Archive | May, 2011

Adiós, Reina del Sur. Ya te extrañamos.

31 May

Se nos acabó el corrido de la Teresita Mendoza, y así como escuchamos en el opening durante toda la novela, “un día desapareció Teresa la Mexicana, dicen que está en la prisión, otros que vive en Italia, en California o en Miami, en la Unión Americana…”

¿Ustedes creen que está en el “Gabacho” como dicen los de la novela? (Pobre la mujer del Batmancito que se quedó con ganas de venirse para acá.)

The grand finale did not disappoint and made us hold our breath till the last clip. That balacera scene was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

I said it before and I’ll say it again, this was NOT a novela, this was a drama series, an excellent one, the first of it’s kind in Spanish television, and one we will not easily repeat soon. (Don’t even get me started on the tacky and tasteless “Mi Corazon Insiste” clips and promos, yo paso! Please spare me Telemundo.)

I will not spoil the ending para todos los que la están viendo en México y en España, but I’ll say this: ¡Que Viva El Pote!! Todas queremos un soldado y perro guardián como él, leal hasta el final. Sabía quien era y cuál era su misión en la vida. Nunca se quitó las botas ni el sombrero. A mucha honra Potemkin Gálvez. ( A ver si para la segunda parte vemos que el hijo de Teresa se llama Oleg Potemkin, como dice mi amiga Olguita.)

Y a la mexicana mis respetos. Te vamos a extrañar Teresa/Kate del Castillo. Ojalá te nominen al Emmy y te lo ganes. Este es un rol que nunca se nos va a olvidar y que sólo tú pudiste hacer. Eres nuestra Mejor Actriz!

¡Ese mi Pote!! Mini Homage a Potemkin Gálvez, alias "El Pote." El perro guardián de Teresa Mendoza que le salvó la vida más de una vez. ¡Que viva El Pote!

El amor platónico de Tessa y Oleg

27 May

Cómo les quedó el ojo con el capítulo de anoche con la mexicana y el ruso, eh?

Todos sabemos que “they’re made for each other,” pero también que hay amores que no pueden ser. Maybe in another lifetime.

Cuando Oleg le dice a su Tessa que “she’s the one“…pero que la prefiere de socia y amiga, se me hizo chiquito el corazón. Ay Oleg!!

Son lo máximo estos últimos capítulos de La Reina del Sur. ¡Animo mexicana!!! Tú puedes…Duro con ellos!

El gran final de La Reina del Sur es el lunes 30 de mayo por Telemundo.

Cuando Oleg le dice a su Tessa "Yo hubiera podido enamorarme locamente de ti, habría sido fácil...eres inteligente, hermosa, valiente...pero a cambio hubiera perdido a una gran socia y amiga..." creo que todas sufrimos.

Roxy Nite with La Santa Cecilia and Bomba Estéreo

26 May

Se acuerdan del the Roxy? That vintage old staple on Sunset Blvd. is EXACTLY as you remember it from your punk rock-grungy days. I just went and I can tell you.

My good friend Xesus Naranjo invited me to check out a great show last Tuesday with La Santa Cecilia and Bomba Estereo and it was awesome. Hace mucho que no bailaba tanto. (Gracias Mr. X!)

La Santa Cecilia rocks the house at the Roxy.

Super cool music. Bomba Estereo, from Colombia, blew us away.

Both bands are great, alternative, and unique. La Santa Cecilia me encantó con su rollo de latino fusion, cumbia meets rockabilly. Bomba Estereo blew me away with its electronica meets hiphop meets you name it! Very original.  Each band came with its own following, with La Santa Cecilia opening the night and even rendering their own take of “Groove is in the Heart.” Very cool.

The Roxy on Sunset. Still crazy after all these years.

Here’s a video from La Santa Cecilia, “La Negra.” Check it out, it’s good stuff!

This TV week is making me sad… ah cómo he llorado!

