Vidal’s “Being Mary Jane” Ordered to Series at BET

Lisa Vidal is preparing for her Mary Jane moment…

BET has ordered the original series Being Mary Jane, which stars the 47-year-old Puerto Rican actress, to series.

Lisa Vidal

Being Mary Jane, which was originally picked up as a movie, comes from the producers of the award-winning, record breaking BET comedy The Game, Girlfriends and the movies  Jumping the Broom and Sparkle.

The series is a follow up to the release of the Being Mary Jane movie of the week slated to launch on BET this summer.

Being Mary Jane centers on Mary Jane Paul, a one-woman-show: a successful TV news anchor, and an entirely self-sufficient powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation.

Intense drama and unforgettable moments unfold as Mary Jane juggles her life, her relationships, her work, and commitments to her family.

Along with Vidal, the series stars Gabrielle Union, Omari Hardwick, Richard Roundtree, Richard Brooks, Aaron D. Spears and Margaret Avery.

Good Lands Bossy Role in “Anchorman” Sequel…

Meagan Good will be making news on the big screen later this year…

The 31-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress, who currently stars opposite Laz Alonso in NBC’s Deception, has been cast in Anchorman: The Legend Continues, starring opposite Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate.

Meagan Good

In the sequel to the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Good will reportedly portray Ron Burgundy’s (Ferrell) boss. Other new cast members include Kristen Wiig and James Marsden.

Filming on the Paramount project is expected to begin soon in Atlanta, with Anchorman: The Legend Continues slated for release on December 20.

Good’s credits include Think Like a Man, Jumping the Broom and The Baytown Disco.

Alonso is About to Get “Notorious”…

Laz Alonso could be headed to the Peacock Network in the near future.

The 38-year-old Afro-Cuban American actor, who picked up his first NAACP Image Award last month, has been cast as the male lead opposite Meagan Good in NBC’s drama pilot Notorious.

Laz Alonso

Notorious is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna Locasto (Good) returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in — as the housekeeper’s daughter — to solve the murder of celebutante Vivian Lawson, who was once her closest friend.

Alonzo will play NYPD detective Will Sacovitch, who recruits former flame Joanna to infiltrate the Lawson home, in hopes that she’ll find evidence that Vivian was murdered.

Alonso, who most recently starred in A&E’s Breakout Kings, has starred in the feature film Jumping the Broom and guest-starred on Southland.

Alonso Wins NAACP Image Award

Laz Alonso is jumping for joy after picking up his first NAACP Image Award

The 37-year-old Cuban-American actor picked up the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his starring role in Jumping the Broom at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards.

Laz Alonso to star in b-boy film

Alonso beat out stiff competition for the award, including Eddie Murphy (Tower Heist), Laurence Fishburne (Contagion) and Vin Diesel (Fast Five).

Meanwhile, Tatyana Ali picked up the award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. The 32-year-old part-Panamanian actress/singer—who was named one of BET’s Black Girls Rock last fall— picked up the award for her recurring role as Roxanne on CBSThe Young and the Restless.

The Image Awards are presented annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the group’s members select the winners.

Click here for a complete look at the night’s winners.

Zoë Saldaña Receives NAACP Image Award Nod

Zoë Saldaña has received an NAACP Image Award nod for playing a stone-cold assassin in Colombiana.

The 33-year-old half-Dominican/half-Puerto Rican American actress, currently at work on the latest Star Trek film, will face off against Pariah’s Adepero Oduye, The Help’s Emma Stone, Jumping the Broom’s Paula Patton and The Help’s Viola Davis at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards.

Zoe Saldana

Presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music and literature. Members of the NAACP vote for their favorites in the 35 categories that make up the Image Awards.

The Help led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for Best Picture, writing and directing, as well as dominating the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories.

But Saldaña isn’t the only Hispanic celebrity receiving an Image Award nod. Here’s a look at the other Latino/a stars in the running:

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Laz AlonsoJumping the Broom

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tatyana AliLove That Girl!

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Sofia Vergara Modern Family

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Esai Morales – We Have Your Husband 

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Rosario Dawson – Five

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Tatyana Ali – The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars

The Image Awards will be presented on February 17 on NBC.

For the complete list of nominees visit the Awards’ official site.

Alonso Prepares to Shake His Groove Thing…

Laz Alonso is ready to bust a groove on the big screen…

The 37-year-old Cuban actor has been cast in “Planet B Boy,” a music-themed drama based on the award-winning documentary “Planet B-Boy.”
Laz Alonso to star in b-boy film

That documentary, released in 2007, shined a spotlight on the international world of b-boying, commonly referred to as breakdancing in the United States.  While it may not be as popular as it was back in the 1980s in the U.S., the street dance continues to thrive in places like Japan, South Korea and France.

In this new film—co-starring Josh Holloway, Josh Peck, Caity Lotz and Chris Brown—an all-star American b-boy crew trains to compete in France at the Battle of the Year (BOTY) International Championships. After a decade of defeat, the crew and their coach must go up against the best b-boys in the world: the Koreans, the Russians and the French who have dominated the original American dance form for the last 10
years.”

Directed by Benson Lee, the movie will be filmed in Los Angeles and Montpellier, France.

Alonso previously starred in “Jumping the Broom,” “Fast & Furious” and “Just Wright.”