Dani de la Torre’s List of Spanish Television & Film Projects is Growing

Dani de la Torre is busier than ever…

The Spanish writer, director and producer and his business partner Beto Marini, the creators of Movistar+’s La Unidad, are considering a spinoff of the Spanish counterterrorism drama series, and they’re working on a female-led thriller for Atresmedia Cine.

Dani de la Torre, Details on de la Torre and Marini’s latest projects are limited, but according to Deadline, development is underway on the feature, with the spinoff at an early stage of gestation — dependent on the outcome of the upcoming third season.

La Unidad, from Buendia Estudios, is set to shoot its third season in Galicia, continuing to focus on a Spanish anti-terrorism unit as attempts to stop attacks on Spain. The series stars the likes of Nathalie Poza, Michel Noher and Marian Alvarez.

Following the neutralization of Season 2’s big threat, part of the team led by Carla Torres is in Afghanistan. Their objective is to meet with an infiltrator who has information about a possible attack in Spain, but the visit coincides with the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban, which complicates everything and the agents are caught between a rock and a hard place.

“We are thinking about a spinoff but let’s see how the shooting on Season 3 goes first,” de la Torre told Deadline.

Details of the Atresmedia Cine thriller are thin, but it will be female-led. De la Torre’s latest film Live is Life released in Spain on June 3 via Warner Bros. Pictures Espana.

He and Marini are also working on a Movistar+ scripted series about mafia activities in Marbella. It will center on organized crime activity in southern Spain; the port town Marbella on the country’s Costa del Sol has been dubbed “a united nations of crime” due to the number of different international gangs operating there.

Rafael Nadal Surpasses Martina Navratilova on All-Time Grand Slam Match Victories List

Rafael Nadal is moving on up…

The 36-year-old Spanish professional tennis player has advanced to the third round of Wimbledon for the 11th time after defeating Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday.

Rafael NadalIt was Nadal’s 307th Grand Slam match win, advancing him past Martina Navratilova in fourth place on the all-time list, behind Roger Federer (369), Serena Williams (365) and Novak Djokovic (330).

“Not the best start honestly,” Nadal said of Thursday’s victory. “I finished playing well. The fourth set has been the level of tennis for me, important improvement. The rest of the things, I have room to improve.”

Nadal is looking for a record-extending 23rd Grand Slam title, and third Wimbledon trophy.

Rafael Marquez Returning to FC Barcelona as Barca Atletic’s Coach

Rafael Marquez is returning to Camp Nou

The 43-year-old Mexican former-professional-footballer-turned-coach will replace Sergi Barjuan as coach of Barcelona‘s second team, Barca Atletic, according to ESPN.

Rafael Marquez, Barca has announced that Barjuan would not remain in the role after missing out on promotion into the second-tier of Spanish football last season.

Marquez, as first reported by Relevo, will take over, with “just the contract left to be signed” before an official announcement, according to ESPN’s sources.

Marquez was one of the first signings of Joan Laporta‘s first spell as Barca president in 2003 and went on to win two Champions Leagues with the club.

Laporta and Marquez have maintained a good relationship ever since and the Barca chief first attempted to bring him back to Camp Nou last summer.

He had been earmarked to take over the Under-19 team, but a deal fell through at the last minute due to his presence on a list in the United States linking him to drug trafficking.

The sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department could have had a knock-on effect for Barca in terms of their commercial activity in the United States.

However, Marquez, who always maintained his innocence, was removed from the list last September, finally teeing up his return to Barca.

It will be his second coaching job in Spain following a fleeting spell working as the manager of Alcala de Madrid‘s U16 side.

Barca Atletic play in the third tier of Spanish football and act as the bridge between the youth academy and the first team.

GaviNico Gonzalez and Ronald Araujo are among the players who have recently made the jump from the second team to the Xavi Hernandez‘s first-team squad.

Benicio Del Toro to Be Honored with President’s Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 

Benicio Del Toro is about to Czech things out…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican actor and producer will be honored alongside Geoffrey Rush  with career awards at the 56th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), running July 1-9 against the backdrop of the picturesque Czech Republic spa town.

Benicio del ToroDel Toro will be honored with the KVIFF President’s Award, celebrating actors, directors, and producers who have made a fundamental contribution to the development of film and cinema.

The homage will also include screenings of Del Toro’s 1995 international breakthrough film The Usual Suspects and Traffic, for which he won an Oscar as well as a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Silver Bear at the Berlinale in 2001.

Australian actor Rush will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.

Rush and Del Toro will receive their awards during the closing night ceremony.

“We are honored and delighted that two extraordinary actors we have been deeply

admiring for many years accepted our invitation to come to Karlovy Vary,” said KVIFF’s president Jiří Bartoška.

