Dany Garcia Among the New Owners of the XFL

It’s game on for Dany Garcia

The 51-year-old Cuban American businesswoman and producer, her former husband Dwayne Johnson and RedBird Capital Partners have bought the XFL, a twice-unsuccessful professional football alternative to the NFL fronted by WWE chief Vince McMahon, for $15 million.

Dany Garcia

Garcia and her business partners were selected as the winning bidder for the assets controlled by Alpha Entertainment, the parent company of the XFL.

The transaction is subject to bankruptcy court approval at a hearing this Friday. Assuming that closing conditions are satisfied, the acquisition is expected to close on or shortly after August 21.

In announcing the deal, Garcia and her fellow projected new owners said they have secured “the ability to option live entertainment intellectual property for further expansion across sports, live events and original entertainment programming.”

The XFL, which had two single-season attempts to go up against the NFL, one in 2000 and the second this year, was fronted by McMahon and the WWE, which owned a 23.5% stake in the league. After starting its season in February, the XFL was forced to shut down due to COVID-19 in March. It filed for bankruptcy in April.

“For Dwayne, Gerry and myself, this property represents an incredible opportunity. It is the confluence of great passion, tradition and possibility” Garcia said. “Sports and entertainment are the foundations of the businesses I have built. Melding our expertise combined with our commitment to deliver exciting and inspiring unique content, has us all focused on developing the XFL brand into a multi-media experience that our athletes, partners and fans will proudly embrace and love.”

Johnson has a connection to the sport, having played college football at Miami.

“The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that’s rooted deeply in two things – my passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans,” Johnson said. “With pride and gratitude for all that I’ve built with my own two hands, I plan to apply these callouses to the XFL, and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans, and everyone involved for the love of football.”

Jeffrey Pollack, president and COO of the XFL, called it a “Hollywood ending” to the process of seeking a sale.

Garcia and Johnson are co-founders of Seven Bucks Companies, a multi-platform enterprise pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies and digital networks.

RedBird was founded by former Goldman Sachs partner Cardinale. He has orchestrated a range of major sports deals over the past 20 years involving his clients and teams like the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys as well as leagues like the NFL.

The XFL was the latest in a long line of failed attempts to dislodge the NFL from its perch as the No. 1 sports league in America. Football fans haven’t tuned in en masse for leagues like the Alliance of American Football, the United States Football League or the World Football League.

The first XFL season, in 2000, provided a brief summertime splash in the ratings for NBC, which was a part-owner of the league at the time, before quickly fading.

The latest iteration of the XFL differed from the first attempt in that it didn’t try to amp up the violence or present more scantily clad cheerleaders. Kickoffs, a routine feature of games that experts have linked to high rates of concussions, underwent a dramatic change in the XFL, with teams lining up close to each other so as to eliminate running-start collisions. Other innovations included microphones on the sidelines, enabling fans to follow the game in more detail.

Dania Ramirez to Star in Netflix’s DC Vertigo Comic-Based Series “Sweet Tooth”

Dania Ramirez has landed a Sweet role…

The 40-year-old Dominican actress and Devious Maids star will star in Sweet ToothNetflix’s new drama series based on the DC Vertigo comic.

Dania Ramirez

Ramirez will be part of the series’ core cast of series regulars, which includes Christian ConveryNonso Anozie and Adeel AkhtarWill Forte has a recurring role, while James Brolin serves as the series’ narrator.

The eight-episode Sweet Tooth follows the adventures of Gus (Convery) — part deer, part boy — who leaves his home in the forest to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He joins a ragtag family of humans and animal-children hybrids like himself in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind his hybrid origins.

Ramirez will reportedly play Aimee, a pioneer in the middle of dystopic America, a lone scavenger in an abandoned city, rebuilding a sustainable habitat and giving orphaned hybrids a home.

The project hails from Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s Team DowneyJim MickleBeth Schwartz and Warner Bros. Television.

Along with fellow new Netflix series Cowboy Bebop, Sweet Tooth was among of a handful of Hollywood television series and movies to be granted border exemptions by the New Zealand government several weeks ago, a crucial step for any overseas production to be able to film in the country, which has largely eradicated COVID-19.

The tentative plan is for the cast to travel to New Zealand in August, where they’ll self-isolate for two weeks ahead of a potential September 7 start of production, according to Deadline.com. 

