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Old 02-20-2010, 11:00 AM
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Three decades after Elvis Presley took his last bow on the Las Vegas Strip, where he once reigned as king, the magicians of Cirque du Soleil have tried to summon back the power of this supreme entertainer in a show titled, "Viva Elvis."

They have mixed a dizzying array of dance, acrobatics, live musicians, over-the-top stage sets, and glitzy costumes with gigantic videos of Elvis in his most legendary performances and memorable life events.

In the words of an Elvis song, the result is "Too Much."

It's as if we're watching two different shows - the circus performances that are the Cirque franchise and a tribute to Elvis that would have stood on its own.

The 45 candy-colored, whimsically designed jumpsuits worn by a dance troupe are fun to watch. And the show has 120 costume changes, including a Follies-like Las Vegas number.

But for all the energy, skill and effort evident on stage, the most riveting segments of "Viva Elvis" are the videos in which the Presley charisma is as mesmerizing as ever. When Elvis is on the huge screen in simple black and white, you can't take your eyes off of him. And the nearby live performers trying gamely to get attention with their colorful dances and acrobatics are seriously upstaged.

Only when Elvis disappears entirely, as in a beautifully staged trampoline act featuring comic book super heroes (a comparison to Elvis that's a stretch), do the acrobats have a chance to shine.

Friday night's premiere before a star-studded audience of 1,800 at the specially designed Elvis theater in the new Aria Hotel got off to a rocky start when, in the middle of the first number, house lights went on, the stage went dark and there was an announcement that an alarm had gone off.

After a five-minute break, the show resumed to sighs of relief. Videos were projected in a gigantic juke box frame as Elvis' voice filled the theater singing "Blue Suede Shoes." Scenes from his concerts, the hysteria of his fans, and his TV appearances set the stage for a retrospective of his life.

But as the video rolled, dancers cavorted on stage, a pink Cadillac rolled in, and a gigantic blue suede shoe appeared with acrobats hanging from it.

Other extravagant numbers included a medley of Elvis' early songs with monument-sized recreations of Elvis in cowboy garb aiming a pistol - the same image from the movie "Flaming Star" seen in a classic Andy Warhol painting. But the size was befitting an Egyptian pharaoh. The famous "Jailhouse Rock" dance was performed on a 40-foot-high cell block by dozens of dancers and acrobats, some dancing upside down.

The silliest production number of all involved a mammoth wedding cake for Elvis and Priscilla. A woman on top sang "Can't Help Falling in Love," while couples performed ballet at the base and dancers on roller skates whirled around them. As if there wasn't enough going on, a voluminous bridal train enveloped the cake and reflected blurry photos of Elvis and Priscilla on their wedding day. It gave new meaning to the term over the top.

Among the most successful segments was one dealing with Elvis' time in the Army. Male dancers in uniform swing danced with girls dressed as love letters, while newspaper headlines about Elvis' draft were projected on the back wall. Videos of his induction, including a shot of his mother in tears, provided the kind of emotion that makes Elvis' personal story so compelling.

But the only attempt at a narrative came from a caricature of Elvis' manager, Col. Tom Parker - a poor choice for this kind of insight, since his role in Elvis' story remains a subject of controversy.

The recordings of Elvis classics have been skillfully remixed, making them sound more contemporary than ever, and the decibels are cranked up high.

Before the show began, Priscilla Presley, who was an adviser on the production, said in a brief interview that she hoped, "This tribute will help to tell a new generation about Elvis. The younger kids will get to know Elvis."

She may be right. The show provides enough sensory overload to lure young audiences. The rest of us can hope that it is a work in progress and will be refined as months go by.

We can also be thankful for small mercies: at least there are no Elvis impersonators.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:09 AM
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BOULDER, Colo. -- Former "Family Ties" actor Brian Bonsall has been arrested again in Colorado, this time on a charge of using marijuana in violation of the terms of his release.

