Trailer Released for John Leguizamo’s Family Comedy “Playing with Fire”

John Leguizamois playing with fire

Paramount has released the first trailer for Playing with Fire, the upcoming family comedy starring the 54-year-old Colombian actor and stand-up comedian, John CenaKeegan-Michael Keyand Tyler Mane

John Leguizamo

Leguizamo and team play firefighters who rescue three children and, unable to locate the siblings’ parents, become inadvertent and unlikely babysitters.

Directed by Andy Fickmanfrom a screenplay by Dan Ewenand Matthew Lieberman(story by Ewan), Playing with Fire is a Paramount Picturesand Paramount Playerspresentation, in association with Walden Mediaof a Broken Roadproduction.

John Leguizamo Playing with Fire

In addition to Leguizamo, Cena, Key, and Mane, the film’s cast also includes – as the children – Brianna HildebrandChristian Converyand Finley Rose Slateras well as Dennis Haybertand Judy Greer.

Paramount will release Playing with Fire in theaters on November 8. 

Carlos Saldanha Receives Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award

Carlos Saldanha is being heralded for his creative impact

The 52-year-old Brazilian director, producer and animator has been recognized with Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation award.

Carlos Saldanha

Saldanha has become one of the most successful tellers of animated stories of all time. His credits include Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio and Rio 2, while he co-directed Ice Age and Robots. He’s Blue Sky Animation Studio’s secret weapon, having unleashed a string of worldwide blockbusters that have grossed more than $3 billion.

Saldanha even has Oscar cred with a nomimation for 2003’s animated short Gone Nutty, and an exclusive deal at Fox, where his BottleCap Productions calls home.

Growing up in Rio de Janeiro afforded Saldanha with a unique perspective of the world, and in particular, how it would come to shape his animation and filmmaking instincts and aesthetic.

“I was always a film buff,” Saldanha recalls. “Movies were always very special to me, but I never knew how to accomplish my goals. Blade Runner is my favorite film and I’ve seen it 20 times at least. I find it inspiring. So I went to college for computer science, but I was always very artistic. A friend showed me one of John Lasseter’s early CGI-animated shorts, and I was hooked, because this was how to bridge the elements together.”

The Ice Age franchise has cemented itself as one of the most popular in the medium, and Saldanha knows that he’s crossed over into something larger, capturing the imaginations of children (and adults) around the world, especially with the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat, which has become the official mascot of Blue Sky Studios.

“When you’re a part of something that becomes that big for so many people, especially children, you can’t help but feel proud. Scrat was something unique to the creative process, in that he wasn’t originally defined in the script. He was an organic character who took shape as a result of creative group think. So it’s very special that he’s become so embraced, and it felt very natural for Scrat to become an integral part of Blue Sky,” Saldanha says. “We all loved those little noises he makes!”

Saldanha’s relationship with fellow filmmaker and Blue Sky head Chris Wedge has been instrumental to his career. “Chris is a visionary and working with him has been a tremendous experience,” Saldanha says. “We’re interested in telling relatable stories in an exciting and fresh way, and Chris brings a great attitude to the creative process.”

Following up the huge success of 2002’s Ice Age would prove to be interesting for Saldanha, who helped to craft 2005’s Robots, calling it a “transitional film for me, moving out of the Ice Age’world, and getting involved in something new. And that’s what we love to do, we love building worlds within our films. And with Robots, we got to do something a bit unique with the characters and setting.”

The two Rio films clearly mean a lot to Saldanha, who says he was “thrilled to infuse my Brazilian heritage into the film, and it was a big goal for me to show the city of Rio de Janeiro in a very colorful and bright fashion. These were projects that were very close to me on a personal level, so to be able to craft them in the way that we did, it was a joyous experience. It was very important for worldwide audiences to embrace these films. I wanted to create a mood and tone with no boundaries and a free spirit approach to the storytelling. This was a true passion project.”

