Stars Spangled Christina

And other entertainment chisme from Latino Loop

Published on LatinoLA: January 24, 2004

Stars Spangled Christina

LATINO LOOP for the week of January 19 - 25, 2004

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Christina Aguilera will be singing the US National Anthem at this year?s 53rd NBA All Star Game on February 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nelly Furtado will be singing the Canadian National Anthem and OutKast and Big Boy will perform.

Looks as though former boxing champion, Felix Trinidad, is contemplating a return to the ring. If the boxer does make a come back, which could be as early as March, the plan would be to have a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya in November.

Argentine rock legend, Andres Calamaro, will be releasing his latest project, ?El Cantante?, at the end of February. The CD features classic songs made famous by greats such as Carlos Gardel, Hector Lavoe, Chavela Vargas and Roberto Carlos, as well as 3 new songs by Calamaro.

Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite artists nominated for the ?2004 Premio Lo Nuestro? awards by logging onto http://www.univision.com. Over 180 artists are nominated in 32 categories. Nominees include La Ley, Ricky Martin, Thalia, Juanes, Shakira, Mana, Marc Anthony and many others.

Enrique Iglesias will portray an evil emporer in a new Pepsi commercial, which has pop divas Britney Spears, Beyonce and Pink battling it out gladiator-style.

Latino films are making news at the Sundance Film Festival - Walter Salles? film ?The Motorcycle Diaries?, based on the writings of revolutionary Che Guevara, received much critical buzz and a standing ovation after its debut, and ultimately was acquired by Focus Feature. Joshua Marston?s ?Maria Full of Grace? is also said to be in demand, the story about a Colombian girl who gets recruited to smuggle heroin in into the US.

?Por Vida? is a tribute album benefiting the Alejandro Escovedo Medical & Living Expense Trust, which was set up to help with the singer/songwriter's battle with Hepatitis C. The double-disc album will feature artists such as Los Lobos, Billy Corgan, Calexico, Los Lonely Boys, Jackson Brown and others, and will be released in April. To contribute, please visit http://www.alejandrofund.com/

AOL Latino?s ?Tu Voz Es Tu Voto 2004? is a new feature with comprehensive coverage of the 2004 election. Here, users can get detailed information about the candidates and issues written from the Hispanic perspective.

Malaysia?s Muslim opposition party is calling on the government to cancel an upcoming Mariah Carey concert scheduled to take place February 22nd in Kuala Lumpur, stating that Mariah?s performance is immoral and promotes non-Islamic values. Adding insult to injury, February 22nds is a religious holiday in Malaysia.

Industry insiders are speculating that Clive Davis may be taking control of BMG?s Arista label again - the label he founded and was later ejected from just four years ago.

MTV Latin America announced the expansion of MTV Networks? brands throughout Latin America. The network will be launching VH1 Latin America; the launch of the MTVN Digital Suite for Mexico; and a greater partnership with International Program Enterprises (IEP), the company?s Program Sales and Consumer Products division.

Warner Music Group has warned employees that the company will be undergoing restructuring initiatives in the near future.

AIM Tell-A-Vision, creators of the nationally syndicated Urban Latino TV, have announced two new English-language programs to launch in the Fall of 2004. ?American Latino Television? will focus on the world of American Latinos, revealing the cultures and lifestyles of the sons, daughters and grandchildren of immigrants who moved to the US in search of the American dream. Kulture Shock TV is an edgy a multicultural entertainment program that will feature celebrity guests, world renowned DJs, and is hosted by ?Blanquito Man?, aka Andrew Blanco, ex-lead singer of the band King Chango.

Jeff Garcia, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was arrested in San Jose last week on suspicion of drunk driving.

The 24th Annual Tejano Music Awards has been moved to the Graham Central Station In San Antonio, Texax, and will now take place on March 11th.

La Opnion and El Diario, the two largest Spanish-language newspapers in the US, have merged to create Impremedia, whose goal is to create a network of newspapers serving the ever-growing population of Latinos in the US.

Cameron Diaz is executive producing and starring in a travel series for MTV. The series will feature the actress at great locations across the globe, with Diaz also touching on environmental issues specific to each region.

Rumor has it that Tommy Mottola and wife Thalia may be headed for a divorce. Neither camp has officially confirmed or denied these rumors.

Congrats to Luis Miguel and Mana, who ranked at #6 and #7 respectively in this week?s Pollstar?s concert-tour rankings, among the likes of other top billers such as Cher, Simon and Garfunkel and the Eagles. Luis Miguel just launched the second leg of his world tour in support of his album ?33? last week, with a series of 21 dates at the legendary Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City.

This week on Urban Latino TV, check out award-winning producer and Latin Rock pioneer, Gustavo Santaolalla as he mixes Tango with electronica for a not new sound; Cuban-American actress Eva Mendes from 2Fast 2Furious and Once Upon a Time in Mexico; BrownPride.com brings Chicano culture to the world wide web; fashion tips from Miami?s stylist to the stars, Irma Martinez; the hit play ?Latinologues? from famed LA writer Rick Najera; and Christain rapper, T-Bone, from the Fighting Temtations. For exact days and time, log onto http://UrbanLatinoTV.com or check your local listings.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources (RMHC/HACER) Scholarship deadline is February 1st. High School seniors of Hispanic descent are encouraged to pick up an application by visiting www.rmhc.org.

Voy, a private company aimed at the Hispanic marketplace in music, publishing and TV, is launching a feature-film division to target the English-speaking Hispanic Market. Voy Pictures has already cut deals with actor Freddie Prinze Jr., director Fina Torres (Woman on Top) and Michelle Rodrigez (Girlfight) and plans to produce 12 ? 15 flicks over the next 3 years.

Satelites Mexicanas and Crawford Satellite Services will be launching a new video platform, Satmex Maximo, which has been designed to bring indigenous Latin American programming to US cable head-ends directly from the countries of origin. The channel?s content will include documentary/cultural, arts, science, sports, news, movies, soap operas, children?s programming and more.

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