Ana Brenda Contreras Signs with AFA Prime Talent Media

Ana Brenda Contreras has new representation…

The 35-year-old Mexican American actress has signed with AFA Prime Talent Media, a division of Kenan Thompson’s Artist for Artist company, which launched earlier this year.

Ana Brenda ContrerasIn her English language debut, Contreras starred as Crystal Jennings in Season 2 of the CW series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name.

Up next, Contreras will star in Telemundo’s El Conde: Amor y Honor, an adaptation of the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. She portrays Mariana Zambrano in the series—set to premiere in 2023— co-starring Fernando Colunga and Marjorie de Sousa.

She will also appear in the crime thriller Toda La Sangre for Pantaya opposite Aaron Diaz. She plays Edith Mondragon, a lieutenant who teams up with a journalist (Diaz) to uncover the truth behind a series of visceral murders that resemble Aztec sacrifices in modern-day Mexico City.

The series reunites Contreras and Diaz, who previously starred in the 2005 Spanish-language telenovela Barrera De Amor for Televisa. In her acting debut, she recurred as Juanita Sanchez in the Ernesto Alonso production.

Contreras stays in touch with her fans via social media, where she boasts more than 13 million followers across all platforms.

Tainy & Yandel Team Up Once Again for New Single “Déjà Vu”

It’s déjà vu for Tainy

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican record producer and songwriter has teamed up with Yandel for the new single “Déjà Vu.”

Tainy, Yandel,

A certified slam-dunk hit, Tainy and Yandel don’t disappoint on the reggaeton anthem, which serves as a preview for the pair’s first-ever upcoming joint album titled Dynasty.

Two major forces in the genre, it’s not the first time Tainy and Yandel team up.

“Deja Vu” joins a long list of collaborations between Tainy and Yandel including “Pam Pam,” “Noche de Sexo,” and “Sensación” that they’ve released over the past 16 years.

Produced by Tainy with Yandel on vocals, “Deja Vu” premieres along with a music video directed by Elliott Muscat where Tainy and Yandel are scoring back-to-back championships as iconic basketball players.

During a press conference, Yandel explains their longevity. “It’s been 16 years of a lot of work, sacrifice, winning multiple championships, that’s why I feel we’re a dynasty. What do you think, Tainy?”

To this, the chart-topping producer answers, “I think we can do it one more time.”

Ashanti to Star in Build-A-Bear’s Live-Action Film “Honey Girls”

Ashanti is ready to grin and (build-a-)bear it!

The 40-year-old part-Dominican American Grammy-winning singer and actress will star alongside digital star Tessa Brooks in Honey Girls from Build-A-Bear Entertainment.


The live-action project is based on Build-A-Bear’s Honey Girls toy line.

In addition to Ashanti, who appeared in John Tucker Must Die, will star alongside Aliyah Mastin, Ava Grace, and Frankie McNellis, all playing the titular Honey Girls.

Music video director Trey Fanjoy makes her feature film directorial debut based off a screenplay by Mike Mariano and Cindy McCreery.

Honey Girls will include Julia Michels, another Grammy winner, as Music Supervisor. Lady Gaga collaborator Mark Nilan, Jr., who won a Grammy in 2020 for his work on the soundtrack to A Star Is Born, writes original songs.

Ashanti will star as global pop-star Fancy G, the host of a talent competition that seeks to discover the next great solo artist. Three young musicians sign up for it but quickly discover that they are “better together” — a reference to the song “Everything Is Better” written for the Honey Girls toy line. They form a secret band called Honey Girls and, with an immediate viral mega hit on their hands, perform in disguise to avoid elimination by Fancy G. In the end, the competitors must decide what is more important — fame or friendship.

“The Honey Girls story uses the power of music as a catalyst to both encourage the celebration of individuality while recognizing that we can also be ‘better together,’ wrapped in a fun girl-empowerment story of discovery,” Sharon Price John, President and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., said in a statement.

