Escalante’s “Heli” Representing Mexico in the Outstanding Foreign Language Film Oscar Race

Amat Escalante could possibly land his first Oscar nomination…

The 34-year-old Spain-born Mexican filmmaker’s critically acclaimed film Heli has been submitted to represent Mexico in the Outstanding Foreign Language Film Oscar race by the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas.

Amat Escalante

The film, which earned Escalante the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, offers a stark look at the effects of crime and corruption in Mexico.

It centers on a 12-year-old girl who falls in love with a young police cadet who wants to run away with her and get married. He gets mixed up cartels when he decides to smuggle drugs to earn money, with violent and tragic consequences.

Heli earned the best international film award at this year’s Munich International Film Festival and the Best Film prize at the Lima Film Festival.

Miguel Notches Five Soul Train Award Nominations…

Miguel is one of the music industry’s brightest soul-diers

The 27-year-old half-Mexican singer-songwriter, who will serve as a mentor on the upcoming season of NBC’s The Voice, leads this year’s pack of Latino Soul Train Awards nominees.

Miguel

Miguel is up for five awards, one less than overall lead nominee Kendrick Lamar.

He’s nominated twice in the Best Collaboration category, for his song with J.Cole, “Power Trip,” as well as his track “How Many Drinks” with Lamar.

He’s also up for Album of the Year for his sophomore set Kaleidoscope Dream, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Power Trip” and Best R&B/Soul Male Artist.

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars has earned two nods…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer follows up his two MTV Europe Music Award nominations with two Soul Train Award nominations.

Mars, confirmed to perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime show, will face off against Miguel in the Best R&B/Soul Male Artist category. He’s also up for Best Dance Performance for his sizzling single “Treasure.”

Other Latino nominees include Marc Anthony, Ashanti and Maxwell.

The Soul Train Awards will be presented November 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The awards will air December 1 on BET and Centric.

Actor-comedian Anthony Anderson will host the show.

See a complete list of nominees below.

Best New Artist
Bridget Kelly
K. Michelle
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton
TGT

Centric Certified Award
Joss Stone
Luke James
Lyfe Jennings
Solange
Stacy Barthe
Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
Confessions- Lecrae
Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
God Will Make Away – Shirley Caesar
If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett
Life & Favor – John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

Bad – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas
High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne
Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel
Started From the Bottom – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michele
Fantasia
Janelle Monáe
Kelly Rowland
Tamar Braxton

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
John Legend
Miguel
Robin Thicke

Album of the Year

20/20 Experience, The – Justin Timberlake
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Magna Carta… Holy Grail – Jay Z
The Side Effects of You – Fantasia
Unapologetic – Rihanna

Song of the Year

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.
Diamonds -Rihanna
Fine China – Chris Brown
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award

Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
Lose to Win – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Body Party – Ciara
Fine China – Chris Brown
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)
Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration

Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down
J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines
Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best International Performance (CENTRICTV.com)

Differentology – Bunji Garlin
The Fog – Machel Montano
Next To Me – Emeli Sande
Personally – P-Square
Ur Waist – Iyanya

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)

George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable
Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life
Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain
Terence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)

Jose James – Trouble
Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)
Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life
George Duke – Missing You

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (CENTRICTV.com)

Ashanti – Never Should Have
Brian McKnight – Sweeter
Kenny Lattimore – Find A Way
Maysa – Love Me Good
Raheem DeVaughn – Love Connection
Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

Fergie & Josh Duhamel Share First Pictures of Their Newborn Son

Fergie is sharing images of her little Black Eyed Pea with the world…

The 38-year-old part-Mexican singer and her actor husband Josh Duhamel showed off their newborn son on Tuesday, tweeting the first two photos of Axl.

Axl Jack Duhamel

Axl Jack Duhamel Day 1. Life is good,” Duhamel tweeted on Tuesday, adding that the paparazzi can leave their house now.

Fergie shared the second photo of Axl wearing a headphone-like device. “Axl Jack Duhamel. Day 2 of life. Hearing test complete. All systems go.”

Axl Jack Duhamel

Axl, who is the first child for both, was born in late August. Fergie initially announced in February that she was expecting on Twitter.

“Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!!,” she tweeted with a link to a picture of her at childhood with a picture of a very young Duhamel cropped in next to her.

Fergie and Duhamel married in 2009 after dating for more than four years.

Mars Earns Two MTV Europe Music Award Nominations

Bruno Mars has a date with the MTV EMAs…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer has earned two MTV Europe Music Award nominations, the most of any Latino artist this year.

