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Movie Review: ‘Miss Bala’

Do not come after Gloria Fuentes or her friends!

Directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke from a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Miss Bala does a good job bringing forth a strong female Latina lead, who can do it all – from applying a perfect contour to handling an AK-47.

Gloria Fuentes is a makeup artist from Los Angeles, who finds herself trapped in a cross-border drug enterprise.

Miss Bala is a remake of the Mexican crime drama action film by the same name, which premiered back in 2011 at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gloria Fuentes (played by Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez) travels to Tijuana to support her childhood friend Suzu (Cristina Rodlo) as she enters the Miss Baja California beauty contest. After a shootout at a Tijuana nightclub, Suzu is nowhere to be seen. Gloria, desperate to find her best friend, is forced to work for the head of a drug cartel, Lino (Ismael Cruz Córdova), who offers his help. As if she wasn’t in enough danger, D.E.A agent Brian (Matt Lauria) threatens to arrest Fuentes if she refuses to go undercover and reveal Lino’s plans to him.

The intense hour-and-forty-four-minute story focuses on Gloria’s personal story – a Mexican-born, California-raised young woman, who is an outcast in her native land. Along with that, the viewer is presented with a low key of love story – Lino develops an emotional connection with Gloria, as he also grew up in California, just like her. The question of him possibly becoming a better man for her finds its resolution at the very end.

A few things can be said about Gina Rodriguez’s character. What is worth mentioning is that doesn’t see complicity as the primary path to survival. Gloria never gives up on the chance to find her friend, she constantly weighs her options and makes crucial decisions.

Overall, if you like women-led action movies, Miss Bala is worth watching. The movie is packed with many plot twists and numerous shooting scenes.

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Remakes Of These Whitney Houston Movies Are Currently In The Works

Whitney Houston’s legacy continues to inspire millions around the globe many years after her sudden passing. The work of the legendary singer/songwriter did not just make a tremendous impact on the music industry; Houston also significantly contributed to some award-winning films that we still cherish and love today. So much so that creators strive to bring some of that greatness back to our screens. From The Bodyguard to The Preacher’s Wife, these are Whitney Houston’s iconic movies that are getting the remake treatment.

THE BODYGUARD

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Warner Bros. has enlisted playwright Matthew López (The Inheritance) to write the script for the remake of the iconic Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard.

As reported by Variety, the reimagining of the drama will be inspired by the 1992 classic, which starred Houston and Kevin Costner. The original film grossed over $400 million at the worldwide box office. In addition, it has the bestselling movie soundtrack that features several award-winning songs.

WAITING TO EXHALE

ABC Has a Waiting to Exhale TV Reboot in the Works - E! Online

ABC har ordered a TV reboot of the iconic 1995 film with Lee Daniels (Empire) producing. According to Deadline, it will be inspired by the original movie and introduce a new group of four friends – the daughters of the original characters. The TV adaptation will be written by Atticka Locke (When They See Us) and Tembi Locke (Never Have I Ever). Anthony Hemingway (Genius: Aretha) will direct.

The original film’s cast featured Houston as Savannah, Angela Bassett as Bernadine, Lela Rochone as Robin, and Loretta Devine as Robin. Directed by Forest Whitaker, the film was a box office hit.

THE PREACHER’S WIFE

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A present-day reimagining of The Preacher’s Wife is in the works with Anthony Hemingway (GeniusAmerican Crime Story) directing. Angela Basset and Courtney B. Vance (who starred in the original movie) will develop the remake under their production company.

Penny Marshall’s 1996 classic starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Vance, was itself a remake of The Bishop’s Wife, which premiered in 1947 and is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Nathan.

I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY

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Although this title is not quite a movie reboot, I Wanna Dance With Somebody is another biopic centered around Houston’s career and music.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons (Harriet), the musical feature will star Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker) as Whitney Houston and Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) as Bobby Brown.

The biopic will release the film in theaters on December 23, 2022.

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Watch: Penny is All Grown Up in ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ Trailer

Disney+ has released the first trailer for its highly anticipated animated series reboot. The streaming platform is bringing back The Proud Family  20 years later, with the original cast reprising their roles.

The show will continue to tell the story of Penny Proud and her family – parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings, and grandma Suga Mama.

Returning voices include Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, JoMarie Payton as Suga Mama, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby, Carlos Mencia as Felix Boulevardez, Maria Canals-Barrera as Sunset Boulevardez, Alvaro Gutierrez as Papi, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer, and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez.

Joining the cast are Keke Palmer as young activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins and Asante Blackk as Penny’s boyfriend Kareem.

The returning series will also feature guest voice-overs from stars such as Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Tiffany Haddish, and Cedric the Entertainer among others.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder premieres Feb. 23 on Disney+. Check out the trailer below.

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Mary J Blige’s Most Memorable roles: From Guest Appearances to an Oscar Nomination

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Mary J Blige has been a music icon for many years now. With 13 studio albums and many awards, she has made her name known across the globe. Today, however, her portfolio includes not only music-related accolades. The R&B queen is making significant strides in the television and film industry. One of the biggest of them was her 2018 Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role in Netflix’s Mudbound. And this is just the beginning!

Here are Blige’s most memorable television and movie roles thus far.

I Can Do All Bad By Myself (2009)

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Tyler Perry gave Blige her first feature film role. She played an inspiring singing bartender at the nightclub. Before this, the singer/songwriter only had cameos on television. I Can Do All Bad By Myself also starred Taraji P. Henson.

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