This morning’s segment felt as if Kathie Lee, Hoda and I had an off-camera conversation that happened to be caught-on-camera. They have an incredible ability to make an interview feel like a nice chat. I usually prepare, research, read many articles for the segment, but as soon as Hoda asks you the first question, you can’t help but feel as if they are very close friends of yours who you went to lunch with. Time flies by when you are with them. Enjoy the segment.
There is a Spanish-language version to me. I do a weekly Spanish-language Movie and Broadway segment on NY’s Telemundo 47. So let’s flip into Spanish… Si le gusta consumir sus noticias de cine y Broadway en español, entonces ‘Viernes de Estrenos’ es para usted. Esta semana les traigo 3 películas: ’20th Century Women’, ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Fences’ – todas dignas de ganar oro en los premios Oscar. Veame cada viernes a las 10am por Telemundo 47 NY.
Chilean director Pablo Larraín is somewhat of a filmmaking savant. Of the few films he’s made, they are all already acclaimed. But with ‘Neruda,’ he brings us the best work he’s done so far as a director. Brilliantly acted by Luis Gnocco as the Nobel-prize winning diplomat-poet Pablo Neruda, Larraín gives us a mythical figure of Latin America’s literature sheathed with a European sensibility. With touches of magical realism and black comedy, ‘Neruda’ is a wondrous, rich tale of one of the most enigmatic artists of the 20th century.
It’s hard to look back at 2016 and not think how tragic it was to lose our beloved artistic icons. But when it comes to motion pictures, there were a couple silver linings one can sanguinely lean on as bright spots. Though this was by far the year of superheroes and animated films, it was also the year where we witnessed the Golden Age of African-American storytelling. With remarkable films such as Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Fences, Birth of a Nation, Kicks, Loving, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro in theaters, the outlook for black cinema finally looks hopeful. Women and multiculturalism were also front and center on screen and behind the scenes and no film was more demonstrative of those attributes than Rogue One. Movies, in general, impact people differently and I believe the Top 10 Movies I have selected above not only reflect those qualities, but provide the standard of excellence in cinema this year.Read More
I’m watching the Olympics last night as Usain Bolt bolted by all his so-called competitors, including Justin Gatling, and right after his win, NBC aired a TV trailer spot for the film Hidden Figures. The movie stars Taraji P. Henson and tells the incredible untold true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the 1960s where they served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. What most stood out to me was my reaction… it was bizarre to see a prestige period Hollywood movie about accomplishedblack women at the highest levels. And you know why…? Read More