US actor Michael C. Hall was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year, and his publicist Craig Bankey reveals the disease is currently in remission, although the star will continue with treatments. The 38-year-old actor said in a media statement that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a treatable cancer of the lymphatic system. He did not say when the diagnosis was made. “I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition, and I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care,” Hall said. Hall is refusing to let his treatment ruin his night at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. He plans to attend with his wife and “Dexter” co-star, Jennifer Carpenter. The actor is nominated for a Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama award and Dexter is up for Best Television Series – Drama.
George Clooney running telethon for Haiti
Actor George Clooney and MTV have teamed up to host a telethon on January 22 for Haiti relief. Haiti was hit with a 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday and MTV and George Clooney have joined forces to help raise money for relief for the Haiti victims. The Oscar-winning actor will appear on all MTV Networks, Friday, January 22, along with a long list of actors, actresses, and musicians to host a telethon in which all proceeds will go toward relief, according to MTV. A list of other celebrities involved in the project will be released within the coming days. Clooney is taking an active role in this telethon, not only is he hosting the show, he has been contacting all his celebrity friends, and approached people at a private reception for his latest movie, “Up in the Air.”
Anne Hathaway to be saluted by Harvard
The Ivy League university will bestow its Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award on Hathaway at a parade and ceremony Jan. 28, organizers have announced. The actresss, 27, was named to the honor by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals – the country’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe – for her “contribution to entertainment.” Hathaway, whose other films include Brokeback Mountain, Becoming Jane and Rachel Getting Married, was chosen because of the variety of her roles on screen and on the stage, a spokesman for the group told the The Harvard Crimson student newspaper.
Young soloists on the National Opera stage
Soprano Aurelia Florian and tenor Bogdan Mihai, trained by Mariana Nicolesco, greeted as great revelations by the national and international press, will appear for the first time on the stage of Bucharest National Opera (ONB) on Friday, January 22, in “Don Pasquale,” an opera by Gaetano Donizetti. At ONB, Aurelia Florian has already been acclaimed in the title parts from “Gemma di Vergy” and “Parisina d’Este,” operas by Gaetano Donizetti seldom played, presented as an absolute first in Romania. The “Parisina d’Este” performance was broadcast by the national TV channel and enjoyed a great success in the shows from Peles Castle from Sinaia, and at the master courses offered by Mariana Nicolesco. The first of the opera “Celan” by Peter Ruzicka at ONB, during “George Enescu” Festival, conducted by the composer, was also a triumph for Aurelia Florian, praised by the Romanian and foreign press.
Romania selected for 2010 European Literature Award
Romania was selected to participate in 2010 edition of the European Literature Award which will be granted in November, the website of the European Commission informs. Debutant writers from 11 countries which participate to EU Culture programme will be awarded. Romania is one of the countries selected along with Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain and Macedonia. In a first stage, juries will be set up in all these countries, which will begin the process of selection in January and will send a final report until the end of June. The European Literature Award is meant to draw the attention to the creativeness, diversity and richness of the contemporary European literature, to promote the circulation of literature in Europe, and to increase the interest of the European citizens for the literary works from other European countries.