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Penelope Cruz And Javier Bardem Play Pablo Escobar And Virginia Vallejo In One Crazy Love Story ‘Loving Pablo’

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s new biopic “Loving Pablo” tells the story of nefarious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The movie, based on a book, chronicles his real-life affair at the height of his cartel days with broadcast journalist Virginia Vallejo.

Before you pick up your movie ticket and take bae out to grab some popcorn, here are some things you should know about the film’s muse, cast and crew.

Virginia Vallejo has had an esteemed career as an anchorwoman, radio broadcaster, columnist and writer.

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After working as an English teacher and in public relations, Vallejo started her career in journalism as a television presenter in Colombia. Her career spanned TV, radio and newspaper and she even wrote a best-selling book, “Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar” in English and Spanish on her love affair with Pablo Escobar. The memoir inspired the film.  

She was in a relationship with Escobar for more than 5 years.

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Vallejo was 32 at the time she met Escobar and didn’t fall for him until he gave her a tour of a Medellín garbage dump. She said he wanted to help people living in that type of poverty. Their affair carried on for six years after that.

She realized he was a hardened criminal—but fell for him anyways.

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Desde que assisti @narcos fiquei fascinada pelas histórias sobre a vida de Pablo Escobar Gaviria, chefe do Cartel de Medelín e o maior narcotraficante da história da Colômbia. Em seguida assisti uma novela colombiana com quase 180 episódios – Pablo Escobar: el patrón del mal”, depois assisti outra que tem como protagonista um dos capangas de Pablo, “Alias JJ, sobrevivendo a Escobar”, e ontem “Escobar, a traição”, que conta a história da vida de Pablo sob a ótica de sua ex-amante, a jornalista @virginiavallejoofficial, inspirado no livro “Amando Pablo, odiando Escobar”. Como já se esperava o filme não supera o livro, mas vale o programa no fim de semana! #pabloescobar #escobaratraição #virginiavallejo #colombia #movies #cinema

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In an interview with the Daily Mail, Vallejo said in order for her ex-husband to sign her divorce papers, Escobar put a gun to his head. Can you say d-r-a-m-a-t-i-c?

Penelope Cruz was not thrilled her husband got a little pudgier in order to play Escobar.

Bardem joked in an interview with PEOPLE that Cruz wasn’t happy a growing waistline was on the horizon for him. At least he got to enjoy his weight gain by eating pasta, chocolate and drinking beer. Pasta and chocolate? Sign us up for that job!

Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa brought the film’s vision to the screen.

Screenwriter and director Fernando León de Aranoa is recognized for his 2002 Spanish drama, “Mondays in the Sun.”

The film has already received award nominations in Spain.

Cruz and Bardem have been nominated for Goya Awards for Best Actress and Actor. Bardem has also received an award nom for the Platino Best Actor Award.

Decades after their affair ended, Vallejo sees Escobar in a different light.

Vallejo told the Daily Mail “I loathe him” and that Escobar was nothing more than a “monster” and “fatty peasant.” Interesting choice of words for a woman who saw him 220 times according to her own account.


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Pablo Escobar Once Had Four Pet Hippos, Now There’s More Than 80 And They’re Destroying Colombia’s Ecosystem

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Pablo Escobar Once Had Four Pet Hippos, Now There’s More Than 80 And They’re Destroying Colombia’s Ecosystem

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Pablo Escobar is known for many things, among them being one of the world’s most prolific drug lords. His Medellín cartel basically invented the modern-day drug business model – which continues to plague communities around the world.

However, there’s one part of Escobar’s life that few know about – the drug kingpin also had a menagerie of exotic animals that he kept as pets, including four giant African hippos.

The former drug lord‘s pet hippos have exploded in population and are wreaking havoc on the environment.

Escobar kept a large number of exotic animals – including lions, rare birds, giraffes, and hippos – as pets at his Medellin compound. When he was killed in 1993, most of the animals were moved to zoos, however, the hippos were left to fend for themselves. And apparently they’ve thrived on their own.

It was not possible to move the hippos and the animals soon lived near the Magdalena River. Their number has grown over the years and is now nearly 80. According to a study published in the journal Ecology, the hippos have become an invasive species and are destroying the aquatic ecosystem.

The region’s water supply is under threat thanks to hippo waste.

A team of researchers from the University of California at San Diego and the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia investigated the water quality of the lakes where hippos live, and compared them to lakes where they are not.

According to the study, hippos separate large amounts of waste into the lakes, changing the chemistry and oxygen levels of the water. This is because the excreted waste fertilizes harmful algae and bacteria.

According to Jonathan Shurin, lead author of the study, the hippos have a major impact on the ecosystem in their native Africa. He said a similar impact was seen when they were imported into an entirely new continent.

The Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was known for his love of exotic animals.

He was once the owner of a grand estate, Hacienda Nápoles, just under 100 miles east of Medellin. In the early 1980s, Escobar built an illegal zoo full of rhinos, giraffes, zebras and hippos on his estate.

