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Jack Rico


2018/05/01 at 10:04am

Latinx’s John Leguizamo, Ariana DeBose, Lindsay Mendez and Chita Rivera Selected For 2018 Tony Awards

The 2018 Tony Awards nominations have been announced and four Latinx’s were nominated – John Leguizamo, Ariana DeBose, Lindsay Mendez and Chita Rivera (Lifetime Achievement).

Leading the list with 12 nominations are the new musicals Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants. The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will be held at Radio City Music Hall on June 10. The ceremony will be telecast live on CBS. Read More

Jack Rico


2017/08/31 at 6:53pm

PODCAST: A Breakdown of John Leguizamo’s Billboard Article and What It Means For All Latinos

Colombian Actor John Leguizamo has had enough with how Hollywood treats Latinos. This week he wrote an article on, “From Music to Movies to TV, Latinos Are Widely Underrepresented – And I’m Done With It” and he essentially calls out executives for being ignorant and blind, he calls out Latinos for being silent and not doing anything to improve the situation and he calls out mainstream media for mostly dismissing our culture altogether. Is he right? Our good friend Kellvin Chavez, founder of and EIC of weighs in on what Leguizamo got right and wrong about Latinos in Hollywood. Have a listen above ⬆️. Read More

Jack Rico


2013/10/01 at 6:59pm

The 10 Best Movies To See This October!

October could very well be the single best month to watch movies of 2013. When you do a quick overview of the films being released this month, five of them are the frontrunners to win Best Picture at the Oscars 2014. Many of these movies possess all star casts, top flight directors and innovative and fresh stories. They are also coming fresh off of great reviews at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Not to be ignored are the commercial fare which includes Arnold and Sly together in a full feature film as opposed to cameos and one of the greatest assembled cast of Hispanics in film history in ‘Machete Kills‘ and ‘The Counselor‘. Do yourself a service, if you haven’t been to the movies all year, this is the one month you should step out and watch one.

Here are 10 movies I recommend you watch…now! Read More

Jack Rico


2013/08/15 at 1:01pm

The 5 Worst Supervillains In Movies!

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The concept of “the villain” is the oldest concept in the universe. It begins with God and The Devil (ya can’t get any older than that). In movies, the villain is considered that character who tries to conquer the world and battles against the hero of the film who tries to stop his diabolical plan. If done well, these malevolent characters can become more memorable than the protagonists themselves (think Darth Vader) or may prove to be a huge failure. And it is exactly the latter why this list was created. With the rise of the superhero genre, more supervillains have made it onto the big screen with deplorable results and it becomes the central subject of my new list…

I give you the 5 worst supervillains in film history… Read More

Jack Rico


2013/08/08 at 1:23pm

The 9 Best Movies To See This August!

August is here and summer is almost gone. Have you seen anything worthwhile lately at the movies? No clue of what to go see? Do not worry my cinematic cinephiles, we have sifted through all the irrelevant movies and are leaving you with an interesting array of films for all your tastes. From Wong Kar-Wai to Neill Blomkamp even animation like Disney’s “Planes,” our 9 Best Movies To See This August list is sure to make your life a little easier. Read More

Jack Rico


2012/08/03 at 12:00am

John Leguizamo casted in Kick Ass 2, The Counselor

John Leguizamo casted in Kick Ass 2, The Counselor

Finally! Colombian actor John Leguizamo (Ice Age) has just signed onto two films: Kick-Ass 2” and “The Counselor.”

According to Deadline, Leguizamo will play a man named Javier in “Kick-Ass 2,” and will be the lead bodyguard of Red Mist, the film’s main villain. The movie will see the return of Aaron Johnson (“Savages”), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Fright Night”), Chloe Moretz (“Texas Killing Fields”) and Nicolas Cage (“The Rock”).

His role in Sir Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” has been revealed to be that of a low-level drug dealer. The film is about a lawyer living on the Texas border who tries to play a little in the drug game to make some extra money.

The Counselor is quicky becoming the superstar Latino movie to be in with Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem and Rosie Perez already on board. That is a total of five Latino names in one movie. Hollywood is definitely making headway with Latino actors, especially directors from Spain and Mexico. Let’s hope they keep it up.

