Latin Hollywood Report: Will Smith a Superhero

Another opening weekend, another Will Smith record that proves once again that he is Hollywood's (and therefore the world's) most bankable star. Smith's superhero movie Hancock killed it this long Fourth of July weekend, making $107.3 million in 5 1/2 days. It's Smith's eighth consecutive film to open at #1, as well as the third biggest July Fourth opening ever (after Transformers and Spiderman 2). The film's spectacular performance came despite largely negative reviews, evidence of Smith's unparallelled drawing power. At this point, people would probably line up to watch him pick his navel lint. Here's how the rest of the top five films shook out: Wall-E came in at #2, making $33.4 million for a 10-day total of $128.1 million; though Hancock took a bite out of fellow action film Wanted, the Angelina Jolie film still hung on for #3, making $20.6 million for a 10-day total of $90.8 million. Rounding out the list were Get Smart ($11 million) and Kung Fu Panda ($7.5 million). This weekend, we'll get another action vs. family film match up when Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy 2 takes on Journey to the Center of the Earth, starring Brendan Fraser, and Eddie Murphy's Meet Dave. We gotta pull for Guillermo.

 

Ms. Rosie Perez is having herself something of a comeback. The Brooklyn-born actress will join Lipstick Jungle as Dalia, Victory Ford's "fiery and fiesty publicist," according to show runner Oliver Goldstick, for at least a few episodes. Also on the show: Puerto Rican singer/actor Carlos Ponce, who will play Rodrigo, a contractor and potential love interest for Victory (Lindsay Price). But back to Rosie: She has signed on for more TV work in the form of a pilot for Exit 19, a new CBS cop show starring Geena Davis. Rosie will play Davis' partner (the pilot will feature another Latino: Ramon Rodriguez, aka Renaldo from The Wire). Also look out for Rosie in Seth Rogen's stoner flick Pineapple Express, which hits theaters August 8. More Rosie is never a bad thing.

 

Speaking of more Latinos in TV supporting roles, add Enrique Castillo to that list. As the new season spends even more time in Mexico, he joins Latino series vet Romany Malco and hot Mexican actor Demian Bichir, who plays Mary Louise Parker's love interest and Tijuana mayor, and whom you will see as Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh's Che movies The Argentine and Guerilla (if Soderbergh finds a distributor for the movies, that is).

 

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