Answer a Question, Win A DVD Copy of Cantinflas!

Cantinflas DVDWe were offered two copies to give away to a Cantinflas fan!

Would you like to win a copy? Then just click here to send us an e-mail with your answer to this question:

What’s the name of the traveling tent show where Mario “Cantinflas” Moreno met his future wife?

We’ll draw the winners from all correct answers at 6P (PT) ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 1.



Check out our interview with two of the lead actors in the video below:

Penguins of Madagascar Visit Para Los Niños

Para Los Ninos400The Penguins of Madagascar visit the children of Para Los Niños to kick off the holidays with a special program and a special clip from their upcoming film being released November 26.

I caught up with Milena Acosta, the outreach supervisor for The Aquarium of the Pacific who shared the incredible story of the Magellanic penguins with the children and with me. It is a great story, the penguins hatched this summer after their Mama Penguin who hails from the coasts of Chile and Argentina was rescued off the shores of Brasil. The brave Latina penguin was brought to the aquarium to be rehabilitated and can be seen at June Keyes Penguin Habitat at The Aquarium of The Pacific.

Ivette Rodriguez and Milena Acosta

Ivette Rodriguez and Milena Acosta

In The Penguins of Madagascar, audiences will discover the secrets of the most entertainingly mysterious birds (Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private) in the global espionage game and that’s where the adventures begin. Voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare, and John Malkovich.

Para Los Niños is a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than thirty years to create academic success and social well-being for children. You can find out more about this organization here.

I want to thank Ivette Rodriguez of AEM, a longtime supporter of Para Los Niños for the invitation.

Constantine Still Isn’t Hitting on All Cylinders, BUT…

constantine670Reposted from our friends over on Amityville Now

…it’s nice to see actual comics people and good ol’ sf-film professionals all over this thing: Mark Verheiden, David S. Goyer, Rockne S. O’Bannon, and John “Saturday Night Fever/Blue Thunder” Badham. And hey, look: Papa Midnite! And The Spectre!

It may not have the street cred of Arrow or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but you have to give Constantine credit for hanging in there. After a false start and a couple of weak episodes, writing-wise, the newest episode, “Danse Vandue,” was pretty nice. (We blame it on the setting. N’Orleans is the most haunted city in America, innit?).

L-r: Harold Perrineau as Manny, Matt Ryan as John Constantine, Angelica Celaya as Zed, and Charles Halford as Chaz

L-r: Harold Perrineau as Manny, Matt Ryan as John Constantine,
Angelica Celaya as Zed, and Charles Halford as Chaz

It probably has more than a little to do with the stellar cluster of professionals they have working on this thing. Rockne S. O’Bannon, the man behind Farscape, Defiance, and Revolution, wrote the episode. Two of the most creative people in comics, David S. Goyer, who seems to be working (or has worked) on every damn comic-book-to-film property in the world is here, along with Mark Verheiden, whose odd super-soldier comic The American predated (and frequently did a better job than) a zillion other retakes on Captain America, and has had his talented fingers in everything from Battlestar Galactica to Falling Skies to much, much more. And this episode? Directed by John Badham, a tried and true and decidedly kick-ass die-rector who did a little thing called Saturday Night Fever, as well as the huge underrated Blue Thunder, and even teaches film out at Chapman University.

And then, just to top things off, some of the DC Universe is starting to creep in to Constantine’s world—finally. (Yeah, yeah, Zed and Chaz were kind’a sort’a in the comics, but really, not a major thing.) This episode we see Jim Corrigan, the first and best secret identity of The Spectre. True, a bearded, Cajun version of Jim Corrigan like never before, but it’s nice to see an Easter egg here. It also features a version of Papa Midnite, who’s been sauntering around the DC and Vertigo universes for a while, and this time they don’t make him dress like a pimp in a grass skirt (No. Seriously. Look it up.) And this episode, finally, there was even a decent story.

No wonder things are getting better…

The 6th Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival Opened on Friday, Nov 21

6th Brazilian-Fest670

Edward James Olmos and Morena Baccarin

Edward James Olmos and Morena Baccarin

Andrea Sixtos East Los High

Andrea Sixtos East Los High

I had a good time at the opening night of the 6th Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival that took place at the newly renovated Ricardo Montalbán Theater in Hollywood.

