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5 Bewitching Facts About Melonie Diaz Who Plays Mel In The ‘Charmed’ Reboot

Nuyorican actress Melonie Diaz is ready to invoke some fierce spirits and spells as one of the stars of the CW’s reboot of the 1990s classic, “Charmed.” A seasoned actress of independent films, Diaz has had years of preparation for her new network series role. Find out some interesting facts before the show’s premiere on October 14 at 9p.m./8p.m. CST.

Melonie Diaz is here to give you her opinion—and she doesn’t care if you think she’s a witch or not.

Cast as the first sister in the “Charmed” reboot, Diaz is bringing her fierce personality and distaste for the patriarchy to her portrayal of Mel. Mel who wants to create change and engage in the political conversation in this unprecedented time. She kicks butt and questions men who are parading as sexual predators by day and are actually demons at night. Sounds about right.

She’s politically engaged on social media.

Much like her feminist character on the series, Diaz isn’t shy about expressing her political beliefs. Recent tweets include posting hotline information for those that needed support after the infamous Brett Kavanaugh hearing. She also has no concern when it comes to sharing messages from politicians she believes in.

“I’m angry on a visceral level,’ Diaz told the the New York Times. “The way I feel is, ‘How can we not be talking about this? The world is a dumpster fire!'”

Diaz’s academic curriculum has specialized in the performing arts since she was a teen.

Before appearing on a hearty casting list of independent films and on the Broadway stage, Diaz attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. She then received her degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in film production.

Diaz starred in “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler’s first feature film project “Fruitvale Station.”

In 2013, Diaz appeared as the character Sophina in Coogler’s first feature-length film, which garnered him buzz around the film festival circuit.

Diaz is a proud bookworm.

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She often posts on Instagram the books on her current reading list and has encouraged her followers to support the work of minority women writers. All in favor of asking Diaz to start a virtual book club a la Reese Witherspoon, raise your hand. ✊???? ✊???? ✊???? ✊???? ✊????


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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

In its 93 years, the Academy Awards has only ever recognized only seven women in the category of Best Director. This is despite the fact that women have had a long and lasting presence in film history. This year, two women were honored with nominations at the Oscars this year. Emerald Fennell was nominated for her work on “Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan.

This year, Chloe Zhao, the director of “Nomadland” became the second woman in history to win the best directing award in nearly 100 years.

She is also the first woman of color to win the award.

Zhao won Best Director at the Oscars and became the first woman of color to win the award.

“When I was growing up in China, my dad and I would play this game. We would memorize classic poems and text and try to finish each other’s sentences,” Zhao explained during her acceptance speech.

She went on to recite a line of poetry in Chinese and then translated it in English, “People at birth are inherently good.”

“I have always found goodness in the people I met,” she said. “This is for anyone who has the faith and courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves.”

In addition, Zhao won directing awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

Despite the presence of women in the entertainment industry, only seven women have been nominated for awards.

American filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her 2009 film The Hurt Locker. Directors Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) are the only other female directors to have ever been nominated for the best-directing award.

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Gloria Estefan Makes Cuban-American Dreams Come True— Joins Andy Garcia’s ‘Father Of The Bride’ Sequel

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Gloria Estefan Makes Cuban-American Dreams Come True— Joins Andy Garcia’s ‘Father Of The Bride’ Sequel

Break out the tres leches! It’s gonna be a wedding of “epic proportions!” Cuban-style!

That’s right, the beloved 1991 film Father of the Bride is getting a remake. This time, the film will star 64-year-old actor Andy Garcia, the patriarch of a Cuban American family, struggling to see his daughter walk down the aisle.

Singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan is set to join Andy Garcia in the reboot.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros considered getting Estefan involved in the project a “long shot.”

“A resounding YES was my answer to the invitation to join my good friend, the incredibly talented Andy Garcia, for this new and wonderfully warm and funny incarnation of the classic, Father of the Bride! I’ve been a fan of director Gaz Alazraki since I saw his record-breaking comedy Nosotros Los Nobles and can’t wait to experience how he brings this amazing script by Matt Lopez to life,” Estefan told Deadline. 

Garcia will star in and executive produce the upcoming Warner Bros. remake of Father of the Bride, a story that will follow a Cuban American family.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B will produce the remake with Gaz Alazraki, director of Club de Cuervos, set to helm.

“I’m very excited to join The Father of the Bride, a beloved film that has brought so much joy to so many over the years and to represent my Cuban culture and heritage in this story,” Garcia explained in a statement published by THR. “I commend Warner Brothers for their foresight and celebrate this opportunity they have created.” 

Garcia’s remake is the latest in the franchise, which first came out in 1950 and starred actor Spencer Tracey and Elizabeth Taylor.

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The first film inspired a sequel, also starring Tracey and Taylor, called Father’s Little Dividend. The film was remade forty-years later with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in the 1991 version. Garcia’s upcoming take will focus on a similar storyline. According to THR, “the latest remake will center on the father of a soon-to-be bride coming to terms with daughters’ nuptials. But the latest take will be told through the relationships in a big, sprawling Cuban-American family.”

The 1991 cast of the film reunited in September for a Netflix special. 

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The feature filmed memorable moments from the Nancy Meyers film and its 1995 sequel Father of the Bride II and showed “the Banks family’s” home in 2020. The reunion was produced to honor the World Central Kitchen amid the pandemic.

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