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"Furious 7" Audience Mostly Non-White, Will Affect Future Casting Calls

It would seem that the diversity renaissance happening on TV has finally made its way to the movies. I say “finally” even though we’ve had tons of black films come out in recent years. But black films doesn’t mean all of diversity is shown, right? However, with the audience results for Furious 7, a film with a multicultural cast, films with truly diverse casts are on the verge of becoming not just a norm, but a prerequisite if studios want to see their film do well at the box office.

Exclusive Interview: Edy Ganem ("Ana Maria in Novela Land")

Ana Maria in Novela Land could be thought of as Lost in Austen meets the telenovela. A woman becomes a part of her favorite telenovela and realizes more about herself in the process. Edy Ganem plays the lead roles of the telenovela fan, Ana Maria, and the show’s star character Ariana Tomosa, and I was excited to be able to learn more about the roles from her. In an email interview, she explains more about the film, her opinions on the rise of the telenovela in American pop culture, and her favorite telenovela.

Ana Maria in Novela Land is now available on VOD. 

Disney to Turn "Mulan" Into Live-Action Film

Sometimes, Disney underwhelms me, what with the lackluster Alice in Wonderland live-action Tim Burton movie (which gave us the eye-searing sequence of Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter break dancing for no DOGGONE reason).

Then there are times when Disney will surprise me. First, it was with their announcement of animated film Moana. Now it’s with their announcement that animated classic (and one of my all-time favorites) Mulan will become a live-action film. My reaction to this news is the same reaction Mulan and co. had to Shang lifting those clay pots in the air with his staff, only to smash them with eloquence and precision. (Hence, the cover picture for this post.)

Fantasy Casting: Three Women Who Could Play Lena Horne

There are so many biopics that have yet to be made. But with the amount of biopics that have been created, one has to wonder why others are left out.

One biopic that I’m surprised no one has snapped up yet is the story of Lena Horne. Who wouldn’t want to see a period piece with Horne singing it up and fighting racial injustice, with the ultimate high point being seeing her play Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz?

Who could play Horne, though? I have three suggestions.