Latino Loop: Penelope Cruz, Oscar Nominee

Plus politics, pork, Machu Pichu and Paraguayan soccer star Salvador Caba??as

Published on LatinoLA: February 4, 2010

Latino Loop: Penelope Cruz, Oscar Nominee

Nominees for the Oscars were announced this week. Penelope Cruz was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Nine". Argentina's "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" and Peruvian film "La Teta Asustada" were both nominated for Best Foreign Film, while Rebecca Cammisa's "Which Way Home" was nominated for Best Documentary.

Paraguayan soccer star Salvador Caba??as' condition has improved over the last week, and he has begun to speak a few words, after he was shot in the head at a bar in Mexico City.

AOL Advertising revealed the results of its "Hispanic Cyberstudy" showing that 58% of U.S. Hispanics are now online and that the majority of users, across all age groups, prefer their content in English.

Argentina's Central Bank President, Martin Redrado, resigned this week after President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner called for his resignation in January. Redrado had refused to make the bank's reserves available to pay off over $6 billion in national debt.

Peru's Machu Picchu will be closed for at least several weeks after suffering severe flood damage that stranded thousands of tourists at the site last week.

Telemundo has partnered with Ford and Zubi Advertising to feature Ford vehicles in the telenovela "Perro Amor". All the main characters in the novela will drive Ford cars and they will also be integrated into the storyline. The partnership will also be featured online with interactive content on telemundo.com.

Flavio Morales was named SVP of Programming & Production at mun2. He was previously VP of Programming.

The Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards will take place in Puerto Rico April 26-29th and will feature an exclusive interview with Universal Music Latin Entertainment Chairman Jesus Lopez.

ABC announced that this will be the last season for "Ugly Betty".

According to data from the NFL, 15 NFL teams have Spanish-language content on their websites and 14 broadcast their games on Spanish-language radio, including the Cardinals and Cowboys, who also broadcast their games in Mexico.

Angel Kaminsky has been appointed VP of Latin Artists Marketing for Universal Music Latin America.

Authorities in Ciudad Juarez have arrested a man suspected participating in a shooting attack on a high-school party over the weekend that killed at least 15 people, including several teenagers.

Salvador Santana released "Keyboard City" this week, his new solo album featuring collaborations with Money Mark (Beastie Boys) and GZA (Wu-Tang Clan).

Juan Carlos Valdivia's "Zona Sur" took home the World Cinema Directing and Screenwriting awards at Sundance and Javier Fuentes-Leon's "Contracorriente" won the World Cinema Audience Award.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has created a Hispanic Research Working Group headed up by Olga Casabona, VP of Audience and Market Insights at ImpreMedia, and featuring 12 media research members from several media companies.

Archaeologists found an 1100 year-old tomb in Southern Chiapas, Mexico this week that they hope will shed light on the downfall of the Maya civilization.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez linked eating pork to having a sexually satisfying experience in a speech this week to leaders of the pig farming industry. According to Fernandez, she ate barbecued pork recently and "things went very well that weekend".

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