In theaters today, the movie Zootopia features Shakira as pop sensation Gazelle!
The long awaited for Disney movie brings the themes of diversity and togetherness to the forefront in an easy to follow and riveting plot.The plethora of trailers feature a soon to be hit song performed by Shakira herself called “Try Everything” with an upbeat rhythm and lyrics so catchy even her 3 year old son is singing it!
Traditionally a gazelle is a small slender animal but Shakira worked very closely with the film’s animators to give the singing Gazelle a more realistic figure such as hers. Known for her amazing hips Shakira divulged that she pushed for her character to have bigger hips as well! She confesses that when the producers approached her with the first visuals of Gazelle she thought that “she was too skinny, she was too fit. I told them, guys you have to put some meat on her bones!”
Living in a world where a little extra meat on your bones is beautiful it’s great to see characters in films reflect society, even if it makes the character of Gazelle seem much more appetizing to the likes of lions! When asked about her resemblance to the character she plays Shakira admits that not only do they both have hips but they are also equally opinionated and outspoken.
Shakira definitely recommends this movie to people of all ages, it’s not just for kids! Catch Zootopia at your local theater today.
Colombian native Shakira is an inspiration to us all as a hard working woman balancing her career and raising 2 young children with help from her husband, “I consider myself a laborer building my career brick over brick under the sun” – Shakira
Jennifer Lopez isn’t afraid to state her opinion, even when it comes to possibly extending a rumored feud with another pop singing diva and an ex-fiancée.
Back on Monday, the On the 6 singer appeared on Bravo’s Talk Show Watch What Happens Live and during a regular game on the show entitled Plead the Fifth the singer/actress made some very revealing statements.
Choosing to “plead the fifth,” after the show’s host Andy Cohen tried to get Lopez to reveal whom she would “Shag, Marry, and Kill,” among her male American Idol host and judges panelist, Lopez was forced to answer the next two questions which made for an interesting three minutes of television.
For the second question of the game, Cohen asks Lopez “What is your honest opinion of Ben Affleck’s phoenix back tattoo?”
And quick to respond to the question, Lopez was blunt about her ex’s tattoo:
“It’s awful,” Lopez retorted, “It has too many colors. His tattoos always had too many colors,” she said. “They shouldn’t be so colorful. You know what I mean? They should be, like, cooler.”
While that was most definitely an “ouch,” moment—one filled with laughter—the next question Lopez was asked was both interesting and possibly adding fuel to an ongoing fire.
Last month, Lopez launched her Las Vegas show Jennifer Lopez: All I Have and according to Cohen prior to doing this the star had taken in other Vegas strip shows like Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and etc. However, Cohen notes she didn’t go to see Mariah Carey’s show thus fueling speculations that there is some type of feud going on between the two.
But, Lopez responded—coyly—that she would like to see the show but hasn’t because she was far too busy filming.
For your own viewing pleasure, watch the clip yourself to see if there’s more to it than Lopez is letting on.
Zoe Saldaña is angry and upset that her Nina Simone biopic has yet to hit theaters after being completed nearly three years ago.
According to the 37-year-old actress, the reason no one has seen the controversial biopic is due to mismanagement and a lack of organization that surrounds the finalization of the movie. And Saldaña is not afraid of saying how disappointed she is with those who are a part of the project.
“The people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea,” Saldaña said in an recent interview in-which the project was discussed. “The director (Cynthia Mort) was fine, but there was a lot of mismanagement, which is why we’re still here three years later. And I’m still trying to fight with everybody to get the movie finished. Nina deserves better.”
While the movie is in post-production limbo it was not without controversy prior to shooting. When Saldaña was cast as the prominent singer and civil rights activist there was a negative response to the casting. Although Saldaña is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descendant, some felt her casting in the role should have gone to a Black actress who could portray an important figure within the Black community.
However, despite the response to her casting the actress was unyielding to it and went through with the project.
“I listened to her voice, to her tone. She was angry—and rightfully so. She was a black woman born ahead of her time. Her soul, her spirit was never able to accept or adapt to the heartbreaks that life was giving her.”
For the part, Saldaña stepped out of the spotlight generated by her part in the Star Trek and Guardian of the Galaxy movie franchises to immerse herself in the project.
