Los Oscars

All this and more from Latino Loop, 1.25.07

Published on LatinoLA: January 25, 2007

Los Oscars

Oscar nominees were announced and Latinos were in full force. Alejandro Gonzalez I??arritu‘«÷s ‘«£Babel‘«ō (he is pictured) and Guillermo del Toro‘«÷s ‘«£Pan‘«÷s Labyrinth‘«ō earned several nods. Also among this year‘«÷s nominees are Penelope Cruz for Best Actress in ‘«£Volver‘«ō, Adriana Barraza for Supporting Actress in ‘«£Babel‘«ō, Gustavo Santaolalla for his ‘«£Babel‘«ō score, (the second consecutive nomination for this Oscar winner ), Javier Navarrete for his ‘«£Pan‘«÷s Labyrinth‘«ō score, ‘«£Binta y la Gran Idea‘«ō and ‘«£Eramos Pocos‘«ō for Best Short Film, Guillermo del Toro for his ‘«£Pan‘«÷s Labyrinth‘«ō screenplay and Guillermo Arriaga for his screenplay for ‘«£Babel‘«ō.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announced his intentions to run for President this weekend. If he wins, the Mexican-American politician would be the first Hispanic President.

MySpace.com will be launching a MySpace Mexico site. The Spanish-language site will also feature a music page, with new releases and Mexico tour dates.

December advertising in Hispanic magazines was up 10% over December 2005, totaling $25.8 million with a total of $243.9 million spent in 2006. Among the magazines posting the biggest increase in ad dollars are Sports Illustrated Latino, Tu Ciudad and Vanidades.

With growing numbers of Latinos getting plastic surgery, reality show Dr. 90210 is featuring Dr. John Diaz, a Dominican plastic surgeon with offices in Beverly Hills.

House Rep. Xavier Becerra introduced a bill last week to establish a commission to explore the creation of a national museum focused on Hispanics in Washington D.C.

In Venezuela, a new radio airplay quota now requires half of all air time to be devoted to Venezuelan songs. In addition, the Cinema Village project, a state run TV and Film production studio, will create movies, documentaries and TV series. Hugo Chavez has pulled the plug on Radio Caracas Television, the oldest TV station in Venezuela, with plans to turn it into a community station in May.

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. MTV VJ Susie Castillo has signed on to urge women to take action and get regular screenings.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced this year‘«÷s lineup including a reunited Rage Against the Machine, Manu Chao, Brazilian Girls, Julieta Venegas, Gotan Project, Jose Gonzalez and Rodrigo & Gabriela.

Tropical labels MP and J&N have recently merged. The labels will function independently while being housed in the same Miami office.

Academy Award winning singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler will perform at Los Angeles‘«÷ Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 12th. Drexler‘«÷s new album ‘«£12 Segundos de Oscuridad‘«ō will be released in February.

Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Don Omar and Sin Bandera are among the artists set to take the stage at Madison Square Garden on February 10th for El Concierto del Amor.

AIM Tell-a-Vision‘«÷s LatiNation airing the week of February 5-11th will feature an interview with Colombian music icons, Aterciopelados, who are set to launch a U.S. tour in March. The episode also features an interview with model Vida Guerra, greeting card designer Rocio Soler, the Texas Rollergirls and a profile of Automotive High School in Brooklyn.

According to a new study released by the Pew Hispanic Center, 66% of Latinos surveyed believe that U.S. troops should be brought home as opposed to 51% last year. 19% of Latinos favored keeping troops in Iraq until the situation is stabilized, down from 39% one year ago.

Gloria Estefan will host a charity gala at her Miami home on Feb. 9th to benefit the Gloria Estefan Foundation. The event will feature a performance by Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.

The Sundance Film Festival is going on this week in Utah through the end of January. Among the films screening are Antonio Bandera‘«÷s directing debut in ‘«£Summer Rain‘«ō, Christopher Zalla‘«÷s ‘«£Padre Nuestro‘«ō and Marco Kreuzpaintner‘«÷s ‘«£Trade‘«ō. Los Tigres del Norte also make an appearance in Patricia Riggen‘«÷s ‘«£La Misma Luna‘«ō.

Venevision‘«÷s VeneMovies, a 24-hour Spanish-language movie pay channel, recently expanded its reach in Puerto Rico. VeneMovies is already available in several U.S. markets including Miami, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Albuquerque.

CeU‘«÷s U.S. debut album will be co-released by Starbucks Hear Music and Six Degrees Music. This makes the Brazilian singer the first international artist featured on Starbucks Hear Music Debut CD series.

Telemundo and Loyola Marymount University have partnered to launch ‘«£Taller Telemundo: Escritores 2007‘«ō in Los Angeles. The program is designed to prepare Hispanic writers in fiction writing for TV and Digital Media. The 2005 program graduated 14 students, 8 of which were offered full-time jobs at Telemundo and 2006 had 13 grads with 4 receiving full-time jobs.

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