesting places to shoot, and Miami has so many! The last restaurant I enjoyed in Miami was… Juvia and Zuma all the way! I fell in love with Zuma when I first visited in London. It’s a hot spot for very attractive people (in case you want to meet a few wink-wink!). If you haven’t already, I dare you to order a few cocktails there, they are outstanding. Aside from the weather, the best reason to return to Miami is… There’s always something happening, music, art, fashion, and with new people. Of course, for me it’s Art Basel and Miami Fashion Week. Soho House is swarmed with people and hot outfits during MFW. I usually stay at SLS for MFW and get the most fantastic experience! For Art Basel, people come from all over the world to buy and celebrate art – its the best time to meet someone fun and interesting and get inspired by their talents. The first time I became really curious about Miami was… It was during my time as an up-and-coming, fresh-out-of-old-Europe model. I was instantly in love! I remember I went to the local coffee shop and everyone spoke Spanish there, which made the city appeal even worldlier to me. Then I was bedazzled by the Art Deco style, the atmosphere, the people, and then of course the hot nightlife. Miami felt instantly like the total package. Click here to view this post in MSM’s November/December 2015 digital issue

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O Cinema: A Theater of Dreams

By Michèle Bigler Photography Courtesy of O Cinema It has been said that cinema has evolved into the modern book. Most of the classic novels we’ve all heard of or even read have come to life behind the screen in movie theaters and eventually made their way into our living rooms. Many of us can recollect fond memories of our first trip to the theater and the impressions of the big screen usually accompanied by popcorn, slushies or nachos. Cinema, like any art, can be classified into many different fields, however the most relevant is Hollywood Blockbusters vs. independent film. Although we won’t argue the quality of said genres, the lacking of smaller budget films in large venues is lamentable. Fortunately for South Florida film junkies looking to catch first-run independent, foreign, art and family films, they can opt to visit O Cinema for their alternative film needs.    With three locations that sprouted in Wynwood, Miami Beach and Miami Shores you can head over to the more intimate venues that don’t only offer unique screenings, but also attempt to involve the community with local artists by showcasing some of South Florida’s talent at their venues. Currently on display at the Wynwood location is the project 9TOPICS by Amalia Caputo and Marina Font, which takes a deeper look at the contemporary world and the way that we define our existence. Given that modernity is largely defined by a saturation of images and selfies, this project attempts to delineate the self through pictures that steer away from the selfie. 9TOPICS is a promising expo  encompassing 3000+ portrayals of public submissions that present a myriad of interpretations of the self to be exhibited until November 22, 2015. Evidently, O Cinema Miami is the perfect place for a date night or just an evening outside the box that is sure to culturally enrich any spectator and set a spellbinding train of thoughts into motion. For those interested, the following movies will be presented in November: Steve Jobs– yet another perspective into the life of one of the creators of our technologically engrossed modernity. Bridge of Spies– a film that zooms into the cold war through the candid eye of a scrupulous insurance lawyer sent on a mission to negotiate the exchange of three prisoners of war. The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers– an examination of Israeli and Egyptian relations as well as the events that surround the rescue of hostages in Entever in 1976. This documentary looks at the evolution of the tense political relations between Israel and its neighbors. Sufragette– a chronicle about the journey that a trio of women endured in order to advocate woman’s suffrage. La Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)- a showing of Britain’s Royal Opera House featuring a story of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Room– A riveting gaze into a mother’s relationship with her son. What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy– a series of conversations that done a frank insight into the lives of the sons of nazis. For more information, please visit

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Vanessa Ferlito: Taking Graceland by Storm

