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2017 Latin Grammy Awards: Complete List of Winners

2017 Latin Grammy Awards: Complete List of Winners
The hottest stars stepped out for the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards to celebrate the biggest night in Latin music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday night.

The three-hour show, hosted by Roselyn Sanchez and Jaime Camil, included sizzling performances by Luis Fonsi, Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, J Balvin, Maluma and Person of the Year Alejandro Sanz, among others.

Juanes and Luis Fonsi were among the first winners of the night, with the "Despactio" singer taking home all four awards he was nominated for, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Shakira, who is currently on vocal rest and absent from the ceremony, won Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for her latest record, El Dorado.

Et caught up with Fonsi, who was nominated for four Latin GRAMMYs, before the ceremony, where he expressed how much the awards show means to him.

Exclusive: Luis Fonsi on His Influential 20-Year Career and His Mission
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’We’re Going to Need More Wine’: 7 Revelations from Gabrielle Union’s Memoir

’We’re Going to Need More Wine’: 7 Revelations from Gabrielle Union’s Memoir
There’s a side of Gabrielle Union that her fans have never seen. In her new memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine, which is out Tuesday, the 44-year-old actress gives readers an inside look at her life.

From growing up in Pleasanton, California, and spending summers in Omaha, Nebraska, where she and her cousin snuck boys into the house (unbeknownst to her grandmother) to becoming an actress, and even building a friendship of sorts with Prince (she landed invites to more than one of his epic parties), Union doesn't hold back. She also shares tidbits her love life, from old boyfriends to prenup negotiations with her husband, Dwyane Wade, as well harder-hitting topics like colorism, ageism, fertility struggles, and the importance of women owning their sexuality.

Although reliving parts of her past was understandably “terrifying," Union faced the tough stories in order to discover her “authentic self.” Whether it’s celebrating her triumphs, or shedding light on
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Platinos to Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward James Olmos

Platinos to Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward James Olmos
Film and TV star Edward James Olmos, whose breakout role in hit TV show “Miami Vice” led to a series of prominent roles in such shows as “Hill Street Blues,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Dexter,” will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, which are slated for July 22 in Madrid.

Olmos is also renowned for his pivotal big screen role in the original 1982 “Blade Runner” as well as for his Oscar-nominated perf in schoolroom drama “Stand and Deliver.” He stars in the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” alongside Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas, and the remake of another sci-fi classic “The Predator,” directed by Shane Black. He also lends his voice to one of the characters in Pixar’s upcoming tribute to Mexican culture “Coco.”

Born in the U.S., but of Mexican descent, Olmos’ role as Lieutenant Castillo in “Miami Vice” earned him a Golden Globe
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Mip: Latin American TV Giants Lead New Age of Drama Production

Mip: Latin American TV Giants Lead New Age of Drama Production
The winds of revolution are blowing through Latin American TV. Facing increasing competition from Netflix, and depleting telenovela audiences, the region’s giants, from Telemundo to Telefe, Globo and Televisa, are eager to capitalize on the huge demand for high-end Latino drama by pursuing other production initiatives. Arguably, Latin American TV has never been so exciting.

Some major examples: At Globo, chief creative officer Guel Arraes talks of a new age of drama. Globo is “trying to emulate international standards, themes, story lines, concentrations of ideas and number of episodes,” he says. Arraes cites a burgeoning production line in action, reality-based productions such as “Jailers,” selected for MipDrama Screenings, and “Under Pressure,” a hospital series; “City of Men,” will also have a follow-up.

Telemundo no longer makes telenovelas, just long series and miniseries, says Marcos Santana of Telemundo Intl. He hopes Telemundo Intl. Studios — a shingle announced at Mipcom that will produce high-end, short-format
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Oscar Best Picture Nominees Are Ageist, Study Claims

Oscar Best Picture Nominees Are Ageist, Study Claims
This year’s Oscars has been hailed as more inclusive than previous awards shows. After two straight years of only recognizing white actors, seven of the 20 acting nominees this year are performers of color, tying a record. There are also a number of films, such as “Fences” and “Hidden Figures,” that deal with the African-American experience in this country, as well as pictures such as “Moonlight” that feature gay protagonists.