Ashanti was last seen on screen on an episode of the CW‘s Dynasty on season 3, and she also starred in the Lifetime movie A Christmas Winter Song. Aside from her music, which includes her self-titled award-winning, chart-topping album and her most recent single drop “2:35 (I Want You),” Ashanti is also known for roles in Coach CarterResident Evil Extinction, and The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.

Honey Girls is produced through Foundation Media Partners with Patrick Hughes serving as producer. John is also acting as executive producer.

The film was acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and is expected to release this fall.

Amanda Tavarez to Star in OWN’s Original Holiday Movie “First Christmas”

Amanda Tavarez is ready for her OWN Christmas

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has expanded its holiday season programming with the new original holiday movie First Christmas, starring the Dominican American actress.

Amanda Tavarez

First Christmas, which also stars Idara Victor and Tonea Stewart, will premiere on Tuesday, December 22. The movie joins the previously announced Our OWN Christmas gospel music special hosted by Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, which airs on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

Given up for adoption and placed in foster care at a young age, writer Halle Downing receives the blessing of a lifetime when she’s invited to spend Christmas in New Orleans with the biological family she never knew she had – The Moores. Halle’s grandmother “Memaw” welcomes the young woman with open arms, completely overwhelming Halle with emotion at the significance of finally finding her family. Extremely excited to meet her twin siblings Tiffany (Samantha Smith) and Glenn (Mason Beauchamp) along with younger brother Drew (Peyton Jackson) for the first time, Halle soon faces the hard reality that finding her place in this close-knit family is going to take longer than she thought, something that becomes particularly evident when she witnesses Tiffany’s apprehension about introducing her new girlfriend Paris (Tavarez) to the family for the first time. However, as Christmas approaches, Halle begins to gain perspective on the Moore family dynamic and ultimately comes to embrace and celebrate her first family holiday with a special gift that tells her she is right where she is supposed to be. 

First Christmas is produced for OWN by MarVista in association with Harpo Films.

Tavarez’s previous credits include Queen Sugar, Dynasty, Cake: The Series and The Resident.

Nathalie Kelley to Star in ABC’s rom-com pilot “The Baker and the Beauty”

Nathalie Kelleyhas landed a beauty of a role…

The 34-year-old Peruvian-Argentine actress and former Dynasty reboot star has been cast as the female lead in ABC’s pilot The Baker and the Beauty, an hour-long romantic comedy based on the Israeli series, from Keshet StudiosUniversal Television and ABC Studios.

Nathalie Kelley

Written by Dean Georgarisand to be directed by David Frankel, The Baker and the Beauty follows the impossible Miami love story between a simple baker and an international superstar, Noa Hollander (Kelley) has it all: She’s the most famous woman in the country, the beautiful daughter of a real estate magnate, a successful model with an international career and, up until now, one half of a Hollywood power couple. The son of Cuban immigrants, Daniel Garcia is a simple guy who still lives with his parents and works at the family bakery. A chance encounter at a fancy restaurant — where Daniel may or may not propose to his eager girlfriend of eight years and where Noa is avoiding public speculation about a breakup from her Hollywood lover – leads to unexpected sparks and an even more unlikely love story.

Kelley’s Hollander is an international superstar recognized all over the world and one of the most famous and desired women on Earth. Noa was a young heiress, who turned her modeling career into a fashion empire and now is making the jump to acting. She has all the qualities you’d expect to find in an international superstar: She’s fickle, guarded, entitled — but underneath all that, there is a real warmth to her. She’s a woman with a lot of love to give but no real idea how to do that.

In the original Israeli series, which aired for two seasons, Noa Hollander was played by Rotem Sela.

Kelley played one of the leads, Cristal Flores, on the first season of the CW’s Dynasty reboot. Her exit triggered strong reaction from fans. Kelley also is known for her work on The Vampire Diaries and UnReal. 

This marks her return to ABC and ABC Studios after a recurring role on Body of Proof. 

