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This Latino Director Was Deeply Affected by a Family Tragedy, So He Turned it into a Triumph

Have you checked the credits of TV hits Glee and American Horror Story? No? It’s OK. We did, and one of the talented names behind those hits is Latino director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Remember it. This rising film director’s second feature, the comedy-drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. And it wouldn’t have happened if Gomez-Rejon hadn’t been through some really tough times. Here’s how Gomez-Rejon built his career and turned his personal struggles into professional triumphs.

He’s a Proud Tejano

Film Comes First

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Gomez-Rejon has been obsessed with movies since he was a kid. He grew up idolizing Martin Scorsese after watching the classics: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.

Scorsese’s Got His Back …

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Gomez-Rejon’s dream of working with Scorsese came true when he earned a gig as a production assistant on the famed director’s 1995 crime drama Casino. Gomez-Rejon proudly admits he continues to receive advice and support from Scorsese.

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… So Did Ephron

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Gomez-Rejon also scored big-time gigs with Nora Ephron, the writer-director of When Harry Met Sally andSleepless in Seattle. He first worked with Ephron in You’ve Got Mail, but his professional life changed when Ephron made Paramount Studios hire Gomez-Rejon as second-unit director on Lucky Numbers, which allowed him to join the Directors Guild of America.

And Murphy, Too

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Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, came knocking after Gomez-Rejon worked as a second unit director on the filmsBabel, Argo and Eat Pray Love. Gomez-Rejon went on to direct eight episodes of Glee, including the uber-popular Lady Gaga tribute episode “Born This Way.”  

He’s Got a Dark Side

He Loves Working with Friends

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It’s certainly true in the case of Gomez-Rejon. His first feature film, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, was produced by none other than Ryan Murphy. And the visually striking commercial for Blue de Chanel? The video was directed by Scorsese, with Gomez-Rejon serving as writer and second unit director.

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He Can Also Go Solo

He’s a Daddy’s Boy

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Gomez-Rejon dedicated Me and Earl and The Dying Girl to his late father, Julio Cesar Gomez-Rejon. He says the film’s theme — that a person’s story doesn’t end with death — was inspired by the impact his father continues to have on his life.

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

The DC Universe just got a heck of a lot more Brown.

This week, it was announced that 25-year-old actress Sasha Calle is poised to be the franchise’s newest superstar. Known for portraying Lola Rosales on “The Young and the Restless,” the actress will take on the role of Supergirl in the DC film franchise.

Her first appearance as Supergirl expected to debut in the upcoming movie “The Flash.”

Calle, who is of Colombian heritage, is set to become the first Latina ever to play the role of Supergirl.

Calle earned her first breakout role in 2018 after being cast in the long-running CBS daytime drama “The Young & The Restless” as a food truck owner and the youngest sister of brothers in the midst of a toxic rivalry.

Calle earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama Series category last year for her part in the series.

“On behalf of everyone at ‘The Young and the Restless,’ we’d like to congratulate Sasha Calle on making history and being chosen to play the first Latina Supergirl,” the daytime drama’s executive producer Anthony Morina and co-executive producer/head writer Josh Griffith shared in a statement. “The role of Supergirl is a perfect fit for someone of Sasha’s immense talent, and we wish her all the best as she takes on this groundbreaking role.”

According to Deadline, Calle beat out 425 actresses for the part of Supergirl.

Andy Muschietti director of The Flash gave Calle the good news about her role over Zoom.

“Can I freak out for a second?” Calle asked before announcing the news to someone offscreen. “I got it,” she said to the person off-camera while doing a dance in her chair. Turning back to Muschietti, Calle admitted “I’m probably not going to stop crying all day.”

Calle shared the moment to her Instagram admitting she was still processing the big news.

“A Latina superhero?!” Calle wrote of the news in Spanish. “On what planet?! Well, on this planet! What joy and what pride.” Thanking her mom, Calle wrote, “I adore you with everything I have. You are an example of a superhero.”

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Jennifer Lopez And Matthew McConaughey Honor The 20th Anniversary Of ‘The Wedding Planner’

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Jennifer Lopez And Matthew McConaughey Honor The 20th Anniversary Of ‘The Wedding Planner’

2001. A year of quite a lot of big events and don’t fans of The Wedding Planner know it!

Twenty years ago the beloved romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as a cynical but ambitious wedding planner and Matthew McConaughey the engaged doctor with who she falls in love with.

Twenty years later and of course we needed a reunion to celebrate.

Fortunately, the leading stars reunited for a virtual screening of the 20th anniversary of the hit film. 

During an Instagram Live event, the two actors reunited to wax nostalgia about their iconic romantic comedy from their respective homes. During the sweet gathering, Lopez and McConaughey talked about all things related to that time including their kissing scenes. Recalling one kissing moment in particular, Lopez said to McConaughey “You said, ‘Miss Lopez, I’m going to kiss you now.’ And I said, ‘OK, let’s do it. Let’s hit it.'”

Speaking about the movie’s impact on their career they both admitted that they’ve been lucky.

“When you do these movies… we’ve been lucky enough to continue doing what we love,” Lopez explained. “There are certain moments that always stick out in your head.”

“I so enjoyed working with you,” Lopez added. “We had such a nice rapport and chemistry. We were somewhat at the beginning of our careers at that time. It was exciting to be working on any movie. I still feel that way. It was a magical time. I’m such a romantic too that working on those types of movies have a real feel for me.”

Sweetly, McConaughey praised Lopez for her talent and ambition.

“You prepare so well for everything you do. I love your intentionality, I love how deliberate you are. You would have it down, you love the choreography. I love your deliberation, and the preparation you have,” he added before lamenting the fall of romcoms. “In a way, [The Wedding Planner] was the last of the rom-coms,” McConaughey said. “The rom-com doesn’t get made anymore.”

Lopez was quick to point out that she’s worked hard to ensure that rom-coms don’t die altogether. “I wanna know there’s a happily ever after, I wanna know that. Even though we know we’ve lived through a tough year, miracles still happen, love prevails, things can go right, for sure.”

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