Showing posts from January 3, 2012

Jan Shepard - Special guest @ Grammy Museum for Elvis Movie Panel

Elvis At The Movies A Special Elvis Month Event Presented by The GRAMMY Museum Wednesday, January 4, 2012; 7:30pm As part of our first-ever Elvis Month, The GRAMMY Museum is proud to present a special panel focusing on the King of Rock-n-Roll's time spent in Hollywood. Join as we take a special look into the lesser-explored side of Elvis Presley's career with Elvis At The Movies. Through a panel of his costars Mary Ann Mobley (Girl Happy and Harum Scarum) , Celeste Yarnall (Live A Little, Love A Little) and Jan Shepard (King Creole), guests will get a unique view into the inner-workings of Elvis courtesy of the people who acted along side of him. After the discussion, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, panelists will take audience questions. Doors open at 7:00pm. Admission is free for Museum Members; reservations required. Members receive priority seating. To reserve your seats, please call 213.765.6800 or e-mail

What went wrong with Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis show?

What went wrong with Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis show at the Aria? Just about everything, according to local gaming industry insiders who know a thing or two about the entertainment business. It’s difficult to imagine a multimillion-dollar Elvis show not doing very well in Las Vegas. His concerts were a travel destination in themselves during the 1970s when he was regularly filling the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton. But that was then and here we are some 35 years after his death. All those years seemed to give Cirque’s big thinkers the feeling that the time was right for the company’s own interpretation of Presley’s music. "Elvis was a show without heart, a lot of talent but no heart," says Minnie Madden, a Las Vegas-based producer, director and critic who now writes and talks about the business where she has made her living for a number of years. "When you’re doing a show about someone as iconic as Elvis, people want to see the performer they loved,"