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Jack Rico


2017/04/29 at 11:30am

‘The Highly Relevant Podcast’: Univision’s ‘El Chapo,’ ViceLand’s Panama ‘Jungletown,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2,’ Broadway’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

04.29.2017 | By |

Thank you for downloading episode 30 of the Highly Relevant podcast! On this week’s episode, we talk with the creator of the most anticipated show in Spanish language TV right now, Univision’s EL CHAPO. We get to the moral and ethical controversies of getting the show done, the fascination of cartel tv shows and if actors Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn will be making cameos. Also urban millennial network VICELAND has a new show called JUNGLETOWN that takes place in Panama. Why are they there and why should we care? I talk to Jimmy Stice, the man behind it all. That, plus highlights of The Premios Billboard, reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Read More

Jack Rico


2016/10/21 at 12:42pm

‘Highly Relevant Podcast’ Ep. 9 – Should Tom Cruise Still Be Making Action Films?, ‘Queen Sugar,’ Broadway’s ‘Holiday Inn’

10.21.2016 | By |

On this ninth episode, I talk about Tom Cruise’s new movie ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ with my good friend Mike Sargeant as we tackle Tom’s career, his longevity and our opinions on why he doesn’t seem to want to collaborate with another A-List actor (3:20). We also review Broadway’s new family feel-good musical Holiday Inn (24:46) as well as take a look at Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar (21:34), and I ask a New Yorker what he’s seeing, listening and downloading (27:43), plus, we recap the most important pop culture news you might have missed this week. Read More

Jack Rico


2016/09/16 at 7:10am

‘Highly Relevant’ Podcast Ep. 6: Rafael Amaya on Crossing Over, Enrique Santos From Univision to iHeartLatino

09.16.2016 | By |

Episode 6 of the HIGHLY RELEVANT podcast is here! Two big A-list guests join me this week to discuss television and radio. Rafael Amaya, the star of Telemundo’s “El Señor de los Cielos” and Enrique Santos, the new Chairman and CCO of iHeartLatino.  Read More

Mariana Dussan


2014/08/05 at 11:00am

The Problems With Latino Music Award Shows And 3 Solutions To Fix Them

08.5.2014 | By |

Latinos guess what? Next year, Telemundo will produce a Spanish-language version of the American Music Awards! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Telemundo is creating new programing in order to help close a ratings gap with Univision. The Spanish-language broadcaster has acquired licensing rights from Dick Clark Productions for the live special event, which will feature top music stars from Latin America, the Caribbean and other Spanish-speaking regions.

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Jack Rico


2013/10/29 at 3:40pm

Did The ‘Good Morning America/Despierta America’ Experiment Work?

10.29.2013 | By |

In my weekly syndicated pop culture radio segment on The Luis Jimenez Show, “Lengua, Cámara y Acción,” on X96.3FM IN NY, Luis and I spoke about the collabo between the top morning shows in the country – Good Morning America and Despierta America. Did it work? Should other networks do the same? We also spoke about the future of the new network FUSION.

There are delays with the pre-production of the movie “50 Shades of Grey”. Why? Plus IMAX is creating home theater systems. WIll you buy one?  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 and snooty smirk. “Lengua, Cámara y Acción” is broadcast every Tuesday at 9:50 AM on X96.3FM.

Jack Rico


2013/07/22 at 5:11pm

William Levy: Watch 20 minutes of his novela ‘La Tempestad’

07.22.2013 | By |

He got famous on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, then got the cover of People Magazine and soon was doing an M&M commercial. Shortly after, he was being casted in Hollywood movies with names like Tyler Perry in Single Moms Club, Jada Pinkett Smith in Salsa and i currently in pre-production for a western titled Boom Town. Read More

Jack Rico


2013/05/06 at 12:00am

Univision’s William Levy to star with Jada Smith in ‘Salsa’

05.6.2013 | By |

Looks like Jada Pinkett-Smith, Will Smith’s wife, will produce and star in the Latin dance movie ‘Salsa‘ with Cuban heartthrob William Levy. I knew it would not take that long for Pinkett-Smith to do a project dealing with the Latin culture. In all my interviews with her she has expressed her immense love for the Spanish language and the Latino culture. Heck, she has spoken to us in Spanish in various junkets including the one for ‘Madagascar 3’. But it should not be a surprise to people close to her since Will has been speaking Spanish for over a decade (check out both videos below of the Smith’s speaking Spanish to us). Read More

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!

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