Adam Rodriguez to Appear on NBC’s Drama Series “Ordinary Joe”

Adam Rodriguez isn’t afraid of the ordinary

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actor has landed a recurring role in Ordinary Joe, NBC’s upcoming drama series starring Jimmy Wolk.

Adam Rodriguez

From Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner and writer/director Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner. The project, which co-stars Natalie Martinez, Charlie Barnett and Elizabeth Lail, is a co-production of 20th Television, Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, 6th & Idaho and 3 Arts.

Written by Friend and Lerner, Ordinary Joe explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character (Wolk) after he makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. The series asks the question of how different life might look if you made your decision based on love, loyalty or passion.

Rodriguez will play Bobby Diaz. Charismatic and ambitious, Bobby is a young Congressman on the rise… but the impressive life path he’s forged for himself suddenly all changes in an instant.

Rodriguez is best known for his starring roles as Eric Delko in CSI: Miami and as Luke Alvez in Criminal Minds. He’s next set to serve as mentor and executive producer on HBO Max’s upcoming unscripted competition series The Real Magic Mike! a spinoff of Steven Soderberg’s original hit film in which he starred opposite Channing Tatum. He also stars and executive produces CBS’ upcoming movie A Christmas Proposal. His other recent television credits include Ugly Betty, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, Jane the Virgin and Empire.

Warner Bros. Releases New Trailer for Oscar Isaac’s Sci-Fi Film “Dune”

Oscar Isaac is in another world…

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Dune, starring the 42-year-old Guatemalan & Cuban actor.

Oscar Isaac

It’s the first clip of the highly anticipated film since the initial trailer hit last September, prior to the recent schedule change.

Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September before it hits theaters and HBO Max day-and-date on October 22.

This trailer begins with Zendaya’s character Chani surveying the deserts of her planet Arrakis before kicking into higher gear with action scenes and a dash or two of comedy (“Look at you – put on some muscle?,” asks Jason Momoa’s Duncan upon seeing Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides. “I did?”, Chalament responds. “No,” says Momoa.)

In addition to Isaac, Zendaya, Chalamet and Momoa, Dune features Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen and David Dastmalchian, with Charlotte Rampling and Javier Bardem.

The official synopsis: A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Dune, a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures presentation of a Legendary Pictures Production, is also being released in 3D and Imax, will makes its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and then plays the Toronto Film Festival. Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth wrote the script.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g18jFHCLXk

Bad Bunny Extends Record on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with Two New Top 10 Singles

Bad Bunny continues volando into the record books…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican singer has collected his record-extending 42nd and 43rd top 10s on BillboardHot Latin Songs chart as “De Museo” rises 11-8 and “Volando,” by Mora, Bad Bunny and Sech, debuts at No. 7, on the July 24-dated survey.

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The former rises on the strength of streaming activity: It earned 6.2 million U.S. streams, up 34%, in the week ending July 15, according to MRC Data.

As for “Volando,” the cut — which was originally a solo track by Mora — garnered a new remix on July 8 with Bad Bunny and Sech. As the remix drives the bulk of the song’s chart activity, all three artists are credited. It’s the first top 10 for Mora. The track registered 6.4 million streams in the U.S., enough for a No. 5 start on Latin Streaming Songs.

Bad Bunny’s 43 top 10s are the most since the chart launched in 1986. Enrique Iglesias and Luis Miguel continue to be tied for the second-most, both with 39.

Here’s a look at the Latin artists with the most top 10s (at least 29) on the multi-metric (airplay, digital sales, and streams) Hot Latin Songs chart:

43, Bad Bunny
39, Enrique Iglesias
39, Luis Miguel
36, Daddy Yankee
34, J Balvin
30, Shakira
29, Chayanne
29, Cristian Castro

“De Museo,” Bad Bunny’s second new solo single of 2021, follows his five-week ruler “Yonaguni” which this week falls 1-2, as Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” retakes the crown. The latter earlier spent four weeks atop the list.

