Highlights from the SAG Awards: “Yo soy Demián Bichir y Soy Actor Mexicano.”

Demian Bichir during the opening of the SAG Awards ceremony last Sunday night.

Last Sunday at the SAG Awards, Demián Bichir, our Academy Award Nominee (porque es nuestro nominado!!) had a few minutes of air time right at the beginning of the show. He told a cute story of how he went to NY to drive a Taxi like De Niro and make Guacamole (at Rosa Mexicano), but my favorite line was in Spanish: Yo soy Demián Bichir y soy actor mexicano.

Very Nice!

Glad to see ha had a chance to speak and have a little bit of fun, even though he did not win. I really believed he was going to get it, but it was the French actor Jean Dujardin who took home the prize for “The Artist”. There’s still hope Demián gets the Oscar, believe me, we’re praying to San Judas Tadeo, he deserves it!

Otra que se la pasó having fun toda la noche fue Sofía Vergara, who has this Hollywood fame thing down like a true superstar.

Su trabajo le ha costado, she’s earned this the hard way. We all remember when she started out in doing lame tv shows for Univision waaay back in the 1990’s and then she couldn’t get a break as an actress. But flash forward to 2012 and she’s winning awards as part of the Modern Family ensemble, and hobnobbing with A-listers like Meryl Streep and Glenn Close. Que tal? Never rule out a beautiful woman with talent and perseverance. Go Sofía!  Here’s a picture from her twitter account:

Aqui nomas con mis new bff's: Meryl Streep, Sofia Vergara and Glenn Close at the SAG afterparties. Photo from Sofia Vergara's Twitter feed. http://www.whosay.com/sofiavergara/photos/123044

Este heatwave in the winter ya fue mucho.

Ya mero llegamos al end of the month. Se nos fue el mes de enero y yo no sé ustedes pero yo tengo calor. Aquí en California tenemos todo el mes con los weather ups and downs and constant changes, from rain to cold to warm. But today it was around 84 degrees in Pasadena, and it’s not even Spring yet! I mean, don’t let the California palm trees fool you. We are not in the tropics. LA is usually coat country during wintertime.

It did not help my cause that today I erred on the side of caution and chose to wear botas, tights, a dress, a scarf, and a wool sweater. Since I ride the metro, I never know if it’s going to be cold during the transfers, so I come prepared. Yes, I know I can check the weather report on tv, but I’m very friolenta, so I take it with a grain of salt.  Today I came a little too prepared and regretted it all day long. I kept peeling the layers until I couldn’t any longer. Ever have that feeling when your clothes just bother you all day long? That was me today.

Yet a little freshness came my way later in the day. I just went for a supermarket run this afternoon and saw these paletas de nieve. Does anybody remember “La Michoacana”? They are a local chain of aguas frescas and paletas de hielo/nieve in Mexico. We had them in my hometown by the border. I doubt these are the same paleteros I grew up with, who knows,  but I was instantly enamored with the name and the presentation… Chocoberry anyone?

Maybe that will help me deal with this heatwave until we get our next storm watch, probably by next week at the way we’re going with these tipsy weather patterns.

Chocoberry, paletas de coco y paletas de otros sabores by "La Michoacana", made in Ceres, California, not Michoacan.

Felicidades Demián Bichir y Emanuel Lubezki, 2 Mexicanos nominados al Oscar

Hoy es una de esas mañanas en que da gusto ver que el talento mexicano es reconocido. A las 5 de la mañana anunciaron las nominaciones a los premios Oscar y como todo el mundo sabe, la sorpresa fue Demián Bichir por su actación en “A Better Life” (director Chris Weitz). Quiero que sepan que fue el primero que anunciaron de los cinco actores, por orden alfabético, así que brincamos de emoción. (Ver Video)

Oscar announcements this morning. Snapshot, ABC Video on YouTube.

Hace unos meses puse un link aquí de una entrevista que le hicieron a Bichir en el NY Times y por lo visto, tanto a la reportera como a su humilde servilleta nos cautivó su persona. Aquí esta el link de nuevo: https://lifeinspanglish.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/a-must-see-movie-a-better-life/…Ojalá que puedan leerla y que vean la película, aunque sí te parte el corazón.

Tomada de la revista US Magazine.

Lo mejor fue la reacción de Bichir, quien dijo:

“I’m overwhelmed for having my name among those incredible actors. Hopefully more and more people will jump into iTunes and Netflix to see our film. That will be the biggest reward we could get. I dedicate this nomination to those 11 million human beings who make our lives easier and better in the US.”

