Focus Features Releases Trailer for Gina Rodriguez’s Grifter Comedy “Kajillionaire”

Gina Rodriguez wants to be a kajillionaire

Focus Features has released the first trailer for KajillionaireMiranda July’s Sundance comedy about a family of grifters starring the 36-year-old Puerto Rican actress and former Jane the Virgin star.

Gina Rodriguez

“Most people wanna be kajillionaires,” Dad says in the clip. “That’s the dream. That’s how they get you hooked — hooked on sugar, hooked on caffeine. Ha, ha, ha, cry, cry, cry. Me? I prefer to just skim.” His daughter looks up and says, “So do I.”

Here is your logline: Con artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dollo (Evan Rachel Wood), to swindle, scam and steal at every opportunity.

“She learned to forge before she learned to write,” Pops boasts of Old Dollo. “Actually, that’s how she did learn to write.”

During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger (Rodriguez) into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down.

July wrote and directed Kajillionaire as her first feature since 2011’s The Future.

The trailer features “Mr. Lonely,” a song performed by Angel OlsenEmile Mosseri, the latter being the film’s composer. 

Produced by Plan B and Annapurna Pictures,Focus Features plans to release the film in theaters in September.

Ana de Armas In Talks to Star in Film Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s Novel “Deep Water”

Ana de Armasmay soon find herself in deep water…

The 31-year-old Cuban-Spanish actress is in talks to star opposite Ben Affleck in the film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Deep Water.

Ana de Armas

The film, to be directed by Adrian Lyne, is described as an erotic thriller, right in the wheelhouse Lyne established with such blockbusters as Indecent ProposalFatal Attraction, and 9 1/2 Weeks. The filmmaker has long been intrigued with this project, first setting it up with Fox 2000back in 2013. New Regency bought control of the property last year, and this gives them another plum project to go with the James Gray-directed Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, and the Robert Eggers-directed The Lighthouse.

Affleck and de Armas are in negotiations to play Vic and Melinda Van Allen, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead. The couple staves off divorce in a loveless marriage by allowing each to take lovers, but it becomes messy as Highsmith exposed the surface facade of American suburban life.

Zack Helm and Sam Levinson have adapted from the Highsmith novel.

Lyne is eyeing a November production start on Deep Water, which will be fully financed by New Regency

Pending all the pieces falling into place, the plan is for the film to go through its deal with Fox/Disney.

de Armas is having her moment in Hollywood. She is about to begin shooting the Andrew Dominik-directed Netflix film Blonde, in which she plays iconic actress Marilyn Monroe, with talks going on for Adrien Brody to play Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale to play Joe DiMaggio in a fictionalized look at her life. Dominik worked for years on this project, and looked at many actresses for the role of Monroe. He was intrigued when he saw de Armas in Blade Runner 2049, and they worked long and hard with a dialect coach to lose her Cuban accented inflection for Monroe’s breathy delivery before a screen test pleased Netflix and Plan B’s Brad PittDede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. She follows that film with the James Bond 25 film.

Pedro Pascal to Star in Barry Jenkins’ New Film “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Pedro Pascal is hitting the street…

The 42-year-old Chilean actor has been cast in If Beale Street Could Talk, director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to his Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight.

Pedro Pascal

KiKi Layne stars in the film, which is based on the James Baldwin novel along with Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King.

Layne plays Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first child to term.

Jenkins adapted the book and is producing via his Pastel label with Annapurna Pictures and Plan B.

Pascal, who starred as Oberyn Martell on HBO’s Game of Thrones, was most recently on the big screen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

He’ll next appear in Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2.

Wisin & Yandel Reunite for Yandel’s New Single “Como Antes”

Wisin & Yandel are reuniting… and it sounds so good!

The Puerto Rican reggaeton duo, who took a hiatus as a duo in late 2013, are back together.

Wisin & Yandel

Wisin & Yandel, winners of two Latin Grammys and one Grammy, have reunited for Yandel’s new single “Como Antes,” released on Friday, September 8, along with a music video.