With “De Museo” entering the top 10, Bad Bunny rises to 556 weeks in the chart’s top tier, the fourth-most weeks in the region, trailing Daddy Yankee who remains at the helm with a total of 629 weeks, J Balvin (621), and Enrique Iglesias (620).

Beyond its progress on Hot Latin Songs, “De Museo” makes its first visit on Billboard’s all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, arriving at No. 94. The track joins another Bad Bunny debut: “Volando,” with Mora and Sech, at No. 89, for a total of four placements on the tally as “Yonaguni” and “AM,” with Nio García and J Balvin, rank at No. 38 and No. 66, respectively.

Lunay to Perform at This Year’s Lollapalooza

Lunay is ready to live his Fest life…

The 20-year-old Puerto Rican singer and rapper has revealed that he’s officially joining the 2021 Lollapalooza lineup.

Lunay

“I’m going to announce it here as an exclusive,” he tells Billboard. “‘El Niño’ will be at Lollapalooza this year, so stay tuned to my social media for all the details.”

Lunay, who performed his single “Todo o Nada” with Anitta at Thursday night’s Premios Juventud awards show, said he’s already rehearsing for the show with his band in Puerto Rico.

“I’m excited that big festivals are returning and that I can share with my audience,” he notes.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Lollapalooza, held from July 29 to Aug. 1 at Grant Park in Chicago, is headlined by Miley CyrusFoo FightersPost Maloneand Tyler, the Creator.

The Lollapalooza 2021 will also be available via livestream for Hulu subscribers.

Camila Cabello Releases New Single “Don’t Go Yet”

Camila Cabello is on the go

The 24-year-old Cuban & Mexican singer/songwriter has released her new single “Don’t Go Yet.”

Camila Cabello

Cabello teased the song earlier this week and later debuted two Easter egg-filled trailers of the music video, where she’s seen driving a vintage car while changing the radio station and getting whisked away in a joy ride before the video zooms out and reveals the miniature, tropical set in a claymation-style edit.

The second clip picks up where the first one left off, where Cabello rings the doorbell to a pink mansion on top of the hill.

A poster of what looked like a telenovela promoting the single reads, “Bienvenidos a la Familia.”

“Don’t Go Yet” is the first new music from Cabello since the release of her 2019 sophomore album Romance, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Karol G Nabs Six Premios Juventud Awards

Karol G has six reasons to celebrate…

The 18th annual Premios Juventud ceremony returned to Miami’s Watsco Center with a live audience Thursday night, where the 30-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter was the night’s big winner.

Karol G

Karol G took home six awards including female artist of the youth. In her speech, she dedicated the award to her fellow nominees, including Becky G and Natti Natasha. “This is for all of you. We’re building an incredible empire and we’re all part of the game,” she said. “They respect us and we contribute.”

Other artists who took home awards include Bad Bunny, who made a special appearance to introduce Tommy Torres‘ performance, Grupo Firme, Los Dos Carnales, Becky G, Natti Natasha and Daddy Yankee, who received the special “Agent of Change” award.

The hosts of the ceremony – Sebastian Yatra, Chiquis and Alejandra Espinoza – announced that next year’s Premios Juventud are set to take place for the first time ever in Puerto Rico.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Artista De La Juventud Femenino: KAROL G
Mejor Canción Regional Mexicana: “EL ENVIDIOSO” – LOS DOS CARNALES
La Nueva Generación – Femenina – KALI UCHIS
La Nueva Generación – Masculina: JAY WHEELER
La Nueva Generación Regional Mexicano: LOS DOS CARNALES

Mejor Canción Mariachi-Ranchera: “DIME CÓMO QUIERES” – CHRISTIAN NODAL & ÁNGELA AGUILAR
Mejor Colaboración Regional Mexicana: “EL GÜERO” – GRUPO FIRME FT. MARCA MP
Mejor Fusión Regional Mexicana: “EL CAMBIO” – CHESCA & GRUPO FIRME
La Mezcla Perfecta: “RELACIÓN (REMIX)” – SECH, DADDY YANKEE, J BALVIN, ROSALÍA & FARRUKO
Tropical Mix
: “ANTES QUE SALGA EL SOL” – NATTI NATASHA & PRINCE ROYCE
Colaboración OMG: “HAWÁI (REMIX)” – MALUMA & THE WEEKND

