"Bless Me, Ultima" Opens Nationwide February 22

Based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya, the movie stars Miriam Colon as Ultima and the film debut of 12-year-old Luke Ganalon.

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: February 23, 2013

"Bless Me, Ultima" Opens Nationwide February 22

Arts and Entertainment

"Bless Me Ultima", based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya, opens in theaters nationwide this Friday starring Miriam Colon as Ultima and the film debut of 12-year-old Luke Ganalon. The film received a 4 star review from Roger Ebert. http://www.blessmeultima.com/

ASCAP will award Romeo Santos as its Songwriter of the Year at its annual Latin Awards dinner on March 19th in Los Angeles. Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte will receive the ASCAP Creative Voice Award.

Cafe Tacuba, Molotov and Bajofondo will perform at SXSW this year at an NPR Music Showcase on March 14th at the SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage.

Former MLB player Alex Cora has joined the ESPN and ESPN Deportes teams as an MLB analyst on "Baseball Tonight", "Beisbol Esta Noche" and "SportsCenter".

The Sundance Institute will offer consulting support to the Latino Screenwriters Project, taking place during the 35th CineFestival in San Antonio February 23- March 2nd.

Hallmark Movie Channel will premiere "Meddling Mom" on February 23rd at 8 PM ET/PT, starring Sonia Braga, Tony Plana, and directed by Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves).


Elisa Villanueva was appointed as co-CEO of Teach for America, the first Latina to occupy the post.

Two women in Texas were convicted of the kidnapping 8 years ago of then 8-month old Miguel Morin. The women claim that the boy's mother had given them the baby, however Morin never received proper medical care nor was he put in school.

A draft of the White House immigration proposal was allegedly leaked to USA Today this week. The proposal includes an 8-year path to legal residency for undocumented immigrants and the creation of the "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visa.

Goya donated $150,000 to Marc Anthony's Maestro Cares foundation at his show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this week.

The Pew Hispanic Center published a statistical profile of the U.S. Hispanic population including age, geographic dispersion, nativity, citizenship, origin, language proficiency, racial self-identification, marital status, etc. http://www.pewhispanic.org


President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela this week after being in Cuba for over two months undergoing cancer surgery and treatment. Chavez was transferred to a military hospital in Caracas.

Rafael Correa was reelected as president of Ecuador this week.

It was revealed last week that Pope Benedict XVI had hit his head on a sink during a visit last year to Mexico. The Vatican denies that the injury had anything to do with his resignation.

Mexico's Grupo Gigante is reportedly in talks to acquire the remaining 50% stake in the Mexican unit of Office Depot (it currently holds a 50% stake in the company).

Guadalajara will host the FIM (La Feria Internacional de la Musica) from May 30th to June 2nd at the Expo Guadalajara. [url=http://www.fimguadalajara.com]http://www.fimguadalajara.com/url]

Actor Joaquin Cordero passed away this week in Mexico City at age 89.

Authorities in Acapulco, Mexico announced that six suspects were arrested in connection with the rape of a group of Spanish tourists. One suspect is apparently still at large, but according to authorities the six that are in custody have confessed.

The Chicago Crime Commission named Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as its new Public Enemy No. 1 because the Sinaloa cartel supplies the majority of Chicago's narcotics.

Marketing and Media

Lehman Brothers Holdings is suing SBS claiming that SBS owes them $29.36 million in preferred stock dividends.

Univision Radio raised $5.3 million at its annual St. Jude Promesa y Esperanza event to support St. Jude's research and treatment of childhood cancer.

NASCAR is aiming to attract more fans with a new brand direction and creative platform aimed at younger, urban, multicultural fans, and will include commercials in Spanish featuring NASCAR drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Daniel Suarez.

Prince Royce and his former label, Top Stop Music, have apparently reached an amicable agreement to their legal dispute in which Royce reportedly paid a large sum of money to Top Stop to get out of his contract with the label.

The California Milk Processor Board will roll out a new Spanish-language ad campaign this week created by Grupo Gallegos to promote the benefits of drinking milk for restful sleep and positive dreams.

Jenni Rivera's family will publish her memoirs, titled "Unbreakable" ("Inquebrantable"), which Rivera had completed and was still shopping around before her death. Rivera's sister, Rosie Rivera, also announced that her family will continue with Jenni's unfinished plans of having her own boutique, a line of jeans, perfumes, jewelry and makeup.

CNN's Soledad O'Brien, Univision's Fernando Espuelas, NBC Latino's Chris Pena and Fox News Latino's Rick Sanchez are among the journalists that will participate in the Hispanic Journalist Showcase during the Hispanicize conference in Miami, taking place April 9-13th.

Adelante Media Group announced that it is revamping its Spanish/CHR formatting and introduced the NEW LATINO radio format, a fusion of Latin American and American music, culture, language and llifestyle aimed at the growing bilingual/bicultural audience.

After Sen. Marco Rubio's water sip moment during his GOP speech in response to President Obama's State of the Union address went viral, Rubio's office launched a line of water bottles as a freebie with a minimum donation of $25 to his campaign.

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