Benjamin Bratt To Hold Dramatic Reading to Benefit CHIME Students

Benjamin – along with fellow actors Amy Brenneman, Colin Farrell, Laura San Giacomo and Muse Watson – will  take part in dramatic readings of selected pieces from literature focusing on “An Exploration of the Human Need to Belong” to raise money for children served by the CHIME Institute.

The event – organized by the California State University Northridge – will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2009, 3 to 5 pm, at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon in Topanga.

As Annie Cox, executive director of CHIME’s early education programs, said, “The readings should provide an interesting afternoon as the actors explore the human need to belong. Hopefully, they will inspire us to think about the inclusive experience for all of us, not just for people who are indentified as disabled. All of us at one point in our lives have felt we did not belong.”

University Events Calendar – ‘An Exploration of the Human Need to Belong’

Colin Farrell, Benjamin Bratt and other Hollywood Elite to Hold Dramatic Readings to Benefit CHIME Students

A&E Cancels “The Cleaner”

I haven’t found any confirmation on A&E’s website, but it looks like that the second season of “The Cleaner” that finished airing a couple of weeks ago will be its last. According to the The Hollywood Reporter A&E cancelled “The Cleaner”. :cry:

“The Cleaner” had been the first scripted drama A&E had produced in more than six years and the only one left after the other originally scripted show A&E had on air, “The Beast”, was dropped earlier this year after one season.

A&E cancels ‘Cleaner’

Benjamin Bratt at the “Law & Order” 20th Season Kickoff Celebration

Benjamin attended the ‘Law & Order’ 20th Season kickoff celebration – bringing past and present stars from the series to the start of its 20th year (the new season premiere is on Friday, September 25,  at 8 p.m.  EDT, on NBC – at the Law & Order Studio At Chelsea Piers on September 23, 2009 in New York City.

Photos are at Getty Images

NY: “Law & Order” 20th Season Kickoff Celebration

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“Law & Order” 20th Season Kickoff Celebration

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Benjamin Bratt At The 2009 PRISM Awards Showcase

On September 15th, Bejamin featured at the 2009 Annual PRISM Awards Capitol Hill Showcase, a celebration of the entertainment industry’s annual PRISM Awards honoring the accurate depiction of substance abuse, treatment, recovery and mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, depression and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

The 2009 PRISM Awards Showcase will air on on 8 different networks – the FX network (EIC’s airing partner for the last six years), and additional partners E! Entertainment, ION Life, Lifetime Real Women, mtvU, National Geographic Channel, Retirement Living TV, ReelzChannel, and Starfish Television Network – on September 26, 2009, as follows

4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT – FX Network East (and DirecTV), Starfish TV, ION Life, ReelzChannel, Lifetime Real Women

4:00 p.m. PT – FX Network West, Starfish TV, ION Life

8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT – mtvU East (and DirecTV)

8:00 p.m. PT – mtvU West

1:00 a.m. ET/10:00 p.m. PT – FX Network East (and DirecTV), Starfish TV, ION Life, ReelzChannel

3:00 a.m. ET/12 midnight PT – National Geographic

1:00 a.m. PT – Network West, Starfish TV, ION Life.

E! is making the show available free on-demand through Time Warner Cable and other cable carriers.

Entertainment Industries Council Airs Award Show Honoring Accurate Mental Health and Substance Abuse Depictions

I’d like to remind that Benjamin received a PRISM Award for his Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline for “The Cleaner” on April 23, 2009. “The Cleaner,” instead, was nominated for Best Drama Episode for episode “Meet the Joneses,” and for Best Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for episodes “Here Comes the Boom,” “To Catch a Fed,” “Back To One” and “Five Little Words” (the second series of “The Cleaner” had yet to air when 2009 PRISM Awards nominees and winners were chosen).

“The Cleaner” Season 2: Episode 13

Synopsis:

Trick Candles

William must help an old friend, who chooses heroin and speed over his wife and two kids, commit to getting clean. Meanwhile PK attempts to wrangle some of the other addicts William has helped recently for a surprise party in honor of William’s seven-year-sober birthday.

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Trick Candle is very intense episode and a perfect way to end the season.

I liked to see all those people William and his team have helped and how their lives turned out showing up to celebrate William’s sober birthday. However, it made me sad to learn Sunshine (the homeless woman Akani brought in and tried hard to check her in in recovery in “Does Everybody Have a Drink?”) had died and I felt like crying with Akani about her.

I think this episode drives home the point that one day sober isn’t much further than ten years. Hopefully growth and change are always just one arm length away. William and his team go to great lengths to help others – which is very noble -, but losses are part of the game and those who failed had to be shown along with those who managed to overcome their addiction.

I also think it was a great idea to get PK to involve Melissa and tell her that his staying clean goes almost as much to her credit than his. I hope Melissa being at the surprise party and hearing the testimonies of the people William helped has made her more aware and understanding of his calling and what his job means to him.

