Zoe Saldana’s “The Bluff” Acquired by Netflix

Zoe Saldana’s latest project is headed to Netflix…

Netflix has won a hotly contested auction for The Bluff, a pitch that will be written as a star vehicle for the 42-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American actress and Guardians of the Galaxy star.

Zoë Saldaña

Frank E. Flowers is directing the film, while Joe Ballarini will write the script with Flowers. Several streamers were trying to acquire the film, and the upfront commitment for those scribes is seven figures.

The project is about pirates in the Caribbean. The drama is set in the Cayman Islands in the 1800s and Saldana plays Ercell, a Caribbean woman whose secret past is revealed when her island is invaded by vicious buccaneers. The intention is to blend visceral action and historical fiction to create a real action vehicle as the heroine fights against the atrocities committed by the pirates. There are strong roles for a second woman who is part of the vigilante campaign, and the nasty lead pirate.

Saldana and Flowers previously teamed in the 2004 drama Haven.

Saldana has the four Avatar sequels and is filming the untitled David O Russell-directed film alongside a cast that includes Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Anya-Taylor Joy, Rami Malek, John David Washington and Robert De Niro.

Marquis Rodriguez to Star on Season Two of Amazon’s Anthology Series “Modern Love”

Marquis Rodriguez has found a new love

The Latino actor has been cast in Season 2 of Amazon’s anthology series Modern Love.

Marquis Rodriguez

In addition to Rodriguez, Season 2 of the series will feature episodes starring: Minnie Driver, as previously announced, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Susan Blackwell, Lucy Boynton, Tom Burke, Zoe Chao, Maria Dizzia, newcomer Grace Edwards, Dominique Fishback, Kathryn Gallagher, Kit Harington, Garrett Hedlund, Telci Huynh, Nikki M. James, Aparna Nancherla, Larry Owens, Zane Pais, Anna Paquin, Isaac Powell, Ben Rappaport, Milan Ray, Jack Reynor, Miranda Richardson, James Scully, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Lulu Wilson, Don Wycherley, and Jeena Yi.

“We’re so excited to bring a second season of this series to life, and give an opportunity to really shine a light on what matters most,” said series showrunner John Carney. “With so much uncertainty in our current world, these stories bring truth and love to people everywhere, and I’m so appreciative to be a part of making that happen.”

Carney also serves as writer, director and executive producer. John Crowley, Marta Cunningham, Jesse Peretz, and Andrew Rannells will also direct episodes of this season, with Celine Held and Logan George co-directing an episode. The episode Rannells will direct is based upon a personal essay that he penned for the New York Times column.

The series is produced by Amazon Studios, Storied Media Group, Likely Story, and The New York Times.

Rodriguez’s previous credits include When They See Us, Chicago Fire and Definitely, Maybe.

Gina Rodriguez to Star in Amazon Studios’ Romantic Comedy “I Want You Back”

Gina Rodriguez’s got back

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican actress and Golden Globe winner has been cast in the ensemble romantic comedy I Want You Back from Amazon Studios.

Gina Rodriguez

The former Jane The Virgin star joins a cast that includes Charlie DayJenny SlateScott Eastwood, Manny Jacinto and Clark Backo.

Jason Orley is attached to direct the film from a screenplay by Love, Simon co-writers and This Is Us co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger.

Jami Gertz, Jordan Carlos, Midori Francis, Mason Gooding, Isabel May, and Luke David Blumm round out the cast as production is slated to commence next month in Atlanta.

The film follows Emma (Slate) and Peter (Day) who thought they were on the precipice of life’s biggest moments – marriage, kids, and houses in the suburbs – until their respective partners dumped them. In their thirties and terrified that they have missed their shot at happily ever after, Emma and Peter are horrified to learn that their partners have already moved on. With no prospects on the horizon and the threat of dying alone hanging over their heads, they hatch a desperate plan to put an end to their exes’ new relationships and win them back.

Orley, who will mark his second directorial outing, said “I immediately fell in love with Isaac and Elizabeth’s funny, heartfelt script and I am so honored that they, along with the amazing team at Amazon are allowing me to bring their timeless love story to life and that I get to do it with such an incredible group of actors.”

Rodriguez’s previous credits include Kajillionaire, Smallfoot, and Deepwater Horizon.

ABC Orders Pilot for Matt Lopez’s Latinx Family Drama “Promised Land” 

Matt Lopez’s promise continues…

The Latino screenwriter’s hourlong Latinx family drama Promised Land has secured a pilot order at ABC.

Matt Lopez

Previously known as American Heritage, the project is an epic, generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.

ABC bought the project pre-emptively with a put-pilot commitment last year.

Lopez, who has written feature films including Bedtime Stories, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Race to Witch Mountain, writes and executive produces.

ABC Signature is the studio.

Lopez created the NBCUniversal International drama series Gone, starring Chris Noth, which aired on WGN America in the U.S. He also is adapting Helen Cresswell’s young-adult novel Moondial into an ambitious time-travel drama for Fulwell 73. On the feature side, he’s writing a new Father of the Bride film for Warner Bros. revolving around a Latinx family, a first for the franchise.

