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Lr Reader 'Rico The Houndouran' sent us an early review for George Lucas' upcoming project he wrote called "Red Tails" starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, and Ne-Yo. Film is set in 1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options -- including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country -- and the fate of the free world. Here is the review: Hey there Latino Review. You might remember me from a few years back. »
J.A.F.O. #014 - Just Another F-ing Observer: Early Review of The Adventures Of TINTINRating: A- Every so often throughout his long career, director Steven Spielberg has managed to surprise me. I had a feeling that The Adventures of Tintin, his take on the classic comic strip created by Belgian illustrator Georges Remi aka Herge, would be good, but after Spielberg's last foray with Indiana Jones, I did have some doubts. That fourth installment in the popular action-adventure franchise he developed with George Lucas was not only a disappointment to fans, but an embarrassment to all involved. It truly looked like Spielberg had lost his touch and no longer knew how to make an exciting film in the genre. Twenty years ago, when Spielberg expressed his desire to make powerful dramas, I didn't think he could pull it off. Schindler's List not only made me eat my words, but »
Toy Story 3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack Walt Disney Home Entertainment 1995 & 2009/Rated G/Running Time 81 Mins List Price: $49.99 – Available November 1, 2011 Back during the Fall of 1995, I had absolutely no interest in seeing Toy Story. Disney had enjoyed tremendous success and a resurgence of quality film-making that began with the 1989 release of The Little Mermaid. Classic Disney quality films were back and the subsequent releases of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King, secured their new foothold in the industry and at the box-office. Yet the studio was also in danger of becoming a cold corporate entity. For every Beauty and the Beast, their live action division was turning out crappy soulless films like The Three Musketeers or the Pauley Shore vehicle In The Army Now.As the first full length computer animated feature Toy Story had a cold, soulless look to it upon first glance. As impressive as CGI was, »
Captain America:The First Avenger --Limited 3D Edition Blu-RayParamount Home Entertainment2011/Rated PG-13/Running Time 124 minsList Price: $54.99 -- Available October 25, 2011As a movie lover, there's nothing quite like that feeling of seeing a good story unfold onscreen in an engaging fashion. Even better is when said story involves bringing one of your favorite fictional characters to life. Marvel Comics dove head first into directly producing films with their movie studio division a few years ago with Iron Man and they haven't looked back since. By assuming full creative control of how their comic properties are adapted to the silver screen, they've turned out a number of entertaining pictures where some of their most famous characters feel like they've truly been brought to life.We're all well aware that the Iron Man films, the Hulk reboot and most recently Thor are all part of a grand plan to unite several Marvel »
Sons of Anarchy continues Season 4 this week with Episode 4.5: Brick premiering Tuesday, October 4 at 10 Pm Et on FX. Theo Rossi, who plays Juan Carlos Ortiz a.k.a. Juice, recently held a conference call to discuss what's in store for the rest of Sons of Anarchy Season 4. Here's what he had to say below.
I recently read that your mom said in an interview that your character is going to be taking a major turn this season. I was wondering if you could elaborate on that a little bit.
Theo Rossi: You know, I really wish I could elaborate on that. My mom is the best. She's so nuts. A major turn, that's funny, because she doesn't really know anything. So unless she knows more than I do... No, you know, listen, it's already been brought up in episode three. You know Kurt (Sutter)'s touching on an »
Chicago, Il - Cinema/Chicago announced that the 47Th Chicago International Film Festival will spotlight a diverse group of actors and filmmakers with Illinois and Chicago connections through two unique Festival programs: City & State and Chicago Connections.
From the Opening Night Presentation of The Last Rites of Joe May starring longtime Chicago thespian Dennis Farina to Xan Aranda.s look into the inner world of Chicago-bred musician Andrew Bird (Andrew Bird: Fever Year), and a short film program featuring promising new Illinois filmmakers (Shorts 1: City & State), this year.s City & State picks showcase the best features, documentaries and short films with roots in Chicago or Illinois. A Festival jury will select the best film in this category, which will be presented with the Chicago Award.
- Michelle McCue
As far as I’m concerned, up-and-coming Latino hottie Oscar Isaac takes the studmuffin cake over current A-lister/former Disney kid Ryan Gosling any day of the week. Which isn’t to say that Gosling’s unattractive; far from it. It’s simply that Isaac, with his olive skin, dark bedroom eyes, and curly black hair, falls more in line with my own personal heartthrob ideal.
You can see both actors, not incidentally, in the new action film Drive, in which Gosling plays “Driver," a Hollywood stunt car operator who loans himself out as a wheelman for criminals on the side. Isaac, in a smaller role, portrays the quirkily-named Standard. He’s the husband of Irene (Carey Mulligan), Driver’s pretty young neighbor down the hall who’s been raising her young son Benicio (Kaden Leos) alone ever since Standard got thrown in the slammer.