On the new single — composed by Yandel, Wisin, Víctor Viera Moore and Marco Masis — “el duo de la historia” goes back to their roots, to their unique sound and street lyrics:

Those elements that have been lost with the evolution of the genre, but made them an iconic urban duo back in the early 2000’s.

“Como Antes” is part of Yandel’s new solo album, titled #Update, and definitely can build a new path for Wisin & Yandel.

On the Billboard charts, the duo currently has ten No. 1 songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart (tied with Maná for the most ever for a duo/group), 21 top 10 songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart (the most ever for a duo/group), and even three hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Besides the new single, Yandel is also ready to debut #Update on Friday. The set features 14 songs, and includes collabs with Luis Fonsi, Maluma, J Balvin, Zion & LennoxOzuna, Becky G, Bad Bunny and Plan B.

Nicky Jam Announces El Ganador U.S. Tour Dates

Nicky Jam is taking his winning music across the United States…

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American singer-songwriter has announced the dates for his El Ganador U.S. tour.

Nicky Jam

Nicky Jam’s concert tour, which will feature reggaeton duo Plan B as an opening act, includes 12 cities so far, starting August 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and continuing in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York and Miami, among others.

Nicky Jam has already taken his El Ganador tour to Europe, where he visited twelve different cities and performed for more than 65,000 people.

Last month, Nicky Jam was the top winner at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards with six trophies.

This week, his single “El Amante” climbed 3-2 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, reaching a new peak on the chart.

Tickets for Nicky Jam’s U.S. tour will be available on Friday 19th May at 10:00 am ET. The tour is presented by CMN.

Here are the El Ganador dates and cities:

August 11 — San Jose, CA at SAP Center
August 12 — Los Angeles, CA at Microsoft Theater
August 25 — Boston, MA at Agganis Arena
August 26 — Washington DC at EagleBank Arena
August 27 — Chicago, IL at Allstate Arena
September 7 — Dallas, TX at Verizon Theater
September 8 — Houston, TX at Toyota Center
September 10 — New York, NY at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
September 15 — Reading, PA at Santander Arena
September 16 — Miami, FL at American Airlines Arena
September 17 — Orlando, FL at Amway Center

Daddy Yankee Scores 50th Hit on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart with “Hula Hoop”

Daddy Yankee is officially in the same circle as some of Latin music’s superstars…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer/rapper has earned his 50th hit on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, as “Hula Hoop” earns the Hot Shot Debut, arriving at No. 30 on the March 25-dated tally.

Daddy Yankee

The reggaetonero becomes one of only seven acts, and the only urban artist, to have placed 50 or more songs on the 30-year-old chart.

Even more impressive, Daddy Yankee earns the feat quicker than anyone other act, netting his first 50 hits in 12 years, four months, and three weeks. (Luis Miguel had previously accomplished it the fastest: 16 years, five months, two weeks).

Daddy Yankee debuted on the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2004 with his international hit, “Gasolina.” In total, he has gathered 21 top 10s and five No. 1s on the list.

“Hula Hoop” bows with 3,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending March 9, according to Nielsen Music, concurrently notching a No. 3 debut on the Latin Rhythm Digital Song Sales chart. Streaming totaled 740,000 in its first week, with 54 percent stemming from YouTube, where a lyric video has amassed 16 million global views since its release on March 2.

Elsewhere, the new single lands at No. 25 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, with 1 million audience impressions in the week ending March 12. WLZL, Washington DC, was the track’s biggest supporter, supplying 74 spins.

Artists With at Least 50 Hot Latin Songs hits:
Number of chart hits, artist
66, Los Tigres del Norte
58, Vicente Fernandez
57, Luis Miguel
53, Ednita Nazario
53, Intocable
50, Daddy Yankee
50, Marc Anthony

The new track originates from a remix for Daddy Yankee’s “Shaky Shaky,” featuring Nicky Jam and Plan B. Released in October, the remix included a “hula hoop” line, not present in the song’s original version, inspiring Yankee to derive a new song based on the catchy hook.