Saldanha’s newest project, the animated adventure Ferdinand, hits screens December 15. It’s based on the classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, about a Spanish bull that would rather stop and smell the roses than participate in bullish activities. John Cena voices the title character, with Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez and Daveed Diggs among the other voice-over artists.

“We’re currently halfway through animation and it’s coming along fantastic. We’re so thrilled for people to see it as we’re having so much fun working on this particular story,” Saldanha says. He adds there will be a “wonderful musical component to the film,” as he’s again collaborating with favored film composer John Powell. “We really wanted to capture the richness of Spain, with vibrant and bold colors, so that the audience can really feel the atmosphere. And with John doing the score again for us, we’ll have something really special for the audience. We extended the original book but we retained what’s essential to the core story of a big bull with a really big heart.”

Saldanha was also asked to participate in the 2014 anthology film Rio, I Love You, with other celebrated filmmakers including Jose Padilha, Fernando Meirelles, Paolo Sorrentino and Guillermo Arriaga. “I had such a great time doing my short for Rio, I Love You,” Saldanha says. “I did it to test the waters, and I’m excited about tackling a live-action project in the future. I’m not sure what it’ll be exactly, but I love to challenge myself and keep things fresh. But I’ll never leave animation behind. That’s where my heart is.”

Trujillo & His Metallica Bandmates to Appear on CBS’ “Carpool Karoake: The Series”

Robert Trujillo is sharing a special ride…

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician and his Metallica bandmates will belt out their hits in CBSCarpool Karoake: The Series, which will be streamed on Apple Music, the portal’s first series.

Robert Trujillo

Based on James Corden’s Late Late Show popular segment that has become a viral video sensation, Carpool Karaoke: The Series will feature 16 celebrity hosts — one of whom is Corden, paired with Will Smith — riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out songs one lane over.

In addition to Corden, Smith, Metallica, those appearing in the series include Shaquille O’Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Billy Eichner, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Chelsea Handler, Blake Shelton, Michael Strahan, Jeff Gordon, John Cena and more.

In a panel for the show at the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour, Corden addressed what the series means for the famed bit on The Late Late Show. “I’m still going to see my kid on the weekends,” said Corden. “This just became a wonderful platform to see these people in a such an intimate environment. I don’t feel it’s mine.”

Carpool Karaoke is produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73. Corden and Ben Winston serve as co-creators and executive producers along with executive producer and showrunner Eric Pankowski.

Gomez Takes Home Three Surfboards at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards

Selena Gomez is celebrating a quinceañera of sorts…

The 24-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress was one of the big winners at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards, picking up three of the iconic surfboard trophies.

Selena Gomez

Gomez won in the Choice Female Artist, Choice Summer Music Star: Female and Choice Instagrammer categories, raising her overall Teen Choice Awards career haul to 15.

Gomez, currently on the road for her Revival Tour, sent in a video message thanking fans for her latest awards.

But Gomez wasn’t the only three-time winner…

Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello and Ally Brooke Hernandez and their fellow Fifth Harmony members also took home three surfboards, doubling their career haul to six TCAs.

The all-girl group won in the Social Media Queen, Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show for “I’m In Love with A Monster” from Hotel Transylvania 2, and Choice Summer Song for Fifth Harmony’s first-ever Top 10 hit “Work from Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

Demi Lovato, a 14-time TCA winner, picked up her first in a country category.

The 23-year-old part-Mexican American singer/actress won the award for Choice Country Song for “Without a Fight,” her collaboration with country star Brad Paisley.

Twin sisters Brie and Nikki Bella, best known as the Bella Twins, were named the winners in the Choice Female Athlete category.

Internet star and fashionista Bethany Mota took home the award for Choice Web Star: Fashion, while Once Upon a Time star Lana Parrilla was named Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

Hosted by John Cena and Victoria Justice, the 2016 Teen Choice Awards were broadcast live on Fox.

