John Leguizamo to Star in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Limited Drama Series “Central Park Five”

John Leguizamo is Central Park bound…

The 53-year-old Colombian actor/comedian is set to star in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series Central Park Five.

John Leguizamo

Leguizamo joins a cast for the four-part dramathat includes Michael K. Williams and Vera Farmiga.

The limited series sprawls from 1989 when five Harlem teens were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park to 2014 when Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise saw their names finally cleared.

Having been vilified by the likes of Donald Trump back in the late 80s and forced to spend years in jail each, the five sued New York City and settled for just over $40 million about four years ago. Before you take another breath, take into account that sum that works out to around $1 million for every year they collectively spent tossed behind bars for a terrible crime they never committed

Emmy winner, recent Special Tony Award winner and Bloodline star Leguizamo has signed on as Raymond Santana Sr., father of another one of the falsely accused boys of color.

Currently in pre-production in NYC and with principal photography starting in early August, Central Park Five also reunites its creator DuVernay for the fifth time with Selma cinematographer Bradford Young, who recently shot Solo: A Star Wars Story.Working with writers Robin Swicord, Attica Locke and Michael Starrbury, DuVernay co-penned each episode of the series.

The Queen Sugar EP and ARRAY founder is directing every episode of the timely drama.

Anthony Ramos to Star in Legendary/Warner Bros.’ Monster Sequel “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

Anthony Ramos has landed a monster of a role…

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican actor and Hamilton star has been cast in Legendary/Warner Bros.’ upcoming monster sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Anthony Ramos 

Ramos, who recently landed a role opposite Lady Gaga in A Star is Born, joins a stellar cast that includes Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Aisha Hinds.

Michael Dougherty is directing from a script he co-wrote with Zach Shields.

Ramos will play Cpl. Mendoza, who keeps calm and cool on the surface but whose bravery isn’t to be underestimated in battle.

No plot details have been released for the film, which hits theaters March 22, 2019.

Ramos stars as Mars Blackmon in Spike Lee’s forthcoming Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It and co-stars in the Sundance Film Festival’s breakout film Patti Cake$, which Fox Searchlight nabbed for $9.5M and will release it in select theaters July 7.

He originated the roles of John Laurens and Philip HamiltonAlexander Hamilton‘s eldest son, in the Broadway musical Hamilton. Prior to that, he created the role of Justin Laboy in the Lin-Manuel Miranda short musical, 21 Chump Street.

Gloria & Emilio Estefan to Appear at This Year’s Tony Awards

Emilio and Gloria Estefan may be bringing their life story to The Great White Way in the near future… But first they’ll be appearing as part of Broadway’s biggest night.

The Estefans will be appearing at this year’s Tony Awards.

Gloria Estefan Emilio Estefan

In addition to the multi-Grammy winning musicians and producers, the upcoming ceremony, honoring the best of Broadway will also feature appearances by Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola, it was announced Tuesday.

Hugh Jackman will hosted this year’s show.

The 68th annual Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will broadcast live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on June 8 on CBS.

Garcia Directs Tribute to His Musical Idol Israel Lopez “Cachao” for Martell’s New Cognac Brand Caractère

No, it’s not a case of déjà vu…

Andy Garcia has, in fact, directed another tribute to his longtime musical idol, Israel LopezCachao.”

Andy Garcia

The 57-year-old Cuban actor first profiled the pioneering Cuban bassist and mambo originator in his 1993 documentary Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos.

Now Garcia has made Cachao the subject of a six-minute film produced for Martell‘s new Caractère cognac brand. The Academy Award-nominated actor, who plays the bongo drums, tells Billboard that he plans to record an album of his own songs with members of the late Cuban great’s band.

“The only thing he asked for in life was for the youth to maintain the traditions,” Garcia says of Cachao in the short, titled Mi Maestro. “And that’s what our relationship was about, maintaining the traditions of Cuban music. And that’s what I’m dedicated to today.”

Cachao is credited with inventing the mambo rhythm together with his brother Orestes Lopez. For decades, Cachao lived quietly in exile in Miami, performing in restaurants and at weddings. Garcia, whose own family left Cuba for South Florida, was often in the audience.

“He took me in not only as a musical protegé but as an extended member of his family,” says Garcia. He brought the aging Cuban musician out of obscurity in Miami with his documentary and, with the help of Emilio Estefan, a breakthrough album, Master Sessions Vol. 1. Garcia produced a total of four Cachao albums before his death in 2008, at age 89.

The Martell short shows the actor in his younger days working in the studio with the Cuban great. In new footage created for the project, he dances along with a group of professional mambo dancers during a jam on the beach.

Garcia is the first “Icon of Caractère” named by Martell in a program for the Hispanic market to promote the launch of the cognac, described by the company as representing “the true man of character.” The actor directed and narrates the short, which he presented at a screening event in Los Angeles last week (February 11).

In addition to appearing from time to time with the Cineson Allstars, Garcia has been writing songs and is “threatening to record an album with my original music” performed by the Cuban band, he tells Billboard. He recently collaborated with trumpet player Arturo Sandoval on the score for At Middleton, the January release he stars in with Vera Farmiga.

