Fresh News 11/17/2021

Posted by on November 23, 2021

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‘Rutherford Falls’ Showrunner Sierra Teller Ornelas on Bringing Native Artistry to Television (Guest Column)

Courtesy of Sierra Teller Ornelas

‘Rutherford Falls’ Showrunner Sierra Teller Ornelas discusses how she was able to feature her Native-American culture authenically. "When the HBO show “Insecure” premiered, I fell in love with how much Issa Rae loved her people and featured the art, music, and fashion of her homeland. When “Rutherford Falls,” streaming now on Peacock, was picked up to series I knew this was a chance for my two loves, Native artistry and television, to finally meet on the same level." Sierra said. 

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‘The Santos Of Chicago’ Latinx Family Drama From Jorge Reyes, Pharrell Williams & Ben Silverman In Works At NBC

Courtesy of James Thompson; Mega; Propagate Content

NBC is developing a new series drama The Santos of Chicago, from Jorge A. Reyes, Pharrell Williams, and Ben Silverman of Propagate. The Santos of Chicago, loosely based on members of Reyes’ family. The series follows the lives and loves of six Afro-Latinx siblings, ed by the two eldest sisters who, during their insurgent run for Congress, will become the Latina Jack and Bobby Kennedy. This leads their siblings to pursue success in their own fields, leading them on a surprising, tumultuous journey as their ordinary family transforms into an American dynasty.

The series drama is described as This is Us/Brothers and Sisters meets The West Wing.

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‘Marry Me’ Trailer: Jennifer Lopez & Owen Wilson Get Hitched In Fish-Out-Of-Water Romance

Courtesy of Universal's 'Marry Me'

Described as Notting Hill meets The Proposal, the story centers on pop superstar Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) who, moments before marrying her rock-star fiancé (Maluma) at Madison Square Garden, finds out he was cheating with her assistant and spontaneously melts down onstage. She then picks a random man — a math teacher named Charlie (Owen Wilson) — out of the crowd to marry instead. What starts as a goof ends up becoming an exploration of relationships, expectations and destiny.

Watch "Marry Me" trailer here.

Why Mj Rodriguez Now Goes by Full Name Michaela Jae Rodriguez


best actress Emmy nomination for Pose, series star Mj Rodriguez, 30, dropped the nickname in favor of going by her full name, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez. “People have called me Mj ever since I was a child because I got it from Spider-Man, but at this point in my life, becoming a grown woman, I need people to see the person that is behind Mj. I want them to know that there’s more to me than just the characters I play,” she says, referencing her Pose character Blanca

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Netflix's 'Gentefied' feels real — because Latinx creatives are behind it

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"Gentefied"'s new season just premiered on Netflix and the story starts of with Morales, played by Joaquín Cosío, fighting possible deportation. On the show, Morales has gained an audience for his bravery, thanks to his granddaughter's advocacy on social media. In this scenes, 'Pop' Morales is live on the national news and states "I am tired of sharing all the good things I have done in this country, to make you feel bad for me? ¿Pa' qué? To convince you? That I am ... a person?"

 Chávez told NPR's Michel Martin the meaning behind this scene, it's about empowerment."We didn't want to see another story depicting an immigrant, as you know, sad and in misery and detention and going through nothing but pain," Chávez said. "The reality was, this is a man who's been a mainstay of his community for 30 years. He had formed a whole family."

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‘Once Upon A Time in Aztlan’: Arianna Williams & Jimmy Gonzales To Lead Amazon Drama Pilot From George Lopez

Courtesy of Pati Pakulis; Jackson Beals

 Arianna Williams and Jimmy Gonzales have joined the cast of Amazon’s Once Upon a Time in Aztlan— the drama pilot from George Lopez— in leading roles. Arianna will portray Angela, a Gen-Z Afro Latina, who is described as fiercely independent, confident, and always adapting. The face of our modern Los Angeles. The Duran family have hung their hopes on Angela as their luminary, but she’s in deep debt to her nefarious uncle, who’s co-signed her loans to USC.

