Morales to Star in Fox Searchlight’s Tennis-Themed Film “Battle of the Sexes”

It’s game, set and match for Natalie Morales

The 31-year-old Cuban American actress has been cast in Battle of the Sexes, Fox Searchlight’s film about the historic 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Natalie Morales

Emma Stone and Steve Carell will play the leads, while Morales will portray Rosie Casals, a one of “The 9” — the first women to form their own tennis league and go on tour. She became good friends with King and supported her leading up to the big match with Riggs.

Jonathan Faris and Valerie Dayton are directing the film from a script by Simon Beaufoy.

Morales currently co-stars on Fox’s The Grinder, and her credits also include Trophy Wife, Parks and Recreation, Girls and 90210.

Prinze Jr. to Host USA Network’s Competition Series “First Impressions”

Freddie Prinze Jr. is ready to make a new impression

The 40-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor will host USA Network’s weekly half-hour unscripted competition series First Impressions, featuring Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Carvey serves as an “expert-in-residence” on the series that pits America’s best amateur impressionists against one another in a battle of celebrity impressions. Each week the studio audience crowns a winner.

Along with Carvey and Prinze, contestants will be coached through a variety of challenges by the likes of  Steve Carell, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz and Kate Flannery.

The series is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 10, at 10:30 pm ET.

Prinze previously hosted WWE Raw.

Leto to Serve as a Presenter at This Year’s Academy Awards

Jared Leto has a date with Oscar

The 44-year-old part-Spanish actor/singer and Oscar-winner is the latest entertainer to be added to the list of presenters for the 88th Academy Awards this month.

Jared Leto

He joins a roster that includes Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.

Two years ago, Leto picked up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his critically acclaimed performance as male-to-female transgender character Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.

Mars to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016

There’s no denying Bruno Marsstar power… And now he’ll have an iconic plaque to prove it.

The 29-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter is among the celebrities whose names will be added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.

Bruno Mars

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced its class of 2016, with a list that includes Adam Levine, Cyndi Lauper, Quentin Tarantino and actors Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Ashley Judd, Michael Keaton and Kurt Russell.

Entertainers are recognized in five categories: motion picture, television, radio, recording and live theater/live performance. Each recipient is responsible for their star’s $30,000 cost of installation and they have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire.

Mars, a two-time Grammy-winner who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, in 2011, is being recognized in the recording category.

But Mars isn’t the only Latino artist to make the 2016 list…

Angelica Maria, heralded as La Novia de México, will also receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 70-year-old Mexican American actress and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is being recognized in the and live theater/live performance.

Individual ceremonies have not yet been scheduled.

The full list of 2016 recipients can be seen at www.walkoffame.com.

Leto to Appear at This Year’s Hollywood Film Awards

Jared Leto is Hollywood bound…

The 42-year-old actor, singer-songwriter and director will make an appearance at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Jared Leto

Leto, who won an Oscar last year for his critically acclaimed performance in Dallas Buyers Club, be joined by Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Steve Carell, Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez, Mike Myers, Robert Pattinson, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Rock and Hilary Swank at the annual awards ceremony, held at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm ET and broadcast on CBS. Queen Latifah will host the 17th annual gala.

Previously announced attendees include Amy Adams, Gerard Butler, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Jonah Hill, Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jack O’Connell, Chris Pratt, Kristen Stewart, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.

A half-hour red carpet show will kick off the evening at 7:30 pm ET. Following the two-hour awards show, a one-hour aftershow with interviews and highlights from the evening, hosted by CBS This Morning‘s Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, starts at 10:00 pm.

The Hollywood Film Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions.

Disney Releases Official Trailer for “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” Starring Thorne

Bella Thorne will be having a very bad day in October…

Disney has released the official trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, featuring the16-year-old half-Cuban American actress and former Disney Channel star.

Bella Thorne

The film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s book of the same name centers on 11-year-old Alexander (portrayed by Ed Oxenbould). Just when Alexander starts having the worst day of his life, he discovers all of his family members (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette and Kerris Dorsey) are having bad days of their own.

Thorne portrays Celia, the girlfriend of Alexander’s older brother.

The film, which was directed by Miguel Arteta, also stars Megan Mullally and Jennifer Coolidge.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will open in theaters on October 10.

Louis C.K. Picks Up Two American Comedy Awards

Louis C.K. is officially a two-time American Comedy Awards winner…

The 46-year-old Mexican American actor/comedian picked up two trophies at this year’s American Comedy Awards, which aired on NBC on May 8.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K., a four-time Primetime Emmy-winner, picked up the award for Comedy Supporting Actor – Film for his performance in American Hustle.

