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Jennifer Lopez Reveals She Slept in Selena Quintanilla's Bed While Preparing for Her Iconic Role

Jennifer Lopez Reveals She Slept in Selena Quintanilla's Bed While Preparing for Her Iconic Role
On the heels of the 24th anniversary of Selena Quintanilla's untimely death, Jennifer Lopez is opening up about the late Tejano star.  "It was a beautiful time in my life and it taught me so much about life," the World of Dance judge says of the "Amor Prohibido" singer and the 1997 movie Selena on Apple Music's Beats 1 show. "I was young, I was 26 when I played Selena," she tells radio host Ebro Darden. "I didn't realize, at the time, the responsibility that I had, all I wanted to do was do her memory and that moment justice." During the interview, J.Lo reveals that she actually slept in Selena's bed in order to prepare...
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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Unveils Mexican Office, Announces More than 50 Projects

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In a much-anticipated move, giant streaming service Netflix has confirmed the launch of a Mexico City office this year. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos was in Mexico City at a Netflix forum to also announce that the company had more than 50 projects in different stages of production in Mexico, some original content, others co-productions.

“The richness of talent in front of and behind the camera in Mexico was key in our decision to begin our local production strategy with ‘Club de Cuervos’ four years ago,” Sarandos said. “Since then, we have continued to expand our local investment and continue providing a platform for Mexican talent to be recognized around the world,” he added.

Four local films in the pipeline are destined for Netflix’s slate over the next two years. These include “Como Caído del Cielo,” a musical comedy inspired by the songs of Mexican legend Pedro Infante, starring
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Natpe: Btf Media, Vince Gerardis Pact for Six Projects (Exclusive)

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Miami — Btf Media, producer of breakout series “Hasta Que te Conocí” and “El Secreto de Selena,” is teaming with Vince Gerardis, a co-executive producer with George Martin on “Game of Thrones,” on a six-project co-production alliance.

Spearheaded at Btf Media by founder-partner Ricardo Coeto, the agreement takes in the development and co-production of the exclusive projects which the partners describe as having a “Latin-facing content.”

“This will be the beginning of a great relationship between Gerardis and Btf. We are very happy to announce this new venture for six titles, said Coeto who runs Btf Media with fellow founder Francisco Cordero.

Made public at Natpe 2019 on Tuesday evening, the announcement looks set to open the door for Btf Media and Gerardis to explore the creation of series turning around Latino figures, American or Latin American, but benefiting on occasions a large input from literary sources.

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Selena Quintanilla Scripted Series Gets Greenlight at Netflix

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Netflix has ordered a scripted drama series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla.

The series is described as a coming of age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.

“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory,” said Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister. “With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”

Moisés Zamora will serve as writer and executive producer on the series. Jaime Dávila,
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Jennifer Lopez Says She and Will Smith Almost Starred in A Star Is Born: 'It Just Never Took Off'

Jennifer Lopez Says She and Will Smith Almost Starred in A Star Is Born: 'It Just Never Took Off'
Before Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper dazzled audiences in A Star Is Born, Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith once considered tackling the lead roles.

The 49-year-old Second Act actress spoke about Cooper’s directorial debut to Extra saying she and Smith had “talked about it and talked about developing the script.”

“It just never took off,” she explained. “Projects are like that.”

Despite the missed opportunity, Lopez said she was “really proud of Bradley” for “directing his first film and doing it.”

“We’re friends, and watching Lady Gaga do her thing in the movie, it’s just great,” she added.
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Jennifer Lopez Recalls Struggling with Self-Doubt Early in Her Career: 'I Just Kept Going'

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Jennifer Lopez Recalls Struggling with Self-Doubt Early in Her Career: 'I Just Kept Going'
Jennifer Lopez is the star who can do it all: sing, act, dance — but the mogul revealed she didn’t always have the confidence that her fans see on stage.

The 49-year-old “Te Guste” singer opened up at a panel following a New York City screening of her upcoming film Second Act alongside her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Arianna Huffington and Dr. Stacey Smith. Her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez stopped by the panel to support the star.

The film centers on 40-year-old Maya who struggles with unfulfilled dreams and gets a chance to make them come true when she lands a
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Jennifer Lopez VMAs performance: Watch her Video Vanguard medley of ‘Jenny from the Block,’ ‘Waiting for Tonight’ and more

Jennifer Lopez VMAs performance: Watch her Video Vanguard medley of ‘Jenny from the Block,’ ‘Waiting for Tonight’ and more
Jennifer Lopez was the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards recipient of the Video Vanguard Award and she celebrated that victory with an epic 10-minute medley of some of her biggest hits: “Waiting for Tonight,” “On the Floor,” “Dance Again,” “Ain’t Your Mama,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Get Right,” “All I Have,” “Jenny from the Block,” “I’m Real (Murder Remix),” “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)” and her latest single “Dinero,” for which she also won Best Collaboration with Cardi B and DJ Khaled. Watch her performance above, and check out the complete list of Vma winners here.