¡Bravo Demián!
En la categoría de fotografía,  Emanuel Lubezki  fue nominado por su cinematografía de la película “Tree of Life” (el tema “Life” parece amuleto de la buena suerte, no?) del director Terence Malick.
El “Chivo” Lubezki (como le dicen de cariño) lleva varias nominaciones, y para mi que es el mejor fotógrafo de cine que hay. Claro que lo digo con orgullo porque veo sus películas desde que fue fotógrafo de “Solo con tu Pareja” (1991,  director Alfonso Cuarón). Ojalá que este sea su año.

Emanuel Lubezki trabajo con Terence Malick en "Tree of Life". Foto tomada del blog "Below the line" http://www.btlnews.com/awards/contender-director-of-photography-emmanuel-lubezki-the-tree-of-life/

Los premios Oscar son el 26 de Febrero. Prendamos veladoras y rezémosle a San Judas Tadeo amiguitos. Ya es hora que los mexicanos nos llevemos más premios y reconocimiento por hacer cine, algo que hacemos muy bien! Y estas nominaciones son muy bien merecidas. Felicidades a todos los nominados.

New Spanish TV Network debuts in the fall: MundoFox

Big news in TV Land today…en Español!

According to a press release today by the AP, MUNDOFOX, a new Spanish broadcast television network is launching in the fall. It will be the Spanish version of FOX (owned by Rupert Murdoch, ya saben que no tiene la mejor presencia en los medios lately) and it will try to appeal to the Hispanic viewer. Ya ven como sí nos quieren mucho en este país y el español no se está acabando, como muchos creen.

Pues let me tell you one thing, Mundo Fox: lest you change your tone on politics and your own political agendas pushed by NewsCorp., I won’t be that tempted to watch. But if you have smart, modern and well produced shows that don’t feature morning tv hosts doing dance numbers with Mambo and ChaCha, or scripted sitcoms that don’t follow the recent fiasco of “Rob” (sorry Eugenio Derbez, I really wanted to like you on this show) then maybe that will lure us in.

They are partnering with los productores colombianos RCN, which made Betty La Fea (only like one of the best telenovelas EVER, which I used to watch religiously and blog about) among other smash hits. So it should be interesting to say the least.

Here’s the press release. Click to read. Let’s see what happens and how Telemundo and Univision react.

News Corp plans US Spanish-language broadcaster:


Great Maps of LA exhibit at the Central Library in downtown

I’m always amazed at the sprawling, extensive size of the City of Los Angeles. This city I love está toda spread out, es enorme, llena de tráfico y luces, y freeways y mini-malls. What’s not to love?

So it was such a nice surprise to run into a very interesting exhibit of old Los Angeles maps at the Central Library in Downtown LA called “As The City Grew.” These maps are from the 184o’s to more recent ones from the last century. They all are amazing to look at just for the fact that they portray the gradual growth and initial distribution of el pueblo de Los Angeles.

This is one of the texts from the exhibit:

“The historical maps here trace Los Angeles’ challenges and illustrate its evolution into the metropolis we know today. The maps tell a story about a Spanish pueblo settled by eleven families that, in just 130 years, was to become the second largest city in America. From a Wild West frontier town that lived mostly outside the law, the city grew more sophisticated, surviving periodic cycles of “boom and bust” and doubling its population every decade, from a meager 5,000 at statehood to over a million by 1930.”

I’m always intrigued by the transformation of a place, of how things used to be and how people used to live before.  Did they ride horses? Can you imagine LA without freeways? How did people get to Santa Monica? What was life like here? These maps give you an idea of how LA transitioned into the place we live today.

So it’s worth a visit, and you may also want to check out some books at the library too! Everything is GRATIS, as you know, so take a trip soon if you can.

DTLA Central Library at 5th and Figueroa hours are Monday, Wed, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5:30 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm. It is closed  Sundays and will be closed next Monday due to Martin Luther King’s Day.

LA Maps exhibit at Central Library hallway, 1st floor.

Map of the City of Los Angeles, 1884, by Henry J Stevenson.

Birds Eye View of Los Angeles in 1909. Shows LA growing fast and becoming one of the nation's major cities. Population is 300,000.

This was one of the more elaborate maps, very colorful and showing different ethnicities.

The Old Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Los Angeles County, 1937. Shows LA in the years 1784 to 1849. "The Ranchos as they were called were sometiems as large as 48,000 acres."

Yes people, WE were here first. Se les olvida quien formó esta ciudad.

Hollywood star maps, version 1937. But I doubt they had any paparazzi then.

Hey, with this map you could go look for Cary Grant, Marion Davies and Gary Cooper. Their head drawing was used as the pin point for their house!