The evening started with two awards for actors Morena Baccarin (Homeland, V) and Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Dexter) received awards for their work and positive standing in the community.

The Montalbán

The Montalbán

The evening’s opening feature, A Wolf Behind The Door was sometimes funny and quite intense.

The festival is dedicated to promoting independent filmmaking and is produced by Talize Sayegh, a film producer.

Photos: ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

The Documentary “Food Chains” In theaters NOW!

Foodchainsposter200“There is more interest in food in the United States than at any other time in our history, yet there is a complete lack of interest in the people who bring us that food…”

Learn about the farmworkers in Immokalee, Fl who launched a hunger strike at the headquarters of Publix supermarkets to protest poor wages and working conditions.

A documentary by Sanjay Rawal, narrated by Forest Whitaker and featuring Eric Schlosser, Eva Longoria and Dolores Huerta. For more on Foodchainsfilm click here.

Introducing Los Hermanos Ospina en Español, kinda?

Inténtalo Carito

Inténtalo Carito

My brother sent me a video about Spanish being difficult to speak and it turned out to be very funny. Below is a little about the musicians and their video.

“This is an attempt to translate our song ‘Qué difícil es hablar el español,’ for any non-Spanish speakers who might want to know what are we talking about.”

Juan Andrés and Nicolás Ospina are two Colombian brothers who are musicians by profession. Pianists, producers, composers and arrangers who have spent years living between New York, Barcelona, Bogota and Buenos Aires, and collaborating with different artists of international renown.

In 2012 they form the duo Try Carito and composed the song “How hard it is to speak Spanish,” which became a phenomenon in social networks that until now has over six million hits on youtube. Their show combines a display of instrumental and vocal skills loaded with clever lyrics of a refined sense of humor. Which reminds me a lot of musician Dave Frishberg lyrical humor and the zaniness of “Spike” Jones.

Follow them at the links below:
WEB: intentalocarito
Facebook: IntentaloCarito
Twitter: @intentalocarit

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1” the Only Film that Counts this Weekend

The_Hunger_Games-_Mockingjay_-_Part_1_38It’s the second film in the trilogy and one of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman last film.

Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth and many more.

More Trailers of Upcoming Films

Into the Woods150The DUFF150Into the Woods (December 25, 2014)
Directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski, and Tracey Ullman.

The DUFF (February 2015)
Directed by Ari Sandel and s
tarring Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Skyler Samuels, Allison Janney, Bianca A. Santos, and Ken Jeong.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent Defy Reality (March 2015)
Action adventure is directed by Robert Schwentke. Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, and Mekhi Phifer.

Feeling Like a Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 Day

JuanLuisGuerra4.40I’ve always enjoyed Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 music and live performances. And today I felt like sharing a few music videos of his and a couple of his collaborations with Luis Fonsi and Enrique Iglesias.



Tus Besos
Juan Luis Guerra 4.40

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Our Buddy Santana Dempsey’s Interview “Latina 30 Under 30” Red Carpet

Santana Dempsey

Santana Dempsey

Santana has had a very busy and productive year. And a year ago we did a post on her, you can read it here.




The Weird and Wonderful Cinematic Life of Young Freddie Highmore, So Far

Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore

I’m a huge fan of Bates Motel and the cast so I had to repose this post from our friends over on Amityville Now

Mr. Highmore is all of 22 years old, but he’s already portrayed some of America’s best-loved icons, and clearly he’s just getting started.

Freddie Highmore may be young, but he knows how to play with the big boys. And he’s been doing it for years. In a little more than a decade, he’s played young King Arthur, the kid from Spiderwick, the inspiration for Peter Pan, Roald Dahl’s Charlie Bucket and—of course—a teenage Norman Bates. An enormous career for a kid who’s barely old enough to vote…

Five Children and It

Five Children and It

Go way back to 2001, when he was a wee bit of a lad, but 9 years old. He was the youngest version of King Arthur in The Mists of Avalon. Three years later, at the age of 12 (and looking younger, he was a little boy muckin’ aboot with fairies in the highly derivative Five Children and It, and then months later the big break: Charlie Bucket in the remake of Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In between, he was J.M. Barrie’s inspiration for Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, in Finding Neverland, appearing with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Good or bad in general, there’s no question: Freddie was fantastical. Read the rest of this entry »

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