Hernandez to Compete on Season 23 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

Laurie Hernandez is heading from the beam to the ballroom…

The 16-year-old Puerto Rican gymnast, who helped lead Team USA’s Women’s Gymnastics team to gold at the 2016 Rio Games, has joined ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for Season 23.

Laurie Hernandez

Hernandez, who won an individual silver medal for her balance beam routine at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will be paired with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

But Hernandez isn’t the only Hispanic celebrity hitting the dance floor this season…

Controversial Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, will compete this season. The 32-year-old half-Cuban American swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist, who said he made a “very big mistake” when he claimed to have been held up at gunpoint during the Rio Games, will be paired with professional dancer Cheryl Burke.

Meanwhile, former The Fosters star Jake T. Austin will also make a bid for the Mirror Ball trophy. The 21-year-old part-Puerto Rican, Argentine and Spanish actor will be paired with professional dancer Jenna Johnson.

Other celebrity competitors set to foxtrot their way onto the show include Former Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Indy race car driver James Hinchcliffe, Brady Bunchs Maureen McCormick, actress Marilu Henner, Amber Rose, rapper/reality star Vanilla Ice, R&B singer Kenneth “Babyface” EdmondsLittle Women: LA’s Terra Jole, and country music singer/actress Jana Kramer.

Season 23 will see the return of pros Derek and Julianne Hough, who last appeared in 2015. Derek, a six-time Dancing champ, will be back as a dancer, while Julianne will serve as a judge.

Also returning is pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, He last appeared in 2014 when he and Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis won the mirror ball trophy in Season 18. And Burke is back, after leaving the show in 2014.

Julianne Hough, a former pro dancer on the show, is expected to be joined at the judge’s table by Carrie Ann InabaBruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, who judged with Hough the past two iterations of the ballroom dance competition series.

Here are the new season’s dance pairings:

Cheryl Burke with Ryan Lochte
Maksim Chmerkovskiy with Amber Rose
Valentin Chmerkovskiy with Laurie Hernandez
Emma Slater with Rick Perry
Derek Hough with Marilu Henner
Artem Chigvintsev with Maureen McCormick
Sasha Farber with Terra Jole
Witney Carson with Vanilla Ice
Lindsay Arnold with Calvin Johnson
Jenna Johnson with Jake T. Austin
Allison Holker with Babyface
Sharna Burgess with James Hinchcliffe
Gleb Savchenko with Jana Kramer

The new season of Dancing With The Stars premieres on Monday, September 12.

Centineo Replacing Jake T. Austin on ABC Family’s Drama Series “The Fosters”

Noah Centineo is headed into Fosters care…

The 19-year-old Latino actor has joined the cast of ABC Family’s award-winning drama The Fosters as a series regular in a recasting.

Noah Centineo

He’ll play Jesus Adams Foster, originally played by Jake T. Austin, who left the series at the end of Season 2.

Austin tweeted in March that he had decided to exit the series and when Jesus had gotten into a traumatic accident at the end of the season, it was believed his character had been killed off. But it was revealed in the Season 3 opener that Jesus survived and had gone off to boarding school.

Centineo, best known for playing the role of Dallas in Austin & Ally and Jaden in How to Build a Better Boy, will join the series in the second half of Season 3, premiering in 2016.

He also appeared in the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, Jessie and Growin Up and Down.

Posey to Host This Year’s Teen Choice Awards

Tyler Posey is the host with the most…

The 22-year-old half-Mexican actor and star of MTV’s Teen Wolf has been named as the host of this year’s Teen Choice Awards by Fox.

Tyler Posey

Posey is familiar with the Teen Choice Awards. In 2012, he took home one of the award show’s trademark surfboards in the Choice Male Summer TV Star category, while Teen Wolf won Choice Summer TV Show.

Last year, the series received a Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Show, and Posey received the award for Choice Male Summer TV Star, as well as an ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor.

Most recently, he was named one of Variety‘s Power of Youth honorees. He received the award earlier this year in recognition of the work he has done with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Last year, Posey appeared on the big screen in Scary Movie 5. He also starred in the indie film White Frog and in the upcoming feature comedy Taco Shop, scheduled for release in 2015.