This year’s edition will showcase 160 feature-length and short films across 13 sections, with 34 films being presented in world premiere.

In other KVIFF news, the festival also unveiled the members of all its key juries.

The main jury for its Crystal Globe competition comprises Argentinian film producer Benjamin Domenech, German filmmaker Jan-Ole Gerster, Polish distributor and festival organizer Roman Gutek, international sales agent and producer Fiorella Moretti and Danish film editor and screenwriter Molly Malene Stensgaard.

The jury for its new Proxima competition, replacing the former East of the West contest, features Filipino producer Bianca Balbuena, Icelandic documentarist Yrsa Roca Fannberg, Czech music journalist, filmmaker and writer Pavel Klusák, US distributor Michael Rosenberg and Ukrainian film director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy 

KVIFF Juries List In Full:

Crystal Globe Jury
Benjamin Domenech
Jan-Ole Gerster
Roman Gutek
Fiorella Moretti
Molly Malene Stensgaard 

Proxima Jury
Bianca Balbuena
Yrsa Roca Fannberg
Pavel Klusák
Michael Rosenberg
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy 

FIPRESCI Jury
Nada Azhari Gilllon
Britt Sørensen
Adam Kruk
Gulnara Abikeyeva
Rasha Hosny
Marek Čermák 

Ecumenical Jury
Annette Gjerde Hansen
Veronika Lišková
Théo Péporté

Europa Cinemas Label Jury
Edit Csenki
Leena Närekangas
Kis Rauff

Antonio Banderas to Star in the Thriller “The Last Girl” for Yale Entertainment

Antonio Banderas is saving the best for Last Girlll. 

The 61-year-old British singer has signed on to star in Jon Keeyes’ thriller The Last Girl for Yale Entertainment, which will head into production in Ireland this summer.

Antonio BanderasIn addition to Banderas, the project will also include Alice Eve and Shelley Hennig.

Written by Charles Burnley, the film stars Eve, who plays a private investigator forced into a dangerous alliance with a killer (Hennig) in order to uncover a quiet town’s grisly criminal underbelly and clear the name of her mentor (Banderas), who is implicated in the crimes.

Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman, and Michael J. Rothstein are producing for Yale Entertainment, along with Richard Bolger and Conor Barry from Hail Mary Pictures, and Richard Clabaugh.

Banderas’ decades-long career has spanned stage and screen, in both the United States and his native Spain. He’s a frequent collaborator of iconic Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar, who has starred in a number of his most notable titles, including Pain and Glory, for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, also landing an Academy Award nomination in the same category.  He can currently be seen starring with Penelope Cruz in the Spanish comedy Official Competition, is set to return as the voice of Puss in Boots in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and next year stars in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise.

Bruno Mars Wins Two BET Awards with Silk Sonic

Bruno Mars has pulled a double…

The 36-year-old part-Puerto Rican Grammy-winning singer-songwriter picked up two awards during Sunday night’s BET Awards, which were presented at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Bruno Mars, Silk Sonic, Anderson .PaakSilk Sonic, Mars’ acclaimed R&B duo with Anderson .Paak, won album of the year for An Evening With Silk Sonic, as well as best group for the second year in a row.

In addition, the duo’s .Paak was named video director of the year.

Here’s a look at this year’s BET Awards winners:

Album of the year
An Evening With Silk Sonic, Silk Sonic

Best female R&B/pop artist
Jazmine Sullivan

Best male R&B/pop artist
The Weeknd

Best female hip hop artist
Megan Thee Stallion

Best male hip hop artist
Kendrick Lamar

Best group
Silk Sonic

Best collaboration
“Essence,” Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems

Best new artist
Latto

Video of the year
“Family Ties,” Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar

Video director of the year
Anderson .Paak a.k.a. Director .Paak

Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award
“We Win,” Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin 

BET Her
“Good Morning Gorgeous,” Mary J. Blige

Best international act
Tems (Nigeria)

Best movie
King Richard

Best actor
Will Smith, King Richard

Best actress
Zendaya, Euphoria | Spider-Man: No Way Home

YoungStars award
Marsai Martin

Sportsman of the year award
Stephen Curry

Lauren Sanchez Starring in the Vito Schnabel-Led Dark Comedy “The Trainer”

It’s training day for Lauren Sanchez.

The 52-year-old Mexican-American media personality, Emmy-winning journalist and actress, is starring in Vito Schnabel-led dark comedy The Trainer, which has wrapped filming in Los Angeles, New York and the Bahamas.

Lauren SánchezSanchez, who gained fame as an entertainment reporter and news anchor, is part of a cast that includes Paris Hilton, Finneas O’ConnellSandra Seacat and journalist Gayle King.

