Entertainment briefs – March 16

An operatic satire about former prime minister Brian Mulroney hits the big screen next month.

Satirical opera tackles life of Mulroney

TORONTO — An operatic satire about former prime minister Brian Mulroney hits the big screen next month.

Mulroney: The Opera is billed as “a unique viewing experience for film, opera and political satire lovers.”

The over-the-top comedy stars Dora and Gemini award-winner Rick Miller and Stephanie Anne Mills as Brian and Mila Mulroney.

A slew of Canadian veterans tackle other political personalities: Colin Mochrie is Jean Chretien, Wayne Best plays Pierre Trudeau, Ted Dykstra portrays Ed Broadbent, Joe Matheson is Ronald Reagan, and Sean Cullen is Mulroney cabinet minister Robert Coates.

Director Larry Weinstein says Canada’s 18th prime minister is “the perfect subject for an opera, for epic film, for comedy, for tragedy.”

Mulroney: The Opera will be shown across Canada in movie theatres on April 16 and April 27.


Taylor enters second month in hospital

LOS ANGELES — Elizabeth Taylor has entered her second month at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she is being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.

Publicist Jamie Cadwell said Tuesday that the 79-year-old actress remains hospitalized after she was admitted to Cedars-Sinai in early February. Cadwell did not elaborate about Taylor’s current condition or prognosis.

Taylor announced her congestive heart failure diagnosis in 2004.

The Oscar-winning actress has received friends in her hospital room, where she also watched the Academy Awards to celebrate her birthday last month.


Dylan to perform in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — American singer Bob Dylan, famous for his anti-war songs during the Vietnam War, will perform in the Communist country for the first time next month, his promoter said Tuesday.

Dylan will appear at an 8,000-plus-capacity university stadium in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City on April 10, said Rod Quinton, general manager of Ho Chi Minh City-based Saigon Sound System.

“We are bringing him here because Bob Dylan is a very important legend of music and we think it’s important that Vietnamese people, particularly the younger generation, are exposed to his legacy and what he’s done for music,” Quinton said.

Dylan is popular in Vietnam because of his anti-war songs. His 1960s songs Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin were inspirations for the American civil rights and anti-war movements.


Police investigating artists’ death

LONDON — British media are reporting reggae star Smiley Culture has died during a drug raid.

The London-born musician — whose real name is David Emmanuel — reportedly died from self-inflicted wounds Tuesday when police officers swooped on his home in east Surrey, according to Britain’s Press Association.

The reggae singer had appeared before magistrates in September last year charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Britain’s police watchdog said Tuesday it had been called in to investigate an incident during which a 48-year-old man apparently suffered a stab wound and died. The watchdog said formal identification has not yet taken place.

Culture shot to fame in the 1980s with hits including Cockney Translation and Police Officer.

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