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The Hulu Original returns for a third season

The Hulu Original returns for a third season with an even hotter mix of love, dance, sex and true-to-life drama. Camila finally confronts a dark secret from her past. But in trying to keep her sister and boyfriend from harm, Camila risks losing her own life and her one true love. Meanwhile, the stakes are higher than ever when Ceci invites boys to join to the Bomb Squad and the sexy new team dances their way through the tough streets of LA, where unexpected romance and danger make this yet another addictive year at East Los High.
East Los High
Premiere date: All episodes streamingWednesday, July 15
Cast: Gabe Chavarria, Danielle Vega, Carlito Olivero, Alexandra Rodriguez, Vannessa Vasquez, JD Pardo
Crew: Executive Produced by Katie Elmore Mota, Mauricio Mota and Emiliano Calemzuk. Created and Executive Produced by Carlos Portugal and Kathleen Bedoya

The Talent Search: Christians in Hollywood Part 2

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
Seventeen-year-old Nicole Smolen is an actress and Christian who works in Hollywood.
Smolen has appeared on such network TV shows as “Criminal Minds” and “Brothers & Sisters” and has been cast in feature films and a national TV commercial. But it’s her role in a new small-budget indie film called “8 Days” that makes her particularly proud.
In the yet-to-be released film, Smolen plays Amber Stevens, a 16-year-old from a well-off home who sneaks away to a high school party with friends and winds up drugged, kidnapped, raped and forced by pimps into the netherworld of sex trafficking.
But because those gritty elements contained in the plot are only the beginning of the storyline, Smolen believes she is not compromising her Christian faith.
“It’s a very inspirational story and I believe it will touch a lot of lives” Smolen told HollywoodNews. “All the profits go to safe houses (for victims of human trafficking) and people in need. It’s not like we’re profiting off of this.”
The role appealed to her, she noted, because “it’s a film that will benefit people and inform (moviegoers) about human trafficking….I don’t want to just be a typical teenaged girl (in films) who’s crazy about boys. I want films that cause change in people’s lives.”
Smolen credits Actors, Models & Talent for Christ, a faith-based nonprofit based in Tyrone, Ga., with helping hone her talents to the point where she and her parents decided to sell their home in Lawrenceville, Ga., and move to L.A. so that she could pursue an acting career. She said she still remains friends with people she met through AMTC and the network helps keep her grounded in an industry where success is often accompanied by rejection and periods of unemployment.
Never heard of Actors, Models & Talent for Christ? Since 2012 alone, the organization says it has trained between 2,000 and 3,000 people in the in’s and out’s of the entertainment and modeling industries.
The training isn’t cheap. This summer’s intensive six-day International Shine Conference scheduled July 1-6 in Orlando, Fla., costs $3,895 to $4,995 per person (a $300 discount applies if paid in full).
To attend the Shine conference, performers must first audition and be accepted. These auditions are held in cities throughout the United States. The next L.A.-area auditions are scheduled for June 21 in Pasadena and July 19 in Anaheim.
AMTC has its roots in a modeling convention that began […]

Elton John Does a Lot of Good – Donated $8.3 million last year

HollywoodNews.com: The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced over $3.2 million in new grants that will further its mission to assist the most marginalized populations vulnerable to HIV infection. These new awards brought EJAF’s final total grant-making commitments for calendar 2011 to a record $8,316,871, with disbursements totaling $7,006,871 last year.
These grants represent EJAF’s continuing commitment to fund demographics and geographic regions that are seriously impacted by HIV/AIDS and under-served by traditional funders. Grant expenditures totaling $3,221,622 were awarded for 19 new and 29 renewal grants, including:
* health services for Black women, one of the highest HIV-impacted populations in this country;
* innovative programs focused on the health and rights of gay and bisexual men throughout the U.S.;
* programs designed to help people with HIV who are leaving prison to access and stay on treatment and maintain their health as they reintegrate into society;
* small community grants supporting services for gay men throughout Latin America;
* clinical and mental health services for vulnerable populations in the Caribbean; and
* additional funding totaling $1.6 million over two years to support over 50 community organizations providing needle exchange and harm reduction services for injection drug users.
“Through the efforts of hundreds of privately-funded syringe access programs, HIV incidence due to injection drug use in the U.S. has declined from 25% of all infections in 2000 to 9% today,” said Executive Director Scott Campbell. “Scaled-up syringe access programming could bring injection-related HIV infections down to zero. Given Congress’ unfortunate reinstatement of the ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange programs, EJAF’s increased investments as one of the top three funders in this field are particularly crucial.”
“For twenty years, EJAF has remained consistent in our mission, even as we’ve increased the scope and reach of our grant-making,” added Chairman David Furnish. “Our most recent grants continue this historic focus, dedicating critical funding to the most urgent and under-resourced aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
About EJAF
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a nonprofit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $225 million for worthy programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is […]

