Strand Releasing Acquires Rights to Joshua Diaz’s “Straight Up”

Joshua Diaz is heading straight (up)to theaters…

Strand Releasing has acquired the American rights to James Sweeney’s feature film debut Straight Up, starring the Latino actor.

Joshua Diaz

Written, directed and starring Sweeney, the comedy follows Todd (Sweeney), a persnickety half-virgin diagnosed with OCD who thinks maybe he was socially conditioned to be gay. Rory (Katie Findlay) is a whip-smart aspiring actress with her own set of insecurities, sexual and otherwise. Over time, Rory’s stagnant career and Todd’s self-doubt begins to dismantle their odd couple routine, despite their unwillingness to let each other go.

“We’re thrilled to have James’ singular and humorous vision, his knack for snappy dialogue and smart visuals are inspired by period screwball comedies and create such a unique hybrid for modern cinema,” said Marcus Hu, of Strand Releasing.

“I am over the moon that Straight Up has found a home in Strand Releasing, and look forward to sharing shelf space with some of my favorite independent films,” said Sweeney.

Along with Diaz, who stars as Zane, the film also stars Randall ParkBetsy BrandtTracie ThomsJames ScullyDana Drori and Brendan Scannell

The film is produced by David Carricoat Valparaiso PicturesRoss Putman, and Sweeney. 

CBS Renews Angelique Cabral’s Comedy “Life in Pieces” for Fourth Season

There’s still plenty of pieces to Angelique Cabral’s story…

CBS has picked up its comedy Life in Pieces, starring the 39-year-old Latina actress, for a fourth season.

Angelique Cabral

The family comedy, which has delivered solid ratings in its third season, is well received and features a strong ensemble cast. It’s also the fourth highest-rated and most watched CBS comedy series behind The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and Mom.

Created by Justin AdlerLife in Pieces, from 20th Century Fox Television and Kapital Entertainment, is a comedy about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members.

Along with Cabral, the series also stars Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett, Giselle Eisenberg and Hunter King.

CBS Renews Cabral’s “Life in Pieces” for Second Season

Angelique Cabral is picking up the pieces

CBS has renewed its freshman comedy series Life in Pieces, starring the 37-year-old part-Latina actress, for another season.

Angelique Cabral

It appears the well-received family show will be one of only a couple of single-camera CBS comedies to get to a second season since the end of M*A*S*H* in 1983 and the first in more than two decades, since Brooklyn Bridge ran for two seasons from 1991-1993.

Life in Pieces, which had received a full-season order, had been considered a safe bet to return. The series, from 20th Century Fox Television, got CBS’ premier half-hour slot, behind flagship The Big Bang Theory, and was kept there for its entire freshman run.

With that lead-in, Life in Pieces ranked as this season’s No. 1 new comedy in viewers (10.53 million) and adults 18-49 (2.7 rating).

In addition to Cabral, who portrays Colleen, the series also stars Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett and Giselle Eisenberg.

The series was created by Justin Adler.

Cabral to Star in CBS’ Comedy Pilot “Life in Pieces”

Angelique Cabral’s has a new life (in pieces)

The 36-year-old part-Latina actress has been cast in Life in Pieces, CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot from 20th Century Fox Television and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

Angelique Cabral

Starring Thomas Sadoski, Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt, the project is about one family, the Shorts, as told through the separate stories of its different family members. Sadoski plays middle sibling Matt Short who can’t catch a break, the most recent being a failed career that has forced him back home with his parents. Hanks and Brandt play the other two siblings, with Dianne Wiest as the trio’s mother.

Cabral will play Colleen, the woman Matt has just fallen in love with who is stuck in a messy breakup with her ex-fiancé.

Cabral is reuniting with 20 Century Fox Television after playing the female lead in the studio’s short-lived Fox comedy series Enlisted.

Cabral’s other television credits include ABC’s Don’t Trust The B— in Apartment 23, as well as The Glades, Happy Endings and Free Agents.