Speaking at the National Hispanic Media Coalition's annual event, the actress said, “For a very long time I felt very isolated and alone as a Latina in this industry.'
Upon receiving an honor at the National Hispanic Media Coalition's 23rd annual Impact Awards, America Ferrera said she believes Latinx talent and executives are no longer competing for a slice of the pie.
"We are baking and serving up a whole bunch of tres leches," the Superstore and Gentefied actress said at the Friday night event held at the Beverly Wilshire. "We get to do it together and we get to invite our allies in this industry and audience from every walk of life to cry and celebrate with us."
Ferrera, who made a surprise exit from NBC's Superstore on Friday, was one of the eight honorees at the yearly event. The annual ceremony aims to celebrate and acknowledge works by Latinx talent and the executives who provide them with more opportunities in entertainment. Justina Machado and Jacob Vargas hosted the evening.
The actress, who took home the outstanding series producer prize, acknowledged the generations of Latinx talent that have helped build the path for the stars of today's Hollywood, including "personal hero" Lupe Ontiveros. Ferrera said thinking about the late actress prompts her to think about the talent that goes untapped; talent she hopes to spotlight as a producer.
"For a very long time I felt very isolated and alone as a Latina in this industry, I know many of us in this room have felt that way," she said. "But we can write a new mandate for Latinos in this industry."
Writing a new mandate is more than just a responsibility for Latinx talent and executives, but also for industry allies, especially those who may not from the community, Party of Five executive producer Amy Lippman told The Hollywood Reporter.
Lippman, whose series received the evening's outstanding television award, said that she's proud to facilitate getting more and more diverse stories in the mainstream, including the Freeform series.
"It is not my story and I see my role as being able to tell a story that is informed by people who have first hand experience with this world and this experience," she said.
Also receiving honors at the annual ceremony was One Day at a Time star Isabella Gomez who spoke to THR about the family sit-com ahead of its fourth season. The actress, who received the outstanding series performance award, said that the time in between the show's cancellation and finding its new home at Pop TV was an emotional rollercoaster.
The star revealed that there were months where she and fellow co-stars felt hopeful, and others not so much. But once she witnessed fans fighting for the show, Gomez said it validated the work she does and the desire to see diverse stories.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was made available for digital purchase earlier than planned last weekend, and Birds of Prey and The Gentlemen recently followed suit with an early digital purchase available for each movie starting next week. Now Warner Bros. Pictures is adding the dramatic true story Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, to the growing roster of early home video releases.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced the Just Mercy digital release yesterday, so it’s available to buy right now. However, if you’re waiting to rent the movie digital on VOD, it will be available starting on March 24.
Just Mercy was an awards hopeful released in theaters towards the end of 2019 after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the fall, though it didn’t get many nominations when all was said and done. However, with a critical score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is officially Certified Fresh, and it has an impressive audience score of 99%.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who just started shooting Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for Marvel Studios before voluntarily shutting down the production to be tested for coronavirus, the film is based on Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling memoir of the same name.
Here’s the official synopsis and trailer for Just Mercy:
“Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson Michael B. Jordan and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley Brie Larson. One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian Jamie Foxx, who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.Source: Slashfilm.com
Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Show: The Secret History of Hollywood
Where You Can Stream It: The podcasting app of your choice.
The Pitch: The Secret History of Hollywood is the most compelling, immersive, and emotional podcast I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Each season consists of deep dives into a major Hollywood figure, tracing its subject’s rise to prominence and giving incredible insight into their home lives, painting a portrait so captivating and well-rounded that biographies or books on the subjects could only dream to achieve.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Listening: I’ve been thinking about this podcast a lot since I first stumbled across it several years ago, but I think it’s especially appropriate to recommend it right now because some of its episodes are incredibly lengthy – many clock in around an hour and a half, but some of them stretch to four, six, or even nine hours long. Yes, really. Some of you may scoff, but isn’t being in quarantine the perfect time to give a long-form podcast a chance?
Adam Roche, the voice behind the show, had no background in sound editing or sound production when he got started, but he could have fooled me: the series reminds me of an old-time radio show, complete with sound effects and Roche doing voices as he plays the people in a given scene. I realize that may sound cheesy, and it absolutely would be in less-capable hands. But trust me: Roche’s mellifluous voice and incredibly researched accounts are perfect for this type of storytelling.
The show has brought me to tears multiple times over the years, and I think a huge part of the reason for that is because of the long episode lengths. Like a great TV series you never want to end, you get to spend hours and hours with the subjects of these episodes and build emotional connections to them, so when they they experience hardships, a project goes wrong, or they lose a loved one, the results can be unexpectedly powerful.
The show has earned the attention of Hollywood vets like Peter Ramsey Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mark Gatiss Sherlock, Game of Thrones, the latter of whom lends his own terrific voice to introductions of the most recent season, which covers the prolific producer Val Lewton Cat People, The Body Snatcher, The Ghost Ship. I knew nothing about Lewton or his work before I listened to the eleven episode season, but by the end, I feel like not only do I know all about him, but I feel I’ve experienced his highs and lows right alongside him. It’s truly spellbinding stuff, and it comes with my absolute highest recommendation.
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'There is still uncertainty about what 'people coming together again' will look like come September,' fest organizers said Thursday.
The 2020 Toronto Film Festival, set to run Sept. 10 to 20 in Toronto, is weighing options to go online and remain, where possible, with a physical event amid planning concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
Festival co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey on Thursday said they are moving ahead with planning for the traditional September event, but are considering moving some events online, if necessary, to comply with safety precautions during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We recognize that in planning for the Festival now, there is still uncertainty about what 'people coming together again' will look like come September. This is why we are looking at both onsite and digital innovations that will provide options that will deliver for our audiences, support filmmakers and our partners, and bolster the industry." Vicente and Bailey said in a joint statement.
As TIFF programmers plan for the September event, the festival says they have been collaborating with rival festivals that were earlier cancelled or delayed. "Our goal is to offer a united platform to share programming," Vicente said in a YouTube video.
"We have to refocus our energy while navigating the challenges presented by the currnt global crisis," Bailey added, as festival employees have begun to work remotely at home and the festival looks for new ways to stream movies.
Self-isolating Canadians have already been invited to virtual chats with Hollywood stars led by Bailey, followed by movie screenings on the Crave streaming service. The Stay-at-Home Cinema offers the virtual Q&As via Instagram Live @tiff_net, starting with Homeland star Mandy Patinkin, followed a streaming of Rob Reiner's 1987 film The Princess Bride, starring Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, on Crave.
Bailey is set to host at least the first three virtual chats with Hollywood stars and movie screenings, to include Sarah Polley being interviewed before streaming play for Away From Her on Crave, and Catherine O'Hara and production designer Bo Welch on April 3 talking about their work on Beetlejuice, which will also stream.
A TIFF industry conference has been set to run Sept. 11 to 15. Toronto and Ontario health officials earlier warned against mass gatherings in the province amid the virus outbreak.
Festival organizers have been hoping that the health crisis might have been contained in time for the annual September event, considered a traditional launch pad for Hollywood's awards season.
TIFF's Bell Lightbox headquarters and its five movie screens have been shutttered during the COVID-19 crisis, reducing operating revenues for the festival.
Toronto's disrupted plans for its September event come as a number of events and large gatherings have been...