Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Native American Students Push San Diego State to Retire Controversial Aztec Mascot

*Why you should read this: Because, as SDSU professor Ozzie Monge says, “the use of indigenous groups as mascot . . . make students and faculty “accidental racists” in “redface.” VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla (3.5 minute read)   n 2001, San Diego State University dropped Monty Montezuma – a culturally insensitive cartoon figure that

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Diego Luna’s accent in Rogue One, where pride meets cynicism

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco This was the headline that caught my attention today: ‘Star Wars’ actor Diego Luna did not hide his Mexican accent — and Latinos heard it loud It’s from a story in the Washington Post...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Gael Garcia Bernal & Camilo Lara Join Growing List of Latinos Working on Pixar’s Dia de Muertos Film

*The movie opens in theaters in November of 2017. VL By Andrew S. Vargas, Remezcla (3 minute read)  It’s been over a year since we last reported on the tortured saga of Pixar’s upcoming Día de Muertos-inspired feature...

Friday, September 9th, 2016

New Study Reveals ‘Hollywood Is An Epicenter Of Cultural Inequality’

*What’s that saying about “the more things change the more they remain the same?” Only 5.3 percent of speaking roles went to Latin@s. VL By Caolina Moreno, Huffington Post Latino Voices (2 minute read) Hollywood’s 2015 diversity report card...

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Dances With Mexicans, Disney’s McFarland, U.S.A.

By Domino Renee Perez, Ph.D., Director – Center for Mex-Am Studies, University of Texas For two years in a row, Mexico’s native sons have taken home the Best Director Academy Award, Alfonso Curón in 2014 and Alejandro González...

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Review: Instructions Not Included

By Luz Chavez, Gozamos Record-breaking film Instructions Not Included stars Mexican powerhouse Eugenio Derbez, who also directed and co-wrote the dramedy. Known for his successful comedies in Mexico, Derbez tiptoed into drama in the 2007 film Under the Same Moon....

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Spanish film ‘Instructions’ storms U.S. box office

By Ronald Grover, Reuters (Reuters) – “Instructions Not Included,” a Spanish-language film with English subtitles, generated $10 million in ticket sales over the four-day Labor Day weekend, a record for a Spanish film in the United States...

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Actor enters ‘Chavez: Cage of Glory’ to escape stereotypical roles

By Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times While auditioning for Hollywood movie and TV roles, actor and martial arts champion Hector Echavarria said he often found himself reading for stereotypical Latino parts that left him feeling disgusted....

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Zoe Saldana, Lionsgate to develop films for Hispanic audience

By Nina Terrero, NBCLatino Zoe Saldana’s newest role is behind the camera as she partners with Lionsgate to create new television and film projects. Saldana – whose on-screen performances include roles in “Star Trek” and “Avatar” – has...

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Hollywood Takes Spanish Lessons As Latinos Stream to the Movies

By Ben Fritz, Wall Street Journal LOS ANGELES—In a small room on the Paramount Pictures lot here, postproduction work is under way on a movie that sounds as derivative as they come: the fourth sequel to “Paranormal Activity.”...

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Upstart director rides Hollywood’s chase of Latino audiences

By Michael Martinez, CNN Hollywood, California (CNN) — In Hollywood’s chase for America’s new No. 2 demographic — Latinos — Carmen Marron stands front and center. Marron is an upstart director with an improbable rags-to-film-festival-success story that begins in...

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The Cesar Chavez film walking a tightrope to succeed

By Tony Castro, Voxxi When actor Michael Peña landed the role of Cesar Chavez, he had knew his name but little about the legendary farm labor organizing leader. “But my father almost broke down in tears when...

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Gael Garcia Bernal Will Star In Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut ‘Rosewater’

By Michael Lopez, blogamole Fans of The Daily Show got a nice bit of news last week. It seems host Jon Stewart will be leaving his desk for a few months to direct his first film. And interestingly enough, he’s chosen Gael...

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

How Media Portrays Latinos Supports Negative Stereotypes

By LIN@R Negative portrayals of Latinos and immigrants are pervasive in news and entertainment media. Consequently, non-Latinos commonly believe that many media-promoted negative stereotypes about these groups are true. Conservative talk radio and Fox News audiences are less...

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