Celebrity News 03-17-11

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Dion returns to Vegas with new show


LAS VEGAS — Celine Dion has returned to the Las Vegas stage in a parade of sparkly dresses with thigh-high slits, a stage full of trumpeters, violinists and drummers, and a special appearance by Steve Wonder.
The French-Canadian crooner sang the romantic opuses that made her an international star, including “My Heart Will Go On” and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” in her encore performance Tuesday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. She also shared a duet with Wonder to his “Overjoyed.”
The three-year production is a stripped-down tribute to old Hollywood.
Elizabeth 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.
Aflac dumps duck voice actor for tasteless tweets

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Aflac Inc. said Monday it has fired Gilbert Gottfried, the abrasive voice of the insurer’s quacking duck in the U.S., after the comedian posted a string of mocking jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on Twitter over the weekend.
The tasteless tweets are particularly problematic for Aflac because it does 75 percent of its business in Japan.
The insurer’s CEO, Daniel Amos, flew to Japan on Sunday to show support for the company’s employees and agents.