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People En Español Names Yalitza Aparicio One Of ‘Los 50 Más Bellos’ And We’re Crying Along With Kate del Castillo

Just because award season is over, that is no reason to think we have seen the last of the incomparable Yalitza Aparicio. The Academy Award-nominee is taking a break from acting (she is looking at scripts), but that does not mean she’s stepping away from the spotlight, in fact, it is shining on her more than ever. After being named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential people, Aparicio is attaining even more stellar titles that are perfectly suited for her.

Yalitza Aparicio is gracing the cover of People En Español’s “Los 50 más bellos” issue.

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Looking like a boss in a white suit, Aparicio stood alongside her acting peers including Kate del Castillo, Eiza Gonález, Gina Rodriguez, and Natti Natasha. The magazine hits newsstands on May 2.

Aparicio and Del Castillo seemed to have bonded during the shoot.

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“With these incredible women and grand fighters, it was marvelous meeting them,” Aparicio said on Instagram. Del Castillo followed the compliment by responding, “it was such a pleasure sharing this with all of you. And Yali, now I know why everyone is in love with you.”

If movie producers are reading this, can you please make a movie featuring these two ladies? We can tell their connection would shine on the movie screen.

Here’s one more for the road.

Yup, they need to be in a movie together.

The decision to feature Aparicio on the cover of People Espanol is particularly special considering what she has gone through this year.

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As excitement around the Academy Awards built the actress recieved unwarranted racism from her community of actors in Mexico.

Telenovela star Sergio Goyri used racist slurs to say that he didn’t feel Yalitza Aparicio deserve an Oscar nomination.

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In the video above, the veteran actor is discussing his reasoning as to why Aparicio should not get a nomination for an Academy Award.

“Que metan a nominar a una pinche india que dice, ‘sí señora, no señora’, y que la metan a una terna a la mejor actriz del Oscar” he said in Spanish.

To summarize Goyri’s racist and vulgar language, he said that an Indian who only says “yes ma’am and no ma’am” is not worthy of a Best Actress award.

The actor quickly apologized for his offensive use of words and issued a video apology to Aparicio.

“It was never my intent to offend anyone. I apologize to Yalitza, who deserves [the Oscar nomination] and much more,” the 60-year-old said on Instagram. “For me, it is an honor to see a Mexican be nominated for an Oscar.”

Mexican actress Gabriela Platas said that while she didn’t agree with Goyri’s opinion, she defended his freedom of expression about the topic. 

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Platas is facing backlash for defending Goyri’s words, whether she agrees with him or not.

“I never defended the expressions,” Platas tweeted. “I said that I think Cuarón’s casting elections are great, and that I do NOT agree with what Goyri said, but that he is in his right to express what he wants in his private environment.”

Aparicio responded to Goyri’s offensive remarks and said she is proud of who she is and where she is from. 

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“I am proud to be an Oaxacan indigenous woman, and it saddens me that there are people who do not know the correct meaning of words,” Aparicio said in a statement to The Guardian.

“Roma” director, Alfonso Cuarón, also came to the defense of Aparicio this week by saying that Goyri’s words should be a broader discussion as to why people, particularly in Mexico, have those feelings, and also why the media perpetuates stereotypes.

This was not the first time Aparicio has been the target of racist comments from other white Mexican actresses.

Last week, Mexican actresses Dolores Heredia, Blanca Guerra, Regina Orozco, and Vanessa Bauche were rumored to have been part of a chat in which they wanted to ban Aparicio from being nominated for Best Actress in the Ariel Awards in Mexico, which is the equivalent to the Oscars. Most of them have since come forward to deny the accusation.

READ: Yalitza Aparicio Admits Her Greatest Fear Is Speaking In Public And Not Being Able To Express Herself Correctly

Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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A recent audition on “America’s Got Talent” made judge Sofia Vergara so emotional that it inspired her to open up about a tragedy very personal to her.

On Tuesday’s episode of the competition series, Vergara watched 27-year-old Brandon Leake take the stage to deliver a spoken-word performance that resonated with Vergara.

Leake, a former high school English teacher introduced his piece by dedicating it to his sister.

“Love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever have,” Leake explained during his performance “And you must learn to hold onto it loosely so when it leaves it won’t exit so painfully.” During the performance, Leake recalled losing his sister in the late ‘90s saying “I’m still haunted by these nightmares ’cause I have a really creative mind, and sometimes it designs these alternate realities where she is still here.”

Continuing Leake said “Still alive, and all the things I wish we could have done are played again and again and again. I’m tired of playing God ’cause I gotta come to terms with the fact that my sister ain’t never comin’ back.”

The “Modern Family” actress became visibly emotional during the performance and teared up.

Judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell were quick to give Leakes a standing ovation.

“What an amazing tribute,” Cowell said. “There’s something very, very special about you. This is a very difficult thing for me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it, I just want to compliment you on what you just did because it was extraordinary.”

Mandel commended Leake’s performance saying “we feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this” before hitting the Golden Buzzer which means he is being sent straight to the AGT live shows.

Vergara shared with Leake that his poem reminded her of the loss and grief she experienced after losing her own brother.”My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away. I can feel your pain; I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing,” Vergara said before going on to say that the poem was “very beautiful for me.”

On Tuesday evening, Vergara tweeted that Leake’s performance was “a great way to end the night!!!”

In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered while men attempted to kidnap him.

Vergara opened up about the death in 2011 for a Parade cover story, telling the magazine “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colombia… “Mother was like a zombie… I wanted to be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived together. I am so grateful to be in this country.”

Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Inconceivable?

Just when we thought the ‘80s classic The Princess Bride was untouchable in terms of facing a remake, Quibi decided to take it on amid the current pandemic. According to The New York Post, the American short-form mobile video platform is going DIY with the beloved film. The celeb-studded film will see the stars use their phones to film and edit the series. The homemade fan film will premiere exclusively on the platform and will debut two chapters at a time.

“Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner and her husband Joe Jonas are set to play the lead romantic couple… with a twist.

Turner will take on the role of lovestruck Westley while Jonas will take on Princess Buttercup. Joining the couple is an all-star cast that includes Beanie Feldstein, Zazie Beetz, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish. Actor Fred Savage, who played the role of The Grandson in the original film, will also return, this time as… The Grandson. So it will most certainly be funny.

“The actors will trade-off roles throughout scenes, each paying homage to The Princess Bride in their own unique way,” the New York Post reported about the fan-made film. The outlet also revealed that in order to keep up with scenes that require crowds, they’ll use Legos and stuffed animals.

Turns out COVID-19 inspires creativity?

Fortunately, this reboot has a pretty great purpose other than staving off boredom.

Quibi has pledged to donate $1 million in honor of the homemade fan-made film to give to World Central Kitchen, an organization striving to provide meals to those in need during the pandemic.

The first chapter of this quirky project is set to debut on June 29.