Press Summary

Mexico’s murdered women find a voice in `Bordertown’

Feb 14, 2007 | When they began shooting “Bordertown,” the new Jennifer Lopez film about the hundreds of murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, director Gregory Nava and executive producer Barbara Martinez Jitner expected that their movie would stir up strong reactions. Already, they allege, those reactions have included death threats against Nava and the cast, stolen equipment and intimidation of a film crew member during shooting in Mexico.


Look for red pins on Oscar telecast

Feb 24, 2007 | On a night when actresses will be draped in diamonds, Amnesty International USA and Global Witness have asked artists and filmmakers to wear a red teardrop pin to the Academy Awards to raise awareness about diamonds mined in war zones and their effect on child soldiers.

The groups said that Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Djimon Hounsou and other members of the “Blood Diamond” cast would be wearing the symbols.


NBA star’s toughest point

Nov 12, 2008 | With the economy in the tank, foreign policy issues (other than the war in Iraq) are as hard to sell in Hollywood as they are in Washington.

Certainly, voters in last week’s election had little but layoffs and plunging home prices on their minds when they went to the polls. But a cadre of dedicated celebrity activists is still hoping to make a place for issues — such as the genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur — in the American conscience.


Megastars Out to Save the World: Those Halos Can Tarnish in an Instant

For the star who has everything — money, fame, awards — the latest must-have accessory seems to be a saintly halo as images are burnished by high-profile attempts to save the world. Trying to turn themselves into glam versions of Mother Teresa has its perils, though.George Clooney addressed the United Nations Security Council without derision, lecturing its members about their responsibilities in Darfur, but Madonna had to do a whole damage-control tour after adopting a baby boy from Malawi.