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Most People Have Never Heard Of This Latino Activist, But He’s Getting His Own Movie

It’s safe to say that Hollywood rarely makes movies starring Latinos. Case in point: In 2015, there were as many movies made about monkeys as there were about Latinos. So finding out that Hollywood is gearing up to produce Gustavo García’s story for the big screen is kind of like finding out your dad is really into Chance the Rapper. I mean, it’s not impossible that he’s heard of him, but what are the odds? And good for him. García fought for Latino civil rights when no one else did, and for his efforts, he died in obscurity, forgotten by all but the most rigorous history books and scholars. It’s great that he’s getting his own movie, but for someone so remarkable, it’s alarming at how little is known about the man.

What started out as a small-town murder turned into a milestone for Latino civil rights.

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When Pedro Hernandez murdered his employer in 1951, he was convicted by an all-white jury. This was not a coincidence. At that time, discrimination practices kept Mexican-Americans from serving on a jury in Texas, making it impossible for any Latino to receive an impartial trial. Texas was cool with this violation of the 6th Amendment because this is Texas in the 1950s that we’re talking about. In some cases, Mexican-Americans were denied funeral services because they weren’t white. This didn’t sit well with Gustavo García, who agreed to take Pedro’s case for free.

“My people were in Texas a hundred years before Sam Houston, that wetback from Tennessee.” — Gustavo García.

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Thanks to the efforts of Gustavo García and his legal team, Mexican-Americans were granted the most basic civil rights in the eyes of the law. Their victory came at a time when ignorance was so widespread that even the judges in the Supreme Court used the term “greaser” when referring to Mexican-Americans. Shortly after the trial, Gus fell victim to alcoholism and mental health issues, and maybe that’s why he’s not celebrated more in history books. But one thing is for sure, without Gus’s tenacity, it’s possible our grandparents, or parents, could have been convicted by an all-white jury, whether they were guilty or not.

What we know about the movie.

There’s so much more to Gustavo’s life than we could hope to touch on here. Thankfully, Sandbar Films is bringing Gustavo’s fight to the big screen under the title “The Texas Boys,” which is likely to come out next year. If you’d like to find out more about Gustavo “Gus” García, check out Isidro Aguirre’s book “Dawn of the Matador,” which is what the movie is largely based on.


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Tessa Thompson Met A Mini Version Of Herself During ‘Men In Black’ Premiere

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Tessa Thompson Met A Mini Version Of Herself During ‘Men In Black’ Premiere

When the original “Men In Black” premiered in 1997, there’s no denying it was a mega box office hit. In fact, we’re a bit more surprised that it took this long for there to be another installation to the franchise. Now, 22 years later, the new version, fittingly titled, “Men In Black: International” the film is more inclusive, which is certainly appreciated in this day and age.

It’s because of this diverse representation that Latinas can see themselves on the big screen.

Last week, during the “Men In Black” premiere Tessa Thompson spotted a little girl who was dressed just like her in the movie.

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Thompson recounted the moment on Instagram and discussed how much she’s been through with the filming of the movie and doing press all over the world. She said it was this moment that meant so much to her.

“These past couple weeks have been almost a blur— except, my favorite moment of all— meeting the one person I really made @meninblack for. Hers was the first face I saw when I arrived to the premiere— and it’s still on my mind. And what she said to me, I’ll never forget.”

This moment really signifies why representation matters so much.

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People seem to forget how many others are excluded when we see a movie or TV show, so when you see a person that looks like you starring in a massive project, it’s an encouraging thing that means to so many. Now we’re wondering what that little girl said to her. Please tell us, Tessa!

Thompson’s role in the new “Men In Black” also came with a couple of changes including something she didn’t want to say just because Will Smith said it in the original.

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Thompson said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she didn’t want the new movie to be too much like the old one, which makes sense especially because this is 2019! We don’t need to regress to 1997.

In the original movie, Smith says “I make this look good” after he first puts on his suit. Thompson said she would never say that line.

“I wouldn’t have said it. In fact, I think someone did ask me to — just as an option — and I said no. M [her character] is just different from that character [Agent J/Smith]. Yeah, I was really conscious of too much nostalgia. Also, inside of that, there were moments when I thought, ‘Let’s lean in.'”

Yes!! That is why we need more women of color in movies!

90’s Cult Classic ‘The Craft’ Is Being Remade For Our Generation With Its Lead Role Going To Trans Latina Woman

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90’s Cult Classic ‘The Craft’ Is Being Remade For Our Generation With Its Lead Role Going To Trans Latina Woman

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There are so many reboots and revivals and sequels to nostalgic media of the past right now that it’s hard to keep track, and it’s often hard to care. And too many of them just retread the same ground the originals already covered — a cash grab, and not a reinterpretation of a beloved story, bringing something new and original to familiar ground.

But maybe, just maybe, the reboot of ‘90s teen girl witchcraft staple, The Craft, isn’t going to fall into that trap.

Friday afternoon, a casting notice began circulating on Twitter, saying that Blumhouse Productions is looking to cast a trans-Latina actress for one of the main roles.

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The notice reads: “Transgender, to play Latina, a punk rocker, Lourdes is the second member of the teenaged Clique. Her super-Catholic mother threw her out for being trans and she now lives with her 80 year old abuela, who has taught Lourdes a variety of supernatural practices.”

The flyer goes on to specify that yes, they are seeking an actual trans actress for the role.

Yup, the 1996 horror about four outcast teen witches is getting the LGBTI-inclusive reboot treatment

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The Craft (the original) was a 1996 film starring Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True as teenagers who dabble in witchcraft until, naturally, everything goes terribly wrong when they get a little too power-hungry. Upon release, it received mixed reviews from critics and only grossed $55 million worldwide, but has since developed a devoted cult following.

It’s an iconic film, and one that was destined to join the ranks of rebooted flicks from the ‘90s.

Basically, all of the Internet is totally here for it.

Pretty much all of Twitter is saying how excited they are for this and that the project has so much potential.

And many are adding one big demand – don’t f*ck it up!

Like I mean just imagine a fierce Latina bruja in such a badass role!

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This is absolutely something I would want to watch.

Many point out that The Craft was already an iconic queer film and this is just the cherry on top.

Like for real though, basically everyone who has been to a sleepover or had a Netflix and chill kind of night, has seen this amazing movie.

It’s time that a new generation gets its own adapted version.

All of this is made even more exciting because just this year the original cast reunited for the very first time.

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Was this a tease at things to come? Or just a strange coincidence?

Our new version of The Craft is being produced by the same company behind The Purge and Paranormal Activity.

Doug Wick, one of the producers of the new film told Entertainment Weekly that, “there will be callbacks to the original movie, so you will see there is a connection between what happened in the days of The Craft and how these young women come across this magic many years later.” He adds that the film will be more like a sequel, which we are so excited to discover.

“Here are some young women who once again discover the power of magic, and we explore their emotional lives, their wants, their fears, their longings, as they become empowered,” he added.

The reboot is expected to start shooting in July 2019 with a likely 2020 release.

I mean same, right? This movie can’t come soon enough for diehard fans of The Craft.

What are some of your favorite cult classic films that you’d like to see remade?

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