Pixar’s “Coco” debuts in the US and earns 49 million “green ones” in 5 days

Pixar’s “Coco” debuts in the US and earns 49 million “green ones” in 5 days

Nov 27, 2017

Pixar’s “Coco” sang its way to the fourth best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over the five-day weekend, a total that easily toppled Warner Bros.’ “Justice League.” “Coco” rode strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences to the top spot at the domestic box office. According to studio estimates Sunday, it grossed $49 million from Friday to Sunday. Centered on the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), “Coco” has already set box office records in Mexico, where it has made $53.4 million in three weeks. After a disappointing debut last weekend, the much-maligned DC Comics superhero team-up film “Justice League” slid to second with $40.7 million. In the five-day holiday frame, it earned about $60 million. “Justice League” is faring better overseas, where it has made more than $300 million. The two top spots told a familiar tale: Quality is trumping mediocrity at the box office, where Rotten Tomato ratings bear considerable weight and where word-of-mouth spreads lightning quick. “Coco” is Pixar’s sixth release to land an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences. The film’s Rotten Tomatoes rating, 96 percent fresh, is more than double that of “Justice League” (41 percent). “In a world where moviegoing and quality seem to be connected, having a brand that has as consistently as Pixar has delivered on very high expectations definitely makes our work a little easier,” said Dave Hollis, distribution chief for the Walt Disney Co., which owns Pixar. “Consumers have really come to expect high quality. This is once again Pixar doing what they do best.” The success of “Coco” came just as reports of sexual misconduct were published regarding Pixar co-founder and Disney Animation Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. On Tuesday, Lasseter announced that he was taking “a six-month sabbatical.” He acknowledged “missteps” and “unwanted hugs” with employees. Disney has said it supports Lasseter’s leave of absence. Lasseter has been foundational to the rise of Pixar and the revitalization of Disney Animation. “Coco” is the latest in a long line of hits he’s overseen. After some early blunders (Disney tried to trademark “Dia de Los Muertos,” sparking a backlash), the studio strove to capture Mexican culture authentically in...

NFL Thanksgiving Day games, an American tradition

NFL Thanksgiving Day games, an American tradition

Nov 23, 2017

Week 12 of the NFL includes the traditional Thanksgiving Day action, which features three games of great rivalry, starting 11:30 am Mexico City time November 22. The game pits the Minnesota Vikings when they visit the Detroit Lions. Those led by quarterback Case Keenum, who has 12 Touchdowns and five interceptions, will seek to stay at the top of their division against the attack of Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate, who come from a streak of two games won.  The duel can be followed starting at 11:30 am by the signal of Fox Sports and Televisa. The second matchup will take place at Cowboy Stadium, when the Chargers visit Dallas. It will be the first time since 1969 that the Chargers have activity on this day. The Cowboys arrive without wins in their last two games. On the other hand, Los Angeles has found their way to the playoffs by winning four of the last six games. The match can be followed at 3:30 p.m. by Fox Sports and TV Azteca (channel 7). Thursday Night Football will have a confrontation of great rivalry. The Giants will visit Washington with the goal of getting out of the East Division basement of the NFC. Both have a losing record, but  New York is who most needs victories, having only two games won against eight defeats. While the Redskins, want to prevail to not miss the bad time facing the Cowboys in the same division and snatch second place. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. by Fox Sports....

San Diego’s Natural History museum opens its drawers to public

San Diego’s Natural History museum opens its drawers to public

Nov 14, 2017

Like most museums, the Nat in Balboa Park has far more specimens in its collection than it could ever put on display. So on Nov. 18 it’s opening a new exhibition it’s billing as “cool stuff from storage.”   Stuff like the jaw from a giant sperm whale. A 20-foot-long skin from an anaconda. A wall of skulls. “Most visitors don’t get to see our treasure trove — rows upon rows of shelves, drawers and crates holding millions of plant and animal specimens,” Judy Gradwohl, president and CEO of the natural history museum, said in a statement. “A look behind the scenes in our storage areas is like a cross-section of the diversity of nature itself.” Formally titled “Unshelved,” the exhibit is drawn from the 8 million items the museum has been collecting since it was established by a small group of citizen scientists in 1874. Although the museum’s research focus is on Southern California and Baja California, some items in the collection come from all over the world, which is why the new exhibit will include an emperor penguin and huge bats, as well as taxidermied birds, tiny beetles, gems and minerals. Some of the specimens have never been exhibited before, according to museum officials. “Unshelved,” located on Level Two, will be in place for two years. The exhibit is included with the price of admission. The museum also has two companion events scheduled. Its monthly Family Day, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature hands-on activities and crafts for kids. On Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., museum scientists will discuss their favorite items from storage in an event called “What’s In Our Drawers.” Admission requires a separate ticket. The museum calls itself the second-oldest scientific institution in California and the third-oldest west of the Mississippi. It’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)....

Tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon at CEART Mexicali

Tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon at CEART Mexicali

Nov 8, 2017

For all fans of the Liverpool quartet, this Friday, November 10, the Institute of Culture of Baja California (ICBC) will present a tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon with the Beatlepool & John Leo group at the Plaza de las Artes of CEART in Mexicali. Beatlepool is a Mexican group formed in 2010, which is dedicated to making a tribute to The Beatles. It is conformed by Iván Rodríguez, Benjamín Ramos, Luis Díaz, Jorge Yepiz and Jordy Diaz. The aim of this group is to present a show based on the work of The Beatles, from the “Beatlemania (1964)” to the end of the group (1969). We have done very well with John Leo (Leonel Ibarra) John Lennon’s impersonator, who due to his great resemblance to Lennon, has starred in several television commercials, and participated in TV Azteca’s program “Soy tu doble” where he obtained third place at National level, says Iván Rodríguez. In addition, he says that with this show they have had the opportunity to participate in different stages around town, as well as in Tijuana and San Diego at the House of Blues. The concert will take place at the Plaza de las Artes of CEART on Friday, November 10, starting at 7:00 p.m., admission $ 100 pesos. Tickets are on sale at the CEART reception. Reports at (686) 553 69 55 ext. 101. Source: San Diego...

Jennifer Lopez to star on “Rosarito Beach” TV series that involves Baja

Jennifer Lopez to star on “Rosarito Beach” TV series that involves Baja

Nov 5, 2017

CBS has put in development Rosarito Beach, a comedic drama from Jennifer Lopezand Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas’ Nuyorican Productions and Universal Television. Created by Nick Weiss and Isaac Laskin with Matt Lopez supervising and showrunning, Rosarito Beach is described as a light one-hour procedural that will challenge cultural assumptions. It pairs a disgraced, loose cannon female attorney from California with an ambitious, tightly wound Latino lawyer who is intent on building his practice in San Diego, taking on cases that straddle the U.S./Mexican legal systems. Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez and Benny Medina executive produce alongside Weiss and Matt Lopez, while Laskin is co-executive producer. Nuyorican’s recently appointed head of development, Kristel Laiblin, is overseeing for the company. Universal TV, where Nuyorican is under an overall deal, is the studio. Universal TV/Universal TV Alternative Studio also produce the Lopez-starring drama series Shades of Blue and dancing competition series World of Dance. Laskin is with Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Weiss with UTA; Matt Lopez with WME....

Mexicans González Iñárritu and Lubezki awarded special Oscar

Mexicans González Iñárritu and Lubezki awarded special Oscar

Nov 3, 2017

According to El Universal the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on October 27 they have decided to award a special Oscar to Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu and Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki for “Carne y Arena” (Flesh and Sand), a project that delves into the territory of virtual reality (VR). The Academy said they decided to present the award to recognize a “visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.” It seems this is the first special Oscar awarded since the one granted to “Toy Story” in 1996. According to a statement by John Bailey, president of the Academy, Iñárritu and Lubezki “opened for us new doors of cinematic perception.” After working previously in the “Revenant” (2015) and “Birdman” (2014), Iñárritu and Lubezki partnered once more but this time to build an artistic VR experience where they place the spectator at the heart of the realities of the illegal immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. For seven minutes, the spectator becomes part of the drama of immigration, which is brought to life based on the life stories of several immigrants Iñárritu gathered. The filmmaker presented “Carne y Arena” in the latest edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Those who enter the VR installation must do so barefooted since the ground is covered in sand and this physical contact allows for an easier transition to a reality which is far-removed for many. “Virtual reality is everything cinema isn’t,” said Iñárritu during a restricted press conference in Cannes, “It’s the birth of a completely different model. Maybe an eighth art,” he claimed. The Academy will present the statuettes to Iñárritu and Lubezki during the gala celebration of the Honorary Awards November 11, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Also set to be honored during this ceremony are the filmmakers Agnès Varda and Charles Burnett, actor Donald Sutherland, and cinematographer Owen Roizman. “Carne y Arena” is currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in the United States, at the Parada Foundation in Milan, and at the Cultural Center Tlatelolco in México....