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Chicano Resilience on Film

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Ela Bittencourt's column explores South America’s key festivals and notable screenings of Latin films in North America and Europe.El Norte“We need to see our experiences validated, otherwise we don’t exist. And if we don’t exist, we become diminished,” says Lourdes Portillo, the filmmaker behind Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena (1999), a documentary short that screens in the current Brooklyn Academy of Music (Bam) retrospective, "¡Sí Se Puede! Pioneers of Chicano Cinema", spanning Mexican-American films from the 1970s to the 90s, and focusing primarily on the Chicano community’s rising socio-political awareness.Urgent issues of representation ripple through the entire program. From Selena (1997), a biopic about a music star, Selena Quintanilla, directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez, in which we watch Selena’s budding talent consistently protected and bolstered by her father’s loving yet adamant admonishing her to always “be who you are deep down,
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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry
James Cameron’s disaster epic “Titanic,” the beloved fantasy “The Goonies,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a Mexican-American family’s home movies from 1920s Texas to Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” to the 1979 Luis Valdez-directed drama “Boulevard Nights” to 1960’s “Spartacus,” the Kirk Douglas-Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandal drama that helped end the era of the blacklist.

The titles will be added to the Library’s collection of films designated as having cultural, social or aesthetic significance.

“Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor
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Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night

Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” has opened with a solid $2.3 million on Tuesday night.

The animated pic is on par with Disney’s “Moana,” which earned $2.6 million from previews during the same frame last year. It went on to gross $82 million over five days.

The family film has been on track to take in $55 million to $60 million at 3,948 venues during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday. Estimates indicate that the costly “Justice League,” which has pulled in a disappointing $111.9 million in its first five days, will come in No. 1 again with about $60 million to $65 million.

Coco” opens in nearly 2,800 3D locations, 106 premium large format screens, and 268 theaters offering the film in Spanish. Unlike “Justice League,” critics have embraced “Coco” (its Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 95%).

Just before “Coco” began its Tuesday night previews, news broke that animation guru John Lasseter would be taking a six-month leave from the company over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women. [link
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Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Breaks Box Office Record in Mexico

Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Breaks Box Office Record in Mexico
Disney-Pixar’s animated family comedy “Coco” has set a box office record in Mexico, becoming the top film as measured in local currency.

Coco,” which premiered at the Morelia Film Festival, has taken in 824 million pesos — or $43.1 million — through its first 19 days and will pass the mark of 827 million pesos grossed by “The Avengers” during its entire run. The film debuted Oct. 27 — two days before the start of the three-day Dia De Los Muertos holiday and has held the top spot at the box office for its first three consecutive weeks.

Coco” opens Nov. 22 in the U.S., followed by China on Nov. 23, and Russia on Nov. 24. The film is currently rated at 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Disney Releases The Final Magical Trailer For Pixar's Coco

Disney has released the final trailer for Pixar's upcoming film Coco. This looks like it's going to be another strong animated film from the studio. Coco already opened in Mexico two weeks ago and apparently, it's been a big hit. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this movie as it looks like it will tell a wonderfully magical story about the streantgth of family.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
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Final Coco Trailer Rocks Out in the Land of the Dead

Final Coco Trailer Rocks Out in the Land of the Dead
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with the turkey and stuffing comes Disney Pixar's Coco, opening in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. Disney Pixar has released the final trailer for Coco, along with a new Coco photo that features young Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) alongside his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Disney has also announced that tickets are now on sale at Fandango and Atom Tickets for this movie that will be perfect for families and friends who want to celebrate the film's themes, including the importance of family, honoring your ancestors and following your dreams.

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.
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Morelia: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Opens Wide in Mexico Before the U.S. and the World

Morelia: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Opens Wide in Mexico Before the U.S. and the World
Morelia — A week after “Coco,” Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead-themed toon, marks its world premiere at the Morelia Int’l Film Festival on Oct. 20 it rolls out across Mexico to coincide with the country’s Day of the Dead festivities, roughly a month before it bows in the U.S., quite an unprecedented move.

“It’s quite unusual but the movie is so much a love letter to the country of Mexico,” said Dave Hollis, president, theatrical distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s a celebration of the family, of Mexico’s culture, of its music,” he said, adding: “It just felt like the right thing to do.”

Coco” opens Oct. 27 at some 795 theaters in Mexico, roughly 2,000 screens. In the U.S., it debuts Nov. 22, a day before the Thanksgiving holiday, opening day and date with some other territories while others follow suit.

Another Disney label, Marvel, opens all its
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Disney Releases a Fun New Clip and Featurette For Pixar's Coco

Disney has released a new clip and featurette for Pixar's upcoming animated supernatural adventure film Coco. The clip features Miguel's grandma coming after him as he is spending time in the Mariachi Plaza. She's not happy that he is hanging round the area. The featurette offers us some insight into the creation of the story. If you're looking forward to seeing this movie, you'll want to check these out!

Pixar has enjoyed a long string of successful films and this one seems like it's very different from anything they've done before, especially with the culture. It looks like a wonderfully magical film and it looks like a movie that fans will enjoy.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel
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New Coco Trailer Celebrates Day of the Dead in True Pixar Style

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New Coco Trailer Celebrates Day of the Dead in True Pixar Style
Disney Pixar has released the third trailer for Coco, which sheds some new light on the main character Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez), and his quest through the Land of the Dead. The trailer features a clerk (voiced by Gabriel Iglesias) at the Department of Family Reunions, who tells Miguel that he's cursed. To return to the Land of the Living, Miguel will need a magical marigold petal and the blessing of a family member, but, according to the clerk, the family member can include any condition she likes, even forbidding music forever. Miguel learns that he must also preserve the memory of his great great grandfather.

