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CHiPs Gets a Facelift


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The classic 70s show, CHiPs, a police procedural following the lives of two California Highway Patrolmen will get an R-rated silver screen facelift next year.

Leading the new cast will be Michael Peña of Ant-Man (2014) and The Martian (2015) fame. Peña will take up the role of Frank “Ponch” Poncharello, the flirtatious and troublemaking motorcycle cop that was originally played by Erik Estrada.

The straight man to Peña’s Ponch will be Dax Shepard who starred in the television series Parenthood (2010-2015) and will be playing stick-in-the-mud Jon Baker.

Also in the film are Adam Rodriguez and Arturo del Puerto.

CHiPs will hit theaters March 24, 2017.


The Celebrated Diversity of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards



As diverse as America has become, it’s becoming more and more reflective in the television shows and movies we watch and award ceremonies like the Golden Globes are catching on.

Nominations for the 2017 ceremony have been released and we figured we’d share some of the notable noms with you:

  • Gina RodriguezJane the Virgin – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
  • Gael Garcia BernalMozart in the Jungle – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
    • Mozart in the Jungle is also nominated for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
  • Neruda – Best Foreign Film
  • Zootopia – Best Animated Film
  • Kerry Washington – Confirmation – Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Denzel Washington – Fences – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

For the rest, check out the Golden Globe Awards, airing on January 8th on NBC!

Christina Milian Wants Mariah Carey’s Ex




On The Wendy Williams Show, actress Christina Milian was put on the hot seat while she was trying to promote the remake to the 1975 cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

After Milian gave some shoecam and chatted about her daughter Violet with Wendy, things quickly became about her love life.

When discussing Violet’s Instagram following, Milian mentioned what it was like to co-parent with The-Dream and said “that they got along,” that “she loved his new wife [Lalonne Martinez],” and she “liked her a lot.”

Not one to shy away from uncomfortable questions, Wendy then turned the topic to Milian’s short-lived romance with rapper Lil Wayne. When asked if she would take the rapper back, Milian was not at all for the idea, but said, “that she was able to separate the relationship thing with business.”

Wendy later asked Milian “which of her exes would she spy on” if she had the power of invisibility, she mentioned her first real boyfriend, and Mariah Carey’s ex-husband, Nick Cannon.

“I’m curious about what Nick is up to,” said Milian.

Of course, Wendy couldn’t let that response go and kept pushing to learn more. At first, Milian was open to a friendship and collaborating on another movie with Cannon, her first lead role was in Love Don’t Cost a Thing, with her former paramour, but she eventually relented that she would be open to a relationship since they are both single.

Do you think Christina Milian and Nick Cannon should get back together?

Ana de Armas Joins Blade Runner Sequel

Cuban actress Ana de Armas, 28, will be joining the long-gestating sequel to Blade Runner.

Armas’ started acting at age 12 after joining the Teatro Nacional de Cuba in Havana. Since then, she has starred in Spanish-language miniseries, television shows and films from 2006-2014. Her first American film was the erotic thriller Knock Knock (2015), with frequent onscreen collaborator Keanu Reeves.

Her more recent and most notable films are Hands of Stone (2016) and War Dogs (2016). Stone features Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro and Usher Raymond.  In War Dogs, the rising star plays David Paukouz (Miles Teller)’s girlfriend and discovers that his side job isn’t “selling pillows,” but war profiteering.

War Dogs will be out on Blu-ray and DVDs on Nov. 22 and will be available to stream on Amazon and other platforms on Nov. 11, 2016.

In Blade Runner 2049 Armas will get to act alongside Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista. The film will hit theaters Oct. 6, 2017.

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Fun Family Cinema Returns for 8th Annual KidCinemaFest Film Festival in New York

More Than 40 Films From Over 25 Countries For All Ages

Free Entrance and All Foreign Language Films are subtitled in English

Cine Art Entertainment Productions, in collaboration with Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, and Catholic Charities proudly presents the 8th annual edition of KidCinemaFest Film Festival, October 13th to the 19th, 2016.  

The Festival aims to enrich children’s appreciation for film making and cultural diversity through a program of over 40 films that includes documentaries, fiction films as well as animations from 25 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia.  The festival welcomes attendees of all ages to view some of the most exciting, smart, and reflective movies of this decade.  Entrance is free and all foreign language films are subtitled in English.


