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ICYMI The Classiest Mexican Actress Of Our Time Was Once Blamed For Leaving Poop In A Public Toilet By Ashton Kutcher

MTV announced that the funniest prank show of the early 2000s is making a comeback: Punk’d.

Sixteen years after its 2003 debut, the Ashton Kutcher-created hidden camera-practical joke reality TV program is returning, but it won’t look exactly the same. The biggest difference is that each episode will be less than 10 minutes long and will live on Quibi, an upcoming mobile-first video streaming service. The show has been picked up for 20 mini-episodes, though there is still no word on who will host the show.

As we celebrate in millennial glory over the news, we’re also remembering some of our favorite episodes: There’s that time Justin Timberlake cried thinking his house and valuables had been repossessed, that moment Beyoncé believed she ruined Christmas for young fans, that episode when Wilmer Valderrama’s SUV got destroyed, that time Demi Lovato thought her recording studio was haunted and that segment when Taylor Swift believed she ruined a couple’s wedding.

But there was also one episode where Kutcher pranked multiple A-List Latina celebs. The actor-producer started his fourth season by pranking both Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria in hilarious tricks that had both superstars shook.

The first victim of Kutcher’s mischief was Hayek. During a dinner with fellow actress Penélope Cruz, who was in on the joke, the Mexican star was publicly embarrassed by a shitty — literally! — encounter.  

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During the gag, Cruz excuses herself from the table to use the restroom. When she gets there, she spots a colossal turd in the toilet, and calls Hayek over to see the unbelievable (and fake!) offering a patron left.

“How could you bring me to look at this? I can’t, I can’t,” Hayek says, laughing while visibly terrified.

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When someone, who’s also in on the prank, comes to use the bathroom, Hayek warns them not to. At this point, Cruz flushes the toilet and the doo-doo water overflows. The girls literally run away to their table, where they soon experience a mortifying scene: the woman who saw them in the restroom publicly, and loudly, accuses them of making the fecal mess. Soon, the manager and busboy, who refuses to clean up the excrement, are at their table blaming Hayek for everything.

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“I am very mortified because they are staring at us like you’re blaming it on us, and this is very, very disturbing,” Hayek tells the faux-manager angrily. Just before she breaks, Kutcher runs out to her table, where the actress learns her gal Cruz and Kutcher Punk’d her.

“What a nightmare,” she says, before fake-strangling Cruz and turning to the camera to say “I’ve been Punk’d.”

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Next up is Longoria. During her segment, the former Desperate Housewives actress is leaving the set with co-star Jesse Metcalfe, who’s in on the joke. She joins him in his SUV, which is quickly pulled over by the cops. Jesse, who played Longoria’s teenage gardener and sidepiece on the show, is hesitant to stop his car. When the policeman rushes behind him, he eventually breaks but then runs out of the car. Longoria is stunned.

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“Hey, oh my God! Hello,” she yells, with her hand covering her mouth in disbelief. Soon a fake cop pulls up beside her asking her to put her hands out of the car window and slowly get out of the vehicle.

“I am so scared right now,” she says, before going through questioning, where she learns that Metcalfe might have another identity. She’s not clear on what her pal might be involved in, but it looks certain, to her, that it’s illegal and that she now is implicated in it.

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Moments later, she sees Metcalfe arrested and put in the back of a police car. She is told that she, too, will have to go to the station. Nearly crying, Kutcher pulls up behind Longoria, who laughs instantly knowing she’s been Punk’d.

“I hate you,” she tells the host, adding “I was fucking freaking out, man. Dude, I’m sweating my ass off” before looking to the camera to say she’s the latest victim of the prank show.

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There’s no word yet on when the reboot will make its way to Quibi, but after watching some of our fave Latinx stars targeted by Kutcher’s stunts, we’re thirsty for more.

Catch the whole episode, which also includes a trick against R&B singer Mario, here.