It was also touching how a conversation Henry Guare – the old friend William was supposed to help getting clean in Trick Candles – had with his wife prompted William to ask Melissa how she felt about his addiction and what she wanted from him. I almost cried when she told him the only thing she’s ever wanted was for him to lock the doors, close the windows, check on his family and make sure they were safe so that they could sleep.

So I think William and Melissa are very much at a crossroads. Melissa may still be resenting the things William has been involved in and the strain his addiction first and his job then have certainly put on their relatioship and they both know he cannot change so radically as to leave a job that is also a mission to him, but they love each other and they seem to have finally taken the road towards a mutual understanding.

I too shed a few tears at the end of the show when that poor soul in the hotel room didn’t have the spirit anymore to save what is so precious in his life, that is himself  and his family, though I was glad he called someone.

So, what else? I liked it, though it has the bitter taste of a farewell party. There were no cliffhangers and no loose ends, and you get to see the outcome of some of the lives William and his team have touched as well as William’s resolve with his wife…  I hope it’s not, but it looks like this could be the last episode ever of “The Cleaner”.  :( :confused:

Benjamin Bratt Wins ALMA Award for Best Actor in Drama

Benjamin earned the honor to be Best Actor in a TV Drama for “The Cleaner” at this year’s ALMA Awards.

TV Winners of 2009 ALMA Awards

The 2009 NCLR ALMA Awards Honoring Today’s Biggest Stars to Air Friday, September 18 on ABC at 8/7c

The show  was held on Thursday, September 17, and broadcast on ABC on Friday, September 18. Photos are to be found at Getty Images

CA: 2009 ALMA Awards – Backstage and Audience

CA: 2009 ALMA Awards – Portraits

CA: 2009 ALMA Awards – Press Room

CA: 2009 ALMA Awards – Show

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2009 ALMA Awards – Arrivals

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So… Congratulations for the award won, Benjamin! :clap:

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”-  an animated feature film adapted by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation from the children’s book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett, telling of a town where food falls from the sky like rain – will be released tomorrow (September 18) in the USA and Canada. Release dates for other countries are listed at

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” International Site

Benjamin Bratt lent his voice to Manny.

For more information about the film, please see

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

And here is a review by a lady who had the chance to attend the film premiere on Saturday, September 12:

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Movie Review

Season Finale of “The Cleaner” On TV

Today, Tuesday, September 15, 2009, catch  the season finale of “The Cleaner” on A&E at 10 PM ET/PT.

In the episode entitled “Trick Candles,” William must help an old friend, who chooses heroin and speed over his wife and two kids, commit to getting clean. Meanwhile PK attempts to wrangle some of the other addicts William has helped recently for a surprise party in honor of William’s seven-year-sober birthday.

“The Cleaner” Season 2: Episodes 11 & 12

Synopses:

Standing Eight

An attorney seeks William’s help in getting a champion boxer with an alcohol problem clean in time for a big match. As William and his team help the boxer, they discover that his wife actually has a bigger problem with addiction than he does, but the boxer threatens William not to get near his wife or else…

Crossing the Threshold

A former client of William’s and undercover narc in the FBI calls on William to save his drug-addicted girlfriend, who also happens to be the daughter of a powerful Mexican drug dealer. William’s world is turned upside down when the drug dealers threaten William’s family and put everyone on his team in danger because they are looking for millions of dollars in drugs which were stolen by the narc.

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All the complex things in life plus addiction were there in Standing Eight. The episode shows where some people pick the addiction over loved ones and how you can get to be dependent on a drug or person, despite it’s impact on family/friends/career.

I was hoping Bobby Carmichael would come around, especially when it became clear his wife, Angie, wanted to get clean and wanted him to get clean, but they left that open ended and showed him losing his big fight, which could imply that he lost the fight all around or else… I feel that it as Bobby was losing his big fight, he was also realizing that he could either get up and fight, or lay down and finally try to get help, and let his wife get better, he was having that moment of clarity when it becomes clear to you what is important, almost like the dancer in Cinderella. And though Bobby emotionally dies, because it was his last shot, but he was just knocked out, not dead, so hope that he decides to change his life are there.

On a side note, I was happy to see a softer side of Arnie when dealing with Angie, the Carmichaels’ nanny, and her emotional involvement with Bobby.

Crossing the Threshold featured the classic Romeo and Juliet love story, with John’s and Anna’s love being thwaarted by a ‘dirty’ policeman and Anna’s father, a powerful Mexican drug dealer. Though it saddened me that John dies, I’m happy  that Felix Gonzales does the right thing at the end and lets William help Anna to get clean and change her life.

It was with mixed feelings that I watched how Melissa responded and how she refused to leave when William first told her about possible danger. I can relate to her wish that he doesn’t put his life’s work in front of their family, and put their family first instead. I think she still loves William, but she felt a time has come when she needed to draw a line had to be drawn cannot be crossed anymore and make a stand. However, William didn’t choose to put his family in danger, the danger came to his family and there wasn’t anything he could do about it but protect them – and he was clearly worried about their safety – and she didn’t want it.

Well, I guess this is part of what makes this show feel so real to me. By being real it shows how painful and confusing family ties are with a family member in addiction.