Alonso to Star Opposite Kevin James in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”

Daniella Alonso is about to find her love match on the big screen…

The 34-year-old half-Puerto Rican and part-Peruvian actress has been cast as Kevin James’ love interest in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, according to TheWrap.

Daniella Alonso

The Andy Fickman-directed sequel finds Blart attending a Security Guard Expo in Las Vegas, where he takes on a group of dangerous art thieves.

Alonso will portray Divina Martinez, the general manager of the Wynn Hotel, who is completely perplexed when Blart presumes that she’s hitting on him. Flustered yet determined to clarify the situation, she reaches out to Blart several times, only to reinforce his original theory.

In addition to James and Alonso, Eduardo Verastegui, Selena Gomez’s Wizards of Waverly Place co-star David Henrie and Raini Rodriguez.

Alonso, who next stars on NBC‘s upcoming summer series The Night Shift, recently played fan favorite Nora Clayton on the network’s hit series Revolution.

Verastegui to Star in Kevin James’ Comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”

Eduardo Verastegui is heading to Sin City for his latest project…

The 39-year-old Mexican actor has signed on to star in Kevin JamesPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2.

Eduardo Verastegui

The sequel to the hit comedy will see James’ title character attending a security guard expo in Las Vegas with his daughter, where he’s mocked by casino security until he helps them take on a group of dangerous art thieves.

Verastegui, a former telenovela star in his native Mexico, will portray a Vegas hotelier whose hotel becomes a heist target.

In addition to James and Verastegui, the sequel will also star Selena Gomez’s Wizards of Waverly Place co-star David Henrie as Lane, a charming valet attendant whom Blart’s daughter Maya develops a crush on.

Meantime, Raini Rodriguez is in negotiations to reprise her role as Maya and Molly Shannon is in talks to co-star.

Nicholas Turturro has been cast as one of Blart’s security guard rivals. And James’ brother, comedian Gary ValenVerastegui tine, is set to play a sympathetic fellow security guard.

Andy Fickman is directing Mall Cop 2 from a script by James and Nick Bakay, who wrote the first film.

Santiago Lands Key Role in Fox’s Drama “Gang Related”

Saundra Santiago is returning to television…

The 56-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American actress has joined the cast of Fox‘s midseason drama Gang Related.

Saundra Santiago

Santiago, best known for her role as Detective Gina Calabrese on Miami Vice, replaces Wizards of Waverly Place star Maria Canals-Barrera on the Ramon Rodriguez-starrer, according to The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama centers on Ryan (Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks. He must balance obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” — the SFPD’s Gang Task Force.

Santiago will recur as Marciela, Javier’s (Cliff Curtis) wife and mother to Carlos (Reynaldo Gallegos) and Dante (Jay Hernandez). Though they’re not related by blood, she considers Ryan to be a third son.

In addition to Miami Vice, Santiago’s credits include Guiding Light, The Sopranos, Damages and One Life to Live.

An exact premiere date for Gang Related has yet to be announced.

Gomez Among This Year’s Imagen Award Nominees

Selena Gomez’s return to the wizard world has resulted in critical acclaim…

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American actress/singer has received an Imagen Award nomination for reprising her role as Alex Russo in the Disney Channel’s The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex.

Selena Gomez

Gomez will face off against Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla, Meddling Mom’s Sonia Braga and Chicago Fire’s Monica Raymund in the Best Actress/Television category.

Gomez earned five nominations for her star-turning role on the network’s Wizards of Waverly Place, winning the award in 2011.

Presented by the Imagen Foundation, the awards honor portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film.

Trophies will be handed out August 17 at the Beverly Hilton and air on PBS SoCal as an hourlong special later.