Meanwhile, Daddy Yankee remains at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs for a fifth straight week, as a featured guest on Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.” The track earns its best streaming week yet, collecting over 8.8 million streams in the most recent tracking week (a four percent increase). It slips 52-56 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its eighth charting frame on the overall-genre ranking.

Martin to Perform at First-Ever Calibash Las Vegas

Ricky Martin is ready to kick some Bash

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor is set to perform at a special edition of Calibash in Las Vegas at the Hakkasan night club.

Ricky Martin

Calibash, the multi-artist show that’s become the signature event for urban Latin music in the U.S., will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the special edition in Sin City.

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Calibash Las Vegas will take place on January 26 at the T-Mobile Arena and will feature performances by Martin, Don OmarWisinNicky Jam and Residente.

The huge span of acts highlights just how diverse the genre has become. On the one hand is reggaeton icon Don Omar, who this year celebrated the 10th anniversary of his seminal album King of Kings; Residente, formerly of Calle 13, who espouses an alternative approach to rap with socially-minded lyrics; current chart-toppers Wisin and Nicky Jam, and pop act Ricky Martin, who most recently reached the top of the charts with “Vente Pa’Ca,” his collaboration with Maluma.

Other confirmed acts to date include Zion & Lennox, Pipe BuenoFarruko, J AlvarezPlan B, Nely “El Arma Secreta”, OsunaDe la Ghetto, AlmightlyArcangel, Gente de Zona, ChacalOsmani Garcia, Divan and CNCO.

Calibash will once again be produced by SBS Entertainment and presented by LaMusica. This marks the first time the show will take place in Vegas, and will also be the first time a multi-artist concert will take place at the T-Mobile Arena, also the site of this year’s Latin Grammys. If you are finding for the wedding DJ then Wedding DJ Auckland is a best option for your wedding function.

“This is without doubt, a strong start to the future of Latin Entertainment in Las Vegas,” says Lucas Piña, SVP of SBS Entertainment.  “It is a challenge, but we are confident with the quality performers that we will produce a successful January sold-out event, as we have done in New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities.”

Recent editions of the fest have also included major mainstream acts.

Daddy Yankee’s “Shaky Shaky” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart

Daddy Yankee is shaking up the Billboard charts…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer has earned his fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart as “Shaky Shaky” vaults 7-1 in its 25th charting frame (on the list dated Nov. 5).

Daddy YankeeA new remix released October 14, featuring Nicky Jam and Plan B, triggers the climb.

The Hot Latin Songs chart blends airplay, sales and streams to rank the top 50 most popular Latin songs of the week in the U.S.

Yankee spoke to Billboard about the track, which was not originally intended to be a single.

“It was an improvisation in the studio. We recorded it in one take, like it used to be done,” he says. Last year, Yankee posted a Facebook Live video from the recording session (with producers DJ Urba and Rome), sharing the beginning stages of the song. The post was viewed over 1 million times and shared over 8,000 times. The video sparked a series of fan-uploaded clips, using the track. From there, Yankee says, “This song grew very organically.”

“I simply decided to improvise and created a blend of the old-school [reggaeton] sound and incorporating the sound of the new generation [of the genre]. The viral impact of this track was so big that I had to release it as a single even though I was preparing to release another song.”

The original song’s music video has amassed over 357 million global views on YouTube, becoming his third-highest-viewed video on the platform (behind “Sigueme y Te Sigo,” with 376 million and “Limbo,” with 607 million).

“With the video,” he says, “we incorporated the element of dance, and a lot of the success had to do with that. It’s the root of the reggaeton movement, and it hasn’t been done in a while.”

The new version — which is combined with the original version of the song for charting and tracking purposes — causes a 20 percent jump in streams (to 2.8 million U.S. clicks in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music), thrusting the track 2-1 on the Latin Streaming Songs chart, where he scores his first No. 1. A lyric video released Oct. 14 has collected nearly 7 million views so far. A 46 percent lift in digital sales (to over 3,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Music) also supports the song’s rise to the top of the chart. Of those sales, 56 percent stem from the new version.

