Remembering Selena 22 Years Later

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Friday, March 31st marks 22 years since the passing of one of music’s greatest Latina singers, Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

Simply known as Selena, she had already achieved international fame while being a member of Selena y Los Dinos and soon after her own solo career. She was well on her way to become even more mainstream in America, especially after her Grammy win in 1994, with her English-language crossover album (which she was working on), her clothing line and, most likely, make her mark in Hollywood.

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Sadly, Selena’s life was suddenly and tragically cut short on March 31, 1995 when she was shot and killed by her former fan club president at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was just 23 years old, 17 days shy of her 24th birthday.

Selena’s legacy continues to thrive in the years since she’s been gone: a biopic, starring Jennifer Lopez was released in 1997. There have been a bunch of compilation albums released. In 2016, MAC debuted a limited line of Selena-inspired makeup, and Madame Tussauds immortalized the singer with a wax figure. Later this year, she will be posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Today, we remember the Queen of Tejano; all that she accomplished within a short period of time, her radiant smile, her fashion, her music, her life, a beautiful person gone way too soon.

RIP Selena

Below are a few of her greatest hits. Enjoy!

Leaked ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ teaser leaves fans wanting more

image.jpegWhile waiting for of Fifty Shades Darker: Unrated Edition on DVD, a teaser was somehow leaked on Tuesday for Fifty Shades Freed, which had fans in a frenzy on social media.

The video features Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) on their honeymoon in Europe.

The third and final installment, based E.L. James’ best-selling book series, will be released on February 9, 2018 for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Darlene Cates, mother in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,’ passes away at age 69

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Darlene Cates, the actress best known for her role as the mother in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has passed away.

Her daughter, Sheri, shared the news on Facebook: “It is with a bitter-sweet heart that we share that our precious wife, mother, and Gaga, Darlene Guthrie Cates, was called Home, somewhat unexpectedly, peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, March 26th.”

Cates was cast as Bonnie Grape, the matriarch in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, after being discovered on a segment on the talk show Sally Jessy Raphael, that focused on her struggles with obesity.

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The cast of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape ©Paramount

The 1993 film starred Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, who earned his first Oscar nomination for his performance.

Cates went on to make appearances on TV in Picket Fences, Touched by an Angel, and the made-for-TV movie Wolf Girl.

RIP

 

 

‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ cast reunites

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More than 20 years after their series finale, the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunited.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on the hit comedy show, posted a photo with his TV family on his Instagram account, which he wrote: “Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family.”

Ribeiro was joined by Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Vivian), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey) and, of course, Will Smith.

Sadly, James Avery who played Uncle Phil, passed away in December 2013 at the age of 68.

“Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete,” concluded Ribeiro’s photo caption.

He was definitely there in spirit.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran for six seasons from 1990-1996 on NBC. Daphne Maxwell Reid took over the role of Aunt Vivian during the last three seasons of the show, replacing Janet Hubert-Whitten.

Maybe one day we will get to see an on-screen reunion? Here’s hoping!

 

‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants audiences for another week, with ‘Power Ranger’ debuting in second place

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Beauty and the Beast continued to dominate the box office this week.

Disney’s live-action version of the animated classic stayed at the top of the charts for a second week, raking in $88.3 million, bringing its worldwide total to $690 million.

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Debuting in second place was the Lionsgate film Saban’s Power Rangers, which made $40.5 million.

The action-superhero film is a reboot based on the characters from the 1990s sitcom Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. It goes back to it origins and shows how five classmates of Angel Grove High School, Jason Scott/Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott), Billy Cranston/Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler), Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger (Becky G) and Zack Taylor/Black Ranger (Ludi Lin), come together with the help of Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) and discover their superhero identities in order to defeat the evil Rita Repula (Elizabeth Banks) and Goldar.

Given that this reboot is a modern take of the beloved 90s sitcom, it received pretty decent reviews. And to top it off, Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank who portrayed Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger and Tommy Oliver/Green and White Ranger, respectively in the TV show, made cameo appearances in the film.

 

‘Selena’ Biopic 20th Anniversary

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It’s been 20 years since the release of the biopic Selena.

The film, starring Jennifer Lopez, tells the story of the late Selena Quintanilla-Perez from her childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas until her sudden and untimely death in March 1995.

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Known by her first name, Selena, was in her prime. At just the age of 23, the Queen of Tejano music multiple Tejano Music awards and a Grammy, had five No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks, created a clothing line and was in the midst of recording her crossover English-language album. Tragically, her life was tragically cut short when she was murdered by her fan club president on March 31, 1995.

Following Selena’s passing, her father, Abraham Quintanilla, decided to produce an official film – along with the family –  based on the life of his daughter. Jennifer Lopez was picked to play the singer out of approximately 22,000 others who auditioned for the role.

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Jennifer Lopez as Selena

The film was released on March 21, 1997 and became Lopez’s breakthrough performance and has stated that Selena was her inspiration to begin her own solo music career. Selena is the 11th highest grossing biopic of all time.

 

 

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Blu-ray and DVD release date

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Another countdown begins for Fifty Shades Darker as the release date for the Blu-ray and DVD has been revealed… 50 more days!

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that Fifty Shades Darker: Unrated Edition will be released on Digital HD on April 25 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray , DVD and On Demand, on May 9.

Fans will be able to see both the theatrical version of the movie as well as the unrated version, deleted and extended scenes, and bonus content such as cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes features.

The sequel film adaptation to E.L. James’ best-selling book trilogy, starring Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey), has a worldwide total of $374.2 million since its release in theaters on February 10.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ debuts with record-breaking opening

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Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast opened over the weekend with an estimated $170 million in North America, making it the biggest March opening ever, a record which was held by last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Disney film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as Belle and The Beast, respectively, made an additional $180 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $350 million.

Read more about what other records Beauty and the Beast have broken during opening weekend at The Hollywood Reporter here.