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Ray Donovan, Roadies, The Circus: Showtime Previews Summer Programming

2 May 2016 6:02 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_48311" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ray Donovan TV show image via Showtime.[/caption]

Summertime is Showtime. The premium cable channel is teasing its upcoming summer slate. The fourth season of the Ray Donovan TV show, starring Liev Schreiber premieres Sunday, June 26th at 9:00 pm Et/Pt. The cast also include Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey, and Devon Bagby.

Two new series are also premiering on Showtime on June 26.  A political docu-series, The Circus comes from Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, of Game Change Fame. The Roadies TV show comes from Cameron Crowe, with Winnie Holzman and J.J. Abrams. The Roadies cast includes: Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly, and Ron White. Luis Guzman, Jacqueline Byers, Finesse Mitchell, Branscombe Richmond, and Tanc Sade guest star. »

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Watch the trailer for Puerto Ricans in Paris

30 April 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Focus Features has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming comedy Puerto Ricans in Paris which stars Luis Guzman, Edgar GarciaRosario Dawson and Rosie Perez; check it out below after the official synopsis…

NYPD detectives Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia) visit Paris to help a gorgeous French designer Colette (Alice Taglioni) catch the black market thief who’s ripped off her new handbag design. While Luis’ girlfriend Vanessa (Rosario Dawson) and Eddie’s wife Gloria (Rosie Perez) remain in New York, the hopelessly unhip odd couple stumble through a glamorous high-fashion world brimming with charming cafes, wild nightclubs and corporate treachery.

Puerto Ricans in Paris is set for release on June 10th.

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- Amie Cranswick

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First Trailer for Dramedy 'Puerto Ricans in Paris' Drops

29 April 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Miriam Shor, Lilou Fogli, Julie Ferrier, Charlotte Mangel, Frederic Ansombre, and others star in the comedy "Puerto Ricans in Paris" - a USA/France/Czech Republic co-production directed by Ian Edelman (HBO’s "How to Make It in America"), with a story that follows 2 detectives working in NYPD’s Luxury Goods Recovery Unit, who are responsible for taking down bootleggers selling knockoff consumer items. The 2 cops are played by Luiz Guzmán and Edgar Garcia, a series regular on "How to Make It in America." The pair is sent to Paris to help a French designer recover a bag that is of some »

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The Many Faces Of Luis Guzman

29 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

This week, the Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele comedy Keanu premieres, and in one of the supporting parts you can see veteran character actor Luis Guzman. And that settled who we would choose this week. For Luis Guzman is an actor who brings believability and deadpan humor to the weirdest of roles. A fantastic actor, he can disappear in any role despite having a very distinct (sometimes ogre-ish even) look. So once again I'm going to use eleven pictures of one of my favourite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images, and guess which movies or shows they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb! And I'll post the answers next Thursday,...

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“Keanu” gives Key and Peele a cinematic showcase

28 April 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

There seems to be a bit of a pipeline that exists between Comedy Central stars and cinematic success over the past decade or so. From seeing Steve Carell move from The Daily Show to a hit film in The 40 Year Old Virgin to Amy Schumer moving from Inside Amy Schumer to last year’s terrific movie Trainwreck, it’s a formula that works. Now, we have the duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele going from their hit show Key and Peele to the action comedy Keanu. While this isn’t nearly as strong a flick as those other examples, it’s still something pretty entertaining and well worth checking out when it opens on Friday. The film is both an action comedy as well as a bit of a satire. After a strange opening that only makes sense later, besides introducing the kitten, we see Rell Williams (Peele »

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Keanu Review

28 April 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For the love of all things adorable and cuddly, Keanu is the Key and Peele movie so many fans have dreamed of. After the conclusion of their smash Comedy Central sketch show, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have not only picked up exactly where they left off, but continue to advance their effortless comedic chemistry.

You’d think this trailer-worthy gag might run thin after the umpteenth heart-melting “meow,” but Peele and co-writer Alex Rubens have enough sense to build a story around the scene-stealing kitten. This isn’t a rehash of famous Key & Peele sketches, or a cheap branding cash-in – Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key mature as comedians (through gut-busting immaturity), and adapt their off-the-wall humor for a longer, sustainable feature format.

