Mayor Garcetti and Entertainment Industry Leaders Launch ‘LA Collab’ Initiative To Increase Latinx Representation in Hollywood

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First-of-its-kind effort will work to open doors to Latino creatives in
television, film, and digital media

Mayor Eric Garcetti has launched LA Collab, an unprecedented effort to connect Latinx talent, executives, and creators to opportunities in the entertainment industry — and double Latino representation in Hollywood by 2030.

“Latinos are a powerful force in L.A.’s culture and economy, and our trademark industry should tap into the diverse pool of talent in our own backyard,” said Mayor Garcetti. “On big screens or small, in front of the camera or behind it, our studios, actors, directors, and producers inspire the world with the power of their creativity and imagination — and LA Collab will elevate new voices and empower the next generation of Latinx creatives.”

According to a report by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Latinos represent nearly 25% of the box office. Yet a recent study by USC Annenberg showed that Latino representation has been stagnant over the past dozen years, averaging roughly 3% of all leads and co-leads in motion pictures.

In 2020, LA Collab will focus on reversing this trend by helping Latinx talent develop their skill sets and promoting collaborations with Latinx creators and top producers, filmmakers, buyers, showrunners, and industry allies.

Mayor Garcetti co-founded LA Collab alongside Beatriz Acevedo, founder of mitú and president of Acevedo Foundation, and Ivette Rodriguez, president of AEM. Together, they kicked off the initiative with support from more than 50 leaders and organizations, including Eva Longoria, J.J. Abrams, Eli Roth, DeVon Franklin, Jason Blum, and Zoe Saldana. Initial funders include the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, Annenberg Foundation, WarnerMedia, and Endeavor Content.

“The near invisibility of Latinos in Hollywood was the catalyst to rally Hollywood behind this crisis to create change together,” said Beatriz Acevedo, co-founder of LA Collab. “By facilitating unprecedented collaborations between the creative community, studios, buyers and other influential allies, LA Collab will ultimately drive exponential growth for the industry and our community.”

“As a Latina, I want to see more actors who look like me onscreen and behind the camera,” said actor, director, and producer Eva Longoria. “I started my own production company to create content from our community, and I became a director/producer to be in a position to hire people who look like me. With LA Collab, I want to open the door for many more Latinx creators and fuel the emergence of a better entertainment industry that elevates and celebrates the diversity and richness of my culture.”

Several other entertainment leaders from the founding coalition are supporting LA Collab’s mission by providing access and hands-on experience to emerging Latinx creative talent, including Eli Roth, who will support Latinx horror filmmakers via his digital platform, Crypt TV; and Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films and Pantaya, which will actively search for new bilingual voices for their scripted OTT and studio projects.

LA Collab has also secured the following deals for the Latinx creative community:

A finance development deal for a feature script with Endeavor Content
A scripted proof of concept deal with WarnerMedia’s 150
A development deal for a documentary with Shine Global
A podcast development/pilot deal with Southern California Public Radio’s LAist Studios
A blind digital pilot deal with pocket.watch

LA Collab has partnered with The Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC) to complete a report summarizing the group’s achievements over the course of its first year, and track the progress of Latino representation with the development of a first-of-its-kind Database of Latino Working Talent in Hollywood as a master tool for LA Collab’s success.

The LA Collab advisory committee will serve to support and amplify the initiative’s mission and projects. Members include:

  • Axel Caballero, WarnerMedia, VP, Talent Incubation and Artistic and Cultural Innovations
  • Deputy Mayor William Chun, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
  • DeVon Franklin, Franklin Entertainment, President and CEO
  • Alexis Garcia, Endeavor Content, Partner
  • Ruben Garcia, Creative Artists Agency, Executive
  • Lorenza Munoz, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Managing Director of Member Relations and Awards
  • Marlis Pujol, Producer
  • Genna Terranova, Amazon Studios, Head of Programming and Audience Development
  • Mary Vernieu, Betty Mae Casting, President

Other LA Collab supporters include:

  • Blumhouse Productions
  • Bad Robot
  • FREE THE WORK
  • Hello Sunshine
  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
  • Sundance Institute
  • United Talent Agency
  • Women in Film

For more information on LA Collab and a full list of partners, please visit lacollab.org.

About Evolve Entertainment:

LA Collab builds on Mayor Garcetti’s Evolve Entertainment Fund, a trailblazing effort led by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to create opportunities for young Angelenos that have been historically excluded from the entertainment industry. In partnership with more than 100 entertainment companies and 23 community pipeline organizations, Evolve opens up professional pathways into film, television, music, and digital media by connecting Angelenos to paid internships and full-time positions, matching youth with industry mentors, and hosting panels, workshops, and events focused on professional development and education. Since its launch in 2018, Evolve has placed students into 364 paid internships and 33 full-time positions, and linked over 80 students with mentors.

 

 

Check It Out: New trailer for THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY

ABC’s compelling new modern-day fairy tale, The Baker and the Beauty, will take viewers on a flavor-filled adventure between relatable everyman Daniel (Victor Rasuk) and international superstar Noa (Nathalie Kelley).

SYNOPSIS: Daniel Garcia is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But when he meets Noa Hamilton on a wild Miami night, his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull his family into a culture clash?

The Baker and the Beauty premieres MONDAY APRIL 13 at 10|9c on ABC.