Previously announced stars scheduled to appear are Jake T. Austin, Bella Thorne, Lucy Hale, Jamie Blackley, Ian Harding, Kellan Lutz, Cody Simpson, Hailee Steinfeld, Gregg Sulkin and Zendaya.

The annual event will air live on Sunday, August 10 at 8:00 pm ET.

Voting for this year’s awards is currently open, and fans ages 13 to 19 can vote once each day per category at teenchoiceawards.com through Saturday, Aug. 9.

Gomez Leads the Latino Pack of Teen Choice Award Nominees

She may pursuing projects that shed her Disney Channel image, but Selena Gomez is still a teen sensation.

The first round of 2014 Teen Choice Awards nominees have been revealed, and the 21-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress has received two nods, the most of any Hispanic star.

Selena Gomez

Gomez, a 10-time Teen Choice Award winner, is nominated for Choice Female Hottie, an award she took him in 2012 and 2013.

This time around, she’s up against Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Kendall Jenner, Bella Thorne and Rihanna in the category.

Gomez is also nominated in the Choice Smile category. She’s facing off against Austin Mahone, Demi Lovato, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift for the award.

In addition to Gomez, Thorne and Lovato, Latino nominees include Cameron Diaz, Lea Michele, Pitbull, Jake T. Austin and Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui and Ally Brooke Hernandez.

The 2014 Teen Choice Awards, which celebrate teen icons including celebrities across entertainment realms including music, movies, television, fashion and others, will air live on Fox on August 10.

Currently fans between ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category can vote for these initial nominees at www.teenchoiceawards.com.

Hosts, performers, presenters and additional nominees will be announced soon.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Choice Movie: Action

  • Divergent
  • Edge of Tomorrow 
  • Godzilla
  • Maleficent
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Choice Movie Actor: Action

  • Jamie Campbell Bower, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 
  • Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow 
  • Theo James, Divergent 
  • Kellan Lutz, The Legend of Hercules 
  • Mark Wahlberg, Lone Survivor

Choice Movie Actress: Action

  • Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
  • Lily Collins, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 
  • Elle Fanning, Maleficent
  • Angelina Jolie, Maleficent
  • Shailene Woodley, Divergent

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 
  • Thor: The Dark World 
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Chris Hemsworth, Thor: The Dark World
  • Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • Halle Berry, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Natalie Portman, Thor: The Dark World
  • Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Choice Movie: Drama

  • American Hustle
  • Heaven Is for Real
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Veronica Mars

Choice Movie Actor: Drama

  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Russell Crowe, Noah
  • Jason Dohring, Veronica Mars
  • Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars
  • Jon Hamm, Million Dollar Arm

Choice Movie Actress: Drama

  • Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Emma Watson, Noah
  • Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars

 Choice Movie: Comedy

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Blended
  • Ride Along
  • The Other Woman
  • Vampire Academy

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy

  • Will Ferrell, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Kevin Hart, Ride Along 
  • Ice Cube, Ride Along
  • Johnny Knoxville, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • Adam Sandler, Blended 

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy

  • Christina Applegate, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 
  • Drew Barrymore, Blended
  • Zoey Deutch, Vampire Academy 
  • Cameron Diaz, The Other Woman
  • Emma Roberts, We’re the Millers

TELEVISION 

Choice TV Show: Drama

  • Hart of Dixie
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Switched at Birth
  • The Fosters
  • Twisted 

Choice TV Actor: Drama

  • Keegan Allen, Pretty Little Liars
  • Jake T. Austin, The Fosters
  • Lucas Grabeel, Switched at Birth
  • Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
  • Avan Jogia, Twisted

Choice TV Actress: Drama

  • Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars
  • Rachel Bilson, Hart of Dixie
  • Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
  • Maddie Hasson, Twisted
  • Maia Mitchell, The Fosters

Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

  • Arrow
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • Josh Dallas, Once Upon a Time
  • Joseph Morgan, The Originals
  • Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf
  • Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
  • Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries 

Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
  • Ginnifer Goodwin, Once Upon a Time
  • Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries
  • Claire Holt, The Originals
  • Kristin Kreuk, Beauty and The Beast 

