Netflix to Premiere Season 2 of JJ Soria’s “Gentefied” in November

JJ Soria is returning to East L.A. in November…

Netflix’s half-hour Latinx dramedy Gentefied, starring the 40-year-old Mexican American actor, is returning for Season 2 on November 10.

Gentefied

From creators Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, the series follows East Los Angeles Latinos on their respective and collective search for the American Dream.

Season 2 picks up after the emotional debut season’s finale that saw Erik Morales (Soria) and his girlfriend Lidia (Annie Gonzalez) welcome a daughter, Delfina. As Erik realizes his grandfather Pops (Joaquin Cosio) is missing from the hospital celebration, it is revealed that he has been arrested for an outstanding warrant and his beloved pick-up truck is being impounded.

The streamer teases the return will tackle Erik and his cousin Chris’s (Carlos Santos) struggle to keep Pops in the country while dealing with new love, new babies, estranged fathers, and tracking down Bad Bunny at a Halloween party. They’ll fight to thrive, but along the way will question where they truly belong in a world made up of borders, family separation, and the potential loss of their beloved taco shop, Mama Fina’s.

Gentefied is a Netflix production also starring Karrie Martin Lachney, Julissa Calderon; and newly added season 2 cast Melinna Bobadilla, Manuel Uriza, Ivana Rojas, and Clarissa Thibeaux.

The series is executive produced by Lemus, Chávez, Charles D. King, Marta Fernandez of MACRO, America Ferrera of Take Fountain, Aaliyah Williams, Kim Roth, and Teri Weinberg of Yellow Brick Road.

Danny Trejo to Appear in Hulu’s Horror Anthology Series “American Horror Stories”

Let the Horror begin for Danny Trejo.

The 77-year-old Mexican American actor has joined the cast of American Horror Stories, Hulu’s American Horror Story spinoff anthology series.

Danny Trejo

Trejo will join the cast as Santa as part of Ryan Murphy’s horror franchise.

AHS alums Matt BomerBillie Lourd and John Carroll Lynch are set to return to the series.

Bomer, Lourde and Lynch are set to play Michael, Liv Whitely and Larry Bitterman, respectively. Naomi Grossman will also return to the American Horror Story franchise to take on Rabid Ruth.

American Horror Stories is a weekly hourlong anthology series that will feature a different horror story in each contained episode. The spinoff will premiere exclusively on Hulu July 15. Murphy’s social media post also revealed that Aaron Tveit, Paris Jackson, Madison Bailey and Virginia Garndner and many more will appear throughout the series. Murphy also confirmed that

“And this isn’t even the half of it,” Murphy said about the packed cast.

The spin-off anthology series will premiere a little more than a month before American Horror Story returns for its tenth installment, Double Feature. American Horror Stories is set to conclude on Halloween.

American Horror Stories is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Alexis Martin Woodall, John J. Gray and Manny Coto.

Carlos Gomez to Appear on Season Two of Starz’s “Hightown”

Carlos Gomez is coming to (high)town

The 58-year-old Latino American actor has landed a recurring role on the second season of Starz’s crime drama series Hightown, starring Monica Raymund, from Jerry Bruckheimer and Lionsgate Television.

Carlos Gomez

The second season picks up about six weeks after the events in the Season 1 finale, around Halloween, in Cape Cod’s desolate, cold but still achingly beautiful off-season. The tourists are gone, and all of our characters are in a different place compared to where they were at the beginning of season one. The weak are now powerful, and the powerful are now weak. But beyond that, there is darkness beneath the surface of all of our main characters, particularly Jackie and Ray. Both have shadow sides of their personality — holes in their souls that they try to fill with drugs, alcohol, women, ambition and work. There’s a new terror on The Cape, and it may be its greatest White Whale yet.

Gomez will play Rafael. Father of Jackie (Raymund), past his glory days but always looking for a good time. Charismatic and charming with a dark side, Rafael is a fisherman in New Bedford, MA. He has a strained and complicated relationship with his daughter.

Rebecca Cutter created the series and serves as executive producer with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.

Gomez’s previous television credits include The Baker and the Beauty, Chicago Med, Elementary and Madam Secretary.

“The Craft: Legacy” Star Zoey Luna to Take Part in Blumhouse’s Virtual “BlumFest”

Life is Blum a dream for Zoey Luna

The 19-year-old Latina transgender actress will be taking part in Blumhouse’s first-ever BlumFest, a virtual event featuring panels of talent from the studio’s upcoming movies, both big screen and PVOD, and more.

