Gutiérrez Signs with William Morris Endeavor

F. Javier Gutiérrez has new representation…

The 39-year-old Spanish filmmaker has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME).

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Gutiérrez, one of the most awarded and heralded fantasy genre filmmakers in his native country, recently landed the job directing the reboot of the James O’Barr cult fanboy classic The Crow at Relativity Media.

Gutierrez, who has been repped at Paradigm, previously wrote and directed the Spanish-language thriller Before the Fall, a film that won Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay at the Malaga Film Festival.

In addition, Gutierrez is set to produce the sci-fi project The Greys for Dimension Films, as well as produce House Of Horror with James Wan, currently in production at Dimension Films.

Prince Royce Signs Recording Contract with Sony Music Entertainment

Prince Royce’s future is at Sony… at least for the next few years…

The 23-year-old Dominican-American bachata singer-songwriter and soon-to-be La Voz Kids coach inked a contract with Sony Music Entertainment to release his next albums, the label reported this week.

Prince Royce

“I’m very excited about this new step in my career, which will help spread my music globally. I chose Sony because we share the same passion and vision about the direction we want to take my music and my career,” said Royce.

Prince Royce reached an agreement last February with his previous record label, Top Stop Music, to settle a legal battle that erupted when h decided unilaterally to break their contract.

Once a free agent, the winner of 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards was approached by a number of labels trying to sign him, but he finally picked Sony, which is home to artists like Shakira, Justin Timberlake and Usher.

Prince Royce will launch his first Sony album in Spanish next fall. Later, as stipulated in the contract, he will record his next pop discs in English for Sony’s RCA Records label.

“We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with such a dynamic Latin artist on his first English album,” RCA’s CEO Peter Edge, said in a statement.

Estefan Releasing “The Standards” via Sony This Fall

Gloria Estefan is heading back to the standards with her old label…

The 55-year-old Cuban singer, who is developing a Broadway musical about her life, has signed a multi-album agreement to return to her longtime label Sony Music Entertainment, a deal that will begin with the release of her upcoming English-language album, The Standards, due out this fall.

Gloria Estefan

Estefan’s album will be a set of American standards, with the repertoire having special significance to Estefan, beginning with “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Good Morning Heartache,” which she performed at her very first Tonight Show appearance in 1985 with Miami Sound Machine.

Estefan spent 30 years with Sony, releasing albums in both English and Spanish, both as a solo artist and with Miami Sound Machine. Then, in 2011, she took a hiatus and released Miss Little Havana via a worldwide distribution and marketing deal with Verve Forecast and Universal Music Group. In the U.S., the physical album was sold exclusively through Target. Now, Estefan has returned to Sony and will be promoted through both its Latin and Masterworks arms.

“Gloria is one-of-a-kind — in any language, in any genre,” said Afo Verde, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal.

“Masterworks is thrilled to be a marketing partner with Sony Latin and Gloria Estefan on this very special project,” added Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Classical and Sony Masterworks. “It represents another landmark in the career of an artist who continues to be a creative inspiration in all styles of popular music.”

Sales of Fergie’s Latest Wet n Wild Product to Benefit amfAR

Fergie isn’t just a “Glamorous” songstress… She’s also a socially conscious entertainer who is (wet n) wild about giving back to the community.

The 37-year-old part-Mexican singer and Black Eyed Peas member, who recently announced she’s expecting her first child with husband Josh Duhamel, launched the new lip colour she developed with Wet n Wild this week, adding that she’s added a charitable component to her cosmetics line.

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Called Perfect Pout V.I. Pink, the shimmery pink shade will benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) with 50 cents from each $3.49 product benefitting the cause.

“For me, it was really important to have a charitable component to my cosmetics line,” Fergie told WWD. “I did the MAC Viva Glam campaign [in 2008], and I was very inspired by the cause and motivated to do something myself. Wet n Wild has been amazing, and we’ve really pushed this forward and embraced it with open arms.”

Fergie's Wet n Wild Lip Color Line

To coincide with the product launch, Fergie invited her Twitter followers to Times Square in New York City this week. During the event the singer helped make over three Good Morning America viewers.

The singer used the cosmetics from her CenterStage colour collection to transform the selected members of the public.

“We really wanted to include social media with this,” Fergie said. “ [This cause is] very close to my heart.”

Fergie was named beauty ambassador for the American cosmetics company last year.

In addition to her make-up line, Fergie has been keeping busy working on her fragrances with Avon. Her latest scent for the brand is Viva, which she described as “very fresh, clean and crisp”.

She plans to branch into more product categories in the future, but says her immediate priority is preparing for her new arrival.

“I have my hands and plate full now,” Fergie laughed. “Being pregnant, it’s great to do a lot of work from home. I do it being comfortable and not worrying about hair and make-up. As far as what I’m going to do when the child comes? I have no idea what I’m going to tell you.”

Hayek Participates in Got Milk? Campaign for Third Straight Year

Salma Hayek’s still got milk

The 46-year-old Mexican actress is taking part in the Got Milk? campaign for the third straight year.

