Rafael Casal to Reprise His Role in Starz’s TV Adaptation of His Acclaimed Film “Blindspotting”

Rafael Casal is ready for a repeat performance…

The 35-year-old part Spanish and Cuban American writer, performer and producer will reprise his role in Starz’s television adaptation of Blindspotting, the 2018 feature film from Casal and Daveed Diggs.

Rafael Casal

The series, a spinoff of the film written and produced by Casal and Diggs, is being turned into a half-hour dramedy. Jasmine Cephas Jones, who starred in the Lionsgate film, will reprise her role and also will serve as a producer. Casal serves as showrunner.

The series centers on Ashley (Cephas Jones), who was nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles (Casal), her partner of 12 years and father of their son, suddenly is incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister.

Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward, Jaylen Barron and Candace Nicholas-Lippman will also join the cast of the eight-part series. Casal will appear on a recurring basis, while Justin Chu Cary, who starred in the film, will play Rob.

Produced by Lionsgate Television, the series will start production in Oakland and Los Angeles.

“Diggs and I are thrilled to continue our partnership with Lionsgate by expanding the Blindspotting world as a series on Starz,” Casal said. “This story, the incredible cast and the production are a dream. We are making the kind of show we have long hoped to see on television, centered around just some of the amazing kinds of characters the Bay Area has to offer.”

Added Diggs: “Figuring out a way to bring The Bay to life in a half-hour comedy space has been so rewarding. Ultimately, this is a story about how a broken prison system affects all of us and, like the film, we’re using comedy to talk about very real systemic effects in the country with the largest prison population in the world.”

Andrea Navedo to Executive Produce & Possibly Star in CBS’ Development Drama Project “The System”

It appears Andrea Navedo is part of the system

CBS has put in development the drama The System, which could potentially star the Puerto Rican actress and former Jane the Virgin star.

Andrea Navedo

The project, which will be executive produced by Navedo her Jane the Virgin developer/showrunner via her Sutton St. Productions and Arika Mittman, hails from Mexican American writer Elaine Del Valle.

 

Written by Del Valle, The System centers on a compassionate yet jaded social worker — a role that Navedo could potentially play — as she navigates the same broken New York City system she grew up in as she advocates to resolve issues for every family she encounters while struggling to fix her own.

 

The project will be produced by CBS Studios.

 

Navedo starred as Xiomara “Xo” Villanueva in Snyder Urman’s Jane the Virgin.

 

Her other credits include television appearances on Mrs. America, The Good Fight and How to Make It in America.

 

Del Valle is a writer/director/actress who first garnered attention with her autobiographical, one-woman stage play Brownsville Bred, which depicts her true Latina coming-of-age in Brownsville Brooklyn, NY.

 

Del Valle is a recent recipient of the Warner Media 150 grant and a Sundance Lab alumna whose short films can be seen on HBO.

David Bisbal Teams Up with Carrie Underwood for Bilingual Uptempo Pop Ballad “Tears of Gold”

David Bisbal is shedding tears with an American Idol

The 41-year-old Spanish singer, songwriter and actor has joined voices with Carrie Underwood for the bilingual single “Tears of Gold.”

David Bisbal x Carrie Underwood

The dancetastic single – a soaring, uptempo pop ballad – features Bisbal and Underwood’s powerful voices.

It’s vintage Bisbal, who’s always had a flair for the dramatic. And, it’s Underwood’s first-ever foray into recorded musica en español.

When Bisbal first heard the demo, “I immediately knew it was an amazing track that needed a special talent, and voice, to work with me on a duet,” he explains. “As an artist and vocalist, I listen to a lot of songs, determine the style and sound, and am involved in the process of my collaborators for my projects.”

Bisbal took “Tears of Gold,” originally written by Paul Harris, Matt Schwartz and Cameron Forbes, plus “Despacito” producers Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo, who added Spanish lines to turn the track into a bilingual song.

When he approached Underwood to sing it as a duet, she was game, even though she’d be singing in both English and Spanish, and despite the fact that “Tears of Gold” is not a country song but purely a pop track.

“I was very excited that Carrie wanted to record a bilingual song with lyrics in both English and my language, Spanish,” says Bisbal, who also sings in Spanish and English on the track. “It is a big moment for me personally to be joined by such a powerful voice in music on a track that connects Latin, pop and country music together in this way. It’s a beautiful moment for our music genres and I am thankful for Carrie to collaborate with me for this release.”

The sleekly elegant video for “Tears of Gold” was shot in Los Angeles, in urban backgrounds that highlight the strength of Bisbal and Underwood’s voices.

AMC Renews Colman Domingo’s Zombie Apocalypse Series “Fear the Walking Dead” for Seventh Season

There’s more fear in Colman Domingo’s future…

AMC has renewed its zombie apocalypse series Fear the Walking Dead, starring the 51-year-old half-Guatemalan American actor, for a seventh season.

Colman Domingo

The cable network announced the renewal Thursday on the show’s Twitter account.

The renewal news comes midway through Season 6 of The Walking Dead companion series, which stars Domingo, who portrays Victor Strand, Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson, Austin Amelio, Ruben Blades and Karen David.

Scott M. Gimple executive produces FTWD, along with showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero.

