Telemundo’s Adaptation of ‘Les Miserables’ Features ‘La Chule’ as Jean Valjean

Aracely Arámbula will play the role of Lucía Durán in Telemundo's 'Les Miserables'

Aracely Arámbula will play the role of Lucía Durán in Telemundo’s ‘Les Miserables’

You can say anything about Hispanic TV networks, but they are a quite inventive bunch when it comes to Spanish-language adaptations of world-renowned dramas.

Take Telemundo, which has kicked off production of its own version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th Century. But instead of an old, boring male Jean Valjan, the role of the protagonist -who served a prison sentence for stealing a loaf of bread- will be played by none other than Aracely Arámbula, aka “La Chule” or the stunningly-blond-Mexican-mother-of-Luis-Miguel-children.

According to the Houston ChronicleTelemundo’s upcoming telenovela is a “strange and free” adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, taking the adaptation all the way to the present time in a Texas town.

I’m all up for free adaptations. I mean, wouldn’t you rather see La Chule and her well-known cleavages instead of the always pathetically sad mug of Valjean? [right]



Yeah, I’d rather see Arámbula -and her cleavage- than this fellow.

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Italians Cater to Hungover Mexicans

Mexicans craving for a non-alcoholic drink after a night of excesses in Italy need not look further from a “Cruda!” vending machine at their local Italian eatery.


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Mexico First Lady not Regal, nor Maternal: ‘Washington Post’


UPDATE: This story has been updated to add a video of Mexico First Lady speaking -in depth- about her butt and her method to decrease the horniness.

There is already talk of “controversy” around the July 2014 issue of Marie Claire Mexico and Latin American magazine, featuring Mexico’s first lady Angélica Rivera Peña alongside daughter Sofía Castro.

According to Robin Givhan, of The Washington Post, Rivera’s pose is not only “startling,” “provocative,” and “sexy,” but it clearly contrasts with contained images of U.S. first ladies, who tend to be more “regal” and/or “maternal” and pose in a way that they deny their own bodies.

Per Givhan piece:

“For an American woman who steps into the role of first lady, the body must be denied. It can’t be too exposed. Too strong.  Too overtly sexual. Beauty is acceptable — even expected. But that most intimate expression of self — sex appeal, sexuality — is off limits.” 

I totally agree, but calling Rivera un-regal, un-maternal purely based on the Marie Claire photo shoot, is not historically correct. The Washington Post -and all the other media that I’m sure will follow suit- would be well advised to look at other, more accurate portrayals of our our telenovela-actress-turned-first-lady.

You know… those from the time when we simply knew her as La Gaviota and she was more into bikinis than politics.



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Pssst, Americans: This is How you Celebrate a Goal

via: @JeffDLowe

Oh, did I mention this advice also applies to the Europeans?

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San Memo Graces Chicago’s ‘Hoy’ Front Page


More from Mexico’s awesome tie with five-time World Cup winner Brazil here (in Spanish)

Hat tip: @fitzbeat

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AP: Santos Wins Re-election in Columbia, not Colombia


From the #ItsColombiaNotColumbia department.

Hat tip: @gabosama

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Karl Marx Has Message for Mexican Youth


A more modern -and way more challenging- variation of the famous “Workers of the world, Unite!” rallying cry was found this week in the walls of Mexico City.

Photo: Laura Martínez, Mexico City, 2014

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