- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2009

Hotel Banderas

Actor Antonio Banderas wants to ramp up production at his 620-acre vineyard in the north of Spain and build a hotel there, the actor said in an interview published Sunday.

“I have plans to revitalize this project with conferences, for example, on wine and literature, and I want to promote wine tourism,” Mr. Banderas told El Mundo newspaper, Agence France-Presse reports.

Anta Banderas makes red and rose wines from cabernet sauvignon, merlot and tempranillo grapes. It produces about 600,000 bottles of wine per year, but Mr. Banderas, 49, said it has the capacity to make 2 million bottles without losing quality.

“But after this number we would have to think of expanding the winery. We want to stabilize ourselves first in the Spanish and European market and then focus on the American market,” he said.

Almost a riot

An album promotion appearance by Justin Bieber at a Garden City, N.Y., mall resulted in a near-riot by the 15-year-old Canadian singer’s young fans and the arrest of a record label executive.

James Roppo, a 44-year-old Island Def Jam Records senior vice president of sales, was arrested Friday after he allegedly urged more than 3,000 Bieber fans to come to the Roosevelt Field Mall despite police having just dispersed the hyperactive young teen fans, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Mr. Roppo could face charges of reckless endangerment, criminal nuisance, obstruction of governmental administration and endangering the welfare of children, United Press International reports.

Macau gets glove

The five-star glitzy Ponte 16 Asian gambling resort in Macau will display Michael Jackson’s rhinestone-encrusted glove after paying $350,000 for the piece of pop history at auction Saturday in New York, the hotel said Sunday.

Jackson wore the sparkling glove when he performed his first “moonwalk” dance in 1983.

Hoffman Ma, deputy chief executive of Ponte 16, made his winning bid on the hotel’s behalf. With commission included, the glove cost $420,000 dollars in total, spokeswoman Jennie Yeung said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Macau, a former Portuguese colony, was handed back to China in 1999 and is the only city on Chinese soil to allow casino gambling.

Galileo’s tooth

An art collector has found a tooth, thumb and finger of the renowned Italian scientist Galileo Galilei who died in the 17th century, the History of Science Museum in Florence, Italy, announced Friday, Reuters news agency reported.

The body parts, along with another finger and a vertebrae, were cut from Galileo’s corpse by scientists and historians during a burial ceremony held 95 years after his death in 1642.

Bollywood bride

In a lavish ceremony in Khandala, India, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, 34, best known for winning the British version of television show “Celebrity Big Brother,” married London-based businessman Raj Kundra. Friends, family and show business colleagues attending the Hindu service and all-night celebrations, Agence France-Presse reports.

The Indian actress became famous outside of her home country when she won the reality TV show in 2007 after being subjected to reportedly racial comments from fellow contestant Jade Goody, now deceased.

She has not broken through into major film roles, but has remained one of Bollywood’s most talked-about and photographed figures.

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