Jon Secada and Ednita Nazario have signed on to perform as part of a tribute to Gloria Estefan when the pop superstar is inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame next month (Oct14). The duo will team up to celebrate Estefan at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach ceremony in Miami Beach, Florida on 18 October (14).
Secada will perform hits he has written and co-written for Estefan.
Panamanian songwriter Omar Alfanno, Mexican star Lolita De La Colina and Spain's Rafael Perez Botija will also be feted at the event.
Spanish musician Joan Manuel Serrat is to be honoured for his career achievements by the organisers of the Latin Grammy Awards. The singer/songwriter has been named the 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and will be feted at a gala event in Las Vegas in November (14).
Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa, Jr. says, "Joan Manuel Serrat's lyrical style and magnificent talent make him a treasured and timeless musical figure... It is a privilege to recognise a man with such an illustrious and socially conscious career, and we look forward to celebrating his creativity and legacy."
Serrat follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, and Shakira, who also praises the 2014 winner in a statement which reads, "Joan Manuel has become a true symbol for freedom, coherence, quality, and perfect use of our language, and a reference that we all have in reaching our goals."
The tribute event will take place on 19 November (14) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
New mum Olivia Wilde put her own spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dousing herself with a pale full of breast milk. The Tron: Legacy star was nominated to participate in the charity challenge by actor Ty Simpkins and actress Dianna Agron and she has since elected New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem and Prince to take part in the campaign.
In a video posted on Instagram.com, she says, "I hope it's OK, I couldn't find any water, so I'm going to use breast milk. Took me all night to make this."
Meanwhile, Wilde's fiance, Jason Sudeikis accepted the challenge from former U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was soaked with ice cold water for almost a minute.
An army of stars, including Wilde's Rush co-star Chris Hemsworth and her In Time castmate Justin Timberlake, have taken the freezing water challenge to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association.
A new musical tracing Gloria Estefan's life will hit the Broadway stage next year (15). Previews for On Your Feet! will begin in October (15) and the production will open on 5 November (15).
Prior to the Broadway run, the show will open at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in Illinois for a five-week summer run from 2 June (15).
The musical will chronicle Estefan and her husband Emilio's journey from Cuba to Miami, Florida and her rise to superstardom. The show will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the man behind the dance steps on Jersey Boys and Memphis.
Announcing the latest news about the much-anticipated musical, producers have also launched an international online talent search for wannabes to fill roles in the production, while open casting calls will begin next month (Sep14) in New York and Miami.
Estefan says, "Finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project. Our own journey together started in Miami, a city that has been such an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone of our search for the next generation of bright talent."
Officials at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are sending actor Peter Sarsgaard a child-friendly cookbook in a bid to help convince his kids to follow in dad's footsteps and go vegan. The An Education star has been eating a diet free of all animal products for some time, but he recently admitted maintaining his vegan lifestyle at home has proved to be a struggle - because his daughters with wife Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ramona, seven, and Gloria Ray, two, love to eat meat.
He told Men's Journal magazine, "I cook steaks for my kids all the time because that's what they like. I guess you could call my wife a pescatarian but my kids eat meat a couple times a week. They love it."
His comments caught the attention of animal rights activists at HSUS and now they are hoping to help him out in the kitchen by providing him with author Jennifer McCann's 2008 book, which is full of vegan recipes designed with children in mind.
Michelle Cho, Vice President of the HSUS, tells WENN, "The HSUS is sending Peter a copy of Vegan Lunch Box - a wildly popular book chock full of kid-friendly and animal-friendly recipes for his kids to enjoy. We hope his compassionate diet extends to the entire family!"
Jay Z's mum has followed her rapper son into the restaurant business by opening her own eatery in Newark, New Jersey. Gloria Carter celebrated the launch of Diamondz N Da Ruff with her famous son and daughter-in-law, Beyonce, on 26 July (14) with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a champagne toast inside the establishment, according to TMZ.com.