Here’s the full list of winners:

MOVIES

Choice Movie: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovie)
“Deadpool”
Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovieActor)
Dylan O’Brien, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”
Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovieActress)
Shailene Woodley, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”
Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiMovie)
“Captain America: Civil War”
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActor)
Chris Evans, “Captain America: Civil War”
Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActress)
Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”
Choice Movie: Drama (#ChoiceDramaMovie)
“Miracles from Heaven”
Choice Movie Actor: Drama (#ChoiceDramaMovieActor)
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Choice Movie Actress: Drama (#ChoiceDramaMovieActress)
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Choice Movie: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyMovie)
“Ride Along 2”
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyMovieActor)
Zac Efron, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyMovieActress)
Chloë Grace Moretz, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”
Choice Movie Villain (#ChoiceMovieVillain)
Adam Driver, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”
Choice Movie Scene Stealer (#ChoiceMovieSceneStealer)
Jena Malone, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”
Choice Movie Breakout Star (#ChoiceMovieBreakoutStar)
Daisy Ridley, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”
Choice Movie Chemistry (#ChoiceMovieChemistry)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster & Dylan O’Brien, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”
Choice Movie Liplock (#ChoiceMovieLiplock)
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”
Choice Movie Hissy Fit (#ChoiceMovieHissyFit)
Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”
Choice Summer Movie (#ChoiceSummerMovie)
“Finding Dory”
Choice Summer Movie Actor (#ChoiceSummerMovieActor)
Kevin Hart, “Central Intelligence”
Choice Summer Movie Actress (#ChoiceSummerMovieActress)
Ellen DeGeneres, “Finding Dory”
Choice AnTEENcipated Movie (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovie)
“Suicide Squad”
Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actor (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovieActor)
Dylan O’Brien, “Deepwater Horizon”
Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actress (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovieActress)
Cara Delevingne, “Suicide Squad”

TELEVISION

Choice TV Show: Drama (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
“Pretty Little Liars”
Choice TV Actor: Drama (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”
Choice TV Actress: Drama (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Ashley Benson, “Pretty Little Liars”
Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiTVShow)
“Once Upon a Time”
Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiTVActor)
Grant Gustin, “The Flash”
Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiTVActress)
Lana Parrilla, “Once Upon a Time”
Choice TV Show: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyTVShow)
“Fuller House”
Choice TV Actor: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyTVActor)
Ross Lynch, “Austin & Ally”
Choice TV Actress: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyTVActress)
Candace Cameron Bure, “Fuller House”
Choice TV: Animated Show (#ChoiceAnimatedTVShow)
“Family Guy”
Choice TV: Reality Show (#ChoiceRealityTVShow)
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”
Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain)
Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars”
Choice TV: Scene Stealer (#ChoiceTVSceneStealer)
Sasha Pieterse, “Pretty Little Liars”
Choice TV: Breakout Star (#ChoiceTVBreakoutStar)
Matthew Daddario, “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
Choice TV: Breakout Show (#ChoiceTVBreakoutShow)
“Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
Choice TV: Chemistry (#ChoiceTVChemistry)
Ashley Benson & Tyler Blackburn, “Pretty Little Liars”
Choice TV: Liplock (#ChoiceTVLiplock)
Jennifer Morrison & Colin O’Donoghue, “Once Upon A Time”
Choice Summer TV Show (#ChoiceSummerTVShow)
“Teen Wolf”
Choice Summer TV Actor (#ChoiceSummerTVActor)
Dylan O’Brien, “Teen Wolf”
Choice Summer TV Actress (#ChoiceSummerTVActress)
Shelley Hennig, “Teen Wolf”

