Spanish opera star Placido Domingo has apologised to fans for pulling out of a series of upcoming concerts due to poor health. The veteran tenor is recovering in his native Madrid after undergoing hospital treatment on Monday (08Jul13) for a pulmonary embolism, caused by a blood clot in his lung.
His publicist, Nancy Seltzer, revealed on Tuesday (09Jul13) that he was "responding very well to treatment", but had to clear his schedule for almost two weeks to allow the singer time to rest.
Now Domingo, 72, has taken to his Facebook.com page to reach out to fans and express his disappointment at scrapping five performances in a production of Il Postino at the Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as a gig in the city's Plaza Mayor square on 21 July (13).
He writes, "I will be feeling much better soon. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. The saddest part of it all is being in my own city and unable to perform for Madrid's public."
Veteran opera star Placido Domingo has been forced to cancel a handful of upcoming appearances after seeking treatment for a blockage in his lung. The Spanish tenor was admitted to a hospital in his native Madrid on Monday (08Jul13) after suffering a pulmonary embolism, caused by a blood clot.
The 72 year old is expected to make a full recovery, however doctors have ordered the singer to rest for a minimum of three to four weeks. As a result, Domingo has axed all of his performances through 21 July (13).
His publicist, Nancy Seltzer, tells Reuters, "He's doing very well and responding very well to treatment."
This isn't the star's first brush with ill health in recent years - he underwent colon cancer surgery in 2010.
Fans of Whitney Houston have snapped up items of pop memorabilia after hundreds of the singer's personal items were auctioned off to pay her debts.
New Jersey storage company Speed of Sound applied for a court order to sell Houston's belongings after the “One Moment in Time” star's company, Nippy Inc., reportedly failed to pay costs of $150,000.
Bidders snatched up designer clothing from Houston's 1999 My Love Is Your Love tour, including a Versace beaded catsuit, several velvet jumpsuits with the star's insignia, and 13 Dolce & Gabbana bras.
A clear Schimmel grand piano, worth $292,500, was purchased by an antiques dealer from Mississippi for a bargain price of $20,000, while 16 music awards presented to Houston's estranged husband Bobby Brown went for $400.
Other items sold in the auction include a keyboard, drum kits, a forklift, a concert stage set and sound equipment.
Of the news of the auction last week Houston's publicist, Nancy Seltzer, said, "It is not unusual for an artist to sell off old equipment and costumes no longer needed.
"She is selling equipment, as many artists do, that is out of date."
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Top Story: Another Osbourne Enters Rehab
Following in brother Jack's footsteps, it's Kelly Osbourne's turn to go into rehab. The 19-year-old daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon entered a California drug rehabilitation clinic Friday to deal with an addiction to painkillers, Reuters reports. Promoting the upcoming third season of MTV's The Osbournes, Sharon Osbourne told CNN's Larry King Live that the couple confronted their daughter early on Friday after the family was contacted by an English tabloid seeking comment on a picture in which Kelly appeared to be buying drugs. "She admitted it after a lot of twisting," she told CNN. "Literally, a couple of hours ago, she was admitted to rehab." Ozzy, an admitted drug addict and alcoholic who has spent time in rehabilitation clinics himself, said he had asked Kelly repeatedly if she used drugs, but she denied it. "I can't believe we were buying into it," he said. "The amount of pills I found in her bag was astounding."
Brown, Houston Get on Reality Wagon
Bobby Brown and wife Whitney Houston are thinking of joining reality--television, that is. USAToday.com reports Brown, and his Atlanta-based production company B2 Entertainment, are shooting a new reality TV series chronicling the Houston/Brown family life, in hopes of selling it to a network. "It's Bobby's project, and he's her husband," Houston spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer told USAToday.com. "Of course she would do it with him." It isn't clear, however, if the show will focus on the troubled couple's recent past, including Houston Mar. 15 drug rehab stint or Brown's court appearance May 5 on battery charges stemming from an altercation with Houston last December as well as his probation violations.
Writers Begin Negotiations
Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers are set to begin Monday, City News reports. The WGA, whose current three-year contract is due to expire May 2, is expected to demand higher residual payments for its members for DVD and video releases, contracts with "reality television" producers, and increased pension and health insurance contributions, among other things. "While there is no expectation of a strike at this time, the board of directors does want to be prepared in the event contract talks break down,'' the guild advised in a Web site update for members. The last time the WGA went on strike in 1988.
Kids Choose OutKast, Nemo
Disney's smash animated hit Finding Nemo and the hip-hop duo OutKast were the big winners at Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards Saturday, Reuters reports. The show--where 17 million kids voted both online and by telephone for their favorites--was hosted by the upcoming Shrek 2 co-stars Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers, as kids watched voluminous amounts of slime poured onto unsuspecting celebrity presenters. Other winners included Jim Carrey for favorite movie actor and Amanda Bynes as favorite movie actress, while Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz and Disney Channel's Raven-Symone took favorite TV actor and actress, respectively.
Actress Cannon Suffers Smoke Inhalation
Actress Dyan Cannon suffered smoke inhalation when a fire broke out in her Los Angeles condominium, The Associated Press reports. Los Angeles County fire officials received a call Sunday morning of smoke coming from the building and discovered a fire in Cannon's eighth floor condo. They put out the blaze in about 15 minutes, fire dispatcher Brendon Peart told AP. "According to Ms. Cannon, she was sleeping at the time, and it appears that a fire started, perhaps electrical, in her kitchen," said fire Capt. Steve Martin. "The smoke detector woke her and her dogs up and, luckily, she got out safe," he said. About 200 residents were evacuated, but most of the damage was confined to Cannon's condo, fire officials said.
Rooney Gets WWII Honor
Veteran actor Mickey Rooney, who received a Bronze Star during World War II, was bestowed a special award at the National D-Day Memorial in Virginia for his nearly two years of service in Europe, AP reports. At the same time, the 83-year-old Rooney was also honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Blue-Ridge-Southwest Virginia Vision Film Festival, which honors films made in the state or by Virginians.
Too Much TV May Cause Attention Problems
In a recent study, researchers found that preschoolers who watch too much television, especially before the age of 2, may have attention deficit problems later in life, AP reports. Yet, Jennifer Kotler, assistant director for research at Sesame Workshop, which produces educational children's television programs including Sesame Street, questioned whether the results in the April issue of Pediatrics would apply to educational programming. "We do not ignore this research," but more is needed on variables that could affect the impact of early exposure to television, including whether content or watching TV with a parent makes a difference, Kotler told AP.
Role Call: Miramax Snags Hostage
Miramax Films has acquired the North American rights to the thriller Hostage, starring Bruce Willis. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film, currently shooting in L.A., follows an LAPD hostage negotiator (Willis) who heads to the country after a bloody standoff to take a job as the police chief of a small town. But instead of finding peace, the cop becomes embroiled in negotiations to save his own kidnapped wife and daughter. It also stars Kevin Pollak, Ben Foster, Jonathan Tucker and Serena Scott Thomas.
Bridget Fonda was taken to a hospital after crashing her car on a rain-drenched section of the Pacific Coast Highway Thursday, The Associated Press reports.
The 39-year old actress, daughter of actor Peter Fonda and niece to Jane Fonda, was alone when her car tumbled over an embankment, sheriff's deputy Michael Gurrola told AP.
She was taken to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. Her publicist, Nancy Seltzer, told AP Fonda was "fine and doing well" and hoped to be released Friday.
A spokeswoman for Whitney Houston is denying rumors that the pop diva died yesterday of an overdose, Reuters reports.
"Whitney Houston is fine. This is a rumor and it's not true. She thanks everyone for their concern. She is fine and home with her family," Nancy Seltzer said in a statement.
Rumors about Houston's fate surfaced after the first of two concerts in tribute to Michael Jackson's music career Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Houston performed "Wanna Be Starting Something," and observers commented that the singer looked emaciated.
Houston was also scheduled to perform a duet with Jackson on Monday, but canceled two hours before show time. Promoters were left scrambling for a replacement but were able to get Canadian singer Deborah Cox to step in. The star of The Bodyguard did not offer any explanations for her sudden cancellation.
