Gael García Bernal to Star in Good Film Collective’s “People of the Book” Film

Gael García Bernal is hittin’ the book(s)…

The 41-year-old Mexican actor and producer will star in People of the Book, a film that Good Films Collective has put together, based on the New York Times bestseller from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks.

Gael García Bernal

Garcia Bernal will star opposite Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Isaacs will star in the film, which tells the moving history behind the creation of the Sarajevo Haggadah— an illuminated manuscript that contains the illustrated traditional text of the Passover Haggadah which accompanies the Passover Seder

It originated in Barcelona in 1350, and the film will tell the journey taken by people from different cultures and religions who risked their lives to save it. 

The film will be helmed by Academy Award winner Danis Tanovic and is written by Petter Skavlan.

Bérénice Bejo to Star in Pablo Trapero’s Thriller “La Quietud”

Bérénice Bejo is embracing the tranquilty

The 41-year-old Argentine actress will star in the Argentine thriller La Quietud from Pablo Trapero, who won the 2015 Silver Lion Best Director prize at the Venice Film Festival for El Clan.

Berenice Bejo

The film stars Bejo, Martina Gusmán and Edgar Ramírez and centers on two sisters’ re-encounter and attempt at closure on a common troubled past.

The film is being produced by Trapero’s Matanza Cine and Telefé in coproduction with Sony Pictures International Productions.

Production has begun in Buenos Aires.

Bejo earned an Academy Award nomination for her breakthrough role in The Artist. Her other film credits include A Knight’s Tale, The Past and The Search.

Ryan Guzman to Star in the 9/11-Themed Drama “Windows on the World”

Ryan Guzman is opening a window on th world…

The 29-year-old half-Mexican American actor will star opposite Edward James Olmos in the feature film Windows on the World, a father-son drama about the aftermath of 9/11, according to Variety.

Ryan Guzman

Shooting will begin on July 10 in Mexico and New York City.

Olmos’ son Michael D. Olmos will direct from a script by Robert Mailer Anderson and Zack Anderson.

“Windows on the World” will start in Mexico, where a man watches the news on September 11, 2001, with his family and travels to New York City to find his father, who was working on the top floor of the Twin Towers. The Windows on the World venues were on the top floors of the North Tower.

Guzman rose to fame in Step Up: Revolution and Step Up All In, then starred in The Boy Next Door with Jennifer Lopez, Jem and the Holograms, and in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.

Olmos broke out in 1981’s Zoot Suit and 1982’s Blade Runner. He was nominated for a best actor Academy Award for Stand and Deliver and starred in the series Battlestar Galactica and Miami Vice. He is reprising his role as Gaff in the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

Michael D. Olmos has directing credits on Filly Brown, The Green Ghost, and Bedrooms.

Longoria In Talks to Star in BBC Two’s “Decline and Fall” Project

Eva Longoria is Fall(ing) for her next project…

The 41-year-old Mexican American actress and former Desperate Housewives star is in final talks to star opposite British comedy star Jack Whitehall in BBC Two’s high-end adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic social satire Decline and Fall.

Eva Longoria

James Wood is adapting the three-part miniseries, which is set in 1920s Wales.

A bitingly funny satire, Decline And Fall follows the life and times of hapless Paul Pennyfeather (Whitehall), who is sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party and finds himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys’ private school in Wales. There he meets the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde (Longoria), the wealthy, powerful, and beautiful South American woman, who becomes the object of his affections.

Guillem Morales is set to direct. Principal photography is set to commence July 18th for seven weeks in Wales.

Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning multi-hyphenate. Since breaking through on Desperate Housewives, Longoria has guest starred on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine Nine, Lifetime’s Devious Maids, and starred on NBC’s Telenovela — the latter two of which she also exec produced through her production banner UnbeliEVAble Entertainment.

Longoria also has several upcoming films including the Jason Blum/Brian Grazer produced Lowriders; and Refugio, written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir.

Additionally, Longoria has just secured a guest role on the new Lorne Michaels’ variety series for NBC Maya and Marty.

Bejo to Star in the French Film “Le Dernier Diamant”

Bérénice Bejo will be shining bright like a diamond (owner) in her next picture…

The 36-year-old Argentine actress has been cast in the French film Le Dernier Diamant, a heist film that follows an ex-con coerced into taking part in the theft of a celebrated diamond during an auction in Antwerp and who becomes entangled with the diamond’s owner.

