Kalinda Vazquez has landed an out of this world opportunity…
The Latina television writer and producer has been set by Paramount Pictures to write a Star Trek film.
JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot is producing.
Vazquez has written on Star Trek: Discovery, and insiders say this is a blind deal for an original movie that she hatched, one that expands her role in the StarTrek Universe.
Vazquez was a co-executive producer on Fear the Walking Dead. She also got her name from the original Star Trek series, after a character from the second-season episode “By Any Other Name.” In the 1968 episode, the character’s name was Kelinda.
Vazquez just made a splash in teaming with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin on an HBO series adaptation of the Roger Zelazny sci-fi novel Roadmarks.
Vazquez’s television credits include Marvel’sRunaways, Once Upon a Time, Nikita, Human Target and Prison Break, and she recently adaptedBarrier, based on a Brian K. Vaughan graphic novel, for Legendary Television.
AMC has renewed its zombie apocalypse series Fear the Walking Dead, starring the 51-year-old half-Guatemalan American actor, for a seventh season.
The cable networkannounced the renewal Thursday on the show’s Twitter account.
The renewal news comes midway through Season 6 of The Walking Dead companion series, which stars Domingo, who portrays Victor Strand, Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson, Austin Amelio, Ruben Blades and Karen David.
Scott M. Gimple executive produces FTWD, along with showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero.
The 50-year-old Afro-Guatemalan American Broadway and television/film actor has thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate for the 2020 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors.
Domingo, who appeared on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, is among the candidates in the Actors category.
In the Writing branch, Gregory Nava is in the running. The 71-year-old Mexican/Spanish American writer and filmmaker’s former projects include El Norte, Selena and Bordertown.
The winner in each branch will be chosen directly from these entries rather than whittling it down to four finalists in each, as has been done in the past.
The winners for the 17 open slots on the 54-member board will be chosen by preferential balloting, just like Best Picture race at the Oscars. Voting is underway with ballots due back June 5.
The Actors branch is the largest in the Academy and has drawn the biggest field of contenders for the one spot available. Domingo is running against incumbent governor Whoopi Goldberg and past governor Ed Begley Jr.
Here’s the full list of nominees by branch (* = incumbent):
Actors Michael Lee Aday Ed Begley, Jr Robert Carradine Nicolas Coster Colman Domingo Richard Dreyfuss Spencer Garrett Bruce Glover Whoopi Goldberg* James Keach Stacy Keach Peter Kwong Jodi Long Tim Matheson Joe Pantoliano Lou Diamond Phillips Andrea Riseborough Andrew Stevens Rita Wilson
Cinematographers Kerry Barden Richard Hicks Margery Simkin Debra Zane Andrzej Bartkowiak Richard P Crudo Svetlana Cvetko Steven Fierberg Michael Goi Janusz Kaminski Newton Thomas Sigel Eric Steelberg Kees Van Oostrum Amelia Vincent Roy Wagner Mandy Walker*
Directors Niki Caro Scott Cooper Ava DuVernay Reginald Hudlin Kasi Lemmons Michael Mann Philippe Mora Kimberly Peirce* Brett Ratner Peyton Reed Jason Reitman Frances-Anne Solomon Lewis Teague
Documentary Kate Amend* Geralyn Dreyfous Karen Goodman Lauren Greenfield Tom Neff
Executives Pam Abdy Victoria Alonso Michael W Barker Thomas Bernard Mark C Canton Erica Huggins David Linde* Mike Medavoy James W Morris Gianni Nunnari Stephen Strick Patrick Wachsberger
Film Editors Mark Helfrich Michael Jablow Nancy Richardson Stephen Rivkin David Rosenbloom Paul Seydor Terilyn A Shropshire
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Linda Flowers
Marketing and Public Relations Stephen D Bruno Kevin Goetz Barry Dale Johnson Michael Kaplan Christina Kounelias* Robert A Levine Michele Robertson
Music Charles Bernstein* Paul Chihara George S Clinton John C Debney Sharon Farber William Goldstein Jan A P Kaczmarek Emilio Kauderer Carole Bayer Sager
Producers Khadija Alami Jason Blum Lawrence David Foldes Jennifer Fox Lynette Howell Taylor Steven-Charles Jaffe Robert Lantos Lori McCreary Chris Moore Michael Peyser Michael S Phillips Peter Samuelson Michael Shamberg Jeffrey Sharp Richard W Stevenson Irwin Winkler
Production Design Marcia Hinds Geoffrey A Kirkland John A Kuri Carolyn A Loucks John Muto Rusty Smith Melissa Stewart Wynn P Thomas* Thomas A Walsh
Short Films and Feature Animation Jon Bloom Edwin Catmull Ron Diamond Chris Donahue Raul Garcia Matthew Gross Tom Sito* Erik Smitt Chris Tashima
Sound Bobbi Banks Teri E Dorman* Nicholas Eliopoulos Scott Gershin Mark Mangini F Hudson Miller Victoria Rose Sampson Mark P Stoeckinger Bruce Tanis Randy Thom
Visual Effects Robert Blalack Rob Bredow Brooke Breton Richard Edlund* Jonathan Erland Jeffrey M Kleiser Jeffrey A Okun Helena Packer Joshua Pines Theresa Ellis Rygiel Rick Sayre
Writers Carl A Gottlieb Larry Karaszewski* Gregory Nava John Ridley Howard A Rodmam
Daniel Zovatto’s dreadful time is beginning earlier than anticipated…
Showtime has released the series premiere of its new drama Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, starring the 28-year-old Costa Rican actor, early for free online sampling ahead of its April 26 on-air debut. It’s available now on YouTube and SHO.com.
