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‘Mujer Linda’ Is The ‘Pretty Woman’ Recast The World Deserves Right Now

“Pretty Woman” is one of the world’s highest grossing romantic comedies of all time. It will always have a place in our hearts with its original cast and crew, but we’ve decided to dream up who are all-star cast would be if we got an all Latino reboot. Get ready for “Mujer Linda.”

Ana de la Reguera as Vivian Ward

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The classic story of a sultry escort turned high-end girlfriend is one of America’s favorite modern fairy tales. In our reimagining of the series, there were dozens of gorgeous Latina starlets who could have made for a great Vivian, but we settled on Ana De La Reguera because of her effortless, natural charm and big, bold eyes. She looks lively while also bringing a bit of naivety, even innocence, to the role. Who would you pick for the “Mujer Linda” recast?

Gael García Bernal as Edward Lewis

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Richard Gere gave a memorable performance as Edward Lewis, but one of the sexiest Latinos in Hollywood, Gael García Bernal, could pull it off with flying colors. The “Coco”star has shown the world his range in being a smiling cad, then an honest friend and relative in the next scene. Imagine him livening up the screen with Ana De La Reguera in his arms! We can hardly imagine a cuter Latin Lover for this important role.

Javier Bardem as James Morse

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Javier Bardem looks like a smart business owner with his classy but rugged looks. In the movie, James Morse is the beleaguered owner of a shipbuilding company that Edward is trying to savagely take over. Javier already knows his way around a ship owing to his “Pirates of the Caribbean”days, so we imagine he’d do just fine helping Edward turn into a partner instead of a hostile takeover-er.

Pitbull as Philip Stuckey

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Who better than Mister Worldwide to be the baddie in this romcom recast for a Latino audience? Pitbull could be all bite as the infamous Philip Stuckey, a ruthless corporate lawyer willing to stop at nothing to get what he wants. Dalé!

Aubrey Plaza as Kit De Luca

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We just can’t get over how wonderful comedian Aubrey Plaza would be as Kit De Luca, Vivian’s wisecracking friend and mentor. The “Parks and Recreation”actress would be ripe for the recasting and just the spunk the cast would need for a Latino reboot of the classic.

Mark Consuelos as David Morse

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Ah yes – David Morse, son of James Morse, the aforementioned owner of a beleaguered shipbuilding company. Who better to play a handsome son to Javier Bardem than the striking Mark Consuelos? The “Riverdale” actor happens to look excellent in a suit, which is great for the role of David. We choose him, enthusiastically!

Eva Longoria as Elizabeth Stuckey

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Philip Stuckey’s charming and persnickety wife should be played by none other than the extravagant Eva Longoria. Her history on “Desperate Housewives” is promising and lets us know she’ll be great and stirring the pot when she gets the chance.

Ricky Martin as Barney Thompson

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Barney’s character has to have a kind of subtle magic and kindness about him, and Ricky Martin’s musical presence would make for the perfect cameo in this remake. Imagine him as the soft-hearted hotel manager that looks out for Vivian throughout it all. He would definitely support her living la vida loca.

Adriana Barraza as Bridget

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Having Adriana Barraza as the metaphorical fairy godmother who dresses Vivian for the ball would be a dream come true. Her acting chops are not to be reckoned with, and her style is Latina mom to the max. If she wasn’t in this recast, then who would be? 

Eva Mendes as Susan

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Eva Mendes would be well-suited as one of Edward’s many ex-girlfriends. She shines as a natural Latina beauty and her long tresses say “I demand more!” We would celebrate her being on set in any capacity, but this one especially lights us up.

Esai Morales as Mark Roth

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Who doesn’t need a little bit more Esai Morales in their life? We think he’d make a dreamy addition as Edward’s fellow businessman at his office. He looks good in a suit, he looks good out of a suit and probably looks good in everything in between.

Diane Guerrero as Rachel

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Diane Guerrero has a lot of practice being bad in “Orange is the New Black,” and we think she’d make the perfect cameo as Vivian and Kit’s friend, Rachel. She’s got a spunky personality and a great smile, perfect for bringing the girls together after a rough day.

John Leguizamo as Hotel Night Desk Clerk

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For a little comedic relief, wouldn’t it be great to have the John Leguizamo as the Hotel Night Desk Clerk? Imagine the possibilities – clients ringing the bell only to be delivered one of his snarky wisecracks, or impossibly slow service accompanied by a lecture or a history lesson. It would be the most fun we’ve had with a hotel clerk in a while.

