Gabriel Iglesias on The Fluffy Movie and Standing Up to Hollywood

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Anthony Nuñez
For a modern stand-up comedian, the biggest commercial achievement is the stand-up concert film -- not just an hour-long special, but a feature-length film released in movie theaters. They are rare, because few stand-ups have the right mix of ability and marketability to compete with spaceships and superheroes.

But Gabriel Iglesias has the chops. The Fluffy Movie, his addition to the stand-up concert film oeuvre, opens this Friday, July 25. He spoke with New Times about his process for the film, expanding his horizons, and teaching Hollywood that although comedians can become movie stars, the story continues after the credits roll.

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Calling All Single, Latina Ladies: Casting for New Dating Show Today

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iOye, mamasita!

Yeah, we're hollering at you, because you're a hot Latina lady and we think you should be on our television screens.

Miami is known for many things, but as Jack Donaghy eloquently puts it, we're mostly known for our looks and culture: "Why does anyone go to Miami? Ass...and the burgeoning art scene."

Today, those two Miami pinnacles will come together: The Grove (AKAMiami's original arts hub) is hosting an open casting call for a new dating show (AKA the ass).

See also: Ten More Rainy Day Activities in Miami

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Podcast: The Mystifying World of Planes with L.A. Weekly Film Critic Amy Nicholson

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On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we hear from L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, who's intrigued by the bizarre universe of Pixar's Planes movies. We also hear about the film critic's background and how she became interested in the movies by way of subliminal advertising and photography.

See also:
Here Are the Most WTF Moments of Kid's Flick Planes: Fire & Rescue
On The Unbearable Lightness of Planes

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Miami Jewish Film Festival Launches Video On Demand Platform

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This Must Be The Place, available for streaming soon through MJFF's new VOD service.
In an age where video on demand (VOD) services reign supreme, and fewer people are willing to make the trip out to catch interesting films that aren't widely available, everyone's turning to getting their content online. Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, iTunes, MUBI -- those are just some of the better-known bunch.

But what if we told you that film festivals were taking the leap to providing an on demand service year-round? That's exactly what the Miami Jewish Film Festival is doing.

See also: From Abortion to Gay Rights, the Miami Jewish Film Festival Is Pushing Creative Boundaries

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The Purge: Anarchy Sets Up Frank Grillo to Finally Be the Leading Man

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Sirens blare and an eerie voice announces that it's best to remain indoors if you don't plan to participate. While others make safety arrangements, and some sharpen their knives, one man loads his black, steel-armored car with plenty of guns and begins cruising. Fires erupt along the street, and gunshots and piercing screams fill the air.

In the black car is a man with a mission, and judging by his stern expression, nothing will get in his way. Cue a flicker in his rearview mirror: the beautiful woman and her young daughter held at gunpoint on the street behind him.

After cursing himself for what he's about to do, the man gets out of the car, aims his gun, and pow. One shooter down, then another, then some fancy punches and kicks and some more pow-pow, and he has just saved two innocent lives.

See also: I (Couldn't) Survive The Purge: Breakout Experience Harder, Creepier Than it Looks

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Sharknado 2 Trailer Proves the Sequel Should've Been Set in Miami

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Back when SyFy announced it would produce a sequel to Sharknado, the network's festival of fish guts and failed acting careers, New Times pointed out the obvious: the writers made a serious mistake setting the action in New York City when it was obviously meant to take place in Miami.

Now, the trailer for Sharknado 2: The Second One has been released, and it proves us right. Though all the action takes place in front of a bland, bleak New York backdrop, the sequel is filled with moments that scream South Florida.

See also: Why Isn't Sharknado 2 Set in Miami?

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Chris Colfer on His New Kids' Book, Gloria Estefan, and Rewriting History

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Like many children, when Chris Colfer was a wee lad, he would doodle silly characters and write passages to his made up stories. As he grew up, he kept adding to those stories that once helped him get through adolescence. And now as an adult, he's able to share those same stories with the world.

"I promised myself that one day I would get it done, and thanks to Glee, the opportunity came and I jumped on it," Colfer told Cultist over the phone from New York City.

What he got done - aside from a successful run on Glee, winning a Golden Globe, writing a young adult novel (Struck by Lightning), writing a screenplay and producing his first major film - was finally getting around to bringing his fairy tale scribbles to fruition. The first installment in a now-growing series, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was published in 2012, followed by The Enchantress Returns in 2013, and keeping the steady flow, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning was just released this week.

See also: Borscht Corporation Remaking Scarface, 15 Seconds at a Time

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Borscht Corporation Remaking Scarface, 15 Seconds at a Time

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When it comes to representation in film, Miami's not L.A. It's not New York City. It's not even Toronto. Compared to these overused movie locales, Miami has just a handful of productions under its belt: Chef, Pain & Gain, Bad Boys, There's Something About Mary, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

But the greatest of all these, as everybody knows, is Scarface.

The classic Pacino film has been embraced by Miamians ever since its 1983 release, and it still represents Miami to the rest of the world. What's not to love: cocaine, guns, mobsters, hot tubs, hilariously oversized lapels.

Still, a lot has changed in the three decades since Tony Montana first introduced you to his little friend. Maybe the original Scarface needs an update. And maybe you're the one to do it.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is Much Better Than Its Predecessor

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Who knows why, but the sight of apes sitting tall and proud on horseback is stirring in a primal way. That's one of the best images in Matt Reeves's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the enormously successful 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (directed by Rupert Wyatt), in which a bunch of chimps, after breathing in a vaporized version of a special serum, become super-smart and break out of chimp jail, running roughshod over the Golden Gate Bridge and scurrying to eternal safety in the Redwood forest. If you've seen the first movie, or even if you haven't, you may wonder, as two fellow critics and I did, if a Rise shouldn't actually come after a Dawn. Or perhaps they should occur simultaneously?

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Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed Director David Trueba on John Lennon and Sweeping the Spanish Oscars

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David Trueba on the set of 'Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed'

When his new film, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, practically swept the 2014 Goyas, Spain's equivalent to the Oscars, writer/director David Trueba was taken aback. What he thought was just another sincere entry in his 20-year career of filmmaking made off with wins for Best Actor (Javier Cámara), Best New Actress (Natalia de Molina), Best Original Score (Pat Metheny), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film.

Speaking over the phone from his room at the Coral Gables' Biltmore Hotel, Trueba said it was never his intention to make an awards-bait sort of film. "I always prefer not to think about awards or audiences when I am preparing the film," he says. "I'm just relating to the material and trying to be faithful to what you want to say and the way you want to say it ... I'm not a big, calculating kind of director, thinking this film is going to play better or this film is going to please audiences or have awards or whatever."


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