Fresh News 7/24/21

Posted by on July 26, 2021

Marvel Announces Latinx-Led Comic Anthology ‘Comunidades’

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Marvel Comics has announced a comic anthology that will center Latinx heroes and creators, writers, and artists from the Marvel Universe! After the success of their previous collections, including Marvel’s Voices: Legacy and Marvel’s Voices: Pride, the company is now planning to release Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1, honoring the history and diverse cultural heritages of Latinx superheroes both old and new. That, of course, includes Hector Ayala/White Tiger, famously known as Marvel’s first Latinx superhero whose legacy will be revisited by New York Times best-selling author Daniel José Older. As well as America Chavez, Marvel’s first Latin-American LGBTQ character who is starring in her own ongoing series, America since March 2017 by writer queer boricua writer Gabby Rivera.

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‘Batgirl’: Leslie Grace Lands Role Of Barbara Gordon In New Warner Bros. & DC Film

Courtesy of Deadline

After testing actresses this week, Warner Bros And DC Films looks to have found their Batgirl. Sources tell Deadline Leslie Grace has been tapped to play Barbara Gordon in the studios’ Batgirl.

The studio was already super high on the rising Afro-Latina star following her breakout role in In the Heights, and sources say her audition sealed the deal as the choice.

The film will bow on HBO Max, marking one of the first major DC properties to debut exclusively on the streamer. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the pic from a script by Christina Hodson. Kristin Burr is producing.

Read up more details on the film here

‘The Flight Attendant’ Showrunner Natalie Chaidez Acquires Rights To Oscar Acosta Novels For New TV Series

Courtesy of Deadline

Natalie Chaidez (The Flight Attendant, Queen of the South) has acquired the film and TV rights to Chicano writer Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s novels Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and The Revolt of the Cockroach People and will executive produce and supervise writing for an upcoming TV series.

Chaidez is developing the project with Joe Loya (Queen of the South, Baby Driver) and Phillip Rodriguez (The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle).

Read more on Oscar Acosta's work and the project here

Oscar Winner Rodney Rothman and Adam Rosenberg Launch Entertainment Company Modern Magic

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The new entertainment company is focused on creating innovative animated and live-action “event entertainment” for the 21st-century audience and partnering with a diverse group of creatives. Among the projects, they have in the works is the feature version of Kristian Mercado's Nuevo Rico, which was part of the 2021 NALIP Media Summit Official Selection! 

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Cannes 2021 Market & Fest Takeaways: Post-Pandemic Theatrical Still Anemic, Streamer $$ A Boon To Content Creators & A Curse For International Distributors

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Courtesy of Deadline

So, how to grade the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and especially the film marketplace? It would be too simple to describe it as a solid if unspectacular affair, when considering the presales business done virtually in the weeks leading up to the festival and a few small deals for the arthouse films that premiered on the Riviera. Check out this Deadline article reviewing key takeaways of this year's Cannes here.

‘Black Panther’ Sequel Casts Michaela Coel (EXCLUSIVE)

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Michaela Coel has joined the ensemble cast of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to the hit Marvel film “Black Panther.”Coel exploded onto Hollywood’s radar in 2020 with her critically acclaimed HBO Max series “I May Destroy You,” for which she’s received four Emmy nominations. In addition to writing, directing, and producing, Coel starred in the show as a popular writer processing rape trauma in contemporary London.

Read more on Variety

‘Prayers for the Stolen’ Review: A Poetic, Profound Portrait of Growing Up a Girl in Cartel-Land

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The unforgettable final shot of Tatiana Huezo’s last film, the songlike documentary “Tempestad,” is the silhouette of a figure swimming in blue water – an amputee, missing one of her legs from the knee down. Combining grace and trauma, the image is also striking because of its perspective: She’s floating but, seen from below, from down in the soundless depths just where the water starts to get murky, it looks like she’s flying. With Un Certain Regard title “Prayers for the Stolen,” Huezo casts this extraordinary eye for lyricism within harshest realism across fiction for the first time, and the result is a darkly dazzling dream of living in the cartel-blighted Mexican hinterlands.

Read the full review of this piece on Variety

Behind the Scenes on ‘Malverde: El Santo Patrón,’ Telemundo’s Most Ambitious Project to Date (EXCLUSIVE)

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On Thursday, Telemundo released its first behind-the-scenes look at “Malverde: El Santo Patrón” (“Malverde: The Patron Saint”), the ambitious upcoming series starring Latin Grammy Award winner Pedro Fernández and Mexican actor Carolina Miranda.

“Malverde: El Santo Patrón” follows a boy, born in Sinaloa, Mexico, in 1870, who will ultimately become a legendary figure and a religious icon. Malverde becomes a protector of the people, as well as the innocent, the poor and the dispossessed.

Learn more and check out the video of how they built the set on Variety.

Paulina Chavez Is New Fairy in Netflix’s ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’

As the production of the second season of the Netflix supernatural series Fate: The Winx Saga has started, actress Paulina Chavez stands out as one of three new faces. Chavez is Flora, the fairy of nature from the planet Lynphea that draws her power from plants as she makes her first appearance in the popular teen series.

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