Entertainment

The ‘Life Size’ Sequel Has A Premiere Date AND A Latina Starring All Of Which Just Proves That Eve Is Still Great

There was a lot of magic to be had the year Disney’s “Life Size” move came out on the home screen. The flick, which debuted 18 years ago, starred a young Lindsay Lohan and a pre-ANTM Tyra Banks and spun a brilliant story about a Barbie-like doll come to life. It’s release marked a year where so many fans got to bask in the glory of Tyra Banks while also blessing millennials with a dream of leading their future office parties with a song like “Be A Star”.

So, when rumors of a “Life Size 2” sprung up a few years ago, it was hard for a lot of OG LS fans to get on board. Many of us (me) were scared a sequel wouldn’t in anyway live up to the legend of the first movie. Fortunately, Tyra recently used social media to assure the world know that she plans on upping the ante of the original movie with her sequel. And she’s banking on Latina Power to do so.

Tyra recently revealed that she’s tapped Francia Raisa to star in “Life Size 2.”

In a post to her Twitter account the model and actress who originally played Eve, a doll transformed into a living woman, in the original movie dropped a few news bombs about the pic’s sequel. First, there was the big news that project was already being filmed and had a set premiere date for this winter on #Freeform. Most importantly, however, Queen Tyra, revealed that “Grown-ish” actor and real-life shero, Francia Raisa is co-starring.

“Now filming: LIFE SIZE 2,” Banks wrote on Twitter. “It’s time y’all! You’ve waited long enough. Could not find one single woman more perfect to co-star with Eve than the magnificently fierce @franciaraisa.”’

Raisa’s role description in “Life Size 2” hints at a much more mature version of our favorite 2000 movie.

According to Deadline, Raisa will take on the role of Grace Manning, a “confident and funny CEO of Marathon Toys, a huge toy company started by her mother that is most famous for manufacturing the iconic Eve doll.” Raisa’s Grace is “a hot mess in the middle of her quarter-life crisis” with “wild-child ways” that ultimately “cause the company’s stock to plummet.”

It’s not the first time, Banks has dropped hints on what fans can expect from the sequel. Back in March, the model and businesswoman shared that the new sequel would offer a contemporary spin on the original movie’s theme song “Be a Star.” Banks explained that while the new song will be “a lot more current” she still plans on providing her vocals to the new beat.  “I am going to dust off my retired vocal chords for Life-Size 2… I’d love to find a top producer that everybody knows, like a household name, to do the music. And a beautiful sound technician to auto-tune the hell out of my voice… Those words [‘be a star’] will be in there some way, but it’ll sound totally new… We’re going for club banger as opposed to nursery school rhyme this time!”

Of course, it didn’t take long for “Life Size” devotees to celebrate Tyra’s news about Francia.

EIGHTEEN years have passed since the first movie came out, you better believe fans who have been waiting that long are beyond eager.

And of course, most of the comments on Banks’ announcement quotes from the movie.

Which everyone was completely open to because keeping an open mind was one of the things Eve preached anyways.

Basically, people are pumped about the new movie and Eve’s special new friend.

Yassssssss to the Latina Power about to grace TVs this summer on #FreeForm!!


Read: Francia Raísa Says Her Surgery Scar From Donating Her Kidney To Selena Gomez Makes Her Feel “Special”

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below! 

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

20 Reasons We’re Still Dreaming Of A Mariah Carey Christmas

Entertainment

20 Reasons We’re Still Dreaming Of A Mariah Carey Christmas

‘Tis the season for Mariah Carey. Every year since 1994, the soulful chanteuse’s song “All I Want For Christmas” makes its climb to the top of Billboard charts, making its mark on local radio stations, and proving its staying power as the most deserving modern performance of the classic holiday canon.

1. “All I Want For Christmas” was part of Carey’s first holiday album.

Columbia

“Merry Christmas” was the fourth studio album. The agents and studio execs behind her albums had only seen famous singers with waning careers do albums as a last ditch effort to gain money and attention from fans. Initially, they had tried to dissuade the singer from performing the song, but Carey and her then-husband Tommy Mottola decided to do otherwise. went full Christmas.

