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Netflix’s Adaptation Of The Baby-Sitter’s Club Is Around The Corner And We’ve Got Some Ideas For The Cast

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If you grew up in the 80s/early 90s and were a nerd for books, then you definitely remember the names Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey. They were the group of friends we wish we had, and thanks to author Ann M. Martin, she introduced us to these four friends and a babysitting club that would change our lives in many ways.  

After a successful run of books, the Baby-Sitter’s Club hit the big screen when it turned into a feature film in 1995 and fast forward 24 years later, this group of friends is about to get the Netflix treatment.

Netflix announced on Tuesday that Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein have been cast in the series. 

Silverstone will play Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of Watson Brewer, played by Feuerstein. While the 1995 Baby-Sitter’s Club film and the books were pretty diverse and inclusive and tackled issues based on race and gender, we hope the Netflix series adaptation will take it one step further and be able to reflect women in this day and age. After all, the books taught us quite the laundry list of feminist lessons–from women empowerment and leadership to showing young women how to make space for themselves in places where they might not seem welcome. 

We can’t wait to see who else will be announced for the cast of the Baby-Sitter’s Club, but in the meantime, we’ve got some ideas for some amazing Latinx actors who could take on those roles. 

Isabella Gomez as Mary Anne Spier 

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Secretary of The Baby-Sitters Club, Mary Anne Spier makes her first appearance in Book #1 “Kristy’s Great Idea” and the last book in the original series, Book #131 “The Fire at Mary Anne’s House,” focuses on Mary Anne losing her home in a fire. The series sort of comes full circle with the four original members as Mary Anne is the first and the last to narrate her own book. And if we were to have our way with the latest The Baby-Sitters Club series, we’d love to see One Day at a Time‘s Isabella Gomez play the amazing Mary Anne Spier. The Colombian-American actress, best known her starring role as Elena Alvarez in ODAT is no Netflix rookie, so she’d be perfect the role. She’s also had previous minor roles in Modern Family and Matador

Jasmine Villegas as Claudia Kishi

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Up next is Claudia “Claud” Kishi, the vice presidents of The Baby-Sitters Club. Like Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi also makes her first appearance in Book #1 and is one of the main characters in The Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin. In the 1995 movie of The Baby-Sitters Club, Claudia Kishi is portrayed by actress Tricia Joe, who also starred in the 1994 film “I’ll Do Anything.” In Netflix’s series, we’d love to see Claudia Kishi be portrayed by pop and R&B singer Jasmine Marie Villegas. The Filipina and Mexican artist has also had her fair share of guest appearances on shows like That’s So Raven, The Nine, and My Wife and Kids.  

Bella Thorne as Dawn Schafer (Mary Anne’s Stepsister)

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We don’t think there’s anyone more fit for the role of Dawn Read Schafer than Bella Thorne. The resemblance is uncanny! Dawn Schafer is the former alternate officer in The Baby-Sitters Club–this meant that if someone wasn’t able to make the club’s meeting, then she would take over their duties. We feel like Thorne has that same set of responsibly vibe that Schafer has. The Cuban-American actress and singer has an extensive resume of television and film roles, so Netflix… hit her up!

Jenna Ortega as Kristy Thomas

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Kristin “Kristy” Amanda Thomas is the main character in The Baby-Sitter’s Club books and she’s the creator and president of the club. She’s the daughter of Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer and Patrick Thomas. Kristy is known for her leadership skills and she’s the mastermind behind The Baby-Sitter’s Club best ideas. When we think of Kristy’s personality traits and the type of independent young woman that she is, we think of actress Jenna Ortega. I mean, the Mexican-Puerto Rican actress did play Elena of Avalor (and nailed it!) for a reason. She’s also played a young Jane Villanueva in The CW’s Jane the Virgin, so we can’t help but think that she’d make the perfect Kristy Thomas in Netflix’s new series. 

Allegra Acosta as Mallory Pike 

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Who could forget the feisty Mallory “Mal” Pike? She’s a Junior Officer in The Baby-Sitter’s Club and in case you forgot, Junior Officers in the club don’t have any duties since they’re younger than the other members and are unable to babysit at night. For the Netflix series, we’d love to see actress and singer Allegra Acosta take on the role of Mallory Pike. The Latinx actress is best known for playing the role Mallory Hernandez in the Hulu original series Marvel’s Runaways. 

Eva Longoria as Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer

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Yeah, yeah, we love Alicia Silverstone and Clueless as much as the next person but why not take advantage of an opportunity like this to cast Latinx actors for the Netflix series? In Netflix’s remake of The Baby-Sitter’s Club, Silverstone will be playing the role of Kristy Thomas’ mother but we’d love to see Eva Longoria take on that role. We’d love to see her help the girls with The Baby-Sitter’s Club duties. 

