America Ferrera named Hispanic Woman of Year

October 05, 2007

America Ferrera, the Emmy-winning star of Ugly Betty, is now the Hispanic Woman of the Year, the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard announced yesterday.

The publications will honor Ferrera and the 25 most powerful Hispanic women in film, television and music at their inaugural Hispanic Women in Entertainment breakfast at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Tuesday.

Ferrera has won Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal of Betty Suarez on the ABC show.

Top documentaries

Hoop Dreams, Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx's 1994 film about two black teenagers pursuing basketball stardom, has been voted the best documentary in movie history by the International Documentary Association.

For its 25th anniversary, the group polled its 3,000 members - filmmakers, executives and educators - to determine the top 25 documentaries.

The selected films span 55 years, but the list has a decidedly modern feeling, including the documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, that won an Oscar this year. Also represented: Grizzly Man and Born Into Brothels from 2005, and Fahrenheit 9/11 and Super Size Me from 2004.

Rounding out the top 10, in order: The Thin Blue Line, Bowling for Columbine, Spellbound, Harlan County USA, An Inconvenient Truth, Crumb, Gimme Shelter, The Fog of War and Roger and Me.

Spud nicked

Another hero turns out to be less than we thought: Mr. Potato Head has been busted for drug trafficking.

Customs officers in Sydney, Australia, discovered nearly 300 grams (10.5 ounces) of ecstasy tablets hidden inside a Mr. Potato Head toy sent to Australia from Ireland, the agency said yesterday, according to the Associated Press.

Not too old to toot

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit claiming that the American Ballet Theatre fired a musician because of his age.

The lawsuit says trumpet player Henry Nowak was fired in September 2005, when he was 74. The agency said it filed its lawsuit yesterday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The plaintiff is listed as the Ballet Theatre Foundation, also known as the American Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre Company and ABT.

A spokeswoman for the ballet did not return a call for comment.

From wire reports

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