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MALEFICENT

This year marks the 55th Anniversary of the classic Disney movie many of us grew up watching, Sleeping Beauty. It was a fairy tale about a princess who falls under a spell of eternal sleep caused by the favorite and the most feared character in Disney’s gallery of infamy, Maleficent.

Five decades later, we welcome the story of this iconic villain, portrayed by actress Angelina Jolie, in Maleficent. This film explores the untold story of this character and the elements of her betrayal. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect her land, she places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn, Aurora. The child grows in between a forest kingdom she has grown to love and the kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. What the viewer will see is the untold story of Maleficent. We get to see her as a young child and will understand what it is that drove her to the dark side.

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With so much imagery in this story adorned by castles, creatures and fairy tale cottages, two time Oscar winner for Production Design, Robert Stromberg (“Avatar”, “Alice in Wonderland”) was the perfect person to bring on board. Except he joined the production as a Director, making Maleficent his directorial debut. When I asked him about the challenges of coming in as a director he answered, “It was actually an excitement. I was really looking forward to being able to use those tools that I had not been able to use and that is performance and emotion through dialogue. It makes me feel that I painted a complete picture for the first time.” In showing us a different side of the original film he said, “I wanted the people to feel that they had seen and remembered the essential elements of “Sleeping Beauty”, but with cool and new stuff. It was interesting to show a different side to this character of Maleficent, her backstory.”

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For actress Elle Fanning (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Super 8”) who portrays Aurora, winning this role was a dream come true. “When they handed me the script I felt as if they were handing me the crown. It’s been sort of everything that I dreamed of. It’s been really special to play such an iconic character.” On the biggest lesson she learned from working with Angelina Jolie, she said, “I learned to always pay attention to all the details, such as your costume. Your character is something that will always stay with you throughout your acting career. Angie does that. Also, people can get intimidated by her but it was great seeing the playful side of her, especially when her family was around the set.”

If you have seen the original animated film of Sleeping Beauty or even if you haven’t, Maleficent promises to be a great movie that everyone will enjoy. It gives you ‘the other side of the story’ and although you think you know the end of this movie, you really have no idea on what to expect!

Disney’s Maleficent opens in theaters in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D May 30.

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Although many people see Puerto Rico as being too “americanized” because of its status of Commonwealth of the United States, the people in the island continue to emphasize loyalty to the culture and folklore that heavily exists in the island. There are hundreds of traditions that define the island of Puerto Rico and one of them is the great amount of festivals that we celebrate throughout the year.
One of the most famous festivals is called the San Sebastián Festival (Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián). San Sebastián (Saint Sebastian) was a Christian who was martyred for his faith at around the year 288. There is a street on the north side of Old San Juan named in his honor and this is where this event takes place. Considered to be one of the biggest celebrations in San Juan, it is held the third week of January. It gets stuffed with crowds, food, alcohol, live music, and arts and crafts exhibited by our local artists. It has been an annual event since 1970, and what started as a community fund-raiser has become the festival to go to. This 4-day event is attended by both locals and tourists. You can compare it with Mardi Gras minus the beads and the breasts! Just imagine, crowds walking on the street dancing, singing, drinking and enjoying this event that is part of Puerto Rico’s cultural heritage.

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(SAN SEBASTIAN FESTIVAL-FIESTAS DE LA CALLE SAN SEBASTIAN)

One of the best gifts you could give to yourself when moving to a different country is to keep your traditions and culture alive, especially if you have children that are now being raised in a different place. You add some decorations from back home, hang the flag, paintings, souvenirs you brought back with you. You play the music, cook the traditional food, go online to keep up with the news from your country, etc. There are so many ways to maintain that connection with a country you hold so close to your heart, the one you first saw when welcomed into this world. As a way to remember your hometown, you also attend local events that represent that place, its traditions and customs. One example of a cultural representation away from home is the San Sebastian Festival IN MIAMI!
I heard about this last year while I was attending the festival in Old San Juan. At first I thought it was a joke. How can you possibly try to imitate such a big event in a little street in Miami? I found out a good friend of mine, actor Julian Gil, was organizing it and being that I was in Florida at the time, this year I decided to attend with my mother.

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(My Mom, Julian Gil and myself)

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(San Sebastian Festival in Miami)

I was very proud of this representation. They managed to close a busy street in the area of Brikell and turn it into a block party dedicated to one of our dearest traditions back home in Puerto Rico. I loved seeing people from different cultural backgrounds come to the event and learn a little bit more about this tradition. There were Rum and Coquito (our version of Eggnog) tastings, Puerto Rican fritters which represent our diet and even a pig roasting.

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When talking to Julian Gil he mentioned how the plan is to add more streets to this block party in Brikell in honor of the original San Sebastian Festival in Puerto Rico. It promises to be a new cultural event in South Florida.

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(This banner placed at the event in Miami simulates what the San Sebastian Street in Old San Juan, PR, looks like during the festival.)

In Miami you get more of the Latin flavor being that it has become the new home for people coming from Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc. Many of us have left our countries for different reasons. The important thing is to be able to keep your values, your history, your roots alive. It is part of who we were, who we are and who we will be. It is what we pass to our children in the future, what we teach others who come along the way. I encourage to be open minded and learn more about other cultures. In times where there is still so much ignorance and racism, these type of events are important. You learn about others and at the end you realize there is always something you can relate to. After all… who doesn’t enjoy some good music, food and dancing!

Darlene

 

 

 

 

Preparing for ART BASEL, MIAMI 2013

Article I wrote for online magazine Club Fashionista on upcoming Art Basel event in Miami.

My Interview by www.clubfashionista.com

This week I was interviewed by online magazine Club Fashionista with the purpose of introducing me to the viewers. I will be writing articles for the magazine on a weekly basis and sharing them through here as well.

Enjoy!

Darlene

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