Helena Bonham Carter to Star in the ITV Biopic “Nolly”

It’s a Nolly, jolly time for Helena Bonham Carter

The 55-year-old part-Spanish English actress has been cast as the lead in the ITV biopic Nolly.

Helena Bonham Carter

From Russell T Davies, the debut project for Nicola Shindler’s ITV Studios-backed drama label Quay Street Productions, the project will tell the story of Noele Gordon (Bonham Carter), who played Meg Richardson in hit ITV soap Crossroads before being abruptly axed at the height of the show’s success. With the boss’s words “all good things must come to an end” ringing in her ears, Gordon found herself thrown out of the show that was her life for almost 20 years.

The three-parter is Doctor Who showrunner Davies’ first show for ITV since 2004 and reunites him with long-time collaborator Shindler, who he has worked with numerous times including on It’s A Sin for her previous outfit Red Production Company, which she left last year to set up Quay Street. It’s A Sin director Peter Hoar is set to direct Nolly, Davies and Shindler will executive produce and ITV Studios is distributing internationally.

ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill called Nolly a “bold exploration of how the establishment turns on women who refuse to play by the rules, the women it cannot understand and the women it fears.”

“Russell’s scripts are magnificent and a great tribute to Noele Gordon, but also to our national love of soaps and a celebration of the incredible women they create,” she added.

Shindler said: “I couldn’t be prouder or more excited that the first drama we will be filming for Quay Street Productions is this beautiful script by Russell T Davies. And that Helena Bonham Carter will star as such an iconic British woman is dream casting.”

HBO Max Releases Trailer for Aida Rodriguez’s Comedy Special “Fighting Words

Them’s fighting words for Aida Rodriguez

HBO Max has released the teaser for the 44-year-old Puerto Rican & Dominican American comedian’s new comedy special Fighting Words.

Aida Rodriguez

Rodriguez’s special will take viewers on a journey that extends beyond the stage and into her personal life with a travel diary as she faces her past in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The one-hour special is directed by Emmy-nominated cinematographer Nadia Hallgren and multiple SXSW Film Festival Jury Award winner Kristian Mercado (Pa’Lante).

Known for her no holds barred commentary, Rodriguez will share unapologetic commentary on topics ripped from the headlines, being worn out from political comedy, and getting back into the dating game. The travel documentary will conclude the special following Rodriguez as she reunites with her estranged father and how she pays it forward by supporting up-and-coming comedians.

The special is executive produced by Rodriguez, Michelle Caputo, and Shannon Hartman for Art & Industry.

Other titles from Rodriguez available to stream now include headlining the 2020 HBO LatinX standup special Entrenos available on HBO Max, Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All-Star Comedy Jam, and Netflix’s They Ready, executive produced by Tiffany Haddish and Wanda Sykes.

She was also a finalist on season 8 of Last Comic Standing.

Rodriguez was handpicked to appear in The Comedy starring Robert DeNiro by director Taylor Hackford.

She is currently developing an animated series with ITV.

Natalie Mendoza to Star as Satine in Broadway’s “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Natalie Mendoza is seeing rouge

The 42-year-old part-Spanish Australian actress/singer has been cast as the lead role of Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical, filling the vacancy left when the Tony Award-nominated Karen Olivo resigned in April.

Natalie Mendoza

With the casting of Mendoza, the full Moulin Rouge! cast is in place for the resumption of performances on Friday, September 24, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

The musical originally opened on July 25, 2019, but performances were suspended in March 2020 when Broadway went dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Mendoza joins a principal cast that also includes Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas and Robyn Hurder.

The casting is a bit of a homecoming for Mendoza, who portrayed a can-can dancer named China Doll in Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film Moulin Rouge!

“From the moment Natalie was cast as China Doll in Moulin Rouge! the film, we knew we had discovered a major young talent,” Luhrmann said in a statement. “That young talent has now blossomed into the lead in our Broadway production. I could not be more thrilled that Natalie will be lowered in that glorious swing as Broadway’s Sparkling Diamond.”

Said Mendoza, “Having been involved with the film from its early conception, the role of Satine has always been close to my heart. This rare jewel of an opportunity to play a character like her on Broadway feels like a full circle moment. With this stunning group of bohemian artists and this uniquely conscious creative team I couldn’t be in better care.”

Mendoza, raised in Australia, previously worked with the Broadway musical’s director Alex Timbers when she appeared as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love at London’s Royal National Theatre.

 

He starred on the BBC One drama series Hotel Babylon and The Descent horror film franchise.

On the film side, she’ll next be seen in the buzzy Cannes Film Festival film Annette, directed by Leos Carax and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.

Mendoza’s other credits include Michael Winterbottom’s futuristic thriller Code 46, Miramax’s The Great Raid and, on television, ABC’s production of South Pacific, ITV’s McDonald & Dodds, CBS’ Blue Bloods and in upcoming episodes of Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan.

On stage, additional credits include Miss Saigon, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark and Ghost.

TNT Renews Botto’s “Good Behavior” for a Second Season

Juan Diego Botto is preparing for another year of good behavior.

TNT has renewed Good Behavior, starring the 41-year-old Argentine-Spanish actor, for a second season.

Juan Diego Botto

Based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch, the drama stars Michelle Dockery as Letty, a thief and con artist fresh out of prison trying to stay afloat and reunite with her young son.

Crouch executive produces with Chad Hodge, who serves as showrunner, Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Last Man Standing) of ITV‘s Tomorrow Studios.

“Fueled by unsinkable characters on a dangerous search for belonging, love and family, Good Behavior is addictive television,” said TNT executive vice president of original programming Sarah Aubrey. “Millions of viewers have fallen hard for this sexy, complicated couple, and in season two, Letty and Javier will give us plenty more to obsess about.”

Coming in just below other TNT original dramas, at least in traditional measurements, Good Behavior typically earns around 1.5 million viewers once live-plus-3 lifts are factored in. However, as it has with its other young dramas, TNT made sure to tout multiplatform viewing for Good Behavior in its pickup announcement Saturday. According to the cabler, Good Behavior has reached an average of 4.4 million viewers per episode across TNT’s digital and mobile platforms.

It’s Botto’s first starring role in American television.

Banderas to Study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins

The Antonio Banderas Collection may be headed to a department store near you soon…

The 54-year-old Spanish actor has announced that he’s moving to London to study at the prestigious design school Central Saint Martins, whose alumni include fashion all-stars like Stella McCartney, Zac Posen and Alexander McQueen.

Antonio Banderas

Banderas revealed his new plans on the British talk show ITV’s Loose Women, explaining, “It’s something that has been on my mind for a long time and probably one of the best schools in the world is here, Saint Martins University, and so I am going to start studying with them.”

He noted that it may “take a while,” but added, “I need knowledge to take steps in that territory in the future. It makes me feel actually very young to put the elbows on the table again and try to understand another reality.”

Even though his time will be preoccupied with his studies, he’ll still make time for acting. “Of course I won’t stop my professional life, I’ll continue acting, directing, but this is a new thing,” says Banderas.

First Look: Diaz’s Co-Starring Role in “Gambit”

Cameron Diaz is running the gambit with an Oscar-winning actor…

Cameron Diaz in Gambit

The 40-year-old half-Cuban American actress is starring as a cowgirl opposite Colin Firth in the comedy Gambit, which saw the release this week of the film’s first trailer on the United Kingdom’s ITV.

Gambit sees Firth playing a long-suffering employee who grows tired of being intimidated by his eccentric boss, played by Harry Potter’s Alan Rickman, and decides to seek revenge.

Cameron Diaz's Gambit Poster
It’s a remake of the 1966 movie of the same name; it follows Firth’s character Harry Dean who plans to steal a statue from one of the world’s richest men. His master plan, however, is missing one major component: the involvement of a beautiful woman to act as his gambit.

Dean then meets PJ Puznowski (Diaz), someone who appears to be the perfect candidate. But Dean himself becomes enraptured with her, causing his plan to take a series of wrong turns.

Directed by Michael Hoffman, Gambit—which co-stars Tom Courtenay, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman—doesn’t have a U.S. release date in the U.S. yet.