Ruehl Cast in Fox’s “El Jefe” Pilot

HBO’s Luck may have run out of suerte… But that doesn’t mean Mercedes Ruehl’s luck has.

The 63-year part-Cuban actress, who was promoted from guest star to series regular or the second season of HBO’s recently cancelled drama series, will star opposite Ryan Hansen in Fox’s comedy pilot El Jefe.

Mercedes Ruehl

From writers David Guarascio and Moses Port, the project centers on the affable but lost upper-class 30-year-old Josh (Hansen) who, tossed out of his Brentwood home, moves in with his adoring longtime Latina nanny Delmi (Ruehl), a vibrant woman and a real life force “of sturdy peasant stock.”

Ruehl has experienced a rollercoaster week… After spending several years looking after her family, the Oscar and Tony winning actress was prepared to return to acting when she signed on as a series regular on Luck. But HBO suddenly ended the series on Wednesday following the death of a third horse on the set.

Ruehl wasn’t down and out though. After reading the script for El Jefe and meeting with the writers, Ruehl decided to sign on for the project. She’s expected to start production on the pilot on Monday, less than a week after Luck was cancelled.

In addition to Ruehl, Jessica Camacho has been cast in the pilot. She’ll play Lucia, the girlfriend of Delmi’s son (Victor Rasuk).

Lovato Wows During Her High-Octane “Idol” Performance

Demi Lovato managed to razzle-dazzle during her very own Idol moment…

The 19-year-old part Mexican American singer/actress performed her latest single “Give Your Love a Break” during American Idol’s results show on Thursday night.

Demi Lovato

Lovato, who opened up about her personal struggles in a special one-hour documentary on MTV earlier this month, looked like quite the glam rockera in a black leather jacket, skin-hugging pants and sky-high heels.

During her high-energy performance, the former star of the Disney Channel’s Sony With a Chance actress shared screen time with two of her guitarists and paraded across the stage.

Following her performance, Lovato reached out to her fans to let them know how much she appreciated their support.

“Wow!!! Thank you guys!!! That was so much fun.. Can’t believe I just sang in  front of Steven Tyler, JLO & Randy Jackson,” wrote Demi Lovato on her official Twitter account. She later  took time to send out a photo to fans that Ryan Seacrest shared with her. It was  a picture with Lovato and Seacrest backstage at American Idol enjoying the moment.

“Give Your Love a Break” is the latest single off Lovato’s newest album Unbroken.

Trejo to Star in Dead in Tombstone

It looks like Danny Trejo has signed on for his next film project… And, he’ll be in good company.

The 67-year-old Mexican American actor, best known for playing “tough guy” roles in films like Machete and Grindhouse, will star in Dead in Tombstone opposite Anthony Michael Hall and Mickey Rourke.

Danny Trejo

The action adventure film, which begins filming next week, centers on Trejo’s character Guerrero Hernandez, the leader of the Blackwater Gang of outlaws. After freeing his half-brother, Red (Hall), from prison, Guerrero’s plan to loot the mining town of Edendale backfires spectacularly, when he is double crossed by his half-sibling. After making a deal with the Devil (Rourke), Guerrero comes back from the dead a year later to seek revenge. The town, which has presciently been renamed Tombstone will soon have its dusty streets running knee-deep in a river of blood.

Saldaña May Star Opposite Megan Fox in Swindle

Zoë Saldaña could soon be sharing the screen with Megan Fox

Paramount Pictures has acquired the action-heist spec script Swindle as a starring vehicle for the 33-year-old half-Dominican/half-Puerto Rican American actress and Fox.

Zoe Saldana

The actresses will reportedly produce the film with Moneyball producer Michael De Luca, who is developing the project.

Paramount is remaining tight-lipped about the storyline for the project, which came out of a desire by Saldaña and Fox to do a movie together.

Saldana is currently shooting the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek sequel and will next star in the Guillaume Canet-directed Blood Ties, opposite Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and Marion Cotillard.

Thalia Lending Her Voice to Latest Dora the Explorer Special

Call it Thalia’s big adventure…

The 40-year-old Mexican singer/actress will be lending her voice to an upcoming television special featuring characters from Dora the Explorer.

Thalia

Thalia will provide the voice of the mermaid’s mother in Nickelodeon’s Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom, set to air Friday night.

The story centers on the efforts of Dora and Boots to help Maribel—a lost mermaid they encounter on the beach—get back to her mother in the Mermaid Kingdom.

“Dora is such an iconic and important Latina heroine, and I’m proud to now be a part of the show’s ever-growing legacy,” says Thalia, a mother of two. ““I was thrilled to play a role on Dora the Explorer, a show that has touched the lives of many children around the world including my own child.”

Dora, now voiced by 7-year-old Fatima Ptacek, is a 7-year-old bilingual Latina who explores an “imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests.”

In its more than 10 year history on the air, the Emmy-winning show has featured guests like John Leguizamo, Cheech Marin, Ricardo Montalban, Esai Morales and Chita Rivera.

