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2/5/2014
Latinos Are Making Hollywood Headlines
A number of sexy Latinos will soon be protecting the streets of Los Angeles. Well, sort of. FOX TV’s mid-season police series, Gang Related, hasn’t even debuted yet. It comes to the small screen on Tuesday, May 20 (9-10 p.m), and it’s already creating buzz among the Latino community. The series, which will take us on the journey of L.A. Police Detective Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), who has a secret allegiance to a local gang lord, not only has three Latino regulars but will feature a cast of Latino characters who live and work on both sides of the law. …
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1/23/2014
The Queen of Queens
Martha Ivelisse Pesante Rodríguez is how you’d find her listed on her birth certificate, but music lovers around the globe know her as Ivy Queen. This multiple Latin Grammy nominee is responsible for such chart-topping songs as “Quiero Bailar,” “Te He Querido, Te He Llorado” and “La Vida Es Asi,” and those are just to name a few. Ivy will soon grace the stage as she travels across the United States for her first-ever gay tour, thanks to Granda Entertainment and Club Papi. Los Angeles will get its chance to see her up close and personal …
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1/10/2014
Latino Newsmakers
Villaraigosa has a new job, Carmen Zapata has passed away
Previous L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a huge supporter of the gay community, has added a new title to his long list of accomplishments. The former mayor has joined Spanish-language broadcaster Estrella TV as a senior advisor to help the 4-year-old television network gain more traction. The Estrella network is hoping to compete with Spanish language giants Saban’s Univision Communications and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo. Working as a consultant seems to be Villaraigosa’s latest way of making money. He was recently named a senior advisor for Herbalife Ltd., Banc of California and the public relations firm Edelman. “We feel that Antonio Villaraigosa—who really does …
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12/19/2013
La Farándula
Production snags on ‘Gloria,’ ‘Castro’s Daughter’ gets cast, Esai Morales to play POTUS
Superstar Gloria Trevi, who has often been referred to as the “Mexican Madonna,” is once again making news. A film based on the life of the pop icon began shooting in Mexico City in November of last year. Unfortunately, production has hit a snag because lawyers on behalf of the singer have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the producers of the film, tentatively titled Gloria. The biopic is a collaborative piece between Rio Negro in Mexico, Ocean Films Brasil and U.S.-based producers Barrie Osborne and Alan Curtiss. Several weeks before the shoot began, the songstress told a Mexican newspaper …
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12/12/2013
New Year’s Eve 2014
Have you decided on what you will be doing to ring in the new year? Well, if you want to do it right by having an unforgettable good time, then look no further. A star-studded lineup of performers, which includes A-list DJs, a beautiful venue and some of the sexiest people around, can only mean one thing—that this is an event you simply cannot afford to miss. Brandon Anthony, Joe Sparks, Frank Romo and the other geniuses at Platinum Productions are busy at work putting together the only place to be this New Year’s Eve. I recently chatted with Joe …
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12/2/2013
Espectáculos
A Jenni Rivera miniseries, Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey Network debuts
It’s been a year since the tragic and untimely passing of musician/actress Jenni Rivera. Spanish-language network Estrella TV is currently honoring her memory with a 10-episode miniseries, Jenni: La Vida de Una Diva, on the life and career of the multi-talented performer. It made its U.S. broadcast debut on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. to rave reviews. The highly anticipated series explores Jenni’s rise to superstardom while overcoming adversity. This miniseries chronicles the extraordinary life of a woman who was loved by millions and will be remembered as the legend she proved herself to be. Jacqueline Alcalá stars as the …
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11/14/2013
Cuchi-Cuchi
Her given name is María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, but fans across the globe simply know her as Charo.  For over five decades, this Spanish-American performer has entertained audiences thanks to her skills as an actress, comedienne and flamenco artist.  In the early ’60s Charo quickly started her rise to fame in the States after appearing on such shows as The Today Show, Laugh-In and an unforgettable stint in the ’70s on the iconic Love Boat.  She then went on to also appear on numerous shows including Donny & Marie, Hollywood Squares and The …
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11/1/2013
Monster Ball
On Saturday, Oct. 26, David Rios and Joe Sparks recruited DJ Manny C (a favorite of mine) to bring us their epic annual Halloween party Monster Ball, which was a night of drinking, partying and more drinking. Shocker! The spooktacular event took place at a large warehouse in Monrovia, allowing hundreds of guests to enjoy themselves at the highly anticipated event. Monster Ball had three spacious areas—a main stage, executive lounge and a glowing patio. DJs Manny C, B-Hen, Beats and Charlie Phresh kept the dance floors busy. There was never a lack of peeps shaking their ass to …
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10/17/2013
Latinos in Hollywood
Pantelion Films is not letting the success of Instructions Not Included and Pulling Strings pass them by. The company has enlisted some Latino heavy hitters by individually signing Zoe Saldana, Wilmer Valderama and George Lopez to overall film and television production deals.   Lopez is already in production for Pantelion in New Mexico on La Vida Robot, a feature film that stars the multitalented actor. It’s based on a true story about four undocumented Mexican-American high school kids who build a robot as part of a science project and go on to compete in a national science competition. Fourteen-year-old Carlos …
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10/3/2013
Noticias
‘El Show with Chuey Martinez,’ Pablo Ferro receives lifetime achievement award
YouTube is about to get a lot more macho. That’s because Macho by MiTu has debuted its channel on YouTube, which kicked off earlier this month with its original series El Show with Chuey Martinez. The show is being produced by MiTu execs Doug Grieff, Beatriz Acevedo and TV vet Lisa Hackner. El Show is hosted by KIIS FM personality Chuey Martinez, an outrageous but loveable, larger–than-life ‘urban everyman’ who is equally comfortable conversing with A-List celebs as he is with amateur talent and everyday people. He’s no stranger to the spotlight. The California native has hosted shows on MTV …
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