Obama Keep Promise Made to Piol?¡n

Gloria Estefan, Giselle Bundchen, Marc Anthony, Antonio Banderas y mas on LatinoLoop, 3.4.09

Published on LatinoLA: March 4, 2009

Obama Keep Promise Made to Piol?¡n

President Obama called in to Eddie "El Piolin" Sotelo's radio show last week, fulfilling a promise he had made prior to his election to office. The economic stimulus bill and immigration were among the topics discussed during the interview.

The Mexican government announced that it will deploy 5,000 more troops to Ciudad Juarez. The move comes after the city's police chief quit last week after the slaying of several officers.

Chile's Vi??a del Mar festival took place last week with Marc Anthony among the most awarded of the performers.

According to Fox News, preview sales for the first seven performances of West Side Story, which opens on Broadway March 19th, have already crossed the million dollar mark.

According to new Nielsen Media Research data, February 2009 was Telemundo's best February performance ever for Monday through Sunday prime among Adults 18-34, up 8% over February 2008.

Univision laid off 300 employees last week.

Gloria Estefan announced that her upcoming Latin American tour will be her last as she takes time to focus on family and other projects.

The U.S. State Department and universities across the country are warning students planning on heading to Mexico for Spring Break about the surge in drug-related violence.

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady tied the knot last week at a secret ceremony in Los Angeles.

Fernando Arau announced his departure from Univision's Despierta America after 12 years with the show. Arau expressed interest in pursuing a career in film with his father Alfonso Arau.

Univision Communications has inked a multi-year deal with DirecTV.

Venezuelan musician and producer Agustin Espina was released by his captors after 4 days in captivity last week in Caracas. The kidnappers had demanded $186,000, although information was not released regarding any ransom payments.

Cocaine kingpin Miguel Angel Mejia was extradited to the U.S. from Colombia this week. Mejia's twin brother, Victor, was killed during a police raid last year

A 9-year-old girl in Brazil underwent an abortion this week after being raped by her stepfather. Brazil's Roman Catholic church complained about the abortion, which is illegal in Brazil except in cases such as this when the mother's life is in danger, stating that the 80-pound girl should have carried the twins full term and delivered them via Caesarean.

Antonio Banderas has signed on to star in Woody Allen's next film along with Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto and Naomi Watts.

Pedro Fernandez will return to the telenovela world with a lead role in "Hasta que el dinero nos separe". Ludwika Paleta, Juan Soler, Alicia Machado, Itati Cantoral and Hector Sandarti will also star in the show.

Univision Radio raised over $6 million dollars for St. Jude's Children's Reseach Hospital during its Promesa y Esperanza radiothon last month.

The Fundacion de Cine de Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Film Commission are now accepting short film entries for the Cinefiesta 2009. The deadline for entries is June 15th and more information is available at www.thefilmfoundation.org. The first prize winner will receive $10,000 to finance his or her next project.

NaCo debuted a new t-shirt design for the Mexican national team that they are dubbing the first ever "futbol prayer tee". The shirt features an image of coach Sven-Goran Eriksson as an winged angel holding a soccer ball with the name San Eriksson below it.

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