Paige O’Hara and Belle of Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Paige O’Hara, Angela Ortíz, Luis Lecca

Paige O’Hara and Angela Ortíz
Photo: Luis Lecca

Twenty-five years ago, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast broke ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award® nomination for best picture, and now this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 20. And we got to talk to Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle.Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Paige O’Hara, Angela Ortíz, Luis Lecca

You may have seen Paige O’Hara on Broadway, or at an appearance with a symphony at Carnegie Hall or the Hollywood Bowl, or in the hit Off Broadway show “Menopause the Musical” in Las Vegas. You may have heard her voice on a Grammy Award winning cast album. Perhaps you know her from Disney Fine Art and have seen or purchased her artwork, which is sold in galleries across the country. Well, she spoke to us about ALL these things.

Page O’Hara, ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Paige O’Hara

It was such a pleasure to sit down and talk to her about her career. We got to ask her all sorts of questions about her work and in return, she told us some fun stories.

From Disney Princess to Disney fine artist, Paige O’Hara has had a full and exciting career that she continues to enjoy. Now listen in on the conversation. — A.O.

Cooking is a Form of Art and I Love to Cook!

GOYA Foods, Goya Products, Latino Heritage Month, IMUSA, Angela Ortíz, Santana Dempsey

Angela Ortíz
Photo: Santana Dempsey

GOYA products approached us to do a fun cooking post for Latino Heritage Month. And I thought, why not, I love to cook!GOYA Logo

I’m not a trained cook, but my love for cooking comes from watching three women in my life create fantastic dinners. And this post is my tribute to them: my great-mama Adelina Grant (Colombian), my abuelita Julia Grant de Courtney (Colombian), and my mami Patricia S. Ortiz (Panamanian). These three women had busy lives raising their kids along with being working women.

My great grandmother raised four children and worked as a domestic back in her homeland of Colombia and Panamá. She retired in her 60s to take care of my brother and me when our mom came to the U.S.A. I have many wonderful memories of her; and one in particular is how she got me to eat fish. I never liked stewed fish as a kid, but to get me to eat it, she tried cooking it in different ways for me. Finally, fried fish was the winner.

GOYA Foods, Goya Products, Latino Heritage Month, IMUSA, Angela Ortíz, Adelina Grant, Julia Courtney, Patricia S. Ortiz

Photo collage of four generations
L-r: Adelina Grant, Julia Grant de Courtney, Patricia S. Ortiz and Angela Ortíz

GOYA Foods, Goya Products, Latino Heritage Month, IMUSA, Angela Ortíz


My mom and grandmother came to the United State as domestics, cleaning and cooking for the families they worked for, even though they worked in other fields in their homelands. My mom worked in sales back in Panamá and my grandmother even worked as a cook in a hotel in Medellín, Colombia. These two strong women came to a new country, did what they had to do to survive and in a couple of years moved on to other work. By the time my abuelita retired, she was a nurse’s aid. And our mom managed a doctor’s office for many years, started her own freelance billing business, and retired as an office manager for a medical clinic.

GOYA Foods, Goya Products, Latino Heritage Month, IMUSA, Angela Ortíz, Adelina Grant, Julia Courtney, Patricia S. Ortiz

Final dish

Along the way, they fed their families wonderful, filling, and fulfilling meals. This is where I return to why I enjoy cooking and eating. I learned a lot by watching these women and asking questions: why did they use a particular spice in a dish? Why did they slice that cut of meat a certain way? How did they know to pick the freshest produce? Then I proceeded to school myself with recipe books…and of course, I watched the Food Network once it was on the air. I’ve cooked many different types of cuisines at least once.

I have my favorites recipes and I like to create my own quick meals, too.

The meal I fixed for this fun post includes GOYA’s Garbanzos (Chick Peas), and their Manzanillas Spanish Olives. I added them to some spicy Italian and Bratwurst sausages with leeks, garlic, mushrooms, crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper and a little silver Tequila. Then I served it over some mixed greens and cabbage.

I cook to taste, and this is one of my quick little meals that I cook for my family and friends. Enjoy! — A.O.

Photos: ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Snowden, Friend or Foe?

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, The Snowden files, Snowden, Oliver Stone, Angela María Ortíz S., Angela Ortíz

T-b: Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo
and Zachary Quinto

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, The Snowden files, Snowden, Oliver Stone, Angela María Ortíz S., Angela Ortíz

T-b: Joseph Gordon Levitt
and Scott Eastwood

We got to sit down with director Oliver Stone and some of the cast of Snowden. And it was interesting to listen to their approach to their character in the film.

Joseph Gordon Levitt performance as Snowden is really good, along with a few other performances.

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, The Snowden files, Snowden, Oliver Stone, Angela María Ortíz S., Angela Ortíz

Director Oliver Stone

The film left me with more questions than answers about Edward Snowden’s real motives.

