Latino Sci-fi Film Opens

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Published on LatinoLA: April 8, 2009

Latino Sci-fi Film Opens

"Sleep Dealer", Alex Rivera's sci-fi take on immigration and migrant labor, opens in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on April 17th.

Jack Daniel's kicks off its Studio No. 7 events this month with performances by Zoe, Motel, Kinky and The Pinker Tones. More information can be found at ww.jackdaniels.com/latino

Hugo Chavez supported President Obama's promise to eliminate nuclear bombs and said that he is willing to reset relations with the U.S.

Tecate has signed on to sponsor ESPN's Spanish and English-language boxing content on TV, online and radio, including the Tecate Friday Night Fights Studio.

Production came to a halt on the Mexico set of "Queen of the South", based on the Arturo Perez-Reverte novel about a cocaine smuggler, and the project has been shelved after the filmmakers received death threats. Eva Mendes, Josh Hartnett, and Sir Ben Kingsley were set to star in the film from director Jonathan Jakubowicz.

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was convicted this week of crimes against humanity related to death squad killings and kidnappings in the 1990s. Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The New York International Latino Film Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer. The Festival is inviting people to share their stories about the festival on the website, cinedulce.com. The best stories will be included in the NYILFF's advertising campaign.

Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin died last week at 82 years of age from pneumonia related to lung cancer.

According to data released by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, 461,317 Latinos became Americans in the 2008 fiscal year. That's double the number over the same period in 2007 and accounts for almost half of the new American citizens in 2008.

Ogilvy & Mather launched a new campaign for Coca-Cola aimed at the U.S. Hispanic market. The campaign includes TV, print, mobile, digital, out-of-home and music components with the tagline "Destapa la felicidad" and "Destapa tus sue??os".

A Texas man, Jorge Alberto Mendez, was arrested while trying to cross the border into Mexico this week on charges of allegedly raping 19 women in Ciudad Juarez.

According to Ad Age magazine, spending in Hispanic media went up 2.5% in 2008, with spending cut 5.7% in the fourth quarter. The automotive industry was among the marketers that made the most budget cuts.

Remittances to Mexico were down 3% in February compared to the same period last year.

AXE is partnering with the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) and Nacional Records to help launch its latest product line, AXE Instinct. The AXE Instinct campaign, "The Power of Leather," is set to launch in July.

Vicente Carrillo Leyva, one of the heads of the Juarez drug cartel, was captured last week by Mexican authorities.

A DNA test revealed that Jose Guadalupe Rivera, believed to be Lupillo Rivera's son from an extramarital affair, is actually not his biological son. Despite the test results, Rivera expressed that he would still raise him as a son.

Radio Ink will hold its Hispanic Radio Conference in Los Angeles May 6th and 7th. www.radioink.com/hispanicconference

Following meetings between U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa, the U.S. and Mexico have joined forces to create an immigration working group, focusing on informing the public on the dangers of trying to cross the border illegally.

As Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahoney nears the mandatory retirement age of 75, three Latinos are rumored to be among those in consideration to replace him. If a Latino is chosen, it would be the first Latino cardinal in the U.S.

Terra has partnered with social networking site MiGente.com for a three-year ad sales and content deal. Terra will take over ad sales and provide English and Spanish-language content for MiGente.com. Terra also relaunched its Terra TV video platform this week.

Fox Sports en Espa??ol has acquired the Spanish-language broadcast rights for Europe's UEFA Champions Soccer League. Exclusive coverage will begin in August with the playoffs and continue through the 2011-12 season.

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