Catalina Sandino Moreno to Guest Star on HBO’s Anthology Series “Room 104”

Catalina Sandino Moreno is checking in…

The 38-year-old Colombian actress, who earned an Academy Award nomination her breakthrough starring role in Maria Full of Grace, will appear in the 12-episode third season of HBO’s late-night, comedy anthology series Room 104.

Catalina Sandino Moreno

Room 104 tells unique and unexpected tales of the characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain motel. While the room stays the same, every episode of the series features a different story, with the tone, plot, characters, and even the time period, changing with each installment.

Tapping into a variety of genres, from dark comedy to poignant drama to musical romance, the stories and characters featured in season 3 include: a man searching for a cure to his chronic skin condition; the caretaker of an exotic animal looking to make a sale; estranged siblings reuniting to make an investment; and more.

In addition to Sandino Moreno, the Season 3 cast also includes Luke WilsonChristine WoodsEric EdelsteinRobert LongstreetDale DickeyTom Woodruff Jr.Arturo CastroGina GallegoFrançois ChauIyana HalleyJames Babson, Sam RichardsonSteve LittleFred Melamed, Julianna BarwickAtsuko OkatsukaGianni AroneJimmy Ray FlynnTony PlanaAngie CepedaJulian AcostaTimm Sharp, Mary MouserMacon BlairKristina HarrisonCarl De GregorioJosh FademDavid PaymerMarielle Scott, Ashley Marie JonesJeremy GuskinMario RevoloriRyan Coil, Nate SmithJessica MakinsonPaul F. TompkinsJune SquibbAislinn Paul, Jon BassLily Mae HarringtonJ.P. GiuliottiIan Merrigana nd Aasif Mandvi.

HBO will premiere the third season of Room 104 on Friday, September 13.

Moreno Joins Cast of the Drug Biopic About Griselda Blanco, “The Godmother”

Catalina Sandino Moreno is heading back into the drug world…

The 33-year-old Colombian actress, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the drug-themed drama Maria Full Of Grace, has joined the cast of the drug biopic The Godmother.

Catalina Sandino Moreno

Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, the film is the true-tale biopic about Colombian cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco. The film stirred media interest after it was announced that Zeta-Jones was cast in the lead role.

Moreno earned an Academy Award nod for playing a drug mule in Maria Full Of Grace and recently hit the small screen in Red Band Society. She’ll next appear in a recurring role on TNT’s Falling Skies.

In addition to Moreno, the film will also star Oscar Jaeneda, who recently appeared in the film Cantinflas, as well as Jon Bernthal (Fury) and Mehdi Dehbi (A Most Wanted Man).

The Godmother is set to begin filming next spring. Eva Sørhaug is directing from a screenplay by Frank Baldwin.

Fox Orders Additional Scripts of Sotillo’s Hospital Drama “Red Band Society”

It looks like Nolan Sotillo could be in the red a little longer this season.

Fox has ordered four additional episodes of its freshman drama Red Band Society, starring the 20-year-old half-Cuban American actor and singer-songwriter.

Nolan Sotillo

Despite solid reviews, the hospital drama has been soft in the ratings. But, a couple of weeks into the new season, its numbers stabilized, and last Wednesday the series (1.0 among adults 18-49 in Live+SD) actually logged a one-tenth week-to-week increase. Additionally, the drama has been a major DVR gainer, getting 70-80% ratings increases in Live+7.

Backup script orders are used by the broadcast networks for freshman series they feel have shown some promise but haven’t yet proven their case for a full-fledged episodic order. Commissioning extra scripts keeps writers on the shows working, buying the network execs extra time to evaluate the series’ performance before having to make a decision on ordering more episodes.

Soltillo portrays Jordi Palacios on the series, which also stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Astro and Ciara Bravo. Wilson Cruz and Catalina Sandino Moreno also appear on Red Band Society in recurring roles.

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Moreno Lands Recurring Role on TNT’s “Falling Skies”

The (falling) sky’s the limit for Catalina Sandino Moreno.

The 33-year-old Colombian actress, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Maria Full Of Grace, has been cast in a heavily recurring role on the fifth and final season of TNT’s alien invasion drama Falling Skies.

Catalina Sandino Moreno

Moreno will play Isabella, a leftist-leaning academic prior to the invasion. Now on the run and seeking sanctuary, she’s a realist and canny survivor who poses as a nurse in order to win John’s (portrayed by Colin Cunningham) approval and trust.

