Vertical Entertainment Acquires Rights to Rosario Dawson’s Animated Action Comedy “Henchmen”

Rosario Dawson and her henchmen are coming to your home…

Vertical Entertainment has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Henchmen, the Bron Animation action comedy featuring the voices of the 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actress,  Thomas Middleditch and James Marsden.

Rosario Dawson

Adam Wood wrote and directed the film, marking his feature-length directorial debut.

Based on a story by Jay D. Waxman and Wood, the film will be available on digital platforms on October 9.

Henchmen

Here’s the synopsis: In a world of super-villains, evil schemes and global domination, someone has to take out the trash. Welcome to the world of Henchmen, third class. When Lester (Middleditch), a fresh-faced recruit, joins the Union of Evil, he is assigned to a motley crew of blue-collar workers led by fallen henchmen Hank. But when Lester accidentally steals a super-villain’s ultimate weapon, Hank must break his risk-nothing code to save the boy he’s befriended, even if it means becoming the one thing he has always avoided: a hero.

Additional voice performers include Nathan Fillion, Jane Krakowski, Rob Riggle, Bobcat Goldthwait and Craig Robinson.

Brenda Gilbert and Luke Carroll produced for Bron Animation.

“We loved the idea of exploring the fantastical world of superhero villains,” says Gilbert of the film. “We couldn’t be more thrilled for the film to have found a home at Vertical and we hope children and families will enjoy the imaginative story of the Henchmen.”

“There is a lot of heavy stuff happening in the world right now, so it’s exciting for us at Vertical to share a film that can provide some levity and laughs for everyone in the family” said Rich Goldberg, co-president of Vertical Entertainment. “Henchmen marries the fun of an animated movie with the excitement of superhero flick, and we think it’ll be a perfect movie for anyone to gather around safely at home.”

Dawson’s previous credits include Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, César Chávez and Zombieland: Double Tap.

Robert Rodriguez to Direct Ben Affleck in the Action Thriller “Hypnotic”

Robert Rodriguez is ready to thrill…

The 51-year-old Mexican American filmmaker is set to direct Ben Affleck in the action thriller Hypnotic.

Robert Rodriguez

The film centers on a detective who, while investigating a string of impossible high-end heists, becomes entangled in a mystery involving his missing daughter and a secret government program.

The big budget film, which is reportedly set at $60m-$80m, comes from Studio 8 and Solstice Studios. And it’s the first project greenlit under a partnership between the two companies. 

Production is slated for April.

Rodriguez, Studio 8 CEO Jeff Robinovand his colleagues Guy Danellaand John Grahamwill produce the film with Solstice, which will handle US distribution and launch international sales beginning at American Film Market.

“Working with Ben on his award-winning projects, including Argoand The Town, I have seen how his versatility and creativity has made him one of the most talented filmmakers both in front of and behind the camera,” said Robinov. “It’s very meaningful to be collaborating with Ben again on this uniquely riveting suspense thriller, and I know he and Robert will make a terrific film together.”

Rodriguez’s previous credits include El MariachiMachete, theSpy Kidsfranchise, Sin Cityand Sin City: A Dame to Kill Forand Alita: Battle Angel. 

Hernandez to Star Opposite Emma Stone in Lionsgate’s Musical Film “La La Land”

Callie Hernandez is La La Land bound…

The Latina actress has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s film La La Land.

Callie Hernandez

Damien Chazelle’s musical, set in contemporary Los Angeles, stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as the aspiring actress he falls in love with. The catch: the city that brought them together may tear them apart, as they soon discover that balancing love and art in such a cutthroat climate isn’t easy.

Hernandez, who has appeared in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, has been cast as on of Stone’s three roommates. The other two roommates will be played by Sonoya Mizuno and Jessica Rothe.

La La Land has already secured a July 15, 2016 release date.

The film originally had Miles Teller and Emma Watson in the works to star. Teller and Chazelle had teamed on Whiplash, and the writer-director penned La La Land before that movie, which landed a Best Picture nomination last year and won him the Adapted Screenplay Oscar. But Teller moved on and Lionsgate scooped up Gosling and Stone in April.

Hernandez’s other credits include television appearances on From Dusk Till Dawn and Members Only. She’ll next star in the upcoming film Cover Girl.

Dawson to Announce This Year’s Spirit Award Nominees

Rosario Dawson has the spirit, yes she does…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban American actress, who has earned critical acclaim for her work in Chris Rock’s Top Five, has been tapped to announce this year’s 2015 Spirit Award nominees, according to Film Independent president Josh Welsh.

Rosario Dawson

The Sin City: A Dame To Kill For star will be joined by Mexican actor Diego Luna, who directed Dawson in his Cesar Chavez biopic Chavez.

They’ll announce the nominees at 10:00 am PT on Tuesday, November 25, at the W Hollywood.

Spirit Award winners will be announced on February 21 under Film Independent’s signature tent on the beach in Santa Monica.

Dawson Reportedly in the Running to Join HBO’s “True Detective”

It seems Rosario Dawson may be headed to pay cable television…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban American actress is reportedly among the actresses in the running to join HBO’s True Detective season 2.

Rosario Dawson

According to The Wrap Dawson is among the list of at least seven more actresses being considered for the role after Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams were previously eying the part.

In addition to Dawson, who appears in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the site says Jessica Biel (“Total Recall“), Malin Akerman (“Watchmen“), Jaimie Alexander (“Thor“), Kelly Reilly (“Eden Lake“), Brit Marling (“The Keeping Room“) and Oona Chaplin (“Game of Thrones“).