Written by Schnabel and Jeff Solomon, the film is based on the former’s original story. It unfolds over eight days of sleep-deprived chaos and follows Jack (Schnabel), a down-on-his-luck fitness expert living with his mother in Los Angeles, who takes a maniacal swing at fame and fortune, trying to realize his version of the American dream.

Tony Kaye directed the film boasting one of the most eclectic ensembles in recent memory, which also includes Julia FoxSteven Van ZandtTaylour PaigeStephen Dorff, John McEnroeGina GershonLuka SabbatGus Van SantLenny KravitzBeverly D’AngeloColleen CampGavin RossdaleSoo Joo ParkBrock O’HurnBella ThorneLaird Hamilton and Duke Nicholson.

Schnabel, Kaye and Jeremy Steckler are producing The Trainer, with George Paaswell serving as executive producer.

Sanchez has been seen on programs like The View, KTTV Fox 11’s Good Day LA, the Fox 11 Ten O’clock NewsExtra, Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show and Showbiz Tonight. Past film credits include Ted 2White House DownCeleste & Jesse ForeverWe Bought a ZooFantastic Four and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver SurferAkeelah and the BeeThe Longest YardThe Day After Tomorrow and Fight Club. She’s also been seen on series like RakeDirt and Girlfriends, among others.

Sanchez also notably founded aerial production company Black Ops Aviation and serves as Vice Chair of the Bezos Earth Fund.

Showtime & BET Studios Adapting Fat Joe’s Memoir “The Book of Jose” into TV Series

Art will soon imitate Fat Joe’s life… 

Showtime and BET Studios are developing the television project based on The Book of Jose, a pilot about the 51-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American hip hop star.

Fat JoeFat Joe, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, will executive produce alongside pilot script writer Jorge A. Reyes and Kenya Barris.

The Book of Jose is a rags-to-riches story following Fat Joe’s evolution from growing up in the drug and violence-scarred streets of the Bronx to becoming a Grammy-nominee, producer, and actor with a career spanning nearly three decades. The project will follow every phase of Joe’s life and the threats that have come in the form of rivals, addiction, incarceration, and death. All of which showed the artist that resilience and the love of his family are the only paths to success.

Fat Joe, Book of Jose

The Book of Jose comes from Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society in collaboration with Cinema Giants, Buffalo Kid Films, and Artists First. It will be produced through Khalabo Ink Society’s overall deal with BET Studios, where Barris is also a principal partner.

Also serving as executive producers alongside Cartagena, Barris, and Reyes is E. Brian Dobbins, and pilot director Jessy Terrero. Luis F. Velasco and Ulysses Terrero will produce and Ashley Acevedo will AP.

Robert LaSardo’s Exorcism Thriller “Of The Devil” Acquired for Release by Uncork’d Entertainment

Robert LaSardo is bracing for a spooktacular August…

Uncork’d Entertainment has acquired the rights to Kelton Jones’ Of The Devil, featuring the 58-year-old Latino American character actor.

Robert LaSardoThe exorcism film, which is set for release in August, was penned and directed by Kelton Jones.

It’s based on a story by James Cullen Bressack, and features a cast including Vernon Wells, Devanny Pinn, Eileen Dietz and LaSardo.

The film follows a family desperate to find a cure for their young son’s brain cancer. When unconventional treatments lead to the child being possessed by an ancient evil, the parents must fight not only for the child’s life but also his soul.

The deal was negotiated by Uncork’d’s Keith Leopard and executive producer James Cullen Bressack.

“Fans of The Exorcist will eat up this frighteningly fun possession thriller from Kelton Jones – it sent shivers up my spine!” said Keith Leopard, President of Uncork’d Entertainment.

Dietz played the demon in horror classic The Exorcist.

Nadine Velazquez to Star in HBO Max’s Comedy Pilot “Wild Life”

Nadine Velazquez is preparing for a Wild time…

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican actress has joined the cast of HBO Max’s comedy pilot Wild Life.

Nadine VelazquezIn addition to Velazquez, the series – fronted by Izabella Alvarez in the role of Ciara – will also star Annie Funke, Nabeel Muscatwalla, Ava Lalezarzadeh, Brielle Barbusca, Cyrus Arnold, Jessi Case, Chrystal Campbell and Beau Minniear.

From writers and executive producers Jason Ubaldi, Chris Peterson, and Bryan MooreWild Life follows a diverse group of high school teens who are struggling with personal and social issues who spend their school hours working at the local animal rescue as part of an alternative educational program.

While comedy comes from their quirky offbeat personalities and the unique setting of “high school at the animal rescue,” the series also will have heart as working with animals helps them deal with their personal issues with friends and at home.

Velazquez portrays Ciara’s mother who is trying to navigate the new world of being a single parent.

Rachel Raimist will direct the pilot.

Velazquez most recently starred in Queens. Her other credits include My Name Is Earl, The League and Six.