Xolo Maridueña Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Xolo Maridueña has new representation…

The 19-year-old Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian American actor, who portrays Miguel Diaz on The Karate Kid sequel series Cobrai Kai, has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).

Xolo Maridueña

The news comes as Maridueña is set to star in season three of the karate drama, which has moved from YouTube to Netflix. The series, in which he plays Diaz, the top student at the Cobra Kai Dojo, recently debuted its first two seasons on Netflix following the shift and will launch the third season in January.

On Parenthood, which aired for six seasons on NBC between 2010 and 2015, he played Victor Graham, the adopted son of Erika Christensen’s Julia Braverman-Graham and Sam Jaeger’s Joel Graham.

His other television credits include guest roles on Major CrimesTwin PeaksRush Hour and Mack and Moxy

In film, he featured in Dealin’ with Idiots, directed and starring Jeff Garlin alongside Gina Gershon and Kerry Kenney and has also performed on stage in Light in the Darkness and Little Red

Hayley Orrantia & Her “The Goldbergs” Cast Mates to Pay Homage to the ’80s Classic “National Lampoon’s Vacation”

Hayley Orrantia is going on vacation

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American actress/singer and her The Goldbergs cast mates will pay homage to the classic ‘80s film National Lampoon’s Vacation in its annual fall tribute premiere episode on September 25. 

Hayley Orrantia

Christie Brinkley and Anthony Michael Hall have been tapped to guest star in the episode.

In “Vacation,” Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) insists the family take a road trip to go on vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, before Erica (Orrantia) and Barry (Troy Gentile) go off to college. But, like the film, things don’t go as planned as they travel across the country. Meanwhile, Erica worries more and more about her relationship with Geoff (Sam Lerner) when he teases “we need to talk” and won’t tell her anything until the family returns from their adventure.

Hall and Brinkley will guest star in roles to be announced at a later date.

The Goldbergs stars McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswaltas adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Gentile as Barry Goldberg, Orrantia as Erica Goldberg, Sam Lerneras Geoff Schwartz with George Segalas Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlinas Murray Goldberg.

“Vacation” was written by Alex Barnowand Chris Bishop, and directed by Lew Schneider.

The Goldbergs Season 6 premieres at 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 25 on ABC.

ABC Orders Two More Episodes of Orrantia’s “The Goldbergs”

There’s more Hayley Orrantia in your future…

ABC has ordered two more episodes each of The Goldbergs, starring the 21-year-old Mexican-American actress/singer.

Hayley Orrantia

Now in its third season, The Goldbergs will have a second season of 24 episodes.

The series is is loosely based on show creator Adam Goldberg‘s childhood and family in the 1980s, complete with a childhood version of himself.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the show airs on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm.

It’s standard practice for the broadcast networks to order extra episodes from its strongest performers.

Orrantia’s 80s-Themed Sitcom “The Goldbergs” to Air on the U.K.’s E4 Network

Hayley Orrantia is going global…

The 20-year-old part-Mexican American actress, singer-songwriter and former The X Factor contestant’s ABC sitcom The Goldbergs will start airing in the U.K. next year under a deal between Sony Pictures Television and British broadcaster Channel 4‘s E4 network, which targets younger viewers.

Hayley Orrantia

Financial details of the multi-season deal weren’t revealed. The first season is set to air in early 2015.

The Goldbergs premiered in the U.S. in September 2013 with an audience of more than 11 million, and the first season averaged 7 million viewers across its 23-episode run. The family comedy also stars Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey and George Segal.

The sitcom is based loosely on showrunner Adam Goldberg’s own upbringing in the 1980s and is told from the perspective of the youngest child Adam (Sean Giambrone).

The Goldbergs have already proved to be immensely popular with viewers in the U.S. with the show’s brilliant blend of humor, nostalgia and original storytelling. Following our recent sale of hit comedy Marry Me, it will make a great addition to E4’s new year programming,” said Mike Wald, executive VP international distribution for Sony Pictures Television:

The show is produced by Happy Madison Productions, Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Exhibit A Productions in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television.

ABC Renews Orrantia’s 80s-Themed Comedy “The Goldbergs” for a Second Season

Hayley Orrantia is like totally staying in the 80s…

ABC has renewed the 20-year-old part-Mexican American actress and singer-songwriter’s comedy series The Goldbergs for a second season.

Hayley Orrantia

Orrantia’s series was first of ABC’s current comedies to get an official pickup for next season.

The comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, performed well in its Tuesday 9:00 pm time slot.

The Goldbergs is set in the late 1980s and follows the Goldberg family. The series stars Jeff Garlin as husband Murray, Wendi McLendon-Coveyas wife Beverly, and their three children, including Orrantia’s character Erica. Adam, the youngest, documents their lives with his video camera.

The series is based on creator Adam F. Goldberg‘s childhood in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, during which he actually videotaped events, many of which are re-enacted throughout the program.

Orrantia rose to acclaim as a member of Lakoda Rayne, an all-girl group that made it to the Top 9 on the first season on The X Factor in the U.S.

Méndez Esparza Receives Gotham Independent Film Awards Nod

Antonio Méndez Esparza is having a notable year…

Antonio Méndez Esparza

The 26-year-old Spanish filmmaker has earned a Gotham Independent Film Awards nomination in the Breakthrough Director category.

Méndez Esparza was recognized for his exceptional work on his debut feature film Aquí y Allá (Here and There).

Aquí y Allá

The film, which took top honors at the Critics’ Week sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival, centers on Pedro, a Mexican man who returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined, while his wife still has the same smile. Having saved money from two trips to the U.S., he hopes to now finally make a better life with his family, and even to pursue his own dreams on the side by starting a band: the Copa Kings.

Meanwhile, Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza has been recognized for her work on the feature film Safety Not Guaranteed, a film that centers on three magazine employees who head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

The 28-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/comedian and her co-stars in the film – Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin and Mary Lynn Rajskub – received a nod in the Best Ensemble Performance category.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards are handed out by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers.

The awards signal the kick-off to Hollywood’s awards season. In all, Gotham Independent Film Award nominations were given to a total of 26 films across six competitive categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance, and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 26th in Manhattan. In addition to the competitive awards, actors Marion Cotillard and Matt Damon, director David O. Russell, and Participant Media founder Jeff Skoll will each be presented with a career tribute.

Here’s a look at the categories with Latinos being recognized:

Best Ensemble Performance

– Bernie, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey (Millennium Entertainment)
– Moonrise Kingdom, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban (Focus Features)
– Safety Not Guaranteed, Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Film District)
– Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher (The Weinstein Company)
– Your Sister’s Sister, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass (IFC Films)

Breakthrough Director

– Zal Batmanglij for Sound of My Voice (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
– Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky for Francine (Factory 25 and The Film Sales Company)
– Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin for Now, Forager (Argot Pictures)
– Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí y Allá (Here and There) (Torch Films)
– Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)