Zovatto stars alongside Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Kerry Bishé, Rory Kinnear, Adriana Barraza, Michael Gladis, Jessica Garza and Johnathan Nievesin the follow-up to Penny Dreadfulfrom the original series’ creator, writer and executive producer John Logan.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) and his partner Lewis Michener (Lane) become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.
Showtime is also supporting the Farmworkers Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fundto help raise funds for farmworkers and their families, similar to the Vega family depicted in the series.
The episode is also available via multiple television and streaming providers as well as Showtime’s stand-alone service at http://www.showtime.com.
The 10-episode series will officially premiere this Sunday, April 26 at 10 pm ET/PT on Showtime.
Zovatto’s previous credits include television appearances in Here and Now, Fear the Walking Deadand Revenge.
The 50-year-old Guatemalan American actor, playwright and television/stage director has signed a first-look deal with AMC Studios, the studio behind Domingo’s zombie drama series Fear the Walking Dead.
Domingo made his debut as Victor Strand in a two-episode guest arc during the first season of Fear the Walking Dead, a spinoff from The Walking Dead.
He was made a series regular at the start of Season 2. He made his directorial debut on the show and has directed two episodes to date.
“From the moment AMC viewers first saw Colman Domingo as the mysterious and dynamic Victor Strand in season one of Fear The Walking Dead,they haven’t been able to look away, and neither have we,” said Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Networks Entertainment Group & AMC Studios. “He has become a core character of the series and, as anyone who knows him knows, his talents go far beyond that one character in that one show. He is a writer, producer and performer who can move effortlessly between film, television and the stage and we are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with this extraordinary talent and individual through this first-look deal with AMC Studios.”
Domingo is currently in production on the upcoming sixth season of Fear the Walking Dead and stars in A24’s Zola, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He’s also had a recurring role on HBO’s Euphoria and will be seen in Jordan Peele’s spiritual sequel to the 1992 gothic horror film CandyMan, as well as opposite Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in the Netflix film adaption of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,produced by Denzel Washington.
Domingo, 20-year veteran theater director, co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and for the Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole musical.
At AMC, he developed a series based on his play Dottwo years ago.
Domingo’s film acting credits also include Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Selma, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, First Match, and Spike Lee’s Miracle At St. Ana, Red Hook Summerand Passing Strange.
The 35-year-old Cuban actress and model, best known for her role as Luciana on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, will star in Dead End, an indie thriller directed by Mikhael Bassilli and Luc Walpoth.
Michael Drayer, Travis Hammer, Taja V. Simpson and newcomer Vernon Taylor III also star.
The plot for the film, which was written by Bassilli and MJ Palo, follows a pair of fugitives who, after a home invasion turns into a bloody shootout, find refuge in the nearby house of a single mother as the neighborhood goes into police lockdown. The fugitives’ only hope of escaping is Minny (Garcia), their fiery (and very pregnant) getaway driver. With the clock ticking, it’s all up to Minny to hatch an escape plan in time for the major payday.
In addition to Fear the Walking Dead, Garcia’s credits include Prison Break, Hawaii Five-0 and Supernatural.
Colman Domingo has landed a sweet (but scary) role…
The 49-year-old Afro-Latino actor has been castin MGMand Jordan Peele’s forthcoming reboot of the classic horror film Candyman, which has begun principal photography in Chicago.
Domingo will star opposite Nathan Stewart-Jarrett,Yahya Abdul-Mateen IIand Teyonah Parrisin the film.
The film will be directed by Nia DaCostaand will be a spiritual sequel to Benard Rose’s 1992 gothic horror movie, which was originally based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden.
