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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. 

READ: ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ Recast To Be The Latino Romantic Comedy We Need In Our Lives

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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Cast Of ‘In The Heights’ Want You To Know The Importance Of Going To College

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Cast Of ‘In The Heights’ Want You To Know The Importance Of Going To College

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights is finally coming to the big screen, and it has a star-studded cast to make it happen! Joined by Quiara Alegría Hudes – who wrote the book for the musical – and Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu, Miranda amplifies the musical’s poignant narrative about community and pursuing your dreams with stunning visuals and tons of amazing music inspired by the rich Latinx culture of Washington Heights.

Ahead of the film’s opening at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lin-Manuel Miranda and several members of the cast join Maria Hinojosa for a poignant discussion on what the film means to them and the importance of going to college no matter who you are or where your come from.

Cast members share their own very unique experiences of growing up and making it into college.

Maria Hinojosa of Latino USA on NPR is joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Leslie Grace (who plays ‘Nina’), and Corey Hawkins, all of whom share their unique and profound experiences with deciding on if they would go to college and what they went through to get there.

So many of us are first or second generation college students, reaping the benefits of the hard work put in by our parents and abuelos to help us achieve our dreams. But not all of us share the same path to university, something made very clear as each of these In The Heights cast members make very clear with their own journeys.

Lin-Manuel acknowledges his own privilege on his path to university and how it influenced the film.

Manuel says that he had an advantage in his journey, thanks to his parents who really helped cultivate that desire for learning from a young age. He was able to attend a prestigious private school as a child but even then recognized a duality within him existed – going as Lin at school (in a predominantly white space) and Lin-Manuel back at home.

Upon going to college at Wesleyan University, Manuel met and made Latino friends, a lot of whom were first from their families to go to college. Many didn’t get the same crash course in code switching that he did from a younger age, so for many of his peers it was tough for them to adjust to college life.

By the end of his first year in college, his roommates at the Latino program house shrunk from eight other members to just four. This struggle and conflict with their time in college and their Latinx identity is reflected in the character Nina and her own struggle with returning to her home in Washington Heights.

For Quiara, the story of Nina’s journey is particularly personal.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes’ parents were also leaders in their community. Her father was a prominent businessman while her mother was an activist in her community. But unlike Manuel, her parents didn’t attend university, it wasn’t something that was on their path. She points out that “it wasn’t that they didn’t treasure learning, it’s just that university wasn’t part of that path.”

Quiara – who attended Yale – says that she was very conflicted as a half Latina and half white woman even though she had often grown up in white spaces. However, she wasn’t prepared for being in a space with so few Latinos. She had to learn how to merge those two parts of her life that she felt were drifting further and further apart.

The cast discusses ‘imposter syndrome’ and how to fight it.

Imposter syndrome is very real. And it can often affect those of us who feel like we don’t deserve our achievements or recognition. Maria asks the cast to how they overcame it and how they learned to own their space.

Leslie Grace reminds us that “you have a story only you can tell and you need to tap into your feelings of potential.”

Check out the full trailer for In The Heights below.

The festival’s opening night screening will be held on June 9 at the United Palace theater in Washington Heights. For the first time ever, Tribeca’s inaugural film will be screened simultaneously across all five boroughs in multiple open-air venues.

Following the opening night of Tribeca, “In the Heights” will debut in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on June 11. It was originally scheduled to be released last year, but Warner Bros. postponed its release due to the pandemic.

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