Track Viral Del Año: “DÁKITI” – BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ
Artista De La Juventud Masculino: BAD BUNNY
Grupo o Dúo Favorito Del Año: GRUPO FIRME
Álbum Del Año: EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO – BAD BUNNY
Álbum Regional Mexicano Del Año: NOS DIVERTIMOS LOGRANDO LO IMPOSIBLE – GRUPO FIRME
Canción Del Año: “DÁKITI” – BAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ
El Traffic Jam: “BICHOTA” – KAROL G – WINNER
La Más Pegajosa: “AY, DIOS MÍO!” – KAROL G
Girl Power: “RAM PAM PAM” – NATTI NATASHA & BECKY G
La Coreo Más Hot: “BICHOTA” – KAROL G
Social Dance Challenge: “BICHOTA” – KAROL G
Video Con El Mensaje Más Poderoso: “UN DÍA (ONE DAY)” – J BALVIN, DUA LIPA, BAD BUNNY & TAINY
Quiero Más: SEBASTIÁN RULLI
Juntos Encienden Mis Redes
: NATTI NATASHA & RAPHY PINA
Ayudando A Sus Fans: BECKY G
Mejor LOL: IMARAY ULLOA
Influencer Con Causa: JUANPA ZURITA

El Más Trendy: KAROL G

Tampa Bay Rays Acquire Nelson Cruz in Four-Player Trade with Minnesota Twins

Nelson Cruz is heading south for the winter… 

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired the 41-year-old  Dominican professional baseball designated hitter and right fielder, one of baseball’s most proven sluggers, in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Twins.

Nelson Cruz

Cruz was well aware of the likelihood he’d be dealt this month, with the disappointing Twins well out of contention. Nonetheless he told reporters the news still felt “shocking” and “heartbreaking” to him after becoming fond of the organization over his 2 1/2 seasons in Minnesota.

“It’s a tough one,” Cruz said. “I guess it’s a new chapter, and I will embrace it the way I embrace everything in my life to go help the Tampa Bay Rays to win a championship.”

Moments before opening a four-game series at Cleveland, the Rays, who entered the night just one game behind the first-place Boston Red Sox in the AL East, announced they got Cruz and minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman.

Cruz is a seven-time MLB All-Star with 436 career homers and 1,202 RBIs. He’ll bring some needed pop to Tampa Bay’s lineup and should help the Rays against left-handers. They’re hitting .226 versus lefties.

Usually frugal Tampa Bay assumes $5.1 million remaining in Cruz’s $13 million salary. The Rays began the season with a $68.3 million payroll, 26th among the 30 teams.

Cruz also has plenty of playoff experience with 17 homers and 37 RBIs in 46 postseason games. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season, and over 258 games with the Twins he finished with 76 homers and a .984 OPS.

“People joke about how he’s ageless, and it really does feel that way,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said.

With a week until the trade deadline and no shot at making the playoffs, the Twins figured they’d get something for Cruz to begin building toward the future. Minnesota entered Thursday at 41-55.

A 17-year veteran, Cruz signed a one-year, $13 million deal with Minnesota in February. He has also played with the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Ramgers. He hit at least 37 homers per season from 2014-19. He belted a career-high 44 homers for the Mariners in 2015.

“We thought we should be in the playoff race,” Cruz said. “Never thought we should be in this situation. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. You never want to leave the places where you are, where you feel comfortable. It is what it is. That’s part of the business.”

Both Ryan and Strotman were in Triple-A Durham‘s rotation.

Ryan, a 25-year-old who will also pitch for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, had a 3.63 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 57 innings for the Bulls and was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 10 prospect in Tampa Bay’s system. He was a seventh-round draft pick in 2018.

Strotman, 24, had a 3.39 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings with Durham. He was the 17th-ranked Rays prospect after being drafted in the fourth round in 2017.

