Jennifer Lopez Earns Best Live-Action Box Office Opening of Her Career with “Hustlers”

Jennifer Lopez is proving the hustle is worth the effort…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar’s latest film Hustlers earned a stellar $33.2 million-plus from 3,250 theaters at the U.S. box office, the best start ever for STXfilms and the best live-action opening of J.Lo‘s career, according to early returns.

Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers

The female-led ensemble film came in a strong second behind New Line and Warner Bros.’ holdover It: Chapter Two, which earned $40.7 million in its sophomore outing.

Hustlers — buoyed by a diverse audience — is based on real-life events chronicled in a 2015 New York magazine story and stars Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B and more as strippers who lead a band of dancers in a plot to drug and steal from their Wall Street clientele in Recession-era New York City.

Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Lizzo also star in the film from writer-director Lorene Scafaria, which earned rave reviews out of its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. 

Hustlers cost a reported $20 million to make before marketing and is a much-needed win for STX (the indie studio’s previous biggest opening was Bad Moms with $23.8 million, not adjusted for inflation).

Females made up 67 percent of Hustlers‘ audience, while Caucasians represented 36 percent of ticket buyers, followed by African Americans (26 percent), Hispanics (27 percent) and Asians/Other (11 percent).

New Trailer Released for “Hustlers” with More Cardi B

Cardi B is ready for her teaching moment…

The latest trailer has been releases for Hustlers, starring the 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar in her big screen debut. In the clip, the “I Like It” rapper/singer is called upon to show the ladies how it’s done.

Cardi B

Hustlers, which follows Jennifer LopezConstance Wu and a crew of other pole pros, including former stripper Cardi B. The ladies all band together to make it rain on their clients’ financial statements. Julia StilesKeke PalmerLili Reinhart and Lizzo also star in the film.

Lorene Scafariawrote and directed Hustlers, a film from Gloria Sanchez Productionsthat was inspired by a New York Magazine article. Elaine Goldsmith ThomasJessica Elbaum, J.LoBenny MedinaWill Ferrell, Adam McKay are the producers.

The R-rated film will open in theaters on September 13 via STXfilms.

Trailer Released for Jennifer Lopez’s Stripper Crime Caper “Hustlers”

Jennifer Lopez is ready to hustle and pole…

The first trailer has been released for the 49-year-old Puerto Rican superstar’s new film Hustlers.

Jennifer Lopez

J.Loleads an all-star cast that includes Constance WuCardi B (in her acting debut) and Lizzo in the crime caper about strippers who scam their wealthy Wall Street clients. 

Judging by the trailer, which dropped at midnight, the film will certainly get pulses racing.

The clip leads with J.Lo showing off her pole-dancing talents, as a teacher to her co-workers and as a professional exotic dancer. Lopez goes on to lead the ladies into a brilliant heist. 

“The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules,” she tells her co-stars. “It’s like robbing a bank, but you get the keys.” 

Hustlers is directed by Lorene Scafaria and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay along with Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas

The feature film, adapted from Jessica Pressler‘s 2015 New York Magazinearticle, “The Hustlers at Scores,” is set to hit theaters on September 13 via STX Films.

Javier Bardem to Present at This Year’s Oscars

Javier Bardemhas a date with Oscar…

The 49-year-old Spanish actor has been added to the list of presenters for the 91st Oscars show later this month.

Javier Bardem

Bardem, won the Academy Awardfor Best Supporting Actorfor his role as the psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in the 2007 Coen Brothersfilm No Country for Old Men, joins a roster of new additions that includes Angela BassettChadwick BosemanEmilia ClarkeLaura DernSamuel L. JacksonStephan JamesKeegan-Michael KeyKiKi LayneJames McAvoyMelissa McCarthyJason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

They join previously announced AwkwafinaDaniel Craig,Chris EvansTina FeyAllison Janney,Brie LarsonJennifer LopezFrances McDormandGary OldmanAmy PoehlerSam RockwellMaya Rudolph,Amandla StenbergCharlize TheronTessa Thompson and Constance Wuat the show, set for February 24 live on ABC.

The presenters have added interest in a year in which the Oscars is going host-less, with Academy president John Bailey saying as late a week ago the show remained “in flux.”

“The array of talent anchoring the show this year has brought some of the most indelible moments in recent cinematic memory to audiences around the world,” said producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weisson Monday in the announcement. “They join together to reconnect us with the nominees, their tremendous movies, and outstanding performances.”

Jennifer Lopez to Present at This Year’s Oscars

Jennifer Lopezhas a date with Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the first round of presenters who will hand out prizes at this year’s 91st Academy Awards, with the 49-year-old Puerto Rican superstar making the list. 

Jennifer Lopez

While the show remains host-less, viewers can still expect an A-list group of celebrity attendees.

In addition to J.Lo, the list of diverse talent set to present Oscars include AwkwafinaDaniel CraigChris EvansTina Fey, Whoopi GoldbergBrie LarsonAmy PoehlerMaya Rudolph, Charlize TheronTessa Thompson and Constance Wu.