Salma Hayek's Got Milk? Campaign

In Hayek’s latest ad to promote milk consumption, the Frida star serves breakfast to who appears to be her young daughter Valentina while wearing a bathrobe and curlers.

Hayek, the best-dressed Latina at this year’s Academy Awards, touts the nutritional value of milk and says it’s important that her family start the day with a good breakfast.

In a separate interview taped during the filming of the commercial, Hayek says that her multiple occupations and the fast pace of life make it difficult to serve a daily balanced breakfast.

So “one of the ways I make sure my family has a nutritious breakfast is including milk, especially for my little one,” added Hayek, who recently joined the Chime for Change women’s campaign.

Mendez Signs with the United Talent Agency

Tony Mendez is a Hollywood darling…

The 72-year-old retired CIA officer, the man played by Ben Affleck in Argo who orchestrated the plan to smuggle six diplomatic workers out of Iran, has signed on with the United Talent Agency.

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Mendez – who earned a Scripter Award for Argo, an award given to the screenwriters and the author of the material on which the script is based – has written three memoirs about his CIA experiences. His Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA was one of two sources for the film’s screenplay.

UTA will represent Mendez and his wife Joanna, also a former CIA agent, in film, television and all other media.

Mendez’s Argo experience was a well-kept secret until it was declassified, and the CIA power couple had other undercover adventures.

UTA will be working closely with the couple’s publishing agent and producing partner to represent them as well as the declassified stories from their careers.

Mendez’s Master Of Disguise was the first-ever memoir from a top operative to be authorized by the CIA.

The couple also wrote Spy Dust, a true-life thriller that talks about how they fell in love and got married during the last chapter of the Cold War.

The Mendez’s, who helped advise the development of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC, continue to train and consult to the agency community.

Sotheby’s to Auction Off Dinner with Chef Ferran Adrià

Someone could soon be dining with the legendary Ferran Adrià

Sotheby’s will be holding auctions next month in Hong Kong and New York City, offering the auction house’s bidders the chance to dine with the 50-year-old Spanish chef, as well as a collection of wines from his famed El Bulli restaurant, and other items from the restaurant.

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“The elBulliCellar comprises an exceptional and unique collection of wines, that was created and developed by Juli Soler and the elBulli sommelier team (Agusti Peris, Eloi Sanchez, Isabelle Brunet, Lucas Paya, David Seijas and Ferran Centelles),” said Adrià  said in a statement released by Sotheby’s.

“Due the transformation of elBulli from a restaurant to a foundation, we decided this very special and personal collection should be used to make a founding contribution to help ensure the successful launch of the elBulliFoundation,” said Adrià, who will be the focus of a new film.

Bidding for the dinner with the chef will start at 3,845 euros ($5,000).

“Over the two sales, 8,807 bottles will be offered, with proceeds benefiting the elBulliFoundation, which will focus its activity on ‘Creativity.’ The foundation will study the efficiency of the innovation processes, and how they are recorded and audited, using cooking as a language that interacts with other disciplines,” said Sotheby’s officials.

Slim Remains the World’s Richest Billionaire

Carlos Slim keeps his lead over Bill Gates by more than a slim margin…

The 73-year-old Mexican businessman and telecommunications tycoon, who launched Ora.tv last summer, is still the world’s richest man, according to Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s richest billionaires.

Carlos Slim

Slim, who has earned the title for the last four years, tops this year’s list with $73 billion in net worth.

He’s followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates with $67 billion and Spanish fashion executive Amancio Ortega at $57 billion, according to the magazine.

Slim’s extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, have amassed interests in the fields of communications, technology, retailing, and finance.

Boyer Races William Levy in New Ruffles/Sabritas Commercial

Move over Danica Patrick… There’s a new speed racer in town… And, her name is Angelique Boyer.

The 24-year-old Mexican actress takes the wheel for a drag race against former Dancing with the Stars heartthrob William Levy in a Mexican commercial for Ruffles and Sabritas.

William Levy & Angelique Boyer

In the minute-long clip, the telenovela stars race through the city to reach La Esquina, where a young man is debating which brand of potato chips to buy. Boyer and Levy each tease each other along the way.

After arriving, Boyer and Levy each give good face to persuade the guy to pick their respective brand.

Parrilla Graces the Cover of “Once Upon a Time” Magazine

It looks like Oprah isn’t the only celebrity to grace the cover of her own magazine…

Once Upon a Time star Lana Parrilla appears on the cover of the hit ABC fairy tale drama’s new magazine.

Once Upon a Time Magazine Cover

Titan Magazines is publishing two special collector’s edition magazines, with the  first issue going on sale Tuesday. The second edition will go on sale this summer.

The magazine will serve as a companion to the series, with 148 pages of content including cast interviews with Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison, Jared Gilmore and Meghan Ory, as well as interviews with the show’s creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Other components in the magazine include making-of features and a guide to season one.

The second issue will include an interview with Ginnifer Goodwin, among other features.

Once Upon a Time airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on ABC.