Marina Soto Echaniz and The Boss Baby

Marina Soto Echaniz

I had a great conversation with Marina Soto Echaniz, Animation Production Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation. We talked about her background that has nothing to do with animation or film—she has a Masters Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Culture and Education. I think having that background may be one of the reasons she’s so good at what she does.

She says; “I consider myself a problem solver and a self-starter, taking the initiative and looking for a solution to the obstacles that occur on projects often on a daily basis.”

Marina Soto Echaniz, The Boss Baby, DreamWorks

Marina Soto Echaniz

She’s a 20-year veteran in her field and has worked on many films, which include these titles The Croods, Kung Fu Panda 3, but has a special place for Me and My Shadow, which was never released. Her latest film project is The Boss Baby. Now you can listen in on the conversation. — A.O.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Trailer Launch

Photos: Angela María Ortíz S. and Michael Kovac/WireImage

The Valerian trailer launched this week and we got to attend the screening. In attendance were one of the stars, actress Cara Delevingne, producer Virginie Besson Silla, director Luc Besson, models Kendall Jenner (l), Lily Donaldson, and actor Jaden Smith. Valerian and The City of aThousand Planets is in theaters this July.

Bones The Final Chapter

L-r: John Boyd, Tamara Taylor,TJ Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz

Bones “The Final Chapter: The End in the End” episode aires Tuesday, March 28. Fans of the show can’t believe it’s the end of their favorite. The 11th and final season premiered in January with twelve episodes and many former recurring characters, including Eddie McClintock and Stephen Fry, who made guest appearances in seasons two, four and five. Betty White reprises her role as Dr. Beth Mayer in the tenth episode, while veteran actors Ed Asner and Hal Holbrook guest star too. Filming of the season, and of the entire series, wrapped up on December 15, 2016.

L-r: TJ Thyne, Michaela Conlin, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Eric Millegan and Tamara Taylor

I had the pleasure of talking to Eric Millegan, Tamara Taylor, and Michaela Conlin at the 2017 Winter TCA. They shared some of their fond memories of the show.

Bones

Bones: Millegan, Taylor, & Conlin

I know I will miss seeing Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley), Zack Addy (Eric Millegan), and Dr. Daniel Goodman (Jonathan Adams). — A.O.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Coming on May 5

They saved the galaxy once. Now they are trying for a second time. Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoë Saldaña), Drax (Dave Bautista), Baby Groot (Vin Diesel-voice), Rocket (Bradley Cooper-voice), Yondu (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillen), and directed by James Gunn.

In theaters May 5, in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.

New Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters July 7. Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey, Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, and Tyne Daly.

I See Batman, Justice League Trailer

Justice LeagueWarner Bros.’ Justice League with Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Ezra Millera and directed by Zack Snyder. In Real D 3D and IMAX 3D in theaters November 17.

Saban’s Power Rangers! It’s Morphin Time!

Ludi Lin, Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S., Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, Dean Israelite, John Gatins Ludi Lin, Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S., Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, Dean Israelite, John GatinsThe Power Rangers press conference was fun and full of some good stories from the young cast that was present, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler and the more seasoned talent like Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, director Dean Israelite, and writer John Gatins.

I enjoyed the film it brought back many wonderful memories of watching the television series with my young son and putting his Power Ranger action figures away at bedtime.

There wasn’t a lot of morphin in this film but once it happened; it was very cool and exciting to watch. Now check out a few short video snippets of the day. Power Rangers in theaters on March 24. — A.O.

©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Michael Peña Talks to Us About Chips

Chips, Angela Ortíz, Michael Peña, Dax Shepard, ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S., Kristen bell, Jessica McNamee, Ryan Hansen, Rosa Salazar, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Brody, Chip Happens

Angela Ortíz and Michael Peña
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Chips, two words, crude and hilarious! I remember the original television show and this is not it, but that’s ok. I have to admit, I laughed much more than I expected to.

The plot: Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank Ponch Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up former pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job-inside the CHP.Chips, Angela Ortíz, Michael Peña, Dax Shepard, ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S., Kristen bell, Jessica McNamee, Ryan Hansen, Rosa Salazar, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Brody, Chip Happens

I always enjoy Michael Peña’s work and Dax Shepard is not a bad director and it looks like it was a fun shoot, “It was a 45 day party.”

Michael Peña

Michael Peña

We got to chat with Michael. He got to do a few of his stunts after learning to ride the bike. He also gave us an update to the next Ant Man movie. Click the audio and enjoy our funny back and forth.

Starring Dax Shepard (writer), Kristen bell, Jessica McNamee, Ryan Hansen, Rosa Salazar, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Adam Brody.

Chips in theaters March 24. It’s not for little kids, definitely adult humor.

Lowriders in theaters May 12

Here’s an early clip from Lowriders, starring Demián BichirTheo RossiEva LongoriaMelissa BenoistGabriel ChavarriaTony Revolori, and David Fernandez Jr.

Jordana Brewster Psych’s You Out on Lethal Weapon

Press day with Jordana Brewster
Photos: ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S. and Isis Velazquez

My first interview with Jordana Brewster was fun. We talked about her character Maureen Cahill dealing with character Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) who is a crazy good cop. And what she favors, film or television? Also you can listen to our interviews with Damon Wayans, where Crawford did most of the talking, and Johnathan Fernandez at the 2017 Winter TCA.

Johnathan Fernandez

Johnathan Fernandez

Wayans & Crawford

Wayans & Crawford

Lethal Weapon is on FOX at 8P and it stars Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Chandler Kinney, Dante Brown, and in recurring roles Richard Cabral, Tony Plana and Floriana Lima. For the fans of the show, Lethal Weapon has been renewed for a second season.

Lethal Weapon

Angela Ortíz with Richard Cabral, Johnathan Fernandez and Clayne Crawford with the Latino press last fall.

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