Here’s the list of nominees:

Best Primetime Television Program
Castle
Chicago Fire
Dallas
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Switched at Birth

Best Primetime Program: Special or Movie-of-the-Week
George Lopez: It’s Not Me, It’s You
Meddling Mom
We Love Jenni Special

Best Actor/Television
Benjamin Bratt, Private Practice
Guillermo Diaz, Scandal
Jon Huertas, Castle
Danny Pino, Law & Order: SVU

Best Actress/Television
Sonia Braga, Meddling Mom
Selena Gomez, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
Monica Raymund, Chicago Fire

Best Supporting Actor/Television
Kevin Alejandro, Golden Boy
Nestor Carbonell, Bates Motel
Carlos Gómez, The Glades
Joe Minoso, Chicago Fire
Oscar Nuñez, The Office
Jon Seda, Treme

Best Supporting Actress/Television
Jordana Brewster, Dallas
Wanda De Jesus, Sons of Anarchy
Julie Gonzalo, Dallas
Constance Marie, Switched at Birth
Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation
Gina Torres, Suits

Best Young Actress/Television
Victoria Justice, Victorious
Cierra Ramirez, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Raini Rodriguez, Austin & Ally
Brittany Underwood, Hollywood Heights
Bella Thorne, Shake It Up!

Best Children’s Programming
Dora The Explorer
Handy Manny
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex

Best Documentary/Film or Television
Cubamerican
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
Harvest of Empire
Mariachi High
Precious Knowledge
Voces: Tales of Masked Men
We Women Warriors
Who is Dayani Cristal?

Best Variety or Reality Show
24/7 Chavez-Martinez
Latino 101
Project Runway
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Voice

Best Feature Film
Bless Me, Ultima
Border Run
Dreamer
Tio Papi
Trouble in the Heights

Best Actor/Supporting Actor – Feature Film
E.J. Bonilla, Four
David Castro, Tio Papi
Joey Dedio, Tio Papi
Luke Ganalon, Bless Me, Ultima
Rayniel Rufino, Trouble in the Heights
Jeremy Ray Valdez, Dreamer

Best Actress/Supporting Actress – Feature Film
• Miriam Colon, Bless Me, Ultima
Veronica Diaz-Carranza, Blaze You Out
Eva Mendes, The Place Beyond the Pines
Fatima Ptacek, Tio Papi
Patricia Rae, The Big Wedding
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Tio Papi

Best Theatrical Short or Student Film
POV: Sin Pais
The Shooting Star Salesman
Viva America

Best Web Series: Drama
Caribe Road
Fixing Paco
Sin Vergüenza

Best Web Series: Comedy
Noah Comprende
East WillyB
When the Bomb Drops

Best Web Series: Reality or Informational
Energy House Calls
Sin Vergüenza

Gomez Leads the Pack of Latinas on Maxim’s Hot 100 List

In the last year Selena Gomez has been edging-up her image in films like Spring Breakers… And Maxim’s readers have taken notice.

The 20-year-old half-Mexican American actress/singer is the highest-ranking Latina on this year’s Maxim Hot 100 list, coming in at No. 2 behind fellow former Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus.

Selena Gomez

“This actress turned singer made her debut on the Disney Channel in the show Wizards of Waverly Place. Recently she’s been in the news for breaking up with Justin Bieber and starring in Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers,” says the magazine. “Biebs, take it from us: you will not do any better than this beautiful star.”

Gomez, who recently released the video for her new single “Come and Get It,” ranked No. 24 on last year’s list.

But Gomez isn’t the only Latina to make the list this year…

In all, 19 women of Hispanic-descent were named to the Hot 100 list.

Here’s a look at this year’s Latina honorees.

Jessica Alba, No. 17

Arianny Celeste, No. 18

Demi Lovato, No. 26

Sarah Shahi, No, 33

Zoe Saldana, No. 38

Lea Michele, No. 39

Jordana Brewster, No. 43

Naya Rivera, No. 45

Sofia Vergara, No. 49

Shakira, No. 53

Eva Mendes, No. 57

Cameron Diaz, No. 62

Natalie Martinez, No. 75

Aubrey Plaza, No. 85

Rocsi Diaz, No. 86

Kenda Perez, No. 92

Lynsi Torres, No. 93

Daniella Alonso, No. 97

Click here to see the complete Hot 100 list.

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.

Madrigal to Star in NBC’s “About a Boy” Pilot

The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal will star in the television adaptation of a popular Hugh Grant film.