MUSIC

Choice Male Artist (#ChoiceMaleArtist)
Justin Bieber
Choice Female Artist (#ChoiceFemaleArtist)
Selena Gomez
Choice Music Group: (#ChoiceMusicGroup)
One Direction
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist (#ChoiceRBHipHopArtist)
Beyoncé
Choice Country Artist (#ChoiceCountryArtist)
Carrie Underwood
Choice Song: Female Artist (#ChoiceSongFemaleArtist)
Ariana Grande, “Dangerous Woman”
Choice Song: Male Artist (#ChoiceSongMaleArtist)
Justin Bieber, “Sorry”
Choice Song: Group (#ChoiceSongGroup)
One Direction, “Home”
Choice Country Song (#ChoiceCountrySong)
Brad Paisley feat. Demi Lovato, “Without a Fight”
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song (#ChoiceRBHipHopSong)
Drake, “One Dance” (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
Choice Rock Song (#ChoiceRockSong)
5 Seconds of Summer, “Jet Black Heart”
Choice Love Song (#ChoiceLoveSong)
One Direction, “Perfect”
Choice Break-Up Song (#ChoiceBreakupSong)
Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”
Choice Party Song (#ChoicePartySong)
DNCE, “Cake by the Ocean”
Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show (#ChoiceMovieTVSong)
Fifth Harmony, “I’m In Love with A Monster” (“Hotel Transylvania 2”)
Choice Music Breakout Artist (#ChoiceMusicBreakoutArtist)
Zayn
Choice Music: Next Big Thing (#ChoiceMusicNextBigThing)
Hey Violet
Choice Summer Song (#ChoiceSummerSong)
Fifth Harmony, “Work from Home” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Choice Summer Music Star: Female (#ChoiceSummerMusicStarFemale)
Selena Gomez
Choice Summer Music Star: Male (#ChoiceSummerMusicStarMale)
Zayn
Choice Summer Music Star: Group (#ChoiceSummerMusicStarGroup)
5 Seconds of Summer
Choice Summer Tour (#ChoiceSummerTour)
5 Seconds of Summer, “Sounds Live Feels Live Tour”
Choice Music: International Artist (#ChoiceInternationalArtist)
Little Mix

WEB/DIGITAL

Choice Web Star: Female (#ChoiceFemaleWebStar)
Lilly Singh (“IISuperwomanII”)
Choice Web Star: Male (#ChoiceMaleWebStar)
Dolan Twins
Choice Web Star: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyWebStar)
Lilly Singh (“IISuperwomanII”)
Choice Web Star: Music (#ChoiceMusicWebStar)
Christina Grimmie
Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty (#ChoiceBeautyWebStar)
Bethany Mota
Social Media King (#SocialMediaKing)
Cameron Dallas
Social Media Queen (#SocialMediaQueen)
Fifth Harmony
Choice Twit (#ChoiceTwit)
Justin Bieber
Choice Viner (#ChoiceViner)
Lele Pons
Choice Instagrammer (#ChoiceInstagrammer)
Selena Gomez
Choice Snapchatter (#ChoiceSnapchatter)
Kylie Jenner
Choice YouTuber (#ChoiceYouTuber)
Dolan Twins
Choice Muser (#ChoiceMuser)
Baby Ariel
Choice Fandom (#ChoiceFandom)
One Direction, #Directioners

FASHION

Choice Female Hottie (#ChoiceFemaleHottie)
Kendall Jenner
Choice Male Hottie (#ChoiceMaleHottie)
Harry Styles
Choice Style: Male (#ChoiceStyleMale)
Nick Jonas
Choice Style: Female (#ChoiceStyleFemale)
Zendaya

SPORTS

Choice Male Athlete (#ChoiceMaleAthlete)
Stephen Curry
Choice Female Athlete (#ChoiceFemaleAthlete)
The Bella Twins
Choice Sports Team (#ChoiceSportsTeam)
U.S.A. 2016 Olympic Team

OTHER

Choice Comedian (#ChoiceComedian)
Ellen DeGeneres
Choice Selfie Taker (#ChoiceSelfieTaker)
Ariana Grande
Choice Dancer (#ChoiceDancer)
Maddie Ziegler
Choice Model (#ChoiceModel)
Kendall Jenner
Choice President (#ChoicePresident)
Hillary Clinton

E! to Premiere The Bella Twins’ “Total Bellas” Series in October

Nikki and Brie Bella’s spinoff is set to launch this October.

