Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo Cook in Chef

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Published on LatinoLA: May 14, 2014

Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo Cook in Chef


Chef, written, directed by and starring John Favreau alongside Sof?¡a Vergara and John Leguizamo, is now in theaters. The film tells the story of a chef who leaves his prominent restaurant job to start a food truck.

Zoe Saldana stars in the NBC remake of Rosemary's Baby. Part one of the two-part miniseries aired on Mother's Day and part two will air on Thursday, May 15th.
Fania Records has partnered with New York's Central Park SummerStage to celebrate the iconic label's 50th anniversary this summer with a series of concerts kicking off on June 14th.

Malik Bendjelloul, director of the Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" about the life of musician Sixto Rodriguez and his unknown stardom in South Africa, died this week at age 36 in Stockholm from an apparent suicide.

Nominees were announced last week for Univision's "Premios Juventud" with Romeo Santos and Prince Royce leading with 12 and 11 nominations, respectively.

New York-born actor Kirk Acevedo, of Puerto Rican and Chinese descent, forms part of the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes alongside Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, and Judy Greer. The movie opens in theaters on July 11th.

Shakira will perform at the Billboard Music Awards 2014 taking place in Las Vegas on May 18th and airing on ABC at 8 PM ET.

Gwyneth Paltrow has signed on to star in "The Secret in Their Eyes" alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, an English-language adaptation of the Oscar-winning Argentine crime thriller "El Secreto de Sus Ojos".


According to a recent Pew Research report, the Catholic share of the Latino population has been declining as more Latinos identify themselves as Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion.

The Department of Homeland Security rejected California's proposed design for driving permits for unauthorized immigrants which indicated on the back of the license the driver's undocumented status. Homeland Security advised California's DMV that the licenses have to include an indication of immigration status on the front of the license and use a "unique design or color" to distinguish it from a regular license. Immigrant rights groups are concerned that the distinction will encourage discrimination.

President Obama announced this week that there is a small window of two or three months to push through immigration reform before nearing midterm elections in November. The President is facing increased pressure for immigration activists about immigration reform and deportations, while also facing opposition from House Republicans on the issue.

Ninety people were arrested this week across the country on charges of $260 million in Medicare fraud. Among the arrests was Eduardo Perez de Morales, who was charged with laundering the money from these healthcare schemes through a remittance company that sent money to Cuba.


Underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford believes he has discovered the remains of Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria ship off the north coast of Haiti.

A European Union Court of Justice ruling this week in favor of a Spanish man's claim that Google search results, including an auction notice on a repossessed home from 16 years ago, infringed his privacy. The ruling opens up anyone (except in the case of public figures) in the European Union to request having a link to a story deleted from Google search result if the info is deemed no longer relevant.

Rene Lima-Marin was released from prison in Colorado back in 2008 after serving only 8 years of a 98-year sentence for armed robbery due to a clerical error. Lima-Marin was arrested and returned to prison in January 2014 to serve the rest of his sentence after authorities discovered the error, 6 years after his initial release.

A Uruguayan prisoner hacked into U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay Julissa Reynoso's cell phone and gained access to her voicemails as well as sent messages to some of her contacts.

Galdino Mellado Cruz, military deserter and founder of the Zetas drug cartel, was killed in a gunfight with Mexican military in Reynosa this week. Mellado was a former special forces soldier that deserted his post to found the Zetas.

Lorenzo Zambrano, CEO of Mexico's Cemex, died at age 70 in Madrid this week. Under Zambrano's leadership, Cemex expanded beyond Mexico into 50 countries on five continents and became one of the world's largest suppliers of cement and building materials.

Media and Marketing

Former Discovery Communications executive, Luis Silberwasser was named president of Telemundo this week.

Remezcla received Event Marketer Magazine's Ex Award for Best Multicultural Event Campaign for its Heineken House: Music Labs experience at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

Univision announced its partnership with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment to create a new singing competition show titled "La Banda", a search to create a Latino boy band with talent from the U.S. and Latin America. The show is slated to air in 2015 and the winners will get a record deal with Sony Music Latin and Syco Music.

Jackie Hern?índez, current COO at Telemundo, was promoted to the newly-created position of Chief Marketing Officer of Hispanic Enterprises & Content at NBCUniversal.

Tecate Light launched "All the Taste. All the Glory", a multi-platform campaign targeting Hispanic men in the U.S. The campaign includes English and Spanish-language TV and radio spots and OOH elements with a focus on California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas.

Nielsen and AHAA are partnering to host a webinar on Tuesday, May 20th to explain the results of the study, "Upscale Latinos 2.0: A Renewed Outlook for High-End Marketers." The study describes consumer purchase habits in this demographic that constitutes 40% of the $1.5 trillion Hispanic spending power.

NUVOtv presented its Upfront 2014-15 programming slate this week with the participation of Jennifer Lopez, Chief Creative Officer of the company, and Mario Lopez. The lineup includes new shows from Jennifer Lopez' Nuyorican Productions (including "Los Jets", "Sensation" and a new season of "A Step Away"), and Mario Lopez' Gordo Productions (including "Tequila King", "Love and Salsa" and a new season of "Mario Lopez: One on One"). The network also presented "Nu America", hosted by Jennifer Lopez' sister Lynda Lopez, a series that will combine storytelling with social commentary about what it means to be Latino in America. The network also touted its recent acquirement of Fuse, a deal which is expected to close in June/July and will bring 73 million homes to NUVOtv.


mun2 announced its 2014-15 programming slate at its Upfront presentation this week which includes a yet-to-be-titled reality series starring Gloria Trevi, "La NASCAR en mun2", "Futbol Estelar: Barclays Premiere League", "FIFA World Cup 2015-2022" and "The Games of the 2016 XXXI Olympiad".

Univision acquired the Spanish-language broadcast rights for the Copa America Centenario tournament in 2016, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Copa America.

ESPN Deportes won two Sports Emmy Awards last week in the Best Studio Show in Spanish category for "Nacion" and "SportsCenter". This was the first year Spanish-language content was recognized as part of the Sports Emmy Awards.

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