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Press: Gina to Guest Star on ‘Elena Of Avalor’

Gina is set to guest-star on Elena Of Avalor Song of the Sirenas primetime TV movie premiering Friday, September 21 at 7pm on Disney Junior.

Press: Gina Rodriguez Is Engaged to Boyfriend Joe LoCicero

I am so excited and happy for them!!

Wedding bells will soon be ringing! Gina Rodriguez is engaged to boyfriend Joe LoCicero, a source exclusively reveals to Us Weekly.

The Golden Globe winner, 34, sparked engagement speculation on Monday, July 30, after posting an Instagram photo of herself sporting a diamond ring. “‘They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t,’” she captioned the picture, quoting artist Frida Kahlo. “‘I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.’”

Rodriguez and LoCicero, 31, met in 2016 when he appeared on an episode of her hit CW show.

“He thought I was being nice to him because I am nice to everyone that comes on the show,” she said on Live With Kelly and Ryan in November 2017. “So he thought I was just being super sweet to him and I thought he was just being sweet on me because I’m the lead.”

Rodriguez gushed over the actor in December 2016 on their “first Christmas together,” writing that his love “has been the greatest gift.” She also praised him on his 31st birthday in August 2017, writing on Instagram, “To my king. I love you.”

LoCicero has publicly supported the Annihilation actress and was by her side during the Emmy Awards in September 2017 and the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January. The pair also locked lips while walking the 2018 Oscars red carpet in March.
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Press: ‘Brooklyn Nine Nine’ at SDCC talks Gina Rodriguez

During the SDCC Panel for Brooklyn Nine Nine the cast were asked on whether or not Gina would be back for the new season. This is what was said on the matter..

‘What you guys don’t know is that when Gina [Rodriguez] was on our episode, our episodes take five days to shoot and she was there for one day. That was the only day she was able to do it, her schedule is so packed, and she’s a friend of mine and so she wants to come back so badly but it just is a matter of scheduling. So, I dunno, maybe there are some other hot babes in Rosa’s future.’ – Stephanie Beatriz on Rosa’s new crush and whether that storyline with Gina Rodriguez, who skipped out on her vacation early to shoot Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will be going anywhere in season 6.
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Press: Netflix’s ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Film Brings on Writer

Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego movie could be as funny as Game Night, since the streaming giant hired writer Mark Perez to write the Gina Rodriguez-starring movie.

Deadline reported that Perez will write the new movie, as his follow-up to Game Night, which was directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. The New Line comedy was a hit with critics and grossed $117 million worldwide. Goldstein also wrote Accepted (2002) and The Country Bears (2002).

The movie is just one part of Netflix’s “all-in” approach to the Carmen Sandiego brand, which it acquired the live-action film rights to in March. However, Netflix announced plans for an animated series almost a year earlier, in April 2017.

Rodriguez signed on to star in the film, and will also voice the title character in an animated series to be released in 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which owns the property, will also publish a new line of books.

Rodriguez is producing the Carmen Sandiego movie under her I Can And I Will banner, with Kevin Misher and Caroline Fraser. The executive producer is Andy Berman of Misher Films. Berman also worked with Rodriquez on Miss Bala, an English-language adaptation of a 2011 Mexican film that comes out on Jan. 25, 2019.

The animated series will also star Finn Wolfard, who plays Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things. He was cast as Carmen’s accomplice, Player, in April.
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Press: Gina Rodriguez is using Emmy money to send an undocumented student to college

Yet another reason to love Gina.. I mean, how can you not love her?

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is breaking from unwritten Emmys tradition this year to make a difference in the life of one young woman.

The 2018 Emmy nominations will be announced in July and, as such, major TV networks and studios have been doling out massive amounts of money over the past few months to bankroll FYC campaigns for their submitted actors, creators, and shows. It’s an expensive undertaking, and often an unsuccessful one. And so this year, Rodriguez has convinced The CW to do something a little different: putting her chunk of the FYC spend toward a college scholarship for an undocumented high school student.

Rodriguez, a member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s board of directors since 2015, partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles to locate a Latinx high school student who plans to attend Princeton University in the fall. With the Jane the Virgin star’s support, the student (who’ll remain unnamed) will be able to complete a four-year degree without financial burden.

“FYC is a bizarre dance,” the star told The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news. “Whatever you do requires an insane amount of money.”

In one of peak TV’s great injustices, Rodriguez has never received an Emmy nomination for her role on Jane the Virgin; she did, however, win a Golden Globe in 2015, and has since been nominated twice more at the Globes in the same category. Jane the Virgin‘s fourth season is currently up for awards; it’ll return for its fifth and final season next year.

“Our show has always jumped at any opportunity to help me do something for the Latinx community,” said Rodriguez. “So I asked my showrunner, Jennie [Snyder Urman], if we could do something different with the money this year.”

As the House charges toward a vote on immigration legislation this week, it’s unclear whether Rodriguez’s chosen college-bound student is a DACA or DREAM Act beneficiary. But Jane the Virgin has dug deeply into Latinx identity and immigration issues throughout its acclaimed run. In one storyline the series tackled, Jane’s grandmother, Alba, sought a path toward citizenship after being in the country undocumented for 40 years.

For her part, Rodriguez has been vocal about the difficulties of paying off student loans. She told Teen Vogue last year that it took 11 years for her to pay off loans she took out to attend New York University’s Tisch School if the Arts and that she was only able to do so the day she was nominated for her second Golden Globe.
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Press: The Best TV Shows of 2018 (So Far)

The year so far has been crammed with so much great television that even with many standbys absent from the scene — fan favorites including “Better Call Saul,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Veep” have not broadcast episodes in 2018 — a list of the year’s great TV feels comprehensive, even with half the year to go. This list of 13 television shows and one TV movie, a mix of new and returning broadcasts, is an attempt to name some of what stood out most sharply to Variety‘s critics: Those shows that, in an unprecedentedly crowded landscape, demanded our attention and earned our appreciation. The first half of the year has been strong enough to make the eventual task of winnowing down a year-end best list seem very difficult indeed; for now, here are some shows from the past six months worth catching up on.

Jane the Virgin (The CW)
It’s hard to be consistently great four seasons deep into a show — but it appears as though no one told that to “Jane the Virgin,” which went ahead and had one of its best seasons yet. Flashing forward three years after Jane (Gina Rodriguez) lost her husband (Brett Dier), the show gave Jane the room to grieve, grow, and discover who it is she wants to be. The dramedy also continued to prove that it has one of TV’s best ensemble casts, particularly as Rogelio (Jaime Camill) and Alba (Ivonne Coll) grappled with Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and Petra (Yael Grobglas) grappled with her feelings for her suave lawyer (Rosario Dawson). The CW has since announced that Season 5 will be “Jane the Virgin’s” last. Judging by how strong Season 4 was, it seems likely that the show just may go out on top. — CF
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