25 May

Ay!! Me está costando trabajo ver la tele esta semana…

Después de ver el finale de  Oprah, I confess I cried a little bit. Did you see it? Even though it sounded like a commencement speech from college, you have to admit it was a great way to say goodbye and inspire us  “until we meet again.” Godspeed Oprah!

Ahora me queda otro final, el de La Reina del Sur. Es el próximo lunes por Telemundo. Este como que me llegó muy rápido. So many things happened to Teresa Mendoza that it seems like a lifetime of suffering since we started watching her back in February. She’s endured, she’s fought back, she’s survived…for now.

El capítulo de anoche también “moved me to tears” (van a decir que soy una llorona, which I am, no offense taken.) There was this scene on a cliff by the sea, Teresa was crying and suddenly I just felt immense compassion for her. So much sadness! But she’s a criminal (we keep reminding ourselves)… and yet there is a decent human being there, a woman with a big heart, con mucho valor. We don’t see enough of these women on t.v., you know. There should be more interesting characters like her. And it takes a wonderful actress to play one. Kate del Castillo, you rock! Never once did you play her as a victim, or as the “sufrida” we all know from all the novelas de Televisa. This was one amazing role you pulled off. Tienes todo mi respeto, Reina del Sur.

La Reina llora.. y nos conmovió mucho.

Estos argentinos se pintan solos para la publicidad.

25 May

Tengo una amiga muy querida que recién se fue a vivir a Buenos Aires. Y gracias a la magia del facebook, me presentó estos fabulosos anuncios de la pasta Luchetti.

Aquí en los U.S. los argentinos están super cotizados como creativos. No wonder! Son lo máximo, pero no hay que decirlo en voz alta, luego se les sube un poquito a la cabeza…. (Un saludo a mis amiguitos argentinos, es con cariño eh.)

Gracias Laura Fosado por compartirnos estos links: Luchetti Relax y Luchetti Diana Arroz.

Hola México Film Fest hits NY! Don’t miss this movie.

24 May

And the Spanglish trailer of the day goes to “Salvando al Soldado Pérez,” which is a little homage to a Steven Spielberg movie from 1998. (I’m sure you’ll remember which one it is.) The concept is so silly and far out, it actually works.

“Salvando al Soldado Pérez” is the opening night film at the Hola México Film Fest which moves to New York City from June 2 – 5th, after a great run in LA. We still have a few good movies today and tomorrow in LA, so let’s go to the Montalbán.

In the meantime, here’s the trailer. Love the cast names in Spanglish at the end!

Pues se nos acaba La Reina del Sur (Fotos del cast having fun on Twitter)

23 May

Después de ver el capítulo del viernes pasado, ya mas o menos se nos ha acomodado la historia completa de Teresa Mendoza en “La Reina del Sur” y nos estamos preparando para el gran final. Creo que me voy a deprimir la semana que entra (después de despedir a Oprah el miércoles, sigue el final de La Reina el lunes 30 de mayo.)

Se nos fue rapidísimo, y aunque se tomaron libertades creativas con la novela de Pérez Reverte, creo que todos los que la estamos viendo en Telemundo (y en España y en México) estamos de acuerdo que esta serie está excelente. I wish it didn’t have to end!! ¿Ahora de qué vamos a hablar en el “water cooler” todas las mañanas en la oficina?

Este fin de semana nos encontramos estas fotos en Twitter en el feed de Kate del Castillo. Se ve que todos los cueros de LRDS se llevan bien entre ellos. Ahi están el Gallego, el Teo, y Oleg (mi favorito!) con Kate y Conejo. Qué suertudos que la pasan bien fuera de cámaras también. Nomás faltaron el “Pote” y el GÜERO!! ¿En dónde los dejaron?

