Shakira, Andy Garcia hit high notes in music industry and film

 By Nina Terrero (NBCLatino.com)

Shakira earns prominent award nomination for humanitarian work

Shakira has just received a nomination for the prestigious Prince of Asturias Concord award for her charity work as a prominent philanthropist within the Latino community. The award is considered the most significant humanitarian honor after the Nobel Peace Prize and will be awarded by the Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbon y Grecia during a ceremony in Spain this fall.

The Concord award – first awarded in 1986 – is bestowed to those “whose work has significant contributed to fostering peace, the defense of human rights, freedom, solidarity, the safeguarding of heritage, or in general the progress of humanity.” The nomination acknowledges the Colombian rockera’s involvement with the Latin Americans in Solidarity (ALAS) organization, UNICEF and the Barefoot Foundation. The Barefoot Foundation was founded by Shakira when she was just 18 years old and is dedicated to providing Colombian children with education. Looks like the singer may need to clear some shelf space in her home as she’s also up for a whopping ten awards at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will be held in April.

Andy Garcia set to direct Hemingway film

Celebrated actor Andy Garcia will flex his directorial muscles in a new film about the last ten years of American author Ernest Hemingway. The Cuban born star made the announcement during an appearance at Mexico’s Guadalajara International Film Festival, reported EFE. The actor, who has lobbied to make the film for years, said Anthony Hopkins would play Hemingway and Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening was in talks to play Hemingway’s spouse, Mary Welsh. The film is reportedly still in the early stages of financing and Garcia said, would preferably be filmed in Cuba or the Dominican Republic.

Chita Rivera returns to the Great White Way

The legendary Chita Rivera is heading back to work on Broadway in a new murder mystery musical designed to attract a new generation of fans. The 79-year-old star will star in a revival of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” set to hit the Studio 54 theatre this fall.  Under the direction of Scott Ellis, the Tony-winning play is loosely based on the Charles Dickens book of the same name and will invite audience participation to figure out “whodunit.”

The show marks Rivera’s return to the Great Way White after the 2005 run of her show “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.” The two-time Tony award winner has appeared in some of Broadway’s most beloved hits including “Chicago”, “Bye Bye Birdy,” and the “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

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