EVA LONGORIA's hit TV drama Devious Maids looks set to lead the way at the 2014 Imagen Awards after picking up five nominations on Thursday (19Jun14). The top soap, which is executive produced by the former Desperate Housewives star, picked up all of its nods in the Best Actress/Television category, pitting Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes and Roselyn Sanchez against each other for the prize.
Crime drama The Bridge earned four nominations, including Best Actor/Television for Demian Bichir, Best Supporting Actress/Television for Catalina Sandino Moreno and Emily Rios, and Best Primetime Television Programme: Drama or Comedy, a category in which it will compete with Chicago P.D., The Fosters, Law and Order: SVU and Switched at Birth.
Other TV nominees include John Leguizamo for Best Primetime Programme: Special or Movie-of-the-Week (John Leguizamo's Ghetto Clown), Nestor Carbonell for Best Supporting Actor/Television (Bates Motel), Aubrey Plaza for Best Supporting Actress/Television (Parks and Recreation), and Bella Thorne for Best Young Actress/Television (Shake It Up!).
In the film categories, family comedy Sleeping with the Fishes topped the nominations with five mentions, including another nomination for Ana Ortiz (Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature Film). She'll face off with co-stars Priscilla Lopez and Gina Rodriguez for the prize
The movie also earned nods for director Nicole Gomez Fisher and Best Picture, where it will battle with A Miracle in Spanish Harlem, After School, Cesar Chavez and Coyote.
Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera (Cesar Chavez) and Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6) will also compete in the Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature Film category.
The 29th annual Imagen Awards, which recognise and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in the media, will be presented during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 1 August (14).
Singer Leona Lewis thought she had blown her chances of landing a role in new movie musical Walking On Sunshine when she fell over in the street in front of the film's directors. The Bleeding Love star, who quit Simon Cowell's Syco Music label last month (May14) after signing a new deal with Island Records, has a supporting role in the holiday romance movie, but she admits she feared she'd wrecked her chances following a fall after her audition with Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini.
Lewis, who plays leading lady Hannah Arterton's friend in the film, says, "I had to audition just the same as anyone else... and I remember sweating, I was so nervous. I came out of the audition and my mum and dad were supposed to pick me up, but they weren't there. I started walking and tripped over in the street and the directors were behind me.
"It was so embarrassing. I was like, 'No, that's it, it's gone. They think I'm crazy!'"
Pop punk Pink, actress Rachael Leigh Cook and pregnant former wrestler Stacy Keibler have stripped for a new magazine photoshoot to celebrate beauty at the age of 34. The trio has joined TV stars Dania Ramirez and Laura Prepon to pose for People magazine's Naked at 34 feature, which was inspired by a recent study, which suggested that women feel best about their bodies at that age.
Pink admits she learned to love her body as a child, training as a gymnast, and now she is teaching her daughter, two-year-old Willow, the importance of self-acceptance.
The singer says, "She said to me the other day, 'Mama, on Tuesday I think we should get naked and have a naked booby butt dance party'. I was like, 'I'm in'."
Meanwhile, newlywed Keibler, who is expecting her first child with husband Jared Pobre, is learning to embrace her new curves as she adjusts to motherhood.
She tells the publication, "Being pregnant really gives me a confidence I didn't even know I had. Just yesterday, I asked my husband, 'What do you love most about my body?' and he said, 'Your growing belly'."
And new mum Cook, who gave birth to daughter Charlotte in September (13), reveals she agreed to strip off as a keepsake for her future self: "I'm here for 90-year-old me. I'm here so that future me can look back and be like, 'Hey, you were all right'."
Actress Dania Ramirez has given birth to twins. The Premium Rush star welcomed the babies earlier this week (begs16Dec13), and while she has yet to officially comment on the new additions to her family, she has re-posted messages from famous pals congratulating her on the happy news.
She shared a Twitter.com note from actress Edy Ganem, who wrote on Wednesday (18Dec13), "You guys!! today is a VERY SPECIAL day bc (because) @DaniaJRamirez had her babies really early today!!! Sending her love!!!"
Ramirez announced she was expecting twins with husband Bev Land in July (13), and at her baby shower in September (13), she revealed she was having a boy and a girl.
The babies are the first children for the actress and second and third for Land, who also has a son with ex-wife Sharon Leal.
Ramirez and Land married in February (13).
Pregnant actress Dania Ramirez has revealed she is expecting twins. The Premium Rush star, who is currently among the leading ladies in Eva Longoria's new TV hit Devious Maids, staged a baby shower party for close friends and family in West Hollywood on Saturday (21Sep13), and told them of her double joy.
Life & Style magazine reports the actress released butterflies over Sunset Boulevard as a symbol of new life before telling everyone she and new husband John Amos are expecting a boy and a girl.
Actress Dania Ramirez is pregnant with twins. The Heroes star, who has also featured in The Sopranos and Entourage as well as Eva Longoria's new drama Devious Maids, announced the news to fans by posting a photo of her sonogram on Instagram.com on Monday (15Jul13).
