Edy Ganem to Star in the Indie Action Thriller “Free Dead or Alive”

Edy Ganem’s schedule is Free-ing up…

The 37-year-old Mexican-Lebanese actress will star opposite Seth Michaels and 50-year-old Venezuelan actress and model Patricia Velasquez in Free Dead or Alive, an indie action thriller written, produced and directed by Erik Bernard.

Edy Ganem

The film follows Eva (Ganem), a beautiful strong-willed young woman who enters a journey to escape her mother’s (Velasquez) arranged marriage to the region’s most dangerous cartel. Her defiance sets off a chain of events that threatens her life. Surviving will require the skills of Dragon (Michaels), a coyote that can protect her during her quest throughout the dangerous world of cross-border cartels who are the law of the lands.

Robert LaSardo, Robert Avellanet, Jonathan Joss, and Al Coronel will co-star. Courtney LeMarco will serve as executive producer.

Ganem’s previous credits include Devious Maids, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationThe Cleveland Show and Rob. 

Velasquez’s previous credits include The Mummy, Saint Bernard and The Curse of La Llorona.

U.K. Broadcaster Channel 4 to Air Rodriguez’s New Series “Jane the Virgin”

Gina Rodriguez’s virgin tale is going global…

CBS Corp.‘s CBS Studios International unit and U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 have sealed the deal on a licensing agreement for the exclusive first window, free-to-air broadcast rights to new critically acclaimed comedy Jane the Virgin, starring the 29-year-old Puerto Rican actress.

Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin

Financial terms of the deal weren’t released. But the show will premiere on Channel 4’s E4, an entertainment channel targeting 15- to 35-year-olds, in 2015.

Other U.S. hit shows that have aired on the network include Smallville, The O.C. and The Cleveland Show.

Jane the Virgin premiered in the U.S. on Monday on The CW network. It focuses on a young woman who has been saving herself until she and her fiance are married. Her life plans are turned upside-down when her doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her.

Jane the Virgin is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus.

Jane the Virgin was one of the most talked-about comedies at LA Screenings this year, and we are delighted to be working with Channel 4 to bring this fresh, new series to E4’s young audience,” said Stephen Tague, senior VP Europe for CBS Studios International.

Said Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt: “Jane the Virgin feels genuinely innovative and fresh, and I’m thrilled it will be joining the stellar lineup of acquired shows on E4.”

Perez Starring in ABC;s Comedy Pilot “An American Education”

Rosie Perez is headed back to the halls of learning

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican Oscar-nominated actress, dancer and community activist will star opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot An American Education.

Rosie Perez

Based on the BBC Three series Bad Education, British actor-comedian Whitehall – who created and starred in the original series – is reprising his role as Alfie Wickers, now a British transplant and an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators.

Perez will portray Rita Gomez, the school’s hard-assed Vice Principal, a terrifying force that grew up in a bad neighborhood who intimidates Alfie by her no-nonsense, bullish, self-righteous, by-the-numbers approach to ruling the school, or how she sees it, her kingdom.

Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote the script from a story they co-wrote with Whitehall and Ben Cavey.

Perez, who got her big break in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing in 1988, last appeared on television on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and Fox’s The Cleveland Show in 2012.

Kid Cudi Lands Guest-Starring Role on Fox’s New Comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Kid Cudi  is Brooklyn bound…

The 29-year-old hip-hop artist and actor has landed a guest-starring role on Fox’s freshman upcoming comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kid Cudi

The comedy from Parks and Recreation duo Mike Schur and Dan Goor centers on a diverse group of detectives at a New York precinct.

Cudi will portray Dustin Whitman, an ex-con that Jake (Andy Samberg) is convinced robbed a jewelry store. He’s slated to appear in the third episode of the season.

Producers noted during their time at the Television Critics Association‘s recent summer press tour that Brooklyn lends itself to high-profile comedy guest stars, with Cudi becoming the latest to nab a role on the buzzy series. Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen appears briefly in the pilot.

Cudi’s small-screen credits include a starring role on HBO’s How to Make It in America and a guest voice role on The Cleveland Show.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres September 17 on Fox.

