Even though we don’t see our friend Luis Antonio Ramos in it, we get a glimpse of actress LeLa Loren, who is also in the upcoming series Gang Related. Take a look here at Power, an original crime drama brought to us by the Starz network. Power is executive produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and stars Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton.
I actually tuned in to the 86th Academy Awards broadcast and enjoyed it. It was a good show with a few really good acceptance speeches The evening was a big win for Gravity, with a …
Génesis Rodríguez; star is ascending, from Man on a Ledge to The Last Stand to Identity Thief…and now she’s starring a moving and exciting story about a couple trying to survive Katrina when everything goes …
It’s too early to make any final judgments, but it’s good to see some Latinos already lined up for next fall’s possibilities. Richard Cabral, Johnny Ortiz, and Elvis Nolasco (most recently in the Oldboy remake) …
The Monuments Men tells an intriguing story of brave men and women who worked tirelessly to save great works of art from Nazi destruction. And there’s even more to the story…including the heroic work of …
Gravity, Twice Born, and the eccentric Pulling Strings all appear on DVD this week Gravity is getting huge Oscar buzz for director and co-writer (with his son) Alfonso Cuarón. If you didn’t catch it in …
I actually tuned in to the 86th Academy Awards broadcast and enjoyed it. It was a good show with a few really good acceptance speeches
The evening was a big win for Gravity, with a total of seven awards for its director Alfonso Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubeski, both natives of Mexico with a long list of U.S. projects.
Cuarón became the first Mexican-born director to win this title and Lubeski after six nominations, won his first.
The husband and wife team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Filipino-American) won for original song for “Let It Go” from Frozen. He also became a member of the prestigious “EGOT” (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards) club. And their acceptance speech was a fun one.
And we had to mention our sentimental favorite, the MexiKenyan (she calls herself) Lupita Nyong’o for best supporting actress in 12 Years a Slave.
Génesis Rodríguez; star is ascending, from Man on a Ledge to The Last Stand to Identity Thief…and now she’s starring a moving and exciting story about a couple trying to survive Katrina when everything goes wrong.
Generally well-received by critics, and featuring what many consider one of the late Paul Walker’s strongest performances, Hours never got the theatrical release it clearly deserved. Instead, this tense and involving action/drama about a couple with a critically ill newborn trying to escape Katrina is quietly going direct to DVD, March 4.
One reviewer said the film “somehow transfers the bomb-on-a-buss concept of Speed to an infant-on-an-incubator ride of suspense and heartbreaking stakes.” Another said “The chemistry Walker shares with Rodriguez is terrific as the two played off each other perfectly,” and another calls it a “lean, palpably tense thriller” where Walker gives “the best performance of his career.”
Despite its relatively anonymity, it certainly hasn’t slowed Rodriguez’ ascent. She already set to appear in Kevin Smith’s controversial new project Tusk, and she’s completed work on Jaume Collett-Serra’s thriller with Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman, Run All Night, scheduled for release early next year. And she’s already in pre-production on another thriller, Home, with Topher Grace.
If you’d like to see some of her earlier, impressive work, you can catch her in Man on a Ledge on Monday March 3 at 9P on TMC, or in one of her many episodes of Entourage in a rebroadcast on Comedy Central, 1:30A on Tuesday, March 4.
Rest in Peace, Paul Walker.
It’s too early to make any final judgments, but it’s good to see some Latinos already lined up for next fall’s possibilities.
Richard Cabral, Johnny Ortiz, and Elvis Nolasco (most recently in the Oldboy remake) are part of John Ridley’s American Crime for ABC. The project centers, they tell us, on “the home invasion and murder of a young war veteran and his beauty queen wife in Modesto, CA.” Cabral will play Hector Tonz, a hustler and occasional drug dealer who is implicated in the murder and attack of the young couple; Ortiz will play Tony Gutierrez, Alonzo’s son who is eager for independence and sick of his dad’s rules. How great to see both of them playing complex and ‘real’ Latinos.
Kevin Alejandro moves from being the bad guy on Arrow to another superpowerful project: Clementine, where he is either casing or being chased by folks with supernatural powers.
Natalie Martinez is currently slated to be in the second season of Under the Dome, but that may change–or she may check out early, so to speak–if Secrets and Lies is picked up. The new show is based on an upcoming Australian series about a patriarch (Ryan Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body.
Morena Baccarin may have been kicked to the curb by Homeland (and who the heck knows why?) but, as usual, she wasn’t unemployed for long. She’s slated to be a centerpiece in Warriors, a medical drama based in a fictional version of Walter Reed.
Zabryna Guevara is part of the growing ensemble in Gotham the CW’s Bat-version of Smallville, tracing the teen-and early-twenty development of key Batman characters like Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon, the Penguin, the Riddler, and more.
And meanwhile Carlos Valdes is joining the cast of The Flash, the superhero spin-off out of Arrow.
Rosa Salazar will be part of The Pro, a new soap set in and around a tennis and golf club starring Rob Lowe (for this he left Parks and Recreation?).
And the best news of all: Rita Moreno is slated to be part of Amy Poehler’s new project Old Soul, starring Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) as a young woman who is “trying to find herself while working as the aide to a group of elderly people.”
And there are a zillion more in the works, where casts have not been announced or completed.
She’s got American Idol, her own production company, creative work at NuvoTV, her musical career…and now a straight-to-series TV drama beginning in 2015
Clearly Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez have been doing more than sharing a nosh at the crafts table over at American Idol. NBC has just announced that they’re giving them a 13-episode straight-to-series order for a new drama called Shades of Blue. Jennifer will star; Ryan will produce.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, JLo will play Harlee McCord, “a single mother and dirty cop who is recruited by the FBI’s anti-corruption task force to go undercover. She faces the moral dilemma of working against the officers in her unit, who all pitch in to help raise her daughter, and redeeming herself for past wrongs.”