Key and Peele star as Clarence and Rell (spelling might be off, not announced yet), two cousins who find themselves in gang trouble when Rell’s cat goes missing. »

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Movie Review – Keanu (2016)

28 April 2016 6:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Keanu, 2016.

Directed by Peter Atencio.

Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Method Man, Will Forte, Tiffany Haddish, Jason Mitchell, Jamar Malachi Neighbors, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Nia Long, Rob Huebel, Luis Guzman, Anna Farris, and Keanu Reeves.

Synopsis:

Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.

Keanu is unabashedly ludicrous, embracing a premise built on insanity from beginning to end. That’s not hyperbole either; literally from the beginning to the ending. Even as the Warner Brothers logo is displayed on-screen, the movie is already kicking into high-stakes craziness by blaring ridiculously over-the-top dramatic shootout music reminiscent of any one of your favorite classic brain-dead 90s action films. In this situation however, is a kitten so cute that when the word “cute” is looked up in the dictionary, a picture of Keanu should be accompanied. Mysterious hardened gangsters donning pitch black cloaks run »

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See Red-Band Trailer for Adam Sandler's 'The Do-Over'

20 April 2016 2:32 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Netflix has unveiled the first full look at The Do-Over, their upcoming comedy starring Adam Sandler and David Spade. The 30-second teaser hinted at the film's basic premise: A miserable family man played by Spade is given a "do-over" after faking his death and forming a new identity thanks to his childhood friend and conman, played by Sandler. The red-band trailer shows all the trouble the two men get into in their new lives, including gunfights, threesomes with Luis Guzman, boat explosions, roofies and vehicular manslaughter.

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Don't Watch: Adam Sandler in First Trailer for Netflix's 'The Do-Over'

20 April 2016 2:21 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I wish I could start from scratch, just get it right this time..." Yep, this is a "don't watch" - did anyone even see The Ridiculous 6? I don't anyone who did. This is the next Netflix collaboration with Adam Sandler and it looks just as forgettable. Netflix has debuted this trailer for their new comedy The Do-Over, starring Adam Sandler and his long-time friend David Spade. The cast includes Paula Patton, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Astin, Luis Guzmán and Nick Swardson. The concept is intriguing, but that's about it - two guys try to reinvent themselves and end up getting into more trouble than they were expecting. This looks awful. Here's the first official trailer for Steven Brill's The Do-Over, direct from Netflix's YouTube: The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure. »

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New poster and trailer for Adam Sandler’s The Do-Over

20 April 2016 11:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Netflix has debuted a new trailer and poster for the upcoming comedy The Do-Over, which we have for you here…

Directed by Steven Brill (Little Nicky), the new comedy stars Adam Sandler (The Ridiculous 6) and David Spade (Grown Ups) and “follows a bank manager whose life is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure.” The film is the second in Sandler’s lucrative four-picture deal with Netflix, after last year’s The Ridiculous 6.

Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Kathryn Hahn (Tomorrowland), Luis Guzman (Narcos), Nick Swardson (The Ridiculous 6), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Matt Walsh (Ted), Catherine Bell (Bruce Almighty) and Michael Chiklis (Gotham) co-star.

The Do-Over is set for release on May 27th.

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- Scott J. Davis

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'The Do-Over' Red Band Trailer Goes Wild with Sandler and Spade

20 April 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in October 2014, comedian Adam Sandler signed a groundbreaking deal with Netflix to produce and star in four new movies exclusively for the streaming service. The first movie to come out of this deal was the Western comedy The Ridiculous Six. Last month, we learned that the second movie is The Do-Over, with the streaming service releasing a brief teaser trailer. Today we have the first full trailer for this comedy, which sheds new light on the story.