Berenice Bejo

Bejo, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the Best Picture-winner The Artist, will portray the owner of the diamond in the Eric Barbier-directed film.

Le Dernier Diamant, which co-stars Yvan Attal, Jean-François Stévenin and Annie Cordy, will begin filming next week.

Bejo’s most recent projects include voicing the character of Mérida in the French-dubbed version of Disney’s Brave and appearing in the 2012 French comedy  Populaire.

Bardem Earns Saturn Award Nomination…

He may not have earned an Academy Award nomination this year, but Javier Bardem is still having an out of this world awards season…

The 43-year-old Spanish actor has received a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for his critically acclaimed role in the latest installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall.

Javier Bardem

The awards, in their 39th year, celebrate the best genre films, television shows and home entertainment.

Bardem, whose performance has earned recognition from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the London Film Critics’ Circle, has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category. He’s up against PrometheusMichael Fassbender, The AvengersClark Gregg, The Dark Knight RisesJoseph Gordon-Levitt, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s Ian McKellen and Django Unchained’s Christoph Waltz.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominee Paco Delgado is nominated in the Best Costume category for his work on Tom Hooper‘s film adaptation of the Broadway musical Les Misérables.

The Saturn Awards will be presented in June, though the ceremony’s exact date and location have yet to be announced.

FX Orders 13-Episodes of “The Bridge,” Starring Demián Bichir

Following his impressive recurring roles on Showtime’s Weeds, Demián Bichir will headline his American television series.

FX has put in a 13-episode order for The Bridge, the drama pilot starring the 49-year-old Mexican actor and Academy Award nominee and Diane Kruger.

Demian Bichir & Diane Kruger

Based on the Scandinavian series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge takes place on the border between El Paso and Juarez. It centers on two detectives — one from the United States, Detective Sonya Cross (Kruger), and one from Mexico, Marco Ruiz (Bichir) — who have to work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the frontera.

“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success,” said FX president John Landgraf. ”I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently. There have been great films set in that world — No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind — but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.”

The Bridge co-stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish and Thomas M. Wright; with Matthew Lillard guest-starred in the Gerardo Naranjo-directed pilot.

Filming on the series will begin in April for a July 2013 premiere.

Bonham Carter to Star in the BBC’s Burton & Taylor TV Movie

Helena Bonham Carter will be portraying one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age in an upcoming BBC project…

The 47-year-old part-Spanish actress and Dominic West have been cast as legendary, volatile ex-lovers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the BBC’s television movie Burton & Taylor.

Helena Bonham Carter

The 90-minute film, which will air on the British network’s BBC Four, will chart the pair’s ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of the Noel Coward play, Private Lives, which ran for 63 performances on Broadway. Burton and Taylor were famously married twice, from 1964-1974 and again from 1975-1976.

Most recently, Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler starred in a Lifetime biopic about the turbulent couple.

Burton & Taylor is an in-house project from BBC Drama Productions based on the screenplay from Made In Dagenham’s William Iory.

Bonham Carter, a two-time Academy Award nominee who most recently starred in the film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables, has starred in The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and several of the Harry Potter films.

Ferrer Promoted to Series Regular on CBS’ “NCIS: LA”

Miguel Ferrer will be getting more screen time on the small screen next season…

The 58-year-old half-Puerto Rican actor, the son of Academy Award winner José Ferrer, has been promoted to series regular on CBSNCIS: LA starting next fall.

Miguel Ferrer

Ferrer, who portrays NCIS assistant director Owen Granger, joined the police procedural as a recurring character midway through last season.

In addition, he’ll join the proposed NCIS: LA spinoff, which will launch as an episode of NCIS: LA airing later this season. Ferrer will be regular on that show as well, portraying the same character.

Ferrer, best known for portraying Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan, guest-starred on the final season of Desperate Housewives.

Cruz Expecting Second Child with Husband Javier Bardem

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are about to double their brood….

The 38-year-old Spanish actress and her 43-year-old Spanish actor husband, the parents of 2-year-old son Leonardo, are expecting their second child, according to People.

Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem

“Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment – when you see that face, you are transformed forever,” Cruz has said of parenthood.

Cruz and Bardem, both Academy Award winners, wed in July 2010 at a friend’s home in the Bahamas.

But Penelope isn’t the only pregnant Cruz…

Her sister Mónica Cruz recently revealed that she’s expecting a child after getting pregnant via artificial insemination.