UNDATED (AP) - They're starting to cast the smaller roles in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Christan Grey's adopted sister Mia will be played by Rita Ora. She's a singer and actress from Britain. Ora had a cameo in "Fast and Furious 6." Madonna also picked her to be the face of her "Material Girl" fashion line. In the book, Mia is drugged with a roofie, kidnapped and held for a $5 million ransom.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Britney Spears' arrival in Las Vegas for her two-year residency in Sin City came complete with the kind of glitzy entertainment the town's known for. Appearing with her were fire-breathers, contortionists, snake charmers and hunky dancers. A block of the bustling Vegas strip was closed down as a convoy of SUVs carrying Spears and her entourage showed up at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Her run there begins on December 27, just in time for the large crowds expected for New Year's Eve. She plans to do 50 shows each in 2014 and '15. Casino officials hope having Spears around will draw younger customers to the city for the show - and hopefully, to spend the weekend.
PARIS (AP) - Bob Dylan is in legal trouble for "public insult and inciting hate" in France. Charges were filed against him in mid-November for comments he made in Rolling Stone magazine in September 2012. Dylan was asked about race relations in the U.S. and he said, "If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood." France has strict laws about hate speech and racist remarks, and Croatian groups in France were upset by Dylan's quote. A lawyer representing Croatians in France says they don't want money but an apology. Dylan's representatives could not be reached for comment. The charges were filed two days before Dylan received a French cultural honor on November 13 but were not publicly confirmed until this week.
NEW YORK (AP) - A 76-foot Norway Spruce from Shelton, Conn., is set to be lit as New York City's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The annual holiday tradition will take place Wednesday night. The 75-year-old tree will be illuminated by 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a 9 1/2-foot-wide Swarovski star. "Today Show" personalities Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales will co-host "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," which will air on NBC at 8 p.m. EST. Artists such as Mary J. Blige, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel and Leona Lewis will perform. The first Christmas tree was set up in 1931 by workers who were building Rockefeller Center. The first tree-lighting ceremony was held in 1933.
NEW YORK (AP) - Say what you will about Miley Cyrus, but Barbara Walters finds her fascinating. Cyrus makes Walters' list of the 10 most fascinating people of 2013. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian also make the list, along with Jennifer Lawrence, the cast of "Duck Dynasty," "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pope Francis and the royal baby Prince George. Walters will reveal her number-one most-fascinating person during her ABC special on December 18.
DALLAS (AP) - The gray wool suit Gene Kelly wore as he danced in a downpour in "Singin' in the Rain" is being auctioned off. It's expected to sell for more than $20,000 this Friday. That would be quite a profit for the owner. A collector bought the suit for ten bucks 43 years ago. He's 72 now and says it's time to "let this stuff go." He's also selling another suit with knickers made of plaid wool that Kelly wore in another scene. He got that one for $75. It's expected to go for $6,000.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was drawing parallels before his untimely death between his real-life role as dad to 15-year-old daughter Meadow and his part as an unexpected father to a newborn baby in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama "Hours." Walker said in a Nov. 14 interview with The Associated Press to promote the film that he was still finding his way as a father. "Hours" stars Walker and Genesis Rodriguez as a couple who rush to a New Orleans hospital after Rodriguez's character goes into early labor. Walker's character finds himself stranded in an evacuated hospital with his ailing newborn daughter. Walker and his friend died Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were traveling in smashed into a light pole and tree.