Catalina Denis is a Colombian model turned actress who made her film debut in 2007 with a brief appearance in the French comedy Taxi 4. Most recently she played a striptease dancer in the 2010 film Le Mac. She now returns to the big screen, but this time as a leading lady in the English language remake of the French action movie District B13. The new film, titled Brick Mansions, stars Paul Walker as an undercover cop and David Belle as a drug dealer. Catalina plays Belleâs love interest.
NUVOtv has announced that it has named Jennifer Lopez as the new Creative Director for the channel. La Lopez says that NUVOtv courted her two years ago to sign as the face of the channel, but when they started talking and she presented her point of view on programming, it turned into something bigger. Jenny from the Block also said that she wants to form a channel that reflects the experience of the modern Latina, but in English, and it should have the same quality of production as every TV network.
A new dance movie, titled Salsa, will have William Levy sweeping Jada Pinkett-Smith off her feet. Jada, who is also producing the film, stars as a woman who is at a crossroads in her life and then meets a salsa instructor, played by Levy, who teaches her Latin dance. A Latin dance film doesnât sound like a huge block-buster, but just remember Vanessa Williams and Puerto Rican singer Cheyenne in Dance With me. The film introduced Cheyenne to mainstream audiences and made Williams a sexy leading lady.
The rumors of the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel splitting have been brewing, and it seems that Don Omar may have confirmed the split. At a recent concert, Don Omar invited Yandel onstage and said, "Welcome to this new facet as a solo artist, brother." When Wisin y Yandelâs camp got wind of Don Omarâs confirmation, their manager spoke with Notimex and said that they are still solid as a duo, and doesn't know Don Omar or why he said that. Well, even Wikipedia has confirmed the split by writing, Wisin & Yandel WERE a Puerto Rican reggaeton duo.
Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio may be busy judging La Voz Kids on Telemundo, but sources are reporting that sheâs in final talks to sign on as an X-Factor judge. E! News reports that sources at Fox Networks are trying to move away from casting megastars like Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey in favor of somewhat lesser-known artists who already have experience on similar shows. Also rumored to be joining the judge's table is Kelly Rowland. X-Factor creator and judge Simon Cowell is set to make the announcement soon.
MTV is premiering season three of Teen Wolf on June 3rd. The show will have a new alpha pack of werewolves that will wreak havoc on Scott, played by part Mexican actor Tyler Posey. Before his break-out role as a Teen Wolf, Posey had been after a werewolf type role. He auditioned for the part of Jacob Black in the Twilight film series, but lost the part to Taylor Lautner. Teen Wolf is based on the 1985 movie with the same name. Tyler Posey plays a high school student and social outcast who is bitten by a werewolf while looking for a dead girl in the woods.
With the category 4 tornado that ripped viciously through the town of Moore, Oklahoma, many celebs have taken to social media to lend prayers and support. Fergie took to her twitter saying, sending thoughts and prayers out to the families impacted by todayâs tornado in Oklahoma. My heart is with you. Pray for Oklahoma. Demi Lovato added to her twitter, my heart hurts for Oklahoma. Praying for everyone affected by the tornadoes. Pitbull tweeted, my thoughts and prayers are with those in Oklahoma. Disney starlet Bella Thorne said, love and prayers to all the families affected by that awful tornado.
Besides performing on stage, some Latina celebrities are making their mark in the fashion arena. The Black Eyed Peas Fergie launched her own shoe line simply titled Fergie Footwear. Jennifer Lopez may have a successful music and film career, but her clothing line is showing no signs of slowing its growth. Sheâs got a range of career, night life and casual wear. When sheâs not too busy flirting with Justin Bieber, former Disney starlet Selena Gomezâs Dream Out Loud clothing line is colorful and fun. And Afro-Cubana Christina Milian soaks in the sun with her Havana Nights swimwear line.
A new film titled Letâs Be Cops features Andy Garcia alongside Damon Wayans Jr, Jake Johnson and Nina Dobrev. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will feature a laugh-out-loud storyline centered on two pals that borrow cop uniforms and just find themselves in hot water with the Russian mafia. Garcia plays the role of a detective whoâs in charge of the would-be cops. The film will begin production this summer in Atlanta. Although Andy Garcia hasnât been in many films as of late, he is producing behind the scenes, with two films set to release later this year.
The Las Vegas Police Department issued a statement saying they are currently investigating a sexual assault case that names Jose Canseco as the suspect. They also confirmed that the former Oakland Aâs star has agreed to speak with them. In the meantime, Canseco took to his Twitter with a series of tweets speaking on the topic, even naming the alleged victim. The tweets have since been deleted.
Cell phone carrier Verizon has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to launch a new brand of cellphone retails stores that will target Latino customers. The stores and brand is called Viva Movil by Jennifer Lopez. The stores will be staffed with bilingual employees and Lopez will be majority owner of the new venture and serve as its Chief Creative Officer, while being the face of the brand. In a press release Jenny said, As an entrepreneur, empowering the Latino community is at the core of what I choose to have my businesses stand for and exemplify. Viva Movil by Jennifer Lopez has launched its website and a Facebook shopping app and will roll out retail stores in Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
Forbes just released its 2013 list of The 100 Most Powerful Women and two Latina celebrities made the cut. Knowing how to take advantage of their fortunes to help others and also inspiring change around the world, number 38 on the list is Sofia Vergara. The Modern Family actress has proven to be more than just a pretty face as she has transformed her brand into business empires. Joining the coveted list at number 58 is rocker and philanthropist Shakira. She uses her influence to help people around the world through humanitarian efforts.
In 2010, Lucia Mendez propositioned to direct and produce a movie based on Jenni Rivera. El Gordo y La Flaca spoke with Mendez about the project, and she confirmed that yes, in 2010 she spoke with Jenni about her life story and that many people were interested in investing. Lucia had not wanted to comment on this project fearing a backlash from people thinking that she just wanted attention in the wake of Rivera's untimely death. Sheâs only commenting now being that El Gordo Y La Flaca aired a never-before-seen interview with Jenni Rivera in which she speaks about the project with Mendez.
Sofia Vergara first became famous in her country of Colombia with roles on telenovelas like Amas de Casa Desesperadas. Now sheâs wrapped an 8 episodic mini telenovela that will air only in Latin America. Vergaraâs character and story plot are a secret for now, but the actress did express that she's had so much fun creating this project and hopes that people throughout Latin America enjoy it.
Gael Garcia Bernal has landed the lead role in the film Rosewater, which will be directed by first time director Jon Stewart. Bernal will play Maziar Bahari, a Bristish journalist who spent 118 days imprisoned and tortured in Iran while covering the countryâs 2009 presidential elections. Bahari details his experience in the book titled Then They Came For Me, A Familyâs Story Of Love, Captivity and Survival. Rosewater refers to the scent Bahari says accompanied his interrogator each time he returned for questioning about being a spy. This isnât Gaelâs first time starring in a political drama. Most recently he starred in the Oscar-nominted film NO about a campaign to defeat Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the countryâs 1988 referendum.