Casey Anthony Released From Jail

HollywoodNews.com: At 12:14 a.m. on Sunday, 25-year-old Casey Anthony walked free in Orlando, Florida as angry protesters gathered around.
Reportedly, there were about 300 people surrounding the building, as well as police on horseback trying to keep the crowd under control. Anthony wore jeans and a pink top as she walked out of the Orange County Booking and Release Center, according to People.com.
“Though she’s reclaimed her freedom, Anthony may not be free from legal troubles: she faces a defamation lawsuit and must appear at an Orlando law firm in October,” People reports.
What do you think will become of Casey Anthony?
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Tiger Woods might be back in the dating game

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like Tiger Woods may be dating once more after his messy split with Elin.
It is reportedly being rumored that Woods is seeing 22-year-old Alyse Lahti Johnson, whose father is allegedly a high executive for IMG, states TerezOwens.com.
Johnson reportedly lives in Orlando right now and has allegedly been spending a good amount of time with Woods.
The two have reportedly been seeing each other for a few months and the golfer is allegedly pretty into her.
Do you think Tiger Woods needs to date again?
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Second Ollivander’s Shop Added to Wizarding World of Harry Potter

HollywoodNews.com: Anyone who has had the chance to visit Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of ‘Harry Potter’ knows that long, long lines are all a part of the experience, and no shop is more a testament to that fact than Ollivander’s Wand Shop. The powers-that-be at Universal must have also realized that, as it is being reported that a second Ollivander’s has been added to accommodate the massive crowds that are eager to find out which “wand will choose the wizard.”
According to Inside the Magic, the second wand shop has been converted from a former employee stock room, and will allow more visitors access to the vast array of wands and other Harry Potter themed merchandise within Ollivander’s. Guests to the theme park, which opened its doors this past June, have been known to stand in line for more than an hour for the experience of being able to choose a wand, just as Harry Potter himself did in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The only drawback is that the second store does not allow for the 5 minute wand-choosing “ceremony” that is the draw for the majority of Ollivander’s customers. However, those who are willing to forego the interactive experience will spend less time in line to purchase a wand, which will allow for more exploration of other areas of the park.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter held its grand opening in June 2010. The visual representation of Hogsmeade village and Hogwarts’ Castle are from the Harry Potter film franchise, which has released seven films in the eight film series about a boy who discovers he’s a wizard, and is also “The Chosen One” who will defeat the dark lord that murdered his parents. The final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 will be released in theaters in July 2011.
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‘True Blood’ actor triggers ‘Superman’ casting rumor

HollywoodNews.com: As Zack Snyder rolls his “Superman” into preproduction, gossip has been swirling as to who will play the man in blue tights.
“True Blood” actor Joe Manganiello aka Alcide on “True Blood” spilled the beans at a convention in Orlando, Florida that he was in talks with Snyder for the title role.
Then in hindsight, Manganiello feared he said too much. Per Vulture who was reading a “True Blood” fansite, the werewolf actor took to Twitter and wrote, “Just to be clear..as of today, I am not ‘negotiating’ to play SuperMan.”
Armie Hammer of “Social Network” fame recently revealed that he was turned down for the role as Snyder was looking for a thirtysomething Man of Steel.
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Tom Felton Announced as Latest Guest for FX International Convention

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Harry Potter’s Tom Felton has been added to the guest list of the FX International Convention next month.
Felton, who has played Draco Malfoy in all eight Harry Potter films, will appear at the convention October 16-17. The convention is being held in The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee (Orlando) Florida. Other guests scheduled to appear include comic legend Leslie Nielsen, Sean Maher (“Firefly”/Serenity), and Stephen Lang (Avatar), among others.
Details for FX International , including pricing and lodging information, can be found on their website.
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Robyn returns to North America for fall headlining tour