Choice TV Show: Comedy

  • Austin & Ally
  • Glee
  • New Girl
  • Sam & Cat
  • The Big Bang Theory

Choice TV Actor: Comedy

  • Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men
  • Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally
  • Chord Overstreet, Glee 
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
  • Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Choice TV Actress: Comedy

  • Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
  • Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
  • Laura Marano, Austin & Ally 
  • Lea Michele, Glee 
  • Debby Ryan, Jessie

Choice TV: Animated Show

  • Adventure Time
  • Family Guy
  • Gravity Falls
  • Regular Show 
  • The Simpsons

Choice TV: Reality Competition Show

  • American Idol VIII
  • Masterchef Junior
  • Survivor
  • The Amazing Race
  • The Voice

Choice TV: Reality Show

  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  • Dance Moms
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Real Husbands of Hollywood
  • Total Divas

Music 

Choice Male Artist

  • Jason Derulo
  • Pitbull 
  • Austin Mahone
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Pharrell Williams

Choice Female Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Ariana Grande
  • Lorde
  • Katy Perry
  • Taylor Swift 

Choice Music Group

  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Fifth Harmony 
  • One Direction
  • R5
  • Rixton

Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist

  • Martin Garrix
  • Calvin Harris
  • Kaskade
  • Skrillex
  • Zedd

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist

  • Iggy Azalea
  • Eminem
  • John Legend
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Justin Timberlake

Choice Rock Group

  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • One Republic
  • Paramore
  • The Black Keys 

Choice Male Country Artist

  • Luke Bryan
  • Hunter Hayes
  • Jake Owen
  • Blake Shelton
  • Keith Urban

Choice Female Country Artist

  • Jana Kramer
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Choice Country Group

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Parmalee
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

Fashion

Choice Female Hottie

  • Beyoncé
  • Selena Gomez 
  • Ariana Grande
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Rihanna
  • Bella Thorne

Choice Male Hottie

  • Zac Efron
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Liam Hemsworth
  • Austin Mahone
  • One Direction
  • Ian Somerhalder

Choice Smile

  • Selena Gomez 
  • Austin Mahone
  • Demi Lovato 
  • Harry Styles
  • Taylor Swift

OTHER

Choice Comedian

  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Kevin Hart
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Andy Samberg
  • Kenan Thompson

Lopez’s “The Fosters” to be Recognized at the Television Academy Honors

Jennifer Lopez is earning praise from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The Television Academy has announced this year’s honorees for the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors, with the 44-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer/television producer’s The Fosters making the grade.

Jennifer Lopez & The Fosters

The ABC Family drama series, executive-produced by Lopez, is being heralded for carving its own niche within the ever-evolving landscape of modern television.

The show centers on a multi-ethnic family of foster and biological kids being raised by a lesbian couple (Teri Polo and Sherri Saum). They have built a close-knit, loving family when their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways by the addition of a hardened teen girl who has spent her life in the foster care system.

The series stars Jake T. Austin and Cierra Ramirez as two of the couple’s adopted children.

The other programs being recognized are The Big C: Hereafter, Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House Of God, Mom, Screw You Cancer and Vice.

The Television Academy Honors recipients are being honored for using the power of television to bring awareness to important social issues.

For the first time this year, beginning the week of May 25, the recipients will be celebrated with special daily content on the Television Academy’s digital platforms and on Yahoo TV.

Dana Delany will host the awards ceremony set for June 1 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Saldanha’s “Rio 2” Breaks Animated Film Records in Brazil

Carlos Saldanha has plenty of reason to get animated…

The 49-year-old Brazilian animated film director’s latest project Rio 2, the sequel to 2011’s beloved film Rio, has made history in Brazil.

Carlos Saldanha

The film had the biggest opening ever for an animated film in the South American country.

The Blue Sky Studios project from Saldanha, who hails from the titular town, took off with $7.3 million to edge out the prior record-holder, Madagascar 3.

The film’s voice cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, George Lopez, will.i.am, Rodrigo Santoro, Jake T. Austin, Bebel Gilberto, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Kristin Chenowith, Natalie Morales and Janelle Monáe.

