Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Pair Up for Woody Allen Film in Barcelona

One of the least Latin directors in history, Woody Allen, has caught onto just how hot we are: He's shooting his new movie in Barcelona with Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz—and the movie will be bilingual! MTV reveals the film will put the two Spanish actors in a love triangle with either Scarlett Johansson or Rebecca Hall. And of course, there are the rumors of Javier and Penélope's budding off-screen romance...

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Comedienne Marilyn Martinez Dies

So sad: One of the funniest Latinas in history, Marilyn Martinez lost her battle with colon cancer this week. The 55-year-old comedienne died Saturday morning in Los Angeles, with her husband David Crowder at her side. You can catch Marilyn's last performance on The Original Latin Divas of Comedy DVD, to be released Dec. 11. And you'll be supporting a good cause: A portion of the proceeds of that DVD will go to Marilyn's family to help pay for her hospital and funeral costs.

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Kate del Castillo and Aaron Diaz Split

If only all breakups were this friendly: In telling the world he'd broken up with Kate del Castillo, Aaron Diaz had this to say: "Kate and I broke up, but it's all okay. She's an excellent woman, the truth is I respect her. We hadn't said anything about it because it wasn't the right moment, but we talked and now we can say it. It was a beautiful relationship and we're happy," Aaron told the Mexican press (translation by People en Español).

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Jennifer Lopez Confirms Pregnancy On Stage!

Finally! Jennifer Lopez confirmed her pregnancy last night before 10,000 fans at the closing night of her tour. "Marc and I are expecting," she told thrilled concertgoers at Miami's American Airlines Arena. According to People en Español, Marc Anthony kissed her belly and said, "I didn't know she was going to talk!" Hmm...maybe Jennifer took a cue from Christina Aguilera, and realized it was just getting silly that she hadn't said anything yet. In any case, no word yet on whether she's really expecting twins...

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Department of Homeland Security Forced to Apologize for Racist Costume

Ahh, so these are the nice people responsible for kicking our cousins out of the country: The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division is all in a flap over racist costumes that showed up at a Halloween party held for agency employees, reports ABC News. Julie Myers, the assistant secretary overseeing la migra has apologized after she personally awarded "most original costume" to a white employee dressed in prison stripes, dreadlocks, and...wait for it....blackface makeup.


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Mexican Stars Join Together to Support Flood Victims

Happily, some stars have joined to help out the flood victims in Tabasco, Mexico: Mexican musicians Reyli, Timbiriche, and Camila announced they've created Cantando por Tabasco, a fundraising campaign to help out both Tabasco and Chiapas (Reyli's home state). (This news via Mexican newspaper El Universal.) So don't go calling los Timbirichitos shallow, okay?

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Is Christina Aguilera Having a Baby Boy?

Is Christina Aguilera expecting a boy? New York's Daily News reports she recently registered for $12,000 worth of baby stuff at super-caro baby boutique Petit Tresor...and that everything was blue. The stuff included a $200 cashmere stuffed puppy (!) and $680 worth of bedding. Que le hace pensar that her baby won't spit up all over that cashmere peluche the first day it's born? But anyguey...we're sure she has a good dry cleaner.

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Mexican TV Host Beaten Up by Look-a-Like Male Prostitute

Whoa: Mexican TV Host Fabian Lavalle was found outside a Mexico City hotel last week partially naked, with his hands and feet bound and his face badly bruised and bleeding. Lavalle, 57, who hosts Galavision's Con Todo, was taken to the hospital and remained there until yesterday, according to the gossip show, La Oreja. Police arrested a male prostitute for the crime, Alfredo Cervantes Landa, who later claimed the dispute arose because Fabian didn't want to pay up after the duo had sex. Alfredo's now facing two to six months in jail.

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Gloria Estefan to Premiere New Film in Dubai

Chido: Gloria Estefan will premiere her new film 90 Millas in Dubai this December, reports the Miami Herald. The film, which was directed by husband Emilio Estefan, details the lives of Cuban musicians in exile in the U.S. (kind of a Buena Vista Social Club for stateside performers).

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