Zoey Luna

The virtual event will take place Thursday, October 29 at 10:00 am PT on Blumhouse’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

“This year has sidelined a lot for all of us, but Halloween is a treasured season at Blumhouse, so we conceived BlumFest to celebrate with our fans via a virtual event that will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage on an upcoming release or two,” said Jason Blum, Blumhouse’s CEO and founder.

Panels featured include:

Welcome to the Blumhouse – Join Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios and Blum for a lively convo about the collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse on the recently launched movies The Lie, Nocturne, Evil Eye and Black Box. Mamoudou Athie from the film Black Box will join the duo along with surprise guests. The four films are currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

The Craft: Legacy – Writer-director Zoe Lister Jones and the film’s stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone and Luna will chat about the cult hit reboot. The movie will debut Wednesday on PVOD and electronic sell-through domestic, with a big-screen release abroad.

Freaky – Writer-director Chris Landon, stars Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, and Blum will chat about the body-swap horror comedy which hits theaters November 13 and select offshore markets via Universal.

Halloween Kills – Filmmaker David Gordon Green and the horror franchise’s scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, producer Malek Akkad from Trancas Films and Miramax producer Bill Block and Blum will converse about the October 2021 release.

The Good Lord BirdEthan Hawke, EP, writer and star of the Showtime series and Blum, who’ve worked together over several projects, will discuss their most recent collaboration.

Pabllo Vittar to Host Virtual Halloween Benefit Event, “111 Halloween Club Night”

Pabllo Vittar want you to have a spook-tacular Halloween

Social-distancing policies are still in place throughout the world, so celebrating Halloween will be quite different this year. But the 26-year-old Brazilian drag queen, singer and songwriter hopes to keep the spirit of the season alive.

Pabllo Vittar 

Vittar has announced a brand-new live experience, 111 Halloween Club Night, to take place on Halloween (Saturday, October 31). In partnership with online 3-D avatar site IMVU, the event will feature Vittar hosting her own spooky festival with special guests, DJ sets and a lot of great music.

The event will feature six digital “stages,” each with their own set of performers, including Vittar, Christine and the QueensKim PetrasPurity Ring and many more. Starting at noon UTC, each set of performers will take to the stage throughout the day, with Brooklyn-based duo Spirit Twin serving as producers throughout the day.

Along with giving fans some much-needed live music, the event will also raise funds for a good cause: 111 Halloween Club Night will help raise money for the National Independent Venue Association and their ongoing Save Our Stages campaign to provide economic relief to indie venues impacted by the global pandemic.

“It’s an honor to help curate this event with IMVU and all of the incredible artists,” Vittar said in a statement. “Let’s all get dressed up online for Halloween this year and help save our stages for when the world re-opens.”

Check out more details for the event and RVSP to Pabllo Vittar’s 111 Halloween Club Night here.

Miguel to Perform at This Year’s Mala Luna Music Festival in San Antonio

There’s a bad moon rising for Miguel

The 33-year-old half-Mexican American singer is set to perform at San Antonio’s Mala Luna Music Festival.

Miguel

The Grammy-winning singer joins a lineup that includes Russ, Diplo, Juice WrldYGand Playboi Cartifor its 2019 edition. 

TheHalloween weekend festival hitting Texas from October 26-27 at the Nelson Wolff Stadium parking lot will also feature sets from DababyTrippie Redd, Summer Walkerand Jessie Reyez.

Ari Lennoxof J.Cole’s Dreamville Records will perform in support of her newly released debut album Shea Butter Baby, while Houston’s own Megan Thee Stallion will also perform following her run on the Legendary Nights Tour with YG and Future.

The downtown San Antonio festival is returning for its fourth year with performances from DaniLeigh, MeliiUMI and Alaina Castillo.

In a continued effort to support and shine a light on Texas’ growing music scene, several local artists will be performing including FRITOGANGHoodlumJay Wileand Doeman.

In 2018, Mala Luna welcomed more than 30,000 attendees to the music festival that also pays tribute to the local culture and the San Antonio community’s annual Diá de los Muertos celebrations. live art installations, local food vendors and merchants, and highly curated themes and designs, costumes and more are once again expected at the annual event produced by Texas-based promoter ScoreMore Shows.