Portland Timbers Reportedly Finalizing Transfer of Claudio Nicolas Bravo from Banfield

Claudio Nicolas Bravo is heading north…

The Portland Timbers are reportedly finalizing the transfer of the 23-year-old Argentine professional footballer from Argentine side Banfield, pending a physical and visa. 

Claudio Nicolas Bravo

Portland will pay a transfer fee of $1 million with payments spread out over four years for 80% of Bravo’s rights, according to ESPN sources.

After breaking into the side in September of 2017, Bravo has made 55 league and cup appearances with El Taladro.

Luis Sepúlveda’s Novel “Diary Of A Sentimental Killer” to Be Adapted as a Television Series

Luis Sepúlveda’s diary is taking on a new life…

BlackBox Multimedia has partnered with Italian producers Leader Produzioni and LatAm’s EO Media Distribution for the television series adaptation of the late Chilean writer and journalist’s novel Diary Of A Sentimental Killer.

Luis Sepúlveda

The story follows an unnamed assassin who has been left by his lover the day before he is set to embark on a crucial assignment.

Diary Of A Sentimental Killer

Sepúlveda, who died from COVID-19 in April 2020, saw his books sell more than 6 million copies worldwide and be translated into 40 languages.

Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga Sign with The Gotham Group

Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga are heading to the big leagues…

The Spanish directing trio, whose acclaimed film The Endless Trench is representing Spain in this year’s Oscar race, have signed with The Gotham Group.

Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga

Set at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the film chronicles three decades of a country engulfed by fascism.

The film premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival last year and Netflix acquired the global rights shortly after; the streamer debuted the film in the U.S. on November 6.

It received 15 Goya nominations, winning Best Director and the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay.

Arregi, Garaño and Goenaga have been working together for 15 years through their company Moriarti; this is the first time they have co-directed as a trio.

Their previous credits include Handia, which won 10 Goyas, and Loreak (Flowers), which was Spain’s entry for the 2016 Oscars.

They are now developing their English-language debut, which Gotham will launch to buyers in 2021.

Nicole Richie to Make Guest Appearance on Discovery+’s New Original Series “Mary McCartney Serves it Up”

It’s a special Discovery for Nicole Richie.

The 39-year-old part-Mexican American television personality, fashion designer and actress will appear as a guest on Mary McCartney Serves it Up, one of the new original series set for Discovery’s new streaming service.

Nicole Richie

Discovery+ will have around 1,000 hours of original content in its first year when the service launches in January and brings together all of its factual brands.

Mary McCartney Serves it Up will offer what Discovery calls the “most delicious and delectable invite,” as home cook Mary McCartney invites viewers into her London kitchen to serve up family favorites and fabulous vegetarian food her friends adore.

In each episode, she’ll be joined by a famous friend, including Richie, her sister-in-law and fellow Latina, Cameron Diaz, Dave Grohl, Kate Hudson, Gayle King, Mark Ronson and Liv Tyler.

Natalia Castells-Esquivel Developing Dramedy “Women’s Studies” for HBO Max

It’s Studies time for Natalia Castells-Esquivel.

HBO Max is developing the one-hour dramedy Women’s Studies from the Mexican television writer and project co-creator Dani Chase.

Natalia Castells-Esquivel.

Described as “Dear White People meets The L World sprinkled with some Broad City humor,” the series follows Adriana, a Mexican-American student, who starts her first day at a women’s college in Atlanta filled with “queer AF, feminist women” — but it doesn’t seem like Adriana’s scene considering she is superficial and a little ignorant. But like Alice in Wonderland, her ideas and values are challenged the second she steps on campus.

The pilot is loosely based on Castells-Esquivel’s experience at a women’s college in Atlanta.

The series explores the loss of innocence and self-actualization as the audience watches a campus of young women evolve, embracing the new, dispensing with the old, and figuring out how to topple the heteronormative patriarchy in the process.

Castells-Esquivel recently worked as story editor for Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. She previously worked on HBO Max’s Generation and Netflix’s Ingobernable.

Los Angeles FC Acquire Marco Farfan from Portland Timbers

Marco Farfan is switching sides…

Los Angeles FC (LAFC) has acquired the 22-year-old Mexican American soccer player, an outside back, from the Portland Timbers for an undisclosed amount of allocation money, according to ESPN.

Marco Farfan

The move gives the Black-and-Gold some needed help at outside back following a season in which its defensive record slipped into the bottom half of the Major League Soccer (MLS).

The move is expected to be officially announced at the opening of the half-day trade window on December 13.

Farfan was signed by the Timbers to a homegrown player contract in October of 2016, becoming the first product of the team’s academy to sign such a deal. Over the course of the next four seasons, Farfan made 37 league and cup appearances with the Timbers’ first team, while also seeing time in the second tier USL Championship with Portland Timbers 2, the club’s reserve side. In the most recent campaign, Farfan made 15 appearances, nine of them starts.

A source with knowledge of the situation indicated that Farfan’s contract was expiring and that he was eager to find a new challenge. LAFC was able to oblige.

At international level, Farfan has made two appearances with the U.S. U-23 team. He has been called into training camp with the full US Men’s National Team (USMNT) squad ahead of the December 9 friendly against El Salvador.