Just one year after its approval, legislation aimed to draw film and television production to Puerto Rico is already seeing results -- attracting 30 productions and nearly $80 million in investment.

The HBO New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented its 2012 awards at a ceremony on Sunday, August 19, in the categories of Best Domestic Feature, Best International Feature, Best Director, Best Documentary and Best Short.

The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), which runs August 13th through 19th, is the premier urban Latino film event in the country. Launched in 1999, the festival's mission is to showcase the works of emerging Latino film talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community.

Lupe Ontiveros (September 17, 1942 – July 26, 2012) was an American film and television actress. Ontiveros acted in numerous films and television shows, most often playing a maid or, more recently, an all-knowing grandmother; she once estimated that she had played a maid at least 150 times on stage and screen. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Desperate Housewives and received critical acclaim for her role in Chuck and Buck, for which she won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress, and was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

According to Variety, Pixar has announced its latest project in development, setting a 2015 release target for a toon based on the Mexican holiday of Dio de los Muertos.

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Lapiz created a trailer in support of this year’s Chicago Latino Film Festival (April 13-24) entitled “Paternity.” The spot captures a father telling his son, after many years of withholding the truth, that he is not his biological father. The same story is retold three times, in three different countries, affecting how the news is relayed and interpreted.

Rene "Calle 13," Esai Morales, Benicio del Toro, Jimmy Smits, Maria Conchita Alonso, Marcos Zurinaga, Yancey Arias, Miriam Colon, Teofilo Torres, Bertha Navarro, Celines Toribio along with groups such as the National Puerto Rican Coalition, The Puerto Rico Film Office Management and Staff, produc

Hollywood movies directed by African-Americans are significantly more likely to include African-American characters with speaking roles than movies not directed by African-Americans, according to a report released today from USC Annenberg.

As part of the many events surrounding the Tribeca Film Festival, this past Saturday April 23rd, well-known Latino filmmakers, industry representatives and special guests gathered at a private event hosted by Heineken at the Thompson Hotel in New York City. By Liliana Gil, Managing Partner, XL Alliance and Moments2CultuRise Host Available on HispanicCMO.com

Time Warner Cable Inc. announced the launch of their new 2011 Hispanic consumer brand campaign, “Mi Vida, A Mi Manera”/ (“My Life, My Way”). The campaign is centered on the company’s mission to empower Hispanics to live their life on their terms in ways that are simple and easy.

La Banda Films announced the release of the documentary film, Harlistas: An American Journey, premiering April 2011. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Alfredo de Villa and follows the emotional journeys of real-life Harlistas – Harley riders of Latino heritage – as they seek adventure, camaraderie and achievement of the American Dream.

Gov. Luis Fortuño signed a new cinema-incentives law Friday aimed at taking Puerto Rico’s percolating film industry to the next level.

Following the January 28 launch of their debut film, FROM PRADA TO NADA, Pantelion Films has announced several upcoming releases for 2011.

A couple of weeks ago I finally parked myself at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway to see “In the Heights,” the Tony award-winning musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, about New York’s Nuyorican and Dominican neighborhood of upper Manhattan. What a charming, inspiring show.
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Butaca.tv launched a new website, offering instant access to a wide array of premium Spanish Language films. The advertising supported service is now offered free of charge while expanding the consumer’s entertainment choices.

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