In The Do-Over, Adam Sandler plays "Max" and David Spade plays "Charlie," old friends tired of their mundane lives who reunite at their 25th high school reunion for the ultimate mulligan: they decide to wipe the slate clean for a do&#173-over. After faking their deaths and assuming new identities, could their lives be better the second time around? The comedy is set for release on Netflix Friday, May 27, just in time »

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Keanu poster spoofs Captain America: Civil War

20 April 2016 10:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in February Warner Bros. released a batch of posters for the upcoming comedy Keanu spoofing the Oscar nominees, and now it’s the turn of Marvel’s hotly-anticipated superhero offering Captain America: Civil War

See Also: Four TV spots for Keanu

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular U.S. comedy duo Key & Peele, star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise.  When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline.  But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Keanu is set for release on April 29th in the States and features a cast that also includes Tiffany Haddish, »

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‘The Do-Over’ Trailer: Sandler & Spade As The Ridiculous Two

20 April 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The official trailer has dropped for the latest Netflix-Adam Sandler tie-up, The Do-Over, which reteams Sandler and his fellow SNL alum and frequent collaborator David Spade. The pair play old buddies who reconnect at their 25th high school reunion, discover that they are both tired of their mundane lives and end up faking their deaths and assuming new identities. What could possibly go wrong? Paula Patton, Kathryn Hahn, Luis Guzman, Michael Chiklis, Sean Astin, Catherine… »

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Adam Sandler, David Spade Fake Their Deaths in Netflix’s ‘Do-Over’ Trailer (Video)

20 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Adam Sandler and David Spade fake their own deaths in the new trailer for Netflix’s “The Do-Over.” “I wish I could start from scratch, just get it right this time,” Spade’s character, Charlie, says. Shortly after, Sandler’s character, Max, walks back into Charlie’s life at their 25th high school reunion and the two decide to fake their own deaths and assume new identities. Also Read: Adam Sandler's Worst Movie Yet Has Netflix's Most-Watched Opening Ever The film also stars Paula Patton, Kathryn Hahn, Luis Guzman, Michael Chiklis, Sean Astin, Catherine Bell, Natasha Leggero, Nick Swardson, »

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Four TV spots for Keanu starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele

16 April 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just two weeks to go before its Us release, Warner Bros. has debuted four new TV spots for the upcoming action comedy Keanu which stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Check them out below…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Keanu

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular U.S. comedy duo Key & Peele, star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise.  When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline.  But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Keanu is set for release on April 29th in the States and features a »

- Amie Cranswick

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Roadies: Showtime Releases New Series Poster Art

13 April 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Above, check out the new poster art for Showtime's upcoming Roadies TV series.  The show peeks backstage into the lives of the rock world's unsung heroes, the roadies. A ensemble comedy series from Cameron Crowe, the first ten-episode season is currently in production, in California. The Roadies season one premiere airs Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:00pm Et/Pt.

The cast of Roadies includes: Luke Wilson, Carla GuginoImogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly, and Ron White. Luis Guzman, Jacqueline Byers, Finesse Mitchell, Branscombe Richmond, and Tanc Sade guest star.

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Keanu In St. Louis

13 April 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele, star in New Line Cinema’s action comedy Keanu.  The two play Clarence and Rell, cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

Peter Atencio (“Key and Peele,” “The Last Man on Earth”) directed the film from a script written by Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens (“Key and Peele,” “Community”). Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Peter Principato, Paul Young, and Joel Zadak produced the film, with Ben Ormand serving as executive producer.

Peele’s character, »

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Gasparilla Ff: Rosie Perez on ‘Puerto Ricans in Paris,’ Latinos in Hollywood, and 'Fearless'

7 April 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Forging a career out unforgettable performances in both independent classics and studio fare as well countless television roles, Rosie Perez is one of the most successful and well-regarding Latina actresses working in the tumultuous entertainment industry. Her unquestionable talent has helped her surpass the unspoken and hindering stereotypes that plague Hollywood, and though the road has been anything but easy, her prolific body of work speaks for itself. 

Perez recently attended the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa to support the film “Puerto Ricans in Paris, “ in which she appears alongside Luis Guzmán , Rosario Dawson, and Edgar Garcia

We sat down with her to discuss the humorous caper about two Puerto Rican American detectives solving a case in the European capital, her perception on diversity in Hollywood, and how “Fearless” became a surprising success that earned her an Academy Award nomination. 

Carlos Aguilar:  “Puerto Ricans in Paris” is a project that literally has some of the biggest Puerto Rican talent in Hollywood gathered in one film. How did your involvement with the project come about? I understand you are friends with the mastermind behind the film Luis Guzmán.

