Carlos Pena Jr. & His Big Time Rush Group Mates Reuniting for Two Shows

Carlos Pena Jr. is feelin’ the rush

The 31-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor, who goes by Carlos PenaVega, and his Big Time Rush group mates are making a comeback.

Big Time Rush

After an eight-year hiatus, the boy band is returning for two performances in 2021.

The L.A.-based group will perform at Chicago Theater in Illinois on December 15, followed by a December 18 show at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

“WE ARE BACK! It’s been a minute, but we couldn’t be more excited to see you! Lets make up for lost time,” the group said in a post announcing their return.

Big Time Rush originated from the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush in 2009 and released three studio albums between 2010 and 2013. The group set off on five tours from 2011 to 2014, when they ceased touring. The series concluded in the summer of 2013.

The Big Time Rush Live dates will consist of all four original members Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Pena Jr. and Logan Henderson.

The members conducted a virtual reunion in June 2020 for fans to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their song “Worldwide.” The acoustic version of the track was uploaded to PenaVega’s YouTube channel.

The show announcements were accompanied by a short promo video featuring the members being called back to return to their gigs.

Tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster. Fans can sign up for presale access here.

Pena Hand-Jives in First Promo for Fox’s “Grease: Live”

Grease is the word for Carlos Pena, Jr.

Fox has released the first promo for the television adaptation of the 1978 film Grease, with a look at the 26-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor and his Big Time Rush band member and other cast members of the live musical.

Carlos Pena, Jr.

Along with Pena, who now goes by Carlos PenaVega, the video introduces Julianne Hough (Sandy), Aaron Tveit (Danny), Vanessa Hudgens (Rizzo) and their co-stars, as they all do the hand jive at Rydell High.

Additionally, viewers also get a first look at Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchie, Keke Palmer as Pink Lady Marty Maraschino, Pena as Kenickie, David Del Rio as T-Bird “Putzie”, and Kether Donohue as Jan.

The Fox live TV production which has been titled Grease: Live, also stars Mario Lopez as Vince Fontaine, the emcee of a national dance competition. Jessie J, meanwhile, is set to open the show with a performance of Barry Gibb‘s “Grease (Is the Word)” from the classic film.

In this TV version, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. With their friends pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted to each other as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.

Grease: Live will air Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm ET on Fox.

Vega to Appear in Recurring Role on ABC’s “Nashville”

Alexa Vega has gone country…

The 25-year-old half-Colombian American actress, who married Big Time Rush’s Carlos Pena, Jr. in January, has landed a recurring role on the upcoming third season of ABC‘s country music drama Nashville.

Alexa Vega

Vega, best known for starring in the Spy Kids franchise films, has been cast for a three-episode arc as Kiley, Gunnar’s (portrayed by Sam Palladio) first love and high school sweetheart.

Her character is now a single mother who’s recently arrived in Nashville with the intention of providing some stability the her 10-year-old son that she had at a very young age.

Vega’s previous television credits include roles on Tomorrow People, Ruby & The Rockits, Royal Pains, The Middle and Ghost Whisperer.

Vega to Guest Star on the CW’s “Tomorrow People”

Alexa Vega is ready to show the world her powers

The 25-year-old half-Colombian American actress, who recently tied the knot with Big Time Rush’s Carlos Pena, Jr., will be making her debut on the CW’s Tomorrow People next week.

Alexa Vega in Tomorrow People

Vega, best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids film series, will portray Hillary Cole on the sci-fi show’s January 22 episode.

Vega’s character is described as a new recruit who goes head-to-head with Stephen (Robbie Amell) to see who will make it to the next stage of agent training. Unfortunately, the loser gets stripped of their powers, and Hillary will stop at nothing to win.

“She beats the crap out of me,” Amell tells “She messes Stephen up. She’s conniving. She’s doing anything she can for herself. She does not care about the people around her.”

Tomorrow People, which centers follows a group of young people who possess psionic powers as the result of human evolution, airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on the CW.

Vega & Carlos Pena, Jr. Tie the Knot in Mexico

Alexa Vega is a Big Time wife…

The 25-year-old half-Colombian American actress and former Spy Kids star married Big Time Rush member Carlos Pena, Jr. in Mexico on Saturday, according to People magazine.

Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.

“Mrs. PENAVEGA,” tweeted Vega on Saturday, after the couple said “I do” at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Vega and Pena, 24, announced their engagement in September. The Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor star popped the question during a road trip and then shared a picture of the ring on Instagram.

This is the second marriage for Vega, who split from producer Sean Cove in July 2012 after two years of marriage.

Vega will next guest-star on The Tomorrow People.

Lopez Producing & Starring in Inspirational Tale “La Vida Robot”

George Lopez will be livin’ La Vida Robot

George Lopez

The 52-year-old Mexican American actor/comedian will star opposite Marisa Tomei in La Vida Robot, the true story adapted from a WIRED article about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers who form a robotics team in Phoenix. They go up against the best from M.I.T. in the national robotics championship with an entry made from $800 and used car parts.

Lionsgate and Televisa’s Pantelion will co-produce the film with Lopez’s Travieso Productions.

In addition to Lopez and Tomei, the film stars Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada and Big Time Rush’s Carlos Pena Jr.

