Mishel Prada Cast in Starz’s New Latinx Drama Series “Vida”

Mishel Prada is livin’ la vida in Hollywood…

The Latina actress has landed a series regular in Starz new Latinx drama series Vida from showrunner Tanya Saracho (How To Get Away With Murder).

Mishel Prada

Rendon joins a cast that includes several Latino actors/actresses, including McFarland, USA’s Chelsea Rendon, East Los High’s Karen Ser Anzoategui, The Bling Ring’s Carlos Miranda, Suffering Man’s Charity’s Maria Elena Laas and Club de CuervosMelissa Berrera.

Vida focuses on two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.

Prada will portray Emma who, estranged from both her sister and her mother, reluctantly returns for her mother’s funeral and to deal with the family business. Barrera will play her sister, Lyn, a care-free party girl, who has figured out how to live a pretty worry-free life in the Bay Area.

Anzoategui will portray Eddy, a sensitive soul who is trustworthy, generous and passionate but also intimidating looking upon first glance. Rendon will play Marisol who is the expression of east side youth culture: woke, politicized, and deep in the resistance. Miranda is Johnny, a stand-up guy who runs his ailing dad’s auto shop and is engaged to his pregnant girlfriend but has a history with Lyn. Laas will portray Cruz, an enigmatic lesbian who has a checkered history with Emma.

Alonso Ruizpalacios directs the series premiere episode. Big Beach TV will produce the Latinx series.

Prada’s previous credits include Fear the Walking Dead: Passage and Tell Me How I Die.

Lionsgate & Pantelion Films to Release Higareda’s Spanish Comedy “3 Idiotas” in June

Martha Higareda is hitting the road this summer…

Lionsgate and Pantelion Films will release the Spanish-language comedy 3 Idiotas, starring the 33-year-old Mexican actress on June 2.

Martha Higareda

Directed by Carlos Bolado, the film centers on two nerdy friends and their arch rival from college who go in search of a long lost buddy who disappeared on graduation day.

The film, in which the characters relive college life and recall memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently even as the rest of the world called them idiots, also stars Alfonso Dosal, Christian Vázquez, Germán Valdés, Vadhir Derbez and Rodrigo Murray.

Higareda co-write the screenplay with Bolado, Antonio Abascal and Cory Brusseau. It is said to be a remake of the 2009 Bollywood film starring Indian superstar Aamir Khan.

Higareda’s film credits include McFarland, USA and No Manches Frida.

Higareda to Star in Netflix’s Futuristic Drama Series “Altered Carbon”

It’s an altered reality for Martha Higareda

The 32-year-old Mexican Actress has been cast as the female lead opposite Joel Kinnaman and James Purefoy in Altered Carbon, Netflix’s futuristic drama series conceived, written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis.

Martha Higareda

Based on Richard Morgan’s award-winning 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel, Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs (Kinnaman), a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth.

Higareda will play Kristin Ortega, a smart and tough Lieutenant in the Bay City PD. She and her family are immigrants from the North LaTam Zone (an area that was once Mexico, Belize, Guatamala and El Salvador) and Ortega is following in the footsteps of her father, a cop who died heroically in the line of duty.

Purefoy will play Laurens Bancroft. One of the superwealthy class known as Methuselahs, Bancroft is rich, influential, and over 500 years old. He is a man of contradictions, ruthlessly powerful yet unexpectedly moral, his deep passion for all the pleasures of life matched only by his need to exert iron control over everything around him.

Miguel Sapochnik will direct the first episode.

Higareda’s previous credits include television appearances on Royal Pains and El Mariachi, as well as film appearances in McFarland, USA and Borderland.

Juanes Developing Autobiographical TV Series “Persiguiendo el Sol”

Juanes is looking to break into the television…

The 43-year-old Colombian musician and his manager, Rebeca Leon, have partnered with Golden Globe-winning producer Ben Silverman for an Empire-like television drama.

Juanes

The three have joined to develop and produce a television show titled Persiguiendo el Sol that will chronicle Juanes’ rise to stardom, from his beginnings in Colombia through his arrival in Miami, according to Billboard.

“It’s a mix of Entourage and Narcos,” Silverman told Billboard, referencing the Netflix drug drama not for its content, but as an example of a show shot in Latin America for mainstream audiences.

Producer Eric Newman, the showrunner for Narcos, will also be executive producer and showrunner for Persiguiendo el Sol.

“He’s the first American producer to bring American show running to American production,” said Silverman, who has worked several Latin-themed projects in recent years, including Jane the Virgin and Killer Women.

Silverman, who is the founder and chairman of entertainment production company Electus, arrived in Miami on January 18 in time for the NATPE global television market. He’ll be shopping the show concept to potential production partners in both Latin and mainstream media with plans to start shooting as early as spring or summer.

Persiguiendo el Sol, which is named after Juanes’ memoir, will be a bilingual show and will feature cameos from multiple artists in both mainstream and Latin worlds.

The notion of the show began to brew after Silverman met Juanes through Leon in 2014 and enlisted him to perform in an episode of Jane the Virgin. Silverman was already heavily vested in Latin themed productions. Among other projects, he was putting the finishing touches on bilingual film Hands of Stone, which is due out in April and tells the story of boxer Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Durán. Its cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Ruben Blades, Usher and Robert de Niro.

Juanes has also been dabbling further in mainstream film and television. Last year, his song “Juntos,” co-written with fellow Colombian Fonseca, was used for the ending credits of Disney film McFarland USA.