Rosie Perez: Louie just called me up and he said, “Mija, I need a favor” [Laughs]. I said, “Ok, that means no money,” and he just started laughing [Laughs]. I said, “Whatever it is you got it. What is it?” Then he said, “Oh it’s this movie that means so much to me.” I went, “Oh shit, send me the script firs!" [Laughs]. He did and I thought it was funny, so I said I’ll do it. That was it. It was as simple as that. There was no agents involved, no managers, it was just that phone call. Later he did forwarded the script to my agent, but literally it was that simple.

Aguilar: Seems like it was one of those rare cases when things work out easily in Hollywood thanks to good relationships and friendships. 

Rosie Perez: Yes, that’s very rare.

Aguilar: What did you find appealing about this story? It’s definitely a fish out of water tale about these two men from New York in a culturally foreign environment . Was it simple the fact that it's quite funny, the themes within it, or was it because you knew everyone involved? 

Rosie Perez: It’s a little bit of all the above, but I think mainly it was that it was funny and secondly I would say that it’s about friendship and family, so I liked that. I just couldn’t wait to see the club scene. You first see it on paper, but I was like, “Oh I gotta see this!” [Laughs]. It’s a comedy about being someone’s friend and being family, that’s what drew me to it.

Aguilar: You've had a prolific career between your work in television and incredibly memorable film roles. At this point in you career how do you decide what is a role you want to pursue, in particular with Hollywood still unwilling to create more roles for people outside their mold? 

Rosie Perez: If it hits me right and if it’s not insulting then I consider it, because as you know, most recently with the Oscars controversy, Hollywood is tough for people of color. When they say, “We are going to create more roles for people of color,” they are stereotypical roles and they are insulting roles, and we are like, “That’s not it people.” I’m going on almost 30 years, I’m lucky and I’m very grateful, but it’s still not a walk in the park. I think it is also because I’m choosy with roles. I’m at an age where I don’t want to do something if I don’t have to do it. Even with the TV show, I had enough. I did it for a year, I was contracted for three years, and I said, “No, I don’t want to do this anymore.” That’s what happens when you get older, you get to that point. You want to enjoy life. You want life to be good. At the end of the day you don’t want to think, “What the hell was I doing?” [Laughs].  “Why did I do this?” or “Why didn’t I walk away from that?" Or “Why did I accept that?” That’s how my decision-making works. With this film I really liked that all my scenes were in New York because I like to stay home a lot. I’m a homebody.  I’m a girl who was in the clubs since I was 14-years-old, I’m done with that, I’m over it [Laughs].

 Aguilar: It’s definitely important  to know when to say no. 

Rosie Perez: Exactly, and I say no. I say no a lot. I’m grateful that work still comes my way. Forget about me being of color, I’m a woman. Then when you are over 40, you are like, “Oh shit,” you know? [Laughs].

Aguilar: Hollywood seems to pile on these barriers on people. Being a woman of color over 40 is disgracefully a no-go for studios. Is't insane to think we haven't gotten over all those prejudices, why do you think that's still the case? 

Rosie Perez:  Because it’s still a male-dominated industry. That said, I have to repeat myself, I’m very fortunate because I know a lot of actresses that are super talented that just don’t get work. They don’t get the offers, they don’t get the auditions, they don’t get the opportunities, and it’s so unfair. I’m really not complaining. 

Aguilar:  You were were nominated for an Academy Award for “Fearless" back in the 90s, considering the recent Oscar controversy and the state of diversity in Hollywood, how difficult was it to make that happen from getting the role to getting the industry's attention back then? 

Rosie Perez: I think “Fearless” happened not because of Hollywood. Hollywood didn’t believe in it. They threw their marketing dollars on a different film. But when the Berlin Film Festival picked up the movie and said, "This was exquisite," and everyone was throwing awards at us, I think that's when the Academy was like, "Wait a minute what is this film." We went over to Europe and it was a smash hit. We'd drive down Champs Élysées and we'd see the movie poster for "Fearless," and I'd go, "Oh my God. This is a dream." I really thought I was in a fairytale. That had never happened to me. I found out about the Oscar nomination while we were still in Berlin. I think that's what happened. 

