Gravitas Ventures Acquires North American Rights to “The King’s Daughter,” Starring Kaya Scodelario

Kaya Scodelario is embracing the royal life…

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to The King’s Daughter, starring the 29-year-old half-Brazilian English actress.

Kaya Scodelario

The family adventure film also stars Pierce BrosnanWilliam Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Rachel Griffiths, Pablo Schreiber, and Bingbing Fan, which is narrated by Oscar winner Julie Andrews, setting it for a theatrically exclusive release at upwards of 1000 locations across the U.S. and Canada on January 21, 2022.

Sean McNamara’s film, shot at the Palace of Versailles, is based on Vonda N. McIntyre’s 1997 novel The Moon and the Sun. It centers on King Louis XIV (Brosnan), whose quest for immortality leads him to capture a mermaid’s (Fan) life force, seeing his immovable will challenged when his long-hidden illegitimate daughter (Scodelario) forms a bond with the magical creature.

Barry Berman and James Schamus handled the screenplay adaptation. Veteran family film producers McNamara and David Brookwell produced for Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, alongside an international group of producers from Australia to America to France.

“Gravitas is proud to bring the magical world of The King’s Daughter to theaters and homes across North America,” said Gravitas Ventures Founder and CEO Nolan Gallagher. “This is an impressively created film and moving story that families can enjoy together.”

“I’m so excited for the North American audience to see The King’s Daughter in theaters this January,” added McNamara. “There is only one Julie Andrews and she has blessed audiences around the globe with her lovely voice and amazing story telling. Please join her as she narrates our story of the mythical mermaid who lives in the fountains of Versailles.

Added the director-producer: “Romance, adventure, and true love really do exist with Kaya Scodelario (Marie Joseph) and Benjamin Walker (Yves). In fact, after making this movie they fell in love in real life and started a wonderful family. The incomparable Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV radiates a vision of immortality that will enchant us all. Get ready to fall in love with the most beautiful mermaid in the world played by the truly talented Fan Bingbing. Enjoy the ride!”

Bad Bunny Earns 16th No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Volvi,” Featuring Aventura

Bad Bunny’s winning streak continues on radio…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart dated October 23 with the single, “Volvi,” with Aventura.

Bad Bunny x Aventura

The 4-1 jump of the single is powered by an 8% increase in audience impressions, to 10.1 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending October 17, according to MRC Data.

The Latin Airplay win arrives after “Volvi’s” one-week coronation on the all-metric (airplay, sales and streaming) Hot Latin Songs chart on the August 21-dated tally — Aventura’s first win since “Dile Al Amor’s” nine-week rule in 2010. For Bad Bunny, the tune’s lead followed the five-week reign of “Yonaguni” just two months prior (starting on the June 19-dated list).

Back on Latin Airplay, the new leader gives Aventura its fourth No. 1. The Dominican group first led with “Por Un Segundo” in 2009. In between, it earned two other champs: nine-week ruler “Dile Al Amor” (2010) and “Inmortal” (one week, June 2019).

Bad Bunny, meanwhile, scores his 16th Latin Airplay No. 1, dating back to his first as a featured act on Becky G’s “Mayores” in 2018. His longest-winning track arrived later in the year as “Mia,” featuring Drake, topped the ranking for six weeks starting on the Dec. 29, 2018-dated list.

Beyond Latin Airplay, “Volví” pushes back to the top 10 on Latin Digital Song Sales (14-9) after its debut at the summit in August. It concurrently reaches a new peak of No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay; it’s the first time Aventura has topped the chart since “Dile al Amor” in 2010.

Tatyana Ali to Star in Lifetime’s Original Thriller “Vanished: Searching for My Sister”

Tatyana Ali is twinning…

Lifetime has ordered the original thriller Vanished: Searching for My Sister, starring the 42-year-old Daytime Emmy-nominated half-Afro-Panamanian actress/singer and former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star.

Tatyana Ali

Set for a winter 2022 premiere, Vanished: Searching for My Sister stars Ali, Justin Bruening, Jasmine Guy, Carolyn Hennesy and Anthony “Treach” Criss.

Twins Jada and Kayla (both played by Ali) could not be more opposite: Jada being the mild-mannered sister with an office job, and Kayla the wild child. Recently divorced from her husband Warren (Bruening), Kayla asks Jada to watch her daughter while she sets up her new apartment. But after a few days with no word from Kayla, Jada begins to worry and reports her sister missing. With no leads and the police investigation at a standstill, Jada takes matters into her own hands. She disguises herself as her sister and gets pulled into a world of drugs and deceit in order to learn the shocking truth about what really happened to Kayla.

Vanished: Searching for My Sister is produced by Big Dreams Entertainment and Leslie Greif serves as executive producer.

Tim Woodward Jr. directs from a script written by Christina Welsh.

 

Roberto Carlos Announces 13-City North American Tour

Roberto Carlos is proving you’re never too old to hit the road…

The 80-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter, known as King of Latin Music, has announced his 2022 tour, which will see him in 13 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Roberto Carlos

Carlos, Brazil’s expert of romantic ballads, will kick off his forthcoming tour on April 22, 2022, at the FTX Arena in Miami. He is slated to do another tour that will stop in Mexico, Europe and Brazil.