When asked how the remix came to be, the reggaeton pioneer says, “I tried to get collaborators that know this sound and that were pillars of reggaeton, so I called Nicky Jam and Plan B.”

The latest version has even spawned plans for a completely new song from the three urban acts. “The fans are already requesting a new track based on the ‘hula hoop’ hook from the remix, which we are going to release in the near future.” A representative for Daddy Yankee confirms that he is currently working on the new track. The artist predicts the song “promises to be viral by the response that we are seeing on social networks.”

In all, Yankee has dotted Hot Latin Songs with 44 hits since debuting in 2004, more than any other urban act. He previously crowned the chart with “Rompe” (15 weeks in 2005), “Lovumba (Prestige)” (one week in 2012), and “Limbo” (15 weeks in 2013). He first appeared on the then-radio-based chart with his breakout hit “Gasolina,” which reached No. 17 (and peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100).

When asked about how it feels to have earned his latest No. 1 hit, he says, “I am very surprised. I did not expect that a one-take improvisation was going to become an anthem. Everything has been very spontaneous, organic.”

Since the chart began in 1986, only five other songs have taken 25 weeks or more to reach the peak; the longest trek was when Marco Antonio Solis topped the chart with “Mas Que Tu Amigo” after a 32-week ascent in 2004. Most recently, J Balvin’s “Ay Vamos” spent 26 weeks marching to No. 1, reaching the top on the March 7, 2015-dated chart.

Yandel Launching “Dangerous” 15-Stop U.S. Tour

There are Dangerous times in Yandel’s future…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton musician, songwriter and record producer has announced his upcoming “Dangerous” tour.

Yandel

The revelation comes less than six months after signing an exclusive, worldwide management deal with Roc Nation.

Encompassing 15 U.S. dates, the tour kicks off October 9 at Chicago’s Aragon Ballrom and will be Yandel’s longest running U.S. stint to date as a soloist.

The Dangerous tour, named after Yandel’s current album on Sony Music Latin, will also take him to Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Boston, among other cities.

It’s Yandel’s first trek as part of his newly-signed exclusive touring with Live Nation.

The U.S. tour will be preceded by an October 7 date in San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

The “Dangerous” tour will have a marquee roster of supporting acts: Alexis y Fido, Plan B and De La Ghetto will join on select dates, while DJ Lobo and Gadiel will support in all stops.

Yandel’s current single, “Nunca me olvides,” is at No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. As a featured artist, he’s also at No. 6 with Maluma’s “El perdedor” and at No. 17 with “Ay Mi Dios” by IAmChino, also featuring Pitbull and El Chacal.

Live Nation, together with Tidal, will launch “Dangerous” ticket presales for its members and for Yandel fans beginning Tuesday, August 30 at 10 a.m. local time both on Tidal and Live Nation’s websites. General ticket sales begin August 31.

Netflix Gives Gomez’s “13 Reasons Why” a Straight-to-Series Order

Selena Gomez is going behind the scenes for her next project…

Netflix has given Anonymous Content and Paramount Television’s 13 Reasons Why, executive produced by the 23-year-old half-Mexican American actress/singer, a straight-to-series order.

Selena Gomez

The show, based on the New York Times bestselling Young Adult (YA) book by Jay Asher, was created by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey, who also wrote the pilot.

13 Reasons Why is the second Netflix straight to order series for Anonymous Content. The first is the Plan B collaboration The OA, which goes into production next quarter.

Gomez recently wrapped four films: In Dubious Battle, directed by James FrancoThe Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, alongside Paul RuddThe Big Short, starring Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale; and Seth Rogen’s Neighbors 2.

Most recently, she reprised her role as Mavis in Sony PicturesHotel Transylvania 2, which opened to record-breaking box office.

She is not starring in 13 Reasons Why.

As a recording artist, Gomez has sold more than 22 million singles worldwide, and her new album Revival debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. She will embark on a global tour next year.