It's wonderful on one end and on the other end it was unfortunate that it took Europe to make America say, "Oh this is a good film and there are really good performances in it." This is one of the instances where the role was not insulting, it wasn't stereotypical, and it wasn't for a Puerto Rican American. I had to fight for it. I think I was like the 80th-something person they had seen. They kept saying, "No, no, no she is not right." All they kept thinking was "White Men Can't Jump." My agents at the time were like, "Just give her a chance," and the director was not from America so he didn't have any prejudices or preconceived notions of what I could do or who I was. I had to do four call backs, and I did it. I didn't complaint not one bit. When you really want something in life you work for it. You go through the mud. Being at the Oscars was great as well was the Golden Globes. That's what I mean when I say I'm not complaining. 

Aguilar: iI's strange and unfortunate that sometimes there is a need for outside sources to validate the quality of a film rather than just looking at the performances and the quality of the material. 

Rosie Perez: I don't think that's the case all the time, but it is the case sometimes and that's unfortunate. I just have hope for the Academy. I have hope for Hollywood. I'm a very hopeful person in general. Things will change, but it's not about just one minority group. Asians and Native Americans get it the worst and nobody is rooting for them. Let's hope it changes for everyone. That's what I would like to see. 

Aguilar: In "Puerto Ricans in Paris" the two Puerto Rican leads are detectives. They are not stereotypical roles that are usually assigned to Latino talent or secondary characters to a white lead. Do you think this has to do with the fact that a big part of the creative talent was Latino?

Rosie Perez: Yes! Louie had to do his own thing. He got the screenwriter with whom he had done "How to Make it in America." Louie is a very forward-thinking person and I hope with this film people start recognizing that. I knew it when I first met him. He was like, "We gotta stick together mama. We are gonna change things," and I was like, "I believe you." Everybody was like,"Nah," but I was like," I believe you," because he said it with such fortitude. And he did it right because in this film I play a middle-class wife. That could have been anybody.  It could  have been "White People in Paris," "Black People in Paris," or "Asian People in Paris." It could have been anything but it was "Puerto Ricans in Paris" because a Puerto Rican American actor took the initiative and said "I'm going to make this movie and I'm gonna show them that we are just like you. We are not a novelty. We are human beings." That's why this is a great thing. It really is. It came off like a commercial film, but I was pleasantly surprised 

Aguilar: But definitely the fact that is a commercial film will help it cross over to any audience. It doesn't have to be just a "Latino film." 

Rosie Perez: Thats right!. 

Aguilar: Would you say in order to see significant change in the way opportunities are created and offered, we, as minorities, have to create our own opportunities or what would be the best approach? 

Rosie Perez: I think you do have to create your own opportunities, but you also have to fight to have opportunities being created for you by the studios. You can't just fight that one fight, you have to fight the good fight and that means covering all the basis. Things are changing, but it is unfortunate that we are still at this point. Things have gotten better but sometimes we take one step forward and two steps back. 

Aguilar: "Puerto Ricans in Paris" is going to be released later this year, but you already have several other upcoming projects. Can you tell about your recent role in Maris Curran's film and what other adventures you are embarking on? 

Rosie Perez: Well "Five Nights in Maine" was another film that the director didn't see me for but she wanted to meet me, which was weird. I thought, "Why do you want to meet me if you don't see me for the role," but I was like, "Ok I'll meet you whatever." We sat down and we talked and after our luncheon she called Diane Wiest and said, "I think I found the nurse and its Rosie Perez," Diane Wiest just went, "Wonderful!" It was that simple.  She wasn't like, "Really?" It's a very dark film. It's beautifully shot, it's very moody, David Oyelowo is excellent in it and so is Diane Wiest. It's a very quiet film, and for it to be so dark there is a ll of light in it. There is a lot of outdoors shots and the house is bright in Maine. I'm glad people have responded to it. 

