Friday, August 29, 2014

Hollywood Walk Of Fame List 2015: Sofía Vergara, Eugenio Derbez, Pitbull


The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the “Class of 2015 Star Honorees,” 30 celebrities who will be getting their stars on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Among these faces that will be seeing their names in the famous walk starting next year, are three Latinos who have made their ways into Tinseltown. Their hard work and dedication has finally paid off, and the dreams they had when they first came to America are exceeding their expectations.

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Netflixeando: 10 Latino Films You Should Stream on Netflix

By Vanessa Erazo

How many times have you gone to Netflix wanting to watch something but got completely overwhelmed by the options. Or, you try to look for a good Latino movie but — how the hell do you find them? You might look in the “Foreign Movies” section or under “Foreign Language” for films from Latin America but there’s no U.S. Latino movies there. Since they are in English, they aren’t labeled foreign and hence are hard to find, unless you know the exact title you are looking for. Well, that’s why we’re here. We’ve scoured Netflix and watched all the crap movies so you don’t have to.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Why musician Rubén Blades made the switch from salsa to tango

by April Peavey 
Panamanian musician Rubén Blades is best known for his salsa compositions, but all along, it seems, he was fantasizing about something else.
"I've always wondered how the songs I wrote, that were recorded in salsa, how would they turn out if I recorded them as tangos," Blades says.
These aren't exactly the closest of genres — salsa and tango. I mean, where do you even start? 
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Los Rakas Raise the Bar

By Dita Quinones

Los Rakas have boldly forged a new lane in Latin alternative music with their distinctive “Panabay” sound by fusing hip-hop, reggaeton and Afro-Latino rhythms in Spanglish. They perform Friday, Aug. 22 at the House of Blues and are likely to steal the show from its headliner, Tribal Theory, with their sky-high, energetic live showmanship that will have you chanting, "Soy Raka!"
Cousins Raka Dun (Panamanian) Raka Rich (Panamanian-American), are known for their rock-the-party-get-the-girl anthems with songs like, "Ta Lista," and "Bien Ribetiao." This time around, Los Rakas are penning their U.S. Afro-Latino experiences over club-friendly beats with their new album, "El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo." To alleviate any confusion for new and old fans alike, it's the Latin alternative version to OutKasts’ "Speakerboxx/The Love Below."

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Lights, Camera, Struggle? Hollywood Latinos Speak Out

By Raul A. Reyes
Lights, camera, struggle? A recent study from the University of Southern California made headlines after concluding Latinos continue to be the most underrepresented group in Hollywood films. The report only confirms what Latino actors, producers, and advocates already know: It is tough to make it in Hollywood, but it is even tougher for Hispanics.
The study by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that diversity on-screen lags far behind that of the U.S. population. Researchers looked at films over a six-year period and found that Latino characters accounted for only 4.9 percent of all speaking roles. In contrast, Hispanics are 17.1 percent of the population, yet are 25 percent of the moviegoing public.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Roberto Orci talks Latino underrepresentation in Hollywood

Roberto Orci has thrived as a screenwriter and executive producer in Hollywood, but he hasn't let his achievements obscure the degree to which Latinos are underrepresented in television and film.

His way of responding, in part? Try "Matador," the edgy new espionage thriller on "Machete" director Robert Rodriguez's El Rey network, starring Gabriel Luna as Tony Bravo, a DEA agent who gets recruited by the CIA to pose as a professional soccer player by day while serving as a spy by night.

"The Latin community is about to explode in media," Orci, 41, says of the new channel, which airs "Matador" on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
"It's no accident that (Rodriguez) and I got together. I've been in the industry 10, 15 years. He's been in it longer. It took us that long to even meet. It took us that long to even pitch each other something. 

Why is that? "I think it's because I'm going through the studio system learning my thing, trying not to raise hell, trying to (earn) my stripes, and he's doing his thing," adds the Mexico City-born scribe, who co-wrote the screenplays for "Transformers" (2007), "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013) and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (2014).

"And it takes a minute for it to occur to all of us to get together and raise hell. Finally, it's all coming to the surface, and the frustration is justified and real."
Already picked up for another 13-episode season, "Matador" features many familiar Latino faces, from Alfred Molina to Elizabeth Peña and Julio Oscar Mechoso.

What's unfamiliar about the show, much like the channel it's on, is that the presence of Latinos behind the scenes won't be as rare a sight as it is in the rest of the industry.
"The Latino Media Gap" - a recent study tracking the state of Latinos in American media - found that when it came to the top ten TV shows from 2010 to 2013, Latinos accounted for just 1% of producers, 2% of writers, 4% percent of directors - and none of the show creators.

During the same period, 2% of directors, 2% of producers and 6% of the writers involved in top-10 movies were Latino, despite the demographic comprising 17% of the U.S. population.

"I've gone to this producers conference, for example, for years where I've talked about the Latino market," says Orci, who'll helm the next "Star Trek" film for his feature directorial debut.

"If someone tries to talk to you as a Latino and they bull---- you, that's where they get in trouble. It has to be authentic, and so, whether or not you speak Spanish or English, if they're gonna try to come at you culturally, they better understand the culture a little bit.

"They think that if they just (present) … some kind of immigrant story, or Spanglish story, that we're gonna go for it. That's not the case."
Orci is fully aware of one of the caveats with having the reins of a TV show - one perfectly summed up by a maxim made famous the Spider-Man saga: "With great power comes great responsibility."

"(The network) is giving you total freedom, and if anything goes wrong, it's all on you," he says.

"There's a bit of pressure; we have to make a good show. But the fact that we're talking about this is a small victory. We can celebrate some progress having been made in increasing diversity in media, but we can't stand still."

Latino Film Producer Named President Of Relativity Studio’s New Multicultural Division

By Fox News Latino

Big-time producer Matt Alvarez has been tapped to join Relativity Media as new executive vice president of production and president of the studio’s new multicultural division.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alvarez – who produced such films as “Ride Along,” “Are We There Yet?” as well as the upcoming movie about N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” – will begin at his new post next month. As head of the multicultural division, he will focus on developing projects with a diverse pool of filmmakers.
“Relativity is a wonderful home for filmmakers and creative talent, as I learned while collaborating with them on ‘Beyond the Lights,’” Alvarez said in a statement, referring to the Gina Prince-Bythewood romantic comedy due out this November. “I am excited to work with Tucker (Tooley, Relativity’s president), Robbie (Brenner, production president) and their entire team on implementing our vision for a multicultural division.”
In a statement, Tooley described Alvarez as one of the most creative and successful executives in the industry, and “the perfect person to build out our new multicultural division.”
“He has a keen eye, remarkable relationships and an incredible track record,” he said. “We have had a great experience working with him on ‘Beyond the Lights’ and look forward to building off that success.”
The new division will launch with “Beyond the Lights,” which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) as a young musician on the brink of stardom and features Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover.”
Alvarez began his career at New Line Cinema, where he worked on films like “Rumble in the Bronx.” He later launched Cube Vision with rapper/actor Ice Cube, where he produced the “Barbershop” franchise, the “Are We There Yet?” movies and “Next Friday.”