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Dire News For Latinos In The Movie Business

Published August 26, 2019 at 10:46 AM PDT
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Oscar Isaac (left), seen here in "Ex Machina," is one of the few Latino actors who has carved out a career in mainstream movies.
Oscar Isaac (left), seen here in "Ex Machina," is one of the few Latino actors who has carved out a career in mainstream movies.

On today's show:

Large Population, Not Much Representation

(Starts at 00:45) 

There’s been a sense among U.S. Latinos that they have been ignored by Hollywood — both in front of and behind the camera — and now there are numbers to back it up. A new comprehensive report by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, in partnership with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and Wise Entertainment, analyzed the prevalence of Latino/a actors and directors in top-grossing films, and the stereotypes of characters during a 12-year period. Only 4.5% of characters in top-grossing films from 2007 to 2018 were Latino/a — a rate that stayed flat during that time — even though Latinos make up nearly half of Angelenos, 39% of Californians, and 18% of the U.S. population. Dr. Stacy L. Smith of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and Benjamin Lopez of NALIP talk about the wider implications of the report and what they hope to see in the future.

The 'Secrets' Of Governments

(Starts at 8:44) 

John talks with director Gavin Hood about his new film, "Official Secrets." Based on true events, the film stars Keira Knightley as Katharine Gun, a British Intelligence officer who leaked a sensitive memo from the National Security Agency leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. ("Official Secrets" is in theaters August 30.)

The Studios' Summer Report Card

(Starts at 19:43) 

John Horn talks with Rebecca Rubin of Variety about her and Brent Lang's story on how the movie studios fared this summer: "As a whole, summer did little to instill confidence in the state of moviegoing. To be sure, there were successes such as 'The Lion King,' 'John Wick 3,' and 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' but the onslaught of costly duds such as 'Dark Phoenix' and 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' ensured that nobody emerged unscathed. By the time Labor Day has passed, summer moviegoing season should end up almost 3% behind 2018, according to Comscore, pushing the year-to-date box office down more than 6%."

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