Garcia revealed another music-related project he has on the back burner: a movie about Chano Pozo, the Afro-Cuban conga player who collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie to create some of the most important music in the history of Latin Jazz. At age 33, The Havana-born Pozo was killed by a bookie in a bar in Harlem during a fight over a drug deal.

Garcia’s Romantic Comedy “At Middleton” Opens in Theaters

Andy García is having a Middleton moment…

The 57-year-old Cuban actor is starring opposite Vera Farmiga in the romantic comedy At Middleton, which was released by Anchor Bay this weekend.

At Middleton

Garcia, an Academy Award nominee for The Godfather Part III, and Farmiga play George and the eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on their children’s campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College.

Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky together, ditching the official tour for a carefree adventure reminiscent of their own college years.

The film’s music was composed by Arturo Sandoval.

Garcia to Star in “Let’s Be Cops”

Andy Garcia is joining the force…

The 57-year-old Cuban actor has been cast in 20th Century Fox’s Let’s Be Cops, an action comedy starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson.

Andy Garcia

The Luke Greenfield-directed picture will also star The Vampire DiariesNina Dobrev and James D’Arcy.

Let’s Be Cops centers on two friends (Wayans and Johnson) who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms, giving their lives a boost and some fun. However, they run into trouble when they cross a dangerous Russian mobster.

Garcia will play a seasoned detective who inadvertently becomes the boss of the two wannabes.

The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Atlanta this summer.

It’s Garcia’s first studio movie since 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen. He’s been acting and producing more character-driven projects like his starrer Middleton, which also stars Vera Farmiga.

Garcia’s “Middleton” to be Screened at the Cannes Film Festival

Andy Garcia’s latest project will be getting a French showing…

America Video Films will screen the 57-year-old Cuban actor’s romantic-comedy Middleton, which co-stars Vera Farmiga, at the Cannes Film Festival.

Andy Garcia

Directed by Adam Rodgers from a script he co-wrote with Glenn German, the film centers on a once-in-a-lifetime relationship that develops between two strangers over the course of a single day.

Edith (portrayed Farmiga) meets George (Garcia), while taking their children on a walking tour of a beautiful small college. Failing to connect with their kids, George and Edith decide to play “tour hooky” together for the rest of the afternoon. The result is a surprising romance and the greatest half-day of their lives.

America Video Films will be selling the pic, which was produced under Garcia’s CineSon Productions banner, at Cannes.

Meanwhile, Anchor Bay will bring the film to North America later this year.

Carbonell to Star on A&E’s New Series “Bates Hotel”

Nestor Carbonell is about to go psycho

The 44-year-old Cuban-American actor has joined the cast of A&E’s upcoming series Bates Motel, a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock horror classic Psycho.

Nestor Carbonell

The series is set to examine the twisted relationship between the project’s serial-killer-to-be Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga).

Carbonell, who most recently appeared on the CW’s short-lived series Ringer, will play Sheriff Royce Romero, who has something almost sinister about him.

His other notable projects include ABC’s Lost and the Melrose Place reboot, as well as the blockbuster hit The Dark Knight Rises.


Garcia to Star in “Hemingway & Fuentes”

It looks like Andy Garcia will be having a Hemingway of a time…

The 56-year-old Cuban American actor—who recently announced plans to star opposite Vera Farmiga in the indie romantic comedy Admissions—will star opposite Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening in Hemingway & Fuentes.

Andy Garcia

The film details Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s time in Cuba in the early 1950s and his inspiration for The Old Man And The Sea. The 1952 book was the last new work published by the writer before his death in 1961. It was a best seller, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and was mentioned by the Nobel Committee in 1954 as one reason Hemingway was given the prize. Gregorio Fuentes, who died in 2002 at 104 years old, was one of the novelist’s closest friends during the last decades of his life and the longtime first mate on Hemingway’s boat.

Hopkins will play Hemingway, while Bening will portray Hemingway’s third wife Mary Walsh Hemingway.

Garcia, who is set to direct the film, will play Gregorio Fuentes.

The novelist’s niece Hilary Hemingway and Garcia wrote the screenplay.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in January 2013.

Garcia to Star in “Admissions”

It’s time for Andy Garcia to make some admissions

The 56-year-old Cuban American actor is set to star opposite Vera Farmiga in the indie romantic comedy Admissions. In addition, Garcia will produce the film through his CineSon Productions.

Andy Garcia

Admissions centers on a once-in-a-lifetime relationship that grows between two strangers over the course of a single day. Garcia will portray buttoned-up heart surgeon George, who’s taking his son Conrad on a walking tour of a beautiful small college. Farmiga will play Edith, a free-spirited mom taking her driven daughter Audrey on the same tour. Failing comically to connect with their respective children, George and Edith decide to play “tour hooky” together for the rest of the afternoon. The result is a surprising romance and the greatest half-day of their lives.

Garcia, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Godfather: Part III toplines two soon-to-be released films—For Greater Glory and The Truth, which he filmed with Eva Longoria.