He beat outThis Is the End’s Danny McBride, Nebraska’s Will Forte, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Steve Carell and This Is the End’s Jonah Hill.

The star of FX’s Louie also took home the award for Comedy Special of the Year for his Emmy-winning HBO comedy special Louis C.K.: Oh My God.

The awards, which were launched in 1987, recognize performances and performers in the field of comedy, with an emphasis on television comedy and comedy films.

American Comedy Awards – Winners List

Johnny Carson Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Cosby
Television SeriesParks & Recreation
Comedy FilmThis Is The End
Concert ComicJim Gaffigan
Comedy Actress, FilmMelissa McCarthy, The Heat
Comedy Actor, Film:Will FerrellAnchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Viral Video: “Bad Lip Reading: NFL”
Late Night Talk Show: Tie – The Daily ShowThe Colbert Report
Comedy Writing, TelevisionModern Family
Comedy Screenplay, FilmThe Heat
Comedy ActressTelevisionAmy PoehlerParks & Recreation
Comedy Special of the YearLouis C.K.Oh My God
Alternative Comedy SeriesKey And Peele
Club Comic: Maria Bamford
Comedy Director, FilmSeth Rogen Evan GoldbergThis Is The End
Supporting ActressTelevision SeriesKate McKinnonSaturday Night Live
Comedy Actor, FilmWill FerrellAnchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Supporting Actor, Television SeriesBill HaderSaturday Night Live

del Toro Joins U.S. Presidential Campaign Aimed at Halting Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Benicio del Toro is shining a spotlight on a big problem on college campuses…

The 47-year-old Puerto Rican actor has joined a U.S. presidential campaign aimed at halting sexual assault on college campuses.

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In a PSA video that also features Barack Obama, vice president Joe Biden and stars such as comic and talk show host Seth Meyers, Daniel Craig and Steve Carell, del Toro speaks out in support of the “1 is 2 Many” initiative.

“We have a big problem. And we need your help,” declares the Oscar-winning actor in the 60-second clip. “If she doesn’t consent, or she can’t consent, it’s rape, it’s assault,” he adds later.

“It’s happening to our sisters and our daughters, our wives and our friends,” the actors say in the White House-produced video. “It’s called sexual assault, and it has to stop.”

The video campaign is part of the White House task force to protect students from sexual assault and will air in movie theaters across the country, as well as on US military bases and ships across the world.

Said Craig in a statement to The Wrap: “I am honoured to be part of such an important and crucial project. The message is clear and simple: everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses. Please watch it and pass it on.”Benicio del Toro

Louis C.K. Releases His Film Directorial Debut “Tomorrow Night”

Louis C.K. is offering his fans a blast from his filmmaking past…

The 46-year-old Mexican American comedian and actor has just released his feature film directorial debut Tomorrow Night online, some sixteen years after its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

Louis C.K., Tomorrow Night

Louis C.K. wrote and directed the black and white 16mm dark comedy, about a photo shop owner obsessed with ice cream, and took it to festivals back in 1998.

But according to C.K., distributors didn’t step up to the plate and the movie sat fading into obscurity in his storage locker.

That’s all changed now though…

Louis C.K. has made Tomorrow Night available for download for $5. The film stars comedians Robert Smigel, Chuck Sklar, Rick Shapiro, Heather Morgan, Nick Diapolo, and Joseph Dolphin and features a number of future comedy stars in small roles including Amy Poehler, J.B. Smoove, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, and Conan O’Brien.

Louis C.K. recently hit the promo circuit and stopped by The Daily Show with friend Jon Stewart, who lent Louis C.K. money to make the movie years ago as did Chris Rock, Denis Leary, Spike Feresten and Brett Butler.

He also notably put out his 2011 comedy special Live at the Beacon Theater on his own website for $5 a pop, trusting fans not to pirate it, and took in $1M with the self-release strategy.

Arteta’s “Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Finds Its Lead Actor

Miguel Arteta has found his leading lad…

Disney has cast Ed Oxenbould to portray the title character in the film adaptation of the children’s book Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Miguel Arteta

The young actor will join Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner in the film, which will be directed by the 48-year-old Puerto Rican filmmaker.

The film will be an adaptation of Judith Viorst’s popular book that parents read to their kids over and over.

The film, which will be released in theaters on October 10, 2014, follows young Alexander through the mishaps of a terrible day for his family after he wishes they all would experience the same troubles he does.

Oxenbould was picked after a lengthy search.

Arteta’s credits include helming the CW’s The Carrie Diaries, as well as the films Cedar Rapids and Youth In Revolt.