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These Movies Are Perfect For The Telenovela Fans Who Are Obsessed With The Characters

Telenovelas, culebrones, comedias… however you might call them, televised episodic melodrama is an important cultural industry in all of Latin America and among the huge Spanish-speaking and bilingual communities in the United States.

Telenovelas often involve a central story of love filled with obstacles and intrigues. The two main characters usually come from very different socioeconomic origins. All of this is spiced up with romantic triangles and often with secret identities… And of course steamy kisses and slaps, lots of head-turning slaps!

Central to the success of a telenovela are legendary characters that have no shades of gray: they are either too good or the meanest SOBs on Earth. If you love to love or love to hate some of these characters, you will enjoy some of these  movies.

1. If you love to hate Soraya from Maria la del Barrio… 

Credit: Maria la del Barrio. Televisa

The best villain of all time and now a worldwide famous meme. She was bitchy and evil. And incredibly funny. 

You will like: Ursula in The Little Mermaid

 

Credit: The Little Mermaid. Disney.


She is ruthless in her evil ways and is just so dismissive and has zero political correctness. You will enjoy hating her! 

2. If you love to love Maestra Jimena from Carrusel

Credit: Carrusel. Televisa.


We have all fantasized with having an understanding and amazing teacher like her…. she was equally tough and caring.

You will like: Louanne Johnson in Dangerous Minds

Credit: Dangerous Minds. Hollywood Pictures.


Michelle Pfeiffer plays an ex-Marine who teaches literature at a rough high-school and gets the kids straightened up and motivated. You go, girl.

3. If you love to hate Catalina Creel from Cuna de lobos

Credit: Cuna de lobos. Televisa.


She was evil beyond belief and didn’t hesitate to kill even family members in her journey to total power and vengeance. 

You will like: Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians

Credit: 101 Dalmatians. Disney.


She wanted to make a coat out of puppy fur… let that sink in. Point made. 

4. If you love to love Juan Del Diablo from Corazón Salvaje

Credit: Corazón Salvaje. Televisa.


The late Eduardo Palomo played a sexy and cheeky pirate in this classic period telenovela about a love triangle in the Mexican beachside.

You will like: Dr. Peter Blood in Captain Blood

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Errol Flynn plays a savvy and adventurous captain in this 1935 Hollywood classic!

5. If you love to love Marimar from Marimar 

Credit: Giphy. Anonymous.

Of all the Maria characters that Thalia played in the 1990s, Marimar is the most adorable: a girl who grows up in the beach, with sun-kissed skin and a killer smile. 

You will like: Amelie in Amelie 

Credit: Amelie. Miramax.


Our favorite naive French coqueta. She is as shiny and cute as Marimar, and just as secretly cheeky. 

6. If you love to love Tanya and Ana Maria from Dos mujeres un camino

Credit: Dos mujeres in camino. Televisa.


Bibi Gaytán and Laura León play a couple of women, the lover and the wife, who are in love with the same man. They don’t really hate each other, which makes for an interesting and different plot.

You will like: Vicky and Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz play a couple of free spirits who are both in love with a Spanish bon vivant painter. 

7. If you love to hate Aurelio Casillas from El señor de los cielos

Credit: El señor de los cielosTelemundo.


Based on the real kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes. This character is so charming he makes us forget about his evil wrongdoings and the pain he brings to thousands of people affected by drug violence. 

You will like: Tony Montana in Scarface.

Credit: Scarface. Warner Bros.

Al Pacino plays this character to perfection. Montana is a violent and powerful drug dealer who thinks he is above the law and anything else.

8. If you love to love Betty from Yo soy Betty, la fea

Credit:Yo soy Betty, la fea. RCN.

Dozens of versions of this Colombian telenovela have been made, which talks about the appeal of the archetypical story of a woman who blossoms after falling in love. However, it is problematic in terms of how it deals with body image issues.

You will like: Gracie in Miss Congeniality 

Credit: Miss Congeniality. Castle Rock Entertainment.


Sandra Bullock plays an FBI agent who finds her inner femininity by participating in a beauty contest. She is so damn funny and so damn cute! 

9. If you love to love Fernando Mendiola Saénz in La fea más bella

Credit: La fea más bella. Televisa.


Jaime Camil played Betty’s romantic counterpart and boss to the dot in the Mexican version. This might be the role that got him a job in Jane the Virgin as Rogelio De la Vega!

You will like: Professor Henry Higgings in My Fair Lady

Credit: My Fair Lady. Warner Bros.


The archetypical character of a high class man who finds the beauty and intelligence in a lower class woman. Kind of sexist, but a bit charming. 

10. If you love to hate Rubí Pérez Ochoa in Rubí

Credit: Rubí. Televisa.