“Despite the fact that my albums are what have showcased my voice, my live performances are what makes me most happy in my career,” the prolific Brazilian artist professed in a statement. “To know that I will be near to my so-dear public excites me and fills me with joy. I feel more alive onstage than in any other place.”

Carlos’ career spans more than six decades and counting with more than 150 million albums sold and two albums (one in Portuguese and one in Spanish) due in 2022.

Tickets to the Roberto Carlos 2022 Tour — presented by Loud and Live, Move Concerts and DC Set — will be available at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, October 22 in each of the touring cities, and they can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com and the box offices of each venue.

Roberto Carlos

 

Gina Rodriguez Joins Voice Cast of Spotify’s “Batman Unburied” Scripted Podcast Series

Gina Rodriguez is unburying her latest project…

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican actress will join the cast of Spotify’s upcoming Batman Unburied scripted podcast series.

Gina Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who won a Golden Globe for her work on Jane the Virgin, will voice the character of Barbara Gordon.

Rodriguez, who has featured on Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth, will play the daughter of former police commissioner Jim Gordon and star detective for Gotham PD.

Throughout the series, Barbara will grapple with her own ethics, as she tries to keep within the lines of police work yet is finding herself drawn to Batman’s self-styled method of justice.

She said she was excited to be going on this “sonic adventure” with the “iconic” role.

She joins a cast that already includes Winston Duke as Bruce Wayne and Jason Isaacs as Wayne’s loyal butler and right-hand man, Alfred.

Rounding out the cast of David S. Goyer’s take on the Caped Crusader is Sam Witwer (Supergirl) as Gotham’s cannibalistic serial killer, The Harvester, Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy) as Kell, a sultry medical student helping Bruce while hiding a few secrets of her own, Jessica Marie Garcia (On My Block) as Barbara Gordon’s partner Renee Montoya – she’s smart enough to pick up Barbara’s bullshit, but begrudgingly puts up with her shady behavior and Jim Pirri (Penguins of Madasacar) as Arnold Flass, a corrupt cop who uses his badge for his own person gain.

Hasan Minhaj stars as The Riddler, Lance Reddick is Thomas Wayne, Toks Olagundoye is Martha Wayne, John Rhys-Davies is Dr. Hunter, and Ashly Burch is Vicki Vale.

The series, which marks one of the highest profile scripted podcasts to date, is a psychological thriller that takes listeners deep into the mind of Bruce Wayne introducing a slew of dark twists and turns with a number of classic Batman Super-Villains.

When audiences meet Bruce Wayne he is a forensic pathologist, working in the bowels of Gotham Hospital and tasked with examining the victims of The Harvester, a gruesome serial killer preying on Gotham’s citizens. Not only will the Super-Hero be forced to face his own mental demons, but he will also have to overcome them in order to save the citizens of Gotham as his alter-ego Batman.

Writers include Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Saladin Ahmed (Foundation), Rebecca Klingel (The Haunting of Hill House) and Stranger Things writers’ assistant Graham Westerson.

Alex Kemp directs.

Nicki Nicole Presents NPR “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert”

It’s a tiny moment for Nicki Nicole

Joined by an 11-member band, the 21-year-old Argentine rapper and singer presented her NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” this week, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Nicki Nicole

The rising Argentine star gave a select performance of her hits a different twist, kicking off with a tango-infused version of “Colocao.”

She continues to flaunt her effortless swagger and soulful, powerhouse vocals in tracks such as “Mala Vida,” “Wapo Traketero” and “Freestyle.”

Nicki also performed her stripped-down, ultra-personal ballad “Parte de Mi” and wrapped up with the groovy, chachacha “Baby.”

Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers” to Have Red-Carpet Premiere at This Year’s AFI Fest

Pedro Almodóvar is bringing his Mother(s) to this year’s AFI Fest.

After opening the Venice Film Festival and continuing on to the New York Film Festival, the 72-year-old Oscar-winning director’s latest film Parallel Mothers will have a red-carpet premiere at this year’s AFI Fest at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, November 13.

Pedro Almodovar

In the movie, two women, Janis and Ana, played by Penelope Cruz and Milena Smit, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar, Madres Paralelas

Cruz won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at Venice. Parallel Mothers to date is 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In total, AFI Fest counts 115 titles (48 Features, 1 Episodic, 49 Short Films and 17 Conservatory Showcase Shorts) of which 51% are directed by women, 40% directed by BIPOC filmmakers and 13% are directed by LGBTQIA+ filmmakers. This year’s program represents 50 countries and includes six World Premieres. The festival runs from November 10-14.

“We are excited to celebrate AFI Fest 2021 in person at the historic TCL Chinese theater and showcase both master filmmakers and emerging voices,” said Sarah Harris, Director of Programming, AFI Festivals. “In a time when we need movies more than ever, we look forward to audiences being inspired by the best films from around the world screening at this year’s AFI Fest.”

