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The First Picture From Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Is Finally Here And I’m Already In Love With Tony

West Side Story: First Image From Steven Spielberg's Musical

The first photo of the new Steven Spielberg adaptation of “West Side Story” is finally here! Variety has officially released the photo featuring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as Tony and Maria and we cannot get enough.

Colombian-American Zegler, 17, and 28-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star Ariana DeBose, playing Anita, are two Latinas intentionally cast in the lead roles after Spielberg and his team put out a call for Latinx actors.

The cast also features David Alvarez, a Canadian born to Cuban parents as  Bernardo, Maria’s brother and the leader of the Sharks and theater actor Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino. The Broadway classic tells the story of two young lovers from rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, set in New York in 1957 in the midst of racial tensions.

The photo has Elgort and Zegler front and center, lovingly looking into each other’s eyes while flanked by the Jets and Sharks.

The image teaser features (from left to right) Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).

The iconic Rita Moreno played Anita in the 1961 film version of the 1957 Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

The 87-year-old Puerto Rican actress is an executive producer on the film and will also return in a new role as Valentina, a revamped version of Doc, the candy store owner.

The production has already began filming in Harlem, the New York Post reported.

The film marks the first time Spielberg directs a musical and it’s set to be released in theaters Dec. 18, 2020.

Pop TV Has Saved ‘One Day At A Time’ And This Is Not A Drill, Y’all

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Pop TV Has Saved ‘One Day At A Time’ And This Is Not A Drill, Y’all

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“One Day at a Time” is back. After strong fan support and a campaign to bring back the acclaimed series, Pop TV has announced that it has picked up the popular series canceled by Netflix earlier this year, for a 13-episode fourth season. According to Vulture, the series is set for a 2020 return and will also air the first three seasons of the show, which will also continue to stream on Netflix.

As well as airing on Pop TV, “One Day at a Time” will run repeats on CBS meaning the show will return to where the original series aired over 40 years ago.

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According to Deadline, while some canceled shows have previously been picked up by Netflix, this is the first time a scripted series canceled by the streaming service has found a new home. This is just another example of how transcendent and popular the series has been since it returned back in 2017.

“How amazing it is to be involved with this brilliant and culturally significant series that deals with important themes one minute while making you laugh the next,” Brad Schwartz, Pop TV president, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more proud to continue telling heartwarming stories of love, inclusion, acceptance, and diversity that pull on your emotions while putting a smile on your face.”

It seemed at some points that the series wasn’t going to make a return but with fan support anything is possible.

When the series was initially canceled back in March, fans and stars of the show were upset. Many credited the show for being one of the lone series with Latino representations on television. Netflix said low viewership numbers were to blame for the canceling but many didn’t buy that.

Fans soon rallied around the show on social media as producers at Sony Television had begun exploring other options for the show. Using the hashtag #SaveODAAT, fans called on a new platform to pick up the critically acclaimed series.

But for the past few months, it was unclear whether the show would ever come back. Today, showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett broke the news on Twitter and it set off a firestorm of excitement through the fandom.

“WE’RE BACK! Thanks to every fan who made #saveodaat trend worldwide, ONE DAY AT A TIME is heading to POP TV & we couldn’t be more excited! We have many more stories to tell about & we can’t wait to share them with you!

Reaction to the series returning has been met with joy and praise across social media.

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There is well-deserved reason to celebrate the return of ODAAT. One of them being the show’s inclusiveness and representation of various characters. It was this reason many felt the show deserved a second chance and now it will get an even bigger platform.

“I still can’t believe Netflix canceled One Day At A Time and fucked over Rita Moreno like of all the people you’re gonna cancel a show on, they had to cancel a living legend? And now a random channel came and saved the day? I’d be straight up embarrassed to be Netflix right now,” one user wrote on Twitter.

ODAAT is only going to grow in popularity now and we can thank it’s loyal fans for supporting and campaigning for its return.

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While details of the new season are yet to be released, we do know that Season 4 will see the Cuban-American family dealing with new challenges. This includes Elena entering her senior year of high school, Penelope moving up in her medical career and of course, more of Lydia.

We can hardly wait for the new season already. But at this point, we’re all just happy to see this much-needed series find a new home. We think Rita Morena said it perfectly about the show’s return.

“SAVEODAAT is old news…#MoreODAAT is more like it!! Thank you @PopTV #ODAAT @OneDayAtATime we’re backkkk!”

READ: Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision

Rita Moreno Revealed She Refused To Sing The Original Lyrics To “America” Because They Were Highly Offensive To Puerto Rico

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Rita Moreno Revealed She Refused To Sing The Original Lyrics To “America” Because They Were Highly Offensive To Puerto Rico

EGOT winner Rita Moreno has been leading up the mic lately. Whether its speaking out about the fate of the beloved former Netflix show “One Day At A Time” or thanking fans for recognizing her work over the years while accepting a Peabody Award, the Boricua has proved she’s got quite a bit to say. This week, the Latina icon shared her excitement for the upcoming remake of West Side Story and decision to put her foot down during filming for the original film when lyrics about her homeland, Puerto Rico, proved to be racist and disparaging.

In a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter, Moreno revealed that she had refused to sing the lyrics created by composer Stephen Sondheim at one point during filming.

Moreno revealed that as director Steven Spielberg headed to Puerto Rico to have a conversation with Puerto Ricans about their issues with the original film, there were quite a few concerns about Anita’s speech before singing “America.”

“There’s a lot that’s interesting about the objection to that number. In defense of the original, some people choose to be offended by the things that are said about Puerto Rico — but they completely disregard that it’s one native’s point of view,” Moreno explained. “Which is why the number turns into a song that’s really insulting America. ‘Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion, let it sink back in the ocean’ … that one really clings to people’s hearts. It still does. But let me sing you the original three lines: (Singing) ‘Puerto Rico, you ugly island, island of tropic diseases.’ That is venal.”

Moreno revealed that she was so insulted by the lyric she told Sondheim she would walk off set if it wasn’t changed.

“I wanted this part so badly, so badly. But a few weeks after I got it, I suddenly remembered that lyric. Nobody knows this, but I said, ‘Those words won’t come out of my mouth.'” I was going to give it up on principle, not because I was brave — but because I couldn’t bear the thought of doing this to my people,” she explained. “But then [Stephen] Sondheim changed the lyric.”

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