Babel

2006, Movie, R, 142 mins

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Gael Garcia Bernal, Wife Separate

Gale Garcia Bernal, Delores Fonzi

Actor Gael Garcia Bernal and his wife, actress Dolores Fonzi, have split, E! News reports.

Bernal, 35, and Fonzi, 36, met on the set of Vidas Privadas in 2001 and have been an item since 2008. read more

Fall 2007: Undeclared's Marshall Is in Hell

The latest pilot castings from Variety and the Reporter:• Timm Sharp (Undeclared, and a recent guest star on 'Til Death) is Jason Biggs' annoying roommate in the CBS comedy I'm in Hell.• Nathan Gamble (Babel) has landed the lead in Fox's untitled comedy about a 10-year-old helped through life by his crazy grandfather (Tom Conti). Macey Cruthird (Hope & Faith's Hayley) is Gamble's older sister.• Ian Gomez (Felicity) is Steve Howey's veterinary-clinic partner in Fox's The Beast.• Dash Mihok (Hollywoodland) has joined ABC's Cavemen. read more

Short Cuts: Bill Clinton Pimps TV Land, Dora and More!

TV Land has elected former president Bill Clinton to serve as a keynote speaker at the cabler's March 23 upfront. Oh, what Monica used to do up front.... Nick Jr. premieres a new episde of Dora the Explorer, "Star Mountain," on March 12.... Flushed Away unseated The Departed as the top DVD seller last week, while Babel was the No. 1 rental/OTC sleep aid.... DVD release dates have been set for Children of Men (March 27) and The Good Shepherd (April 3). read more

Oscarmath: Seinfeld Unlikely to Host Next, and More

• Despite his winning appearance as a presenter on Sunday's telecast, Jerry Seinfeld is unlikely to host next year's Academy Awards, as has been buzzed about for the past few days. Here's why: The animated Bee Movie, which is written by and stars Seinfeld, and opens in November, is likely to net an Oscar nod, reports the New York Daily News, effectively disqualifying the comedian from emceeing the show.• YouTube on Tuesday complied with a "request" from the Academy to take down all unauthorized clips from the broadcast, such as Ellen DeGeneres' opening spiel and musical numbers featuring Will Ferrell (which had racked up 250,000 views) and Beyoncé (which had, well, thousands viewing her rack). The official Oscars website offers a five-minute clip of highlights, as well as footage from the backstage "Thank-You Cam."• Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu and other collaborators on the film, including cast members Gael García Bernal and Adr... read more

Short Cuts: Sarah Silverman, Babel and More!

The Sarah Silverman Program premiered to an audience of 1.8 million total viewers last Thursday, the best debut for a Comedy Central original since Drawn Together (2004).... DVD release dates have been set for Babel (Feb. 20, though I already have mine... coolness) and The Pursuit of Happyness (Mar. 27). Out on disc today, meanwhile, is The Grudge 2 starring Amber Tamblyn (who, again, bailed on a Q&A with moi. Bygones).... Wal-Mart and Hewlett-Packard are set to announce a deal that will have the retailer selling movie and TV-show downloads via its website, says Reuters. But will they offer "Always Lowe Prices" on St. Elmo's Fire and Brothers & Sisters? read more

Dreamgirls Leads Oscar Nods, Yet Snubbed for Best Pic

Nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning by Salma Hayek — presumably because of the abundance of Latino names that she so deliciously enunciated — and Dreamgirls bested the rest with eight total nods, yet was conspicuously left out of the best-picture race. Babel followed with seven noms. Here's a look at the major contests:Best PictureBabel, The Departed, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The QueenLead ActressPenélope Cruz (Volver), Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Helen Mirren (The Queen), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), Kate Winslet (Little Children)Lead ActorLeonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond), Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), Peter O'Toole (Venus), Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)Supporting ActressAdriana Barraza (Babel), Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)Supporting ActorA... read more

Road to Oscar: More Kudos Arrive for Departed

Scorsese scores again. The Departed has been declared the year's best film by the Southeastern Film Critics Association, with Marty himself named best director. (Sounds like it's time for Matt to get a sitter and see this flick.) The top acting awards went to Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Helen Mirren (The Queen), with Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) sweeping the supporting slots. Pan's Labyrinth, An Inconvenient Truth and Cars copped foreign-language, doc and animated honors.The Chicago Film Critics group, meanwhile, has unveiled nominations for the year in film, and Babel bested the rest with nine nods, including those for best picture, director and original screenplay. Also vying for best film: The Departed (which also netted nods for Scorsese, Leo, Jack and adapted screenplay), Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen and United 93 (which is currently residing in my sleek li'l Sony Watchman DVD gizmo). read more

Guitar Hero 2 and Movies... Aaah, the Perfect Weekend

I spent the whole weekend in Atlanta playing Guitar Hero 2... and yes, it was awesome! For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a game for Playstation 2. It's basicaly like guitar karaoke. It just came out Wednesday and has a lot more games than the first one and you can do multi-player with one person playing lead, the other bass. I spent the whole weekend opening up levels/songs. I think I've found the new love of my life. When I did break away from my virtual rockstar life, I was watching movies. HBO has been playing one of my favorite movies a lot lately — Prime. It's a fabulous movie, with some really great actors: Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg. If you have time, you should definitely check it out. I also made it to see Babel. That was a really amazing movie. The movie had a lot of layers, but I found that it was mostly about the breakdown of communication between people and cultures. Every actor in the movie was great. And one of my favorite actors,... read more

Producers Claim Babel Gossip a Tower of, Well, Babble

Although the Brad Pitt/Cate Blanchett feature Babel opened strong this weekend — taking in $366,000 on just seven screens — the more interesting drama may be unfolding off screen. The movie's producers, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, placed an ad in the New York Times to zing both that newspaper and the Los Angeles Times for reporting that director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga were at odds over which of them was the real creative genius. It's "salacious gossip," the execs' ad copy reads. Just for the record, if anybody takes offense at anything I might happen to write while subbing for Matt Webb Mitovich, please, by all means, take me to task by buying ad space at TVGuide.com! read more

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