This week in Culturegeist: Benicio Del Toro, Andy Garcia, Marc Anthony, Anahí, Diego Boneta, J.Lo, Neymar, & more!
You’ll fall in love with Aubrey Plaza in Safety Not Guaranteed.
By ANGIE ROMERO
Thank goodness this cannibal/zombie talk has slowed down. Or maybe I’ve just blocked it out.
Either way, it’s officially summer, so make sure you get out, catch a movie, a concert, splash around, read a book, whatever your heart desires. Just make sure to wear your sunscreen. Peeling/lobster face ain’t never cute.
— Angie Romero, Senior Editor, Entertainment & Culture (email@example.com)
President Barack Obama has yet another celeb friend in Marc Anthony, who will host the POTUS in Miami this month.
As promised back in May, in the first installment of our Summer Movie Preview, each month for the next four months, we’ll filter through all the crap and tell you what’s worth your box office bucks. In June, there’s a good mix of flicks for every taste — from Ridley Scott’s newest sci-fi masterpiece to must-watch indies with heart.
Clooney has reportedly signed on to produce and direct The Yankee Comandante, a film taking a trip back to revolutionary Cuba.
Is Neymar the best thing since Pelé? It’s a question worth addressing.
The New York Daily News mixed up the Puerto Rican flag with the Cuban one in a huge spread that was supposed to celebrate this Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. Doh!
The Prince of Salsa on nicknames, salsa beefs, salsa supergroups, and a certain little salsa song of his that women seem to swoon over – despite its shady undertones. Is there such a thing as enough salsa? Nonsense!
Welcome to our second edition of “On The J.Low,” your new home for all things Jennifer Lopez. If you missed the first one, be sure to check it out. This week, J.Lovers, we’ve got a little challenge for you, inspired by the short, three-question ‘J.Lo IQ’ test Lopez is asking her fans to take on her website.
Arturo Conde highlights Puerto Rican poet Maria Aponte’s first book, a collection of poems and prose about the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York.
She’s the most followed person in Mexico, but are the pop star’s followers legit?
Not so long ago, we were dancing to President Obama singing “I’m sexy and I know it” by LMFAO. This time around, and thanks to the same YouTube user, we bring you President Obama’s rendition of the catchiest song of the summer by Carly Rae Jepsen.
In his new film, Savages, Benicio Del Toro is both vicious and gruesome, which is exactly why he was plucked for GQ’s dark-yet-fun “Bad Guys” portfolio.
Show biz is tough as nails - and Julissa Bermudez and Adrienne Bailon are ready to file away at it for their docu-series Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne. We called the girls up to find out the scoop on the show, and to talk style, loyalty, and cellulite.
The Cuban actor sat down with us and talked about the real meaning of the movie, working with Eva Longoria and Catalina Sandino Moreno, and what it was like to make the most expensive Mexican movie ever.
SAY WHAT? A round-up of our favorite soundbites from all over:
“I am never afraid of going to Mexico, I feel at home here. New York is more dangerous.” – Antonio Banderas to Spanish-language reporters recently during his visit to Mexico City. The Spanish actor was in town for an awards ceremony, where he posed on the red carpet with Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera.
“It made me feel terrible. Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.” – John Mayer to Billboard about Taylor Swift’s song “Dear John,” allegedly about him. Mayer and the country pop singer were romantically linked some years ago.
“I was really confused – I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask. But I understand it now, why my dad would want our faces to be covered.” – Paris Jackson in an interview with Oprah on Oprah’s Next Chapter about being protected by her late father, the King of Pop.
“This is turning into a tacky interview. What do you really want to talk about? I’m not here to talk about messy s**t.” – Rihanna snaps during her sit-down interview with Esquire UK when asked about her controversial remixes with ex Chris Brown. The Barbadian superstar graces the cover of the magazine’s July 2012 issue.
“It’s shocking to be believe that this is my daughter… it’s almost still surreal. It’s something I’ve always wanted because growing up, I never really knew what the definition of a father was because mine left when I was 9 months old.” – Dancing With the Stars 2011 champ J.R. Martinez’s tender interview with People on being a new dad to baby Lauryn Anabelle.
“Yo this isn’t Evelyn this is Chad, I don’t have a job so I’ll be running her account to earn a higher allowance.. oh follow me @ochocinco.” – Chad Ochocinco on Twitter, from his fiancée Evelyn Lozada’s account, in reference to his recent drop from the New England Patriots.
“Gywneth’s a real n***a.” - Nas to CBS Local, expressing his support of Gwyneth Paltrow using the n-word on Twitter last week. The GOOP-er tweeted a photo of herself onstage with Jay-Z and Kanye West with the caption ‘ni**as in paris for real.’
THE A-LIST: We asked, Diego Boneta answered.
After June 15, when Rock of Ages is out in theaters, America will know about one of Mexico’s best kept secrets: Diego Boneta.
Q. This movie (and its cast) is the stuff young actors dream of, but what did it actually turn out to be like?
A. I’m very thankful that [director] Adam Shankman believed in me. Seeing Tom [Cruise] on set like this was his first and last movie at the same time – and this being my first movie – seeing that, as a young actor, really inspired and motivated me. Here’s a guy who’s done everything, and he’s treating this like it’s the most important thing he’s ever done. It was an unforgettable experience.
(Photo: courtesy of Film District)