How this will affect her ongoing commitment to all her other projects, especially her behind-the-scenes work on NuvoTV, remains to be seen, but there’s some time to work it all out: shooting won’t begin for quite a while, and it won’t appear on NBC until Fall 2015 at the earliest. Still…that’s one busy Latina.
FOX put it up on their YouTube channel, so we are too.
FX is just about to unleash St. George, George Lopez’ return to the sitcom, starring some of our favorite Latino actors, including a few who are in this clip: David Zayas, about as different from Dexter as you can get, and Danny Trejo, for once not carrying a shotgun or an edged weapon. And Tony® Award nominee Olga Merediz, a theater, film and television veteran.
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 6 at 9P. This looks like this is going to be fun…
Get more info on the St. George page at FX Networks.com.
We don’t see Victor Rasuk (How to Make It in America, ER) in the trailer but we see a lot of Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) in it. Check out our previous post here and enjoy the trailer.
Coming May 2014.
The Monuments Men tells an intriguing story of brave men and women who worked tirelessly to save great works of art from Nazi destruction. And there’s even more to the story…including the heroic work of one Latino professor
By Angela Ortíz
I am as a student of the arts and a history buff, so The Monuments Men got my attention. I even remembered a little of the story from long ago: I had read before about a group of folks who protected art works during World War II, but I had no idea Latinos were involved.
While I was checking on information on the film, I found out that there were 345 men and women from 13 countries that were part of the Monuments, Fine Arts, And Archives (MFAA) during WW II, and at least three of them were Latinos. The most prominent one was Lt. Felix José Bonilla y Norat who was a professor and critic from Puerto Rico. He taught many of Puerto Rico’s prominent artists and left a huge body of work before his death in 1992.
I got the opportunity to talk to one of his students, Carmelo Fontanez, a prominent artist and professor in Puerto Rico.
Can we talk a bit about your professor Bonilla y Norat?
He was an art professor at the University of Puerto Rico, who taught mural painting, theory of color and fine art painting. He was an art critic and very knowledgeable of art history and sociology. He was very concerned about what was going on around the world. He was one of Puerto Rico’s well-known painters. And he contributed a lot to the discipline of art in the community.
Did he talk about what he did as a Monuments Man?
He was not one to talk about himself, but once in a while he would talk about an encounter with Hitler and how in the moment he thought of how he could save this important mission, especially some paintings Hitler had.
How much of an influence he was to you as an artist?
He was very, very influential and very good to all his students. He was an extraordinary professor, because he wanted us to express our feelings in terms of the society we lived in. It was our responsibility as students of the arts, to make good paintings, not just a commercial piece. He wanted us to go within ourselves and try to express the feeling of humanity and country. He really motivated us to express what was within us.
As a painter yourself, what do you enjoy the most: the abstract or combination of realism and abstract?
I like a combination. I like to express what’s going on and show meaning in my paintings, especially in my abstracts.
Do you hope that someday there will be a film based on Bonilla y Norat’s life?
Yeah, he’s a person so profound, an intellectual, a man that was so different as a professor. He made a great contribution to the University of Puerto Rico. He represents an artist that experimented with media, not only in painting but also in design. It would be nice if there were an interest in representing his life. He was a very special person.
The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney, who also wrote and produced it with Grant Heslov, and starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville. And based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel.
Gravity is getting huge Oscar buzz for director and co-writer (with his son) Alfonso Cuarón. If you didn’t catch it in theaters, you can watch this dizzying and suspenseful survival-in-space drama in the safety of your own home beginning Feb. 25.
Penélope Cruz’ powerful performance in Twice Born deserves some attention as well. She plays a single mother who brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago. Experience it yourself on DVD.
…and then there’s Pulling Strings. “After a night of drinking, Rachel, a diplomat working in Mexico City finds her world turned upside down after she’s saved by Alejandro, a Mariachi singer whose visa was rejected the day before “ Director Pedro Pablo Ibarra begins with Issa López’ quicky scripts and brings together a largely Latino cast, including Jaime Camil, Omara Chaparro and many others, and plays with the “Mariachi band.” See what you think when the DVD drops on Feb. 25.
Bottom line: she had a great time, and a series of great talks with some of Latino Hollywood’s brightest lights.
Listen in on her insider report:
“The NUVOtv event was great,” she said. “After I was done with the red carpet. I ran into lots of fun, familiar faces.
“Gina Rodriguez introduced the show she’ll be hosting. Nu Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers (March 19, 8:30P). It’s a quarterly film showcase that gives talented writers, producers and directors to bring their passion projects to the national stage. The segment is three hours.
“I chatted with Jon Huertas about Castle, too. He really enjoys doing the show and is also doing live singing gigs around town with his band. We had a good laugh with Carlos Gómez, who guest stars on an upcoming episode of Castle, about who messed up the most on the shoot. Carlos won after he passed the 11th take.
“Had a chance to talk to Nicholas Gonzalez. He will be back on Sleepy Hollow after the mid-season break; he just doesn’t know when yet. And he had some other “inside stories” I can’t begin to talk about.
“I even caught up with Justina Machado and E.J. Bonilla. I’m hoping we’ll be doing video interviews with both of them, and soon!
“Our buddy Grace Parra was wonderful and I did a video with her. She’ll be the traveling correspondent for the show and more. She hopes to be able to work in some of her rapping talent.”
Check out the video below.