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11 Years After His Death, Is It Possible To Really Recast Heath Ledger In This 90s Classic?

What’s not to love about the ’90s classic, 10 Things I Hate About You? It’s a renewed take on Shakespeare’s 16th-century comedy The Taming of the Shrew, with all of the best bits of a classic romance and drama all bundled into one. But, let’s face it, there’s one thing we’d change about this timeless tale: the casting. What the original lacks is a greater representation of POC or Latino influence. So we thought we’d have a go at rethinking 10 Things I Hate About You, Latino-style: read on to find out who’d make the cut for our dream cast. Warning – if you have yet to watch this classic, we will have spoilers below!

Katarina “Kat” Stratford (Originally Julia Stiles)

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How could anyone forget the iconic Kat Stratford? Julia Stiles brought her to life with her sassy remarks and cutting quips. But what really made us connect with Kat was the eventual revelation about her character – how shy and vulnerable she can really be, underneath the snark. It made her character’s forever-quotable “10 Things I Hate About You” poem at the end of the film even more heart-wrenching.

Our Latino Power Choice: Stephanie Beatriz

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Stephanie Beatriz has already had plenty of practice to make the perfect Latina Kat, through her role on comedy cop show Brooklyn 99, as Detective Rosa Diaz. Can we imagine her owning the part and making it her own? Why yes, yes we can.

Bianca Stratford (Originally Larisa Oleynik)

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Bianca Stratford was a bit of a surprise of a character. While she started out as the archetypal ditzy-but-beautiful popular girl-next-door type, she doesn’t stay that way. We see this through her blossoming relationship with Cameron, and her final rejection of Joey.

Our Latino Power Choice: Melissa Fumero

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Okay, let’s face it, 10 Things I Hate About You is also about the bond between sisters. Sure, it takes a bit of a backseat toward the end of the movie, but don’t you think it would be great to see Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz bring that dynamic to life, together? Especially since they already do a great job on Brooklyn 99. We stan.

Patrick Verona (Originally Heath Ledger)

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Heath Ledger originally stole our hearts as the quintessential bad boy in 10 Things I Hate About You. Okay, he was originally hired to woo Kat multiple times, and deceived her in the process, but did that stop us from loving him and his drop-dead-gorgeous smile? Nope, definitely not.

Our Latino Power Choice: Oscar Isaac

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If you’re wondering why this guy looks familiar, you probably recognize him from the latest films that were added to the Star Wars franchise: Oscar Isaac plays Commander Poe Dameron. You can’t tell us that after seeing this shot of him, he wouldn’t make the perfect Patrick Verona. One flash of his charming smile and our hearts would be all aflutter.

Cameron James (Originally Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

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Outsider and nerdy are probably two of the best words to describe Cameron James. Underneath that, though, we saw a sweet guy who’s determined to find a way to win the attention of the girl he loves. Okay, so that did involve some underhanded payments to Patrick to get the ball rolling, but did we say that teenage boys are that smart?

Our Latino Power Choice: Tyler Posey

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We already know Tyler Posey from his work on Teen Wolf, where he definitely knew how to play the sweet teenage boy. Should he do it again? We think so. Of course, he’s such a babe he may have his work cut out for him to try and convince us that he really is the nerdy type.

Michael Eckman (Originally David Krumholtz)

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While Michael’s a bit of a background character, we can’t help but get attached to him – especially since he basically introduces us to the main cast at the start of the film. Plus, his Shakespearean-themed romance with Mandella is hella sweet, too.

Our Latino Power Choice: Rico Rodriguez

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Sure, we know Rico Rodriguez as the little boy on Modern Family. But he is a little boy no longer – word on the street is that he’s in the process of branching out. And what a perfect way to do that, than to play a funny and romantic wingman?

Mandella (Originally Susan May Pratt)

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We got to know Mandella as Kat’s kooky best friend, who loved nothing more than a good Shakespeare script to sink her teeth into. In fact, she was clearly strange enough to get by through the film with just her first name. Maybe a remake could see her not only gain a boyfriend in Michael, but also a surname?

Our Latino Power Choice: Aubrey Plaza

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Aubrey Plaza has got kooky down pat, both in her roles and in real life. Her time as April Ludgate with the crew on Parks and Recreation showed that she’s more than capable of handling both an emotional love story for her character and embrace her inner weirdness. She wouldn’t have to play Mandella, she would be Mandella.

Joey Donner (Originally Andrew Keegan)

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You know those guys who you’re definitely stuck on, and they just won’t slide their way back out of your DMs? Joey Donner was the original lame guys, amigos. And sure, there’s more to his story than that, but you’d probably be better off watching the movie to find out the juicy details. Or, just take our word for it.

Our Latino Power Choice: William Levy

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Despite Joey’s scumminess, we’d still need a babe to play his part. And who better to play it than William Levy? After all, his first taste of fame, before his career as an actor, was through modeling. If we have to sit through hours of his pouting and general gorgeousness onscreen as Joey, then we’ll take one of the team. Honestly.

