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Selena Gomez Will Play Trailblazing Gay Mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Selena Gomez is ready to make mountains into movies

The Texas-born singer, actress, and producer has set her sights on a big-screen biopic about Peruvian mountaineer Silvia Vásquez-Lavado who became the first Peruvian woman to summit Mount Everest. Vásquez-Lavado is also the first openly gay woman to scale the Seven Summits in their entirety.

In the Shadow of the Mountain is an upcoming biopic based on Vásquez-Lavado’s memoir of the same name.

The Seven Summits challenge encourages climbers to climb the highest mountain on each continent.

Vásquez-Lavado’s story of pursuit and inspiration will be produced by Scott Budnick’s impact-focused co-finance company One Community. The company is a film, television, and digital content co-financing company that “harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire and encourage positive change in the world.” The film aligns with One Community’s efforts given the fact that Vásquez-Lavado’s story follows her childhood experience of assault and neglect. According to Vásquez-Lavado mountaineering proved to be a source of healing.

Vásquez-Lavado’s memoir In the Shadow of the Mountain is scheduled to be published in winter 2022.

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I am so humbled and grateful to share this thrilling news, which has been in the works for the last 10months, that an all-star team has optioned my upcoming memoir In The Shadow of the Mountain (to be published 02-2022 by @madelinecjones Holt/Macmillan) for a movie adaptation. I am so honored and touched for the bold, talented, and brilliant @selenagomez in taking the starring role and as producer; To her incredible team @zackmorgenroth and @aleenkeshishian; Grateful to have the groundbreaking visionary #DonnaGigliotti and her Tempesta films involved; For the talented @elginnjames on the helm for screenplay and direction; And the support of @onecommunity films led by the trailblazer @scottbudnick1 and @lauren_denormandie None of this would have happened without the faith of my amazing family at @ideaarchitects, my incredible agent and dearest friend @laralovehardin, #dougabrams and my sweet family at WME led by #sylvierabineau and #carolinabeltran And to all of my family and friends, thank you for all your words of encouragement and support along this road. I can’t wait to share more! Link on my bio!

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Vásquez-Lavado’s work in survivor circles has been heralded, particularly her efforts to organize treks to Mt. Everest’s base camp for other women who have endured abuse.”

Oscar-winner Donna Gigliotti who is set to produce the film, called Vásquez-Lavado “a force of nature.” Scott and I are so excited to work with Elgin and Selena to tell this story of resilience, courage, adventure, and humanity.”

Gigliotti has worked on acclaimed films such as best picture Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love, she also produced films such as The Reader, Silver Linings Playbook, and Hidden Figures.

“We are thrilled to get to work bringing Silvia’s incredible and inspiring story to life onscreen,” Budnick said of the film.

Gomez will produce the film through her July Moon Productions. Vásquez-Lavado will executive produce.

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These ’90s Movies Are The Perfect Nostalgic Feels To Make It Through The Holiday Season

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These ’90s Movies Are The Perfect Nostalgic Feels To Make It Through The Holiday Season

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Quick disclaimer: These are not holiday movies but they will take you back as we all make it through the rest of the holiday season.

These are different holidays than we’ve ever seen. It is a good thing not to see your family and stay where you are as we brace for the rest of Covid’s second wave. To get through it, we collected some ’90s movies to help you make the best of your holidays.

1. “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”

“To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” is truly a classic. Three New York City drag queens set off for a national drag competition in Los Angeles. Along the way there are lessons in being the best drag queen you can be. Of course the lesson translate into real life experiences when the queens face a homophobic sheriff in a tiny town in Nebraska. John Leguizamo is Chi Chi Rodriguez, the youngest and newest drag queen of the bunch. You have to watch Leguizamo’s incredible glow up from beginning to end.

2. “Jawbreaker”

“Jawbreaker” is a classic teen murder film. What starts as a birthday prank takes a horrible and fatal turn for one high school student on her 17th birthday. The worst part is it happened because of her best friends. To hide their crime, three girls give a less fortunate classmate a makeover and make her one of the popular ones. However, not everything goes to plan. Tatyana Ali is part of the cast of high school students as Brenda living in a movie as the mystery of Elizabeth Purr’s death unfolds.

