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New Adaption of the Classic Musical ‘West Side Story’ Makes a Comeback to the Big Screen



Love, passion and more than a little drama. We’re not just taking about Deco.

West Side Story returns to the big screen this week, and it’s looking like a real showstopper.

Deco’s singing a new tune with the cast of West Side Story.

Rachel Zegler (as Maria): “Tonight, tonight. The world is full of light.”

Ahhh, young love!

An epic romance returns to the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic musical West Side Story.

Rachel Zegler (as Maria): “I’ve never seen you before. You’re not Puerto Rican.”

Ansel Elgort (as Tony): “Is that OK?”

Ariana Debose (as Anita): “Do you wanna start World War III?”

The film stars Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort as Tony and Maria, two teens who fall for each other, despite their connections to rival gangs. Rachel says she shares a special connection with her character.

Rachel Zegler: “Maria and I are both very emotional. We lead with our hearts, first and foremost. We lead with love, and we have a tough time trying to understand why people hate differences so much.”

Ansel relates to Tony too but in a more playful way.

Ansel Elgort: “I’m from New York City. I love walking around the streets. I love hanging out with my friends and playing basketball.”

Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the original West Side Story film and won an Oscar for it, returns in this new version.

Rita Moreno (as Valentina): “Skyscrapers bloom in America. Cadillac zoom in America.”

But she’s passed the Anita Baton to Broadway Star Ariana Debose.

Ariana Debose (as Anita): “Oye, Javi. Ponle fuego, vamos!”

Ariana Debose: “One of the things I love about this character is she has agency, and she speaks her mind. She’s a woman ahead of her time, and she has beautiful ambition.”

Rita says she gave Ariana one piece of very important advice when it came to portraying Anita.

Rita Moreno: “What I said was, you have to play your Anita. That’s your obligation. Nothing else.”

And while she didn’t get to do the big dance numbers this time around…

Rita Moreno: “I danced with them just for the hell of it. It’s a miracle I didn’t break a knee or something.”

And when it comes to Steven Spielberg, he says making this movie was a dream come true.

Steven Spielberg: “Being able to achieve my, I guess, my loftiest dream, which is to someday make my version of ‘West Side Story,’ that pretty much does it for me.”



Biden Answers Inflation Query by Calling Fox Reporter SOB



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden responded to a question about inflation on Monday by calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity.

The president was in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is focused on changing regulations and enforcing laws to help consumers deal with high prices. Reporters in the room shouted a number of questions after Biden’s remarks.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Biden about inflation, which is at a nearly 40-year high and has hurt the president’s public approval. Doocy’s network has been relentlessly critical of Biden.

Doocy called out, “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?”

Biden responded with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset — more inflation.” Then he shook his head and added, “What a stupid son of a [expletive].”

His comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him. Doocy laughed it off in a subsequent appearance on his network, joking, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The White House has insisted repeatedly that it is focused on curbing inflation, with Biden reorienting his entire economic agenda around the issue. But the president has also shown a willingness to challenge a media that he deems to be too critical, especially Fox News and Doocy.

At his news conference last week, Biden said to Doocy with sarcasm, “You always ask me the nicest questions.”

“I have a whole binder full,” the reporter answered.

“I know you do,” Biden said. “None of them make a lot of sense to me. Fire away.”


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J.Lo, ‘Marry Me’ Co-stars Talk About Life Imitating Art in New Rom-com



Jennifer Lopez can do it all, except age. She definitely does not seem to age at all, but in her new movie “Marry Me, J.Lo’s playing a part that looks and sounds familiar. We’re not complaining, and neither are her castmates.

Jennifer Lopez (as Kat Valdez): “All right, let’s do it again from the top. (singing) Marry me, marry me, say yes. Marry me, marry me, say yes.”

Jennifer Lopez is ready to say “I do” in the new rom-com “Marry Me.”

Entertainment reporter: “In 36 hours, superstar Kat Valdez and Grammy-winning Bastian will perform their new song ‘Marry Me’ and exchange vows in front of a streaming audience of 20 million people.”

But when her soon-to-be fiance gets busted cheating on her, she decides to tie the knot with a random concertgoer played by Owen Wilson.

Character in “Marry Me”: “Do you, some guy, take Kat to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

Owen Wilson (as Charlie Gilbert): “Okay.”

J.Lo says playing a mega-superstar singer who’s looking for real love hits really close to home.

Jennifer Lopez: “It was so much about it that, really, I could understand like nobody else could understand.”

Even to the point that…

Jennifer Lopez: “Kind of bearing my soul. It was actually a little bit more uncomfortable than playing a character that is nothing like you, because this is you kinda like really bringing real, personal life experience into a role in a way that I’ve never had to.”

Owen Wilson says that connection is what made J.Lo the best person to play Kat.

Owen Wilson: “You can’t imagine anyone but Jennifer Lopez playing this part, just because it seems so perfect for her skill set.”

One of those skills being busting a move.

Owen Wilson: “Everyone was watching the monitor, even the security guys, just because it’s fun watching her dance. You definitely don’t need a double for her dancing.”

Sarah Silverman, who plays his BFF in the movie, agrees.

Sarah Silverman: “We were at a J.Lo concert where she’s playing someone else named Kat Valdez. But it was unbelievable to watch live.”

J.Lo also got to reunite with Maluma for the movie, who she’s made music with before.

Jennifer Lopez: “Working with Maluma was a joy. It was so much fun. This was his first movie, his first time acting, and he was a natural. He was a real natural. He’s like, ‘You know, I’m not this guy. This is not who I – I’m not Bastian.’ I go, ‘No, I know. I know.”

Jennifer Lopez (as Kat Valdez): “I think we left smart six weeks ago.”

“Marry Me” asks for moviegoers’ commitment beginning Feb. 11.

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Miami Beach Police Searching for Missing 5-year-old Last Seen With Mother



Miami Beach Police seek the public’s help in their search for a missing girl who was last seen in the custody of her mother.

Investigators said 5-year-old Leah-Ranee Rose Lassiter was last seen on Nov. 18.

Police said her mother, Chantel Iman Dortch, has since refused to surrender the child to her biological father in contradiction to a court custody order.

Lassiter stands 4 feet tall, weighs around 50 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

Mother and daughter were last seen in a black Audi A4 with the temporary Florida tag of DAG5401 that expired Sept. 21.

Officials urge anyone with information on their whereabouts to call Miami Beach Police at 305-673-7901.

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