Ramirez can currently be seen as one of the leads in the first season of Kevin Williamson’s CBS All Access anthology drama series Tell Me a Story, airing on the CW

She previously starred on Marc Cherry’s Lifetime series Devious  Maids and had major roles on ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Heroes

Selena Gomez & Trevor Daniel Release Trippy Video for Their “Past Life” Collaboration

Selena Gomez’s body is a wonderland…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress and Trevor Daniel have released the official video for their “Past Life” collaboration.

Selena Gomez Past Life

In the trippy clip, Gomez appears to freeze during a faux Instagram Live chat with Daniel. The camera then pans around Gomez’s face and zooms in on her cheek as it transforms into a valley. 

At first glance, the music video features sweeping views of mountainsides and seascapes. But upon looking more closely, you’ll notice what appears to be an ear embedded in a cliff here, or a row of eyelashes in the distance there.

Selena Gomez Past Life

It turns out close up views of the singer’s face do indeed star in the surrealistic music video with the expertise of Scan Truck, a mobile 3Dstudio that’s popular in Hollywood and been involved in film projects likeThe Avengers: Endgameand Venom.

The mobile studio features 200 DSLR cameras trained on the subject to capture photorealistic scans, which are then incorporated into a 3D generated concept. 

The ‘3D spaceship on wheels’ allowed the artist to shoot her music video and still abide by social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I stepped into it on my own and it scanned my face up close, which is why the music video looks so real!” she tweeted.

“Past Life” serves as the second single from Daniels’ debut album, Nicotine, which was released in March.

Jaime Davila Named to National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Board of Directors

Jaime Davila is coming on Board

The Latino president and co-founder of Campanario Entertainment and executive producer of Netflix’s highly anticipated Selena: The Series has been appointed to the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) National Board of Directors.

Jaime Davila

Davila has been an advocate for mainstream Latino representation in the entertainment industry and an active member of the NHMC. 

Most recently, he served on NHMC’s 2020 Impact Awards Gala Dinner committee to plan and sponsor the event honoring the Latinx community’s media involvement throughout 2019. 

Along with his work on the committee, Davila has also hired NHMC Series Scriptwriters Program alums to projects produced by Campanario Entertainment. 

As a member of the Board, Davila will continue his efforts to bring an impactful presence of Latino stories and representation to film, television and beyond.

“Jaime has been a great ally to our organization, and we are elated to have him join as a Board member,” said Brenda Victoria Castillo, the president and CEO of the NHMC. “His knowledge of the industry and determination to amplify Latino voices and authentically tell our stories, will be key as we continue to diversify the entertainment industry.”

“It’s an honor to officially become a part of the NHMC’s board and work with my fellow board members to further strengthen the presence of the Latino community across all media,” said Davila. “Campanario was founded and exists because the entertainment industry, and Hollywood specifically, needs to see that Latino stories matter and are important. It’s been my mission to authentically bring our stories to mainstream audiences. The opportunity to continue to learn from esteemed members of the NHMC that have been at the forefront of this initiative for almost three decades is invigorating.”

Since founding Campanario Entertainment, Davila has created a slate of multilingual content in the US and Mexico, including Netflix’s series about Mexican American star and music icon Selena Quintanilla

His credits also include Bravo’s Mexican Dynastythe documentary Colossus as well as the dramedy Como Sobrevivir Soltero, one of the first Amazon Original series to launch for Amazon Prime Video Mexico.

Davila’s career began at ICM and ITV Studios. He then worked at Bravo Network as a development executive under Andy Cohen where he adapted international formats and developed original series, including Best New RestaurantThe People’s Couch and the docuseries The Extreme Guide to Parentingwhich was created by Davila. He also worked on the team that developed Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck and Shahs of Sunset.

CBS Renews Jeremy Ray Valdez’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” for Two Seasons

There are more bold (and beautiful) days ahead for Jeremy Ray Valdez.

CBS has given a two-year renewal to its long-running daytime drama The Bold and the Beautifulfeaturing the 39-year-old half-Mexican American actor,through the 2021-2022 broadcast season.

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Now in its 33rd year, the afternoon series routinely wins its time period and averages more than 3.2 million viewers every day. 

Picked up for Seasons 34 and 35,The Bold and the Beautiful joins CBS companion The Young and the Restless, which in January was renewed through 2024.

“For over three decades, The Bold and the Beautifulhas been a cornerstone of the CBS Daytime lineup,” said Amy Reisenbach, EVP Current Programs, CBS Entertainment. “The show has been a creative and ratings success due to the supremely talented cast, writers and producers that Brad Bell has assembled. Of course, none of this would have been possible withoutB&B’s dedicated fans, whose passion for these characters and stories is unsurpassed. We are delighted to be able to continue to offer them a daily look into the romances and rivalries between the Forrester, Logan and Spencer families.”

