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We Took ‘How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days’ And Replaced The Cast With All Latino Actors- Here’s The Result

Good news for all you rom-com lovers out there! Recently, news broke that the early-2000s seminal masterpiece “How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days” is getting a modern reboot–this time, for our TV screens. According to E! News, the remake-project is currently in development for the streaming platform Quibi and will be written by “Mindy Show” alum Guy Branum. According to the press release, the show will focus on “a glib young online writer and an oversexed advertising executive, both looking to prove they’re capable of being in a monogamous relationship”. But, obstacles come up when they “discover that staying in a relationship is harder than it looks”.

Needless to say, this is a dream-come-true for fans of the original Hudson-McConaughey charmer. It will also be a great addition to a TV landscape that’s sorely lacking in romantic-comedy projects. But more than anything, we think the reboot of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” is the perfect opportunity to improve upon the original cast choices. Although everyone in 2003 hit was talented, it was a group of actors sorely lacking in diversity. On that note, we’re excited to see if the newer version adds a little color to their cast. FIERCE by Mitu has made a dream all-Latinx cast of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. 

Take a look below!

Diane Guerrero as Andi

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The character of Andi is an ambitious young woman who, although she is beautiful, is smart above all else. She wants to be taken seriously in her career, but no one will give her a chance. Diane Guerrero has the comedy chops and quiet intelligence to play this role perfectly. Not to mention, Guerrero should have some free time on her schedule now that “Orange is the New Black” has come to an end.

Oscar Isaacs as Ben

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Oscar Isaac has the range and talent to play any character he wants. We’d love to see him in this reboot because we’ve never seen him in a romantic comedy before. We can just imagine him playing the aforementioned “oversexed advertising executive” that charms Andi into falling in love with him against her will.

Richard Cabral as Tony

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Yes, Richard Cabral has risen to prominence playing thugs and gangsters, but we know he has so much more potential in him. We’d love to see him play against-type as Ben’s nerdy and skeptical friend, Tony.

Melissa Villaseñor as Michelle

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We would love to see SNL star Melissa Villaseñor take a stab at playing Andi’s best friend and co-worker, the neurotic and man-obsessed Michelle. Can’t you just imagine Villaseñor pretending to be a cooky couple’s counselor like in the original film? There’s nothing we’d love more. 

Christina Milian as Jeannie

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As Andi’s stable and sexy friend, Jeannie doesn’t have much to do other than be a foil to Michelle’s craziness. And we can’t imagine an actress more badass and independent than Cubana Queen Christina Milian. 

Oscar Nuñez as Thayer

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We all know Oscar Nunez as the practical and professional Oscar on “The Office”. But if you’ve ever seen “The Proposal”, then you know that Nunez can also bring the crazy. That’s why he’d be perfect for filling the role of Thayer, originally played by the brilliant comedic actor Thomas Lennon.

Gina Torres as Lana Jong

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Anyone who’s seen Gina Torres on “Suits” knows that Torres can play “powerful boss lady” like she’s born for the role. We can totally see her as Andi’s boss Lana–the intimidating but supportive editor of Composure magazine. Honestly, we’ll take any excuse to get more Gina Torres in our lives. 

Renee Victor as Glenda

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Famous for voicing the feisty Abuelita in Coco, this actress has played matriarchal roles in everything from “Paranormal Activity” to “Vida”. Everything about her screams “pure of heart” just like Jack’s mom in the original version.  Just look at the face! This woman would never be able to lie her way through a game of Bull****.

Edward James Olmos as Jack 

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You may know Olmos primarily for playing Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, in the 1997 Jennifer Lopez-vehicle, “Selena”. Olmos has the kindness and gravity to play Ben’s feisty and lovable dad, Jack.

Rita Moreno as Mrs. DeLauer

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Has there ever been another role more perfectly suited for the talents of Rita Moreno? We’re 100% positive that Moreno would deliver the line “Ladies, frost yourselves” possibly better than the original actress. Here’s to hoping…

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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