Alyssa Diaz’s “The Rookie” to Address Police Brutality in Season 3

It looks like Alyssa Diaz’s art will imitate life in the near future. 

ABC’s police drama The Rookie, starring the 34-year-old part Colombian and Mexican actress, will address the issue of police brutality during its upcoming third season. 

Alyssa Diaz in The Rookie

Show creator Alexi Hawley has brought in a number of experts to discuss the issues around policing in America in 2020, according to ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke.

“Alexi Hawley is a really thoughtful ally and partner and has been in the writers’ room for some time, already planning to address the current conversation going on around police work,” she tells Deadline.com. “I’m impressed with his thoughtfulness and leadership about hearing and adapting the current conversations to the storylines. It’s a diverse writers room and I’m hearing that the conversations going on in that room are inspired and give me hope that that show will address and not ignore the conversations around policing.”

In addition to Diaz, who portrays Angela Lopez, The Rookiealso stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPDMekia CoxRichard T. JonesTitus MakinMelissa O’Neil and Eric Winter.

The series is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and ABC Studios.

Diaz’s other television credits include Narcos: MexicoLethal WeaponNCIS: Los Angeles and Ray Donovan.

Miguel Angel Garcia to Appear on Fox’s Drama “Deputy”

Miguel Angel Garcia has laded a Fox-ynew role..

The Latino actor has booked a recurring role on Fox’s drama series Deputy, starring Stephen Dorff, from Entertainment One and Fox Entertainment.

Miguel Angel Garcia

 

Written by Will Bealland directed by David AyerDeputy is a cop drama that blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern attitude and gritty authenticity.

Garcia will play Wyatt, the handsome new boyfriend of Maggie (Valeria Jauregui). 

Garcia also stars opposite Dennis Quaidas a co-lead in the upcoming Endeavor Contentfeature On The Line

Aubrey Plaza to Star in the Romantic Comedy “Happiest Season”

Aubrey Plaza has found her Happiest place…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican actress and Parks and Recreation alum has joined the cast of the TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One romantic comedy Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis.

Aubrey Plaza

Plaza joins a list of newcomers that includes Mary SteenburgenVictor GarberAlison Brieand Dan Levy

Directed and co-written by Clea DuVall, and co-written by Mary HollandHappiest Season follows a young woman (Stewart) whose plan to propose to her girlfriend (Davis) while at her family’s annual holiday party is upended when she discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents (played by Steenburgen and Garber). 

The film is set to hit theaters on November 20. eOne will distribute the film in UK and Canada.

Filming is currently underway in Pittsburgh, PA.

Plaza’s film credits include Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldMonsters University,Dirty GrandpaIngrid Goes West and Child’s Play.

Gallegos to Star in Antoine Fuqua’s Drama Series “Ice” for AT&T’s Audience Network

Rey Gallegos is getting Iced

The Latino actor has joined the cast of Ice, Antoine Fuqua’s drama series for AT&T’s Audience Network.

Rey Gallegos 

The 10-episode series, hailing from Fuqua’s Fuqua Films and Entertainment One, was named after the slang word for diamonds. Written/executive produced by Robert Munic, it follows the Green family as they plunge into the underbelly of the L.A. diamond trade.

Gallegos will portray Carlos Vega, a Los Angeles police officer looking to take short cuts whenever possible, while maintaining his position within the LAPD.

He joins previously announced Judith Shekoni. Raymond J. Barry, Cam Gigandet, Jeremy Sisto, Ray Winstone and Donald Sutherland.

Gallegos’ previous credits include Impastor, Gang Related, Sons of Anarchy and Graceland.

eOne Acquires North American Rights to Segura’s Casino Heist Romp “Torrente, Mission: EuroVegas”

Santiago Segura’s latest film is headed across the pond…

Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired all North American rights to casino heist romp Torrente, Mission: EuroVegas, starring the 50-year-old Spanish actor/comedian and Alec Baldwin.

Santiago Segura

It’s the latest installment in Spain’s biggest-ever comedy movie franchise, offering proof that select foreign-language comedies can make wave abroad.

Segura stars as the lead character, Spanish cop José Luis Torrente. In the latest installment, crooked cop Torrente gets out of jail in the year 2018 to find a different Spain from the one he knew.

Written and directed by Segura, Torrente’s fifth iteration has also closed the U.K. with eOne-owned Momentum, and Australia/New Zealand with Palace Cinemas.

The deals mean Torrente is now sold out worldwide, said its sales agent Guido Rud at FilmSharks Intl.

Torrente’s buyers, moreover, include top-tier distribution companies, such as Disney’s Buena Vista International for Latin America, Sony Pictures for Spain, Korea’s Bridgeworks Entertainment and Turkey’s Sinema.

Torrente’s five installments have grossed a total of $90.5 million in Spain.

