Netflix Renews Omar Ayuso’s Boarding School Drama Series “Elite” for Fourth Season

Omar Ayuso is heading back to boarding school…

Netflix has renewed he 22-year-old Spanish actor’s Spanish drama Elite for a fourth season, with some cast changes in store for the boarding school series.

Omar Ayuso

The series, which was created and written by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals with Netflix noting last year that it had been seen by more than 20M households.

The teen series follows the intrigue at Las Encinas, an exclusive boarding school in Spain. In the third season a number of the protagonists faced their last months at the institute, a stage in which they ‘ll have to make decisions that can change their future forever. 

The season featured love, sex, and friendship as well as jealousy, secrets and the desire for revenge, which threatened to destroy lives that were really just about to begin.

The cast announced the renewal news on social media with a video message.

It comes as a number of cast members revealed that they were leaving the show, including Mina El HammaniDanna PaolaEster ExpósitoÁlvaro Rico, and Jorge López.

Itzan EscamillaMiguel BernardeauArón Piper, Ayuso, Claudia Salas and Georgina Amorós have been confirmed to be reprising their roles.

Eliteis produced by Zeta Audiovisual.

Apple TV+ to Premiere Kevin Valdez’s Dramedy “Little Voice” in July

Kevin Valdez’s (little) voice will be heard this summer…

Apple has set a premiere date for its new series Little Voice, starring the Latino actor.

Apple TV+

Hailing from executive producer J.J. Abrams, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and writer-director Jessie Nelson, the dramedy is described as an intensely romantic story and a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York City.

The series is set to premiere July 10 on Apple‘s Apple TV+ streaming platform. Episodes will debut weekly.

Little Voice stars Brittany O’Grady (Fox‘s Star) as Bess King, a uniquely talented performer struggling to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love, and complicated family issues. The show will also feature original music from Bareilles as it tells a story about finding your authentic voice and the courage to use it. 

The series also stars Sean TealeColton Ryan,Shalini Bathina, Valdez, Phillip Johnson Richardson and Chuck Cooper.

Nelson and Bareilles previously collaborated on the Tony Award-nominated musical Waitress (based on the 2007 movie), for which Nelson wrote the book and Bareilles wrote music and lyrics. 

Nelson wrote and directed the first episode. 

The series hails from Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television.

All 10 of Bad Bunny’s “Las Que No Iban a Salir” Tracks Land on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

It’s a perfect 10 for Bad Bunny

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer’s new surprise album Las Que No Iban a Salir takes over Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, as all 10 tracks debut on the May 23 survey. 

Bad-Bunny

With the 10 debuts, his total number of career hits on the list now climbs to 93. Daddy Yankee remains in second place with 75.

The 10 debuts join 10 holdover titles from Bad Bunny on the Hot Latin Songs chart, the fourth time Bad Bunny has claimed 20 concurrent hits on the list — and all four have occurred in 2020. Only Ozuna has ever placed more songs on the chart at one time, with 21 on the September 8, 2018-dated chart.

The Hot Latin Songs chart blends airplay, digital sales, and streaming data. Bad Bunny’s 10 debuts were mostly on the strength of streaming activity as he collected 46 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs.

Of the 20 songs he places, 10 are debuts from the new album and 10 are holdovers from his own YHLQMDLG. “Bye, Me Fui,” the new album’s third track, leads the pack, opening at No. 6. The only other new track arriving in the chart’s top 10 is “Como Se Siente (Remix)” with Jhay Cortez, landing at No. 10. Originally a Cortez solo song which appeared on his Famouz Reloaded album released January 24, the remix, with Bad Bunny, was released May 10.

Meanwhile, “Yo Perreo Sola,” one of YHLQMDLG’s singles, continues solidly at No. 2 in its seventh consecutive week.

Beyond his Hot Latin Songs takeover, Bad Bunny also commands the Latin Streaming Songs chart placing a total of 20 songs in the 25-deep chart, nine off Las Que No Iban a Salir.