Sigan los tweets de Kate en http://twitter.com/#!/katedelcastillo

Los tweets de “Conejo” en http://twitter.com/#!/carmennavarrog

y a “Teo” en http://twitter.com/#!/migueldemiguel

Y conozcan al escritor de la serie en Telemundo, Roberto Stopello, bravo! http://twitter.com/#!/stopello

CAST REUNION DE LA REINA DEL SUR: Teo, Oleg, Conejo, Teresa, Ratas, Gallego!! (Con el escritor de la serie Roberto Stopello) Foto de Twitter.com del feed de Kate del Castillo.

Todos checando el Twitter. Roberto Stopello, Iván Sánchez, Kate del Castillo y Miguel de Miguel. Foto del Twitter de Marianne Sauvage.

OLEG!!! Leyendo "tweets". Foto del Twitter de Marianne Sauvage.

¿Y dónde dejaron al Pote? Foto del Twitter de Marianne Sauvage.

La Reina del Sur y sus hombres: Teresa Mendoza con Santiago Fisterra, Teo Aljarafe, y Oleg Yasikov. (Nomás faltó el Guero Davilo y el Pote!!) Foto del Twitter feed de @katedelcastillo.

Empezando bien el “Hola México” Film Fest

20 May

Anoche en el “Opening Night” del Hola Mexico Film Fest hubo de todo: Buen cine, mucho ambiente, musica, tequila, mole oaxaqueño, y paparazzis, todos reunidos en el teatro Ricardo Montalbán. Felicidades a Samuel Douek y a todos los organizadores por lograr reunir a tanta gente (700 plus) y traernos buen cine.

“Acorazado” fue una excelente película para abrir el festival. Creo que todos salimos encantados. Hace mucho que no veíamos una película con humor tan inteligente, con elementos de realismo mágico, y con un tema actual (como la migración al norte) en una comedia.  Además incluye una autocrítica mexicana al final que nos dejó pensando y riendo a la vez. Bravo!!! Y muchas felicidades para el director Alvaro Curiel, el productor Billy Rovzar (ahi estuvieron para presentar el filme y después para un Q & A) y todo el cast que estuvo fabuloso en su papel.

Nos reimos muchísimo y la disfrutamos taaanto, a pesar de un sound system un poco deficiente (a veces entendíamos mejor si leíamos los subtitles en inglés) pero era tanta la risa que se nos olvidó  un poco este detalle.

El festival continúa hasta el próximo miércoles 25 de mayo. Deberían darse una vuelta, porque todas las películas valen la pena y porque difícilmente las van a poder ver en otro lugar aquí en LA.

Hoy viernes están “Te Presento a Laura” con Martha Higareda a las 7pm y la premiere del documental “Presunto Culpable” a las 9:30 de la noche. Este documental habla del sistema judicial mexicano y ha dado mucho de que hablar en México.

Aquí esta el website para más información y horarios: http://www.holamexicoff.com/schedule

Gracias especiales a Bricia López y La Guelaguetza. Those mole tamales and Oaxacan goodies really hit the spot after the movie.

Samuel Douek, organizador y director del Hola México Film Festival.

Paparazzi shots.

Xesus, Martha y Bricia, de los primeros en llegar. Bricia nos trajo lo mejor de La Guelaguetza, comida oaxaqueña. Delicioso!!

One of the marquees at the Montalbán.

Después se fue llenando más el cine...hasta que fuimos como 700!

Cuándo han visto que empiece un film fest con Banda? Only the Hola Mexican Film Fest does it, thank you very much.

La Guelaguetza, the best Oaxacan food restaurant in LA, was among the sponsors. Thank you Bricia for feeding us! Esta foto fue antes de que llegaramos todos a comer.

Photo Friday: Welcome to Hollywood

20 May

This must be the place.

(Photo taken at the Opening night of the Hola Mexico Film Fest, at the Ricardo Montalbán Theater on Vine St.)

Me gusta Pitbull! And he’s everywhere these days.

19 May

Need any cool songs for your summer party playlist? Let me recommend you get all of Pitbull’s songs right now. (His new album drops June 21st.)

