Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival to Host Special Screening of Anthony Ramos’ “In The Heights”

Anthony Ramos will be reaching new heights sooner than expected…

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival will host a special screening of “In The Heights,” starring the 29-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor.

Anthony Ramos in In The Heights

The screening will take place on June 4 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

It will come ahead of the world premiere of the Jon M. Chu-directed adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical five days later to open the Tribeca Film Festival.

It’s a coup for the L.A.-based fest, which is run by the Edward James Olmos-founded Latino Film Institute.

The preview is taking take one week before In the Heights premieres on June 11 in theaters and on HBO Max.

The news comes as LALIFF and Tribeca said they are partnering as a celebration of their 20th anniversaries this year.

Pitbull to Place Hand Prints Outside San Diego’s Theatre Box

Pitbull is leaving his mark in San Diego…

The 37-year-old Cuban-American rap superstar will be the first celebrity to place his hand prints in the sidewalk outside of Theatre Box, a new 73,000 square-foot theater complex in San Diego.

Pitbull

The project is a partnership between Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre and celebrity sweet shop the Sugar Factory.

The self-proclaimed Mr. Worldwide will be the first to put his hands in the cement outside the San Diego theater, where he will presumably be followed by others to create what is conceived as spinoff of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

According to announcement from the new venue, the theater will be open on December 14 with a DJ session by rapper and comedian Nick Cannon, a San Diego native.

The new complex will include an eight-screen movie theater and a sports bar “with the biggest television screens in San Diego.”

The entertainment mall will take up an entire San Diego block, on Fifth Avenue at the corner of G Street.

Larrain’s “Jackie” Joins the Film Slate at This Year’s AFI Fest

Pablo Larraín’s latest film will get the AFI Fest treatment…

The 40-year-old Chilean director’s latest film Jackie has joined the American Film Institute’s slate of AFI Centerpiece Galas at this year’s AFI Fest.

Pablo Larraín

From Fox Searchlight and starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman, the film will screen on Monday, November 14, at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Jackie, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, is an intimate portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, which takes us into the iconic First Lady’s world during the difficult days immediately following her husband’s assassination.

Jackie

Noah Oppenheim penned the screenplay.

In addition to Portman, the film stars Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Oscar nominee John Hurt. 

Jackie joins previously announced Mike Mills-directed 20th Century Women; Elle directed by Paul Verhoeven; and Damien Chazelle-helmed La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

The AFI Fest runs from November 10-17.