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Zoe Saldana: Being Criticized for her Role as a Colombian |

*Zoe Saldana is showing off her agility as an actress with her latest production, “Colombiana.”

She tells the NY Daily News that the tough role was something she was ready for, as well as the guns.

“I grew up around a family of hunters in the Caribbean and guns were always around,” she says. “Now, I obviously didn’t know about all the weapons used in this movie, but that allowed me to create my own sort of swagger.”

But her role wasn’t without controversy.

Some Colombians are sharing their resentment because Zoe is  a Puerto Rican and Dominican woman playing the role of a Colombian. They are also upset because the movie is so violent.

“Just because I’m Dominican doesn’t mean I can only play Dominican roles.” She did play a blue tree-swinging princess quite well. Noting Pam Grier and Sigourney Weaver as icons who inspire her, Saldana says, “These badass women always deliver great roles and never compromise their art form.”



New! Tanya Stephens: Get A Life Video & Ghett’a Life Trailer

Reggae soulstress Tanya Stephens has dropped the video for ‘Get a Life’. The song is listed on the soundtrack for the upcoming Jamaican film ‘Ghett’a Life’. Check out the video below:

GHETT’A LIFE is an “against the odds” action drama set in a politically turbulent inner city community of Kingston. Derrick, a determined inner city teenager realizes his dream of becoming a champion boxer despite a country, community and family conflicted by divisive political system.

Check out the movie trailer for the film below:

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Rumored Bond Girl Naomie Harris Trades Blockbusters for ‘First Grader’

Naomie Harris at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball 2011 at Camden Roundhouse. (June 15, 2011)

*Naomie Harris, currently rumored to be considered as the next Bond girl, says she prefers working on small films because big movies make her feel like a ”very small cog in a big wheel.”

The actress has starred in a string of blockbuster films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Miami Vice.” She’s also confirmed recently she’s in talks for the next 007 flick “Bond 23.”

But the English actress says she finds intimate sets like her current film “The First Grader” more rewarding. (See trailer below.)

“I’d done the big Hollywood thing and it was great, but it’s such a different experience working on a big movie. You feel like a very small cog in a big wheel, whereas when you do a small movie, you’re a small band,” she tells WENN. “There were nine of us who went out of England to Kenya to do ‘The First Grader.’ So you feel really included, you feel like a family. You feel you can contribute to the script. In all areas, you’re hands on.”

Jane (Naomie Harris) and Maruge (Oliver Litondo) in “The First Grader”

“The First Grader” tells the true story of the oldest primary school student in Kenya.

In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.  He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life.  He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.

Naomie plays his teacher, Jane.


Zoe Saldana: Colombiana Movie Trailer

In the action film “Colombiana”, Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya, a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer and working for her uncle, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths.

Check out the movie trailer below: | Our 6 Favorite Bad*ss Latinas (on Screen)