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Smucker's Stars On Ice Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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America’s most beloved figure skating tour, Smucker’s Stars on Ice, has brought together a superstar ensemble of Olympic, World and National Champions from all over the globe to celebrate its 25th season. The “Smucker’s Stars on Ice 25th Anniversary Tour” promises to bring fans of all ages the ultimate live figure skating experience with a gathering of legends past, present, and future. The Emmy Award Winning Production will visit 25 cities nationwide. The Tour glides into Anaheim, CA on Sunday, February 20th, 2011 for a 4:00 PM performance at Honda Center.

Smucker’s Stars on Ice continues to be a pioneer in figure skating by offering fans the rare opportunity to witness some of the world’s most creative and cherished champions performing together in both individual and ensemble routines.

Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek and Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen will be joined by a stellar cast of world-renowned athletes, including Olympic Gold Medalists Jamie Salé & David Pelletier (Canada); Four-Time World Champion & Four-Time Canadian National Champion Kurt Browning; Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Ekaterina Gordeeva (Russia); World Champion & Six-Time U.S. National Champion Todd Eldredge; Olympic Silver Medalists Tanith Belbin & Benjamin Agosto; 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Joannie Rochette (Canada) and Two-Time World Bronze Medalist & Three-Time U.S. National Champion Michael Weiss.

The Smucker’s Stars on Ice Tour, founded and produced by Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, is one of the premier entertainment events in the United States. The “Smucker’s Stars on Ice 25th Anniversary Tour” performance in Anaheim, CA will be at Honda Center on Sunday, February 20th for a show at 4:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 4th.

Special on-ice seating is available upon request. A portion of Smucker’s Stars on Ice proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more by calling Honda Center group sales at 714-704- 2420. Tickets start at $25 and are available via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone 1-800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and the Honda Center Box Office. Please visit www.starsonice.com for more information as well as exciting show announcements.

San Antonio Spurs' Parker, Actress Eva Longoria, to Divorce

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(Reuters) - "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria filed for divorce on Wednesday to end her three-year marriage to basketball player Tony Parker, following revelations of his text messaging with another woman.

Longoria, 35, filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences.

"It is with great sadness that after 7 years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce," Longoria said in a statement posted on her official Facebook page. "We love each other deeply and pray for each other's happiness."

Her spokeswoman had no further comment beyond the posting.

Celebrity TV show Extra said its host Mario Lopez had spoken to Longoria, and she told Lopez she had found 100s of text messages from another woman on Parker's phone. She also told Lopez that Parker had cheated on her before.

"She is devastated, she wants us all to know that," Lopez said in a statement. "But she's strong."

Longoria and Parker, 27, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, dated for years before being married in a lavish ceremony at a French chateau in 2007.

Their wedding was picture perfect, and they seemed to be living a happily married life -- she, the Hollywood star and he, the handsome athlete. They have no children.

The marriage was Parker's first and Longoria's second. Her marriage to "General Hospital" TV actor Tyler Christopher ended in 2004 after two years.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

Howie Mandel to Perform at San Manuel

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Thursday, December 16, 2010, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes powerhouse comedian and TV funnyman, Howie Mandel to the San Manuel stage. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $25, $35, and $45.

As a comedy powerhouse for over 30 years, Howie Mandel’s career has encompassed all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. His career began on the comedy stage in Canada at Yuk Yuk in 1978. It was only when his friends dared him, one year later, to get on the famed Los Angeles Comedy Store amateur night stage that he found success in America. His comedy skit was heard by a producer who hired him to appear on the comedy game-show, “Make Me Laugh”. From there, Mandel landed a television series, “St. Elsewhere”, where he spent six seasons on the award-winning NBC drama.

It was in 1990 when Mandel created “Bobby’s World”, which ran on FOX Kids for eight seasons and was Emmy Award-nominated.

As the series’ creator and executive producer, Mandel was involved in the show’s writing, as well as provided the voice of Bobby, Bobby’s dad and other characters.

More recently, Mandel’s success has come as host and judge for two hit NBC primetime shows: “America’s Got Talent” and “Deal or No Deal”.

Mandel received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality/Competition Host for “Deal or No Deal” as well as a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Game Show Host for the syndicated version of the show. His credentials continue with author, when in 2009, Mandel released his frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir, “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me”. The memoir made the New York Times Bestsellers list in its first week, and dives into the comedian’s struggle with OCD and ADHD.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days.

Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

New Michael Jackson Single Prompts More Controversy

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(Reuters) - The first Michael Jackson single from a new December album was released on the Internet on Monday, sparking a new round of controversy over whether the voice is really that of the dead "Thriller" singer and if the track does him justice.

"Breaking News", a new song said by his record label to have been recorded by Jackson in 2007 and "recently brought to completion", opens with clips from old news reports about the more bizarre events in Jackson's life.

The song was released at the same time a rare TV interview with Jackson's mother, father and three children was broadcast on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" about their life after the singer's sudden 2009 death at age 50.

The "Breaking News" vocals, which feature many of Jackson's signature whoops and hee-hee's, are in a lower-register than the tone usually associated with the "King of Pop", and the lyrics start with the line "Everybody wanting a piece of Michael Jackson."

Jackson's Epic record label, part of the Sony Music Entertainment Group, said last week that after extensive research, they had "complete confidence" that the vocals on the new album are Jackson's own.

But Jackson's two eldest children are reported to have said they do not believe it is their father singing, and the entertainer's sister LaToya has also expressed doubts.

"I listened to it ('Breaking News')...It doesn't sound like him," LaToya Jackson was quoted as telling celebrity website TMZ.com.

The new album "Michael" -- the first since Jackson's death and the first of new material since "Invincible" in 2001 -- is due to be released on December 14.

Jackson's father said last week that his son would never have wanted to release incomplete and unfinished songs.

On Monday, fans were divided, with many loving the new single and others expressing skepticism.

"So it sounds a bit different. That was the great thing about Michael, he could change the way he sang, the way his music sounded. I would rather hear some of his music than not hear any of it," wrote MJJFAN4LIFE on the Entertainment Weekly comment boards.

In one early review, entertainment reporter Ashante Infantry of the Toronto Star website thestar.com called it "a self-referential rehash that spotlights all that was wrong with Mike" and added that the new single's theme of persecution by the media "threatens to diminish the posthumous goodwill afforded the pop star."

The "Michael" album has the backing of Jackson's official estate and is the latest commercial venture to capitalize on the singer's renewed popularity in death. A Cirque Du Soleil show, dance videogame and complete DVD set of his pop music videos are also on their way.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)

 

Color Purple Sees Sellout Crowds in Riverside

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By Cheryl Brown –

Color Purple saw sellout crowds at its first appearance east of Los Angeles at the Riverside Fox Theatre. Saturday night there were no more seats. Many attending from the community expressed joy with the fact that it was local and most reported they had never seen a show like that outside of New York or Los Angeles.

Color Purple originally written by Alice Walker, was a hit. Pam Trotter, whom played Sofia said the play has a new director and there are twists on it that slightly changed what has been seen before. The changes were noticed; Jonathan Bufong, of San Bernardino said “I loved the play and I have seen it before but this one was different. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it was different.” Of the young adults in his group they all seemed to enjoy the evening out.

Trotter said she used to practice the lines of the play with her friends for fun and it paid off, she was awesome. The entire cast was excellent, professional and kept you wondering what is next, even if you had seen the play before. Verna Clayvon said a night out so close to home was a lifesaver for her. “I was so happy to be in the beautiful space (Fox),” she said. She too joined the chorus of others who were chatting away as they left the theatre.

“I attended the Saturday matinee,” said Woodie Rucker Hughes, a Riverside resident and President of the Southern California Conference of the NAACP as well as the Riverside Branch. “As I sat in the beautiful theatre, watching the magnificent well done play, I thought, I’m in River City!!!. If you missed it you missed it,” she exclaimed.

The voices were melodic. Celie, played by Dayna Jarae Dantzler had a strong mellow voice, she carried the show along with Trotter and Taprena Augustine, who played the role of Shug Avery, and when she came to town she changed everything.

Augustine was another hit of the show. Allison Semmes was just right for the role of Squeak. The top of the cast was closed out by Edward Smith as Mister, and he was a convincing bad guy who redeemed himself when he lost all that he had. And rounding out the stars was Lee Edward Colston II playing Harpo. Both men showed contradictions, one trying to do everything to please his wife the other doing everything to hold his wife down. This review wouldn’t be complete without a shout out to the church ladies and the rest of the ensemble cast.

The dancers were top notch. They did more dancing than I remember in other Color Purple presentations. On a scale of 1-5 I give it a The Color Purple at the Fox Theater a 5.

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