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This Is The Complete All-Star Latino Cast Of Pixar’s ‘Coco’

It’s been almost four years since we first heard about “Coco” — Pixar’s film about Day of the Dead — and each bread crumb they’ve been dropping leaves us in full anticipation of its release in November. While we’re super excited that Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt are attached to the film, we just learned which other actors will also lend their voices to the film. The best part about it: they’re all Latinos!!

Here’s the all-star Latino cast of “Coco”:

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Anthony Gonzalez will play the lead role of Miguel. According to Pixar, Miguel is a “12-year-old aspiring musician who struggles against his family’s generations-old ban on music. When a magical mishap lands him in the Land of the Dead, Miguel seeks out his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, to help him return to the Land of the Living before it’s too late.”

Gael Garcia Bernal

Bernal will play the role of Hector, “A charming trickster in the Land of the Dead who is forced to enlist help from Miguel to visit the Land of the Living.”

Alanna Ubach

You might remember this Puerto Rican-Mexican actress from the films “Legally Blonde” and “Meet the Fockers.” Here’s Pixar’s description of Mama Imelda: “Miguel’s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Miguel meets Mamá Imelda in the Land of the Dead and discovers she does not share his passion for music.”

Gabriel Iglesias

The popular comedian will play the role of a “head clerk” in the Land of the Dead’s “Department of Family Reunions.”

Jaime Camil

The “Jane the Virgin” star will play the role of Papá. Camil previously lent his voice to Disney’s “Elena of Avalor.” According to Pixar, Camil will be “Miguel’s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business.”

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After the cast was revealed, the Mexican actress tweeted: “Con mucha emoción les comparto que soy parte de la familia hermosa película que se estrena este año!!” Her role is described by Pixar as “Miguel’s loving mother who gently encourages her son to embrace their family’s traditions.”

Edward James Olmos

This legendary Mexican-American actor will play the role of “Chicharrón” who is described as a “curmudgeonly friend of Hector’s who is sadly being forgotten—an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead.”

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt will be playing the role of Ernesto De La Cruz, described as “Miguel’s idol and the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Revered by fans worldwide until his untimely death, the charming and charismatic musician is even more beloved in the Land of the Dead.”

Selena Luna

Luna wrote on Instagram: “I am so PROUD to be part of @DisneyPixar’s first ever All-Latino Cast!” She will play the role of “Tia Rosita,” described by Pixar as “Miguel’s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead.”

Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin, best known as a pothead in the “Cheech & Chong” movie series, will now be a corrections officer in “Coco.” What a difference a few decades makes.

Blanca Araceli

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Araceli, who has appeared on “The Bridge,” “Southland,” and “East Los High,” will play the emcee, the “host of a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead.”

Here’s the latest trailer for “Coco”:

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READ: Pixar’s First Trailer For “Coco” Is Absolutely Magical

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A Gay Character Is The Lead Of Pixar’s Short ‘Out’ And It Will Hit You In The Feels

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A Gay Character Is The Lead Of Pixar’s Short ‘Out’ And It Will Hit You In The Feels

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“Out” is the latest Pixar short with a heartwarming story that will make you cry buckets.

The studio-first, stars a gay male character named Greg who is struggling to come out as gay to his parents. Just when his parents come to help Greg move, a “rainbow-riding purple sparkly” cat and a pink dog, swap the dog’s body with Greg’s.

Sounds pretty adorable.

Pixar’s latest short follows Greg while he struggles to come out to his parents.

The short, which is just under 10 minutes, debuted on Friday on the Disney+ streaming service and was written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter. The filmmaker has produced various Pixar films, including “Toy Story 4” and “Finding Dory,” and has been an active part of Pixar’s SparkShorts series. If you already didn’t know, the shorts series are meant to highlight and discover new storytellers and give them space and support to experiment with different approaches to animation.

Of course, users on Twitter were quick to make the hashtag #PixarOut go viral in no time.

Many expressed their gratefulness for having a project that promotes diversity and love, while others lamented not having had access to such a film sooner when they were growing up and coming out.

The new Pixar film opens a pretty big door for Disney and its audiences.

Last year, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)revealed a study that found only 18.4% of mainstream films released in 2018 had included LGBTQ characters. At the same time it highlighted that none of Disney’s releases at the time had an LGBTQ character.

“Out” is on Disney + for you to check out!

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Will Be Digital And Free This Year

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Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Will Be Digital And Free This Year

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If you are a film buff saddened by the fact that you can’t go to your favorite film festivals, fear not. The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is going to be completely digital and free to anyone who wants to enjoy this year’s film roster.

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is going to be free and online for everyone.

In-person participation at LALIFF has been canceled because of obvious reasons (COVID-19). However, the organizers wanted to make sure that everyone who wanted to enjoy the films could. Plus, the festival is a way for these small, independent filmmakers to get their names and projects out there. Being online opens it up to a lot more people to enjoy these films.

The festival, founded by Edward James Olmos, is a very important event for Latino films.

While COVID-19 is keeping people in their homes, LALIFF doesn’t want it to keep them away from enjoying these films. It is the 21st century and that offers filmmakers and organizers a new way to connect with their fans and cinephiles.

“We are living in unprecedented times and we must find unprecedented solutions to continue to support our Latino filmmakers and provide them with a platform to showcase their work,” Edward James Olmos, founder of LALIFF, said in a statement. “Working together with our filmmakers, musicians, partners and sponsors we will be able to celebrate our festival virtually to continue to showcase some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking Latino films of 2020 and share with cinephiles everywhere, from the safety of their homes.”

LALIFF is an integral part of highlighting and promoting Latino talent and their quick pivot to go online will give these artists more opportunity to shine.

The film festival organizers made news when they announced their virtual experience. LALIFF Connect is going to let everyone enjoy the 2020 films as well as the 2019 retrospective highlighting last year’s work. You can currently watch all of the 2019 films and shorts featured last year at LALIFF. The new films will be available from May 5 – 31.

“We are proud to advocate for Latinx artists and musicians, especially at a time where they have been hit the most and share their beautiful sounds. Be sure to dance in your living rooms and don’t worry about the door fee—LALIFF has you covered,” Managing Director of LALIFF, Alexis de la Rocha, said in a statement.

Now is a great time to watch some of the previous LALIFF features, like “Suicidrag.”

The short film is about a group of Mexican drag queens who are taking to the streets and clubs of Mexico to highlight the issues of gender stereotypes. The queens are showing the dangers those stereotypes cause when they are imposed on the consumer culture that controls so much in our societies.

They are also showing “I’ll See You Around.”

Director Daniel Pfeffer explores the complexities of a family when drugs and betrayal derail a relationship. In the film, one brother has to figure out how to salvage a relationship with his brother after he finds out his brother stole his laptop to buy drugs. This film is a tough reminder of the difficulties families must face.

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