3. “Clueless”

We all know “Clueless.” The wildly successful movie gives people a peek into the lives of the rich and spoiled teenagers of Beverly Hills. Stacey Dash plays Dionne, Cher’s best friend, and is there for her bestie through it all. There are makeovers, complicated love stories, one terrifying freeway drive, and a mugging deep in The Valley. Combined, they make one of the greatest movies created in the ’90s and you’re better for watching it.

4. “The Sandlot”

Boys everywhere know “The Sandlot” like it was their own childhood. A group of neighborhood boys spend the coming-of-age summer living the All American boy dream. There is baseball, fake drowning in a public swimming pool, and a legendary junk yard monster play out before our eyes. If you haven’t seen this, or just want a walk down memory lane, give this a watch. Mike Vitar plays Benjamin Franklin “Benny the Jet” Rodriguez and his friends have the most epic summer and grow significantly by the end.

5. “10 Things I Hate About You”

Andrew Keegan plays a less than desirable man in “10 Things I Hate About You.” Desperate to be the coolest, Keegan’s character Joey offers someone money to date his crush’s sister in a bid to date his crush. The plan quickly unravels, as one would expect, and Joey gets his comeuppance.

6. “Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion”

Jacob Vargas plays Ramon in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.” If it wasn’t for Ramon, Romy and Michele would have never made it to Tucson for their 10-year high school reunion. The two women are not successful in making up their lies to impress people but the adventure is incredible to watch unfold.

7. “The Blair Witch Project”

“The Blair Witch Project” terrified little millennials everywhere. The movie shot as if it is found footage of a horrific event struck fear into the hearts of all of us. We can thank Cuban director Eduardo Sánchez for making this a crucial point in our fear development. The director created this gem in 1999 and he went on to work on other horror films, including multiple sequels of “The Blair Witch Project.”

READ: Remembering All Of The TV Latino Crushes You Had In The 90s Will Save You During This Time

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Mariah Carey Says Her Love Of Christmas Was Actually Sparked By Her ‘Dysfunctional’ Upbringing—”I created the Christmases that I wanted to have”

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Mariah Carey Says Her Love Of Christmas Was Actually Sparked By Her ‘Dysfunctional’ Upbringing—”I created the Christmases that I wanted to have”

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If the Christmas season is a mood for the rest of us, Mariah Carey has proved time and again that it’s a lifestyle for her.

Like Saint Nick himself, the “All I Want for Christmas Is You” singer has become a figure of the Yuletide season in so many ways herself. So much so that she’s become a Christmas fixture featuring holiday-themed TV specials and concerts. You’d think Carey’s passion for Christmas was inspired by her own personal and familiar experiences with the holiday season but recently the singer revealed her love for the holidays is related much more to her “dysfunctional” upbringing.

In a recent interview, the 51-year-old singer revealed that even though she always wanted a perfect holiday, she never quite experienced one as a child.

“I think it’s just that longing that I had as a child, that I always wanted things to be perfect for the holidays. And they never were,” Carey explained to Elle magazine in an interview. “It was always somebody ruining the moment, always these dysfunctional family members who came around and foiled everything. And so I just made a pact with myself that I wasn’t going to allow that to happen anymore.” Carey revealed that as an adult she “created the Christmases that I wanted to have.”

Carey revealed that this desire to create special festivities has inspired elaborate festivities for her and her kids.

“I literally go to a snowy place. Reindeer are there,” Carey shared. “I’m not making this up. Santa Claus comes, hangs out with the kids. And by the way, even if I didn’t have kids, I would be doing this.”

This year, Carey suggested that the holidays would be a bit bittersweet. Referring to the current coronavirus pandemic plaguing families across the country this season, Carey commented that “It’s been such a hard year, and I really feel like people so need a celebratory moment. At every turn, it’s like, ‘We can’t be [together]; you can’t celebrate. This is canceled; that’s canceled.’ “

Carey finished the video saying “I’m festive. I can’t help it!”

Carey’slatest latest holiday special, “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” premieres Friday on Apple TV Plus.

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