Remembering Howard Zinn

Author, historian, teacher, activist, and television producer Dr. Howard Zinn died suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday, at 87.

A televised documentary based on his bestselling book “The People Speak” aired in onDecember 13, 2009, on History Channel (featuring Benjamin Bratt, among others) and readings from it were performed at locations such as the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Howard Zinn’s biography, bibliography, information about his projects as well as news reports about his passing away can be found at his website:

Howard Zinn

Maverick Spirit Event: Benjamin Bratt and “La Mission”

This year’s Cinequest Film Festival will host a special screening of “La Mission”, which  will be presented by director Peter Bratt and followed by a 30-minute conversation with Benjamin Bratt. On the same occasion, Benjamin Bratt will be presented with the Maverick Spirit Award.

The event is to take place on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 7 pm, at the California Theatre in San Jose, CA. Tickets will be at $ 15.

Maverick Spirit Event – Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt at the 16th Annual SAG Awards

WireImage and Getty Images feature photos of Benjamin at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Show

TNT/TBS Broadcasts The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Red Carpet

TNT/TBS Broadcasts The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Show

Benjamin Bratt > CA: 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Red Carpet

Benjamin Bratt > CA: 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Show

Benjamin Bratt to Present at the 16th Annual SAG Awards

Benjamin Bratt will be one of the presenters at the 16th Annial Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The show will air from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center tonight, Saturday, January 23, 2010, at at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm CT and 6 pm MT, on TNT & TBS. A second airing of the SAG Awards will be at 11 PM ET/PT on TNT.


16th Annual SAG Awards Presenters

Benjamin Bratt Helping “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief”

Along with other big names in film, television, and music, Benjamin Bratt will be working will be working the phones and taking donations in support of “Hope for Haiti Now” from Los Angeles during tonight’s broadcast of a two-hour benefit concert.

Proceeds from “Hope for Haiti Now” benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation, and will be split among each organization’s individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief. With the exception of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, each partner organization was selected for its history of operation and collaboration within the NGO community in Haiti.

“Hope for Haiti Now” will be the most widely distributed telethon in history, both internationally and across media platforms. The two-hour telethon will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, and CMT on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. CT. “Hope for Haiti Now” will also air on newly added networks including PBS, TNT, Showtime, COMEDY CENTRAL, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, and Canadian networks including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television, and MuchMusic. The event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com, and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV. “Hope for Haiti Now” will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic, and MTV Networks International, which is available in 640 million homes worldwide. “Hope for Haiti Now” will be the first U.S.-based telethon airing on MTV in China. Facebook and Twitter have signed on as official social media partners to help drive donations and tune-in to the telethon.

“Hope for Haiti” lineup can be found at

Haiti telethon: Where to see it, how to donate
“Hope for Haiti” Telethon Tonight!

“Law & Order” Season 20: “Fed” Back on TV

The episode of “Law & Order” Season 20 guest starring Benjamin Bratt will re-air on NBC on Saturday, February 2, at 9 pm.

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Synopsis:
Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) discover the disfigured remains of a man with the word “FED” written across his bare chest. Missing a crucial piece of evidence, the detectives decide to retrace the steps of the victim to hone in on the challenging investigation. After the victim’s perplexing past emerges and the list of suspects multiplies, the detectives find themselves dealing with more than just dirty politics.
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US residents wishing to learn about when movies and TV series featuring Benjamin air on TV can have a look at

Monthly TV Schedules for Benjamin Bratt

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” on DVD

A reminder to say that the animated feature “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (Benjamin Bratt lent his voice to Manny in it) was released on Region-1 (USA and Canada) DVD on January 5, and will be released on Region-2 DVD (Europe) on January 25, 2010.

Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett’s children’s book, it tells of a world where giant pancakes and pasta fall from the sky as a scientist tries to solve world hunger. However, things go terribly wrong when excess amounts of food overload cities and towns.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was nominated  for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Animated Feature, a Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media, and three Annie Awards for Animated Effects, Best Animated Feature, Directing in a Feature Production and Writing in a Feature Production.

“Modern Family:” “Up All Night” Episode

So we eventually got to the episode of “Modern Family” guest starring  Benjamin Bratt, “Up All Night.” I admit I started watching the series when I learnt Benjamin was to appear in one episode, but then I found myself looking forward to each episode for its own sake because they can be hilarious yet sweet.  (I guess this proves that the ‘guest star’ strategy works. ;) )

“Up All Night” is a great episode. It begins with the children answering the question, “What irritating things do parents say to their children?”  All four kids gave responses that would be repeated by their parents later in the episode (Manny: “That’s too much cologne,” and “It’s inappropriate because she’s your teacher;”  Luke: “Don’t talk black to me,” and “I don’t even talk black, like ends words with izzle;” Alex: “Act like an adult.”)  What irritated the kids about being talked to like this is that the adults often just act like big children themselves.

Anyway, I loved how the three – very separate (differently from the other episodes so far, where the three families interact with each other – family storylines each revealed a different way to be a dad and a different version of being a man.

Benjamin was perfect and cast so well as Manny’s father, Javier Delgado. He definitely nailed the elements of the father who tries to make up for broken promises and absence with gifts and fun and still coming across as the world’s most interesting dad. He has run-ins with pirates, he played minor league baseball, and he lives in the moment. It’s easy to side with Jay and not like the guy. Talking over the pool table, Jay calls Javier out on all the times he had stood up Manny. Javier blamed this partly on his passion for living in the moment and his own insecurities in regards to Jay’s success. But Gloria’s ex and her current love ended up bonding over baseball, as Javier surprised Jay and Manny with a late-night trip to a stadium. In the end, it’s Jay who is left abandoned by Javier after being seduced into friendship with him. Jay woefully standing by the curb awaiting Javier and in a role reversal Manny comes to get him is both funny and a little sad.

Meanwhile. Cam and Mitchell argue over Lily’s sleeping habits. Mitchell wants to let her cry herself to sleep, but Cameron just couldn’t stand this idea. It was hilarious to see Cameron weeping uncontrollably listening to his daughter crying over the baby monitor and trying over and over again to go into Lily’s room to soothe her crying . It got particularly funny when Cameron compared himself to an over-protective mother bear and then got shooed into the bedroom with a chair, à la the bear trainer at a circus. In the end we learn that the disagreement isn’t really about Mitchell wanting to set aggressive boundaries, but about his fear that Lilly will love Cam more.

Stealing the episode once again is Phil, who gets a kidney stone that requires minor surgery and an overnight in the hospital.  While assuring his family that he’ll be fine, he also blurts out panicked statements over-exaggerating the possibility of his not making it through. I liked it that his daughters looked truly concerned but never believed that his life was in any real danger, despite his protestations, but that Luke was absolutely torn by it. The highlight may have been Luke confessing that he had broken the glass coffee table, tearfully believing it may be his last chance to come clean with his dad. “The one you swore you didn’t break, and then we blamed Esperanza and fired her, and she stole a turkey at Thanksgiving for her family and got deported?” And Claire dressing up for the town’s sexy firemen gave Phil plenty of great lines.

On a final note, with about 10.2 millions people who watched “Up All Night” on January 6, “Modern Family” scored its highest ratings in both total viewers and adults 18-49 since its premiere.