Don’t let my NPR loving ways fool you, I came to the realization this week that I have a crush on Pitbull.

Pitbull, also known as Armando Christian Perez. (Photo from MySpace.)

Maybe it happened during Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday night, where he had a fabulous set with Neyo, or when one of his songs popped up on my Ipod on shuffle mode, but it suddenly dawned on me: he’s hot and he makes me want to dance.

The “Featuring Pitbull” description seems to be a hit guarantee these days. Just look at this list: Usher (featuring Pitbull) has “DJ Has Us Falling in Love Again”; J-Lo (featuring Pitbull) has “Get on The Floor” (the lamabada song); Enrique Iglesias (featuring Pitbull) has “Baby I Like It,” and then there’s Pitbull (featuring Neyo and Nayer) with “Give Me Everything Tonight.”

Plus, I read from his MySpace page that he’s visiting my hometown, Mexicali, this weekend for a concert on May 20th at the Fex. I am very impressed he’s going down to the border.

So here’s his performance with Neyo and Nayer on DWTS. This song is better live, just listen to the drumbeat, y a menos de que seas piedra, I know this song will get you moving.

TV News: Cristina is back, now on Telemundo

18 May

So the television Upfronts are being held this week in NY and one of the hottest tickets was the Telemundo event. I heard it was sold out and at full capacity, which is not unusual since they DO throw a great party (speaking from experience) and La Reina del Sur is a bona fide hit. (So sad to see it go, but that’s another story!)

One of the surprises of the Upfront event was hearing Cristina Salaregui, ex Univision royalty and member of the old guard, got her own show on Telemundo, the archrival. (That’s the kind of celebrity swapping thing you’re used to seeing in Mexico with Televisa and TV Azteca, when Azteca had a good name to it back in the day.)

I wonder if la tocaya will keep doing more of the same or reinvent herself, and if her famous Latino celebrity friends will follow her. It remains to be seen.

In the meantime, here’s the link from the LA Times and the Upfronts. Apparently, Ms. Saralegui is not shy when speaking about her former employer.

Telemundo Lands Talk Show Host Cristina Saralegui. (Click to read post by Meg James)

From the LA Times "Showtracker" Blog. Post by Meg James 5/18/2011

Going to the Hola México film fest this week!

17 May

A few days ago I posted about the Hola México Film Fest and how we’re looking forward to watching great movies. To kick off the festival, this Thursday’s opening night film is “Acorazado” by director Alvaro Curiel (Jaibol Films).  Have to say, it looks VERY interesting.  It’s an immigration story with a twist. Here’s the trailer below.

Come out to the fest and support Mexican cinema. Rarely do we get to see good movies en español, and this is our chance.

HOLA MEXICO FILM FEST runs from Thursday May 19 through Wednesday May 25 at the Ricardo Montalbán Theater in LA.

Oprah, please don’t go. (Yes, I love Oprah.)

14 May

If you’ve been watching TV in the last 25 years (and unless you’re a caveman, who hasn’t?) it is very likely that you’ve seen the Oprah Winfrey show at some point in your life. Maybe you’re even one of the fans and loyal viewers who used to tape her on VCR in the 80′s and 90′s and then switched to DVR the last few years. That is where I fall in, and frankly, I am in denial about the next 2 weeks when the Oprah show comes to an end.

I remember I started watching her after school. I was in the 8th grade and really liked the way she talked about things. I also remember getting her weight loss book “Make the connection” a few years later- already in college with the freshman 15 adding up -and thinking, “La Oprah es de las mias! She understands me. Oprah is my friend.”

We all knew the show was ending and we thought we’d be ok, right? She let us know way in advance last September.  It’s been fun to go through the reminiscing, to see the classic clips from her 25 year history, and all the memories they stir up from when we watched the show originally. But as the countdown keeps moving on…”Only 15 shows left, only 10 shows left…etc.” I have been getting really sad. Who is going to be there every afternoon/evening for us to connect with? Where will I go for an AHA moment?? Who is going to inspire me- again- to get a new makeover as I just saw on her last makeover ever? Oh noooo, she can’t go! I know she’s all happy she’s going to her OWN Network, but she won’t be there full time and it just won’t be the same. Buu!

