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Jennifer Garner delivers another daughter
LOS ANGELES - Actress Jennifer Garner gave birth to her second child in Los Angeles on Tuesday, People magazine reported. The baby girl, whose name was not disclosed, was healthy, People quoted a spokesperson as saying. No other details were provided.
Travolta's son cremated, ashes flown to Florida
NASSAU - The body of actor John Travolta's 16-year-old son, Jett, was cremated in the Bahamas after his sudden death during the New Year's holiday and his parents flew to Florida with his ashes, a Bahamian lawmaker said on Tuesday. The boy suffered a seizure at his family's holiday home in the Old Bahama Bay resort on Grand Bahama island last Friday. His death certificate listed the cause of death as "seizure disorder," said an official at the Restview Memorial funeral home, where the body was cremated.
Stooges guitarist Asheton found dead in Michigan
DETROIT - Ron Asheton, a guitarist and founding member of the influential rock band The Stooges, was found dead at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Tuesday, police said. Asheton, 60, was found on his couch and appeared to have been dead for several days, Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Brad Hill said.
Aerosmith gets back to work after '08 break
NEW YORK . "We just rehearsed for two hours and it feels so good! We can't wait to get back into the studio and get back out on the road to do what we do best."
Scared Swayze says may have only 2 years to live
LOS ANGELES - Actor Patrick Swayze, in his first television interview since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, said he was scared, angry and "going through hell" and may only have two years to live. A year after his diagnosis with one of the most deadly forms of cancer, the "Dirty Dancing" star told TV interviewer Barbara Walters that he already has defied survival rates and reports predicting he should have "been dead a long time."
Political figures jostle for Oscar spotlight
NEW YORK - It seems appropriate that Benicio Del Toro takes a diplomatic stance when discussing the differences between playing a recognizable political figure and portraying a purely fictional character. "There are ups and downs," says the actor, whose turn as Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara in "Che" is receiving widespread critical praise. "The up is that there is a lot of information -- a lifetime of information. That can be overwhelming at times, but that is an up because you don't have to create it."
Networks devoted more time to election: report
NEW YORK - The presidential election and worsening economy pushed the war in Iraq mostly out of the headlines, especially among the Big Three evening newscasts. The Big Three newscasts devoted a total of 3,677 minutes to the presidential campaign in 2008, according to network news analyst Andrew Tyndall of the Tyndall Report. That's up from 2,433 in 2004 and is the most coverage for a presidential campaign since at least 1988 -- when the Big Three devoted 3,117 minutes of coverage during the year.
Little known actor lands lead in "Tron" sequel
LOS ANGELES - Disney has picked a relative unknown to play the lead role in "Tron," its $150 million sequel to the 1982 cult classic by the same name. Garrett Hedlund, who has until now acted in larger ensemble pieces such as "Friday Night Lights" and "Eragon," will play a man pulled into the world of a computer. He retraces the steps of a character from the original movie named Kevin Flynn.
Fugitive filmmaker Polanski seeks U.S. case moved
LOS ANGELES - Oscar-winning fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski wants to disqualify the entire Los Angeles County court system from handling the sexual misconduct case that led him to flee the United States for France three decades ago. Lawyers for the 75-year-old director filed court papers late Monday requesting that the matter be referred to the California Judicial Council for "selection of an impartial, out-of-county judicial officer."
HBO lands rights to inaugural ceremony
NEW YORK - HBO will kick off coverage of Inauguration Week with an exclusive Sunday, January 18, telecast of the star-studded opening ceremony, two days before the saturation coverage of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration begins in earnest. In 1993, HBO paid $1.5 million to the Presidential Inaugural Committee to televise Bill Clinton's kickoff from the Lincoln Memorial, something that annoyed non-HBO subscribers who weren't able to watch the concert by Bob Dylan and Diana Ross.
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