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Apr 28

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Sep 16

A Look Inside “No Good Deed:” Exclusive Conversations with Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba

No Good Deed is a straight-up thriller starring a couple of powerhouse performers: Taraji P. Henson, best known for Person of Interest (we still miss you, Carter!), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the upcoming music/drama Empire, and Idris Elba, the legendary performer from Pacific Rim, Prometheus, the Thor movies, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and of course The Wire.

Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

SeFijaOnline had a chance to sit down with both of them–one right after the other–in a recent press junket, and what you’ll hear here is pretty much that entire raw recording. We thought long and hard about trying to edit Taraji P. Henson, but really, what’s the point? She is absolutely irrepressible, and everything she said that day was worth listening to. And who would dare to mess with the powerful tones of Idris Elba? We just don’t have the nerve.

The premise of No Good Deed is pretty simple: A mother with a baby on her shoulder, all alone in her house, thinks a friend is coming by in the early evening, so she opens the door when the bell rings…and finds Idris Elba, playing an escaped convict, standing outside. The rest of the film is a fight for her life, and the outcome is far from assured.

We start the talk with Taraji’s own view of that first crucial moment in the film, when Taraji’s character Terri opening the door to Elba’s Colin.

 Taraji P. Henson Audio here

Once Taraji had had her way with us, the ever-impressive Idris Elba sat down for a few minutes, and brought a whole different energy into the room. He talked about his most famous roles, his future plans, his background as a real, life Cockney, and the odd and exhilarating experience of working with Guillermo del Toro. Above all else, Elba came off as a regular guy, an amiable and intelligent man with great (and justified) confidence in his abilities, who likes to work, likes to surprise his fans, and clearly likes to keep everything on an even keel. See if you agree:

Idris Elba Audio here

Taraji will be seen next in Empire when it premieres in the spring of 2015; Idris mentioned two of his upcoming films, A Hundred Streets and Beasts of No Nation. Personally we can’t wait to hear him in the role he was born to play: the voice of Shere Khan in the upcoming remake of Jungle Book.

The cast also includes Leslie BibbKate del Castillo, and Henry Simmons. No Good Deed opened citywide, state wide, and countrywide.

Sep 16

Annabelle, The Evil Doll from “The Conjuring,” Gets Her Own Movie

Reposted from our friends over on Amityville Now

Show of hands: how many of us think dolls are creepy? Like the creepiest thing this side of clowns?

Just as we suspected. Everybody.

James Wan and his peeps may not be the most original purveyors of modern cinema-horror, but one thing’s for sure: they deliver the goods, shock chords and jump-out-of-frame boo-cuts included. The newest flick from the House Of Wan is no exception: Annabelle is a spin-off from Wan’s hugely successful haunted-house movie, The Conjuring, and it plays of the familiar but still effective icon of the weird-ass doll. If the full movie is half as good as the trailer, we’ve got a good ’un coming to us in October: Check it out:

The director, John Leonetti is a scare-vet, the DP on The Conjuring and both Insidiouses, as well a bunch ofSleepy Hollow episodes; the writer’s done half a dozen horror film, including the oddly not-awful SyFy jungle-mosterfest BloodMonkey. It screams onto screens nationwide on October 3. Cast: Annabelle WallisAlfre WoodardWard HortonTony AmendolaEric Ladin, and Brian Howe.

Sep 16

Juanes to Guest Star on “Jane The Virgin”

Reposted from SeFija!

The Colombian musician was the only Latino artist featured among the hit makers at L.A.’s Made in America concert series during Labor Day Weekend—will also be featured in the upcoming primetime series. The Grammy winner will play a music producer and smooth-talking ladies’ man who considers producing a demo record for Jane’s pop-music obsessed mother Xiomara (Andrea Navedo).


Jane The Virgin will use multiple songs by Juanes and will feature the single “Una Flor”—from his sixth studio album Loco de Amor—in the premiere episode of the comedy on Oct. 13.

The upcoming series is an English-language remake of the hit Venezuelan show Juana la Virgenand features actress Gina Rodriguez in the lead role as a hard-working student who accidentally becomes artificially inseminated during an off-the-wall series of events. Justin Baldoni (Single Ladies), Ivonne Coll (Switched at BirthBrett Dier (Ravenswood), Yael Groblas (Reign), andtelenovela’s Jaime Camil also star.

Aug 02

A Lifelong Journey: Walter Dominguez and Shelley Morrison bring “Weaving the Past” to Light

Reposted from SeFija!

It has taken eleven years, but actress Shelley Morrison and her husband of forty-one years, Walter Dominguez are finally able to share Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery, the story of Dominguez’ own ancestors interwoven with the largely unknown, but important history of Mexico and the U.S. It is a story of tragedy, hope, and discovery that he’s been working towards for his entire life, and especially since his beloved grandfather died in 1973.

A few years ago, Walter decided the time had come to bring the project to fruition—“when the people in your life who have always been there are going or gone.” It was then that he realized it was time to collect his stories and pass them on to the next generation. “You need to let your children know they come from somewhere,” he said, “They didn’t just appear like mushrooms out of nowhere.”

L-r: Shelley Morrison, Angela Ortíz and Walter Dominguez

And Morrison and Dominguez were just the ones to do it. Both have been involved in the entertainment industry for decades. Dominguez has remained behind the camera for the most part, but Morrison is one of the more recognizable Latino actresses of her generation. In her interview Angela Ortíz of Se Fija!, she talks with affection and insight about her best-remembered roles, including Sister Sixto on The Flying Nun with Sally Fieldand Rosario on Will & Grace. “That was great,” she told Angela. “I’ve been blessed. But this is a whole different ball game.”

