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April 16, 2005

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Pavarotti Cancels Performance

April 16, 2005 04:39:00 GMT

Luciano Pavarotti has cancelled one performance and rescheduled three others on his "Farewell Tour," which includes 40 performances in venues across the world, because of a medical procedure planned for June this year. His manager explained Friday that the medical procedure is a follow-up to a March 9 operation when Pavarotti underwent successful neck surgery to repair two vertebrae.

Moreover, the manager explained Pavarotti has unfortunately had to call off a June 22 performance in Toledo, Spain, because no alternative date was available to reschedule it, while two dates in Britain and one in Nimes, France, are being rescheduled later. Upcoming concerts include one in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday, and another in Prague, Czech Republic, on Wednesday. In addition, Pavarotti is also due to perform a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 24, and a final gala concert in New York next year.
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Gretchen Wilson's Next Album to Soon be Released

April 16, 2005 04:24:37 GMT

Gretchen Wilson next album, which is the follow-up to her four million-selling debut "Here For The Party," will soon be released. Wilson who admits to have a hectic schedule has actually had more time this time to write the songs for the second record and feels comfortable about the record, which she thinks better than the first.

Detailing on her new album, Wilson mentions her new album does feature a few special guests, including Merle Haggard and her Muzik Mafia friend and producer, John Rich of Big & Rich. Moreover, it will also includes a remake of a Billie Holiday tune. There is no fix date mentioned on when fans can expect Wilson's new album to be released.
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Chesney to Part in the 40th Anniversary of ACM

April 16, 2005 04:11:28 GMT

Kenny Chesney will take part in a special television show celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music (ACM), which will be taped May 18, 2005, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the day after the ACM Awards at the same venue.

Tickets for the show, which will air on CBS sometime in December this year, will go on sale Saturday April 16, via Ticketmaster and the Mandalay Bay box office. Will also take part in the planned two-hour show that will look back on the history of the ACM and the artists and industry figures who have played a role in its development, are Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry and George Strait.
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Ryan Reynolds Enjoys "The Amityville Horror"

April 16, 2005 03:55:35 GMT

Actor Ryan Reynolds says making people scary is easier than make them laugh. Appeared to be true, playing in "The Amityville Horror," which is inspired by a real-life event and based on the bestselling novel by Jay Anson, has made the star "felt like a vacation" compared to the comedies he's made.

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Affleck Seeking Actors for his Directional Debut

April 16, 2005 03:43:53 GMT

Actor now-turning director Ben Affleck is seeking two actors to take the leading roles in his big screen directorial debut "Gone, Baby Gone" which is adapted from Dennis Lehane's best-selling book of the same title. Affleck, who had also directed a short film entitled "I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her On A Meat Hook, And Now I Have A Three-Picture Deal At Disney" while was at college in 1993, plans to start shooting the movie in Boston, Massachusetts, this autumn for Disney Pictures.

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Magic Johnson Testifies in Fraud Trial

April 16, 2005 03:28:50 GMT

Retired basketball star Magic Johnson has been called to testify against the president of a speakers agency, Alan Walker, who allegedly cheated him out of $30,000. Johnson was the latest celebrity to take the stand in federal court in White Plains against Walker, who is accused of 68 counts of fraud for failing to pay the people he booked through his Program Corporation of America.

On court Friday April 15, 2005, Johnson testified that Walker's firm booked him to speak on November 19, 2002, at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. He was paid $5,000 up front, with $30,000 more to come. Later the athlete realized that he's been cheated as he hadn't been paid, even though the booking firm had been paid by the university, instead of being given a variety of excuses.
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Murphy to Pose for US Troops

April 16, 2005 03:11:41 GMT

"8 Mile" actress Brittany Murphy has agreed to pose for a sexy photo shoot for American men's magazine Maxim, whose editor promised her to send 40,000 copies bearing a personal message from her to US troops stationed in war-torn Iraq. Murphy, who once sent her cousin who is serving in the Marines a special photo shoot, is very pleased to be doing her bit to encourage the soldiers serving thousands of miles away from their loved ones and "Taking that picture was the least that I could possibly do," she says.

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Jessica Alba Engaged?

April 16, 2005 02:54:59 GMT

Actress Jessica Alba has recently been spotted wearing a sparking ring on her wedding finger, raising speculations on her engagement to boyfriend Cash Warren. Is the sexy star planning to take a trip down the aisle ???

Answering the speculation Alba's representative insists the star isn't engaged. She states "She's had the ring for a while, usually wears it on her right hand, but it was swollen (from flying), and she switched it." Alba, to add, says the ring is "a gift", but refuses to reveal who handed it to her.
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Baby Sex Quote Infuriated Spears

April 16, 2005 02:43:57 GMT

Pop diva Britney Spears slams Daily News over its report on her unborn baby sex quotes, which according to the tabloid accidentally revealed by the star publicist Leslie Sloane. This also obviously drew Sloane mad and so Thursday she accused the Daily News of publishing lies.

Moreover, Sloane says "The News made that quote up - I never said that. I don't know the sex of Britney's baby. I am shocked they would blatantly print a lie and attribute the lie to me." In relation with this report, Spears' lawyer Marty Singer has reportedly been in talks with the Daily News and a correction was printed Thursday.
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Lawsuit Against Eminem Dropped

April 16, 2005 02:23:59 GMT

A lawsuit against Eminem brought by sanitation worker Deangelo Bailey, who accused the rapper for invading his privacy by publicizing unreasonable information that put him in a false light, has been dismissed. Bailey filed the lawsuit in 2001 due to Eminem's "Brain Damage" released on 1999's "The Slim Shady LP," in which the rapper mentioned Bailey beat him up in a school bathroom, banging his head on a urinal and choking him.

Bailey, on the other hand, admitted that he picked on Eminem, but said he merely "bumped" him at school and threw a "little shove." Nevertheless, the state appeals court claimed in an opinion released Friday, the song of "Brain Damage" shouldn't been taken literally and that Bailey failed to present a genuine factual issue in the suit, so they came to a decision, which was dismissing Bailey's case.