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Before Saoirse Ronan And Timothée Chalamet, A Cubanita Played The Role Of One Of The Sisters In ‘Little Women’

A brand new adaptation of the classic 1868 novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, is on the way. The coming of age story follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as they grow from childhood to womanhood in the aftermath of the Civil War in America. But before the new rendition, there was another adaptation in the early 90s. And a Latina played a leading role in it. 

Little Women is a classic 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, who loosely based the book on herself and her own siblings.

The coming of age story follows the lives of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – as they grow from childhood to womanhood in the aftermath of the Civil War in America. With their father away fighting, the girls face the limitations of poverty and social expectations.

Little Women is one of the most popular books in the history of American literature, and the novel has never been out of print.

Greta Gerwig’s forthcoming movie will be the eighth adaptation of Little Women in film. Notable previous reimaginings include the 1933 film starring Katharine Hepburn as Jo and the 1994 flick with Winona Ryder in the lead role.

Meg March, the oldest sister, was portrayed by a Latina in the 1994 rendition.

Trinidad (Trini) Alvarado, is among the lesser known actors of the 1994 film. But her career is actually very ample. She’s appeared on stage as well as on the big screen, and her first movie was Rich Kids in 1979, when she was just 12 years old. Since playing Meg, the timid sister who values good manners and just wants to find a nice man to settle down with, Trini has appeared as Dr Lucy Linskey in The Frighteners (1996) and Marie Alweather in Paulie (1998). She’s also done some work on TV.

Born in New York City in July of 1967, Trini’s father was a Spanish singer and her mother a Puerto Rican dancer. 

The precocious actor and singer made her stage debut in her parents flamenco troupe at age seven, and by age nine made her professional stage debut in the musical Becca.

She portrayed a Cuban immigrant in a subsequent film.

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Joining another nontraditional family with the release of the following year’s The Perez Family, Alvarado’s portrayed a Cuban refugee seeking asylum in the United States. Her interpretation showed she could hold her own alongside talented co-stars as Anjelica Huston and Alfred Molina. 

The BBC has made no less than four TV adaptations of the book, in 1950, 1958, 1970 and then in 2017, the latter starring Maya Hawke and Emily Watson

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There have also been numerous theatre and musical adaptations of the classic tale. What’s more, there were two silent films released in 1917 and 1918, though there is no known copy of the first one.

The brand new Little Women adaptation is on the way, but this time with a starrier cast than ever before.

Premiering in just a week, the new rendition has an all-star cast. Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet and Emma Watson are just a few of the award-winning actors who’ll be bringing to life the story of the March sisters in the new film from Greta Gerwig.

The new Little Women boasts an A-list cast of Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actors.

Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen will play the four March sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth respectively. James Norton plays Meg’s husband, John Brooke. Ronan’s Lady Bird co-star Timothée Chalamet will portray boy next door and close friend of Jo, Theodore “Laurie” Laurence. Another one of Greta Gerwig’s muses, Laura Dern, also joins the cast as the girls’ mother Marmee March, while Meryl Streep stars as rich Aunt Josephine, James Norton as Laurie’s tutor and Meg’s potential love interest John Brooke and Bob Odenkirk as the sisters’ absent father.

Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic story recently got the approval of Gillian Armstrong, the filmmaker behind the much-loved 1994 version. 

She wrote on Twitter: “Plucked up courage and saw the new Little Women. And loved it. Very different. Brave new structure. Fantastic cast. And yes the message sadly needs to be stronger for this generation. Hopefully now men will see and vote #gretaforoscar.”

The upcoming film has already generated Oscar buzz, so here’s hoping Gerwig gets her deserved nomination. Little Women is out in US theaters December 26, if you can’t wait until then, don’t fret: watch the 1994 version and give our girl Trini, some love. 

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These Christmas Movies Will Make Your Season Festive And Bright

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These Christmas Movies Will Make Your Season Festive And Bright

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Christmas is here and it is time to get super festive, y’all. One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by watching the movies that will take you to that place. Here are some Latino Christmas movies that will get you feeling all Christmas-y.

