Garcia and Rodriguez in the Top 10

All this and more on Latino Loop, 11.24.07

Published on LatinoLA: November 24, 2007

Garcia and Rodriguez in the Top 10

According to the New York Times, two of the top ten most popular last names in the U.S. are Hispanic. Garcia was listed as #8 and Rodriguez was #9.

Television producer Nely Galan (‘«£The Swan‘«ō) has joined the cast of the Donald Trump reality show ‘«£The Celebrity Apprentice‘«ō, which begins airing on January 3rd.

Animal control programs in Puerto Rico are under fire with the recent discovery that thousands of unwanted animals were dumped in back roads, gorges, garbage dumps and elsewhere after being buried alive, thrown off bridges and otherwise inhumanely disposed of.

Javier Bardem was named one of People Magazine‘«÷s Sexiest Men Alive.

Hugo Chavez met with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week in Tehran, proclaiming that they are ‘«£united like a single fist‘«ō against American influence.

The finale of MTV Tr3s‘«÷ ‘«£Making Menudo‘«ō aired yesterday revealing the new Menudo lineup. The new group includes New York‘«÷s Christopher Moy, Puerto Rico‘«÷s Jose ‘«£Monti‘«ō Monta??ez, Chicago‘«÷s Carlos Olivero and Puerto Ricans Jose Bordonada Collazo and Emmanuel Velez Pagan.

Paz Vega will star in a new movie, "The Human Contract", in which Jada Pinkett Smith will make her directorial debut.

Spanish King Juan Carlos‘«÷ ‘«£Por que no te callas‘«ō reaction to Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has become a popular ringtone with half a million people downloading the tone in the last week.

Amaia Montero, vocalist of La Oreja de Van Gogh, announced that she is leaving the Spanish pop group after 11 years to pursue a solo career. The remaining members will continue on with the band with plans for a new album in 2008.

Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez all made InStyle magazine‘«÷s best dressed list this year.

A 22-year-old ex-stripper who leaked photos of a cross-dressing Oscar de La Hoya filed a $100 million suit against him on Thursday claiming defamation, fraud and emotional distress.

The California Milk Processor Board‘«÷s ‘«£Toma Leche‘«ō campaign, announced the winner of its ‘«£Laugh Your Way to Stardom‘«ō contest. Steve Josefson received $1000 and 100 gallons of milk and will be featured in the next ‘«£Toma Leche‘«ō commercial, produced by Grupo Gallegos.

MEGA TV will air a Cuban Movie Marathon over Thanksgiving weekend, hosted by Gilberto Reyes, featuring classic films like ‘«£La Bella del Alhambra‘«ō, ‘«£Una Novia Para David‘«ō and ‘«£Vampiros En La Habana!‘«ō

Eva Mendes will star in the new Campari calendar for 2008, with this year‘«÷s photos featuring a sexy take on favorite fairy tales. Last year‘«÷s calendar featured Salma Hayek.

According to the New York Post, potential bidders for Univision Music assets have cut their offers by at least $50 million due to concerns over artist contracts, payola allegations and access to advertising on Univision. The initial asking price was in the $250-$300 million range, and has now dropped to $200 million or less.

MTV Tr3s has partnered with Intercasting Corp. to launch Con3xion, a moblie social network targeting young Hispanics. According to the network, 63% of Hispanics own a media-capable cell phone compared to 46% of non-Latinos.

Winners of the 4th annual BOBs, the Oscars of the blog world, were announced with Spaniard, Maria Amelia Lopez aka ‘«£abuela blogger‘«ō, taking home the prize for the best blog in Spanish. Lopez, 95 years old, began her blog after her grandson gave it to her as a present.

Mun2 is featuring a month of programming controlled completely by fans in November, leading up to ‘«£The mun2 Bleepin‘«÷ Best of ‘«ˇ07‘«ō ‘«Ű the best of Mun2 clips from 2007 to be chosen by fans online.

Campero USA, the U.S. arm of Guatemalan restaurant chain El Pollo Campero, announced plans to open restaurants inside Wal-Mart stores.

Rick Najera‘«÷s new comedy ‘«£Sweet 15 (Quincea??era)‘«ō, will premiere at the San Diego REPertory Theater, running November 17 through December 16th.

Eva Longoria opened up her new restaurant in Hollywood, Beso, which will serve Mexican-inspired dishes. The eatery is a partnership with chef, Todd English and will feature some of Eva‘«÷s own recipes.

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