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A Movie About The Creation Of Hot Cheetos Is Finally Happening And This Is How Eva Longoria Is Involved

There is good news out of Hollywood that actress/producer Eva Longoria is set to direct a biopic about Richard Montañez, the janitor who invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The beloved spicy snack will get the big-screen treatment and a Latina will be behind the story. According to Deadline, the rights to direct the film were a hot commodity as Longoria reportedly beat out multiple directors for the role. She made quite the impression on DeVon Franklin, who will produce the anticipated film under his Franklin Entertainment label when she discussed her “authentic approach” on the touching story of Richard and Judy Montañez, his wife. 

So far there are limited details about the film, which will be titled “Flamin’ Hot.” This all the information about the upcoming project currently available and maybe all the information we really need to know.  

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Landing the role of the director is just another achievement for Longoria who has transitioned successfully from the front of the camera to behind it in recent years. “The Desperate Housewives” actress has had previous experience as she directed multiple episodes of Black-ish, The Mick, and Jane the Virgin. She also recently agreed to direct a Kerry Washington movie called “24/7.” 

Here are some of the reaction the film has received on social media that Longoria will be directing. It looks like some people don’t know it’s going to be a biopic not just a film about Hot Cheetos. 

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There has been a bit of confusion is some circles of social media who have questions about the film and what the plot will be about. Some on social media aren’t too sure about the project or don’t realize that it will be a biopic and not about the chips themselves.

“Before you joke about this, make sure you read the article and the synopsis of the film. It’s a biopic on the Latinx janitor turned inventor of Hot Cheetos, not an animated Chester Cheetah movie, and it sounds pretty amazing—and @EvaLongoria  is the right person to tell this tale” Jeff Yang tweeted in regards to criticism the announcement has received. 

Another person on Twitter talked about what the movie will mean in terms of having a Latina behind the camera getting to tell a story many may not be too familiar with. 

“Sad people I admire on Twitter have not taken time to research the facts of Richard Montañez’s story. This isn’t just a joke Cheetos movie. Diminishing the story is lowkey racist. @EvaLongoria and Lewis Colick are telling the kind of Latinx story that never seems to get made.”

The story behind Hot Cheetos is inspirational to many and is a tribute to a legend that has touched many in Latino pop culture.  

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The film will focus on Montañez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, who came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He incorporated the various spicy flavors of his Latin background and in return created one of the most recognizable and popular snacks for Frito-Lay and impacting the food industry as a whole. 

It didn’t start out easy for Montañez who struggled to learn English growing up and eventually dropped out. He would work various jobs until he landed a position as a janitor at Frito-Lay in 1976 at the young age of 18. Montañez quickly let his presence known at the company chatting with workers and getting to learn the products. But it wasn’t until the mid-1980s when the Frito-Lay’s CEO, Roger Enrico, told every employee to “act like an owner” in an effort to help create a new company culture. 

One day when Montañez was working alongside a fellow Frito-Lay salesman on their way to a liquor store in a Latino neighborhood, he made notice that the majority of the chips lacked flavor. He took some chips from the factory home and decided to add chile powder to them and would pitch the idea to the CEO. Enrico loved the chips instantly and the rest would be history. 

The “Hot Cheetos” film was announced by Fox Searchlight back in February 2018 but it took until this week to get any new update on the project. We can only speculate who will be cast or when the film will be released but for now, we can take comfort knowing a Latina will be at the helm. 

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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The numbers are bleak. Latinos make up 18% of America’s population but only 5% of the number of speaking roles in movies in 2019 according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Hollywood seems to be late to the party when it comes to Latino representation onscreen. But luckily, there are a handful of Latino artists and creators out there who are taking the fight to appear in front of the screen to behind the camera.

Take, for example, Eva Longoria, who was just announced to be directing and co-starring in the new action-comedy film, “Spa Day”

This marks the third movie the Mexican-American actress will be helming and the first Latina to ever direct more than one major studio film.

The other films on Longoria’s roster include a vehicle for her and Kerry Washington tentatively titled “24/7”, as well as the upcoming biopic “Flamin’ Hot”–a movie centered around Richard Montañez, the man who invented Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Longoria has been candid about how the decision to move into directing and producing has been a strategic one.

“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” Longoria told Variety in 2018.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for [good projects], and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”

But her career transition isn’t unique as a Latina in Hollywood. She has joined the ranks of other Latinas in Hollywood who have began to produce and direct their own projects in order to finally see Latino stories told on screen.

Her peers include Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue“, “Hustlers“), Selena Gomez (“Living Undocumented“), America Ferrera (“Gentefied“, “Superstore“), Gina Rodriguez (“Diary of an American President,” “Carmen San Diego“), and Salma Hayek (“Ugly Betty”).

All of these women have thrown their weight behind projects that otherwise wouldn’t be made if their names weren’t attached to them.

All of these women are creating stories that feature Latino stories and Latino talent–in front of and behind the camera.

America Ferrera explained the reason behind her conscious career pivot from acting to directing/producing: “My genuine heart’s desire is to tell stories that haven’t been told,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s hard to get stories about people like us made. And then to get those stories told by us is very very uncommon.”

Although the endgame is to have Latinx stories greenlit without having to first be a famous singer or actress, the work these ladies are doing might be laying the foundation for an easier road for future industry players of Latino descent. Or as Longoria so eloquently put it: “If we unite and create opportunities for each other and pull each other up, there could be a lot more success for representation on TV.”

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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