Jennifer Lopez as Snobbish Sales Woman in Dress Store

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Need a mean girl cameo from a classic Latina pop star? Look no further than Jennifer Lopez, or as she’s come to call herself, J.Lo. This stuck up saleswoman role is tempered by the kinder other attendants, so she’ll be the bad guy for a little bit, but admit it  – don’t you love to see J.Lo be a little bad sometimes?

Antonio Banderas as Mr. Hollister, owner of the clothing store

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To offset the mean girl antics of a potential Jennifer Lopez cameo, we’ve dreamed up Antonio Banderas as Mr. Hollister, the owner of a clothing store that helps Vivian out in a few key scenes. Mr. Hollister’s grace could be matched easily by Antonio’s well-aged fashion sense.

Tony Revolori as Dennis, Hotel Elevator Operator

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If there’s going to be a hotel scene in any movie that’s recast with all Latino actors, we’re going have to demand that Tony Revolori, of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” fame, make an appearance. We need him as the calm, cool, collectebellhopop who operates the hotel while the rest of the cast entangles themselves in the usual shenanigans. We seriously love Tony Revolori in his hotel getup and are desperate to see him again.

Benicio Del Toro as the Detective

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Finally, we would put the cherry on top of this all-star Latino recast by bringing in Benicio Del Torro as the detective skulking around town, searching for any clues to further hamper the goals of our protagonists. Oddly enough, this role was originally Hank Azaria’s first speaking role. We think we can definitely top that – by making the cameo of a lifetime for a glorious old flame like Benecio. 

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Cinematographer Galo Olivares Talks About How He Created A World For The New ‘Gretel And Hansel’

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Cinematographer Galo Olivares Talks About How He Created A World For The New ‘Gretel And Hansel’

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“Gretel and Hansel” is now in theater telling a new version of a timeless Grimm’s fairy tale. We all grew up knowing the story of “Hansel and Gretel” and the lesson of being careful where you go and who you befriend in the world. Mexican cinematographer Galo Olivares helped director Osgood Perkins create a universe as creepy and tantalizing as one would expect from the classic tale.

Galo Olivares is the man behind the haunting and unsettling imagery of “Gretel and Hansel.”

For Olivares, the first thing he had to do was to make sure he found the right place to create the perfect ambiance for the film.

“The first thing that I did after I got out the plane was start scouting, and we realized Dublin, Ireland was the perfect canvas for this story,” Olivares says. “All the team did a great job. We had a great production designer and a marvelous costume designer. Sophia Lillis and Alice Krige were just wonderful so it was pretty easy to come together with all the pieces for this film.”

Olivares grew up with the creepy tales of La Llorona and the story was one that inspires his work on this film.

“I grew up hearing the legend of La Llorona. My grandmother’s house was somehow close to a cemetery and I remember we could see it from the top floor,” Olivares recalls. “We have several legends here in Mexico where we actually celebrate death. We have the day of the dead, which is a beautiful celebration that reminds us that death is part of life. So, I have always been inspired by this universe and I loved being able to bring a small part to this film.”

The biggest thing Olivares wanted to do was give the story a modern upgrade while keeping the spirit of the story intact.

“I remember one of the first things we talked about with Osgood was what he didn’t want this movie to be. Suddenly, we started to talk about Star Wars and how this tale could be timeless,” Olivares says. “That’s why there are many modern details but you cannot tell when is this happening, whether it’s the past or future or another dimension maybe. I always thought of the witch’s house as a kind of mothership.”

You can watch “Gretel and Hansel” now in theaters.

Congratulations on the movie, Galo Olivares.

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David Schwimmer, The Actor Who Played Ross In Friends, Defended The Show After Backlash Over Insensitivity And Lack Of Diversity

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David Schwimmer, The Actor Who Played Ross In Friends, Defended The Show After Backlash Over Insensitivity And Lack Of Diversity

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“Friends” is loved by everyone. You’d be lying if you said you’ve never spent an entire day on the sofa, binge-watching the 90s comedy. But it’s safe to say that some of the jokes, punchlines, and themes of the show wouldn’t have been very well received in 2020 —aka some of the show’s storylines have been regarded as more than a little problematic. Here are some examples. 

