Mariah Carey Returning to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Mariah Carey is getting a second chance…

The 47-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer will return to the scene of her infamous major malfunction in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, agreeing to another performance this year for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Mariah Carey 

Carey was the victim of an alleged technical malfunction when she appeared on the globally televised program in 2016-17, though her bizarre off-camera demeanor made others question whether sound was the issue. Carey wound up walking around the stage without singing in what many described as a meltdown.

A representative for Carey blamed Dick Clark Productions. saying “production set her up to fail”; DCP called that claim “absurd.”

This year, Carey will take another stab at performing in the New Year’s Eve celebration, taking the stage at 11:45 p.m.

Carey recently changed managers, and the switch to Roc Nation might have prompted the return.

Other performers scheduled to appear include Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland. Britney Spears will appear for a remote cameo from Las Vegas.

Vergara to Star in the Revenge Thriller “Bent”

Sofia Vergara is getting bent into shape…

The 44-year-old Colombian American has been cast as one of the leads in the revenge thriller Bent.

Sofia Vergara

From AMBI Media Group / Deadly Codes Productions, the film will also star Karl Urban, and Andy Garcia as leads in the film/

Written and directed by Bobby Moresco, based on characters created by Joseph O’Donnell, Bent follows Danny Gallagher (Urban), a shamed and discredited narcotics detective who, upon his release from prison, makes plans to seek revenge on the accuser who framed him and killed his partner. Through his quest, Gallagher is forced to confront a ruthless, seductive government agent (Vergara), who may or may not be on his side; and his mentor (Garcia), a retired cop who’s fought corruption his entire career.

The film is set to begin filming in Rome this month.

Vergara, best known for her critically acclaimed role on ABC’s Modern Family, has starred in the films The Smurfs, New Year’s Eve, Happy Feet Two,The Three Stooges, Escape from Planet Earth, Machete Kills, Chef and Hot Pursuit.

Freixenet Releases New Ad Featuring Bisbal’s New English Song “Closer Tonight”

David Bisbal is coming out swinging

The 35-year-old Spanish pop star has released his new English-language song “Closer Tonight” in a New Year’s Eve ad for Freixenet. The track with a jazz hot vibe will be included on a gold edition of his album Tu y Yo, which is set for release on December 9.

David Bisbal's Freixenet Ad

In a black tie and with his signature curls slicked down, Bisbal is front and center in the glitzy spot that celebrates the 100th anniversary of sparkling wine leader.

Flappers dressed in gold-fringed mini dresses start a party in a wine cellar that continues through the decades until 2014, when the dancers join Bisbal at an outdoor party wearing sequined leotards with hoodies.

Young Spanish actress Maria Valverde, featured in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings, also stars in the ad, which was released on Freixenet’s YouTube channel late Tuesday night (Nov. 25).

The New Year’s cava commercial was directed by Goya Award winner Kike Maíllo, who also directed a fictional film based on Bisbal’s Tu y Yo tour that debuted earlier this year.

The ad was filmed at Freixenet’s headquarters outside of Barcelona. Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut is the world’s best-selling champagne-method sparkling wine, according to the brand.

Bisbal, known for his romantic ballads, has a lot to celebrate this year. Tu y Yo, the artist’s fifth studio album, debuted at No. 1 in Spain and was immediately certified double platinum for shipments of over 80,000 copies.

Bisbal is currently on a Latin American tour that culminates with December 14 concert in Madrid. He’ll take part in Televisa’s Canal de las Estrellas channel’s New Year’s Eve countdown, broadcast on December 31.

Pitbull to Host Live New Year’s Eve Special on Fox

Pitbull has officially cemented his New Year’s Eve plans…

The 33-year-old Cuban American rap superstar will count down to 2015 with Fox, reaching a deal for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution special.


Hosted by the “Timber” singer and produced by Endemol, the special will air live on Wednesday, December 31 from 8:00-10:00 pm ET live (CT/MT/PT tape-delayed).

The project is aimed at potentially launching a New Year’s Eve franchise for Fox with Pitbull similar to ABC’s Rockin’ Evewith Ryan Seacrest and NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.

The show will feature performances by Pitbull and various musicians, DJs, and celebrities and will take place in his hometown of Miami, FL.

“The world needs to get ready to un-mute New Year’s Eve, because we are taking the party from the Big Apple to the Pineapple,” says Pitbull in a statement about his new project. “New Year’s Eve is officially in Miami and hosted by yours truly, Mr. Worldwide. P.S. Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but whatever happens in Miami never happened, Daleee!”

Sotomayor to Participate in Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

Prepare for justice this New Year… Justice Sonia Sotomayor, that is.

