Lucha Underground Crashes into the U.S., and It’s Ready to Make a Big Impact

LUCHA_DRAGO300The colorful and slightly crazy wrestling world of Los Luchas makes the trip from Mexico to the U.S. in El Rey’s off-the-hook new series Lucha Undergroud, premiering Wednesday, October 29 at 8P. You can sum it up in one word: Wild.

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“Lucha is legendary,” Exec Producer of Lucha Underground Diego Gutierrez told us recently. “It’s an extraordinary combination of artistry and athleticism with an explosive combat style that has evolved over centuries, its origins shrouded in mystery. But one thing that is certain is that this intense, high-flying wrestling tradition will bring viewers to their feet and will be like nothing else on television.”

It’s true: this isn’t just your standard U.S.-style wrestling. The fighting style and storytelling of Lucha Underground is rooted as much in meso-American and Latino wrestling traditions as it is in the appeal of a good old-fashion fight. And it’s built specifically for men as well as women.

Most interesting, it’s being brought to the U.S. by one of reality television’s most successful and quality-oriented producers, Mark Burnett–the father of Survivor, The Voice, and Shark Tank. And clearly there’s a real attempt to do here what he’s done in his other shows: combine real characters with fascinating stories and a unique, sometimes violent, always compelling competition. But let’s let Burnett, Gutierrez, and other princples tell the story:

You can see: characters and their stories are as important to Lucha Underground as the cool wrestling moves. So here’s a glimpse at just a few of the players the legendary luchadores:

It premieres Wednesday October 29 at 8P, and El Rey will be repeating it regularly so everyone has a chance to see this new experiment in bringing one of the world’s most popular sport-entertainment concepts to the U.S.–but in a whole new, brighter, edgier way. See what you think!

Se Fija!’s Interstellar Occulus Rift Experience

Angela Ortíz   Photo: Raul Gaztambide

Angela Ortíz    Photo: Raul Gaztambide

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is one of those movies: so deep and complex and challenging that it’s hard to talk about unless you’ve seen it, and the more you try to explain it the more you risk giving something away and diminishing the experience for first-time viewers.

We’ll talk about it in more detail after it’s official release date on November 7. In the meantime, here’s a little ‘inside’ story: Angela’s experience with the “Occulus Rift” experience that was offered to media folks a couple of weeks ago.

Maybe not the perfect promotion or the perfect theatrical experience but what the hell: sometimes all we can do is have a little fun…

Events Like These are One of the Many Reason’s I Love Living in L.A.

Marisol y Los Hermanos Carlos

Marisol y Los Hermanos Carlos

Marisol Pepe Carlos Roberto CarlosA couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a great evening of music with Marisol y Los Hermanos Carlos singing many songs that take us way way back. La Marisoul and Pepe Carlos of the Grammy-winning La Santa Cecilia took a break from their regular gig to share these classics with us, and they did not disappoint.

Cinco Santos

Cinco Santos

They truly wanted to give us an evening of memories to share with our love ones. And if you are like me, you grew up with boleros, romanticas and rancheras that hold a special place in our hearts. Now I hope they’ll do a CD of these old classics.

That evening’s opening act was a nice surprise for me, too. It turned out to be the band Cinco Santos—a band that I did a photo session with a few years back. It was fun to finally listen to them too.

The video below is just a sample of some of the music we enjoyed that evening at Los Globos Club in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, CA.

Photos: ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

So That’s Matt Murdock? And Whoa, Daredevil is No Longer Horny!

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Actually, the ‘look’ of both sides of Matt Murdock are pretty cool, as much as we can tell from the new pics just released by Marvel. But then everything about the new series being made for Netflix points the Cool-O-Meter to 11, including the casting of Rosario Dawson in a yet-to-be-explained role, Scott Glenn as Stick, and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin (who says a few extra pounds can hurt a career? Not Vincent!). Three things to keep in mind…

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, the black costume and the mask without eye-holes ain’t the red suit with the horns, but really—could it be? That had to ‘cool up’ Green Arrow’s costume and even took Constantine’s cigarette away. It hadda happen. And seriously: pretty cool ninja outfit, eh?
  • Doesn’t Charlie Cox look a whole lot like Michael C. Hall of Dexter in this shot? Or is it just that we really really wanted Michael C. Hall to get the role, so we think anybody who’s halfway appropriate looks like Michael C. Hall?
  • View the unseen Men in Black connection: D’Onofrio was the superalien cockroach in disguise in MIB I; Dawson was the intergalactic princess in disguise (though she didn’t know it) in MIB II. How long can it be before Will Smith and his cricket show up in Hell’s Kitchen?

Enjoy the optics:

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock

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An Announcement from Universal on “FURIOUS 7”

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The road to FURIOUS 7 starts here.

Because of our fans, our saga has grown bigger and better with every chapter. In just 7 days, we will reveal the first trailer for our next installment–FURIOUS 7–at The Road to Furious 7: Trailer Launch Event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles!

We want to share this moment with all of our fans around the world. For those of you not able to attend in person, you’ll be able to follow a live broadcast starting at noon Pacific on the Fast & Furious Facebook page and on E!. For those in the Los Angeles area, tickets will be available starting tomorrow, October 27th, on the official Fast & Furious social pages.