Right now I'm just ping-ponging around between projects. I'm producing a project with Edward Norton's company with executive producer Bill Migliore. It's very exciting to me and very challenging to me because Bill and Edward are very challenging people. They don't want to take one step forward until something is right. Right now we are writing the script. We thought we were done and I said, "We thought you said yes to the script," then they went, "Yeah but now comes the real work." It's been a mind-blowing experience. I'm writing and producing but I'm not acting in it. I'm behind the scenes this time. Louie is attached and so is Zoe Saldana. But right now is all about the script. I get excited because I feel stimulated. When you get off the phone and you just had a four hour script meeting and you are like, "What time is it? Oh my God I have to make dinner for my husband. We've been on the phone for four hours? Are you kidding me?" and you don't feel exhausted, you feel invigorated and you can't wait to go back and star writing off of the notes, it's special. We haven't even made the damn movie and it's just been such a special experience for me. It really has.  »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Gasparilla International Film Festival Unveils 10th Year Anniversary Lineup

23 March 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff) has announced the official program for its 10th year anniversary in Tampa, Florida. The 10th annual festival will be held March 30-April 3 at the Tampa Theater and Ybor City’s Carmike Cinemas. With 115 films, the festival will host international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films around the world, special tributes, master classes, panel discussions and much more.

This year’s special tribute will celebrate the many accomplishments of Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winner Rita Moreno. Giff will honor Moreno with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, her film, "Remember Me" will screen at the festival.

A jury of industry professionals and acclaimed filmmakers will be presenting awards to competition films in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary, Spotlight and Shorts.

Highlights include:

Opening Night Film (Narrative)

"Eye in the Sky" (UK): Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars alongside Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Iain Glen in this timely thriller about a terrorist-targeting drone mission that becomes a flashpoint when a civilian girl enters the kill zone. Directed by Gavin Hood.

Closing Night Film (Narrative)

"Everybody Wants Some" (USA): A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Starring Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner. Directed by Richard Linklater

Narrative Features:

"Precious Cargo" (World Premiere) : After a botched heist, Eddie, a murderous crime boss, hunts down the seductive thief Karen who failed him. In order to win back Eddie’s trust, Karen recruits her ex-lover and premier thief Jack. Starring Bruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Claire Forlani. Directed by Max Adams.  "Embrace Of The Serpent" (Colombia. Florida Premiere): Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Starring: Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar. Directed by Ciro Guerra "Ma Ma" (Spain. Florida Premiere): A woman recently diagnosed with cancer forms an unexpected bond with a soccer scout (Luis Tosar) whose wife has been gravely injured in a car accident. Starring: Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz. Directed by Julio Medem "Love and Friendship" (France/Netherlands. Florida Premiere): In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy. Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny. Directed by Whit Stillman. "The Daughter" (Australia. Florida Premiere): A young man returns to his dying hometown and discovers a dark family secret that could tear apart the lives of those he left behind, in this contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. Starring: Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, with Odessa Young and Sam Neill. Directed by Simon Stone.  "The Debt" (USA. Florida Premiere): A hedge-fund honcho puts through the deal of a lifetime: the redemption of a billion-dollar debt owed by the Peruvian government to its citizens. The quick buck soon turns into a nightmare. Starring: Stephen Dorff, Alberto Ammann, Carlos Bardem, and David Strathairn. Directed by Barney Elliott"The Adderall Diaries" (USA. Florida Premiere): Based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries is the story of an author paralyzed by writer's block and an escalating drug dependency who is sucked down the rabbit hole of a high-profile murder case. Starring:James Franco, Ed Harris and Amber Heard. Written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky"One More Time" (USA. Florida Premiere): After one too many big city problems, Jude heads to the Hamptons home of her father, an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback. Starring: Amber Heard, Kelli Garner and Christopher Walken. Directed by Robert Edwards. "Little Men" (USA. Florida Premiere): Jake is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler when he meets the affably brash Tony at his grandfather's funeral. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake's father, Brian and Tony's mother, Leonor, threatens to become contentious. Starring: Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri and Alfred Molina. Directed by Ira Sachs "A Beautiful Now" (USA. Florida Premiere): As a beautiful dancer balances between reality and fantasy, she asks her friends to help her figure out the passions and relationships that have shaped her identity. Starring: Abigail Spencer, Cheyenne Jackson, Collette Wolfe. Directed by: Daniela Amavia "Puerto Ricans in Paris" (USA. Florida Premiere): Two Puerto Rican NYPD detectives head to Paris to track down a stolen handbag. Starring: Luiz Guzman, Rosie Perez, Rosario Dawson. Directed by Ian Edelman "The Black Coat’s Daughter" (USA. Florida Premiere): Beautiful and haunted Joan makes a pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, James Remar, Lauren Holly. Directed by Osgood Perkins "The Truth About Lies" (USA. Florida Premiere): A desperate, unemployed man (Fran Kranz) who lives with his mother weaves an ever-growing web of lies to impress a beautiful woman. Starring: Fran Kranz, Odette Annable. Directed by Phil Allocco. Documentaries