Notably, Bad Bunny’s 93 career entries date back to only 2016 through his collaboration on Mambo KingzDJ Luan’s “Tú No Vive Así,” which also features Arcangel.

Netflix to Premiere Part 2 of Gabriel Iglesias’ Comedy Series “Mr. Iglesias” in June

GabrielFluffyIglesias is headed back to school next month…

The second season of the 43-year-old Mexican American stand-up comedian/actor’s Netflix series will premiere on Wednesday, June 17.

Mr. Iglesias Gabriel Iglesias

In the series created by Kevin Hench, Iglesias stars as Gabe, a good-natured public high school teacher in Long Beach, CA who works at his alma mater. Gabe takes on teaching gifted but misfit kids to not only save them from being “counseled out” by a bully bureaucrat assistant principal (Oscar Nuñez), but also to help them unlock their full potential. 

Sherri Shepherd co-stars as the school’s principal, Paula.

Love is in the air for Part 2 of the series as Mr. Iglesias convinces his star student, Marisol (Cree Cicchino), and fellow student, Mikey (Fabrizio Guido), to go out for the school play of Romeo & Juliet while, unbeknownst to Gabe, Principal Paula plays Cupid to find him the girl of his dreams.

The series is part of a three-project deal Iglesias signed with Netflix in 2018, which also included a pair of stand-up specials.

Cardi B Wins First-Ever Webby Award for Her Surreal Reebok “Nails” Commercial

Cardi B’s nailing it on the web…

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar was one of the winners of the 24th annual Webby Awards, which honor the best of the web.

Cardi B x Reebok Nails

Cardi B, who was nominated last year alongside Maroon 5f or their “Girls Like You” video, picked up the Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Fashion & Lifestyle for her “Nails” commercial for Reebok.

Meanwhile, Swizz Beatz picked up his own Webby Award.

The 41-year-old half-Puerto Rican hip-hop artist, producer and entrepreneur and Timbaland won the Webby Break the Internet Award for the Verzuz battles on Instagram Live, which celebrate legendary songwriters and producers and building a platform for 310,000 viewers’ insight behind pop culture’s most influential songs.

All winners were honored during an online celebration dubbed WFH: Webby From Home, which took place on Tuesday (May 19) at WebbyAwards.com, hosted by Patton Oswalt.

The Webbys said this year’s event is dedicated to “honoring outstanding individuals and organizations who are using the Internet in response to the incredible difficulties imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.” 

Webby winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. In addition, the organization hands out People’s Voice Awards, chosen by fans. The academy said 2.5 million votes were cast in more than 230 countries to choose those winners.

A select list of Webby Award winners are listed below. The full list can be found here.

Webby Award for Celebrity/Fan (Social)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Webby Award for Email Newsletters (Websites)
The Malala Fund

Webby People’s Voice Award for Arts & Entertainment (Social)
#NiceTweets with Tom Hanks

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Fashion & Lifestyle (Video)
Reebok x Cardi B | Nails

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Events & Livestreams (Video)
The Intercept’s Greta Thunberg on the Climate Fight: “If We Can Save the Banks, Then We Can Save the World”

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Public Service & Activism (Video)
#NatureNow with Greta Thunberg

Webby People’s Voice Award for Science & Education (Podcasts)
Science Rules! With Bill Nye

Webby Award for Best User Interface (Websites)
ESPN’s Welcome to Bron Bron Land

Webbys People’s Voice Award for Best Art Direction (Video)
Lil Nas X, “Panini”

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Mini Series (Podcasts)
Dolly Parton’s America

Webby Award for Comedy (Video)
Squarespace’s Make It With Idris Elba

Webby People’s Voice Award for Fashion & Beauty (Social)
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Webby Award for Entertainment (Video)
The Late Late Show With James Corden

Webby Award for Volumetric/6-Degrees of Freedom (Video)
Game of Thrones: The Dead Must Die Magic Leap Experience

Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Host (Podcasts)
The Catch and Kill Podcast With Ronan Farrow

Webby People’s Voice Award for Experimental & Innovation (Social)
Celine Dion

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Individual Episode (Podcasts)
HBO’s The Chernobyl Podcast

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Humor (Social), the Webby Award for Best Web Personality/Host (Video) and the Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Comedy: Shortform (Video)
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for News & Politics (Podcasts)
Luminary’s The Trevor Noah Podcast

Webby People’s Voice Award for Products & Services (Advertising, Media & PR) and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Scripted (Video)
Squarespace’s Make It Real | Oscar the Grouch

Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Use of Stories (Social)
Saturday Night Live

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Fashion & Beauty (Social Content Series & Campaigns)
e.l.f. Cosmetics #eyeslipsface TikTok Campaign featuring Lizzo, Ellen Degeneres, James Charles, Terry Crews & Reese Witherspoon

Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Homepage (Websites)
Nike Skateboarding

Webby Award for Sports (Social)
NFL TikTok

Webby People’s Voice Award for Technical Achievement (Games)
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Webby People’s Voice Award for News & Magazines (Apps, Mobile, and Voice)
Consumer Reports

Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Original Music/Sound Design (Podcasts)
BBC’s 13 Minutes to the Moon

Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Video Campaign (Advertising, Media & PR)
Adidas Originals “Donald Glover Presents”

Webby Award for Best Overall Social Presence — Brand (Social)
NASA

Webby Award for Sports (Podcasts)
ESPN’s 30for30Podcasts

Webby People’s Voice Award for Media Streaming (Websites)
DC Universe

Special Achievement winners (along with the Webbys’ explanations of why the honorees were selected) include:

Webby Artist of the Year
D-Nice for his creation #ClubQuarantine, his free DJ sets on Instagram Live, to help people dance and have fun amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Beyond a dance party, he has used his platform to give voice to causes like Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote,” demonstrating that the Internet is the perfect tool to engage people’s hearts while pushing for political participation.

Webby Voice of the Year
The Dailyfor the podcast team’s valiant coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Daily by The New York Timesis using the Internet to be a crucial voice providing accurate, in-depth reporting about the pandemic.

Webby Person of the Year
Avi Schiffmann for his creation of ncov2019.live to track the spread of COVID-19 across the world. Since he launched the site on Dec. 29, 17-year old Schiffmann’s tracking site has been a necessary tool that sounded the alarm and called attention to the virus’ severity long before many global officials.

Webby Breakout of the Year
Houseparty for becoming a global cultural phenomenon and keeping people laughing with their friends and family in our current climate.

Webby Break the Internet Award
Swizz Beatz + Timbaland for the Verzuz battles on Instagram Live, celebrating legendary songwriters and producers and building a platform for 310,000 viewers’ insight behind pop culture’s most influential songs.

Webby Special Achievement
Kristen Bell for her incredible positivity and use of her digital platform to help children understand the pandemic, including hosting #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall.

Webby Special Achievement
Some Good Newshosted by John Krasinski for creating a show that uplifts people and makes them laugh while shining a light on positive news stories from around the world and calling on celebrities to create memorable moments for fans.

Webby Special Achievement
Miley Cyrus for her creation of her Instagram Live show Bright Minded: Live With Miley, entertaining the world with hopeful conversations with celebrities about how they are maintaining healthy minds, bodies and spirits.

Webby Special Achievement
Massimo Bottura for his Instagram live show to showcase his family meals to fans worldwide through Kitchen Quarantine, while inspiring them to cook their own meals to care for their bodies and families with good food, while uplifting their spirits.

Webby Special Achievement
Google Classroom for serving as a critical educational tool to keep students learning, engaged and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webby Special Achievement
Invisible Hands for creating a network of volunteers to use digital platforms to quickly organize and deliver groceries to those who have been severely impacted by COVID-19.