Driver is one »
- Chris Eggertsen
I was getting around Los Angeles on Southern California’s most favorite form of transportation (I’m joking...Lol!), when, during a break from the Spanish language noticias, I noticed a couple of familiar voices. I looked up to see Jace Hall and Felicia Day talking shop on Transit TV in one La County’s 2,000 or so buses equipped with the digital network’s screens. "Pretty cool," I thought to myself. Apparently someone at the city’s Metro bus system and Transit TV thought showing web series to the 1,184,224 Los Angelinos who make daily use of the city’s public transportation services was pretty cool, too. The two entities today announced they will screen the online original series Los Americans on La Metro bus routes. Created by One Economy (a “global non-profit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people”) and distributed by »
- Joshua Cohen
Annette Charles, the high-school dancer Cha Cha in Grease, died on Wednesday, August 4, in her Los Angeles home. Charles, who was 63 [not 66 as previously reported] had been suffering from lung cancer. In Grease, Charles was the girlfriend of the Scorpions gang leader, Leo (Dennis C. Stewart). At one point, she dances with John Travolta's Danny Zuko and Jeff Conaway's Kenickie at a school dance competition. Conaway died earlier this year at age 60. Besides Grease, Charles appeared in only two more movies: In Search of the Historic Jesus (1979) and, as Annette Cardona, Latino (1985). The former was Henning Schellerup's low-budget mix of interviews and dramatic reenactments about the life of Jesus, with Charles as Mary Magdalene to John Rubinstein's Jesus; the latter was set in Nicaragua during the Us-abetted civil war between the leftist Sandinista government and the Contra rebels/terrorists. Charles played a local woman; cinematographer Haskell Wexler directed. Charles also »
- Andre Soares
DVD Playhouse—July 2011
By Allen Gardner
The Music Room (Criterion) Satyajit Ray’s 1958 masterpiece looks at the life of a fallen aristocrat as a metaphor for an India that is not only becoming Westernized, but modernized technologically and culturally beyond recognition. When the beloved music room, where he has hosted lavish concerts in the past, starts falling into disrepair as attendance drops steadily, the man realizes his way of life is vanishing. Stunningly shot in black & white, one of Ray’s finest works. Bonuses: Documentary on Ray from 1984 by Shyam Benegal; Interviews with Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair; Excerpt from 1981 roundtable discussion between Ray, critic Michael Ciment, director Claude Sautet. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
With less than a month away, one of the most exciting event for the online movie blogger communities is…..*drum roll*…..the San Diego Comic-Con International 2011 from July 21-24. With so many things have announced so far and yet to be announced, many movie bloggers are already making their plans for this exciting event. Of course, they didn’t really ask me on my thoughts (probably since only a very few people have met me). However, our very own editor Kellvin Chavez shared his thoughts on the upcoming event. Keep visiting on this site for a full extensive coverage of Sdcc later in July. Here we go! Kellvin Chavez of Latino Review says "At this year's convention, with the absence of Marvel Studios, what I really want to see The Amazing Spider-Man and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance . . . which technically is also Marvel, so there will actually be a Marvel presence. »
It's happening. It's really happening. Even though it feels like it was only yesterday, it's here again — Comic-Con 2011 is just around the bend!
One of my absolute favorite weeks of the year is almost upon us, where the MTV News gang will be magically transported to the wonderful world of Slave Leia cosplay and big blockbuster overload — or, as it's really known, the San Diego Convention Center in California that houses all of these wonderful gems.
There's a lot to look forward to with this year's programming, even if Marvel Studios isn't bringing "The Avengers" to Hall H (boo!). Take "Game of Thrones," for instance: HBO is going to have a huge presence at Comic-Con this year and we're guaranteed to see some new casting announcements (we've got our wish list!) and, hey, perhaps even some new footage. On the movies side, I gotta put Splash Page editor Rick Marshall »
- Josh Wigler
Seems like just yesterday we set up camp in Hall H, sleuthing out every last detail on "Scott Pilgrim," "Tron" and "Thor" -- but it's been a whole year, and that means we're heading back to the left coast for the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, starting July 21.
Our own Hit-Girls/senior editors Brooke Tarnoff and Breanne L. Heldman are heading to California in search of cowboys, aliens and "Cowboys & Aliens." In addition to catching Favreau's sneak preview, the ladies are most psyched to experience the record-setting decibel levels at the "Twilight" panel -- and will fight to the death, if necessary, to get their hands on "Hunger Games" intel.
Whether you'll battle the crowds yourself or keep tabs on our early mornings and late nights of Con coverage from a distance, check our 2011 San Diego Comic Con hub regularly for all the news, interviews and videos.
