Eva Longoria to Star Opposite Ice Cube in Untitled Sci-Fi Film for Universal

Eva Longoria is breaking the Ice

The 45-year-old Mexican American actress, producer and director will star opposite Ice Cube in an untitled grounded sci-fi movie, with Patrick Aiello and Timur Bekmambetov producing. Rich Lee will direct from a script by Kenneth Golde.

Eva Longoria

Plot details are vague other then it being described as a grounded sci-fi film in the vein of District 9 already that touches on themes of privacy versus surveillance. Universal has greenlighted the film and has fast tracked it by having it go into production this month.

Universal landed the package last month and what really sealed the deal was the technology that Bekmambetov has been fine-tuning ever since signing his five-picture deal with the studio. The idea behind this format that was part of the presentation is a production that had the look of commercial event film but at the budget of a contained thriller. This new technology will allow for a fully remote production with all actors and crew working from their individual separate locations. So basically if Cube or Longoria wanted his part of the shoot to be done from his home, it could be done without a problem and with crew working from somewhere else.

The shoot would be a first of its kind at this scope and is not only done at a lower budget but also provides the safe working environment every studio is trying to achieve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Longoria, who recently signed with WME, was most recently seen Dora and the Lost City of the Gold and Slyvie’s Love. She also set to star in Flamin’ Hot for Searchlight, the recently announced Spa Day for Sony and 24/7 for Universal, which she will also direct.

Jencarlos Canela to Star Opposite Kevin Hart in the Action Comedy “Man From Toronto”

Jencarlos Canela is the Man of the moment…

The 32-year-old Cuban American actor-singer will join the ensemble cast of the Sony Pictures’ action comedy Man From Toronto, starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson.

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Kaley Cuoco and Melanie Liburd also star.

The film revolves around a case of mistaken identity after the world’s deadliest assassin, known as the “man from Toronto,” and a stranger, played by Hart, run into each other at an Airbnb. Chaos soon ensues as the assassin’s world comes crashing down on Hart.

Patrick Hughes, who directed Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson’s 2017 action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, is on board to helm.

Robbie Fox and Chris Bremner wrote the script from a story he conceived with Jason Blumenthal.

The film will open in theaters on September 17, 2021.

Canela most recently starred in Netflix’s The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia. His other credits include NBC’s comedy Telenovela, starring Eva Longoria, The Grand Hotel, also starring Longoria, and the live musical The Passion, which aired on FOX.

New Heart-Tugging Trailer Released for Eva Noblezada’s Musical Drama “Yellow Rose”

Eva Noblezada’s blooming with pride…

The latest trailer for the 24-year-old half-Mexican American actress/singer and Broadway star’s upcoming musical drama Yellow Rose has been released.

The clip for the film, directed by Diane Paragas, features an intimate moment where Tony Award-winner and Grammy-nominee Lea Salonga is singing the classic Filipino song “Dahil Sa Iyo” to her child as a lullaby while the Grammy-winner and two-time Tony nominee Noblezada tearfully listens outside — it’s a moment of the film that will tug at your heartstrings.

Yellow Rose marks Paragas’ narrative feature debut and follows a Filipino teen named Rose (Noblezada), who is from a small Texas town. She fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while facing the threat of deportation. As Rose flees, she looks to her aunt (Salonga) for help and stays with her as she figures out her next move.

The film also stars Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari and Liam Booth.

The film, directed by and starring Filipino women, is one of the first major studio releases to address the timely topic of the immigration experience in America from a Filipino lens.

The film made its debut last year at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF).

It was acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide. Sony Pictures and Stage 6 Films will debut the film in theaters on October 9, just in time for Filipino American History Month.

Omar Chaparro to Star in Sony’s Original Comedy “Tequila Re-Pasado”

Cheers to Omar Chaparro’s new project…

The 45-year-old Mexican actor/comedian has been cast as the lead in Tequila Re-Pasado, an original comedy from Sony Pictures International Productions. Chaparro will also act as executive producer.

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Spanish director María Ripoll is helming the film, re-teaming with Sony after recently wrapping Guerra de Likes in Mexico for the studio.

The new film, adapted from an original script by Judd Pillot and Gerald B. Fillmore,follows a workaholic who must outwit his multiplying clones after a magical tequila travels him back in time – again and again – in order to make things right with his family.