Houston, 38, was charged with marijuana possession after security guards at Keahole Airport in Kona, Hawaii found 15.2 grams of marijuana in her bag in January of last year. A judge later dismissed the charge because airport security guards, as private employees, did not have the authority to detain passengers.
In August, Arista Records signed Houston to the biggest contract in the history of the music business. Her $100 million deal surpassed the $80 million that singer Mariah Carey got from Virgin Records earlier this year.
If you think this year's Oscars were jinxed, what about Whitney Houston? After causing a profusion of ink to spill over her alleged catfight with Rosie O'Donnell at the Grammys, the putative diva is once again whipping us entertainment news types into a salivating frenzy with another alleged fiasco at Sunday's Academy Awards.
For those who don't already know, Houston was tapped to perform during the telecast's interminable song medley (the one with Queen Latifah, Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes and Garth Brooks), but was replaced, under hitherto undisclosed circumstances, by country star Faith Hill.
Rumors ran amok as to the reason behind the sudden substitution -- the most popular version had the songstress being fired by composer (and Oscar musical director) Burt Bacharach during a rehearsal Friday for repeatedly messing up her musical number.
A report in today's New York Daily News dispelled assertions about Bacharach axing the singer, but the tabloid did allude to the unsubstantiated report that Houston's departure was not a voluntary act.
While Whitney Houston's people were indisposed to talk, they did, however, fax us a prepared statement.
"Whitney Houston arrived in Los Angeles with a sore throat. After participating for the 72nd Academy Awards show both Thursday and Friday nights, she was unsure that she would be better by Sunday. She therefore regretfully withdrew from the performance," Houston's publicist Nancy Seltzer explained in the statement.
And the Oscar camp corroborates.
"No. No. Whitney was not fired," Oscar spokesman Jane Labonte told Hollywood.com today. "I was actually at the auditorium. She didn't feel good. She was having problems with her voice. And at the end, Whitney decided that at the end, she wasn't going to risk it and be in the show. She bowed out."
Y2K has been an ill-fated year for Houston. First there was her reported pot bust at a Hawaiian airport in January, with possible charges still pending. And following that, there were the missed Grammy rehearsals and the notorious incident in which she reportedly flipped off hostess Rosie O'Donnell during the music-awards telecast.
Actress Rebecca Gayheart has expressed "sorrow and regret" for an accident in which she reportedly ran over and killed a 9-year-old boy who was crossing the street in Hollywood, The Associated Press reports. The parents of Jorge Cruz Jr., who was hit June 13, sued Gayheart on Monday for wrongful death after their son received head injuries and died the next day. Cruz' lawyers contends the actress was talking on a cellular phone when the Jeep Grand Cherokee hit the boy. "Despite the allegations in the lawsuit, the facts will establish that this was a most unfortunate accident. The pain of this tragedy will live with me forever," Gayheart said Wednesday in a statement released to Access Hollywood.
Singer Bobby Brown was rushed to a Morristown, N.J., hospital to receive treatment after he suffered a seizure because of the intense heat and hectic recording schedule of his new album. Brown was rushed to the Morrison Memorial Hospital by his wife-singer Whitney Houston at 3 a.m. Wednesday. He reportedly waited 90 minutes in the emergency room and was not admitted, the New York Post reported. Houston's spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer said Brown "hadn't been getting enough fluid and basically he was lightheaded."
Emmy-winning director Alan Rafkin, whose work included such television comedies as The Andy Griffith Show and M*A*S*H, died Monday of heart disease at the UCLA Medical Center, AP reports. Rafkin directed episodes for more than 80 primetime television series, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and I Dream of Jeannie.
Blake Edwards, 79, was awarded the Rhode Island International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday. His wife, actress Julie Andrews, accepted the award in his honor because Edwards had come down with pneumonia and a high fever, AP reports.
Guido Damiani, chief executive officer and general manager of Damiani Group, responsible for creating the wedding rings for Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, has denied the couple's $50 million lawsuit claiming that the firm broke the pact of not selling similar wedding rings in its jewelry store. Damini said that the rings were original designs owned by the company.
