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Thanks to director Bruce Robinson we’ll soon have a gateway into old Puerto Rico in his latest film The Rum Diary, set in the 1950s. The film stars Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp, a journalist who leaves his life in New York to work for a local newspaper in Puerto Rico. The story is loosely based on the life of late author-journalist Hunter S. Thompson who wrote the novel by the same name in 1959. Depp previously played Thompson's alter ego in Terry Gilliam's 1996 adaptation of Thompson’s book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Puerto-Rican actor Benicio del Toro at one point was set to star and make his directorial debut with Rum Diary but the project remained dormant after Thompson’s death. The film is set to hit theaters on Oct. 28th. Watch the trailer here.
Legendary Puerto-Rican actress Rita Moreno is currently promoting her autobiographical one-woman show, Life Without Makeup, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre from Sept. 7 to Oct. 30. Moreno is one of the very few and first performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy. So when Latina magazine recently caught up with the 79-year-old she had no reservations and dished out her two cents on Jennifer Lopez’s movie career.
She told the mag, “…As far as I'm concerned, she's really a very smart businesswoman. But she’s not the same thing as…someone like Andy Garcia or Jimmy Smits—that’s different. Jennifer has made a choice to do the kind of films that she thought would be popular and commercial, and that’s perfectly fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. Unhappily, they haven’t had much success. It’s kind of bizarre that her films haven’t done that well. But you know what film I loved her in? The one she did with Marc Anthony—El Cantante. I thought she was fabulous in that! I also thought she was fabulous in that movie she made with George Clooney [Out of Sight]. But I think that maybe her choices have not been very wise.”
Moreno also talked about the lack of nominations Latinos have been receiving recently. Commenting, "A lot of young Latino actors have said to me: 'Why can’t we get an Oscar? Why can’t we be nominated?' And the terrible truth is that if you don’t get the right parts—you’re not going to be. Are you going to get an Oscar nomination for one of those Judd Apatow movies? Not likely—no matter what nationality you are. And I think that until we as Latino actors get to do roles that have really serious meaning, it’s going to be impossible to get nominated."
Newcomer Odette Yustman might one day want an Oscar, at least now she knows working with Judd Apatow may not be her golden ticket, but the Cuban-Colombian actress is steadily working away and building a fan base. She recently co-starred in You Again alongside Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis. In just a few weeks audiences will get to see a different side of Yustman in The Double (Sept. 23), a suspense thriller starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace. The plot goes like this: a retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin. The film is directed by Michael Brandt and written by Brandt and Derek Hass who wrote Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma.