Marc Menchaca to Star in Apple TV+’s Limited Series “The Big Cigar”

Marc Menchaca is going undercover…

The 46-year-old half-Mexican American actor has joined the cast of Apple TV+’s six-episode limited series The Big Cigar, which is centered on Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton.

Marc MenchacaMenchaca, who most recently starred on Netflix’s Ozark, will star alongside André Holland, Don Cheadle, Alessandro Nivola and Tiffany Boone in the project.

Based on the eponymous Playboy magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, the series tells the extraordinary, hilarious, almost-too-good-to-be-true story of how Newton relied on his best friend, Bert Schneider (Nivola), the Hollywood producer behind Easy Rider, to elude a nationwide manhunt and escape to Cuba while being pursued into exile by the FBI.

Menchaca will portray Agent Sydney Clark. A former lawyer and Vietnam vet from Oklahoma, Clark lives undercover as a dirty hippie while pursuing Newton, who is wanted on charges of killing a teenage prostitute.

NAACP Image Award winner Janine Sherman Barrois is serving as The Big Cigar‘s showrunner. Jim Hecht wrote the show’s first episode, with Cheadle directing and executive producing the first two.

The show hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Barrois and her Folding Chair Productions are under an overall deal. Barrois and Hecht are executive producing alongside Bearman, Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector through their production company Epic, a division of Vox Media Studios.

Menchaca is best known for his scene-stealing turns as Jack Hoskins on HBO’s hit series The Outsider, and as Russ Langmore on the Emmy-winning Netflix drama series Ozark.

He will next be seen in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, HBO’s miniseries The White House Plumbers, John Hyams’ thriller Sick and Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi pic True Love for New Regency.


His additional television credits include Black MirrorHomelandMacGyverBlue BloodsChicago P.D.Sleepy HollowThe Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, CSI and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Marc Menchaca to Star in Gareth Edwards’ New Film “True Love”

Marc Menchaca has found true love

The 46-year-old Mexican American actor has joined the cast of Gareth Edwards’ New Regency film True Love, which has entered production in Thailand.

Marc MenchacaMenchaca, who has starred in Ozark and The Outsider, will star alongside John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Benedict Wong and Sturgill Simpson in the film.

The latest film written and directed by Edwards is billed as an original sci-fi story set in the near future. Specifics as to its plot are currently undisclosed.

Edwards is producing the film with his Rogue One collaborator Kiri Hart and New Regency, which has provided the film’s financing.

Menchaca is perhaps best known for his scene-stealing turns as Jack Hoskins in HBO’s hit series The Outsider, and as Russ Langmore in the Emmy-winning Netflix drama series Ozark.

The actor most recently wrapped production on the Netflix feature No One Gets Out Alive, and the action-thriller Gypsy Moon alongside Lena Headey and Sam Worthington.

He made a recent appearance on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and will soon be featured in its upcoming series The White House Plumbers, as well as an upcoming episode of Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan. His additional television credits include Black MirrorHomeland, MacGyverBlue BloodsChicago P.D.Sleepy HollowThe Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, CSI and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Leyva Promoted to Series Regular on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”

Forget red! Selenis Leyva is seeing orange

The 41-year-old Cuban-Dominican American actress has been promoted to series regular on Netflix’s hit prison comedy Orange Is The New Black, which was recently picked up for a third season well-before its second-season premiere.

Selenis Leyva

Leyva plays the quick-witted and sharp-tongued Gloria Mendoza in the series, which also stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon and Kate Mulgrew.

“Gloria is sassy, there’s a fierceness about her and you know that eyebrow, when it goes up, you know she means business,” Leyva told Huffington Post in an interview. “And that’s like my thing [laughs]. When I’m a little bit upset, my eyebrow goes up and that is a trait that my beautiful mother passed down to me [laughs]. We always knew in the house ‘mommy’s upset, her eyebrow just went up.’”

Selenis, who has appeared on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Girls, will next be seen opposite Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts in the feature film Saint Vincent de Van Nuys.

Season 2 of Orange Is The New Black premieres on Netflix on June 6 with all 13 episodes available at launch.

de los Reyes to Guest Star on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars”

Kamar de los Reyes has another life to live on television…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican actor has signed on to appear on ABC Family’s hit drama Pretty Little Liars.

Kamar de los Reyes

The former One Life to Live star, who portrayed Antonio Vega on the daytime soap, will guest-star as Dominic, a respected swimming coach who is famous for having sent athletes to the Olympics.

de los Reyes’ appearance is slated for August.

He has appeared in Valley of the Dolls, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and ER.

Pretty Little Liars airs at 8:00 pm Tuesdays on ABC Family.