Rio 2 will be released in the United States on April 11.

Santos to Star in MTV’s Comedy Pilot “Happyland”

Bianca Santos has found her happy place…

The Latina actress has been cast as the lead in MTV’s comedy pilot Happyland, alongside Colombian American actress Zulay Henao, Shane Harper, Katherine McNamara and Cameron Moulene.

Bianca Santos

Happyland is a hailed as a soapy teen comedy exploring the underbelly of one of the country’s most popular theme parks and the people who work there.

Santos is best known for portraying Lexi Rivera – Cierra Ramirez’s best friend and Jake T. Austin’s love interest –on ABC Family’s Jennifer Lopez-executive-produced drama series The Fosters, which has been renewed for a second season.

Happyland, which was written by Ben Epstein, will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger.

Santos will portray Lucy, a cynical teen working as a greeter at the park where her single mother (portrayed by Henao) has played a fairytale princess for 15 years, and explores the realities of growing up and falling in love while living in a make-believe world.

Henao, who will continue on OWN’s Love Thy Neighbor as a recurring, will appear opposite William Levy in the upcoming feature film Single Mom’s Club.

Austin’s “The Fosters” Gets a Back-Order Pickup from ABC Family

It looks like Jake T. Austin will stay in the (ABC) family for a little longer…

ABC Family has given a back-order pickup to the 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican, Argentine and Spanish actor’s freshmen series The Fosters, which is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez.

The Fosters

The orders are said to be in line with ABC’s traditional full-season pickups (20 episodes) and back orders (10 episodes). The show will return with new episodes in January 2014.

“ABC Family has always been a home for groundbreaking storytelling with iconic characters and families and we’re thrilled to have The Fosters and Twisted join our line-up as breakout summer hits,” said ABC Family president Michael Riley

The Fosters starring Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (1.2 million in 12-34, 1.1 million in females 12-34) is one of cable’s top new cable series in people 12-34 and females 12-34.

The Fosters‘ original 10-episode summer run ends Aug. 5; an additional ten episodes will be produced, with the episodes airing in January 2014.

The series follows the lives of the Foster family, a lesbian couple who are raising their mix of biological an adopted children.

Austin & Ramirez Appear in Latest “The Fosters” Family Photo

It’s all in the family for Jake T. Austin and Cierra Ramirez

Following a photo captured in the kitchen, 18-year-old Latino actor and 18-year-old Latina actress appear in the latest “official” family portrait for ABC Family’s brand new drama The Fosters, which will premiere on the network on Monday, June 3. And, the Wizards of Waverly Place and The Secret Life of the American Teenager alums also get plenty of screen time in the show’s new trailer.

The Fosters

Executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, the one-hour drama centers on a multi-ethnic mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two lesbian moms.

Starring as the show’s moms are Meet the Parents Teri Polo and Rescue Mes Sherri Saum.

Along with Austin as Jesus and Ramirez as Mariana, the series includes David Lambert (Disney XD‘s Aaron Stone) as Brandon, Polo as Stef, Saum as Lena, and Australian television actress Maia Mitchell as Callie.

In addition the show will feature newcomer Bianca Soto in a recurring role as Ramirez’s character’s good friend.

Austin Lending His Voice to 3D Animated Film “Khumba”

Jake T. Austin is about to get animated again…

The 18-year-old Latino actor of Puerto Rican, Argentine and Spanish descent, who served as the voice of Diego on the animated educational series Dora the Explorer and it’s spin-off Go, Diego, Go!, has joined the cast of Khumba.

Jake T. Austin

The South Africa-based 3D animated feature centers on a plucky half-striped zebra blamed for a drought by his superstitious herd who meets a wacky group of characters as he goes on a journey to earn his full stripes.

In addition to Austin, who will be starring opposite Cierra Ramirez in ABC Family’s new drama series The Fosters this summer,  the voice cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Liam Neeson, AnnaSophia Robb, Loretta Devine and Richard E. Grant.

Raffaella Delle Donne and Anthony Silverston wrote the story in consultation with Lion King co-writer Jonathan Roberts.

Silverston directed the film, which is in post-production. Khumba should be released in the U.S. later this year.