Evaluna Montaner Releases Romantic Ballad “Uno Mas Uno”

Evaluna Montaner is feelin’ the love…

On the one-year anniversary of marriage with Camilo, the 23-year-old Venezuelan singer and actress — one of Billboard‘s Latin Artists to Watch in 2021 – has released her first single of the year, “Uno Mas Uno.”

Evaluna Montaner

She co-wrote the romantic ballad, which features an enchanting piano melody and Evaluna’s dulcet vocals, with Camilo and JP Saxe.

Cómo puede ser, que algo que no puedo tocar sea más real que lo que puedo tocar? Que algo que no puedo ver sea más real que lo que puedo ver?” say the nostalgic lyrics.

In the music video, Evaluna performs the heartfelt song at the beach with a lone piano and the sunset in the background.

Camilo makes a cameo at the end.

“I’m the most fortunate because I have you close, walking with me every step,” she expressed on Instagram of her husband and Latin pop star.

“Uno Más Uno” is part of Evaluna’s upcoming debut EP.

Karol G Teams Up with Anuel AA & J Balvin for Country-Tinged Track “Location”

Karol G’s gone country…

The 30-year-old Colombian singer has joined voices with Anuel AA and J Balvin for “Location,” a country-tinged track that deftly fuses reggaetón and hip-hop.

Karol G

On “Location” — which starts off country but quickly picks up speed and transitions into an irresistible reggaeton track — Karol G is feeling cheeky, asking her crush to send his location because “hoy tengo mala intencion,” she confesses.

Produced by Ovy on the Drums, “Location” follows Karol G’s chart-topping hit “Bichota,” which also has a Western vibe to it.

“I like to give my fans a unique experience with every single release, both musically and visually,” Karol G said about “Location.” “It’s a very special song for me because I was able to collaborate with artists that I admire and we were able to fuse reggaeton/hip-hop/country influences into an amazing song and video filled with energy and rodeo vibes!”

Bad Bunny Teams Up with Rosalia for Steamy “SNL” Performance of “La Noche De Anoche”

Bad Bunny brought the heat to Saturday Night Live

During his debut on NBC’s late-night sketch comedy show, the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer joined voices with Rosalia for a steamy performance of their recent collaboration “La Noche De Anoche.”

Rosalia x Bad Bunny, SNL

Set against a neon-lit background, the artists romantically serenaded each other before embracing tightly for the finale.

And, the crowd soaked up every moment of the performance.

“La Noche De Anoche” is the latest single from Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour del Mundo, his third LP of 2020, which was released in December. It was the first-ever entirely Spanish-language album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

 

Gerardo Ortiz Releases Décimo Aniversario Album to Commemorate His Decade-Long Career

Gerardo Ortiz is celebrating a music milestone…

The 31-year-old Mexican American singer-songwriter and Regional Mexican star has released his 10th studio album Décimo Aniversario to commemorate his decade in music.

Gerardo Ortiz

The 11-track set reflects Ortiz’s versatility featuring hard-hitting corridos, mariachi ballads and banda.

On one end of the spectrum, the album features hard-hitting corridos like “Don Jesús” and “Gente de Joaquín.”

If corridos aren’t your thing, there’s also cumbia and slowed-down ballads like “Mi Niña Bonita” and “Y A Mí Que Me Queda.”

“I wanted to make an album for the pueblo,” says Ortiz about Décimo Aniversario. “Something my grandma or my aunt can listen to at home.”

Paloma Mami Releases New Single “Religiosa”

It’s an experiencia religiosa for Paloma Mami.

The 21-year-old Chilean American newcomer, whose real name is Paloma Rocío Castillo Astorga, has released her new single “Religiosa,” which forms part of her upcoming debut studio album Sueños de Dali.

Paloma Mami

The song is the fourth single following “Mami,” “Goteo” and “For Ya.”

In true Paloma Mami fashion, the songstress sings in Spanish and English over a sultry Latin R&B beat.

She sings about a love so pure and real that it makes her feel spiritual.

“I became obsessed with your gaze/ There are no gray days by your side/ I always want you to take care of me/ I don’t like it when you say goodbye,” says part of the lyric.

The homemade music video features Paloma Mami with her real-life boyfriend.

“Every song takes you on a different journey and I know so many will identify with each of these moments and feelings that I’ve expressed through each song,” she said of her upcoming album, set for release on March 19.

VF7 Teams Up with Lunay for New Reggaeton Track “Codigo Secreto”

VF7 is sharing a new secret

The teen Puerto Rican urban singer, whose real name is Valeria Fernández, has joined voices with Lunay to release the new single “Codigo Secreto.

VF7

The catchy reggaeton track is about two people who like each other and are going back-and-forth on why they’re so special.

“I don’t know what I need to do so you can understand that I’m yours and you’re mine,” sings Lunay.

“Codigo Secreto” is one of the two collaborations on VF7’s debut studio album  Núcleo, which flaunts her evolution and versatility as an artist.

The album is home to 10 songs including her Jay Wheeler-assisted “No Te Quiero Ver (Remix).”