Looking Ahead: Movies to Catch in 2013 (Part 1)

By: Daisy Diaz

The year is only just beginning, but already it’s looking like a great one for Latinos in entertainment. Many past ALMA nominees and winners are set to star in major films this year, and there are also some fresh faces to be on the lookout for. Here’s a list of movies to keep on your radar in 2013.


Peña as Officer Navidad Ramirez in “Gangster Squad.” (Photo/Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)


Gangster Squad

Release date: January 11, 2013

Starring: Michael Peña

Michael Peña wowed audiences in End of Watch, so we expect nothing less than an excellent performance from him in Gangster Squad. Set in the 1940s and 50s, this action drama follows the LAPD undercover police squad as they try to push the East Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles. Starring alongside Peña are actors Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.


Statham and Lopez in “Parker”. (Photo/Courtesy Jack English and FilmDistrict)


Release date: January 25, 2013

Starring: Jennifer Lopez

Crime thriller Parker is drastically different from Jennifer Lopez’s last film, What to Expect When Youre Expecting. Get ready to see Lopez kick some serious tail as she partners up with Jason Statham to hijack the score of a gang’s latest heist!


Mendes and Gosling in “The Place Beyond the Pines”. (Photo/Courtesy The Place Beyond the Pines Facebook Page)

The Place Beyond the Pines

Release date: March 29, 2013

Starring: Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes plays Ryan Gosling’s baby mama in crime drama, The Place Beyond the Pines. Gosling is a motorcycle stunt rider who dabbles in criminal activity to provide for Mendes and their infant son. The situation intensifies when he has cop-turned-politician Bradley Cooper following his every move.


(Photo/Courtesy Ryan Guzman, @ryanAguzman)

Ladies Man: A MADE Movie

Release date: April 9, 2013

Starring: Ryan Guzman

MTV comedy Ladies Man is about a recent high school graduate who is tired of being stuck in the “friend zone”. Filmed at the University of New Orleans, the nerdy college freshman hits on his old babysitter and Ryan Guzman plays her jealous boyfriend. If you liked Guzman’s talent in Step Up: Revolution, catch his self-choreographed dance moves in Ladies Man.


Rodriguez and Rivera in “Filly Brown”. (Photo/Courtesy John Castillo and Latina.com)

Filly Brown

Release date: April 19, 2013

Starring: Baby Bash, Edward James Olmos, Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera and many more

Gina Rodriguez plays Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio, a tough LA rapper. The late Jenni Rivera plays Rodriguez’s mother and despite being in prison, tries to help her achieve her dream of getting signed by a major label. When the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself, will Rodriguez turn her back on her friends and let it slip away, or will she finally make it? Don’t miss this when it hits theaters.


The Fast and the Furious 6

Release date: May 24, 2013

Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Not much is known yet about the next installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, but ALMA stars Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster will both be featured in the next action-packed film in this 6-part series.


Zoe Saldana plays Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek Into Darkness”. (Photo/Courtesy IMDB.com)

Star Trek Into Darkness

Release date: May 27, 2013

Starring: Zoe Saldana

The crew of the Enterprise discovers an internal unstoppable force of terror. Captain Kirk, played by Chris Pine, then leads an action-packed manhunt to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. Catch ALMA 2012 Favorite Movie Actress winner (Drama/Adventure), Zoe Saldana, in this adventure sci-fi flick!