By Gisel Habibnejad What started off as an acting gig on The Sopranos quickly snowballed into a successful career branching out into other TV shows and movies. Vanessa Ferlito has had the pleasure and privilege of working with talented directors, such as Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Lee Daniels, and Sam Raimi. At the moment, she graces the small screen on Graceland, in which she portrays the character of Charlie. Graceland follows the lives of several undercover agents living under one roof, known as “Graceland.” Leading up to the third season (which premiered on June 25th), Charlie has a lot going on for her right now. Between her fallen relationship with her love interest, Paul Briggs (played by Daniel Sunjata) whose child she is pregnant with, and facing the traumatic repercussions from her kidnapping – we can’t wait to see what season 3 has in store for us! We caught up with Vanessa on the new season of Graceland, what it was like working with John Leguizamo and Meryl Streep, and how it all started. MSM: How did you break into the acting world? VF: My first job was on The Sopranos then, two weeks later, I booked the lead of this independent movie called Online. Thankfully, after that I was working nonstop. I have gotten the great opportunity to work with Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Lee Daniels, Sam Raimi and have also worked opposite of John Leguizamo. It all happened really fast. MSM: What is the most challenging role you’ve played to date? VF: Probably Charlie – although, I want to say every role comes to mind. Death Proof and Shadowboxer, opposite Helen Mirren, were challenging. Maybe it’s because we’re three seasons in, but Charlie is such a complex character. Playing her and then playing her, undercover, which is playing a different character inside of the character, and also having a relationship in the house. It makes every year more challenging, and I am so thankful for that. When you’re on a TV show, for multiple seasons, you kind of become the person and take her home with you. It’s a long stretch, months at a time, you relocate and your emotions are all over the place. So, maybe because I’m in it right now, I want to say Charlie. MSM: What was it like working with John Leguizamo in Undefeated? VF: Working with John was wonderful. He is a fantastic guy and he’s an actor’s director. He basically let me do whatever I wanted to do. He trusted me 100%. I filmed two movies with him, in Undefeated I played his girlfriend, and in Nothing But the Holidays I played his sister. I’d work with him again in a heartbeat. MSM: How was it working with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in Julie & Julia? VF: They are both extremely focused women. It was fantastic working with them, they are both lovely. MSM: What can we expect from the third season of Graceland? VF: A lot is revealed. There’s a lot of drama and it’s heartbreaking. You can expect a lot of truth to come out. MSM: How is season 3 different from the previous seasons? VF: It’s different in the sense that it gets a little more personal with the characters when Charlie is pregnant. Whereas, before, there was some personal stuff but this is crazy personal. The house is brought back together. MSM: What does the new season hold for Charlie and Briggs’ relationship? VF: Well, in season 3 we are not together. I can’t say what happens but Charlie is still pregnant. She is still dealing with that and just focusing on her baby and her health and finding (Jermaine) the man who beat her up in the second season. So as far as Briggs goes, it’s on ice for the moment. Ultimately she’s not even sure if she knows who he really is. MSM: How do you prepare for the intense scenes on the show? VF: I kind of just stay to myself, I listen to music, and I try not to goof off too much because that’s what I love to do. I try to think of what makes me sad, but I try not to go too deep into it because I’m scared of some of the thoughts that come up in my head when I have to go to a really dark place. MSM: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you? VF: I’m a homebody and I love to couch surf. I love staying home and watching Game of Thrones, that’s what I do. And spend time with my baby. Watch Graceland on the USA Network, Thursdays at 10pm For more information on Graceland, please visit Click here to view this post in the July/August digital issue. Click here to view our online issue.

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Patricia Arquette Wins Bulgari Award for Best Actress of the Year

By Alyse Mier A well-deserved “congratulations” is in order for the exceptionally talented actress Patricia Arquette. Arquette won the Bulgari Award for Best Actress of the Year at the 61st Taormina FilmFest in Sicily this past Thursday. The award is a symbol of the Italian fashion house’s commitment to honor prestigious contemporary film awards, and to pay tribute to Arquette’s achievements. Just this year, Arquette won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her exceptional way of portraying the trials of motherhood in Boyhood. The award was presented at the Teatro Antico, a historic landmark dating back to seventh century BC. This spectacular landmark in southern Italy was one of the ancient world’s best-known theatres. The venue and award are truly symbolic of Bulgari’s longstanding association with cinema.

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