A Better Life Premieres in Los Angeles

More A&E, politics, the natural world and dirty deeds from Latino Loop

By Latino Loop
Published on LatinoLA: June 23, 2011

A Better Life Premieres in Los Angeles

Arts & Entertainment:

"Twilight" director Chris Weitz' new film "A Better Life" hits theaters this week. The film, starring Demian Bichir, tells the story of a Mexican immigrant father in Los Angeles, struggling to give his son a better life. At the ArcLight: https://www.arclightcinemas.com

Pepe Aguillar and Jennifer Lopez will receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

Mana will play four sold-out shows at Los Angeles' Staples center this week, making them the only artist (alongside Britney Spears) to headline 8 concerts at Staples Center and the only artist to sell out four nights in a row at Staples twice.

Pedro Fernandez, Duelo, Joey Montana, Nortec Collective, Julieta Venegas, Los Amigos Invisibles, La Original Banda Limon and Ramon Ayala are among the nominees for this year's Premios Texas, taking place August 11th in Austin. Fans can vote online at http://univisionaustin.univision.com/premios-texas/vota/

Telemundo and Allstate have joined forces to create the "Allstage Presents: Premios Telemundo Novelas" and are polling viewers for an all-digital telenovela awards show. The categories include Best Actor, Best Novela, Best Slap and Best Bad-Luck Moment.

The 27th Annual Hispanic Public Relations Association Premio Awards & Scholarship Gala will take place October 6th at the Conga Room in Los Angeles.

SOMOSTV's "VeneMovies", 24-hour Spanish-language movie channel, is changing its name to ViendoMovies on July 4th.

Heineken has partnered with Remezcla to create "The Spot by Heineken", a three-week intiative launching on July 13th that will combine performance space, art gallery and local hangout. www.remezcla.com/TheSpot

Pilar Montenegro will pose naked for Playboy and may be featured on the cover of both the Mexican and U.S. edition.
Director Jeannette Godoy is on the short-list for the Young Director Award at the Cannes International Advertising Festival.

Wilmer Valderrama will be featured in the new episode of nuvoTV's "Pastport: Venezuela" airing July 4th at 10 PM ET/PT. Valderrama will return to his native Venezuela for the first time since he came to the U.S. 16 years ago.

The Natural World:

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook northern Chile this week, but there were not reports of damage or injuries in the sparsely populated area.

Brazil confirmed the existence of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rain forest near the border with Peru.

Costa Rican and American researchers discovered a new species of large land crab on Cocos Island in Costa Rica. The distinguishing feature of the new species is its size - a male can measure up to 40 cm.


Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez announced this week that she will seek re-election.


Arizona's Education Superintendent John Huppenthal told educators in Tucson to stop teaching or significantly alter a Mexican-American studies program he claims is in violation of state law. The Tucson district could face losing $15 million in state aid if they refuse to comply within 60 days. Eleven teachers and the director of the Mexican American Studies Department are suing the state over the law arguing that it violates the First Amendment.

Mexican journalist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco, his wife and 21-year-old son were shot to death in their home in Veracruz Mexico this week.

Pemex has reported that thieves have stolen thousands of barrels of oil products per day in the first four months of 2011, adding up to about $250 million of stolen product, almost 50% more than what was stolen the same period last year.

Jose Rainha, former leader of an organization for landless rural workers in Brazil, was arrested last week on suspicion of misappropriating public funds intended for the resettlement of families.

Mexican authorites arrested former police officer turned Juarez cartel leader, Marco Antonio Guzman "El Brad Pitt", last week in Chihuahua.

U.S. customs agents seized 159 pounds of iguana meat at the Mexican border last week hidden in coolers of fish. The suspect was charged with violating the Convention on International Trade of endangered species.

Marcela and Felipe Noble, the adopted son and daughter of Grupo Clarin owner Ernestina Herrera de Noble, have agreed to a court-ordered DNA test to determine if they were among the infants stolen from political prisoners during Argentina's dirty war.

Reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, who is accused of killing his wife in Mexico, has asked a federal judge to allow the couple's 6-year-old daughter to testify at his extradition proceeding. He would like his daughter to testify that she didn't see her parents arguing during their vacation in Mexico back in April 2010.

A three-day battle took place at the El Rodeo I prision in Venezuela over the weekend leaving 19 people dead.

Kenneth Andrew Craig was arrested in Brazil this week. Craig is on the U.S. Marshal's most-wanted sex offenders list on charges of sexual assault against two boys in Florida in 1998 and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Producers of the indie film "From Mexico With Love" starring Kuno Becker and Steve Bauer, are facing charges of scamming investors for almost $10 million, collecting $15 million from 450 investors to cover a $5 million budget.

A California man, Michael Delgado, was arrested this week for the rape of a woman he hired as a maid through Craigslist.

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