Taylor Ortega to Voice Multiple Characters on Syfy’s “Magical Girl Friendship Squad” Series

Taylor Ortega is joining a new squad

The 30-year-old Latina actress/comedian will star in Syfy’s TZGZ anime-inspired comedy Magical Girl Friendship Squad.

Taylor Ortega

Created by Kelsey StephanidesMagical Girl Friendship Squadis a female-driven anime comedy about two young women, Alex (Quinta Brunson) and Daisy (Anna Akana), who are destined to save the Universe…as soon as they figure out how to pay their rent.

In January, TZGZ greenlit a straight-to-series order of the longer-form version of the show (six 15-minute episodes).

Produced by Cartuna, the short-form version, Magical Girl Friendship Squad: Origins (six four-minute episodes), currently airs as part of the late-night adult animation block’s acquisition slate.

In addition to Brunson and Akana, Series regulars include Ana Gasteyer and Matteo Lane.

Christine Baranski,Manny Jacinto,Helen HongEric Bauza and Sarah “Squirm” Sherman will recur on Magical Girl Friendship Squad

Guest stars are Jason MantzoukisPaget Brewster,Vella LovellJamie Loftus and Patti Harrison.

Ortega, who starred in the Disney Channel’s live-action Kim Possible movie, will appear as a utility player alongside Stephanie Sheh and Daisy Hobbs.

Ortega, Sheh and Hobbs will voice multiple roles.

Bella Thorne Starring in the Indie Film “Habit”

Bella Thornehas found a new habit

The 22-year-old half-Cuban American actress/singer is currently filming Habit, an indie film being produced by Donovan Leitch852 FilmsMartingale PicturesVoltage PicturesCloudlight, and Elevated Films, the production company behind the Oscar-nominated film, Mudbound.

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The film centers on a street smart party girl with a Jesus fetish who gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out — by masquerading as a Nun.

First-time feature director Janell Shirtcliffis at the helm, directing from a script by Suki Kaiser, based on a story by Libby Mintzand Shirtcliff. 

Thorne first rose to acclaim on the Disney Channel’s Shake it Up.

Her film credits include The DuffBlended and Midnight Sun.

Jenna Ortega to Star in the High School Drama “The Fallout”

Jenna Ortega is dealing with some Fallout

The 17-year-old Mexican and Puerto Rican actress has been cast as the lead in the high-school drama The Fallout.

Jenna Ortega

In the feature, high schooler Vada navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family, friends and view on the world are forever altered.

Actress Megan Parkwill write and direct the project.

Ortega, who rose to acclaim on the Disney Channel’s Stuck In The Middle, most recently appeared on Netflix’s series You.

Her other television credits include Jane the VirginCSI: NYand Bizaardvark.

She’ll next star on the big screen in Yes Dayopposite Jennifer Garnerand The Babysitter 2opposite Bella Thorne.

Dascha Polanco to Star in the Superhero Thriller “Samaritan”

Dascha Polanco is a good Samaritan…

The 37-year-old Dominican actress is set to star in MGM’s superhero thriller movie Samaritan

Dascha Polanco

Polanco joins a cast that includes Javon ‘Wanna’ WaltonSylvester StalloneMartin StarrPilou Asbækand Moises Arias.

Walton will play a young boy who’s out to discover if a mythic superhero, who vanished 20 years earlier following a tragic event, is still alive.

Julius Avery is directing from a screenplay by Bragi F. Schut, with additional writing by Mark L. SmithZak Penn, and Chuck MacLean

The story is based on Schut’s original idea. 

The film is scheduled for release on December 11 via United Artists Releasingwith Universal handling foreign. 

Polanco portrayed Dayanara Diaz on Netflix’s Orange is the New Blackfor seven-seasons and starred in Ava DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix limited series When They See Us. She’ll soon be seen in her first lead film role in Adrian Martinez’s indie dark comedy iCreep, and Warner Brothers’ adaption of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heightsthis summer. Her additional credits include the FXanthology series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Storyand films including JoyThe Perfect MatchThe Cobblerand Gimme Shelter

Arias first made a name for himself as series regular on the Disney Channel hit original series Hannah Montana, and has since gone on to appear in several Sundance films including Kings of Summer, The Land and Stanford Prison Experiment. Last year, he appeared in CBS Films’ Five Feet Apart as well as the Sundance World Dramatic Competition Special Jury Award winner Monos and the SXSW opening weekend film The Wall of Mexico

Bella Thorne to Star in the Indie Action Comedy “Chick Fight”

The fight’s on for Bella Thorne

The 22-year-old half-Cuban American actress/singer has joined the cast of Chick Fight, the indie action comedy starring and produced by Malin Akerman

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Paul Leydenis directing Joseph Downey’s original script for the film, which is being produced by Yale Productions and Idiot Savant Pictures. A January shooting start is in the works.