FYI Orders Snooki’s New Original Series “Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip”

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is flipping out

FYI has ordered Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip, a new original series following the 27-year-old Chilean-American reality television star of MTV’s Jersey Shore and her husband Jionni Lavalle as they start a house-flipping business on her beloved New Jersey Shore.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

Eight one-hour episodes already are underway for an early-2016 bow. Entertainment One is producing.

The network says Polizzi is an interior design maven and entrepreneur in her post-MTV days, and her husband has a background as a contractor and builder.

The series follows the couple, along with their family (they have two kids) and close friends, as they undertake their first business venture together flipping houses — which between family and work is no walk on the beach.

Sanchez’s Latest Horror Film “Exists” Gets International Distribution

Eduardo Sanchez’s latest project will be spooking people throughout the world…

Entertainment One has picked up multiple territories for the 46-year-old Cuban American director’s found-footage horror film Exists, taking the title in Germany, France, Benelux, Scandinavia and South Africa.

Eduardo Sanchez

The company previously bought the U.K. rights for the Bigfoot-themed chiller from world sales agent International Film Trust (IFT) at the American Film Market in November.

The multiterritory deal was negotiated by IFT president Christian de Gallegos. IFT also sold Exists to Japan (AT Entertainment), the Middle East (Shooting Stars), Taiwan (Well Go) and CIS (Luxor) among many other territories.

Written by Jamie Nash (V/H/S 2), Exists follows five friends who head into the woods of Texas for an epic party weekend. Once there, they are confronted by the vicious reality behind the Bigfoot myth.

Exists has managed to scare people in the perfect way, and we are delighted at the enthusiastic response from buyers,” said de Gallegos.

Sanchez is credited with helping to invent the genre of found-footage horror films when he co-directed the psychological horror film The Blair Witch Project with Daniel Myrick in 1999. It earned the pair the inaugural Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award from Film Independent, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers.

His other credits include Altered, Seventh Moon and Lovely Molly.

Rapace’s Erotic Thriller “Passion” to be Released This August

Noomi Rapace’s erotic thriller Passion will be released in the United States this summer…

Entertainment One had previously acquired the North American rights to Brian De Palma’s film, which stars the 33-year-old half-Spanish actress and Rachel McAdams in December. And, now the company has announced plans to release Passion in theaters and via video on demand (VOD) in August.

Noomi Rapace in Passion

The film, which played in competition at the Venice Film Festival and screened at the Toronto Film Festival, centers on a deadly power struggle between two rising executives in the dog-eat-dog world of a multinational corporation.

De Palma wrote and directed the remake of the 2010 French film Love Crime (from Alain Corneau’s original screenplay).

Passion will hit theaters on August 30 and be available via VOD on August 1.

The Provincetown Film Festival to Premiere the Rapace-Starrer “Passion”

Noomi Rapace is bringing a little passion to Provincetown this weekend…

The 15th Provincetown Film Festival has added Brian De Palma’s Passion to its line-up.

Noomi Rapace in Passion

The erotic thriller, which stars the 33-year-old half-Spanish actress and Rachel McAdams, will be making its American premiere at the festival.

The film is described as a cat-and-mouse game of murderous personal and professional intrigue between a ruthless Berlin ad agency executive and her brilliant female assistant.

It bowed in competition at the Venice Film Festival last fall and segued directly to Toronto.

Its U.S. premiere was scheduled to take place at the New York Film Festival in October, but a glitch with the digital projection caused those screenings to be canceled.

Provincetown organizers confirmed Thursday that De Palma will fly in for Saturday’s showing of Passion. He is scheduled to participate in an audience Q&A after the film, which is a remake of French director Alain Corneau‘s 2010 noir, Love Crime.

Entertainment One will release Passion in the U.S. on August 30.

Archuleta’s “No Matter How Far” Album to be Released March 26

David Archuleta may be serving his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on a two-year mission in Chile… But he’s giving fans new music to hold them over until his return.

Even though the 22-year-old Honduran/Spanish American singer and former American Idol runner-up isn’t expected to return until spring 2014, 10 Archuleta tracks have been collected for a new album, which fans can stream on Billboard.

David Archuleta

Before heading on his Mormon mission, Archuleta recorded several songs that were never placed on an official album — some unfinished demos, others hard-to-find cuts that had only been shared on international releases.

Due to his dedicated fans, many of the tracks were shared online, catching the eye of the label Entertainment One, which decided to compile them into a proper album: No Matter How Far.

The album’s lead single, the sentimental ballad “Don’t Run Away,” is one of two selections (along with “Heart Falls Out“) that hasn’t been released before in any format.

With help from British producers The Nexus (David Sneddon and James Bauer-Mein), the incomplete demo was polished into one of Archuleta’s finest moments.

No Matter How Far, the follow-up to Archuleta’s Begin. album, can be pre-ordered on iTunes here. It will be released officially on Tuesday, March 26.