“I needed to walk her path. As a woman, it wasn’t difficult to empathize with another woman, but I needed to be very isolated,” Saldaña said, describing how important the role was for her. “I moved out of my house for three months. I wasn’t really talking to anybody that I knew. I just needed to be all things Nina. It was so intense, and everything happened really fast.”
Since completing the project, Saldaña discusses how Nina Simone seems to be haunting her.
“To this day, I can’t listen to her music. I’ll be able to listen to her and not feel so heartbroken once I either finish this movie or release it, knowing that we did the best we could, or this movie goes away,”
And while Saldaña has expressed anger in the movie’s release, she would rather her film be hidden away just as long as someone does one thing in-regards to the film’s subject.
“I pray that somebody tells her story, and they do it amazingly well. And then I’ll just put this to rest. But so far I’m still hanging in there with her. We’re still fighting together to tell it like it is. And that’s the best way to be.”
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Yesterday, Marvel announced that Miles Morales, the half-Latino & half-Black superhero will be taking up the mantle of Spider-Man along with Peter Parker, who already dons the mask as Spider-Man, within the main Earth-616 universe of Marvel Comics.
Back in 2011, Morales made his debut within the “Ultimate,” universe of the comic books when that universe’s Parker was murdered. Although there have been other characters of color who have appeared in the company’s comic books, Morales was the first biracial superhero to appear in Marvel and within such a coveted role. Since his debut, Morales has accumulated a sizeable following from hardcore comic book fans of the series.
“Many kids of color…when they were playing superheroes with their friends, their friends wouldn’t let them be Batman or Superman because they don’t look like those heroes, but they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be under the mask,” said Brian Bendis, writer and co-creator of Spider-Man and other works in Marvel.
While noting what Morales has done within the Marvel universe by being a character where a wide range of readers can connect to due to a similarity, it is just one factor that has made Morales such a lovable character. And it is because of this adoration for the character that fans have pushed for Morales to appear on the big screen in any future Spider-Man films.
Earlier this year, Marvel and Sony came to a truce of sort and announced plans to team together to produce a Spider-Man & Avengers film which would see the web-slinger team up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. However, many fans want to see a Morales Spider-Man as opposed to a Parker one. A sentiment that isn’t exactly new.
Prior to Andrew Garfield taking up the mask as Spider-Man—which was left open after Tobey Maguire’s tenure—fans began an online campaign to see Morales on the big screen. One actor in mind who’s been heavily backed by fans to take up the role is Donald Glover.
However, it doesn’t seem like Morales will appear on the silver screen anytime soon. For now, Morales will just take to patrolling the streets of the big apple alongside with Parker’s Spider-Man as he protects the civilians of fictional New York City.
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Jose Pablo Cantillo, aka Cesar Martinez from “The Walking Dead,” is now starring in the new release from Sony “Chappie.” Jose plays “Yankie,” a gang leader who teaches Chappie, the first robot with feelings, how to rebel against the existing government. Check out the March issue of LatinTRENDS for more from Cantillo on his role in “Chappie.”
Although Jose is working on many different projects he tells us that he is still a fan of the AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” “I’m so glad that the stuff with Woodberry and the Governor is over. I could go back to being a fan,” states Jose in his interview with LatinTRENDS. Unfortunately for us, Jose could not talk about the new season, but he did go on to say that this was the best job ever.
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
Below view the gallery of women warriors – courageous and inspirational Latinas throughout history that have exhibited Katniss-level bravery.
Victoria Soto – This courageous teacher was hailed as a heroine after she died protecting her young students during the Newton, CT shootings on December 14, 2012. She demonstrated tremendous strength when she hid her students in a closet and told the shooter that they were in the gym. She was killed protecting them, after the shooter didn’t believe her and she shielded her room from the bullets with her own body. President Barack Obama awarded Soto the Presidential Citizens Medal, describing her as a selfless and courageous woman who “inspire[s] us all to look for opportunities to better serve our communities and our country.”
