The Latest: Variant 1st seen in UK now dominant in LA County
Health officials say the most common COVID-19 variant of concern circulating in Los Angeles County is now a variant that was discovered in the U.K. Previously, two California variants were dominant, but in the past week 53% of 40 specimens analyzed by a public health laboratory were the U.K. variant and none were California variants.
Eva Longoria joins San Antonio Food Bank in delivering food, items to local residents
SAN ANTONIO – Actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria helped deliver items to San Antonio residents who have been affected by last week’s winter storm and the coronavirus pandemic. The Texas actress joined the San Antonio Food Bank in handing out food, water and pet food, among other items, on Monday afternoon. Money donated to the emergency fund will be distributed to the San Antonio Food Bank, SAMMinistries and Haven for Hope, said Gordon Hartman, of Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Wonderland Inclusion Foundation, which will spearhead and seek donations from the community. AdThe first $500,000 in donations will be matched by The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, The Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Hartman said. Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 12 Eva Longoria teamed up with the San Antonio Food Bank on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, to deliver items to San Antonio residents.
Eva Longoria will visit San Antonio Food Bank after winter storm
Actress Eva Longoria is visiting San Antonio on Monday. This Monday afternoon, Longoria will take a quick tour of the San Antonio Food Bank with the President and CEO Eric Cooper, according to a news release from the food bank. She will also make three home deliveries to households impacted by the Texas winter storm last week. Michael G. Guerra, the San Antonio Food Bank's Chief Resource Officer, said the food agency is excited to have Longoria join them this afternoon, saying her warmth will brighten many during this time. "Her being in town is exactly what we need to bring some warmth after our winter storm," Guerra said.mysanantonio.com
Biden has made strong immigration moves. Here’s why many Latinos are still skeptical
The new vice president went on to swear in Los Angeles’ Alex Padilla to fill her former seat, making him the first Latino U.S. senator from California. AdvertisementJennifer Lopez turns to Vice President Kamala Harris after her performance at the presidential inauguration as President Biden looks on. President Biden called it the “first thing I’ll do.”It was all reassuring. On the day Biden took his oath and signed those first executive orders, 4,579 days had passed since Obama’s promise. Biden-Harris administration, Day 7.latimes.com
Hollywood on the Potomac: A-list turns out for Biden-Harris
While stars mostly eschewed Trump's inauguration four years ago, the A-list was back for Biden. Brooks was careful to call his decision to perform on Wednesday non-political, and in the spirit of unity. He had performed during the inaugural celebration for Obama in 2009, but turned down a chance to perform for Trump in 2017, citing a scheduling conflict. Alone with his guitar, The Boss sang his “Land of Hope and Dreams” in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The celebrity component only increased over time, and one of the starriest inaugurations was that of John F. Kennedy in 1961.
From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration will be like no other: pared down, distanced, much of it virtual. But for actor Christopher Jackson — the original George Washington in Broadway's “Hamilton" — performing in a virtual “ball” is a way of participating in an essential rite of American democracy. Miranda will contribute a classical recitation, joining musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi. The inaugural committee has made sure to blend this high-powered list with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. And the “AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers” celebrated the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with planned participants including actors Kal Penn, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani and Chloe Bennet.
Here are all the celebrities performing at Joe Biden’s inauguration
(Getty Images)WASHINGTON – Inauguration Day may look wildly different this year, but it’ll still be star-studded. and Garth Brooks are expected to appear in-person at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, according to inauguration officials. Washington and Longoria will participate in President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration day events. Bon Jovi, Timberlake and Lovato will perform at a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States. Outside the official events, one of the more prominent galas each inauguration is The Creative Coalition's quadrennial ball, a benefit for arts education.
