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November 26, 2002 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Latin bombshell Shakira proved to be a fragmentation device Sunday night, blasting off in a thousand directions at the First Union Center. Alternating material from her Spanish-language albums with selections from Laundry Service, her current breakthrough record in English, the Colombian singer displayed a remarkable array of styles, from spare heartbreak hymns to stadium anthems. Traces of artists as disparate as Crystal Gayle and Alanis Morissette wafted through her delivery.
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December 10, 2002 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shakira has been traveling with an army of bodyguards after receiving death threats, the New York Post reported. The hip-swiveling songbird is even said to be afraid of returning to her native Colombia for fear she will be killed or kidnapped by gangsters and held for ransom, the Sun in London reports. The Miami resident is said to be especially wary in the wake of the kidnapping of two sisters of Mexican pop star Thalia, who is married to Tommy Mottola, the head of her label, Sony Music.
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November 4, 2006 | By ROBERT DOMINGUEZ, MAITE JUNCO & LEO STANDORA New York Daily News
Shakira was a big winner. New York City was the center of the Latin music universe Thursday night and Shakira was its biggest star as the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards lit up Madison Square Garden. The celebrity-studded ceremony was held in New York for the first time. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking in Spanish, told the cheering audience, "Welcome to my house. " But the big roof-raiser was Shakira, who picked up four of the five Grammys she was nominated for, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "La Tortura," along with Album of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Album for "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1. " "I love you all. You have made me very happy tonight," she said after picking up her fourth award.
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August 30, 2006 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IN A SHAMELESS move to curry favor with Hispanic voters, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg made a surprise endorsement yesterday and backed Shakira in the race for Video of the Year at MTV's Video Music Awards. He passed over the other nominees, Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Panic! At the Disco and even Christina Aguilera, who's from Staten Island. In a spot that aired on MTV's "TRL," Bloomberg defended his choice by noting the truth in the title of Shakira's smash single "Hips Don't Lie. " "I think I'm going to have to go with Shakira - those hips don't lie," Bloomberg said.
NEWS
September 4, 2006 | By Kevin L. Carter FOR THE INQUIRER
From the first minute of her show in Atlantic City Friday night, Colombian material girl Shakira showed why she is a different kind of Latin pop star. Bounding onstage after a dramatic Japanese koto-meets-techno introduction, the woman who possesses some of the most overexposed (and that's a positive) and diesel abdominals and obliques on Earth gave the nearly sold-out Mark G. Etess Arena almost two hours of genre-blending and ?bending music. Switching costumes and dancing better than most anyone in pop today - she moved her hips with unbelievable freedom and precision - Shakira was an intriguing and endearing combination of blind, overwhelming ambition, smoldering sexuality, and girl-next-door cuteness.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Looks like Colombian chanteuse Shakira will be leaving NBC's The Voice . Hints as light as grand pianos have been falling from her and from various network reps. She finally confirmed it yesterday, citing her musical career and the stresses on her baby, Milan , born to her and her bf, footballer Gerard Piqué , in January. Christina Aguilera will take that reported $12 million to $17 million (!!), thanks, and step in for Shakira for Season 5 in September - and possibly Cee Lo Green , replacing Usher ?
NEWS
December 5, 2002 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hip-wiggling Shakira was busting out all over earlier this week in Miami. During her concert, Shakira shook so hard while singing "Fool" that her leather pants split. "She finished the song and then ran off the stage," a concertgoer told the New York Post. After a quick change to cover her caboose, Shakira returned to the stage. But she wasn't done flashing her fans for the evening. At the post-concert party at Ibiza, she caused a "near riot" when her breast popped out of her shirt as she danced atop a booth, the Post's spy said.
NEWS
April 16, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Colombian-born star Shakira is organizing a Live Aid-style concert to benefit the needy in her region. "We want this to be an event that brings world attention to poverty in Latin America, which is virtually invisible to the rest of the world," the "Ojos As?" singer said. The show, slated for next year, will also feature Juanes, Alejandro Sanz and Miguel Bosa, according to Billboard. Keys' keys to Hollywood Soft-spoken R&B goddess Alicia Keys (nee Alicia Augello Cook)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2002 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jury selection is off and running in Beverly Hills in the oft-delayed trial of wispy and allegedly light-fingered actress Winona Ryder. The accused, who has posed for the cover of W magazine in a "Free Winona" T-shirt and made fun of her plight on Saturday Night Live, solemnly scribbled notes at the defense table yesterday as her shoplifting trial got under way. It was not clear whether Ryder, 30, would testify. She could spend up to three years in the pokey if convicted of grand theft, second-degree burglary, and vandalism.
NEWS
March 17, 1988 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
Does Shakira Staten, 10, possess a green thumb? Shakira isn't quite sure. She hasn't even heard of one. No matter. Hundreds of plants tell the tale. In sunlit windows at Hancock Elementary School in the Far Northeast, fourth and fifth graders nurture with lots of Tender Loving Care their 500 or so plants. "Sometimes, some kids watch over them," said Shakira, a fourth grader. They nurture the little flower seeds, coaxing them to peek out from the rich soil gently packed into milk cartons or Styrofoam cups.