Alicia Dickerson Montemayor – The Mexican-American activist from Laredo, Texas, was one of the first truly inspirational Latina women. She crossed a lot of barriers for women, becoming the first woman elected to national office (that wasn’t created for a woman specifically) as vice president general of the League of United Latin American Citizens and also the first woman associate editor of the LULAC newspaper. She encouraged girls and women to join the Latin American activism movement and is designated as a Women’s History Honoree by the National Women’s History Project.
The Mirabal Sisters – Patricia, Belgica, Maria and Antonia (commonly known as Patrisia, Dede, Minerva and Maria Teresa) became involved in the political movement against dictator Trujillo. They formed the group Movement of the Fourteenth of June in order to oppose his regime, but they were incarcerated and tortured on several occasions, resulting in the deaths of Patricia, Minerva and Maria Teresa. Their amazing courage and persistence in the face of endless opposition remains an inspiration to many. The day of their deaths, November 25th, is now official the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Frida Kahlo – Although her artwork wasn’t well known until the 1970’s, Kahlo was always considered an important figure in folk art. Many of her works were self-portraits that captured her pain and anguish from surviving a bus accident and her rocky romantic relationship with artist Diego Rivera. With each brush stroke, her vibrant style and cultural depiction has inspired countless Latinas ever since.
Julia de Burgos – The renowned Puerto Rican writer and poet was a feminist at heart. Her poems, “Yo Misma Fui Mi Ruta (“I Was My Own Path”) and “A Julia de Burgos” symbolized messages of individual and nationalistic freedom. As the oldest of thirteen children, Burgos pursued her education at The University of Puerto Rico and would go on to become one of the most influential Caribbean civil rights activists.
Sylvia Rivera – Orphaned at the age of 3, Rivera learned how to take life’s punches at an early age. The transgender activist fought for the LGBTQ community and organized plenty of protests fighting for gay rights in the 1970’s in New York City. Her legacy is still strongly felt within the community and she has been honored in the musical, Sylvia So Far.
Sonia Sotomayor – Being the third female justice and the first Latino to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States is no small accomplishment for the New York City native. Other than her inspirational work as a Latina in the legal work, Sotomayor published her memoir, My Beloved World, earlier this year, which recounts her early life of growing up in housing projects in New York and the challenges she overcame.
Dolores Huerta – Along with Cesar Chavez, Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which eventually became the United Farm Workers (UFW), in order to unite farmers into a union that fights to protect their rights. She is a labor leader and civil rights activist who has also advocated for immigrants’ and women’s rights, earning her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and Presidential Medal of Freedom.
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY — PART 1 in theaters nationwide on November 21st!
In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
Ouija Movie in theaters October 24
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Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.
Cast: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney
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Channing Tatum at The Book of Life Press Conference (Photo by Geraldine Estevez)
The Book of Life, produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, is the story of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. He embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
The film, written by 20th Century Fox, touches on the intricate themes of death, selflessness and more.
Joaquin, the heroic character Channing Tatum plays, is forced to recognize that to be a hero one must truly be selfless. To this point, I asked Channing if there has ever been a point in his career when he has been selfish. “Selfless or selfish?” he asked.
“Selfish…and perhaps learned to be selfless afterwards?” I added.
“Actually, when I was going to do Jump Street, I had just worked with Chris Pratt, and I looked at him when I was about to go do Jump Street. I looked at Chris Pratt and I go, Man, I don’t know how to tell you this, but I’m about to go do a movie I think you’d be way better for,” Channing chuckled.
“I guess that was my selfish, because I went and did the movie.”
When it comes to being selfless, it has taken Channing around three to four years to learn that as an actor, “You are not the story. The story is the story. The movie is the story.” While a lot of young actors tend to worry only about themselves, Channing suggests looking at the storyline as a whole and thinking of yourself (the actor) as just a part of it. This, in turn, will result in your best work.
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox
The Book of Life features the voices of Kate del Castillo, Ice Cube, Plácido Domingo, Ana de la Reguera, Zoe Saldaña, Channing Tatum, Danny Trejo and more. The film hits theaters this Friday, October 17th.
Premiere of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters October 10, 2014!
Photos by: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney
Ed Oxenbould and Dylan Minnette
Director Miguel Arteta
Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner
(L-R) Actress Toni Trucks, Miguel Arteta and Bella Thorne