2. The song was written in 15 minutes.

Columbia

Carey co-wrote the holiday hit alongside songwriter Walter Afanasieff, who has admitted in interviews that the speed at which they wrote the song might have been the main contributor to its success. “It was an easier song to write then some of the other ones. It was very formulaic; not a lot of chord changes. I tried to make it a little more unique, putting in some special chords that you really don’t hear a lot of, which made it unique and special. I think that’s one of the components that made it unique year after year. That part of it took maybe an hour, and then I went home.”

3. Carey wasn’t originally interested in recording the album

Columbia

In his autobiographical book, “Hitmaker: The Man and His Music,” Carey’s former husband and music executive  Mottola wrote that when Carey first heard of his idea to do an album she said, “What are you trying to do, turn me into Connie Francis?”

4. There are no musicians playing in the song.

Columbia

Embracing the digital age, Carey’s co-songwriter Afanasieff arranged the whole thing on his computer. 

4. Mariah’s ex-husband made a cameo in the music video.

Columbia

Tommy Mottola made a cameo as Santa Claus in the video. In it he is the one person Carey wanted for Christmas and who ultimately gave her a gift on a red sleigh.

5. It’s not the only song with that name. 

Columbia

Mariah Carey’s hit is a true original, but the title of the song had been used before. Just a few years before, country group Vince Vance & The Valiants’ released “All I Want For Christmas is You” in 1989.

6. They love it in Japan.

Columbia

“All I Want for Christmas” was a commercial hit in a lot of countries, but the song took on a cult status in Japan. It also topped charts in Hungary, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

7. The song was recorded in the summer.

Columbia

The Christmas classic got its start during one of the hottest months of the year. Still, even though the song was written during the hot season, Carey was still able to get into the Christmas mood.  “We had Christmas trees and lights brought into the studio to get us in the mood,” said co-songwriter Afanasieff. “There was even talk of bringing in some snow at one point, but we didn’t go with that, thank God!”

8. The song was a hit amongst goats apparently.

Columbia

Back in 2010, a British goat farmer revealed that his goats produced more milk when they were played a loop of Carey’s hit.

9. It’s Carey’s greatest international success.

Columbia

The song has reached global sales of over 14 million copies. It ‘s the singer’s greatest international success and the 11th best-selling single of all time.

10. The song still makes that money. 

Columbia

As of 2013, the song earned $50 million in royalties. And just when you thought that could be it. The song reportedly gets MORE popular every year.

11. The song got adopted into a book

Columbia

The book came out in 2015.

12. The song has three music videos.

Columbia

Carey directed a video in the style of a  classic home movie which was filmed by her in Christmas of 1993. She then did, another one inspired by The Ronettes. There’s also a remix one that is animated and featured Lil BowWow.

13. The song has been featured multiple times.

Columbia

The song was covered by the likes of Shania Twain, Demi Lovato, John Mayer, and My Chemical Romance.

14. It’s been praised as groundbreaking.

Columbia

In an analysis of the song’s harmony, Adam Ragusea of Slate wrote that  “despite its seemingly simplicity, a relatively sophisticated piece of pop songwriting that has more in common with the Great American Songbook than it does with any of its peers on the charts in 1994.”

15. It’s the most successful Christmas song written after 1963.

Columbia

The most popular Christmas songs on American radio were all written between 1934 and 1963. That is until Carey’s song came out.

16. The song is every kind of person friendly.

Columbia

Co-writer Walter Afanasieff explained that Carey “created a lyric that probably, to this day, is the only uptempo Christmas love song. I think people like this positive love song because it’s interchangeable: Anybody can sing it to anybody. It’s about everybody, and it can only mean one thing from father to child or mother to child or wife to husband. It’s just, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You.'”

17. Justin Bieber recorded a cover of it.

Columbia

In 2011, Bieber covered the song in his “Under the Mistletoe” album. Bieber had originally attempted to cut the song in a lower range but Carey proposed that they record the song together as a duet.