Read: Here’s How Aubrey Plaza Went From A Prankster In High School To A Major Actress In Hollywood

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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The numbers are bleak. Latinos make up 18% of America’s population but only 5% of the number of speaking roles in movies in 2019 according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Hollywood seems to be late to the party when it comes to Latino representation onscreen. But luckily, there are a handful of Latino artists and creators out there who are taking the fight to appear in front of the screen to behind the camera.

Take, for example, Eva Longoria, who was just announced to be directing and co-starring in the new action-comedy film, “Spa Day”

This marks the third movie the Mexican-American actress will be helming and the first Latina to ever direct more than one major studio film.

The other films on Longoria’s roster include a vehicle for her and Kerry Washington tentatively titled “24/7”, as well as the upcoming biopic “Flamin’ Hot”–a movie centered around Richard Montañez, the man who invented Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Longoria has been candid about how the decision to move into directing and producing has been a strategic one.

“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” Longoria told Variety in 2018.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for [good projects], and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”

But her career transition isn’t unique as a Latina in Hollywood. She has joined the ranks of other Latinas in Hollywood who have began to produce and direct their own projects in order to finally see Latino stories told on screen.

Her peers include Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue“, “Hustlers“), Selena Gomez (“Living Undocumented“), America Ferrera (“Gentefied“, “Superstore“), Gina Rodriguez (“Diary of an American President,” “Carmen San Diego“), and Salma Hayek (“Ugly Betty”).

All of these women have thrown their weight behind projects that otherwise wouldn’t be made if their names weren’t attached to them.

All of these women are creating stories that feature Latino stories and Latino talent–in front of and behind the camera.

America Ferrera explained the reason behind her conscious career pivot from acting to directing/producing: “My genuine heart’s desire is to tell stories that haven’t been told,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s hard to get stories about people like us made. And then to get those stories told by us is very very uncommon.”

Although the endgame is to have Latinx stories greenlit without having to first be a famous singer or actress, the work these ladies are doing might be laying the foundation for an easier road for future industry players of Latino descent. Or as Longoria so eloquently put it: “If we unite and create opportunities for each other and pull each other up, there could be a lot more success for representation on TV.”

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Celebrities Are Reading Children’s Books To Help Parents And Children Cope With COVID-19

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Celebrities Are Reading Children’s Books To Help Parents And Children Cope With COVID-19

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The world is still trying to get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced billions into lockdown measures from various government orders. More than 220 million Americans are living in states with lockdown orders leaving children with no school and parents with no childcare. Now, celebs are offering their time with Save with Stories to read children’s books to help parents and children cope.

Gina Torres reading “Sofia Valdez, Future Prez”

Save with Stories, created by Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner, is being done in conjunction with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Celebrities are joining up with Save with Stories to offer a bit of reading education to the millions of children not in school right now as the world battles the coronavirus.

Eva Longoria reading “La vida de Selena”

Save with Stories is asking for donations to keep children taken care of during this crisis. Many children rely on getting their meals from their schools. With schools, many children are facing uncertain times with their food. By donating to Save with Stories, you can help the organization continue to provide children with their meals during the shutdown.

Zoe Saldana reading “Cómo dan las buenas noches los dinosaurios?”

Some of the celebrities have given their storytime a more culturally relevant tone. Both Zoe Saldana and Eva Longoria offered Spanish-speaking children stories in their language.

Lupita Nyong’o reading “Not Quite Narwhal”

According to UNESCO, 87 percent of the student population around the world have been separated from their schools, teachers, and peers. In the U.S., 55.1 million children are not in their K-12 schools as the U.S. prepares for a surge of cases in COVID-19 infections across the country. As of yet, the U.S. government has not called for a nationwide lockdown unlike several governments across Europe and Asia.

Jenna Ortega reading “Don’t Call Me Bear”

The initiative is a good reminder that we are all in this together. As billions of people around the world sit at home and social distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important to feel more connected in your isolation. Movements like Save with Stories show how the world can come together in a time of crisis to help everyone cope.

How are you coping with self-isolation in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

READ: AOC Has Strong Words About The Trump Administration’s Response To The COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis

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