Oscar Isaac Earns HCA TV Awards Prize from Hollywood Critics Association

Oscar Isaac is a (Hollywood) critics’ choice…

The Hollywood Critics Association has announced the winners of the 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards, with the 43-year-old Cuban-Guatemalan actor earning a prize.

Oscar IsaacIsaac claimed the award for Best Actor in a Broadcast or Cable Limited, Anthology Series, or TV Movie for his work on HBO’s Scenes from a Marriage.

Hosted by Dulcé Sloan from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the HCA TV Awards – Broadcast Network & Cable ceremony was held Saturday evening at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Additionally, the HCA bestowed Honorary Awards including the “TV Breakout Star Award” presented to Quinta Brunson, the “TV Icon Award” presented to Giancarlo Esposito, and the “Virtuoso Award” presented to Mandy Moore.

Here’s the full list of the award winners:

Best Game Show
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)

Best Broadcast Network Reality Show or Competition Series
Lego Masters (FOX)

Best Broadcast Network or Cable Live-Action TV Movie
The Survivor (HBO)

Best Writing in a Broadcast or Cable Limited, Anthology Series, or Movie
Mike White, The White Lotus “Mysterious Monkeys” (HBO)

Best Directing in a Broadcast or Cable Limited, Anthology Series, or Movie
Mike White, The White Lotus “Mysterious Monkeys” (HBO)

Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
Bill Hader, Barry – “701N” (HBO)

Best Broadcast Network or Cable Docuseries or Non-Fiction Series
We Need to Talk About Cosby (Showtime)

Best Broadcast Network or Cable Documentary TV Movie
End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock (Fuse)

Best Broadcast Network or Cable Animated Series or TV Movie
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)

Best Cable Reality Show or Competition Series
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Best Broadcast Network or Cable Variety Sketch Series or Talk Series
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast or Cable Limited, Anthology Series, or Movie
Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast or Cable Limited, Anthology Series, or Movie
Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
Henry Winkler, Barry (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
Janelle James, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
Karyn Kusama, Yellowjackets – “Pilot” (Showtime)

Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
Dan Fogelman, This is Us “The Train” (NBC)

Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary “Pilot” (ABC)

Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)

Best Actor in a Broadcast or Cable Limited, Anthology Series, or TV Movie
Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage (HBO)

Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Limited Series, Anthology Series, or TV Movie
Sarah Paulson, Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)

Best Cable Series, Drama
*Tie* Better Call Saul (AMC) & Succession (HBO)

Best Cable Series, Comedy
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Best Broadcast Network or Cable Limited or Anthology Series
The White Lotus (HBO)

Best Broadcast Network Series, Comedy
Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Best Broadcast Network Series, Drama
This is Us (NBC)

Special Honorary Awards
TV Breakout Star – Quinta Brunson
TV Icon Award – Giancarlo Esposito
Virtuoso Award – Mandy Moore

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to Brian Moreno’ “Dreamland: A Storming Area 51 Story”

Brian Moreno is storming into alien territory…

Gravitas Ventures has acquired rights to the 35-year-old Colombian director and comedian Dreamland: A Storming Area 51 Story.

Brian MorenoThe film, slated for domestic release later this year, watches as the life-long alien enthusiast and comedian Moreno hires a wild crew to follow him on his extra-terrestrial fact-finding adventure to the viral “Storming Area 51” event.

While nothing turns out as planned, the adventure is certainly one of a kind.

Comedians Andy Kozel, Natasha Pearl Hansen, David Murphy and Griff Pippin also appear in the comedic adventure pic from producers Geoffrey McNeil, Jed Rhein and Brian Schlesinger. Moreno served as EP, with Roberto Ahumada and Anton Fair as co-producers.

Gravitas Ventures’ Manager of Acquisitions Brett Rogalsky negotiated the deal for Dreamland with Moreno and to the 35-year-old Colombian director and comedian on behalf of the filmmakers.

Eva Longoria to Star in & Executive Produce Dramedy “Land of Women”

Eva Longoria has landed a new project…

Apple TV+ has ordered the six-episode series Land of Women, a dramedy starring the 47-year-old Mexican American actress,

Eva LongoriaInspired by Sandra Barneda’s best-selling novel, Longoria will executive producer and star on the project. Carmen Maura is set to co-star.]

Created and written by Ramón Campos and Gema R. NeiraLand of Women tells the story of Gala (Longoria), a New York empty nester forced to flee her home after her husband implicates the family in financial improprieties. Joining her on the journey are her aging mother Julia (Maura) and her college-age daughter.

The three women escape the criminals her now-vanished husband is indebted to by moving to the same charming wine town in Northern Spain that Gala’s mother fled 50 years ago, vowing never to return. Starting over with new identities proves complicated while living in a small town where secrets tend to unravel quite easily.

Land of Women will be directed by Carlos Sedes.

The series is produced for Apple TV+ by Bambu Studios and will be shot in both English and Spanish and made available to watch in each language. Pre-production is currently underway in Spain.

Showrunner Campos will executive produce alongside Teresa Fernández-Valdés), Ben Spector and Longoria via her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment.

Scotty McCreery Earns Fifth No. 1 on Billboard Country Airplay Chart with “Damn Strait”

Scotty McCreery is celebrating a Strait flush…

The 28-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer’s latest track “Damn Strait” has risen to the No. 1 spot on the July 23-dated Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Scotty McCreery

That gives the former American Idol champion his fifth total and consecutive No. 1 on the chart.

