Movie Review: SCREAM

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Rating: R Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Mikey Madison, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner Writers: James Vanderbilt & Guy Busick, based on characters created by Kevin Williamson Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett Distributor: Paramount Release Date: January 14, 2022 SCREAM tries in many ways to be confusing. This isn’t just because the new 2022 release is titled SCREAM, just like the 1996 original, with no numeral in the title, even though this is effectively SCREAM 5. As always, the filmmakers want to keep […]Read On »


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Movie Review: IN THE HEIGHTS

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Diaz IV, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Marc Anthony, Lin-Manuel Miranda Writer: Quiara Alegria Hudes, original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on the stage musical, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, concept by Lin-Manuel Miranda Director: Jon M. Chu Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 11, 2021 IN THE HEIGHTS is a big, bright, mostly cheerful movie musical. Perhaps because it’s on screen, as opposed to in its original stage incarnation, it feels a little like a condensed, singing version of working-class […]Read On »


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VIDA: Stars Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon and Carlos Miranda chat Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Ser Anzoateguiin is Eddy in VIDA - Season 3 | © 2019 Starz Entertainment, LLC/Kat Marcinowski

VIDA, now in its third and final season Sunday nights on Starz, has a strong ensemble cast. While the series, created by Tanya Saracho, centers on the Hernandez sisters, Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada), it also explores the lives of those around them in East Los Angeles. These people include Eddy Martinez, played by native Californian Ser Anzoategui, who is also a playwright. Anzoategui was also a regular on EAST LOS HIGH. Eddy is the widow of Lyn and Emma’s mother Vidalia. She is currently reeling from a series of blows, both literal and physical. After Vidalia’s death, […]Read On »


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VIDA: Creator Tanya Saracho gives the scoop on the third and final season – Exclusive Interview

VIDA - Season 3 Key Art | ©2020 Starz

VIDA is now in its third and final season, Sunday nights on Starz. The series concerns disparate sisters Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), who inherit their late mother’s lesbian bar in East Los Angeles. After a lot of consideration, the siblings decide to reopen the bar, rename it Vida (after their mom Vidalia), and add live music. Other main characters: Vida’s widow Eddy (Ser Anzoategui), who has learned that not only was she not legally married to Vida, but that Vida’s ex-husband is still alive; neighborhood Latinx activist Mari (Chelsea Rendon), whose father has thrown her out of […]Read On »


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VIDA: Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada in VIDA - Season 3 | ©2020 Starz

The third and final season of VIDA begins on Starz Sunday, April 26. In the series created by Tanya Saracho, free-spirited but overly impulsive Lyn Hernandez, played by Melissa Barrera, is finally learning how to act responsibly. Her older sister Emma, played by Mishel Prada, has spent years being cool and controlled, but is now learning how to open up to others. In Season 1, The siblings reunited after years apart when their mother Vida died, leaving her lesbian East L.A. bar to the two young women. Barrera, originally from Monterrey, Mexico, starred in numerous Spanish-language television series, as well […]Read On »


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VIDA: Creator Tanya Saracho chats about Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

VIDA - Season 2 Key Art |©2019 Starz

Starz’s idiosyncratic comedy/drama VIDA begins its second season on Sunday, May 26. Created by Tanya Saracho and shot on location in East Los Angeles, VIDA deals with previously estranged sisters Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), brought together by the death of their mother Vidalia. In Season 1, Emma and Lyn grappled with their inheritance of Vida’s lesbian bar, its attached low-income apartments and its gigantic mortgage. Emma also coped with finding out that Vida was married to a woman, Eddy (Ser Anzoategui), a particular shock as Emma had been sent away in adolescence when Vida learned her eldest […]Read On »


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VIDA: Creator Tanya Saracho on new Starz comedy – Exclusive Interview

VIDA - Season 1 Key Art| ©2018 Starz

VIDA is Starz’s new Sunday-night series set in East Los Angeles. Twentysomething sisters Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) come home upon hearing news of death of their mother Vidalia – Vida for short. Lyn and Emma don’t get along with each other, and Emma was barely on speaking terms with Vida. It comes as a big shock to both young women that Vida left behind a spouse they didn’t know about, and more, that widow Eddy (Ser Anzoategui) is a woman. All three of them have inherited Vida’s neighborhood bar, which has over the past few years become […]Read On »


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