Paul Anka does it his way

Nov 28, 2000 1:50 AM

Paul Anka, a phenomenal entertainer whose artistry has transcended more than four decades in the music industry with hits like "Diana," "My Way" and "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," brings his high-octane persona to The Mirage for five great shows, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

Anka’s show promises an evening of nostalgia and romance. The crooner will perform in the Siegfried & Roy Theater at 9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $55.

His popularity has grown over the years, reaching far beyond North America to Italy, Germany, and Japan. Anka has recorded more than 20 albums in various languages and sold more than 15 million albums in the United States and abroad.

As a singer and songwriter, Anka has penned more than 900 songs. His award-winning music has been performed more than 90 million times worldwide.

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Anka left for the Big Apple at the tender age of 17. As a teen, he gained stardom singing "Diana," which quickly topped the music charts. Before he celebrated his 18th birthday, he had five Top 20 hits and was fast becoming one of America’s favorite entertainers.

A roster of Anka’s hits include "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "You Are My Destiny," "Lonely Boy" and "Puppy Love." In the wake of the British invasion, the music of Paul Anka remained timely, ushering in such classics as "A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine" and "Love Me Warm and Tender."

In the 1970s, Anka ushered in another wave of chart-topping hits: "You’re Having My Baby," "I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone" and "One-Man Woman." His success continued into the 1980s with "Hold Me ”˜til the Morning Comes," accompanied by vocalist Peter Cetera lending his talent.

An indication of his versatility shows in his most beloved song: "My Way." It has been recorded not only by the likes of Elvis Presley, but by Sid Vicious, and most notably, Frank Sinatra, for whom the song was written.

Besides the recording industry, Anka has made many contributions to television, including the most recognized theme song of all time: Johnny Carson’s "Tonight Show" theme. Since its debut, it has been performed more than 1.4 million times.

Many memorable film and TV programs also bear Anka’s unmistakable musical signature. In addition to writing the theme music for "The Longest Day," Anka penned the theme and title song for the motion picture "No Way Out," starring Kevin Costner. His theme song for Louis Malle’s "Atlantic City" took top honors at the Venice Film Festival.

Solidifying his position as a top name in the U.S. gaming/entertainment industry, Anka has signed an unprecedented four-year deal with Bally’s Grand Resorts in Atlantic City and with Native American-owned Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut for more than $6 million.

Thrill flicks highlight film festival


The Cine Vegas International Film Festival returns to Las Vegas for its third spectacular year Tuesday (Nov. 28) through Sunday (Dec. 3). Presented by Las Vegas Events and headquartered at Paris-Las Vegas, its program includes the best films from some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Toronto, London and Hong Kong.

Cine Vegas also features premieres of Hollywood and independent films from around the world, documentaries, a Short Film Competition and a Youth In Film program, along with exhibits and seminars. Sixty to 70 films will be presented during the six-day event.

Opening night will spotlight the new film Shadow of the Vampire, starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, directed by E. Elias Merhige, and produced by Nicholas Cage. The Lions Gate film dramatically depicts mysterious events surrounding the making of the classic silent film Nosferatu, which movie buffs still rank among the scariest films ever made.

After the screening, guests will enjoy a social mixer; and at 7:30 p.m., a VIP gala opening night presentation of Shadow of the Vampire, introduced by the director.

A special Cine Vegas program highlight this year is a series on "Complicated Women," inspired BY Mick LaSalle’S book, "Complicated Women — Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood." Films selected for the series will celebrate the groundbreaking (sometimes scandalous) work of women in film through many decades.

Highlighting the week’s premier films will be a special screening of the French film The Venus Beauty Institute. Directed by Tonie Marshall, Venus won four "Cesar" awards this year, including Best French Film, Best Director, Best Writing, and Most Promising Young Actress. ("Cesar" is the France’s equivalent of the Oscar.)

Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan) will conduct a cinematography seminar, as will Tom Richmond (famed independent director of photography for Mother Night and Slums Of Beverly Hills).

Panelists for the screenwriters’ seminar will be Norman Steinbery (Blazing Saddles, My Favorite Year) and writer/director Andrew Bergman (Honeymoon in Vegas, The Freshman). Prominent entertainment agent John Karas will moderate.

"This year will be our most comprehensive presentation of cinema since the founding of the festival," said Paul Bodner, executive producer of Cine Vegas. "We have continuously built on a tradition that presents the best of festival fare, as well as unsung gems from established and emerging filmmakers around the globe."

CineVegas also will host world premieres and gala events, individual artist retrospectives and lifetime achievement awards, seminars addressing film production and distribution and legal education in the film industry.

CineVegas, a non-profit cultural arts organization, is supported by public and private funds. Major sponsors include: Las Vegas Events, Paris Las Vegas and National Airlines.