HollywoodNews.com: Cherrytree Records recording artist Robyn – the Swedish singer-songwriter hailed as the “hipster-fave electro star” by Time Out New York – will return to North America this fall for a headlining tour. Tickets are on sale now for the outing, which launches November 5th in Miami Beach, FL at The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason and includes stops at New York City’s Terminal 5 (November 10th) and Club Nokia in Los Angeles (November 17th). The Chicago and Vancouver dates have already sold out. Maluca and Natalia Kills will open on the tour, which will conclude at The Warfield in San Francisco on November 23rd.
Spin named Robyn’s “All Hearts” tour as one of the “25 Must-See Summer Tours.” “[Robyn] swept New York City’s Webster Hall into a frenzy so wild that it threatened to collapse the floors of that historic venue and send the sold-out crowd straight to their calamitous deaths, still dancing,” said EW.com. ”I’ve rarely seen a singer…connect so thrillingly.” She’s been described as “an overwhelming stage presence” (The Washington Post), “a dance-pop dynamo who wears her heart on her sleeve” (The Boston Globe) and “equal parts Debbie Harry austere, Cyndi Lauper whimsical, and Nina Persson sweet” (Spin). The Los Angeles Times praised her “muscular, hard-hitting energy” while the Boston Herald noted, “she delivered the total package as a performer: intense irresistible songs, distinctive, powerhouse vocals and dance moves that both mirror and interpret her music.”
”’Don’t fall recklessly, headlessly in love with me,’’ Robyn warns in ‘Hang with Me.’ Oops, too late,” said Entertainment Weekly, awarding her new album, Body Talk PT 2, an “A.” Rolling Stone called it “another batch of great, club-ready songs” in a 3 ½ star review and put the album on its “buy these now” list. People also gave the album 3 ½ stars, praising its “body shaking tunes” and the “dreamy, pulsating” lead single, “Hang with Me.” Body Talk PT 2, the second in a trilogy of albums Robyn is releasing this year on Cherrytree Records, features collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Klas Ahlund, Carl Bagge, Kleerup and Savage Skulls.
Body Talk PT 1, which was released in June, was called “the best pop album of the year” by US Weekly. The New York Times found the collection’s single, “Dancing On My Own,” “sublime” while Spin named it one of the 20 best songs of the summer. The Body Talk trilogy follow […]

“Hellcats” premiere brings in strong ratings for CW

HollywoodNews.com: The series premiere of “Hellcats” accomplished something no other UPN or CW show has ever done, matched or built on its “Top Model” lead-in. “Hellcats” improved on the cycle 15 debut of “Top Model” in the key demographics, including 3% in total viewers (3.0mill), 26% in females 12-34 (2.4/7), 23% in persons 12-34 (1.6/5), 100% in female teens (3.2/11), 91% in total teens (2.1/7), according to Live Plus Same Day Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010.
“Hellcats” retained 100% of its “Top Model” lead-in among women 18-34 (2.1/6) and adults 18-34 (1.4/4).
“Hellcats” delivered the largest non-“Top Model” performance in The CW’s Wednesday 9-10pm time period in 3 years (since 9/19/07, since “Gossip Girl’s” series premiere) among total viewers (3.0mil), and best non-Top Model delivery in over 2 years (since 4/3/08) among women 18-34 (2.0/6).
The younger-skewing “Hellcats” ranked first in the hour among total teens and female teens, and ranked second in the hour with females 12-34.
“Hellcats” also built at the half hour by 15% in adults 18-34, 5% in women 18-34, 8% in adults 18-49, 6% in women 18-49, 13% in persons 12-34 and 4% in females 12-34.
“Hellcats” dramatically improved over the series debut of TBL (which premiered here last year), blowing it away by 91% in women 18-34, 75% in adults 18-34, 100% in adults 18-49, 89% in women 18-49, 128% in persons 12-34, 140% in females 12-34 and 114% in total viewers.
With the debut of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Hellcats,” The CW stations in the majority of the top markets ranked either first or second on Wednesday night. Among women 18-34, The CW was first or second in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Minneapolis, Miami, Cleveland, Orlando, Sacramento, Portland and Baltimore. Among adults 18-34, The CW affiliates ranked either first or second in primetime in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Miami, Cleveland, Orlando, Sacramento, Portland and Baltimore.
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