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Paul McCartney to headline Calif.'s Coachella
LOS ANGELES - Paul McCartney will headline the opening day of the Coachella music festival in California this spring, the singer's Web site said on Friday. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held in the sparsely populated California desert, began in 1999 as a place to showcase mostly alternative rock acts aimed at young fans. But in recent years it has grown into one of the largest music events of its kind with a wide array of singers and bands.
Rapper DMX sentenced to 90 days in jail
PHOENIX - A judge in Arizona sentenced rapper DMX to 90 days in jail on Friday on drug, theft and animal cruelty charges. The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been in custody since December.
Taylor Swift launches first headline tour
LOS ANGELES - Country singer Taylor Swift, the top-selling singer of 2008, will headline a tour for the first time as she crosses the U.S. and Canada for six months, her record label said on Friday. "American Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler will join her friend Swift when the 50-city Fearless Tour officially kicks off April 23 in Evansville, Indiana.
Italian writer raises case against "Button"
ROME - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" got a little stranger Friday after an attorney representing an Italian office worker filed legal papers alleging that the screenplay was based on a story she wrote in 1994. The David Fincher film, nominated for 13 Oscars, features Brad Pitt in the role of Benjamin Button, a man who ages backward. It was inspired by -- but not based on -- a 1921 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Broadway bids to woo audiences amid recession
NEW YORK - Broadway launched a campaign to woo audiences on Friday in the face of a miserable economic climate that has prompted consumers to slash spending, especially on entertainment. With 19 new shows due to open in the next three months, industry group The Broadway League has joined forces with NYC & Co, the city's marketing and tourism organization, for a Broadway print, street and television advertising campaign.
Recession rocks Hollywood's showbiz papers
LOS ANGELES - For more than 75 years, Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have battled to be the movie industry's top newspaper, but recent layoffs due to the recession and competition from Internet blogs has Hollywood wondering if it will soon become a one paper town. Publishers of the showbusiness newspapers say advertising has plunged, even during the current Oscar season when movie studios pay well to hype their films with cover page ads.
De Niro's restaurants to pay $2.5 million in tip case
NEW YORK - Actor Robert De Niro's Nobu restaurant chain will settle a lawsuit over tips with waiters and staff at three of his New York establishments for $2.5 million, according to court papers filed on Friday. The settlement comes after two waiters sued in 2007 on behalf of hundreds of workers at three of the exclusive Japanese restaurants. They said they were forced to share tips with management and the chain failed to pay overtime.
Action pic "Taken" primed to take box-office crown
LOS ANGELES - Even a preschooler could tell you where his dad and older brothers will be Sunday -- on the living-room couch watching the Super Bowl. Where they won't be is the neighborhood multiplex. As a result, studios tend to schedule movies to open over Super Bowl weekend that appeal primarily to women.
Piracy, controversy mar Slumdog's India run
MUMBAI - For all the attention in Hollywood, "Slumdog Millionaire" has failed to set the box office alight in India where it is set, with piracy, anger over its portrayal of poverty and its controversial title taking a toll. The Oscar-nominated film about the life of a street boy who wins a fortune on a quiz show appealed to multiplex audiences with its portrayal of hope amid poverty but left viewers in small towns unimpressed.
Kelly Clarkson leaps to top of singles chart
NEW YORK - Pop-rock singer Kelly Clarkson has made history on the Billboard Hot 100 with the largest leap to No. 1 in the chart's 50-year history. Her new single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," rocketed from 97th place, taking the chart crown from Lady GaGa's Grammy-nominated "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis, which slipped to No. 2 after three weeks atop the list.
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