Starting today, you can submit questions for Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Jason Statham to be answered at the live event. Go to Instagram and submit a video, asking your favorite Fast & Furious star your question while using the hashtag #AskFurious7. Or, simply write your question in the Comments section below. Your question could be answered live on-air!

For our extended FAST & FURIOUS family, we have set out to make the very best movie yet. We are excited to continue our journey together.

Take a look back at the Fast & Furious saga HERE.

“Constantine” Re-cuts its Pilot to Lose the Sidekick and Change the Focus, and the Results are Murky at Best

Matt Ryan as John Constantine

Matt Ryan

Angelica Celaya as Zed

Angelica Celaya

Reposted from our friends over on Amityville Now

The pilot for NBC’sConstantine, from the DC Comics character of the same name, made the rounds of the intertubes a few weeks ago. But after its release/escape, NBC made some significant changes–like removing Lucy Griffiths (Robin Hood, True Blood) as his intense-yet-perky assistant Liv, and replacing her in Episode 2 with Angelica Celaya, a Latina beauty (born in Arizona, but known primarily for her Spanish-language work) as the comic-book-based Zed, a gifted artist who’s far more mysterious and driven than Liv. Still: how do you drop a continuing character when the whole first episode is built around her introduction? Well…it’s tough. The cutted-and-pasted (?) third act of the pilot, substantially different than the original, makes the show seem strangely unfocused and talky, despite the obvious charms of Welsh actor Matt Ryan as the trenchoated master of the mystic arts. Question is: can the series survive its last-minute surgery?

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” Trailer with Over 30 Million Views in Just 24 Hours, It Shatters “Iron Man 3” Record

avengers-age-of-ultron-450Everyone has been waiting for this one. It was even leaked online early this week, but Disney made it official. Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo star in the Joss Whedon directed superhero sequel.

The studio will release another exclusive look from Avengers on Nov. 4 at 9P on ABC following Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The film should hit theaters in May 2015.

Check out the trailer below:

Awards Season is Winding Down and There’s One Stand Out: Latinos de Hoy

Martha Higareda and Se Fija!’s Angela Ortiz

Martha Higareda
and Se Fija!’s Angela Ortiz

The legendary Charo

The legendary Charo

Angelica Maria being interviewed

Angélica Maria being interviewed

Awards shows come and go—we watch them, attend them, and complain about them. That’s why I was very surprised to be at an awards celebration that gave recognition to folks who have actually done or are doing something with their lives: the Latinos de Hoy Awards, given by The Los Angeles Times and Hoy newspapers.

Our consentidos grammy winners La Santa Cecilia

Our consentidos grammy winners
La Santa Cecilia

Sheila E. and her parents musician Pete Escovedo and her mom Juanita Gardere

Sheila E. and her parents musician Pete Escovedo and her mom Juanita Gardere

This is the second year for the event that honored some outstanding people and organizations. The recipients include:

  • Richard Montañez (Inspiration Award)
  • Robotics Team of Carl Hayden High (2014 Education Award)
  • La Santa Cecilia (Cultural Ambassador Award)
  • Eugenio Derbez (Humanitarian Award)
  • Angélica Maria (2014 Legend Award)
  • Justino Mora (UCLA student and Push4Reform co-founder, Young Leader Award)
  • Jose Hernandez of Mariachi Sol de Mexico (Master of the Arts)
  • Sheila E. (Special Achievement in Music Award)
  • Oscar De La Hoya (Community Icon Award)

    L-r: Juan Escobedo, Alejandro Patino, Lupe Gonzalez, Angela Ortíz, Romi R Dias, and Umberto Gonzalez

    L-r: Juan Escobedo, Alejandro Patino, Lupe Gonzalez, Angela Ortíz, Romi R Dias, and Umberto Gonzalez at the ALMA Awards

For me, the highlights of the evening were meeting actress/singer Angélica Maria, who I grew up watching on television and on film, and having a nice chat with singer Sheila E.’s dad, the legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo.

It was an interesting contrast to this year’s ALMA Awards that took place in the same week. It wasn’t the 15th year blowout I was expecting, though there were a couple of standouts, like a wonderful performance by Café Tacvba and a great acceptance speech from director/producer Guillermo del Toro. Take a look at it here:

Photos: ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

Alejandro González Iñárritu Talks “Birdman”

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Composer Antonio Sanchez ©Daniel Sheehan

Composer Antonio Sanchez
©Daniel Sheehan

We came across a really good Indiewire q&a with Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu that we thought we would share. He talks about the making of his films especially his latest, Birdman—which stars Michael Keaton as Riggan, a washed up former action star.

The Film is getting great reviews both in acting and filmmaking. Check out the Iñárritu interview here. And check out another q&a with the Birdman composer Antonio Sanchez in TheWrap.

Óscar de la Renta Dead at 82

Óscar de la Renta

Óscar de la Renta

I’m not a couture type of a person, but who doesn’t know the name Óscar de la Renta, the Dominican born designer dressed many first Ladies and the Hollywood elite. His talent will be missed.

You can read more here on ABC News.

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