Jaime Camil as Watson Brewer

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After seeing Jaime Camil play the hell out of Rogelio de la Vega and Jane Villanueva’s dad on Jane the Virgin, we just want to keep seeing him in more fatherly roles. And imagine him playing the love interest of a mother whose daughter is in charge of leading a babysitting club? We’d love to see that play out. Plus, Jaime Camil and Eva Longoria have experience acting side by side in a brief stint on Jane the Virgin, so come on, Netflix. 

Eiza Gonzalez as Stacey McGill

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Anastasia Elizabeth “Stacey” McGill is The Baby-Sitter’s Club treasurer and in the books, she’s described as having a very sophisticated yet glamorous style. We can’t help but think of Eiza Gonzalez as the perfect actor to take on the role of Stacey. Again, look! The resemblance is uncanny! 

Becky G as Cokie Mason

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Oooh, we’d love to see the Latinx singer and actor Becky G take on a more villainy role. We know, Cokie Mason isn’t technically THAT evil, but the chief rival of the Baby-Sitter’s Club has her days. She’s responsible for a number of pranks on the club and she also had a crush on Logan (who dated Mary Anne Spier). It would definitely be a fun role to see Becky G take on! 

Sierra Capri as Jessi Ramsey

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We love Sierra Capri in On My Block and we’d love to start seeing her take on more roles, in and outside of Netflix of course. But seeing Capri play Jessi Ramsey, who’s also a junior officer, from The Baby-Sitter’s Club would be a dream. 

Diego Boneta as Logan Bruno

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Of course, we had to include Logan Bruno. For starters, according to the books, he’s a heartthrob, and Mary Anne Spier is the lucky lady who gets to call him her boyfriend. She’s also an associate member of The Baby-Sitter’s Club and according to the books, he has sandy blond hair and blue eyes. But we don’t always need a blondie to make our hearts swoon, so that’s why we vote for Mexican actor Diego Boneta to play his part in the new Netflix series. 

So there you have it, Netflix. We just cast the majority of the series for you, so we better see some diversity in your remake of The Baby-Sitter’s Club (and we also can’t wait to watch!). 

Los Tigres Del Norte Netflix Special At Folsom Prison Is Guaranteed To Pull Those Heart Strings

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Los Tigres Del Norte Netflix Special At Folsom Prison Is Guaranteed To Pull Those Heart Strings

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Netflix just dropped an amazing documentary that follows the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte as they visit Folsom Prison in California, and perform for the inmates. Of course, this is a political act in itself: performing to those who are serving a sentence is going against conservative views that inmates should be isolated from society. This is particularly relevant in the Trump era, as convicted felons are stripped of their humanity in political discourse, oftentimes with racial and racist connotations. 

The famous Johnny Cash played a concert there 50 years ago, a great political statement at the time.

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Cash swore at and denounced the authorities in his groundbreaking performance at the Folsom Prison cafeteria. He was just spectacular, calling out mistreatment of prisoners and making inmates feel heard. Even though he didn’t go to prison himself, he often wrote songs about incarceration and received dozens of letters from prisoners. What a legend. The original Man in Black! 

Things have changed: over 40% of the inmates today are Latino. Enter Los Tigres del Norte.

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The prison population encountered by Cash was mostly Black and white, and only a few Latinos spent their days behind Folsom’s bars. But the population is vastly different today, and Latino faces are seen everywhere. For the concert, Los Tigres dressed in black, honoring the memory of Cash. “Doing this job inside the prison is a very significant thing for us. We sing true stories and everything we’ve recorded we try to make it from the pure heart, taken from the feelings of the human being,” said Jorge Hernandez, vocalist and accordionist, to CD Noticias Financieras. 

And they opened the show with their own version of the iconic Johnny Cash song “Folsom Prison Blues.”

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The documentary starts with full engines on. Los Tigres, with the Cash family blessing, reimagined “Folsom Prison Blues” and gave it a Mexican saborcito that is just a delight. The banjo is replaced by the iconic accordion and the inmates shed a tear when listening to the story in Spanish: a man is imprisoned in Folsom and listens to a train full of rich people go by. He knows he will never be on that train and that he will die behind bars.

As reported by CE Noticias Financieras: “The first single from the album, ‘La Prisión de Folsom (Folsom Prision Blues)’ is the first Spanish-language version of Johnny Cash’s classic song, created with the support of his son, John Carter Cash,and written in collaboration with Ana Cristina Cash,daughter-in-law of the artist”. 

Los Tigres del Norte sing about marginalized individuals.

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Their corridos, some of which are controversial for humanizing cartel members, talk of rags to riches stories, but also of the many perils faced by undocumented migrants. Many prisoners at Folsom could relate. Ay, dolor. 

And the documentary shows plenty of heartbreaking stories.

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Songs such as “La jaula de oro” (about an undocumented worker feeling trapped un the United States) are intercut with the inmates’ own stories of regret, redemption and loss. The first half focuses on the male population while the second explores the lives of female inmates. Many of them have found redemption in religion, while others have had to dig deep into their family past to unearth the reasons behind their crimes. 

But there are also stories of redemption.