The news of The Bold and the Beautiful renewal comes amid a coronavirus-related Hollywood production shutdown that has suspended filming on all daytime dramas. Along with Y&R, The Bold and the Beautifulhad about 4-6 weeks worth of episodes in the can when the production shutdown began March 17. The last original episode aired last month and, beginning April 27, B&Bstarted airing repeat episodes curated into theme weeks.

“I am thrilled to dive into years 34 and 35 of The Bold and the Beautiful,” said executive producer Bradley Bell. “We are grateful to Amy Reisenbach and everyone at CBS for their incredible commitment to the series. Of course, many thanks to our loyal fans who motivate us every day with their unending passion and enthusiasm.”

The Bold and the Beautifulis currently preparing to resume production in June, if safety guidelines are met in compliance with state and city regulations.

The Bold and the Beautiful,the most-watched U.S. produced daytime drama in the world, is set in Los Angeles and tells the compelling story of high fashion, glamour, honor, romance, passion and, most importantly, family. It’s a Bell-Phillip Television production. Bell is the executive producer.

In addition to Valdez, who joined the show in March 2018 as Detective Alex Sanchez, cast members include (alphabetically): Matthew AtkinsonKiara BarnesKatrina BowdenDarin BrooksScott Clifton, Don DiamontJennifer GareisCourtney HopeThorsten KayeKatherine Kelly LangJohn McCookAlley MillsAnnika NoelleDenise RichardsLawrence Saint-Victor, Henry Joseph SamiriRena SoferAaron D. SpearsHeather Tom and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.

Cameron Diaz Featured in Zoe Bell’s Kick-A “Boss Bitch Fight Challenge” Video

There’s no denying Cameron Diazis a boss b$tch… And, now there’s a video to prove it.

Actress and stuntwoman extraordinaire Zoe Bell has created a full-out, virtual battle royale featuring the most badass actresses and stuntwomen of Hollywood, including the 47-year-old half-Cuban American actress.

Cameron Diaz

Bell’s video is appropriately called Boss Bitch Fight Challenge.

“I’m so bored! I just want to play with my friends!” she proclaims as she tries to liven things up during her quarantine with five minutes of virtual fisticuffs.

Similar to a viral video made by stuntmen, the ladies show the men how it’s really done as Bell stitches together vignettes of an all-star, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them roster of women serving us some action-packed, fighting moves.

It starts with Bell and we quickly see actresses like Halle Berry kick some tail, as well as Scarlett Johansson and her fellow Black Widow starFlorence Pugh step into action. Margot Robbiemakes use of her Harley Quinnbat while Charlie’s Angelsalums Drew Barrymoreand Diaz jump into the brawl. Also making cameos are Xenaherself Lucy LawlessBirds of Prey actress Rosie PerezGuardians of the Galaxy’s Zoe SaldanaDMZstar Rosario Dawsonas well as Daryl Hannahreprising her role as Elle Driver from Kill Bill.

Here’s the full roster of boss bitchesin order of appearance: 

Zoe Bell, Lucy Lawless, Tara Macken, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Tamiko Brownlee, Rosario Dawson, Amy Johnson, Cameron Diaz, Kim Murphy, Daniela Ruah, Michaela McAllister, Kaitlin Olson, Lauren Mary Kim, Florence Pugh, Julia Butters, Angela Meryl, Sarah Irwin, Daryl Hannah, Sophia Di Martino, Tracie Thoms, Shauna Duggins, Zoe Saldana, Ming Qiu, Renee Goldsberry, Rosie Perez, Lilly Aspell, Thandie Newton, Mel Stubbs, Jessie Graff, Monique Ganderton, Halle Berry, Heidi Moneymaker, Scarlett Johansson, Dayna Grant, Margot Robbie, Renae Moneymaker, KT Tunstall and finally, to make things come full circle, Zoe Bell rounds it out.

Gerardo Celasco to Star in Quibi’s Drama Series “Swimming with Sharks”

Gerardo Celasco has gone swimming

The 37-year-old Salvadoran American actor has been cast opposite Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger in Quibi’s drama series Swimming with Sharks.

Gerardo Celasco

Billed as a contemporary update of George Huang’s 1994 film that both celebrates and skewers the Hollywood studio system, the Lionsgate-produced series is written and produced by Kathleen Robertson, and directed by Tucker Gates, with Chris Cowles also producing.

In the series adaptation with a female twist, Lou (Shipka), a young female assistant, works for Joyce (Kruger), a sole female studio head, at a company filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue, but little do they know Lou is poised to outwit them all.