There’s one demographic that Oscar films have largely ignored, according to a new report by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Researchers looked at the 25 best picture nominees from 2014, 2015, and 2016 and discovered that less than 12 percent of the 1,256 speaking or named characters were 60 years of age or older. That’s not reflective of the wider country where seniors make up 18.5 percent of the U.S.population, nor does it account for the fact that they make up 14 percent of film ticket buyers.
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‘Emerald City’ Review: Embrace Tarsem’s Crazypants ‘Wizard of Oz’ Adaptation, and Reap The Rewards

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‘Emerald City’ Review: Embrace Tarsem’s Crazypants ‘Wizard of Oz’ Adaptation, and Reap The Rewards
There have been a lot of takes on “The Wizard of Oz,” a lot of different points-of-view on the fantastical world originally created by the novels of L. Frank Baum in 1900. But NBC’s “Emerald City” is, to the best of my knowledge, the first one that transforms the flying monkeys of the classic 1939 musical adaptation into steampunk drones. They’re still recognizably flying monkeys, but to the residents of Oz, they’re just a random bit of technology, accepted as normal in a world that’s anything but.

There is something genuinely special about NBC’s “Emerald City,” premiering tonight — and not just because of its complicated journey to television, which included at least one total shutdown during the development phase before being reborn as a 10-episode series directed in its totality by Tarsem Singh, in a wide variety of exotic locations around the world.

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Awards Roundup: Megan Ellison to Receive PGA Visionary Award, Guillermo del Toro Honored and More

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Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Megan Ellison will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2017 Visionary Award at the PGA Awards on January 28, 2017 in Los Angeles. The award recognizes television, film, or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.

Ellison is being recognized with the award for her work as a fierce supporter of distinctive and creative voices in films such as “American Hustle,” “Her,” “The Master,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher,” and most recently “20th Century Women.”

Read More: Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award, Ridley Scott Honored By Directors Guild and More

Megan Ellison joined our industry when she founded Annapurna Pictures just over six years ago, and she got here just in time,” PGA awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said in a statement. “Megan and her
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Americas Briefs: Ischia Global Film and Music Festival to screen 'Ghostbusters'

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Americas Briefs: Ischia Global Film and Music Festival to screen 'Ghostbusters'
Plus: Production wraps in Canada on ‘The Stakelander’; and more…

Upcoming Hollywood releases Ghostbusters, The Legend Of Tarzan, and Mr. Church will screen at the 14th Ischia Global Film and Music Festival, which runs from July 10-17.

“We are truly pleased and excited that our friends at Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros Italy have chosen to screen three of their most important summer releases at Ischia Global,” said festival founder Pascal Vicedomini.

The festival will honour Bruce Beresford with the Ischia Legend Award. Beresford directs the Cinelou films production Mr. Church.

Revolution has acquired from Dallas-based Tango Films worldwide rights to five titles produced by Gk Films: Hugo, The Tourist, Edge Of Darkness, The Rum Diary, and The Young Victoria.The National Association Of Latino Independent Producers will present their annual Nalip Latino Media Awards on June 26 at the Nalip Media Summit in Hollywood. Oscar-winning director Juan José Campanella, who won the
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Famed Cinematographer Haskell Wexler Dies At Age 93

Visual consultant Haskell Wexler prior to a screening of “American Graffiti,” presented at Oscars® Outdoors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, August 2, 2013. credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Haskell Wexler, one of Hollywood’s most famous and honored cinematographers and one whose innovative approach helped him win Oscars for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the Woody Guthrie biopic “Bound for Glory,” died Sunday. He was 93.

From the AP:

Wexler died peacefully in his sleep, his son, Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler, told The Associated Press.

A liberal activist, Wexler photographed some of the most socially relevant and influential films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the Jane Fonda-Jon Voight anti-war classic, “Coming Home,” the Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger racial drama “In the Heat of the Night” and the Oscar-winning adaptation of Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
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Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 93

Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 93
Influential cinematographer and social documentarian Haskell Wexler, who won Oscars for his work in both arenas, has died. He was 93.

Wexler’s death on Sunday was confirmed with a post on the HaskellWexler.com blog. His son Jeff shared via Facebook that Wexler died “peacefully in his sleep.”

“An amazing life has ended but his lifelong commitment to fight the good fight, for peace, for all humanity, will live on,” Jeff Wexler wrote.

