Wonderstruck Official Trailer

Synopsis: Wonderstruck is based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel: Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

Starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Oakes FegleyMillicent SimmondsJaden MichaelAmy HargreavesJames UrbaniakTom NoonanCory Michael SmithDamian YoungMorgan Turner, Sawyer Nunes, and directed by Todd Haynes. In Select Theaters October 20.

 

Felipe Esparza on His First HBO Show

Felipe Esparza, Angela Ortiz, Translate This, HBOI first met Felipe Esparza back in 2009 at the premiere of his film, I’m Not Like That No More, in which he starred with one of his mentors, Paul Rodriguez. Since then, I’ve followed his career because I found his comedy approach interesting.

A week ago I got to sit down with Esparza. We talked about his upcoming HBO special, Translate This. It was hard to keep a straight face because he had us laughing during the interview.

Felipe Esparza, Angela Ortiz, Translate This, HBO

Angela Ortíz and Felipe Esparza

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Felipe, you should know a few things about him. He has an amazing story, starting on the streets of Boyle Heights (East L.A.) and moving all the way to sold-out comedy shows and being on television. He has never really spoken about his overall career and personal life in an in-depth interview. In his new special he speaks openly about being an immigrant and his family’s travels into the U.S. all with laughter.

Felipe Esparza, Angela Ortiz, Translate This, HBO

Felipe Esparza

In a career that encompasses more than 16 years, he won the NBC’s Last Comic Standing and produced his first hour long stand-up comedy special, They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You (now on Netflix). He has also made several TV appearances, including  recurring roles on The Eric Andre Show and NBC’s Superstore, TruTV’s World’s Dumbest, Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey and  more. He was also the spokesman for a national Honda campaign and a national Target Mobile campaign.

Translate This premieres on HBO September 30 at 10P.

Otmara Marrero Updates on StartUp New Season

Angela Ortíz, Otmara Marrero, Rita Moreno One Day at a Time, StartUp

Angela Ortíz, Otmara Marrero and Rita Moreno meeting for the first time. ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

I had the great pleasure of catching up with Otmara Marrero at the Sony Studio Day, part of the Summer TCA. We talked about the roller coaster experiences of the characters in season one and what we’ll expect to see in the new season of StartUp. I really enjoyed my conversation with Otmara and you can listen in by clicking the audio box.

Angela Ortíz, Otmara Marrero, Rita Moreno One Day at a Time, StartUp

Otmara Marrero

Returning in season two are series’ stars Adam Brody (series producer), Martin Freeman, Edi Gathegi, and Otmara Marrero. In addition, Ron Perlman (series producer) joins them this season as Wes Chandler, a multi-millionaire businessman, and Addison Timlin (Californication) will portray Perlman’s daughter Mara.

The plot: the one-hour original drama picks up on the streets of Miami following the takeover of GenCoin, an unregulated global cryptocurrency. With their startup now in the hands of the Russian Mob, our unlikely trio, Izzy Morales (Marrero), Ronald Dacey (Gathegi), and Nick Talman (Brody), reinvest in their partnership and launch an exciting new endeavor, a darknet prototype called ArakNet. But as their decentralized network begins to grow, so too does the peril, the corruption, and the moral turpitude.

StartUp, the 10-episode season streams free beginning September 28 on Crackle.

The Good Doctor with A Twist on ABC

Richard Schiff, Hill Harper, David Shore, Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

L-r: Richard Schiff, Hill Harper, David Shore, Freddie Highmore, Daniel Dae Kim, Antonia Thomas and Nicholas Gonzalez.

Angela Ortíz, The Good Doctor, Richard Schiff, Hill Harper, David Shore, Freddie Highmore, Daniel Dae Kim, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Freddie Highmore and Angela Ortíz

The story: Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.

The Good Doctor series was developed by showrunner David Shore, based on the 2013 South Korean drama and executive produced Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0).

Angela Ortíz, The Good Doctor, Richard Schiff, Hill Harper, David Shore, Freddie Highmore, Daniel Dae Kim, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Freddie Highmore

Angela Ortíz, The Good Doctor, Richard Schiff, Hill Harper, David Shore, Freddie Highmore, Daniel Dae Kim, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Harper, Thomas & Gonzalez

Angela Ortíz, The Good Doctor, Richard Schiff, Hill Harper, David Shore, Freddie Highmore, Daniel Dae Kim, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Nicholas Gonzalez

We caught up with a few of the actors at the ABC Summer TCA, they told us how jazz they were to have the show on the air and to make sure that I rank the it number one. Now listen in on the conversations with Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, and Hill Harper.

I watched the pilot and it The Good Doctor is on ABC Mondays.

Transformers: The Last Knight Blu-ray/DVD Release Interviews

Transformers: The Last Knight, Peter Cullen, Optimus Prime, Frank Welker, Megatron, Angela Ortíz

Peter Cullen, Angela Ortíz and Frank Welker

Transformers: The Last Knight, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, Angela Ortiz

Angela Ortíz, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera
and Squeeks

Transformers: The Last Knight, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, Angela Ortíz, To celebrate the home entertainment debut of the most explosive Transformers movie yet, we got to chat with some of the stars of Transformers: The Last Knight, Isabela Moner (Izabella), Santiago Cabrera (Santos), voiceover actors, Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), and Frank Welker (Megatron) about their work and the release of the 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Packs on September 26.