Disney Partners with myLINGO to Make Pratts’ “McFarland, USA” Accessible to Spanish-Speaking Audiences

Spanish-speakers will soon have the chance to hear Carlos Pratts in their native tongue…

Walt Disney Studios has unveiled a new collaboration with myLINGO, a smartphone app that’ll allow Spanish-speaking audiences to experience the 28-year-old Latino actor’s latest film McFarland, USA in their native language.

McFarland, USA

The film, which opens on February 20, stars Kevin Costner as the coach of a track team at a predominantly Latino high school.

The myLINGO dubbing system uses the microphones on moviegoers’ smartphones or other devices to connect to the movie once it has begun. The app then matches the unique audio signature to its precise place in the movie, and plays back the alternate language audio through headphones in perfect sync with the film.

The app company previously conducted tests at limited screenings of Annie, Big Hero 6 and The Equalizer, but this is the first time that the technology will be available to wider audiences. “Now we’re going much wider,” myLINGO co-founder Olenka Polak told Deadline.

The myLINGO website said the system will be available at 25 theaters showing McFarland, USA, most of which appear to be located in neighborhoods with high percentages of Latino moviegoers.

“This is a great movie to do this with,” app co-founder Adam Polak said.

“We are delighted to bring the magical world of Disney films to a broader group of Spanish-speaking viewers and multicultural families at select theatres with this new technology,” said Paul Holliman, VP Strategic Planning at Walt Disney Studios. “myLINGO provides a rich and customized cinematic experience, where bilingual families and friends can share the same emotion, laughter and excitement together in a whole new way.”

Juanes to Perform New Spanish Song “Juntos” at the Grammys

Juanes is ready to bring a little Spanish flair to the Grammys…

The 42-year-old Colombian rockero will sing again at the Grammy Awards, but this time he’ll perform a song of his own, en español.

Juanes

Juanes, who in 2013 sang an English-Spanish rendition of Elton John‘sYour Song,” says appearing on the telecast again on Sunday is like a dream come true.

“I’m very excited. I can’t believe this is going to happen. You know, I’ve been waiting for this moment for many years and we are very excited now that it’s about to come, to happen,” Juanes told The Associated Press on Monday in an interview at his recording studio in Miami, where he lives.

“We are going to perform a new song called ‘Juntos,’ or ‘Together,’ the song that we made for the Disney movie McFarland, USA,” he added. “So, yes, we’re rehearsing and practicing a lot, and just … (getting) ready for that big night”.

It may be the biggest Latin moment at the Grammys since Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony sang “Escapémonos” exactly 10 years ago.

Juanes, who has won two Grammys and 19 Latin Grammys, sees the telecast as a “big window,” as “something very special” that will allow him to connect with many people and once more be among other musicians like him.

He said that when he saw McFarland, USA in Los Angeles, after Disney Studios contacted him to ask if he could write a song for the movie, he liked it so much that he accepted.

“It touched my heart in a very positive way, in a very deep way,” he said. “It’s a very inspiring story.”

The movie, starring Kevin Costner as a cross country coach in Bakersfield, California, follows a group of young Latin American immigrants that through very hard work get to be championship contenders. It opens February 20 in the U.S.

“The inspiration (for the song) comes from the movie itself, the idea that when people work together and when people believe in the other anything can be possible,” said Juanes, who co-wrote it with fellow Colombian Fonseca and Cuban Descemer Bueno, under the production of renowned Dominican singer, songwriter and producer Juan Luis Guerra, also a Grammy winner.

Juanes is working on a new album at the moment. He plans to go on tour next year around the U.S. and Latin America.

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.

Juanes Releases the Music Video for “Juntos,” From the New Disney Film “McFarland, USA”

Juanes’ latest track is ready for its Hollywood close-up…

The 42-year-old Colombian rockero has released the official music video for his latest single “Juntos.”

Juanes

The track was previously announced as one of the songs appearing in the new Disney film McFarland, USA.

Based on the true story, the as-yet-unreleased film stars Kevin Costner as a cross country coach in the small town of McFarland, California, who transforms a rag-tag team of mostly Latino high school students into state champions.

Juanes Performs “Juntos” for Disney’s “McFarland, USA”

Juanes is making movie music…

Disney’s upcoming feel-good movie, McFarland, USA, will feature a new song performed by the 42-year-old Colombian musician in its end credits.

Juanes

Juanes wrote “Juntos” specifically for the film, which is directed by Niki Caro and stars Kevin Costner and Maria Bello.

The film — which will be out February next year — tells the true story of a Latino high school cross country team from McFarland, Calif. that’s coached through several social issues in the 1980s to win a major championship. The film stars Costner as the coach, as well as Carlos Pratts.

The video for “Juntos,” also directed by Caro, was shot on location in McFarland.

“Watching the film left me inspired about the power of teamwork, tenacity and faith, and I’m honored to now be part of the ‘McFarland, USA’ team,” said Juanes in a statement.

Juanes’ current album, Loco de Amor, is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Latin Pop Album category. It also picked up the award for Best Pop/Rock Album at the Latin Grammys last month.

Disney Releases Trailer for Pratts’ “McFarland, USA”

Carlos Pratts is ready to run into a theater near you…

Disney has released the official trailer for McFarland, USA, starring the 28-year-old Latino actor.

McFarland, USA

Inspired by the 1987 true story, the sports biopic follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (portrayed by Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

They ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team, but an enduring legacy as well.

Niki Caro directs from a screenplay by Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson, and story by Cleveland & Gilois.

McFarland USA is set to hit theaters on February 20, 2015.