Lopez started her career as a dancer, appearing as a Fly Girl on the sketch comedy series “In Living Color”. She transitioned to acting in the mid-1990s, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her breakthrough role as the title slain singer in “Selena” (1997) and co-starring with George Clooney in
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Jennifer Lopez To Star In Strip Club Crime Film ‘Hustlers’ From Director Lorene Scafaria

Jennifer Lopez’s filmography is a bit of a rollercoaster. There are some really decent movies like “Selena” and “Out of Sight.” But those films are buried under what feels like a ton of other middling rom-coms and thrillers. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress/singer/celebrity is hoping to bring home a quality film with her next movie “Hustlers.”

The film, based on the New York magazine article titled “Hustlers at Scores,” tells the true story of a group of former strip club employees that create a scheme to steal tens of thousands of dollars from their Wall Street clientele.

Continue reading Jennifer Lopez To Star In Strip Club Crime Film ‘Hustlers’ From Director Lorene Scafaria at The Playlist.
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Jennifer Lopez will receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez will receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards
Jennifer Lopez is about to join a prestigious list. MTV has announced that she will be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s Video Music Awards being held at Radio City Music Hall on Monday night, August 20. She will also perform during the VMAs telecast for the first time since 2001.

The Video Vanguard Award is an honorary prize that is handed out for a body of work in music and music videos, and Lopez certainly has a resume to qualify. After a career breakthrough in the 1990s as a Fly Girl on the sketch comedy “In Living Color,” she made a name for herself as an actress in films like “My Family” (1995) and “Selena” (1997), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.

Then Lopez transitioned to music in 1999 with the release of her first album, “On the 6,” and its lead single “If You Had My Love.
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The Top Uses of Jennifer Lopez Songs in Movies and TV

Jennifer Lopez has had a successful career as both a singer and an actress for decades. The native New Yorker began her acting career at the age of 16 with a small role in the 1986 movie “My Little Girl”. Her big break came when she won the role of a “Fly Girl”, a dancer on the comedy sketch show “In Living Color” in 1991. Movies including “Selena” and “Out of Sight” would help launch her acting career and also inspired her to start a singing career. She’s also a reality show judge. Here are the top uses of Jennifer

The Top Uses of Jennifer Lopez Songs in Movies and TV
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"Supergirl: Battles Lost and Won"- Season Finale

Thanks to VancouverFilm.Net, take a look at the "Supergirl" season 3 finale episode "Battles Lost and Won", directed by Jesse Warn, airing June 18, 2018 on The CW:

"...'Supergirl' (Melissa Benoist) and her entire team including 'Alura' (Erica Durance), 'Alex'' (Chyler Leigh), 'Guardian' (Mehcad Brooks), 'Mon-El' (Chris Wood), 'Saturn Girl' (Amy Jackson) and 'Brainiac-5' (Jesse Rath) square off against 'Reign' (Odette Annable) and 'Selena' (Anjali Jay). 

"However, to stop Reign once and for all, Kara may be forced to make an impossible decision that would go against everything she has ever believed in, in an epic battle for Earth..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Supergirl: Battles Lost and Won"...

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Jennifer Lopez on ‘World of Dance’ Season 2 and producing the reality TV hit: ‘I was never meant to be a judge’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Jennifer Lopez on ‘World of Dance’ Season 2 and producing the reality TV hit: ‘I was never meant to be a judge’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I started out as a producer on this show; I was never meant to be a judge,” reveals Jennifer Lopez about her red-hot reality TV show “World of Dance,” which returns for Season 2 on May 29. “We were trying to find the perfect panel, ’cause coming from ‘American Idol‘ I knew how important that was. We started producing the show and putting it together, and then almost like a month or two before we started, [NBC] was like, ‘You know who’s the perfect person for this?!'” Watch our exclusive video interview with Lopez above.

“I wasn’t sure it was the right time” to return to a judging panel, Lopez readily admits about appearing on camera in addition to her duties as a producer. “I didn’t want to go back into judging so quickly. I had my series [‘Shades of Blue’] and I had some movies that were coming up.
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Breaking Film and TV Industry News — April 3

Tuesday, April 3

Sundance Selects announced that it has acquired U.S. rights to the film “Blaze,” co-written, produced and directed by Ethan Hawke. Sybil Rosen co-wrote the film with Hawke based on her memoir “Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley.” Jake Seal, John Sloss and Ryan Hawke produced alongside Ethan Hawke.