An ALMA Year-in-review

An ALMA Year-in-review
By Jessica A. Mayorga
2012 was undoubtedly an amazing year for Latinos in American entertainment. While we’ve suffered losses like our beloved Lupe Ontiveros and international musical sensation Jenni Rivera, we’ve seen their work remembered by diverse communities throughout the nation.
We’re proud of the efforts of our ALMA alumni who’ve starred in feature films, sold out major concert venues and topped the charts with fresh new sounds that bring Latino flavors to popular music. We’ve seen ALMA awardee Romeo Santos’ Formula Vol. 1 become the top selling album on the Latino format while the film End of Watch featured Michael Peña in a co-lead role.
2.7 million of you tuned in on September 21st to watch the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards on NBC. You contributed to millions of impressions on Facebook and Twitter talking about your favorite ALMA moments, how surprised you were to learn that Ryan Lochte is of Cuban heritage and telling us how much you loved Eva’s 11 dresses. The wide variety of talent that presented, performed and accepted awards on this year’s show reflects the impact of Latinos in every aspect of American entertainment.  But, this is only the beginning.
In coming weeks, we’ll unveil an upgraded ALMA website providing you more opportunities to interact and be a part of our regular conversations around the importance of promoting diversity on screen and on the airwaves. 2013 will deliver new contests, prizes and trivia. ALMA is about you, what you listen to and what you watch and how we ensure that Latino entertainers have the opportunity to provide positive portrayals of our community to all audiences. So we want to hear from you. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, this ALMA blog and by email. Tell us what you want to know more about in the space of Latinos in entertainment, and ask us questions that we are happy to answer through our regular blog posts. In 2013, we’ll provide you, fans and followers, the chance to submit your own blogs that might just appear on the ALMA site. We grow more innovative and more expansive with your input so don’t hold back!
So, as we welcome a new year, we want to know, what is your 2013 ALMA-resolution? What do you want to know more about? Who do you want to see or hear? What are most looking forward to in Latino-American entertainment and what are you expecting from your favorite ALMA stars? Click here to submit your entry and become eligible to win a prize straight from the ALMA Celebrity Gift Lounge.
On our end, we are hoping for an increase in the number of Latinos on the big screen and small screen playing powerful and positive roles and we are looking forward to a great soundtrack for the year to be made up not only of our good friends like Pitbull, Naya Rivera, Shakira and Christina Aguilera but also newcomers and rising stars. And finally, we look forward to connecting you to what our community’s talent are doing and how they are contributing to a new mosaic in American entertainment.

The First-Annual ALMA Holiday Gift Guide

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

Remembering Jenni Rivera

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jenni Rivera and the other victims of yesterday’s tragedy. The loss of her powerful voice in the international music scene will be greatly felt and she will be fondly remembered for her incredible contributions to the music industry.Learn more about Jenni’s legacy through articles by some of our partners below:



Being Thankful for our Heritage

By Daisy Diaz

The beautiful thing about Latinos is that we come in all shapes, sizes, skin tones, and backgrounds.  Being Latino means that you can be anything from fair skinned with blonde hair and green eyes with European ties, to tan with luscious curly hair and Afro-Caribbean ancestry, or a wonderful mix of it all.  Regardless of our appearances, what unifies us is that we share a rich heritage that we should be proud of and educate others about.  November is a time for us to not only reflect and give thanks but also to celebrate and pay tribute to the traditions of those who have truly shaped our cultural heritage with their contributions, which includes Native Americans.
And with November being Native American Heritage Month, we dedicate this blog post to our hermanos and hermanas of Native American ancestry, some of whom you may not know fit this description.  George Lopez, 2012 ALMA Awards co-host who is Mexican-American, did some digging on his background and learned that he is part Native American.  This year’s ALMA Award winner for Favorite TV Actor in a Leading Role, Tyler Posey, is also Mexican and part Native American, as well as Irish, Scottish, and English.  Q’orianka Kilcher, 2006 ALMA winner for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in The New World, is part Quechua-Huachipaeri from Peru and of Swiss descent.  At age 14, she played Pocahontas in The New World, and just a few years later went on to play the title role in Princess Kaiulani, a film about the overthrowing of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and the struggle of the people native to the islands.  Kilcher has taken further steps to educate others by advocating for the rights of Native Americans by serving as a speaker at the United Nations on the panel for Indigenous Rights.
George Lopez, Tyler Posey, and Q’orianka Kilcher have each explored their ancestry: what have you discovered about your own heritage?  Tell us here. We’ll read all of the entries and select one winner to receive items straight from the ALMA Celebrity Gift Lounge!
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