Tribune Entertainment can continue to use the name Mutant X for its upcoming syndicated TV show, but the name does violated the rights of 20th Century Fox, a New York judge ruled Thursday. Fox had sued Tribune allegedly that Mutant X bore too many similarities to its X-Men film series. The ruling will still allow Tribune to launch the show into syndication starting the week of Oct. 1.
Country singer Terri Clark lost her driver's license for a year and receive six-months probation after she pleaded guilty Thursday to drunk driving, AP reports. Her license was suspended because she refused to take a blood-alcohol test. Clark, 33, was stopped for speeding May 2.
The children of singer Perry Como, responsible for such hits as "Catch a Falling Star" and "Papa Loves Mambo," battled over the late 88-year-old singer's medical care before he died of Alzheimer's disease on May 12, Palm Beach County court records show. According to AP, his four children were fighting over who would be the personal representative of their father's estate. As a result, Como's estate will be distributed to his three children and 13 grandchildren. His wife of 65 years, Roselle, died in 1998.
The World Wrestling Federation lost a legal battle with the former World Wildlife Fund on Friday over the use of the WWF initials, Reuters reports. The agreement placed a series of restrictions on the Federation's use of the letters WWF for the purposes of its business, which the Wildlife Fund--now known as the Worldwide Fund for the Nature-- Fund claimed had been breached.
Colombian television producer RCN has hired the William Morris Agency Inc. in its bid to find a potential American producer to introduce the Colombian soap opera potential Betty la Fea (Ugly Betty) into the U.S. market. Producers believe that the soap, which has had enormous success in Europe and Latin America, could translate into an English-language version. According to Reuters, Univision Communications Inc., the No.1 U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster, acquired the rights to air Betty la Fea in the fall.
Whitney Houston played an imaginary piano, had trouble keeping her eyes open, bragged about how a "Jew guy" made her bracelet, and compared hanging with a junkie to hanging with a president during an interview for an upcoming magazine profile. Whitney Houston, left, with husband Bobby Brown The disclosures from Jane magazine come a day after the singer's camp tried to shoot down reports that she'd been canned from Sunday's Oscars telecast because she kept flubbing her routine in rehearsals. (According to Houston, she chose to sit out the show due to a sore throat.)
In the Jane interview, to be featured in the mag's May issue, Houston was asked by interviewer Tony Romando if she'd ever met a president or kicked back with a junkie.
"Sure," Houston reportedly said, adding that the junkie and the president are the same dudes.
"The president gets off on the country," Houston told the mag. "The junkie gets off on a couple of hits. They're the same, both cut from the same cloth, they're just men, you dig?"
Houston didn't dig in for her Jane chat until four hours after she was scheduled to arrive, the magazine says. When she did show, Romando says "she was extremely unfocused, had trouble keeping her eyes open and kept singing and playing an imaginary piano on the table."
"I guess laughing gas can do that to you." (Houston had told him she'd just come from the dentist.)
In the New York Daily News, Houston publicist Nancy Seltzer said she'd "never heard Whitney use language like that" -- including the singer's reference to the "Jew guy on Diamond Row in New York" who made her gold and diamond bracelet.
'N SALES: For those keeping score at home, 'N Sync's "No Strings Attached" sold more than 2.4 million units in its first week in release, Billboard.com says. The mark shatters the previous standard (of 1.13 million CDs and such sold) held by boyband rival the Backstreet Boys. Final stats will be released today.
"AMERICAN" BRIDE: Mena Suvari, the object of Kevin Spacey's illicit affection in "American Beauty," wed cinematographer Robert Brinkman ("The Cable Guy") in California earlier this month, it has been revealed. Suvari is 21; her husband, 38.
ANOTHER GEORGE LUCAS MASTERPIECE ON THE WAY, NO DOUBT: The script for the latest "Star Wars" prequel "is not complete," says a Lucasfilm e-mail update to fans, "but enough of the story is known to begin work." Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer.
'SUSSUDIO' SUED: In London today, trial was to get under way in a lawsuit pitting two members of Earth, Wind & Fire ("Boogie Wonderland") against newly minted Oscar winner Phil Collins. The band guys say they're due royalties for an album they cut with Collins in 1990.