Kid Cudi to Star in “Need for Speed” Film

ScottKid CudiMescudi has landed his next acting project…

The 28-year-old part-Mexican American singer/music producer-turned-actor has been cast in DreamWorksNeed for Speed, the film adaptation of the EA video game to be directed by Scott Waugh.

Kid Cudi

Need for Speed, which stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots on ’70s-style fast-paced high-octane cars. Paul plays Tobey Marshall, who races cross country at impossible speeds from New York to Los Angeles to get revenge on the man who killed his best friend.

Mescudi will play Paul’s best friend in the film.

Kid Cudi, as he’s known in the music world, made his acting debut in HBO’s How To Make It In America and most recently appeared in the indie film Two Night Stand. He’s also had a guest-starring roles on The Cleveland Show and One Tree Hill.

Mescudi, who has worked with Kanye West, David Guetta and most recently Jaden Smith, has contributed to soundtracks for DreamWorks’ Fright Night and The Hunger Games, which earned him an MTV Movie Award nod.

Mars is a “Mighty, Mighty Good Man” in FunnyorDie’s New Video

There’s no denying Bruno Mars is Da Man… And whatta man he is…

The 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter stars in a hilarious new FunnyorDie.com video.

Bruno Mars' Whatta Man Video

“People ask me all the time what it’s like to be Bruno Mars,” he says at the beginning of the video. “That’s like asking me what it’s like to be a man. A mighty, mighty good man.”

Entitled “Whatta Man,” the clip features the Grammy-winning singer being a mighty, mighty good man. He gets his James Bond on while shooting down bad guys, showers in a tuxedo, channels Bruce Lee and even saves a dog and a pregnant woman from a burning building.

Fittingly blasting in the background: Salt ‘N’ Pepa and En Vogue’s 1993 hit song “Whatta Man.”

Mars, who is set to get animated on The Cleveland Show this season, promoted the FunnyorDie video on Twitter to celebrate the completion of work on his second album.

“Over a year workin on it and now Im finally finished,” he tweeted. “My 2nd album is complete!!!!! Therefore IM THE MAN!!!”

Vergara to Play Tia Sofia on “The Cleveland Show”

Sofia Vergara is heading to Cleveland this fall…

The 40-year-old Colombian actress—who just earned her third consecutive Primetime Emmy nomination for her role on ABC’s Modern Family—will be lending her voice to Fox’s animated series The Cleveland Show. 

Sofia Vergara

Vergara, currently the highest paid actress on television, will play Tia Sofia, who attempts to convince Cleveland to throw a quinceñera for Cleveland Jr.’s 15th birthday.

In addition, she’ll make a cameo as Peter Griffin’s fantasy love interest in an upcoming episode of Family Guy, according to Entertainment Weekly. In a cutaway gag featuring Peter as a telenovela lothario, Vergara will voice his oh-so-sexy and sassy lover. And that’s not her only role in the episode; she’ll also play a woman selling roses in a restaurant where Quagmire is “wooing” Peter so that Peter will do him a big favor.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Bruno Mars will appear in the season premiere of The Cleveland Show, along with Kanye West,  Nicki Minaj, The Roots’ ?uestlove and will.i.am. They’ll star as characters in a secret hip-hop society that Cleveland discovers in the season premiere.

A subsequent episode will feature Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who recently became the 49th player in major league history to reach 400 home runs.

On The Simpsons, the 24th season of the Fox comedy will feature Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen, while Family Guy will see The Voice’s Christina Milian voice an upcoming role.

Mars to Guest Star on “The Cleveland Show” Next Season

He’s known for his high-octane performances… But Bruno Mars is about to get animated in a different way.

The 26-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer-songwriter will be appearing as a character on Fox’s The Cleveland Show.

Bruno Mars

In the episode titled “Menace II Society,” Mars will be joined by Kanye West, The Roots drummer ?uestlove, Nicki Minaj and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am.

“We have a couple of original songs with Kanye and Will and Bruno [Mars], I mean, all of them, it was great,” says the show’s executive producer Rich Appel.

The episode depicts the guest stars as members of the “rap illuminati,” who control pop culture.

“Cleveland inadvertently breaks into it and then it’s how he will either bring them down or they’ll bring him down,” adds Appel.

No word yet on when the episode is slated to premiere.