Facing North Documentary on PBS

Facing North, a documentary series exploring the multidimensional dynamics between the United States and Mexico through the lens of the San Diego-Tijuana border region, and the people who live around it.

Facing North will be available to stream online at pbs.org and will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.

Facing North premiered on all PBS digital platforms on September 22.

Megatron with Angela Ortíz, Fun Stuff!

Odalys Nanin’s Passion for Frida

Frida - Stroke Of Passion, Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry, Nancy de Los Santos, Angela Ortiz

Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry and Nancy de Los Santos.

Frida - Stroke Of Passion, Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry, Nancy de Los Santos, Angela OrtizThe artist Frida Kahlo lived an intense political and artistic life in her beloved Mexico. They have been many books written about her and her paintings, including movies and documentaries, all interesting to read and/or watch.

Locally we have a very fun play, Frida: Stroke Of Passion running at the very cozy and historical Macha Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. The play is written and directed by award-winning playwright, Odalys Nanin.

The play focuses on the hidden bi-sexual affairs between Frida Kahlo and her long list of famous female lovers. They include Mariachi singer Chavela Vargas, Mexican film star Maria Felix, cabaret singers and dancer Josephine Baker and Tina Modotti who was a famous model and photographer. The play also addresses an in-depth look at her relationships with her husband Diego, the ghost of Leon Trotsky and seemingly the mysterious cover-up of her suspicious death.

Frida - Stroke Of Passion, Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry, Nancy de Los Santos, Angela Ortiz

Frida: Stroke of Passion at Macha Theatre.

Odalys Nanin believes Kahlo committed suicide, although her certificates states pulmonary embolism, Diego concealed her real cause of death. The play shows a vulnerable unique side of Frida who has since become the most famous female painter of all time, although she suffered from physical ailments, she was a master of disguise and presented herself as a strong healthy virile woman. The play portrays an intriguing in-depth look into the last week of her fearless and spirited life. A seducer to the end, she herself said, “the only reason I go on living is to paint and to love.”

Frida - Stroke Of Passion, Paul Cascante, Daniel Lavid, Marilyn Sanabria, Odalys Nanin, Joseph Bixler, Campbell de Silva, Francisco Medina, Ebony Perry, Nancy de Los Santos, Angela Ortiz

A nice evening at the theatre and great to see old friends.

Nanin stars as Frida and looks like she’s having a ball doing it. She’s surrounded by a talented cast that includes: Campbell de Silva (Diego Rivera), Marisa Lopez (Chavela Vargas/Maria Felix), Tricia Cruz (Nurse Judith), Daniel Lavid (Judas), Paul Cascante (Leon Trotsky), Marilyn Sanabria (Tina Modotti/Teresa Proenza), Joseph Bixler (Little Diego), Ebony Perry (Josephine Baker), Francisco Medina (Musician/Manolo), and co-director Nancy de Los Santos.

I caught the play a week ago, I enjoyed it, it was wonderful to watch live theatre among friends and strangers—a nice evening out.

Frida: Stroke Of Passion runs till October 1.

•WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR SMALL THEATRES. YOU’LL FIND INTERESTING PLAYS/STORIES and ACTING. Photos: ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

A Fast and Quick Giveaway!

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We’ll draw the winners at 6P (PT), Sunday, September 24! Get GOING!

In, the scariest story ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!, during Halloween, Mickey has tricked out his house like a “tomb, sweet, tomb” and along with his pals Donald and Goofy, plans to tell hair-raising Halloween stories! However, his attempt at being scary falls flatter than a pancake. Can Mickey conjure up a truly terrifying tale before the stroke of midnight? Also, in Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special, it’s the most wonderful time of the year…to migrate south for the winter! But Donald wants to stay put and celebrate his first Christmas with his friends. Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything to make Donald’s first Christmas great, but before you can catch a snowflake on your tongue, Donald has turned into a shivering, sneezing duck-cicle!

Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary DVD comes out Tuesday, September 26.

*Blu-ray or DVD based on availability.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is Here!

Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Chris McKay, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Dan LinOne thing all the Lego movies have in common is that they always have a positive message by the end. This one has some funny moments, a bit slow in some parts but still a fun film.

Angela Ortíz, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Chris McKay, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Dan Lin

Jackie Chan and Angela Ortíz

Spoiler alert: The cat was unexpected and funny. All in all, it was a fun family film.

The latest in the Warner Bros. Pictures’ LEGO® franchise, The LEGO NINJAGO® movie, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Angela Ortíz, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Chris McKay, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Dan LinWe got to hear the cast and crew talk about working on the latest Lego movie while we all hung-out at Legoland. Voice talent: Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, plus director Charlie Bean and producers Dan Lin and Chris McKay.

The LEGO Ninjago Cast

The LEGO Ninjago Movie in theaters September 22.

Photos: ©2017 Angela María Ortíz S.

Photo credit: A few of my colleagues, @uralipp, @nukethefridge, @chueymartinez, me with funny man/musician Fred Armisen, and my grandnephew Nicolas with Jackie Chan.

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