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The Trailer For ‘Annihilation’ Just Came Out And It Features Three Of Our Favorite Actors

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I just saw the trailer for “Annihilation” and it looks like it may have everything I’ve ever wanted in a film: suspense, sci-fi, and Latino actors.

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Yes, I said actors, as in more than one Latino. And, no, it’s not an low-budget indie movie. It’s the real deal, and it’s about freakin’ time.

The film reunites “Ex Machina” writer and director Alex Garland with the one and only Oscar Isaac.

Here’s the synopsis of the film, according to IMDB: “A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.” The film is based on the award-winning book by Jeff VanderMeer, and from the trailer we can’t really tell how much Isaac is actually in the film. From the looks of it, he is very sick. His wife, played by Natalie Portman, goes on a expedition to figure out what happened to him.

The film also stars Gina Rodriguez as anthropologist Anya Thorensen.

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As we mentioned, Portman goes on a journey to some weird-ass place (where people look like plants, no joke) and takes a team that includes Thorensen. Based on the image Rodriguez posted on her Instagram, it looks like she gets into some real trouble — she does not look good.

Tessa Thompson is also in the movie!

This Afro-Latina (seen in “Creed,” “Thor,” and “Selma”) is also part of Portman’s team and plays a surveyor. I was pretty thrilled about seeing this addition because her work in “Creed” and “Dear White People” is incredible.

Several people on Twitter were pretty thrilled to see all these fabulous Latinos in one movie.

SAME!!!!

While this movie in no way fixes the lack of Latino representation in TV and film, it’s a good start. And we need more diversity in the arts asap.

READ: This Is The Complete All-Star Latino Cast Of Pixar’s ‘Coco’

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Tessa Thompson Met A Mini Version Of Herself During ‘Men In Black’ Premiere

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Tessa Thompson Met A Mini Version Of Herself During ‘Men In Black’ Premiere

When the original “Men In Black” premiered in 1997, there’s no denying it was a mega box office hit. In fact, we’re a bit more surprised that it took this long for there to be another installation to the franchise. Now, 22 years later, the new version, fittingly titled, “Men In Black: International” the film is more inclusive, which is certainly appreciated in this day and age.

It’s because of this diverse representation that Latinas can see themselves on the big screen.

Last week, during the “Men In Black” premiere Tessa Thompson spotted a little girl who was dressed just like her in the movie.

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Thompson recounted the moment on Instagram and discussed how much she’s been through with the filming of the movie and doing press all over the world. She said it was this moment that meant so much to her.

“These past couple weeks have been almost a blur— except, my favorite moment of all— meeting the one person I really made @meninblack for. Hers was the first face I saw when I arrived to the premiere— and it’s still on my mind. And what she said to me, I’ll never forget.”

This moment really signifies why representation matters so much.

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People seem to forget how many others are excluded when we see a movie or TV show, so when you see a person that looks like you starring in a massive project, it’s an encouraging thing that means to so many. Now we’re wondering what that little girl said to her. Please tell us, Tessa!

Thompson’s role in the new “Men In Black” also came with a couple of changes including something she didn’t want to say just because Will Smith said it in the original.

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Thompson said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she didn’t want the new movie to be too much like the old one, which makes sense especially because this is 2019! We don’t need to regress to 1997.

In the original movie, Smith says “I make this look good” after he first puts on his suit. Thompson said she would never say that line.

“I wouldn’t have said it. In fact, I think someone did ask me to — just as an option — and I said no. M [her character] is just different from that character [Agent J/Smith]. Yeah, I was really conscious of too much nostalgia. Also, inside of that, there were moments when I thought, ‘Let’s lean in.'”

Yes!! That is why we need more women of color in movies!

Alfonso Cuarón Was Forced To Confront His Own Family’s History Of Thier Maid While Making ‘Roma’

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Alfonso Cuarón Was Forced To Confront His Own Family’s History Of Thier Maid While Making ‘Roma’

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“Roma” is a classic in the hearts of millions of fans who saw themselves on screen. For Latinos, the movie represents a glimpse of our rich history, the divide of social classes, and a story that deserves to be told. For cinephiles, the film is a work of art directed by one of the best directors of all time. But the story and film are two separate things. It’s a multilayered entity that we are still uncovering today, the hallmark of a classic as it will evolve to stay relevant.

Director Alfonso Cuarón said he began working on “Roma” 12 years ago.

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In an interview with Daily Mail, Cuarón said that he wanted to make a movie about his maid/nanny more than a decade ago. He wasn’t sure how the project or film would take shape, but he knew that he wanted to tell the story of Libo Rodriguez and how she raised Cuarón and his siblings.

This is something Cuarón as always been transparent about in many interviews. The focus of the film, as he has admitted, was to bring out the story of his family and maid in an authentic and honest portrayal.

Four years ago, Cuarón said he asked Libo if he could interview for his project, which, at the time, he called “The Book Of Hours.”

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“The first part was going through her routine, and it was almost a forensic account,” he told the publication. “All the detail was there, like how she would sit on the bed and wake up one of my siblings. We were talking about the bubble I was aware of. The house and my neighborhood.”

Their conversation back then covered everything that she did for them from showing them love, to cleaning up after them, to having “the talk.”

“She was like my parent, and you don’t question your parents about such things,” he said.

Going through these conversations, Cuarón realized the privilege he had by having Libo in his life.

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He said he felt immense guilt about their treatment toward her. The film ended up being a way to show his gratitude while also repairing what was broken.

“On the one hand, we’re saying: ‘We love you!” But go and wash the clothes, and bring me a smoothie.” He went on to say, “She had hardships in her life. Hunger when she was a child. And the cold. My experience of hunger then was ‘Oh, we’re late for lunch.'”

“The wound is part of who you are,” he said, “It’s like repairing a crack in a wall. Or, better, mending broken pottery. It’s about repairing yourself. And the end product is more beautiful than the original.”

Cuarón honest depiction of this relationship has stirred emotions within Mexico. The sudden rise in stardom for Yalitza Aparicio forced many in the country to reckon with the ideas around indigenous and non-white Mexicans.

READ: “Roma” Wins Three Oscars At The 2019 Academy Awards

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