Fresh News 3/16/22

Posted by on April 12, 2022

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Ariana DeBose Recalls When Her Mom Came to West Side Story Set and Met 'Señor Spielberg'

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Courtesy of Ben Watts

In a recent interview discussing her recent Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The rising Afro-Latina actress, Ariana Debose recounts when her mother met the legendary Spielberg on the set of West Side Story. 

Read more about her story here

Nielsen’s Stacie De Armas And Actor Robin De Jesús On Latino TV Representation

Actor Robin de Jesús and Nielsen SVP Stacie de Armas

Tick, Tick…BOOM! actor, Robin De Jesus and Vice President of Diverse Intelligence & Initiatives, Stacie De Armas share their thoughts on a new Nielsen Report. This groundbreaking report titled “Being Seen on Screen: The Importance of Quantity and Quality Representation on TV.” finds that representation is at an all-time high across all media platforms.

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The Oscars Will Talk About ‘Bruno’

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Courtesy of Disney 

The 94th Academy Awards have announced that the popular We Don't Talk About Bruno hit from Disney's Encanto will be preformed at the Oscars this Sunday. The animated film about the Madrigal's-a magical Colombian family is also nominated for best Animated film. 

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New Latinx Show Coming To HBO MAX 

Courtesy of HBO Max 

The Garcias is a reprise of a beloved Nickelodeon show The Brothers Garcias that aired in the early 2000s. Get ready for some nostalgia as all six core cast members return for a reboot of the sitcom classic this April 5th on HBO Max. 

Watch the trailer here

WIF Selects Filmmakers for Shorts Lab – Film News in Brief

Women in Film

Courtesy of Women in Film

The Women in Film chapter in Los Angeles have announced the three talented recipients for their short film lab sponsored by Google. The fellows will receive mentorship opportunities as well as support to complete their short film.

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Agua Media Launches Podcast Network for the Latino+™ & New American Mainstream Communities

Agua Media Launches Podcast Network for the Latino+™ & New American  Mainstream Communities | Business Wire

Courtesy of Agua Media

The Agua Media company led by co-founders Solomon D. Trujillo and Richard Sanchez with a successful history in catering to the Latino market in the United States. Trujillo is the first CEO to lead three large cap corporations in all three corridors of the world. He is also the co-founder of the Latino Donor Collaborative which provides data and facts on the new mainstream economy to business, political, and nonprofit leaders who are investing in this new reality. Richard is an Emmy-Award winning content creator, writer and the first U.S. Latino correspondent to host his own national newscast, Rick’s List. The duo is dedicated to bringing a latino presence to the podcast space through Latino Plus.

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Developing Comedy Series That Reconfigures The World Of John Hughes’ ’16 Candles’ 

15 Candles

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The Vida showrunner, Tanya Saracho and film director and producer of Whiplash, Gabriella Revilla Lugo are partnering up with Only Murders in The Building actress, Selena Gomez for a reboot of 16 Candles. The new half-hour comedy is in the works and will be titled 15 candles and will follow the lives of four Latinas as they come of age.

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Same-Sex Kiss Restored in Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Following Staff Uproar Over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill (EXCLUSIVE)

Lightyear Hawthorne Uzo Aduba

Courtesy of Pixar 

Following the recent controversy of the 'Parents Rights in Education' bill also dubbed the 'Dont Say Gay Bill' motivated Pixar Animation LGBTQ employees to file a joint statement to the Walt Disney Company. The statement claims that Disney leadership leaned towards censoring 'overtly gay affection' such as the same-sex kiss in the upcoming animated movie Lightyear. The studio in an effort to listen to the community have acted and restored the scene. A big step towards LGBTQ+ inclusivity in mainstream media. 

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Academy Museum Sets ‘Hollywoodland’ Showcase Of L.A. Film Industry’s Founders As First Permanent Exhibition, Unveils Others

Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures

Courtesy of AMPAS 

This summer the Museum of Motion pictures will open new exhibitions and have just unveiled the firs line-up of galleries including Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971 that will explore early days of black cinema. Later in the fall they will open galleries dedicated to pioneer filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and Agnes Varda. 

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San Diego Latino Film Festival expands cultural offerings through artists and artisans


The San Diego Film Festival is returning after a two year hiatus and has some new additions to show for it. The festival will now feature local artisans that craft unique art pieces that represent the rich culture of Latinos and the San Diego area. 

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