Friday, July 22, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Alberto Bonilla, shown at right, is a finalist for a 2016 Backstage Reader's Choice Award in the category of "Favorite On-Camera Teacher (NYC)". The voting process for finalists will open Monday, July 25, 2016 and close Sunday, August 7, 2016, and winners will be announced in Backstage's Thursday, September 1, 2016 print issue. For more information, click here.

Adriana Sananes just finished narrating the audiobook of the Jacqueline Kennedy memoir Jacqueline Kennedy: Conversaciones históricas sobre mi vida con John F. Kennedy (Aguilar) for the Library of Congress.

Vladimir Ríos, shown at left, in collaboration with photographer Lester Blum, have completed their latest documentary photography project. Titled Invisible, it shines a light on everyone who feels “invisible” in today’s society, whether it be caused by age, handicap or disability, mental illness, disease, weight issues, or lifestyle. The project will be photographed along as being  a documentary along with testimonies that the individual would like to share with the viewers. The project will have its first exhibition at the Pride Center of Staten Island/Staten Island LGBT Community Center, located in the Tompkinsville area of Staten Island, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2016. For more information, click here or here.                 

Víctor Cruz has been quite busy as of late. He has roles in the films Chronologically Metropolitan (written by Nicholas Schutt and directed by Xavier Manrique), In the Mix (written by Daniel Poliner and Ryan Woodle and directed by Poliner), Crazy Famous (written by Robert Farkas and directed by Paul Jarrett) and Bad Uncle (written by Rob Torres and directed by Torres and Michael L. Walker; the film also stars Caridad de la Luz). For more information, click here.


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

María Teresa Silva, shown at right, guest-starred in an episode of "A Perfect Murder" (Investigation Discovery).

Edward Azcorra
 is co-starring in the Ana Burgos play Los lagartos. The play, directed by Raúl Rivera, will have performances in July at the Sala Rafael Villalona at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhttan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Alberto Bonilla is directing William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. The production will take place in September at The Secret Theatre in the Long Island City area of Queens. For more information, click here or here.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja), shown at left, will be hosting Bronx Fashion Week's Young Fashionistas fashion show. The show will take place on Friday, August 19, 2016 at The Mall at Bay Plaza, located in the Co-op City section of the Bronx. For more information, click here.

Anthony Ruiz and Adriana Sananes are starring in Vanessa Verduga's play Implications of Cohabitation. The play, produced by Sudacas Theater, also stars Verduga, and 
will be directed by Leni Méndez. Performances of the world premiere production will take place in August at the Harold Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row (West 42nd Street) in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here or here.


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

David Zayas, shown at right, is co-starring in the film Tallulah. Written and directed by Sian Heder, the film stars Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Uzo Aduba, Zachary Quinto, and Felix Solis. The Netflix Pictures film will be released nationwide on Friday, July 29, 2016.

David Ponce is co-starring in the award-winning production of the Nicolás Dorr play Las pericas. After stints in New York and Los Angeles, the Havanafama Theatrical Company production is directed by Juan Roca (also see below), and will be presented in July at Havanafama's recently opened namesake theater, located in Miami, Florida.

Edna Lee Figueroa, shown in character, at left, wearing black and white, is co-starring in the "immersive street theater" production Broken City: Wall Street. Billed as "an intervention conceived by PopUP Theatrics partners [and directors] Ana Margineanu and Tamilla Woodard with collaborator [and playwright] Peca Stefan", this is the third incarnation of this production, following stints in the Manhattan neighborhoods of Lower East Side and Harlem. The production invites nine audience members at a time to navigate the broken trails of stories and follow the characters who populate the famed and fabled neighborhood of Manhattan's Financial District. Performances will run in July and August. For more information, or to get tickets, click here.  

Barby Ganesh is co-starring in Bernarda (an adaptation of Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba). The play, adapted and directed by Juan Roca (also see above), will also star Isaniel Rojas, Julie De Grandy, Alicita Lora, and others, and will run in July and August 
at Havanafama's recently opened namesake theater, located in Miami, Florida.


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Monday, July 18, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Elaine Del Valle, shown at right, has been quite busy as of late. She is producing the web talk program "Whine on the Porch" (created and hosted by Kristen Krohn), which should premiere sometime later this year. In addition, Del Valle is making her narrative short film debut as a director with the film Final Decision. Also written by Del Valle, the short stars Berto Colón; Elyn Jenkins; José Roldán, Jr.; Frank Messina; Ángel Ramírez; and Joey Grant. The film is scheduled to start production later this month.

Carlos Carrasco is starring in Sienna's Choice. The short film was written by Azucena Martínez and Elisa Rial (based on a story by Janel Smietana) and directed by Linda Palmer. It will make its debut film festival appearance in July at the Monroe Arts and Civic Center in Monroe, New York as part of the Hudson Valley International Film Festival. For more information, click here.

Jeannie Sol, shown at left, will be shooting the short film As You Like It (written and directed by Castillo Salinari) later this month in Florida. She is also working on the solo show In My Own Skin (written and directed by Andrés Chulisi Rodríguez), which will have performances in August at the world-famous Stonewall Inn (recently named a U.S. National Monument), located in Manhattan's West Village.

