IFC Midnight Acquires North American Rights to Genesis Rodriguez’s Arctic Thriller “Centigrade”

Genesis Rodriguez is bringing the chill (and thrill) to the United States… 

IFC Midnight has acquired the North American rights to Brendan Walsh’s contained Arctic thriller Centigrade, starring the 32-year-old Cuban and Venezuelan actress.

Génesis Rodríguez

Based on true events, Rodriguez and Vincent Piazzastar in the story about a 2002 incident when a young American couple traveled to the arctic mountains of Norway. After pulling over during a snowstorm, they wake up trapped in their SUV, buried underneath layers of snow and ice. It’s soon revealed that the woman is eight months pregnant. Amid escalating tension between them and dwindling supplies, the couple battles -30C temperatures, hallucinations and hypothermia in their struggle to survive.

The completed film was written by Daley Nixon and Walsh.

“It’s a thrill and honor for me and the entire Centigradeteam to be premiering in North America with IFC,” said Walsh. “It makes all the cold days shooting a car in a freezer totally worthwhile. They are true champions of Independent Film and fully recognize the efforts film makers go through to make their film different and special. We couldn’t be happier with our North American distributors and look forward to finding international distributors in Berlin.”

Rodriguez’s previous credits include Man on a LedgeCasa de Mi PadreWhat to Expect When You’re ExpectingThe Last StandTusk and Run All Night.

Rodriguez to Star in Kevin Williamson’s ABC Pilot “Time After Time”

Genesis Rodriguez has plenty of time on her hands…

The 28-year-old Venezuelan- and Cuban-American actress has landed the lead female role opposite Freddie Stroma and Josh Bowman in Kevin Williamson’s ABC pilot Time After Time

Genesis Rodriguez

Using the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie as a starting point, Time After Time will chronicle the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells (Stroma).

Rodriguez will play Jane Walker, the museum curator who captivates H.G. Wells (Stroma) upon his arrival in modern day New York.

Williamson wrote Time After Time and is executive producing. Marcos Siega is directing. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

Rodriguez’s credits include a breakout role in Man on a Ledge, Casa de Mi Padre, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Identity Thief and Big Hero 6.

Luna to Star in Amazon’s Casanova-Themed Drama Pilot

Diego Luna is ready to romance Amazon

The 35-year-old Mexican actor will star in Amazon and Electus’ Giacomo Casanova drama pilot, which is being directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie).

Diego Luna

Luna, who rose to acclaim in Y tu mamá también, has been tapped for the title role, with Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson, Ben Daniels and Amelia Clarkson co-starring.

The untitled project, which is currently filming in Europe, chronicles a little-known period in the life of the famous 18th century renaissance man. Known primarily as a womanizer, Casanova actually served as a spy for the Parisian government.

The show begins after he breaks free from Venice’s most impenetrable prison and moves to Paris with nothing—determined to start his life over after his wild ways left him behind bars. Following a journey full of passionate romance and incredible danger, the series will reveal the other side of the infamous Venetian, whose talents ranged from diplomacy to music to linguistics.

Novakovic plays the famous French royal mistress Madame de Pompadour, Richardson is Marquise d’Urfé, Daniels portrays Francois-Joachim de Bernis, and Clarkson plays Manon Balletti.

Stu Zicherman wrote the script.

The finished pilot will be made available on Amazon later this year.

Luna’s previous credits include the films Elysium and Casa de Mi Padre, an appearance in Katy Perry’s music video “The One That Got Away,” and the television movie Fidel.

Rodriguez Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Genesis Rodriguez has new representation in Hollywood…

The 25-year-old Cuban and Venezuelan American actress has signed on with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Genesis Rodriguez

Earlier this year, Rodriguez starred in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand as well as the hit comedy Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman.

She also played leading roles in the Summit thriller Man on a Ledge and Will Ferrell’s Casa de mi Padre.

Rodriguez, the daughter of Venezuelan singer Jose Luis Rodriguez, got her start in telenovelas, starring in Prisionera and Dona Barbara.

She was previously repped by ICM.

Trailer Released for Rodriguez’s “The Last Stand”

Genesis Rodriguez is joining forces with “The Governator”…

Lionsgate has released the official trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand, which co-stars the 25-year-old Venezuelan American actress.

Genesis Rodriguez

The action-packed film centers on the leader of a drug cartel who busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff (Schwarzenegger) and his inexperienced staff.

Rodriguez, who will next make an apperance in Identity Thief, will play Agent Ellen Richards in the film.

Rodriguez, who made her big screen debut in Man on a Ledge, most recently appeared in Will Ferrell‘s Casa de mi Padre.

Directed by Kim Jee-woon, the film also stars Luis Guzmán, Rodrigo Santoro, Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville.

The Last Stand is set to open on January 18.

Garcia Bernal May Soon Star in The Dallas Buyer’s Club

It looks like Gael Garcia Bernal could soon be living a buyer’s market…

The 33-year-old Mexican actor is currently in talks to star opposite Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gael Garcia Bernal

The dramatic film from director Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) had been shopped around at the Cannes Film Festival as a McConaughey-Hilary Swank vehicle, but Swank has since dropped out.

Inspired by true events, the plot centers on Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients. His actions put him on a collision course with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which was bent on keeping the drugs out of the country.

In a show-stopping role, Garcia Bernal will portray an effeminate member of the club, a fellow AIDS patient who meets Woodroof in the hospital.

