Fresh News 3/4/21

Posted by on March 08, 2021

Golden Globes, female executives leading the way, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's new feature film since "The Revenant" and much more in this week's fresh news brought to you by NALIP!

Three Black Film Actors Win Golden Globes for the First Time Since 2007


Courtesy of Variety

Three Black actors were awarded in the Golden Globes film categories for the first time since 2007, and overall, the awards had four Black winners. The first two winners of the night were performers Daniel Kaluuya for Best Supporting Actor in “Judas and the Black Messiah” and John Boyega for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series for his work in “Small Axe”. Later on, the late Chadwick Boseman received the award for Best Actor in a Drama Film for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and Andra Day became the second Black woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Film for “The United States vs Billie Holiday”. In the past, having zero BIPOC acting winners has occurred more often than not, especially on the film side. Even though the 2021 Golden Globes acknowledged the talent of different creatives of color, the diversity issue continues to be an issue and it starts within their organization.

 Read more on Variety

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Leads Latino Entertainment Film Awards With 10 Nominations

Courtesy of Netflix

The Latino Entertainment Journalist Association has announced their nominations for their 3rd annual award show. This year the leading nominees are from the cast and crew of  “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Nomadland.” 

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” has earned 10 nominations including best picture, best actor for Chadwick Boseman, best actress for Viola Davis, best supporting actor for Colman Domingo, best-adapted screenplay, best ensemble cast, and the list goes in the categories of production and set design, costume design, hair and makeup, and sound.

Chloe Zhao received the same respect as she was nominated for directing, writing, producing, and editing Searchlight Pictures’ “Nomadland. She is breaking records in this award season and she is being recognized for her hard and talented work. Jayro Bustamante follows as he was also nominated for best picture, director, original screenplay for La Llorona. 

President and LEJA founder Clayton Davis knows that our Latinx community has had a difficult year in this industry and has stated, “It’s also incredibly important that the same diversity we are beginning to see in our entertainment medium be adopted in the journalism industry. It is the responsibility of the studios, and their partner publications, to seek, hire and welcome more Latinx voices onto the pages of their magazines and websites. Another vibrant and inclusive year is ahead of us, and we hope to no longer be overlooked.”

Click here to see the full list of nominees for this year's LEJ Awards. 

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Review: Disney Woos Teens With Asian-Themed Toon


Courtesy of Disney

Raya and the Last Dragon is one of Disney’s newest animations commenting on today’s world in a fantastical setting. Unique to most Disney films, the animation has no apparent villain, no musical numbers, and no love interest. Raya teaches kids resilience instead of focusing on the popular hopeless romantic narrative. The animation is set in the make-believe world of Kumandra, inspired by the region in Southeast Asia that is Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Raya and the Last Dragon hones in on the powerful message that humans are their own worst enemy. Read more about Disney’s progressive animation here.


Rep. Castro and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Nominate 25 Latino films for National Film Registry


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, sent a letter nominating an additional 25 Latino films to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress, as part of the ongoing effort to increase Latino representation in the film industry. Congressman Castro had previously nominated “Selena” for the National Film Registry during his term as CHC chair, and the additional 25 films constitute more than enough Latino films to make up the entirety of this year’s selection for the registry. Since 1988, the National Film Registry has selected 25 films annually for preservation at the Library of Congress. 

“As we are again seeing in this year’s awards season, Latinos remain dramatically under-represented in the American film industry – an exclusion perpetuates real and significant harms to Latino communities across the United States,” said Congressman Castro. “The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry can help rectify that exclusion by shining a light on Latino cinematic achievements as an important part of our nation’s cultural heritage. And while we celebrate these great Latino films, Hollywood must ensure that new generations of Latino filmmakers will have the opportunity to tell their stories on screen.”

“Though Latinos comprise almost 20 percent of our country’s population, they remain severely underrepresented in Hollywood,” said Chairman Ruiz. “It is essential that the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry reflect the true diversity of American culture. Including more Latino films in the National Film Registry will help elevate Latino stories, promote an inclusive media landscape, and empower Latino filmmakers and storytellers.”

