JESSE GARCIA - "when I was in Berlin, we were in the KinderFest, 14 and over, and this group of girls saw me on the street and started screaming. One of them had their cell phone and took a picture of me, started screaming again and ran back to her friends."

  • CHALO GONZALEZ - "In the film, when I was walking with the cart, selling the champurrado, one of these people, he wasn't an extra, he came in and tried to buy champurrado. So I gave it to him ... and he put a dollar in the thing. If I don't work in movies any more, I could sell champurrado."

  • EMILY RIOS - "The funniest reaction I got was from my dad when he saw the kissing scene. We were actually in the theater watching a private screening for friends and family. And in Spanish, he started cussing like, 'What the hell is that?' I was laughing because the guy who plays my boyfriend, J.R., was right in front of us. I was so embarrassed, trying to sink into my chair."

  • J.R. CRUZ - "At Sundance and other places, it's like, 'Oh you're such a bastard. Why you doing that [to Magdalena]?' But you know, it just goes with the territory. I love it when they say, 'Hey, you're such a bastard.' Okay, cool."

    On the Party Line

    Both the "Quincenera" after party and the "Last Rites" pre-party were held at the same time at venues a block apart. At the Westwood Brewery, I felt like I stepped into an actual quinceanera, not only because of the pink and silver balloon decorations, but also because of the multiple generations getting down on the dance floor to Latin dance numbers as well as Kanye West's "Gold Digger."

    Over at sushi lounge Tengu, partygoers got in the mood for the midnight screening of "Last Rites." The film places two Los Angeles gangs -- South Central's The Lords of Crenshaw and East LA's El Diablo Muerto -- in the same place to meet an arms dealer. Strangely enough, it's not their rivalry or the cops outside that's the problem. No, it might just be the horde of zombies about to descend on all the tender, delectable humans.

    At the party, I observed director Duane Stinnett and producer/writer/actress Krissann Shipley were making the rounds and then spotted Morgan "Super Size Me" Spurlock in the crowd. While this was all fine and interesting, I got really excited when I saw that his wife (the vegan chef from "Super Size Me") Alex Jamieson was there too.

    My brain, immediately switching over to cheesy reality show mode, recalled that she was on an episode of the Style network's "How Do I Look?" as a fashion victim. And yes, I actually asked her about it. She was pretty open about how she didn't know what she was getting into, and assured me that her two friends, the "accomplices" on the show, were really sweet and not the critical terrors depicted.

    As conversations about fashion are wont to do, talk turned to zombies, creatures that Ms. Jamieson has a love-hate relationship with. Like many zombie fans, she says the appeal is that they seem like they could exist somehow. Unlike some zombie fans, however, she has not taken precautions with her home or person in case of a zombie attack. At this point, Mr. Spurlock walked over and chatted about non-zombie related topics (like the start of his second season of "30 Days") and then whisked his wife away to another party for pal Jeff Garlin, whose film "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With" screened earlier that night.

    Caveat Reader

    An unconfirmed but fairly knowledgeable source at the party let slip these two tidbits that may or may not come to be:


  • "Die Hard 4" - Although a script isn't finished, the Len Weisman-directed film is supposed to begin production soon, possibly July, and co-star Justin Long ("Dodgeball," "Herbie: Fully Loaded"). The actor may have committed himself to antoher film, the indie "Life at These Speeds" based on the book by Jeremy Jackson. Sam Rockwell and Ed Harris are attached to co-star, if the film actually sees the start of production.

  • "The Abhorsen Trilogy" - This young adult fantasy series by Garth Nix that begins with "Sabriel" is supposedly searching for someone who can adapt its dark subject matter -- namely necromancy -- sensitively. The rumored frontrunner is Dan Futterman, who adapted the Gerald Clarke book that became "Capote," Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar ticket.

    -HN



    Friday, June 30

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