After his death it was seized by the government and now acts as a safari theme park. Most of the exotic animals that he housed in the on site zoo were re-homed. Except the hippos. Now, scientists say, the four original hippos now number around 80 and are having a detrimental effect on Colombian waters. 

While some remain in the current theme park, some slipped through the flimsy gate and are now feral. 

Escobar bought the hippos from a zoo in California and flew them to his ranch in the early 1980s. Left to themselves on his Napoles Estate, they bred to become supposedly the biggest wild hippo herd outside Africa.

Escobar’s hippos have become feral, living in at least four lakes in the area and spreading into neighboring rivers – confounding the problem.

The crime lord’s hippos are also much more sexually active than their cousins in Africa because of the perfect conditions, shallow water and no drought. 

All the fertile females are reported to be giving birth to a calf every year, the BBC said in 2014. And this is a problem for the water, if not local farmers who risk their wrath while working.  

“If you plot out their population growth, we show that it tends to go exponentially skyward. In the next couple of decades there could be thousands of them,” according to Jonathan Shurin, of UCSD.

The Escobar Family Is Making Foldable, Ultra Secure, Unbreakable Smart Phones And They Sound Kind Of Amazing

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The Escobar Family Is Making Foldable, Ultra Secure, Unbreakable Smart Phones And They Sound Kind Of Amazing

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It must not be easy to carry the last name Escobar in Colombia, as some people will immediately ask you if you are related to perhaps one of the most famous Colombians of all time: the drug lord Pablo Escobar, hated my many and loved by some, and who reshaped not only the global trafficking of illegal substances, but also the geopolitical map of the continent. After his death at the hands of the DEA and the Colombian authorities Escobar’s family has lived a perilous life. His son, for example, changed his name and wrote a memoir. 

We haven’t heard much of Escobar’s family in recent years, but his brother has made the headlines for releasing a super resistant smartphone that is being promoted as a masculine commodity… so yeah, with scantly clad women… 

So who is Roberto Escobar?

Roberto Escobar was the accountant of his brother’s Medellin Cartel and he went to jail for it. Since his release from prison he has tried to become a tech entrepreneur and even engaged Elon Musk in a legal battle over the intellectual property of a propane flamethrower. He also sued Netflix for one billion dollars over the TV show Narcos, alleging that they use unauthorized content.

By the way, while he was in prison he lost hearing on one side after he received an exploding letter. He described his role in the Medellin Cartel in an interview with The Mirror UK: “My role was overseeing the books, managing the business and making the illegitimate money legit. On my advice, Pablo began investing in real estate, buying land and building and investing in construction”. 

Roberto Escobar, also known as El Osito, has released the Escobar Fold 1 foldable smartphone… and it all has a very 1980s Miami Vice look and feel

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Roberto Escobar is now entering the fiercely competitive smartphone market with a device that comes with a price tag of $349 and is foldable. The phone is also allegedly unbreakable and comes with extra security features (and he knows about those things, right?). He will sell directly to customers and thus cut the costs associated with intermediaries. But can he really compete with the big players in the market? He is promoting his invention with women in bikinis and lingerie taking selfies in a very unnatural way… it is like a 1980s character from Miami Vice (or a 1980s version of Donald Trump!) designed and approved this marketing campaign that just doesn’t speak to our times. 

He claims that he will beat Apple in the smartphone war, and that his product is better than Samsung’s

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But Roberto Escobar, El Osito para los cuates, is dead serious in his quest to become a main stakeholder in the mobile media economy. He recently told Digital Trends in an interview: “I have told many people that I would beat Apple and I will. I cut the networks and retailers, to sell to customers phones that can fold for only $349, phones which in stores cost thousands of dollars by Samsung and others. This is my goal, to beat Apple, and by doing it myself like I always have.”

We might laugh off this claim, which might sound totally outlandish, but we must remember that Escobar helped build a global cocaine empire that produced billions of dollars (and caused countless deaths and considerable emotional trauma, so we are not justifying his actions in any way), so he knows his way around money and, yes, innovation (even if he is infamous for the most awful kind of out-of-the-box thinking). 

So is this phone special? Mmm.. we will wait and see

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Digital Trends just published the specs on the phone, and from the technical point of view they are not impressive. In fact, the phone is very similar to Samsung’s: “The Escobar Fold 1 comes running Android 9.0 and has an Octa-Core 2.8Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 CPU, dual cameras at 16 and 20 megapixels, and a 7.8-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen when folded. The phone is capable of holding two SIM cards, and ships unlocked, so it can be used on your carrier of choice.”

So it is OK, but nothing to write home about. The selling point will surely be how resistant to falls and hits the phone allegedly is. Escobar told Digital Trends: “My phone cannot break, because I did not have to make a glass screen like Samsung. Our screen is made of a special type of plastic, and we still have the best resolution. Our special plastic is very difficult to break.”

We cannot wait for those unboxing and testing videos on YouTube trying to figure out how hardy the phone really is.