Gonzales stars as the morally compromised Hector, whose pursuit of ‘get rich or die trying’ dreams landed his partner Arturo Duran in prison for thirteen years. Since then, he’s further cemented his influence over the Duran family: He has a son with Lola (Gonzalez) and is the de facto father figure for Angela. Despite his overtures to legitimize himself, he’s a lifelong hustler who’s baiting the attention of the FBI.

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‘Promised Land’ Creator Matt Lopez Inks Overall Deal With ABC Signature

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Matt Lopez, creator/executive producer of ABC’s Promised Land, has signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Signature. Lopez’s Promised Land is an epic, generation-spanning drama about the Sandovals, a Latinx family vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley, premiering on Jan. 24, 2022, on ABC. 

Johnnie Davis, President of ABC Signature, stated “Matt Lopez is homegrown Disney talent, who has worked on the feature side for years. His upcoming Promised Land is a love letter to his family, especially his Cuban grandfather. When he shared this personal story with us and our friends at ABC, we all knew this had to be a television series, and we believe it will be the first of many from this unique and talented writer.”

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MipCancun 2021: A Content Feeding Frenzy, Buzz Titles, Mexico & Big Production Plays

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One of Reed Midem’s most successful TV events, the fast growing MipCancun has stood out for its efficient one-to-one meeting coordination, a carefully curated conference program and the bigger picture of an exploding premium series production sector in Latin America, offering as sense of real commercial opportunity and larger artistic ambition.

Take a look at this year’s MipCancun reunion here.

‘Parallel Mothers’ Star Penélope Cruz on Collaborating With Pedro Almodóvar: ‘He Cannot Lie to Me, and I’m the Same Way With Him’

The film "Parallel Mothers", which marks her eighth collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar, is one of the most psychologically rich and surprising of their partnerships, a movie that seamlessly integrates elements of the thriller and melodrama genres with a story that is both deeply personal and intensely political.Penelope Crus talks about her relationship with Pedro ,“He’s never mean, but if I do a take he doesn’t like or if he feels like I’m not giving 100%, he tells me.” 

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Randall Park to Star in Netflix Comedy Series Set at Last Blockbuster Video From Vanessa Ramos

Storm Santos; Robyn Van Swank

Randall Park is set to star in a comedy series at Netflix that is set at the last Blockbuster Video.The single-cam series is described as an ensemble comedy that takes place in the last Blockbuster Video in America. It explores what it takes – and more specifically who it takes – for a small business to succeed against all odds.

The streamer has ordered 10 episodes of “Blockbuster,” which was created by writer and executive producer Vanessa Ramos (“Superstore,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). David Caspe (“Happy Endings,” “Black Monday”) and Jackie Clarke (“Superstore,” “Happy Endings”) also serve as writers and executive producers. 

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‘There’s Something Wrong With The Children’ Casts Zach Gilford, Amanda Crew, Alisha Wainwright, Carlos Santos in Horror-Thriller

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Variety  exclusively announced the cast lineup for the new Blumhouse Television and Epix production,"There's Something Wrong with the Children". The stars include, Zach Gilford (“The Purge: Anarchy,” “Friday Night Lights”), Amanda Crew (“Silicon Valley”), Alisha Wainwright (“Raising Dion”), Carlos Santos (“Gentefied”) and newcomers Briella Guiza (“Ambulance”) and David Mattle (“Life & Beth”). Directed by Benjamin (“Body At Brighton Rock,” “Riverdale” and “Nancy Drew”) and written by T.J. Cimfel & David White (“Intruders”), the project is executive produced by Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold from Blumhouse Television and Josh Reinhold.

Read more about "There's Something Wrong with the Children" here.

Netflix Comedy ‘Uncoupled’ Drops Latina Housekeeper Character as Veteran Actor Speaks Out: ‘I’m Fed Up’

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The comedy ‘Uncoupled’ drops Latina housekeeper character after Ada Maris spoke out about the role being a stereotypical portrayal of Latinos. “When I opened it and saw that it wasn’t even funny – it was hurtful and derogatory – I was shocked because I walked in expecting something very different given the way things are nowadays and the progress we’ve made,” Maris told Variety.

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