Deliciously played by Bárbara Mori, Rubí is a complex character that has a poor background, but hangs out with the rich kids thanks to her hardworking sister who puts her through a private university. She is de cuidado!

You will like: Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liasons 

Credit: Dangerous Liasons. Lorimar Film Entertainment.


Glen Close plays a socialite who knows how to wreak havoc among the rich and beautiful, just like Rubí. Aguas con ella!

11. If you love to hate Rodrigo Montalvo Santos from Destilando amor

Credit: Destilando amor. Televisa


The typical rich jerk who goes overseas and promises his poor girlfriend to come back. Sorpresa! He doesn’t.

You will like: Tony Stark from the Iron Man franchise

Credit: Iron Man. Marvel Studios.


He is the rich heir who just teases his romantic interests (his assistant in this case) but never fully commits. Que pase el desgraciado!

12. If you love to love Gaviota from Café, con aroma de mujer

Credit: Café, con aroma de mujer. RCN.


This Colombian culebrón on which the Mexican Destilando amor is based. Instead of agave plants the rich family harvests coffee. The female lead is a young and passionate woman who falls ill of love. Saquen los kleenex. 

You will like: The girl in The Lover

Credit: The Lover. Film A2.


In colonial Indochine (now Vietnam) a young woman falls in love with a rich businessman and starts a torrid romance. Steamy as it gets. We never get to know the characters´names. 

13. If you love to love María Inés Domínguez de Sanmillán from Mirada de mujer. 

Credit: Mirada de mujerAzteca Trece.


This telenovela broke with a taboo in Mexican society. It showed a love affair between a middle-aged woman and a younger lover, played by Ari Telch (think Mexican Tom Selleck).

You will like: Liz Gilbert in Eat Pray Love

Credit: Eat Pray Love. Columbia Pictures.


Julia Roberts played the main character beautifully, helping millions of women believe that it is not only men who are entitled to change their life.

Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Inconceivable?

Just when we thought the ‘80s classic The Princess Bride was untouchable in terms of facing a remake, Quibi decided to take it on amid the current pandemic. According to The New York Post, the American short-form mobile video platform is going DIY with the beloved film. The celeb-studded film will see the stars use their phones to film and edit the series. The homemade fan film will premiere exclusively on the platform and will debut two chapters at a time.

“Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner and her husband Joe Jonas are set to play the lead romantic couple… with a twist.

Turner will take on the role of lovestruck Westley while Jonas will take on Princess Buttercup. Joining the couple is an all-star cast that includes Beanie Feldstein, Zazie Beetz, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish. Actor Fred Savage, who played the role of The Grandson in the original film, will also return, this time as… The Grandson. So it will most certainly be funny.

“The actors will trade-off roles throughout scenes, each paying homage to The Princess Bride in their own unique way,” the New York Post reported about the fan-made film. The outlet also revealed that in order to keep up with scenes that require crowds, they’ll use Legos and stuffed animals.

Turns out COVID-19 inspires creativity?

Fortunately, this reboot has a pretty great purpose other than staving off boredom.

Quibi has pledged to donate $1 million in honor of the homemade fan-made film to give to World Central Kitchen, an organization striving to provide meals to those in need during the pandemic.

The first chapter of this quirky project is set to debut on June 29.

‘Hamilton’: Disney Plus Drops Trailer For Musical Film — Watch Now!

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‘Hamilton’: Disney Plus Drops Trailer For Musical Film — Watch Now!

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Good news!

…Wait for it…

Those days of saving upwards of $849 for Hamilton tickets on Broadway are long behind you. The Broadway hit is coming straight to your screens courtesy of Disney +.

That’s right!

On Sunday, the streaming platform dropped the first official trailer for the Broadway rap-story about Alexander Hamilton and other historical figures. 

According to Variety, the production was filmed at New York City’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016. From the trailer, it looks as if production perfectly captures the world of Broadway and the musical’s original stage production. You might remember that in 2016, the musical was nominated for 16 awards and eventually took home 11 awards, including Best Musical. That same year it received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The theatrical production features Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Jonathan Groff as King George, and Christopher Jackson as George Washington.

The film was originally slated for a theatrical release in October of 2021.

The release was fortunately moved up to July 3 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a recent interview with Variety, Miranda said “What I’m most excited about [is] you all have that friend that is like, ‘I saw it with the original cast.’ We’re stealing that brag from everyone because you’re all going to see it with the original cast.”

Speaking about sharing Hamilton with audiences via the big screen, Miranda told Entertainment Tonight at the 2020 Oscars that he was “very proud of 2016 us, because we had the foresight to film the show with the original company before the principals started leaving, so we’ve got the snapshot,” Miranda shared. “I’m just really excited that we get to share it because we know how hard it is [to see it].”

Hamilton will be available to stream July, 3 on Disney+.