"Hair I Go Again" (World Premiere): Facing a mid-life crossroads, two longtime friends risk everything as they set out to fulfill their dreams of achieving rock & roll stardom. Directed by: Steve McClure.  "Hano! A Century in the Bleachers" (Florida Premiere): Meet Arnold Hano, 93, legendary sportswriter and social activist. Baseball fan, war veteran and storyteller emeritus: few have lived and chronicled the American experience as extensively. Directed by: Jon Leonoudakis.  "Smart"  (Florida Premiere): Groundbreaking feature-length documentary about a group of highly trained, adrenaline-fueled professionals who risk life and limb to rescue animals. They're Los Angeles' Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team! Directed by Justin Zimmerman "No Greater Love" (Florida Premiere): U.S. Army Chaplain Justin Roberts goes on missions with the legendary No Slack battalion in Afghanistan in 2010/2011 armed with only a camera. Directed by Justin Roberts

Cuban Sidebar: Films focusing on Cuba 

"Craving Cuba" (World Premiere): A Cuban-American woman seeks to understand her true identity. Directed by: Zuzy Martin Lynch  "The Forbidden Shore" (World Premiere)- The amazing diversity of contemporary Cuban music is gorgeously explored in Ron Chapman’s third documentary feature. Chapman captures the full gamut of what’s happening now in Cuba, both the most exciting artists and the distinct musical scenes they move In. Directed by Ron Chapman. "Havana Motor Club" (Florida Premiere): Reforms have offered opportunity in Cuba but the children of the Revolution are unsure of the best route forward. For a half-dozen drag racers, this means last-minute changes to their beloved American muscle cars, as they prepare for the first sanctioned race in Cuba since 1960. Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

Florida Focus : World premiere of independent films made in Florida

"Waiting on Mary" : A struggling actor, traumatized by a brutal divorce, assumes the personality of a colonial character he played at a failed amusement park as a way of retreating from his pain. Directed by: Corey Horton  "Bear With Us" : A modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his plan falls apart when a ravenous bear stumbles on their charming cabin in the woods. Directed by: William Stribling.  "Dooder And the Lighthouse" : Dooder Parker is eighty-six and full of life. When the historic lighthouse in his hometown becomes doomed to fall into the Gulf, his recounting of local history evolves into a reflection on his love for his wife. Stories intertwine to paint a portrait of a vanishing way of life. Directed by: Clayton Long & Lisa Long  In addition to feature length films, Giff will present over 70 short films. Short film blocks include:

“Lol”: Comedic short films · “Films on a Mission”: Short films focusing on a specific cause

· “Thrill Ride”: Thriller, action, and horror short films.

· “Love is In the Air”: Romantic short films

· “ Motion Tunes”: Short films related to music

· “Save the Drama”: Drama short films

· “Films 101”: College made short films

· “High School Film Showcase”: Giff’s high school filmmaking competition sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union

Additionally, Gasparilla will feature in-depth, informative Industry Panels, including, Meet The Press, Casting Directors, “The Performance” Actor’s panel, Special Effects, Do’s, Don’ts for a Film Festival Run and “The Pitch.” Additionally, Giff is proud to welcome Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton (1987’s Your Face).

For more information on all the films to be screened and industry events, please go to:

www.gasparillafilmfestival.com »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Adam Sandler’s 2nd Netflix Film 'The Do-over' lands May 27th

21 March 2016 7:23 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Director Steven Brill (Mr. Deeds, Drillbit Taylor), has his latest Happy-madison production being released this coming May. The Do-over will be Adam Sandler’s second film in his four part deal with Netflix, following up his most recent, The Ridiculous Six. In addition to Adam Sandler and David Spade, the all-star cast also includes Paula Patton, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Astin, Catherine Bell, Michael Chiklis, Luis Guzman, Natasha Leggero, Nick Swardson, Torsten Voges, Renee Taylor and Matt Walsh.

Adam Sandler's The Do-Over premieres Friday, May 27, check out the teaser here.

Source: Netflix »

- Jonathan Ricco

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