KidCinemaFest opens October 13, 7:00pm at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center the U.S premier of the Dominican feature film LOS FABULOS MA’ MEJORES directed by Carlos Manuel Plasencia and produced by Celines Toribio. This Dominican film is for all ages and tells the story of, Chelo Rosario, a kid baseball coach who’s not doing very well. He has no money, no job and his baseball team, although wonderful, is spectacularly bad at playing baseball. One day an announcement is made on the radio regarding the first ever Kid’s Baseball Tournament in the Dominican Republic and Chelo decides to ask the beautiful Joanna (Denise Quiñones) — who is the mother of one of the kids — for help to enter the tournament. The result is a fun-filled family oriented comedy where kids as well as adults will enjoy the crazy adventures of this fabulous team and the importance of fighting for your dreams regardless of how difficult they may be.

KidCinemaFest closes on October 19, 7:00pm at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center with the French feature film Belle and Sebastian. Adapted from the popular series by Cécile Aubry, Belle and Sebastian is a breathtaking adventure set high in the snowy Alps during a dramatic time in history. Sebastian is a resourceful young boy raised by an eccentric guardian (played by Tchéky Karyo, one of France’s most popular actors) in a peaceful mountain village. Sebastian meets a much feared wild dog, known by herders as ‘The Beast.’ Playing together in the alpine meadows and water holes, the boy and the dog come to love and rely upon one another; Sebastian calls her ‘Belle’. When German Nazis arrive, looking for Jewish refugees crossing the treacherous pass to Switzerland, courageous Belle and Sebastian join the resistance.

As the film festival founder and director, Armando Guareño says, “This year’s film program strives to enrich the lives of children through the art of cinema, enabling children and families to learn from different cultures without having to leave New York City.” While Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez shares similar thoughts on the festival, “As a longtime supporter of the KidCinemaFest, I’m incredibly proud of the success the program has enjoyed. Over a few short years it has become the preeminent children’s film festival in New York City, broadening the cultural horizons of hundreds of our youth.” 


The complete programming is organized in four sections. KID FLIX 1 section, composed of a colorful collection of short films from around the world. KID FLIX 2 section, a distinctive international short films collections that includes directors Olga and Tatiana Poliektova film My GRANDFATHER WAS A CHERRY TREE (Russia),  Ainslie Henderson newest short film STEMS (United Kingdom), Natalia Chernysheva’s film TWO FRIENDS (France and Russia), and from the directors of PHANTOM BOY and A CAT IN PARIS we also bring you ONE HELL OF A PLAN (France).

VIVA SHORT section, a collection of short film’s of the best shorts from the Brooklyn Film Festival’s Kidsfilmfest. FEATURE FILMS section, an international selection of the best contemporary films within the children cinema industry; including Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s film A CAT IN PARIS (France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium), Laurent Boileau and Jung Heninl’s film APPROVED FOR ADOPTION (France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland), Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares’ film APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (France), Yasuhiro Yoshimura’s film PATEMA INVERTED (Japan), Walter Tournier’s film SELKIRK, EL VERDADERO ROBINSON CRUSOE (Uruguay, Argentina, Chile), and Tomm Moree’s film THE SECRET OF KELLS (Belgium, France, Ireland).


KidCinemaFest venues are:

  • Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th Street and Amsterdam)
  • Casita Maria in the South Bronx (928 Simpson St at 163rd Street
  • CUNY in the Heights (5030 Broadway at 213th)
  • Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en USA (541 West 145th St (2nd Floor)
  • Public schools throughout Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the Bronx.

The event is free and open to anyone and everyone who wishes to attend!

The 8th Annual KidCinemaFest Film Festival in New York is a project of Cine-Art Entertainment Productions and is made possible with the collaboration of City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, The Dominican Film Festival in New York, Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center and Catholic Charities and sponsored by LatinTRENDS Magazine, Manhattan Times and in collaboration with, Brooklyn Film Festival’s Kidsfilmfest,  CUNY in the Heights and

For a complete list of films and show times please visit

The Year of the Toro

Benecio Del Toro is having a career renaissance this year. After falling off the silver screen after the not-so-well received horror film Wolfman (2010), Del Toro started to bounce back into our hearts thanks to a mid-credits scene featured in the unexpected Marvel juggernaut, Thor: The Dark World (2013). It was recently announced on Variety Magazine that Del Toro will help reboot the Predator franchise.

The Usual Suspects star doled out great performances in Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014) and Sicario (2015), the latter of which many thought he should have received an Oscar nomination. Last year he was also the voice of the snake in The Little Prince.

Del Toro will also keep things in the Disney family by starring in another franchise film for their subsidiary, Lucasfilm. He will be in Star Wars: Episode VIII, in an unspecified as yet role, alongside Lupita Nyong’o and Oscar Isaac in 2017. That same year he will be in the Terrence Malick film Weightless with former batman star Christian Bale.

The Predator is expected to hit theatres in 2018.



Lin-Manuel Miranda Under the Sea

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Straight off of composing lyrics for the 3D computer-animated film “Moana,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, the poet, playwright, and actor will now be teaming up to write new music for the live-action version of the “The Little Mermaid.”