The trailer, which debuted on Disney Pixar YouTube, shows footage of Miguel learning from Land of the Dead trickster Miguel (voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal) that once everyone in the living world has forgotten about a person, they completely disappear from the Land of the Dead.
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Wonderfully Magical New Trailer For Pixar's Coco - "Find Your Voice"

Disney has released a new trailer for Pixar's latest film Coco and it looks stunning! Pixar knows how to tell a great story and this one focuses on a young boy who finds himself in the Land of the Dead where he will learn the true story of his family's history. It looks like a fantastically magical film that will inspire audiences.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

The
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Pixar’s Coco release full cast and character list with a new trailer

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Following on from the poster release yesterday of Pixar’s upcoming animation Coco by the film’s director Lee Unkrich via twitter as well as the full cast and character details, a new trailer for one boy’s quest to find the truth about his family history has arrived.

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A far cry from Pixar’s Cars, Coco portrays a classic experience both visually and musically whilst dipped in a candy vat of diversity in examining a culture we very rarely see in animation form.

Newcomer Anthony Gonzalez leads the project’s all-Latino voice cast as Miguel, a young boy from a shoemaker’s family who dreams of becoming a musician like his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), despite his family having banned music for generations. Miguel will be accompanied on his adventure by a trickster named Hector, voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal.
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New Trailer Released For Pixar's Latest Animated Film Coco

Disney has released a new trailer for Pixar's upcoming animated feature film Coco. This looks like a fantastically made film that tells the magical story of a boy, a magic guitar, and his journey to the Land of the Dead. If you're a fan of Pixar's films, this doesn't look like a movie you'll want to miss.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita,
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Pixar's Coco Trailer #2: A Jaw-Dropping Ride Through the Afterlife

Pixar's Coco Trailer #2: A Jaw-Dropping Ride Through the Afterlife
Just one day after Disney Pixar unveiled the first Coco poster, along with revealing new voice cast members, the studio has unveiled the new trailer with the first footage from this animated adventure. Pixar has also unveiled a new photo, which features a look at Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, along with several of his deceased family members in the Land of the Dead. This trailer sets up the legend of Dia De Los Muertos, a.k.a. Day of the Dead, where the deceased return to Earth to visit their friends and family members. While these spirits can return to our world, no living person has been to their world, until now.

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to
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New Trailer for Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Brings out the Dead (Watch)

New Trailer for Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Brings out the Dead (Watch)
The dead are very much alive in Disney-Pixar’s lighthearted new trailer for “Coco,” the upcoming animated family film that follows aspiring musician Miguel into the otherworldly Land of the Dead.

The trailer, which came online Wednesday, playfully references the Day of the Dead in its intro starting “Once every year, our ancestors come back to our world; no living person has ever visited their world …. until now.”

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First Trailer for Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Combines Music and Magic (Watch)

Miguel, who’s voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, meets a trickster named Hector (Gael García Bernal) and they set off to find out the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Along the way, they meet his dog and several of his ancestors in the form of skull heads.

The film opens Nov. 23. Other members of the voice cast include Ana Ofelia Murguía, Jaime Camil, Sofía Espinosa, Luis Valdez, Lombardo Boyar,
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Disney-Pixar Introduce the All-Latino Voiced Cast For Coco

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Disney and Pixar's next venture shows the difference between the land of the living and the land of the dead leading up to Dia de los Muertos! The film, entitled Coco, includes an All-Latino voiced cast of who's-who!

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. This is the synopsis for Disney-Pixar's Coco, a beautiful adventure set around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Today, Disney proudly unveiled the
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Coco: Pixar Shares All-Latino Voice Cast For Their Upcoming Film!

Diversity is kind of a hot topic nowadays. As citizens of a melting pot of a culture, it’s nice to be represented in mainstream entertainment. And if we’re being honest, it’s not just about diversity, but authenticity. It always rings a bit false when you have a white person portraying a person of color. It’s especially easy to get away with this in animation, where you don’t even see the voice actors.

Studios have gotten away with this practice for years, but in today’s world, they’re making a conscious effort to create films that respect the culture it’s portraying, and part of that has to do with the voice cast. This newer approach is expanding to Coco, the latest film from Pixar inspired by Día de Muertos, a celebration of the dearly departed.

This is obviously a story that’s steeped in Mexican culture,
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Pixar's Coco Cast, Characters and New Poster Revealed

Pixar's Coco Cast, Characters and New Poster Revealed
Disney&#183Pixar's Coco, a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who've moved on to the Land of the Dead. Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael Garc&#237a Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life. Here's what director Lee Unkrich had to say about the story.

"These parallel worlds couldn't be more different. One is the Rivera family's charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they've passed. 'Coco' introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of D&#237a de los Muertos, one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel
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All-Latino Voice Cast Revealed For Disney·Pixar’s Coco

Disney·Pixar’s “Coco,” a multi-generational story about the power of family relationships, features characters from the Land of the Living, and their loved ones who’ve moved on to the Land of the Dead.

Joining aspiring musician Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez; charming trickster Hector, voiced by Gael García Bernal; and musical icon Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt; are a host of colorful characters and the voice talent behind them that bring both worlds to life.

“These parallel worlds couldn’t be more different,” said Unkrich. “One is the Rivera family’s charming and hardworking hometown of Santa Cecilia, and the other is the vibrant, rich land where loved ones go when they’ve passed. ‘Coco’ introduces characters from both worlds on the eve of Día de los Muertos—one extraordinary night when a living boy named Miguel gets a glimpse of the other side.”

Added Molina,
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