This isn't the first business venture for Carter - she also serves as the president of the 99 Problems hitmaker's college scholarship charity, the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
Jay Z opened the first location in his sports lounge and restaurant franchise, The 40/40 Club, in New York in 2003 and has since expanded with venues at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia.
Latin superstar Gloria Estefan has donated $500,000 (£294,118) to restore and re-open the Miami Marine Stadium in Florida. The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You hitmaker reveals she has fond memories of her manager husband Emilio Estefan performing at the once-popular venue with his band Miami Sound Machine in the mid-1980s, when their song Dr. Beat became a big hit, so she would love to see the graffiti-covered building cleaned up and revamped for a new generation of fans.
Estefan, who is a boardmember for non-profit organisation the National Trust for Historic Preservation, also notes the stadium was designed in 1962 by fellow Cuban-American Hilario Candela.
She tells the Miami Herald, "It's almost a symbol of our community and how much we're a part of Miami."
The singer hopes her generous gift will inspire others to donate to the fundraising group Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, which aims to hit its target of $30 million (£17.65 million) by January, 2015.
The venue used to be a hub for cultural and political events - Sammy Davis, Jr. famously hugged U.S. President Richard Nixon there in 1972 and Jimmy Buffett performed an iconic concert there in 1985.
It fell into disrepair and was closed down after suffering severe damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
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TV shows Modern Family, Top Of The Lake and Lilyhammer were among the winners at the 54th Golden Nymph Awards at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival on Wednesday (11Jun14). Detective series Top Of The Lake was the night's big winner, scooping the trophy for Best Miniseries while its stars Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan took home the gongs for Best Actress in a Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries respectively.
Mockumentary comedy Modern Family scooped the International TV Audience Award for comedy, while the show's star Julie Bowen won the prize for Best Actress in a comedy series. The award for Best International Comedy Series went to Norway's Lilyhammer, and actor Steven Van Zandt received the Best Actor in a comedy series prize for his role in the show.
American show The Bold & The Beautiful won the International TV Audience Award for a telenovela/soap. Also honoured were British series Episodes, which took the Best European comedy prize, Hostages, which scooped the Best International Drama Trophy, and crime drama NCIS which won the International TV Audience Award for drama.
Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi is making the transition into the reality TV industry to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at her work and personal life. The singer has teamed up with producers at Telemundo-affiliated network mun2 for Sin Filtros Y Sin Complejos (Unfiltered and Unapologetic), which will follow her as she completes her De Pelicula tour across the Americas.
Trevi isn't the first Latin star to land her own reality show - singer Larry Hernandez and the late Jenni Rivera also found success on the small screen.
News of the show comes six months after Trevi threatened legal action against the producers of new biopic Gloria, starring Sofia Espinosa as the singer, insisting she didn't authorise the script.
The movie is set to tell the story of Trevi's glittering 1990s music career, which came crashing down in 2000 when she was arrested in Brazil along with her manager, Sergio Andrade, on suspicion of luring kids into a child porn ring.
She spent almost five years behind bars before she was cleared of the charges in 2004.
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Meryl Streep, National Board of Review Awards
Back in January, Streep presented the best actress award to Emma Thompson and her introduction would go down as the biggest, most public diss of Walt Disney. But the strong words she spoke about her friend were just as memorable.
Highlight of the Speech:Emma considers carefully what the f**k she is putting out into the culture! Emma thinks, "Is this helpful?" Not, "Will it build my brand?" Not, "Will it give me billions?" Not, "Does this express me? Me! Me! My unique and fabulous self, into all eternity, in every universe, for all time!" That's a phrase from my Disney contract. I'm serious! "Will I get a sequel out of it, or a boat? Or a perfume contract?" (Read the full speech here.)
Lesson Learned: There's something to be said for actors and artists who are legitimately concerned with their craft and the stories behind the work they're doing. In a pop culture, celebrity-obsessed world that celebrates the brand, it's important to celebrate people like Thompson as well.
