Krysta Rodriguez to Take Part in Special “Smash” Virtual Cast Reunion to Benefit Actors Fund

Krysta Rodriguezis ready for a Smashing reunion…

The 35-year-old Latina actress/singer is expected to take part in a virtual Smash cast reunion.

Krysta Rodriguez,

Rodriguez, who portrayed Ana Vargas on NBC’s 2012-2013 musical series, will appear in the one-night-only Actors Fund benefit event alongside her Smashcastmates Jaime CeperoWill ChaseBrian d’Arcy JamesJack DavenportAnn HaradaJeremy JordanAndy MientusLeslie Odom Jr. and Wesley Taylor.

The show’s stars Debra MessingKatharine McPheeChristian BorleMegan Hilty and other cast members will virtually reunite on May 20 for a streaming of the 2015 Bombshell in Concert, with Renée Zellwegerintroducing the event and Julie Klausner hosting a live, virtual cast reunion.

The concert of the show-within-the-show about the life of Marilyn Monroewas taped at Broadway’s Minskoff Theateron June 8, 2015, an event that remains one of the most successful fundraisers ever for The Actors FundBombshell– the creation of which formed the plot of Smash– features a score by Marc Shaimanand Scott Wittman, who also served as executive producers of Smash.

Rodriguez and her cast members will appear in a livestream reunion during the intermission. 

The concert and reunion will stream on Wednesday, May 20, at 8:00 pm ET on people.com, PeopleTV, and People social platforms.

Tony Awardwinner and Actors Fund chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell said, “Bombshell in Concertwill be a wonderful evening to share this benefit night with fans far and wide, and will raise much-needed funds to help The Actors Fund continue to help everyone in need in our entertainment community across the country.”

In the past seven weeks, The Actors Fund has distributed $10.1 million in emergency financial assistance to 8,558 people in need due to the current COVID-19pandemic, or more than five times the funds normally provided in a year.

Smashwas based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg, who was also executive producer of the series, and created by Theresa Rebeck.

Machado to Pen Book About Her Negative Experiences with Donald Trump

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado is ready to write the world’s wrongs…

The 38-year-old former-beauty-queen-turned-actress/singer is planning to write a book about the “abuses of power” and “racism” she suffered at the hands of Donald Trump in the mid-‘90s during her reign.

Alicia Machado

Machado was crowned Miss Universe in 1996, the fourth woman from Venezuela to win title, and soon after made headlines for concerns about her increasing weight.

When Machado was crowned she weighed 118 pounds, and eventually the 5-foot-9 beauty queen reached 160 pounds. Pageant officials apparently found the weight unacceptable and threatened to revoke her crown if she didn’t trim down.

Months before the 1997 Miss Universe pageant, in which Machado was due to hand the crown over to her successor, Donald Trump — who partly owns the Miss Universe Organization — called in fitness expert Edward Jackowski to help Machado lose weight through a rigorous diet and exercise program, all of which was documented by photographers and camera crews.

Trump told People magazine back in 1997, “We want her to stay as Miss Universe and she is working on her problem. When you win a beauty pageant, people don’t think you’re going to go from 118 to 160 in less than a year, and you really have an obligation to stay in a perfect physical state.” The real estate mogul also reportedly called Machado “an eating machine” during an interview on the Howard Stern show.

Machado, then 20 years old, told People at the time, “Before Miss Universe I was a normal girl, but my life has had big changes. I travel to many countries, eat different foods.”

The beauty queen has since been very vocal about her experience with Trump, calling him “a detestable being” as recently as June to Mexican newspaper La Reforma.

In a formal statement issued earlier this week, Machado’s reps declare that she “will share all the details, abuses of power, arrogance, and racism on Donald Trump’s part that she suffered in the flesh, issues that Alicia will share for the first time and at the appropriate time so that the whole world can see who this person really is, someone who has gained even more notoriety recently for his attacks on the Mexican people.”

Machado currently stars in Televisa’s new Spanish telenovela Lo Imperdonable. The statement mentioned that after her contractual duties with the soap opera are over, Machado will announce more details about the book. Until then, “she won’t be saying anything else on the matter.”

Lopez to Appear at the First-Ever People Magazine Awards

Jennifer Lopez will illuminate this year’s People Magazine Awards.

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer and American Idol star is scheduled to appear at the first-ever People Magazine Awards, which promises to honor the “cultural forces of the year” with a star-studded gala on December 18.

