Vega Goes “Unsupervised”…

Alexa Vega is getting animated.

The 23-year-old Colombian-American actress will voice one of the characters on FX’s new animated comedy series Unsupervised, according to Deadline.com.

Alexa Vega

The television show will center on two teenage best friends learning how to navigate life without any parental guidance.

Along with Vega—best known for playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film franchise—the show’s voice casts includes Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco and Kaitlin Olson.

Unsupervised will debut on January 19 at 10:30 pm ET.

Martin: A Gleeful Maestro?

Here’s something to be gleeful about… Ricky Martin could be appearing on Glee in the near future.

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican pop star is reportedly in negotiations to guest star on Fox’s musical dramedy early next year, according to TVLine.

Ricky Martin to appear on Glee

Martin will play “the hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio,” according to sources close to the hit show.

Make that a hot Spanish teacher with the voice of an angel!

Martin’s character will allegedly headline two big musical numbers in the episode, which is scheduled to air in late January.

After wrapping up his quick stint on Glee, Martin will head to New York to begin rehearsals for his role as Che in the Broadway revival of Evita, which is set to open in April 2012.

Martin’s Glee gig will be his most high profile acting gig since his two-year run on General Hospital in the mid-’90s.

Maldonado’s Pentatonix Wins NBC’s “The Sing-Off”

Kirstie Maldonado and members of her a cappella group are $200,000 richer and have a new recording contract with Sony Music after winning NBC’s The Sing-Off.

The 19-year-old Latina singer’s five-member group Pentatonix—the smallest singing group in the reality show—beat out the Dartmouth Aires and Urban Method in Monday’s finale to win the title…and prize package that came with it. The group won by claiming the majority of the reported three million viewer votes cast.

sing_off_pentatonix_wins

In all, 16 teams competed in the singing competition where participating groups couldn’t use instruments other than their own voices.

Throughout the competition, Pentatonix stood out as a small yet mighty group of talented singers and vocal percussionists, and they were praised regularly by show’s judges Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.

Along with Maldonado—a National Hispanic Scholar and University of Oklahoma musical theatre major—Pentatonix consists of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan.

Maldonado was credited by the judges for bringing some serious sass and class to the group as the only female member.

“I don’t even know what to say … I’m just so humbled to have shared the stage with my best friends. They’re my family,” said Hoying after winning the competition. “And these 16 amazing groups; I can’t believe this is happening.”

Mars’ Sesame Street Appearance…

Bruno Mars can tell you “how to get, how to get to Sesame Street” now that he’s spent some time with Elmo and the gang.

The 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer made a special guest appearance on PBS’ long-running children’s series Sesame Street.

BrunoMarsSesameStreet

Mars performs “Don’t Give Up,” an oh-so-catchy song about persevering that he wrote exclusively for the show.

“Try and try and you’ll come out on top, Don’t give up… Keep on tryin’, You’re gonna make it, I aint lyin’,” sings the recent American Music Award winner for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.

Mars is the latest Latino celebrities to appear on the iconic show. Other Hispanic stars that have appeared on Sesame Street include Juanes and Sofia Vergara.

Martinez Heading to the Pentagon…

Now that he’s won Dancing with the Stars, J.R. Martinez won’t be heading to Disneyland.

The 28-year-old Iraq-war-vet-turned-actor will be headed to our nation’s capital for an extra special meet-and-greet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.

JR Martinez

During a 10-minute telephone call Friday, Panetta told Martinez—who was severely burned over more than 40 percent of his body when the Humvee he was driving for the U.S. Army in Iraq struck a land mine in 2003—that he demonstrated the strength and resilience of wounded veterans, according to Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby.

Meanwhile, the El Salvadoran-American dance champion credited his military training for his performance on ABC’s hit reality dance competition. He bested Rob Kardashian and Ricki Lake for the coveted mirror ball trophy on Tuesday.

In a letter to Martinez sent prior to the call, Panetta praised the former Army infantryman, who suffered severe burns when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2003.

“Over the course of this competition, your spirit captivated the nation and your victory sends a powerful message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors,” he said.

Details of Martinez’s meeting with Panetta are being hammered out at the moment.

Del Toro: Star Trek Bound?

Benicio del Toro could soon be headed to “space: the final frontier”…

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican actor is currently in talks to appear in the Star Trek sequel, as confirmed by the film’s director J.J. Abrams.

Benicio del Toro in talks to star in Star Trek sequel

“Well, we’re just in negotiations, we’re in discussions,” Abrams told MTV News. “It’s not even negotiations—just in discussion. But I would love
to work with him. I’ve wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity. It’s too early to talk about what the role is, but he’s such an amazing actor. He’s so versatile. He could sort of do anything. Except play Uhura. I wouldn’t buy that.”