Lupita Nyong'o, Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon
In February Nyong'o accepted the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at Essence Magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Instead of speaking merely from her own heart, she spoke from the heart of a fan who'd sent her a powerful and heartbreaking letter.
Highlight of the Speech: "Dear Lupita," it reads, "I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me." I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin...my mother again would say to me, "You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you."... And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What does sustain us... what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away. (Read the full speech here.)
Lesson Learned: It's wonderful that we are embracing Lupita Nyong'o's beauty, and that we're expanding the concept of beauty itself. And it's wonderful that a young girl can look at Nyong'o and choose to embrace her own skin color. But it's also important that we teach people that who you are at your core (call it essence, or spirit, or personality) is something more powerful, more memorable, and more lasting than physical appearance.
Amy Schumer, Ms. Foundation for Women Gloria Awards and Gala
In a hilariously NSFW speech the comedian opened up about an awkward sexual encounter that could have been more traumatic, were it not for her sense of humor. She spoke about turning that moment into an empowering instance of change.
Highlight of the Speech: I can be reduced to that lost college freshman so quickly sometimes, I want to quit. Not performing, but being a woman altogether. I want to throw my hands in the air, after reading a mean Twitter comment, and say, "All right! You got it. You figured me out. I'm not pretty. I'm not thin. I do not deserve to use my voice. I'll start wearing a burqa and start waiting tables at a pancake house. All my self-worth is based on what you can see." But then I think, F**k that. I am not laying in that freshman year bed anymore ever again. I am a woman with thoughts and questions and s**t to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and f**k and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you. (Read the full speech here.)
Lesson Learned: First of all, we should all stop being hateful towards people (yes, even celebrity people) on Twitter. And secondly, sometimes you have to get out of that freshman year bed, dust yourself off, stop apologizing, and go be your incredible self.
Gabourey Sidibe, Ms. Foundation for Women Gloria Awards and Gala
In another fantastic speech about confidence, Sidibe did what few of us expected her to do and actually admitted to being "an a**hole" in school. But in admitting to her flaws she also exposed the flaws of an entire industry that repeatedly asks her (and not someone like Rihanna) "How are you so confident?"
Highlight of the Speech: I was a snob. I thought I was better than the kids in my class, and I let them know it. That's why they didn't like me. I think the reason I thought so highly of myself all the time was because no one else ever did... Sometimes when I'm being interviewed by a fashion reporter, I can see it in her eyes, "How is she getting away with this? Why is she so confident? How does she deal with that body? Oh my God, I'm going to catch fat!" What I would say, is my mom moved my brother and I to my aunt's house. Her name is Dorothy Pitman Hughes, she is a feminist, an activist, and a lifelong friend of Gloria Steinem. Every day, I had to get up and go to school where everyone made fun of me, and I had to go home to where everyone made fun of me... In the morning on the way out to the world, I passed by a portrait of my aunt and Gloria together. Side by side they stood, one with long beautiful hair and one with the most beautiful, round, Afro hair I had ever seen, both with their fists held high in the air. Powerful. Confident. And every day as I would leave the house... I would give that photo a fist right back. And I'd march off into battle. [She starts crying] I didn't know that I was being inspired then. (Read the full speech here.)
Lesson Learned: It's not always the direct influence of a person, but sometimes it's something simpler — a photo, an image, an idea you hear about — that changes your life and changes your way of looking at things.
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A spin-off from "All in the Family." Following her separation from her husband, Mike, Gloria Bunker Stivic leaves California and returns to Queens, New York, where she moves in with her father, Archie Bunker. Shortly after, Gloria acquires a job as the assistant to Dr. Willard Adams, an aging, somewhat forgetful veterinarian. The series depicts Gloria's experiences as a veterinary assistant and her attempts to make a new life for herslef and her son, Joey.