Accompanying the picture, she wrote, "I am proud 2 Announce our 2 NEW BUNDLES OF JOY! Yes, I'm having TWINS!"
The babies will be the first children for Ramirez and her husband, director Bev Land, who wed in February (13).
Writer/director David Koepp's previous efforts as a screenwriter have helped define modern blockbuster movies. Jurassic Park Mission: Impossible Spider-Man — films that put the "big" in big screen. As a director he's taken the same sensibilities and applied them to narrower fields of vision with intimate spins on horror and comedy in movies like Secret Window and Ghost Town. His latest Premium Rush fits the same bill; an immersive chase thriller set in the off-beat world of biker culture the movie has its simple goals and executes them with a wink-wink attitude. It's a summer action movie through and through but with sensibilities that make it fresh and quirky. In the doldrums of August it's exactly the rush one needs.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Wilee a law-student-turned-bike-messenger who lives for the thrills of a speedy ride. During one run-of-the-mill pick-up at Columbia University Wilee finds himself in the crosshairs of corrupt cop Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon). Inside the envelope Wilee's been hired to delver to Chinatown is something Detective Monday needs and he's willing to do anything to get it. No skin off Wilee's nose — he has an address and a delivery time and like a good messenger he's equally driven to make the drop.
Premium Rush quickly kicks off its extended action set piece and never lets up Koepp only occasionally stepping back in time to unravel backstory and up the stakes. Wilee's girlfriend Vanessa (Dania Ramirez) also a bike messenger is the roommate of Nima (Jamie Chung) a Chinese student who is shipping the sealed MacGuffin downtown. For her it's life or death and Koepp wisely underplays the motivations both to downplay its over-the-top nature and keep the stunts in focus. Monday has his own issues to contend with and it gives Shannon the perfect material to chew up. Before chasing Wilee Monday suffers from a gambling and violence problem and while it drives the character to pursue the package it's really just a great excuse for Shannon to go absolutely bonkers. Somewhere beyond Nic Cage and Al Pacino exists Shannon's turn and it's a hoot.
Gordon-Levitt balances him out as an engaging presence even while zipping through gridlocks and shifting his eyes for "Bike-O-Vision" (Wilee's accident-avoiding stylized Spidey sense). He spends most of his time interchanged with professional bike riders who make the two-wheeled maneuvers work but it's seamless. After an hour and a half of bikes pop-a-wheeling over taxis skidding under semi-trailer trucks and pulling off cycle parkour in a multileveled NYPD impound the action tends to get a bit repetitive — how much can you do on a bike? — but Koepp's kinetic directing keeps the movie zippy and the tone loose. Wilee's entire adventure feels like one big trick. Thankfully it avoids the crash and burn.
I don't remember exactly if someone ever came back from the dead on Desperate Housewives but it's a ploy that the just-departed series creator Marc Cherry should be familiar with, because his latest project just rose from the grave for a new life. Lifetime (the artist formerly known as Lifetime: Television for Women... and Gay Men) announced today that it will produce 13 episode of Cherry's show Devious Maids for the channel.
The show was originally produced by ABC Studios to air on ABC, which decided this spring not to make the pilot into the series. Shortly after ABC Studios, which produces Lifetime's hit Army Wives (which sounds like a reality show, but is not) and the channel worked out a deal to cut costs on the show and bring it to the higher numbers on your cable box. The show stars Ana Ortiz (of Ugly Betty), Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, and Roselyn Sanchez as a quartet of maids who have ambition beyond cleaning houses and rather camptastic lives. Their bosses include notorious loser Susan Lucci (thank god she still has a job now that All My Children got the axe) and Grant Show (formerly of Melrose Place and the overlooked Swingtown). A fifth maid originally in the pilot got cut so that Lifetime could afford another lady-centered drama.
The show starts filming in Atlanta (which is cheaper than LA) soon and will be on the air in 2013. A second chance must feel so good.
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The filmmaker, who was previously married to Dreamgirls actress Sharon Leal, has proposed to the X-Men: The Last Stand star after designing a special ring made out of rose gold and white diamonds.
Ramirez tells InStyle magazine, "He wanted to go for a vintage, old love theme."
And she's convinced Land is 'The One', telling Latina.com, "The love of my life found me! That's how he would say it anyway since he claims he was attracted to my energy before I even turned around."
Suvari paired up with Dania Ramirez to film Ass And T*tties, a mock music video which ridicules Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj and also pokes fun at Lohan's much-publicised legal woes.
Dressed as the Mean Girls star, Suvari can be seen stealing clothes in a boutique, in an apparent reference to Lohan's own shoplifting drama in a Venice, California jewellery store earlier this year (11).
Lohan has branded the clip "pathetic", but refuses to take legal action over it, telling TMZ.com she considers the actress' conduct "petty".