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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ Has Lots Of Latinos And We’re Here For It

If you’re a fan of true crime, retro ’90s fashion, and binge-worth dramas, FX’s “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is for you.

It’s like a novela but it really happened! The best part about the series is that it features an A-list Latino cast. Entertainment Weekly released the first images of the cast, and it’s so good.

Penélope Cruz plays fashion designer Donatella Versace.

While there was some speculation that Lady Gaga would play Donatella (because they’re best pals and she sports long blonde locks), this role looks like it was made for Penélope.

Édgar Ramírez plays iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was brutally killed in 1997 (not a spoiler).

The Venezuelan actor stars as the ill-fated designer who was gunned down in front of his home. Gianni is a memorable person who balanced his career, homosexuality, and family, with grace and gravitas. We’re really curious to see if Ramírez can pull this off.

Ricky Martin plays Gianni’s long-time partner, Antonio D’Amico.

D’Amico and Gianni were together for 15 years. It’s reported that in Gianni left D’Amico $57,000 a month for life in his will. He also granted D’Amico the right to live in any of Gianni’s homes.

Is Dascha Polanco on this show, too?

Ready for another week working with this gang. Great days ahead. #ACSVersace

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We’re not sure if the “Orange Is The New Black” star will also be on this show, but as you can see, she was hanging out with the entire cast, including “American Crime Story” creator Ryan Murphy and Darren Criss, who also works on the series. Martin’s caption says, “Ready for another week of working with this gang.” ?

Here’s a little background on this storyline in case you’re not familiar with Gianni Versace.

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Versace began his career in the ’70s and was an important designer until his tragic death in 1997. His sister, Donatella, took over his empire and continues to live out his legacy.

While we know that Gianni was killed, there aren’t a lot of details about what led to his murder and what happened since, so this series could possibly provide some insight.

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” is the second season of Murphy’s “American Crime Story” installation. The first was “The People v. O. J. Simpson,” and the third is already lined up. That season is called “Katrina” and is based on the New Orleans natural disaster.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes clip of the incredible photo shoot:

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READ: ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers’ Trailer Is Here And It’s Intense

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Ricky Martin Is Part Of A Netflix Christmas Musical That Is Making History

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Ricky Martin Is Part Of A Netflix Christmas Musical That Is Making History

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Ricky Martin is joining an all-star cast for Netflix’s newest holiday film. “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is going to be the streaming giants’ next leap into the holiday film market and the cast of color is giving us so much to look forward to. The technology is helping to make it historic.

Netflix’s next Christmas movie is the POC magic we all deserve.

Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni-Rose, and Ricky Martin are bringing the movie to life. The movie follows a toymaker and his granddaughter, played by Madalen Mills, on an epic Christmas adventure. Like any good Christmas movie, there is drama when an invention that could change their lives lands in the wrong hands.

Ricky Martin plays an evil toy called Don Juan Diego.

Don Juan Diego is a key part of Jeronicus Jangle’s woes as the invention is stolen from his workshop. In fact, Diego convinces Jangle’s protege (Keegan-Michael Key) to betray him. Diego is such a strong force that Key’s character betrays his mentor and spends his time finding ways to continue to make Jangle’s life harder. Martin took a lot of time to really perfect Diego to make sure that he was more than a one-dimensional evil Latino toy.

“This was a green light to be whoever you want to be and be vicious and Machiavellian and be mean,” Martin told NBC News. “I was running the lines in my house, and my kids would be like, ‘That’s not evil.’ And I would say, ‘Because you’re looking at me and I’m still your father.’ And they were like, ‘Yes, but you need to try harder and to be meaner.’ It took me seven, eight weeks to polish this character because is Don Juan Diego Castilian? Is he Colombian? Is he Mexican? We played with all the accents. We had to keep it very neutral. I hope this is the first movie of Don Juan Diego. Did I just say that?”