Valley high school mariachi group will join Inauguration festivities
No celebration of America's Latin heritage would be complete without some representation from Texas especially South Texas. Enter Eva Longoria and Roma's Nuevo Santander mariachi band from Roma High School. Both the actress and the band will participate in "Latino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience, and Promise."mysanantonio.com
The Latest: Springsteen, Miranda set for inaugural gala
Iconic artists Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are among the stars who will highlight a primetime virtual celebration televised Wednesday night following President-elect Joe Bidens inauguration. Biden’s inaugural committee announced the lineup Sunday for “Celebrating America,” a multinetwork broadcast that the committee bills as a mix of stars and everyday citizens. Musicians John Legend, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake, among others, will join Springsteen and Bon Jovi. The safeguards will remain in place leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
Eva Longoria's post-election reaction includes San Antonio shoutout, controversy
Democratic National ConventionTexas native and actress Eva Longoria reacted to Joe Biden's election win in an MSNBC interview Sunday night that started with compliments for San Antonio's Latino voter turnout but ended in controversy. Longoria, a well-known Democratic supporter who worked with Biden on his campaign, spoke with MSNBC’s Ari Melber. Her post-election reaction included "relief" and pride for the Latino voter turnout in major Texas cities, including San Antonio. But comments Longoria made later in the interview have caused backlash.mysanantonio.com
Eva Longoria is famous for her acting, but she’s increasingly recognized as a political player in Texas and beyond
This cycle, the Latino Victory Fund has raised more than $9 million so far and spent most of that money — nearly $8 million — in support of Biden. Longoria and the Latino Victory Fund led an effort to draft her into what would be a competitive primary. “She’s demanding, even with me,” said Muñoz, her Latino Victory Fund co-founder. The Longorias are one of the oldest Texas families, and she often cites that family story in her political appearances. The Democratic Party deployed her presentation skills this August, when party leaders selected her as the emcee of the night’s programming.sacurrent.com
Eva Longoria is famous for her acting, but she’s increasingly recognized as a political player in Texas and beyond
This cycle, the Latino Victory Fund has raised more than $9 million so far and spent most of that money — nearly $8 million — in support of Biden. Longoria and the Latino Victory Fund led an effort to draft her into what would be a competitive primary. “She’s demanding, even with me,” said Muñoz, her Latino Victory Fund co-founder. The Longorias are one of the oldest Texas families, and she often cites that family story in her political appearances. The Democratic Party deployed her presentation skills this August, when party leaders selected her as the emcee of the night’s programming.
New this week: The Boss, Billie Eilish, Borat & 'Bad Hair'
(Columbia Records via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Edgier than the (also great) Gwyneth Paltrow version, Anya Taylor-Joy takes on the role of the matchmaker extraordinaire this time. — Billie Eilish was on the road for just three days before she had to cancel her worldwide tour due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. But thankfully on Saturday the Grammy-winning star will host her first global livestream concert. “Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event” uses music, comedy, short documentaries and celebrity appearances to explore the Latino experience.
Gloria Estefan, Alex Rodriguez mark Latino impact on media
LOS ANGELES – Gloria Estefan, Alex Rodriguez and Eva Longoria will be among the participants in a monthlong online celebration of Latino contributions to television. It’s the first such event by Paley to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Among the highlights of the event (all times Eastern):— “A Tribute to Hispanic Achievements on Television,” 8 p.m. Wednesday on Yahoo Entertainment. Estefan, Longoria, Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits and George Lopez are among those participating, with Soledad O’Brien as moderator. — “Telemundo’s ‘La Reina del Sur’: A Conversation with the Stars,” Oct. 2, Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo en Español.
Kevin Hart to host famed telethon long hosted by Jerry Lewis
LOS ANGELES – Kevin Hart will host the return of a popular telethon once spearheaded by the late Jerry Lewis to fight muscular dystrophy. The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Wednesday that Hart will host the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon. Hart said the telethon’s return is an “incredible opportunity” to bring back the work of Lewis, who helped make the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon a television tradition for decades. Lewis stepped down as host in 2011 and the association held its last telethon three years later. She hopes the telethon can continue to help raise awareness to therapies for muscular dystrophy and other related neuromuscular diseases.
Biden campaign 'flooding the zone' with celebrity backers
The four-time Grammy winner isn't the only Biden playlist mainstay helping his campaign against President Donald Trump. Still, Biden has gone beyond celebrities in search of campaign surrogates. Stars generate candidate buzz, help with fundraising and can build campaign event crowds even for those online. His reelection campaign has been holding its own online events with top supporters nearly every night for months and says its online events average 2.6 million views per broadcast, though its headliners are often the presidents children. The Trump campaign has also seized on Biden's preferred venue for participating in online events, a basement studio in his Delaware home accusing the former vice president of hiding from voters.
Loughlin, Giannulli remain silent as they await prison fate
Loughlin and Giannulli will have a chance to address U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton when he decides whether to accept their unusual plea deals with prosecutors, which calls for Loughlin to serve two months in prison and Giannulli to serve five months. Under the plea deal, Giannulli has also agreed to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. Loughlin and Giannulli will appear before the Boston federal court judge during separate sentencing hearings held via videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic. She and Giannulli fiercely fought the allegations for months, with their lawyers accusing prosecutors of withholding evidence that would exonerate them. They may also be concerned that saying the wrong thing could blow up their deal with prosecutors, lawyers say.
