Latina Hollywood Report: America Ferrera’s #1 and Jennifer Lopez is Going 'Overboard'

Getty Images

Proving (as if we needed proof) that the appetite for 3-D flicks is pretty much bottomless at this point, How to Train Your Dragon captured most of the box office dollars last weekend, followed closely by Alice in Wonderland. Coming in at #1, Dragon, the animated Dreamworks kid flick featuring a great story, bravura computer animation and America Ferrera voicing the lead female character, made a solid $43.3 million. Alice, which has dominated the box office for the past month, held on to the #2 spot with $17.3 million, lifting the Tim Burton movie to nearly $300 million total. Rounding out the top 3 was raunchy boy flick Hot Tub Time Machine, with $13.6 million. Dragon isn’t Ferrera’s only appearance on the top 10. With Our Family Wedding grabbing the last spot ($2.2 million, for a $16.8 million total), she bookends the list, not too shabby if you ask us!

Hollywood is officially out of ideas and apparently so is Jennifer Lopez. The Boricua diva will star in a remake of Overboard, the 1987 romantic comedy starring real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The plot centers around a rich beyotch who hires a working stiff to build a close in her yacht then takes off without paying him when she doesn’t like the results. When she falls overboard and develops amnesia, he convinces her she’s his wife, then makes her do housework and take care of his kids. No word yet on who will play this classy guy, but the fact that the movie is being produced by Will Smith has led to speculation that the actor will do the honors. We're thinking a boring, vanilla-bland actor (aka JLo’s typical onscreen matchup) will likely get the role instead.

Guess Tyler Perry really liked those 10 minutes of Precious that featured a dour and mustachioed Mariah Carey, because he is considering her for a role in his next movie, based on the 1975 Ntozake Shange play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. The play is structured around 20 poems; each poem is about a woman associated with a color of the rainbow and deals with issues including rape, abortion and abandonment.

And in some inspirational news, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's Mexico-based Canana Films is producing a biopic about civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Screenwriters Keir Pearson and Larry Meli optioned the rights to the famous leaders life story and were approved by the Cesar Chavez Foundation and Chavez's son, Paul, to move ahead with the film. Pearson also cowrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Hotel Rwanda.

 

Share this 
About this author

Damarys Ocaña Perez,

Damarys Ocaña Perez is Director of Editorial Content at Latina Media Ventures. She leads its magazine, Latina, the pre-eminent beauty, fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine for acculturated U.S. Hispanic women and is responsible for maintaining Latina’s voice, vision and mission across all LMV platforms. Born in Havana and raised in Miami, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Like this post? Contribute to the discussion!