People have had it with the quarantine and can’t wait for holiday movies to fill the screen.

We have spent almost eight months confined to our homes and apartments. The least every streaming platform can do is have new holiday content already in their queue to make the season more festive. We all need things to look forward to right now so let’s do this, Netflix.

The movie is integrating new technology with Orbital Audio. The tech software allows for any pair of headphones to become surround sound. Orbital Audio is the first product launched with the Martin Music Lab. The first project for Orbital Audio was Martin’s latest album “Pausa.”

“When the lockdown started, I told my team, ‘Listen, we have to create something that is of impact. Let’s create something that will heal people. I don’t know what this is. I have no idea if it’s a vitamin we are going to invent. I don’t know if it’s a new kind of food. But let’s be open,’” Martin said on the Variety/iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.”

Oh, not to mention that John Legend is behind the music.

That’s right. The music that will fill the movie, and your ears, comes from the talented and beloved John Legend. There really isn’t anything better than music from one of the greats, especially when it is Christmas music.

“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” will be streaming on Netflix starting Nov. 13.

READ: Mariah Carey Officially Declares It Christmas Season And Who Are We To Argue

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Ricky Martin Says That It Is ‘Super Sad’ For Him To See Latinos Voting for Donald Trump

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Ricky Martin Says That It Is ‘Super Sad’ For Him To See Latinos Voting for Donald Trump

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Ricky Martin says when it comes to the Latino support of Joe Biden for president, voters bang. He also says those who are voting for Donald Trump completely bomb.

In an interview with The Big Ticket podcast, the “Livin La Vida Loca” singer highlighted the importance of voter turnout and laid out his reasons for giving former Vice President Joe Biden his own vote.

Speaking to The Big Ticket, Martin underlined his efforts to see change this year.

“I’ve been supporting Biden forever,” the singer shared on the podcast. “I think he is the only option we have and he is great. He has been in politics all his life. This is the moment. We all need to get together and be loud about the course of this nation.” For Martin, it seems that the backing of Biden by the Latino community is especially important and seeing anything less is something he truly cannot understand. Martin went so far as to highlight his disbelief in seeing Wanda Vázquez, the current governor of Puerto Rico, endorsing Trump this year.

“Who is that? Next!” he exclaimed during the podcast. “She doesn’t even exist. She wasn’t even elected by the people. She’s not part of this conversation.”

Trump went onto call Latinos in the United States who support Trump “really scary.”

When asked about Latinos in the United States who support Trump, Martin said it’s “really scary” to see but he remains positive that the majority of Latinos will vote him out of office.

“It’s really scary,” he said, before commenting that he does think that the majority of Latinos will vote for Biden. “It’s super sad. I think. Trumpeters make a lot of noise. And it’s scary to see their enthusiasm but us, we’re doing what’s right, the right way and we’ll see what happens in November. But I’m very optimistic.”

“I am a Latino, gay, married to an Arab living in Trump’s America,” he said about his husband Jwan Yosef, a Syrian-born, Swedish painter Marin married in 2017. “We check all the boxes.”

Martin’s comments come at a time when Trump continues to receive support from Cubans in Florida.

The battleground state has seen Cuban Americans, who often vote Republican, make last-ditch efforts to reelect Trump. “Florida’s Cuban American voters remain a bright spot in Trump’s effort to retain his winning coalition from 2016,” ABC reported. “Polls show his strong support from these key voters may even be growing to include the younger Cuban Americans that Democrats once considered their best hope of breaking the GOP’s hold. For Trump, that support could prove essential in a tight race in a state he must win to beat Democratic challenger Joe Biden.”

Referring to the increase in early voters this year, Martin says he’s happy to see voters turning out. “For that, I’m extremely happy,” he explained. “We’ve had plans of if we might leave the country. No, we have to stay here and fight for our rights and for what we believe.”

You can check out Martin’s full interview with The Big Ticket on Nov. 3.

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