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Even Though The Cast Of ‘Home Alone’ Didn’t Include Any Latinos, These Are The 9 Ways I Could Totally Relate To The Movie

One of my favorite Christmas movies growing up was “Home Alone” — you know, the film about a wealthy white family that plans a holiday trip to Paris but accidentally leaves their son at home. Although my family isn’t white nor wealthy enough to afford holiday trips to Europe, there are moments throughout “Home Alone” that totally reminded me of my Latino family…

This opening scene where the entire family is scrambling trying to get ready for their vacation trip is totally my family.

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It doesn’t matter how much time we have to prepare for a family trip, we always end up rushing last minute. And it’s a hot mess. This happens before trips, before a family party, before misa and every day before going to school.

Before jumping into their big van (also relatable) the McCallisters do a head count, which is pretty funny, but required when traveling with my huge family.

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When people see my family they think we’re on a school field trip because of how many of us there are.

The scene where Kevin tricks the burglars into thinking his family is home, is the EXACT same security technique my family follows every time we’re away.

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We didn’t have the money to buy security systems. Our security technique involved leaving the lights and television on, that way it seemed like there are people home.

When Kevin’s mom wasn’t around, he found the perfect recipe to cook: mac-n-cheese for dinner. That is spot-on what my meals looked like when I was in college and didn’t have my mom around.

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I lived on Cup-o-noodles, mac-n-cheese and quesadillas because mom wasn’t around.

The most infuriating part about having siblings is when they eat all your food. I’ve definitely felt the same as Kevin when his brother eats  his favorite cheese pizza — in front of him!

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I would’ve punched him on the spot. You don’t mess with my food.

But the difference is, I tend to react a little more like this:

Don’t. Mess. With. My food!!

Because of the love-hate relationship I have with my siblings, the booby traps Kevin sets on the burglars are inspiration for pranks I pulled on my brothers.

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Muahaha. ?

And the way Kevin defends himself from the burglars reminds me of some advice my parents have always given me as a kid, which is: “No te dejes.”

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If there was ever a kid at my school that was bothering me, my parents always told me to defend myself and never let anyone push me around.

Kevin’s mom also has some great guilt-tripping skills like my mom.

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This sounds a lot like my mom when she says: “Que van hacer el día que yo me muera…”

But the final scene of “Home Alone” hits home for me the most.

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Because I know the holidays wouldn’t be complete without my big Latino family.


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How does “Home Alone” remind you of your family?

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

Salma Hayek is not putting her efforts of the #MeToo movement behind her. In fact, her most recent disclosure about her experience filming the 1995 movie Desperado proves she has yet to lose momentum. While the graphic film grossed $25.4 million in the United States box office and received rave reviews, Hayek says it wasn’t all great.

During a recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Hayek opened up about her breakout role.


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Speaking about her experience Hayek explained that she had not known at the time that she did not know she had been signedup to film a sex scene with costar Antonio Banderas.

“So, when we were going to start shooting, I started to sob, ‘I don’t know that I can do it. I’m afraid,'” Hayek said in the interview with Shepard. “One of the things I was afraid of was Antonio — he was an absolute gentleman and so nice, and we’re still super close friends — but he was very free. It scared me that for him, it was like nothing. I started crying, and he was like, ‘Oh my God. You’re making me feel terrible.’ And I was so embarrassed that I was crying.”

Speaking more about the experience, Hayek underlined that Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez tried their best to make her feel comfortable on set. She also added that she felt as if Rodriguez “never put pressure” on her.

Still, Hayek says that the experience was traumatic.

“I was not letting go of the towel,” Hayek explained. “They would try to make me laugh. I would take it off for two seconds and start crying again. But we got through it. We did the best with what we could do at the time.”

“When you’re not you, then you can do it. But I keep thinking of my father and my brother,” she went onto explain. “And are they going to see it? And are they going to get teased? Guys don’t have that. Your father will be, ‘Yeah! That’s my son!'”

Hayek and Banderas have remained friends since filming and they have gone on to star in five other projects.


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In fact, just last year, Hayek presented Banderas with an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Banderas was honored for his role in Pain & Glory with the International Star Award.

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Ricky Martin Is Part Of A Netflix Christmas Musical That Is Making History

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Ricky Martin Is Part Of A Netflix Christmas Musical That Is Making History

Ricky Martin is joining an all-star cast for Netflix’s newest holiday film. “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is going to be the streaming giants’ next leap into the holiday film market and the cast of color is giving us so much to look forward to. The technology is helping to make it historic.

Netflix’s next Christmas movie is the POC magic we all deserve.

Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni-Rose, and Ricky Martin are bringing the movie to life. The movie follows a toymaker and his granddaughter, played by Madalen Mills, on an epic Christmas adventure. Like any good Christmas movie, there is drama when an invention that could change their lives lands in the wrong hands.

Ricky Martin plays an evil toy called Don Juan Diego.

Don Juan Diego is a key part of Jeronicus Jangle’s woes as the invention is stolen from his workshop. In fact, Diego convinces Jangle’s protege (Keegan-Michael Key) to betray him. Diego is such a strong force that Key’s character betrays his mentor and spends his time finding ways to continue to make Jangle’s life harder. Martin took a lot of time to really perfect Diego to make sure that he was more than a one-dimensional evil Latino toy.

“This was a green light to be whoever you want to be and be vicious and Machiavellian and be mean,” Martin told NBC News. “I was running the lines in my house, and my kids would be like, ‘That’s not evil.’ And I would say, ‘Because you’re looking at me and I’m still your father.’ And they were like, ‘Yes, but you need to try harder and to be meaner.’ It took me seven, eight weeks to polish this character because is Don Juan Diego Castilian? Is he Colombian? Is he Mexican? We played with all the accents. We had to keep it very neutral. I hope this is the first movie of Don Juan Diego. Did I just say that?”

People have had it with the quarantine and can’t wait for holiday movies to fill the screen.

We have spent almost eight months confined to our homes and apartments. The least every streaming platform can do is have new holiday content already in their queue to make the season more festive. We all need things to look forward to right now so let’s do this, Netflix.

The movie is integrating new technology with Orbital Audio. The tech software allows for any pair of headphones to become surround sound. Orbital Audio is the first product launched with the Martin Music Lab. The first project for Orbital Audio was Martin’s latest album “Pausa.”

“When the lockdown started, I told my team, ‘Listen, we have to create something that is of impact. Let’s create something that will heal people. I don’t know what this is. I have no idea if it’s a vitamin we are going to invent. I don’t know if it’s a new kind of food. But let’s be open,’” Martin said on the Variety/iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.”

Oh, not to mention that John Legend is behind the music.

That’s right. The music that will fill the movie, and your ears, comes from the talented and beloved John Legend. There really isn’t anything better than music from one of the greats, especially when it is Christmas music.

“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” will be streaming on Netflix starting Nov. 13.

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