EXCLUSIVE: Diego Luna Talks to Latino Rebels About Andor’s Latinidad

Beginning Wednesday, Diego Luna returns as Cassian in ‘Star Wars: Andor,’ the latest Disney+ series. Luna spoke with Latino Rebels about the show and the Latinidad of his lead character.

  • Sep 21, 2022
  • 12:49 PM

New Nielsen Report Proves We’re Right About Lack of Latino Representation in Media (OPINION)

Calling Latino viewers “the building blocks for streaming’s success,” a new Nielsen report shows that not only are Latinos strong consumers of streaming content, but their viewership increases — and shows and movies do better — when Latinos are given roles in front of and behind the camera.

  • Sep 20, 2022
  • 11:11 AM

Latino USA: Live From L.A. (A Latino USA Podcast)

host Maria Hinojosa is joined by actor and L.A. icon Danny Trejo, who talks about building his taco empire and reflects on his decades in Hollywood. Salvadoran-American comedian Marcella Arguello also hits the stage to talk about creating space for women in a male-dominated industry and growing up as the child of immigrants.

  • Sep 9, 2022
  • 12:16 PM

Brazilian Film Editor Claudia Castello Brings Her Experience to ‘Prey’

Brazilian-born and raised Claudia Castello prefers these types of films, ones that center underrepresented voices. She also spends her free time in the male-dominated sport of surfing—including winning bodyboarding competitions.

  • Aug 19, 2022
  • 11:14 AM

Franco as Castro

Latino Rebels Radio: August 11, 2022

  • Aug 11, 2022
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In ‘Emily the Criminal,’ the Villian Is Student Loans (Review)

Crime can pay, sometimes—it’s playing by the rules that doesn’t work. That’s the situation Aubrey Plaza finds herself in as the titular character in ‘Emily the Criminal,’ in theaters August 12.

  • Aug 10, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

They Cast James Franco as Fidel Castro and the Latinx Internet Hates It (OPINION)

After news broke Thursday that Portuguese-Swedish-Russian (a.k.a. white) actor James Franco was cast as Fidel Castro in the upcoming film, Alina of Cuba, Latinx people across Al Gore’s Internet were quick to hate on the choice, pointing out all the problems with Hollywood’s continued erasure of our community.

  • Aug 8, 2022
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Black, Indigenous Latinx Filmmakers Changing the Narrative

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival partnered with Netflix for its 2022 fellowship, recruiting five Black and five Indigenous filmmakers and giving each $20,000 and a few months to complete their projects, which premiered at the festival during the first week of June.

  • Aug 1, 2022
  • 1:30 PM

In ‘Clara Sola,’ Latina Sexuality and Spirituality Tied, Powerful, Freeing

‘Clara Sola’ communicates an insider’s understanding of the connections between Latina spirituality and sexuality. And that’s not something we usually see on-screen.

  • Jul 29, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

The Mesoamerican Influences Behind Huerta’s Namor in Upcoming ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ (OPINION)

With this major depiction of a Mesoamerican figure, as well as a reference to the Aztec patron god of war, Huītzilōpōchtli, in ‘Thor: Love & Thunder,’ it is clear that Marvel sees the need to represent more of its fan base on the silver screen.

  • Jul 25, 2022
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Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo on Colombian Music and Bad Bunny Collab

The Bogotá-born musician sits with Latino Rebels in New York to discuss Bomba Estéreo’s hit collaboration with Puerto Rican reggaetonero Bad Bunny, “Ojitos Lindos,” Colombian music, and the duende myth that features in the group’s new film.

  • Jul 22, 2022
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‘American Carnage’ Shows the Humor and Horror of Being Latinx (INTERVIEW/REVIEW)

The film finds its horror in anti-immigrant and anti-Latinx sentiment, policies, and power grabs, but the frights are only half of it. ‘American Carnage’ is as much a comedy as it is a scary movie, and the laughs mostly come from intra-Latinx racial politics.

  • Jul 14, 2022
  • 11:27 AM

HBO’s ‘PCC: Poder Secreto’ Shows the Rise of South America’s Largest Criminal Organization

In an interview with Latino Rebels, veteran Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo talks about the relevance of telling this story, the appeal of the PCC in impoverished areas, and how it is expanding its power across Latin America.

  • Jun 29, 2022
  • 1:53 PM

‘Father of the Bride’ Gives Latinx People the Hollywood Treatment (REVIEW)

HBO’s much-watched ‘Father of the Bride’ tells the story of two Latinx families as aspirational and aspirationally American. While there are problems with the movie, it is nice to see Latinx people headline a successful, classic film—especially one that punches up at whiteness.

  • Jun 28, 2022
  • 12:21 PM

Latino Culture Must Stop Normalizing Child Abuse (OPINION)

In the Netflix documentary Halftime, J.Lo talks about having a complicated relationship with her mother and even mentions how her mom used to beat her when she was young. This part of the film has been largely ignored by Latino viewers, for whom child abuse has long been normalized.

  • Jun 27, 2022
  • 12:48 PM

Danny Ramirez ‘Manifested’ His Role in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Danny Ramirez, who plays Lt. Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia in the new ‘Top Gun’ sequel, tells Latino Rebels that he’s been dreaming of this role since he saw the first movie back in college.

  • Jun 2, 2022
  • 11:43 AM

In ‘The Valet,’ Eugenio Derbez Adds Nuance to the Unassuming Latinx Stereotype (REVIEW)

‘The Valet,’ a romantic comedy starring Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez (‘Instructions Not Included, ‘CODA’), presents a warm and thoughtful representation of Latinidad that gently nudges its audience to evaluate their own values and how they play out in the world.

  • May 23, 2022
  • 12:01 PM

‘On the Divide’: Documentary Looks at Last Abortion Clinic on US-Mexico Border

Whole Woman’s Health is in McAllen, Texas, a place documentarian Maya Cueva describes as already “post-Roe.” If this clinic closes, the next closest one is over 250 miles away, with checkpoints along the way.

  • May 6, 2022
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Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, Through Each Other’s Eyes (A Latino USA Podcast)

In this episode of Latino USA, Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera —the first married couple to each receive a MacArthur Genius Grant at the same time— reflect on each other’s work as filmmakers, and share a glimpse of their life as collaborators, partners, and parents.

  • Apr 8, 2022
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In Documentary ‘¡Viva Maestro!,’ Conductor Gustavo Dudamel Is an Imperfect Hero

If you know a bit about President Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela and you’re a music lover, ‘¡Viva Maestro!’ is worth a watch, as it reveals the way art can transform, its limitations, and its power.

  • Apr 7, 2022
  • 11:13 AM

I Don’t Want to Talk About the Slap at the Oscars (OPINION)

Let’s leave the slap alone and take a moment for the rest of the Oscars, which, like Best Picture nominee ‘West Side Story,’ was well-intentioned but couldn’t deliver. For me, the perfect encapsulation of its failing short was the rendition of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”

  • Mar 28, 2022
  • 1:03 PM

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