Walter Stratford (Originally Larry Miller)

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Walter Stratford was basically every dad you’ve ever known who doesn’t know how to cope with his daughters growing up. On the one hand, it was super frustrating. And on the other hand, it was pretty sweet. He just didn’t know how to love them as adults – yet. 10 Things I Hate About You was his journey, too: toward accepting his daughters’ maturity.

Our Latino Power Choice: Benjamin Bratt

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Benjamin Bratt would make a great onscreen dad! For one, he’s definitely aging into a bit of a silver fox. And two, his time as Sandra Bullock’s love interest on Miss Congeniality shows that he can definitely play the part where he’s nonplussed at the idea of having to handle a woman at her most independent and badass.

So what do you think – do you have a favorite Latino actor that you think should have made the cut? Let us know on Twitter by clicking the logo at the top of the page.

Korean Dark Comedy ‘Parasite’ Becomes The First Non-English Language Movie To Win The Oscar For Best Picture

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Korean Dark Comedy ‘Parasite’ Becomes The First Non-English Language Movie To Win The Oscar For Best Picture

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The Academy Awards last night brought many surprise wins and losses. “Parasite,” a Korean dark comedy about the class struggle in South Korea, swept with four major awards. The movie took home the Oscar for Best Director, Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, and the most sought after Best Picture. The night was history-making as “Parasite” is the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture.

Director Bong Joon-ho made history last night with his film “Parasite.”

“Parasite” was competing for the award against “1917,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “The Irishman,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Joker,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Director Bong Joon-ho made history with his film. “Parasite” is the first-ever non-English language film to win the award for Best Picture. There have only been 11 non-English movies nominated for Best Picture out of the 563 that have been nominated in the Academy’s history. The award is the only one where all Academy members are allowed to cast a vote for and is presented to the producers of the film. Last year’s winner was “Green Book.”

The unexpected and welcomed victory is an important moment in Oscar’s history and people are taking notice.

In a time when certain voices are being oppressed, the elevation of these kinds of stories and communities is important. Representation matters and film is one way we can show other cultures and participate in major cultural conversations.

Compared to the rest of the movies nominated for Best Picture, “Parasite” had the lowest production budget.

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The film, which cost about $11 million to produce, became Bong Joon-ho’s first film to gross over $100 million worldwide. The movie earned $167.6 million worldwide with $35.5 million made in the U.S.

“I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now,” producer Kwak Sin Ae said through a translator.

The historic moment has angered some people who wish the award went to an American film.

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Earlier during the award season, Bong Joon-ho stated that the Best Picture award was a local award. The statement, which caught everyone’s attention, was an unintentional drag of the Academy while also painting an honest picture of the award’s history.

The U.S. is how to the largest Korean diaspora community in the world. Around 2.2 million people in the U.S. identify as being of Korean descent. The Korean community makes up about 0.7 percent of the U.S. population. South Koreans make up 99 percent of those with Korean heritage living in the U.S.

Yet, a larger chorus of voices are praising the film and celebrating the historic win.

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What do you think about “Parasite” winning the Oscar for Best Picture?

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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The nominees for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and some of your faves are claiming several spots on the list. Bad Bunny and Ozuna are leading the pack with 14 nominations each. The two reggaetoneros claimed nominations for the coveted Artists of the Year award. All four nominees for Artist of the Year are male. Here the artists nominated for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.

First, let’s breakdown the nominees for Artist of the Year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny had an exceptional 2019. The Puerto Rican artist teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin on the collaborative album “Oasis.” The album brought us hits like “Que Pretendes” and “La Canción.” The reggae star also become politically active this year joining other Puerto Rican celebrities to travel to the Caribbean island to participate in protests against former Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Rosselló’s proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation.

J Balvin

The Colombian music star has been everywhere this year. Balvin not only partnered with Bad Bunny for collaborative album “Oasis,” he released a slew of new songs in 2019. The singer teamed up with Maluma to create “Qué Pena” and we spent most of last year jamming out to that single. Balvin is in tied in second place with Daddy Yankee with 12 nominations.

Ozuna

Despite a longterm scandal involving extortion and a sex tape, Ozuna kept things going and delivered high power music last year. The Puerto Rican singer joined Karol G, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin on “China,” which has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos spent 2019 collabing with so many different artists. His year of collaborations includes “Me Quedo” with Zacarias Ferreira and “ileso” with Teodoro Reyes. Santos has been nominated for five other awards including Canción del Año, Streaming for “Ella Quiere Beber” with Anuel AA, Top Latin Album, Artista del Año, Masculino, Categoria Tropical, Canción Tropical del Año for “Aullando” with Wisin and Yandel, and Álbum Tropical del Año for “Utopia.”

Here is a full list of nominees in the top categories for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:

Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:

Jhay Cortez
Manuel Turizo
Paulo Londra
Sech

Gira del Año / Tour of the Year:

Bad Bunny
Chayanne
Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony

Artista del Año, Redes Sociales / Social Artist of the Year

Anuel AA
Becky G
Daddy Yankee
Lali

Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year

DJ Snake
Drake
Katy Perry
Snow

Check out the full list of nominees by clicking here.

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