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The most teary and joyful moment of the documentary comes when a prisoner who used to be a musician shares the stage with Los Tigres. He gets the self respect he has been fighting his demons for since he was imprisoned for murder. It is a tender moment in which he probably gained the respect of all the other reclusos as well. 

Many inmates were put there because of the three-strike rule.

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Some of the stories point to a fundamental fault in the system whereby no matter how small your crime is, if you got other two convictions under your belt you end up in jail. Harsh and also a rule that seems to target marginalized communities that don’t get enough help to straighten the path.

Los Tigres spent some quality time with the inmates, showing us that we all deserve a second chance.

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Los Tigres del Norte have been blamed for glorifying crime and his songs have been banned in places like the Mexican state of Chihuahua. However, by seeing them laugh with and hug a group of inmates we realize that they are just able and willing to find human kindness in everyone. Sometimes, they say, all someone needs is to be heard. 

Of course, social media is going crazy about the documentary, particularly during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Even though the documentary has only been available for a few days, Twitter has exploded with positive reviews. 

The music is almost irrelevant compared to the strong political message “Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison” sends.

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And people are noticing. The documentary will surely spark discussions around the penitentiary system in the United States and the lives of Latinos in the face of inequality. 

And it is bringing families together.

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Can we join you and sing hasta el amanecer

And of course it is giving la raza all the feels.

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We are right there with you, Gabinha. 

Puro Orgullo Mexicano!

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Gracias, Netflix. 

The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Isn’t Thrilled Over J.Lo’s Depiction Of Her and Said Cardi B Should Have Played Her

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The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Isn’t Thrilled Over J.Lo’s Depiction Of Her and Said Cardi B Should Have Played Her

Jennifer Lopez cannot believe the incredibly positive reviews she’s getting over her lead role in the film “Hustlers.” She was so moved that she cried on national TV. Last week while being interviewed by Hoda Kotb, Lopez expressed her emotional reaction over the surprising reviews for her role, which some critics say could get her an Acadamy Award nomination. Here’s just a snippet of what film critics are saying about the film that made a big debut this weekend. “Hustlers asks what a movie like Goodfellas looks like with women at the center of the story,” one film critic said. “If nothing else, we get to see Jennifer Lopez command the screen as easily as Ramona does the stage, offering up a seductive awards-worthy performance that makes us remember why she became a movie star in the first place,” another said

There is at least one person who isn’t raving about Lopez’s role, and that’s the one who inspired the film. 

Samantha Barbash, the woman who inspired “Hustlers,” said she would have liked to have seen Cardi B in the lead role instead of Jennifer Lopez. 

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The 45-year-old said in an interview with Hollywood Life that rapper Cardi B should have portrayed her instead of the veteran actress, even though this is Cardi’s first film. “I said it from day one, even to the producer. Cardi doesn’t have the acting skills that Jennifer does, but Cardi could relate more to who I was because even though she wasn’t in the same club, we were in the same industry,” she told the lifestyle website. “If Cardi took some acting lessons and shadowed me, I’m sure that she would have played a better role for my character.”

Barbash goes on to say that she is flattered that Lopez wanted to play her in a movie but stresses that the film got several things wrong about her. 

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For starters, Barbash wasn’t a stripper at all. The film, based on a 2015 New York magazine article, shows Lopez as a stripper who ends up drugging wealthy bankers and robs them of their money. However, Barbash said she was never a stripper. Barbash actually worked at a strip club in New York City as a hostess. Yes, the other stuff about the drugs and taking their money is correct, but seeing Lopez play her a stripper didn’t sit well with her. Barbash also said that Lopez never reached out to her in order to learn about her mannerisms, which is what actors do when they’re portraying real-life characters. Even when the real-life character is deceased, actors still study old footage to learn more about the role they are playing. You may recall the extensive research Lopez said she did to portray Selena Quintanilla. She even slept in her bed to get into deep character.  

Earlier this year, Barbash said she would release her own memoir about the ordeal (which she did) that got her 5 years probation and said she planned to sue the filmmakers. 

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“This is a living nightmare,” Barbash said in April in the New York Post after videos leaked of Lopez on a stripper pole. “So now I’m going to have to do a lawsuit. I’m getting a gag order.” Bruno Gioffre, also said back then, that Barbash was “considering all legal avenues with the possibility injunctive relief, including a lawsuit.” The movie was made despite her legal threats. Today, Barbash is an entrepreneur and owns her own spa business. 

We can see why she would have preferred to see Cardi B in the title role. 

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The Bronx rapper did admit to drugging men and robbing them, just like the characters did in the movie “Hustlers.” In 2017, Barbash was charged for conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation

In March, Card admitted on social media that during her stint as a stripper in New York she too did what the “Hustlers” did in the movie. “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go to this hotel,’ and I drugged n*****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.” 

Soon after that post, Cardi said she it was wrong of her to do that and has since tried to make a better life for herself. 

READ: Critics Think Jennifer Lopez Gave An Oscar-Worthy Performance In ‘Hustlers’