The Shack is About Love, Forgiveness and Moving On


Octavia Spencer, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Academy award winner Octavia Spencer.
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

The Shack plays like the book it was based on. For a faith-based film, it doesn’t feel like your usual brimstone and fire story. The approach they took on this film would make an agnostic feel the positive message. I do feel that some bible thumping believers may not like some of the positivity shown in this film cause it doesn’t show a heaven or hell. On the down side, I think Sam Worthington was missed cast as Mack, he should have been the good buddy and Tim McGraw should have played the lead character.

The Shack, author William P. Young

The Shack author William P. Young
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

With that said, here’s a bit of the plot: The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer).

We had the opportunity to talk with the story author William P. Young. It was a lively and passionate talk with him. He talked about music and his next two books that will be films soon.

Octavia Spencer told us she would not have done the movie if she didn’t believe in the message it conveyed. The Academy award winner talked about how diversity in front and behind the camera, starts with films that are green-lit.

Radha Mitchell, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Radha Mitchell
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Radha Mitchell is Nan Phillips, Mack’s wife. She told us why she loves to mix up different film genres to work on. The Shack to her was about forgiveness and she realized that her character had a deeper connection than her husband character played by Worthington.

William P. Young

William Young

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

I always enjoy doing roundtables and this one was a really good one. Now you can listen in on the conversations.

Radha Mitchell

Radha Mitchell

Also starring in the film are Avraham Aviv Alush, Sumire Matsubara, Alice Braga, Graham Greene, Megan Charpentier, and the young Amélie Eve. Directed by Stuart Hazeldine.

The Shack, in theaters March 3. — A.O.

Alien: Covenant Official Trailer

Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin RigbyRidley Scott returns to the universe he created, with a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise.

The plot: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby.

In Theaters May 19.

Jimmy Smits and Dan Bucantinsky Talk 24: Legacy


Angela Ortíz and Jimmy Smits

Angela Ortíz and Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits has been playing some interesting and complex characters for the past few years; Neron “Nero” Padilla in Sons of Anarchy and Miguel Prado on the 2010 season of Dexter. Now he’s Senator John Donovan in 24: Legacy and his character is running for president.

Angela Ortíz, Dan Bucantinsky

Angela Ortíz and Dan Bucantinsky

We talked to him about his new role and what we should be expecting in upcoming episodes. Look out for Smits to reprise his role as Francisco ‘Papa Fuerte’ Cruz in the second season of The Get Down, out this spring on Netflix.

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad

We also spoke to actor/writer/producer Dan Bucantinsky, who plays computer analyst Andy Shalowitz. Bucatinsky, who played James Novak on Scandal for a few seasons, told us that he had fond memories of the show.

I didn’t get to ask him what he loved the most, acting or producing, because he has a long producing list; like being the executive producer of Who Do You Think You Are? He even author a funny book called, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad—“a collection of snort-milk-through-your-nose funny stories of parenthood that will obliterate the boundaries of gender and sexual orientation.”

Now watch these guys on 24: Legacy, Mondays on FOX at 8/7c.

QUICK GIVEAWAY: Before I Fall Advance Screening Passes!

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Giveaway! In TWO CITIES, we have 25 pairs of an advance screening of Before I Fall. The film is interesting and it keeps you watching. Check out the trailer below.

Download a first-come, first-served screening pass by clicking on the link below. Screening will take place on Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:30P (Have your pass ready to show at the door).

Follow the instructions in your pass and share your excitement using #BeforeIFall and #SeFijaOnline. ENJOY!

Los Angeles (25 Pairs)

Phoenix (25 Pairs)

Marlene Forte Happy to be A Working Actor

Marlene Forte, Angela María Ortíz S., Angela Ortíz, Celia Flores, Fear the Walking Dead, The Fosters, Superstore, APB, Altered Carbon, NCIS: New Orleans, Code Black, I Am Gangster, The Single Moms Club, Star Trek

Marlene Forte
©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

I say it every time; I enjoy talking to this woman, actor/producer Marlene Forte. We recently caught up with her at her wonderful home, where we chatted about the projects she has done, what she’s working on and what is to come in the future.

Forte got some new followers as Celia Flores on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. We really liked her character and wish she was back. She continues in her recurring roles on The Fosters and Superstore, and now you can see her on Fox’s APB, as well as on the upcoming Netflix’s Altered Carbon, set in the 25th century.

Other television credits include NCIS: New Orleans, Code Black; and movies like I Am Gangster, The Single Moms Club, Star Trek, and many stage productions.