Now listen in on the conversations with Shailene Woodley (Lindsay Mills), Melissa Leo (Laura Poitras), Zachary Quinto (Glenn Greenwald), and Scott Eastwood (Trevor James).

Snowden is in theaters now. — A.O.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Melissa Leo & Zachary Quinto

Melissa Leo & Zachary Quinto

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

Scott Eastwood

Scott Eastwood

Photos: ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

Win a Copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows

teenage mutan ninja turtle 2We have TWO copies to giveaway of the all-new adventure on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD with bonus content due out on September 20, with two reversible turtle masks in all four colors! And Digital HD available now.

Would you like to win a copy? Then just click here to send us an e-mail with your name and address.

We’ll draw the winners at 12N (PT) on Friday, SEPTEMBER 16.

Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are back to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones. Check out the trailer below. — A.O.

Now You See Me 2 Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

nysm2-blurayExclusive interview with Now You See Me 2 director Jon Chu on the release of its Blu-ray Combo Pack.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Cane.— A.O.

A Fun Idea and Much More, Tweetorias are Coming

Livier Productions, TweetoriasLivier Productions launches Tweetorias; short stories released in 140 character increments or less, featuring illustrations by guest artists. Additional content includes sit-down interviews with their illustrators and a narrated audio version of each story.Ruth Livier, Livier Productions, Tweetorias

Their first story will be tweeted on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 11A on @LivierProds.

Tweetorias aim to participate in the bilingual/bicultural discourse by privileging narratives about the immigrant experience from their points of view. So, tune in on Tuesday and join on the Tweetorias adventure.

Giveaway Extended for Compadres

We have an easy giveaway for you, we have 5 DVD’s copies of Compadres.

Compadres, Omar Chaparro, Joey Morgan, Aislinn Derbez, Héctor Jiménez, Camila Sodi, Eric Roberts, Kevin Pollak, Angela Ortiz, SeFijaOnlineCompadres
Two unlikely compadres make an unbeatable team in this action-comedy filled with high-octane thrills and outrageous laughs. Tough-as- nails Mexican cop Garza (Omar Chaparro) wants justice after a ruthless cartel kingpin frames him and kidnaps his girlfriend—but he’ll need the help of a 17-year- old American computer hacker named Vic (Joey Morgan). Also starring Aislinn Derbez, Héctor Jiménez, Camila Sodi, Eric Roberts, and Kevin Pollak.

Would you like to win one? Then just click here to send us an email with your name and address. And that’s all!

We’ll draw the winners at 8A (PT) ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9.

Nelson Bixby Takes on the Whole Wide World

Top Rebel ProductionsTop Rebel Productions is proud to announce the release of their coming-of-age action-comedy Nelson Bixby Takes on the Whole Wide World. The film is part of The Disney Channel’s collaboration with new short-form content creators; it is now available worldwide and for free on The Disney Channel online services and their YouTube destination.

This micromovie marks a departure for Top Rebel Productions–a company co-founded by Freddy Rodriguez, Francisco Lorite (Nelson Bixby writer-director) and Bill Winett, and the slate of genre films and TV it has been developing.

The plot: part fable, part superhero tale with a Latin twist, Nelson Bixby tells the story of how the ghost of a famous Mexican wrestler teaches a shy 11-year-old boy to find his own hero within.

It stars Cole Keriazakos, Emiliano Torres, Zachary Alexander Rice, Brandon Salgado Telis, and Madeline Core.

The micromovie is already garnering a tremendous response from kids around the world who have embraced Nelson and his new—very odd—mentor, El Niño!

Now you can check it out for yourself in the video below.

Luis Lecca Talks to Morgan Stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Kate Mara

Morgan, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Mara, Nuke the Fridge, Luis Lecca, Luke Scott, Rose Leslie, Toby Jones, Paul GiamattiOur friends at Nuke the Fridge and Luis Lecca did a couple of exclusive interviews with the stars of Morgan, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Mara, and first time director Luke Scott. Scott is the son of Ridley Scott and we think he knocked it out of the park.

The plot of this science fiction, action-thriller, is about a corporate risk-management consultant who must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.

The film also stars Rose Leslie, Toby Jones, and Paul Giamatti.

Now check out the interviews below. Morgan is in theaters September 2. — A.O.

Carlos Vives at The Hollywood Bowl

Carlos Vives, the Hollywood BowlCarlos Vives will be in the Los Angeles area on September 7, under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. He’s one of Colombia’s greatest artists, Carlos Vives brings his pioneering mix of Vallenato and irresistible pop beats to the Bowl for the first time. The multiple Grammy-winning singer, composer and actor will include some of his greatest hits, such as “Volví a Nacer,” “La Bicicleta,” and “La Tierra del Olvido.” I hope to see you there.

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