Akerman stars as Anna, who still hasn’t reconciled with the recent death of her adored mother. She’s just discovered that her loving and supportive father is gay, and she accidentally burns down her uninsured coffee shop after learning a thrown joint and a spilled bottle of moonshine don’t mix. Knowing Anna needs to be abruptly shaken and stirred from her deep funk, her best friend takes her to an all-women underground fight club, where she encounters an eclectic cast of characters.

Thorne plays Olivia, the club’s intimidatingly perfect and most brutally efficient fighter, who quickly becomes a rival in and out of the ring. 

Her previous feature credits include Netflix’s The Babysitter franchise, Blended, Stuck on YouThe DUFFMidnight Sun and the Sundance AGBO Studios feature Assassination Nation

Her television credits include Disney Channel’s Shake It UpHBO’s Big LoveABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and Freeform’s Famous in Love

Disney Channel Reviving Alisa Reyes’ “The Proud Family” for Disney+

There could be more proudmoments in Alisa Reyes’ future…

Disney Channel’s popular animated series The Proud Family, which featured the 38-year-old Latina actress as part of its voice cats, is making a comeback. 

Alisa Reyes

Jo Marie Payton, who voiced Suga Mama in the series which aired for three seasons from 2001-2005, has confirmed that a revival is in the works at upcoming streaming service Disney+.

It came in an answer to a question from host Keke Palmer about Payton’s Suga Mama character. “Yeah, Suga’s large and in charge. That’s all I’ve got to say — except for Suga Mama will be doing some new episodes come February,” revealed Payton.

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Word of a revival first surfaced in August when Tommy Davidson, who voiced Oscar Proud, told @WhereIsTheBuzzTV that the series would be revived on Disney+. 

Payton’s confirmation was the first announcement on a Disney-owned network. GMA3, the third hour of Good Morning Americaco-hosted by Michael StrahanSara Haines and Palmer, is on Disney-owned ABC.

Created by Bruce W. SmithThe Proud Family was one of very few animated series at the time to center around an African American family. It followed main character Penny Proud, voiced by Kyla Pratt, and the everyday rambunctiousness of her friends and family — with guest stars like Gabrielle UnionKobe Bryant, and Mariah Carey.

Cast also included Paula Jai Parker as Trudy, Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez, Karen Malina White as Dijonay, Orlando Brownas Sticky Webb, Soleil Moon Fryeas Zoey and Tara Strongas twins Bebe/Cece and Puff the Poodle.

Bella Thorne to Make Feature Directorial Debut

Bella Thorneis heading behind the lens…

The 22-year-old half-Cuban American actress/singer has signed on to direct her first feature film, an elevated thriller written by Zander Coté, the plot of which is being kept under wraps.

Bella Thorne

Thorne will also take on a supporting role in the film, which will begin shooting this coming summer.

“We are thrilled to partner with Bella on her feature directing debut,” says Bernon, “She’s about to leave an indelible mark on the genre, and we can’t wait for audiences to discover her bold vision.”

Thorne is also a best-selling author, director, philanthropist musician and entrepreneur. She entered the entertainment business at six months of age and at 21 has built an empire that stretches from acting to various entrepreneurial ventures and philanthropic endeavors.

Her unapologetic authenticity and ability to be raw with her fans has generated a loyal and diehard following on her social media pages, which consists of 21.5M on Instagram, 6.9M on Twitter, 529k subscribers on YouTube

Thorne’s feature credits include Netflix’s The Babysitter franchise, BlendedStuck on You, The DUFFMidnight Sunand the Sundance AGBO Studiosfeature Assassination Nation

Her television credits include Disney Channel’s Shake It UpHBO’s Big LoveABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and Freeform’s Famous in Love

Her first foray into directed came in an unusual way… Thorne directed PornHub’s Visionaries Director’s Serieswith the short Her & Him.

Disney Channel Releases Trailer for Second & Final Season of Myrna Velasco’s “Star Wars Resistance”

Myrna Velasco is headed back to space…

The Disney Channel has released the trailer for the second and final season of its Emmy-nominated animated series Star Wars Resistance, featuring the Mexican American actress as part of the voice cast. 

