Bichir’s New FX Series “The Bridge” Named to the Most Exciting New Series List

Demián Bichir’s new FX series hasn’t debuted yet, but it’s already earning awards…

The 49-year-old Mexican actor’s The Bridge has been named to on the Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ The Most Exciting New Series list.

Demian Bichir in The Bridge

The Bridge, which will debut on Wednesday, July 10, explores the high tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border.

When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (portrayed by Diane Kruger) from the El Paso Police Department must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

The Bridge joins the Showtime dramas Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex, CBS’ summer series Under the Dome, ABC’s drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the NBC comedy The Michael J. Fox Show on the list.

The most exciting new series recipients are voted based on pilots and early episodes, if available.

The ceremony is slated for June 10 at The Beverly Hilton. It will be webcast live at 8:00 pm PT on UStream.

Celebrity presenters include Malin Akerman, Angela Bassett, Miranda Cosgrove, Hugh Dancy, Cat Deeley, Maria Menounos, Elisabeth Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Emmy Rossum, Jimmy Smits, Eric Stonestreet and Sam Trammell.

Universal Releases Teaser Image of Bratt’s “Despicable Me 2” Character

Benjamin Bratt is showing off his macho side…

Universal Pictures has released a teaser still of the main antagonist of the highly anticipated sequel to Despicable Me featuring the 49-year-old half-Peruvian American actor, who signed on to replace Al Pacino as the voice of the villain Eduardo in Despicable Me 2 in early May.

Benjamin Bratt's Character in Despicable Me 2

Bratt’s character, known as El Macho, will be a big trouble for Gru (Steve Carell) in the upcoming animated film. He’s described as a bulky and deadly man who rides a flying shark with grenades on his hands and TNT belted around his waist.

The sequel centers on ex-villain Gru, whose calm and unexciting new life is turned upside down when Agent Lucy Wilde of the Anti-Villain League visits him for a purpose. Despite his unwillingness, Gru is assigned to help take down Eduardo, armed with some cool new cars, gadgets and weapons.

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, who served behind the lens for the first film, the sequel also sees the return of Russell Brand and Miranda Cosgrove as Dr. Nefario and Margo respectively.

Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig, who voiced Miss Hattie in the first film lends her voice for the role of Agent Lucy this time around.

Despicable Me 2 will open in theaters nationwide on July 3.

Gomez Wins Her Fifth Straight Kids’ Choice Award

Selena Gomez’s streak of back-to-back Kids’ Choice Awards wins continues…

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American actress/singer picked up her fifth consecutive Favorite TV Actress orange blimp figurine during Saturday’s awards show, which was hosted by Josh Duhamel and featured a performance by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera.

Selena Gomez

Gomez – who won for her work on the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, which ended its four-season run on the network last January – beat out iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove, VictoriousVictoria Justice and Good Luck Charlie’s Bridgit Mendler for the award.

Gomez, who first won the Favorite TV Actress award at the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards, broke a tie with Amanda Bynes for most consecutive wins and most wins in the category in awards show history.

 

has won a total of six orange blimps during her career.

Meanwhile, Justice’s Nickelodeon series Victorious took home the prize for Favorite TV Show. The show beat out Good Luck Charlie, iCarly and Wizards of Waverly Place for the award.

The awards were held at USC’s Galen Center.

Echeverria Named Neutrogena’s New Spokesperson

Sandra Echeverria is putting her best face forward in her quest to become a household name in the United States.

The 27-year-old Mexican actress/singer has signed on as Neutrogena’s newest brand ambassador.

Sandra Echeverria

“It’s an honor to represent a brand like Neutrogena with such a long-standing history of instilling health, confidence and beauty in young women – and that is something I strongly support,” said Echeverria. “I’ve been a huge fan of Neutrogena since I was a teenager. Since I’m always on the go – either on set or on the stage – it always helps keep my skin clean and fresh looking.”

Echeverria, a telenovela superstar who recently starred in Univision’s record-breaking La Fuerza del Destino, will begin appearing in Neutrogena’s advertisements and commercials in the near future as she helps “bring to life [the company’s] 2012 multicultural initiatives,” according to the skin and cosmetics company.

One of today’s leading Latina starlets, she joins Miranda Cosgrove, Jennifer Garner, Vanessa Hudgens and Gabrielle Union as the Neutrogena’s latest brand ambassador.

Echeverria can next be seen in Will Ferrell‘s new film Casa de mi Padre. And, she recently completed shooting Savages, an Oliver Stone film starring John Travolta, Blake Lively and Benicio Del Toro—in which she plays Salma Hayek‘s daughter.