Bruno Mars

Mars, who won his first-ever Moonman at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, is nominated in the Best Song category for his No. 1 hit single “Locked Out Of Heaven.”

He’s also up for Best Male, where he’s up against Eminem, Jay Z, Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake.

But Mars isn’t the only Latino artist to earn an at least one MTV EMA nomination…

Selena Gomez, who also won the first Moonman of her career at the MTV VMAs in August, is nominated for Best Female. She’s up against Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift

The 2013 MTV EMA will be shown on MTV at 9pm on Sunday November 10 and broadcast live from Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome.

Here’s a look at the nominees:

BEST SONG

Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” (Ft. Pharrell Williams)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop” (Ft. Wanz)
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (Ft. T.I. & Pharrell)

BEST POP

Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Miley Cyrus
One Direction
Taylor Swift

BEST FEMALE

Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

BEST MALE

Bruno Mars
Eminem
Jay Z
Justin Bieber
Justin Timberlake

BEST LIVE

Beyoncé
Green Day
Justin Timberlake
P!no
Taylor Swift

BEST NEW ARTIST

Bastille
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Rudimental

BEST VIDEO

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
Lady Gaga – “Applause”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (ft. T.I. & Pharrell)
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Up In The Air”

BEST ROCK

Black Sabbath
Green Day
Kings Of Leon
Queens Of The Stone Age
The Killers

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Arctic Monkeys
Fall Out Boy
Franz Ferdinand
Paramore
Thirty Seconds To Mars

BEST HIP HOP

Drake
Eminem
Jay Z
Kanye West
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

BEST ELECTRONIC

Afrojack
Avicii
Calvin Harris
Daft Punk
Skrillex

 

BIGGEST FANS

Tokio Hotel
Thirty Seconds To Mars
One Direction
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga

BEST LOOK

Harry Styles

Justin Timberlake

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

Rita Ora

 

BEST PUSH

Karmin (October 2012)
Rudimental (November 2012)
Imagine Dragons (January 2013)
A$AP Rocky (February 2013)
Bastille (March 2013)
Austin Mahone (April 2013)
Bridgit Mendler (May 2013)
Tom Odell (June 2013)
Iggy Azalea (July 2013)Icona Pop (August 2013)twenty one pilots (September 2013)

BEST WORLD STAGE (WS)

Alicia Keys – WS Manchester 2012 (aired Dec. 7th)
fun. – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped June 7th)
Garbage – WS Mexico 2012 (aired Dec. 21st)
Green Day – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped June 9th)
Jason Mraz – WS Live In Myanmar 2012 (taped Dec. 16th)
Jessie J – WS Malta 2013 (taped 26th June)
Linkin Park – WS Mexico 2012 (aired Oct. 26th)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – WS Wireless 2013 (taped 13th July)
No Doubt – WS Frankfurt 2012 (aired Dec. 28th)
Paramore – WS Rock Am Ring 2013 (taped 7th June)
Rita Ora – WS Malta 2013 (taped June 26th)

Robin Thicke – WS Malaysia 2013 (taped 8th September)
Snoop Lion – WS Durban 2013 (taped May 18th)
The Black Keys – WS NY Webster City Hall 2012 (aired Oct. 12th)
The Killers – WS Big Day Out 2013 (taped Jan 18th)

BEST UK & IRELAND ACT

Calvin Harris
Ellie Goulding
Olly Murs
One Direction
Rudimental

Vergara to Present at This Year’s Primetime Emmy Awards

Win or lose, Sofia Vergara will be taking the stage at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards

The 41-year-old Colombian actress and Modern Family scene-stealer, nominated for the fourth straight year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category, has been added to the list of presenters for the awards show.

Sofia Vergara

She’ll join other recently announced presenters, including Will Arnett, Alec Baldwin, Andre Braugher, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Jimmy Kimmel and Margo Martindale.

They join previously announced presenters Diahann Carroll, Matt Damon, Emily Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Douglas, Anna Faris, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are set to be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, September 22 at 8:00 pm ET on CBS.

Vega Engaged to Big Time Rush’s Carlos Pena Jr.

Alexa Vega is getting ready for a Big Time wedding…

The 25-year-old half-Colombian American actress and former Spy Kids star is engaged to Big Time Rush band member Carlos Pena Jr.

Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.

Vega – who will next star in Machete Kills, Robert Rodriguez’s sequel to Machete – shared the news via her Instagram account, posting a photo of Pena with the caption “Hello fiancé.”