Key takeaways from night 2 of the Democratic convention
In this image from video, former Georgia House Democratic leader Stacey Abrams, center, and others, speak during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)Sustaining energy through four days of a political convention is never easy. On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, party leaders tried to blend its past with its future. Here are key takeaways from night two. But the 2020 Democratic convention is notable for the consistency of dire warnings about the other partys leader.
TV's unconventional night capped by raves for Michelle Obama
(Scott Olson/Pool via AP)NEW YORK After a night in which television struggled to keep up with the Democrats' virtual convention, networks were rewarded with the most traditional of political events a powerful speech. This will not be like any convention we have seen before, ever, CNNs Anderson Cooper said at the opening of his networks coverage. Segments spent on broadcast networks previewing speeches by Obama and Sanders seemed like time-wasters when there were other things to show. Wallace's colleague, Dana Perino, stumbled into an unfortunate word choice in an effort to convey enthusiasm for Obama's address. Four years ago, when Hillary Clinton was nominated, 25 million people tuned in to the first night.
Former Spur Tony Parker announces split from wife on Twitter
SAN ANTONIO Former Spur Tony Parker, who played 17 seasons with the silver and black, announced Monday that he and his wife Axelle Francine are separating. This separation will be guided by complete mutual respect and the preservation of well-being of our two sons, Parker wrote in the Twitter post. Parker said he decided to go public with the decision to avoid rumors and speculation. Parker retired from the NBA in 2019 after playing one season with the Charlotte Hornets. He lives in San Antonio but spends time in France where he is president of the ASVEL basketball club.
Portman group will bring NWSL to Los Angeles in 2022
Actress Natalie Portman and venture capitalist Kara Nortman lead a group that will bring an expansion National Women's Soccer League team to the Los Angeles area in 2022. Portman and Nortman are joined by gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, the cornsortium's president in the majority-female group. Then she and Nortman met Becca Roux, the executive director of the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association. The women also reached out to a local supporters group that has been campaigning to bring a team to Los Angeles. The group is partnering with the LA84 Foundation, a nonprofit formed after the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics that promotes youth sports.
Awkwafina, Zendaya among 819 invited to join film academy
Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. If they accept, which most do, those in the new class will have voting privileges at this years Oscars. A handful of actors from this years best picture winner Parasite, including Jang Hye-Jin, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Park So-Dam and Lee Jung-Eun, were also invited to join. The Academy said that 49% of the new invitees are international and represent some 68 countries. It has since surpassed those goals and continues to infuse membership classes with both women and people from underrepresented communities.
Eva Longoria Celebrates Son Santiago's 2nd Birthday in an Adorable Video
Eva Longoria's son turned a year older on Friday, and his famous mom couldn't help but post the most adorable video of him on her Instagram. In the clip, the birthday boy is asked off camera how old he turned. While staying at home, Longoria has also shared adorable moments with her son on her social media. ET spoke with Longoria in July, where she opened up about how her motherly instincts were in full swing on the set of Dora. RELATED CONTENT:Eva Longoria Has Social Distancing Anniversary With Her Husband and a Live BandEva Longoria Shares Inspiring Childhood Memory in Powerful Virtual Graduation SpeechEva Longoria Shows How She Covers Her Gray Roots Under Quarantine
Eva Longoria Has Social Distancing Anniversary With Her Husband and a Live Band
Eva Longoria and Jos Bastn didn't let quarantine get in the way of their fourth wedding anniversary. The couple shared a romantic moment over glasses of wine in their own front yard with a live band and flamenco dancers. "Wow what a wedding anniversary Thank you @manuelguitierrez6 and @flamencodistrict for helping us celebrate our anniversary! Dancing 6 feet away ...#frontyardflamencoconcert #socialdistancing #anniversary," Longoria captioned a photo of herself and Bastn posing in front of the group. The company Flamenco District revealed that the special event was orchestrated by Longoria herself as a surprise for Bastn.