Prinze Jr. May Be Returning to Television Next Season

Freddie Prinze Jr. could be heading back to television in the near future…

The 36-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor, who starred in ABC’s short-lived Freddie back in 2005-2006, has joined the cast of an untitled comedy pilot for NBC.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

The single-camera project centers on Agnes (Sarah Wright), a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiancé Noah (Prinze), leans on her co-workers at Pharmville to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge.

Prinze’s character Noah also works at Pharmville, but he’s worked his way up from “lab rat” to the corporate office. Engaged to Agnes for two years, and romantically involved for four, he has decided to break up with her because his new job has suddenly given him the chance to be new Noah, and new Noah is about easy laughs and good times. He’s ready to come out of his nerd shell, and part of that shell is Agnes.

In addition to Wright, Prinze also joins the previously cast actors Mena Suvari and Kyle Howard.

Following Freddie, Prinze had guest-starring roles on 24 and Psych.

Pardo Cast in New JJ Abrams Pilot “Revolution”

J.D. Pardo is ready for a revolution…

The 31-year-old Latino actor has been cast in NBC’s JJ Abrams drama pilot Revolution.

J.D. Pardo

Directed by Jon Favreau, the high-octane action drama follows a group of people struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.

Pardo, who has appeared on the CW’s 90210 and Fox’s short-lived drama Drive, will play an expert archer named Nate.

It’s the latest role for Pardo, who will be playing the half-vampire Nahuel in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 film.

The Closer’s Cruz to Guest Star on White Collar

He’s played a beloved detective on TNT’s The Closer for seven seasons… And, now Raymond Cruz will be back behind the badge on another hit show…

The 50-year-old Mexican American actor, best known as The Closer’s Detective Julio Sanchez, will guest star on the upcoming season of White Collar, according to TVGuide.com.

Raymond Cruz

But don’t expect Cruz to be an exemplary lawman… He’ll play Sheriff Enrico Morales, a corrupt local official on a small island town who crosses paths with Neal (Matt Bomer) and Mozzie (Willie Garson). Neal and Mozzie were last seen fleeing from the FBI to an unknown locale in the Season 3 finale.

White Collar started production on Season 4 Monday in Puerto Rico, and is expected to return to the USA lineup this summer.

Cruz joins previously announced upcoming guests Mekhi Phifer, Gregg Henry and AliasMia Maestro.

Along with appearing on The Closer, which will wrap its seven season-run this summer, Cruz’s credits include My Name is Earl, Nip/Tuck and Breaking Bad.

Mars Becomes the Tenth Man to Grace Playboy’s Cover

Bruno Mars is livin’ it up at the ten spot; and he’s got plenty of reason to celebrate…

The 26-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer/songwriter joins an elite group of men as only the tenth male to grace the cover of Playboy.

Bruno Mars Playboy Cover

Mars is featured in the men’s magazine’s April Sex and Music issue, out March 16. He appears on the cover alongside Raquel Pomplun, as well as in a fashion pictorial and interview inside. In his feature, Mars models spring designs by Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and more.

“Growing up in the showbiz world, I looked up to those guys: Frank Sinatra and of course Elvis Presley,” the Grammy-winning singer told Playboy of his idols. “My dad was into the 1950s doo-wop era. If you look at those groups, or at James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the Temptations in the 1960s, you’ll see you had to be sharp onstage.”

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Mars displays his signature style and dresses sharply for his photo spread while donning his own personal Armani suit on the cover.

Surprisingly, the “Grenade” singer chose Jimi Hendrix, not Sinatra or Presley, as the musician he would most like to work with if given the opportunity.

“I think he’s the greatest guitar player in the world, and I would want to see him do his thing in person,” Mars said. “He’s the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place.”

As a Playboy cover star, Mars follows in the footsteps of several Hollywood icons. Peter Sellers was the first Y-chromosome to appear on the cover back in April 1967, followed by Burt Reynolds (October 1979), Steve Martin (January 1980), Donald Trump (March 1990), Dan Aykroyd (August 1993), Jerry Seinfeld (October 1993), Leslie Nielson (February 1996), Gene Simmons (March 1999) and Seth Rogen (April 2009).

Bardem’s Going Blond in New James Bond Film

Move over MadonnaJavier Bardem is having his own “blond ambition” moment.

The 43-year-old Spanish actor will sport a police uniform and blond wig for his villainous role in the next James Bond movie, according to set photos taken during the film’s shooting in London.

Javier Bardem on Skyfall Set

Despite the shroud of secrecy surrounding the next 007 saga, some details have emerged about Skyfall, which features Daniel Craig’s return as Bond.

In the published photos, Bardem—who plays a bad guy named Silva—is dressed as a British cop and wears a blond wig reminiscent in style to the one in the No Country for Old Men, a part that won him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

The leading characters of “Skyfall” are in London, where several scenes have been shot in Whitehall, the site of most government offices, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

During a press conference for the film last November, Bardem said that Bond movies bring “good memories” of his youth in Spain and that he was sure the experience was going to be “a lot of fun.”