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Jack Rico


2017/07/07 at 2:48pm

The Highly Relevant Podcast: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Review, Angélica Celaya on Telemundo’s ‘Mariposa del Barrio,’ ‘New York Latino Film Festival’ Returns

07.7.2017 | By |

On today’s episode 39, we talk Spider-Man Homecoming with Grae Drake, Senior Editor of, who joins us to review and dissect the new reboot. We think its better than Wonder Woman. We also chat with Angelica Celaya, the star of Telemundo’s new Jenni Rivera biopic, Mariposa del Barrio, about the challenges in becoming Jenni, handling the love and hate from Rivera’s fanbase and how bilingual latino actors still have a hard time not being seen as real Latinos. And finally, the New York Latino Film Festival is back from the dead and Dennis Williams, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility at HBO, joins us to talk about why they brought back the festival, what’s in it for HBO and can this Latino festival ever become as big as Sundance?  Read More

Andrea Huswan


2017/06/02 at 8:14am

Shakira’s ‘El Dorado’ (Album Review)

06.2.2017 | By |

Shakira’s 11th album El Dorado is a love letter to Colombia. The title itself refers to Colombia’s “lost city,” full of alluring mystery and enchantment. With thirteen tracks, the album is predominantly sung in Spanish, with four tracks in English, and one track in French. While some artists crash and burn while trying to transition into different genres, Shakira proves that she still has it in her and most importantly, her hits don’t lie. Read More

Jack Rico


2017/05/20 at 3:35pm

‘The Highly Relevant Podcast’: Juanes Talks New Visual Album, Shakira, Reggaeton and Crossing-Over / The “Latinization” of ESPN

05.20.2017 | By |

Welcome to episode 32 of the Highly Relevant podcast. This is the show for those of you who love to live on the intersection of American and Latino pop culture. We talk to Colombian superstar JUANES about some important questions such as why he hasn’t ever collaborated with his Colombian counterpart Shakira, why he will never ever sing reggaeton and why it’s not in him to do a English-language crossover. Also, I talk to Hugo Balta, the senior director of Hispanic Initiatives for ESPN, who is one of the executives responsible for Hispanicizing ESPN. We discuss everything from Latino accents to bilingual sports shows and everything in between. Plus, we listen to the top new songs from Latino artists and a recap of the most highly relevant US Latino stories of the week! Read More

Mariana Dussan


2014/05/12 at 11:30am

New Video Alert: Shakira’s “DARE (LA LA LA)”

05.12.2014 | By |

Colombia singer-songwriter and Grammy winner, Shakira premiered recently the music video for “Dare (La La La)” on VEVO in both English and Spanish language versions. Read More

Mariana Dussan


2014/03/04 at 5:38pm

7 Questions With Cáthia: Her Journey From “The Voice,” New EP

03.4.2014 | By |

During March of 2013 Catherine Ochoa competed on the fourth season of NBC’s “The Voice.” She started out in team Shakira and was then swept away by team Usher. Though she was eliminated during the Live Playoffs, that didn’t stop this young singer from continuing her career. Now a year after she left the show she has a new EP out called “Unbreakable,” which debuted at No. 16 on the Latin iTunes chart on March 1, the day of the release, and is still going strong at No. 27.  Read More

Mariana Dussan


2014/02/03 at 4:47pm

Who Should Headline The Next Super Bowl Halftime 2015? We Have 4 Choices And Katy Perry Isn’t One Of Them

02.3.2014 | By |

The NFL Super Bowl halftime, the 12-minute-moment that all stars dream about. One the most watched performances on live television that also has the power to propel or break careers. Read More

Mariana Dussan


2014/01/27 at 8:32pm

The Grammys’ Biggest Missed Opportunities

01.27.2014 | By |

This week households nationwide witnessed music and television become one, the mother of all music shows, the Oscars of music, the 56th annual Grammy Awards… but were audiences left unfulfilled? Read More

