Menudo Entertainment and Yahoo! will present MVasion, a talent search to bring back boy band Menudo with a new Latin/urban flavor in both Spanish and English. Auditions will be held throughout the U.S. and Latin America for boys aged 14-18 with the first audition to be held in New York City October 14th. More information about the talent search is available on www.menudo.com.
The New Democratic Network is hoping to sway Hispanic World Cup viewers with a $2 million TV and radio campaign during this month?s World Cup. The campaign will also be supported by the distribution of jerseys and soccer balls with the tagline ?M?s que un partido?.
According to new data released by the Pew Hispanic Center, contrary to popular belief that immigrants do not want to learn English, a majority of Latino immigrants in the U.S. think that immigrants and their children should learn English. Actually more immigrants hold this belief than U.S.-born Latinos, according to last week?s report.
Sergio Mendes hits the stage at Los Angeles? historic Hollywood Bowl June 25th marking the 40th Anniversary of Brasil '66 and his career in music. He will be joined by Herb Alpert as well as artists from his most recent release Timeless, including John Legend, India.Arie and Q-Tip. Aterciopelados are also set to take the stage at the Bowl on July 8th with Bebe, Reyli and Mexican Institute of Sound.
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in ?The King? which opened last week in theaters. The film, directed by James Marsh, tells the story of a youth in search of the father he never knew and also stars William Hurt and Laura Elena Herring.
?Viva Tu Cine! presents the premiere of Palm Pictures' upcoming film ?Lower City? on June 20th in Los Angeles. The film, directed by S?rgio Machado, was produced by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, Central Station) and features a score by Carlinhos Brown. A Q&A session and reception hosted by the Brazilian Consulate will follow the screening. To attend the event, register at http://www.vivatucine.com/events/lowercity/index_latinoloop.htm
Hispanic marketing agency Bromley Communications is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Congratulations!
Julieta Venegas and Bow Wow will perform on the mun2 music variety show ?Vivo,? a one-hour music variety show airing on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. on mun2, and on Saturday night, June 17, on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles after ?Saturday Night Live? and ?Showtime at the Apollo.?
Geno's, one of Philidelphia?s most well-known cheese steak shops has posted a sign telling customers, "This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING `SPEAK ENGLISH.'" Joseph Vento, the owner of Geno?s, put up the signs in reaction to the ongoing immigration debates and frustration with the inability of customers to order their sandwiches in English.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking the neighborhood watch program to the border announcing a $5 million plan to install webcams along the border so anyone on a computer can report unauthorized border crossings to a toll-free hotline.
The deadline to participate in the Latino International Film Institute (LIFI) and Panamax Films Screenwriting Lab has been extended until Thursday June 15th. The call for applications is open to students and professionals who are interested in either writing, directing or producing. The application form and the program?s details and criteria can be found at:www.latinofilm.org
Viewership of this year?s World Cup is already way up over 2002?s coverage with an average of 2.6 million total viewers tuning into Univision?s coverage of the tournament. This shows an increase of about 1.7 million over 2002 for the first 8 games. The Mexico-Iran game, with 5.4 million viewers, set the record for the most-watched sporting event in Spanish-language television.
Rosie Perez? documentary ?Yo Soy Boricua, Pa?Que Tu Lo Sepas? aired this week on the IFC channel. Speaking of boricuas, the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday attracted the usual crowds in NYC who were treated to a special appearance by Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.
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