“Christmas Bounty”

WWE brings you this love story that follows a woman and her secret. The school teacher (Francia Raisa) is hiding her past as a bounty hunter when she gets pulled back in. Raisa’s character goes back to her hometown and has to work with her ex-boyfriend to catch a bounty that got away.

“This Christmas”

“This Christmas” is a family holiday movie with serious issues. A family’s matriarch assembles her family for the first time in four years. The holiday gathering is filled with stress and drama as strains show within the family. It is a real look at what happens when some families with secrets come together and confrontations happen.

“Holiday In Handcuffs”

This one is so wild it is worth a watch. Melissa Joan Hart plays a woman who is desperate to show her family that she is finally in love. How? Well, she kidnaps a man played by Mario Lopez and takes him to her family’s house for Christmas. We are talking felony kidnapping but it’s all cool because, as you would expect at Christmas, they fall in love.

“Happiest Season”

Hulu’s original movie “Happiest Season” is a lesbian Christmas love song that will melt your heart. Kristen Stewart plays a woman suckered into going to her girlfriend’s parents’ home for Christmas. But the catch is that her girlfriend isn’t out. Aubrey Plaza plays a woman jilted by Stewart’s girlfriend and helps the young woman navigate her way through this family.

“A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas”

Pulse pounding and hilarious. “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas” is exactly what you would expect from the franchise. Danny Trejo plays Harold’s father-in-law who wants a perfect Christmas, something Harold is determined to make happen. When Kumar gets involved, things go sideways fast and the two friends are left figuring out how to save the holiday.

“Nothing Like The Holidays”

A Puerto Rican family gathers for what might be their last Christmas together. The family tries to make the most of the time together and, as you would expect, lessons are learned and familial bonds are made stronger. There is something so powerful about gathering during the holidays.

READ: We Sit Down With José Feliciano To Discuss the 50th Anniversary of His Christmas Masterpiece, ‘Feliz Navidad’

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Here Are The Shows And Movies We Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2020

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Here Are The Shows And Movies We Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2020

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This year has been a great time to get intimately acquainted with your apartment and home. It was also a time to get very familiar with what there is to watch on your streaming platforms. Here’s what we spent the year of quarantine binge watching.

“The Queen’s Gambit”

“The Queen’s Gambit” was one of the most popular shows of the year. The limited series was all about chess and a young woman’s journey to become the best in the world. She learns while in an orphanage and eventually starts to become a mastermind of chess. The show has brought a lot of attention to chess and more people than ever are interested in the board game. Anya Taylor-Joy as the main character is one of the best performances of the year.

“The Mandalorian”

“The Mandalorian” is the Star Wars show that everyone can’t stop talking about. Pedro Pascal brings the Latino essence to the show without even knowing it. The Star Wars universe is never-ending and this show proves that the fans will show up whenever there is anything Star Wars.

“Los Espookys”

The HBO series is giving you all of the dry, senseless humor you can stand. It is worth watching the show just to get some much needed laughs after this dumpster fire of a year. Let yourself be lost in the hilarity that is Julio Torres.

“Pose”

Afro-Latino queer ballroom culture takes center stage in the FX original show “Pose.” So much of queer culture is thanks to queer people of color and this show honors them. It is one of the best queer shows to ever hit a streaming platform and will open your eyes to a part of the queer community that is often ignored and overlooked.

“Happiest Season”

Another brilliant queer production, “Happiest Season” is all about lesbian love and coming out of the closet. Aubrey Plaza, while not a leading character, plays an important role in helping Abby and Harper’s relationship move to the next level. Harper is left trying to decide if it is worth coming out to her family during the holidays and the result is everything you hoped for.

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia”

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” a young robotics genius is living her teenage life with all of the awkward moments you would expect. The show was definitely a sleeper but it makes the list because of the wonderful representation. It isn’t often that you see young Latinas in tech or robotics in media. It’s worth a watch just to fill you with all kinds of good feels.

READ: Netflix Is Bringing Back Seven Classic Black Sitcoms And They’re Already On My Binge List

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