Haskell Wexler won two Oscars for cinematography, for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 1966 and for “Bound for Glory” 10 years later. He also picked up an Oscar in 1970 for the short documentary “Interview With My Lai Veterans,” directed with Richard Pearce.

Wexler also wrote, directed and largely financed two feature films, the highly politically charged “Medium Cool” in 1969 and “Latino” in 1985. He also directed 2007’s “From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks,” an adaptation of
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Exclusvie: Talking 'Daddy's Home' With Sean Anders, John Morris and Brian Burns

Just a few years ago, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg surprised audiences with their rapturous chemistry, when they teamed up in the hilarious comedy "The Other Guys." Leaving fans like myself wanting more, it was just a matter of time before we would see them pair up in yet another comedy. That opportunity presented itself, when the script for 'Daddy's Home" came Will's way. The characters in the film had Will and Mark written all over them, which is precisely why Will thought Mark would be perfect for the other "dad" part in the film. It was also apparent at the recent NYC press conference for the film, that the two have a genuine, trusting friendship off-screen, which resonates onscreen and affirms why Mark follow's Will's guidance in being open and taking risks in comedy. Not that he needs much help, as Mark appears to be quite natural and comfortable in a comedy setting.
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George Lucas Gives USC a $10 Million Endowment for Black and Latino Students

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George Lucas Gives USC a $10 Million Endowment for Black and Latino Students
The George Lucas Family Foundation is giving a $10 million endowment to USC for students of color in the film school. The grant is aimed at recruiting students from underrepresented communities — particularly black and Latino ones — and represents the single largest donation for student support in the school's history, according to USC News. Starting in the fall of 2016, selected film students — both undergraduate and graduate — will be either George Lucas Scholars (for the boys) or Mellody Hobson scholars (for the girls). (Mellody Hobson is George Lucas's wife.) “Hispanic and African-American storytellers are underrepresented in the entertainment industry," said George Lucas, a USC alum. "It is Mellody’s and my privilege to provide this assistance to qualified students who want to contribute their unique experience and talent to telling their stories.” This isn't Lucas's first major gift: Back in 2006, he donated $175 million to USC's film
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Exclusive Interview: The Kingsman Director Matthew Vaughn: 'I’m Trying To Make Entertainment'

A master at crafting popcorn-friendly fare, director Matthew Vaughn shows off a newfound range with The Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The throwback spy flick centers on a street kid (Taron Egerton) who is recruited by a top-notch spy organization. Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson also star in what proves to be a thrilling yet light-hearted adventure.

The Kingsman reunites Vaughn with his Kickass collaborator Mark Miller, who penned the comic book along with Dave Gibbons.

A distinguished filmmaker in his own right, Vaughn has a track record that ranges from indie gems like Layer Cake to much-hyped blockbusters such as X-Men: First Class.

Latino-Review had the chance to sit down with the London native to discuss how he handles criticism, his influences and how he hopes to grow as a director.

The Kingsman has been generating a lot of positive reviews. Is critical reception something that you pay attention to at all?
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‘American Sniper’ Shoots Past $200M, ‘Mortdecai’ Nosedives At $4.1M – Sunday Final

‘American Sniper’ Shoots Past $200M, ‘Mortdecai’ Nosedives At $4.1M – Sunday Final
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.

That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.

“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman.
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New Photos From Disney’s Tomorrowland, Avengers: Age Of Ultron & Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released a lineup, along with new photos and dates, of their upcoming movies for 2015.

From dinosaurs to fairy tales, super heroes to galaxies far, far away, one of the most anticipated films next year is from director Steven Spielberg.

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Tom Hanks (left) stars in Spielberg’s (right) Untitled Cold War spy thriller, which is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

“This is one of the more astonishing stories about the Cold War I’d ever heard. James Donovan is a hero to me and Tom made him so completely accessible. I’ve always wanted to make a spy
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Disney 2015 Movie Preview with New Photos

Disney 2015 Movie Preview with New Photos
Following Warner Bros.' 2015 Preview that debuted last week, Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled its 2015 preview, highlighting the studio's 12 movies that will be released next year. The studio has also provided us with new photos for Strange Magic (January 23), McFarland USA (February 20), Cinderella (March 13), Monkey Kingdom (April 17), Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), Tomorrowland (May 22), Inside Out (June 19), Ant-Man (July 17), The Jungle Book (October 9), Untitled Cold War Thriller (October 16), The Good Dinosaur (November 25) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18). Check out the photos and official synopses for each of these highly-anticipated movies below.

