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A Few People Were Hurt While Shooting Star Wars, But It Was Worth It, Says Diego Luna

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The U.S. release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is still over a month away, but November’s issue of Vanity Fair Mexico just gave fans some teasers straight from one of its stars, Diego Luna. Set between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope,” “Rogue One” focuses on the mission to capture the plans to the Death Star and deliver them to the Rebel Alliance. Without getting too far into spoiler territory, here are just a few bits Luna shared in his interview.

The special effects in “Rogue One” presented a real danger to the actors.

 

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Following in the footsteps of “The Force Awakens,” many of the on screen explosions were done in real time, which caused several actors to suffer injuries on set. Diego was no exception, as he told Vanity Fair, “I took a lot of injuries. My chest still hurts a lot. There are some accidents that will actually end up in the final cut of the film.” Diego also explained that he damaged his cornea after debris became lodged in his eye. As a result, Luna ended up having to wear an eye patch during his final days on set.

“Rogue One” is full of easter eggs.

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Though the story is set apart from the traditional “Star Wars” story arc, Diego – who plays Captain Cassian Andor – reassured Vanity Fair that “Rogue One” is “full of references, small tributes and characters that fall in this chronology of events.” We won’t be entirely sure what these tributes are until the movie is released, but the trailers, and the Offical “Rogue One” Instagram definitely offer several hints.

“Rogue One” is the most realistic portrayal of the “Star Wars” universe.

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Diego explains that though “Rogue One” is based in a fantasy world, the movie is all about the drama of the people and their mission. “The characters are very similar to us,” Diego told Vanity Fair. “They are heroes with no powers. What they have is a conviction and desire to change reality.” No doubt, we’re definitely excited to see what a talented actor like Luna will bring to this movie.

The story is told from the point of view of its main female protagonist.

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There are numerous websites devoted to uncovering exactly how Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso plays into the “Star Wars” universe, but one thing we know for a fact came from Diego: “The story in the movie is seen through the eyes of Jyn Erso.”

Also: If you want to read up more on Jyn’s potential “Star Wars” lineage, check out this link right here which might contain spoilers.

Even with his acting chops, Diego was surprised to get the role.

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For fans of Diego, casting him in this role is a no-brainer, but as Diego told Vanity Fair, “I didn’t see it coming. I was so excited and I needed some time to relax and realize what happened.” The casting of Diego continues the trend of Star Wars bringing in actors from diverse backgrounds, which has always been part of the charm of Star Wars. In a universe where there’s an entire planet full of Ewoks, it’s definitely nice to see a few Latinos in the mix. mitú even covered the fact that Diego got to keep his real accent while playing Captain Cassian Andor. It’s a good time to be Latino, even if that time was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Be sure to check out the entire piece in November’s issue of Vanity Fair Mexico.

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Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

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Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Netflix has officially selected a Latina to keep the legacy of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla, alive. For its highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series,” the big-time streaming platform has tapped Christian Serratos, AKA Rosita Espinosa of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series.

Twenty-four years after her tragic death Selena is, once again, being brought back to life on the screen.

Little information has been released by Netflix about the series, but Serratos casting will undoubtedly launch quite a bit of chatter.

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The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online. Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

While buzz online hasn’t quite ramped up, we’re pretty sure once news of the casting catches on Latina Twitter will be doing the washing machine for days.

And it appears Serratos has the Selena Fan Club seal of approval.

And it’s no wonder why! Serratos cuts a pretty uncanny resemblance to the Tejano beauty.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

Like literally people are bummed.

Pero… like I said! Serratos as Selena will totally be worth it.

(Jeeze… wonder if she’ll die by zombie attack?)

But there is a silver lining to the upset.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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