Jennifer Lopez

During the show, the magazine will hand out awards for the biggest phenomenon of 2014, most stylish person, funniest person, sexiest woman of 2014, the fan-voted award best People Magazine cover of the year and the top honor, most popular person.

The two-hour special will air live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Lopez will be joined by fellow celebs Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, Kate Hudson and Michael Keaton. Additional talent will be announced soon.

Maroon 5 will perform at the awards show, which is being produced by dick clark productions, and it’s sponsored by L’Oréal Paris and Kohl’s.

Click here to visit the official awards homepage.

Rivera Marries Actor Ryan Dorsey in Mexico

Naya Rivera is officially off the market…

The 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer and Glee star tied the knot over the weekend, marrying actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas on Saturday, Rivera’s rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

Naya Rivera & Ryan Dorsey

A small group of close family members were on hand for the intimate ceremony, which was first reported by People magazine.

“We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife,” the couple told People. “Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.”

Rivera was previously engaged to rapper Big Sean before they broke up in April.

Rivera and Dorsey were reportedly longtime friends whose relationship grew once Rivera was single again this spring.

Rivera reportedly wore a Monique Lhuillier gown and Dorsey wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit during the ceremony.

Dorsey has guest-starred on Southland, Parks and Recreation and Mob City.

Rivera already made it official on her Twitter account, changing her name to Naya Rivera Dorsey.

Pérez to Star in “The Price of Desire” with Shannyn Sossamon and Alanis Morissette

Vincent Pérez is about to learn the price of desire…

The 48-year-old part-Spanish actor has been cast in The Price of Desire, a biopic about legendary architect and designer Eileen Gray.

Vincent Pérez

Pérez, who was named one of People‘s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1995, will portray Gray’s nemesis Le Corbusier. Shannyn Sossamon is set to portray Gray with Alanis Morissette set to play her lover.

The Mary McGuckian-directed film will tell the story of Gray, a pioneer of architecture’s Modern Movement, and her relationship with Le Corbusier.

It will also focus on the iconic E1027 Villa in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France and how it influenced and inspired a century of modern architecture.

Pérez film credits include The Crow: City of Angels, Queen of the Damned and Le bossu.

Rodriguez to Serve as Oscars “Backstage Pass” Correspondent

Rico Rodriguez is becoming Hollywood’s go-to teen host…

The 14-year-old Modern Family star and three-time SAG Award winner, who will be a presenter at this weekend’s WGA Awards, has been named a correspondent for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesBackstage Pass on Oscar.com and the official Oscars app.

Rico Rodriguez

Rodriguez will be joined by Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle and People’s Peter Castro, as well as returning co-hosts, ABC The View’s Sherri Shepherd and former All My Children star Cameron Mathison.

Backstage Pass will also debut a multimedia first-ever Red Carpet Digital Lounge anchored by Radio Disney’s Jake Whetter, Popsugar’s Allison McNamara and Mashable’s Brian Anthony Hernandez.

The Oscars Backstage Pass will feature more than 20 live cameras placed on the red carpet and throughout the backstage area of the Dolby Theatre during the telecast. They will capture sound bites, backstage action, short interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

On Oscar Sunday, the Backstage Pass feature goes live from the red carpet to the end of the show.

The Oscars will be presented on February 24 and hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC.

Lochte to Star in His Own E! Reality Television Show

Ryan Lochte isn’t getting an E! True Hollywood Story… No, he’s getting a real Hollywood story on E!

The 28-year-old Olympic swimming star, who won five medals at the 2012 London Games, will star in his own reality show on E!.

Ryan Lochte

The network has ordered six episodes of What Would Ryan Lochte Do, which will take viewers “inside the unpredictable and offbeat life of the 2012 London Olympic Games’ breakout star.” The show will follow Lochte as he searches for the “right gal” and continues his training regimen.

During E!’s TV critics press tour panel in Pasadena, a sneak preview of the show was screened for reporters. Lochte came off a little dense, like a male version of Jessica Simpson.

“I don’t even know what is a douchebag,” said the swimmer, who’s been called America’s Sexiest Douchebag. “I don’t even know what it means.”

“How many people fall in love with the smartest guy in the class? They fall for the fastest swimmer,” E! President Suzanne Kolb told EW.