The film will be shot entirely in Chicago and feature various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
The original movie followed the urban legend of the titular character and starred Tony Toddas Candyman, a former slave turned artist who fell in love and with a white woman and fathered a child during the late 1800s. Because of this forbidden relationship, his lover’s father hired a lynch mob to kill him. He was smeared with honey and bees attacked him. He was burned to death and his ashes were scattered upon what became the present-day the Cabrini-Green housing project. The story of his death became an urban legend and by saying his name five times in the mirror, he comes and murders you. The horror became popular among the masses and spawned two sequels.
Universal Pictureswill distribute Candymanglobally with the U.S. release date set for June 12, 2020.
A Tony andLawrence Olivier-nominated actor and playwright, Domingo is known for his role as Victor Strand on Fear the Walking Dead. He also appears on HBO’s Euphoria. He can next be seen in A24’s Zola, Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Skyand The God Committeealongside Kelsey Grammarand Julia Stiles. He is currently filming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottomwith Viola Davisand Chadwick Boseman.
The 35-year-old Dominican actor has landed a series regular role opposite Russell Hornsby, Michael Imperioli and Arielle Kebbel in NBC/s drama pilot Lincoln (formerly known as The Bone Collector).
The project is based on the best-selling book series by Jeffery Deaver that was adapted into the 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
Written by VJ Boydand Mark Bianculliand directed by Seth Gordon, Lincoln follows legendary forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme (Hornsby), who was seriously injured during his hunt for the diabolic serial killer known as the Bone Collector. Called back into action when the killer re-emerges, Lincoln forms a unique partnership with Amelia Sachs (Kebbel), a young beat cop who helps him hunt the deadly mastermind while also taking on the most high-profile cases in the NYPD.
Jimenez will play Eric Ortiz, an NYPD detective and Sellitto’s (Imperioli) new partner.
Sony Pictures Televisionand Universal Televisionwill produce the project in association with Keshet Studios.
Jimenez recurs on Starz’s breakout LatinxseriesVida. He previously recurred on Fear the Walking Dead and Wisdom of the Crowd.
The 35-year-old Dominican actor has been cast in the John Leguizamo-directed film, Critical Thinking, which Leguizamo is also starring in along with Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Michael K. Williams.
Set in 1998, the film is based on a true story of how a group of disparate kids from a working-class barriowest of downtown Miami are brought together by their inspirational chess coach, Mario Martinez (Leguizamo), at Miami Jackson High School to become the first inner city school to win the U.S. National Chess Championship.
Jimenez will play Andre, a powerful local drug kingpin who is very quick to pull the trigger when something bothers him on his streets.
His previous credits include television appearance in Fear The Walking Deadand Starz’s Latinx series Vida.
The Latino actor has been cast opposite Jennifer Garner and David Tennant in HBO’s new half-hour comedy series Camping.
Del Puerto joins a cast that includes Janicza Bravo, Brett Gelman and Bridget Everett.
Based on the British series created by Julia Davis, the project hails from the Girls duo of creator/executive producer Lena Dunham and executive producer Jenni Konner.
Production begins this spring in Los Angeles.
Co-written by Dunham and Konner, who also showrun, Camping centers on Walt (Tennant), whose 45th birthday was supposed to be a delightful weekend back to nature, at least according to his obsessively organized and aggressively controlling wife Kathryn (Garner). But when the camping trip gathers Kathryn’s meek sister, holier than thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited Tagalong in one place, it becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman-on-woman crime that won’t soon be forgotten. Plus, bears.
Del Puerto will portray Miguel, who is smack dab in the middle of a midlife crisis, recently separated. He is now expressing his instability through Topshop clothing and very strange life choices.
Bravo will play Nina-Joy, the friend you go to for everything: best massage, best jeans, best oatmeal. But her tension with Kathryn over a breach of confidence threatens to topple the weekend and put tooth marks in her marriage to the husband (Gelman) she adores almost as much as she likes a nice clog boot.
Del Puerto was most recently seen in features Independence Day: Resurgence, Ride Along 2and CHIPS. He’s also known for his recurring role on AMC’s Fear the Walking Deadand a memorable guest spot in the Season 2 premiere of Pamela Adlon’sBetter Things.
Known as a writer and director, Bravo directed and co-wrote with Gelman feature Lemon which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. She also helmed the “Juneteenth” episode of Donald Glover’s hit FX seriesAtlanta, as well as episodes of HBO’s Divorce, Here and Now,Netflix’s Love and Dear White People, and alsoguest-starred as Lorna in an episode of Love.