Pena popped the question to Vega, who’s been married once before, during a recent road trip.

On Wednesday, Pena posted a photo of Vega sporting her massive engagement ring. “My angel!!! @vegaalexa awesome road trip so far!! Now we just need to get back,” wrote the 24-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor.

Saldana Married to Italian Artist Marco Perego

Zoë Saldana is no longer a single lady…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican/Dominican-American actress reportedly secretly wed Italian artist Marco Perego this past June, according to US Weekly.

Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego

Saldana  and Perego reportedly tied the knot during an intimate ceremony in London surrounded by family and friends.

The couple was first seen as a pair in May at the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere in L.A., where they were spotted kissing.

Saldana was previously engaged to Keith Britton, CEO of My Fashion Database, before ending the relationship in November 2011 after dating for 11 years.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actress also dated Bradley Cooper on and off from 2011 to 2013.

Saldana’s most recent project involves working with Lionsgate to develop content for Hispanic viewers in hopes of growing its Hispanic demo.

Lopez & Wife Courtney Mazza Welcome Their Second Child

Mario Lopez’s family has expanded…

The 39-year-old Mexican American actor and Extra host’s wife Courtney Mazza has given birth to the couple’s second child.

Mario Lopez

Mazza gave birth to a baby boy on Monday night, September 9. The couple named their son Dominic Lopez.

Lopez took to Twitter to announce the arrival of his second child. “It’s a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please welcome Dominic Lopez to the world! Couldn’t be happier… @CourtneyMLopez & baby are doing just fine… :),” he wrote.

Baby Dominic joins his big sister Gia Francesca who turns 3 years old on Wednesday.

The X Factor host had to rush to hospital from the studio. “Whoa.. Cutting it close. Just wrapped @TheXFactorUSA & I’m rushing to the hospital. Baby Lopez #2 is coming tonight! Baby better wait for me,” he tweeted a few hours before the baby’s arrival. “This anticipation is killing me… #BabyLopezNumber2.”

The couple announced in February that they were expecting their second child. “She wants to know if it’s a boy or a girl, but we don’t know because we’re waiting to find out. That’s kind of tough sometimes, we just don’t know!” Lopez said of his excited daughter.

“My husband is the most supportive man on the earth. He loves my booty. I lost the weight pretty quickly the first time, so I’m praying it happens the second time around,” Mazza told People magazine in June.

Fernández Notches His Best Sales Week with New Album “Confidencias”

It’s an extra special quinceañera for Alejandro Fernández

The 42-year-old Mexican singer has notched the best sales week of his two-decade-plus career with his 15th studio album, Confidencias.

Alejandro Fernández

Released by Universal Music Latino, Fernández’s album debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums with 21,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album’s impressive opening also impacts the Billboard 200 where it enters the chart at No. 19, making this Fernandez’s best position on the chart ever.

Confidencias is only the second Latin album to breach the top 20 of the Billboard 200 this year; Earlier, Marc Anthony’s 3.0 debuted at No. 5 on August 10 with 39,000 copies. Now, 3.0 drops to No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart.

Fernandez’s previous best sales week was the January 10, 1998 frame when his Me Estoy Enamorando sold 20,000 Christmas-week units.

Confidencias is Fernandez’ fourth chart-topper behind Enamorando (12 weeks in 1998-99), Entre Tus Brazos (May 13, 2000) and Dos Mundos: Evolucion (Jan. 2, 2010).

Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti,” the album’s first single, featuring Christina Aguilera, serves as the theme song to Univision’s new soap opera La Tempestad and sits at its peak of No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs, a rarity for a ballad in today’s more up-tempo dominated radio charts.

The Latin pop album also features a new rendition of Rod Stewart’s classic “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” featuring Stewart himself, as well as Alejandro’s first collaboration with his father Vicente Fernandez in over 20 years on “Me Olvide de Vivir.”

Fergie Gives Birth to First Child, Son Axl Jack

It’s a pea in a pod for Fergie

The 38-year-old part-Mexican singer and Black Eyed Peas singer and husband Josh Duhamel welcomed their first child, a son named Axl Jack, on Thursday.

Fergie

A.J. weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 oz., their rep confirmed to People magazine.

The Grammy-winning singer, who recently had her name legally changed to Fergie Duhamel, gave birth by Cesarean section at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Other details have yet to be disclosed at this time.

Fergie announced the pregnancy in February. The couple married in Malibu on January 10, 2009 after five years of dating.