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Jack Rico


2013/09/03 at 2:59pm

‘Lengua, Cámara y Acción’: Why Eugenio Derbez’s ‘Instructions Not Included’ Succeeded At The Box Office

09.3.2013 | By |

Hollywood woke up early this week to the story that Eugenio Derbez’s dramedy ‘Instructions Not Included‘ cracked the top 5 movies at the box office this Labor Day weekend. It opened on just 347 screens, and earned $21,614 per theater, more than any other film this weekend! In my weekly syndicated radio segment on the Luis Jimenez Show, “Lengua, Cámara y Acción,” on X96.3FM IN NY, I broke down WHY the movie did so surprisingly well. I also tackled the CBS/Time Warner resolution and discuss the “Fifty Shades of Grey” casting choices! Listen to the radio segment now!

“Lengua, Cámara y Acción” is a radio segment that is a free flowing conversation on Hollywood and the entertainment industry with a dash of wit, humor and information with Jack Rico and radio star, Luis Jimenez. This way, you can keep abreast of what’s happening in Hollywood with a smile. “Lengua, Cámara y Acción” is broadcast every Tuesday at 9:50 AM on X96.3FM.

Jack Rico


2010/04/14 at 12:00am

Exclusive! Oscar Jaenada is confirmed to be ‘Cantinflas’!

04.14.2010 | By |

It is now official. Spanish actor Oscar Jaenada, who will be starring in Warner Bros’ ‘The Losers’ this year, has been tapped to play Mario ‘Cantinflas’ Moreno, Mexico’s most famous comedian, in the biopic Cantinflas. My source, who is directly involved in the casting of the film, has confirmed the choice for the lead.

Jaenada’s selection in the lead role puts to rest a year long debate amongst many Latino fans on who should play the comedic icon. Many, including myself, had John Leguizamo and Diego Luna pegged as the front runners. According to my source, there was a sit down with Mexican heartthrob Diego Luna to interpret the role, but talks fell through. Gael García Bernal, another revered Mexican actor, was never approached for the part. The rest of the casting decisions will not happen until the end of May when candidates will be given the finished script to gauge their interest and desire.

The decision to hire Jaenada might turn out to be a controversial one as there could be many risks in hiring a Spaniard to play one of Mexico’s national treasures. The fanatical loyalty that Mexicans feel towards Cantinflas is overwhelming. ‘Concepción,’ one of the many people who wrote to the site early last year to discuss casting choices, said in one of the comments, “Any Mexican with a Cantinflas resemblance and a quick wit would do better… They [Hollywood] are just going for the stupid habit of getting some one with a name to play him. Another blunder like so many done in film. A good film is 90% casting. So, I guess, the movie will be unwatchable.”

She’s half right, half wrong. It is true that Hollywood producers usually use a big name to attract audiences, but Jaenada is relatively an unknown in the States. This plays in the benefit of the decision makers of the film. They didn’t sell out to Australian actor Sam Worthington who seems to be in everything now a days!

Oscar Jaenada is a good choice. He looks a lot like him, he’s a fan of the comedian’s work and they even called him Cantinflas when he was 8 years old. According to people close to the film, they were blown away by him at the audition. They feel he is a skilled actor who is the winner of a Goya award from Spain. This is not to say that the producers didn’t debate the pros and cons, but felt that – “acting is an international job, not limited to where the actors are from.” That statement rings true since it helped make Puerto Rican actress Jennifer Lopez a success when she played slained Mexican singer ‘Selena.’

Oscar Jaenada is 'Cantinflas'

My source could not disclose the full contents of the script, but did say that they fully revamped the storyline. It will now be about the origins and rise of Cantinflas to fame.

Former NBC Chairman and President, Ben Silverman, is still the executive producer of the project and Mexican born Alejandro Monteverde (Bella) is the writer/director of the film.

Cantinflas is set to shoot Fall of 2010 with a 2011 release date, just in time for the 100th celebration of his birth.

As a final note, my source said to tell any Mexican that might have a problem with Oscar Jaenada playing Cantinflas – “just like you made Luis Buñuel Mexican, when you see Jaenada as Cantinflas you’re going to want to give him a Mexican citizenship!”

What do you guys think of the casting decision? Are you for it or against it? Weigh in!

Mack Chico


2009/02/08 at 12:00am

‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ #1 at the box office!

02.8.2009 | By |

'He's Just Not That Into You' #1 at the box office!

The star-studded romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You is the early leader at the weekend box office, having grossed $10.6 million on Friday. That’s well ahead of the $6.3 mil taken in by hearty holdover Taken on the weekend’s first day, and it far surpasses the grosses for the frame’s other big new releases — Coraline ($4.5 mil), Push ($3.5 mil), and The Pink Panther 2 (a very disappointing $3.4 mil). Friday’s chart is below, and please check back here tomorrow for a full weekend recap in the Box Office Report.

1. He’s Just Not That Into You — $10.6 mil
2. Taken — $6.3 mil
3. Coraline — $4.5 mil
4. Push — $3.5 mil
5. The Pink Panther 2 — $3.4 mil

Mack Chico


2008/10/29 at 12:00am

Joaquin Phoenix retires from Hollywood

10.29.2008 | By |

Joaquin Phoenix retires from Hollywood

Joaquin Phoenix, at a benefit for Paul Newman’s camps for kids Monday, announced his plans to quit acting.

“I want to take this opportunity … to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor,” the two-time Oscar nominee said at the San Francisco event. “I’m not doing films anymore.” According to reporters there, he said, “Yeah. I’m working on my music,” Phoenix insisted. “I’m done. I’ve been through that.”

His rep confirmed the retirement.

The 34-year-old performer gave no further details on his career plans – but he has been working on a record for some time British band The Charlatans.

Phoenix, who costars in the upcoming romantic drama Two Lovers with Gwyneth Paltrow, first learned to play guitar for his Academy-Award-nominated role as Johnny Cash in 2005’s Walk The Line.

He was also nominated in 2000 for his supporting role in Gladiator.

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