The 59-year-old Puerto Rican U.S. Supreme Court justice, the first Hispanic justice, will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball during this year’s annual celebration, according to organizers.

Sonia Sotomayor

Sotomayor, who was appointed to the court in 2009, is a native of the Bronx.

The giant New Year’s Eve ball is covered in more than 2,600 crystal triangles and lit from within by more than 32,000 lights.

The ball drop will be covered live on networks including ABC, NBC, Fox and CNN.

Lovato Scores Three Teen Choice Award Nominations…

The second wave of 2012 Teen Choice Awards nominations have been announced and Demi Lovato leads the pack of Latino nominees.

The 19-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress and new X Factor judge received three nods this round. She’s nominated for Choice Summer Music Star: Female, Choice Love Song and Choice Summer Song.

Lovato had previously received a nomination for Choice Twit, bringing her grand total of  Teen Choice Awards nominations to four.

But Lovato’s late surge wasn’t enough to move past Jennifer Lopez as the overall top Latino nominee.

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress received an additional nod this round in the Choice Summer Music Star: Female category, bringing her Teen Choice Awards nomination total to six.

Other Latino/a nominees in this second wave include: Lea Michele, Noomi Rapace, Tyler Posey, Michael Trevino, Lana Parrilla, Francia Raisa and Pitbull.

Meanwhile, previously announced nominees Selena Gomez and Victoria Justice are some of the first presenters announced by event organizers.

The Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, July 22 on Fox. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 21.

Here’s a look at all the Latino/a nominees and their competition:

Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Female
Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games
Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Lea Michele, New Year’s Eve
Nikki Reed, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Nicole Scherzinger, Men In Black 3

Choice Movie Breakout
Sam Claflin, Snow White & The Huntsman
Julianne Hough, Rock of Ages
Joe Manganiello, What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Noomi Rapace, Prometheus
Rihanna, Battleship

Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Ken Baumann, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Baby Daddy
Michael Ealy, Common Law
Daren Kagasoff, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf

Choice TV Villain
Joseph Morgan, The Vampire Diaries
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
Krysten Ritter, Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23
Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer
Candice Accola, The Vampire Dairies
Dianna Agron, Glee
Sarah Hyland, Modern Family
Francia Raisa, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Casey Wilson, Happy Endings

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Gabriel Mann, Revenge
Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries
James Van Der Beek, Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23
Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings


Choice Summer Song
“All Around the World,” Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
“Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
Give Your Heart a Break,” Demi Lovato
“Glad You Came,” The Wanted
“Scream,” Usher

Choice Love Song
“Die In Your Arms,” Justin Bieber
Give Your Heart a Break,” Demi Lovato
“Home,” Phillip Phillips
“I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Carly Rae Jepsen
Jennifer Lopez
Demi Lovato
Katy Perry

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
David Guetta

Austin to Appear on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva

It’s game on for Jake T. Austin

The 17-year-old Puerto Rican, Argentine and Spanish actor has signed on to appear on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jake T. Austin

Austin, who rose to fame as Selena Gomez’s brother on Disney Channel’s hit series, Wizards of Waverly Place, guest star on the series’ upcoming fourth season.

In the episode titled “Home,” he’ll play a 16-year-old multi-millionaire CEO and video game designer who hires Jane (Brooke Elliott) and Grayson (Jackson Hurst) to sue his father for emancipation.

Along with playing Max for four seasons on Wizards, Austin’s television credits include a guest-starring role on Law & Order: SVU and the voice of Diego on Nickelodeon’s animated series, Go Diego! Go!

His film credits include Gary Marshall’s New Year’s Eve and the title role of Huck Finn in the upcoming film, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, in theatres next year.

Drop Dead Diva, created by Josh Berman, was renewed for a fourth season last September and returns to Lifetime with 13 new episodes this summer.

Austin’s Post-Wizards of Waverly Place Plans

Don’t expect to see the last of Jake T. Austin when filming wraps on the fourth and final season of Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

Jake T Austin Paper Magazine

Along with putting his best face forward and looking all grown up in this month’s issue of Paper magazine ,  the 16-year-old half-Latino actor is also preparing to hit the big screen in a highly-anticipated holiday film.

Next month, he’ll appear in Garry Marshall‘s latest film, New Year’s Eve, where he’ll share scenes with Sarah Jessica Parker. He’ll even share his first-ever on-screen kisses with Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin.

Jake T Austin Paper Magazine Shoot

The soon-to-be-17-year-old Austin, who has also starred in The Perfect Game and RIO, will appear as Huckleberry Finn in 2013’s Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry FinnHe’ll also serve as KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball pre-show host this year.


Click here to read his interview with Paper magazine and see more images from his cover shoot.