In the tracking week ending July 17, the song drew 27.2 million audience impressions, according to Luminate.

McCreery has notably topped Country Airplay with each single that he has released since he signed with Triple Tigers Records in 2017.

“My first country music concert was George Strait, and along with my love for Elvis [Presley], he inspired me to become a country music singer myself,” says McCreery. “When I did American Idol, George called me and requested I sing his [1995] hit ‘Check Yes or No,’ and I still sing it from time to time in concert. Now, having my fifth straight No. 1 on a song that pays tribute to George, while at the same time being a classic country heartbreaker such as he might have sung, is such a full-circle moment that means the world to me. Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins wrote a clever song that reaches beyond name-dropping Strait hits to tell a meaningful story.”

“Damn Strait” is the sophomore single from McCreery’s album Same Truck, which arrived at its No. 10 high on Top Country Albums last October, marking the seventh top 10 for the Garner, N.C., native. He earned his third and most recent No. 1 set with Seasons Change in March 2018.

Same Truck lead single “You Time” became McCreery’s fourth Country Airplay No. 1 for a week last October. He first ruled Country Airplay with “Five More Minutes” (one week, March 2018) and led again with “This Is It” (two, February 2019) and “In Between” (one, June 2020).

McCreery first appeared on Country Airplay with the No. 15-peaking “I Love You This Big” in August 2011 and has posted two top 10s in addition to his No. 1s: “See You Tonight” (No. 8, March 2014) and “Feelin’ It” (No. 10, December 2014).

On the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart, “Damn Strait” ranks at No. 8, after hitting No. 6 in June. It drew 4.6 million U.S. streams and sold 2,000 downloads in the week ending July 14.

Meanwhile, as the song crowns Country Airplay, it’s just the fourth No. 1 to namecheck another artist in its title. Eric Church’s “Springsteen,” his ode to Bruce Springsteen, was boss of the chart for two weeks in 2012; Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama, reigned for two frames in 2011; and Joe Diffie’s “Bigger Than the Beatles” topped the chart for two weeks in 1996. (Strait and Alabama boast 26 and seven No. 1s, respectively, since the survey began in 1990.)

Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez to Defend WBC Title Against Israel Gonzalez in September

Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez‘s breakout 2022 campaign continues…

The 22-year-old Mexican American professional boxer will defend his WBC super flyweight versus Israel Gonzalez in the chief support bout to Canelo AlvarezGennadiy Golovkin 3 on September 17 in Las Vegas, Matchroom Boxing announced Monday.

Jesse "Bam" RodriguezRodriguez (16-0 11 KOs) scored the biggest win of his budding career last month with an eight-round TKO of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Rungvisai owns wins over future Hall of Famers Roman Gonzalez (“Chocolatito“) and Juan Francisco Estrada, and Bam Rodriguez was able to pick him apart at 22 years old in a star-making performance.

The victory followed a decision win over Carlos Cuadras in February when Rodriguez, who fights out of San Antonio, captured the WBC title. (Estrada is the franchise champion.)

“Having the chance to fight on Mexican Independence Day weekend as the co-main to Canelo-GGG is truly special, and I plan on putting on another spectacular performance and continuing to build my legacy,” said Rodriguez, ESPN‘s No. 3 junior bantamweight. “Each fight now is more important than the last. It’s not about just winning; it’s how you win. That’s mine and my coach Robert Garcia‘s job now; to look sensational each and every time we step in the ring and continue to show the world that I am one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.”

Gonzalez, who fights out of Mexico, has lost in each of his world title challenges. He was stopped by Jerwin Ancajas in 2018 and outpointed by Kal Yafai later that year. Most recently, Gonzalez (28-4-1 11 KOs) dropped a unanimous decision to Chocolatito in 2020.

“I want to thank the champ Jesse Rodriguez for the opportunity,” said Gonzalez, 25. “I know I’ll take full advantage of this and make my dream come true of becoming a world champion.”

Anitta Announces Major Collaboration with Hip-Hop Legend Missy Elliott

Anitta is ready to get her freak on

The 29-year-old Brazilian singer has announced a major collaboration with hip-hop icon Missy Elliott.

AnittaAnitta revealed the news via Twitter, writing, “Yes! I’m shooting my music video feat. @MissyElliott and it’s not a dream.”

On Instagram, she also shared a photo of herself with the rapper, expressing, “I honestly can’t believe what’s happening right now.”

Elliott, known for her Billboard hits “Work It,” “Hot Boyz,” and “Get Ur Freak On” to name a few, is just as thrilled to be collaborating with the Latina artist.

“One of the sweetest artists and had me laughing so hard yesterday,” she tweeted on Thursday (July 7). “You a star! And I am truly GRATEFUL to you and your Team. You all treated me with so much LOVE and KINDNESS. Let’s go.” Missy also hashtagged the word #Lobby, hinting that this could potentially be the forthcoming single’s title.

Elliott has been replying to supportive fans with purple hearts and fire emojis. “We’re looking forward to it!! You are a legend and Brazil loves you!” said one Twitter user.

Anitta’s upcoming collaboration with the renowned rapper and producer will follow other projects she has with popular rap artists including Snoop Dogg, Saweetie, DaBaby, and Swae Lee, to name a few.

This will also mark Missy’s first collaboration with a Latin artist in recent years.

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