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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.

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Yes, welcome to 2021. A year whose heels only just hit the ground when Republican extremists terrorized the Capitol building leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment… And oh yeah saw actor Armie Hammer being accused of liking cannibalism. Yes, we said it cannibalism, ya know, an appetite for eating your own kind?

Gossip surrounding the Call Me By Your Name actor and his sex life has become so salacious that the actor announced that he was stepping back from an upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Armie Hammer announced this week that he will no longer star in the upcoming movie, Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The brewing scandal involving Hammer includes alleged leaked messages related to his sex life.

The leaked messages alleged that Hammer has a thing for fantasies related to rape and cannibalism and was leaked by an anonymous social media account user with the name House of Effie. According to the account, Hammer told a woman that he was “100 percent a cannibal.” Another message suggested that Hammer liked the taste of blood.

“I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said in a statement to Page Six. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Still, the show will go on for Lopez who will star in the film being directed by “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore.

The film will be distributed in the US by Lionsgate and will stream internationally on Amazon Prime. According to Deadline, Shotgun Wedding was meant to see Lopez and Hammer “play a couple who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as they begin to get cold feet about their relationship. If that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken, hostage.”

Despite the unconfirmed gossip around him, Hammer still has upcoming projects. These include the thriller, “The Billion Dollar Spy,” and a sequel to the 2017 hit “Call Me By Your Name” in which he played Oliver, a handsome doctoral student.

Its not the first time gossip around Hammer’s love life has caused a stir. In a 2013, Playboy interview Hammer described himself as a “dominant lover” and enjoyed “grabbing women by the neck and hair.”

He later told E! News of the candid Playboy interview, “Don’t drink during an interview.”

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Throughout her career as an actress and producer, Issa Rae has established herself as a woman with great entrepreneurial mindsets. Focused on telling stories about real women Rae has garnered attention for her YouTube web series “Awkward Black Girl” and contributed to the expansion of content created by people of color. Because of her, the television sphere has become a whole heck of a lot more colorful and no doubt more WOC are receiving more approval and acclaim for their work.

Her HBO television series “Insecure” has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards and in 2015 her memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl became a New York Times best-seller. Now, Rae is bringing her experience and viewpoint to the Television Academy.

Recently, The Television Academy revealed that Rae is now a member of the Executive Committee.

Her appointment to the Television Academy comes at a time when the organization is refocusing its attention on increasing diversity in the entertainment industry. While an increase in representation of actors of color has occurred in recent years, diversity among television executives has remained lackluster. In 20202, UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report revealed that “women hold only 32.0% of studio chair and CEO jobs; minorities just 8.0%.”

In a statement about her new role the Academy explained “We are thrilled to be able to leverage the collective expertise of this talented group of Television innovators as we navigate this extraordinary time in the history of our industry… Their leadership provides invaluable insight that will allow the Academy to play an integral role in shaping the evolution of the medium.”

Award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress Gloria Calderón Kellett also joins the ranks of Television Academy executives.

Calderón Kellett is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress who served as the executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director and actress on the sitcom “One Day at a Time.” According to the Emmy website, Calderón Kellett “spent her early years as a writer/producer on numerous shows including Devious Maids, Rules of Engagement, and How I Met Your Mother; has directed episodes of Mr. Iglesias, Merry Happy Whatever, United We Fall, and the Mad About You revival; and recently sold her first feature film, We Were There Too.”

News of Rae’s new role as an executive is proving to be just another milestone of accomplishment for the actress. In October, Rae revealed that she was launching a new production company called Hoorae.

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