Tickets for Mala Luna are available now with single-day passes starting at $79. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams Up with Frankie Negrón for Latinx Voter Mobilization Coalition ‘Respeta Mi Gente’

Lin-Manuel Miranda is doing his part to get out the vote…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican composer, lyricist, playwright, rapper, and actor, best known for creating and starring in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton, has joined forces with salsero Frankie Negrón to support the voter mobilization coalition Respeta Mi Gente, which is focusing on inspiring voters in Puerto Rican communities in Central Florida to get out to the polls in less than two weeks.

Lin-Manuel Miranda 

“There was such a massive influx of Puerto Ricans to the mainland after Hurricane Maria,” Miranda said during a media call, according to a statementannouncing the effort.

“One of the most important things they can do is vote for the candidates [who] have been paying attention to what’s been happening on the island.”

That’s why Miranda and Negrón joined the drive spearheaded by the non-profits Alianza for Progress and Hispanic Federation to get Latinx voters to the polls with a series of television and radio ads as well as Negrón’s song “Respecta Mi Gente.”

The remix take on Hector Lavoe and the Fania All Stars‘ 1975 hit “Mi Gente” is an attempt to lift spirits after a difficult 12 months. “We’re using Hector Lavoe’s song and voice to address what a difficult year this has been for Puerto Ricans, and for all Latinos in general,” said Negrón in a statement.

Respeta Mi Gente has a few key goals, some of which include helping Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of HurricanesIrma and Maria, and encouraging Puerto Ricans in Florida to vote in order to give a voice to their family and friends on the island — who are American citizens, but are not allowed to vote in national elections. The organization has a full calendar of events planned over the next few weeks, from a senior voting drive on Friday (October 26), to a Scary Phone Bank event on Halloween (October 31) and a Boricua Vota auto show on November 3.

An estimated 5.4 million Puerto Ricans live in the United States, including 30,000 who moved to the mainland after being displaced by Maria in 2017. Florida has the highest concentration of Puerto Rican residents in the country, concentrated in Central Florida, one of the key battleground spots in this year’s midterms, according to the organization.

Kirstie Maldonado & Pentatonix Release Spooky Video for New Holiday Single “Making Christmas”

Kirstie Maldonado is celebrating two holidays at once…

The 26-year-old half-Mexican, part-Spanish American singer and her fellow Pentatonix members have released the new music video for “Making Christmas,” which fuses Halloween spooks and Christmas spirit.

Pentatonix

“Making Christmas” is originally from Tim Burton’s beloved 1993 animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

In the video, the a cappella group alternates between a creepy graveyard and a snowy Christmas landscape as they harmonize on the “Making Christmas” vocals.

“Making Christmas” is the lead single from their upcoming album Christmas Is Here!due October 26.

Cardi B to Headline This Year’s Mala Luna Music Festival

Cardi B’s mala luna is rising…

The 25-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation has been announced as the headlining act for the third annual Mala Luna Music Festival, taking place during the Halloween weekend (October 27-28) in San Antonio.

Cardi B

The two-day festival will also have Puerto Rican urban singer Nicky Jam as a headliner, offering concertgoers their most diverse lineup yet.

In its third anniversary, Mala Luna will keep its hip-hop and EDM essence while adding some of the biggest names in the Latin music industry to its lineup, including DJ Deorro, and Becky G.

Other artists in the lineup include 2 ChainzLil PumpDillon Francis and Tyler the Creator.

The Mala Luna Music Festival will take place at the Nelson Wolff Stadium in San Antonio,

Single-day or weekend tickets are available at www.MalaLuna.com.

Jennifer Lopez Partners with UNICEF for Special Halloween Fundraiser for Hurricane Maria Relief

Jennifer Lopez is helping to collect treats this Halloween for the victims of Hurricane Maria…

The 48-year-old Puerto Rican superstar is enlisting kids in collecting donations through “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.”

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez teamed up with UNICEF for the annual fundraiser, which this year asks kids to use the entire month of October, along with Halloween night, to help gather aid for the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.

Donations will go directly to Puerto Rico, J.Lo‘s family’s home island, which still is without electricity more than a month after the storm.

Michelle Centeno, senior officer of humanitarian emergencies and executive communications for UNICEF U.S.A.explained, “While conditions in Puerto Rico remain challenging, UNICEF U.S.A. is there, working to support children and families as they rebuild. The scale of need demands that we all play a role in this ongoing effort, and work closely with partners to put children first.”

Lopez appeared in a UNICEF ad calling for children to help them make a difference, holding up the little box any American can remember receiving when they were younger in public school during the weeks prior to Halloween.

“When you trick-or-treat UNICEF U.S.A, you get to be a hero no matter what your costume is. You get to help save other kids around the world,” Lopez pleaded.