Antonio Receives Gabi

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Published on LatinoLA: October 6, 2006

Antonio Receives Gabi

Antonio Banderas will receive the Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival on October 14th in Hollywood. The festival kicked off on October 5th with screenings at the Egyptian Theater.

The premiere of "Ugly Betty" drew 16.1 million viewers to ABC last Thursday, the biggest audience for a new series premiere this season.

According to data just released by the Pew Hispanic Center, over 17 million Hispanics will be eligible to vote in this year's November elections marking a 7% increase over the 2004 elections. The majority of these potential voters are second or third generation Hispanics born in the U.S.

A deposition of Televisa CEO Emilio Azcarraga Jean that was made public this week turned up interesting information about just how involved the Televisa exec is with the goings on of the company. Azcarraga was unable to clearly answer who pays his salary, how many members are on the board of directors, how many of those members he had appointed or any of the particulars of the lawsuit for which he was being deposed.

Los Premios MTV will take place October 19th in Mexico City. Among this year's nominees who have several nominations are Gustavo Cerati, Julieta Venegas, Belanova, Allison and Calle 13.

Wal-Mart is upping its marketing strategies to Latinos. The plan involves revamping hundreds of stores in the next few years to better serve the U.S. Hispanic market. According to AdAge Magazine, Wal-Mart accounts for 65% of Latin music sales in the U.S. and recently joined forces with MTV Tr3s to create a special MTV Tr3s music section in 900 of its stores.

The Miami Latin Film Festival is currently going on from October 2nd to the 11th at the Collins Theater and Colony Theater in Miami Beach. This year's festival is sponsored by MegaTV.

American Latino TV and LatiNation will both premiere their new seasons this weekend. Highlights of this season's programming include coverage of the new ESPN boxing reality series "The Contender", The New York Latino Film Festival and the LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference).

The Mexican Navy was called into Oaxaca City this week to carry out reconnaissance flights over buildings occupied by opposition parties to governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

The Kumbia Kings drama continues this week with Cruz Martinez and wife Alicia Villarreal reporting ex-Kumbia King leader A.B. Quintanilla to authorities over apparent threats he made towards the couple.

Sony is increasing its efforts to reach the Hispanic market with the launch of La Experiencia Sony, a five-month tour through Southern California focused on educating consumers about Sony products. Sony will also launch a Spanish-language website later this year.

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in director Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" which is currently in theaters. The film follows the story of a young man trapped in the world of his dreams.

People Magazine has reported that Eva Longoria and longtime novio San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker have broken up due to their demanding careers and living in different cities.

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