 “There’s a journey, a lot of passion and a lot of real faces. People are hungry to see a film where they can connect again, where they can feel. They want to learn more.”


Sister Sixto on The Flying Nun

Rosario on Will & Grace

Weaving the Past begins with the history of the American West, and the violence, oppression, and tragedy that Dominguez’ ancestors–and almost all Latinos–faced. And it continues forward, well into the twentieth century, to see how families have grown and changed…and how they have stayed the same. “I wanted to let people go with me and experience the basic humanity of people everywhere,” he said. And the project was important enough to the couple that they invested their own money in the project, so they could do it the way they wanted.

Now, at long last, it’s ready to present to the community. Morrison and Dominquez both hope it reaches a wide audience as well. “We hope that people will bring their kids,” Walter says, especially older children who can appreciate a two-hour film with some pretty affecting imagery. “They’ll learn history that isn’t taught in our schools, not only for Latin people but for all people. The story of one immigrant family in this country is really a universal story. After all, most of us are from somewhere else.”

Mrs. Portillo voice on Handy Mandy

There are important and universal stories here, Morrison says, “There’s a journey, a lot of passion and a lot of real faces. People are hungry to see a film where they can connect again, where they can feel. They want to learn more.”

Meanwhile, Morrison and Rodriguez are already at work on their next project. Whitewashed Adobe chroniclesthe creation of Los Angeles from 1850 to 1950. They have already gathered more than twenty interviews from a wide range of people who were part of the city’s beginning, with much more to come. Work is well underway.

Any lover of history or geography, anyone who wants to learn more about the past and their culture will enjoy Weaving the Past. It premieres in a special set of screenings at the Laemmle Theaters in Pasadena, with four showings a day from August 15 to 21. There are even matinee prices and ample free parking.

Photo:  ©2014 Adelina Ortiz

Jun 28

Hulu’s “East Los High” Season 2 Premiere’s July 9

Actres/singer Vivian Lamolli ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

Reposted from SeFija!

For the past couple of years original programming has taking off on the web with NetflixHuluAmazonYouTube and others offering shows or series. Some are really good and of course some aren’t, but there’s interest in these new adventures. The ones that are interesting are doing well, like my personal favorite; Netflix’s Orange is the New Black now in its second season and renewed for a third.

Actors Rick Mancia and Alexandra Rodriguez ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

Which brings us to Hulu’s entry last year of East Los High, a modern day cross between Beverly Hills, 90210 and Glee with a predominately Latino cast and crew–in front and behind the camera. The show creators are Carlos Portugal and Kathleen Bedoya. The show had an enough fan base to return with a second season of high school angst.

A few months ago Se Fija!’s Angela Ortíz got to hang out with a few of the new cast members of the new season. Here are some of the new and a few returning cast members; Rick ManciaAlexandra RodriguezVivian Lamolli, two sets of siblings Gabriel ChavarriaJeremy ChavarriaAlicia Sixtos,Andrea SixtosVannessa Vasquez,Tracy PerezRene AlvoradoJessica MezaRay DiazAshley Campuzano, and Danielle Vega.

The new season is out on July 9 on a computer near you. Below are a few of the interviews and trailer.

Jun 28

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Loud and Explosive

Reposted from SeFija!

For the Transformers fans they’ll be happy, for a new comer like me to the franchise—I enjoyed the film even though it was much longer than I expected.

The fourth picture in the Michael Bay-Paramount CGI 3D blockbuster has made $8.7 since last evening showings in the U.S., they expect it to hit $90 million for the weekend. Take a look at the trailer:

Jun 28

Stars of “Love Story,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Pulp Fiction” & “West Side Story” Speak

Reposted from SeFija!

The Hollywood Reporter has done a cool video of some stars like, Ali MacGraw, Susan Sarandon and Rita Moreno during their photo shoot for their Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films issue.

THR surveyed Studio chiefs, Oscar winners and TV royalty to judge the best movies of all time. Check out the video below and stay till the end.

May 06

Update on this Year’s Film Festival, FUN & SUCCESS!

Best Feature Drama

Best Short

We are very happy with the line we had for this year’s festival

We had over 25 features and shorts…








Best Documentary

We had a few good workshops, like Film Distribution, The Business of Filmmaking: Avoiding the pitfalls and staying ahead of the curve and a great Directors’ Roundtable

The Awards evening was full of great stories and wonderful acceptance speeches. And the evening ended with lots of networking.

L-r: actor Fidel Vicioso (The House That Jack Built), director Henry Barrial (Feature Drama), producer Melissa Haizlip (Best Short), actress Laura Patalano (You’re Dead to Me), Carlos Carrasco (Career Achievement Award), Marlene Forte (Pioneer Award), RRAFF co-director Angela Maria Ortiz S. (Se Fija! publisher), RRAFF director John Ramirez, Douglas Spain (Trailblazer award) artist Yolanda Gonzalez (Vision Award) and not shown is Edgar H. Alvarez (Best Documentary) Photo courtesy of Douglas Spain


Apr 26

RRAFF14 Official Selection Trailers

Trailers of some of the films we showed at this year’s festival

Henry Barrial’s The House that Jack Built (Feature)
OPENING FILM — Friday, May 16

Aaref Rodriguez’ Avenues (Feature)
CLOSING FILM — Sunday, May 18

Kenneth Castillo’s La Guapa (Feature)

Jesse Garcia’s The Price We Pay (Short)

TPWP TRAILER from Jesse Garcia on Vimeo.

Jay Francisco Lopez’ Sin Padre (Feature)

Samuel Rodriguez’ LA Where the Bullets Like to Fly (Feature)

Carlos Meléndez and Mauricio Mendoza’s After School (Feature)

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