October 10, 2008
DVD sales: "Iron Man" is the fastest-selling title ever in the 2-year-old high-definition formats of Blu-ray and HD DVD. The superhero film sold 200,000 units its first day and more than 500,000 its first week. It became the bestselling Blu-ray title within 48 hours of hitting shelves on Sept. 30. Broadway bound: Oliver Platt has been cast as gambler Nathan Detroit in a Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls" that will open March 1 at the Nederlander Theatre in New York. Latin Grammys: Gloria Estefan will be honored as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year at a concert in Houston on Nov. 12.
April 10, 2008 |
It is said that every generation gets the telethons it deserves. The 1970s sat up through tuxedoed marathons of schmaltz and sobs, live from the Vegas Strip with Jerry Lewis and his kids. The 1980s saw the telethon break free of its loungey restraints and develop into a Godzilla-size, stadium-busting monster with Live Aid. In recent years, telethons inspired by 9/11, the Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina were painted in somber tones, set in dark rooms where, safe from the hysteria of live audiences, the celebrity hosts spoke in a whisper.
August 17, 2004 |
In the second half of her sensational song-and-dance extravaganza Sunday at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, pop singer Gloria Estefan announced she was going to do something she had never tried before on stage. "I'm going to get naked," she joked, revealing a bit of what she calls her "warped" humor. The exceptionally fit performer, who turns 47 next month, didn't disrobe during what is billed as her final tour, "Live and Re-Wrapped."
July 3, 2004 |
It's a wrap for Gloria Estefan's days on the road. "Although I will continue writing and recording and doing everything else that comes with this incredible way of life, this next tour will be my last," the 46-year-old singer says in a posting on her website. Estefan will begin her Live and Re-Wrapped tour July 30 in Texas. The tour will conclude Sept. 25 in Miami, where Estefan lives with her husband-producer, Emilio.
July 12, 2003 |
Billboard reports that Gloria Estefan and Elton John are in line for engagements at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the $95-million facility built for Celine Dion. Estefan reportedly will set down for an Oct. 10-19 stay, while John is said to be negotiating a $54-million multiyear engagement to begin next year. These would be the first extended runs beyond Dion's under a long-term deal that calls for her to appear five nights a week for the next three years.
February 24, 2002
The last link between the Atlanta Summer Games and the U.S. Olympic movement will be the appearance of pop singer Gloria Estefan, who also sang at ceremonies in the '96 Olympics. Salt Lake Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney and International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge will say their goodbyes to the crowd at Rice-Eccles Stadium and the attention will turn to Athens in 2004 and Turin, Italy, in 2006.