Faucher, 25, had a 7.04 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings for Double-A Wichita. He was a 10th-round draft pick by the Twins in 2017.

J Balvin Gives Spanish Twist to Metallica’s Metal Anthem “Wherever I May Roam”

It’s a heavy (metal) time for J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian superstar has given Metallica‘s 1991 metal anthem “Wherever I May Roam” a new twist, and in Spanish no less.

J Balvin

Balvin’s reinvention of the track, which will be included in the upcoming star-studded covers album The Metallica Blacklist out September 10, finds Balvin rapping about his humble beginnings, his hustle, and fame over hip-hop drums.

“One of my favorite bands and favorite songs,” the reggaeton star wrote on social media. “For the culture! Music was created to unite.” J Balvin’s “Wherever I Roam” was one of two new versions released Wednesday. The other one was from country artist Jon Pardi, which you can listen to here.

The releases come in honor of Metallica celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Black Album with a covers set that will feature more than 50 artists taking on songs from the chart-topping 1991 LP.

The Metallica Blacklist will be available in all formats, including a limited edition seven-LP vinyl pressing, while the reissue will also be available in all formats as well as a limited edition box set.

Josh Segarra to Star Opposite Tatiana Maslany in Marvel’s “She-Hulk”

Josh Segarra is hulkin’ up his resume…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican actor has been cast in Marvel’s She-Hulk series starring Tatiana Maslany in the title role.

Josh Segarra

He joins a cast that includes Renée Elise Goldsberry, Ginger Gonzaga and Mark Ruffalo, who will be reprising his role as Bruce Banner aka the Hulk.

Marvel had no comment on the casting.

She-Hulk is a legal comedy that centers on the eponymous heroine (Maslany), aka Jennifer Walters, an attorney who has similar powers to her cousin, Banner/The Hulk. The She-Hulk series is directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, with Jessica Gao serving as head writer.

It’s unknown who Segarra will be playing.

Segarra, an Arrow alum, can be seen next in the second season of The Other Two on HBO Max, which premieres on August 26. His other recent credits include playing RuPaul’s boyfriend in the hit Netflix series, AJ and the Queen and Pastor Christian in the Emmy-nominated Dolly Parton movie, Christmas in the Square.

Justino Diaz Among This Year’s Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

It’s an Honors of a lifetime for Justino Diaz.

The 81-year-old Puerto Rican operatic bass-baritone is among the recipients of the Kennedy Center’s Kennedy Center Honors this year, as the organization plans to return the ceremony to its traditional time and format in December.

Justino Diaz

In 1963, Díaz won an annual contest held at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, becoming the first Puerto Rican to obtain such an honor and as a consequence, made his Metropolitan debut in October 1963 in Verdi‘s Rigoletto as Monterone.

Diaz’s big roles throughout his career were in the operas of Mozart, taking on the title role of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro a total of 27 times in his Met career.

He was also a renowned Scarpia and Iago in his time. He was famously picked by Franco Zeffirelli to take on the villain in his film version of Verdi’s final tragic masterwork; Scarpia was the last role he sang on the Met stage.

In addition to Diaz, the recipients for the December 5 event will be singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, actress and singer Bette MidlerSaturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, and Motown Record founder and producer Berry Gordy.

CBS will broadcast the 44th annual ceremony, and it will be live streamed on Paramount+ and available on demand.

The Kennedy Center Honors traditionally takes place in the first weekend of December, with events at the White House and the State Department preceding the ceremony at the Kennedy Center Opera House. But because of Covid-19, the most recent honors were postponed until May this year, with the ceremony spread out over several days with a mix of indoor and outdoor events, some in person and some pre-taped. Instead of a White House reception, President Joe Biden had a smaller gathering of the honorees.

In a statement, Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter said, “After the challenges and heartbreak of the last many months, and as we celebrate 50 years of the Kennedy Center, I dare add that we are prepared to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ in D.C. on Dec. 5th, feting these extraordinary people and welcoming audiences back to our campus.”