Myrna Velasco

A suspicious Hutt, ruthless bounty hunters, and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren himself are among the Jedi universe threats that await the intrepid heroes of Star Wars Resistance this season.

Star Wars Resistance returns on October 6 on the Disney Channel and via DisneyNow with an interstellar adventure that bridges between the events depicted in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the action in the upcoming feature film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (December 20).

From the official synopsis: “Kaz and the team continue to fight against the threat of the First Order, culminating in an epic series finale. The story picks up after a harrowing escape from the First Order, as the Colossus and all its residents find themselves lost in space, pursued by Agent Tierny and Commander Pyre…meanwhile, Tam grapples with her future and where her true allegiance lies, with her friends or the First Order. The thrilling final season will showcase how the unlikeliest of heroes can help spark hope across the galaxy.

Joining the voice cast in guest-starring roles for Season Two: Joe Manganiello as Ax Tagrin, Daveed Diggs as Norath Kev, and Lucy Lawless as the Aeosian Queen.

Star Wars Resistance stars Christopher Sean as Kazuda Xiono, Suzie McGrath as Tam Ryvora, Scott Lawrence as Jarek Yeager, Velasco as Torra Doza, Josh Brener as Neeku Vozo, Donald Faison as Hype Fazon, Elijah Wood as Rucklin, Liam McIntyre as Commander Pyre, Jason Hightower as Captain Doza, Sumalee Montano as Agent Tierny, and Jim Rash and Bobby Moynihan as Flix and Orka, respectively.

Velasco’s other voice credits include Elena of AvalorDC Super Hero Girlsand Descendants: Wicked World.

Scarlett Estevez to Star in the Disney Channel’s “Bunk’d”

Scarlett Estevez is ready to camp it up!

The half-Latina child actress has joined the cast of the Disney Channel’s Bunk’d for the live-action comedy’s fourth season.

Scarlett Estevez

Estevez joins a list of new additions that includes Israel Johnsonand Shelby Simmons.

Camp Kikiwaka will see Johnson as Noah, a junior camp counselor and former child actor who is upbeat, enthusiastic and sometimes over-dramatic. Simmons will portray Ava, a junior counselor from Queens who is tough as nails but fiercely loyal to her friends, while Estevez will play Gwen, an eccentric and somewhat naïve new camper who has lived off the grid her whole life.

Returning cast members include Miranda May (Lou),Will Buie, Jr.(Finn), Raphael Alejandro(Matteo) and Mallory James Mahoney(Destiny).

The show has now started production for the upcoming season. 

Bunk’d began as a spinoff to the Disney Channel’s hit series Jessiewhich ran from 2011-2015.

Bunk’dhails from It’s a Laugh Productions.

Estevez’s previous credits include roles in the films in Daddy’s Homeand Daddy’s Home 2, as well as television appearances inLucifer.

Danny Trejo to Star in the ABC Comedy Project “Food & Familia,” Inspired By His Life

Danny Trejo is bringing his life to the small screen, so to speak…

The 74-year-old Mexican American actor is  attached to star in an ABC comedy project that boasts Will Smith among its executive producers.

Danny Trejo

Trejo will star in and executive produce Food & Familia, which is currently in development at the network. The multi-camera comedy, is inspired by Trejo’s life. When the matriarch of the family passes away, she leaves her restaurant to her son, Danny (Trejo) – who’s about to get out of prison — and her granddaughter, Michelle, who hates her father for abandoning her. This gift from beyond the grave might heal the father and daughter and get them back together but, it’s gonna be rocky as the two of them work their differences out while trying to operate a restaurant, live together, and become a real family again.

Peter Murrietta will write and executive produce the project. Trejo and Smith will executive produce along with Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter of Smith’s Overbrook EntertainmentABC Studios will produce.

Should the project move forward, it would only be Trejo’s second series regular role, with the other being the short-lived George Lopez FX sitcom Saint George. Trejo is also known for his role in the Machete films as well as several other Robert Rodriguez films. His other TV roles include appearances on Sons of Anarchy, Rick & Morty, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, and From Dusk til Dawn: The Series. Trejo also opened his first restaurant, Trejo’s Tacos, in 2016 with multiple locations now open throughout Los Angeles. He also operates Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts and Trejo’s Cantina.

Murrietta most recently worked on the CBS comedy Superior Donuts. His other recent credits include One Day at a TimeLopez, and Cristela. Murrietta also won two Emmy awards for his time on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.