George Lopez: Late Night Host

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Published on LatinoLA: March 25, 2009

George Lopez: Late Night Host

George Lopez will host a new late-night talk show on TBS starting in November 2009. More? Click here.

Blockbuster is teaming with Maya Entertainment to present a film festival and screenwriting competition. The fest will be called Maya Independent Sponsored by Blockbuster and will take place June through September in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago and Washington D.C. More? Click here.

According to new data from Media Economics Group, ad spending in Hispanic magazines continued to drop in 4th quarter of 2008 and into the 1st quarter of 2009, with a 17% drop in ad pages in January and February and a 20% drop in ad revenue. Titles like Cosmopolitan en Espa??ol, Siempre Mujer, Latina and People en Espa??ol are among those experiencing a decline in ad pages and spending. More? Click here.

According to reports, Salma Hayek will likely star in the film "Noticia de un secuestro" based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The film is set to be directed by Pedro Pablo Ibarra (Capadocia). More? Click here.

Televisa and Telemundo have inked a deal to launch the Telemundo channel throughout Mexico and Latin America. The channel will feature telenovelas, "Al Rojo Vivo" and "Levantate" among other programs. The launch will take place this summer through Sky and Cablevision. More? Click here.

Colombian actor Juan Pablo Becerra was killed last week in Cali during a robbery attempt. Our thoughts go to his family and friends. ??M?ís? Clique aqu?¡.

Justin Timberlake plans to launch his own tequila brand, 901, in May.

Mexico announced rewards of $2 million each for information leading to the arrest of 24 top drug traffickers and $1 million each for 13 other main players in the cartels.

Former Puerto Rican Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila was found not guilty on several counts of corruption alleging that Acevedo Vila and his associates violated the law by paying off $500,000 in debt related to political campaigns.

Hugo Chavez called President Obama "ignorant" on the subject of Latin America after comments from Obama stating that Chavez was "exporting terrorism" and was an obstacle to progress in Latin America.

SBS' Raul Alarcon will be honored with the Billboard 2009 Hall of Fame Award at the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Conference in April. Raul Alarcon Jr. will accept the posthumous award on his father's behalf.

The latest installment in the James Bond series, "Quantam of Solace", starring Daniel Craig, came out on DVD this week. The film features scenes filmed in Chile, Peru, Panama and Mexico.

A federal jury ruled that TV astrologer Walter Mercado breached a contract with promoter Bill Bakula that gave Bakula ownership of the Walter Mercado trademark. Mercado apparently signed a contract giving up the commercial right to his own name throughout the universe and into perpetuity. Bakula sued in 2006 after Mercado tried to end their business relationship.

The Venezuelan government took over airstrips and seaports in 4 states last week in a supposed move to limit the power of mayors and governors opposed to Hugo Chavez. Chavez, however, insists that the takeovers are a national security issue.

The Colombian government ordered several palm oil companies to return thousands of acres of land to displaced farmers whose land had been taken away by illegal militias more than a decade ago.

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