The additional 25 Latino focused films nominated for the National Film Registry are: 

  • My Family (1995) 
  • Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) 
  • Under the Same Moon (2007) 
  • Lo que le pasó a Santiago (1989) 
  • Don’t Let Me Drown (2009) 
  • The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) 
  • Raising Victor Vargas (2002) 
  • Frida (2002) 
  • Walkout (2006)
  • A Better Life (2011) 
  • Gun Hill Road (2011) 
  • Spy Kids (2001) 
  • American Me (1992) 
  • Romero (1989) 
  • Hermanas (2005) 
  • Blood In, Blood Out (1993) 
  • Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) 
  • Latino (1985) 
  • The Lost City (2005) 
  • Down for Life (2009) 
  • Tortilla Soup (2001) 
  • The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) 
  • 12 Horas (2001) 
  • Viva Cuba (2005) 
  • Maria Full of Grace (2004) 


To read the full letter to the Library of Congress please see here

How Female Executives are Leading the International Streaming Business

Courtesy of Variety

Female executives at top entertainment companies such as Netflix and Amazon Studios are leading the international streaming industry. Top women executives are all competing and utilizing their creative resources to expand international growth in streaming services. Recent success has been found through international tv shows and features such as the Spanish show “La Casa de Papel” (Money Heist) and the German show “Barbarians”. To read more about women executives being the trailblazers for international streaming click here.

Spanish Sales Outfits Filmax, Film Factory & Latido Team To Launch Promotional Body VICA

Courtesy of VICA 

Filmax, Film Factory, and Latido -the three leading film sales agencies in Spain- are coming together to create VICA, an organization that aims to further promote Spanish film and TV around the world. They will maintain a close dialogue with the public and private sectors in Spain to ensure collaboration and teaching of the markets and how they function. Read more about this initiative here.

New Hollywood Podcast: Kelly Marie Tran Talks How ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Can Strengthen Unity In Asian Community

Courtesy of Mega

The brilliant, strong, and clever Kelly Marie Tran, a Vietnamese- American actress, voices the role of the titular heroine in Disney’s latest animated feature, Raya and the Last Dragon. Tran emits qualities of her character Raya as her parents are Vietnamese refugees and the story is driven by the amalgamation of Southeast Asian culture. In her interview with Deadline Tran discusses her journey to Hollywood and how she dealt with hate comments after starring in Star Wars.

Raya and the Last Dragon premiere in theaters and on Disney+ on March 5. Click here to hear the full Deadline Podcast interview with Kelly Marie Tran.

Adriana Barraza To Star In ‘Bingo’ As Part Of ‘Welcome To The Blumhouse’ Horror Film Anthology At Amazon

Courtesy of Hector Moreno

Amazon Studios is welcoming the horror anthology Welcome To The Blumhouse to their library,  where Oscar-nominated actress Adriana Barraza will star in Bingo. This is a major win not only for horror fanatics but a win for Latinx representation as the co-writer is Gigi Saul Guerrero, which will be a dynamic duo of two Mexican artists. Bingo takes place in the barrio of Oak Spring, where the story centers around a strong and stubborn group of elderly friends who refuse to be victims of gentrification. Welcome To The Blumhouse projects also include The Manor, Black as Night, and Madres. Click here if you are a horror fanatic and want to learn more about the story, Bingo.

Racist, Sexist … Classic? How Hollywood Is Dealing With Its Problematic Content

Courtesy Everett Collection (4)

After harsh criticism about many studio’s dark past in producing shows where racist and sexist moments took place, Disney and Viacom, are taking on the responsibility of how they can move forward in a more inclusive and respectful way. Disney is meeting monthly with a group of advisers via videoconference to gain their perspective on projects that may have contained stereotypes or insensitive imagery. In doing so Disney has brainstormed adding disclaimers on their older content as they don’t want to just erase the past. Click here to see how other studios are handling these situations. 

Women of the World

Courtesy of Independent Television Service

Women of the World is a collection of films about untold women stories from around the globe. ITVS's goal is to fund the untold stories for the public media. The film pictured is “The Revolutionary Optimists'' which empowers children to become activists and educators, bringing awareness to malaria in their communities. To watch “The Revolutionary Optimists'' or other untold women narratives click here.

