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At the same time, NASCAR is adapting to new ways programs are viewed on computers, smartphones and other digital devices, programs that often are shorter than the conventional one hour- or 30-minute TV shows. Case in point: “Flat Out,” a reality show that follows driver Dylan Kwasniewski, 18, who has excelled in NASCAR’s minor leagues. NASCAR teamed with Vuguru, a studio founded by former Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner , to develop “Flat Out” as an online program and sold it to AOL Inc. Tentative plans call for 10 to 15 episodes of about five minutes each. “The younger audience is very used to watching short-form video whenever they want, wherever they are,” Vuguru Chief Executive Larry Tanz said. But NASCAR isn’t selling just racing with “Flat Out.” It’s mainly selling Kwasniewski’s story, which tracks how he’s handling his life and fledgling career after his father, a Las Vegas hotel executive, committed suicide in 2010. Gabriel Lewis, head of AOL Studios, said that while NASCAR “as a brand carries weight,” ultimately “Dylan’s story is really what sold us.” Stoddard said that’s often true of all of NASCAR’s pitches. “You’ve got to have great stories” to get programs made in Hollywood, he said. “It’s not enough to just show up and say, ‘We’re NASCAR, we’ve got tens of millions of fans.'” The NASCAR-themed “Arranque de Pasion” stars acclaimed Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. To help promote the show, NASCAR arranged for Del Castillo to be the honorary starter at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana last March. Such efforts are critical to drawing more Latinos to NASCAR, said Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker, who has aggressively pursued her own diversity initiatives. While Latinos make up 9% of NASCAR’s overall fan base, they’re 38% of those attending Zucker’s races. Programs such as the telenovela are “all about piquing [Latino fans’] interest” in NASCAR, she said.

Hollywood gets ‘Instructions’ on Hispanic audiences

“Waiters, cooks, valets, I want them to come find me and ask for an autograph or a picture,” Derbez says. “That way, (execs) know that, at least where I’m from, people know who I am.” He won’t need to be picky about restaurants much longer. The Mexico City native’s latest film, the modestly budgeted, bilingual comedy Instructions Not Included, has earned more than $30 million since its limited release on Aug. 30. That robust reception upended box-office forecasts and has made it one of the year’s biggest surprises. Analysts and academics say the movie’s success over pricier, higher-profile American films could mark a sea change in pictures bound for the cineplex namely, a surge in Hispanic-oriented, even bilingual movies that reflects the growing Latino influence in the country and film industry. “There is a large middle-class and working-class Hispanic population anxious to see itself reflected on the Hollywood screen,” says Kerry Hegarty, associate professor of Spanish and Film Studies at Miami (Ohio) University. With its increased dependence on international box office and its embrace of nascent Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Alfonso Cuaron (Oct. 4’s Gravity), Hollywood has for years seen the need to habla espanol. But observers consider Instructions, a family comedy set in Mexico and Los Angeles, more of a game-changer. For one, the film’s dialogue leaps from Spanish to English. “We wanted it to be like real life,” Derbez says by phone from Mexico City. “People have become more bilingual. But, truthfully, we never thought it would cross over” to American audiences.

Hollywood and Berry are Baking Bad

Print this story The Great British Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are hooked on award-winning US drama Breaking Bad, it has been revealed. While the contestants are cooking up sweet treats in the kitchen, 78-year-old Mary, baker Paul and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins fill in the time watching drug dealers cooking up crystal meth in the hit crime drama. Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as a high school chemistry teacher, who after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, takes up drug dealing in a bid to secure his family financially. Last Tango In Halifax actress Nicola Walker is a good friend of presenter Sue, and has revealed the comedienne took in her Breaking Bad DVDs to keep Berry and Hollywood entertained in between sugar rushes. Nicola revealed: “I know they, between takes, after they shout ‘Bake’, all of them, all four of them, go and watch Breaking Bad. I’m telling you that’s what they’re doing. Going off to watch season two. I love that image!” The latest episode of the BBC Two show saw contestant Howard Middleton bake a hemp loaf, using flour and oil made from cannabis seeds – which sparked some controversy on social media, despite being a legal form of the plant. Mary sniffed the flour and said of the loaf: “It looks like it’s going to be good for me.” But she and Paul were not impressed with the finished product and the council worker form Sheffield was sent home. Howard and fellow contestant Glenn Cosby both broke down in tears during the latest episode of the show – sparking a backlash on Twitter. Viewers weren’t impressed with seeing grown men crying over something as trivial as a failed bake.