Santana To Headline at Vegas’ House of Blues

Carlos Santana will be singing at the Blues in Sin City in the near future…

The 64-year-old legendary Mexican rock guitarist is planning a two-year headlining gig at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, switching venues from his previous home at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Carlos Santana

Representatives for the House of Blues say the 10-time Grammy winner will have a run of shows in May and June, then return in September with the residency running through 2013.

Santana, considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, says he’s happy to call the venue home, and plans to honor the diversity and culture that the House of Blues promotes as a company.

Part of each ticket sale will go to Santana’s The Milagro Foundation, which supports children’s art, education and health.

Tickets go on sale next month.

Reyes Cast in ABC’s Devious Maids Pilot

Judy Reyes is trading in her scrubs for a maid’s outfit…

The 44-year-old Dominican American actress—best known for her role as nurse Carla Espinosa on Scrubs—has been cast as the fourth lead in the ABC pilot Devious Maids, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry.

Judy Reyes

Based on the Mexican telenovela Ellas son… la alegría del hogar, the drama centers on four ambitious maids who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to make their own dreams come true.

Reyes will play Zoila, the senior maid at the Delacourt household whose intelligence is matched only by her humor. She works alongside her teenage daughter Valentina, who serves as the junior maid at mansion.

Reyes rounds out an all-star Latina cast that includes former Heroes star Dania Ramirez, former Without a Trace star Roselyn Sanchez and former Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz.

Sanchez to Star in ABC’s Devious Maids Pilot

Roselyn Sanchez is apparently maid to order…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer has landed  one of the lead roles in ABC’s Devious Maids pilot, alongside former Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz and former Heroes star Dania Ramirez.

Roselyn Sanchez

From Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, the drama follows four ambitious with big dreams of their own who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. The concept is based on a popular Spanish-language telenovela.

The former Without a Trace star will play Carmen, an aspiring singer who carries herself like the rich and famous woman she knows she’ll become one day be. She works for a self-absorbed Cuban-American pop star, played by newcomer Angelique Cabral, who is constantly on tour.

Meantime, Sanchez will next co-star in Relativity Media’s Act Of Valor, which opens tomorrow.

Hayek to Bring “The Prophet” to the Big Screen

Salma Hayek isn’t exactly a prophet… But she is a successful film and television producer… And, now she’s set her sights on the nearly 90-year-old defining work of the most widely read poet in history.

The 45-year-old Mexican actress has partnered with the Doha Film Institute and Participant Media to adapt Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran’s classic novel The Prophet into an animated film.

Salma Hayek

Translated into well over 40 languages, the book of 26 poetic essays is divided into chapters dealing with the human themes of love, marriage, children, joy and sorrow, crime and punishment, freedom, friendship, good and evil, prayer, religion and death – amongst others.

The Prophet has been an incredible source of wisdom and inspiration for millions of people all over the world,” said Hayek. “Being of Lebanese descent, I’m particularly proud to be part of a project that will present this masterpiece to new generations, in a way never seen before.”

Each of the classic tome’s chapters will be directed by a different award-winning filmmaker, with Oscar-nominated Lion King director Roger Allers coordinating the entire process.

Pre-production will begin later this month with Hayek producing, alongside Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski.  

“It’s a passion project for everyone involved, led by Salma’s determination to create a truly collaborative artistic approach to this universally loved novel,” said the Doha Film Institutes executive director Amanda Palmer

Nazario to Bare All on Next Album…

Ednita Nazario is about to get desnuda

The 56-year-old Puerto Rican singer will be releasing a new album next month entitled Desnuda that she says will show the world an “evolution and a real change.”

Ednita Nazario
“I’m very grateful to my ‘dream team’ and my collaborators in this beautiful process of capturing passion dressed up with music and for helping me bare my soul in each song,” says Nazaria, who is known as the “Diva of Ponce.”

Producers Sebastian Krys, George Noriega and Tommy Torres help Nazario on the album, which includes the first single “Para el peor amante.”

Desnuda will go on sale on March 27.

Mexican Siblings Aim to Increase the Latino Presence in Hollywood

They’ve tasted success at the Sundance Film Festival with their film Goats, as well as a screening of their film Cellmates through internet VOD and cable… And, now Juan Carlos and Olga Segura are ready to make their moviemaking dreams come true while helping to increase the Latino presence in Hollywood.