L.A. Times Reveals HFPA Has Zero Black Members, Raises New Questions About Ethics of Golden Globe Voters

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Getty Images 

The organization behind the Golden Globe Awards ceremony is receiving a lot of negative press after a statement by the Times claims there are zero Black journalists among the 87 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).  This is not the first time HFPA’s ethics and integrity are put into question. HFPA is also under the microscope for receiving special treatment from studios and networks, bringing to light the recent questionable nomination of Emily in Paris. You can read more about the controversy here.

ABC Orders Sonoma Valley Latino Drama Pilot ‘Promised Land’

Courtesy of ABC 

ABC has announced its pilot order for the drama project “Promised Land.” The show follows two Latinx families competing for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley. Created by Matt Lopez, writer, and executive producer, and Adam Kolbrenner, executive producer, this new epic drama promises more Latinx representation at ABC. Read more about the project here.

‘Superstore’ Scores Spanish-Language Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Courtesy of NBC 

The America Ferrera fronted-show, “Superstore,” is being adapted in Spanish and set to make a big wave in Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. NBCUniversal Formats is partnering with Mexican production outfit, Dopamine, to produce the international version of “Superstore” with 48 full-hour episodes. Read more about this exciting Latinx expansion here

America Ferrera To Make Film Directing Debut With ‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’ For Netflix; Anonymous Content, MACRO Producing

Courtesy of Mega 

Exciting news: America Ferrera will be making her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika Sánchez.  Sánchez will be serving as co-producer on the film, set to be produced by Anonymous Content and MACRO and released on Netflix. To add to this list of powerful Latina creatives, Linda Yvette Chávez, co-creator of Gentefied, adapted the screenplay. The story follows a young teenage daughter of first-generation Mexican immigrants, who struggles to meet the traditional expectations of her family. Read more about this riveting project here 

DC Universe’s New Supergirl Is ‘Young And The Restless’ Actress Sasha Calle; Will Make Debut In Upcoming ‘Flash’ Film

Courtesy of Warner Bros; DC 

Sasha Calle is set to play the feature role of DC Universe’s new Supergirl. As the first-ever Latina Super Girl in DC, Calle is on her way to making a lasting impact in the Latinx community. The Boston-born, Colombian actress will make her debut in Warner Bro’s The Flash. More than 425 actresses auditioned, but the producers were stunned by Calle’s vulnerability and toughness. Read more about her casting and the production here.

Eiza González on Shedding 'Predisposed Ideas' of Roles She 'Should Play' With 'I Care A Lot' (Exclusive)

Courtesy of Netflix 

You might have known Eiza Gonzalez from her role in the telenovela, Lola: Erase Una Vez where she first started her career in Mexico. She has since garnered the attention of Mexican-American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and became part of the film From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Since then has landed more roles, appearing in major movies like Hobbs & Shaw, Baby Driver, and Bloodshot However, González's latest dark comedy-thrill, I Care A Lot starring Rosamund Pike, is unlike any other. Eiza's main priority in telling this story was to break the Latina stereotypes in Hollywood, and this role gave her the opportunity to do that.

Click here to learn more about Eiza Gonzalez and her take on her role in the movie, I Care A Lot.

Here’s the New Cast of Netflix’s Upcoming ‘Rebelde’ Reboot

Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla

Netflix Latinoamérica has announced that it is bringing the Mexican telenovela, Rebelde, back! The show was originally produced by Televisa, a teen musical drama, which ran from 2004 to 2006. The show follows a group of high school students who create a band at a prestigious boarding school in Mexico. The new cast include: Azul Guaita, Sergio Mayer Mori, Andrea Chaparro, Jeronimo Cantillo, Franco Masini, Lizeth Selene, Alejandro Puente, and Giovanna Grigio.

Read more about Rebelde’s come back here.