Deputies handcuffed and led the 28-year-old from a Boulder courtroom Friday after he pleaded not guilty to an assault charge and a failure to report charge involving another case. Bail was set at $10,000.

Bonsall's defense attorney says the actor needs marijuana for headaches and has applied for a medical marijuana card through the state.

He is accused of repeatedly hitting a friend in the head with a broken wooden stool in December and of missing a court hearing in 2007 in another assault case.

Bonsall played the role of the youngest Keaton sibling, Andy, on the NBC TV comedy starring Michael J. Fox.
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Actress and singer Hilary Duff, who had a recurring guest role on the popular CW series last season, is engaged to Edmonton Oilers forward Mike Comrie.
Publicist Nanci Ryder says the two were engaged last weekend while vacationing in Hawaii. She says in an e-mail distributed by the Oilers on Friday that the two "are very excited to share this happy news."
The proposal comes during the NHL's two-week break for the Olympics.
The 22-year-old Duff and 29-year-old Comrie had been dating for over two years.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt Talks Her Unlucky Love Streak on ‘The View’


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May 27th, 2010 | 8:27 AM | Comments 0
Her body may be a “wonderland” as her ex John Mayer referred to in his hit song, but Jennifer Love Hewitt still knows what it’s like to be cheated on and have her heartbroken.
Hewitt, who was engaged to Scottish actor Ross McCall before breaking it off last year, revealed on ‘The View’ that she had been blindsided when she discovered her boyfriend of two years had been cheating on her.
The ‘Ghost Whisperer‘ actress, who endured her most recent break-up with costar Jamie Kennedy mere months ago, admits that she even went as far as to look through his e-mails for clues of his infidelity.
“I was really curious to know,” she says when explaining her behavior. Hewitt grew suspicious when he started exhibiting a refreshed interest in his appearance and was going to the gym more frequently. She discusses the issue in further detail in her upcoming book, ‘The Day I Shot Cupid.’
Don’t feel sorry for the girl whose second name is ‘Love,’ though. Hewitt takes it all in stride, and is actually grateful that she discovered his philandering ways so that she didn’t waste more time in the relationship. These days, Hewitt is rumored to be dating Jenny McCarthy’s ex-husband, John Asher.
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Gary Coleman on Life Support


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Gary Coleman desperately needs your "thoughts and prayers."
The former Diff'rent Strokes star, hospitalized after a fall earlier this week, is now in a coma on life support with a brain hemorrhage, according to his manager.

Coleman, 42, suffered the injury in his Utah home on Wednesday and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, manager John Alcantar said in a statement Friday. Coleman was then transferred to the ICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for further tests and treatment.

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Former child actor Gary Coleman dies after suffering brain hemorrhage
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He had died by the time I posted about him being in a coma, but it wasn't announced yet.
He had such a troubled life.
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Default Korn urges artists to boycott BP with tour buses

NEW YORK (AP) - Korn's Jonathan Davis is urging artists to boycott troubled oil giant BP over the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a statement issued Friday, the rock singer says he has gathered a coalition of artists, including Lady Gaga, Creed and the Backstreet Boys, and they have agreed not to use fuel sold by BP or their affiliates on their tours this year.

Tens of millions of gallons of oil have gushed into the Gulf Coast since an April explosion of an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana.

Meanwhile, stars including Justin Bieber, Cameron Diaz, Lenny Kravitz, Ryan Secreast are set to appear Monday on CNN's two-hour telethon, "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help." Larry King is scheduled to host.
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Default Amanda Bynes Tweets: I've 'Retired' from Acting

Amanda Bynes tweeted surprising career news on Saturday.

"Being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem," she wrote. "If I don't love something anymore I stop doing it."

"I don't love acting anymore so I've stopped doing it," she continued. "I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first, I've retired."

As a teenager Bynes starred on her Nickelodeon variety series "The Amanda Show" and on the dramedy series "What I Like About You." Her big-screen credits include 'She's the Man' and 'Hairspray.'
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