Jack Rico


2011/09/08 at 12:00am

John Leguizamo costars in Heigl’s ‘One For The Money’

John Leguizamo costars in Heigl's 'One For The Money'

After his Ghetto Klown Broadway extravaganza, Colombian actor John Leguizamo is getting ready for his costarring role next to Katherine Heigl in ONE FOR THE MONEY. We have the new poster, check it out below.

Heigl stars as Stephanie Plum from the popular heroine of Janet Evanovich’s worldwide best-selling sixteen-book mystery series – to vibrant life in Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment’s movie.

A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector.  Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company…as a recovery agent.  True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli – yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school.

Nabbing Morelli would be satisfying payback – and a hefty payday – but as Stephanie learns the ins and outs of becoming a recovery agent from Ranger, a hunky colleague who’s the best in the business, she also realizes the case against Morelli isn’t airtight. Add to the mix her meddling family, a potentially homicidal boxer, witnesses who keep dying and the problem of all those flying sparks when she finds Morelli himself…well, suddenly Stephanie’s new job isn’t nearly as easy as she thought.

ONE FOR THE MONEY is a fresh, funny action-comedy directed by Julie Anne Robinson and also starring Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguiziamo, Debbie Reynolds and Debra Monk.  Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment present a Lakeshore Entertainment Lionsgate Wendy Finerman production in association with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Abishag Productions. Directed by Julie Anne Robinson.  Screenplay by Stacy Sherman & Karen Ray and Liz Brixius.  Based on the novel by Janet Evanovich.

Jack Rico


2009/01/13 at 12:00am

John Leguizamo to play ‘Cantinflas’ in biopic?

John Leguizamo to play 'Cantinflas' in biopic?

As soon as I heard Cantinflas was announced as a major motion picture film, I immediately thought of colombian actor John Leguizamo as the perfect lead. For those who don’t know who Cantinflas is, he was the greatest film comedian Mexico ever produced. Leguizamo would be an obvious choice and here are the 3 reasons why:

1. He physically looks like him

2. He speaks Spanish (broken Spanish, but he speaks it)


3. He’s a natural comedian

One problem producers will confront from the get go would be his Spanish. He has a Nuyorican accent he can’t shake – have you heard him in Love in the Time of Cholera playing a colombian? He sounds like… you guessed it, a Puerto Rican from New York. Leguizamo, who was born in Bogota, Colombia, will have to master an authentic Mexican accent without sounding like Speedy Gonzalez. If he does that, and Alejandro Gomez Monteverde can write a formidable script, we could see a watershed moment in Leguizamo’s acting career for the better. Salma Hayek did something similar with ‘Frida’ and the results were an Oscar nomination as best actress for that role. I don’t see anyone else with a recognizable name playing the Mexican icon, unless they go with an unknown, which would be a bad business move if the producers go that route. Let’s see what happens, folks!

Here is a pic of Leguizamo with a moustache. What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Below is the Variety report about the Cantinflas biopic:

Latino comic and actor Cantinflas, his real name is Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes, who helped usher in the golden era of Mexican filmmaking in the 1940s and ’50s, will be the focus of a biopic by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde.

Alejandro Gomez Monteverde will co-write and direct “Cantinflas,” a biopic about the comedian and actor who helped usher in a golden era of Mexican filmmaking in the ’40s and ’50s.

NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman will serve as an exec producer on the feature film with Monteverde and TV producer Jay Weisleder producing. Monteverde, whose drama “Bella” won the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto Intl. Film Festival, will co-write the script with Jose Portillo.

Despite his debut to American audiences in “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956), Cantinflas is not well known in the English-speaking world.

After pitching the idea to Silverman, Weisleder told the reluctant exec to ask any Latino about Cantinflas. “The moment he did that he called me from a restaurant and said ‘I got 10 people following me. Everybody knows who he is. We gotta do this,’ ” Weisleder said.

As the founder and former owner of Reveille, Silverman remains attached as an exec producer on several Reveille features projects, which include the Kurt Cobain biopic at Universal and “Staked Plains” at Focus.

