Actors: Latinos deserve award-worthy roles

— Oscar-winning actress Rita Moreno says she has a ready answer for those who ask why more Latinos fail to receive Hollywood honors.

It’s because Hispanic actors aren’t cast in the kind of roles that gather big nominations and awards, Moreno said Wednesday.

Latinos are, in her words, “terrific performers,” said Moreno, who received a best supporting actress Oscar for 1961’s “West Side Story.”

Moreno, whose Spanish-language version of her autobiography is newly published, spoke during a Television Critics Association panel on the documentary “Latino Americans.”

She’s featured in it, along with other prominent Hispanic Americans. The three-part PBS film airs in September.

Newtown puts on show with Broadway help

— More than 100 children from the Newtown area are putting on a musical this weekend with the help of some Broadway professionals.

The students have spent the past five weeks working with actor John Tartaglia, director Michael Unger, producer Van Dean and others on “Seussical the Musical.”

It is being put on by the 12.14 Foundation, which was established after the Dec. 14 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School as a way to help town residents heal through the arts.

The children, more than 80 of whom have roles in the show, range in age from 5 to 18. The show will be staged at Newtown High school through Sunday. There are two separate casts for the show, and each is putting on two performances.

The proceeds go to the foundation, which intends to build a performing arts center in Newtown in memory of the 20 children and six educators who were killed.

Kutcher keeping personal life private

NEW YORK — After embodying Steve Jobs in his new movie, Ashton Kutcher came to admire how the Apple Computer founder was able to balance his public and personal lives.

“He was better at it than I am,” the 35-year old actor said Wednesday at the New York premiere of his new film, “Jobs.”

Kutcher said that while researching the role, he found there was a “Steve that Steve didn’t always want to show.”

He also said the most important aspect of playing such a public figure was to understand that the version of Jobs known by the public came much later.

“Jobs” opens Aug. 16.

Associated Press