The show represents a slight a departure from E!’s traditional television fare; the network typically features shows starring females. Although, Lochte – who was featured in People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue – has no shortage of female appeal.

“He is an incredibly endearing personality who is sexy, entertaining and fun,” Kolb noted in a statement. “Watching this show, I believe people will fall into three categories: they want to be him, sleep with him or mother him.”

E! promises the show, which debuts in April, will feature plenty of “Lochteisms,” such as his “Jeah” catchphrase and this quote: “I always pee in a pool. Doesn’t everyone?”

Introducing Sexiest Man Alive Contender Ryan Lochte’s Wingman…

Hot Dog! Ryan Lochte isn’t afraid to share a picture frame with his prized pooch…

During his Sexiest Man Alive shoot for People magazine, the 28-year-old half-Cuban American swimming sensation – who picked up five medals at the 2012 London Games – did more than flaunt his oh-so-fit form and charming smile.

Ryan Lochte

Lochte showed off Carter, a 5-year-old Doberman pinscher and his chick magnet.

“He is a good wingman because he’s a beautiful dog,” Lochte tells People. “Girls come up to me and go, ‘Oh my god, where’s Carter? He’s so good looking!'”

And ladies man Lochte, who hit the beach with Carter for their shoot, has nothing but puppy love for his wingman.

“He’s my best friend and I love him,” says Lochte. “I just need to take him wherever I go and I’ll be set.”

Alba: People’s Best-Dressed Women Honoree

It’s all in the jeans for Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba in Jeans

The 31-year-old half-Mexican American actress, who recently went blonde for her role in the upcoming follow-up to the cult classic Sin City, has landed a spot on People magazine’s 2012 Best-Dressed Women list.

Alba—the best-dressed Latina at this year’s oh-so-glamorous Met Ball—was honored for having the Best Jeans Style, as picked by former reality-TV-star-turned-fashion-designer Lauren Conrad.

Jessica Alba in Jeans

Meanwhile, Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, is heralded for having the Best Classic Style, thanks to her “flawlessly elegant attires” that range from glamorous to chic numbers befitting a future queen.

Iron Man actress Gwyneth Paltrow is chosen for her “spot-on sartorial instincts” by People’s editors as the World’s Best-Dressed Woman.

Here’s a look at this year’s Best-Dressed List:

Gwyneth Paltrow – World’s Best Dressed Woman (picked by the editors of People)
Diane Kruger – Best High Fashion Style (picked by People style & beauty editor Pamela Edwards Christiani)
Kate Middleton – Best Classic Style (picked by designer Janie Bryant)
Emma Stone – Best Red Carpet Style (picked by E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic)
Jessica Alba – Best Jeans Style (picked by TV personality Lauren Conrad)
Rihanna – Best Risk-Taking Style (picked by Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine)
Jennifer Lawrence – Best Under 25 Style (picked by College Fashion editor Zephyr Basine)
Reese Witherspoon – Best Pregnancy Style (picked by model Camila Alves McConaughey)
Miranda Kerr – Best Street Style (picked by Who What Wear editors Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power)
The Kardashians – Best Trend-Setting Style (picked by Simon Doonan)

Levy Tangos His Way to a Near-Perfect Score on DWTS

He may have injured his ankle during rehearsals… But that didn’t stop William Levy from storming back to the top of the leaderboard on Dancing with the Stars after a lackluster performance last week.

The 31-year-old Cuban telenovela star—who graced the cover of last week’s People magazine—earned his two first 10s of the season and an impressive score of 29 points for his thrilling Argentine tango with partner Cheryl Burke. That near-perfect score resulted in Levi landing atop the leaderboard alongside Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins, who also scored a 29 for her own Argentine tango.

William Levy

Over the weekend, Levy had announced via his Twitter account that he’d messed up his ankle while preparing for this week’s show.

“Just wanted to let u know that I injured my right ankle pretty bad during rehearsal..MRI tomorrow. I’ll let u all know…Love u all,” the Triunfo del Amor star wrote on Sunday.

Despite a torn ligament in his ankle, Levy showed no signs of strain during his performance to the Pussycat Doll’s “Buttons” on the hit ABC reality dancing competition’s Latin Night.

“Pulsating passion! Throbbing intensity!” declared DWTS judge Bruno Tunoli. “I saw mood, I saw sensuality and passion,” commented judge Len Goodman on Levy’s Argentine tango, which Carrie Ann Inaba called “ridiculously amazing.”