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Friday, 18 October 2013 10:09

Sir Paul, Katy Perry trade songwriting tips

LONDON (AP) - Even a star who has been performing for more than 50 years sometimes wants a do-over. Sir Paul McCartney sang his new song "New" at a taping of "The Graham Norton Show" in London on Thursday - then decided he wanted a second take. The former Beatle's instincts were right on target: round two had much more verve. McCartney and pop princess Katy Perry also gave a master class in songwriting at the taping. McCartney says he and late writing partner John Lennon expected to come away with a song every time they brainstormed. Perry, who says she's "an observer of life," carries around a recorder to stash away phrases that strike her fancy. McCartney later treated the audience to a rousing song not on his new album: "Lady Madonna."

Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:58

"The Bible" Miniseries turned into a Movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 10 parts of "The Bible" miniseries have been condensed into a movie. It'll now be called "Son of God" and will hit theaters next February. It'll include scenes that weren't in the miniseries. Meanwhile, Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey are working on a sequel called "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" for NBC.

Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:56

Richard Belzer leaves "Law and Order:SUV"

UNDATED (AP) - Detective Munch has left the building. Richard Belzer's character John Munch retired on last night's episode of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." Belzer has played Munch for more than 20 years, starting with "Homicide: Life on the Street." He left the Baltimore Homicide unit to join the SVU in New York, after the earlier series ended its run on NBC. On last night's episode, Belzer had a brief flashback to his Baltimore days. At the end of the show, he answers the phone by saying "Homicide," quickly correcting himself to SVU. But Munch could be back. His character is starting a new job has an investigator for the district attorney.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:50

"Halloween" mask being auctioned off

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamie Lee Curtis is auctioning off five Michael Myers masks from the "Halloween" movies. She told Jay Leno that one of the masks was signed by virtually every member of the cast and crew. The money will go to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Charitybuzz.com says the mask is valued at $10,000. Bidding is around $2,000 so far. Not so coincidentally, bidding closes on Halloween.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:49

Elvis fans wanted for mosaic photo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Elvis wants your face for Christmas. Elvis Presley Enterprises is asking fans to send in photos of themselves to be used in a fan mosaic photo that shows Elvis in front of a Christmas tree. The image will be unveiled as a 12-foot mural during the Graceland lighting ceremony on November 22, and a 24-by-30-inch poster version will be available for sale. Fans can use an online search tool to see where their photos ended up. You can submit photos through www.Elvis.com through November 8.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:48

Paul McCartney releases "New"

LONDON (AP) - Paul McCartney has no problem writing new songs. It's writing new songs that are good that's the hard part. McCartney tells Sky News it's because any song he writes is stacked against everything he's already done. McCartney says he has to push that out of his mind. He's not going to stop writing songs just because of the great songs of his past, anyway. He says he can't stop because he loves it. McCartney's new album, "New," is out this week.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 10:43

CMA plans George Jones tribute

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - George Jones may be gone, but he certainly won't be forgotten at this year's Country Music Association Awards. The CMA says two of its most-nominated singers - George Strait and Alan Jackson - will team up in a tribute to the late country legend. Jones died earlier this year at age 81. Now that Strait is performing, all five of the entertainer-of-the-year nominees will be singing during the November 6 ceremony in Nashville. The others are Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 10:43

Wynonna Judd plans shoe line, holiday tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wynonna Judd had so many people comment on the shoes she wears on stage she decided to create her own shoe line. The Got Soul collection will have flats, wedges and sneakers, and they'll all be bedazzled. The shoes come out in time for the holidays. Judd has some other plans for the holiday season as well. She'll launch her "A Simpler Christmas" tour on December 3 in Bakersfield, California.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pearl Jam will provide the soundtrack to the World Series. The Hollywood Reporter reports Fox Sports will use 48 Pearl Jam songs in its coverage of the World Series at the end of the month. The deal includes music from Pearl Jam's new album, "Lightning Bolt," which comes out today. Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis says they never used to license much of their music but "the band loves baseball, so this one was a no-brainer."

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 10:41

Ted Nugent, the anti-fashionista

CHINA SPRING, Texas (AP) - Ted Nugent is hardly an icon of fashion. Nugent says his wife rolls her eyes on an hourly basis because he picks out the same shirt every day that he's worn for 40 years. He says because he looks "so effervescent all the time" people may think he has a stylist, but he doesn't. Nugent says a fan took a photo with him 30 years ago and asked Nugent this past summer to autograph it -- and Nugent was wearing the same shirt that day. He says, "I think that's adorable." Nugent will release a live CD and DVD called "Ultralive Ballisticrock" next Tuesday.

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