“Friends” originally aired in the 90s —but with Netflix reviving the craze for the show a few years ago, millennial viewers noticed a few insensitive punchlines.

The show was on air since 1994 and up until 2004. But since “Friends “started streaming on Netflix just a few years ago, modern day fans have found issues with the way the show depicts and handles some issues —like its lack of diversity for instance, or its depiction of women and LGBT people. 

Pretty much everything about “Fat Monica,” for example.

The whole ‘Fat Monica’ storyline fed into the media’s perpetuated image of overweight individuals as punchlines and nothing more. She only became a “worthy” character after she lost the weight, or at least that’s how the show made it seem.

Exhibit B. The treatment of Chandler’s trans dad.

Chandler’s homophobia and jokes about his transgender parent were awful. While the addition of a proud gay character in a show during the 90s was a huge step forward in television, they totally misrepresented the community. The show conflated transgender people and drag queens. In trying to expose and dismantle some prejudices, they also perpetuated others.

The objectification of women by the male characters

There’s a Thanksgiving episode where Ross and Joey are trying to leave so they can go and meet Joey’s good looking roommate and her dancing friends. And just like this one, there are many other episodes in which “the boys” spend the whole show trying to think up ways to trick women into sleeping with them —in this particular episode, Joey literally calls the women “objects” —and I’m triggered.

Joey’s sexism usually went unchecked—and he was downright creepy a lot of times.

Most of Joey’s scenes revolved around women —and a lot of them are problematic. Sure, he had his good and sweet moments, but it’s super problematic that he can’t remember who he’s slept with, or how he makes his roommates make breakfast for his conquest and then dump them for him. His roommate’s search was also awful: “Female, non-smoker, non-ugly.” —Seriously?

The constant examples of fragile masculinity.

The male characters frequently had to make a HUGE issue out of their fragile masculinity. Here’s an example for you: In the episode where Chandler moves in with Monica, she has him making cedar sachets with old pantyhose. Chandler asks to leave to go do “guy stuff.” He then finds Joey learning to knit and Ross applying face powder to try and minimize the contrast of his overly bleached teeth. He leaves in disgust. Later, after pointing out all the feminine touches Joey’s new female roommate has applied to the old apartment, Chandler points out that Joey is turning into a woman. “Why would you say that? That’s just mean,” asks Joey. “Now I’ve upset you? What did I say?” replies Chandler. “It’s not what you said. It’s the way you said it… Oh, my God! I’m a woman!” exclaims Joey in disgust —*ALL THE EYEROLLS*

Ross has been one of the most criticized characters.

The character of Ross has seen a lot of criticism, for his dismissal of the importance of consent, his possessiveness over women, the casual anti-gay comments and more. 

Even the show creators have admitted to feeling uncomfortable with some scenes. 

The creators spoke about their regrets at Tribeca Film Festival’s “Friends” 25th anniversary. When asked by the audience if there were storylines that they regret, Kauffman had a couple of examples ready: “the one when Phoebe starts dating her sister Ursula’s stalker, played by David Arquette (“we did a lot of rewriting on that to make it work”).” “It’s much harder for me to enjoy the good moments when there are moments in it where I’m going, ‘Oh my God, we let that happen? We did that,'” she explained.

Meanwhile, co-creator, David Crane, admitted he doesn’t remember a lot of specific scenes and jokes after working on 10 seasons 15-25 years ago, said that when he does stumble upon an episode, he’ll occasionally wonder, “Wow, really? We went with that?” “There are some that are better than others,” he said.

In a recent interview with the Guardian, “Friends” star David Schwimmer who played Ross, said he”doesn’t care” about the backlash, because he believes it comes from the show being taken out of the context of its time.

When asked about the backlash that the show went through after its Netflix renaissance, the actor said; “I don’t care.” A few articles and several Twitter threads suggested that the show’s jokes hadn’t aged well, like Chandler worrying about seeming gay, or jokes about Monica’s weight. “The truth is also that show was groundbreaking in its time for the way in which it handled so casually sex, protected sex, gay marriage, and relationships. The pilot of the show was my character’s wife left him for a woman and there was a gay wedding, of my ex and her wife, that I attended.”

“Friends” is a product of the pre-“woke” era when it comes to race, too. 

“Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends,” Schwimmer says. “But I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of color. One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian American woman, and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part.