Webby Special Achievement
The Black Fairy Godmother, Simone Gordon for using social media to aid women of color who have been severely impacted by COVID-19.

Webby Special Achievement
Swab Squad for serving their community as healthcare professionals during the coronavirus pandemic while bringing joy to the Internet through their TJUH Instagram.

Webby Special Achievement
Trevor Bedford of the impressive data resource nextstrain.org, a website to track the spread of COVID-19, helping people across the country and world better understand how the disease’s genetic codes are mutating and what that may mean for vaccine development.

Webby Special Achievement
Dr. Tatiana Prowell of Johns Hopkins University for using her Internet reach to organize a blood drive and to inspire COVID-19 survivors to donate their plasma to those still in the fight to recover.

Bad Bunny’s Surprise Album “Los Que No Iban a Salir” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

It’s official… Bad Bunny has done it again…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer and rapper’s new albumLas Que No Iba a Salir has debuted in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart dated May 23. His 10-track set has knocked his own YHLQMDLG from the summit, which arrived at No. 1 on the March 14-dated tally.

Bad Bunny

Las Que No Iban a Salirdebuts at the top of the chart having less than five days of tracking activity. While most albums drop on Friday morning, which is the first day of Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s tracking week, the set dropped as an impromptu release on the afternoon of Sunday, May 10 via Rimas Entertainment.

Las Que No Iban a Salir opens with 42,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 14, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 8,000 were in album sales and the bulk of the remainder attributed to streaming activity.

The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Bad Bunny has built his Top Latin Albums No. 1 debuts on a usual pattern as he has outdone himself with each release. The journey starts with his album debut X100PRE, which has spent 46-weeks atop the list and opened at No. 1 on the chart dated Jan. 5, 2019.

Then, when his joint release with J BalvinOasis, arrived at No. 1 six months later (July 13, 2019), Bad Bunny replaced himself at No. 1, bumping X 100PREfrom the top slot, pushing it to No. 2. Eight months later, YHLQMDLGtook possession of the No. 1 slot, dethroning X100PRE-which had returned to the top- on its 46-week reign on the March 14-dated survey. Las Que No Iban a Salirnow overrules YHLQMDLGin the current chart.

With Las Que No Iban a Salirarriving at No. 1, Bad Bunny now holds the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 slots of Top Latin Albums. The last time an act held the top three ranks? Juan Gabriel in January of 2017 when Los DuoMis Rancheras Queridas and Hoy Mañana y Siempre placed at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, following his death.

Concurrently, Las Que No Iban a Salir opens at No. 1 on the Latin Rhythm Albums chart – his fourth straight No. 1 debut there.

Bad Bunny previewed snippets of a few tunes of Las Que No Iban a Salirduring his unplanned livestream on May 2. The album arrived eight days later.

George Lopez Bringing First Comedy Special to Netflix Next Month

George Lopez is bringing the laughs to Netflix

The 59-year-old Mexican American comedian/actor is headed to Netflix with his first comedy special on the streamer. 

George Lopez

George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half will premiere on June 30 on Netflix.

Filmed at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, in George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half, Lopez humorously explores race, politics, and life lessons to be learned from the Latino community; especially the elders. The special dissects cultural differences, emotional support animals, gender reveal parties, elevator etiquette and more. 

Lopez created, executive produced starred in comedy series George Lopez, which aired for six seasons on ABC

He recently starred in comedy special George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington, D.C., filmed at the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, which aired on HBO

On the film side, Lopez will next be seen with Bobby SotoShia LaBeouf and Lana Parilla in The Tax Collector, an indie thriller written and directed by David Ayer.

Disney+ to Premiere the Film Version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” Broadway Musical in July

It’ll be a special 4th of July weekend for Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Disney has announced plans for an earlier release of the filmed version of the 40-year-old Puerto Rican composer, lyricist, singer, rapper, actor, producer and playwright’s award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's final Hamilton curtain call

It will now be released on July 3 on Disney+, accelerating an original October 15, 2021, theatrical release, followed by a Disney+ berth.