The Mexican siblings strongly believe in the potential of Latino talent to bring to the screen stories that aren’t only relevant within the Hispanic community, but that touch the world with universal themes like racism.

Juan Carlos & Olga Segura

“The power to tell stories is a very important tool that gives us the opportunity to change minds. If just a single person benefits from my work, that’s enough for me,” Olga, an actress and producer tells Efe.

Olga started her career as an actress in the theater production of “Pizza Man.” Later, she had the chance to act in the Cellmates, the story of a racist white American (Tom Sizemore) who is imprisoned with two Mexicans and discovers that, in the end, we’re not so different from one another.

Meanwhile, Juan Carlos began his own filmmaking career as a producer in 2009, blindly founding the company Producciones along with actor Hector Jimenez.

In addition to Cellmates and Goats, which features David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga, the company will screen several other productions this year, including Hidden Moon and Todo un hombre, starring Aaron Diaz.

del Toro to Produce Animated Day of the Dead Film

He’s already taking on a beauty and a beast… And, now Guillermo del Toro is ready to work with the living dead

The 47-year-old Mexican filmmaker who directed the Hellboy films will produce the CG-animated The Day of the Dead with Reel FX, an animation and live-action development and production studio.

Guillermo Del Toro

The film will be directed and co-written by Jorge R. Gutierrez, the 37-year-old Mexican animator who created the Emmy-winning animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon.

The Day of the Dead centers on a Romeo and Juliet-type love story set against a Mexican Día de los Muertos backdrop.

“I have admired Jorge’s work for a long time. He has a unique aesthetic and sense of humor. Day of the Dead offers a perfect opportunity for his sensibilities to shine,” del Toro said. “This is a colorful, vibrant, vital fable that utilizes the animation medium in an incredible way.”

The film, which marks the first time since 1993′s Cronos that del Toro has collaborated on a feature in his native Mexico, is being eyed for a fall 2014 release.

Lopez Signs Blind Script Deal with ABC Studios…

He’s one of Broadway’s brightest talents, having co-created the Tony-winning musicals The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q… And, now Robert Lopez is hoping expand his creativity beyond The Great White Way.

The 36-year-old three-time Tony Award winning composer/ lyricist and his brother Billy Lopez have signed a blind script deal with ABC Studios in hopes of co-creating a television series.

Robert Lopez

The Lopez brothers do have some television experience. They composed music for Nickelodeon’s The Wonder Pets, for which they nabbed two Daytime Emmy Awards.

In addition, Robert wrote four songs for the “My Musical” episode of the comedy series Scrubs, which was produced by ABC Studios. He even earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his work.

Robert made his TV writing debut last year with an episode of Comedy Central’s long-running South Park, created/executive produced by his Book of Mormon collaborators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Rivera to Perform Clarkson’s “(What Doesn’t Kill You) Stronger”

Naya Rivera will stand a little taller following tonight’s episode of Glee

The 25-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress/singer and her co-stars will perform Kelly Clarkson’s “(What Doesn’t Kill You) Stronger” in this week’s episode of Fox’s hit musical dramedy.

Glee

In the episode entitled “On My Way,” Rivera’s character Santana Lopez reunites with her fellow Troubletones members, including Brittany and Mercedes, for their moment in the spotlight at the Show Choir Midwest Regional Championship.

McKinley High’s all-girl group, which has since been folded into the school’s New Directions, sing Clarkson’s insta-hit anthem with their fists raised in a sign of unity and strength during the competition.

Catch the winter finale of Glee tonight on Fox at 8:00 pm ET.

Rodriguez to Launch Latino-Themed Entertainment Network

Robert Rodriguez is partnering with Comcast to launch a Latino-themed network…

The 43-year-old Mexican-American director—whose first feature film El Mariachi was recently selected for preservation by the National Film Registry—and FactoryMade Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa are creating El Rey, an English-language general entertainment network aimed at Latino audiences.

Robert Rodriguez

Distributed by Comcast, the nation’s largest provider with more than 22 million subscribers, El Rey will offer a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy and sports programming.

“This partnership with Comcast signals an important moment for the Latino community in this country – we are passionate about creating a wildly entertaining destination that we can be proud of by appealing to both Latino and mass market audiences,” said Rodriguez and Fogelman in a joint statement.

The network has entered into an agreement to launch by January 2014.