Celasco will play Miles, a moderately talented artist and the husband of Joyce Holt (the big moneymaker in the household). Miles and Joyce have a complicated relationship based on love, money and power.

Celasco, who rose to acclaim on NBC’s Passions, co-stars in the upcoming Foxthriller series neXt. He’s known for his multi-season arc on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder

Camila Cabello Releases Old Hollywood-Inspired “My Oh My” Music Video

Camila Cabello is bringing Old Hollywood glamour back…

The 22-year-old Cuban & Mexican singer has released the official music video for her latest single “My Oh My,” featuring rising star DaBaby

Camila Cabello

Directed by Dave Meyers, the video sees Camila take viewers back to Hollywoodin the 1920s. Frustrated with her roles as an aspiring actress, Cabello luckily links up with DaBaby at a bar, who just happens to be an emerging director.

The pair hit it off and ride around town. DaBaby ends up snatching Cabello away from her original studio contract to cast her as the lead star in his Kill Billinspired La Bonita Blade film, which is fittingly dubbed a DaBabyScope Production.

After two months of charting, “My Oh My” continues to surge up the Billboard Hot 100, as the Romancestandout comes in at No. 31 this week.

Lionel Messi Among the Barcelona FC Teammates Featured in New Documentary “Matchday”

Lionel Messi is sharing his life story with the world…

Matchday, a new behind the scenes documentary about Barcelona FC‘s 2018-19 season gives viewers access to exclusive never seen before footage, including a special look at the 32-year-old Argentine soccer star.

Lionel Messi

The documentary, narrated by Hollywood actor John Malkovich, offers a glimpse into the life of one of the world’s biggest soccer stars.

The documentary centers on eight key games from last season where Barcawon La Liga and reached the semifinals of the Champions League, where it was blown away by Liverpoolin one of the greatest comebacks in the history of European football.

There’s also footage from outside the locker room with cameras being allowed into the players’ homes including a barbecue at Luis Suarez‘s house where he’s joined by Messi and Jordi Alba.

Gerard Piqueis also featured, spending time with his family, while Ivan Rakiticshows off his culinary skills and Marc-Andre ter Stegentalks about designing his new home.

Last week, in front of an adoring home crowd at the Camp Nouin a Champions League match against German team Borussia Dortmund, Messi made it 700 appearances for Barca, games in which he’s contributed 613 goals and 237 assists.

Messi scored one and set up two others as Barca claimed top spot in Group F with a 3-1 win over Dortmund.

Barca is just the latest big soccer club to allow cameras into the club. Manchester Cityand Juventushave both been subjects of documentaries while a series on Tottenhamis currently being filmed by Amazon.

The series, which consists of eight 45-minute episodes, is being broadcast by Rakuten TV , with the documentary also being shown in Japan.

Mariah Carey Shares Her Hand-Selected Holiday Gift List on Amazon

Move over, Oprah… Mariah Carey is sharing her own favorite things…

The 49-year-old Grammy-winning songstress has shared her hand-selected Mariah Must-Haves list on Amazon, giving her Lambilya one-stop shopping experience this holiday season. 

Mariah Carey

Mariah’s list features some fan essentials, like the 20th anniversary deluxe and vinyl editions of the Mariah Carey Merry Christmas album, a Mariah Funko Pop Christmasfigurine and her All I Want For Christmas is You book and animated feature film.

“If you know me, you know how much I love good tea! Find you tea, dahhlings!” Mariah says in a message on the Amazon shopping site, which luckily includes a Vahdam x Mariah Carey Christmas Joy Tea Gift Set, with two different holiday chai tea blends ($34.99), as well as a temperature-controlled smart mug ($129.95) and a Victrola vintage bluetooth suitcase with speakers ($42.99) to pump out Mariah’s holiday hits while you’re chilling out by the fire.

“No holiday party is complete without holiday music,” Mariah writes in a caption next to the turntable. “I like to use this festive record player to listen to my vinyl collection. This holiday season you can listen to ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ exclusively on vinly! Vintage! So adorable.”

The collection also features an RHM karaoke machine ($219.95), a Vitruvistone oil diffuser ($119), some holiday-themed Mariah onesies, a Wickedbone smart bone interactive toy for dogs and cats ($99), WindNSun Monarch butterfly kit ($19.95), a bluetooth-enabled ReignCharmHollywood vanity mirror ($389.99), Cinemood portable movie theater ($315.00), the Dapper Dog Box full of curated dog treats and toys ($25.90), and many more items.