Welch to Guest Star on “CSI: Miami”

Iconic sex symbol Raquel Welch is returning to television…

The 71-year-old part-Bolivian actress will guest star on CSI: Miami. She’ll play the mother of the CBS crime drama’s villain Diego Navarro (Carlos Bernard) and grandmother to Esteban (Kuno Becker), aka “The Miami Taunter,” according to TVLine.

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Welch’s episode is set to air in early 2012, following a guest appearance by another iconic bombshell, 10‘s Bo Derek, who’ll play the owner of a horse stable.

Welch’s silver screen credits include One Million Years B.C., 100 Rifles, The Three Musketeers and Legally Blonde.

She most recently appeared on television in the short-lived 2008 CBS sitcom Welcome to the Captain.

Shakira’s Latest Role: Book Editor…

She’s known throughout the world for her inspired music, but Shakira may soon be known for her book editing skills…

The 34-year-old Colombian superstar served as the editor of a book by her father, William Mebarak. Entitled “Al Viento y al azar,” the book was released in Shakira’s native country today.

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The book is a collection of love stories, other pieces of fiction and opinion essays.

Along with serving as the editor for the book, Shakira wrote the prologue. In it, she professes her love to her father:

“Not only did he give me life, he also kept inspiring me every day,” wrote the Latin Recording Academy 2011 Person of the Year’s about the man who performed a special father-daughter song for her at her tribute ceremony.

Martinez’s “Drive” Leads to a Satellite Award Nomination…

It’s turning out to be a banner year for Cliff Martinez, complete with some serious recognition.

The 57-year-old film composer has not only worked on three high-profile films—Lincoln Lawyer, Drive and Contagion—but he’s just been nominated for a Satellite Award by the International Press Academy for his exceptional composing work.

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Martinez—a former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers who has scored more than 20 films, including the Oscar-winning film Traffic,
which earned Martinez a Grammy nod— received the Satellite Award nomination for his outstanding score for the drama Drive, which stars Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.

“Sometimes I approach scoring like a method actor and will meticulously research any similar, relevant films I can get my hands on,” Martinez told FilmSchoolRejects.com in a recent interview. “I simply didn’t have time for that with Drive. It was a total first impulse,
fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants adventure.”

It’s an adventure that seems to have paid off in spades! The Drive soundtrack has struck a real chord with the public. Not only has it been one of the most talked about releases in 2011; it’s one of the year’s best-selling soundtracks in the United States and throughout the world.

And now that “awards season” is underway, expect Martinez—who began his composing career by working on Steven Soderbergh’s
Sex, Lies and Videotape—to receive even more attention for his goose bump-inducing score.

“I’d like to think that I’ve written some good scores before, so the fact that it’s getting all this attention is new and unexpected,” says Martinez, whose background as a rock musician has set him apart from composers who take a more classical approach to their craft. “It’s welcome, but
still, mysterious and unusual for me.”

Selected by a group of journalists representing domestic and international markets, the Satellite Award nominations cover 19 film categories and 12 television categories.

The 16th annual Satellite Awards will be held on December 18 at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Rivera’s a “Survivor” on Glee…

It’s hard to believe Naya Rivera started her stint on Glee as a background actor/singer… She’s now one of the show’s brightest stars!

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The 24-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress has not only conquered Adele’s music and breathed new life into the role of West Side Story’s Anita, but now she’s taking on Beyonce and Gloria Gaynor in one fierce mash-up on Fox’s hit musical dramedy!

During next week’s episode, Rivera’s character Santana Lopez, who could soon be singing alongside Gloria Estefan, and her all-girl glee club The Troubletones perform a mix of two iconic anthems—Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”—as they gun for a big win at Sectionals.

There’s no denying Rivera, Amber Riley and the rest of the divalicious ladies give a rousing performance that could give them a win over their fellow McKinley High glee club, New Directions.

Don’t miss the Sectionals episode of Glee next Tuesday, December 6 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Fox.

New “Dallas” Trailer Released with Clips & Cast Interviews…

Even though it isn’t set to premiere until next summer, the anticipation for TNT’s upcoming reboot of the TV series Dallas is reaching a fever pitch!

The cable network has released a brand new trailer featuring interviews with the cast—including its two Latina stars Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo—sharing their views about bringing back the classic show.

