Dion to focus on health, family
Celine Dion has cleared her calendar of all scheduled performances, saying she needs to focus on her health, her husband’s recovery from a cancerous tumor and raising their three young children.
The superstar vocalist canceled all concerts that were slated through March 22, 2015, including shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, show organizers announced Wednesday.
“I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children,” Dion, 46, said in a statement. “I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support.”
Bieber agrees to plea deal
Pop singer Justin Bieber’s guilty plea to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest puts an end to a legal saga that began seven months ago inside a rented Lamborghini at what police called an illegal drag race.
“I hope that he realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that affect him but they lead to consequences that affect others that are looking up to him as a role model,” Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said at a hearing. “He just hopefully will get the message. He will grow up.”
Bieber attorney Howard Srebnick said the judge’s message will be relayed to the singer, who was not at the hearing.
The plea deal Bieber struck with prosecutors includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable contribution already made to a local children’s organization and a $500 fine.
Fallon honors Robin Williams
Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to Robin Williams on the “Tonight Show,” where the late comic made many memorable, seldom-seated appearances.
To the delight of host Johnny Carson, Williams jumped into the crowd playing a mock evangelist. Such frenetic guest spots became regular events for Williams.
N.Y. Film Festival sets lineup
The New York Film Festival has announced a lineup heavy on the hits from May’s Cannes Film Festival, including David Cronenberg’s grimly dark Hollywood satire, “Maps to the Stars,” and Jean-Luc Godard’s 3-D film, “Goodbye to Language.”
Bennett Miller’s wrestling drama, “Foxcatcher,” and Mike Leigh’s J.M.W. Turner biopic, “Mr. Turner,” also will be shown.The slate was announced Wednesday by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival runs Sept. 26 through Oct. 12.
Also showing are: “Clouds of Sils Maria” starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, the Dardenne brothers’ “Two Days, One Night” and Sundance award-winner “Whiplash.”
Previously announced were festival opener “Gone Girl,” the centerpiece “Inherent Vice” and the closer “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.”
— From News wire services