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July 22, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downey Jr. makes load$! Overqualified Iron Man movie star (and onetime serious thesp) Robert Downey Jr. , 49, made more money in the last 12 months than any actor alive or dead. Thanks to Marvel's comic hero, he made $75 mil. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson trails at No. 2, with a measly $52 mil. Bradley Cooper ($46 mil), Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 mil), and Chris Hemsworth ($37 mil) round out the top five.   Shakira breaks Facebook . . . well, OK, no, the Colombian hip-shaker didn't break the gargantuan social medium; she just broke the record for most-liked celeb.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Looks like Colombian chanteuse Shakira will be leaving NBC's The Voice . Hints as light as grand pianos have been falling from her and from various network reps. She finally confirmed it yesterday, citing her musical career and the stresses on her baby, Milan , born to her and her bf, footballer Gerard Piqué , in January. Christina Aguilera will take that reported $12 million to $17 million (!!), thanks, and step in for Shakira for Season 5 in September - and possibly Cee Lo Green , replacing Usher ?
NEWS
January 12, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Bond is alive and well! Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli on Tuesday laid to rest reports of the franchise's demise, telling Variety that helmer Sam Mendes plans to start production on the 23d Bond film later this year. Daniel Craig will be back as the unscrupulous, uncaped crusader. That's great news, since Craig helped inject a thrilling dose of reality into an otherwise flabby, moribund, gadget-stuffed series. Andrew Garfield: Fame is lame He's far more articulate than that, but that's the gist of the philosophy of new Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield . "I hope I never blow up," AG, 27, tells Details.
NEWS
May 26, 2010 | By Barbara Boyer and Darran Simon INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on Tuesday, politely describing how she repeatedly beat and choked a Burlington County woman during a gang attack in Camden. Shatara Shakira Carter entered the surprise plea in Superior Court in Camden, where she admitted she helped "finish off" 18-year-old Muriah Ashley Huff after Huff's boyfriend, Michael "Doc Money" Hawkins, had been beaten and shot in the head. The Burlington County couple were tortured by members of the Bloods street gang who were enraged that Hawkins, 23, associated with the rival Crips, sources said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010
Raul Midón With his genre-defying blend of pop, jazz, soul, and Latin rhythms, New York-based singer-songwriter Raul Midón is a decidedly unique talent. Along with soulful vocals and a slaphappy, percussive guitar style, Midón charms audiences with a mouth-horn technique that allows him to emulate a bebop trumpet solo without the benefit of a trumpet - a move that worked even on "I Can See for Miles," which Midón performed at New York's recent "The Music of the Who" concert. Blind since infancy, Midón worked early on as a backing singer for Shakira and Ricky Martin, among others, but his silky tenor has been front and center since his solo career launched nearly a decade ago. Midón's third album, the Larry Klein-produced Synthesis , is his most sonically diverse yet, touching on everything from reggae ("Invisible Chains")
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2007 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Love In the Time of Cholera" turns out to be the dreaded Butt-Number in the Time of Oscar Season. It's one of the those ambitious attempts to translate a great book that goes wrong almost from the get-go: You see the actors in their laughable old-age make-up, and you know you're one flashback away from at least four decades of high-tone soap opera. The magical realism and Latin sensibility of Gabriel Garcia Marquez seem almost completely missing from this adaptation by Mike Newell ("Four Weddings and a Funeral")
NEWS
November 6, 2006 | By Gene D'Alessandro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
V-e-r-r-y n-i-i-c-e: 'Borat' No. 1 Borat is king - at least at this weekend's North American box office. Cashing in on the big buzz and rave reviews, the fictional Kazak TV reporter reigns supreme in his movie debut. The faux documentary, whose full title is Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, stunned industry insiders by opening at No. 1 with ticket sales of $26.4 million - a tidy sum for a film that cost about $18 million to make.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2006 | By ROBERT DOMINGUEZ, MAITE JUNCO & LEO STANDORA New York Daily News
Shakira was a big winner. New York City was the center of the Latin music universe Thursday night and Shakira was its biggest star as the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards lit up Madison Square Garden. The celebrity-studded ceremony was held in New York for the first time. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking in Spanish, told the cheering audience, "Welcome to my house. " But the big roof-raiser was Shakira, who picked up four of the five Grammys she was nominated for, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "La Tortura," along with Album of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Album for "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1. " "I love you all. You have made me very happy tonight," she said after picking up her fourth award.
NEWS
September 4, 2006 | By Kevin L. Carter FOR THE INQUIRER
From the first minute of her show in Atlantic City Friday night, Colombian material girl Shakira showed why she is a different kind of Latin pop star. Bounding onstage after a dramatic Japanese koto-meets-techno introduction, the woman who possesses some of the most overexposed (and that's a positive) and diesel abdominals and obliques on Earth gave the nearly sold-out Mark G. Etess Arena almost two hours of genre-blending and ?bending music. Switching costumes and dancing better than most anyone in pop today - she moved her hips with unbelievable freedom and precision - Shakira was an intriguing and endearing combination of blind, overwhelming ambition, smoldering sexuality, and girl-next-door cuteness.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2006 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IN A SHAMELESS move to curry favor with Hispanic voters, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg made a surprise endorsement yesterday and backed Shakira in the race for Video of the Year at MTV's Video Music Awards. He passed over the other nominees, Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Panic! At the Disco and even Christina Aguilera, who's from Staten Island. In a spot that aired on MTV's "TRL," Bloomberg defended his choice by noting the truth in the title of Shakira's smash single "Hips Don't Lie. " "I think I'm going to have to go with Shakira - those hips don't lie," Bloomberg said.
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