Anyhow, I think the lesson (she’s always asking “What is the lesson?”..) is that eventually, we all have to move along with our lives, embrace change, seek new opportunities, reinvent ourselves… YADA YADA YADA, bla bla bla! Es cierto pero no me voy a poner a sermonearlos aquí! I don’t know, maybe in the “new” spare hour, I will finally use my time to learn to crochet.

Today I received my monthly O magazine and there she is, saying goodbye again.  Got the sinking feeling that her millions of viewers are dreading May 25, when the show is off the air and we’re all left in limbo. Y ahora quien podrá ayudarme?? como dijo el Chapulin Colorado.

Her latest cover of the O magazine. Saying goodbye, the long goodbye.

Having fun at the Cannes Festival, but Salma what are you wearing??

11 May

The yearly Spring film festival at Cannes, France began this week. Someday I’d love to go…sigh.

La que nunca se lo pierde es Salma Hayek. Regresó este año para promover su película con Antonio Banderas, un spinoff  de “Shrek” de Dreamworks.

Parece que Salma y Banderas la están pasando bien. Pero que raro outfit de ella…verdad? Y eso que está casada con el dueño millonario de varias casas de moda en Paris.

(I like Salma, it’s just that sometimes I don’t agree with her taste in clothes.)

Buenos amigos, gustos medio extraños. Salma wears a "plumero sleeve" dress at the photo call for their movie in Cannes. Photo form the LA Times today.

On the other hand, I can’t wait to see the new movie from Woody Allen. “Midnight in Paris” premiered and opened at Cannes, and hopefully we can see it soon here in the States.

Woody Allen and his ladies, Lea Seydoux and Rachel McAdams, from his new movie "Midnight in Paris" which premiered last night. Photo from the LA Times.

Vamos a ver películas mexicanas en el Hola México Film Fest

11 May

Como siempre nos estamos quejando que nunca nos llegan buenas películas mexicanas a LA (and no, the B-movies from KWHY Canal 22 LA do NOT count!) hoy me puse de buenas cuando mi amigo Xesus Naranjo me dio una buena noticia: Tenemos un Mexican Film Fest la semana que entra! May0 19- 25 en el Teatro Ricardo Montalbán de Los Angeles.

Vamos amiguitos!! Aprovechemos ahora sí para ver como Dios manda, y no en youtube, películas como “Presunto Culpable” (el documental mas taquillero – EVER- en México), el documental de Café Tacvba “Seguir Siendo”, y la muy comentada película  “El Infierno”  que recientemente se llevó muchos premios Arieles. Estvue viendo el “schedule” y hay varias opciones interesantes, así que creo que iremos a darnos el rol.

Aqui esta el link a la página, Hola Mexico Film Fest. Ahi pueden ver los trailers de las peliculas, horarios y donde comprar los boletos. ($5 en las tiendas FAMSA; $8 online; $9 at the door.)

Y no conozco a los organizadores, pero MUCHAS GRACIAS por traernos estas movies a LA. We really appreciate it!!

BRAVO!! Vamos a apoyar al cine mexicano.

“Womentum” at the Revlon RunWalk for Women 2011

9 May

Revlon RunWalk for Women was held last Saturday at the LA Coliseum.

Last Saturday at the LA Coliseum, almost 75 thousand people turned up for the annual Revlon RunWalk 2011 in honor and support of women who are fighting and beating cancer. Entire families and people of all ages showed up to honor the women in their lives. It was an empowering and uplifting event, and you could feel the love and energy everyone brought to the occasion, which was called “Womentum” ( a very creative and clever name, if you ask me.)

