Garcia Bernal on the Move

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Published on LatinoLA: July 5, 2005

Garcia Bernal on the Move

Too much beauty in one room - Gael Garcia Bernal will star alongside Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the upcoming Paramount Pictures film "Babel". The movie, written by Guillermo Arriaga and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, revolves around four interconnecting stories that take place in Mexico, Tunisia, Morocco and Japan.

Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernandez and Chayanne are teaming up to co-headline a US summer tour which kicks off August 17th in Houston and finishes on September 17th in Miami, hitting 15 additional cities along the way such as New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and others.

Jennifer Lopez made the cut for Forbes magazine's annual list of 100 Most Powerful Women.

McDonald's is gearing up for another edition of its "LoMcXimo de la Musica" concert series, which will feature numerous Latin music artists from various genres spanning from Regional Mexican to Salsa. Tour proceeds will support the educational aspirations of Hispanic youth in the US through the RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program, the largest high school-to-college Hispanic scholarship program in the nation. Artist line-up to be announced shortly.

Hispanic Business Magazine listed the top 50 Hispanic Market Advertisers from the years 2000 - 2004, according to the HispanTelligence research report: US Hispanic Media Markets, 2000 - 2007. Total spending by advertisers rose 87.5% during those four yours, growing from over $658 million to over $1.23 billion. Procter & Gamble tops the charts in Hispanic advertiser spending, with Lexicon Marketing's Ingles sin Barreras coming in at a close second. Other notables include General Motors, McDonald's, and Coca Cola.

Jaguares, Coldplay and Duran Duran have donated tickets to benefit Amnesty International's "Music for Human Rights" campaign. Amnesty International will auction the tickets with proceeds going to fund the organization's human rights efforts around the world. You can bid on these VIP ticket packages here.

Telemundo's bilingual cable network, mun2, is relocating its headquarters from Miami to Los Angeles, beginning October 2005. The move is part of a plan to solidify the network's position in the largest US Hispanic market, while gaining greater access to the unrivaled pool of entertainment and industry leaders in Los Angeles. Late last year, the network hired Antoinette Zel, previously from MTV Network Latin America, who now serves as Executive VP of Network Strategy. Zel went on to hire Flavio Morales, formerly of LATV, as VP Programming, and a slew of other key staffers to assist in the revamp of the channel.

Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Lila Downs will be performing with Willie G. at The Vanguard Theatre in Los Angeles on July 16th, in support of her latest album, Una Sangre. Latino Loop is happy to offer its subscribers the opportunity to purchase specially priced tickets to this event for $23, a savings off the normal ticket price of $29 - $45. The first 25 subscribers that go to ticketweb.com and type in the code word SANGRE will receive the discount.

Alfonso Cuaron will direct Julianne Moore and Clive Owen in Children of the Men, a futuristic sci-fi film set in a time where women have lost the ability to become pregnant and have children.

Multi-GRAMMY winning singer Juanes will be featured in the film Bordertown with Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas. Juanes will perform his hit song "La Camisa Negra" for the film, which focuses on the hundreds of unsolved murders of women in and around Ciudad Juarez.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists released its 10th Annual Network Brownout Report, finding that out of 160,000 stories aired in 2004 on the evening network newscasts, only 115 stories were exclusively about Latinos - that's even less stories than last year! Latinos make up 14% of the population, but account for LESS THAN 1% of the news? What's wrong with this picture?

With over 45 Gold & Platinum albums, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and 6 GRAMMY awards to date, the legendary guitarist/songwriter Jose Feliciano celebrates his 50th year as a performer with a series of special performances throughout the year, including July 22 & 23 with the San Diego Symphony.

Mark Lopez has been named as Publisher for AOL Latino. Lopez was previously Director of Sales and Development, Multicultural for AOL Media Networks. In his new role, he will be responsible for Sales and Sales Development of the web properties, the AOL service, and US Hispanic service.

Congratulations to all the Imagen Award winners! The ceremony took place in Beverly Hills, where George Lopez was honored with the Hennessy Privelege Award. Walter Salles' Motorcycle Diaries took home the Best Picture, Actor and Director awards, Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) landed the Best Film Actress nod, Jimmy Smits for Best Television Actor, LATV Live picked up an award for Best Television Variety Special, and AIM Tell-A-Vision won for Best National Informational Programming.

The Jack Daniel's Latino Comedy Series presented by iCaramba.com returns this summer, featuring 13 weeks of Latino comedy and over 20 Latino comedians performing at top venues throughout New York City, such as Laugh Lounge, The World Famous Comic Strip Live and Gotham Comedy Club. The series kicked off with a VIP Havana Casino Night Party earlier this week. with regular shows also beginning this week..

Bank of America, Club Deportivo Chivas USA and best-selling author Louis Barajas have launched a new financial fitness campaign called "Team Up with Bank of America: Educate to Activate". The campaign serves as an educational tool to bring awareness to Latinos of the importance of developing a healthy financial lifestyle.

The Walt Disney Co., Sanrio Co., Cartoon Network, Hanna Barbera Productions and Viacom International have flied copyright and trademark infringement lawsuits against two Los Angeles vendors for allegedly selling counterfeit pi?atas that look similar to brand characters such as Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, Cinderella and others.

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