Bonilla to Appear in ABC’s “Bad Management” Pilot

E.J. Bonilla has been cast in a cheeky role this pilot season…

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican actor has landed a role in ABC comedy pilot Bad Management.

E.J. Bonilla

The project, written by Sharon Horgan, centers on a slightly self-centered female boss (portrayed by Horgan) at a high-end luxury goods department store who finds her ways challenged when the boss’ son, Tobias Jr. (David Spade), comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus.

Bonilla, who gained acclaim for his role as Rafe Rivera on Guiding Light  will portray Ramon, a vain guy working at the store who had a butt implant.

Bonilla’s other credits include appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Revenge and Law & Order.

Zayas to Guest Star on Fox’s “The Following”

David Zayas is being promoted from homicide detective to FBI agent.

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican actor, whoportrays Sgt. Angel Batista on Showtime’s Dexter,  will guest star on Fox‘s midseason drama The Following, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

David Zayas

The psychological thriller centers on an Edgar Allan Poe scholar-turned-serial killer known as Joe Carroll (portrayed by James Purefoy) and stars Kevin Bacon as a troubles FBI agent on the case to recapture the killer and his army of copycats.

Zayas will play Tyson, a former FBI agent and good friend to Bacon’s Ryan Hardy. He’ll appear in the 10th episode of the Kevin Williamson drama, ultimately becoming an unlikely participant in Ryan’s effort to bring down Joe Carroll’s followers.

Zayas joins Marin Ireland, as recent additions to the drama, which premieres Monday, January 21 at 9:00 pm on Fox.

Along with starring on Dexter, Zayas’ credits include episodes of Grimm, Person of Interest and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Bonilla to Guest Star on ABC’s “Revenge”

E.J. Bonilla is ready for a little revenge

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican actor and former Guiding Light star will guest star on ABC’s hit drama Revenge.

E.J. Bonilla

Bonilla is set to play a mystery man from Nolan’s (Gabriel Mann) past, according to TVLine.

The exact nature of the pair’s connection remains unclear, but given the tech genius’ pliable sexuality it’s possible the mystery man is an ex-boyfriend.

If so, that would add an interesting wrinkle to his current flirtation with his NolCorp colleague Padma (Dilshad Vadsaria).

In addition to starring as Rafe Rivera on Guiding Light, Bonilla previously guest starred on The Big C, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Blue Bloods.

His Revenge role could possibly become a recurring character.

Pascal to Appear on ABC’s “Red Widow”…

Pedro Pascal has landed a widow role on a highly anticipated midseason drama series…

The Latino actor has signed on for a recurring role on the midseason ABC drama Red Widow, which stars Clifton Collins Jr. as a series regular.

Pedro Pascal

The new series stars Radha Mitchell as a housewife who takes on the mob and the FBI after her mobster husband is killer.

Pascal will play Joe Crumb, a long-haired, tattooed artist who is deeply in love with Kat Lazarev (Jaime Ray Newman), but his joy in marrying her is tempered by his reservations about her Russian mob family.

Pascal’s previous credits include guest-starring roles in NYPD Blue, Nurse Jackie and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, as well as recurring roles on Brothers & Sisters, The Good Wife and Lights Out.

But Pascal and Collins aren’t the only Hispanic actors set to appear on Red Widow

Fernanda Andrade has also signed on for a recurring role on the midseason ABC drama series. The 28-year-old Brazilian actress, who starred in the surprise hit thriller The Devil Inside, will play Eva Ramos, a former agent who becomes a drug addict.

Lozada’s Next Big Project: Writing

It’s time to add another title to Basketball Wives star and entrepreneur Evelyn Lozada’s resume: author.

The Puerto Rican beauty, the fiancée of NFL star Chad Ochocinco, has signed a six-figure deal with Cash Money Content to develop literary and feature film projects, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lozada’s first writing project is The Wives Association, a series of books to be co-authored by novelist and former Law & Order: Criminal Intent scribe Courtney Parker. The series will be loosely based on the New York native’s life, using the alter ego Eve Inez-Landon to fictionalize the true stories she’s learned from years of experience dating pro athletes.

“The stories that you hear—what goes on in these relationships, and just being in that circle—I decided to let everyone experience a piece of it for themselves by writing this series of juicy novels,” says Lozada, who co-owns Dulce, a shoe boutique in Coral Gables, Florida.

Cash Money Content—the book publishing arm of record label Cash Money Records, founded by brothers Bryan “Baby” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams—hopes to develop film projects based on the books.

“By partnering with Baby and Cash Money Content, we have the potential to turn these ‘novels’ into a full-fledged brand,” explains Lozada. “Everything Baby and CMC touches turns to gold, and our brands together will be magical.”