The 41-year-old Latino actor/comedian has landed a role in About a Boy, the NBC television pilot based on the Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name.

Al Madrigal

Directed by Jon Favreau and written by  Jason Katims, the project follows the relationship between Will (portrayed by David Walton), a bachelor man-child, and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother Fiona (Minnie Driver).

Madrigal will play Andy, Will’s best friend and the husband of Laurie (portrayed by Anjelah Johnson).

He’s currently a correspondent on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has standup special Why is the Rabbit Crying premiering on Comedy Central in April.

His acting credits include Free Agents, Gary Unmarried, Welcome to the Captain and Wizards of Waverly Place.

The Disney Channel Releases “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” Trailer

In less than a week, Selena Gomez will be back on the Disney Channel

Leading up to the premiere of the network’s special The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, the network has released a trailer for the project, which stars the 20-year-old half-Mexican American actress and her fellow Wizards of Waverly Place co-stars.

SELENA GOMEZ

The trailer offers a sneak peek to Alex Russo’s battle against the “evil” version of herself and includes commentaries from the who talk about the plot and their excitement about returning to the Wizards set .

In the hour-long special, the Russo family heads to Italy to visit relatives, but Alex accidentally invokes a spell that splits her into two people: An “Evil Alex” and a “Good Alex.” When “Evil Alex” joins forces with a young wizard to take over the world, “Good Alex” must battle her nasty twin in a battle that culminates atop the Tower of Pisa.

In addition to Gomez, the special includes the return of Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise.

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex will premiere on Friday, March 15 at 8:oo pm ET.

Pena Jr. Nominated for Two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

It appears that Nickelodeon viewers have a big time crush on Carlos Pena Jr.

The 23-year-old singer/actor/dancer of Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican descent is a two-time nominee for Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, making him the most nominated Hispanic celebrity this year.

Carlos Pena Jr.

Pena Jr., one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and a member of the band of the same name, has been nominated in the Favorite TV Actor category. He’s up against Wizards of Waverly Place’s Jake T. Austin, Marvin Marvin’s Lucas Cruikshank and Austin & Allys Ross Lynch.

Pena Jr. and his band mates, who released the summer anthem “Windows Down” last June, are nominated for Favorite Music Group. Big Time Rush will face-off against Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and One Direction.

Other nominees include Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars and Victoria Justice.

The 2013 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, hosted by Josh Duhamel, will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 23 from USC’s Galen Center from 8:00 – 9:30 pm ET.

Beginning this Valentine’s Day, kids will be able to cast their votes in all 22 categories, across all of Nickelodeon’s digital outlets: Nick.com, all desktop and mobile devices, and Nickelodeon’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Here’s a look at all the categories with a Latino/a nominee:

TELEVISION

Favorite TV Actor
Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Lucas Cruikshank (Marvin Marvin)
Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally)
Carlos Pena (Big Time Rush)

Favorite TV Actress
Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly)
Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Victoria Justice (Victorious)
Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie)

Favorite TV Show

Good Luck Charlie
iCarly
Victorious
Wizards of Waverly Place

MUSIC

Favorite Music Group
Big Time Rush
Bon Jovi
Maroon 5
One Direction

Favorite Male Singer
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Blake Shelton
Usher

Lopez’s “The Fosters” Gets Series Order at ABC Family

Jennifer Lopez is bringing the drama to ABC Family

The network has greenlighted the 43-year-old Puerto Rican multi-hyphenate’s The Fosters to series.

Jennifer Lopez

Executive produced by la Lopez, the scripted drama is a one-hour drama that revolves around a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum). Wizards of Waverly Place‘s  Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Girl in Progress star Cierra Ramirez co-star. It was co-created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige.

The Fosters

The Fosters will begin production this spring for a summer launch. The series order for The Fosters is in line with the network’s typical pickups, usually in the range of eight to 12 episodes.

The Fosters joins ABC Family’s growing scripted slate of popular original programming that includes Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, Baby Daddy and the outgoing The Secret Life of the American Teenager.