First Trailer Released for Gina Rodriguez’s Animated Holiday Film “The Star”

Gina Rodriguez’s star is rising this holiday season…

The first trailer has been released for the 32-year-old Puerto Rican actress and Jane the Virgin star’s The Star, an animated holiday film in which the animals run the village.

Gina Rodriguez

Steven Yuen stars as Bo, a donkey who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind. When finally he summons the courage to break free, his adventure leads him to make friends with a flockless sheep (Aidy Bryant) and ambitious dove (Keegan-Michael Key). Little do they know, but they and a group of eccentric camels and stable animals are about to become unlikely heroes in the Greatest Story Ever Told.

Directed by Timothy Reckart from Carlos Kotkin’s script, the toon features a diverse, big-name voice cast that also includes Zachary Levi as Joseph and, Rodriguez as Mary.

Gina Rodriguez's Mary in The Star

Christopher Plummer plays the villainous King Herod. The animal characters include Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Anderson, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias.

Meanwhile Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan and Oprah Winfrey voice the trio of wise-cracking camels.

The film from Sony Pictures Animation and Affirm Films in association with Walden Media features a new title song by Mariah Carey, and the trailer sports a contemporary take on Stevie Wonder’s yuletide classic “That’s What Christmas Means to Me.”

Columbia Pictures will release The Star on November 10.

Rodriguez Joins Voice Cast of Sony Pictures Animation’s “The Star”

Gina Rodriguez is wishing on a Star

The 32-year-old Puerto Rican actress has joined the A-list voice cast of Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star.

Gina Rodriguez

The story follows a small but brave donkey named Bo (Steven Yeun) who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. As the logline states: “One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.”

In addition to Yeun and Rodriguez, the Golden Globe-winning star of the CW’s Jane the Virgin who will voice Mary in the film, the star-studded voice cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Tracy MoranKris Kristofferson, Kristin ChenowethKelly ClarksonGabriel Iglesias, Ving Rhames and Christopher Plummer who will voice King Herod.

Directed by Oscar-nominated writer-director Timothy Reckart, the family-friendly film will be released wide on November 10.

The screenplay was written by Carlos Kotkin from a story by Kotkin and Simon Moore.

First Teaser Released for Molina’s “Monday Mornings” Series

It’s only fitting that TNT would release the first teaser trailer for the medical drama Monday Mornings on Monday…

The new series from producer David E. Kelley and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, stars Alfred Molina, Ving Rhames, Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnegan.

TNT's Monday Mornings

Based on the book of the same name by Gupta, the title refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.

The action “follows the lives of doctors as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings.”

“It is so realistic! I think I could actually perform surgery in the operating room here on our set… It is mind-bending to see the words from the book come to life here on this amazing Monday Mornings set with these superb actors. We are going to take people into a world of medicine they have never seen before.” said Gupta.

The regular inclusion of the “M&M meetings” is one way the show differs from previous TV medical dramas.

Alfred Molina in Monday Mornings

Molina, the 59-year-old half-Spanish actor – who has starred in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, An Education and Chocolatleads the staff at Chelsea General as Dr. Harding Hooten, the steely-eyed chief of surgery.

The series will premiere on February 4 on TNT.

Click here to view the trailer at EW.com.

TNT Picks Up Molina’s “Monday Mornings”

It looks like Alfred Molina has contracted a serious case of the Mondays

TNT has given a series order to Monday Mornings, a medical drama pilot starring the 58-year-old half-Spanish actor and Ving Rhames.

Alfred Molina in Monday Mornings

From Emmy-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta—on whose book the project is based—Monday Mornings is a “superb drama brought to life with passion by a gifted ensemble cast and some of the best creative minds working in television today,” said TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright.

Formerly called Chelsea General, the series follows the lives of doctors at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. The title refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.

Based on a book by Gupta, TNT has picked up 10 episodes of Monday Mornings, which will premiere in summer 2013.

In addition to Molina and Rhames, the series stars Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, Sarayu Rao and Emily Swallow.