TIME Mag Picks Facebook Guy...We Pick Chilean Miners

Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Machete, Natalie Morales, Sofia Vergara y muchos m?ís on Latino Loop

Published on LatinoLA: December 17, 2010

TIME Mag Picks Facebook Guy...We Pick Chilean Miners

The 33 Chilean miners were among the runners-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year.

According to new data released by the Pew Hispanic Center, 18% of Hispanic internet users use Twitter, compared to 13% of blacks and 5% of whites.

In an interview with a Spanish magazine, Salma Hayek revealed that she was an illegal immigrant in the U.S. for a short period of time.

A cruise ship suffered engine damage and was forced to return to its scheduled port on the southern tip of Argentina after it was slammed by a huge wave while navigating rough seas last week.

Producer and engineer Sebastian Kyrs has launched Rebeleon Entertainment, to develop Latino musicians in the U.S.

Memos released by WikiLeaks reveal reports from the U.S. Embassy about Hugo Chavez' declining popularity in light of the Venezuela's mounting economic problems and also revealed that "equipment conditions have deteriorated drastically" since the state took over oil facilities.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem announced in a recent interview that their baby, due in early 2011, will be born in Los Angeles.

The Texas Film Commission denied a tax incentive for Robert Rodriguez' "Machete", which was shot in Austin, stating that tax incentives can be denied "because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texans or Texas in a negative fashion".

Aventura's "The Last" topped Billboard's year-end "Top Latin Albums" chart for the second year in a row.

Entravision Communications raised $1,242,032.40 for the Children's Miracle Network during its Para los Ni??os Radiothon.

Victor Manuelle's brother, Hector Gustavo Ruiz, confirmed in an interview that he is no longer gay and was confused because he had been sexually abused by a relative as a child. Ruiz claims that a divine message from God told him to cut his long hair and burn all of the women's clothing he wore as his transvestite character Milena Lane.

Bolivia enacted a new law lowering the retirement age to 58 from the current 65 for men and 60 for women. The law also nationalizes the pension system and extends coverage to the poor.

A new study by the City University of New York's Dominican Studies Institute reveals that almost 40% of Dominicans in New York reside in the Bronx, compared to 28% in Manhattan and 16% each in Brooklyn and Queens. The study also showed that while 95% of the Bronx Dominicans surveyed want their children to be bilingual, only 68% want them to see themselves as "American". 92% of those surveyed said they had not participated in political campaigns.

The Today Show's Natalie Morales will debut the new column "Modern Mami" in the February issue of Latina magazine.

In an interview for the LA Times, Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin stated that the company wants to go after Hispanic listeners in 2011 saying that "satellite radio has not served that market very well at all".

Jennifer Lopez came in at #5 on Barbara Walters "10 Most Fascinating People of 2010" list.

Relay, the sports and sponsorship company, has changed its name to PBJS, nicknaming its Hispanic Marketing Group "Cajeta".

Juan Carlos Cruz, a former Food Network chef, was sentenced to nine years in prison this week after pleading no contest on charges that he attempted to solicit three homeless men to murder his wife.

Ricky Martin will release his new album "Musica + Alma + Sexo" on February 1st; his first new studio album in six years.

A recent article in Ad Age magazine focuses on the trend of Groupon-like sites throughout Latin America and the young entrepreneurs at the forefront of the movement.

Payless Shoes launched "The Good Shoe Project" this week which gives a free pair of kids shoes to a child in need in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala with the purchase online or in-stores of the Airwalk Hope shoe.

A recent LA Times article explores the changing face of Mexican television which resembles more closely the edgy programming of HBO than the typical telenovelas that have been the norm in the past. Among the examples mentioned is Mexican public broadcaster Once TV which has launched the series "XY", "Soy Tu Fan" (which now airs on mun2 in the U.S.) and "Bienes Raices".

Jose Fernando Lopez will take over as Editor-in-Chief of Poder magazine, after Isaac Lee's move to head up Univision's news division. Lopez was formerly Editor of Poder y Negocios, the Mexican edition of Poder.

Jessica Rodriguez, SVP and GM of BBC Worldwide Latin America and U.S. Hispanic, was selected by CableFAX Magazine as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Cable 2010".

Sofia Vergara garnered a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television for her role in "Modern Family. Alejandro Gonzalez I??arrtiu's "Biutiful" was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Edgar Ramirez is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in the film "Carlos", which is also nominated for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

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