In addition to this star-studded list, Oscar producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weissannounced that the Los Angeles Philharmonicand conductorGustavo Dudamelwill perform during the annual “In Memoriam” segment of the show.

“The Oscar nominees have generated tremendous worldwide attention through their captivating stories, achievements and performances,” said Gigliotti and Weiss. “We want to give the public an opportunity to once again experience the moments that have moved us all. It is a celebration of our universal love of movies.”

The announced names are only some of talent set to hand out the golden statues; the Academy will unveil more presenters in the weeks to come. 

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The 2019 Oscars will air live Sunday, February 24, on ABCat 8:00 pm ET. 

Ferrera Lends Her Voice to Lena Dunham’s Short Film About Planned Parenthood

America Ferrera is showing her support for Planned Parenthood

Lena Dunham premiered 100 Years, an animated short film about Planned Parenthood she co-directed, via her Lenny Letter and Now This Her, with the 32-year-old Honduran-American actress lending her voice as a narrator.

America Ferrera

“We’ve been working on the film for over a year in an attempt to shed light on Planned Parenthood’s remarkable history and ongoing battle to keep serving the people who show up to their health centers every day of the year,” said Dunham. “I really think it’s the best cartoon about the history of reproductive freedom ever made, but it may also be the only cartoon about the history of reproductive freedom ever made.”

In addition to Ferrera, Meryl Streep, Hari Nef, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence and Constance Wu also collaborated on the film, lending their voices as narrators.

The film tells the history of Planned Parenthood, from when Margaret Sanger started the organization to when the birth control pill was created, and discusses abortion-related legislation like Roe v. Wade and the Hyde Amendment.

“The spirit behind this video will hopefully take us into the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, where we will be showing our new president that we’re not going to allow a hundred years of progress to disappear overnight,” said Dunham, referring to the Women’s March that thousands of women are expected to attend January 21.

Dunham shared that she plans to lobby against the defunding of Planned Parenthood in Sacramento on Tuesday. She also designed a boxing glove T-shirt to benefit Planned Parenthood.

In Lenny Letter, writer and activist Janet Mock interviewed the women organizing the Women’s March, touching on the initial problems the march had with intersectionality.

“Unity feels like a utopian, almost mythical goal in these United States of America,” writes Mock. “It is difficult, backbreaking work to build and organize among varying identities, experiences, and urgencies — even under the umbrella of womanhood.”

Mock explained how the founders of the march recruited more diverse leaders with experience organizing, steering the march “toward a more intersectional and inclusive lens.”

Carmen Perez, in her interview with Mock, explained that starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, speakers will talk about different issues and there will be performances; the march itself will begin at 1:00 pm, once the programming has concluded.

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Rodriguez Earns TCA Award Nomination from the Television Critics Association

It’s another nomination for Gina Rodriguez

The Television Critics Association has announced the nominations for the 31st annual TCA Awards, with the 30-year-old Puerto Rican actress earning a nod.

Gina Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who won a Golden Globe for her starring role in Jane the Virgin, is nominated in the Individual Achievements in Comedy category.

The Jane the Virgin star is up against Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Inside Amy Schumer’s Amy Schumer, Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor and Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu.

The 2015 TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2014-2015 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories, including news and information, youth, reality, drama and comedy.

The winners of the 31st Annual TCA Awards will be announced at the invitation-only presentation on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as part of the group’s bi-annual industry conference, the summer press tour.

The Television Critics Association is a media organization with more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada.

Here’s a look at this year’s nominees:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO – (2014 Winner in Category)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane The Virgin,” The CW
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent,” Amazon
Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat,” ABC 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder,” ABC
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire,” Fox
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans,” FX
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul,” AMC 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
“CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central
“Frontline,” PBS
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” HBO
“60 Minutes,” CBS 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING
“The Amazing Race,” CBS
“The Chair,” Starz
“Dancing with the Stars,” ABC
“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo – (2014 Winner in Category)
“Shark Tank,” ABC 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” PBS
“The Fosters,” ABC Family – (2014 Winner in Category)
“The Legend of Korra,” Nickelodeon
“Sesame Street,” PBS
“Switched at Birth,” ABC Family

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
“Better Call Saul,” AMC
“Empire,” Fox
“The Flash,” The CW
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW
“Transparent,” Amazon 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES AND SPECIALS
“Bessie,” HBO
“The Honorable Woman,” SundanceTV
“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” HBO
“Olive Kitteridge,” HBO
“Wolf Hall,” PBS 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
“Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central
“Jane the Virgin,” The CW
“Transparent,” Amazon
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Netflix 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
“The Americans,” FX
“Empire,” Fox
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“Justified,” FX
“Mad Men,” AMC 

HERITAGE AWARD
“Friends,” NBC
“Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman,” CBS/NBC
“The Shield,” FX
“Star Trek,” NBC
“Twin Peaks,” ABC

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
“The Americans,” FX
“Empire,” Fox
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“Mad Men,” AMC
“Transparent,” Amazon