Mariana Dussan


2013/12/23 at 11:40am

A Bilingual, Bicultural Christmas: 7 Songs For Your Navidad

12.23.2013 | By |

As more and more Latinos call the U.S. their home every day, the traditions we bring from our countries remain alive, but tend to undergo a slight transition as we adopt some customs from the U.S. culture. Christmas is right around the corner, and with the help of some Latino artists I would like to show the proper way to celebrate your new found bicultural holiday with seven songs (in no particular order) that will satisfy both your gringo and Latin side! Read More

Jack Rico


2013/07/08 at 9:00am

Exclusive! Can Cáthia From ‘The Voice’ Become The Next Big Pop Star?

07.8.2013 | By |

When I first met Cáthia, I was at the Telemundo NY offices. I was about to do my movie review segment live in Spanish when the anchor teased she was coming up next. I immediately asked the producers if I could meet her and they acquiesced swiftly. I went backstage and there she was, zestful, humble, and talkative. She was with her sweet mother and her dynamic manager and there I was badgering her with questions about her singing in Spanish on The Voice. I just couldn’t believe she did that on national English language TV. It was groundbreaking. Read More

Jack Rico


2011/03/29 at 12:00am

‘In the Heights: The Movie’ is officially dead

03.29.2011 | By |

'In the Heights: The Movie' is officially dead

Ever since the Broadway show ‘In the Heights’ won Best Musical at the 2007 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall – historic moment which I happened to be in the auditorium for – there has been talk of a movie version being developed by Universal Studios for a couple of years now.

First, word came out that ‘In the Heights’ creator, composer, lyricist and star, Lin Manuel Miranda was starring and helping adapt his creation into a film script with the show’s book writer, Quiara Alegria Hudes, writing the script and ‘High School Musical’ helmer Kenny Ortega attached to direct. When I saw Ortega and Wilmer Valderrama chatting at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, I knew this was more than rumor. He was already recruiting and meeting potential cast members. Unfortunately, somewhere along the road, things didn’t go as planned and Lin Manuel, announced via a statement on, that ‘In the Heights: The Movie’ was dead.

According to sources, one of the major reasons for the movie not being greenlit was that Shakira, the ultimate crossover star, couldn’t reach a deal with Universal. She was in talks for the role of Vanessa. It would have been her first motion picture role.

Among the cast members wanting to be part of the star studded cast were Jennifer Lopez for the role of Daniela. That didn’t work out either most likely because of her new found fame with American Idol. Other considerations for her role were Real Housewives star Eva Longoria, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara and Broadway and TV star from Grey’s Anatomy, Sara Ramirez.

In addition, the cast would have included Rita Moreno, Ruben Blades, and fresh faces like Carlos Peña Jr. from Nickelodeon’s ‘Big Time Rush’, plus Wilmer Valderrama and Gloria Estefan in cameo roles. Speaking of Estefan, iconic record producer Emilio Estefan was having initial conversations to executive produce the film’s soundtrack, a mix of Latin and Hip-Hop songs.

It’s all a shame since dancers were already auditioning, and shooting was slated to begin in August in Washington Heights, New York City with a budget of $37 million dollars. Also, Universal Studios is one of the few studios in Hollywood that has made a commitment to making films with Latino talent, including distributing ‘Savages,’ a cartel movie that will star Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek, recently announced.

There was no doubt that ‘In the Heights: The Movie’ was going to be one of the most star studded US Hispanic movies in the history of Hollywood, but Lin Manuel Miranda is not giving up on the dream of one day making it happen. He said in a statement, “I have had nothing but a positive experience with Universal Pictures. We weren’t able to make the film version of In The Heights together, but I’m looking forward to working with them in the near future. Moving forward, I’m excited to explore other options to make the In The Heights movie a reality.”

The question now is, what studio will the movie land? My guess is Sony Pictures Classic/Columbia Pictures since they are also very committed to musicals (Burlesque) and Latino talent (Battle: Los Angeles).

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