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Rita Moreno Opens Up About Her Special Role in 'West Side Story' Remake

Rita Moreno is returning to the world of the Jets and Sharks in the upcoming West Side Story remake.

The 88-year-old EGOT winner, who won the Oscar for her role as Anita in the original version, opened up in her interview with SiriusXM about her special role.

Turns out that her role of Valentina was specifically created just for her and it was the film’s scriptwriter’s partner who suggested her for it.

“Doc was the actor or the man who ran the candy store where both gangs hangout now and then,” Rita shared. “The part was really underwritten, I remember feeling sorry for the actor.”

She continued, “Then his [Tony Kushner] partner said ‘why don’t you get Rita Moreno to play Doc’s widow?’ And it turned out that Tony was a huge fan of myself and I didn’t know that.”

West Side Story is due out in theaters this Christmas.

Christina Applegate Joins 'GLOW' Stars Alison Brie & Betty Gilpin at Critics' Choice Awards 2020

Christina Applegate, Alison Brie, and Betty Gilpin slay the red carpet as they arrive at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (January 12) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

Christina and Alison are both nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series while Betty is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Christina Applegate

Other stars in attendance included The Other Two actress Molly Shannon, One Day At a Time actresses Rita Moreno and Justina Machado, along with The Good Place stars D’Arcy Carden and William Jackson Harper.

FYI: Alison is wearing a Brandon Maxwell dress. D’Arcy is wearing a Tadashi Shoji gown, Irene Neuwirth jewelry, and Schutz shoes while carrying a Judith Leiber bag. Justina is wearing a Tre dress and Dena Kemp jewelry.

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Danielle Brooks, Ben Platt & More Visit Day One of 2019 US Open!

Danielle Brooks is all smiles as she holds onto her baby bump while hitting the carpet at the opening night gala for the 2019 US Open held at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday (August 26) in New York City.

The 29-year-old pregnant Orange is the New Black star was joined at the event by Ben Platt, Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer, Ali Stroker, Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria, Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee, Angela Simmons, Katie Couric and her husband John Molner, Chazz Palminteri, Rita Moreno, Robin Roberts, Mike Tyson and Maxwell.

Danielle Brooks and the rest of the celerity guests were in attendance to see top players like Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and reigning champion Novak Djokovic play on the first day of this year’s Open.

Also in attendance was Oscar winner Regina King and her son as they spent the evening at Tennis Channel’s Suite to enjoy the showdown between international superstars Serena and Maria.

Ben Platt took to the stage for a special headlining performance and Ali Stroker performed the National Anthem.

FYI: Regina is wearing a chic Ellesse track suit.

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'One Day at a Time' Gets Second Life at Pop, Returns in 2020!

Amazing news for fans of the show One Day at a Time!

The beloved series has been renewed for a fourth season by Pop TV and 13 new episodes will premiere in 2020.

One Day at a Time, which stars Justina Machado and Rita Moreno, was previously canceled by Netflix.

“Three months ago, I was heartbroken with the news of our beloved One Day At A Time’s cancellation. Today, I’m overwhelmed with joy to know the Alvarez family will live on,” said executive producer Norman Lear. “Thank you to my producing partner, Brent Miller, our incredibly talented co-showrunners, Mike Royce and Gloria Calderón Kellett, and of course, Sony, for never once giving up on the show, our actors or the possibility that a cable network could finally save a cancelled series that originated on a streaming service. And one last thank you to, Pop, for having the guts to be that first cable network. Even this I get to experience – at 96.”

One Day at a Time will also be aired on CBS later in 2020, after the initial run on Pop.

Check out EVERY show that Netflix has canceled so far in 2019.

Billy Porter Makes Fabulous Arrival at Peabody Awards 2019!

Ladies and gentlemen, Billy Porter has arrived!

The 49-year-old Pose actor stunned in a fuchsia-colored, sheer tulle gown as he arrived at the 2019 Peabody Awards on Saturday night (May 18) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Billy Porter

Billy was joined at the awards show by his costars MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Dominique Jackson along with Pose‘s producers Ryan Murphy, Janet Mock, and Our Lady J.

Other stars at the event included Hasan Minhaj and wife Beena, Rita Moreno, D’Arcy Carden, and Katie Couric.

The ceremony was hosted this year by journalist Ronan Farrow.

25+ pictures inside of the stars at the awards show…More Here! »

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'One Day at a Time' Finds New Home, But Netflix Might Block It

The beloved series One Day at a Time, which aired for three seasons on Netflix before being canceled last month, might possibly live to see more seasons.

CBS All Access is reportedly interested in saving the series from cancellation, but it’s being reported that Netflix won’t allow the deal to go through.

Netflix has the right to veto any streaming network from picking up the show for at least two years after cancellation. While the show’s executive producer Norman Lear has reached out to Netflix to help save the show, it seems the effort might not work.

“It appears Netflix is unwilling to budge and allow One Day to shift to the much, much smaller CBS All Access,” Vulture reported.

One Day at a Time could still be picked up by a cable network without getting Netflix’s permission.

Rita Moreno & Gloria Estefan Join Eva Longoria & Zoe Saldana to Discuss the Women That Shaped Their Lives

Eva Longoria, Rita Moreno, Zoe Saldana and Gloria Estefan are on the cover of HOLA! USA‘s Latina Powerhouse April 2019 issue, out on newsstands on March 29.

Here’s what the stars had to say….

Rita, on her upbringing: “My mom had me when she was 17. Later, she divorced my dad, which at that time, in Puerto Rico, a Catholic [island], you just didn’t do. After the divorce, she took a ship to America. She didn’t speak one word of English, but that didn’t stop her.”

Zoe, on pulling her strength from example: “We were taught to be our own person. Hearing great stories of people who looked like me—and people who looked like others— would strengthen my belief that I can do and achieve anything I set my heart on.”

Gloria, on the women she admires: “I give a lot of credit to my mother and my grandmother. Unfortunately, because of my grandfather’s and my father’s health…they had to be in control; they were the ones who brought the money home. And it wasn’t easy. My mother was a teacher in Cuba, and when she left the country they tore up her title. But they can’t take away your education. She didn’t cry, and I never heard her complain.”

Eva, on role models in her life: “I grew up surrounded by strong, intelligent, educated women. My sisters and aunts all went to college, so it was instilled in me by their example. I couldn’t afford to go to a movie until I was in college, so I found my role models in the women in my life.”

For more from Eva, Zoe, Gloria and Rita, head to us.hola.com.

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