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Based on the popular nighttime soap opera that aired from 1978 to 1991, Dallas focuses on bitter rivalries and family power struggles within a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty. 31-year-old part-Brazilian actress Brewster (Fast & Furious) will star as Elena, a woman involved in a love triangle between Bobby Ewing’s adopted son Christopher and J.R. Ewing’s son John Ross. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Argentinean actress Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) will appear as Christopher’s fiancée Rebecca.

Along with Brewster and Gonzalo, the reboot stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster and Brenda Strong, as well as original Dallas cast members Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

The trailer features plenty of drama, as well as interviews with the cast talking about the impact that the original show had on television.

The 10-episode season of Dallas is set to premiere in the summer of 2012.

Estefan to Appear in Pivotal Mom Role on Glee?

Well, hold me, thrill me, kiss me! It looks like Gloria Estefan could be heading to Glee in the near future.

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The 54-year-old “Queen of Latin Pop” is reportedly in talks to appear on Fox’s hit musical dramedy as Santana’s mother, according to Entertainment Weekly.

In this week’s episode, Santana (Naya Rivera) came out to her abuela, played by Ivonne Coll, who did not approve of her lesbian lifestyle and quickly shunned her granddaughter.

Santana has told her fellow McKinley High classmates that she’d come out to her parents and that they offered their support. Now, it looks like we’ll get to see Estefan and Rivera share some serious mother-daughter screen time, including some possible Estefan music and other bilingual tunes.

Sources tell EW, that the entire Glee cast is “really, really big fans of [Estefan]” and love her music.

Estefan would reportedly appear in the same January episode as Ricky Martin, who is reportedly in talks to appear as McKinley High’s new Spanish teacher.

Image courtesy of Alberto Tolot.

Carey & Bieber’s “All I Want for Christmas” Video

Mariah Carey is helping Justin Bieber spread the holiday cheer this season…

The 41-year-old part-Venezuelan songstress and the Biebs revealed the video for their re-do duet of Carey’s own insta-holiday-classic “All I Want for Christmas” during NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special on Wednesday night.

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The clip, was filmed after hours at the Macy’s Department Store, features Santa Claus spreading tidings of comfort and joy on the street, before moving indoors where Bieber and friends encounter Carey belting out the iconic Christmas tune in a barely-there Santa suit.

Carey and Bieber trade verses in the high-energy video before appearing in a sleigh together and handing out gifts to shoppers.

“All I Want for Christmas” is the second single off of Bieber’s holiday album, Under the Mistletoe. The album features a mix of traditional holiday standards and original tracks.

Lea Michele: One of the Misérables?

She’s the star of Fox’s hit musical dramedy “Glee,” but Lea Michele could soon be misérable

The 25-year-old part-Spanish actress has reportedly auditioned for the role of Éponine—the headstrong girl who falls for heroic Marius—in the cinematic adaptation of the hit musical, Les Miserables, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Should she land the role, the Tony-winning actress’ career would be coming full circle. Michele made her Broadway debut playing Young Cosette back in 1995, when she was just 8 years old.

Michele would join a star-studded cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

The New York Post‘s Page 6 initially reported that Michele, Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood had each auditioned for the role.

 

Lozada’s Solo Gig?

She’s one of all-stars on VH1’s Basketball WivesBut Evelyn Lozada could soon be leaving the team to become a solo player.

The Puerto-Rican beauty is reportedly in talks to star in her own reality series on VH1, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the deal would require less shooting time from Lozadaa fan favorite on Basketball Wives—so she can spend more time with her college-aged daughter and attend her fiancé Chad Ochocinco’s NFL games.

Lozada, who co-owns the shoe boutique Dulce in Coral Gables, FL, recently signed a six-figure book and movie deal.

According to sources, the spin-off will follow the weeks leading up to the couple’s impending nuptials.  “They’re still debating on where,” says Diann Valentine, the couple’s wedding planner and star of the WE tv show, I Do Over. “We’ve narrowed it down so it will either be somewhere in Florida or on an island. So I’m exploring both. I’m exploring locations in Florida and I’m looking at some islands that are not too far away because, you know, she loves warm weather, she loves the tropics, she loves the beach.”

Thorne’s Frenemies Experience…

iAdios Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato! It seems there’s a new Latweena princess on the Disney Channel…and her name is Bella Thorne.

The 14-year-old Cuban-American actress is starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies.

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The made-for-TV movie follows three sets of friends as they try to find a balance when “besties go to worsties, and back again.”

Thorne’s real-life best friend and Shake It Up co-star Zendaya Coleman will play her best friend/frenemy in the film.

Frenemies will be broadcast in 2012.