Now check out our fun interview. — A.O.

Jordan Peele and Chance the Rapper Talk Get Out

“I feel like we often neglect one of the most powerful ways that we communicate and we can encourage more communication on a subject. And right now I feel like the way we talk about race in this country is broken. Maybe this will fuck shit up in the wrong way, I dunno. But I do feel like art and communication is like that’s the one tool we have against the true horrors of the world, which is violence. I hope that this is an inclusive experience and I hope that it inspires people to just talk.” — Jordan Peele on writing GET OUT 

Watch the Q&A video with Chance the Rapper, Jordan Peele and some of the cast of the film; Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Milton “Lil Rel” Howery. They talked about the need of a film like this and their love for the genre.

Synopsis: Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Then check out the images from Get Out Art Gallery featuring artwork inspired by Peele’s suspense thriller. Six pieces of striking original artwork, inspired by the film, are being showcased from artists Corey Barksdale, Frank Morrison, Sindisio Nyoni, Jermaine Rogers, Sharlene Artsy, and Taj Tenfold.

Get Out in Theaters February 24. — A.O.

Disney Moana on Blu-ray/DVD Release March 7


Moana Bluray

Moana Bluray available march 7

Se Fija!’s publisher Angela Ortíz and some of the Polynesian dancers.

Disney celebrated the in-home release of Moana on Blu-ray/DVD on March 7 and the Digital HD is available now. We were there to celebrate too.

We got to sit in on a talk with one of the directors, Ron Clements and producer Osnat Shurer, who shared with us all the extras that will be on the Moana Blu-ray version. That includes a 30-minute documentary called, Voice of the Islands—which is more than the making of the film, it’s about the people and their stories that help make Moana the classic film it’s becoming.

Moana goodies…

Se Fija!’s publisher Angela Ortíz, Jessica Gonzalez Ferrer and some of the Polynesian dancers, Tiana N. Liufau and musicians.

Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay

We even talked to visual developing artist, Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay about her work on the film. You can listen in on the conversation too.

Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay


During the evening, we got to enjoy some Polynesian music and dancing. You can see them here in the photo collages and videos below.

They are many cool things coming on the Blu-ray; including some more music. You can check out our past post on Moana here.

Disney Mickey And The Roadster Racers Series Trailer

Mickey And The Roadster RacersMickey And The Roadster Racers sees Mickey and friends participating in humorous, high speed races around the world in unique transforming vehicles, while off the racetrack, Minnie and Daisy run their own successful business, solving problems for anyone in need.

Sunday mornings on Disney Junior.

Everybody Loves Somebody in Theaters Now

everybody loves somebody, Angela Ortíz, Karla Souza, Ben O’Toole, director Catalina Aguilar

L-r: Angela Ortíz, Karla Souza, Ben O’Toole and director Catalina Aguilar

Everybody Loves Somebody is Pantelion latest romantic comedy release is in theaters now; we got to sit with a few of the actors of the film—we talked to them about their work and experiences in the making of it.

everybody loves somebody, Angela Ortíz, Karla Souza, Ben O’Toole, director Catalina Aguilar, Tiaré Scanda, Patricia Bernal

T-b: Tiaré Scanda and Patricia Bernal

The story: On the surface, the young and beautiful Clara Barron (Karla Souza) seems to have everything-a great job as an OB-GYN; a great house in LA; and a big fun-loving Mexican family. But, the one thing Clara doesn’t have figured out is her love life. Pressured by a family wedding in Mexico, Clara asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend (Ben O’Toole) for the weekend festivities-only to be caught by surprise when her ex-boyfriend (and family favorite) suddenly shows up after disappearing from her life completely. In an adventure full of laughter, she learns that sometimes it takes the whole crazy family to help you find crazy love.

Souza, O’Toole & Aguilar

Souza, O’Toole & Aguilar

Tiaré Scanda, Patricia Bernal

Tiaré Scanda & Patricia Bernal

Starring Jose Maria Yazpik, Alejandro Camacho, Patricia Bernal, and Tiaré Scanda. Written and directed by Catalina Aguilar. Karla Souza (How To Get Away With Murder) is also a producer on the film.

Listen in on our conversations here. The Scanda and Bernal audio is in English and Spanish. Enjoy!

Ricky Martin, John Leguizamo on LIVE with Kelly

Kelly Ripa, Ricky Martin and John Leguizamo
Photo: David M. Russell//Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution
©2017 Disney ABC. All Rights Reserved.

A few fun videos of Ricky Martin and co-host John Leguizamo on LIVE with Kelly.

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