Weisleder worked with Silverman at Reveille and has several television projects in development, including the comedy “My Problems With Women,” exec produced by Justin Timberlake. Monteverde and Weisleder secured the rights with the late actor’s son, Mario Moreno Ivanova, who will serve as an associate producer on the project.

Mack Chico


2008/12/08 at 12:00am

‘Nothing for the Holidays’ is not a Latino film

'Nothing for the Holidays' is not a Latino film

There is a right way and a wrong way to describe the new feature film “Nothing Like the Holidays.” The wrong way is to call it a Hispanic holiday film. The cast and crew of the film stress that the right way to describe their movie is that it is a holiday film that just happens to have a Hispanic family at its core.

It might sound like semantics. But it makes a world of difference to those involved with the family comedy that opens Friday.

The first description means the movie is aimed directly at a certain ethnic movie-going audience. The other description is more in line with what star and executive producer Freddy Rodriguez wants to get across with the movie. The Chicago native, of Puerto Rican descent, wanted this movie to have a Hispanic spirit, but a universal feel.

“We wanted anyone – of any ethnicity – to watch this movie and go ‘That’s my family. My uncle. My cousin. We yell like that at the dinner table.’ We want everybody to be able to relate to it. At the same time, we wanted to keep a level of authenticity so it does not feel manufactured or whitewashed,” Rodriguez says during an interview at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Film history is not on Rodriguez’s side. The majority of films released in United States theaters that focus on characters of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish heritage – such as “My Family,” “Under the Same Moon” or “Real Women Have Curves” – have dealt with specific ethnic themes and situations. That has resulted in a narrowing of the moviegoing base.

Rodriguez wants everyone to see his film. He knows they will relate to the themes regardless of their ethnicity.

Rodriguez saw how taking what could be a specific subject and giving it universal appeal could work through his guest-star turn on the ABC series “Ugly Betty.” The television series is based on the Colombian telenovela “Betty la Fea.”

“How come there has never been a commercial movie that revolves around a Latin family? It is kind of what (executive producer) Salma (Hayek) did with “Ugly Betty.” She did an American television show that happens to revolve around this Latin girl and this Latin family,” Rodriguez says. “She made it universal for everybody. I always admired what her and (executive producers) Silvio Horta and Jose Tamez did with that show and wondered why it hasn’t been done in the film world.

“And so I just felt like it was my job to do it.”

The result is a movie about a Chicago family that comes together to celebrate Christmas. It stars Rodriguez, Elizabeth Pena, Melonie Diaz, Luis Guzman, Jay Hernandez, Vanessa Ferlito, John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina and Debra Messing.

“Nothing Like the Holidays” shows how each family member brings his or her own problems to the annual reunion. And these problems – medical issues, starting a family, duty to country, etc. – are not specific to any ethnic group.

Pena, whose father is Cuban, plays the mother in the film. When Pena saw the script, her reaction was, “I could see it as a Jewish family or an Italian family.”

The universal themes aren’t just a way to open up the movie to a larger audience. It gives the cast a way to play a role that is more about people than their ethnic backgrounds.

Jay Hernandez, a fourth-generation Mexican-American, is happy to be in “Nothing Like the Holidays” because he has faced typecasting throughout his career.

“For me, that was like the first five years of my career. Always the same sorts of things, the same kind of roles, same kind of characters. A lot of them were gang members. I avoided that for so long,” Hernandez says.

Jack Rico


2008/09/11 at 12:00am

Righteous Kill – photos from the red carpet premiere!

Righteous Kill - photos from the red carpet premiere!

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino arrived at the New York red carpet premiere of their new film ‘Righteous Kill‘ at the renown Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. The two superstars and iconic figures posed for what seemed hours to the hysterical paparazzi. Colombian actor John Leguizamo was in hand along with director Jon Avnet. Donnie Wahlberg, member of the newly reunited New Kids On the Block, took time out of his world tour to attend as well.

The films premise revolves around two teteran New York City police detectives on the trail of a vigilante serial killer in the adrenaline fueled psychological thriller Righteous Kill, directed by Jon Avnet (Red Corner, Fried Green Tomatoes) and written by Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man). The cast also features hip-hop superstar Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Get Rich or Die Tryin’).

To see more pics from the premiere and the film, click here.


Righteous Kill NY Premiere 1

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