Michelle Rodriguez: Back to the Pen

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Published on LatinoLA: May 27, 2006

Michelle Rodriguez: Back to the Pen

After spending some time in jail last month for drunk driving in Hawaii, actress Michelle Rodriguez will spend 60 days behind bars in Los Angeles for a probation violation.

2006 has been good to the Mexican economy with the first quarter of the year marking the fastest growth in the last 6 years. Mexico‘«÷s economic output rose 5.5% the first quarter of 2006.

According to a study released by the Motion Picture Association of America, Mexico leads the globe in sales of pirated movies with lost revenues to Hollywood around $483 million in 2005.

A female mummy with tattooed arms dated at around A.D. 450 was found in Peru last week and identified as part of Peru‘«÷s Moche culture. The mummy was found with gold and jewels, which indicate her importance, but also with war clubs, an unusual find with female mummies, indicating that she was possibly a warrior.

Univision made its upfront presentation last week making it clear that they are competing with the major English-language networks for ad dollars, which is mainly due to the network‘«÷s inclusion in the Neilsen Television Index since January of this year.

Telemundo also made its upfront pitch last week celebrating its 8 consecutive months of growth and announcing advertising opportunities and programming for Telemundo as well as the recent launch of Yahoo Telemundo. Mun2 also unveiled its new programming lineup during the Telemundo upfront presentation.

Fidel Castro made a TV appearance last week to deny the Forbes‘«÷ Magazine report of his personal wealth, which was estimated by the magazine to be around $900 million.

Grupo Televisa along with five investment firms, one of them owned by Bill Gates, announced plans to make a bid for a larger stake in media giant Univision. Univision announced that June 8th would be the deadline for bids.

As part of its ‘«£50 M?Ūs Bellos‘«ō issue, People en Espa??ol has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to offer 20 pictures of the magazine‘«÷s beautiful people that can be downloaded to cell phones. www.50masbellos.com

Costa Rica has officially requested to be removed from the list of allies supporting the U.S. in the Iraq War.

Alberto Fujimori, who was released on bail last week after serving six months in a Chilean jail, denied accusations of human rights violations and corruption during his term as Peru‘«÷s President.

Evangelina Carrozo, Argentine Carnaval Queen, protested the construction of pulp mills in Uruguay on behalf of Greenpeace at a summit in Vienna while sporting a skimpy bikini.

LIFEBeat and Jose Cuervo wrapped up the Cuervoton talent search last week at New York‘«÷s Nokia Theater with performances from Pitbull, NORE, Chingo Bling, Malverde and DJ Tony Touch as well as contest winners Doble Jota and Joe.

Rock in Rio is expanding its reach to the global market for this year‘«÷s shows broadcasting live across multiple media platforms through Network Live. This year‘«÷s shows include performances from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the re-formed Guns N' Roses and Roger Waters performing "Dark Side of the Moon‘«ō.

Tu Ciudad Magazine celebrates its one-year anniversary with the June/July issue featuring the "Best of Latino L.A." covering the best margarita to best taco stand, best tres leches to best coffee stand, best nightlife to best tattoo shop, best art gallery to best wine bar. The issue hits newsstands May 25th.

BMI will host a Latin Urban Alternative Showcase at SOB‘«÷s in New York City on May 30th. The lineup includes L. Negro, U-NIQ, Sr. Escobar and M.Corcho, Una Via, Sonido Secreto and Insomnia.

La Tropical, a documentary film offering a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cuban club La Tropical, a source of the best of Cuban son, rumba, timba and salsa since the 1940's, begins a limited engagement in theaters June 2nd.

In response to claims by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that Oliver Stone is directing a movie about the 2002 Venezuelan coup, Stone has confirmed that this statement is untrue. Chavez claimed that Stone would be announcing the film at the Cannes Film Festival.

A week of ongoing gun battles between police and gang members in Sao Paolo have already taken over 150 lives in a wave of violence over the last couple of weeks.

LAT TV, a Houston-based channel, launched last week. The station will cover the Texas market including stations in Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio and a station in Phoenix, AZ. The station will run news, sports and telenovelas, but will also offer free airtime for community programming.

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