And of course, for the most extensive look at Comic-Con, »
- NextMovie Staff
It feels like just yesterday I was toasting the end of another San Diego Comic-Con and the promise of 11 months of not freaking out about everything going on at the biggest industry event of the year. Cut to today, and... Initiate Freak-out.
Yes, this year's Comic-Con International kicks off a month from now, and while I'm still not certain whether I'll be in San Diego for the show (*fingers crossed*), you can bet that MTV News will be there in some form, bringing you all the highlights from the show floor and beyond. And much like we did last year, we've teamed up with some of our movie-blogging pals from around the InterWebs to reveal what we're most looking forward to at this year's Comic-Con-palooza.
If I do get a ticket to San Diego, I'm hoping to finally see some footage from The Amazing Spider-Man that isn't recorded on someone's cell phone, »
- Rick Marshall
Once upon a time in Hollywood, "Latin" characters were played by actors sporting caramel-colored makeup and over-the-top accents. Today, though, Latino faces -- genuine ones -- appear throughout the multiplexes and across the TV screen.
Best of all, Latino actors aren't always noticeably "ethnic," demonstrating the increasing number of roles for Hispanic actors besides cholos and hoochie mamas.
In "Monte Carlo," Disney triple threat Selena Gomez, who is half Mexican-American, leads the cadre of up-and-coming young Latinos who are making it in Hollywood without having to hide their roots or change their surnames.
Like many of the young stars nurtured in the Disney studio system, Gomez is a media-savvy actress, singer and dancer extraordinaire. Whether she's stepping out with her boyfriend Justin Bieber (sorry, girls, she's snatched him up), starring in her own hit series "Wizards of Waverly Place" or headlining her first feature film ("Monte Carlo") with »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the third of a six-part feature... read parts one and two.
“We both have a tradition that, when we have a film opening for which there are high expectations, we get out of town,” stated filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who vacationed with colleague George Lucas in Hawaii while Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Wars (1977) were being theatrically released. Lucas asked Spielberg what he would like to do as his follow-up effort. “I said I wanted to do a James Bond film. United Artists had approached me after Sugarland Express  and asked me to do a film for them. I said, ‘Sure give me the next James Bond film.’ But they said they couldn’t do that. Then George said he had a film that was even better than a James Bond. It was called Raiders of the Lost Ark »
Attack The Block Is The Best Movie Not Opening This Summer John Carpenter once said that when a filmmaker has limited resources, the more creative they are. In an age where most films that stand a chance of making an impact at the box-office have already been backed by millions upon millions of dollars, its rare to see low budget features at all, let alone a good one. It remains to be seen whether or not Joe Cornish's Attack the Block will make an impact at the box-office, but it definitely has the makings of a cult classic. His incredibly funny, exciting and inspiring action-horror-comedy features a simple story with performances that go above and beyond most big budget f/x pictures. At times one can feel the budget restraints of the production, yet they are not flaws, just enjoyable quirks that work surprisingly well in service of the experience. »
The Incredibles (Blu-Ray)Walt Disney Home Entertainment2004/Rated PG/Running Time 115 minsList Price: $45.99 – Available April 12, 2011With amazing strength and popularity amongst superheroes, Bob Parr is Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) a hero with a heart of gold who battles criminals one moment and saves kittens in a tree the next. While rescuing a suicide jumper who didn't want to be saved, Bob ignites a public fury against superheroes, soon finding themselves facing one lawsuit after another, causing the government to develop a "Superhero Relocation Program". Fifteen years later, Bob has settled down and married the beautiful Helen a.k.a. Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), whose powers rival those of Mr. Fantastic and Plastic Man and has given him three wonderful children. Missing the fast and furious life as an adventurer, Bob is now stuck in a dead end job at an insurance company whose sole purpose appears to be robbing its customers blind. »
Latino Review, have a few well placed insiders, and are revealing that Faora will be the female villainess in the movie, most likely joining forces with Michael Shannon‘s General Zod in taking on Superman. The character is defined in the script as Zod’s “right hand bitch.” Furthermore, the film will feature Jor-El, confirming that Daniel Day-Lewis was being wanted as rumored last month, alongside his wife Lana.
It does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on.”
The Man of Steel »
- Nikola Mraovic
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has launched a new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting, with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All of the Film Independent Labs are designed to support strong, original voices develop their filmmaking careers in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment. Documentary Lab Mentors include filmmakers Laura Gabbert (No Impact Man), Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden), Doug Pray (Art & Copy), Aj Schnack (Convention),Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Caroline Libresco, and producers Heather Rae (Frozen River) and Eddie Schmidt (Troubadours). filmmakers Jen Arnold (A Small Act), Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol), Chicken & Egg.s Julie Benello, »
- Melissa Howland
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