Insiders say Moss and McAdams should not be ruled out of contention yet. At some point, Jessica Chastain was linked to the part too, but reps for the Zero Dark Thirty (2012) actress quickly denied it.

In addition to a female lead, the upcoming new season of the Nic Pizzolatto-created anthology series will feature three male leads. Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn are said vying for the roles.

Alba Throws Out Impressive First Pitch at Dodgers Game

Sure she’s known as a Hollywood sex symbol… But, Jessica Alba is also one athletic woman.

The 33-year-old half-Mexican American actress proved that on Sunday when she threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium.

Jessica Alba

Even though she could have gotten closer to the home plate, Alba elected to take the mound when she threw out the first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.

In a vine captured by the Major League Baseball team, the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actress shows some serious athletic skills as she plays catch with one of the Dodgers’ players moments before her big moment.

 

Alba’s experience at the stadium comes after Jeff Bridges and Chrissy Teigen delivered impressive first pitches earlier this summer. And, Alba’s was much better than 50 Cent‘s sad attempt.

New Featurette Released for Alba’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”

The anticipation is building for Jessica Alba’s fiery and feisty return to Sin City

Dimension Films has released a new featurette for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, starring the 33-year-old half-Mexican American actress.

Jessica Alba in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Alba’s voice is the first you hear in the clip, which sees the town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

“This Rotten Town, it soils everybody. Everybody,” says Alba, who returns as exotic dancer and revenge seeker Nancy Callahan for the prequel to 2005’s Sin City.

In addition to Alba, the film also stars Rosario Dawson, Callie Hernandez, Mickey Rourke, Eva Green, Juno Temple, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lady Gaga.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set to open in theaters on August 22.

Red Band Trailer Released for “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,” Starring Alba

Jessica Alba is one red (band) hot dame to kill for…

The 33-year-old half-Mexican American appears in the just-released red band trailer for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City prequel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

Jessica Alba in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Dimension Films recently released the trailer at Comic-Con in San Diego, which features Alba getting in touch with her dark side.

Alba is reprising her role as exotic dancer and revenge seeker Nancy Callahan in the film.

“I just really connected with the dark side of Nancy,” says Alba of her return to the role. “It was hard to detach from that until the movie was over.”

The original Sin City hit theaters in 2005, and in the nine years since Rodriguez and Miller have added more crispness to the series’ black-and-white comic book aesthetic.

The hyper-stylized and ultra-violent footage for the second film, which opens in theaters on August 22, definitely caught the attention of Comic-Con attendees.

New Trailer Released for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” Featuring Alba Back as Nancy Callahan

It’s been nearly 10 years since Jessica Alba first set tongues wagging in Sin City… And, apparently she has not lost her sexy moves.

Dimension Films has released a new trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, featuring the 33-year-old half-Mexican American actress reprising her head-turning role as exotic dancer Nancy Callahan, which earned her an MTV Movie Award for “Sexiest Performance.”

Jessica Alba in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

In the trailer, Alba appears back on the bar, shaking her groove thing the same way she did in 2005. But there are also snippets of her smashing her face against a back-stage mirror and more, leaving audiences intrigued.

The ultra-violent action crime thriller and sequel to the 2005 cult classic – adapted from Miller’s neo-noir graphic novels – weaves two Sin City stories together into one hard-boiled narrative pitting the city’s thugs, lowlifes and femme fatales against each other, with a cast that includes Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert and more.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will hit theaters on August 22.

Ambrosio: The Highest-Ranking Latina on Maxim’s Hot 100 List

It’s a simple fact: Alessandra Ambrosio is one hot momma… And, now she has the men’s vote to prove it.

The 33-year-old Brazilian supermodel is the highest-ranking Latina on Maxim’s 2014 Hot 100 list, coming in at No. 7.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Ambrosio, who has two children with fiancé Jamie Mazur, is “so hot, it hurts,” according to Maxim.

The Victoria’s Secret model, who always dominates the catwalk at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, is the spokesperson for the company’s PINK line.

Surprisingly, Ambrosio did not make last year’s list.

Nipping on the supermodel’s heels: scree siren Jessica Alba.

The 33-year-old half-Mexican American actress, who will surely set tongues wagging when she reprises her role as Nancy Callahan in the upcoming Sin City sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, ranks No. 8 on Maxim’s list of the world’s most beautiful women.

It’s a nine-spot improvement for Alba, who came in at No. 17 on last year’s list.

In all, 21 Latinas made this year’s list compared to 19 last year, when Selena Gomez was the highest-ranking Latina at No. 2. This year, the Spring Breakers star drops to No. 19.

Here’s the list of other Latinas on this year’s list:

Eva Longoria, No. 13
Christina Aguilera, No. 15
Selena Gomez, No. 19
Zoe Saldana, No. 29
Lea Michele, No. 31
Jennifer Lopez, No. 36
Shakira, No. 38
Demi Lovato, No. 40
Jordana Brewster, No. 52
Sofia Vergara, No. 54
Morena Baccarin, No. 57
Arianny Celeste, No. 59
Sarah Shahi, No. 67
Liz Hernandez, No. 72
Rocsi Diaz, No, 75
Eva Marie, No. 83
Lisalia Montenegro, No. 85
Victoria Justice, No. 86
Rebecca Garcia, No. 100

Click here for the complete list on the Maxim website.