LATINO LOOP for the week of December 7, 2018

Newly inaugurated Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has sold the presidential Boeing 787. The aircraft, which cost over $200 million, was sent to California this week where Boeing will maintain it until a buyer is found.

Lin-Manuel Miranda received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week.

The final Copa Libertadores match between Argentina’s River Plate and Boca Juniors has been rescheduled for this weekend in Madrid. Both teams, however, have protested the match with Boca pushing for River Plate’s disqualification and River Plate refusing to play the match in Madrid.

Kat Von D and husband Leafar Seyer welcomed their first son this weekend, Leafar Von D Reyes.

Saturday Night Live debuted its Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez impression this past weekend, with Melissa Villaseñor impersonating the congresswoman. 

Alejandro Sanz inked a deal with Universal Music Group’s GTS management as well as OCESA Seitrack for his upcoming tour.

The body of a Florida woman who didn’t return as scheduled last week from a birthday vacation in Costa Rica was found and identified by her family this week. A security guard at the Airbnb apartment where she was staying has been detained as a suspect.

Pitbull will be the first celebrity to leave his handprints at the new Theatre Box entertainment complex in San Diego. The 73,000 square foot complex includes a movie theater, sports bar, and a sidewalk outside similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tijuana authorities announced the shutdown this weekend of a migrant shelter at a sports complex in the city due to “bad sanitary conditions” caused by partial flooding and overcrowding. The migrants were transferred to a new shelter at a former concert venue.  

Karol G has canceled several shows and promo last week, so she can focus on her health and recover from an “ongoing cold."

Gloria Estefan hosted the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, which took place this past weekend in Washington DC. Estefan was an honoree last year. This year’s honorees included Hamilton co-creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire, in addition to Cher, Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, and Wayne Shorter.

Estrella Jalisco launched a “Share for Good” video today featuring a group of influencers and artists tricking the Facebook algorithm into changing search terms about Mexicans to better reflect the best qualities of the Mexican culture and people. The effort changed negative search results that come when searching “Mexicans are…” to positive ones. Watch the video here.

Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8th, starring Algenis Perez Soto alongside Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, and Jude Law. Watch the new trailer here.

Aubrey Plaza will host the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, airing live on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET on February 23rd, 2019.

Endemol Shine Boomdog has named Jose Lascurain Farell as its new VP of Production. Most recently, Lascurain served as Senior Executive Producer of Current Programming and Specials at Univision Communications

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Telemundo stations from Florida and Puerto Rico a combined total of 27 Suncoast Regional Emmy® Awards during the 42nd annual awards gala held over the weekend in Orlando.

EstrellaTV was the #3 Hispanic television network in all three main adult demographics for the November 2018 Sweeps. EstrellaTV was the only Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S. that experienced growth among 18-34,18-49, and 25-54 during Prime Time.

According to a report in TheWrap, DC and Warner Bros. are developing their first Latino superhero movie about the Blue Beetle, aka Jaime Reyes. The screenplay is being written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala).

Mon Laferte performed “Feliz Navidad” with Gwen Stefani last night on The Voice and will perform the song again on Thursday, December 6th with Stefani on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Watch their performance on The Voice here.

Becky G filed a $105 million lawsuit against Core Hydration water claiming that she was pressured into endorsing the brand by Dr. Luke, a co-founder of the company.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma took home the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture, Director, and Cinematopgrapher.

Rosa Maria Ortega, a green card holder and mother of four, was sentenced to eight years in jail for voter fraud after voting five times in elections in Texas.

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