It was also nice to see Halle Berry, the beautiful actress and Revlon spokesmodel, in person, welcoming everybody at the starting line and cheering people on. She was there along with Alyson Hannigan,the actress from American Pie,  Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family, and Lilly Tartikoff, who heads the RunWalk effort.

The co-sponsors of the event were Macy’s and Toyota, with teams representing and doing the walk as well. It’s nice to see Macy’s continues to support great causes in support of women’s health and the community. Thanks to Olivia, Cause Marketing Manager at Macy’s,  for inviting me to the event. All in all a great day!

The Macy's Team, proud to support the cause at RunWalk.

Lilly Tartikoff with Halle Berry, getting ready to pose for photographers, before the event began.

Another shot of the celebrities at the event.

Halle Berry welcomes the crowd and motivates everyone to keep supporting the fight against cancer.

The starting line had confetti blasts, and off they went.

It was really exciting to enter the Coliseum through the tunnels at the end of the 5K.

At the Coliseum finish line, everybody had a party at the end.

Quibooole…Mr. Obama ya está hablando español

9 May

Mr. Obama habla buen español!!! Click on the video for a wonderful speech at the White House’s Cinco de Mayo Party by the President of the USA.

I guess he’s going to need to practice his Spanish more now that he’s going after the Latino vote in 2012. And it’s going to come in handy when he follows up on his promise of immigration reform and he deals with all the Hispanic leaders. (I have yet to believe it’s going to happen soon, pero quien sabe.)

Lovely and cute moment there when he lets everybody know that you don’t come between first lady Michelle Obama and her tamales. Doesn’t she look amazing? Que mujer tan guapa, de veras.

(Thanks April M. for the head’s up. I really enjoyed it.)

Frida at Zara. Cool T’s!

6 May

Stopped by my local Zara store last night and was sooo surprised to see these fab t-shirts de la Frida Kahlo.

Of course I’m not going to go into the commercialization of her legacy and how these mass produced t-shirts would go against all she stood for (hello capitalism vs. socialists, art vs. commerce) pero sabes que? These are really cool!

Take your pick and find them soon at Zara. There are not many left. A mi siempre me pasa que ya cuando quieres regresar por algo, nunca encuentras nada.

3 T-shirts to choose from. Me gustan.

It’s Cinco de Mayo, the most “gringo” of Mexican holidays

5 May

Ready for a Margarita? It’s that time of year again, when the USA celebrates a Mexican historical event nobody in Mexico even remembers. (It’s NOT Mexican Independence Day, people, please!)

Happy Cinco de Mayo! The unofficial Mexican-est holiday in the US and the historic date nobody in Mexico cares for.

La Batalla de Puebla took place in 1862 and will be commemorated all across the USA with mariachi music and cheap margarita mix.  As I retweeted from Vanity Fair this morning: “Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the day when every lame bar brings out the tacky decorations and jacks up the price of Corona and Cuervo.” And you want taquitos with that? Or some basic quesadillas con carne? All the chefs  came out with boring “mexican inspired” recipes this morning on the morning shows.

Salud Señores! Yo paso. I’d rather be at the sushi happy hour with a Sapporo and sashimi, thank you very much.

Un martes musical alternativo, gracias NPR

3 May

“Es martes, ni te cases ni te embarques“…Después de un weekend con muchas noticias, let’s chill a little bit.

Mejor vamos a esuchar música alternativa en español, thanks to NPR.

(Happy Birthday to All Things Considered on NPR! You’re 40 today, I hear. Wishing you at least 40 more, no matter what the imbéciles de Fox news say. )

I came across a great link today on their website for All Songs Considered. The page is called Super Bueno! Latin Music for Everybody, part 2.

Click to get to the link and listen to all the tracks.

I think I’m liking all the songs, but maybe the one by Gina Chávez is my favorite. The track is called “Miles de Millas” and she sings in Spanglish.

¡Super bueno indeed!

Algunos artistas de música alternativa en español. Thank you NPR!

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