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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 Rottentomatoes.com, 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? 

EPISODE SUMMARY

Grae Drake, Senior Editor of Rottentomatoes.com, on ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – 3:35

  • Is ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ the best Spider-Man movie ever made? 6:49
  • How ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ is really a coming-of-age Peter Parker action comedy 7:44
  • ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ and diversity 13:44
  • Is ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ better than DC’s ‘Wonder Woman’? 15:05
  • Are we ready for a Latina Spider-Woman? 17:30
  • Grae’s favorite movie of the year so far 20:50

This week’s music playlist – 24:44

Ni Tú, Ni Yo – Jennifer Lopez feat. Gente de Zona

Switch – Iggy Azalea

Get Low – Zedd feat. Liam Payne

Angélica Celaya on Telemundo’s new Jenni Rivera biopic, ‘Mariposa del Barrio’ – 25:36

  • Auditioning for Jenni Rivera role – 26:51
  • What sold the Rivera family and Telemundo on Angélica Celaya – 28:30
  • Gaining weight for the role – 30:12
  • Criticisms from Mexicans on her Mexican-American background – 34:02
  • Shedding the character of Jenni Rivera – 36:11
  • Rivera fans on Angélica Celaya performance – 38:22
  • Was it worth playing Jenni Rivera? 40:47

Dennis Williams, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility at HBO talks return of New York Latino Film Festival – 43:11

  • Why did HBO return as sponsor of NYLFF? 44:24
  • Why the NYLFF is important – 47:11
  • What is the main appeal for HBO to be associated with the NYLFF? 49:40
  • Differences between the former NYILFF and the new NYLFF? 51:01
  • Will NYLFF become a content pipeline for HBO? 53:14
  • Can the NYLFF ever become as big as Sundance? 54:52

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