Disney Executive Chairman Robert Iger and Miranda, the show’s creator and original star, announced the news on Good Morning America that Hamilton will brighten up the July 4 weekend with the seminal hip-hop American history tale.

The musical won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 

Disney won the deal with a commitment for a wide global theatrical release for the 2 hour, 40 minute movie, which was shot two weeks before the original cast left the production. This will be even more of a seminal cultural zeitgeist event, one that, as Miranda himself has said, will allow people to avoid having to pay $500 a seat, which they were before the original cast and he moved on. 

Prior to the Broadway shutdown, Hamiltonhad remained atop the Broadway box office charts and its total gross since opening in 2015 is more than $636 million, seen by 2.6 million people. Touring companies are in San Francisco, London with another that would have started by now in Los Angeles, and Australia and Germany being eyed.

Natanael Cano to Participate in “On the Rise” Panel at LatinFest+

Natanael Cano is on the rise…

The Mexican singer and songwriter at the forefront of the 21st century trap corridos movement will be one of the featured speakers at this year’s LatinFest+ in Las Vegas. 

Natanael Cano

Cano, who recently released his album Mi Verdad, will be one of the panelists for the panel On the Rise — The New Generation of Urban Men and Women: A Candid Conversation.

In addition to Cano, who is ushering the trap-inspired corridosmovement, up-and-coming artists to take part in the panel include Argentine trap queen Cazzuand reggaetón crooner Sech.

The On the Rise panel will take place April 22 at Billboardand Telemundo‘s LatinFest+ in Las Vegas.

Other stars confirmed so far to participate at LatinFest+ include OzunaJ BalvinRosaliaand Los Tigres del Norte

The inaugural Latinfest+also marks the 30th anniversary of Billboard’s Latin Music Conference, the longest-running and biggest Latin music gathering in the world. Latinfest+ will be an immersive, week-long experience for the Latin entertainment industry, artists, executives and fans and will include superstar conversations, industry panels and workshops, celebrity fireside chats, live concerts, fan experiences and live activations of some of Billboard’s most celebrated franchises, including Growing Up Latino.

The three-day music event culminates with the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live April 23 on Telemundo. 

Dascha Polanco to Star in the Superhero Thriller “Samaritan”

Dascha Polanco is a good Samaritan…

The 37-year-old Dominican actress is set to star in MGM’s superhero thriller movie Samaritan

Dascha Polanco

Polanco joins a cast that includes Javon ‘Wanna’ WaltonSylvester StalloneMartin StarrPilou Asbækand Moises Arias.

Walton will play a young boy who’s out to discover if a mythic superhero, who vanished 20 years earlier following a tragic event, is still alive.

Julius Avery is directing from a screenplay by Bragi F. Schut, with additional writing by Mark L. SmithZak Penn, and Chuck MacLean

The story is based on Schut’s original idea. 

The film is scheduled for release on December 11 via United Artists Releasingwith Universal handling foreign. 

Polanco portrayed Dayanara Diaz on Netflix’s Orange is the New Blackfor seven-seasons and starred in Ava DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix limited series When They See Us. She’ll soon be seen in her first lead film role in Adrian Martinez’s indie dark comedy iCreep, and Warner Brothers’ adaption of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heightsthis summer. Her additional credits include the FXanthology series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Storyand films including JoyThe Perfect MatchThe Cobblerand Gimme Shelter

Arias first made a name for himself as series regular on the Disney Channel hit original series Hannah Montana, and has since gone on to appear in several Sundance films including Kings of Summer, The Land and Stanford Prison Experiment. Last year, he appeared in CBS Films’ Five Feet Apart as well as the Sundance World Dramatic Competition Special Jury Award winner Monos and the SXSW opening weekend film The Wall of Mexico