Berto Wins on Viva Hollywood

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Published on LatinoLA: June 4, 2008

Berto Wins on Viva Hollywood

Berto Colon was named winner of VHI‘«÷s reality show ‘«£Viva Hollywood‘«ō, a competition for aspiring telenovela actors.

Rufino Tamayo‘«÷s ‘«£Troubadour‘«ō was auctioned off last week for $7.2 million, purchased by an anonymous buyer. The sale set a new record for Latin American art, previously held by Frida Kahlo‘«÷s ‘«£Roots‘«ō which sold for $5.6 million in 2006.

Telemundo cancelled its ‘«£Cada Dia‘«ō morning show this week. ‘«£Cada Dia‘«ō was modeled after the English-language ‘«£Today‘«ō show, but could not compete with Univision‘«÷s ‘«£Despierta America‘«ō which averaged 801,000 viewers compared to Telemundo's 138,000 ‘«£Cada Dia‘«ō viewers.

Ford selected Mexico as the country to produce its ‘«£global‘«ō car, a new subcompact model which will be marketed around the world. The $3 billion deal will create 4,500 jobs at the Ford plant in Cuautitlan and up to 25,000 spin-off jobs.

According to new data released in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2007 survey, Hispanic high school students have higher rates of drug use and attempted suicide compared to their black and white peers. Sexual activity among black and white students declined last year, while staying the same among Hispanics, and Hispanics students were found more likely to drink alcohol on school property, ride with a driver under the influence and use cocaine, heroin or ecstasy.

A lawyer is suing Delta Airlines for almost $1 million claiming that the airline ruined his mother‘«÷s 80th birthday trip to Argentina. The lawyer is asking for $21,000 for out-of-pocket expenses, $275,000 in emotional distress as well as punitive damages.

Rare photographs of a previously un-contacted Amazon Indian tribe in Brazil were released last week. The photos show tribe members painted and aiming bows and arrows at the aircraft hovering above them.

The 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival takes place July 22nd-27th. The complete lineup of films and events will be announced in mid-June.

Juanes took advantage of a recent trip to Japan where he held two concerts to participate in the One for All event in Tokyo last week, alongside Bono and Youssou N‘«÷Dour. The demonstration was organized by the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

Ugly Betty star Michael Urie revealed plans for an Ugly Betty Broadway musical in an interview with the UK‘«÷s ‘«£Heart‘«ō.

Over 30,000 people attended the Festival Cultura Urbana, held in San Sebastian de los Reyes, Spain. The Festival featured performances by urban artists on three stages, breakdance battles, freestyle battles, urban art and more.

MySpace Latino will hold the final showcases in its Get Your Band Sponsored competition this week. Four finalists in each market will compete at shows being held in New York on June 5th, June 8th in Austin, June 12th in Miami and June 19th in Los Angeles.

Spanish singer Alaska posed for the ‘«£Naked Truth: Bullfighting is Cruel‘«ō campaign. In the photo, Alaska appears nude in a pair of stiletto heels and 3 swords stuck in her back.

Impremedia CEO John Paton is a finalist in the Metro New York Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Winners will be announced at a gala event on June 26th.

Diego Maradona participated in a video calling for the release of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. The video is part of a 30-day campaign to draw attention to human rights violations in Burma.

A story in this week's AdAge magazine examines the dilemma of Anheuser-Busch in regards to its all-American brand image as the company faces a possible takeover by Brazilian-owned InBev.

Three recent shark attacks in the area of Zihuatanejo, Mexico have caused concern among locals and tourists. The most recent attack took place last weekend when an American expat was bit on the arm and survived. The attack followed two earlier fatal attacks in which a local surfer was killed and a tourist from San Francisco was also killed.

Barack Obama released this Spanish-language commercial just before the Puerto Rican primary.

Daniela Blau was announced as the winner of the BMI Foundations‘«÷s peermusic Latin Scholarship. Blau receives a $5,000 scholarship for her winning song ‘«£Y Si No Lo Sabes‘«ō and will be presented with her award at the BMI Latin Awards on June 12th in Los Angeles.

The Harry Fox Agency has added a Spanish-language section to its website, HFA en Espa??ol.

A recent AP article examines the renewed rise of Peru‘«÷s Shining Path rebels, who killed nearly 70,000 Peruvians between 1980 and the mid-90s.

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