Javier Bardem has signed on to play the villain in the next installation of the James Bond series.
Vicente Fernandez, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible, Mana, Juanes, Alejandro Fernandez and Lila Downs were among the artists that performed at the opening ceremony of the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara last week.
Several Latino-themed pilots are currently in development at the major networks. NBC is working with Kenny Ortega to develop a pilot about a Latino family that runs a Latin dance studio in Miami. Fox is working with Silvio Horta and Jennifer Lopez to develop a dramedy about a Latino family living in Miami. Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith are working with ABC on the "Untitled Romeo Project", starring former Aventura singer Romeo Santos about a young Dominican-American living in New York. CBS is developing Rob Schneider's pilot about a man who marries into a Latino family.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's American Idol-style show "Q'Viva! The Chosen" announced the first three of 21 broadcast networks that will carry the series in 2012: Televisa (Mexico), Univision (U.S. Spanish-language) and Caracol TV (Colombia).
Louis C.K. of the FX series "Louis" and Greg Garcia of the Fox series "Raising Hope" were named among the Hollywood Reporter's "The Power Showrunners 2011" list.
Kate del Castillo and Pedro Fernandez will host the 2011 Billboard Mexican Music Awards airing on Telemundo on October 27th.
George Lopez is currently developing a new TV sitcom series with a team of writers.
Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Pitbull are among the artists slated to perform at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on November 20th
At least 90 people died and 700,000 were displaced due to flooding and landslides last week in Central America
Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled that opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez can run for president in the upcoming 2012 election, however he will not be allowed to take power if he is elected.
A Northern California hot dog vendor, 58-year-old Jose Gilberto Ortiz, and his partner 23-year-old Guillermo Gonzalez Castillo were arraigned last week on charges of selling firearms and methamphetamine to undercover officers from their hot dog stand.
Selena Gomez was granted a temporary restraining order from a 46-year-old mentally ill man, Thomas Brodnicki, who threatened to harm or kill the actress/singer.
One of Brazil's most-wanted drug traffickers, Alexander Mendes da Silva, was arrested this week in Paraguay.
Marketing and Media
Old Navy has partnered with Telemundo to launch the online telenovela-style miniseries "Estilos Robados". www.estilosrobados.com
Luis Alfonso Borrego was named as the new head of the magazine "TVyNovelas USA.
According to a new study released by Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas, "Death of the Hispanic Adult Demo as We Know It", U.S.-born Hispanics are estimated to make up 65% of 18-29s by 2015.
SiriusXM announced the launch of SiriusXM Latino, a lineup of new Latin channels including Cristina Radio, RadioFormula Mexico, Playboy Radio en Espa??ol and several new music channels like Caliente, Viva, La Mezca, Flow Nacion and La Kueva. www.siriusxm.com/latino
New York's El Diario La Prensa will honor Manny Gonzalez, Director of Hispanic Marketing at Moet Hennessy USA, at its annual El Awards Luncheon on October 20th.
Laurence Klinger, Chief Creative Officer of Hispanic ad agency Lapiz, was named HIspanicAd.com's Creative Director of the Year at the annual AHAA advertising conference in Miami last week.
Crown Imports has named Omnicom Group's GSD&M as the agency of record for it's Pacifico and Victoria beer brands.
Hispanicize, the Hispanic PR Blog, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and the Hispanic Public Relations Association have created the 2011-2012 U.S. Hispanic Social Media Guide and Webinair Series. Among the articles featured are "The Ten DOs and DON'Ts of An Effective Hispanic-Targeted Social Media Campaign"; "The Rules for Engaging Latina Mom Bloggers" and "Is the Press Release Dead? Insights from a News Director and the role of Social Media." The guide is available for free download at www.hispanicize.com.