“I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to finally work with Omar. We’ve been looking for the right project for years, and now we have it,” said Said Laine Kline, Head of SPIP.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with a powerhouse like Maria again,” added Sandra Condito, SVP of International Film Production. “She exemplifies everything you could hope for in a director, bringing this project to life with her distinct yet universal vision through her ability to transcend cultural boundaries.”

Production is scheduled to begin in Mexico spring 2021.

Chaparro was the star of Spanish-language box office smash No Manches Frida, which was Mexico’s fourth highest grossing film ($11.8M) of all time before it was topped by its 2019 sequel ($17M), again starring Chaparro. The films, which also grossed north of $20M in the U.S., were remade from 2013 German hit Fack ju Göhte.

Eiza González Signs with William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Eiza González has new representation…

The 30-year-old Mexican actress/singer has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) for representation in all areas.

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González rose to acclaim after her roles in El Rey’s series From Dusk till Dawn, in which she collaborated with Robert Rodriguez. She further increased her star power in the United States after appearing in Edgar Wright’s 2017 summer blockbuster Baby Driveras Darling, the heist girlfriend to Jon Hamm’s Buddy, in the $227M grossing movie.

González has scored roles in notable movies, including Nyssiana in the Rodriguez-directed 20th Century Fox sci-fi movie Alita: Battle Angel($404.8M WW), Madame M opposite Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson in Hobbs & Shaw($759M WW), and the upcoming Legendary/Warner Bros. sequel Godzilla vs. Kongdue out on May 21, 2021.

She most recently starred in Sony PicturesBloodshotopposite Vin Diesel and Guy Pearce, which earned her an Imagen Award nomination for Best Actress in a Feature Film.

González will next be seen opposite Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage in I Care A Lot, which will premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Mexico City native studied at the American School Foundation, the Edron Academy, M&M Studio and Televisa’s Centro de Educación Artística.’

Her breakthrough came in the teenage telenovela Lola: Érase una vezin 2007. González also starred in numerous additional series in Mexico. She signed with Universal Music, and recorded five albums.

Her other feature credits include Robert ZemeckisWelcome to Marwen, and voiceover credits in DreamWorksThe Croods and 20th Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks and Horton Hears A Who!

Rosie Perez’s “Do The Right Thing” Heading to Drive-In Theaters This Summer as Part of Michael B. Jordan’s “A Night at the Drive-in”

Rosie Perez classic is heading to the drive-in…

Amazon Studios and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are hosting a nationwide summer screening series “A Night at the Drive-In” with a line-up of features celebrating diverse voices in cinemas, including the 55-year-old Puerto Rican actress and activist’s Do The Right Thing.

Rosie Perez

The series kicks off on July 1 and runs through August 26. Attendance will be at no cost to local communities for the double feature-program. As part of the concessions for the screenings, all attendees will receive refreshments provided by Black and Brown owned businesses, which are Path WaterPipcorn Popcorn and Partake Cookies

The line-up was curated by Jordan’s newly formed marketing arm 8788 and Outlier Society, every other week through the end of August.

“When Michael and our friends at Outlier proposed this idea, we instantly agreed there was no better time to celebrate these inspired films featuring diverse stories while bringing communities together to share in the experience” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Drive-in theaters offer a unique experience in that they provide an inspiring and joyful communal experience while still maintaining safe social distance. A special thanks to our friends and colleagues at Sony PicturesWarner Bros., DisneyUniversal Pictures and Paramount Pictures.”

“With this drive-in summer series, I hope that friends and families are able to not only enjoy, but to learn and grow,” said Michael B. Jordan, Principal of Outlier Society. “Now more than ever, amplifying Black and Brown stories means engaging culture to speak to hearts and minds about the world we live in. As we use this opportunity to reimagine community and proximity, I am excited that these films will be shared and celebrated all across the country.”

Do The Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee, featured Perez in her breakthrough film performance as Tina. It will hit the drive-in on August 12 in the “Movies to Open Your Eyes” category.

Here’s a look at the featured titles and special themes:

Movies to make you fall in love:
Love & Basketball (Warner Bros. / New Line)
Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.)

Movies that make you proud:
Black Panther (Disney)
Creed (Warner Bros.)