On the big screen, Kelley played Neela in The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift

The CW Moving Nathalie Kelley’s “Dynasty” Reboot to Fridays

Nathalie Kelley is making a move…

The CW has announced plans to move its Dynasty reboot, starring the 32-year-old Peruvian-Argentine actress, from Wednesdays to Fridays beginning on March 9.

Nathalie Kelley

Despite performing below ratings expectations, the series has been given a full-season order, with Nicollette Sheridan cast as Alexis.

Dynasty will be taking over the 8:00 pm time slot from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which produces 13-episode seasons.

Dynasty will be replaced in the post-Riverdale Wednesday 9:00 pm slot by new comedy Life Sentence, which will debut on March 7.

Here’s the full list of the CW’s midseason premiere dates:

8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM BLACK LIGHTNING (Series Premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM LIFE SENTENCE (Series Premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM DYNASTY
9:00-10:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM THE 100 (Season Premiere)

de la Fuente to Star in the CW’s “Dynasty” Reboot Pilot

Rafael de la Fuente is founding a new empire of sorts…

The 30-year-old Venezuelan actor has been cast as a series regular on the CW’s Dynasty pilot, a reboot of the iconic 1980s primetime soap.

Rafael de la Fuente

Co-written by Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick and directed by Brad Silberling, the new Dynasty follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.

de la Fuente will play Sam, a cute schemer who has a one night stand with Steven, the rebel son of Blake Carrington (Grant Show).

de La Fuente was recently seen in the praised ABC miniseries When We Rise and recurs on Fox’s Empire as Michael Sanchez.

Stowe’s Resurgence on ABC’s Revenge

Since the premiere of ABC’s drama Revenge last fall, Madeleine Stowe’s star has been shining bright one again…

The 53-year-old half-Costa Rican actress, best known for her role in The Last of the Mohicans and 12 Monkeys even received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as wealthy socialite Victoria Grayson on the soaptastic series.

Madeleine Stowe

But Stowe admits people have been treating her differently lately.

“Strangers will stop and stare and whisper to each other, but they’re very guarded and very careful,” Stowe recently told the Boston Herald.

It could be because Stowe’s character is a perfect antagonist—much like Joan Collins’ Alexis Colby on Dynasty—who dispenses chilly stares and cold-hearted comments with a deceptive smile.

“She’s sort of formidable, but she’s also very damaged in a lot of ways and spends her whole life sort of covering everything up. Her whole life has been a huge cover-up,” Stowe said. “I think the audience is sensing a kind of rage and a willfulness in her. Maybe there’s a ticking time bomb there. I think, in her mind, she’s doing whatever she has to to protect the life that she’s built because what she came from before was pretty devastating.”

Madeleine Stowe

In the second half of the show’s first season, Stowe’s character will embark on a “very tangled” romance with guest star James Purefoy while testing viewers’ loyalty.

“There’s going to be some really disturbing things that she does that are coming down the pike, and whether audiences will hang with her or not is another matter,” she said. “I’m totally willing to go there, but you might end up really despising her. … I’m always saying, ‘Let’s go as far as we can with her,’ and this is pretty startling.”

It’s hard to believe ABC had reservations about Stowe playing Victoria, especially given the critical acclaim she’s received.

“I think the network was a little worried initially in casting me — if I would be too sympathetic — and then I think they ended up finding that there were certain aspects to my nature that worked for the character.”

And Stowe admits playing Victoria has been a challenge, as well as an ongoing balancing act.

“I don’t think I always did hit the right note, to be honest,” she said. “There’s times when I look at myself and say, ‘Ooh, that’s just really pushing it over the edge.’ It’s a very, very delicate balance with her, and it took me awhile to find her.”

Revenge airs on Wednesdays at 10:00 pm ET on ABC.

To learn more about Stowe, check out Us Weekly‘s 25 Things You Don’t Know About Madeleine Stowe article.