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Netflix Is Bringing Latin American True Crime Stories To The US With Their New Series ‘Historia De Un Crimen’

Netflix is betting big on its Latin American audiences by churning out new content made by and for Latinos. Its first series premiere this year from Netflix Mexico was meant to pack a punch and fans seem to feel the heat with “Historia de un Crimen: Colosio.”

“Historia de un Crimen: Colosio” is supposed to be the first of its Latin American crime anthology series a la American Horror Story.

Aired to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his death, the Colosio series centers around slain Mexican presidential candidate for the PRI party, Luis Donaldo Colosio, who was assassinated in 1994 during a campaign stop in Tijuana.

Fans are reliving the moments they followed the story when it was developing IRL.

The series’ first couple of episodes shows the buildup to the assassination, flashbacks to Colosio being told he is the president of Mexico’s hand-picked successor by President Carlos Salinas de Gotari, and the strategy for Colosio’s presidential campaign.

It seems that people are here for a crime anthology focusing on Latin America because corruption is rampant.

Head writer for Colosio the series is Rodrigo Santos, says in an interview although the PRI party brought change to Mexico, it was sometimes done through violent means, which is demonstrated in the series.

Some viewers are comparing the political real-life drama to another well-known Netflix series.

As the series progresses, viewers see the aftermath of how Colosio’s own party had its hand in the controversial investigation into his murder. You also see the dogged determination of two Tijuana cops who were threatened during their own investigation and the treatment of Mario Aburto who was arrested for the murder. Viewers even experience Colosio’s dying wife’s race against time for the truth on her husband’s murder.

To tell this intricate story, Netflix enlisted Natalia Beristáin and Hiromi Kamata.

Beristáin and Kamata are the first women to lead a team for Netflix Mexico. The new perspective and input is likely the driving force behind a new vision for programming on the Netflix Mexico side.

Viewers are embracing the directors’ storytelling in the series because of its refreshing nature.

True crime is definitely having a moment in pop culture from podcasts to scripted series to documentaries. It is hard to look around and not see several examples of true crime telling the stories we all want to hear.

It is coming highly recommended by Netflix users, in case that matters.

Critics are having a harder and harder time to reach audiences because social media is so prevalent. How many times have you check Twitter to see what people are saying about a new show or movie? How many times has that impacted your decision about seeing a movie? See.

But, it is a great way to learn some history about one of the most notable moments in Mexican history.

Beristáin and Kamata, both Mexico City natives, had cut their teeth as assistant directors and directors of feature films, and has Beristáin won awards at Mexican film festivals.

Some of the cast include Ilse Salas who plays Diana Laura Riojas de Colosio, Cuban actor Alberto Guerra as lawyer-turned-Tijuana-cop Federico Benítez, and Jorge Antonio Guerrero from “Roma.”

He is building up his acting resume with role after role for the streaming giant—this time as the man implicated for Colosio’s murder, Mario Aburto.

With its choice of directors, cast and scriptwriting, Historia de un Crimen: Colosio is a must-watch on your binging list. 

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A New ‘Coco’ Short Film Called ‘A Day in the Life of the Dead’ Has Just Premiered on Disney+

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A New ‘Coco’ Short Film Called ‘A Day in the Life of the Dead’ Has Just Premiered on Disney+

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We have exciting news for die-hard fans of the beloved Pixar movie, “Coco”. Disney+ has just premiered an adorable short film that gives audiences a glimpse into the “average day in the afterlife” in the Land of the Dead.

The 2-minute film is called “A Day in the Life of the Dead” and features various calacas going about the daily lives.

The short film is part of a series called “Pixar Popcorn” that started streaming on Friday. The series will feature a variety of short films inspired by different Pixar movies, including “Toy Story”, “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles”, and of course (and most importantly)…”Coco”.

“A Day in the Life of the Dead” is as beautifully animated as the 2017 film is.

The 2-minute film is animated with the same lush, vibrant colors of the original film and rendered with Pixar’s signature creative vision of the Land of the Dead.

And to make things more exciting, the movie is littered with cameos from fan-favorite characters like Mamá Imelda, Héctor, and the jaw-dropping arrivals agent.

In fact, one of the funniest vignettes is when the arrivals agent repeatedly loses his jaw bone, including when he tries to take an (unsuccessful) bite of cortadillo.

In other parts of the short film, we watch calacas riding a tandem bike, exercising, playing with cute animals, and attempting to keep their heads on straight–literally.

But of course, most of the humor of the short film comes from the inherent comedy of skeletons try to accomplish daily tasks when their bodies keep falling apart.

But “A Day in the Life of the Dead” isn’t the only Pixar short film that’s part of the “Pixar Popcorn” series. There’s tons of cute shorts that will keep you or the little kid in your life entertained for a while.

The series also features the short films “Dancing With the Cars”, “Soul of the City”, “Chore Day: The Incredibles Way”, “Dory Finding”, and “To Fitness and Beyond”, and more. There are eleven short films all together–the perfect amount to binge in one sitting!

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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There are few people in this world that are as iconic as Frida Kahlo. She’s captured the minds and imaginations of generations of people from all over the world. We’ve seen her story told before, including on the big screen, but fans have long awaited a Netflix rendition of the artists unique story and now it seem like we may finally be getting what so many of us have wanted for so long.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation is developing a TV drama series based on the artist’s storied life.

Acording to a report by Deadline, the Frida Kahlo Corporation is working with a media company and famed Venezuelan composer and singer Carlos Baute to produce a drama series following the life of the iconic artist.

Frida Kahlo has inspired and influenced fans around the world and has had a major impact on the Latinx diaspora, the art world, feminism and culture as a whole. So, it seems that producers are pulling out all the stops to make sure they do right by the artist.

The series is being written by Latino talent, lead by Joel Novoa and Marilú Godinez. Novoa, who has worked on Arrow, Blood and Treasure and the feature film God’s Slave is attached to direct. The partnership will create a slate of content to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in different genres.

“The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” said the writing duo in a joint statement. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution. Themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”

Carlos Dorado of the Frida Kahlo Corporation added, “Frida Kahlo corporation is always looking for talented people who know how to exalt the life of an icon like Frida Kahlo. In this case the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its great professionalism, experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo. This high professional team will always have the support of Frida Kahlo Corporation.”

So when can we expect to see a series about one of the world’s greatest artists and feminist icons?

The team expects to start production of the series during the second half of 2021. A studio has already shown interest and the presentation of the project to the market is expected to occur in February.

“We are currently developing and writing the basis of the series and expect to be ready to present the project in the upcoming weeks,” the team said in a statement.

Also, why has it taken so long?!

Should the series find a studio and distributor, this would be the first drama series focusing on Kahlo in recent history. It’s been almost twenty years since her story was told on the big screen, when Salma Hayek portrayed the icon in the 2002 film Frida. That film went on to earn six Oscar nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Best Original Score. More recently, Kahlo was voiced by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the Oscar-winning Pixar pic Coco. 

In addition to this, in 2019 it was announced that there would be an animated film about the painter.

But fans of the iconic feminist and artist have long hoped to see a TV series depicting her larger than life personality and role in shaping the world we live in today and it looks like we may finally get what we’ve asked for.

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