 

 

 

 

LIKE A BOSS | Miami Screening Giveaway

Miami peeps!! I’ve been given a number of screening passes to give away for a promo screening of LIKE A BOSS on Tuesday, January 7th.

Click HERE for your chance to acquire tickets & read the details at the end of this post for conditions:

LOCATION:

Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX
11471 NW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33172

DATE AND TIME:

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 @ 7:30pm

(Have your pass ready to show at the door)

 

Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly. LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair, and Karan Soni.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES Presents
An ARTISTS FIRST Production A MIGUEL ARTETA Film

Directed by Miguel Arteta
Screenplay by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly
Story by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
Produced by Marc Evans, p.g.a. Peter Principato, p.g.a. Joel Zadak Itay Reiss
Executive Producers Tiffany Haddish Nicolas Stern
Starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek.

LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair, and Karan Soni.

 

While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid. Supplies are limited. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit up to two (2) passes per person. Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING.

Apple Releases First-Look at Inspiring, New Anthology Series “LITTLE AMERICA”

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“Little America” is the First Apple Original to Premiere in 2020

Full season to debut globally on January 17, 2020 exclusively on Apple TV+

Apple today released the trailer for its highly anticipated series “Little America,” set to premiere on January 17, 2020 as the first of Apple TV+’s 2020 slate. Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, “Little America” goes beyond the headlines to bring to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt and surprising stories of immigrants in America.

“Little America,” from Universal Television, is written and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg (“The Office,” Good Boys), who serves as showrunner, and executive produced by Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, “Silicon Valley”), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Alan Yang (“Master of None,” “Parks and Recreation”), Sian Heder (Tallulah, “Orange Is the New Black”), Joshuah Bearman (Argo), Joshua Davis (Spare Parts) and Arthur Spector (The Shack). Heder also serves as co-showrunner alongside Eisenberg.

The cast for the anthology series includes Zachary Quinto (Star Trek franchise),  Haaz Sleiman (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” The Visitor), Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards), Shaun Toub (“The Path to 9/11,” “Little King”), Conphidance (Klipper, I am My Own Mother), and Sherlilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”).

Apple TV+ is now available in over 100 countries and regions on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung smart TVs, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, as well as on the web at tv.apple.com for just $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW | Trailer and Poster Now Available!

img_2864FIRST LOOK AT “THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW”

Here is your first look at Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming psychological suspense thriller “The Woman in the Window.”

The film, which is directed by Joe Wright and features a stellar ensemble cast, opens in U.S. theaters May 15, 2020.

In “The Woman in the Window,” an agoraphobic child psychologist befriends a neighbor across the street from her New York City brownstone, only to see her own life turned upside down when the woman disappears and she suspects foul play. A stellar ensemble cast brings Tracy Letts’ screenplay based on the gripping, best-selling novel to life, where shocking secrets are revealed, and no one-and nothing-is what it seems.

Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianne Moore, “The Woman in the Window” is produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Anthony Katagas.

“The Woman in the Window” opens in U.S. theaters May 15, 2020.


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BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC | First Look Images Released! | In theaters August 21, 2020

Orion Pictures has released the official first look images for BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC!

SYNOPSIS: The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves) as the now middle aged best friends set out on a new adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe, helped by their daughters (played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine), a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends.

The first look images also include a peek into the role of Death reprised by actor William Sadler and newcomer Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi).

BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC is directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), from a screenplay by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey) – and produced by Scott Kroopf, Alex Lebovici, and Steve Ponce.

BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC will be released in theaters on August 21, 2020.

 

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Enter to Win! | RAMBO: LAST BLOOD | Online Gift Pack Giveaway

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Rambo Makes His Last Stand on Digital on December 3 and on
4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, & DVD on December 17
from Lionsgate®
4K Ultra HD to Include Dolby VisionTM and Dolby Atmos®

img_2779One of Sylvester Stallone’s most iconic characters draws blood one last time when Rambo: Last Blood arrives on Digital December 3 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand December 17 from Lionsgate. Cowritten by Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Sylvester Stallone (1976, Best Writing, Rocky) and Matt Cirulnick, with a story by Dan Gordon and Sylvester Stallone – and directed by Adrian Grünberg – the highly anticipated last chapter of the legendary Rambo series follows the titular character as he seeks vengeance and puts his unmatched combat skills to the test one final time. Rambo: Last Blood stars Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (2015, Best Supporting Actor, Creed), Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia, Spanglish, The Spirit, Kill the Messenger), Sergio Peris-Mencheta (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Life Itself, TV’s “Tierra de Lobos”), Oscar® nominee Adrianna Barraza (2006, Best Supporting Actress, Babel), Yvette Monreal (Lowriders, TV’s “Faking It”), Joaquin Cosio (Quantum of Solace, El Narco, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), and Oscar Jaenada (The Losers, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Shallows). According to Fred Topel of Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Rambo: Last Blood is “a relentlessly savage finale.”

Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, Rambo: Last Blood marks the last chapter of the legendary series.

Take home Rambo: Last Blood and immerse yourself in Rambo’s thrilling last chapter with a multipart production diary, providing a close-up look at all aspects of the production, as well as a featurette focusing on the film’s music composed by Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Upcoming Charlie’s Angels). Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.

The Rambo: Last Blood 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Drawing Last Blood: Multipart Production Diary” Featurette
  • “From First Note to Last Blood: Music for the Massacres” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

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This promotion will end Monday, December 23 at 12:00 PM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. residents are eligible to enter. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.


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