Moreno currently recurs on Fox’s Red Band Society. Her other television credits include FX’s The Bridge.

On the film side, she’ll next be seen in the upcoming Oscar Isaac-starrer A Most Violent Year and Incarnate.

IFC Midnight Acquires the U.S. Distribution Rights to Rivera’s Thriller “Home”

All’s moving forward on the home front for Naya Rivera

IFC Midnight has acquired the distribution rights to 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and Glee star’s feature film Home, following its premiere last month at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival.

Naya Rivera in Home

From writer-director Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), the thriller stars Rivera, Academy Award-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Awkward’s Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres.

It centers on an ambitious real estate agent (Moreno) who is selling a house with a checkered past. When she tries to help the runaway daughter of the property’s owners, she and her sister (Rivera) cross paths with a sinister supernatural force.

IFC Midnight will release Home in theaters and via video on demand (VOD) this year.

Rivera’s “Home” to Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival

Naya Rivera is heading home to Austin this March…

The 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and Glee star’s latest film, Home, will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW).

Naya Rivera

Rivera stars as Vera in the horror thriller, which centers on a realtor who is asked to sell a vacant home. She and her sister ultimately come across the home’s previous tenant: a teenage girl who sold her soul to the devil.

In addition to Rivera, the Nicholas McCarthy-direct film’s cast includes Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres.

Home has been scheduled in the fesival’s Midnighters section, which is described as scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night-owls and the terminally curious.

The SXSW Film Conference and Festival will run from March 7-15 in Austin, Texas.

Here’s a look at this year’s chosen films in the Midnighters category:

The Guest
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade, only to become a threat to all around him when it’s revealed he’s hiding dangerous secrets from his past.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Sheila Kelley

13 Sins
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman (World Premiere)

Among The Living (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
After horror favorites Inside and Livid, Maury and Bustillo pair up again for a horror-thriller at the cross roads between Stand by Me and Friday the13th. Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud (World Premiere)

Exists
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash
Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary beast that is stronger, smarter and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists. Cast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis (World Premiere)

Starry Eyes
Directors/Screenwriters: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch
In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost. Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey (World Premiere)

Home
Director/Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy
When a realtor is asked to sell a vacant home, she and her sister cross paths with its previous tenant: a teenage girl who sold her soul to the devil. Cast: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres (World Premiere)

Honeymoon
Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Janiak, Screenwriter: Phil Graziadei
Young newlyweds find their honeymoon spiraling mysteriously into chaos.
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown (World Premiere)

Late Phases
Director: Adrián García Bogliano, Screenwriter: Eric Stolze
When deadly attacks from the forests beset a secluded retirement community, it is up to a grizzled veteran to figure what the residents are hiding.
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Erin Cummings, Tom Noonan, Lance Guest (World Premiere)

Oculus
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriter: Jeff Howard
As children, two siblings witnessed their parents’ harrowing descent into madness and death. Now, as adults, they reunite to expose and destroy the supernatural entity responsible: the Lasser Glass – a legendary mirror their parents owned. Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty, Katee Sackhoff (U.S. Premiere)

Stage Fright
Director: Jerome Sable
Stage Fright tells the story of a snobby musical theater camp terrorized by a bloodthirsty masked killer who despises musical theatre. “Scream” meets “Glee” in this genre-bending R-rated horror-musical. Cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Kent Nolan, Melanie Leishman
(World Premiere)

Sandino Moreno Replacing Rosario Dawson in “Incarnate”

Catalina Sandino Moreno could be called “The Replacement”…

The 32-year-old Colombian actress will star opposite Aaron Eckhart in Incarnate, the new franchise hopeful from Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions.

Catalina Sandino Moreno

Rosario Dawson was initially cast to play the role, but the Sin City and Seven Pounds actress left the project due to scheduling reasons.

The film is set to begin production in November in Los Angeles.

Brad Peyton is directing the micro-budget film, which tells of “an unconventional exorcist — with the ability to tap into the subconscious of the possessed — who meets his match when a 9-year-old boy is possessed by a demon from his past,” according to Blumhouse.

Moreno broke into the industry with her acclaimed performance in 2004’s Maria Full of Grace, a role that earned her an Oscar nomination.

She most recently was one of the stars of FX’s crime show The Bridge and counts, among her feature credits, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part Che films.