Adan Canto to Star in the Indie Spy Thriller “Agent Game”

It’s (agent) game on for Adan Canto 

The 39-year-old Mexican actor/director will star in Agent Game, an indie spy thriller being directed by Grant S. Johnson.

Adan Canto

Canto joins a cast that includes Dermot Mulroney, Katie Cassidy, Rhys Coiro, Annie Ilonzeh, and Mel Gibson.

In the film, CIA officer Harris (Mulroney) is involved in missions to detain and relocate foreign nationals for interrogation. When Harris’ superior is murdered, he finds himself the scapegoat for the killing of a detainee and must run from a team of operatives sent to bring him in (Canto, Cassidy, Coiro), led by a ruthless double agent (Ilonzeh). Gibson plays a rogue intelligence official running the off-book operation to hunt down and kill Harris.

Tyler W. Konney is producing the film, which he co-wrote with Mike Langer.

Canto’s credits include Designated Survivor and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Sofia Alvarez to Make Directorial Debut on Netflix’s Film Adaptation of YA Novel “Along for the Ride”

Sofia Alvarez is ready to take you for a ride

The part-Spanish American screenwriter has teamed up with Netflix to write and direct a feature adaptation of the YA novel Along for the Ride, from New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen.

Sofia Alvarez,

Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli star alongside Kate Bosworth, Laura Kariuki, Andie MacDowell and Dermot Mulroney.

The film, which will mark Alvarez’s directorial debut, centers on Auden (Pasarow), who during the summer before college meets the mysterious Eli (Cameli), a fellow insomniac. While the seaside town of Colby sleeps, the two embark on a nightly quest to help Auden experience the fun, carefree teen life she never knew she wanted.

Rounding out the cast are Genevieve Hannelius, Samia Finnerty, Paul Karmiyran, Marcus Scribner and Ricardo Hurtado.

Screen Arcade’s Bryan Unkeless and Eric Newman are producing the project, which is slated to shoot in North Carolina.

Along for the Ride was the winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best YA Fiction. Netflix has optioned a number of YA novels from Dessen including This Lullaby, Once and For All, and, most recently, The Truth About Forever. Her books have been translated into 35 languages, with more than 10 million copies in print worldwide.

Alvarez was the screenwriter behind the Netflix hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.

She was a writer on the FXX series Man Seeking Woman and USA’s Sirens.

Alvarez has also written a number of plays including NYLON (BTP / Theaterlab), Friend Art (Second Stage Uptown), The Fish Bowl (Juilliard) and Between Us Chickens (SCR / EST LA).

Jason Genao to Star in the Vietnam War Thriller “Ambush”

Jason Genao is getting ambushed

The 24-year-old Dominican American actor and On My Block star has been cast in the Vietnam War action thriller Ambush, starring Aaron Echkart.

Jason Genao

Genao joins a roster of new cast additions that includes Cody Christian and Dermot Mulroney. The film will be directed by Mark Earl Burman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael McClung.

Ambush, based on a true story, follows a group of elite commandos, led by Captain Drummond (Eckhart), tasked with collecting classified information that can change the fate of the war. On the edge of the jungle, the team is attacked by an overwhelming invisible force of the enemy army and must follow it into the complex labyrinth of Cu Chi tunnels, with the enemy and traps at every turn.

Principal photography is now set to begin in the fall in Colombia amid compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines.

Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to Ambush, with a release plan currently in the works.

Genao previously starred in Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine film Logan.

Annable to Appear at This Year’s PaleyFest Fall TV Previews

Odette Annable is sharing her genius

The Paley Center for Media’s 10th PaleyFest Fall TV Previews lineup has been revealed, with the 31-year-old half-Cuban American actress among this year’s panelists.

Odette Annable

The weeklong event will take place September 8 to 13 in Los Angeles, and offer screenings and panels for major new fall series, including CBSPure Genius, starring Annabele.

CBS will screen its highly anticipated medical drama, which was created by Jason Katims and stars Dermot Mulroney, on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 pm. Afterwards, the network will host a special panel discussion with the show’s cast members and executive producers.

PaleyFest Fall TV Previews offers TV enthusiasts a chance to view highly anticipated fall programs through premiere screenings and exclusive conversations with TV’s most-talked about stars and creators,” said Maureen J. Reidy, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media. “The Paley Center’s public programs allow fans access to never-before-seen content in an intimate and exciting way, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to present our tenth annual line-up.”

For those unable to get out to Beverly Hills, the Paley Center in New York will have free screenings on September 10 and 11, and official media sponsor Hulu will be putting up clips and recorded versions of the panels later in the month.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Monday, September 12 – CBS
6:00 p.m.            Doors Open / Reception begins (food & drinks included)
7:00 p.m.            Screening of “Pure Genius”
7:45 p.m.            “Pure Genius” panel featuring:

Dermot Mulroney, “Dr. Walter Wallace”
Augustus Prew, “James Bell”
Odette Annable, “Zoe”
Reshma Shetty, “Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra”
Aaron Jennings, “Dr. Malik Water”
Ward Horton, “Dr. Scott Strauss”
Brenda Song, “Angie”
Jason Katims, Executive Producer
Michelle Lee, Executive Producer

Official Trailer Released for Plaza’s Comedy “Dirty Grandpa”

Aubrey Plaza is getting dirty

Lionsgate has released the official trailer for Dirty Grandpa, starring the 31-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/comedian.

Aubrey Plaza in Dirty Grandpa

The upcoming sex-drugs-and-aging comedy, starring Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, centers on a man about to get married who is tricked by his grandfather into heading to Daytona Beach Florida to party irresponsibly and presumably learn that he’s marrying the wrong woman.

In the trailer, Efron smokes crack, lots of booze is consumed, and Plaza throws herself at De Niro a lot. Also sex, lots of sex.

Directed by Dan Mazer from a script by John Phillips,

Along with Efron, De Niro and Plaza, Dirty Grandpa also stars Zoe Deutch, Dermot Mulroney and Julianne Hough.

Dirty Grandpa hits theaters on January 22, 2016.