18.The song was featured in the 2003 hit film “Love Actually.”

Columbia

In a classic cover of the film, Olivia Olsen sang the song in a school Christmas concert.

19. After  Mariah Carey became the first rider on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, the song made an appearance.

Columbia

Carey made her appearance in March 2015, and appeared on the show again to sing  “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which was slice with footage of Carpool Karaoke guests singing along as well including Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Adelle.

20. Some people have been a grinch about it.

Columbia

In 2015,  conservative magazine writer Andrew Ferguson of The Weekly Standard wrote”‘All I Want’ is a bit of musical misdirection, a love song swaddled in Christmas clothes (velvet miniskirt, Santa cap)… The seasonal references to reindeer and snow and Santa and Christmas trees are used as a means to convey the singer’s earthier, and less Christmassy, need for a hunk-a hunk-a burning love.”

LOL.


Read: Up Next: Meet Melymel, The Dominican “Mamá del Rap” Ready To Be The Global Matriarch Of Spanish Hip-Hop

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below! 

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

The Trailer for Life-Size 2 Just Dropped and It’s Full of Latina Magic

Entertainment

The Trailer for Life-Size 2 Just Dropped and It’s Full of Latina Magic

It’s been nineteen years in the making, but it’s finally here! On Wednesday, the internet practically broke when Freeform dropped the trailer for the much-anticipated sequel to 1999’s cult classic, “Life-Size.” The movie is set to premiere on Sunday, December 2nd as part of Freeform’s famous 25 Days of Christmas lineup, so we have a little while to wait. Over the years, the original film starring a young Lindsay Lohan has become a nostalgic favorite of millenial women who grew up admiring Tyra Bank’s spunk and charisma.

This time around, Latinas are in for a treat as Eve’s “special friend” will be played by Mexican-Honduran-American actress Francia Raisa.

For those of you who don’t know, “Life-Size 2’s” premise follows a doll, played by Tyra Banks, who is magically brought to life to help a girl in need of a mother figure.

Francia Raisa is known for both her roles on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and, currently, Freeform’s “Black-is”-spinoff, “Grown-ish.” This past year, Raisa gained acclaim for donating a kidney in 2017 to her friend and “Wolves” singer Selena Gomez who needed an emergency operation for her failings kidneys as a result of her Lupus. And although this isn’t Raisa’s first leading role in a very long career, it may be the one that’s the highest profile to-date.

What’s better, Francia Raisa is defying stereotypes with this role, as according to the official press release, she’ll be playing Grace Manning, the CEO of Marathon Toys, which is the company that manufactures Eve dolls. According to the synopsis, Eve will be helping Grace leave her hard-partying ways behind to become the leader Eve “knows Grace can be”. So not only is Grace successful, she is also flawed and complicated. This isn’t the first time Francia Raisa has played a character that defies the “sexy Latina” stereotype. Raisa has explained in previous interviews that while she felt pressured in her early career to take on stereotypical roles, she now refuses to take on characters that perpetuate negative stereotypes of Latinas.

As for Latina Twitter, it practically couldn’t contain itself with excitement over the trailer…

Needless to say it’s beyond exciting to see a show bringing not only one women of color to the screen (like it did the first time it came out) but two!

Many even reminisced about their fond memories of watching Tyra as little girls.

I mean, who of us doesn’t remember that iconic butter-eating scene a the restaurant?!

In fact, it’s pretty clear our love for “Life-Size” transcends culture and language.

No but seriously !#@RY%^@!

For so many the chance to watch the sequel of our favorite childhood movie with kids is just too good to be true!

This time around might be even more powerful now that Eve’s co-star is a perfect example of Latina representation.

As for us, we cannot wait to see Francia and Tyra shine as bright as the stars they are in a lighthearted holiday movie. We love seeing Latinas contributing to representation on screen!

Check out the trailer below!


Read: Comedy Fans Rejoice, Anjelah Johnson Will Star in NBC Comedy Produced By America Ferrera

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below! 

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com