The film held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where newcomer Ben Dickey won the Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting for his portrayal of Blaze Foley. The is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his final performance in a near-empty honky-tonk; his last,
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Chicano Resilience on Film

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Ela Bittencourt's column explores South America’s key festivals and notable screenings of Latin films in North America and Europe.El Norte“We need to see our experiences validated, otherwise we don’t exist. And if we don’t exist, we become diminished,” says Lourdes Portillo, the filmmaker behind Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena (1999), a documentary short that screens in the current Brooklyn Academy of Music (Bam) retrospective, "¡Sí Se Puede! Pioneers of Chicano Cinema", spanning Mexican-American films from the 1970s to the 90s, and focusing primarily on the Chicano community’s rising socio-political awareness.Urgent issues of representation ripple through the entire program. From Selena (1997), a biopic about a music star, Selena Quintanilla, directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez, in which we watch Selena’s budding talent consistently protected and bolstered by her father’s loving yet adamant admonishing her to always “be who you are deep down,
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Jennifer Lopez Reveals Her Own Sexual Harassment Story with Movie Director: 'I Was Terrified'

Jennifer Lopez Reveals Her Own Sexual Harassment Story with Movie Director: 'I Was Terrified'
Jennifer Lopez is telling her own #MeToo story.

The singer, 48, shared her experience with sexual harassment in Hollywood, recalling an uncomfortable encounter with a director in her early years of acting.

“I haven’t been abused in the way some women have. But have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have. But did I do it? No, I did not,” Lopez told Harper’s Bazaar for its April issue.

“When I did speak up, I was terrified. I remember my heart beating out of my chest, thinking, ‘What did I do?
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Yolanda Saldivar’s killing of Selena Quintanilla spotlighted on Murder Made Me Famous

This week Murder Made Me Famous highlights the murder of singing star Selena Quintanilla by the president of her own fan club Yolanda Saldivar. Selena was known as the Queen of Tejano music and the best selling Latin singer of the 1990s. She also had a popular fan club and a fashion line, both of which Yolanda Saldiver had various involvment in. Selena’s father thought something was amiss when he started getting complaints from staff over Saldiver’s behaviour and the business had a high turnover of workers. Fan club members also began to report that they were not receiving anything for...read more
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Cardi B Responds to Selena Quintanilla Fans Who Are Outraged She Compared Herself to the Icon

Cardi B Responds to Selena Quintanilla Fans Who Are Outraged She Compared Herself to the Icon
Cardi B took some heat back in October when she called herself the “Trap Selena,” referring to the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, on Migo’s track “Motor Sport.” The Bronx-born rapper endured the wrath of Quintanilla’s fans who felt comparing herself to the music legend was off-base. Now, over a month later, Cardi is responding in good spirits to the backlash.

“I said Trap Selena because who didn’t wanted to be Selena?” tweeted Cardi with a heart-eyed emoji. “She is a alter ego that everybody would want to be and i want the world to know how much i love her.
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Jennifer Lopez Reflects on Selena Quintanilla and Where She'd Be Now: 'She Was a Star'

Jennifer Lopez Reflects on Selena Quintanilla and Where She'd Be Now: 'She Was a Star'
It’s been 20 years since Jennifer Lopez played her most iconic film role: the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla in Selena. Amid all the Quintanilla amor going on this year, including a Hollywood Walk of Fame star and Google Doodle on the search engine’s homepage, Lopez reflected on the internationally beloved musician during an interview with Spotify’s “¡Viva Latino!” on Nov. 30.

When asked what her favorite movie performance to date has been, the Shades of Blue star told the podcast it was playing the Tex-Mex Queen. “It will never lose its impact,” she said, referring to the 1997 biopic.
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Watch This Reenactment of Selena Quintanilla's Last Days

Watch This Reenactment of Selena Quintanilla's Last Days
Selena Quintanilla continues to be one of the biggest Latin stars in the world. Unfortunately, her life was recklessly ended too soon 22 years ago by her former fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar. The star was two weeks away from turning 24. The last days of the late singer's life and the events that ultimately led to her death are now being reenacted by Reelz's Murder Made Me Famous: Yolanda Saldívar.  Featured in the special episode, is the author of Selena: Como la Flor Joe Nick Patoski, murder trial prosecutor in the case, Carlos Valdez and Murder Made Me Famous host Steven Helling.  The show is taking a look at the events that took place prior...
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Watch: New Documentary Reenacts Selena Quintanilla’s Final Moments

Watch: New Documentary Reenacts Selena Quintanilla’s Final Moments
Selena Quintanilla’s legacy is alive and well in 2017. The late singer was honored with with Madame Tussaud wax figures in Hollywood and New York, as well as a Google Doodle in commemoration of the anniversary of her first studio album, Selena. On Nov. 3, she posthumously received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which the mayor of Los Angeles proclaimed “Selena Day” going forward. Now, the Reelz Channel will end the year with a look at the darker side of the beloved Tejano singer’s life story by focusing on her murderer, Yolanda Saldívar.

Murder Made Me Famous
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