In the eye of a storm
Mexico’s first lady, soap opera star Angelica Rivera, is back in the spotlight. But rather than receiving public adulation, she’s the subject of ridicule.
A poll released over the weekend found that three-quarters of Mexicans think Rivera isn’t telling the truth about how much she earned during her television career and how she paid for a $7 million mansion that’s at the heart of a political scandal enveloping her husband, President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Among those scoffing at Rivera are fellow television actors, who contend she never pulled in the kind of money she claims.
Political analysts and columnists say the attention on Rivera, whose fame soared with a hit 2007 soap opera, was designed to take the heat off Pena Nieto himself.
Rivera posted a video on her website last Tuesday detailing how she’d amassed a net worth of $10.4 million during a 25-year television career at Televisa, the Spanish-language media conglomerate.
Bing back on TV
For more than 30 years Bing Crosby was a giant in the music world, a radio icon, a movie star, a world famous golf enthusiast and a television tradition.
Those under 40 probably know him for his classic movie, “White Christmas” but little else. PBS’ “American Masters” hopes to change that with “Bing Crosby Remembered,” a documentary by Robert Trachtenberg premiering Dec. 2.
Old timers remember that Crosby also fathered two families: four boys with his first wife and two boys and a girl with his second. It was a shock when his oldest son, Gary, wrote a book that depicted his father as a cruel disciplinarian. His latter children, Harry, Nathaniel and Mary, all say he was a kind and loving parent.
‘Star Wars’ coming soon
The longest lines outside theaters this Thanksgiving weekend may be for the new “Star Wars” trailer that exhibitors will show in some locations.
Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Carmike Cinemas Inc., will run a trailer for “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens” over the long weekend.
Obama honors 19
Nineteen people including actress Meryl Streep and musician Stevie Wonder on Monday received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President Obama presented the recipients with the medals at a White House ceremony.
Winners also included: choreographer Alvin Ailey (posthumously); author Isabel Allende; broadcaster Tom Brokaw; civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner (all posthumously); scientist Mildred Dresselhaus; congressman John Dingell; environmental activist Ethel Kennedy; Native American activist Suzan Harjo; former congressman and White House counsel Abner Mikva; former congresswoman Patsy Mink (posthumously); former congressman Edward Roybal; golfer Charles Sifford; economist Robert Solow; composer Stephen Sondheim; and author Marlo Thomas.
— From News wire services