Sheila E is joining the family business…
The 63-year-old half-Mexican American percussionist, singer, author, and actress has joined the cast for Season 3 of Carl Weber’s BET+ series The Family Business.
J.D. Pardo will be riding again next month…
FX will launch the third season of Mayans M.C., starring the 39-year-old Salvadoran and Argentine-American actor, in March.
The series, the next chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga, will premiere on Tuesday, March 16 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on FX with the first two episodes of its 10-episode third season.
After US Assistant District Attorney Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon) threatens to deport Felipe, EZ (Pardo) and Angel chose to leverage incriminating information to protect him, rather than to free rebel leader Adelita (Carla Baratta) from federal custody, leaving her to give birth to Angel’s son while in handcuffs.
Meanwhile, Miguel Galindo (Danny Pino) is left reeling over the loss of his mother to apparent suicide, while others quietly suspect foul play. Additionally, the Mayans seek vengeance on their rivals, the Tijuana M.C. Vatos Malditos, after a surprise attack on their club. When the smoke clears, they discover the body of a Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original – there will be hell to pay.
Michael Irby, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral, Emilio Rivera, Sarah Bolger and Sulem Calderon also star in the gritty motorcycle drama.
Mayans M.C. was co-created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James. The series is executive produced by James, Michael Dinner and Sutter. The 10-episode third season is produced by 20th Century Television and FX Productions.
El Chicano will be sweeping into theaters next year…
Briarcliff Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to the Latino superhero film with an all-Hispanic cast, including star Raúl Castillo.
The action film tells the story of twin brothers Diego and Pedro (both played by Castillo), who grew up together on the streets of East Los Angeles. As adults, their lives took radically different paths as Diego became a celebrated detective for the LAPD, and Pedro turned to a dead-end life of crime. When clues start connecting Pedro’s death to a case Diego is working on, a mythological figure from his youth, The Ghetto Grim Reaper, draws Diego in deeper than he ever expected. He becomes that figure, a Hispanic version of Batman or Black Panther.
The film also stars George Lopez, Aimee Garcia, Emilio Rivera, Kate del Castillo, Mr. Criminal, Noel G. Marco Rodriguez, Marlene Forte, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sal Lopez, David Castañeda and Armida Lopez.
El Chicano marks the feature film directorial debut of 25-year veteran stuntman Ben Hernandez Bray, who co-wrote the script with Joe Carnahan.
Carnahan was frustrated waiting for Bad Boys 3 to come together, he succumbed to Bray’s rationale and bailed on one franchise in hopes of starting another.
“I was frustrated with Bad Boys 3, and Ben had been talking about this for a decade,” Carnahan said. “He would tell me that 25% of movie tickets are purchased by Latinos, and so where are their big heroes? We wrote this on spec, and these white oil and gas guys from Canada gave us the money to make it at an under $8 million budget. It got an amazing response at the L.A. Film Festival. We believe in this, and that it can find a big audience and launch a franchise.”
Said Bray: “Just the fact that we’re making this announcement during Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the vital and important presence of Hispanics and Latinos in North America, is wonderful to me. The time is now for a film like El Chicano. A Latino superhero franchise is long overdue, but to have the forces of Joe Carnahan, Frank Grillo, Tom Ortenberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventurain the mix just makes it even sweeter and well worth the wait!”
The film will be released theatrically on March 22, 2019, with a reported target of 600-800 screens.
JD Pardo is revving his engine…
FX has given a series order to Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC, starring the 37-year-old Argentine and Salvadoran American actor.
The network has given the series a 10-episode order and slated it for a 2018 premiere.
The series order comes after the pilot underwent a reshoot and recasting of some key roles. FX CEO John Landgraf expressed optimism for the future of the spinoff at last summer’s TCA, saying that he expected a pickup in about three months.
This is the latest FX drama to land a series order after retooling the pilot, joining such shows as Sons of Anarchy and Snowfall.
Co-created by Sutter and Elgin James and hailing from Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, Mayans MC is the next chapter in Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy saga that was the highest-rated ongoing drama series in FX history. The Mayans were recurring and pivotal players in Sons of Anarchy throughout the show’s seven-year run.
Mayans MC is set in a post-Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), fresh out of prison, is a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now EZ must carve out his new outlaw identity in a town where he once was the golden boy who had the American Dream within his grasp.
The series also stars Edward James Olmos, Antonio Jaramillo, Richard Cabral and Emilio Rivera.
Prepare to double-up on Matt Cedeño…
Syfy has announced plans to premiere the third season of Z Nation, starring the 41-year-old half Afro-Cuban American actor, with a with special two-hour episode on Friday, September 16.
The Zombie-apocalypse thriller kicks off Season 3 with Lt. Warren (Kellita Smith) and her group taken prisoner by a new foe.
The series follows a team of everyday heroes on a mission to save humanity. Keith Allen (Rise of the Zombies) plays Murphy, the only known survivor of the zombie plague who wants to create a race of human-zombie “blends,” while Warren’s group is determined to stop him.
In addition to Cedeño, Smith and Allan, Z Nation also stars DJ Qualls, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, Nat Zang, Joseph Gatt and Emilio Rivera.
An original co-production, Z Nation is produced by The Asylum.
After the two-hour special premiere on at 8:00 pm on September 16, Z Nation moves to its regular slot at 9:00 pm on Fridays the following week.
Emilio Rivera is breaking Badsville…
The 54-year-old Mexican American actor has joined the cast of Badsville, a drama set amongst rival gangs from director April Mullen.
The story, set in the eponymous town of Badsville, follows the Badsville Kings gang as its members confront each other’s loyalty and rival gang The Aces, while at the same time discovering love, and trying to escape the town.
It’s the debut screenplay for cowriters Ian McLaren and Benjamin Barrett, who also costar in the film.
Along with Rivera, who is best known for his portrayal of Marcus Álvarez in Sons of Anarchy, the film also stars Robert Knepper, Tamara Duarte (Hard Rock Medical), Rene Rosado (Star Trek Into Darkness), Octavio Pizano (If Loving You is Wrong), Paul James Jordan (Piranha 3DD), Chelsea Rendon (McFarland USA), and Gregory Kasyan (Arms and the Dudes).
McLaren and Barrett will appear as “Wink” and “Benny” respectively.
Badsville is filming in locations throughout southern California.
Rivera’s credits include television appearances on NYPD Blue, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, JAG, ER and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Emilio Rivera’s next role will land him in the middle of a deadly Mexican drug war…
The 51-year-old Mexican American actor has signed on to star in The Devil’s In The Details.
Hailing from debut feature helmer Waymon Boone, the action thriller stars Ray Liotta as a psychiatrist who finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly Mexican drug war. Lane Garrison and newcomer Joel Mathews also star.
Rivera, who recently starred opposite Roselyn Sanchez and Nestor Serrano in Act of Valor, has appeared in such films as Next Day Air, Spider-Man 3 and Collateral.