Abrams reportedly wants Del Toro to play a villain in the sequel to Star Trek, the critically acclaimed 2009 reboot of the Star Trek film franchise that earned a total worldwide gross of $385,494,555.

If Del Toro and Abrams can come to an agreement, he’d star opposite much of the same cast, including fellow Hispanic star Zoe Saldana, who plays Nyota Uhura.

del Toro won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award for his role as Javier Rodríguez in Traffic.

Ali Heading Home Again…

She may have starred in sitcoms like Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Love That Girl, but that doesn’t mean Tatyana Ali is afraid to play up the drama.

The 32-year-old part-Panamanian actress/singer has signed on to star in Home Again, an independent film that highlights the lives of three adults raised as outsiders from childhood.

Tatyana Ali tp star in Home Again

The characters are deported from Canada, the United States and London to Jamaica—where they were born—and find they have to fight for survival in a country where family support, friends and shelter are elusive, but where ultimately hope and thehuman spirit emerges.

Ali—who recently received a Black Girls Rock Award from BET—will shoot the Canadian drama on location in Trinidad and Jamaica for six weeks, starting in January 2012.

Iglesias’ Wild Thanksgiving Performance

It may be the end of November, but Enrique Iglesias kept things sizzling at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas this Thanksgiving.

Wearing a black hoodie, black & gold military cap and jeans, the 36-year-old Spanish pop singer performed a medley of his music during the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins game, including new single “I Like How It Feels.”

Enrique Iglesias Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game Halftime Show

Iglesias’s halftime performance—which included a special appearance by Cuban-American rap superstar Pitbullhelped kick off the Salvation Army’s 15th annual Red Kettle Kickoff during the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game.

It’s the 120th anniversary of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which began on the San Francisco wharf in 1891 and has spread worldwide to raise money for people in need. Last year, the campaign raised a record $142 million, mostly in small donations from holiday shoppers.


Iglesias, Pitbull and rising star Prince Royce are currently on tour throughout the United States.

Pena’s Big-Time Cowboys Performance…

Enrique Iglesias isn’t the only Latino celebrity performing live at the Dallas Cowboys game this holiday. Nickelodeon star Carlos Pena and his fellow Big Time Rush band members made a special appearance at the big Thanksgiving Day game.

Before the start of the Cowboys’ game against the Miami Dolphins, Big Time Rush’s Pena, James Maslow, Logan Henderson and Kendall Schmidt performed the national anthem to perfection at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Big Time Rush Carlos Pena

“It’s American’s team,” said Schmidt to MTV.com, while Maslow added, “Every American is a Cowboys fan.”

But the 22-year-old  half-Dominican, half-Venezuelan Pena isn’t so sure who to root for…

“I like Miami and the Dolphins; they’re my home team,” explained Pena. “But the Cowboys gave me this job to sing the National Anthem, so, who do you go with?”

Its part of a big-time month for the stars of the hit Nickelodeon show. Not only did they recently wrap shooting their feature film Big Time Movie, they also just released their sophomore album, Elevated, this Monday.

Meantime, the group plans to take their act on the road for their “Better With U” Tour—the band’s first United States tour—in February.

Santos Ready for World Domination…

Romeo Santos isn’t afraid to blend, especially if it means expanding his musical sound to reach new audiences…

The 30-year-old Dominican-American singer, who recently released his debut solo album at the top of the Billboard Latin Albums chart, says he’s hoping to partner with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez to blend ranchera music with bachata.

Romeo Santos

During a recent press conference in Mexico, the former Aventura front man confessed that his greatest “challenge” is the ability to spread his music and share it with other artists of different genres and countries.

“I would like to collaborate with Alejandro Fernandez to be able to mix genre,” said Santos, who admits to listening to Canadian crooner Michael Buble and legendary Mexican singers Vicente Fernandez and Juan Gabriel. “It would be interesting to mix bachata with rancheras.”

Santos’ new solo album “Formula Vol. 1” already includes collaborations with well-known artists like Mexico’s Mario Domm from the group Camila; Spaniards La Mala Rodriguez and Tomati and American singers Usher, Lil Wayne and Pitbull.

Santos expressed his desire to bring his culture and music to the entire world and said he’s ready to push forward as a solo artist to “conquer” hearts in the European and Asian markets.

“My intent is to exceed expectations and conquer the public in Spain, Japan and Brazil,” said Santos, who will begin his world tour in the United States in February 2012.