Freddy Rodriguez to Star in the Indie Horror/Thriller “You Lose You Die”

It’s lose and die for Freddy Rodriguez.

The 49-year-old Puerto Rican actor and Emmy-nominee will star in Averted Vision Pictures indie horror/thriller You Lose You Die, written by Carlos “Spiff TV” Suarez, who will also be making his feature directorial debut.

Freddy RodriguezRodriguez will star opposite Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr in the film

Pre-production is currently underway.

You Lose You Die follows sociopathic tech expert, Mr. Fantastik (Rodriguez), who runs a popular show on the dark web with two other sociopathic tech experts, Ms. Perfect (Fliehr) and Mr. Creep (Anthony Alvarez). On the show, thousands of viewers vote on games and challenges for prisoners to participate in. If the prisoners lose, viewers vote on the weapons the sociopaths use to kill them.

In addition to Rodriguez, Fliehr and Alvarez, the cast includes Josh Bredl as Mr. Large; Sophia Zimba as Kara; Ashley Hernandez as Julie; Alejandro Duran as Alfonso; Noah Crider as Chase; Marcella Acuña as Christie; Mercy Grant as Darling; and Lydia Faith Gomez as Jamie.

Rodriguez, Josue “Sway” Mendez and Ulysses Terrero serve as executive producers of You Lose You Die with Mendez also producing.

“I’m excited to embark on this new journey as Executive Producer and star of You Lose You Die and help bring such a talented artist like Carlos ‘Spiff TV’ Suarez’s vision to life,” Rodriguez shared in a statement to Deadline. “I was humbled by the outpouring of love and support after working with Robert Rodriguez on Planet Terror and Scott Derrickson on VHS 85, so the decision to dive back into the elevated horror genre comes with a deep level of respect for its rabid and loyal fan base.”

Rodriguez most recently starred as Detective Wayne Johnson in V/H/S/85 and Detective Greco in the Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga. He’s best known for his portrayal of Federico Diaz in the hit HBO series Six Feet Under, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Rodriguez was part of the main ensemble cast alongside Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Frances Conroy and Lauren Ambrose across the show’s 5 seasons.

Across his nearly three decades in the industry, his big screen credits also include roles in A Walk In The Clouds (1995), M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water (2006), Grindhouse (2007) for Robert Rodriguez and David Ayers’ directorial debutHarsh Times (2005).

Suarez most recently produced The Tax Collector, a gritty urban crime drama directed by David Ayer. He also contributed to the soundtrack production for Marvel’s acclaimed 2018 animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—written by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman—alongside reggaeton star Anuel. As a director, Suarez has helmed numerous music videos, showcasing artists such as Drake, Rick Ross and French Montana. In 2020, he founded Averted Vision Pictures LLC with a clear mission: to develop a dynamic hub for film and television production.

Ozuna Teams Up with Afro B for Reggaeton-Infused “Drogba (Joanna)” Remix

Ozuna is feelin’ the (Afro)beat…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer has joined voices with Afrobeat sensation Afro B for a bilingual Latin-ifiedversion of “Drogba (Joanna),” Afro B’s smash hit.

Afro B & Ozuna

The new version of the track, along with a music video, will be released on Friday, July 24 and builds on Afro B’s already-successful formula. 

Last year, “Drogba” peaked at No. 23 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart.

Now, The reggaeton-infused remix infuses Afro B’s immediately-recognizable party track with reggaeton verses in Spanish, courtesy of Ozuna, and with additional production from DJ Lobo and J Traxx.

The video, shot in the Dominican Republic pre-COVID19 and directed by Ulysses Terrero, shows Ozuna and Afro B trading verses on the beach.

“We decided to call it a global release, so it’s not limited by language or genre or border,” says producer/record executive Boy Wonder (real name Manuel Alejandro Ortiz), who executive produced the new version. 

Boy Wonder’s Chosen Few Entertainment is handling the marketing for the track, which is being distributed by InGrooves.

“It would be interesting to see how people take it when they listen to this record they like and hear something different that’s refreshing,” adds Boy Wonder. “You hear the hook and then Ozuna comes in, and it all connects.”

Pairing Afrowave with reggaeton, of course, comes naturally.

“Afrowave is a combination of the sound coming out of the Africa mixed with dancehall,” says Afro B, who is London-raised of Ivorian heritage. “You might hear reggaeton you might hear some hip-hop influences and R&B all in one package,” he adds.

For Ozuna, who often incorporates Afrobeat into his music, it’s his first collaboration with an artist from the genre.

J Alvarez Releases Music Video for New Single “Esa Boquita”

J Alvarez is testing the laws of attraction…

The 33-year-old Puerto Rican singer has released the official music video for his new single “Esa Boquita.”

J Alvarez

The clip, which premiered exclusively on Billboard.com, was filmed in Miami.

Directed by Ulysses Terrero, the video shows Alvarez looking for a way to attract a policewoman who thought he was a drug dealer.