E! has announced plans to premiere its Total Divas spinoff Total Bellas on Wednesday, October 5.

The Bella Twins

The six hourlong episodes will give viewers an exclusive, intimate look into the VIP lives of the WWE superstars, both former WWE Divas Champions, and the men in their lives, John Cena and Daniel Bryan, as the four coexist under one roof for the first time.

The series kicks off with Nikki and John being sidelined by injuries and Daniel’s recent retirement from the ring.

Total Bellas is produced by WWE and Bunim/Murray Productions.

E! Green Lights “Total Divas” Spinoff “Total Bellas” Starring The Bella Twins

Nikki and Brie Bella are the Bellas of the Ball at E!

E! has given the green light to the Total Divas spinoff Total Bellas, a docuseries starring the 32-year-old half-Mexican American twin professional wrestlers, models and actresses.

The Bella Twins

The six hour-long episodes will take an in-depth look at the lives of the Bella Twins and their significant others, John Cena and Daniel Bryan, as the WWE stars move in together and enter a new chapter of their lives, both professionally and personally.

The Bella Twins will continue to appear on Total Divas, which concludes its fifth season at 9:00 pm on Tuesday. The series returns for its sixth season in the fall.

Total Divas and Total Bellas are produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions.

They are both former WWE Divas Champions, with Nikki’s second reign of 301 days being the longest in the title’s history. In November 2015, Nikki was ranked #1 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s Female 50 in 2015.

Segarra Lands Role in Judd Apatow’s Comedy “Trainwreck”

 

Josh Segarra is a trainwreck

 

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican actor has landed a role in Judd Apatow’s latest comedy Trainwreck.

Josh Segarra

 

Segarra, who was recently upped to series regular for the second season of USA Network’s comedy series Sirens, will portray the role of Oli, a Staten Island smooth talking guy.

 

The ensemble cast includes Amy Schumer, Daniel Radcliffe, Tilda Swinton, Marisa Tomei, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena, Ezra Miller, LeBron James and Method Man.

 

Trainwreck is scheduled to hit theaters on July 24, 2015.

 

 

Leguizamo to Star Opposite Tina Fey & Amy Poehler in “The Nest”

John Leguizamo is flying to the nest

The 49-year-old Colombian actor has landed a role in The Nest, a comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as two 30-something sisters who throw one last party in their parents’ soon-to-be-sold house.

John Leguizamo

Directed by Pitch Perfect-helmer Jason Moore froma screenplay by Paula Pell, the film will also star John Cena, James Brolin, Ike Barinholtz and Maya Rudolph.

No word yet on Leguizamo’s character in the film for Universal Pictures.

Earlier this year, he starred in the hit comedy Ride Along, where he co-starred with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. He was also recently seen in the Open Road pic Chef and has a handful of projects set to go into production, including Fugly and American Ultra.

The multi-hyphenate has also begun expanding his brand outside of film with his HBO special Ghetto Klown premiering in March and his PBS special American Masters: The Boomer List currently in pre-production. He will also be performing at Central Park SummerStage on July 28th.

The Nest is set for release on December 18, 2015.

E! Picks Up The Bella Twins’ “Total Divas” for a Second Season

It looks like Brianna Garcia-Colace and Nicole Garcia-Colace aren’t going anywhere…

E! has ordered a second season of the 30-year-old half-Mexican American twins’ reality series Total Divas.

The Bella Twins

The reality series follows the private and often complicated lives of some of WWE’s most popular Divas, the Garcia-Colaces, who are commonly known as The Bella Twins, and their romantic relationships with WWE superstars John Cena and Daniel Bryan.

Season Two will bring The Bellas’ 30th birthday in addition to Brie’s journey to the altar with Bryan.

It will continue with new Season One episodes on Sundays at 10 PM through December 15.

The series then will return for Season 2 in early 2014.