The multi-talented hitmaker of plays such as “Hamilton” and “In the Heights,” will also be a producer on his favorite Disney film (he named his son with wife, Vanessa Nadal, Sebastian).

The co-writer of the film is none other than Disney juggernaut Alan Menken, writer of some songs you might have heard of like “Under the Sea,” “Colors of the Wind” and “A Whole New World.”

This year couldn’t get any better for Manuel. After winning 11 Tony Awards, it was also announced that he will star in another Disney classic, “Mary Poppins,” with “Sicario” star Emily Blunt.

Despite being a classic animated staple for Disney, their live-action version will face stiff competition from another studio, Universal, which already cast Chloe Grace Moretz of “Kickass” fame to star in the film. Universal‘s script for the film is nearly complete and the studio is only moments away from clinching a director to helm the project.

Either way, expect to be hearing Miranda’s name even more next year.



Star Wars Casting Update

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Jimmy Smits will be making a return to the Star Wars universe in “Star Wars: Rogue One,” which will hit theatres on Dec. 16, 2016.

The last time we saw Smits’ Senator Bail Prestor Organa, a founding member of the rebel alliance, was in the threequel to the prequel films, “Revenge of the Sith (2005).”

In that film, the Puerto Rican’s character adopts Princess Leia Organa and takes her home with him to create a family with his wife in Alderaan, while also protecting the future general of the rebel alliance from dark forces.

The anthology film will take place right before the adventures of “A New Hope” and will fill in the gap between the animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” which takes place 14 years after “Revenge.”

The film will also feature Diego Luna as an intelligence officer for the rebel alliance who leads a ragtag team to take on the Galactic Empire in order to steal the floor plans for the Death Star.

Despite his return to the franchise, Smits character has a grim future ahead of him in “A New Hope.”

Star Wars Casting Update

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The name and description of Diego Luna’s Star Wars character have finally been revealed.

The stunning Mexican actor will be playing Captain Cassian Andor, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Luna’s casting in the franchise adds to the diversity of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cast and further increases the presence of Hispanic actors in the rebooted intergalactic franchise.

As Andor, Luna will be the straight shooter that has a bit of an edge to him. During his leadership, he will try to be the one that calms Felicity Jones’ protagonist, the reckless former thief turned Rebel soldier, Jyn Erso, and help her steal the plans for the Death Star, which is seen in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

In addition to being steady, Andor is described as world-weary and strategic, which isn’t surprising considering the 19 years of battle he would of have to survive to become a captain between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.


Fast & Furious 8 causes Traffic Jams in Cuba!


While the Fast & Furious franchise is continuing to grow as its next installment is currently being filmed in Cuba it may be a joy to some of the film’s fan but an upset to some Cuban residents.

Earlier this month, the 8th installment of the Fast & Furious series began filming and is said to be the film series first of the final trilogy of films that will conclude its run and send the franchise’s main characters off with a bang. And sadly, with Paul Walker passing thus the film giving his character a bittersweet sendoff from Fast & Furious 7 the film series finds a new addition to its cast in Charlize Theron.

And much like the excitement of the film series itself, the residents of Cuba are becoming excited as well by the grand film production that has appeared in the Caribbean country. Since production began and seemingly has taken over the island, the Havana neighborhood named Vedado located in Central and Old Havana is experience havoc with its daily commuter routine due to unusual traffic jams and groups of curious onlookers thanks to the film’s presence.

Fast & Furious is the first major U.S. film production to be shot in Cuba in over 50 years since the embargo was lifted, and it is not without notice. Barriers have been built keep in order to keep curious onlookers separated from the set, crew members, and as well. And thanks to these barriers local motorists are not exactly experiencing the same level of excitement as others.

This has never happened before,” said Yani, a state worker who describes how since the major streets are closed off she has to find alternate routes just to get around, adding that it has been “a nightmare.”

According to some of the Central Havana residents, the once tranquil neighborhood is no longer there due to the presence of the traffic jams to civilians and the press trying to capture the film’s activity despite being denied access.

It’s really crazy. There are many people complaining because they’re arriving late to work, sometimes they don’t announce where the filming will occur … but Cubans are adapting to it all,” said Alain, a Havana resident who, like many others, tried to find a spot in Malecon—one of the streets in Havana—in order to see the film being shot.

For a film series that is renowned for displaying some of the hottest and latest vehicles in spectacular car racing and high-tech action scenes, it comes as no surprise that Cuba was selected as a filming location.

If you were to walk down a street within a Cuban city, you can expect to find quite a few antique 1950s U.S. autos parked alongside a couple of curbs.

The 8th installment of Fast & Furious is set to hit theaters in 2017.