Movies to inspire your inner child:
Hook (Sony Pictures)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)

Movies to make you open your eyes:
Do The Right Thing (Universal)
Get Out (Universal)

Movies to make you laugh:
Coming to America (Paramount Pictures)
Girls Trip (Universal)

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Participating theaters include:
Vineland Drive-In – Los Angeles, CA
Overlook Drive-In – New York, NY
Solano Twin Drive-In – San Francisco, CA
Sacramento Drive-In 6 – Sacramento, CA
Las Vegas 6 Drive-In – Las Vegas, NV
Shankweiler’s Drive-In – Philadelphia, PA
Galaxy Drive-In – Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
Showboat Drive-In – Houston, TX
Ford Wyoming Drive-In – Detroit, MI
Springmill Drive-In – Cleveland, OH
South Drive-In Twin – Columbus, OH
Jesup Drive-In Twin – Savannah, GA|
Bengies Drive-In – Baltimore, MD
Ocala Drive-In – Orlando, FL
Parkway Drive-In – Knoxville, TN
Midway Twin Drive-In – Cleveland, OH
Glendale Drive-in – Phoenix, AZTransit Drive-In – Buffalo, NY
Badin Drive-In – Charlotte, NC
Monetta Drive-In – Augusta-Aiken, SC

Sony Pictures to Release Arturo Castro’s “The Broken Hearts Gallery” One Week Later

Arturo Castro’s broken heart will have to wait a week…

Sony Pictures has pushed the release of the 34-year-old Guatemalan actor’s romantic comedy “The Broken Hearts Gallery” back a week.

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Instead of opening on Friday, July 10, the film will now be released on Friday, July 17.

Sony Pictures says the movie will still be the first wide release of the summer. 

In addition to Castro, The Broken Hearts Galleryalso stars Geraldine ViswanathanDacre MontgomeryUtkarsh AmbudkarMolly GordonPhillipa SooSuki WaterhouseEgo NwodimTaylor Hill and Bernadette Peters.

Castro’s previous film credits include The Informer,Lady and the Tramp and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

Luis Gerardo Méndez Signs with William Morris Endeavor

Luis Gerardo Méndez has new representation in Hollywood

The 37-year-old Mexican actor and producer, on the rise after starring in and executive producing Netflix’s first Spanish-language original series Club de Cuervos and stealing scenes in the streamer’s Adam SandlerJennifer Aniston film Murder Mystery, has signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME).

Luis Gerardo Méndez

The move comes as Méndez shoots the Focus Features film Half Brothers.The comedy, which he developed with co-writersEduardo CisnerosJason Shumanand director Luke Greenfield, revolves around two very different half-brothers (Méndez and Connor Del Rio) forced on a road trip together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their dad took as an immigrant from Mexico to the U.S.

Méndez also will appear in Sony’s Charlie’s Angels reboot, which hits theaters on November 15. 

His previous film credits in Mexico include the Netflix boxing drama Bayoneta and the Warner Bros. comedy The Noble Family, which grossed $26 million there in 2013. He also co-starred in the 2014 biographical film Cantinflas, which became the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. that year.

Club de Cuervos’ fourth and final season hit the streamer in January.

Méndez continues to be repped by manager Kenny Goodman at Goodmanagementand attorney Rick Genow.

Sony Releases Latest Trailer for Tessa Thompson’s “Men In Black: International”

Tessa Thompsonis ready to save the world…

The latest trailer for Men In Black: International, Sony’s long-in-the-works reboot starring the 35-year-old  Afro-Panamanian American actress.

Tessa Thompson

Thompson and Chris Hemsworth kick ass in London and all over the world in their black suits, replacing Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.

Sony has set a June 14, 2019 release date for Columbia Pictures’ comedic sci-fi actioner, which F. Gary Gray has directed from a screenplay by Art Marcumand Matt Holloway

Whereas the original films were centered in New York City, the new take sees Agent M (Thompson) join the covert MIB organization dedicated to policing the alien population hiding in plain sight on Earth. She is partnered with Agent H (Hemsworth) in the London bureau to stop a potential global catastrophe. 

Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson also star.

Camila Cabello to Make Acting Debut in “Cinderella” Musical

Camila Cabellois living a fairy tale…

The 22-year-old Cuban and Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony member has been tapped to star in a new iteration of Cinderella, written and to be directed by Pitch Perfect scribe Kay Cannon

Camila Cabello

Cabello will portray the lead in the reimagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella from Sony Pictures. The film will reportedly border on the edge of a full-blown musical. 

The project, which is on the fast track for production, is based on an original idea from late night host James Corden who producing the film with Leo Pearlmanunder their Fulwell73 shingle. 

This will mark Cabello’s film acting debut. 

The Grammy-nominated “Havana” singer will also be involved in the music for the film.