La Vida Robot is currently filming on location in New Mexico under helmer Sean McNamara.

Vega Engaged to Big Time Rush’s Carlos Pena Jr.

Alexa Vega is getting ready for a Big Time wedding…

The 25-year-old half-Colombian American actress and former Spy Kids star is engaged to Big Time Rush band member Carlos Pena Jr.

Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena Jr.

Vega – who will next star in Machete Kills, Robert Rodriguez’s sequel to Machete – shared the news via her Instagram account, posting a photo of Pena with the caption “Hello fiancé.”

Pena popped the question to Vega, who’s been married once before, during a recent road trip.

On Wednesday, Pena posted a photo of Vega sporting her massive engagement ring. “My angel!!! @vegaalexa awesome road trip so far!! Now we just need to get back,” wrote the 24-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor.

Pena Jr. & Big Time Rush Release the Band’s “We Are” Music Video

Carlos Pena Jr. and his band mates are rushin’ back to the music scene with another fun music video…

The 23-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor and his Big Time Rush band mates have released the official music video for their latest single “We Are.”

Carlos Pena Jr.

In the clip, Pena Jr., Logan Henderson, James Maslow and Kendall Schmidt appear performing at their concerts and entertaining fans.

It also gives behind-the-scene look at the band’s concerts. The band members are shown rehearsing on the stage, hanging out together and doing silly things like jumping on the trampolines and spraying string to each others.

“We Are,” a track co-written by Jeff Halavacs, Francisca Hall, Schmidt and Henderson, appears on Big Time Rush’s third album, 24/seven. The song appeared on the season 4 finale of Big Time Rush, the popular Nickelodeon sitcom starring Pena Jr. and the gang.

“As far as we know, this might have been the last season, fourth season. There’s nothing official,” said Maslow in an interview with MTV. “But either way, we’re focusing on tour, that’s our next mission and I believe we’ll do something after that but what it is specifically we’ll figure out after the tour is off the ground.”

The boys revealed their plans to take a holiday vacation after wrapping up their Big Time Tour on August 15 in Mexico. “We don’t know where,” said Pena. “But there will be booze…”

“Booze and boobs,” added Henderson and Schmidt. Maslow agreed, saying, “That’s pretty much what a vacation is all about.”

Pena & His Big Time Rush Bandmates Release “Confetti Falling” Music Video

Carlos Pena Jr. is experiencing a little confetti falling

The 23-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor and his Big Time Rush bandmates have released the official music video for their latest single “Confetti Falling.”

Carlos Pena Jr. Big Time Rush

And the quartet, consisting of Pena, Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow and Logan Henderson, don’t disappoint, displaying loads of fun and confetti in the new clip.

As the stars of Nickelodeon’s series Big Time Rush sing the up-tempo track amidst falling confetti, footage from their hit TV series are also featured in the clip.

The successful show created by Scott Fellows centers on the misadventures of four Minnesota hockey players. It’s now in its fourth season, which premiered last month. Pena and his bandmates have said that this will be the show’s final season.

“Confetti Falling” appears on the boy band’s forthcoming third album 24/seven, which is set for release on June 11.

A week after the arrival of the new album, Big Time Rush will then embark on a tour with fellow Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice.

Big Time Rush gave Nickelodeon its highest-rated live-action series debut when it earned 6.8 million viewers for its premiere episode back in 2010. It spawned BTR the band who first signed a deal with Nick Records simultaneously with the production of the series, eventually recording their debut album BTR, which became a Billboard chart-topper in its first week in the charts.

Gomez & Lovato: Lead the Pack of Latino Teen Choice Awards Nominees

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato may be one-time BFFs… But they’ll be fierce competitors when this year’s Teen Choice Awards come around.

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American Spring Breakers star and the 20-year-old part-Mexican American The X Factor judge are each nominated for three awards, all in the same category, after the  “first wave” of nominees were announced this week.


Gomez and Lovato are nominated for Choice Female Artist, Choice Female Hottie
 and Choice Smile.

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars is nominated for Choice Male Artist and Choice R&B Artist
. He’ll face-off against Pitbull in the Choice Mail Artist category and Miguel in the Choice R&B Artist.

Pitbull is also nominated in the  Choice Hip-Hop/Rap Artist

Other Latino nominees include Glee’s Lea Michele for Choice TV Actress: Comedy, and Big Time Rush member Carlos Pena Jr. for Choice Music Group

Fans of an appropriate age can vote once per category each day at the TCA’s website.

Additional nominees, as well as performers, presenters, and a host will be announced soon.

The two-hour awards ceremony will air live Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 pm ET on Fox.

Here’s a look at the categories with Latino nominees:

Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory”
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project”
Lea Michele, “Glee”
Bridgit Mendler, “Good Luck Charlie”

Choice Male Artist

Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Phillip Phillips

Justin Timberlake

Choice Female Artist
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group
Big Time Rush

Maroon 5
One Direction
The Wanted

Choice R&B Artist
Alicia Keys
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Choice Hip-Hop/Rap Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Selena Gomez
Mila Kunis
Demi Lovato

Choice Smile
Selena Gomez
Taylor Lautner
Demi Lovato
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift