By Stephanie Pollick
Finding the perfect gift can be tricky, so with the holidays right around the corner, we’ve put together the first ever ALMA Holiday Gift Guide!
Whether you give the gift of music or movies, this season is certainly not lacking in ALMA talent to bring in the holiday cheer. Bruno Mars’ new album just dropped and it’s the perfect gift for anyone looking to spice up their music collection. With inspiration from a variety of genres, including pop, soul, and reggae, we’re pretty sure Unorthodox Jukebox will be a crowd pleaser. Another album for anyone with eclectic musical tastes is Viva Duets, in which Tony Bennett has teamed up with top Latino talent from Christina Aguilera to Marc Anthony.
Get your friends up on their feet with the Step Up: Revolution DVD featuring Latina Magazine’s Sexiest Latino Man Alive, Ryan Guzman. Is your sister having a new baby? Get her prepared with this comedic take on the popular book What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which led to 2012 ALMA nominations for Rodrigo Santoro and Jennifer Lopez. For the history buff on your shopping list, get the movie that led to 2012 ALMA nominations for Eva Longoria, Andy Garcia, Rubén Blades, and Oscar Isaac in For Greater Glory, which recounts the Cristeros War in Mexico. And don’t forget Girl in Progress, the winner of the 2012 ALMA Awards Favorite Movie, starring Eva Mendes and Cierra Ramirez.
Make sure to spend some quality time with your loved ones this holiday season and take them out to the movies to see their favorite ALMA stars on the big screen. Take your thrill-seeking friend to see Eva Longoria and Andy Garcia pair up again in A Dark Truth hitting theaters on January 4 or Gangster Squad with Michael Peña out on January 11. Don’t miss the much-anticipated prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy with The Hobbit, co-written by Guillermo del Toro.
Lastly, because this is the season of giving, we want to give a special shout out to ALMA star Jennifer Lopez for her call for donations through her “Biggest Gift Ever.”
So without further ado, the nominees for best gifts are…
Best Album Gift:
*Bruno Mars: Unorthodox Jukebox
*Pitbull: Global Warming
*Christina Aguilera: Lotus
*Romeo Santos: Sold Out at Madison Square Garden
*Tony Bennett: Viva Duets, (featuring Chayanne, Thalía, Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, Dani Martín, Franco De Vita, Gloria Estefan, Juan Luis Guerra, Vicentico, Ricardo Arjona, Romeo Santos, and Vicente Fernández).
Best DVD Gift:
*Girl in Progress (Comedy, Drama) Starring Eva Mendes and Cierra Ramirez
*What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Comedy, Drama, Romance) Starring Rodrigo Santoro, Jennifer Lopez, and Cameron Diaz
*For Greater Glory (Drama, History, War) Starring Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Rubén Blades, and Oscar Isaac
*Savages (Crime, Drama, Thriller) Starring Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, and Demián Bichir
*A Little Bit of Heaven (Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Starring Gael Garcia Bernal
*Step Up: Revolution (Drama, Music, Romance) Starring Ryan Guzman
*Fire With Fire (Action, Crime, Drama) Starring: Rosario Dawson
Best Movie in Theaters:
*The Hobbit (Adventure, Fantasy) In theaters now, screenplay co-written by Guillermo del Toro
*A Dark Truth (Action, Thriller) In theaters January 4, starring Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria
*Gangster Squad (Action, Crime, Drama) In theaters January 11, starring Michael Peña
*Zero Dark Thirty (Action, Drama, History) In select theaters December 19, all theaters January 11, starring Edgar Ramirez
*Parker (Crime, Thriller) In theaters January 25, starring Jennifer Lopez