The film’s producers are looking to begin shooting the film in New Orleans this November.

Garcia Bernal, who most recently appeared in , is currently drawing awards-season buzz for his star turn in Sony Pictures ClassicsNo, about an ad executive who comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum. The film will be Chile’s official entry for the foreign-language Oscar.

Rodriguez Picks Up Imagen Award for Her Filly Brown Role

She gained critical acclaim for her role in Filly Brown… And, now Gina Rodriguez is reaping the rewards for her impressive work in the indie film.

The 27-year-old 28-year Puerto Rican actress picked up the best actress in a feature film prize for her starring role as an aspiring hip-hop artist in Filly Brown at this weekend’s 27th annual Imagen Awards, which honor the best and most talented portrayals of Latinos in film.

Gina Rodriguez

Rodriguez’s performance won rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and led to a talent holding deal with ABC/ABC Studios.

Filly Brown, which co-stars Edward James Olmos, Jenni Rivera and Lou Diamond Phillips, follows Rodriguez’s character’s rise to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through her poetry and music.

Phillips picked up the Imagen Award for best actor in a feature film for his role in the film.

Meanwhile, singer-turned-reality-star Rivera, who made her acting debut in Filly Brown, received the 2012 Imagen President’s Award.

In addition to picking up an award, Rodriguez served as the Imagen Foundation-sponsored awards show host. ,

Here’s a look at all of the Imagen Award winners:

Best Primetime Program: Switched at Birth (Prodco, Inc. in association with ABC Family)
Best Variety and Reality: 24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz (HBO Sports)
Best Children’s Programming: El Perro y El Gato (HBO Latino)
Best Young Actress on Television: Bella Thorne, Shake it Up! (Disney Channel)
Best Supporting Actress on TV: Eva La Rue, CSI:Miami (CBS)
Best Supporting Actor on TV: Carlos Gomez, The Glades (A&E)
Best Actor on Television: James Roday, Psych (USA Network)
Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film: Cierra Ramirez, Girl in Progress (Pantelion Films)
Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film: Diego Luna, Casa De Mi Padre (NALA Films/Gary Sanchez Productions/Pantelion Films)
Best Actress in a Feature Film: Gina Rodriguez, Filly Brown (Cima Production/Olmos Production/Silent Giant Entertainment)Best Actor in a Feature Film: Lou Diamond Phillips, Filly Brown (Cima Production/Olmos Production/Silent Giant Entertainment)
Best Primetime Special or Movie: The Pregnancy Project (Barbara Lieberman Productions)
Best Primetime Program: Drama or Comedy Series: Switched at Birth (Prodco Inc. in association with ABC: Family)
Best Theatrical Short or Student Film: INGLES (Ruben Avitia)

Rodriguez to Star in “Identity Thief”

Genesis Rodriguez is getting married to the mob… at least on the big screen!

The 24-year-old Venezuelan American actress has signed on to star in Universal’s film Identity Thief.

Genesis Rodriguez

In the comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, Rodriguez will play an associate to a local crime boss who comes looking for McCarthy’s character after she scams them out of money.

This marks Rodriguez’s latest project in her quest to make a big splash in Hollywood…

She previously starred in Man On A Ledge and Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language melodrama Casa De Mi Padre. And, she most recently appeared opposite Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez in What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

MTV Tr3s Announces Best Latino Actor Nominees

It’s time to cast your vote for Best Latino Actor, to be announced at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

MTV Tr3s announced the nominees in the category; and the bilingual entertainment channel is urging the public to vote for their favorite.

2012 MTV Movie Awards

This year’s nominees include Zoe Saldaña for her role in Colombiana, Diego Luna for Casa de Mi Padre, Demian Bichir for A Better Life, Penelope Cruz for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Harmony Santana for Gun Hill Road.

Between now and June 2, MTV Tr3s viewers can vote online for this year’s Best Latino Actor at movieawards.tr3s.com.

2012 MTV Movie Awards

The winner will be announced on MTV Tr3s on June 10, during the Spanish-subtitled rebroadcast of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

MTV will broadcast the MTV Movie Awards live on June 3, with Kid Cudi this year’s lone Latino nominee.

Last year, film fans selected actress Alexa Vega as Best Latino Actor for her role in the comedy From Prada to Nada.

Aguilera Sings Spanish Song “La Casa” for Will Ferrel’s New Film…

It appears Christina Aguilera is embracing her Latin roots once again…

The 31-year-old half-Ecuadorian singer appears on the soundtrack for Will Ferrell’s telenovela-inspired film, Casa de Mi Padre.

Aguilera’s flamenco-inspired track, which opens the comedy film, features Spanish guitars, brass trumpets and synthesizer-free vocals.

Casa marks The Voice mentor’s first true return to Spanish-language singing since her contribution to the Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights soundtrack, “El Beso Del Final,” in 2004. In addition, her most recent album, Bionic, featured the bilingual track “Desnudate.”

But nearly 12 years ago, Aguilera took the biggest stab at celebrating her Latin roots… She released a full-length Spanish album in 2000 entitled Mi Reflejo. Containing Spanish versions of songs from her English debut and new Spanish tracks, the album went on to win the Latin Grammy for best female pop vocal album and went No.1 on the Billboard Latin charts for a record 20 weeks.

Entitled “La Casa,” Aguilera’s new track was released digitally this week.

Meanwhile Casa de Mi Padre opens nationwide on March 17.