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Posted by on June 25, 2019

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A Mexican immigrant wakes up to an American nightmare in trailer for Blumhouse's Culture Shock

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Culture Shock debuts on Hulu July 4 and is the most recent entry in the streaming service’s Blumhouse TV-produced Into the Dark anthology series of horror films, each one inspired by a different holiday. Directed by first-time filmmaker Gigi Saul Guerrero, the movie follows a young Mexican woman (Martha Higareda) in pursuit of the American dream, who crosses illegally into the United States only to find herself in an American nightmare. The movie is written by Efren Hernandez, James Benson, and Guerrero. Richard Cabral, Shawn Ashmore, Barbara Crampton, and Creed Bratton also star.

“As a Mexican immigrant, my goal in making this film was to portray the level of desperation and anxiety that comes with the crossing experience and give audiences something to think and talk about,” said Guerrero in a statement. “We are given the incredible privilege as filmmakers to create stories that bring about social awareness and change, and I am grateful for the opportunity and platform to share such a deeply personal one.”


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CBS Signs Pledge to Audition Actors With Disabilities (Exclusive)

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CBS Entertainment is pledging to improve disability inclusion in Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The company — which includes the network, CBS Television Studios and streamer CBS All Access — has become the first in the industry to respond to a request from the disability advocacy organization Ruderman Family Foundation: to commit to auditioning actors with disabilities for each new production going forward. CBS will now do so for each of its new projects that gets a series pickup.

"The Ruderman Family Foundation commends CBS for its leadership in becoming the first major media company to pledge to audition actors with disabilities for roles in their productions," Foundation president Jay Ruderman said in a statement. "It is our hope that other major media companies will follow their lead and foster opportunities that will lead to more authentic representation of people with disabilities in popular entertainment. Enhanced visibility of disability onscreen will help reduce stigmas people with disabilities face in everyday life."


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Shonda Rhimes Talks Increasing Diversity on Screen: "It's a Simple Matter of Economics"

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Shonda Rhimes said the push to increase diversity in Hollywood should be an easy sell to executives, because it's “a simple matter of economics.”

“Films that have casts that are very inclusive – majority minority films – are making more money at the box office than films that have majority white casts. Television shows that are more diverse and have more inclusive casts are getting higher ratings than shows that don't,” she said at Cannes Lions. “It just makes more money. So it's a very simple way of having it accepted very easily.”

The Emmy winner also called out the continued marginalization of women's stories in media, where films or books are still pigeonholed. She said that women need to stop allowing male critics define what is considered mainstream and what is considered genre. “There's nothing niche about being 51 percent of the population,” she said.


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Arturo Castro on ‘Leaving a Little Blood in the Water’ for ‘Alternatino’

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In some circles, Arturo Castro is best known for his role as the colorfully comedic Jaime on Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s “Broad City,” while others recognize him most as the much more serious and dramatic David on Netflix’s “Narcos.” But the writer, producer and performer doesn’t want to be put in a box. That’s why he began doing online sketches on a few years ago and has now taken such material further, for his own variety series, “Alternatino with Arturo Castro.”

Each episode of “Alternatino” includes a narrative story that carries through the entire half-hour, interspersed with other sketches. Although Castro believes the success of sketch is in the ensemble, he does portray the main character in each narrative story, as well as key players in the other sketches — more than 40 characters in the first season overall. This includes parodies of pop culture phenomena such as “50 Shades of Grey,” as well as the rapper Pitbull. But he also takes on an “Arturo character,” who Castro calls a “heightened version” of himself but draws on some of his own experiences, such as a bad break-up or being assumed to be just like his “Narcos” character in real life.

“Alternatino with Arturo Castro” premieres June 18 on Comedy Central.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Directorial Debut 'Tick, Tick...Boom!' Lands at Netflix 

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Netflix acquired the rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda's feature film directorial debut 'Tick, Tick...Boom!' The film is set in 1990 and tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing “Superbia” — which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break.

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‘West Side Story’ First Look Shows Cast of Steven Spielberg’s Upcoming Musical

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The first look at the Jets and the Sharks in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming version of “West Side Story” has been unveiled by 20th Century Fox.

The musical, about young love and the tension between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York, is in production. Ansel Elgort stars as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria, the star-crossed lovers, alongside a host of other cast members in the first picture.

Walt Disney Studios will release the film in December 2020.

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Authorized Jenni Rivera Biopic in the Works

An authorized biopic of the late singer Jenni Rivera is in the works, seven years after she died in a plane crash at the age of 43.

The life rights deal was announced Tuesday with an agreement between Jenni Rivera Enterprises and producers Javier Chapa and Simon Wise of Mucho Mas Media and Donald De Line of De Line Pictures. The film will be written by Kate Lanier, who wrote one of Rivera’s favorite films, “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

Rivera won 22 Billboard Latin Music Awards and 18 Lo Nuestro Awards, and scored four Latin Grammy nominations for Mexican Banda music. She was born in Long Beach, Calif., served as a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and was open about the challenges of being a woman in the male-dominated world of music and entertainment, along with her personal experiences dealing with domestic and sexual violence.

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CAA Signs 'Miss Bala' Actress Cristina Rodlo

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CAA has signed Cristina Rodlo, who can be seen as a series regular opposite Miles Teller and John Hawkes in 'Too Old To Die Young,' the Amazon cop series created by Nicolas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker. The show had its debut at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is currently available to stream.

Rodlo recently appeared opposite Gina Rodriguez in Sony’s Miss Bala remake directed by Catherine Hardwicke. In addition, she has two forthcoming films in Mexico; Bunker, which was directed by Jorge Michel Grau, and the Roque Falabella-directed El Vestido.

Rodlo will continue to be repped by Valor Entertainment, Talent On The Road Management, and Ruth Franco Talent in Spain, as well as Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

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