INKA Questions Dominican Independence On ‘JUSTICIA’

Courtesy of Remezcla 

In his latest track, rapper Albreydy Alberto Holguin Roque, known artistically as INKA, openly questions Dominican Independence on “JUSTICIA.” In his interview with Remezcla, he reveals that this song was a form of venting by sharing things that he has learned in terms of how things are done in his country’s society. Inka believes that artists have the responsibility to talk about injustice and advocate for a better future through art. INKA’S song “JUSTICIA” advocates for a better education system, LGBTQIIA+ rights, disability rights, and puts a spotlight on the terrors of White supremacy.

To read INKA’s full interview, click here

Momo Rodriguez Joins ‘Mayans M.C.’; Thom Scott II To Recur On ‘Saints & Sinners’

Courtesy of Momo Rodriguez and Favor PR

The multi-talented Momo Rodriguez has joined the cast of FX’s Mayans MC in a recurring role, however, there are no spoilers on who he will play. But expect big things as Rodriguez is a man with many talents he is a comedian, a comedy writer, and a producer on George Lopez’s Netflix special We’ll Do It For Half. Another talented actor who landed a major role is Thom Scott II. He will be joining the cast of Saints & Sinners for their fifth season on April 11 on Bounce. Scott is set to play Dr. Ross, a skillful physician who specializes in groundbreaking experimental medical procedures in order to ensure successful therapy. Click here to read more.

PREMIERE: Dominican Artist KATONTHEMUV Advocates for Boundaries on ‘Conmigo No’

Courtesy of Remezcla

Afro-Dominican artist is setting her boundaries crystal clear with her new single “Conmigo No”. “Conmigo No” is a modern-day unapologetic pro-Black anthem where she takes power and ownership of her personal liberation. Moving to Atlanta in 2015, KATONTHEMUV became immersed with the city’s hip-hop culture, infusing it with Afro-Caribbean sounds. To watch the music video and read more about KATONHEMUV click here.

New ‘Star Trek’ Movie in the Works From ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Writer Kalinda Vazquez

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“Fear The Walking Dead” co-executive producer, Kalinda Vasquez, is writing an original “Star Trek”  movie for Paramount Pictures with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot producing. If it gets a green light, she will be the first women ever to pen a “Star Trek” feature. Vasquez is also currently working on writing a Marvel comics run about America Chavez, the first Latinx LGBTQ Marvel superhero to get their own title series. Read more here.

Jayro Bustamante Is Building the Guatemalan Film Industry from Scratch with Movies Like ‘La Llorona’

Courtesy of Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP

Two of the three titles of Guatemalan submissions for the International Feature Oscar are directed by Jayro Bustamante, queer 43-year old and screenwriter behind “La Llorona”. In 2009, he founded La Casa de Producción to give Guatemala natives “an opportunity to become icons, and to become actors, and not just people who see films,” as he explained to IndieWire.His project “La Llorona” is on the shortlist for the Best International Feature Oscar putting the country on the international cinema map. Read more about Bustamante and his project on Indiewire.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s First Film Since ‘Revenant’ Is Now Filming, Shot by Darius Khondji

Courtesy of Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Alejandro González Iñárritu is now in production for his first feature film since “The Revenant” filming in Mexico City and tentatively titled “Limbo”. The project marks González Iñárritu’s first movie shot entirely in Mexico City since his 2000 breakthrough directorial feature debut, “Amores Perros”. Plot details have not been released but The Film Stage reports

“The crew was spotted at Chapultepec Castle and in the historic center of Mexico City, with the cast dressed in ’90s outfits and the tests included cardboard cutouts of politicians Carlos Salinas de Gortari and José López Portillo. There was also an actor dressed as the famous children’s character Pajára Peggy and sets from the Mexican comedy series ‘El Chavo del Ocho.'”

Read more about Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest project on Indiewire!

TV Academy Partners With ReadySet To Evaluate Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

In a time when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association came under fire for their lack of diversity within its members after an LA Times exposé, the Television Academy will work with the diversity consulting firm ReadySet to evaluate and analyze the Academy’s polices, procedures and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Television Academy Chairman Frank Sherma acknowledged the powerful influence a representative, or lack of representation, screen has on conversations and perceptions within society 

Read more here!