Gualterio Alomar, through the Organization for Culture of Hispanic Origins (OCHO), is presenting an evening of art, literature, film and Hispanic culture. The evening will feature writer Jonathan Marcantoni with special guests Johanna Tolentino and Nelson Antonio Denis, and a sneak preview of a new documentary. The event will take place Friday, September 30, 2016 at The Center, located in Manhattan's West Village. For more information, click here.


If you are an 
HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not 
become one?

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Francisco Ramos, shown at right, booked a role in the short film Left Behind (directed by Benjamin Berger). In addition, the episode of "True Crime With Tamron Hall" (Investigation Discovery) in which he is guest-starring will air on Sunday, July 24, 2016 (check local listings for time and channel).

The Víctor Cruz film The Stockroom is available for purchase or rental. The feature film written, directed, produced and starring Cruz (and co-produced by Elaine Del Valle) also starred Liza Colón-Zayas, April Hernández-Castillo, and former HOLA Awards honoree Luis Antonio Ramos. For more information, click here.

Pablo García Gámez, shown at leftwas featured in the Venezuelan publication Revista Dominical, where it highlighted the workshop he had of his play Olvidadas. Directed by Elio Paliencia, it was presented in July by El Ministerio del Poder Popular de la Cultura at the Galeria de Arte Nacional in Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.

Albania Matos can be seen in a recurring role as one of the Dominican inmates in several episodes of season 5 of "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix).


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Oscar Núñez, Fred Armisen, Anthony Méndez, More Receive 2016 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations While Latinos/Hispanics Get Shut Out (Again) of Major Acting Categories

The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations, honoring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2015 until May 31, 2016 (as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), were announced. The nominees were announced by Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham on Thursday, July 14, 2016 live on the Emmy website.

There were no Latinos/Hispanics nominated in the major acting categories. However, Oscar Núñez (shown below left) was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama for his work in "The Crossroads of History" (History), where he is up against his co-star Lou Diamond Phillips.


When it comes to other categories, Fred Armisen (shown above right) is up for two Emmys: for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and (as part of the writing team) for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, both for "Portlandia" (IFC), the latter category pits him up against Julio Torres, who received a nomination for being part of the writing team of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC).

Miguel Sapochnick (shown at left) picked up an Emmy nod for Outstanding Direction for a Drama Series for his work helming one of the most talked about episodes ("Battle of the Bastards") of "Game of Thrones" (HBO).

Anthony Méndez 
(shown at rightpicked up his second consecutive nomination for Outstanding Narrator for his work on "Jane The Virgin" (The CW). (Once again, the show was snubbed in the acting categories for the second straight year.)

Neil deGrasse Tyson (shown at left) earned another Emmy nomination as executive producer and host of "Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson" (National Geographic), nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

Gus Domínguez received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography of a Reality Program for his work on "Project Runway" (Lifetime), while Dana W. Gonzales picked up a nod for Outstanding Cinematography of a Limited Series or Movie for his work on the FX limited series "Fargo".

Composer Víctor Reyes is up for two awards: Outstanding Music Composition in a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score) and Outstanding Original Mail Title Theme Music, both for AMC's "The Night Manager". In the latter category, he will compete against Rodrigo Amarante, nominated for his theme of "Narcos" (Netflix).

In the field of stunt coordination, Eddie Pérez picked up an Outstanding Stunt Coordination in a Comedy Series or Variety Program Emmy nom for his work on "Shameless" (Showtime). In addition, Philip J. Silvera picked up a nod in the category of 
Outstanding Stunt Coordination in a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie for his work on "Marvel's Daredevil" (Netflix).

The ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast in the U.S. by ABC. The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony will be held over two nights on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2016. For more information (and to see a full list of this year's nominees), click here or here.

José Díaz-Balart Named Anchor of Saturday Edition of "NBC Nightly News"

Former HOLA Awards honoree José Díaz-Balart, the veteran Telemundo and MSNBC anchor, will take the reins of the Saturday-evening edition of "NBC Nightly News", NBC News said on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Díaz-Balart will continue to anchor his Telemundo programs, “Noticiero Telemundo” on weeknights and “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” on Sunday mornings,  but will cede his anchoring duties on MSNBC to NBC News correspondent Craig Melvin. He will start his new duties officially on Saturday, August 6, 2016, ending NBC’s use of a rotation of hosts since Lester Holt moved from anchoring “Nightly” on weekends to the weekday editions. Díaz-Balart has been a member of that group, which has also included Kristen Welker and Thomas Roberts.
The new role will essentially mean that Díaz-Balart will host top news programs on two different broadcast networks – and use two different languages. He will also be on the job seven days a week, anchoring from both Miami and New York City, depending on the program.
Diaz-Balart is expected to have a hand in some MSNBC efforts during the presidential election season. His achievements include being the only journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season.

For more information, read Brian Steinberg's article in Variety by clicking here.