South Park Disses Costa Rica

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Published on LatinoLA: March 4, 2007

South Park Disses Costa Rica

Costa Rica is not amused about a recent episode of South Park. The South Park characters on a field trip in the Central American country refer to it as a ‘«£third world country‘«ō that smells ‘«£like ass‘«ō. Costa Rica‘«÷s tourism minister has responded to the show calling it trash.

Gustavo Santaolalla won his second Oscar award on Sunday for his "Babel" score. His first win was for last year's "Brokeback Mountain".

Univision‘«÷s Premio Lo Nuestro aired last week with 6.3 million Hispanics tuning in. Among the night‘«÷s winners were Mana, Intocable, Don Omar, RBD and Wisin y Yandel.

A giant sinkhole opened up in Guatemala City this weekend, swallowing a dozen homes and killing 2 teenagers and their father.

Univision will pay a record $24 million fine to the FCC for the network‘«÷s failure to meet standards for children‘«÷s educational programming.

Last week we reported the murder of the three Salvadorean legislators in Guatemala. This week the four Guatemalan police officers arrested and charged with the deaths were killed in their prison cells. The deaths are putting a spotlight on corruption and links between drug traffickers and police and government officials in both countries.

Woody Allen is taking his next film across the pond to Barcelona. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz will star in the bilingual film.

Univision has appointed Joe Uva as its new CEO to take over once the Univision acquisition goes through. Uva was formerly worldwide CEO of Omnicom-owned media agency OMD.

Los Angeles bus riders will now be entertained with programming from Telemundo, Canal 22, KNBC and Aim-Tell-A-Vision‘«÷s ‘«£American Latino‘«ō on Transit TV in 2200 buses. The stations will provide an hourly snippet of programming featuring five minutes of news, weather, sports and entertainment.

Televisa reported a fourth quarter profit drop of 11%.

The afterglow of the Oscars is wearing down and tensions are high at team Babel. Director Alejandro Gonzalez I??arritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga are at odds over I??arritu's claim that Arriaga is trying to claim sole credit for the film with Arriaga firing back at I??arritu for claiming to be the film's creator. I??arritu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Adriana Barraza and Gustavo Santaolalla all signed a letter criticizing Arriaga for not recognizing the collaboration involved in filmmaking, which was published in Mexican magazine Chilango.

A la Martha Stewart, Cristina Saralegui‘«÷s new home furnishings line, Casa Cristina, will be available at Kohl‘«÷s stores across the country starting in March.

The Vi??a del Mar music festival took place last week featuring stellar performances from Los Tres, Don Omar, Los Bunkers and more. Don Omar received the Gold and Platinum Torches as well as the Platinum Seagull award. Los Tres got the Gold and Silver Torches as well as the Silver Seagull, while fellow Chileans Los Bunkers also received the Golden and Silver Torches.

Marcella C Public Relations has signed a deal with Warner Home Video to provide Hispanic media outreach for their upcoming DVD releases including "Happy Feet", "Coleccion Pedro Infante", Carlos Mencia's "Funny is Funny" and more.

Mun2 will air a special edition of "Day In, Day Out" featuring Calle 13. The show, airing March 3rd and entitled "Mi Calle, Tu Calle", will give viewers a look into the lives of Calle 13's Residente and Vistante in Puerto Rico.

Nickelodeon will host a Writer's Symposium on March 9th in Southern California at the NALIP Conference (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) giving attendees the chance to pitch their TV show ideas to Nickelodeon. Check www.nalip.org for more information.

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