Strange Magic - January 23

Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
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Witherspoon, Odile, Ebert Center Attention at Los Cabos

Witherspoon, Odile, Ebert  Center Attention at Los Cabos
Los Cabos – Two forces of nature – Reese Witherspoon, and the far less benevolent hurricane Odile – took center stage at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Los Cabos Festival, along with the slaughter of 43 students in Ayotzinapa and a posthumous prize for the late great Roger Ebert.

Witherspoon presented Jean-Marc Valle’s true-event-based “Wild,” which saw its Latin American premiere at Los Cabos

Appropriately for a festival which has positioned itself as a meeting place for the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican industries, in “Wild,” Witherspoon plays Cherly Strayed, a woman who sought catharsis from her mother’s death and divorce walking the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to the Mexican border.

“This movie is very close to my heart,” Witherspoon said on stage.

“I optioned the book. This is Cheryl Strayed story .I was so moved about by the book that I knew immediately I had to turn it into a film.
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SXSW 2015 Sets Mark Duplass Keynote, First Wave Of Film Panels

Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home filmmaker Mark Duplass will return to South by Southwest to keynote the 2015 edition of the annual Austin film conference, organizers announced today. Like 2014’s popular keynote speaker Lena Dunham, Duplass is making a homecoming of sorts to SXSW where he launched his career in 2005 by winning the SXSW Audience Award with brother Jay for The Puffy Chair. Last year at SXSW he and director/co-writer/co-star Patrick Brice debuted their microbudget horror Creep which Radius-twc and Blumhouse Tilt jointly acquired.

Also stopping by the Austin fest held from March 13-21, 2015 will be Bollywood actor and director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, The Four Feathers), who will lead a Conversation session. Over 150 keynotes, conversations, panels, and mentor sessions are in the works for the annual confab, which has yet to announce its full lineup.

As for film panels, I’ll be talking shop at “So You
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Playwright Josefina Lopez Gets ‘Fabulous’ with ABC, Brings Shakespeare to East L.A.

Playwright Josefina Lopez Gets ‘Fabulous’ with ABC, Brings Shakespeare to East L.A.
Seizing a moment when diversity is being embraced by the small screen, prolific playwright Josefina Lopez is trying TV again with a dramedy about four sisters set up at ABC and ABC Studios.

Lopez, best known for writing the play and 2002 feature “Real Women Have Curves,” is penning the script and will exec produce with Michael McDonald. The project with the working title “The Fabulous Fernandez Sisters” revolves around four estranged sisters who are forced to pull together to raise their younger brother after their parents die in a car crash in Mexico.

Lopez says she is energized to try TV again because of the openings this season for Latino characters, demonstrated by Cristela Alonzo’s ABC sitcom “Cristela” and the CW dramedy “Jane the Virgin” toplined by Gina Rodriguez.

“One of my goals in my writing is to represent the Latino community with all the rich complexity and humanity that we have,
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Unax Ugalde to Star in ‘Beginners Guide to the Presidency’

Unax Ugalde to Star in ‘Beginners Guide to the Presidency’
Basque Unax Ugalde, who stars in Pablo Malo’s 2014 San Sebastian out of competition placer “Lasa and Zabala,” is toplining $2 million Mexican dramedy “Beginners Guide to the Presidency” (Manual de principiantes para ser Presidente, a working title).

To be directed by Mexican helmer-scribe Salim Nayar from a screenplay he penned, “Beginners Guide…” is slated to start shooting in and around Mexico City in February.

The rest of the cast includes NY-born Alec Von Bargen (“Law and Order”), Spain’s Carla Nieto (“Angel o Demonio”) and Mexican thesp Alejandra Ambrosi (“Hidden Moon”).

“Beginners Guide…” tracks an idealistic governor who realizes that to become president, he’ll have to become what he hates most, a politician.

Spanish-language dramedy is the first of various projects planned under the Sfera Films banner led by Nayar and executive producer Jonathan Treisman in a bid to answer the growing entertainment demands of Latino markets in both English and Spanish,
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