Eva Longoria Shares Inspiring Childhood Memory in Powerful Virtual Graduation Speech
"But all that meant for me as an eight-year-old or nine-year-old was leaving my friends and riding the bus all the way across town to a place that I didn't know," Longoria explained. "At that moment, everyone turned around to stare at me, and my bean taco. Longoria recalled, indicating the student's bafflement at her bean taco. When I think about all of you and the journeys that lie ahead for you, I challenge you to stay true to the bean taco, and not conform to the Pop-Tart." RELATED CONTENT:Watch Cardi B's and Matthew McConaughey's Speeches to Graduating Class While in QuarantineHow to Watch the 'Graduate Together' Class of 2020 SpecialBarack Obama Participating in Virtual Commencement Ceremonies for 2020 GraduatesTom Hanks Surprises Wright State University's Graduating Class With Inspiring Video Message
Eva Longoria surprised Methodist Hospital COVID-19 unit members with video chat
Superstar actress and former “Desperate Housewife” Eva Longoria surprised Methodist Hospital COVID-19 unit members, alongside Methodist Healthcare partners Sean and Claudia Elliott, with a video chat on Wednesday evening. The trio sent out a message of hope and encouragement to the unit members who were available for the surprise chat. “It didn’t take a global pandemic for us to know you are essential each and every day. I’m so lucky that you’re giving ‘us’ five minutes of your time,” commented Eva Longoria. COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
Stars deliver inspirational messages in Call to Unite event
In a photo provided by The Call to Unite, Oprah Winfrey speaks during the 24-hour live event, which was transmitted Friday, May 1, 2020. The messages were both universal and personal on Saturday as the Call to Unite livestream, a 24-hour event, stretched into its second day. Daniels, in an emotional message, talked about his past drug use during the AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s. He talked about the pain of losing friends to the disease, which he said decimated the African-American gay community. And he urged people not to resort to drug use during the current pandemic.
Winfrey, Roberts appear in global virus relief livestream
In a photo provided by The Call to Unite, Oprah Winfrey speaks during the 24-hour live event, which was transmitted Friday, May 1, 2020. The media mogul said Friday evening that she wants people to digest daily information wisely during the Call to Unite 24-hour livestream global relief event. She was among 200 star-studded participants including President Bill Clinton and Julia Roberts to take part in the event. The event was initiated to help inspire people to endure and overcome the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Winfrey spoke with event organizer Tim Shriver and then Bishop T.D.
Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts to appear in global live stream
LOS ANGELES – Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts and President George W. Bush will be among 200 star-studded participants in a 24-hour global livestream event. The Call to Unite event will kick off Friday evening to offer performances and conversations about overcoming the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Event organizers hope participants can help inspire people to “emerge from this crisis better than when it began.”Quincy Jones, Jennifer Garner, Common, Maria Shriver, Questlove, Yo-Yo Ma, Eva Longoria, Naomi Campbell and Alanis Morissette are expected to participate in the event. Each participant will answer calls in their own way, whether through performing a song, sharing a story or offering a prayer. The event will be live streamed at unite.us and on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, LinkedIn and SiriusXM Stars.
H-E-B app working again after crashing during Super Bowl ad for grocery giveaway
SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE:It’s fair to say that H-E-B’s Super Bowl ad was successful. The San Antonio-based grocer released its teaser for this year’s Super Bowl commercial, saying it will air during the second half. Longoria stars in the 15-second teaser and tells viewers to download the My H-E-B app in order to enter the contest. 10 best chicken wing spots in San Antonio for 2020, according to YelpThe My H-E-B app was launched in December. Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2.
Eva Longoria, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg kick off Day of the Dead River Walk parade
SAN ANTONIO – Eva Longoria, grand marshal of the Catrinas on the River parade, welcomed guests to the Day of the Dead river parade, the first in San Antonio, on Friday. Longoria, a Corpus Christi native whose parents live in San Antonio, told KSAT 12 it was an honor to be a part of the memorable event. Watch live: View every angle of the Catrinas of the River parade with a multi-camera viewing experienceCatrinas on the River parade is spotlighting 22 custom-made, illuminated floats in the spirit of Day of the Dead. The parade began at 7 p.m. at the Arneson River Theatre, but the Day of the Dead festival at La Villita will last until 11 p.m. Free tickets are available online.
Eva Longoria lands directing gig for 'Flamin' Hot Cheetos' biopic
(CNN) - Eva Longoria is taking on an interesting project. The actress has landed the directing job for "Flamin' Hot," a biopic about Richard Montanez, a Frito-Lay janitor and Mexican immigrant who created the spicy Flamin' Hot Cheetos snack and became famous within the food industry, reports Deadline. To her credit, Longoria was up against multiple directors for the job, but so impressed producers with her ideas that they chose her. She reportedly had an original take on Montanez disrupting the food industry with his crunchy treat. Cloud" and "October Sky," wrote the "Flamin'" script.