Returning filmmakers to AFI Fest are Hany Abu-Assad (Huda’s Salon), Andrea Arnold (Cow), Jacques Audiard (Paris, 13th District), Sean Baker (Red Rocket), Michel Franco (Sundown), Miguel Gomes (The Sugua Diaries), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Lingui, The Sacret Bonds), Céline Sciamma (Petite Maman), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Memoria), and Zhang Yimou (One Second).

Gerardo Ortiz Earns 11th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Tranquilito”

It’s Lucky No. 11 for Gerardo Ortiz.

The 32-year-old Mexican American singer has earned his 11th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart as his single “Tranquilito” rises 4-1 on the October 16-dated survey.

Gerardo OrtizThe single, released February 21 as part of Ortiz’s Décimo Aniversario set, pushes to the top of the tally with a 40% increase in audience impressions, to 8 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending October 10, according to MRC Data.

As the corrido lands atop the 26-year-old chart, Gerardo captures his 11th No. 1, the second-most among soloists behind Christian Nodal’s 12 leaders. (Calibre 50 continues at the helm, among all acts, with 20 total No. 1s.)

Here’s a recap of the solo acts with the most Regional Mexican Airplay No. 1s:

12, Christian Nodal
11, Gerardo Ortiz
8, Marco Antonio Solis
7, Vicente Fernández
4, Alejandro Fernández
4, Joan Sebastian
4, Ulices Chaidez

“Tranquilito” was written by Emmanuel Delgado and Julio Nápoles. It concurrently sets foot in the overall Latin Airplay chart’s top 10 as it races 15-5 in its sixth week and earns Ortiz his 15th top 10 there, the third-most for a regional Mexican solo act. With a 40% boost in audience, it logs the largest percentage increase by a regional Mexican song.

Back on Regional Mexican Airplay, “Tranquilito” follows the two-week champ “Otra Borrachera” (June 2020) from his No. 7-peaking album Más Caro, Que Ayer. Previously, he placed nine other No. 1 titles, including the 12-week leader “Solo Vine a Despedirme” in 2012, the second-longest leading No. 1 for a soloist behind Marco Antonio Solis’ “La Venia Bendita” (13 weeks, 1997).

Farruko’s “La 167” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums Chart

Farruko is back on top…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican singer and songwriter has returned to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart after nearly six years, as La 167 debuts atop the October 16-dated list.

Farruko

The 25-track set, released via Carbon Fiber/Sony Music Latin on October 1, starts with 17,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 7, according to MRC Data.

It secures Farruko his third win on the overall Top Latin Albums chart dating back to his first champ Farruko Presents Los Menores (No. 1 start in November 2014). In between, he’s placed one more leading album: Visionary in November 2015.

“I don’t work to get a No. 1, but it’s incredible that people like what I’m doing and that they are enjoying it,” Farruko tells Billboard.

La 167 is a nod to a highway that passes through his homeland in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and a gas station once owned by his late grandfather. The 100-minute set is stacked with Latin artists, including Myke Towers, Ñengo Flow, O’Neill, Pedro Capó, Jay Wheeler and more, and each has rendered a variety of Latin styles ranging from perreo and reggae, to pop, hip-hop and reggaetón.

“The most challenging aspect of the production was structuring an album that didn’t bore,” Faruko adds. “Where the production, lyrics and everything were different, varied; where I allowed myself to explore other genres which were not necessarily mine.”

As La 167 arrives at the summit, Farruko now has a total of six top 10s on Top Latin Albums, three of which, as previously mentioned, hit No. 1 for at least one week. Here’s a recap:

Ranking, Title, Debut Date
No. 1, Farruko Presents Los Menores, Nov. 15, 2014 (two weeks atop)
No. 8, The Ones, Sept. 19, 2015
No. 1, Visionary, Nov. 14, 2015
No. 3, Trapxficante, Oct. 7, 2017
No. 2, Gangalee, May 11, 2019
No. 1, La 167, Oct. 16

La 167 concurrently debuts at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Albums, also his third No. 1 there. Farruko also captures his highest album yet on the overall Billboard 200, clocking in at No. 26 (Gangalee’s No. 80 start in 2019 earned him his highest debut, and peak, until now).

La 167 was preceded by only two tracks on the all-metric Hot Latin Songs chart: the No. 4-peaking “La Tóxica” (November 2020) and the now eight-week champ (and counting) “Pepas,” which takes the Greatest Gainer/ Digital honors of the week despite a 6% dip in sales (3,000 downloads sold for the tracking week ending in October 7).

“I connect with many of the tracks on the album, for instance the opening track ‘Ki,’ ‘$,’ and ‘Helicóptero’,” Farruko continues, “all based on personal experiences from a particular chapter in my life.”

In addition to “Pepas” holding strong at the penthouse, “El Incomprendido,” with Víctor Cárdenas and DJ Adoni, another rhythmic/EDM club banger, bows at No. 14. The latter interpolates Alice Deejay’s “Beter Off Alone,” the ’90s Eurodance hit that reached the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2000.